UK PM ‘confident’ restrictions will ease on July 19 after extending lockdown measures for...

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reasserted his confidence that the UK will reopen on July 19 after lockdown measures were extended earlier this week, which sparked backlash from politicians and the public. Johnson announced on...

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grants eight short-term scholarships for research on Nagorno-Karabakh

https://en.armradio.am-Siranush Ghazanchyan The Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation launched a new scholarship category in January 2021, the “Short Term Research Grants for the Study of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh).” The goal is to encourage...

Which party or bloc will Armenian citizens vote for at upcoming snap elections? Polls...

YEREVAN, JUNE 18, ARMENPRESS. Various research organizations have carried out surveys in Armenia to find out the political preferences of the citizens ahead of the June 20 early parliamentary elections. The results of the polls...

Lavrov dismisses reports on possible creation of Turkish military base in Azerbaijan as “rumors”

https://en.armradio.am-Siranush Ghazanchyan Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed declined to comment on the reports on the possible establishment of Turkish military bases in Azerbaijan, calling them “rumors,” TASS reports. “We have not discussed this issue, and...

Armenia expects international partners to react to Azerbaijan’s gross violations of international law

YEREVAN, JUNE 18, ARMENPRESS. The Foreign Ministry of Armenia strongly condemns prosecution carried out by Azerbaijan against the Armenian prisoners of war and captured civilians on false charges. As ARMENPRESS was informed from the press...

Report: In Final Push for Govt, French Envoy Visits Beirut ahead of ‘Sanctions’

French envoy Patrick Durell is expected in Beirut on Friday to push leaders in Lebanon into forming a much-needed government, ahead of reported sanctions France and the EU are preparing against some officials in...

Election in Armenia, meant to end political crisis, is too close to call

https://www.reuters.com-Reuters Leader of "Armenia" bloc and the country's former President Robert Kocharyan greets supporters during a campaign rally ahead of the upcoming snap parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia June 9, 2021. Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure via REUTERS Leader...

EU sets out potential criteria for Lebanese sanctions – document

https://www.reuters.com-Robin EmmottJohn Irish Gebran Bassil, leader of Lebanon's biggest Christian bloc, speaks during a parliament meeting at UNESCO Palace in Beirut, Lebanon May 22, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir PARIS/BRUSSELS, June 18 (Reuters) - Criteria for European Union...

Judge sanctioned by U.S. set to take over Iran presidency

https://www.reuters.com-Parisa Hafezi Presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi gestures after casting his vote during presidential elections at a polling station in Tehran, Iran June 18, 2021. Majid Asgaripour/WANA DUBAI, June 18 (Reuters) - Iranians voted on Friday in...

Greece steps up pressure on Germany to halt submarine sale to Turkey

Greece intensified pressure on Germany to halt the sale of submarines to Turkey to maintain the balance of power in the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean. “This is for us a source of concern,” Greek Foreign...

Transparency International calls for full probe of claims by Turkish mafia boss

Turkey should fully investigate allegations by mafia boss Sedat Peker of illegal activities in politics, the bureaucracy and the business world, Transparency International said. “These claims should be investigated by independent judicial organs and probed...

Turkish prosecutors clear first hurdle in resubmitting closure case against the HDP

Turkish prosecutors have cleared the first hurdle in resubmitting legal case to close the pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) after their indictment was preliminarily accepted by the Constitutional Court on Friday. The court’s rapporteur recommended...

U.S. objectives narrowing in Syria, analyst says

U.S. objectives in Syria have narrowed to a focus on defeating the Islamic State (ISIS) insurgency and increasing humanitarian aid, according to Aaron Stein, director of research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Former U.S....

Turkey condemns Greek court’s sentencing of elected Muslim official

Turkey on June 17 condemned a Greek court's decision to sentence the elected mufti, or Muslim official, of the city of Xanthi to time in prison with a three-year deferment of the sentence. A criminal court in the city of...

Turkey confirms warmest May in over half a century

News Turkey June 18 2021 08:55:00 Turkey confirms warmest May in over half a century ISTANBUL Last month was the warmest May in the last 51 years in Turkey, according to the country’s meteorology authority. The average May temperature in Turkey...

Two dead in Bosporus Strait container ship collision

A container ship and a fishing boat collided in Istanbul’s Bosporus Strait, killing two persons on June 17. Turkey’s Directorate General of Coastal Safety said the ship AS ROSAILA hit a 7-meters-long (23-foot-long) fishing boat under Istanbul’s Yavuz...

Coronavirus death toll reaches 49,012 as daily cases hit 5,904

Turkey's confirmed cases of the coronavirus increased by 5,904 as the daily patients increase by 509 in the past 24 hours, and 62 more people have died, taking the death toll to 49,012, the Health Ministry announced on...

Turkey and Russia have different interests in the South Caucasus: Op-ed

Since the end of the Second Karabakh War and the signing of a ceasefire agreement on Nov. 9, 2020, Turkey and Russia have co-existed in Azerbaijan in a joint monitoring center and Russian “peacekeeping” forces in northern Karabakh. This is...

Turkey to play ‘lead role’ in security of Kabul airport: White House

The United States on June 17 hailed a commitment by Turkey to secure Kabul’s airport, addressing one key area of concern amid fears the government will collapse once U.S. forces leave. The agreement is likely to mark...

Top Turkish, European diplomats meet ahead of key EU summit

Top Turkish and European diplomats held talks on June 18 to discuss Ankara-Brussels relations ahead of a key EU Council meeting slated for June 24 and 25. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and the EU’s high representative for...