Iraq clashes between Kurdish fighters, IS delay evacuation of Yazidis
The Kurdish peshmerga troops, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, launched the operation to retake Mt. Sinjar on December 17.
Lorenzo Lamas to star in upcoming biblical epic featuring Armenian saint
The movie features the story of Princess Sandoukht who according to Armenian historians, was martyred along with Saint Thaddeus the Apostle.
China offers over $3 billion in aid to neighbors
Chinese Premier said the offer included $1 billion for infrastructure, $490 million for poverty alleviation and $1.6 billion in special loans.
Turkey issues arrest warrant for Gulen over coup plot allegation
Over 20 journalists working for media outlets thought to be sympathetic to the Gulen movement were arrested last weekend.
Google wants Android Auto built into car: report
The new software will bring smart features to vehicle infotainment displays without the need for a synced smartphone.
Toshiba “to launch ultra-slim tablet at Consumer Electronics Show”
The electronics firm posted a teaser image of the mystery device on its UK Twitter account, offering a cryptic look at one of its corners.
1200 ceasefire violations by Azeris reported Dec 14-20
Azerbaijan fired over 12000 shots from various caliber weapons towards the positions of Nagorno Karabakh defense army.
Heavy fog prevents planes from landing in Yerevan
“The plane flying from Rostov-on-Don headed to Sochi, while the other one was sent back to Mineralnye Vody,” Civil Aviation official said.
Obama calls Sony’s “The Interview” cancellation over hack “a mistake”
"We cannot have a society in which a dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” the President said.
"Ted 2" Seth MacFarlane’s hit comedy sequel unveils first photo
The photo shows Mark Wahlberg and the foul-mouthed teddy bear getting ready for scuba diving.
U.S-led coalition air strikes target IS militants in Iraq, Syria
Eleven strikes in Iraq hit several groups of IS militants as well as other vehicles and a building; in Syria, four air strikes hit two units of militant fighters.
UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $850M in damages for oil spill
The oil spill was caused by an Israeli air force attack on oil storage tanks during its war with Hezbollah in July 2006.
Robert Duvall, Alejandro G. Inarritu join Palm Springs Fest honorees
“Selma” will be the fest’s opening night film and “The Imitation Game” will receive this year's Ensemble Performance Award.
Sarah Jessica Parker poised to return to HBO with "Divorce" comedy
The project focuses on a middle-aged woman who, influenced by her two recently single friends, brings up the idea of divorce with her husband.
“Ida,” “Leviathan” among titles included in Foreign Oscar shortlist
The list includes Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu, the first film ever submitted from Mauritania for the award.
Kate Winslet “up for female lead in Steve Jobs biopic”
If the deal is sealed, she'll star alongside Michael Fassbender who plays Jobs and Seth Rogen who portrays Steve Wozniak.
Microsoft rolls out Lumia Denim update
Announced at IFA 2014 earlier this year, the software will debut on the Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520.
Sony’s cryptic CES 2015 video teases Android Lollipop announcement
It has also been speculated that Sony could offer a first look at its Xperia Z4 smartphone at the event.
Obama orders ban of goods, technology and services to Crimea
The executive order also imposes new sanctions on certain Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies.
Israel bombs Hamas militant base in Gaza
The strike was the first since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.
Russia says 'deeply disappointed' with new U.S. sanctions
"Russia is ready for dialogue and cooperation, but only on the principles of equality and real respect for our interests," the ministry said.
Turkish court issues arrest warrant for U.S.-based Islamic scholar
The request noted that Gülen has been abroad since 1998 and the prosecution was not able to contact him for the investigation.
Outgoing U.S. envoy talks Karabakh, Turkey at final press event
“Washington will continue helping Armenia to build democracy and strengthen human rights, rule of law and free media,” Heffern said.
"Inside the Mind of Leonardo" reveals little-known facts about da Vinci's life
When da Vinci died in 1519, he left behind more than 6,000 journal pages filled with his personal musings, grocery lists and bawdy jokes.
UK women may be allowed to serve in army combat units
Women already serve as fighter pilots, sailors and submariners but not in the infantry and armored corps.
Pigments in Vincent van Gogh's paintings "at risk of disappearing"
Scientists studying the colour blue irises in one of Van Gogh's later paintings have found that the flowers were actually once purple.
Microsoft sells MixRadio to Japanese messaging app Line
Most recently, it was a standout feature on the Nokia’s X-series phones – the firm’s short-lived experiment with Android.
George R.R. Martin: Sony “coward” for cancelling “The Interview”
He adds that his own independent theater in Santa Fe, the Jean Cocteau Cinema, would have been more than happy to screen "The Interview."
VivaCell-MTS, BirthLink continue efforts to reduce neonatal mortality
Ralph Yirikian and Director of BirthLink NGO Kathy Mellor visited the maternity department in the central hospital in Masis town.
JFK “asked James Bond author’s advice on dealing with Fidel Castro”
In the Journal of Cold War Studies, Christopher Moran observes that Fleming advocated using propaganda to hasten Castro’s downfall.
Ameriabank launches 4th Ameria Generation youth program
The program targets recent university graduates aged 20-25 who are enthusiastic for a career in Ameriabank.
HBO unveils another mysterious vid for "Game of Thrones" Season 5
Sent via Twitter or text message, the mysterious video offers a quick look at someone believed to be Arya Stark clutching a sword.
3 Turkish men arrested in Germany over spying charges
Prosecutors did not elaborate or say when the alleged spying took place, but said arrest warrants were issued on Nov 11.
Young-adult gothic romancer “Fallen” sequel in development
“Fallen” was published in 2009 and was followed by “Torment” in 2010, “Passion” in 2011 and “Rapture” in 2012.
Pakistan's military says it killed 57 Taliban militants
Efforts to stamp out insurgent networks have focused on the North Waziristan agency on the border with Afghanistan.
One million people wounded in Syria, diseases spreading: WHO
“You can see it in the country when you travel around. You see a lot of amputees. This is the biggest problem,” said Hoff.
Disney developing family adventure movie “Ed Terrestrial”
“Shrek” director Andrew Adamson, whose recent work includes Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, is producing.
Turks’ vision for coming year negative: EU survey
The study revealed that 48% of people living in Turkey do not trust the government, a rise of 4% since the previous survey.
Robert Rodriguez to direct life-action “Fire And Ice” for Sony
Sony has continued to set up projects in recent weeks, such as an untitled science-fiction movie with J.J. Abrams producing.
Samsung to shut down ChatOn messenger service
"Under changes in the services operation policy, ChatOn will be closed on Feb 1, 2015," the South Korean tech firm said.
Sam Smith becomes only artist to sell 1M albums in UK, U.S.
The singer's debut collection In The Lonely Hour passed the sale milestone in both territories within 24 hours of each other.
WB says support to Armenia will grow in 2015
Recently, two of the five projects approved in 2014 were ratified by Armenia’s parliament and have become effective.
George Harrison, Bee Gees to get Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
Other names set to receive the prize include Buddy Guy, country duo the Louvin Brothers, saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Israel won't accept "unilateral" recognition of Palestine: Netanyahu
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman also played down the chances of the Palestinians' UN bid achieving a breakthrough.
IS siege of Mount Sinjar broken, Kurdish forces say
A statement from the Kurdish command said large numbers of militant fighters had fled westwards into Syria or eastwards towards Mosul.
LG to roll out webOS 2.0 TV platform at Consumer Electronics Show
The next-generation webOS 2.0 will sport a simpler and more intuitive user interface, according to the South Korean company.
Microsoft scraps Browser Choice menu
The computing giant was penalised by the EU in 2009 for failing to inform users that there are alternatives to Internet Explorer.
Studio Laika animators unveil secrets behind “The Boxtrolls” creation
The studio created a style all its own with a "hybrid" production process that combined stop-motion with the latest digital techniques.
First look at Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller
The film centers on an attorney who is negotiating the release of a pilot whose U-2 spy plane was shot down on Russia's airspace in 1960.
Edgar Wright, Winona Ryder among Sundance Film Fest jurors
Scribe Jonathan Nolan and actress Brit Marling are part of the group that will award the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for the depiction of science in film.