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Ten thousand rally against Armenian government

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YEREVAN, Armenia – More than 10,000 opposition supporters rallied in the Armenian capital on Tuesday, calling for the government’s resignation on the third anniversary of deadly political unrest.

“We are ready to start a dialogue with the authorities, but only on one subject: the conducting of urgent presidential and parliamentary elections,” said opposition leader and former president Levon Ter-Petrosian.

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Ten people including two policemen died during a night of violent clashes between riot squads and opposition supporters in Yerevan in March 2008 after disputed elections which brought President Serzh Sarkisian to office.

The authorities declared a state of emergency and sent the army onto the streets, accusing opposition activists of trying to seize power.

Demonstrators including relatives of those who died carried photographs of the victims of the clashes and demanded the punishment of those responsible.

Ter-Petrosian called for an international investigation and the release of what he called “political prisoners” — opposition activists jailed for their involvement in the unrest.

Moderate opposition party Zharangutyun (Heritage) also accused the country’s leadership of continuing to cover up the truth about who was responsible for the clashes.

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“Three years ago on March 1, Armenia’s ruling regime committed a great crime against its own people as it opened fire upon them,” a statement issued by the party said.

The Armenian parliament held a minute’s silence to commemorate the victims of what Speaker Hovik Abrahamian called the “tragic events” in 2008.

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Why your zodiac sign is probably wrong

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I was born a Capricorn (please don’t judge me), but the Sun was in the middle of Sagittarius when I was born.

As a professor emeritus of astronomy, I am often asked about the difference between astrology and astronomy. The practice of astrology, which predicts one’s fate and fortune based on the positions of the Sun, Moon, stars and planets, dates back to ancient times. It was intermingled with the science of astronomy back then – in fact, many astronomers of old made scientific observations that are valuable even today. But once Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo realized the planets orbit the Sun, rather than the Earth, and Newton discovered the physical laws behind their behavior, astrology and astronomy split, never to be reunited.

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Are you in danger of catching the coronavirus? 5 questions answered

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Editor’s note: The Chinese government has quarantined Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people, and it has restricted travel to and from several other cities, including Beijing, to contain the coronavirus that has sickened more than 800 people and killed at least 25 as of Jan. 23, 2020. A case has been reported in Seattle, and officials are monitoring a patient with a possible case in College Station, Texas. This raises the question: Will this spread – to me?

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Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky weathers crises from Trump to downed jet

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In his first nine months as Ukrainian president, former comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has found himself at the centre of major international crises, including the US impeachment investigation and Iran's downing of a passenger jet.

Yet so far Zelensky has sailed through relatively unscathed, avoiding any major gaffes, political analysts said.

The 41-year-old played a president in a popular TV sitcom before sweeping to power in elections last April on promises to "smash the old corrupt system" and end the separatist war in the east.

But many had voiced concerns about how someone without political experience could lead a country fighting a war with Russia-backed separatists while also dealing with widespread poverty and corruption.

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