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.
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.
“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.
Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Sabah dies at age 91: palace
Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, regarded as the architect of the nation's modern foreign policy, died on Tuesday at the age of 91, according to the royal court.
"With great sadness and sorrow, we mourn... the death of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of the State of Kuwait," said Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah, the minister in charge of royal affairs, in a televised statement.
State television had cut its regular programming and switched to a broadcast of Koranic recital before the announcement.
The emir had been receiving hospital treatment in the United States since July after undergoing surgery in Kuwait City.
US designer brands Donald Trump a ‘Ku Klux Klan tyrant’
A Paris fashion week show has called for the end to the "tyranny" of US President Donald Trump.
American artist Sterling Ruby compared Trump to the racist Ku Klux Klan in his women's Paris show called "Veil Flag", in which a black model was draped in a distressed denim version of the Stars and Stripes.
Ruby's streetwear brand, S.R. Studio. LA. CA., made its fashion week debut in the French capital late Monday with a film featuring the flag and a spoken word poem.
"Where are we, and what has happened?" the poem began.
"No sovereignty, no empathy. A flag worn down, covered in hardship marching against leaderless leadership.
North Korea flouting nuclear sanctions: UN report
North Korea is violating international sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear programme by exceeding a cap on petroleum imports and sending its workers overseas, including a former Juventus footballer, the United Nations said.
Pyongyang is subject to a range of restrictions imposed since 2017 that limit its oil imports and ban exports of coal, fish and textiles.
It has nonetheless continued to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenal, analysts say, despite three high-profile meetings between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.
The UN Security Council on Monday said an annual 500,000 barrel cap on imports of refined petroleum products had been broken in just the first five months of 2020.