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Thousands protest as Armenia crisis deepens
Yerevan: Armenia’s turmoil deepened Wednesday as tens of thousands of people took to the streets after the opposition accused the ruling party of refusing to cede power following the resignation of veteran leader Serzh Sarkisian. Protesters clapped, whistled, beat drums, banged pots and tooted car horns in demonstrations that underscored the political crisis gripping the impoverished former Soviet republic. Many raised their
 
 
New 3-D map of Milky Way will ‘revolutionise astronomy’
Paris: Europe’s Gaia satellite has produced a 3-D map, hailed as revolutionary, of more than a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy — complete with their distance from Earth, colour, and motion through space. The eagerly-anticipated catalogue, published Wednesday, was compiled from data Gaia gathered on some 1.7 billion stars from its unique vantage point in space, about 1.5 million kilometres (930,000 miles) from Earth.
   
Defiant Catalan academic surrenders in Scotland
EDINBURGH: Catalan academic Clara Ponsati, who is wanted in Spain on charges of rebellion for her role in Catalonia's independence campaign, handed herself in at a Scottish police station on Wednesday saying she was the object of political persecution. Ponsati, a former Catalan education minister who is currently a professor at Scotland's prestigious University of St Andrews, is fighting extradition because she believes she will
 
 
Don’t turn your back on us, Albania PM tells EU
BERLIN: Denying Albania the prospect of one day becoming a European Union member could fuel radicalisation in the Balkan country, endangering regional stability, its prime minister Edi Rama said. Rama, in Berlin to lobby for the opening of accession talks after the European Commission gave its go-ahead last week, also condemned European politicians who stoked anti-Muslim sentiments, labelling them “investors in radicalization.”
   
Turkey opposition journalists demand acquittal in terror trial
ISTANBUL: Defence lawyers for journalists from one of Turkey’s biggest opposition newspapers on Wednesday called for their acquittal of terror-related charges in a case condemned by critics as an attack on press freedom. The closing defence arguments for seventeen journalists, lawyers and executives from Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s oldest daily, were made at the courthouse in Silivri on the outskirts of Istanbul. A final verdict is
 
 
11 killed in central Nigeria violence
Makurdi: Eleven people have been killed in central Nigeria, the Benue state government said on Wednesday, a day after at least 18 people died in an attack on a church that caused widespread outrage. Rilwanu Adamu, an adviser to the Benue governor Samuel Ortom on Islamic affairs, said the attack happened in the state capital, Makurdi, and targeted ethnic Hausa traders. “We lost 11 of our people.... We have five people also
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