Armenian, Russian FMs refer to regional security issues

YEREVAN, JANUARY 18, ARMENPRESS. Foreign Minister of Armenia Ara Ayvazian had a phone conversation with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov on January 18. As ARMENPRESS was informed from the press service of the Foreign Ministry of...

Numbeo ranks Armenia 11th among 135 countries in terms of safety

YEREVAN, January 18. /ARKA/. Armenia dropped two notches in the Safety Index by Country 2021 rating from the 2020 rating to the 11 position. The annual rating compiled by the Numbeo covers 135 countries. Of...

Ruling parliamentary majority turns down opposition’s motion on providing assistance to persons gone missing...

YEREVAN, January 18. /ARKA/. The ruling My Step alliance in Armenia's National Assembly voted today against considering a motion tabled by the opposition Bright Armenia party, suggesting that government assistance be provided also to...

Armenian president to continue treatment for coronavirus at home

YEREVAN, January 18. /ARKA/. Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, who is undergoing treatment for coronavirus at a London hospital, will be discharged from the medical facility in the coming days, Sarkissian's press service reported. “The President...

Residents of Artsakh provided with 200 million dram assistance in Armenia

YEREVAN, January 18. /ARKA/. Some 200 million drams (more than $382,000) worth financial and other assistance has been provided to those residents of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) who had to flee their homes before the advancing...

Detained Kremlin foe Navalny rushed to court, Moscow tells West to butt out

By Anton Zverev, Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was rushed to a court hearing inside a police station on Monday, a day after he was detained at a Moscow airport when flying home...

Russia’s Exit From Open Skies Treaty Was Inevitable Due to US Stance, China Says

by Oleg Burunov On Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that Moscow had started procedures to leave the Open Skies Treaty, as no progress had been made in removing the obstacles hindering the treaty's functionality after...

Lavrov: West’s Reaction to Navalny Detention Meant to Distract Attention From Crisis of Liberalism

by Sergei Gridnev Following the detention of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, a number of Western countries, including the US, the UK, and Germany called on the Russian authorities to release him. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov...

Norway Warns Third Vaccine Shot May Prove Necessary for Solid Immunity

by Igor Kuznetsov Some 23 Norwegians earlier died within days of receiving their first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, with 13 of those deaths apparently related to the side effects of the vaccine. This prompted...

‘Brexit Carnage’: Shellfish Lorries Descend on London Amid Protest by Fishing Businesses

by Lilia Dergacheva The lorries turned up at the entrance to Boris Johnson's office, as shellfish exporters said they were protesting against the post-Brexit red tape standing in the way of their fishing business. Over 20 shellfish...

Britain is immunising ‘140 people per minute’ against Covid-19, but vaccine production is ‘lumpy,’...

Some 140 people are getting a coronavirus jab in the UK per minute, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi has said, revealing that police officers, teachers and shopkeepers will be prioritised next. Britain’s quest to vaccinate...

Russia’s FM spokeswoman urges US & other countries decrying Navalny’s detention ‘not to interfere’...

Instead of rushing to condemn the detention of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny upon his return to Moscow, foreign politicians should focus on domestic issues at hand and respect the Russian law, Maria Zakharova...

Turkish police power grows, intensifying concern over civil liberties

Security experts say that a recent legal amendment on moveable properties including weapons will expand Turkish police power and have significant ramifications for the country’s human rights. A governmental decree published on Jan. 6 in the Official Gazette amended some articles of the Regulation of Moveable...

Russian ambassador criticises Turkish Medical Association for ignoring Sputnik V

The Russian ambassador to Turkey criticised the head of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) for its exclusion of the Sputnik V in an article evaluating COVID-19 vaccines, Russian news agency Sputnik Turkiye reported. In a letter...

Diyanet president criticises Greek archbishop’s remarks on Islam

The head of Turkey's religious ministry criticised remarks made by Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos that were called insulting to Muslims, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Ali Erbas, the President of Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs, known...

Turkish motor vehicle sales grow 16 percent in December

Turkish sales of motor vehicles increased by an annual 16 percent in the month of December, the Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD) said. Sales in the local market rose to 107,969 units from 92,885 units in...

Palau-flagged ship sinks off Black Sea coast

A Palau-flagged dry cargo ship sank off the coast of Turkey's Black Sea province of Bartın on Jan. 17, according to an official. Rescue workers managed to save six crew members and reached the body of one other on the Arvin, which sank off the coast...

Veteran composer Muammer Sun dies at 89

Professor Muammer Sun, a doyen composer and educator who made several contributions to the development of Contemporary Polyphonic Turkish Music, passed away on Jan. 16 at Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Hospital due to multiple organ failure....

Photoshoot on wreckage sets social media abuzz

A photoshoot carried out on the wreckage of a destroyed apartment building, under the scope of a social responsibility project to raise awareness for an expected Istanbul earthquake, has set social media abuzz with people questioning the...

Some 300,000 people applied to Top Court for violation of rights in 8 years

With the “right to individual applications” granted by Turkey to its citizens, some 300,000 people applied to the Top Court due to the violation of their rights from September 2012 until Dec. 31, 2020. Turkey granted the “right to individual applications”...