Short news

14:10 13/05/2022
North Korea confirms first COVID death; 350,000 reporting ‘fever’

Experts worry North Korea’s health system will be unable to cope with spread of COVID in an unvaccinated population.


13:16 13/05/2022
Key Turkish opposition figure banned from politics after anti-Erdoğan tweet

An Istanbul appeals court on Thursday confirmed three charges against Canan Kaftancıoğlu, the head of the Istanbul branch of the main opposition Republican People’s party (CHP), upholding her convictions for insulting a public official, publicly insulting the republic of Turkey, and insulting the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in tweets accusing him of theft. She faces a ban on political activity and a prison sentence of four years, 11 months and 20 days.


12:25 13/05/2022
Nadal knocked out of Italian Open by Shapovalov

Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open in the third round on Thursday after falling to a shock 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 defeat at the hands of Denis Shapovalov. Defeat in Rome for 'King of Clay' Nadal casts doubt over his prospects at the upcoming French Open, where he has been crowned champion 13 times but faces a threat from teenage phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz. The 35-year-old had been out for six weeks with a rib injury before returning for last week's tournament in Madrid, and he began limping in the third set.


11:41 13/05/2022
Scientists unveil image of black hole at Milky Way's centre

Scientists on Thursday provided the first look at the "gentle giant" lurking at the center of our Milky Way galaxy - an image of a supermassive black hole that devours any matter within its huge gravitational pull but is currently on a bit of a diet. The black hole - called Sagittarius A*, or Sgr A* - is the second one ever to be imaged.


11:06 13/05/2022
France condemns arrest of two citizens in Iran

France's foreign ministry has confirmed two of its citizens are being detained in Iran and demanded their release. "The French government condemns these baseless arrests," a statement said. It did not identify the pair, but the head of a French education union said an employee and her husband had gone missing while on holiday in Iran. On Wednesday, the Iranian intelligence ministry said two Europeans had been arrested for planning to cause "chaos, social disorder and instability".


10:29 13/05/2022
Storm chaser killed in severe weather crash in Minnesota

Severe storms brought damaging winds, heavy rain and a few reports of tornadoes to Minnesota, where a storm-chasing meteorologist died in a crash that authorities said was caused by downed power lines. The wreck on Interstate 90 in southwest Minnesota Wednesday evening killed a woman, of Mexico City, Mexico, when a car in which she was riding attempted to avoid the power lines on the roadway and was struck by a semi. Three others in the vehicle, were injured.


10:00 13/05/2022
Djokovic, Swiatek sweep into Rome quarters

Novak Djokovic strolled into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Sunday with a routine 6-2, 6-2 win over Stan Wawrinka, while Iga Swiatek continued her bid for a fifth straight tournament victory by beating Victoria Azarenka.


18:00 12/05/2022
North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles after reporting COVID outbreak

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles toward the sea off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea said, in the latest such move by the isolated country racing to advance its weapons programmes on the day it first reported a COVID-19 outbreak. Japan's coastguard confirmed the launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea, citing its military. The projectile appeared to fall outside Japan's exclusive economic zone, public broadcaster NHK said. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said three short-range ballistic missiles were fired from the Sunan.


17:15 12/05/2022
Andriy Yarmolenko set to leave West Ham at end of contract in June

Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko is set to leave West Ham when his contract runs out at the end of June. The 32-year-old is one of West Ham's highest earners and manager David Moyes has made the decision to let him leave at the end of his deal. Yarmolenko was part of the big spending under former boss Manuel Pellegrini and cost £17.5m when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund in 2018. He has made 30 appearances for West Ham this season, scoring three goals.


16:34 12/05/2022
Cristiano Ronaldo wins Premier League Player of the Month for a sixth time to overtake Wayne Rooney's record

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Player of the Month for April - making it two monthly awards this season. The 37-year-old has won player of the month for a sixth time, now the most of any United player in the competition, overtaking Wayne Rooney's five. Ronaldo was in impressive form throughout the month of April, scoring five times in just four matches for the Red Devils, even though it was a tough time for Ralf Rangnick's side who took just four points from five matches.


15:39 12/05/2022
Nepali woman's 10th Everest climb breaks her own record

A 48-year-old Nepali woman scaled Mount Everest for the 10th time on Thursday, breaking her own record for the most summits of the world’s highest mountain by a female climber, her hiking company said. Lhakpa Sherpa last climbed the 8,848.86-metre mountain in 2018. A fellow Nepali, Kami Rita Sherpa, holds the men's record of 26 climbs. A Nepali tourism official, Bhishma Kumar Bhattarai, confirmed that she had reached the summit.


15:04 12/05/2022
Nuclear talks: Iran’s Raisi launches major economic reform

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has set about major reforms in the country’s subsidies system amid continued efforts to give new momentum to stalled talks aimed at restoring the country’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The president announced, during a televised late-night interview on Monday, that he is gradually transforming a subsidies system introduced by his predecessor to stabilise prices in the face of sanctions, but that mostly ended up breeding corruption.


14:38 12/05/2022
US marks 1 mn Covid deaths, early epicenter New York seeks to move on

The United States has crossed the threshold of one million deaths from Covid-19, the White House said on Thursday, as cities like New York try to turn the page on the pandemic despite threats of another surge.


13:05 12/05/2022
Apple loses position as most valuable firm amid tech sell-off

Apple has lost its position as the world's most valuable company amid a broad sell-off of technology stocks. Saudi Arabian oil and gas producer Aramco has reclaimed the top spot from the iPhone maker for the first time in almost two years. Investors have been selling shares in technology firms as they move into what they see as less risky assets. Bitcoin, other major cryptocurrencies and digital assets have also continued to fall sharply.


12:18 12/05/2022
China's rover makes surprising water discovery at Mars landing site

China's Zhurong rover has found evidence suggesting that water persisted on Mars for much longer than expected. Zhurong landed in a large plain in Mars' northern hemisphere called Utopia Planitia on May 15, 2021 -- where NASA's Viking 2 lander touched down in 1976. The rover's primary mission, which lasted for three months, was to search for signs of ancient life. It has investigated the minerals, environment and distribution of water and ice in the plain, which is all part of the largest impact basin in the Martian northern lowlands.


11:55 12/05/2022
Hong Kong cardinal Joseph Zen arrested under China's security law

One of the Catholic Church's most senior members has been arrested in Hong Kong for breaking China's national security law, police have confirmed. Cardinal Joseph Zen, 90, is one of four people detained for being associated with a now-defunct organisation that helped protesters in financial need. The others are a Cantopop singer and actor Denise Ho, ex-legislator Margaret Ng, and academic Dr Hui Po Keung. They are accused of colluding with foreign forces.



11:16 12/05/2022
Erdogan opponents allege Greek border pushbacks

For years Greece has been accused of illegally pushing asylum-seekers back to Turkey, a practice it strenuously denies. But according to witnesses and rights groups, the summary deportations are also hitting vulnerable opponents of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kurdish writer Meral Simsek, 42, is one of several people who told AFP they were sent back to Turkey to face imprisonment and possible torture after already making a perilous crossing of the border on the River Evros.


10:31 12/05/2022
Egg-sized diamond fetches over $21M with fees at Geneva sale

Christie’s says “The Rock,” an egg-sized white diamond billed as the largest of its kind to go up for auction, sold Wednesday for more than 21.6 million Swiss francs ($21.75 million), including fees — though at the low end of the expected range. The 228-carat pear-shaped G-Color stone, with its platinum pendant mounting, has a gross weight of 61.3 grams and dimensions of 5.4 centimeters by 3.1 centimeters (2.1 inches by 1.2 inches) — making it about the size of a medium hen’s egg.



Indonesia's parliament votes to criminalize adultery
Indonesia’s Parliament passed a long-awaited and controversial revision of its penal code Tuesday that criminalizes extramarital sex for...
Light snow, fog in the forecast
Light snow and fog are expected in some parts of Armenia on Tuesday, Wednesday and overnight Thursday. No precipitation is predicted on...
Military plane crashes in central Turkey
An F-5 military aircraft crashed in the central Turkish province of Konya on Tuesday. The Ministry of National Defense announced that the pilot...
Uruguay's president reiterates support for Armenia
President of Uruguay Luis Lacalle Pou met with members of the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Uruguay. Health Undersecretary José...
Armenian opposition member refuses to take up parliament seat
Lawyer Robert Hayrapetyan, a member of the opposition Resurgent Armenia party, has refused to take up a vacant parliament seat. “The...
Armenia received Azerbaijan's peace proposals, senior MP says
Armenia and Azerbaijan may hold fresh talks on a bilateral peace treaty before the end of this year, Eduard Aghajanyan, an MP from...
Iran activists dismiss claim morality police abolished
Campaigners backing Iran's protest movement on Monday dismissed a claim that the Islamic republic is disbanding its notorious morality...
Armenian scientists create device measuring fatigue in humans
Armenian scientists have created a device that measures fatigue in humans and determines their mental state. The instrument was developed by...
12 Armenian weightlifters to compete at World Championships in Colombia
Twelve Armenian weightlifters are set to compete at the World Weightlifting Championships 2022 which kicked off in Bogota, Colombia, on Monday,...
Armenian ombudswoman briefs U.S. official on Azeri war crimes
Armenia’s Human Rights Defender Kristinne Grigoryan met with Erica Olson, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State overseeing policy for...
Analyst calls out Armenian government's Artsakh policy
Political analyst Suren Sargsyan has called out the current Armenian leadership’s policy on Artsakh. “Obviously, the key...
House committee to hold hearing on U.S. policy towards Caucasus
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing on “U.S. Policy Towards the Caucasus” on...
Expert: Majority of Armenians surveyed by Gallup are opposition-minded
The approval rating of Armenia's ruling Civil Contract party is only 17.5%, Azerbaijan specialist Anzhela Elibegova said on Monday, citing...
John Bolton says considering 2024 presidential bid
Former White House national security adviser John Bolton floated a 2024 presidential bid on Monday, saying he is "prepared" to get...
World Cup 2022 matches today
Tuesday is the final day of the last 16 stage at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Another four teams will fight it out to see who can secure...
Oxford dictionary word of the year revealed as 'goblin mode'
The first Oxford word of the year to be chosen by public vote has been announced. The winning word, "goblin mode", is a slang term...
Armenia never discussed withdrawal from CSTO, speaker says
Armenia has never unveiled plans to quit the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), but Yerevan is concerned about the...
Travel ban against Armen Ashotyan 'arbitrary', lawyer claims
The travel ban imposed against Armenian opposition politician Armen Ashotyan is “arbitrary” and runs against domestic laws, his...
Armenia joins CoE Impressionism Routes project
The National Gallery of Armenia has joined the Impressionism Routes project of the Council of Europe, expanding Armenia’s involvement in...
Lavrov: Russia interested in peace deal between Armenia, Azerbaijan
Russia is interested in securing a peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a meeting with his...
Armenia Securities Exchange sums up November market data
The insights of November 2022 at Armenia Securities Exchange (AMX) have shown a surge of market and trade values of securities in...
Germany earmarks $10.5 billion to buy F-35 fighter jets
Germany has earmarked €10 billion ($10.5 billion) to buy 35 F-35A Lightning II fighter jets, according to a government document seen by...
YSU professor 'boycotts' Republic Square celebrations
Menua Soghomonyan, a political science professor at Yerevan State University (YSU) and a member of the opposition 5165 movement, has announced a...
Road conditions update
The Road Department Fund issued an update on road conditions in Armenia on Monday. It said the Vanadzor-Tumanyan highway and the serpentine...
ArtReview Power 100: Larry Gagosian among most influential people in art
The Indonesian collective ruangrupa tops the 21st edition of the ArtReview Power 100, the annual ranking of the contemporary artworld’s...
CSTO Parliamentary Assembly meeting to be held in Moscow on Monday
Moscow will host a meeting of the Council and the 15th plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Russian-led Collective Security...
Tehran supports Minsk's intention to join SCO
Iran supports the intention of Belarus to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Sputnik reports, citing...
Yerevan mayor announces new appointments
Mayor of Yerevan Hrachya Sargsyan announced new appointments at a procedural meeting of the Yerevan Municipality on Monday. "We have...
Armenia hands over remains of 10 Azerbaijanis killed in first Karabakh war
Armenia has handed over to Azerbaijan the remains of 10 people presumably killed during the first Nagorno-Karabakh war (1991-1994) and two maps...
Macron says he maintains regular contact with Putin
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he maintains regular communication with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, TASS reports....

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles