Author Lilian Galstyan

00:19 08/06/2023

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15:35 Armenia
High Fest cancels some events

High Fest International Performing Arts Festival has cancelled some of its events due to the situation following last week’s Azerbaijani attack on Artsakh.

“In light of the current situation, we regret to inform you that we are canceling a part of the High Fest festival events. Cultural exchange and collaboration have always held significant importance for us. Consequently, in partnership with the Avignon Festival, we are preserving the educational program, encompassing public discussions, roundtable sessions, and masterclasses,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We extend our gratitude to our partners, sponsors, guests, participants, and audiences. We firmly believe that art will persist as an enduring source of inspiration and illumination in our lives,” High Fest added.

17:00 Armenia
Showers, thunderstorms expected in Armenia

Showers and thunderstorms are expected in Armenia’s regions during the weekend and early next week.

Fog is possible in some areas, the national weather service reports.

Rainless weather is forecast for September 27-28.

Southeast winds will be 3-4 meters per second and are likely to reach 17-20 m/s during thunderstorms.

No major shifts in temperatures are expected.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for the capital Yerevan late on Sunday and Monday.

16:23 Armenia
Doping Space to release statement on Snoop Dogg's Yerevan show

The Doping Space company, that has organized the upcoming Yerevan concert of American rapper and actor Snoop Dogg, will release a statement on the show.

“We want to let you know that Doping Space company will be releasing an announcement regarding the upcoming concert scheduled for September 23. Peace to all,” it said in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

The post came after Azerbaijan’s large-scale offensive against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) on Tuesday and Wednesday, which killed close to 100 people and injured hundreds.

17:10 Armenia
Temperatures to drop in Armenia today

Showers and thunderstorms are expected in some parts of Armenia on Monday and Thursday.

Fog is possible in some areas, the national weather service reports.

Rainless weather is forecast for September 19-20.

South-west winds will be 2-4 meters per second and are likely to reach 17-20 m/s during thunderstorms.

Temperatures are set to drop by 2-3C on Monday, falling by 7-8C in Syunik Province and Artsakh, and are expected to rise again this week.

No rain is forecast in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, in the next few days.

11:45 World
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Jackman split after 27 years of marriage

Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-lee are amicably ending their marriage, PEOPLE reports.

The couple say in a statement exclusively shared with PEOPLE: "We have been blessed to share almost 3 decades together as husband and wife in a wonderful, loving marriage. Our journey now is shifting and we have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth."

"Our family has been and always will be our highest priority. We undertake this next chapter with gratitude, love, and kindness. We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives."

The statement, signed “Deb and Hugh Jackman," concludes: "This is the sole statement either of us will make."

The Aussie pair, who share two kids, Oscar, 23, and Ava, 18, have been married for 27 years.

The two wed on April 11, 1996, and over the years became one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples.

On their 27th wedding anniversary in April, the Greatest Showman star posted a loving nod to Deb, 67, and their bond on Instagram, sharing in part, "I love you so much. Together we have created a beautiful family. And life. Your laughter, your spirit, generosity, humor, cheekiness, courage and loyalty is an incredible gift to me."

Their last red carpet appearance was at the Met Gala on May 1, and in July, they attended the men’s finals at Wimbledon.

15:30 Armenia
Armenian director's film wins best script award at Baiqonyr Film Festival

“Equation with Two Variables”, a state-financed short film by filmmaker Lusine Papoyan, has won the Best Screenplay Award at the Baiqonyr International Short Film Festival, the National Cinema Center of Armenia reported on Tuesday.

The film scriptwriter is also Lusine Papoyan. The cast includes Sergey Piloyan and Gurgen Zakaryan. It has been produced by Silhouette Studio.

“While selling goods in the train carriage, Mkhitar notices his peer, Karen, who has his feet on the front seat and his head hanging on the textbook. Silently obeying Mkhitar's remark, Karen lowers his legs and turns his back. Mkhitar, tries various methods to contact the stranger. Karen, with the bag hanging around his neck, shouts in the train carriages and tries to sell Mkhitar's goods, while Mkhitar is deep in his thoughts: is he thinking about the chess problem or life in general?” reads the film synopsis.

12:36 World
Senator Menendez calls for sanctions against Aliyev regime

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to the Senate floor on Monday to warn that Azerbaijan's blockade of Artsakh has all the hallmarks of genocide and pledged to hold Azerbaijan accountable.

The senator called on the Biden Administration to enforce Section 907 and stop all security assistance to Azerbaijan. He went on to call for sanctions against the Aliyev regime for war crimes and ethnic cleansing, ANCA reported.

"To the men organizing and carrying out this brutal campaign, we will hold you accountable for your crimes, even if it takes a lifetime – you will pay a price, you will face justice – and I certainly will not rest until you do so,” stated Menendez.

14:46 Armenia
Anna Hakobyan strolls in Kyiv

The wife of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Anna Hakobyan, has posted photos from her trip to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

"Today we took a walk in central Kyiv. In the morning, a liturgy was celebrated in St. Michael's Cathedral. I lit a candle and prayed for peace in our countries,” she said in a social media post.

11:15 Armenia
4 Armenian chess players in the lead at European Youth Championship

The European Youth Chess Championship 2023 is taking place in Mamaia, Romania, from September 5 to 14.

After 3 rounds Armenia has 4 participants who won all their games and are leaders in their age groups. They are FM Erik Chaqryan (Open-18), FM Benik Agasarov (Open-14), Tyhran Ambartsumian (Open-12) and Hayk Matevosyan (Open-8), the Armenian Chess Federation reports.

7 players from Armenia scored 2.5 points, including IM Emin Ohanyan (Open-18), Rudolf Pashikyan (Open-16), Narek Ghazaryan (Open-14), Vache Kocharyan (Open-12), Davit Stepanyan (Open-10), Nare Isakhanyan (Girls-10) and Mane Hakobyan (Girls-10).

17:00 World
Cristiano Ronaldo misses out on Ballon d'Or shortlist for first time in 20 years

For the first time since 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo has missed out on a nomination for the Ballon d'Or, GOAL reports.

Ever since he first started tearing it up at Manchester United in 2003, CR7 has been a consistent name on the nominations list for football's most prestigious individual award. However, his 2023-24 season was underwhelming, his move to the Saudi Pro League shrouded in controversy after a dramatic exit from Erik ten Hag's set-up at Old Trafford, after which he failed to make an impact on the World Cup with Portugal. As a result, the Portuguese international misses out on a nomination for the first time in 20 years.

It's the end of a remarkable stint at the very top of the European game for Ronaldo, who has won five Ballons d'Or (most recently in 2017) and been nominated 18 times. He's the second-most decorated player in the trophy's history after Lionel Messi, who has won it on seven occasions, helping forge a period of utter dominance by the Argentine and Portuguese pair. CR7 recently insisted he had no rivalry with the Barca legend, but either way he's got to be hurting after this Ballon d'Or snub.

Ronaldo will lick his wounds while away on international duty with Portugal; the 38-year-old is currently in training with fellow stars like Bruno Fernandes, Ruben Dias, and Bernardo Silva, ahead of Euro 2024 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg.

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