2017: The year in photos of Panorama.am

Author Lilian Galstyan

17:29 29/12/2017

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20:09 World
Insurgents south of Syrian capital surrender, says state TV

Large puffs of smoke could be seen on state television rising from a row of buildings as an artillery salvo struck home before one collapsed in a cloud of dust, accompanied by the rattle of automatic fire and the sound of distant blasts.

18:38 World
Meesha Shafi: Pakistan actress says pop star Ali Zafar harassed her

Meesha Shafi, who has acted in films such as The Reluctant Fundamentalist, says music star Ali Zafar subjected her to "harassment of a physical nature".

17:45 World
UK lawmakers form group to combat 'malign' Russian influence

Britain accuses Russia of using disinformation campaigns to undermine Western democracies, and blames Moscow for a nerve-agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Russia denies involvement.

17:24 World
Historic hotline links South, North Korean leaders ahead of rare summit

South Korea’s presidential office said the first test call on the hotline went to Pyongyang’s State Affairs Commission, the country’s supreme decision-making institution chaired by Kim Jong Un. The call was successful.

17:00 World
T-ant-T: meet the exploding ants of Borneo

Scientists discover ant species that fights enemies by detonating themselves, covering their foe in toxic goo.

16:38 World
Arsène Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of the season

Arsenal made the surprise announcement on Friday morning and after Wenger had informed the squad of his decision during training before their home match against West Ham on Sunday. 

16:16 World
Daisy is Apple’s new iPhone-recycling robot

The robot is a successor to Liam, another recycling robot made by Apple that was revealed in 2016.

15:45 World
Facebook is forming a team to design its own chips

The social media company is seeking to hire a manager to build an “end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organization,” according to a job listing on its corporate website, indicating the effort is still in its early stages.

15:01 World
South Africa: Ramaphosa leaves Commonwealth summit to deal with protests

Clashes have taken place in North West province where protesters are demanding jobs, housing and an end to corruption.

14:26 World
Barclays chief Staley survives whistleblowing inquiry with fines

Staley’s case is the first big test of Britain’s “senior managers regime” (SMR), aimed at making top banking officials personally accountable for their actions after few were punished for their roles in bank collapses during the financial crisis.

14:02 World
Shark attacks tourist on island of Kauai in Hawaii

The shark bit a 29-year-old male visitor who was body-boarding near Shipwreck’s Beach on Kauai this morning.

13:28 World
Russian Billionaire to Lose $492 Million Yacht in Divorce

The court ruled that Farkhad Akhmedov should transfer ownership of the 115-meter (380-foot) MV Luna, currently impounded in a dry dock in Dubai, to his wife, Tatiana Akhmedova.

13:00 World
Kanye West announces two new albums, including Kid Cudi collaboration

In a series of tweets, the rapper said the first would be a solo record with "7 songs," which is due out on 1 June.

12:43 World
China challenged Australian warships in South China Sea, reports say

As the three vessels traversed the hotly contested waters on their way to Vietnam, they were confronted by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Friday.

12:29 World
What US and North Korea mean when they talk about denuclearization

The term has been bandied about in recent weeks, from Seoul to Washington to Beijing, yet there's little agreement on what the term means -- and confusion could lead to trouble in this week's summit as well as the planned meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim.

12:02 World
Walter Moody executed by the state of Alabama

Moody was convicted in 1989 of killing Federal Judge Robert Vance with a mail bomb. The murder happened in Mountain Brook.

11:38 World
Michigan family with 13 sons gets No. 14

The Grand Rapids Press reports that Kateri and Jay Schwandt welcomed the birth of their 14th son on Wednesday, five days before he was due. They have no daughters.

10:45 World
Australian warships 'challenged' by Chinese navy in South China Sea

Malcolm Turnbull says Australia asserts ‘right to freedom of navigation’ through oceans.

10:27 World
About 40 slightly injured in Austrian train accident - police

One train slammed too hard into another from Zurich as they were being coupled together, a police spokesman said.

20:09 World
Banyan: Insecticide 'drip' to save 700-year-old Indian tree

Officials are trying to save the tree - a popular tourist attraction - from termite infestation.

19:24 World
Nestle, Unilever forego price increases to move product

The result has been mounting tension, which recently erupted in a clash between Nestle and European retailers that saw some of the Swiss company’s goods briefly taken off store shelves. 

19:00 World
Dale Winton, Supermarket Sweep presenter, dies aged 62

Graham Norton paid tribute, thanking him for giving him "the best bit of showbiz advice I ever got - don't quit the hit!".

18:16 World
China built more than half of the skyscrapers in the world last year, and it has no plan to slow its rapid urbanisation

A recent documentary has revealed the nation's secret weapon: a mighty skyscraper-building machine dubbed 'wall-climbing monster'.

17:24 World
The incredible transformation of the QE2 - which is now a floating five-star hotel in Dubai

The vessel, which has a history spanning five decades, is now docked permanently at Mina Rashid, where some of her refurbished dining, accommodation and entertainment attractions are to be unveiled on April 18.

17:00 World
Grueling Marathon des Sables completes another edition

The 33rd edition of the annual race, considered to be one of the most demanding ultramarathons in the world, finished Saturday after six grueling days and about 250 kilometers (150 miles).

16:38 World
Italian PM in Romania for talks on Brexit

Gentiloni met Romanian counterpart Viorica Dancila Thursday and then headed for talks with President Klaus Iohannis.

16:16 World
Texas emergency operator jailed for 911 call hang ups

Crenshanda Williams, 44, was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation for interfering with emergency telephone calls.

15:45 World
Syria war: The online activists pushing conspiracy theories

The Syrian government and its key ally, Russia, say the incident was staged. But the US, UK and France - who support the opposition to Mr Assad - say they are confident that chlorine and possibly a nerve agent were used.

15:01 World
South Korea's Moon says North seeking 'complete denuclearization'

North Korea has defended its weapons programs, which it pursues in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, as a necessary deterrent against perceived U.S. hostility. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

14:44 World
Inspection opened into Tesla for workplace safety

On Monday, the Center for Investigative Reporting published an article claiming Elon Musk's electic car company had under-reported work-related injuries at the plant.

14:44 World
Hidden crack in Southwest jet engine at center of NTSB investigation

Investigators can't explain with certainty why the left engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 malfunctioned when the plane was reaching over 32,000 feet. It's too soon to determine what happened, said National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt.

14:02 World
Playboy model wins right to tell story of alleged Donald Trump affair

Karen McDougal says she began a relationship with future president in 2006 shortly after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron.

13:00 World
Planet-hunter launches from Florida

The mission will survey a great swathe of stars, hoping to catch the dips in brightness that occur when orbiting planets traverse their faces.

12:43 World
Philippines' Duterte says he ordered probe into Australian nun

Sister Patricia Fox, 71, was held by immigration authorities in Manila on Monday after being accused of political activity that breached her visa.

12:29 World
Global warming is killing the Great Barrier Reef, study says

The Great Barrier Reef experienced an extended marine heat wave in 2016 that caused massive coral bleaching and die-off. Most of the impact was along 500 miles of the northern Great Barrier Reef, its most pristine region.

12:02 World
Indian women's commissioner on hunger strike over rape laws

Swati Maliwal, chairwoman of the DCW, has been refusing food since April 13, as protests flared nationwide over the separate alleged rapes of two girls ages 16 and 8.

11:38 World
Man believed to be the world's oldest dies in Chile aged 121

Celino Villanueva Jaramillo, thought to have been born in 1896, died in hospital after puncturing his lung falling out of bed.

10:45 World
FAA orders engine inspections after Southwest explosion

The CFM56 engine on Southwest flight 1380 blew apart over Pennsylvania on Tuesday, about 20 minutes after the Dallas-bound flight left New York’s LaGuardia Airport with 149 people on board.

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