- 17:28 | Armenia Levon Aronian to play in Sinquefield Cup
On September 9-15, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, Aronian will be joined by Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky.
- 17:12 | Region Iranian-Armenian community’s demands and expectations from Iran’s new President
Robert Beglaryan, an Armenian member of the Iranian parliament, has congratulated Iran’s new President Hassan Rohani and presented a number of proposals.
- 15:18 | Armenia Police Chief: If there is a need to use arms, let me be the first victim
“We rule out the use of arms against our people under any circumstances,” Armenian Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan told reporters in Arzni.
- 14:47 | Armenia Armenian police hold command and headquarters exercise
Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan voiced his satisfaction with the exercise.
- 13:57 | In the world Meeting of CIS Council for Cultural Cooperation to take place in Minsk, chaired by Armenian Culture Minister
The meeting will discuss cultural events that have been held and are scheduled in CIS states as well as expansion of cultural cooperation.
Source: Armenian Ministry of Culture
- 13:21 | Region Turkey unrest: Young protester loses eye from rubber bullet, mother wants justice
One young man, who was shot with a rubber bullet during the police intervention in the demonstrations in Taksim Gezi Park last week, lost his sight in one eye but counts himself lucky for being alive.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
- 13:19 | Region Key suspect of Hrant Dink murder case arrested
Ersin Yolcu is now again being held in Trabzon's Bahçeçik prison, pending the second trial.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
- 13:00 | Armenia Ashot Vardevanyan: Armenia is not poor in water resources, but it spends too much water
“25 percent of Armenian territory faces the danger of desertification, while 81 percent is subject to desertification,” said the coordinator of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
- 11:56 | In the world Resolution urges countries to join Convention on Cybercrime
Cyber attacks should be viewed as equal to conventional acts of aggression according to a resolution now pending at the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE.
Source: OSCE PA
- 11:48 | Armenia Fire in Martiros Saryan House-Museum
The Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations received a call at midnight that Martiros Saryan House-Museum was on fire.
- 11:21 | Armenia Heritage again considered most prospective and authoritative opposition party
The Americans have understood that they should no longer have expectations from Levon Ter-Petrosyan, and the idea of turning Prosperous Armenia into opposition is an absolute failure.
- 10:48 | Armenia Lomonosov Moscow State University to open branch in Armenia
The issue was once discussed by the leaders of the two countries, and was lobbied by Armenian Education Minister Armen Ashotyan.
- 10:29 | In the world Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s move not yet certain
The information that Armenian international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is moving to Liverpool is not confirmed.
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 09:43 | In the world US, France, Russia issue statement on Karabakh
Presidents of the US, France and Russia, Barack Obama, Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin, as heads of states of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, issued a joint statement Tuesday regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution process.
- 09:16 | In the world Heavy blasts hit munitions depot in Russia’s Samara
More than 1,500 firefighters are combating the blaze, while thousands of locals have been evacuated and dozens hospitalized.
- 09:07 | In the world Pentagon unveils plans for moving women into combat roles
The plans, which call for gender-neutral job requirements like scaling walls and lifting 55-pound (25-kg) tank ammunition, will require more years of study, education and training before some services open combat jobs to women.
- 09:03 | In the world U.N. recommends bringing Iraq closer to ending 1990s sanctions
Iraq is still subject to a U.N. arms embargo and asset freeze on individuals and entities linked to Saddam.
- 08:57 | In the world Mom, child held in 'subhuman' captivity in Ohio
A mentally disabled woman and her daughter were held in an Ohio apartment crowded with people and animals for more than a year, forced to perform manual labor and threatened with dogs and snakes to keep them compliant.
- 08:49 | In the world Obama in Berlin to give Brandenburg Gate speech
He last addressed Berliners as a presidential candidate in 2008 - drawing a crowd estimated at 200,000 in the once-divided city.
- 08:44 | In the world Afghan attack kills US soldiers hours after news of talks
The soldiers were killed by "indirect fire" from insurgents at Bagram air base, US officials said.
- 08:40 | Armenia Transitory rain expected in Armenia
The air temperature will not change.
- 23:30 | In the world Angelina Jolie stunt double launches News Corp phone-hacking lawsuit
News Corporation is facing its first phone-hacking lawsuit in the US after a former stunt double for Angelina Jolie launched a lawsuit alleging her mobile phone messages were intercepted by the now defunct News of the World and the Sun.
Source: The Guardian
- 23:20 | In the world German 'should be a working language of EU', says Merkel's party
The inferior status of German is a long-standing grievance for Berlin, which points out that it has over 100 million speakers, including German-speaking minorities in Belgium, Denmark, Italy and Poland.
Source: The Telegraph
- 23:12 | Armenia Mali and Tuareg rebels sign accord
The nation of Mali signed an accord with Tuareg separatists who still control the country's northernmost province, paving the way for the Malian military to return to the areas that remain under rebel control.
Source: Associated Press
- 23:05 | In the world Obama opens 24-Hour trip to Germany
US President is opening a 24-hour visit to Germany, the culmination of which will be a speech Wednesday at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate.
Source: ABC News
- 22:58 | In the world Putin ‘not lonely’ at G8 summit
Russian President played down assertions that, regarding how to deal with the Syria conflict, he alone was opposing all other leaders of the Group of Eight powerful economies in talks this week in Northern Ireland.
- 22:50 | In the world Laurent Koscielny will snub Bayern Munich AND Barcelona to remain at Arsenal
Koscielny’s agent, Stephane Courbois, had fuelled talk of a move by confirming that the defender is a summer target for Europe’s top clubs.
Source: The Sun
- 22:37 | Armenia G8 leaders agree tax evasion measures
Leaders of the G8 major economies have agreed new measures to clamp down on money launderers, illegal tax evaders and corporate tax avoiders.
- 22:30 | In the world U.S. to hold Afghan peace talks with Taliban in Doha
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, warned that the process would likely be lengthy.
- 20:27 | Region Freedom House again registers democratic progress in Armenia and regression in Azerbaijan
While neighboring Azerbaijan aggressively stifled political opposition, Georgia and Armenia conducted parliamentary elections under new electoral laws that emphasized equal access to campaign resources and media coverage, the Freedom House new report on “Nations in Transit 2013” reads.
Source: Freedom House
- 19:01 | In the world Messi tax fraud case could be extended
The Spanish Tax Authority could expand its investigation into Leo Messi’s fiscal affairs to the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.
- 18:38 | In the world UN: Turkish government and civil society must work to defuse tensions
“The atmosphere is still clearly highly combustible,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.
- 18:06 | Armenia New stamp dedicated to Armenian brandy
A new stamp dedicated to the foundation of the brandy production in Armenia was cancelled and introduced into circulation today.
- 18:02 | Region ‘‘Committee to Protect Journalists,’’ condemns Azerbaijani authorities for banning journalist M. Huseynov to leave the country
Authorities in Azerbaijan should lift the travel ban imposed against journalist Mehman Huseynov and allow him to travel freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CJP) said today.
- 17:53 | Armenia Armenian chess players in Golden Sands
GM Tigran L. Petrosian scored 6.5 points out of 9 and took 13th place among 220 participants at the 2nd Grand Europe Open.
- 17:19 | In the world Report: Henrikh Mkhitaryan flying in for Liverpool medical
Armenian international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will undergo a medical at Liverpool in the next couple of days to complete his switch from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Source: News Liverpool FC
- 16:19 | Armenia Ruben Hayrapetyan to meet with representatives of blogosphere and social networks
All those football fans who express various opinions of Armenian football and challenges faced by the Armenian national team in the blogosphere, football forums and social networks are invited to a free format meeting and discussion.
- 16:19 | Armenia Spayka company to buy apricots from villagers for AMD 500 per kg
Spayka company is willing to buy apricots from villagers for AMD 500 per kg, Armenian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Robert Makaryan told our correspondent following a visit to Ararat province.
- 15:22 | Armenia New head of Nubarashen district introduced to staff
Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan has introduced newly appointed head of Nubarashen district Arthur Kirakosyan to the staff and thanked former head of the district Mher Hovhannisyan for collaboration.
- 14:39 | Region Bulent Arinc: Army could be used against protesters
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Monday Turkey could deploy "elements of the armed forces" to help quell anti-government protests if needed.
- 14:19 | Armenia Farmers block roads leading to Kakhtsrashen and Aygezard villages, Ararat province
Residents of several villages of Artashat region, Ararat province of Armenia, blocked today the roads leading to the villages of Kakhtsrashen and Aygezard in protest of low prices offered for apricots by truck owners.
- 13:31 | Armenia Levon Ghazaryan: Some measures should have been taken to rehabilitate Armavia
“It is very important that the air communication field is being liberalized, and 3 national air carriers are going to be introduced,” said the member of Air Communication Subcommittee of the Public Council of Armenia.
- 12:09 | Armenia Authorities trying to reconcile Budaghyan with Khachatryan
“But for this moment, the only thing Budaghyan wishes is revenge.”
Source: Haykakan Zhamanak
- 11:42 | Armenia Hermine Naghdalyan: China is becoming important partner in our region
A delegation of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) will visit China on July 13-21, aiming to develop interparty cooperation.
- 10:51 | Armenia Large amount of money transferred to account of hail-affected villagers
The management of French-owned Yerevan Brandy Company has transferred AMD 20 million for hail-affected villagers.
- 10:23 | Armenia Prosperous Armenia actively cooperates with RPA
Despite Prosperous Armenia Party’s criticism of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and Yerevan Mayor in the pre-election period, Prosperous Armenia and RPA were actively cooperating during a regular meeting of Yerevan Council of Elders on Saturday.
- 09:21 | In the world U.S. right to arm Syrian rebels, says Israeli president
Israeli President Shimon Peres has thrown his weight behind U.S. plans to arm Syrian rebels, shrugging off fears the weapons could be turned on Israel and exacerbate the conflict.
- 09:15 | In the world U.S. says it will buy Russian helicopters for Afghan military
The Pentagon said on Monday it will spend $572 million to buy 30 Russian-built military helicopters that will be used by Afghan security forces.
- 09:03 | In the world Anger in China over attack on students in France
A violent attack on a group of Chinese students in a small town in southwest France has prompted anger and condemnation in China.
- 09:03 | Region 'Standing man' inspires silent demonstration in Turkey
For more than five hours, he appeared to stare at a portrait of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state.
- 08:57 | In the world G8 summit to focus on tax, trade and transparency
Monday's meetings in Northern Ireland focused on the conflict in Syria.
- 08:53 | In the world Protests spread throughout Brazil
Tens of thousands of people marched through Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, on Monday as protests spread over rising public transport prices and the cost of staging the 2014 World Cup.
- 08:47 | Armenia Air temperature will go down
Transitory rains and thunderstorm is possible from time to time after midday in the most of regions on June 18.
- 23:00 | In the world Arms for Syrian rebels won't fall into extremist hands, says William Hague
Foreign secretary says no decision made to arm opposition to President Assad, but insists it can be done in containable way.
Source: The Guardian
- 22:45 | In the world Anger in Southern Egypt over islamist governor
Workers, opposition politicians and activists in the southern city Luxor said they plan to seal off the office of the governor to prevent Adel el-Khayat from entering.
Source: ABC News
09:25 08/08/2012 » Culture
Violence threatened at Madonna concerts in Russia
Russian authorities were stepping up security after a threat of violence at Madonna concerts this week, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow warned, according to CNN.
"The U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg has received information regarding a threat of physical violence against spectators and performers at the St. Petersburg concert on August 9," the embassy said in a statement.
State Department officials did not provide details about the reported threat targeting Madonna's Thursday show in St. Petersburg.
"U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant regarding their personal security, and to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially in crowded areas," the embassy said.
Liz Rosenberg, a spokeswoman touring with Madonna, said the singer was aware of the threat and the embassy's warning.
"Concerts are going on as scheduled," Rosenberg said.
Madonna performed Tuesday night at a packed Moscow stadium.
During the show, the singer joined a chorus of musicians who say they support the punk rock band Pussy Riot, whose members were charged with hooliganism after performing a song critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin in one of Moscow's grandest cathedrals.
Madonna said she was praying for the three band members, who went on trial Monday and face up to seven years in prison if convicted, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported.
"Everyone has the right to free speech, everywhere in the world. Maria, Katya, Nadia, I pray for you," Madonna said at Tuesday's concert, according to RIA Novosti. "They did something brave with their action. And I am praying for their freedom."
"Are you with me?" Madonna shouted. According to the state news agency, thousands of fans cheered, "Yes!"
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