After in France’s Footsteps, UK Sends Apache Helicopters to Russian Border

Europe21:55 20.04.2019(updated 22:05 20.04.2019) Get short URLEarlier, France sent around 300 soldiers, five tanks, and 20 infantry fighting vehicles to a military base located near the Russian border with the Baltic States in a bid to boost NATO’s presence in the region.Five AH-64 Apache attack helicopters of the British Royal Force have arrived to the Amari Air…

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Columbine Massacre: 20 Years Have Passed Do School Shootings Continue?

Numerous mass shootings have occurred in the US in recent years, spawning an array of suggestions about how to combat and prevent such violent episodes, ranging from stricter gun laws to arming school teachers. Sputnik has gathered facts about how the US has changed since the notorious mass shooting 20 years ago.Columbine Mass Shooting: Why…

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Pakistani Aircraft’s Windscreen Reportedly Cracks While en Path to Islamabad

After the incident, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-370 managed to safely land at Islamabad International Airport, Pakistan Today reported on Saturday, citing authorities.A drop in air pressure cracked the windscreen of a Pakistani plane that was en route to Islamabad from Karachi, local media said.  According to Pakistan International Airlines officials, no passengers sustained any injuries.  READ MORE: Released Indian…

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‘US Using Cuba Case to Push Further Their Interest More Exotic’ – Scholar

Opinion20:40 20.04.2019(updated 20:46 20.04.2019) Get short URLThe European Union has condemned the United States since Donald Trump signed legislation that would boost sanctions against European countries doing business in Cuba.The White House announced on Wednesday it would allow US citizens to sue foreign firms that do business deals involving property seized during the 1959 Cuban Revolution. The new…

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$13Bln EU Defence Fund: A Transfer or Step Toward Creating European Army?

The outgoing European Parliament approved during its last plenary session a deal establishing a €13 billion defence fund that is aimed at boosting the bloc’s defence industry. Sputnik asked Anneke de Laaf, an independent political analyst from the Netherlands, what the main purpose of this move is.Sputnik: The European Parliament endorsed a provisional agreement reached…

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Notre Dame Bees Reportedly Survive as Devastating Fire Produced Insects’DRUNK’

The carbon dioxide that is produced during combustion made the little insects intoxicated and put them to sleep instead of killing them, Notre Dame cathedral’s beekeeper Nicolas Geant explained to Sky News.The vast number of bees that dwell on the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral managed to survive Monday’s fire that destroyed the building’s roof, spire, and clock. Instead,…

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Concerns Grow Over Turkey’s Foreign Reserves Amid Lira’s Devaluation

Business13:51 20.04.2019(updated 13:52 20.04.2019) Get short URL 0 0 0 The Turkish central bank is undertaking several multi-billion swap operations to boost its foreign currency reserves amid reports the transactions involved short-term borrowed money – stirring concerns of Turkey’s financial sustainability among economists and investors.Kristian Rouz — International investors are expressing their increasing scepticism over Turkey’s international…

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Why Brussels Fears Chinese Economic Expansion from the Balkans

China’s 614 million-euro loan to Bosnia for a new coal-fired power plant last month has led to an intervention by EU supervisory authorities, saying the loan constituted state aid and violates EU subsidy rules for candidate countries.China’s activity in Europe, coupled with passive European investors, has led to significant growth in Beijing’s presence in the Balkan region. Mary-Françoise Renard, head…

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US Expands War on Terror to All’Targeted Violence’ With New Agency – DHS

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A new agency within the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will broaden the War on Terror to all forms of targeted violence, regardless of the motivation, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced in a press release.“I am pleased to announce the establishment of the DHS Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention,” McAleenan…

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Warren Calls for House to Begin Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump

US05:29 20.04.2019(updated 05:31 20.04.2019) Get short URLElizabeth Warren, who recently announced she would be a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election, called for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump, citing the “severity” of “misconduct” detailed in the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.”The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties…

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Ukrainian Presidential Candidates Hold Debate Prior to Runoff

KIEV (Sputnik) – Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Friday he was a judgment against current head of state Petro Poroshenko.”I am not your opponent, I am your verdict,” Zelenskiy said during debates with Poroshenko at Kiev’s Olimpiysky stadium. Zelenskiy said Friday he would do everything possible to end the “war” in Donbas. “And about the war: we will do everything…

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‘You Told Me ‘: US Cop Kills Man as He Complies With Demands to Disarm (VIDEO)

North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department recently released body camera footage showing the fatal encounter between two officers and 27-year-old Danquirs Napoleon Franklin, who was carrying a firearm near a local fast food restaurant.The deadly incident occurred on March 25, and the footage was released on Monday after the department was ordered to do so by Mecklenburg County Superior Judge Donnie…

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Tens of Thousands Rally in Belgrade to Support Serbian President (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Europe21:52 19.04.2019(updated 21:58 19.04.2019) Get short URL 0 0 0 With well over a hundred thousand people gathering in the city to voice their approval of Alexander Vucic and his policies, with the rally’s “carnival atmosphere” being boosted by performances from rock and folk singers.A massive pro-government rally called “The Future of Serbia” kicked off in the…

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Oh Lordy: Why Americans Are Less Religious Now than Ever Before

US03:56 19.04.2019(updated 03:58 19.04.2019) Get short URLWith Easter and Passover just around the corner, a new survey conducted by consulting company Gallup reveals that church memberships are at an all-time low in the US.The poll, released on Thursday, shows that only 50 percent of the respondents declared belonging to church, synagogue or mosque in 2018. But this shouldn’t be…

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Turkey’De Facto’ Launched Safe Zone at Syria Up to Manbij – Ankara

ANKARA (Sputnik) – A safe zone has been “de facto” established between Turkey and Syria right up to the city of Manbij in Syria, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday.”Currently a ‘de facto’ safe zone has been established within the Turkey-Syria border through to Manbij city,” he told reporters. Manbij, a city with some 100,000 people,…

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Double Trouble: Snowboarder Triggers Two Avalanches at Catalonia’s Aran Valley

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‘Lion King’ Director Rob Minkoff Talks Chinese Cartoon

“I’d like to see more films made in China reaching out to the world,” said American director Rob Minkoff, jury president at the main competition of the 2019 Beijing International Film Festival.Best known for the celebrated Disney classic The Lion King, Minkoff has also directed a number of animated films including Stuart Little, The Haunted Mansion and…

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US Democrats Got’Major Political Utility’ From Russiagate

US Attorney General William Barr delivered a redacted version of the Mueller report to Congress on Thursday. Although it delivered a negative verdict on alleged Russian collusion with the Trump 2016 campaign, the Democrats have no intention of discarding such an incredibly useful narrative, experts told Sputnik Thursday.Although almost half of the two-volume, 448-page report is…

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Everyone Wants Brexit besides the Agency

Shooting from the Lip19:03 18.04.2019(updated 19:04 18.04.2019) Get short URL 0 0 0 “I have said many times that we would never get Brexit and I was right. Everyone wants Brexit apart from the establishment who have the levers of power. We don’t count and they have made that very clear.” So, say’s UKIP founding…

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Is it a Crow? Owl Surprises Social Media Using Unusual Sounds

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Only One in Three Norwegians Believes Jesus ROSE From the DEAD

While 35 percent of Norwegians said they believed in Christ’s resurrection, only 14 percent believed Jesus physically rose from the dead after he was crucified.Only a third of Norwegians believe that Jesus returned from the dead, a recent Easter survey carried out by pollster Norstat on behalf of the newspaper Vårt Land has shown. In the poll, four options were…

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Theresa May to request further ‘short’ Brexit extension

Little Fauntleroy She’s completely lost her marbles. It might take the military to sort this out now. I strongly suggest telling her to p**s off until it’s all sorted out. Local elections should (would normally) help when the two main parties are *destroyed* by this but I doubt it will. Sorry Europe, don’t mind us…

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New accusations strain Biden defense

Prominent female voices offered their support to former Vice President Joe Biden even as new complaints surfaced against him. | Scott Olson/Getty Images 2020 elections ‘They are putting out the bat signal and trying to solicit as many personal testimonials as possible,’ said one Democrat. The controversy surrounding Joe Biden’s past physical behavior with women…

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Lori Lightfoot Chosen as Chicago’s first black Woman mayor

Lori Lightfoot will become Chicago’s second female mayor: Jane Byrne served one term, from 1979 to 1983. | Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot has made history on several fronts after winning Chicago’s mayoral runoff on Tuesday. She will become the city’s first black woman and its first openly gay person to hold the…

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Progressive leader Faces Pelosi aide on’Medicare for All’

“I made it clear that I was not happy,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal said following a previously scheduled caucus meeting with Primus. “I think it’s really inappropriate for staff representing the Speaker’s office to be undercutting members of our caucus.” | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on Tuesday confronted a top…

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Dems Try to put GOP on record Trump border Closed

“This notion that we can close the border is just stupid,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson. | AP Photo/Susan Walsh House Democratic leaders are considering a vote to condemn President Donald Trump’s calls to shut down the southern border, in a clear attempt to force Republicans into a difficult political spot, according to several lawmakers. Top…

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‘US Choice on Golan Heights is Road to war’:’ Russian Duma speaker

The US decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israel’s territory was taken bypassing the UN Security Council and ignoring the UN dialogue on the issue, said Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s Lower House. “All members of the international community should voice their stand on the matter,” he said during the meeting with Lebanese…

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Russian Orthodox priest Predicts sex affirmation surgery a Offense

A senior Russian cleric has criticized gender reassignment surgeries and called for the criminal prosecution of parents who teach their children that they can choose their gender. “Such surgeries are, in my opinion and in the opinion of the church, a crime against God,” Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s external relations…

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Taxi CRUSHED by truck full of dirt in Moscow, Two dead (VIDEO)

A truck carrying dirt has collided with a taxi in Moscow, overturning and flattening the car. Both the cab driver and the passenger died in the horrific crash. The freak incident occurred in the south of Russia’s capital on Friday afternoon. The collision was captured by a CCTV camera.Both cars tried to pass an intersection…

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New deep Distance’race’ has Started, says Russia’s space chief

Russia has entered a new space competition, according to the head of the country’s space agency, Roscosmos. The new “competition” is focused on manned space flight and deep space exploration. “Now we are entering a new stage of a certain competition with leading space powers, related to future manned programs, including in deep space,” Roscosmos…

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Famous falcon family returns to FM building spire from Moscow

A peregrine falcon family, which used to nest at the spire of the main building of Russia’s Foreign Ministry, has finally returned home after a year of maintenance works on the roof. The bird family was discovered by engineers, who were inspecting the roof for repairs work a few years ago. The ministry delayed the…

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Two Russians convicted for killing a dog to try its meat

Bella the stray dog was a favorite with local residents in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg, until two people tortured and stabbed her to death. They said they wanted to try dog meat, believing it would cure tuberculosis. Teenagers were shocked to discover Bella bleeding in the basement of an empty building. Despite a vet’s…

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WATCH: New ‘stealth’ Borey-class nuclear sub out at sea for trials

Russia’s Ministry of Defense has released footage of a new Borey-class nuclear submarine performing tests at sea. The new addition to the “stealth” 955 Project family is expected to join the Navy later this year. Video showing the fourth-generation Borey ultra-silent missile-carrying nuclear submarine was published on the Day of the Submariner in Russia.The fourth-generation…

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Russian Aerospace Forces strengthened by over 1,000 warplanes & helicopters

Russia’s Aerospace Forces (VKS) have received more than 1,000 planes and helicopters since 2012 are now 74 percent fitted with state-of-the-art hardware, the deputy commander said. “New types of aircraft, such as Su-34, Su-35S and Su-30SM, as well as Ka-52 combat helicopters, were supplied to four aviation regiments and two aviation squadrons,” Lieutenant-General Sergei Dronov,…

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A meteor? Glowing object filmed falling in Siberian sky (VIDEO)

A shining object was captured descending from the sky on a dash cam video in Russia’s remote north. A witness claims it was a meteor, but authorities say the location of the incident is too far away to investigate Another eyewitness told local journalists that it became “light and warm” during the incident on Friday…

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NATO sends forces, missiles to Russia’s borders – top security official

NATO countries are reviving Cold War-era tactics by sending troops across the Atlantic and deploying BMD weapons near Russia’s borders, Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council Mikhail Popov said. Speaking to the media Popov said that within two years the NATO Response Force has increased from 25,000 to 40,000 people, while battalion tactical groups…

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Child cancer clinic accused of infecting over 100 patients with Hepatitis C

A Russian hospital specializing in treating children with cancer stands accused of years of negligence, with over 100 patients reportedly infected with Hepatitis C. Management has denied responsibility. The hospital, which is located in Blagoveshchensk in Russia’s Far East, is currently being investigated by federal law enforcement. A probe was launched after parents who claimed…

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Top Russian MP compares Trump to Hitler, warns of new war

Two years of Donald Trump’s presidency has brought the international situation back to the moment when Hitler came to power, according to three-star Russian General Vladimir Shamanov. Speaking at a briefing for foreign military attaches, Shamanov recalled that Hitler had begun preparing Germany for war just two years after coming to power. “Trump has been…

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Russian granny walks 90 miles a week to deliver mail to village (VIDEO)

It’s been half a century since 83-year-old Ekaterina Dzhalaeva-Otaraeva started to deliver mail to the Tsei village in Southern Russia. Three times a week she walks 48km (30 miles) along the mountain roads. The woman was fascinated with the postal job since her childhood years, during the war, when she was waiting for her brother’s…

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Huge Copy of Bastille prison goes down in flames in Russia (VIDEO)

It’s not a revolution, just a merry Russian holiday. A 20-meter-tall wooden replica of the historic French prison, Bastille, was torched in a spectacular stunt to mark the coming of spring. Dummies, which represent winter, are set on fire every year across Russia as part of Maslenitsa festivities. But the creative people from Nikola-Lenivets art…

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US Embassy Worker brings MORTAR SHELL into Moscow’s Primary airport

Security at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow was stunned to discover a mortar shell in the luggage of a US Embassy employee heading to New York. The Foreign Ministry said the incident was a “provocation” and demanded explanations. The eyebrow-raising discovery of “an object resembling a mortar shell with a fuse” was made on Saturday morning.…

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‘Difficult to Contend with Elon’:” Roscosmos Mind taunts Musk’s praise of Russian rockets

Head of Roscosmos couldn’t resist giving thinly-veiled credit to their space endeavors by sticking with Elon Musk. The latter recently hailed Russia’s rocket industry and its “best engines” currently traversing the Earth’s orbit. “It’s hard to argue with Elon on it,” tweeted Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin, sharing an appreciative tweet Musk published on Thursday.“Russia has…

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Russian MPs approve legislation punishing for fake news & insults directed in the Nation

Spreading fake information and insulting the Russian state could result in hefty fines for individuals and organizations, according to a new law, adopted by the lower house of parliament in the final reading. The new legislation includes two bills, dedicated to different types of misinformation.One bill prohibits spreading “socially important” false information which “endangers life…

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Russia foiled about 600 spies in 2018 as foreign intelligence’boost Actions’ — Putin

Speaking to senior staff of the Federal Security Service President Vladimir Putin warned of foreign intelligence increasing activities against the country and ordered security services to step up their counter efforts. Foreign intelligence agencies are “seeking access to information of a political, economic, scientific and technological nature, by all available means,” Putin stressed, adding that…

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