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Wed, 28 Jul 2021 04:30:00 +0000
Dogs are known as good companions, and they do not only like being close to humans but also have buddies among other dogs. And relations between them can be as complicated as they often are between people.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 04:15:00 +0000
Prime Minister Johnson has pledged to ensure \"less crime, fewer victims, and a safer society\" with his new plan, therefore delivering on his 2019 election promises. Retired British police and intelligence officers have give their two cents on the matter.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 03:54:10 +0000
Simone Biles, a four-time Olympic champion and a 19-time world champion, was pulled from remaining Olympic competitions after her disappointing performance and a reported injury on the vault.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 03:52:46 +0000
American actor Bob Odenkirk portrays lawyer Saul Goodman in a prequel series to \"Breaking Bad\", \"Better Call Saul\".

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 03:41:25 +0000
As local officials and first responders work to handle what is described in the reports as a \"mass casualty\" chemical incident at LyondellBasell in Texas, the reason for the leak of toxic material remains unclear.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 03:00:26 +0000
Greta Thunberg, a teen climate and environmental activist from Sweden, gained recognition across the world after her emotional speeches at the UN and one-person Friday climate strikes.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 03:00:25 +0000
SEOUL (Sputnik) - South Korea has recorded its highest-ever daily rise in COVID-19 cases for the past day, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said in a statement.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 02:51:25 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Texas National Guard troops have been granted the authority to help state police officers arrest migrants illegally crossing into the United States along the southern border with Mexico, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a letter.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 02:40:00 +0000
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - Meetings between the permanent representatives of some states to the UN with Belarusian ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya will affect the interaction of official Minsk with these delegations in the organization, Valentin Rybakov, head of the Belarusian Permanent Mission to the UN, told Sputnik.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 02:10:15 +0000
A 9/11-style investigative committee assembled by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to investigate the deadly 6 January Capitol riot had its first hearing on Tuesday - and has already prompted heated discussion on social media.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 01:56:59 +0000
The film “The Forever Purge,” released earlier this month, features an alternative universe in which the US legalizes murder for one night a year as a measure of easing social tension among the population.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 01:02:14 +0000
Martin Shkreli, also known as \"Pharma Bro,\" is serving a seven-year sentence behind bars in connection to a 2017 conviction on two counts of securities fraud and one count of securities fraud conspiracy. Prior to Shkreli's sentencing, the court allowed the federal government to seize a number of assets, including a rare album by the Wu-Tang Clan.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:50:46 +0000
2021 is only halfway done, and there have been no accusations from the United States towards Russia and its purported \"meddling\" in American elections? Wait no longer, for a new part of \"the Russian trace\" saga has commenced.

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:31:12 +0000
Olympic athletes earlier cheered netizens as videos of them trying to solve the riddle of ‘anti-sex’ beds in Tokyo's Olympic Village flooded social media. A crazy flashmob started after one athlete claimed that the cardboard beds had been designed for Olympians in Japan to \"avoid unnecessary forms of physical contact.\"

Wed, 28 Jul 2021 00:30:22 +0000
Instrumental to Slipknot’s songwriting, the Iowa native played a central role to the group’s musical style and subsequent skyrocket to the top of the charts in the early 2000s. In fact, the talented drummer had been a co-writer to many hits, including “Before I Forget,” “Duality,” “Wait and Bleed” and “The Heretic Anthem,” among other tracks.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 23:56:01 +0000
Both the US and China have accused the other of “destabilizing” the South China Sea with their military drills, but one nation has an extensive shoreline on the waterway and the other doesn’t own a spot of territory within thousands of miles of it. Now the UK seems eager to assert its relevance and insert itself into the complex situation, too.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 23:36:03 +0000
Military expert Du Wenlong, director of the Chinese Military Culture Society, said earlier this month that, in the event of a conflict between Beijing and Taipei, Chinese forces would leave \"no chance\" for US intervention. \"Before US forces arrive, we will have completed all our combat tasks,\" he said, noting forces would reach Taiwan within a day.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 23:24:15 +0000
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The European Union welcomed the decision by Seoul and Pyongyang to restore communication lines between the countries and is ready to contribute to inter-Korean dialogue, Nabila Massrali, the EU spokeswoman for foreign affairs and security policy, said on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 23:14:51 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden will nominate career diplomat Mark Gitenstein to the position of United States ambassador to the European Union, the White House said on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 23:08:08 +0000
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday denied Indian media reports claiming that the European Parliament was set to withdraw Islamabad's GSP+ (Generalised Scheme of Preferences) trading opportunities over its controversial blasphemy laws, calling the story \"malicious propaganda.\"

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 22:56:36 +0000
Earlier in the month, US ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's, owned by Unilever, declared that it would stop selling its products in the West Bank, deeming the region \"occupied Palestinian territory\".

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 22:27:48 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A US court has ordered the permanent forfeiture of a cuneiform tablet, following sales to multiple buyers beginning in 2003, that ended with the artifact’s seizure from a US museum in 2019, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 22:17:06 +0000
The Pentagon chief’s comments in Singapore on Tuesday followed the typical pattern of American diplomatic statements on the issue of US-China relations: while saying he wanted peace and stability, he also levied a slew of unsubstantiated claims at China that placed sole blame for any rifts in that relationship on Beijing’s lap.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 22:15:24 +0000
Amid efforts to remove American forces from Afghanistan, talks of a potential US pullout from Iraq have remained constant, regardless of officials indicating troops would be staying put for some time. However, the Biden White House has since clarified that a shifting US mission will mean that no soldiers with a “combat role” will remain past 2021.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 22:14:13 +0000
NEW YORK (Sputnik) - US stocks slumped on Tuesday, snapping a five-day rally and a record-high run, as caution seeped in ahead of the Federal Reserve’s monthly announcement on interest rates and as players took profits before a slew of second quarter earnings results from Big Tech companies.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 22:06:43 +0000
The March shooting spree at Atlanta-area massage parlors committed by Georgia man Robert Aaron Long claimed the lives of eight individuals, the majority of whom were women of Asian descent. The shooting came amid heightened hostilities against the Asian community that emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 21:28:56 +0000
Lakes and seas can take unusual colors such as pink, red and green, due to specific flora and microorganisms. Unfortunately, in some cases, water ecosystems become victims of human activity.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 20:14:11 +0000
The US is promoting the idea that every eligible citizen be vaccinated against COVID-19, with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director, Rochelle Walensky, saying that there is a \"pandemic of the unvaccinated\".

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 19:55:26 +0000
Since the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol, Republicans and Democrats have sparred over who is ultimately responsible, but the GOP itself is split over whether the rioters’ actions aimed at keeping a Republican president in power were legal or justified.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 19:17:54 +0000
The “winding-up” of the company is reported to have not been connected, directly, to the scandal involving the NSO Group.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 19:17:05 +0000
Days ahead of his sentencing, the former US Air Force analyst issued an 11-page handwritten letter addressed to US District Judge Liam O’Grady that outlined how the effects of his military service prompted him to leak classified intelligence regarding the US’ drone warfare program. At the time, he was facing nine years in prison.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 19:13:18 +0000
Norway's women's beach handball team was fined earlier this month after players donned spandex athletic shorts, rather than the approved bikini bottoms, in protest of uniform regulations deemed sexist. Despite the fine, the team's protest appeared to make an impact, as the European Handball Federation has signaled new changes to said regulations.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 19:01:03 +0000
The Ethiopian ambassador said that people in his country sometimes even carry photos of Vladimir Putin with them.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 19:00:00 +0000
Agile and graceful while in the water, seals can appear rather clumsy and sluggish on land. Sometimes, however, the sight of such creature lounging on the ground can probably seem more amusing than their swimming feats.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 18:46:51 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden has asked Congress for $1 billion to be allocated towards efforts to relocate Afghan nationals who assisted American forces during the war, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 18:43:56 +0000
Last month, conservative media alleged that FBI operatives helped to plot, coordinate and orchestrate 6 January’s deadly riots at the Capitol after a Department of Justice court filing against more than a dozen riot participants revealed the existence of twenty ‘unnamed co-conspirators’.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 18:30:16 +0000
Humanity discarded about $10 billion worth of gold, platinum, and other precious metals in 2019, according to a United Nations report. That amounts to 7.3 kilograms per person. That year, just 17% of wasted electronics were recycled, and the volume wasted is growing three times quicker than the human population.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 18:14:47 +0000
Cows belch and fart huge amounts of methane, which is a big contributor to climate change – India wants to change this.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 18:09:57 +0000
Tesla officially registered with India's Registrar of Companies in January this year, and is likely to set up showrooms in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru cities.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 18:08:14 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Republican members of the House of Representatives held a press conference outside of the Justice Department building on Tuesday to discuss the jail conditions and prosecution of individuals being detained in connection with the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 17:52:05 +0000
The hypothetical risk of COVID being spread through farting is reportedly “thought to be less” since undergarments and clothes below the waist would end up filtering the expelled particles when a person breaks wind.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 17:29:51 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - NHL club Washington Capitals has signed a new contract with Russian legend Alexander Ovechkin, the player announced.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 17:05:36 +0000
The French president arrived in French Polynesia on Saturday for a four-day visit to discuss serious issues including climate change, the territory’s strategic role in confronting China, and the legacy of French nuclear testing in the area in the 1960s and 1970s. However, serious journalists couldn’t help but focus on more frivolous matters.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 16:57:23 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said during a meeting of the Council for US-Russia Relation (RAPP) on Tuesday that his \"dream\" is to revive the direct flights between Alaska and Chukotka.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 16:53:20 +0000
Originally detected by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope last year, the signal only lasts about 0.65 seconds.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 16:37:25 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Capitol police on Tuesday described the events on 6 January as \"horrific\" during the first hearing of the House select committee formed to investigate the incident.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 16:34:34 +0000
Zealandia, a piece of submerged land near Australia, has only recently been upgraded to a continent. This denomination is disputed due to the territory’s visible lack of a craton, an old and stable slab of continental lithosphere – but the new discovery may have partly solved this dilemma.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:51:43 +0000
PARIS (Sputnik) - France denounces the recent attack on the Cuban embassy in Paris and has launched a probe to punish those responsible, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:28:20 +0000
US President Joe Biden hosted Iraqi Prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi at the White House on Monday. In a joint statement released after their talks, officials indicated that Washington agreed to remove all combat troops from Iraq by 31 December 2021, with remaining forces to engage only in a training, advisory and intelligence-sharing capacity.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:21:58 +0000
The administration of President Joe Biden continues to grapple with a growing tide of migrant families arriving at the US-Mexico border, with Border Patrol apprehending more than 50,000 migrant families in June, up from 40,815 in May, according to US Customs and Border Protection data.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 15:03:54 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Kabul and other areas of Afghanistan are experiencing a blackout after armed hostilities damaged power lines in the northeastern province of Baghlan, energy company DABS said on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 14:53:33 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden warned on Tuesday of a \"lethal threat\" posed by Big Tech companies, estimating that the number of spyware victims would be a thousand times higher if investment in the intrusive technology continued.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 14:51:50 +0000
Apsana Begum was one of 26 new Labour MPs elected at the December 2019 general election. She won her seat in east London, which has a large Bengali community, with a majority of 28,904.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 14:09:48 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A Boeing aircraft with 165 people on board has landed safely at Simferopol after reporting technical problems with its engine, an emergency services spokesperson said.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:54:48 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Japanese women’s softball team won the Olympic tournament at Tokyo games after defeating the US team in the final on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:51:04 +0000
Dholavira is among the most prominent sites of the ancient Harappan civilisation in India. It's situated on Khadirbet island in the Kachachh Desert Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat state.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:49:42 +0000
The weightlifter made history on Saturday by becoming India's first silver medal winner in the sport at the Olympics.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:49:34 +0000
TOKYO (Sputnik) - Russian athlete Vladislav Larin won the Taekwondo Olympic gold medal in the +80kg weight category among men after defeating North Macedonia’s Dejan Georgievski in the final on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:49:09 +0000
According to seafaring outfits, Indians constitute nearly 80 percent of the global merchant shipping workforce. Nearly 240,000 Indian sailors joined the merchant navy in 2020, with almost 210,000 joining foreign shipping companies and the rest finding employment with domestic firms.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:47:53 +0000
Iran and Israel have no relations to speak of, and have waged a decades-long covert war involving cyberattacks, sabotage strikes against one another’s commercial shipping, the assassination of nearly a dozen Iranian nuclear scientists by Israeli agents, and more.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:44:14 +0000
Footage showed Morocco's Youness Baalla attempting to snap New Zealand's David Nyika's right ear with his teeth as the two athletes clinched in the center of the ring.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:36:59 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republican members of Congress criticised the special committee probing the January 6 Capitol riot as a \"sham\" ahead of its first hearing on 27 july.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:34:43 +0000
TOKYO (Sputnik) - The Russian women’s artistic gymnastics team won the Olympic tournament for the first time in history at the Tokyo games on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:31:00 +0000
Not only conservatives but also Democrat-leaning and moderate parents are sounding the alarm over critical race theory (CRT) studies at schools, Politico found, having interviewed school board members, political operatives and activists in six US states. How could this pan out for the Dems during the 2022 midterms?

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:27:19 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A total of 210 state institutions in the Iranian capital of Tehran have been disconnected from the city's power grid because of their non-compliance with electricity consumption regulations, Iran's state-run ISNA news agency reported on 27 July.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:21:02 +0000
While sometimes water ends up swallowing swathes of land, it seems that, on some occasions, it can also give back what it previously claimed.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 12:59:48 +0000
Ken Clarke was a junior health minister between 1982 and 1985 and later returned to become Health Secretary between 1988 and 1990. He later became Chancellor of the Exchequer and remained a Conservative MP until 2019 and is now a peer, Lord Clarke of Nottingham.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 12:36:07 +0000
Manu Bhaker is the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup. She accomplished the feat in 2018 in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she won gold in the 10m air pistol and 10m air pistol mixed team events.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 12:34:07 +0000
French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly had to change his cell phone and SIM card, after it was revealed by a media investigation that he could have been targeted by Pegasus – military-grade spyware developed and leased to its international clients by the Israeli firm NSO Group.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 12:29:56 +0000
In mid-July Britain’s carrier strike group led by HMS Queen Elizabeth entered the Indian Ocean for joint exercises with the Indian Navy while on route to the South China Sea for ‘freedom of navigation” operations, with Beijing warning London that it would take measures to \"safeguard its sovereignty and security\" in the contested area.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 12:07:25 +0000
An online petition calling for an investigation of the Fort Detrick lab garners 13 mln signatures.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:59:15 +0000
Hindus made up more than 23 percent of Pakistan’s population when the country gained independence from British colonialists in 1947. Today, the community comprises just under 2 percent of the population. Forced conversions and other forms of persecution are often cited as the reasons behind the dwindling Hindu numbers.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:59:00 +0000
Almost all of Afghanistan’s neighbours have been forced to beef up security and prepare for a wave of instability, refugees and possibly even terrorist infiltration efforts amid the Taliban’s ongoing onslaught against the Kabul government in the wake of the ongoing US and NATO retreat from the country after 19+ years of occupation.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:53:20 +0000
A post-mortem drama erupted in Germany’s Weil im Schönbuch municipality in mid-July when a son decided to commemorate his dad, who died in 2013, with a wooden graveyard statue.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:52:00 +0000
Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty's husband, businessman Raj Kundra was arrested on 19 July after being named as a “key conspirator” in an ongoing porn scandal. Actresses Sherlyn Chopra and Poonam Pandey, who are known for their erotic performances in movies, raised their voices against Kundra and police summoned them for questioning this week.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:41:55 +0000
Actress Kangana Ranaut was slapped with a defamation case last year by veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar who accused her of dragging his name through the mud.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:34:42 +0000
The game’s description on Steam insists that the author of \"Heal Hitler\" is not a Nazi apologist, and that Hitler \"was human too, just like you\".

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:28:48 +0000
Rodrigo Duterte, a political maverick whose image has echoes of Donald Trump, was elected President of the Philippines in May 2016. But under the country’s constitution he cannot stand for re-election next year.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:23:43 +0000
The recent atrocities have revived concerns that Prime Minister Imran Khan's government and society seem incapable of keeping women safe in Pakistan.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:00:03 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Japanese Judoka Takanori Nagase won the Olympic gold medal at Tokyo Games on 27 July after defeating Mongolia’s Saeid Mollaei in the final of the -81 kg weight category.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:51:09 +0000
Commercial satellite images obtained by researchers at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in early July prompted US experts to suggest China had begun constructing over 100 new silos for intercontinental ballistic missiles near the city of Yumen as part of a “building spree” to expand Beijing’s nuclear capabilities.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:50:25 +0000
Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping made an unannounced three-day trip to Nyingchi in Tibet, which is a sensitive area bordering India's Arunachal Pradesh. He met top officials of the Tibet Military Command and reviewed projects in the region.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:45:00 +0000
Despite Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak's attempt to dispel suspicions over the government's alleged plan to replace cash with a digital pound in the future, fears associated with the potential introduction of a new CBCD persist. What's behind Britons' concerns about the much-discussed Britcoin?

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:31:23 +0000
BANGKOK (Sputnik) - Myanmar's Union Election Commission nullified the results of the general election held last November, opposition channel Mizzima TV reported on 27 July.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:23:35 +0000
In recent weeks, nations with some of the highest levels of vaccination against Sars-CoV-2 have reported an unexpected spike in infections and reinfections, with authorities attributing them to the new, more infectious strain of the virus known as the Delta variant.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:21:00 +0000
According to India's health sector experts, earlier most people were habituated to the concept of consulting the doctor physically and using over-the-counter medications. However, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has enhanced the importance of the digital transformation of India's health sector.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 09:53:20 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Taliban (a terrorist group, banned in Russia) claim to have shot down an Afghan military helicopter in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Tuesday.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 09:47:17 +0000
The reigning Australian and US Open champion became the latest big name to exit the Tokyo Olympics. Several big names, including World No. 1 Ash Barty, former two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek and third seed Aryna Sabalenka have all crashed out of the competition in Japan.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 09:23:45 +0000
Employees at the Scottish Government who do not identify themselves as males or females will be encouraged to use non-binary pronouns such as they/them in their work emails.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 09:22:12 +0000
The monsoon session of the Indian Parliament commenced on 19 July, one day after a forensics report claimed that over 300 Indians had fallen victim of the Pegasus spyware attack. Opposition leaders have since demanded PM Modi's government respond to snooping allegations.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 09:19:08 +0000
On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan talk about how the Olympics are kicking off, the COVID-19 situation in the US, the government of Israel and the country’s conflict with Palestine, and the FBI case against the Watchmen who attempted to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 09:17:45 +0000
Chinese official says US-China relations at “stalemate”; Terrorists turns US weapons on Syrians; States, Big Pharma reach an opioid settlement

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 09:17:19 +0000
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including Mayor de Blasio requiring all city employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, and the United States fighting to keep the job details of government employee Anne Sacoolas under wraps.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 09:16:54 +0000
Prime Minister of Iraq visits White House, rejects foreign troops in the country. How the US remains entangled in its military misadventures?

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 09:15:32 +0000
Mexican president AMLO says that he wants to replace the US Empire-dominated OAS with \"something similar to the European Union, but based on our history, our reality and our identities.\"

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:48:59 +0000
In 2020 NASA gave three US companies - SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics - study contracts to design and develop the first commercial human landing systems (HLS) to send astronauts to the Moon as part of its Artemis program, eventually awarding the $2.9 billion contract to Elon Musk’s firm in April.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:40:56 +0000
The explosion reportedly occurred at the industrial Chempark site operated by Currenta company at about 9:30 a.m.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:23:42 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Primary generation of electricity with two turbines of the Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia may start in two or three months, and the country does not plan to suspend dam construction because of Sudan's possible complaint with the United Nations, Ethiopian Ambassador to Russia Alemayehu Tegenu said in an interview with Sputnik.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:15:59 +0000
It's unclear as to who might be behind the attack on Cuba's diplomatic mission in the French capital. Cuba's foreign minister, meanwhile, accused the United States of encouraging violence against the island nation.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:00:45 +0000
Ariarne Titmus is not the first swimmer to have caused a major upset at the Tokyo Olympics. On Sunday, Tunisian teenager Ahmed Hafnaoui managed to stun the field in the men's 400 metre freestyle, becoming the second-youngest swimmer ever from an African nation to win an Olympic gold medal.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:42:02 +0000
Last week, a Forensic Methodology Report by the UK-based humans right group Amnesty International claimed that Pegasus spyware has been used in a widespread and persistent manner. It said it was done to unlawfully spy on over 50,000 influential people, including over 300 from India. The targeted persons included journalists and politicians.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:22:48 +0000
The House select committee investigating the storming of the Capitol during the certification of Joe Biden’s victory on 6 January will hold its first hearing on Tuesday. The bipartisan panel has already provoked the ire of Republicans as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved to block two GOP candidates from serving on the committee.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:14:28 +0000
The raft of measures to tackle crime in the UK, set to be unveiled by Downing Street on 27 July, has already been criticised by the Labour Party and the Police Federation, who represent rank-and-file officers, as \"more gimmicks and more slogans\".

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:46:06 +0000
Lashing out against the so-called cross-contamination that occurs when eateries prepare their meals, Norwegian Muslims have found unexpected partners in vegans, who also oppose the same routines for various kinds of foods.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:28:08 +0000
Government sources watching the intra-Afghan talks say that many governments in the region are now increasingly concerned about the security repercussions of the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. In pointed references to China and Iran, Indian officials say that the same nations used to criticise the presence of foreign troops in the region.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:05:13 +0000
The images earlier posted on social media reportedly showed Britain's record scorer getting close to three 21-year-old girls in a night club and hotel room. Rooney is said to have complained to the Greater Manchester Police, alleging he was \"set up\".

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:04:02 +0000
While celebrated for “greater diversity” and providing a different experience, the higher share of women has been achieved through lowering the physical demands, which according to some military experts, may pose a long-term problem.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:42:20 +0000
The US President greeted Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in the White House on Monday. Following the talks, Biden took several questions from reporters about the prospects of relationship between America and Iraq – but some journalists demanded to know things far beyond the agenda.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:29:39 +0000
Last year, stressors typically challenging military personnel were augmented by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, said the US Defense Department, adding it necessitated some changes in the mental health services offered.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:17:00 +0000
A recent poll has revealed that 49 percent of Israelis approve of Bennett's management of the coronavirus crisis. But on Twitter people are split over whether his rule is actually legitimate.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:05:36 +0000
Given the new circumstances, rules for the validity of the passport should be changed, experts have argued. However, despite the apparently poorer protection, the country's medical authorities have urged their compatriots to fully vaccinate themselves, emphasising that even a single shot can still contribute to a milder experience with the disease.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 04:30:00 +0000
Some people think it's lucky to spot a meteorite in the sky.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 03:58:50 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Health Ministry approved joint trials of coronavirus vaccines AstraZeneca and Sputnik Light, according to its registry of clinical trials approvals.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 03:51:03 +0000
In 2019, Ecuador suspended the citizenship of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, after years of offering him shelter amid accusations of espionage that he faces from the United States after WikiLeaks published thousands of classified American military records.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 02:25:14 +0000
The possibility of alien technology allowing travel between stars and galaxies has long engaged the minds of space enthusiasts, even though there is no credible evidence that the technology exists.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 02:06:19 +0000
The communication line between Seoul and Pyongyang was cut off last year in June in a North Korean move made against what it claimed were activists sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 01:04:20 +0000
The legal battle of American pop music icon Britney Spears to end her \"abusive\" conservatorship has been in the spotlight since June 2021, when the singer delivered an emotional speech in court, linking her custody to \"sex trafficking\".

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 01:01:19 +0000
Chinese market regulators began cracking down last year on monopoly practices by the country’s tech giants, including the practice known as “picking sides,” in which vendors are forced to choose between a family of platforms or those of their rivals, but cannot mix and match between companies.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 01:00:17 +0000
The Monday ruling came down as the environmental advocate had spent more than 700 days on house arrest as a result of the contempt charges that stemmed from the decades-old case regarding Chevron’s severe oil pollution in Ecuador.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:48:14 +0000
On Monday, Sky News published a story suggesting that Iran has been conducting clandestine research on the possible impact of cyber attacks on civilian infrastructure, including petrol stations, cargo ships and programmable logic controllers, citing what the media outlet claimed were \"classified\" documents compiled by Iranian intelligence.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:47:04 +0000
Former US Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), was first elected to the US House of Representatives in 1983 and represented California's 6th congressional district until 1992, when she secured a seat in the Senate, where she remained until 2017. Boxer, who did not seek reelection in 2016, had her seat filled by then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:03:05 +0000
A former German-Belgian colony, Burundi has remained poor long after independence thanks to decades of civil war along ethnic lines drawn and amplified to ease colonial rule and unequal extraction arrangements signed with multinational corporations.

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:01:08 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A private airplane has crashed into a heavily-wooded mountainous area next to the Truckee-Tahoe Airport in eastern California with an undetermined number of passengers onboard, the Truckee Police Department said in a statement.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 23:22:58 +0000
The New York Attorney General's Office and the Assembly Judiciary Committee have launched respective investigations into a number of allegations leveled against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), including sexual misconduct. The Democratic governor initially urged New Yorkers to \"trust the process,\" but it appears Cuomo's trust has run out.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 22:10:36 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The body of the last victim in the recent Florida condo collapse has been recovered from the rubble, bringing the total death count in the tragic incident to 98, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said during a news conference.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 22:08:01 +0000
Although the US gymnastics team is heavily favored to dominate in the 2020 Summer Olympics, weekend qualifiers saw the group come behind the Russian Olympic Committee by just one point.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 21:52:40 +0000
In response to US sanctions against Chinese firms and officials, Beijing has begun issuing its own reciprocal measures, including most recently former US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Sophie Richardson, director of Human Rights Watch's China department, among four others on Saturday.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 21:44:25 +0000
CAIRO (Sputnik) - Tunisian President Kais Saied on Monday declared an 11-hour nationwide curfew, banning all movement between cities and gatherings of more than three people, in light of the unstable political situation in the country.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 21:40:44 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - An American Airlines jet fuel shortage impacting mostly Western cities amid ongoing wildfires has spread across the United States and will continue into the middle of August, CNBC reported, citing an internal company memorandum.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 21:36:00 +0000
NEW YORK (Sputnik) - Stocks on Wall Street extended record highs from last week, with all the three main indices hitting new peaks ahead of a busy week of earnings from big tech companies and updates on US monetary policy and second quarter economic performance.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 21:29:44 +0000
PARIS (Sputnik) - The Russian Embassy in France on Monday expressed outrage over remarks by Christophe Castaner, the leader of the \"La Republique En Marche!\" group in the parliament, on allegations of a link between Moscow and anti-vaccination communities on social media.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 19:29:24 +0000
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) confirmed on Sunday that Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has been appointed to serve on the US House-approved select committee probing the January 6 attack on the US Capitol building. This move comes days after Pelosi rejected two out of five GOP recommendations from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 19:18:43 +0000
On Monday, the US Department of Veterans Affairs became the first US federal agency to require all healthcare workers on its payroll to obtain COVID-19 vaccines. The move comes as vaccination rates in the US are leveling off as the country slowly approaches full vaccination for 50% of its population.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 19:14:40 +0000
Brown pointed out that Robert Maxwell, the father of Jeffrey Epstein’s close associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, had connections to the Israeli intelligence community, and that Epstein had a “close relationship” with him.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 19:13:27 +0000
Earlier, federal authorities took longtime Trump confidant Thomas Barrack into custody after determining he had allegedly violated foreign lobbying regulations and lied to agents when he was questioned about his practices during a June 2019 interview with investigators. He was later released after agreeing to a multimillion-dollar bail package.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 19:04:37 +0000
A spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Police reportedly insisted that “there is no police involvement at this time.\"

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 19:04:15 +0000
Earlier this month, the Roselle Park Municipal Court ruled that homeowner Patricia Dilascio and her daughter must remove profanity-laden signs criticizing the president, or face $250-a-day fines until they do so. The suburban women have refused.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:39:49 +0000
The situation is linked to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) deal with Discovery regarding the European television rights for the games.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:29:52 +0000
Earlier, the White House detailed to reporters that the US mission would be shifting gears in Iraq, but steered clear of offering information regarding a potential pullout of troops from the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:23:20 +0000
A bipartisan group of Senate lawmakers is rushing to finalise an ambitious $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill pushed by President Biden after cutting out hundreds of billions of dollars in proposed spending. The negotiations come as the Senate prepares to go on its summer recess, which starts next Friday and will last over a month.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:06:00 +0000
The six-member group who had their debut in 2016 and are proving almost to be veterans in the glittering world of K-Pop super-stardom are gearing up to treat their public to their eighth extended play 'Switch On'.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:19:55 +0000
The Indian states of Assam and Mizoram share roughly 100 miles of a disputed border. The boundary dispute between the two states has been simmering since Mizoram was formed as a separate state in the Eighties. Several rounds of talks have been held since 1995 to resolve the tensions between the two states.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:59:53 +0000
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday that security has been strengthened on the border with Iran due to a new wave of chaos in Afghanistan.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:48:01 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Fiji police said on Monday that the law enforcement presence in cities would be increased to anticipate riots that may occur in response to the government's intention to remove institutional safeguards of indigenous landowners' rights.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:46:09 +0000
Created with Iran’s help during the 1982 Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon, Hezbollah has long remained one of Tehran’s closest allies and partners in the Middle East in the decades since, constituting part of the Iran-led \"Axis of Resistance\" alliance.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:38:16 +0000
LONDON (Sputnik) – The Whipps Cross Hospital in east London was still experiencing \"operational issues\" on Monday after the deluge of rain that fell on Sunday in large areas of the capital city flooded the basement, causing damage to the electrical system and a loss of power.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:22:37 +0000
According to footage shared online, both the reporter and the biker were fortunate and only sustained minor injuries.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:14:28 +0000
The Financial Times has suggested that Downing Street wants to remove China's state-owned nuclear energy company from all future power projects in the UK. The report comes as there has been a cooling of relations between London and Beijing.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:06:21 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday pointed to deliberate attempts to incite interracial hatred in the country during unrest in the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal, which has recently seen a rise in tensions between African and Indian residents.

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:45:12 +0000
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is a former journalist who has no legal training. The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, is a lawyer who led the Crown Prosecution Service for years.

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