Armenian pianist performs at Ani ruins

DHA Photo22/06/2015 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Award-winning Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan performed a concert on June 21 in the historic ruins of Ani, located on the Turkish-Armenian border. Within the scope of his project titled “Luys i Luso,” Hamasyan will perform in various Turkish provinces until June 30. He will also give concerts at 100 churches in Armenia, Georgia, Lebanon, France, Belgium, Switzerland,Czech Republic, England, Germany, Luxembourg, Russiaand the U.S.
Hamasyan, 27, who started playing piano at the age of three and won the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2003 and the Thelonious Monk Institute piano contest at the age of 18, performs traditional Armenian music in his concerts.
The 90-minute event at the ancient ruins drew great interest from the audience. The master pianist was accompanied by the Yerevan State Chamber Music Choir under the baton of Harutyun Topikyan. The young jazz star reminds one of indie-rock musicians with his stage energy. He released his latest album titled “Mockroot” in February and also performed songs from his new album…



Militanti ISIL Miniera Antica città di Palmyra in Siria Homs

ISIL Militants Mine Ancient City of Palmyra in Syria's Homs22/06/2015 (Fars News – Iran): TEHRAN (FNA)- Militants of the ISIL Takfiri group planted explosives and mines in the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra in Central Syria, a human rights watchdog said.Palmyra, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains monumental ruins of an ancient Roman city that was one of the most important cultural centers of the antique world, the Sputnik reported.Palmyra was seized on May 20 by the ISIL, following a week of fighting. The Syrian government forces withdrew from Palmyra to avoid the destruction of the historic part of the city. A majority of Palmyra’s population was evacuated.On May 20, the ISIL Takfiri militants control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, also known as Tadmor.The city is also strategically located at the crossroads of key highways leading West to Damascus and Homs, and East to Iraq…

Agility unit to invest $225m in Abu Dhabi mall project

22/06/2015 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Agility said on Monday a unit of the Kuwaiti logistics firm had agreed with a real estate subsidiary of National Real Estate Company to invest $225 million in a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi.The mall will be a partnership project in which investment from United Projects Company for Aviation Services (UPAC) may reach $225 million in the coming three years, it said in a statement to the Dubai bourse.The financial impact of the investment on the company will be announced during phases of the project, Agility said.No details of the project were given.UPAC manages commercial space in Kuwait and real estate in Kuwait International Airport, according to Agility’s website.


31 civilians wounded in Afghan parliament attack

22/06/2015 (Anadolu Agency – Turkey): A Taliban attack outside Afghanistan’s parliament wounded 31 civilians on Monday. All seven attackers were killed in a gunfight set off when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the parliament compound in an attempted raid. “Our hospitals have received only civilians, I am not sure on possible military causalities,” public health minister Firozuddin Feroz told Anadolu Agency.Though the interior ministry denied reports that some MPs had been wounded, some inside parliament said MPs and staff had been hurt by broken glass. “Some parts of the ceiling of the session hall collapsed following the blast and everywhere was full of smoke and dust,” Zabihullah Seerat, a parliamentary adviser, told Anadolu Agency. The Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they targeted parliament as it prepared for a vote of confidence on a new defense minister. The vote was being attended by Afghan Vice President Sarwar Danish.After detonating their bomb, the attackers entered a building near the compound and began firing at the parliament. Afghan MP Mohammad Arif Rahmani said there had been intelligence reports that Taliban would target parliament. “Unfortunately, the barbaric attack targeted Afghanistan’s democratic center,” he said…


Abbas sees no place for Hamas in new govt, says French FM

Abbas , Fabius 22/06/2015 (Ahram Online – Egypt): Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Sunday told visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that any new Palestinian unity government should not include Hamas, France’s top diplomat said.The remarks came on the eve of a key meeting of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) to discuss forming a new cabinet after the government collapsed this week amid a deepening rift with Hamas, the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip.Abbas is thought to be seeking to replace the government of technocrats — formed last year to overcome rivalry between Palestinian factions — with a government of politicians.”(Abbas) told me this government of national unity could only include women and men who recognise Israel, renounce violence and who are in agreement with the principles of the (Mideast) Quartet,” Fabius said at a press conference in Jerusalem after holding talks with Abbas in Ramallah…,-says-Fr.aspx


All That Is Solid’ stands in museum’s yard

Launched in 2012, Istanbul Modern’s Young Architects Program is held biannually during the summer. It offers young and emerging architects the opportunity to design a temporary installation at Istanbul Modern.12/06/2015 (Sabah – Turkey): In partnership with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1, Istanbul Modern opened “All That is Solid,” the second temporary installation of the Istanbul Modern: Young Architects Program (YAP), and the international YAP 2014-2015 Finalists exhibition on June 9.”All That is Solid” was designed by Cem Kozar and Işıl Ünal of PATTU Architecture, and Metal Yapı supported its engineering and construction process. The installation was designed by borrowing geometric forms of past buildings that once stood in the area where Istanbul Modern is presently located, and crunching them together in a chaotic way. Until Nov. 15, it will also be used for the museum’s events, particularly youth programs…


Target 2020: 10 amazing projects coming up in Dubai

12/06/2015 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Work has already commenced on major tourist and leisure attractions across Dubai with developers continuing to announce new destinations.The latest announcement is of the Dh10-billion Al Mamzar Beachfront project, with a possible unveiling of a mega development in Dubai World Central.Billions of dirhams worth of projects such as Bluewaters Island, Dubai Creek Harbor, Dubai Water Canal and Dubai theme parks are already underway, with Aladdin City and Al Mamzar projects likely to break ground by next year.Majority of these attractions are set for completion before 2020 – the year when Dubai will host Expo 2020…


Unrestricted movement ‘would enable Saudi women to contribute to growth’

file-11-1431534450235924300.jpg12/06/2015 (Arab News – KSA): ABHA: Several Saudi women here have welcomed the news that the Passport Department plans to draft regulations that would allow women to travel without permission from their mahrams.Businesswoman Nura Al-Rafi’e said that the plan would help women sort out their business abroad, and see them contribute more effectively to economic growth.Journalist Khadija Al-Qahtani said there was a need to take more decisions that would assist women. The Arab world needs the contribution of Saudi women, she said.Saudi women traveling abroad respect the Kingdom’s laws by dressing appropriately and ensure that they represent their country in the best possible manner, she said…