Kim Kardashian christens her children in Armenia

The US reality television star Kim Kardashian on Monday baptised her children during a visit to her ancestral homeland Armenia. (AFP)
Updated 07 October 2019

Kim Kardashian christens her children in Armenia

  • US reality television star Kim Kardashian baptised her children during a visit to her ancestral homeland Armenia
  • She was accompanied by her four children and sister Kourtney Kardashian

ECHMIADZIN, Armenia: US reality television star Kim Kardashian baptised her children on Monday during a visit to her ancestral homeland Armenia.
Kardashian wore a tight-fitting beige dress and stopped to take pouting selfies with local fans as she left Holy Echmiadzin, the Caucasus nation’s main cathedral.
She was accompanied by her four children — aged four months to six years — and sister Kourtney Kardashian, according to an AFP photographer. Her husband, rapper Kanye West, was not present.
The visit was the star’s first to the nation since a 2015 trip marking the centenary of mass killings of Armenians that saw her husband give a chaotic, impromptu concert in capital Yerevan.
Armenia says an estimated 1.5 million ethnic Armenians were killed by Ottoman forces in what it calls a genocide — a term rejected by Turkey, which puts the death toll at 500,000, blaming it on World War I raging at the time and starvation.
Kardashian is due to give a speech on Tuesday at the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), which is being held in Armenia.
WCIT is organized by the World Information Technology & Services Alliance, a consortium of ICT associations from 83 countries, representing 90 percent of the industry, according to the congress’s website.
Kardashian’s Armenian ancestors on her father’s side emigrated to the United States from an area that now lies in Turkey.
Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as an official religion, in the fourth century.


'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker' in US Box Office

Updated 20 October 2019

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker' in US Box Office

  • The film starring grossed $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend in theaters

LOS ANGELES: The Walt Disney Co.'s "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" has knocked "Joker" out of the No. 1 spot at the box office, but just barely.
Studios on Sunday estimate that the film starring Angelina Jolie grossed $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its first weekend in theaters. The first film had a much stronger domestic showing, opening to nearly $70 million domestically in 2014.
Warner Bros.' "Joker" landed in second place in its third weekend with $29.2 million. The villain origin story has grossed over $247 million domestically.
Third place went to another sequel, Columbia Pictures' "Zombieland: Double Tap" with $26.7 million. The R-rated comedy comes 10 years after the original.
And in limited release, Taika Waititi's Nazi satire "Jojo Rabbit" opened in five theaters with a strong $350,000.