- 11:43 | Armenia Prices of dairy products may go up
According to manufacturers of dairy products, the increase in electricity tariffs resulted in an increase of prices for raw products.
- 10:39 | Armenia ANC holds heated discussion
The ANC Youth Congress held a heated discussion about some details of the previous opposition rally.
- 09:05 | In the world EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut
The binding decision came after heated discussions at a summit in Brussels, as some members had argued that their varied interests should be protected.
- 09:01 | In the world EU provides 24.4 mln euros to develop vaccine against Ebola
The European Union appointed a coordinator on Thursday to lead its drive to fight Ebola in West Africa.
- 08:57 | In the world Three dead in helicopter-small plane collision at Maryland airport
Three people died and two were injured when a small aircraft and a helicopter collided Thursday afternoon at a municipal airport in Frederick, Maryland.
- 08:51 | In the world Mali detects first Ebola case
A 2-year old girl who had recently arrived from Guinea was diagnosed with the Ebola virus.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:44 | In the world Ottawa shooting suspect not known as connected to terrorists
Canadian police had no information about Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau's connection to any terrorist group before the Wednesday attack.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:38 | In the world New York doctor tests positive for Ebola
Dr Craig Spencer, who treated Ebola patients while working for the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), came down with a fever on Thursday, days after his return.
- 13:22 | Armenia Serzh Sargsyan visits Expo Russia-Armenia
The aim of the exhibition is to develop economic, scientific, technological and cultural cooperation between Armenia and Russia, to boost joint business as well as trade, economic and investment ties.
Source: presidential press service
- 11:15 | Armenia Armenian parliament turning into rural club
“The Armenian parliament is gradually turning into a rural club, where MPs are making personal insults.”
- 11:14 | Armenia Minister of Sport may resign soon
Over 3,000 sportsmen, their parents and coaches from 23 sports schools and 2 colleges of the Armenian Ministry of Sport were forced to attend the opposition rally at Yerevan’s Liberty Square on October 10.
- 10:55 | Armenia Khachatryan and Beglaryan dismiss rumors of appointment as Deputy PM
The issue of Territorial Administration Minister and Deputy Prime Minister is likely to be discussed at the meeting of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Council on Thursday.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:04 | In the world Baby killed in Jerusalem hit and run
A Palestinian man rammed his car into commuters waiting at a light rail stop in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a baby and wounding several other people.
- 08:55 | In the world White House fence jumper detained by Secret Service
A man jumped over the White House fence Wednesday night -- but he barely made it onto the lawn before two police dogs took him down.
- 08:54 | In the world Ebola: Obama 'optimistic' on virus situation in US
He said many relatives of the only known person to have died of the virus in America seemed to be out of danger.
- 08:49 | In the world Canada's Parliament to resume work on Thursday
The Canadian parliament was shut down, following the shooting of a soldier at Ottawa's National War Memorial by an unknown gunman.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:44 | In the world Somali pirates still holding 37 sailors - UN official
"The international community must continue to support the Somali Government in its efforts to deliver on its commitments outlined in Vision 2016 and the Somali Compact," UN official Jeffrey Feltman said.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:39 | In the world Ottawa shootings: Canada 'not intimidated' - PM Harper
Earlier a gunman killed a soldier at an Ottawa war memorial, before dying in a shootout with police inside parliament.
- 22:00 | In the world The double whammy of arguing with a spouse and a history of depression can increase the risk for obesity in adults
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
A meeting of the Prosperous Armenia leader and Heritage Party chairman Raffi Hovannisian will also take place today.
- 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
Economist Vahagn Khachatryan told Zhamanak that oil prices do not go down in Armenia because of the monopolies in the sector.
- 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
Police discovered the remains on Monday afternoon after being notified by the storage company, Constable Eric Hofley of Winnipeg Police Service said.
- 08:49 | In the world Former Syrian parliamentarian hunger strikes in Washington
Mohamad, a Kurd who sat in Syria’s parliament in the early 1990s, began an open-ended hunger strike at Dupont Circle on Monday in support of holdouts in his home town, Kobani.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:48 | In the world Ebola serum for Africa patients within weeks, says WHO
Serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available within weeks in Liberia, one of the countries worst hit by the virus, says the World Health Organization.
- 08:43 | In the world United Nations consider Islamic State actions against Yazidis to be attempted genocide
"Facts are indicating that actions against Yazidis may amount to attempted genocide," UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic stated.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 08:39 | In the world Islamic State: US probes 'stray Syria air drop' in IS video
The US defence department has said it is examining an Islamic State video appearing to show militants in control of US weapons intended for Syrian Kurdish fighters.
- 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.
- 17:04 | Armenia 478 babies born in Yerevan in one week
Of them, 253 were boys and 225 girls.
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
Commenting on the October 10 rally of the opposition parties, Hakobyan said that there can be different opinions, but one thing is obvious: people expected unity, so that rally can be considered a preparation for the October 24 rally.
- 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
Precipitation is not expected in Armenia on October 21-24.
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
At the latest meeting of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Council, President Serzh Sargsyan hinted that he intends to appoint Finance Minister Gagik Khachatryan as Deputy Prime Minister.
- 09:18 | Armenia Snowing in some parts of Armenia
Some sections of Vayk-Saravan and Goris-Sisian roads are covered with black ice.
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.
13:12 26/07/2011 » Politics
Congressional panel urges Turkey to return church properties to Christians
The House Foreign Affairs Committee adopted a strongly-worded measure on July 20, pressing Turkey to return all Christian church properties "to their rightful owners."
By an overwhelming 43-1 vote, the congressional panel adopted a sweeping amendment to the State Department’s Foreign Relations Authorization Act, urging "the Secretary of State in all official contacts with Turkish leaders and other Turkish officials to emphasize that Turkey should":
1) end all religious discrimination;
2) allow the rightful church and lay owners of Christian church properties to perform religious and social services;
3) return to their rightful owners all Christian churches and other places of worship, monasteries, schools, hospitals, monuments, relics, holy sites, and other religious properties, including artwork, manuscripts, vestments, vessels, and other artifacts; and
4) allow the rightful church and lay owners of Christian church properties to repair all churches and other places of worship, monasteries, schools, hospitals, monuments, relics, holy sites, and other religious properties within Turkey.
Despite intensive efforts by Turkey’s Ambassador in Washington, Turkish and Azerbaijani organizations, and lobbying firms hired by Ankara, almost all members of the Committee, including Turkey’s staunchest supporters, voted in favor of the amendment, dealing Turkey a devastating defeat. The single negative vote was cast by Cong. Ron Paul (R-TX) because of his isolationist ideology and not his support for Turkey!
This near unanimous vote did not come as a surprise to me, as I had long advocated the passage of such a measure realizing that Members of Congress could not possibly vote against religious freedom. All fifteen Members of Congress who spoke during the hearing indicated their support for the amendment. Here are excerpts from some of their remarks:
-- Cong. Howard Berman (D-CA), who offered the amendment jointly with Cong. David Cicilline (D-RI), stated: "We want Turkey to return confiscated property to Christian communities and at a minimum to provide compensation for properties that can’t be recovered…. In this particular area, their [Turks’] practices for many years…have been atrocious."
-- Cong. Brad Sherman (D-CA): "This amendment is urgently needed to address the vast destruction of Christian religious heritage as a result of the Turkish government’s theft, desecration, and disregard of ancient Christian holy sites and churches."
-- Cong. Dan Burton (R-IN), one of the staunchest supporters of Turkey: "I do support the amendment. I do support religious freedom, and I hope that this amendment does pass."
-- Cong. Gerald Connolly (D-VA), co-chair of the Turkish Congressional Caucus: "Religious freedom is a tenet of American philosophy and it is a cardinal of our American values. I look forward to supporting the language."
-- Cong. Ed Royce (R-CA), co-sponsor of House Resolution 306 which formed the basis for the proposed amendment: "Turkey is identified as a country among the world’s top violators of religious freedom…. So we urge Turkey to return all confiscated church properties taken from these religions that were frankly stolen."
-- Cong. Eliot Engel (D-NY): "Turkey is an ally in NATO, and we recognize that. I wish frankly that they would act more like an ally to the United States than they have lately. They really have gone astray…. Their Foreign Minister has set out a policy of Islamism and has moved away from the European Union, the West, and the United States, and has behaved very poorly frankly with the flotilla and Israel and the whole bit."
Turkey’s Ambassador to the U.S., Namik Tan, disingenuously attributed the setback suffered by his country to the work of "radical Armenians." He must have forgotten that the Turkish government is the one paying millions of dollars to lobbying firms each year to influence Members of Congress, and that 43 out of 44 Foreign Affairs Committee members, including Turkey’s staunchest supporters, could not possibly be in the pockets of a handful of "radical Armenians."
Turkish leaders have not made a public statement after the adoption of the amendment, in order to hide this embarrassing episode. Surprisingly, Armenian government officials have not commented either on this issue. Obama administration officials have also remained silent and refrained from overt efforts to block the amendment in view of its overwhelming bipartisan support.
While Armenian, Assyrian and Greek-Americans have won the first skirmish, they have not yet won the final battle. The Authorization Bill along with this amendment will next go to the full House for approval. A similar Bill has to be adopted by the Senate. A joint committee of both houses will then attempt to reconcile the differences between the two versions. Turkish lobbyists and the Obama administration still have an opportunity to remove the amendment from the larger Bill. Supporters of the amendment must remain vigilant, urging their House and Senate representatives to vote in favor of keeping the church amendment in the Authorization Bill.
Even though the amendment has no legally binding effect, it is a moral victory for all those who cherish religious freedom, and a major political success for the Armenian-American community which went toe to toe against the mighty Turkish lobbying machine and dealt it a devastating blow. The amendment also exposes the alarming condition of Christian churches in Turkey, paving the way for other countries and international organizations, such as the Council of Europe and UNESCO, to support their restoration.
Yet, the most effective way of forcing Turkey to return the confiscated Christian churches to their rightful owners is by filing lawsuits in the European Court of Human Rights. The Turkish government has accepted the jurisdiction of that court and has readily complied with its verdicts.
Author: By Harut Sassounian Publisher, The California Courier
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13:44 24/10/2014 » Society
French fighter jets destroyed 12 buildings in Iraq holding an arsenal of weapons under control of Islamic State militants, France's chief of staff of armed forces said on Friday, according to Reuters. "Tonight we undertook a big operation in Iraq in which we destroyed buildings in which Daesh (Islamic State) was producing traps, bombs, arms to attack the Iraqi forces," Pierre de Villiers told Europe 1 radio. France was the first country to join the U.S.-led coalition in air ...
13:35 24/10/2014 » Politics
We must do everything not to repeat the mistakes of the past, head of ARF Dashnaktsutyun parliamentary faction Armen Rustamyan said at a briefing on Friday. “We must be reasonable,” he added. Rustamyan hopes the plans of the “parliamentary trio” will not be ruined. “If their program is based on the principles “against” and “for the sake of,” then success will be possible. I think there are reasonable people among both the opposition ...
13:11 24/10/2014 » Society
The Swedish military has called off its week-long search for a suspected submarine in the sea south of Stockholm, the BBC reported, citing officials. Naval vessels and planes have been searching the Stockholm archipelago for the last week, amid suspicions a Russian submarine was in trouble there. Russia's defence ministry denied any of its ships were involved. It was reported to be Sweden's biggest military mobilisation since the Cold War. In a statement, the military said (in ...
13:09 24/10/2014 » Law
The provisions included in the concept of constitutional reforms are important not only for Armenia, but also for all countries which are on the path of democratization, Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission, said in his opening remarks at the XIX Yerevan International Conference. Mr Buquicchio highlighted the importance of the reforms based on the European Charter of Local Self-Government as well as the provisions related to organization of elections and constitutional ...
12:15 24/10/2014 » Society
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