Protesters blocked traffic and clashed with security forces in the Armenian capital of Yerevan Friday, as demonstrations against the appointment of former president Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister entered their eighth day.
A video showed demonstrators wrestling with police as they made arrests.
Sargsyan was elected as prime minister by parliament on April 17 after previously serving as president from 2008 to early 2018.
Critics say his election is anti-democratic and have branded it a power grab.
Armenia held a constitutional referendum in 2015 which lessened the power of the president and gave greater power to the parliament.
The state-owned ArmenPress news agency said several roads in Yerevan were fully or partially closed due to Friday's protests.
Dozens of opposition protesters attempted to block government buildings in Armenia's capital to prevent Sarksyan from chairing his first cabinet meeting on Thursday.
According to local news sources, police detained nearly 20 protesters.
Earlier this week opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan announced the beginning of the nationwide "Velvet Revolution".
VICIOUS Russian “hooli-girl” thugs are warming up for the World Cup with sickening, staged mass brawls - and have set their sights on England fans.
Shocking pictures and video obtained by The Sun Online show two teams of female “Ultras” launching into a bloody fist fight in a snowy forest last month.
And Russian online viewers of the battle said it would be “fun” to see the women unleashed on English supporters arriving for the World Cup in June.
Two groups of seven yobettes line up at the remote spot before charging at each other with fists and feet flailing in the 1min 43second clip.
Within seconds, a girl in black sprints into the melee and poleaxes a rival as the gangs kick and punch each other to the ground.
Several girls are seen being kicked while they are down and are left writhing in agony or staggering with bloodied faces, while onlookers film on mobile phones.
Conflict happened in Pushkin Street, Yekaterinburg on Thursday 5th April 2018.
Video shows a five-year-old boy taking a car for a joy ride in the Chechen Republic, Russia.
John Solomon: We now know for the first time that he also was passing along a second. Russia, Rosatom, was assisting Iran’s nuclear program. He gave very specific details and tonight after my story broke I got a call from some intelligence sources. They gave me a little bit more information. Doug Campbell was providing information about the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran. Russia was helping that specific plant. Why was that important? The US was so concerned about that that they eventually released the Stuxnet virus with Israel.
The smartest man alive in Russia.
Everyone wants a balcony, but the price is paid by the neighbors who have to look at these monstrosities every day.
A Russian Air Force SU 25 has landed a direct hit on a Isis bomb making factory in eastern Syria. Watch as the bomb making factory literally explodes hundreds of feet into the air after the precision munition explodes on contact.
VLADIMIR Putin says Russia is developing an "unstoppable" nuclear cruise missile which cannot be intercepted by any anti-missile system on earth.
The newly developed intercontinental ballistic rocket with "unlimited range" was one of several unveiled by the Russian leader in his state of the nation address in Moscow.
They include a nuclear-powered cruise missile, a nuclear-powered underwater drone and new hypersonic missile which apparently have no equivalent.
Footage shown during his speech apparently showed the new "unstoppable" missile heading toward the United States as he promises to "neutralise" America's missile defence.
"Russia remained a nuclear power but no one wanted to listen to us," Putin, 65, told lawmakers. "Listen to us now."
He said the hypersonic intercontinental rocket, known as the Avangard, is capable of travelling 20 times the speed of sound and strike "like a meteorite, like a fireball".
Russian pensioner Gennadii Valyaev took his SsangYong Actyon SUV off the streets of Saint Petersburg and into one of the city’s metro entrances on Wednesday.
The reason? Apparently, just to "see if it would fit."
The pensioner reportedly waited until the coast was clear before driving his car into the underpass. Upon discovering he’d got himself a one-way ticket to being stuck, Valyaev saw the bright side of the situation and cranked up his music to make the most of the acoustics in the underpass.
Emergency workers have removed the offending vehicle and the Petersburg Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation.
Commuters on a Russian metro were left shocked after a young couple were spotted having sex on the train.
An amazed passenger filmed as a woman began kneeling in front of a man in the carriage on the Nizhny Novgorod Metro in western Russia.
The mobile phone footage then shows her perform a sex act.
But the scandalous couple's behavior soon became even more shocking when she pulled her trousers down before jumping in his lap.
In the footage, the couple pause as the train stops and a passenger gets on carrying a black bag that partially obscures the camera's view but the woman can still be seen
Criminal investigators in Russia are probing an horrific video in which a student hurls a kitten into a scorching hot oven.
The torture came during a teenage party in Krasnoyarsk, a city in Siberia.
The black cat is thrown in the 375C oven by a man who has been identified as 18-year-old Kirill Beryozin as he and others laugh and joke, say police.
The sick abuse was filmed by an unknown male friend and posted on Beryozin's social media.
During the clip, the first voice - belonging to the person filming, is hearing saying: '375 degrees! Wh***!'
A second voice replies: 'Let's do it one more time!'
A third asks: 'What will happen to it?'
The first person says: 'I'm in hysterics. Shame, cat is not visible there!'
The third then says: 'Drag him out, whore! He f****** did not understand!'
'Look, cruel attitude to animals!' the second person says before the cat is hurled into the oven.
Over laughter, the first person says: 'Oh, that was tough! 375 degrees! You've broken his spine!'
The kitten's condition after the torture is unclear.
Later one of Beryozin's accounts was closed, the other deleted.
The student later changed his online family name to Kalashnikov, but then deleted this account, too.
Beryozin had been previously pictured online with his cat.
A spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes, said: 'A video was posted on the internet where teenagers inKrasnoyarsk region are torturing a cat during a house party.
'They put it into a hot oven. At the moment the circumstances of this incident are being investigated.
'A decision will be made based on the results of these checks.'
Beryozin is a student attending the prestigious Krasnoyarsk College of Radio Electronics and Information Technology.
The video sparked a furious backlash on social media.
'These young people are absolutely mad, as if they are not human…,' said one shocked viewer.
'He is obviously enjoying it, he gets excited when he is hurting the cat,' complained another. 'Tricks with a human being will be the next in his chain of entertainments…'
A woman asked: 'Is it a new trend among young people to torture animals?
'Almost every day I come across a new case.'
Russia recently increased the jail terms for cruelty to animals. Individuals can be jailed for up to three years.
If torture is inflicted by a group, the penalty is up to five years.
Russia: Shocking footage from Stupino (Moscow Oblast) shows the moment when a Muslim man from Chechnya killed a car wash worker with a single punch, because he didn't react fast enough to a 3.30am request to clean his BMW.
Russian female biathletes have posted a video showing them twerking, in support of the cadets of an aviation institute in Ulyanovsk who recently came under fire after releasing a controversial parody video based on a dance hit.
Biathlon team members danced to the popular song ‘Satisfaction’ by Benni Benassi at their training base, recreating the initial clip made by male first-year students of Ulyanovsk Civil Aviation Institute.
The two-minute video shows 10 girls, whose faces are hidden under sunglasses, imitating their training process in a suggestive manner. Some athletes are seen doing physical exercises, while others are preparing their equipment, including skis and poles. A third group are seen cleaning their room with a mop and a duster.
Black ice underneath massive swaths of snow on this Russian highway resulted in massive pile up captured on his truck drivers dashcam.
Watch as a line of parked cars appear ou of nowhere, resulting in this truck driver sliding on black ice underneath the snow.
As you can see in the video, the driver had minimal time to stop his truck, and that lead to this deadly crash that injured 10 people and killed the driver of the truck.
A man was caught pushing a lion into the back of his car before driving off with the animal sticking its head out the window.
Yakub Dalgatov was filmed putting what appeared to be an almost fully grown lion into the back of his car and leaving a window open for the big cat to look out.
The lion, named Gaydar, was clearly unwilling to get into the car but Mr Dalgatov forced it onto the back seat and closed the door behind it.
The big cat nearly escaped through the open window but Mr Dalgatov caught it and shoved it back inside his car.
The incident was filmed by an eyewitness with a smartphone in the city of Makhachkala, the capital of south-western Russia's Dagestan Republic.
Gaydar was on a lead but was not wearing a muzzle in the clip which is believed to have been filmed several months ago but only just appeared on video-sharing platforms.
Police launched an investigation after the video proved popular online and quickly identified and questioned Mr Dalgatov.
He told officers that the video was old and that he had got rid of the lion in April 2017, although it is unclear how he did so.
What do a couple Russians do when one cuts another off Russian? Apparently they simply just throw a few blows at one another on an ice covered roadway. Making complete ass is out of themselves in the process.
There's a reason Americans have a phrase that says "look both ways before crossing the street". This is exactly why!
Watches dashcam cameras catch this Russian girl getting sent flying through the air after running out into the street without looking at all.
Surprisingly, she seems to be pretty quick on her feet after the accident.
After watching the car roll, I just have one question in my mind, how did the driver pass the test to get a license?
An impromptu naked aerobics session took place as three men and a woman stripped off in the snow.
They braved the cold of the the Russian winter to stage the stunt on a city centre traffic island as shocked motorists drove by.
An eyewitness with a smartphone filmed them alternately jumping into the air and then getting down on the snow-covered ground to perform press-ups.
The bizarre incident happened in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Sakhalin island off the coast of far eastern Russia.
Bemused passersby can be seen standing and watching the four who have taken off all of their clothes and are wearing only shoes and socks.
Russians are amazing, isn't it? I mean in every way, just see this funny peculiar fat girl you can ever see in a typical Russian road-crash.
Starts with a bitch slap.Location: Smolensk, Smolenskaya oblast, Russia
A Russian wannabe-Hercules has flaunted his jaw-dropping foot wide biceps after undergoing synthol drug injections.
Kirill Tereshin from Pyatigorsk, Russia, proudly paraded the painful-looking results of the injections Saturday, a technique used by some bodybuilders to help them bulk up.
The slender 21-year-old’s disproportionately bulging biceps measure 64cm (2ft) in circumference and are a somewhat disturbing shade of purple. Tereshin says the discoloration is a temporary side-effect, and that he built up his biceps after a month of injections.
Stretch marks frame the biceps, which were achieved through a series of injections using a drug called ‘synthol,’ a blend of mostly oil (85 percent), painkillers and alcohol, according to the US National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
The Russian ministry of defence today claimed it had 'irrefutable evidence' the US is helping ISIS in the Middle East - and backed up its claim by posting pictures from a computer game.
Russia claimed the pictures showed that the US-led coalition was working together with ISIS troops 'to promote American interests' in the Middle East.
But they are actually scenes from AC-130 Gunship Simulator, a mobile video game produced by Byte Conveyor Studios and uploaded to YouTube in March 2015.
A now-deleted Facebook statement went further, claiming the footage was captured by Russian drones on November 9.
What happens when you mess up on the job in Russia? Well, apparently you get whipped with a belt like a child.
Luckily for these young folks the girl behind the belt apparently packs a pretty weak smack.
Just your average day in Russia where your forced to go outside an attempt to fix the once again frozen electric wires.
Soon as this guy flips the breaker he damn near causes a massive explosion when the electricity arcs into adjacent panels.
A driver in the Russian city of Orel appeared to be unfazed by the flames licking the inside of his bus choosing to carry on as if nothing were amiss, as shown in a video that emerged on social media on Friday morning.
There were reportedly no passengers aboard the bus at the time and the driver chose not to stop so as not to endanger other motorists. He did eventually pull over where he called the emergency services, but managed to put the fire out himself before they arrived.
One Russian woman determined to raise awareness on the evils of upskirt photography on trains has taken to showing off her underwear on the St. Petersburg subway for all to see – a “solution” that seems unlikely to ameliorate the problem, but does generate maximum attention for the girl’s social media profile.
What happens after the bottles of vodka have been diminished? THIS! Watch this group of Russians who were clearly drunk out of their minds get into a brawl while riding the public bus.