- 16:01 | Armenia Kocharyan: Armenian FM’s participation in Erdogan’s inauguration is normal
“When such ceremonies are held in neighboring countries, there are usually mutual visits,” said Armenia’s Deputy FM.
- 15:59 | Region California Senate’s passage of NKR resolution is major political, legal and moral step – NKR
David Babayan, a spokesman for Nagorno-Karabakh President, said that it is a significant event for all Armenians and it is also a gift from California to Artsakh on the eve of the Nagorno-Karabakh Independence Day.
- 15:57 | Armenia California Senate resolution stipulates that Artsakh is an entity – Deputy FM
“The Armenian Foreign Ministry welcomes the California State Senate’s adoption of the resolution recognizing the Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence,” Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan told reporters.
- 13:08 | Armenia 40,000 first graders to go to school in Armenia on Sept. 1
The final number of the first graders will be specified by late September, Armen Ashotyan said.
- 12:06 | Region 35 ceasefire violations reported on Aug. 27
Over 150 shots were fired against Armenian defense guards from guns of different calibers.
Source: NKR Defense Ministry
- 12:04 | Armenia Ostrich business of ex-minister prospering
Armen Movsisyan’s ostrich farm is located in the village of Agarak in Syunik province of Armenia.
Source: 168 Hours
- 11:21 | Armenia RPA Executive Body meeting not to take place
The son of Ruben Hayrapetyan, President of the Football Federation of Armenia, and the granddaughter of Alexander Afyan, former Deputy Police Chief of Armenia, are getting married today.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:56 | In the world At least 150,000 flee Libya, ceasefire talks unsuccessful - UN Libya envoy
A record number of Libyans are leaving the country amid new airstrikes, outgoing UN Libya envoy, Tarek Mitri, told the UN Security Council.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:48 | Armenia Yerevan opens exhibition in support of missing photographer Andrei Stenin
Russian Ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volynkin, as well as media and non-profit organizations are expected to attend the opening of the show.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:47 | In the world Al Qaeda group seizes border post
Rebels aided by al Qaeda-linked militants seized control of the only border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday.
- 09:40 | In the world Gaza conflict: Israeli PM Netanyahu says war was 'victory'
The Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement was "hit hard and got none of its demands," Mr Netanyahu said.
- 09:35 | In the world Ebola outbreak 'will get worse'
Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an "unprecedented" response to bring it under control.
- 09:30 | In the world Russia pressed over Ukraine fighting
Ukraine said Russian forces had crossed the border and were supporting separatist attacks.
- 14:35 | Armenia Manasyan: It is time to replace word ‘genocide’ with ‘yeghern’
“The fact that Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, not President Serzh Sargsyan, will attend Turkish President-elect Erdogan’s inauguration contains a certain message,” said political scientist Alexander Manasyan.
- 13:04 | Armenia Gas supply to Armenia resumes
The supply of natural gas to Armenia resumed at 10:45 am today due to the completion of repairs on the Northern Caucasus - Transcaucasia main pipeline.
Source: Gazprom Armenia
- 13:03 | Armenia Prosecutor demands 4.6 years in prison for Ambassador’s son
A hearing in the case of the son of Armenia’s Ambassador to Georgia Yuri Vardanyan, David Vardanyan, took place yesterday in the General Jurisdiction Court of Syunik province.
- 12:11 | Armenia Armenia’s Yazidis to provide aid to Yazidis of Iraq
Head of the National Union of Sinjar Yazidis NGO Boris Murazi has told Hraparak that today they are going to deliver aid to Iraqi Yazidis.
- 11:37 | Armenia Tsarukyan not opposed to meeting with leaders of ‘parliamentary four’
Head of Heritage parliamentary faction Ruben Hakobyan said yesterday that soon there may be a necessity for a meeting of the leaders of the four non-government parliamentary factions.
- 11:32 | Region 40 ceasefire violations reported on Aug. 26
Over 400 shots were fired against Armenian defense guards from guns of different calibers.
Source: NKR Defense Ministry
- 17:16 | Armenia Heritage proposes returning to three-day session regime of parliament
The respective draft law will be introduced as soon as the parliament’s autumn session starts.
- 13:46 | In the world Expert: Islamic State has even more dangerous plans
“The militant group has certain financial and other tools and is capable of solving some issues through military operations,” said Arabist Sargis Grigoryan.
- 12:30 | Region 35 ceasefire violations reported in one day
Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire about 35 times on Karabakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact on August 25, with over 400 shots fired at Karabakh frontline positions.
Source: NKR Defense Ministry
- 09:58 | In the world Russian Western Military District troops learning to destroy enemy drones
Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) radar units in Russia’s Western Military District have started practicing on low-flying targets at the Kapustin Yar testing range.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:52 | In the world Israel blasts 2nd residential tower in Gaza
Residents evacuated the tower after an earlier drone airstrike known as a "knock on the roof."
- 09:47 | In the world Prisoner transfer begins after rioters decapitate inmates
The rioters say they will release the guards only after 600 inmates are transferred elsewhere.
- 09:42 | In the world At least five dead in South Korea flash floods
Weather officials said that more heavy rain was forecast.
- 09:37 | In the world Libya crisis: US 'caught off-guard' by air strikes
The attacks on militia positions around Tripoli airport were reportedly carried out by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from bases in Egypt.
- 09:32 | In the world Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko and Putin set for Minsk talks
Tuesday's talks involving the two leaders - who last met in June - will come hours after Mr Poroshenko dissolved parliament and announced snap elections for 26 October.
- 17:39 | Armenia Armenia records progress in poultry farming – Sergey Stepanyan
“The poultry farming sector needs some investment to enable export of native products to the Russian market,” said chairman of the Union of Poultry Breeders of Armenia Sergey Stepanyan.
- 16:27 | Armenia Education Minister sums up 100 days of his tenure
The Minister said that the key directions of educational reforms have not changed, only some approaches were specified.
- 13:08 | Region Karabakh official: Resumption of hostilities in Karabakh will bring new victory to Armenian side
“The resumption of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh will bring a new victory to the Armenian side,” Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Minister Movses Hakobyan says.
- 12:04 | Armenia People lost at Mount Aragats found
The Crisis Management Center of Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations received a call on 9:11 pm on Sunday saying that three young people (one girl and two boys) got lost on the northern side of Mount Aragats while on an expedition.
- 11:18 | In the world 3.0 earthquake recorded in Nakhichevan
Magnitude 3.0 earthquake was recorded in the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, 21 km northeast of the city of Nakhichevan at 2:24 on August 25.
Source: Seismic Protection Service
- 10:43 | Region Situation on Line of Contact in past 2 days
Azerbaijani forces violated the ceasefire about 80 times on Karabakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact on August 23-24.
Source: NKR Defense Ministry
- 09:58 | In the world Slow-moving Cristobal dousing Bahamas with rain
One man died over the weekend and two other people were reported missing when they were caught up by swollen rivers on the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
- 09:52 | In the world Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit
The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.
- 09:43 | In the world 7.0-magnitude quake strikes Peru
The quake struck 36 miles east-northeast of Tambo at a depth of 37 miles, according to the USGS.
- 09:37 | In the world Ebola outbreak confirmed by DR Congo
Also on Sunday, a British health worker infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone was flown back to the UK on an RAF jet.
- 09:28 | In the world Brazil prisoners decapitated in Cascavel jail riot
Police in Brazil say rioters in a jail in the southern city of Cascavel have killed four fellow inmates and injured several others.
- 09:27 | In the world Syria conflict: Islamic State seizes Tabqa airbase
The Tabqa airbase was the last remaining stronghold of Bashar al-Assad's government in Raqqa province.
- 15:14 | Region 270 ceasefire violations reported in 6 days
Over 2,200 shots were fired at Karabakh frontline positions from guns of different calibers.
Source: NKR Defense Ministry
- 13:31 | Armenia Suren Surenyants announces creation of new party
"I believed that the liberal political forces could consolidate, but they didn’t – and therefore I am announcing the creation of a new party – New Liberal Party,” he said.
- 12:38 | Armenia Armenian PM to make personnel changes
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan’s discontent during the last cabinet meeting will not remain without consequences for some members of the cabinet.
- 11:55 | Armenia Scattered showers expected in northern regions today
Temperatures will rise by 3-4 degrees on August 24-27.
Source: Hydrometeorology and Monitoring Service
- 09:59 | In the world India accuses Pakistan of killing 2 in Kashmir
Dharmendra Pareek, a top official of India's paramilitary force, says the firing early Saturday was unprovoked.
- 09:54 | In the world Falcon 9R rocket testbed explodes during US test flight
The rocket exploded shortly after launch and stayed in the designated testing area. No injuries were reported.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:48 | In the world Malaysian passengers aboard shot down Flight MH17 repatriated
Families of the victims of Malaysia Flight MH17 gathered at the Malaysian capital's international airport for the repatriation ceremony.
- 09:41 | In the world Gaza conflict: Israeli boy's death 'will intensify ops'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said military operations will "intensify" after an Israeli boy was killed by fire from Gaza.
- 09:36 | In the world US accuses China fighter of reckless mid-air intercept
Rear Admiral Kirby said that the incident happened on Tuesday when an armed Chinese Su-27 fighter intercepted a US Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft that was on a routine mission.
- 09:31 | In the world Ukraine crisis: Russian convoy prompts Western anger
Russia's decision to send more than 100 aid lorries into war-torn eastern Ukraine without permission has been widely condemned in the West.
- 14:32 | Armenia Armenia to have gas turbine power plant
The Armenian government and Anaklia IEP Holding today signed the fundamentals of the agreement on the construction of a 540 MW-capacity gas turbine power plant in Armenia.
Source: Ministry of Energy
- 11:43 | Armenia Injured servicemen recovering
Artsrun Hovhannisyan noted that four have been discharged from hospital and three still remain hospitalized.
- 11:41 | Armenia Who will head Sevan hospital?
The first round of contest for the post, which has been vacant for a year, took place on August 20.
- 09:53 | In the world Bus crash in Egypt kills 30 people
One of the buses involved in the incident was carrying tourists, who were on a vacation in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:46 | In the world Tsarnaev friend pleads guilty
As part of the plea agreement, a sentence of seven years will be recommended by the U.S. attorney.
15:26 27/02/2013 » Sport
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: I never take the praise, if I know that I played badly
The latest issue of Shakhtar magazine has appeared on newsstands. Below is an interview with one of the protagonists of the January issue - Henrikh Mkhitaryan, published by FC Shakhtar Press Office.
- Henrikh, last year, you hit nearly all football top lists one can imagine - in Ukraine, Armenia and in Europe. Aren’t you afraid that such popularity can just blow your mind?
- I am not afraid of it, because I've always dreamed of it! I had to cover a very long way. And it was hard to accomplish. The same happens in life: it’s hard to achieve something, but you can lose it in one minute, just in no time. So I know the value of what I have achieved, and I hope that I won’t ever lose it.
- So do you purposefully control yourself not to be influenced by fame?
- No, I don’t. But at times, I intentionаlly listen to what they say about me. That’s pleasing and motivational for me to perform even better.
- Whose opinion is most important to you?
- First of all, I'm self-critical. I know myself when I played well, and when not, when I managed to do something and when I didn’t. And then come Lucescu with theory sessions, plus friends and relatives.
- How do you respond to criticism?
- If criticism corresponds to reality, then I respond to it very positively, because it proves the fact that I have the potential to play even better.
- And if, say, you are severely criticized by an individual who has never played football?
- Maybe we’ll have a discussion with him or her about this. After all, not everyone can see what happens on the pitch. Watching football is much easier than playing. When you take the field – that’s a totally different world. Therefore, I usually begin to explain why it happened that way in that particular situation. But dissatisfaction is expressed by a representative of football community, it is better to listen to them than to argue. Although you can listen first and then give your opinion.
- Is it possible to infuriate you?
- There is a point when I realize that we can’t continue like that any more, it just won’t help. I will still prove my point – by my performance instead of words.
- What game or maybe the missed effort do you kick yourself the most?
- There were many chances I failed to convert. But I try to work on that, because I know that in the game you can have just one chance, but a very important one. Perhaps, at 0-0 in the 90th minute, you may have that chance, and if you don’t covert it, the team will lose points. Therefore, I try to improve, especially as I had some problems in this regard.
- And yet what mistake was the most disappointing?
- I think it happened in the home game against Chelsea. I had five goal-scoring chances, but Cech just tipped the balls away.
- How do you feel about the fact that the Armenian fans, no matter how you play, still praise you?
- I never take the praise, if I know that I played badly. They're fans, this is normal. They are the people who just like you and support you throughout. I am thankful to them. By the way, the situation has changed now: when my performance is poor, my countrymen start criticising me.
- Henrikh, you just said you were mastering your finishing. But this is a common statement for players. Can you explain how you polish it in more detail?
- I can simulate the goalscoring situation in training. Yes, the goalmouth is clear, the goalie is not there. But you probably understand that I must hit the corner of the net instead of just making it on target. It is better to hit the corner three times out of ten than just fire the centre of the goal. That’s, actually, the performance.
- Do you practise free kicks?
- Yes, we stay with the mates for that after trainings.
- But in the game you never take them! Can’t dare?
- Simply enough, Mister just tells us who will do that. That's why I never step up for it.
- Are you an emotional man. What about the spot kicks, the nerves?
- I already took a penalty kick last year, in a match with Hoverla, and missed. But if I have another chance – I’ll try. Why not?
- Aren’t you afraid of getting injured on the pitch? After all, it’s always in your subconscious.
- No, I’m not. If a player takes to the pitch with such thoughts, he will surely get injured.
- Do your mother and sister often attend the games?
- The last one attended by my sister was the game with Juventus in Turin. And mom... (takes him long to recall) When Armenia played Lithuania! Speaking of Shakhtar, then at the game with Barcelona two years ago.
- But do they watch it on TV?
- Yes, always! Both on television and on the Internet they find broadcasts. They call immediately after a game, congratulating me and scolding sometimes.
- What has changed about you since your move to Shakhtar?
- I matured: I came when I was 21, and now I’m 24.
- You feel that you grew older?
- Yes, because I've got used to this team. When you join a new team, you try to adapt, and eventually you start feeling more at ease, just as an experienced man.
- Do you feel that you are gaining credibility in the team, your significance grows, you have the right to vote?
- I don’t have any voting right, because there are players who have been longer than me at Shakhtar. We have the captain and the vice-captain, who are entitled to vote. I can just do my job on the pitch - that's my right!
- How do you feel about your growing popularity among girls: many lady fans see a potential husband in you and want to meet you?
- Haven’t met anyone yet, no one came up to me. (laughs) Actually, it's nice to be the center of attention of girls.
- Nevertheless, you live at the base and don’t quite leave it...
- Why? Sometimes I go out. I just know why I train and play. I do’nt deny that it is possible to combine the two. But now, when I’ve become an idol and begun to score more, I do not want to forget about football and change my way. I have just one way, and I'm going to combine it all.
- Don’t the teammates gibe at you over the place of residence?
- At first – they did, even gave me a nickname of the President of the Base. It’s been one year now since they didn’t say anything, they just calmed down and got used to it. But... sometimes they tease me by asking whether I plan to go home or stay at the base.
- What about your private life? Honestly, if constantly staying at Kirsha, you’ ll have no chance to get acquainted with your future wife.
- Maybe, but it's fate, and there’s no escaping it.
- Are you a fatalist, you believe in fate?
- Yes, of course. The date of birth determined my fate. Just as anyone else’s, indeed. Life is a book, and we are actors who play according to what is written.
- But you yourself made that choice - to live at Kirsha instead of central Donetsk.
- Thus, the book has it so!
- Look, maybe you just save on accomodation?
- No! (laughs) No! I never had problems with money, and for me it’s in the last place. If you work, you have to earn. I chose Kirsha because I had to concentrate more on training and matches than on living in Donetsk. Knowing how gorgeous the local girls are, I chose to live at the base, while in my spare time I can go out socializing with my friends. I'm not a recluse! When there is a desire, I travel to the city to relax, get distracted from football and start the next day with a clear head.
- That is, you don’t experience any lack of communication?
- I don’t lack anything. Except for increadibly missing my friends and relatives in Armenia.
- Okay, let's dream a little. How do you see your future wife?
- Beautiful, intelligent.
- They all say so. There is no man who would say: I want an ugly and stupid one.
- Oh! There are some! For me it does not matter whether she will be blonde, brunette or redhead. It is important that she will be well educated, because if we have children, we must also must take care of them. She will sit at home, and I will earn a living.
- And what if she doesn’t wish just to sit in a golden cage, willing to make her own career or develop own business instead?
- Why? I will make a living.
- Well, she also might want to fulfill as a personality, she might need communication.
- Let her bring her girlfriends to our home.
- Why, then, do your mother and sister work?
- (Pause.) I asked my mom to quit her job, but she says she can’t do without it. She will just feel uncomfortable, because she was always busy doing something. Whilst modern young girls do not work. (laughing)
- Is your sister old or something?
- Not in this case. My sister doesn’t live in Armenia. She works at UEFA and wants to earn a living herself. I sometimes help her, but she doesn’t like it. Saying: “What you earn is yours.” But I tell her that there isn’t such thing as “yours and mine.” We are a family, and that’s ours.
- Have any curious or funny things happen to you since your move to Shakhtar? Maybe some unusual calls and stuff?
- I receive a lot of calls... from strangers.
- And what do they want?
- What do you tell them?
- Of course, I refuse them. How can I give money to strangers or just borrow? I will never get it back.
- I can hardly imagine you at a nightclub. Perhaps, some stories happen at cafes?
- Sometimes. We call in at a restaurant or a café, people recognize us, ask for an autograph or a photo. For me, this is normal and nice, I never hide from the people, from fans. I do not feel like a star or kind of cool. I am a normal man.
- What do you order in a café? You have lots of delicious ethnic food, and our people often choose your meals. What do you prefer?
- Borshch and salo! (laughs) We have, by the way, almost the same - basturma.
- And you know how to cook?
- I can make spaghetti and semi-finished burgers. Well, scrambled eggs, of course.
- They propose different clubs to you, but you say that you think only of Shakhtar. In the future, would you like to develop here, together with the club, or to go to Europe?
- To be honest, I feel good at Shakhtar. But there comes a time when you want to change the setting. Not because it's bad here, just to test your strength in a different league.
- And if you fail?
- It means then that the book read it like that!
- But there are players like Darijo and Tomas, who spent almost their entire careers in Donetsk. How do you like this option?
- If possible, why not? I am also ready to spend my entire career at Shakhtar.
- Did you think of what would you do after quitting football?
- I had some thoughts. I won’t be coaching, that’s just not my cup of tea. I can try myself in this role, but don’t want to. That’s all about nerves, but I wouldn’t want my hair to get grey early. If everything goes well, I can see myself doing business. Still do not know the line, but in this particular area.
- Business in Donetsk?
- No, probably in Armenia. I plan so far to get back there when I retire.
- Don’t you want to live in Europe? You know so many languages!
- I don’t want to move there so far. And languages... We talk French only with our physiotherapist Clement Hazard. Oh, and with Mister! But with him, you can also speak English, Russian and Portuguese. Except Armenian. To be honest, I would like to have a good command of English, I always liked it.
- Have you got a higher education?
- Yes, I graduated from the Institute of Physical Culture in Armenia. Currently, I study economics at the Yerevan branch of the St. Petersburg Institute. I entered it because their degree is valid in almost sixty countries. When I graduate, I want to study there as a lawyer. And at the same time, I will master my English.
- By the way, usually Armenians speak with an accent. You don’t have it at all. How come?
- My grandmother is from Moscow. I spoke a lot of Russian with her at home. She still lives in Armenia - for almost 50 years now. Probably it’s by virtue of my grandmother’s assistance that I don’t have that accent any longer. And that's good!
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18:42 28/08/2014 » Politics
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan appointed outgoing foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu as acting prime minister on Thursday, according to an announcement in the official gazette, moments after being sworn in as Turkey's 12th head of state, Reuters reported. Davutoglu will oversee Turkey's existing cabinet until Erdogan asks him to form a new government, whose members are expected to be announced on Friday.
18:34 28/08/2014 » Society
In Azerbaijan vandals destroyed the marble slab stationed on the entrance to the Jewish cemetery in Semaxi, as "Agency for Jewish News" - AEN (Агентство Еврейских Новостей) reports. According to the publication, in November 2012 a stone fence was built around an ancient Jewish cemetery in Azerbaijani town Semaxi which was initiated and funded by International charity fund of mountain Jews STMEGI and its head, famous Jewish businessman and ...
18:31 28/08/2014 » Society
Orange Foundation continues its activity in the regions of Armenia. Following the projects implemented in Tavush region, a number of initiatives are now taken in Gegharkunik, which representatives of the Foundation have visited to conclude the results of “Lunettes pour l’Armenie” program dedicated to children, open an Integrated Development and Rehabilitation Center in Vardenis town and a computer center in Akounk village, the press service of Orange Foundation reports. ...
18:11 28/08/2014 » Politics
Russia welcomes any opportunity for organizing a meeting between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan aimed at a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russia’s Ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volynkin told reporters on Thursday. Speaking about the investigation of the circumstances of Armenian captive Karen Petrosyan’s death in Azerbaijan, the envoy said that the investigation should involve all the parties. “Everything will depend on the agreements ...
17:40 28/08/2014 » Sport
Armenian GM Tigran L. Petrosian scored 7 points out of 9 and shared 1st-2nd places together with GM Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine) at a great open chess tournament in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Petrosian finished in second place with additional points. He raised his Elo by 10 points. 70 chess players participated in the tournament, among them 35 Grandmasters, armchess.am reported.