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  •  Death toll from Armenia shopping centre blast reaches 16
    Death toll from Armenia shopping centre blast reaches 16
     Death toll from Armenia shopping centre blast reaches 16
    Death toll from Armenia shopping centre blast reaches 16
    General news3 days ago

    Death toll from Armenia shopping centre blast reaches 16

    Death toll from Armenia shopping centre blast reaches 16
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  •  Armenian blast death toll rises to 16
    Armenian blast death toll rises to 16
     Armenian blast death toll rises to 16
    Armenian blast death toll rises to 16
    Foreign3 days ago

    Armenian blast death toll rises to 16

    The death toll from an explosion at a bustling market in the Armenian capital Yerevan rose to 16, Armenia’s emergency situations ministry said on Tuesday.

    Sunday’s blast at the Surmalu wholesale market also injured 60 people after it caused a fire and the collapse of a building.

    “Sixteen bodies were found during search and rescue efforts,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that 18 people were still missing.

    Officials said more than 350 rescuers are at work on the ground.

    The cause has not yet been established, but local news reports, citing witnesses, said the explosion went off at a place that stored fireworks.

    Local authorities have excluded the possibility that it was a terror attack and prosecutors have already launched a probe into violations “on stocking inflammable goods”, breaches in fire safety standards and the death of people “due to negligence”.

    The disaster comes as the country of three million people is still recovering from a 2020 war with Azerbaijan, which ended in a heavy defeat and sparked a political crisis.

    Shortly after Sunday’s blast, officials evacuated people from Yerevan metro stations after a bomb threat, but authorities found no explosive device.

  •  Armenian blast death toll rises to 6 over 60 injured
    Armenian blast death toll rises to 6, over 60 injured
     Armenian blast death toll rises to 6 over 60 injured
    Armenian blast death toll rises to 6, over 60 injured
    Foreign3 days ago

    Armenian blast death toll rises to 6, over 60 injured

    The death toll from an explosion at a bustling market in the Armenian capital Yerevan rose to six on Monday as search operations continued for people believed trapped under rubble.

    Another 61 people were injured and 15 were missing after Sunday’s blast that led to the collapse of a building at the Surmalu wholesale market, Armenia’s Emergency Situations Minister Armen Pambukhchyan said.

    Rescue operations were continuing “very carefully” with people still believed to be trapped beneath the debris, he added.

    Pambukhchyan told reporters that video footage of the incident showed that “there can be no talk of a terrorist attack” as the fire started before the explosion.

    He said the fire spread to “pyro materials”.

    Local media had earlier said the explosion went off at a place that stored fireworks.

    The cause of the fire was being established.

    The minister said that smoke and small fire could persist for several more days with lots of plastic smouldering at the scene.

    Photos and videos posted on social media after the blast showed a thick column of black smoke over the market and what appeared to be a series of detonations can be heard.

    Prosecutors meanwhile launched a probe into violations “on stocking inflammable goods”, breaches in fire safety standards and the death of people “due to negligence”.

    Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited the site of the blast on Monday, according to his press service.

    In all, 200 firefighters and medical workers were sent to the scene, as well as fire engines and construction site equipment.

    Rescue workers used a digger to clear away rubble, an AFP journalist at the scene reported earlier.

    The disaster comes as the country of three million people is still recovering from a 2020 war with Azerbaijan, which ended in a heavy defeat and sparked a political crisis.

  •  Death toll rises to six after blast at Armenian shopping centre
    Death toll rises to six after blast at Armenian shopping centre
     Death toll rises to six after blast at Armenian shopping centre
    Death toll rises to six after blast at Armenian shopping centre
    Foreign4 days ago

    Death toll rises to six after blast at Armenian shopping centre

    Death toll rises to six after blasThe death toll has risen to six following an explosion at a shopping centre in Yerevan, while 18 people were still missing, officials said on Monday.

    Some 70 rescue workers were searching the rubble, the statement by the civil defence authority said after firefighters had largely extinguished the blaze following the explosion on Sunday.

    More than 20 people were reportedly being treated in hospitals after the accident that occurred at the shopping mall outside the centre of the capital.

    Initially, Armenia’s Health Ministry said more than 60 people were injured, including about a dozen of children.

    The blast occurred when a warehouse where fireworks were stored blew up at the wholesale site, triggering an explosion of a gas pipeline.

    The massive blast generated huge clouds of smoke and several buildings collapsed, triggering panic.

    The former Soviet Republic of Armenia in the South Caucasus is one of the world’s poorest countries.

    Violations of safety regulations were common.

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  •  One dead 20 injured in explosion at Armenian market
    One dead, 20 injured in explosion at Armenian market
     One dead 20 injured in explosion at Armenian market
    One dead, 20 injured in explosion at Armenian market
    Foreign5 days ago

    One dead, 20 injured in explosion at Armenian market

    NOW An explosion at a retail market in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Sunday sparked a fire, killing one person and injuring 20, the emergency situations ministry said.

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  •  Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
     Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Nigerian organisation wins UNFPA award

    A Nigerian-based organisation, Hillspring Diagnostics, has won the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) global innovation award for one of the 10 projects that will advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that UNFPA announced the 10 winners to its first ever Joint Innovation Challenge on Thursday.

    Joint Innovation Challenge is a cutting-edge competition to provide funding for social enterprises with innovative solutions that advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.

    Speaking on the award at a news conference in New York, UN spokesman, Mr Stéphane Dujarric, said 10 organisations that won the award are headed by women.

    Dujarric said Hillspring Diagnostics from Nigeria came up with a revolutionary method for detecting ectopic pregnancy, a condition which can have dangerous consequences including death of the mother and baby if not diagnosed and treated in time.

    According to him, organisations headed by women from other nine countries of Costa Rica, Armenia, Mongolia, Uganda, Turkey, Colombia, Bangladesh, Rwanda, and Cameroon were honoured.

    Dujarric said the winners pitched a range of innovations – from a portable diagnostic system for pre-eclampsia to a board game that shares information on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

    “The 10 winners each received 60,000 dollars which will allow these organisations to move from pilot stage to scale,’’ he said.

    The challenge was financed by UNFPA’s Equaliser Accelerator Fund, and implemented in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Trade Centre.

    Entrants were given the incentive of a cash prize which would allow them to expand their ideas from the test stage, to full production, for the potential benefit of millions around the world.

    The challenge received further funding from the Governments of Luxembourg, Finland, and Denmark.

    Launched in 2021, UNFPA’s Fund provides equity-free investments in social enterprises that are led or co-led by women, and can show evidence of the impact they will have.

    Reacting to the award, Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s Executive Director said, in relation to the competition, “creative thinking and innovative solutions are key to accelerate progress for women and girls around the world.

    ” According to her, the 2022 challenge is awarding 10 women-helmed organisations from five different regions globally.

    Initially, a panel of experts received 300 submissions from 61 countries.

    After 20 finalists pitched their innovative ideas to the panel, the eventual 10 winners then signed nine-month contracts with UNFPA and will be receiving an equity-free investment of 60,000 dollars.

    The funding will allow winning organisations to transition away from the pilot stage, and begin manufacturing at scale.

    UNFPA and its partners will also support the social enterprises with targeted mentorship, training opportunities, interactive workshops, and unique access to the global UN network.

    The winning ideas varied in function, but were united in ingenuity, said the agency.

    Other winners from Africa are the Global Pre-Eclampsia Initiative from, Uganda; Urukundo Initiative, Rwanda and Women in Entrepreneurship and Technology (WETECH), Cameroon.

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  •  Armenia leader questions work of Russian peacekeepers after flareup
    Armenia leader questions work of Russian peacekeepers after flareup
     Armenia leader questions work of Russian peacekeepers after flareup
    Armenia leader questions work of Russian peacekeepers after flareup
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Armenia leader questions work of Russian peacekeepers after flareup

    Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday questioned the role of Russian peacekeepers in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh after a new flare-up left three soldiers dead.

    Pashinyan’s rare criticism of ally Moscow came after tensions escalated on Wednesday in the disputed mountainous region, which is mainly populated by ethnic Armenians.

    The former Soviet republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars — in the 1990s and in 2020 — over Nagorno-Karabakh.

    In the aftermath of the latest war, Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades.

    Russia deployed some 2,000 peacekeepers to oversee the fragile truce but tensions persist despite the ceasefire agreement.

    “Questions arise in Armenian society over the Russian peacekeeping operation in Nagorno-Karabakh,” Pashinyan told a government meeting.

    He pointed to “gross, prolonged violations of a ceasefire regime” and “constant physical and psychological terror” of Karabakh residents in the presence of the peacekeepers.

    Pashinyan said the role of the Russian peacekeeping mission must be “clarified”, adding that Armenia expected the contingent to prevent “any attempt to violate the line of contact”.

    The two sides accuse each other of violating the fragile truce.

    On Wednesday, Baku said it had lost a soldier and the Karabakh army said two of its troops had been killed.

    The Azeri defence ministry said Karabakh troops targeted its army positions in the district of Lachin, which is under the supervision of the Russian peacekeeping force.

    The Azeri army later said it conducted an operation dubbed “Revenge” in response and took control of several strategic positions.

    On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

    Turkey backed Azerbaijan in the 2020 war over Nagorno-Karabakh.

  •  Baku says Azerbaijani soldier killed near Karabakh
    Baku says Azerbaijani soldier killed near Karabakh
     Baku says Azerbaijani soldier killed near Karabakh
    Baku says Azerbaijani soldier killed near Karabakh
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Baku says Azerbaijani soldier killed near Karabakh

    NOW Azerbaijan said that one of its soldiers was killed by Armenian gunfire on Wednesday near the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

    The Azerbaijani defence ministry said Armenian troops targeted Azerbaijani army positions in the district of Lachin, which is under the supervision of the Russian peacekeeping force, killing an Azerbaijani conscript.

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  •  Global cost of living crisis catalyzed by war in Ukraine sending tens of millions into poverty warns UN Development Programme
    Global cost-of-living crisis catalyzed by war in Ukraine sending tens of millions into poverty, warns UN Development Programme
     Global cost of living crisis catalyzed by war in Ukraine sending tens of millions into poverty warns UN Development Programme
    Global cost-of-living crisis catalyzed by war in Ukraine sending tens of millions into poverty, warns UN Development Programme
    Africa1 month ago

    Global cost-of-living crisis catalyzed by war in Ukraine sending tens of millions into poverty, warns UN Development Programme

    High rates of inflation have seen the number of poor people in developing countries rise by 71 million in the three months since March 2022, warns the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in a report released today. .

    As interest rates rise in response to runaway inflation, there is a risk of triggering further recession-induced poverty that will further exacerbate the crisis, accelerating and deepening poverty around the world.

    Developing countries, facing depleted fiscal reserves and high levels of sovereign debt, as well as rising interest rates in global financial markets, face challenges that cannot be resolved without the urgent attention of the global community.

    Analysis of 159 developing countries globally indicates that price increases in key commodities are already having immediate and devastating impacts on the poorest households, with clear hotspots in the Balkans, countries in the Caspian Sea region and the Sub-Saharan Africa (particularly the Sahel region), according to UNDP estimates.

    This report focuses on the insights provided by the UN Secretary-General's Global Crisis Response Group's two reports on the ripple effects of the war in Ukraine.

    “Unprecedented price increases mean that for many people around the world, the food they could afford yesterday is no longer within reach,” says UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. "This cost-of-living crisis is driving millions of people into poverty and even hunger at breakneck speed, and with that, the threat of further social unrest grows by the day."

    Policymakers responding to the cost-of-living crisis, particularly in poorer nations, face tough choices. The challenge is how to balance meaningful short-term relief for poor and vulnerable households, at a time when most developing countries are struggling with shrinking fiscal space and mounting debt.

    “We are witnessing an alarming and growing divergence in the global economy, as entire developing countries face the threat of being left behind as they struggle to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, crushing debt levels and now accelerating crisis. food and energy," says Steiner. “However, new international efforts can break this vicious economic cycle, saving lives and livelihoods, including decisive debt relief measures; keep international supply chains open; and coordinated action to ensure that some of the world's most marginalized communities can access affordable food and energy."

    Countries have tried to dilute the worst impacts of the current crisis through trade restrictions, tax rebates, general energy subsidies and targeted cash transfers.

    The report finds that targeted cash transfers are more equitable and cost-effective than general subsidies.

    “While general energy subsidies can help in the short term, in the long term they drive inequality, further exacerbate the climate crisis, and do not soften the immediate blow of rising costs of living as much as targeted cash transfers do.” . says report author George Gray Molina, UNDP's Head of Strategic Policy Engagement. "They offer some relief like an immediate Band-Aid, but they risk causing worse injuries over time."

    The report shows that energy subsidies disproportionately benefit the wealthiest people, with more than half of the benefits of a universal energy subsidy going to the richest 20% of the population. In contrast, cash transfers mostly go to the poorest 40% of the population.

    “Cash in the hands of people reeling from astronomical food and fuel price increases will have a widespread impact in a positive way,” says Molina. “Our model shows that even very modest cash transfers can have dramatic and stabilizing effects for the poorest and most vulnerable in this crisis. And we know from the COVID-19 responses that developing countries must be supported by the global community to have the fiscal space to fund these schemes.”

    He added that to free up those needed funds, a two-year official debt standstill should be considered to help all developing countries, regardless of GDP per capita, recover from these shocks. This echoes recent calls by international financial institutions to improve the liquidity of developing countries.

    The COVID-19 pandemic alone has pushed debt in developing countries to a 50-year high, equivalent to more than two and a half times their income, according to the World Bank.

    The countries facing the most drastic impacts of the crisis across all poverty lines are Armenia and Uzbekistan in Central Asia; Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Sudan in sub-Saharan Africa; Haiti in Latin America; and Pakistan and Sri Lanka in South Asia. In Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Yemen, the impacts could be particularly harsh on the lower poverty lines, while in Albania, the Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Mongolia, and Tajikistan, the impacts could be harsher.

    Click here to read and download the report

  •  Inter Milan sign on Mkhitaryan from AS Roma
    Inter Milan sign on Mkhitaryan from AS Roma
     Inter Milan sign on Mkhitaryan from AS Roma
    Inter Milan sign on Mkhitaryan from AS Roma
    General news2 months ago

    Inter Milan sign on Mkhitaryan from AS Roma

    Inter Milan sign on Mkhitaryan from AS Roma

    Signing

    Rome, July 2, 2022  Inter Milan have signed former Borussia Dortmund attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan from league rivals AS Roma, the Italian Serie A runners-up confirmed on Saturday.

    The 33-year-old Armenian Mkhitaryan has signed a two-year deal to 2024, according to media reports, after leaving Europa Conference League champions Roma on a free transfer.

    Mkhitaryan played from 2013 to 2016 for Borussia Dortmund and joined AS Roma in 2019 after spells with Arsenal and Manchester United.

    He is Inter Milan’s second addition to their front line this close season after the loan signing of their former star Romelu Lukaku from

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