Ameriabank posts AMD 2.9 billion net profit growth in 1st halfyear of 2014
"We are particularly pleased by a 15 percent rise in lending to small and medium-sized businesses,” the bank’s financial director said.
Venice Film Fest Critics’ Week rolls out lineup of first works
The Venice Critics’ Week closer will be Berlusconi-era dramedy “Arance e Martello,” set in multi-ethnic Rome.
Paramount nabs “Capture the Flag,” “Return of Hero” animation films
“Capture the Flag” is the story of an evil billionaire who tries to secure the energy source of the future, by erasing all evidence of the 1969 moon landing.
Saudi stock market to open up to foreign investors for first time
The move, which should happen in the first half of 2015, sparked a 3% rise in the Tadawul index in early trading.
Armenians to retain visa-free entry to Georgia
Recently, Georgian media circulated reports suggesting Tbilisi will toughen visa requirements for foreign citizens.
Oil rises amid concerns over situation in Gaza, Ukraine
Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for international oils, gained 3 cents to $107.71 on the ICE exchange in London.
Armenian Consulate General opens in France’s Lyon
During the opening Foreign Minister Nalbandian stressed the special role of Lyon and Rhone-Alpes in the development of bilateral relations.
Iran plans to export natural gas to Europe: deputy minister
"There have been no new talks on gas exports to Europe, but there are routes and facilities which we need to use," Majedi said.
Michael Caine joins Vin Diesel in “The Last Witch Hunter”
Diesel’s witch hunter will partner with his enemy, a female witch, to stop a plague on humanity unleashed by the covens of New York City.
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey circling role in "The Company Man"
The film is based on true story of CIA agent Edwin Wilson who became public enemy No. 1 to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Tom Hanks finishes Egyptian shoot for “A Hologram for the King”
Written and directed by Tom Tykwer, the film is adapted from Eggers' 2012 book about a struggling U.S. businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia.
Dozens of Turkish police officers accused of spying on govt.
"We handed ourselves in and they handcuffed us behind our backs. It's completely political," Yurt Atayun was quoted as saying.
"Fargo" Season 2 to feature all-new cast and setting
The second season will travel back to 1979 and focus on the younger version of Keith Carradine's character Lou Solverson.
Online video service Netflix reports $71mln Q2 profits
The company said revenue from its streaming content service rose nearly 50% to $1.2bn, compared to $837m a year earlier.
Xiaomi unveils new flagship Android smartphone Mi 4
Its display has a color gamut covering 84 percent of the NTSC range. The processor is backed by 3 GB of RAM and a 3,080 mAh battery.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Birdman” to close New York Film Fest
The black comedy stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.
Oscar-nommed Naomi Watts to join Jake Gyllenhaal in “Demolition”
“Demolition” follows a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect following the tragic death of his wife.
Robert Downey Jr. tops Forbes' Top Earning Actors in Hollywood list
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is 2nd with $52 million, followed by Bradley Cooper with $46 million, and Leonardo DiCaprio with $39 million.
HRW says FBI encouraged Muslims to commit terrorist acts
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has strongly defended the FBI undercover operations as "essential in fighting terrorism."
Cameron Crowe's Hawaii-set all-star romantic comedy release date moved
The film follows a military contractor (Cooper) who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the U.S. Space program in Honolulu.
Ewan McGregor heist thriller “Son of a Gun” sold worldwide
The film is centered on a complex relationship between Australia’s public enemy number one (McGregor) and his young protege (Brenton Thwaites).
Rooney Mara caught up in conspiracy in “Trash” trailer
Though the country in which the story takes place is unnamed, most of the characters do speak Portuguese, and filming took place Rio de Janeiro in 2013.
Idris Elba in talks to join Guy Ritchie’s "Knights of the Roundtable"
Richie is currently working on "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", due January 16, 2015 with Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill on the lead roles.
Benedict Cumberbatch as genius codebreaker in “Imitation Game” trailer
The film highlights the life and work of British mathematician Alan Turing famous for his decryption of the Enigma code used by the Nazis.
Yahoo acquires app analytics firm Flurry
Most of the decline was due to a sharp drop in digital display advertising, which plunged 8% in the second quarter.
Suicide bomber kills 3 foreign advisers, Afghan interpreter in Kabul
Kabul airport is home to a major operational base for NATO-led forces that have been fighting the Taliban for 12 years.
UNICEF: over 700 million women married before 18
While the wealthiest girls in India marry at around 20 years old, the poorest do so at an average age of 15.
Israeli minister reminds Erodgan of Armenian Genocide
“In 1915 the Turks massacred a million and a half Armenians and he accuses us ... of genocide?" Yisrael Katz said.
Malaysian jet flight recorders handed to experts in Ukraine
Experts say the "black boxes" will reveal the exact time of the incident and the altitude and exact position of the aircraft.
VivaCell-MTS tariff reduction: calls to U.S., Canada at AMD 4,9 per minute
The reviewed Distant Call service, previously offered at AMD 13,99 per minute will be available till August 31, 2014.
Jane Fonda, Willem Dafoe join "The Simpsons" voice cast in Season 26
"The Simpsons" has shared details of its upcoming 26th season, including the long-planned death of a character.
EU hails Turkey’s Constitutional Court decision on Dink murder case
The Constitutional Court found that the probe in the Dink murder case violated the principle of effective investigation.
Sandra Bullock to play Tupperware exec in “The Help” helmer’s new film
Wise came up with the idea of holding Tupperware parties, and became the first woman to appear on the cover of Businessweek in 1954.
Fighting breaks out near railway station in Ukraine’s Donetsk
Four people were killed in clashes near the railway station and close to the airport outside Donetsk, local health officials said.
“Happy Endings” crime drama opens Croatia’s Pula Film Festival
“Happy Endings” is a crime drama with a dark comedic edge about two unemployed middle-aged women who decide to open a massage palor.
“The Crow”’s F. Javier Gutierrez to direct “The Ring” franchise 3rd film
Launched by Gore Verbinski, the “Ring” franchise has grossed over $400 million in theaters worldwide.
"Saw V" helmer’s “Grizzly” unveils first trailer
James Marsden and Thomas Jane are brothers who reconcile on a camping trip with their girlfriends; Billy Bob Thornton also stars in the movie.
Turkey fanning flames of Mideast turmoil: presidential candidate
Commenting on the Kurdish issue Demirtaş said it’s Turkey’s most important problem and “we are on the brink of solving it.”
Paul Thomas Anderson's “Inherent Vice” to premiere at New York Fest
The project reteams the director with star Joaquin Phoenix, who will portray noirish detective Doc Sportello in the title.
Defense lawyers appeal against Armenian magnate’s arrest
A testimony by Igor Izmestev, a former senator now serving a life sentence, is said to have led to Hayrapetyan’s arrest.
Overnight attacks kill at least 16 in Iraq
In June, the Islamic State launched a massive blitz offensive that brought large swaths of northern and western Iraq under their control.
1st video of Jake Gyllenhaal as his “Nightcrawler” character
The film finds Gyllenhaal playing a small-time LA criminal who gets wept up in the nocturnal world of the city's crime journalism community.
Georgian PM fires 7 ministers in first cabinet reshuffle
Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development Elguja Khokrishvili will become the Minister of Environment Protection.
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" expected to cross $1 billion globally
"Transformers" earned $709 million while the sequel "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" accumulated $836 million.
China’s Alibaba to finance art-house icon Wong Kar-wai’s movie slate
Wong is currently a hot property in China after “The Grandmaster” became by far his biggest box office success in China and Hong Kong.
Mark Romanek in talks to helm “The Shining” prequel “The Overlook Hotel”
Based on Stephen King’s original prologue to “The Shining”, the film will tell the origin story of the hotel through the eyes of its first owner.
Armenian clerics injured in Tbilisi’s Surb Etchmiadzin Church attack
The Armenian Church called to thoroughly investigate the incident as a crime committed on ethnic and religious grounds.
Border villages request Red Cross interference over Azeri shelling
Azerbaijan continues shelling border villages in Tavush province, rendering farming of the lands impossible.
"Star Wars Episode VII" plot leaks online: report
"Star Wars Episode VII" is now in production and is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on December 18, 2015.
Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie to topline “By the Sea” drama
The couple last appeared onscreen together in 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith, where they originally met.