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Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:29:00 +0000
Global markets have continued to be volatile for several days in a row, over the fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Nevertheless, Asia has shown surprising resilience in handling the crisis. Beijing-based author Thomas W. Pauken II has explained what's behind the phenomenon, and why the West has much to learn from China.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:20:55 +0000
China's long-expected aerial tanker variant of the domestically developed Y-20 large transport aircraft will make its debut to the general public soon, and an aerial early warning (AEW) variant is also under development, making the Y-20 and its variants the pillars of the Chinese Air Force's strategic capabilities.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:18:08 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): The statement came on the backdrop of recent remarks by Indian politicians on taking back the Pakistan side of Kashmir. The two nuclear-armed nations have fought three wars over disputed Kashmir in the past, with the issue remaining unresolved since 1947.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:12:32 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The possibility of the new coronavirus spilling into Russia is increasing, Anna Popova, the head of the country's Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare, said on Wednesday.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:04:12 +0000
Leading faces in the alternative media scene held vital discussions on the role of imperialism in the case of the detained WikiLeaks founder, with voices across the political spectrum weighing in on the week-long hearing and its greater implications on the future of whistleblowing and press freedom.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:03:44 +0000
Previously US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Iranian authorities have been downplaying the scale of the coronavirus epidemic following reports that its death toll in the country might be more than two times that stated in official numbers.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:40:13 +0000
Earlier in the day, a strong magnitude 5.9 earthquake was registered in Indonesia's east, near the coast of Maluku province.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:33:36 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Police in England have ordered residents to evacuate their homes in the counties of Worcestershire and Shropshire on Wednesday, as floodwaters are expected to rise to record levels during the course of the day after weeks of heavy rainfall, the UK’s ITV broadcaster reported.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:25:42 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force Air Defense (AFAD) ordered a batch of Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) to arm the nation’s fleet of Mirage aircraft in a direct commercial contract, Lockheed Martin said in a press release on Wednesday.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:21:36 +0000
According to the Pennsylvania medical institution where the patient underwent medical testing, her condition arose due to a rare fermentation process taking place in her bladder.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:51:49 +0000
Mexican volcano Popocatepetl is located some 50 kilometres from Mexico City in the eastern half of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt and poses a danger to highly populated areas nearby.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:47:14 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): Keeping in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on adopting digital technologies, the government aims to connect over 100,000 rural councils or “gram panchayats” in India, with high-speed fibre-to-home internet between 2020-2021.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:45:32 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): Hindus make up the largest religious group in India. In Hinduism, a marriage is believed to bind two souls in holy matrimony for seven reincarnations of human eternity. Despite these deep-rooted beliefs, relationships are stuck somewhere in between modernity and past traditions, in fast-paced, web-driven Indian society.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:40:11 +0000
BANGKOK (Sputnik) - The official successor to the Malaysian prime minister from the dissolved ruling coalition, Anwar Ibrahim, urged politicians and citizens to wait for the king’s decision on the next prime minister’s appointment, Malaysia's The Star newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:36:18 +0000
The new coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, was first registered in central China in late December and has since spread to some 30 countries, prompting the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a global health emergency.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:35:36 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has placed an order of five units of the S-400 missile defence system worth $5.5 billion in October 2018. The Russian side had confirmed that production of the system has already begun and the training of Indian specialists will start very soon.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:26:21 +0000
The future of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has come into question ahead of the upcoming review meeting with its signatory-states in 2020, as the future of the New START Treaty remains unknown, and nuclear powers continue to develop new generations of nukes.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:24:10 +0000
GATCHINA, Russia (Sputnik) - The first S-350 Vityaz medium-range air defence missile systems have been added to the Russian air force's arsenal, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:19:35 +0000
Ivanka Trump has this time accompanied her Dad - along with First Lady Melania and husband, real estate tycoon-turned adviser Jared Kushner - to New Delhi, where POTUS headed to talk trade with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:16:41 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Pentagon will hold top-secret talks on the so-called \"Sino-Russian alignment,\" a notice published in the Federal Register said on Wednesday.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:12:32 +0000
Veteran of the American hip-hop scene, Talib Kweli Greene, known for his collaborations with the world's most famous rappers and his eight solo albums, has had a few rough days after trading insults with Russian musicians on Twitter. The rap star even accused them of having racist views.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:08:57 +0000
Even with a big event looming, when your team is preparing for a daring match, there is always a way to let the steam off and return to easier times, when kicking around a ball with kids in the neighbourhood was a big deal. And when top-ranking players are fooling around - you know it is going to be fun!

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:00:00 +0000
The story of Folarin Oreka Maiya, an African woman who was discharged by a Clinton Foundation offshoot in Nigeria for getting pregnant, has remained neglected for ten years. Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel has shed light on a rare case when the Clintons' charity was actually brought to justice in Nigeria.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:40:15 +0000
The shambolic state of Britain's National Health Service puts the country at severe risk to a Coronavirus pandemic. With record numbers of patients being treated on trolleys in hospital corridors due to a shortage of beds in wards, the inability to contain the deadly virus has a grim outlook.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:33:20 +0000
The picture was taken during an expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula during which participants explored and documented the hidden face of icebergs, which scientists say fertilise oceans as they carry nutrients from land.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:31:20 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): Ten infants have died in India’s Jammu and Kashmir between December and January after consuming cough syrup suspected of containing a poisonous substance. Tests at a premier medical institute in Chandigarh revealed the presence of poisonous “diethylene glycol” in a particular batch of the syrup.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:20:27 +0000
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans during elections in December to conduct a massive review of Britain's defence arsenal, the most comprehensive since the Cold War.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:17:44 +0000
Five-fold winner of Grand Slam championships Maria Sharapova announced on Wednesday her retirement from tennis.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 13:09:00 +0000
The birgus latro or coconut crab is the largest land-living invertebrate in the world. They can grow up to 1 metre in length and weigh up to 4 kilograms. They primarily feed on fruit on nuts, but also consume small animals like tortoise hatchlings and are not squeamish about eating birds or even their own kind.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:52:52 +0000
VIENNA (Sputnik) - Iran remains open to any offer on stabilizing the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Wednesday after the meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, held in Vienna at the political directors level.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:37:29 +0000
Julian Assange’s lawyers have repeatedly submitted unsuccessful requests to the Judge on his case, over the past few months, for her to intervene over his prison conditions, which have included denying Assange proper access to his case file.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:12:53 +0000
Earlier this year, French authorities issued a regulation stipulating the use of \"pingers\", special devices that emit acoustic signals, on some fishing trawlers in a move to protect dolphins.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:09:41 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): Last Sunday China issued a strong statement accusing India of prohibiting the export of essential medical products which are in short supply in the coronavirus-hit nation. The flight to send medical aid to China was delayed for 10 days as New Delhi claimed that Beijing had failed to grant permission to fly the jet on time.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:05:10 +0000
KABUL (Sputnik) - A motorcycle bomb explosion took place in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, a source stated.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:44:50 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): As security forces and the government in New Delhi are battling to curb the worst communal violence in decades in the northeastern parts of the Indian capital, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has tried to take aim at his country's arch-rival India, saying 200 million Muslims in India are being targeted.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:42:30 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania, and his daughter Ivanka were on a two-day visit to India that ended on 25 February. From experiencing a warm welcome at Ahmedabad, and witnessing the beauty of the Taj Mahal to flaunting the finest Indian designer creations, they made the news.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:12:46 +0000
Washington has of late been grappling with Huawei’s leverage in a promising chunk of the big tech market - 5G networks. Following Britain’s okaying some Huawei equipment at home, the US has gone to great lengths to exert pressure on its allies.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:07:52 +0000
Earlier this month, the club was banned from the Champions League for two seasons and fined for violating financial play rules. According to the UEFA, it had misrepresented the source of its sponsorship income, while the club's CEO Ferran Soriano denies those claims.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:05:55 +0000
Earlier in the day, the French health authorities reported the first fatal case from coronavirus after a 60-year-old Frenchman died at the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital in Paris overnight.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:05:55 +0000
SEOUL (Sputnik) - More than 750,000 South Korean citizens have signed a petition calling for the impeachment of President Moon Jae-in over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 10:35:57 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): Violence between two groups that started in parts of northeast Delhi on Sunday over the citizenship law issue has taken a communal turn. As many as 22 people have died and 183 others, including 132 civilians, were injured.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 10:14:17 +0000
The development comes as the virus continues to spread across the world with cases now being reported in Croatia, Switzerland, Austria, and Brazil. Officials from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned that it is not a question of if, but when the infectious disease will spread in the United States.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:59:37 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s federal Election Commission earlier ordered the removal of a junior minister in Narendra Modi’s ministry and a ruling BJP lawmaker from the list of star campaigners for the February legislative assembly elections in the national capital for what has widely been perceived as hate speech during campaigning.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:40:04 +0000
The Vermont Senator earlier won the Nevada primary in a landslide, getting 34 percent of the vote, thus, securing 24 delegates. Former Vice President Joe Biden came in second with just 17 percent, garnering nine delegates.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:34:28 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): Ivanka Trump accompanied her father, the US president, on his state visit to India from 24-25 February and her clothing choices truly represented her fondness for Indian design aesthetics. She looked graceful in creations designed by names like Anita Dongre and Rohit Bal from the Indian fashion industry.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:30:42 +0000
On today’s episode of Double Down, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert talk to Michael Pento of PentoPort.com about the gold market.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:28:12 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has started the process of strategic disinvestment to sell-off the ailing national carrier Air India, which has been incurring losses and accumulated debt to the tune of $8.4 billion.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:23:56 +0000
As the coronavirus is continuing to spread through European countries, Reuters reported earlier in the day that the total number of confirmed cases in France stands at 17.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:22:40 +0000
Turkey has repeatedly accused the Syrian Army of attacking its forces in the Idlib outposts over the last few months as well as violating the Sochi agreements that established the demilitarised zone in the Syrian province.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:16:17 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): Relations between India and Pakistan remain tense following the standoff on New Delhi’s decision to abrogate Article 370, granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir, a region that is a bone of contention between the two neighbours since their independence from British colonial rule in 1947.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 08:52:42 +0000
South Carolina residents head to the polls on 29 February, with top-scoring Democratic candidates bracing for the crucial vote ahead of another primary milestone - Super Tuesday that will ultimately point to who leads the Democratic pack and challenge President Trump in November.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 08:29:16 +0000
The suspected arson on Gottsunda Church in the notorious Swedish no-go zone was detected accidentally, which prevented more extensive damage.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 08:19:38 +0000
Rumours about discord between the Sussexes and the Cambridges have circulated for a long time. Reports say it all started when Prince William told his brother not to rush things when Harry decided to marry Meghan Markle after the couple had dated for less than a year.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 07:54:19 +0000
The Indonesia Geophysics Agency has already stated there is no tsunami risk from the earthquake that occurred at a depth of 49 km, as per the EMSC.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 07:43:49 +0000
At the moment, the death toll from the disease in China has reached 2,600, with almost 78,000 individuals infected across the country.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 07:33:06 +0000
Sputnik Estonia staffers were forced to terminate their contracts starting 1 January, after receiving threats of jail terms of up to 5 years from the police.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 07:31:37 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a convoy of troops in Pulwama in Indian-administered Kashmir on 14 February 2019 that left 40 soldiers dead. In retaliation, the Indian Air Force bombed a suspected JeM training camp in Balakot on 26 February 2019.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 07:01:51 +0000
According to the authorities, the suspects planned to use a sawed-off shotgun and some incendiary mixtures they prepared themselves.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 06:58:47 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): India enacted a very tough law against rape after the infamous 2012 gang rape and death of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi that triggered a national outcry. Despite the law, almost 90 incidents of raps were reported in the country daily in 2017, according to latest data compiled by the federal National Crime Records Bureau.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 06:57:22 +0000
According to the Gothenburg Mosque, a woman must please her husband sexually and is not allowed to leave home without his permission.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 06:52:39 +0000
Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011 and who passed away yesterday at the age of 91, will reportedly be buried shortly following afternoon prayers in Cairo.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 06:34:11 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has maintained its fighter jets were able to destroy alleged terror training camps in Balakot, Pakistan in 2019, despite Islamabad’s rejection of the claim. The airstrike was in retaliation for a suicide attack by Jaish-e-Mohammad on a convoy of troops in Kashmir’s Pulwama district that killed 40 soldiers.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 06:16:26 +0000
Quiet has been restored in Israel's southern communities after another round of tensions with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad who launched more than a hundred rockets into Israel following a Sunday incident on the Gaza-Israel border where the IDF used a bulldozer to drag the body of a terrorist that came there in an attempt to plant an explosive.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 06:01:57 +0000
As the start of highly-anticipated talks between the UK and Europe looms, the sides are putting efforts into drawing up clear-cut negotiating lines that will better cater to their post-Brexit trade interests now that Britain’s divorce from the EU has entered a transition period.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 05:48:32 +0000
Epstein’s death by suicide in August of last year prompted many conspiracy theories, which suggest that Epstein was killed by his powerful friends, among them former President Bill Clinton, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and Donald Trump, who allegedly feared that the disgraced financier might implicate them in the sex scandal.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 05:34:36 +0000
The recent stand-off over publisher Gui Minhai's verdict in China has sparked strong reactions in the Scandinavian country.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 05:25:25 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian Air Force carried out an airstrike on an alleged Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in the Balakot area of Pakistani's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 26 February 2019. It came after a terror attack on 14 February, in which 40 security personnel were killed in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 05:16:42 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): Actress Priyanka Chopra, who has impressed many with her lead role in the American TV series “Quantico” and Hollywood film “Baywatch”, is also on a roll with her own production house called Purple Pebble Pictures which focuses on regional movies including a Marathi film that won big at the National Film Awards in 2019.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 05:04:42 +0000
The latest Democratic debates held in Charleston, South Carolina were a bit far from New York, but that didn't stop former Mayor Mike Bloomberg from referring to things that are only well known inside the Big Apple.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 04:30:00 +0000
Sometimes animals are messy and spoiled, and they rarely ever clean anything – but a good pet is always eager to help. And some of our furry little friends are really into sweeping, mopping, and putting things in their place!

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 04:13:11 +0000
The businessman on Tuesday unexpectedly announced that he would step down as The Walt Disney Company chief executive officer, giving way to successor Bob Chapek.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 03:28:04 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The first case of the novel coronavirus among the US armed forces has been registered in South Korea, according to the United States Forces Korea (USFK).

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 03:23:12 +0000
US President Donald Trump, along with members of his family, on 24-25 February conducted his first state visit to India. The tour included visiting places of historical significance, a handful of speeches and several diplomatic conclaves.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 02:52:42 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A resolution on sanctions against Yemen proposed by the United Kingdom and adopted by the UN Security Council on Tuesday does not take into account Russia's concerns, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation Vassily Nebenzia said.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 02:44:35 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Russian Embassy to the United States has sent notes of protest to the US State Department demanding to soften penitentiary regime for Russian citizen Viktor Bout, the Embassy said.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 02:13:35 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The death toll of the novel coronavirus in mainland China has reached 2715, while the current number of patients has exceeded at 78,000 and more than 29,700 people have recovered, the country's National Health Commission said.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:37:31 +0000
The allegation was made on the second day of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing at Woolwich Crown Court in London. Assange is fighting against being forcibly sent to the United States to stand trial over the 2010 leak of classified materials relating to US military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 01:02:36 +0000
Day two of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing kicked off in London on Tuesday, and despite the defense team raising a number of issues concerning the WikiLeaks co-founder’s mental health and possible suicide risk, the politics surrounding the case present a bleak outlook for Assange, who faces up to 175 years in prison if sent to the US.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:54:01 +0000
Democratic candidates will participate in the Tuesday debate in Charleston, South Carolina, ahead of the state’s primary on Saturday. With Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) continuing to lead in national polls, moderate Democrats could soon see the end of their reign, Ted Rall, an award-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist, told Sputnik.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:48:43 +0000
Studies identify that the sea creature, descended countless millennia ago from jellyfish, developed into a bizarre alien-like creature that does not follow the rules of life on planet Earth.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:45:25 +0000
Quite a few contenders are still in the race to be chosen by the Democratic Party to run against US President Donald Trump in November. However, the Democratic establishment’s shoo-in front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, doesn’t seem totally sure which race exactly he is currently running in.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:43:20 +0000
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - Washington continues to violate the UN Charter by denying visas to some diplomats to visit the organization in New York, while the crisis surrounding this issue is exacerbating, Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gennady Kuzmin said at the Committee on Relations with the Host Country.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:38:36 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Iran might be advancing its support to Houthi rebels in the conflict in Yemen, a senior US State Department official told reporters.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:33:00 +0000
On this episode of The Critical Hour, Dr. Wilmer Leon is joined by Walter Smolarek, producer for Loud & Clear on Sputnik News Radio.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:31:03 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - San Francisco Mayor London Breed during a press conference announced that she is a declaring a local emergency over the novel coronavirus.

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:05:59 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - President Donald Trump informed Congress that he has renewed the state of national emergency that forbids unauthorized US-registered vessels from entering Cuban territorial waters.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 23:48:52 +0000
The report of a new earthquake comes days after several waves of tremors hit the Turkey-Iran border region, killing at least nine and injuring dozens more.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 23:24:31 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Air Canada airline has extended its suspension of flights to China until April due to the novel coronavirus epidemic, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 23:20:47 +0000
NEW YORK (Sputnik) - Crude prices tumbled about 3 percent as fears of a global collapse in energy demand and economic growth from the coronavirus triggered more selling in oil.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 23:05:56 +0000
International service members aligned with the US Navy and US Marine Corps (USMC) will soon be restricted from purchasing and carrying personal weapons on US bases following the 2019 killing of three people by a Saudi airman at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 22:55:55 +0000
Late American financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in August 2019. He was said to have committed suicide, although the circumstances of his death are murky and several theories have emerged to suggest that the 66-year-old was murdered.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 22:49:33 +0000
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Walter Smolarek, a Sputnik News analyst and producer at the courthouse where the hearing is taking place.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 22:46:11 +0000
The comments come ahead of Tuesday night's Democratic debate in South Carolina and as part of heavy criticism the presidential hopeful is facing from fellow Democratic candidates, as the race for the party's nomination for the 2020 presidential election heats up.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 22:44:06 +0000
A new study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders claims that American poet, editor and literary critic Edgar Allan Poe most likely did not commit suicide, one of the proposed explanations behind the author’s 1849 death.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 22:06:28 +0000
Weinstein convicted; Trump, Modi tour as anti-Muslim pogroms rage; Markets tank as Coronavirus fears heighten; 'Hidden Figure' passes away

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:59:12 +0000
TEHRAN (Sputnik) - The subject of COVID-19 is going to be used as a part of a pressure campaign against Tehran, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:52:59 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Democrats believe that the White House does not have an adequate plan to address the new coronavirus threat and the party's lawmakers are seeking at least $3.1 billion in new emergency response funds to combat the disease, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:30:11 +0000
Matt Hancock says that he is worried about Coronavirus and he bloody well should be. His sticking plaster reaction on Tuesday to advise Brits returning from Italy to self-isolate is too little and way too blooming late.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:10:56 +0000
The Walt Disney Company's board of directors announced Tuesday that Robert Iger has stepped down from his position as Disney CEO and will be replaced by Bob Chapek, who most recently served as chairman of Disney parks, experiences and products.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:09:38 +0000
Recently released FBI witness reports reveal that former special counsel Robert Mueller misrepresented in court how cooperative former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was. Mueller portrayed him as obstructive, but the reports tell a different story, and now the GOP’s top House Intelligence Committee figure wants more answers.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:00:43 +0000
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 879 points on Tuesday as fears of the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus slowing the global economy mounted.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:58:50 +0000
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The recent elections in the German port city of Hamburg resulted in a victory for the Green party, following similar surge across the country, and a defeat for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) coming on the heels of a scandal in another regional vote.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:47:17 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Federal Reserve is unlikely to cut interest rates to protect the country's markets from the impact of the coronavirus, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told CNBC on Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:30:57 +0000
Saudi officials have ordered the arrest of Saudi Arabian female rapper Ayasel Slay over her song “Bint Mecca,” or “Girl from Mecca,” claiming that the track’s music video is offensive to the holy city of Mecca, which is believed to be the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:26:44 +0000
One man has been sentenced to death and another seven have been jailed by a criminal court in Saudi Arabia on charges of treason and spying for Iran.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 19:27:43 +0000
As of Tuesday, the index has been in the red for four days in a row, losing almost 2,000 points amid continuing panic surrounding the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus to increasing numbers of countries and territories.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 19:17:09 +0000
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said earlier this month that Tehran did not need anyone's permission to continue boosting its military capabilities and developing its missile programme.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 19:13:33 +0000
In 2015, US authorities installed “drones prohibited” signs around the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, prompted by a new law forbidding the use of (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles) UAVs from flying over national parks. The new laws have not stopped some drone owners.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 19:04:25 +0000
The Pentagon has assigned its top secret research department, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the task of building a new, nuclear-powered rocket engine to speed up travel times - first to the moon, but then to Mars and beyond - before China can get there.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 19:03:46 +0000
The Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant compound helicopter, which may soon replace the UH-60 Black Hawk, recently performed a flight demonstration for the US Army.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 19:03:00 +0000
The replacement comes in line with a 2007 Parliamentary vote which ordered the preservation of the UK's nuclear deterrent capacity beyond the 2030s by upgrading, updating and maintaining the country's nuclear armaments.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 19:00:00 +0000
Health officials in South Korea are planning to test more than 200,000 followers of a secretive church after it was determined that about 60% of the country’s COVID-19 coronavirus cases were linked to the church, which is regarded by many as a cult.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:58:18 +0000
On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Garland Nixon & John Kiriakou discussed the ins and outs of Assange's captivity, treatment, and his trial taking place this week. They also discussed the economic effects that the new coronavirus called 'COVID-19' is having on the world economy, and the path that Russiagate hysteria is likely to take in 2020.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:51:21 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has launched its first clinical trial of an experimental treatment for the coronavirus, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:41:18 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A man from the US state of Arkansas was recently arrested for trying to blow up a vehicle at the Pentagon, the Justice Department said in a press release on Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:35:31 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The next stage of talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom to work towards reaching a free trade deal will begin next Monday after EU leaders agreed on a mandate for negotiating a future relationship with the UK at the General Affairs Council, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:17:37 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A US airstrike on Saturday killed a leader of the al Shabaab terrorist group who was blamed for an attack on a Kenyan military base last month that killed three Americans, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced in a press release on Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:17:37 +0000
According to The Times, the UK's home secretary ordered a probe into media reports claiming that the British MI5 intelligence agency withheld some obtained classified information from her.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:09:10 +0000
Ankara reported sustaining casualties in Idlib blaming them on alleged fire from the positions of the Syrian army, which repelled several attacks by local militants in recent weeks.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:50:59 +0000
A volunteer has gone -or rather jumped - to great lengths to keep a locked-up area secure, for fear of the further spread of the Novel Coronavirus.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:39:46 +0000
In 2018 Buzzfeed News reported that the businessman-turned-politician wanted to give the Russian president a penthouse in the Trump Tower skyscraper, which was expected to be built in Moscow. The luxury suite reportedly would have cost 50 million dollars.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:37:10 +0000
Earlier in the day, authorities of several European countries, namely Austria, Croatia and Switzerland confirmed first cases of people infected with the coronavirus in their countries.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:34:47 +0000
Since coming to light in 2017, lectures by Canadian psychology guru Jordan Peterson devoted to his Biblical series have gained a strong admiration among his fan base. While the professor’s popularity does not seem to fade away, his teachings have now received a new and quite unexpected reading.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:30:00 +0000
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which was built on a mountainside in the Arctic Circle in 2008, has been designed to guard the world’s most important crop seeds. It has been dubbed the “doomsday vault” and compared to Noah’s Ark for plants.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:19:39 +0000
BERLIN (Sputnik) - The number of people injured after a vehicle rammed into a crowd of people in the German town of Volkmarsen, in the state of Hesse, has risen to \"almost 60,\" regional police said on Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:03:26 +0000
Julian Assange is charged with 17 counts under the espionage act and one count of \"conspiracy to commit computer intrusion\". This charge has been erroneously misused by the US to represent an attempted act of 'hacking' in order to shield Chelsea Manning from detection while revealing classified documents to WikiLeaks, according to his defence.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:54:38 +0000
Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science, which posted photos on its Facebook page said similar scenes could also be also spotted in the Arctic and the Alps.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:42:33 +0000
Warburg & Co is implicated in an illicit double tax refunds scheme, which its investors allegedly cashed in on for many years on end.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:17:41 +0000
In recent years the government has introduced reforms which were aimed at reducing prices on food and increasing competition among companies. But it seems the practice known as parallel importing has made some companies too competitive.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:01:12 +0000
Julian Assange kickstarted his legal battle against extradition to the US where he is wanted on 18 espionage and hacking charges, shortly after he was stripped of Ecuadorian asylum in April 2019.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:00:00 +0000
Some animals are just too different to understand each other- they have nothing to share and no common interests. But some befriend each other – because, why not, since a friend in need is a friend indeed!

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:58:53 +0000
Last week President Donald Trump appointed Richard Grenell, a former US ambassador to Germany, as Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to oversee the nation's 17 spy agencies and organisations. CIA veterans Philip Giraldi and Larry Johnson explain Trump's move and the liberal media's outrage over it.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:26:55 +0000
Though the burial site was discovered back in June last year, archaeologists decided to report it recently and have asked local authorities to close off and guard the site.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:11:30 +0000
Earlier in the day, the Associated Press reported that European Union ministers are set to approve a tough mandate for negotiations with the United Kingdom over the trade deal.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:10:59 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): From Trump’s two-day visit to India it has been clear that both the countries want to strike a trade deal while keeping their own interests ahead. The two countries are closely discussing the issues in back-channel trade negotiations.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:00:40 +0000
Earlier in the day, Croatia's authorities confirmed the first case of the coronavirus in the country, while Austria confirmed two first cases of the virus.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:53:45 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Six games of the 26th day of Serie A, a top-tier Italian football league, will be held behind closed doors due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country's northern regions, Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Tuesday.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:52:22 +0000
Previously, US President Donald Trump vowed to sign a peace deal with the Taliban movement if the recently achieved agreement on the reduction of violence lasts a week without violations.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:33:34 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Barrington M. Salmon - Inhumane conditions driving up the death toll in US state of Mississippi prisons are unlikely to change because lawmakers and officials lack the incentive and political courage to reform the system, criminal justice activists said.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:29:31 +0000
The US government presented its case summary in favour of Julian Assange’s extradition on 24 February. They argued that the WikiLeaks publisher is wanted for “aiding and abetting” Chelsea Manning and for putting the lives of informants and sources at “grave risk”. The defence has since hit back against what it calls knowingly \"bad faith\" charges.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:27:42 +0000
The product launch took place on Monday after the 2020 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was cancelled over Coronavirus worries, with the Chinese tech giant revealing its ambitious long-term strategy and product lineup, as well as growing global sales despite the US trade war on China.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:24:48 +0000
The US has been waging a campaign against the Chinese tech giant, which it accuses of helping Beijing to spy on its customers, since last year, limiting American companies' sales to Huawei and pressing foreign countries to ditch its equipment for 5G networks.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:41:32 +0000
A young German YouTuber doesn’t like to be compared to Greta Thunberg in any way, saying her vision did not develop in response to the Swedish activist, but more likely in parallel with her, sparked by her disagreement with German authorities’ liberal immigration policies.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:27:01 +0000
Earlier in the day, US President Donald Trump stated during his visit to India that American intelligence agencies have not briefed him on any information regarding alleged meddling attempts by Russia in the 2020 presidential election.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:20:00 +0000
Researchers have zoomed in on the characteristics of Mars’ magnetic field, conducting a study not from high above the planet and the environment around it, as was done previously, but right on its surface.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:14:25 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s automobile sector witnessed a record two-decade nosedive of around 41 per cent during 2019 due to the ongoing economic slowdown. Since Indian buyers acted cautiously before investing a large chunk of their earnings in expensive vehicles, the luxury car sector also dwindled as much as a quarter before July 2019.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:11:47 +0000
At the moment, there are up to 78,000 infected individuals across China, and several thousand more in other countries. The dire situation has resulted in severe measures, with many areas under quarantine to stop the outbreak.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:11:33 +0000
New Delhi (Sputnik): Two State assemblies of different opposition-ruled states in India have passed resolutions against the Citizenship law. It is the National Register of Citizens, a proposed nationwide exercise to identify “bonafide” citizens of India, which is evoking maximum criticism despite the government’s clarifications on it.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:09:00 +0000
The Turkish president signalled Tuesday that the 5 March talks with his Russian, German, and French counterparts on the Idlib crisis are still under consideration. Middle East experts Ghassan Kadi and Chris Assad have explained why there are only a few options on the table for Ankara at the potential talks.

Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:06:34 +0000
The decorated movie producer, who worked on more than 300 films, including such iconic flicks as Pulp Fiction, The King’s Speech, Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love, has already been found guilty of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual acts carrying a potential 25-year prison sentence.

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