Armenian News - NEWS.am presents a daily digest of Armenia-related top news as of 07.08.2020:
- At least 154 have been killed in Beirut blast. Over 5,000 people have been injured.
Al Jazeera, citing the Lebanese health ministry, said that the condition of another 120 victims was assessed by doctors as extremely serious.
According to Lebanese President Michel Aoun, "the cause has not been determined yet. There is a possibility of external interference through a rocket or bomb or other act."
In the meantime, the UN human rights office is calling for an independent investigation of the Beirut bombing, insisting that "victims’ calls for accountability must be heard," AP reported.
- The number of Armenians killed in Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut has risen to 13, Armenian MFA spokesperson Anna Naghdalyan, told Armenpress.
According to Shahan Kandaharian, editor-in-chief of the Azdak newspaper published in Lebanon, 'the scale of destruction from the Beirut blast is unprecedented.'
He added that the death toll of Armenians may rise as there are missing and badly injured people.
- Armenia will organize three flights to Lebanon with humanitarian aid, said Zareh Sinanyan, High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs of Armenia, on Friday.
The first of these flights will take place on Saturday, and Sinanyan will travel to Beirut on that flight to assess the scale of devastation on the spot. Representatives of the Hayastan (Armenia) All Armenian Fund and a parliamentary group will also be part of this delegation.
- As of Friday morning, 166 new cases COVID-19 were confirmed in Armenia, and the total number of infected people has reached 39,985.
In the past one day, five people have died of the coronavirus, and the overall respective death toll is 777 now.
The total number of people have recovered so far is 32,008. A total of 172,994 people have been tested to date.
- American billionaire Bill Gates claims that a climate disaster will kill 5 times more people every year than the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already killed 700,000 people in six months.
"Within the next 40 years, increases in global temperatures are projected to raise global mortality rates by the same amount—14 deaths per 100,000. By the end of the century, if emissions growth stays high, climate change could be responsible for 73 extra deaths per 100,000 people. In a lower emissions scenario, the death rate drops to 10 per 100,000. In other words, by 2060, climate change could be just as deadly as COVID-19, and by 2100 it could be five times as deadly," he said.
- The outpost cabins installed by Lydian Armenia company have been removed from the area of the Amulsar gold mine project.
Those who have been protesting for the past three days are following this process. The demonstrators had three demands: To move 30 meters from the area the outpost cabins new security service which Lydian Armenia has hired, to remove the company’s security team from the Amulsar area, and to make a clear decision on Amulsar by the government.
The Amulsar gold mine has been in development by Lydian International since 2016. According to the company, the project meets all the requirements both legal and environmental and could open hundreds of jobs and generate millions of dollars in tax revenues. However, some local residents and activists are protesting the decision.
- Robert Nazaryan, former mayor of Yerevan and ex-chairman of the Public Services Regulatory Commission (PSRC) of Armenia, has been charged with abuse of power, the Special Investigation Service (SIS) press service reported.
They added that a motion had been filed with the court in order to have Nazaryan arrested as a pretrial measure.