- 15:46 | In the world Beyoncé-inspired skyscraper to be built in Melbourne
A 78-storey skyscraper inspired by the pop star is due to be built near Melbourne’s Southern Cross railway station, offering up apartments, retail space and hotel rooms.
Source: The Guardian
- 15:17 | In the world Experts call for new guidelines advising no alcohol at all following findings
Researchers at Cambridge University found that 33 per cent of British women admitted to bingeing – drinking the equivalent of two-thirds of a bottle of wine in a single sitting – at least once during their pregnancy.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 15:00 | In the world Air strikes and combat kill 176 in Yemen, highest daily toll so far
Arab air strikes and clashes killed an estimated 176 fighters and civilians in Yemen on Monday, residents and media run by the Houthi movement said, in a spike in violence as warring factions discuss a possible humanitarian truce.
- 14:39 | In the world US campaign against Islamic State in Syria 'intensifying'
Speaking at the Pentagon, Mr Obama said the US would not send additional troops to Syria but would increase support for the country's moderate opposition.
- 14:21 | In the world Iran demands end to U.N. missile sanctions, West refuses
A dispute over U.N. sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and a broader arms embargo were among issues holding up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers on Monday, the day before their latest self-imposed deadline.
- 14:06 | In the world World's oldest man dies in Japan aged 112
Momoi, born months before the Wright brothers made their first successful flight, passed away late on Sunday, said the official at Saitama City, north of Tokyo, where he had lived for many years.
Source: The Telegraph
- 13:42 | In the world Donald Trump: Mexican migrants bring 'tremendous infectious disease' to US
The would-be president and billionaire businessman, who has already branded Mexican immigrants to the US as criminals, drug dealers and rapists, accused the Mexican government of “forcing their most unwanted people into the United States” which has become a “dumping ground for Mexico”.
Source: The Guardian
- 11:28 | In the world Syria will continue its open war against terrorism, Deputy FM
Two alliances have been facing each other, during the four and a half year of the war on Syria, on which the world partitioned between them,Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said.
- 11:15 | In the world Germany, France press Greece to make fast, credible proposals
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, the euro zone's most powerful leaders, said Athens must move quickly if it wants to secure a cash-for-reform deal with creditors and avoid crashing out of the single currency.
- 10:59 | In the world Schoolteachers among six in Israel charged with supporting ISIS
Six men have been arrested on suspicion of supporting ISIS in Israel, following an investigation by Israeli security and counterterror forces.
- 10:46 | In the world Edward Snowden plea deal with US a possibility
The “possibility exists” that Edward Snowden could make a deal with the US Justice Department and return to his home country, former US attorney general Eric Holder says.
Source: The Guardian
- 10:30 | In the world Greece debt crisis: PM Tsipras to present new plan at eurozone summit
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to present new proposals at a Eurozone emergency summit on his country's growing debt crisis.
- 21:00 | In the world Greece debt crisis: Creditors press for new proposals
Eurozone finance ministers say they expect to hear new proposals from Greece after the country voted to reject the terms of a bailout.
- 20:39 | In the world Obama: U.S. to increase support for Syria opposition
President Barack Obama on Monday pledged to increase U.S. support for the moderate opposition in Syria's civil war and said the United States needed to do more at home to prevent attacks and combat Islamic State efforts to recruit followers.
- 20:27 | In the world Netanyahu warns of 'worse and worse' deal with Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is once again raising the specter of a bad deal with Iran as nuclear talks this week enter what could be their final stage.
- 19:58 | In the world Post-sanctions Iran 'could be the best emerging market for years to come'
Hamid Mohammadi is excited at the prospect of international sanctions on Iran being lifted once a nuclear agreement has been signed.
Details: The Guardian
- 16:29 | In the world Tuck into brains, tongue and kimchi: Researchers find adventurous eaters weigh less and are healthier
They say adventurous eaters weigh less and are healthier - showing it pays to be a foodie.
Details: The Daily Mail
- 15:43 | In the world US-led air strikes hit Isis stronghold of Raqqa
US-led coalition aircraft have conducted a series of air strikes targeting the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria, killing at least 10 militants and wounding many others, in one of the largest such operations in the country to date.
Source: The Guardian
- 15:18 | In the world Iraq warplane accidentally bombs Baghdad, killing 7: officials
A bomb fell from an Iraqi Sukhoi warplane and exploded in eastern Baghdad on Monday because of a "technical problem", killing at least seven people, security and medical officials said.
- 14:52 | In the world Happy 116th birthday to Susannah Mushatt Jones: new oldest person record holder
Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievement, can today confirm that Ms. Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York is now the world’s oldest living person, who today celebrates her 116th birthday!
- 14:27 | In the world As deadline looms for Iran nuclear deal, Kerry says talks could go either way
The deadline for a final deal on Iran's nuclear program is looming, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says tough decisions will need to be made soon.
- 14:13 | In the world Germany says up to Greece to make proposals
Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman says Germany sees no basis at present for entering negotiations on a new bailout program for Greece, but that the door remains open.
- 13:59 | In the world Fifa: Sepp Blatter says pressure behind Qatar & World Cup votes
He alleges ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his German counterpart Christian Wulff sought to influence voting before Qatar and Russia were chosen as respective hosts in 2010.
- 13:30 | In the world Princess Charlotte is christened at a Sandringham church
Princess Charlotte has been christened at a church in Sandringham after the Cambridges made their first public outing as a family of four.
- 13:18 | Region Turkish Former Foreign Minister rejects Erdogan’s policies against Syria
Turkish former Foreign Minister, Yasar Yakıs rejected the policies of Erdogan’s regime against Syria, saying Ankara has no right to interfere in the internal affairs of Syria or launching any aggression against it under whatever pretexts and justifications.
- 12:56 | In the world Republican Christie criticizes high court's gay marriage ruling
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said on Sunday Supreme Court justices of his liking would not have legalized same-sex marriage and would have struck down a key provision of a national health care law.
- 11:15 | In the world Egypt journalists face jail for 'reporting false terror attack information'
Egypt may take legal action against journalists who report "false" military death tolls in jihadist attacks that contradict official statements, if new anti-terrorism law approved.
Source: The Telegraph
- 10:47 | In the world Pope Francis arrives in South America with message of hope for neediest
History’s first Latin American pope travelled to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time as pontiff on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region’s poor, who were expected to turn out in droves to welcome him.
Source: The Guardian
- 10:29 | In the world At least 20 people killed in attacks in Nigeria
A suicide bomber blew himself up in a church Sunday in the Nigerian town of Potiskum, killing the priest and four other worshippers, witnesses and police told CNN.
- 10:13 | In the world Islamic State suicide bombers strike in Iraqi refinery town
Islamic State suicide bombers and fighters attacked the center of Iraq's northern oil refinery town of Baiji overnight, forcing the army and Shi'ite fighters to pull back, military sources and the local mayor said on Sunday.
- 09:55 | In the world Greece debt crisis: Tsipras says voters made "brave choice"
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said that the Greeks made a "brave choice" in voting to reject the terms of an international bailout.
- 11:58 | In the world Top choice blocked for U.N. digital privacy investigator post
The Estonian picked as the U.N.'s first digital privacy investigator was blocked on Friday by the German president of the Human Rights Council after activist groups said she would not be a strong enough critic of U.S. surveillance.
- 11:32 | In the world China firm 'plans to punish unapproved staff pregnancies'
A Chinese firm reportedly plans to ask its staff to seek approval before they get pregnant, provoking scorn in the state-run press and on social media.
- 11:15 | In the world Not enough shut-eye makes you more impulsive and can fuel addiction
Previous research has shown individuals working in today's 24-hour-a-day global economy often times sleep less or at irregular times, resulting in poor sleep and prolonged sleep deprivation, which affects decision-making.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 11:00 | In the world Pope Francis can expect warm welcome and tough questions in South America
Pope Francis is expected to be confronted by a host of thorny issues when he touches down in Quito, Ecuador on Sunday to begin a seven-day tour of South America, including a contentious case involving a 10-year-old rape victim in Paraguay who has been refused access to an abortion.
Source: The Guardian
- 10:36 | In the world Greece deeply divided as vote on Europe looms
After years of living on borrowed money and paying the price with savage austerity, Greeks will vote Sunday for more of the same (more or less) or for a rupture with Europe that could spell disaster.
- 10:19 | In the world Cancer patient becomes Colombia's first legal euthanasia case
A 79-year old Colombian man has become the first person in the country to die legally by euthanasia.
- 20:00 | In the world How being obese could help you fight cancer
The results shocked researchers, who had predicted obese patients would not react as well to treatments for stage 4 colorectal cancer because of their increased risk of developing the disease and it returning.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 19:37 | In the world Obama administration spied on German media as well as its government
An investigation by the German parliament is publicly raising questions as to whether the Obama administration not only spied on journalists in that country but interfered in the exercise of the free press under the guise of U.S. national security.
- 19:21 | In the world Iran nuclear talks in endgame, negotiators push on sticking points
A year and half of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers were creeping towards the finish line on Friday as negotiators wrestled with sticking points including questions about Tehran's past atomic research.
- 18:55 | In the world Greece debt crisis: Tsipras urges 'No' to 'blackmail'
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has called on voters to reject "blackmail" when they vote in a bailout referendum on Sunday.
- 16:14 | In the world New study warns of dangerous climate change risks to the Earth’s oceans
The study concludes that global warming beyond the international limit of 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures would pose serious threats to marine ecosystems and their millions of human dependents.
Source: The Guardian
- 15:46 | In the world ISIS 'emir of suicide bombers' killed in coalition airstrike, U.S. says
Al-Harzi played a key logistical role for ISIS, overseeing efforts to get jihadists and weapons into Iraq and Syria to fuel the militant organization's war machine, according to U.S. authorities.
- 15:19 | In the world France refuses asylum request by Wikileaks founder Assange
Assange has been living for the past three years in Ecuador's London embassy, where he took refuge to avoid extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.
- 15:00 | In the world Syria military resists major rebel assault in Aleppo
The Syrian military has carried out a series of air strikes after rebel forces launched a major assault to take control of the northern city of Aleppo.
- 14:30 | Region Turkey reinforces Syria border, Davutoglu says no incursion planned
Turkey has deployed additional troops and equipment along part of its border with Syria as fighting north of the city of Aleppo intensifies, security sources said, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said there were no immediate plans for any incursion.
- 12:56 | In the world Russia’s Tartous base will continue its missions, Russian Navy source stresses
The Russian Naval General Staff said Thursday that the Material-Technical Support Point for the Russian Navy in Tartous city will continue to carry out the tasks in the fulfillment of its missions regardless of the developments in Syria.
- 12:19 | In the world French woman jailed for nine years for killing eight of her newborn babies
A French court has jailed a woman for nine years for killing eight of her newborn babies, after a harrowing trial in which she lied about having had an incestuous relationship with her father.
Source: The Guardian
- 12:00 | In the world Germany says new reports of U.S. spying harm security ties
Germany is taking seriously the latest reports about U.S. spying on senior government ministers and they are putting strains on vital security cooperation between the two countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Thursday.
- 11:45 | In the world Islamic State militants 'destroy Palmyra statues'
The Islamic State group has published photographs of militants destroying what it says are artefacts looted from the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria.
- 11:34 | In the world ISIS threatens residents of Turkish border villages with Syria, Turkish daily
Locals of Turkish border villages with Syria warned that they are in danger in light of spreading Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “ISIS” terrorist organization in the border villages with Syria as ISIS is using those villages to cross into Syria.
- 11:21 | In the world Iranian actor apologises after tweeting support for US gay marriage ruling
A leading Iranian actor has apologised after coming under pressure over a tweet he posted in support of a historic US supreme court ruling on gay marriage.
Source: The Guardian
- 10:58 | In the world Syrian Islamist insurgents launch battle to seize government-held Aleppo
The fall of Syria's main commercial hub would be a major blow for President Bashar al-Assad, restricting his control mainly to a belt of territory stretching north from Damascus to the Mediterranean coast.
- 10:25 | In the world 6 U.N. peacekeepers killed in Mali
Six U.N. peacekeepers were killed and five others were injured Thursday in an attack on their convoy in the West African nation of Mali, the United Nations said.
- 10:17 | In the world Greek debt crisis: IMF says extra 50bn euros needed
Greece will need an extra 50bn euros ($55bn) over the next three years to stabilise its finances under the existing, disputed bailout plans, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says.
18:14 26/08/2014 » Interviews
Cory Welt: Azerbaijan’s military success is unlikely, which prevents escalation to full-scale war
On Azerbaijani recent military aggression against the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and the RA, the security issue of the people of Nagorno Karabakh as well as the prospects of the Customs Union Panorama.am has spoken to Associate Director and Associate Research Professor of International Affairs at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, George Washington University Dr. Cory Welt.
- Dr. Welt, recently there has been a marked escalation of hostilities in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict zone while Azerbaijan’s president has openly threatened Armenia with war. What do you think this is preconditioned by?
- It is always difficult to say exactly why a new outbreak of hostilities occurs along the line of contact. With each summer’s violence worse than the last, the risk of escalation spinning out of control is very high. Unfortunately, as hostilities die down each year, we tend to forget this risk.
It is also hard to understand exactly what the intentions of President Aliyev are, but his speech about war did not seem to be a direct threat. It sounded more like a warning that Azerbaijan has not given up on its lost territories and does not intend to, while serving as a rhetorical way for Aliyev to end this latest round of hostilities.
At the same time, Aliyev saw this summer how much the West supported Ukraine in its efforts to fight externally-supported separatism in the Donbas, as well as Israel’s use of force in Gaza. He is surely convinced that Azerbaijan, too, has the legitimate right to use force; it is only a question of whether he can succeed. For now, Azerbaijan’s military success remains a very big question mark, which fortunately helps put a brake on escalation to full-scale war.
- Can we say that Europe would be more interested to stop Azerbaijan from waging a war now than it was in 1991 (when no one stopped the Azeri aggression), given the fact that Azerbaijan is now an exporter of gas and oil to Europe, with BP having big shares in the Caspian, which will be endangered in case of the resumption of military hostilities? To what extent can this factor actually constitute a deterrent against possible Azerbaijani aggression?
- I would like to think that Europeans worry more about the human cost of a full-scale war in the Caucasus than they do about the potential risk to the pipelines, which for now supply relatively little energy to Europe and would, in the worst case, only be down temporarily. I also don’t think the potential European reaction to an attack on the pipeline is a deterrent to Azerbaijan, if it was truly determined to wage war. Those concerned about the fate of the pipeline would likely blame whichever side directly attacked the pipeline, not who started the conflict.
- The recent Azerbaijani attacks on Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia, growing anti-Armenianism in Azerbaijan (most vividly demonstrated by the Safarov case), complete refusal to accept NKR as a reality as well as official statements to use of force to retake the NK constitute direct existential threats to the population of Nagorno Karabakh. Under these circumstances, how should the security of the population of NK be guaranteed even if a peace agreement is signed between the sides? What confidence building measures should Azerbaijan undertake to reassure that it poses no threat to Armenians?
- Regrettably, we’re not at a moment in time when Azerbaijan is able to credibly offer security guarantees to the population of Nagorno-Karabakh. This is one of the major obstacles to a resolution of the conflict, together with the unwillingness of Nagorno-Karabakh to relinquish occupied territories around the former NKAO. If there were a peace agreement, it would have to include an international peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh that Azerbaijan would not have the right to evict, as well as at least unarmed observers in neighbouring territories that would themselves have to constitute a demilitarized zone. We are far away from such a solution, however. In the meantime, confidence-building measures that could be implemented are simple, on both sides, if there were only political will – a lessening of war rhetoric, a drawdown of snipers, safe treatment and return of detainees, and at least partial demining.
- Dr. Welt, what future do you see for the Russia-led Customs Union and the Eurasian Union? How can the current confrontation between Russia and the West over Ukraine impact this project and its members?
- I suspect that these integration projects will ultimately be successful only to the extent that they reflect the genuine interests of their members and prospective members. We have already seen significant signs of pushback from Kazakhstan and Belarus against the most ambitious forms of these projects, which their leaders do not view to be in their national interests.
The current confrontation in Ukraine is not between Russia and the West. It is between Moscow and Kyiv. I do not think this confrontation itself is key to the success of failure of Moscow-led integration projects. You’ll notice that it really hasn’t changed any country’s position, even Ukraine’s – those opposed to membership continue to oppose, those who supported membership continue to support (even if they are unhappy about it). Unless Moscow genuinely has the power to force integration on its neighbours, Soviet-style (which I doubt), the fate of these projects depends on their economic attractiveness as compared to the attractiveness of alternative models such as those the EU offers. The greatest opportunity for the Customs Union/Eurasian Union is if greater integration with the EU fails to provide the anticipated economic benefits. Disillusionment in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine would be the greatest stimulus for the success of these Russia-led projects.
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19:22 07/07/2015 » Politics
Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan met today, on July 7 Special Representative of the EU for South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia Herbert Salber, Armenian Foreign Ministry said. The foreign minister informed H. Salber of the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The interlocutors addressed efforts of Armenia and the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairing states towards progress in the negotiating process on Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement. ...
18:31 07/07/2015 » Economy
The company to conduct an audit of Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) will be chosen on a competitive basis, ENA’s spokeswoman Natalia Sarjanyan told Panorama.am when asked if the date of an audit was established. She said it is still not clear when exactly an audit of the company will take place. The competition results will presumably be announced in August. ‘’The competition’s results will be announced after the development of requirements ...
17:45 07/07/2015 » Politics
“In mtgs in Washington, the Co-chairs heard from the US that we are committed to working with Russia and France on #NKpeace and a settlement,” the U.S. Co-chair of OSCE Minsk Group James Warlick wrote on Twitter. Mr. Warlick tweeted earlier that the OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs arrived in Washington on July 6 for meetings at the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and National Security Council to discuss the Nagorno Karabakh conflict settlement.
17:11 07/07/2015 » Society
A 'sin-free' alternative to Facebook, set up by a group of Brazilian evangelical Christians, has gained 100,000 users in its first month. Facegloria is aiming to convince Brazil's 42 million evangelicals to switch to the Christian social network from Facebook, which the site's founders claim purveys sinful content such as violence and pornography. The new site is monitored by more than 20 volunteers, who vet sexually explicit content and remove swearwords and other offensive phrases ...
17:11 07/07/2015 » Politics
“We are impressed by the development level of Armenia’s agricultural sector,” Georgian Agriculture Minister Otar Danelia said during his working visit to Armenia. O. Danelia said it is his first trip to Armenia in the capacity as a minister. Noting that he is happy to be in Armenia, the minister said: “I am sure we can help each other with regard to many issues. We can provide assistance and share experience”. The Georgian minister has visited a ...