- 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.
- 10:28 | Armenia Oskanian may set up new party
Vartan Oskanian may withdraw from Prosperous Armenia Party and set up a new party on the basis of the Civilitas Foundation and mass media and together with supporters of European integration.
- 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
12:33 16/01/2013 » Society
January 16 marked as Beatles Day
Beatles Day is celebrated worldwide on 16 January. Legendary group The Beatles was approved by UNESCO on this day in 2001.
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960, who became one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. From 1962 until their breakup in 1970, the group consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals).
Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later worked in many genres ranging from folk rock to psychedelic pop, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways.
The nature of their enormous popularity, which first emerged as the "Beatlemania" fad, transformed as their songwriting grew in sophistication. The group came to be perceived as the embodiment of progressive ideals, seeing their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s.
The Beatles were undoubtedly the most influential band of the century. In a course of 8 years, they changed not only rock and roll, but also the face of all music forever.
This day, fans around the world are organizing many events dedicated to the legendary band.
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14:44 09/12/2013 » Society
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14:23 09/12/2013 » Politics
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13:47 09/12/2013 » Society
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13:36 09/12/2013 » Society
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