- 16:53 | Armenia Open skies policy boosts passenger flow
In May-July 2014, passenger flow via Zvartnots and Shirak airports made 632,000 passengers against 469,000 passengers in the same period of last year, marking a 34.6% increase.
- 15:35 | Armenia Georgian PM visits Tsitsernakaberd
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has arrived in Yerevan for an official visit at the invitation of Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan.
- 15:12 | In the world Karabakh official: Baku involved Iraqi authorities in its intrigues
“Official Baku manipulates Karabakh’s friendly gesture of accepting the friendly Yazidi people in its territory, also involving the Iraqi authorities in its intrigues,” said spokesperson of the NKR President David Babayan.
- 11:42 | Region 40 ceasefire violations reported on Aug. 20-21
Azerbaijan violated the ceasefire about 40 times on Karabakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact on August 20-21, with over 400 shots fired at Karabakh frontline positions.
Source: NKR Defense Ministry
- 09:56 | In the world UN humanitarian chief to visit Ukraine
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, is expected to visit Ukraine later this week.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:52 | In the world ISAF service member killed in Afghanistan stabbing
A coalition service member died Wednesday after being stabbed in the neck -- allegedly by a Taliban member -- near the international airport in Afghanistan's capital.
- 09:49 | In the world Malaysian couple charged with alleged theft from MH370 passengers
Malaysian police have charged two people over the alleged theft of around $35,000 (110,600 Malaysian ringgits) from the bank accounts of four passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
- 09:43 | In the world Marina Silva chosen to run for president in Brazil
Ms Silva replaces the late Eduardo Campos, who was killed in a plane crash last week.
- 09:40 | In the world Thailand coup General Prayuth Chan-ocha named PM
Gen Prayuth, 60, was nominated on Thursday in a legislature hand-picked by the junta and made up of mostly military and police figures.
- 09:35 | In the world US military tried but failed to free Foley
A US secret military mission had tried but failed to free US reporter James Foley and other American hostages in Syria, US officials said.
- 14:41 | Armenia Melkumyan: Government should create favorable conditions for investments in border villages
“The four non-government parliamentary forces plan to submit to the government a draft envisaging privileges to the population of Armenia’s border villages,” Prosperous Armenia faction member Mikael Melkumyan told reporters.
- 11:57 | Armenia Deputy governor of Kotayk dismissed
Deputy governor of Kotayk province Albert Ghazaryan was relieved of his post yesterday by a decision of Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and at the suggestion of Kotayk governor Aram Harutyunyan.
- 11:33 | Armenia Azerbaijan will cede another 7 regions in case of war, Suren Khachatryan says
“It is Azerbaijanis that should worry because if something happens they will cede another seven regions,” former governor of Syunik province said.
- 11:08 | Armenia Yerevan TV to be renamed Third Armenian TV Channel
Orinats Yerkir Party leader Arthur Baghdasaryan has moved Yerevan TV to the head office of the party.
- 11:08 | Armenia Samvel Alexanyan’s company to get license to export psychotropic drugs
It is noteworthy that the government granted a similar license to the company in August 2011, but it was terminated last year for unknown reasons.
- 09:59 | In the world At least 6 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide
Video footage from the national broadcaster NHK showed suburban homes in the western Japanese city surrounded by streams of mud and debris, and residents picking their way over piles of rocks and dirt.
- 09:58 | In the world China's latest bus fire kills 1, injures 19
A public bus in eastern China caught fire Wednesday in what was likely arson, killing one person and injuring 19 others.
- 09:45 | In the world UN warns of alarming humanitarian situation in Central African Republic
Four weeks before the UN is scheduled to take over the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, the organization reports continued sectarian violence all across the country.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:43 | In the world Ebola crisis: Liberia orders curfew and quarantine
Liberia already imposed a state of emergency earlier this month, but the number of deaths from the disease has continued to climb.
- 09:38 | In the world Gaza conflict: 'Nine Palestinians killed' as truce ends
Israel said about 50 rockets were launched from Gaza on Tuesday, but there were no injuries reported.
- 09:31 | In the world Islamist militants 'kill reporter James Foley on video'
The militants said the killing was revenge for US air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.
- 16:03 | Armenia Hayrikyan prepared to start hunger strike
Leader of National Self-Determination Union Paruyr Hayrikyan plans to start a hunger strike on September 8 demanding that the “Armenian authorities get sober, assess the situation correctly and take correct steps to come out of the current situation.”
- 13:38 | Armenia Three soldiers still in hospital after being wounded in Azerbaijani commando raids
“Their condition has stabilized, but they need a long treatment; their life is out of danger,” said Armenian Defense Ministry spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan.
- 12:11 | Armenia Armenian PM unable to decide whom to choose as spokesman
Sources claim this time head of the Public Relations Department of National Assembly Gohar Poghosyan got the nod.
- 11:19 | Armenia Signature campaign in support of Vardan Petrosyan
Organizers plan to expand the campaign to Armenian provinces, beginning with the city of Gyumri.
- 09:58 | In the world Venezuelan government steps down amid reshuffle
Venezuelan government resigned on Monday to allow the nation’s President Nicolas Maduro to reshuffle the cabinet.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:53 | In the world Poroshenko, Merkel discuss further steps to defuse tensions in east Ukraine
On Monday, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said the German chancellor was due in Ukraine on Saturday, ahead of the Independence Day on August 24.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:47 | In the world India calls off Pakistan talks over separatist meetings
Kashmiri separatist leaders on Monday slammed New Delhi's decision to call off talks with Pakistan, scheduled for August 25 in Islamabad.
- 09:42 | In the world Jackie Chan's son Jaycee in drug arrest
Jaycee Chan, 31, and Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, 23, were detained last Thursday, Beijing police said in a statement on their official microblog.
- 09:32 | In the world Gaza conflict: ceasefire 'extended by a day’
The Gaza ceasefire has been extended for a further 24 hours after talks in Cairo, according to Palestinian and Israeli officials.
- 09:32 | In the world Ferguson unrest: White House steps up involvement
Eric Holder will go to the town on Wednesday to meet officials in charge of a federal investigation into the killing of Michael Brown on 9 August.
- 17:18 | Armenia Temperatures to rise by 1-2 degrees
Precipitation is not expected in Armenia on August 18-21; there will be southwest winds of 5-10 meters per second.
Source: Hydrometeorology and Monitoring State Service
- 14:16 | Armenia Heffern: If sanctions harm Armenia, you can complain to Moscow
“The sanctions are aimed against Russia, not Armenia, but they can affect Armenia’s economy,” said the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia.
- 12:02 | Armenia Seyran Ohanyan: We will do everything to restrain encroachments by enemy
Armenian Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan has hailed the performance of Armenian tankmen at the Tank Biathlon 2014 international competition.
- 09:58 | In the world Nepal flood toll hits 101, fears of disease rise
Jhanka Nath Dhakal of Nepal's National Emergency Operation Center said four helicopters with food, emergency supplies, medicine and medical workers were sent to villages in the west of the country.
- 09:49 | In the world Ebola facility in Liberia attacked; patients flee
Ebola patients fled during an attack at a health care facility in Monrovia, Liberia, on Saturday, according to Liberian National Police spokesman Sam Collins.
- 09:45 | In the world Strong earthquake hits Iran near border with Iraq
The 6.2-magnitude quake hit at a depth of around 10 kilometers (6 miles), in an area 36 kilometers southeast of the Iranian city of Abdanan.
- 09:41 | In the world Pope Francis urges inter-Korean reconciliation
"Let us pray for the emergence of new opportunities for dialogue, encounter and the resolution of differences," he said.
- 09:36 | In the world Obama: Air strikes on Iraq dam 'to protect US interests'
The failure of Mosul dam may put US staff and facilities, including the US embassy in Baghdad, at risk, Barack Obama warned Congress in a letter.
- 09:31 | In the world Overnight curfew resumes in tense St Louis suburb
Police have fired tear gas and issued warnings for crowds to disperse as a curfew starts for a second night in Ferguson in the US state of Missouri.
- 16:54 | Armenia Azerbaijan’s propaganda produced no results, expert says
“Azerbaijan’s propaganda presenting Armenia as a side that was a winner on the battlefield but on the whole lost the war does not produce any results,” political scientist Hrant Melik-Shahnazaryan told reporters.
- 14:11 | Region 450 ceasefire violations reported on Aug. 10-16
Over 4,500 shots were fired at Karabakh frontline positions from guns of different calibers.
Source: NKR Defense Ministry
- 13:51 | In the world Blasts hit Armenian-populated district of Aleppo
Two homemade rockets were fired at the Armenian-populated district yesterday at noon.
Source: Gandzasar Weekly
- 12:48 | Armenia Dean of Economics University’s Finance Faculty suffers car crash
He was transported to Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center with a craniocerebral injury.
- 12:06 | Armenia Tigran Sargsyan cannot ‘bid farewell’ to Armenia
Tigran Sargsyan is living an active life in Armenia, attending weddings and birthday parties.
- 09:49 | In the world Police: Chemicals in tea due to earlier mix-up
On Sunday, a worker took large quantities of the substance thought to be sugar and poured it into the iced-tea dispenser.
- 09:40 | In the world Putin, Merkel discuss ways to de-escalate situation in Ukraine
Putin also informed Merkel of the ongoing cooperation between Russia and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on their efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the civilian population of eastern Ukraine.
Source: RIA Novosti
- 09:32 | In the world Boko Haram kidnaps at least 97, kills 28 in raid
Boko Haram gunmen also injured 25 others during the raid in which scores of homes were burned.
- 09:25 | In the world Brazil crash: Black box 'did not record Campos flight'
Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and six others died when his private jet crashed in bad weather in the port city of Santos near Sao Paulo.
- 09:21 | In the world Pope Francis beatifies 124 South Korean Catholic martyrs
He paid tribute to the Koreans, who died for their faith in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
- 09:15 | In the world Yazidi villagers 'massacred' in Iraq
Islamic State (IS) fighters entered Kocho, 45km (30 miles) from Sinjar, on Friday afternoon, reportedly telling men to convert to Islam or die.
- 17:35 | Armenia Ohanyan: Tension has declined on border after Sochi meeting
“I think that our armed forces created conditions for Armenia’s position at the trilateral meeting to be obvious and well-grounded, and the situation became calmer after the meeting,” the official said.
- 16:00 | Armenia ASALA fighter: What was happening on border was political games by Azerbaijan
“Our authorities showed a good stance, so we did not fall into the trap they set, and our soldiers demonstrated their fighting efficiency,” Martiros Zhamkochyan told reporters.
- 14:37 | In the world Obama says Sinjar siege broken, some personnel to leave Iraq
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday the Islamist militant siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar had been broken and most U.S. military personnel sent to assess the situation would be pulled out of Iraq in coming days.
- 14:25 | Armenia Justice Minister: Armenian government attaches importance to cooperation with EU
“The Armenian government attaches importance to cooperation with its international partners, in particular with the European Union,” Armenian Justice Minister Hovhannes Manukyan said.
09:20 26/12/2013 » Society
Christmas radioactive present from Fukushima: tons of toxic water leak, contaminate soil
Bad news keeps on coming from crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station. Apparently it continues to bring harm on the environment, the Voice of Russia said.
Up to 225 tons of radioactive water likely leaked from two more storage tank areas, seeping into the surrounding soil, Tokyo Electric Power Compoany (TEPCO) reported on Christmas Eve.
The two areas are located to the west of the No. 4 reactor building. Water levels have dropped inside walled areas in which storage tanks for radioactive water are located, indicating that up to 225 tons of tainted water may have seeped into the ground, TEPCO officials said.
The utility said this appears to be the largest amount of radioactive rainwater escaping to date from the barriers around tanks holding contaminated water.
Water samples collected Friday contained 20 becquerels of strontium-90 per liter in one of the two areas and 440 becquerels in the other, higher than Tepco’s provisional limit of less than 10 becquerels for water that can be released from storage tank areas.
TEPCO plans to apply nonpermeable resin on the inside of the barriers to block future leaks.
The news came after Tepco reported radioactive water leaks from two other tank areas over the weekend.
The Fukushima plant suffered multiple meltdowns following a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and huge tsunami in March 2011. Hundreds of tanks were built around the six-reactor complex to store massive amounts of contaminated water coming from the three melted reactors, as well as underground water running into reactor and turbine basements. TEPCO has decided to decommission all the reactors at the facility, with the four already put in the decommissioning process.
Fifty-nine young people in Fukushima prefecture have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having thyroid cancer, but experts are divided about whether their illness is caused by nuclear radiation. All of them were younger than 18 at the time of the nuclear meltdown in the area in March 2011. They were identified in tests by the prefectural government, which covered 239,000 people by the end of September.
At a meeting hosted by Japan's Environmental Ministry and the prefectural government on Saturday, most experts were not convinced radiation leaks from the Fukushima nuclear plant could trigger thyroid cancer in children so soon, the Asahi Shimbun reported yesterday.
Among those who voiced alarm was Toshihide Tsuda, a professor of epidemiology at Okayama University. He called upon the government to prepare for a possible increase in cases in the future.
"The rate at which children in Fukushima prefecture have developed thyroid cancer can be called frequent, because it is several times to several tens of times higher," the newspaper quoted him as saying.
He compared the figures in Fukushima with cancer registration statistics throughout Japan from 1975 to 2008 that showed an annual average of five to 11 people in their late teens to early 20s developing cancer for every 1 million people.
Tetsuya Ohira, a professor of epidemiology at Fukushima Medical University, disagreed. It was not scientific to compare the Fukushima tests with cancer registry statistics, he argued.
In November, prefectural officials deemed it unlikely that the increase in suspected and confirmed cases of cancer was linked to radiation exposure.
In the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, it was not until four or five years after the accident that thyroid cancer cases surged.
"It is known that radioactive iodine is linked to thyroid cancer. Through the intake of food, people may absorb and accumulate it inside glands," said Dr Choi Kin, a former president of the Hong Kong Medical Association.
Children might absorb more of it than adults because they were still growing, he said, but it remained to be proven that the radioactive iodine came from the nuclear disaster instead of the normal environment.
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19:04 21/08/2014 » Society
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18:31 21/08/2014 » Society
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