- 14:48 | Armenia Levon Aronian to participate in World Mind Games
Armenian GM Levon Aronian will participate in the rapid, blitz and basque system chess tournaments as part of the World Mind Games on December 12-18, 2013 in Beijing, China.
- 09:12 | In the world Russia in talks on moving chemical weapons from Syria - Deputy FM
Mikhail Bogdanov said that Moscow was examining possible options with the United States and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:07 | In the world Pentagon under fire over Russian helicopters – report
The United States has bought dozens of Russian military transport helicopters for use in Afghanistan in the past two years, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, arguing that Afghan forces are more familiar with the aircraft.
- 09:01 | In the world Ukraine opposition office raided as President Viktor Yanukovych backs talks
Protesters in Ukraine remained defiant and continued their mass demonstration against President Viktor Yanukovych over the country's U-turn away from the European Union Monday, the same day masked men raided the headquarters of the opposition party Monday.
- 08:55 | In the world Testimony: Hundreds still on board as captain left Costa Concordia
In phone calls played in court, Schettino said from a life boat that only a dozen people were still on board the ship, when the coast guard had reported hundreds.
- 08:50 | In the world Central African Republic violence: US to fly in peacekeepers
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered US forces "to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic," his spokesman said in a statement.
- 08:43 | In the world Brazilian ex-president 'murdered'
An investigative commission in Brazil says it has found evidence that the ex-president Juscelino Kubitschek was murdered by the 1970s military regime.
- 21:00 | In the world Contact lens which releases drugs into the eye gives new hope to glaucoma sufferers
A new contact lens which releases drugs slowly into the eye could be the next weapon to treat glaucoma, the world's leading cause of irreversible blindness.
Source: The Daily Mail
- 20:45 | In the world In pictures: South Africa prepares for Nelson Mandela's funeral
South African government announced that preparations for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela are in full swing. Mandela's body is being prepared by the Military Health Service of the South African National Defense Force to lie in state at the Union Buildings.
Sorce: The Independent
- 20:38 | In the world Nelson Mandela death: 91 world leaders head to South Africa to honor titan
U.S. President Barack Obama left Washington for Johannesburg on Monday morning to attend the memorial service for Mandela, which will take place Tuesday in the city's soccer stadium.
- 20:30 | In the world Elton John voices gay rights concerns at Moscow concert
Despite recent rumours of cancellation, both of Elton John's Russian concerts went ahead on 6 and 7 December, with the singer speaking out against "inhumane and isolating" anti-gay legislation during the show.
Source: The Guardian
- 20:23 | In the world Obama heads to South Africa for Mandela memorial
Obama and his wife, Michelle, boarded Air Force One under cold, rainy skies Monday morning for the long flight: the occasion presented an opportunity for a rare get-together of American presidents.
Source: Associated Press
- 20:15 | In the world Vladimir Putin dissolves Russia's RIA Novosti
Fears of a return to Soviet days of Pravda as Vladimir Putin signs decree ordering creation of new media conglomerate usurping RIA Novosti.
Source: The Telegraph
- 20:07 | In the world Ukraine police dismantle Kiev protest camps
The protesters, who are demanding the government's resignation, had been given until Tuesday to leave. No clashes have been reported.
- 20:00 | In the world Iran, six powers meet on steps to carry out nuclear deal
Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty gritty details in implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.
- 18:24 | Armenia Ghazaryan: Armenia will not sever ties with EU markets after joining Customs Union
“BSEC will be an integration bridge between European Union and Customs Union markets,” President of the Union of Manufacturers and Businessmen (Employers) of Armenia Arsen Ghazaryan told reporters.
- 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.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Mark Glenn, an author and journalist from Idaho, to discuss the situation in Syria. - Mr. Glenn, day by day as the war in Syria goes on, who is gaining the upper hand? - Clearly the President of Syria has gained the upper hand here. If we think back over the last three years, the decline in the amount of violence that has taken place, and not that the violence taking place presently is acceptable, but [there has been] a serious decline in ...
"African Union cannot take care of internal African affairs, and so they have to go after the former colonial masters who owed these countries under colonialism, and seek their help in order to bring peace. Most people would just say that they have the UN mandate and the African Union approved of it, but it shows the inability of the 54 African nations to resolve internal problems within the African continent," Akbar Muhammad, international representative of the Honorable ...
Russia is in talks about providing safe transport of chemical weapons out of Syria, a deputy foreign minister said Monday, according to RIA Novosti. Mikhail Bogdanov said that Moscow was examining possible options with the United States and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Asked whether Russia had offered help in transporting Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, he said: “We are discussing these issues with our American colleagues and via ...
The US Defense Department is facing allegations that it misled Congress over the purchase of Russian helicopters for Afghan security forces amid revelations that a Pentagon study recommended an American-built aircraft for the job, RIA Novosti reported, citing the Associated Press. The United States has bought dozens of Russian military transport helicopters for use in Afghanistan in the past two years, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars, arguing that Afghan forces are more ...
The US is to help fly African Union peacekeeping troops into the Central African Republic (CAR), the BBC reported, citing officials. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered US forces "to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic," his spokesman said in a statement. It follows a request from France, which has deployed 1,600 soldiers to the CAR. President Obama has called for calm and the arrest of those behind the violence. French soldiers ...
Azerbaijan has unfriendly attitude to Israel, said Israeli scholar Avigdor Eskin, in an interview given to Azerbaijan portal "Haqqin.az." He also noted that Israel's relations with Turkey are still very tense. "There is a mutually beneficial relationship between Israel and Azerbaijan. And I've always been for strengthening them. At the same time, we understand that Azerbaijan's attitude to Israel is unfriendly. With Georgia, for instanse, we have more open and close ...
The rumors that I have withdrawn from Prosperous Armenia Party and plan to set up a new party are untrue, member of Prosperous Armenia parliamentary faction, ex-Foreign Minister of Armenia Vartan Oskanian wrote on his Facebook page. Oskanian also wrote that today he and another ex-Foreign Minister of Armenia, MP Alexander Arzumanyan met with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin and discussed Armenian-American relations, Armenia’s decision to join the Customs ...
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will visit Armenia with a special proposal, Turkish newspaper Aksam reported. According to the newspaper, Davutoglu will propose Armenia to surrender 2 out of 7 regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh in exchange for opening the Armenian-Turkish border. Davutolgu will visit Armenia to attend the summit of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Yerevan on December 12. According to Turkish media, as part of his ...
Armenia’s National Assembly will convene a special session tomorrow, December 10, at 12:00 local time, spokeswoman for the National Assembly Gohar Poghosyan told Panorama.am. Among other issues, the special session will discuss the 2014 draft budget of Armenia. The special session agenda comprises 21 bills, including the bill on amendments to the law on state pensions and the bill on payment of government officials.
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, Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan said, while commenting on Ahmet Davutoglu’s latest statement on Armenian-Turkish relations and regional issues in an interview with Armenpress, Armenian Foreign Ministry said. According to Kocharyan, Turkey ...