Oman Mulling Opening Embassy in West Bank – Foreign Ministry

Middle East11:52 26.06.2019(updated 12:09 26.06.2019) Get short URLThe Omani Foreign Ministry has stated that it will send a delegation to the Palestinian city of Ramallah to establish a new diplomatic mission.Oman’s Foreign Ministry said in a Twitter post on Wednesday that it is planning to establish a new embassy in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. “As…

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Upper House of Russian Parliament Passes Bill on INF Treaty Suspension

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The upper house of the Russian parliament passed on Wednesday at its session a bill suspending Russia’s compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).The speaker of the upper house, Valentina Matviyenko, has stressed that Russia is urged to suspend its compliance with the treaty responding to a similar step by the…

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Brazil’s Supreme Court Votes Against Releasing Former President Lula From Prison

News01:35 26.06.2019(updated 02:02 26.06.2019) Get short URLThe Brazilian Supreme Court rejected an appeal by imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to be released from prison. The appeal followed revelations that Lula’s judge was politically biased.Five of the court’s 11 justices heard Lula’s appeal on Tuesday. Having voted 3-2 to postpone debate on whether…

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US Signs New Conventional Weapons Destruction Agreement With Ukraine

US01:26 26.06.2019(updated 01:50 26.06.2019) Get short URLOn Tuesday, the US and Ukraine signed a new memorandum of understanding on conventional weapons stockpile management, according to a US Department of State press release.The memorandum, which was signed by US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper and Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs Acting…

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US-Israeli Cyber Firm Names China Primary Suspect in Global Espionage Campaign

All eyes are on Beijing after a Tuesday release from a US-Israeli cybersecurity company said that state-sponsored spying and other cyber crimes were committed by state-supported hackers in China with the hopes of obtaining data pertinent to a number of high profile persons worldwide. Following a nearly year-long cyber investigation, US-Israeli cyber firm Cybereason announced…

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Soros, Disney, Other US Billionaires Call on 2020 Presidential Candidates to Introduce Wealth Tax

A group of the richest Americans has suggested that “the most financially fortunate” could contribute to addressing numerous challenges, including climate change, economic struggles, creating fair opportunities for all with a wealth tax.Several tycoons have signed an open letter to Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, urging to back a moderate wealth tax on the fortunes…

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Outgoing Danish PM Voices Ambition to Become EU President

Denmark’s outgoing PM and the long-serving leader of the liberal-conservative party Venstre has urged the EU to call, should they want “a pragmatic, middle-aged, cold-blooded, liberal Scandinavian”.Denmark’s acting but outgoing Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has emerged as a candidate for the European Union’s top slot out of the blue, as Jean-Claude Juncker is stepping…

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SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket Carrying 24 Satellites (Photos)

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Mexico Deploys 15,000 Troops on US Border to Stop Migration

Mexico’s Secretariat of National Defense announced Monday that nearly 15,000 troops would be sent to the country’s northern border with the United States in a bid to stem the flow of migrants into the US, for which Washington has attempted to hold Mexico City accountable.”In the northern part of the country we have a total…

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Trump-Putin G20 Meeting Expected to Focus on Iran, Other Security Matters, US Official Says

World02:35 25.06.2019(updated 03:01 25.06.2019) Get short URLWASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Japan this week are expected to discuss Iran, Ukraine, Syria, arms control and other mutual security matters, a senior US administration official told reporters.”The president [Trump] is anticipating…

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IOC Announces Host City of 2026 Winter Olympics (Video)

The official ceremony to name the host city of the 2026 Olympics is being held in the Swiss city of Lausanne on 24 June.The International Olympic Committee is announcing the host city for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games with the two candidate cities, Stockholm-Are in Sweden and Milan-Cortina in Italy. A press conference is set…

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Remember Their Names: Russian Actors Best Known in Hollywood

19:00 24.06.2019Get short URL 0 0 0 © Sputnik / Ekaterina ChesnokovaAlexander Petrov. On 11 July, Alexander Petrov will appear in Luke Besson’s “Anna”, a thriller about a killer. The Russian actor’s colleagues in the movie are Helen Mirren, Luke Evans and Killian Murphy.Russian actors and actresses are receiving more and more offers to play…

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Trump Says New US Sanctions Will Target Iran Supreme Leader

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Russia to Conduct Observation Flight Over US Territory 24-29 June

Military & Intelligence09:48 24.06.2019(updated 10:03 24.06.2019) Get short URLMOSCOW (Sputnik) – A group of Russian military observers will conduct observation flights over US and Swedish territory by 29 June, the official newspaper of the Russian Armed Forces, Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star), reported on Monday.”One of them [the flights] will be conducted over the territory of…

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Boris Johnson is a ‘Coward’ For Avoiding Debate – Jeremy Hunt

Europe09:27 24.06.2019(updated 10:02 24.06.2019) Get short URLThe former foreign secretary, meanwhile, is leading in the polls after being backed by 126 conservative MPs and winning the first and second rounds of voting for the leadership. Current UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt garnered second place.”Whether it’s complacency or cowardice, it’s not a good look for Boris…

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Knitting Site Entangled in Controversy Over Banning Support for Trump

The platform for crafters Ravelry insisted that backing Donald Trump and his officials is “undeniably support for white supremacy” and pledged to get rid of all types of content, endorsing the current administration in any way.One of the biggest websites for yarn lovers Ravelry has sparked debates by banning any form of support for Donald…

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Former US Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak Announces 2020 Presidential Bid

US01:16 24.06.2019(updated 01:31 24.06.2019) Get short URLMOSCOW (Sputnik) – Joe Sestak, a former representative for Pennsylvania, announced on Sunday he was running for president, joining a field of 24 Democratic contenders. The former 3-star admiral acknowledged he announced his 2020 presidential bid later than others so as to be with his daughter who has twice…

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Trump on Iran Nuclear Deal: ‘I Don’t Care About Europeans’

US President Donald Trump said in an interview that he is interested in direct talks with Iran without preconditions. At the same time, he dismissed the European point of view that Tehran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal, arguing that it is EU business interests talking.Trump commented on Washington’s point of view on the…

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Netanyahu to Consider US Middle East Peace Offer ‘Fairly And With Openness’

Middle East00:47 24.06.2019(updated 01:50 24.06.2019) Get short URLTEL AVIV (Sputnik) – The White House rolled out an economic-incentives package dubbed “Peace to Prosperity” that it hopes will attract $50 billion in new investment in the West Bank, Gaza and neighboring countries. The project is part of US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” to…

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Police Kill Knife Attacker in Russia’s Chechnya

Russia22:55 23.06.2019(updated 23:15 23.06.2019) Get short URLGROZNY (Sputnik) – A man was shot dead in the main city of Russia’s Chechnya after stabbing two officers, the regional interior ministry said. A traffic police officer stopped the suspect, who was driving a Hyundai in the center of Grozny at 6:05 p.m. local time and asked for…

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‘Is That Jesus Christ?’ American Spots Mysterious Figure in the Sky

A human-shaped shadow, captured on video descending over the California town of Burbank before disappearing beyond the horizon, has prompted a local man to suggest that the second coming of Christ is here.The footage of a strange phenomenon in the twilight sky over Burbank, California has riled up netizens. Local man, called Pablo Morales, spotted…

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Huawei Calls on India to Make ‘Informed and Independent’ Decision on 5G Trials Amid US Crackdown

New Delhi earlier expressed security concerns regarding Huawei’s participation in constructing 5G networks in India. The country’s government promised that it will take both economic and security interests into consideration, when it makes a decision on the matter.In a statement for the PTI news agency, China’s Huawei has called on the Indian government to make…

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Jordan Peterson Thrashes Canadian School’s Gender Neutrality Policies

The self-styled professor against political correctness rose to international prominence in 2016 when he refused to use gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom and spoke out against a federal transgender-rights bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in Canada.Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist, has penned an article for the National…

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Trump Snubbed National Security Team Over Iran Strikes: ‘They Want to Push Us Into War’ – Reports

Middle East09:20 23.06.2019(updated 09:29 23.06.2019) Get short URLIt was earlier reported that while President Donald Trump “agonised” over the decision whether to attack Iran over a downed US drone, his team, including State Secretary Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and CIA Director Gina Haspel, incited him to unleash fire and fury. President Donald…

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Bolton Travels to Israel as Part of Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ Revealed

World09:04 23.06.2019(updated 09:10 23.06.2019) Get short URLMOSCOW (Sputnik) – US National Security Adviser John Bolton will travel to Israel on Sunday for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.The White House unveiled on Saturday the economic part of US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” for the Palestinian Authority, which features $50 billion in…

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Pentagon Pumps Millions Into German Universities for Research – Reports

Although most German universities are allowed to conduct only non-military research, some of them have received grants from the US Department of Defence for projects with dual commercial and military purposes from explosives to radar systems, as Spiegel found out. German universities and research institutions have received $21.7 million worth of grants from Pentagon since…

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Istanbul to Choose Mayor in Election Rerun on Sunday

Asia & Pacific08:34 23.06.2019(updated 08:35 23.06.2019) Get short URL 0 0 0 MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Voters in Istanbul will head back to polls on Sunday to elect a new mayor after a March election was annulled and a rerun declared.Candidate of the governing AK Party (also known as AKP, or Justice and Development Party) and…

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Saudi Airlines Diverts Flights From Gulf of Oman, Strait of Hormuz Airspace – Reports

Middle East01:19 23.06.2019(updated 01:49 23.06.2019) Get short URLThe US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced earlier that it had banned the US-owned airlines from flying over Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, citing increased military activities and risks of miscalculations in the region.According to media reports, following the FAA’s decision over…

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New NASA Finding Suggest Mars May Have Life After All – Report

Previously, NASA’s Curiosity rover detected traces of methane on Mars, confirmed by the European Space Agency (ESA) Mars Express mission. The recently arrived to Mars Trace Gas Orbiter findings, however, showed no signs of the gas, puzzling scientists. This week, Curiosity again found methane at much higher levels then previously measured.The Red Planet appears to…

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Two Daesh Supporters Neutralized in Russia’s Dagestan – National Anti-Terrorism Committee

Russia00:29 23.06.2019(updated 00:57 23.06.2019) Get short URL 0 150Two supporters of the Daesh terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) were neutralized in Russia’s southern Republic of Dagestan while planning attacks against law enforcement employees, according to the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAK).”Residents of Makhachkala were supporters of the Islamic State international terrorist group, outlawed in Russia. Acting…

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Military Options Are Still on the Table Amid Tensions With Iran – Trump

World17:31 22.06.2019(updated 18:06 22.06.2019) Get short URLA simmering confrontation between Washington and Tehran reached a new level earlier this week after Iran downed a US Global Hawk spy drone. Commenting on the incident, Trump claimed that he cancelled a retaliatory strike with just 10 minutes’ notice.US President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that military actions against Tehran…

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Iranian FM Zarif Reveals Detailed Map of Downed US Drone’s Route

Middle East17:14 22.06.2019(updated 17:42 22.06.2019) Get short URLThe Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (ISRC) stated on 20 June that it had shot down a US surveillance drone over the coastal Hormozgan Province, facing the Persian Gulf, for entering Iranian airspace, while the US claimed the drone was in international airspace.Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif…

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Defence Ministry Employee Executed in Iran for Spying for CIA

Middle East17:01 22.06.2019(updated 17:51 22.06.2019) Get short URLEarlier, Tehran announced that it busted a “large US cyber-espionage” network run by the CIA, arresting several spies. According to Tehran, the operation was organised and conducted in cooperation with “partners”, without naming them.Iranian defence employee, Jalal Haji Zwar, who allegedly collaborated with the CIA and spied for…

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Bitcoin Breaks $11,000 Mark for 1st Time Since March 2018 – Trade Data

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, surpassed the $11,000 on Saturday for the first time since March 2018, according to trade data.Cryptocurrency tracking website CoinMarketCap showed that as of 13:50 GMT on Saturday, Bitcoin’s price saw a 12.7-percent growth to $11,081 over a 24-hour period. Thus, for the first time since March 6,…

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Two-Legged Dog Doesn’t Let Defect Hinder His Playtime

Lieutenant Dan, a one-year-old treeing walker coonhound, truly has a new lease on life after his owners adopted him last year. Without specifying the dog’s actual defect, the owners told Viral Hog that Lieutenant Dan was born with a deformed tail and hind legs. After a series of diagnostics, veterinarians found it wise to amputate…

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This Week in Pictures: 15 – 21 June

From 15 until 21 June the world has witnessed a range of important, spectacular and emotional events that, on some level, influenced the lives of a large number of people, or at least, couldn’t leave them indifferent.One of the most vibrant and colourful events was probably the Royal Ascot horse races in the UK; the…

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Artek: Diamond of Soviet Pioneer Camping

The international youth centre Artek is considered the symbol of Soviet-era Pioneer life. Established in 1925, the camp received some 27,000 children annually in its heyday.In addition to Pioneers from different parts of the Soviet Union, the camp hosted children from 70 foreign countries, as well as honorary guests, including Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey…

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Pakistani Minister Turns Into ‘Cat’ Amid Live Presser in Viral Gaffe (PHOTO)

Viral16:38 15.06.2019(updated 16:48 15.06.2019) Get short URLLocal officials later clarified that the official press conference’s online translation had been “augmented” with filters due to a “human error”. The administrators of the official Facebook page for the Pakistani party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), governing the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have managed to turn a regular local government presser…

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Putin Explains Negative Effects of US Withdrawal From Iranian Nuclear Deal

DUSHANBE (Sputnik) – The US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) affects the nuclear nonproliferation regime, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday.”Everyone is concerned about the situation around the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear programme. The US withdrawal from this agreement has significantly complicated its implementation and has a negative impact on…

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Menu of UAE Cosmonauts During ISS Stay REVEALED

The Russian space corporation announced on 20 June 2018 that it had signed a deal with Dubai-based Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to send a UAE astronaut to the ISS.A UAE astronaut who is to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in September has asked to provide him with national dishes during his stay on…

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Bishop to Exorcise Demons from Whole City While Flying Over It in Chopper

Buenaventura, which was severely afflicted by the conflict in Colombia and has become a strategic point in the route to the US for drug traffickers, has experienced a spike in murders over recent months, including the rape and killing of a 10-year-old girl, sending shockwaves across the Latin American nation. Bishop of Buenaventura Ruben Dario…

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Hong Kong to Announce Suspension of Extradition Law Amendments – Reports

Asia & Pacific07:52 15.06.2019(updated 08:35 15.06.2019) Get short URLBEIJING (Sputnik) – Hong Kong’s authorities will announce the suspension of a bill amending extradition legislation later on Saturday in the wake of mass protests against it in the Chinese autonomous territory, according to the South China Morning Post.The South China Morning Post has reported, citing sources,…

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CCTV Journo: If Huawei is “Spying”, Can US Guarantee Apple & Samsung Are Not?

The future of the US-China trade deal is hanging in the balance amid simmering trade frictions between the countries and Washington’s crackdown against Chinese telecom giant Huawei. Tom McGregor, a Beijing-based journalist and political analyst, has shed light on the US-China stalemate and Trump’s anti-Huawei crusade.Despite growing pressure from the Trump administration, the Chinese government and…

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Little Hunter: Hilarious Golden Retriever Pup Tries to Sneak up on Friend

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Not-So Cunning Coati Caught Stealing Tourist’s French Fries

Videoclub00:30 15.06.2019(updated 00:36 15.06.2019) Get short URL 0 0 0 What began as a relaxing afternoon by a resort pool soon turned into an urban Animal Planet-style scene recorded by traveler Brent Ferguson. Putting its long snout to use, the coati is seen sniffing around the poolside chairs until he stumbles upon a sack of…

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‘A Great Enigma’: Frida Kahlo’s Only Known Voice Recording Possibly Unearthed (AUDIO)

Society00:17 15.06.2019(updated 00:26 15.06.2019) Get short URLA recently discovered audio clip from an episode of Mexican radio show “El Bachiller” may include the first known voice recording of Frida Kahlo, an iconic 20th-century Mexican artist who painted many self-portraits and other works inspired by nature and artifacts in Mexico, the National Sound Library of Mexico…

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US Senate Warns of ‘Serious Security Concerns’ Over Future China-Operated Port in Israel – Reports

Middle East15:30 14.06.2019(updated 15:31 14.06.2019) Get short URLThe development comes amid simmering tensions between China and the United States, who have been embroiled in an ongoing trade dispute since June 2018. Along with the tariffs row, Washington has targeted the Chinese tech sector, blacklisting Huawei and dozens of affiliated firms.The Senate Armed Services Committee passed…

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Boris Johnson: Prophecies of Disastrous No-Deal Brexit Are Not Accurate

Europe15:15 14.06.2019(updated 16:01 14.06.2019) Get short URLMPs clashed earlier over if the government should be given the right to dismiss the parliament and control the Brexit agenda, as well as if the MPs are granted the right to prevent a no-deal.UK PM candidate Boris Johnson has pointed out in a televised debate that the prophecies…

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Julian Assange to Appear in Court Facing US Extradition Hearing

Europe07:03 14.06.2019(updated 07:07 14.06.2019) Get short URL 0 0 0 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Friday faces his first British court hearing since the US submitted a formal extradition request on espionage charges, which were later signed by the home secretary, Sajid Javid.If the extradition request is fulfilled, the whistleblower could face eighteen counts of espionage…

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Huawei Trademarks Its Own Mobile OS Around World After US Ban

Tech06:38 14.06.2019(updated 06:52 14.06.2019) Get short URLChina’s Huawei has applied to trademark its “Hongmeng” operating system (OS) in at least nine countries and Europe, presumably preparing to roll it out after the Android ban.Huawei — the world’s biggest maker of telecoms network gear — has filed for a Hongmeng trademark in countries such as Cambodia, Canada, South Korea and New Zealand,…

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