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Thu, 28 Jan 2021 15:27:00 +0000
In the age of social media, the press and politicians should take precautionary measures before spreading the news given its potential impact on the world's political situation, says Indian foreign affairs analyst Amrita Dhillon, commenting on the Russian Foreign Ministry's statement warning against fake news.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 15:25:43 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, bashed Western nations on Thursday for turning a blind eye to anti-lockdown protests in the Netherlands, saying they never criticised themselves.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 15:03:49 +0000
The Scottish National Party have been campaigning for Scotland to be independent, something that was rejected in the 2014 referendum. But relations between the SNP and the Conservative Party remain fraught.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 15:00:41 +0000
YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Protesters in the Armenian capital of Yerevan gathered near the office of the prosecutor general on Wednesday and called for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to be arrested, a Sputnik correspondent reports.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 14:58:52 +0000
Boris Johnson headed to Scotland on Thursday in a bid to put a halt to growing calls for another independence vote in the constituent country, arguing that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the benefits of staying united.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 14:45:39 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US weekly jobless claims fell more than 7 percent last week, registering their second weekly decline as the labour market and economy continued to struggle from the coronavirus pandemic, Labour Department data showed on Thursday.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 14:42:32 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A highly infectious variant of COVID-19 first identified in the United Kingdom, termed B.1.1.7, has been discovered in the wastewater system of the Austrian capital, Vienna, Norbert Kreuzinger from the Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management at the Vienna University of Technology, told the ORF broadcaster on Thursday.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 14:33:26 +0000
As long as Niagara continues to fall, people will be charmed by the breath-taking views at this popular cross-border tourist destination. It is particularly beautiful in winter. Just have a look!

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 14:19:08 +0000
Black holes are regions of space-time where the levels of gravity are so strong that nothing – not even light – can escape them. For decades, many scientists believed that whatever falls into a black hole is gone forever and there is no information inside them. New research puts this into question.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 14:13:35 +0000
On Tuesday, the law and order situation in the Indian capital spiralled out of control as protesting farmers barged into Delhi, breaking police barricades at the border. The farmers’ leaders have vowed to continue their protests against three farm laws that aim to reform the agricultural sector.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:56:39 +0000
KRASNOGORSK, Russia (Sputnik) - A district court in the Moscow Region found on Thursday that the 30-day arrest for Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, who was detained at an airport on 17 January upon his return from Germany, is legal. A Sputnik correspondent reported from the courtroom.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:51:29 +0000
Manchester United are having their best season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. But their challenge for the Premier League title hit a pothole on Wednesday night when they lost 2-1 at home to Sheffield United.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:44:31 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Italian law enforcement is investigating Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo over a possible breach of COVID-19 rules in Italy, media reported Thursday.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:39:57 +0000
New York has the biggest death toll (almost 43,000) of all the states from the disease and experienced a shortage of personal protective equipment such as masks and shields for doctors and nurses when the pandemic broke out. At the beginning of the outbreak, Cuomo was reportedly berated by the Trump administration for the slow response.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:27:20 +0000
While phone owners are meant to benefit from improved tracking transparency, advertisers may not be as pleased with Apple's new announcement made on 28 January, which marks Data Privacy Day.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:22:42 +0000
The move comes after the Chinese government had begun cracking down on mainland tech firms, namely after the Ant Group's $37 bln initial public offering in November last year, citing concerns over comments from the fintech firm's founder and chairman at an event.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:21:38 +0000
In December 2019, Saudi Aramco, the kingdom's oil and natural gas conglomerate, launched public trading, floating its shares on the Saudi stock exchange Tadawul.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:19:33 +0000
Prosecutors pointed out that Stephan Ernst had been motivated by “racism and xenophobia” as he moved to assassinate a German MP who has repeatedly called for supporting refugees.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:17:30 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - People in the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark are the most protective of their personal data while surfing the internet among the entire European Union, while the least protective people live in Bulgaria, Romania and Greece, a Eurostat poll found on Thursday.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:14:10 +0000
BEIRUT (Sputnik) - The governor of the Syrian town of Nahtah in the southern Daraa province was shot dead by unknown gunmen outside his home on Thursday, media said.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:11:55 +0000
The lawmaker has already come under fire because she supported former President Donald Trump's allegations of electoral fraud and she campaigned for the 2020 voting results to be denied certification.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:11:32 +0000
The committee pointed in its recommendations to a lack of scientific data, which prevents it from advising the use of the British-Swedish flagman coronavirus inoculation in older age groups.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:09:56 +0000
The new US administration earlier indicated its interest in returning to the Iran nuclear deal, but newly sworn-in Secretary of State Antony Blinken suggested that the Islamic Republic, which had been suffering from US sanctions over the past three years, should be the party to make the first step in reaching the agreement.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 13:01:12 +0000
The news comes as the company is expected to unveil its first ever quarter with $100 billion in sales. The coronavirus-induced lockdowns have pushed more and more people working and studying from home to invest in gadgets.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:54:14 +0000
MINSK (Sputnik) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Thursday that special services had uncovered plans of the government's opponents to set off explosions in the streets and in buildings.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:40:55 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has released materials regarding the sentence imposed by the military tribunal of the Kiev military district in 1946 on 15 Nazis who committed the genocide of the Soviet civilian population on the Ukrainian territory during the Second World War.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:39:14 +0000
The German government last week approved a new law which would ban the culling of live male chicks in the egg industry. But Compassion In World Farming say although it welcomed the legislation, poultry farming in Europe needs far wider reforms.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:31:32 +0000
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced that the foreign aid budget for next year will be lowered £13.9 bln to £9.9 bln. The government will prioritise the fight against coronavirus, promoting trade and boosting research among other things in its spending, according to Raab.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:30:18 +0000
CEO Nicolai Tangen pointed out in a statement that technology companies boasted their highest return in 2020, amounting to 41.9%, as people increasingly needed more electronic devices, gadgets and software, among other things, to facilitate their full-fledged work and entertainment at home in the new coronavirus-induced reality.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:28:35 +0000
The delay will give the Biden administration time to review Trump's executive order, launched in November with a 28 January deadline, which blocked US companies from investing in China and slapped numerous mainland firms with restrictions, barring access to key US technologies.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:27:20 +0000
In December 2020, India lost an arbitration case at an international tribunal in a retrospective tax matter to Cairn Energy. The Indian government said last December that the matter was being studied, and the company is yet to receive a response.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:27:03 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Scientists in Cambodia have found coronavirus strains whose nucleotide identity is 92.6 percent similar to SARS-CoV-2 in samples of horseshoe bats collected back in 2010, according to a preprint of a study on the BioRxiv medical research portal.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:12:52 +0000
The agency said even a very small swarm of locusts is able to eat as much food in a day as would feed about 35,000 people. Therefore, for countries which experience food shortages an invasion of these insects constitutes a national catastrophe.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:04:31 +0000
Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif stressed that Tehran resuming 20 percent uranium enrichment is fully in line with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:57:25 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova has received requests from journalists who work with Baltnews and Sputnik Latvia media outlets, asking to protect their rights to freedom of speech, Moskalkova's office told Sputnik on Thursday, adding that work on the requests is already underway.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:43:21 +0000
Scientists are promoting the idea that compounds found in cannabis are very effective for pain relief and that research in the field should be given an impetus. Cannabis, coca, and opium are prohibited for any general cultivation, consumption, or possession under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act in India.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:38:04 +0000
AMSTERDAM (Sputnik) - The European Union welcomes the agreement between the US and Russia to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START Treaty), European Commission foreign policy spokesman Peter Stano told Sputnik on Thursday.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:21:01 +0000
The incident on Thursday morning took place at a branch of the French Pôle Emploi governmental agency which is in charge of registering the unemployed.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:20:32 +0000
Punjabi singer-actor Deep Sidhu, who has been protesting alongside farmers since day one at Delhi's borders, demanding a repeal of the new farm laws, has gone missing after he was accused by farmer leaders of \"instigating\" and \"misguiding\" protesters carrying out a tractor parade on Tuesday amid the 72nd Republic Day celebrations.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:12:40 +0000
The new vaccine candidate by the French biotech firm Valneva has yet to receive regulatory approval in Britain but Downing Street has chosen to race ahead in the battle to secure supplies.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:07:04 +0000
A string of documents pertaining to Jeffrey Epstein’s former partner’s second deposition and other court proceedings have been released publicly this week, suggesting Ghislaine Maxwell preyed on her victims in an attempt to lure them into sex services for her billionaire friend.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:05:01 +0000
On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan discuss President Joe Biden's battle with the COVID pandemic. He is moving to increase vaccinations and distribute relief funds fairly.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:04:22 +0000
US instability, economic aggression forces int'l community to look elsewhere; Biden-Putin phone call features all your Russiagate favorites

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:03:33 +0000
The troops of India and China had a \"minor\" face-off on 20 January at the Line of Actual Control, with several soldiers sustaining injuries. Nevertheless, the two sides are working on a consensus to avoid fresh clashes, with the ninth round of talks concluding last week.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:59:56 +0000
On today’s episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, CIA issuing a warning on former CIA officers from working for foreign governments, and President Biden’s executive orders.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:59:26 +0000
Millennials and Gen Z are getting back at Wall Street profiteers and hedging bets causing stocks to soar, but how long will the winning streak last?

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:58:48 +0000
International health professionals are concerned that vaccines developed by pharmaceutical companies Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are less effective against the South African variant of the novel coronavirus.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:46:35 +0000
GENOA (Sputnik) - The newly-formed group of Italian centrist parliamentarians, \"Europeanists MAIE Democratic Center\", which supports Prime Minister Conte, is now holding consultations with President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella on the possibilities to form a new government, member of the group and senator Tatjana Rojc told Sputnik on Thursday.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:37:51 +0000
On Wednesday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz denounced claims by Israeli Defense Forces chief Aviv Kohavi that Iran was close to creating a nuclear bomb, insisting that “red lines are drawn in closed rooms”.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:33:08 +0000
Back in 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and brutally murdered in Karachi, Pakistan. Pearl was probing links between Pakistani militant groups and British terrorist Richard Colvin Reid. A graphic video of Pearl’s severed body later made its way to the Internet.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:15:30 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - France has seen three times more cases of the new coronavirus strain originating in the United Kingdom within less than a month, the French government's spokesman Gabriel Attal told the France Inter broadcaster on Thursday.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:10:07 +0000
In late December, the United Kingdom detected a new coronavirus mutation that is reportedly more transmissible than other strains. In the wake of the announcement, many nations around the world suspended travel to the UK.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:02:59 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Both foreign and Russian social networks have started actively removing calls on teenagers to participate in unauthorised rallies, in compliance with the prosecutors' requirement, Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor said on Thursday.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:02:38 +0000
According to the profile on Independent Interpreters website, Heather Mewshaw has been working as a professional sign language interpreter since 1999. She appeared at the press-briefing with Jen Psaki on 25 January, but was replaced in the past days.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 09:39:59 +0000
WhatsApp is used by over two billion people worldwide, of which around 400 million are in India. The app, which is owned by Facebook, allows people to connect with each other via messages and free internet calls – voice as well as video.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 09:19:39 +0000
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 2 million people since its outbreak, prompting governments all around the world to take unprecedented measures to curb the spread of disease. However, heightened attention towards the coronavirus paved the way for resurgence of some other dangerous bacteria and fungi.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 09:14:59 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's Sputnik V vaccine's efficiency in formation of cellular immunity to COVID-19 is close to 100 percent, a senior researcher at a genetic engineering laboratory of the Gamaleya institute said on Thursday.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 09:13:49 +0000
The EU and the UK have locked horns over coronavirus vaccine supplies as Brussels has demanded that AstraZeneca hand over some 75 million doses of its vaccine, manufactured at its British plant.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 09:08:50 +0000
At a time when America stands divided and is engaged in what is being described as an \"uncivil war\", Joe Biden has declared that the impeachment of Donald Trump is the trial that \"has to happen\". The president has preached the importance of unity, but the scene has now been set for the most divisive political battle in a generation.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 08:57:54 +0000
Earlier this month, the UK’s Home Office touted Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) as something that plays an important role in “preventing and safeguarding victims from many serious crimes”, such as terrorism, drugs and child sexual exploitation.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 08:23:51 +0000
In 2019 GameStop lost almost $800 mln and as one may guess, 2020 didn’t bring anything good for the company either as most of the world’s population was confined within their homes or went out to stock up on food and other basic necessities. Now everyone is talking about GameStop.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:44:11 +0000
The Scottish National Party has previously unveiled what it described as a \"roadmap to a referendum\" with an 11-point plan to pursue a second vote on independence from the UK.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:39:21 +0000
The protesters, who oppose the construction of the HS2 high-speed railway, have gone underground - literally. The activists say they have \"prepared for a lengthy siege\" in the tunnels as they're making a last ditch attempt to stop HS2, which they believe is \"expensive, unpopular and destructive''.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:32:18 +0000
While prohibiting mink breeding until the end of the year, Sweden stopped short of Danish-style blanket culls and decided to spare the existing animals. In late 2020, Denmark slaughtered its entire 15-million-strong mink stock due for fear that the mutated COVID found in mink may jump species and interfere with the vaccination programme.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:11:09 +0000
Last week, Twitter users quipped at Jennifer Psaki promising to add to US President Joe Biden’s pledge “to bring transparency and truth back to government”.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 07:00:00 +0000
This week, along with guest Gordon Dangerfield, Tommy asks the big question: Why did the Scottish Government conspire against the ex-First Minister? A key piece of evidence from Alex Salmond’s trial could reveal just why the Government weaponised the sexual misconduct allegations and could bring an end to Nicola Sturgeon’s time as Scotland’s Leader

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:33:39 +0000
Previously, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted that at least one percent of the coronavirus vaccine supply has been wasted amid a mass rollout.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:26:29 +0000
The months of the winter season normally shroud parts of India, especially the north, in layers of thick fog. The air pollution in the nation's capital mixes with this to form noxious smog -- even towards the end of January.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:16:10 +0000
The newly-announced series of measures includes a close monitoring of the Internet for what is deemed to constitute hate speech and raising awareness among schoolchildren about the dangers of racism and anti-Semitism.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:07:33 +0000
Netanyahu's Likud party is still leading in Israeli media polls, but it is far from the magical number of 61 seats needed to form a government. To reach that goal, Netanyahu will need to use his negotiation skills and forge alliances that will help him retain his post.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 06:00:00 +0000
Scientists at Moscow's National University of Science and Technology MISiS (NUST MISiS) have managed in cooperation with their French colleagues to increase by seven times the strength of titanium and stainless steel products.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 05:50:22 +0000
The reason for this animosity between the two Scandinavian neighbours is that Norway has barred EU fishing vessels from its waters in the aftermath of a last-minute Brexit deal reached between London and Brussels, leading to losses for Danish fishermen.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 05:31:13 +0000
Earlier this week, Scottish National Party member Neale Hanvey described UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s upcoming trip to Scotland as a \"futile\" attempt to strengthen the Union as a spate of polls suggest more Scots support a second independence referendum.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 05:17:10 +0000
The UK and the EU have crossed swords over coronavirus vaccine supplies as Brussels warned it could restrict exports of the Belgian-made Pfizer jab to Britain, prompting Health Secretary Matt Hancock to accuse the union of “protectionism”. British observers have weighed up whether the bloc's restrictions may hurt Britain's inoculation plans.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 04:51:57 +0000
Members of the US Supreme Court are appointed for life and the judicial appointments made by each president have a lasting effect on public policy. Some Democrats have proposed adding more seats to the Supreme Court in order to be able to appoint more liberarls to the body.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 04:30:00 +0000
Some doggies are always ready to bite everything - not because they are evil, but because it's fun. For some reason, people can't understand what is so fascinating about that - and it means that canines have to work harder and bite even more, until people finally get how much fun it is!

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 03:45:03 +0000
On Wednesday, American stock markets were rocked by a group of small retail investors cooperating via Reddit to push GameStop company stocks to 1,700% above its previous value in just a few weeks, forcing institutional hedge fund investors to retreat due to huge financial losses.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 03:44:22 +0000
WASHINGTON, January 28 (Sputnik) - Three individuals affiliated with the Oath Keepers have been indicted in federal court for allegedly participating in the January 6 siege at the US Capitol building, the Justice Department said.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 03:31:49 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The HBO Max streaming service is considering an opportunity to create an animated “Game of Thrones” drama series, media reported.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 02:52:57 +0000
Ahead the 2020 presidential elections, Facebook imposed a temporary restriction on political advertising in order to “prevent misinformation”, pledging that the ban would not be extended indefinitely. The move caused controversy as many accused the social media platform of bias.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 02:52:35 +0000
Former US President Donald Trump found himself again in the cross hairs of House Democrats - and some Republicans - after being impeached for an unprecedented second time over charges of \"incitement of insurrection\" prior to the deadly 6 January Capitol riot.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 02:52:30 +0000
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Colombia has suspended air traffic with Brazil for a month over the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 01:32:24 +0000
Economic shutdowns in response to COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have created fertile hunting grounds for Wall Street short-sellers, who bet that what they believe to be overpriced stocks will soon depreciate.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 01:11:26 +0000
In Tuesday remarks, the chief of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Aviv Kohavi, alleged that Iran was close to creating a nuclear bomb, and said that as a result the IDF will prepare \"additional military operations\".

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 01:02:15 +0000
History shows that humanity has long been driven by changing skies, either by dictating what one can plant in their garden, the mood in which they might find themselves, or even where they are in their menstrual cycle. A new study now offers evidence that Earth’s only natural satellite plays a role in one’s sleeping patterns.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 01:00:14 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A new poll suggests that a narrow majority of US citizens favor replacing or reforming the current Electoral College system which gives candidates' who win a majority in any state all its population-weighted electoral votes and ignores real voter numbers, the Pew Research Center said in a news release.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:58:48 +0000
While the former US president, Donald Trump, is organizing a post-presidency office within his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort to stay involved in politics, the Senate is expected to start its trial on his impeachment on 9 February, despite the fact that Trump’s term ended on January 20.

Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:18:05 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Oleg Navalny, the brother of jailed Russian political opposition figure Alexey Navalny, was detained for 48 hours according to Ivan Zhdanov, the director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation FBK, which is labeled as a foreign agent by the Russian Ministry of Justice.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 23:53:21 +0000
In the wake of Trump supporters storming the US Capitol, congressional lawmakers have held several hearings in an effort to gain a clearer picture of the deadly events that unfolded on January 6, and to better understand the security failures that allowed individuals to ransack the federal building and kill a law enforcement officer.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 23:52:50 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of people injured in the protests that engulfed the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli has risen to 226, media reported citing the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the emergency services.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 23:15:36 +0000
The Boeing 777x, promoted as the \"world's largest and most efficient twin-engine jet,\" took its first flight one year ago and, while the flagship aircraft has since completed over 500 test flights, the COVID-19 pandemic has extended an already-delayed release.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 23:14:42 +0000
On 6 January supporters of former US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol building as a joint session of Congress was certifying the results of the 14 December 2020 Electoral College vote. During the violent attack four civilians and one police officer were killed.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:32:34 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US economy looks set to improve in the second half of the year but will not likely be able to restore most of those jobs lost to the pandemic, Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell said after the central bank's first monthly policy meeting of the year.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:22:43 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters that Zalmay Khalilzad has been invited to stay in his capacity of United States Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation by the Biden administration, which is conducting a review of previous agreements reached with the Taliban.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:18:43 +0000
Heavy armor losses during a recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh have some observers suggesting the tank has become obsolete, thanks to the terrible utility of combat drones. Others have pushed back, however, saying the issue isn't technology, but tactics.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:03:30 +0000
A former attorney for Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio told a court hearing that in 2014 the right-wing group's leader helped federal authorities bust marijuana growing operations, gambling houses and human trafficking rings. Tarrio has denied the claims.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 21:23:43 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, issued threats in response to statements made by Israel’s top brass.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 21:18:21 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Popular messaging app Telegram now allows users to export chats from other messenger apps, according to a description of the updated version on the App Store.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 21:15:51 +0000
Tehran’s oil minister, Bijan Zangeneh, recently boasted that Iranian oil exports have increased despite US attempts to block them with sanctions and threats against potential buyers.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 21:14:17 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Congress is investigating $70 million in contracts for potentially ill suited COVID-19 ventilators purchased by the Trump administration, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform said in a press release on Wednesday.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 21:12:47 +0000
BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Protesters in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Wednesday hurled Molotov cocktails at the city’s municipal headquarters as unrest continues into the third day.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:48:15 +0000
After the deadly January 6 Capitol building riot, government officials have grown increasingly concerned about the possibility of domestic extremists staging another violent event over frustration with the current political climate. In light of potential threats, National Guard troops will remain in the nation’s capital for an extended period.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:14:34 +0000
Protests in Lebanon have been going on for several days, with some of demonstrations growing violent as people take to the streets to protest harsh living conditions and coronavirus-related restrictions.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:09:14 +0000
Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi in response to ongoing demonstrations reshuffled the Tunisian cabinet, appointing 11 new ministers and pledging reforms to revive the country’s economy. The nation's president, Kais Saied, however, has rejected the reshuffle, citing the absence of women and accusations of corruption against several of the ministers.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:09:01 +0000
The National Guard was deployed in the Washington DC after Trump supporters stormed the Congress building on 6 January, resulting in five deaths, in an attempt to prevent the certification of the 2020 election results. The National Guard were tasked with ensuring security and safety during the Biden inauguration ceremony.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 20:08:42 +0000
As part of their Tractor Protest Rally, thousands of farmers entered Delhi on Tuesday morning riding SUVs, cars, and wheeled farm equipment. A faction of the rally soon invaded Delhi's iconic Red Fort, leading to violent clashes with police as the farmers seek the repeal of several farm laws recently decreed by the central government.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:18:54 +0000
The UK's coronavirus vaccination programme is five times more advanced than the EU's, with 10 per cent of the British population inoculated versus just two per cent across the 27-member bloc. The European Commission's response has been to restrict exports of jabs to non-EU countries.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:17:29 +0000
Earlier in the day, a Bloomberg defense reporter said that the Biden administration would temporarily pause some US foreign arms sales, particularly putting under review the sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia and of Lockheed Martin F-35 jets to the UAE.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:06:49 +0000
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A representative of the US Embassy was given a note in connection with the spread of fake news about protests in Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 18:02:33 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Newly appointed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was officially sworn into office on Wednesday.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:53:52 +0000
Two weeks ago, the tech maverick increased the value of the shares of the Japanese company Bandai Namco Holdings Inc by 4.4 percent after he posted a meme featuring a character from the Idolmaster franchise. Last December, he increased the price of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin by 20 percent by posting a series of tweets.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:36:11 +0000
The former UK ambassador turned whistleblower found himself charged with contempt of court after publishing his observations of ex- Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond's prosecution. Evidence has been unveiled suggesting that Salmond, who was found not guilty on all of the charges, may have been victim of a conspiracy to undermine him politically

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:14:57 +0000
Journalist Craig Unger claims Donald Trump was recruited as a KGB agent by a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant who sold him several hundred TVs from his Manhattan electronics store for the newly-refurbished Grand Hyatt New York hotel — and falsely claims the shop sold sets capable of picking up programmes from thousands of miles away in the USSR.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:14:34 +0000
The cautionary email reportedly came out of the blue for former members of the intelligence community as the last major scandal involving one took place back in 2018. Back then, an ex-CIA case officer was found guilty of spying for China.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:06:37 +0000
The development comes as the Netherlands witnessed a third night of violent protests against a national curfew, with demonstrators overturning cars, smashing windows, looting shops, and clashing with police. 81 people were detained on Tuesday night in Rotterdam, the Netherlands’ second-biggest city.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:20:21 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A group of US Senate Democrats led by Senator Tom Carper on Wednesday introduced legislation give Washington, DC statehood and make it the 51st state of the United States.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:14:11 +0000
The Russian president and his American counterpart had a phone conversation a day before, discussing several pressing issues and agreeing on an extension of the New START treaty for five years before its expiration date - 5 February 2021.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:05:36 +0000
Campaigners for living conditions for EU migrants in the UK have deemed the initiative as controversial, saying the financial incentives are in direct contradiction with the government’s assurances that they are set to help vulnerable EU nationals on British soil.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:04:05 +0000
The first case of COVID-19 was reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019 but the virus rapidly spread around the world in the early part of 2020. In August last year a Singaporean student in London bore the brunt of coronavirus-inspired xenophobia.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 16:00:00 +0000
Bunnies are sweet and adorable, but they can also be very mischievous, cunning and full of tricks - especially when they see their favourite toy or some tasty food. Looks like nothing will stop them, and people have to accept it and let the little furballs have all they want.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 15:57:31 +0000
High Speed 2 (HS2) is a proposed railway linking London to Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester, with two phases of its construction to be completed by 2026 and 2033. The system is meant to \"heal the north-south\" economic divide in Britain.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 15:53:30 +0000
Earlier, the US Congress passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, calling on all countries to condemn Beijing's alleged human rights violations towards the Muslim population of Xinjiang.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 15:33:50 +0000
Thousands of protesting farmers entered Delhi on Tuesday morning as part of the Tractor Rally, in jeeps, cars, and tractors. A section of them soon invaded Delhi's iconic Red Fort, leading to violent clashes between the police and farmers. More than 300 police suffered injuries and one tractor-riding protester died.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 15:26:13 +0000
Tyrell Robinson pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court to having engaged in sexual activity with a minor and admitted to taking and distributing an indecent picture of a child. Bradford City, the club for which Robinson was playing when the incident took place in 2018, has terminated its contract with him.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 15:25:38 +0000
The confirmation process for core positions in the Biden administration is in full swing. Linda Thomas-Greenfield is expected to be confirmed as the new US envoy to the United Nations on Wednesday.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:59:13 +0000
Last week, US President Joe Biden requested a comprehensive domestic terrorist threat evaluation from the intelligence community as part of his plan to confront and defeat white supremacy and domestic terrorism.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:58:44 +0000
The item was unearthed in the municipality of Motul. According to a statement released by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), such masks were placed around stairways with pyramidal bases.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:53:03 +0000
NASA's Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins will perform the 6-hour-long spacewalk to install the device to the European Space Agency's (ESA) Columbus module, marking Britain's first major industrial contribution to the ISS.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:44:39 +0000
Last year, Beijing and Washington managed to clinch the so-called Phase One trade deal, which stipulates China buying an additional $200 billion worth of US-made goods and services over the next two years, including $40 billion in agricultural goods.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:31:32 +0000
The new US top diplomat previously served in the Obama administration as deputy national security adviser from 2013 to 2015 and deputy secretary of state from 2015 to 2017.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:27:37 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has flown B-52 long-range strategic bombers over the Middle East in a mission aimed at deterring potential aggression in the region, US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a press release on Wednesday.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:24:08 +0000
When China’s President Xi Jinping pledged that China would be carbon neutral by 2060, he was dead serious. Although hydrogen is only one of the many elements to be used in the quest to reduce carbon emissions, China has found a perspective of its use.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:15:00 +0000
Washington re-joining the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), won't happen overnight and will require consultations with Israel and Gulf states, signalled then Secretary of State-designate Tony Blinken during last week's confirmation hearings.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:48:35 +0000
The facility was severely damaged in March 2011, after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean caused a massive tsunami that hit the plant, resulting in the meltdown of three nuclear reactors. High radiation levels forced some 160,000 people to evacuate from Fukushima Prefecture.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:40:00 +0000
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Biden administration has issued a general license authorising transactions involving securities of certain Communist Chinese military companies, overturning a ban imposed by former President Donald Trump, the Treasury Department said in a notice on its website on Wednesday.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:09:41 +0000
Police are currently dealing with an ongoing incident at a cordoned off Welsh industrial site, with people asked to keep away.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:02:38 +0000
Linda Thomas-Greenfield faces her confirmation hearing in the Senate on Wednesday, having been nominated for the role of US envoy to the United Nations by the president-elect back in November. She was named a volunteer member to support transition efforts related to the Department of State, now headed by Antony Blinken, her former colleague.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:01:46 +0000
London introduced a number of sanctions and other punitive measures against Russia over the last several years, accusing it of purported meddling in its elections and being responsible for the alleged poisoning of the former GRU spy Sergei Skripal in March 2018. The UK, however, never presented solid evidence supporting these claims.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 12:49:09 +0000
The goal of a naval boarding action is to invade and overrun the personnel on board an enemy vessel in order to capture or destroy the ship.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 12:44:25 +0000
Vaccines against coronavirus will kill more people than the disease itself. What, you haven’t heard? It’s probably because you don’t spend a lot of time on social media reading wild conspiracy theories about the pandemic and the unholy people, who masterminded it. Supporters of these theories claim Bill Gates is one of those cunning people.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 12:39:13 +0000
The farmers' rallies turned violent on 26 January, as India was celebrating its 72nd Republic Day. During the clashes in the capital, at least one farmer died and several policemen were injured. Police used batons and tear gas to disperse the demonstrations, while some protesters were spotted wielding swords.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 12:39:06 +0000
The letter from the major trade association representing industry leaders such as Intel, NXP Semiconductors, Samsung Electronics, Broadcom and Micron Technology slammed the former Trump administration's trade policy in an open letter as being imposed without public input and doing harm to the long-term competitiveness of tech firms.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 12:18:09 +0000
The coronavirus pandemic has caused a massive backlog of criminal trials in Britain, with some defendants told they will have to wait until 2023. But the opposition Labour Party’s suggestion for reducing the size of juries has been criticised.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 12:05:53 +0000
Actress Kangana Ranaut has been an outspoken opponent of the farmers' demonstration against new laws passed by Modi's government, that has been going on since 26 November 2020. During 72nd Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday, a tractor rally by protesting farmers turned violent after police tried to stop those allegedly violating protocols.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 12:03:32 +0000
Although some people are paranoid about machines taking over the world and making humans their slaves, even the most developed AI continues to make some weird mistakes - and sometimes they are just plain ridiculous.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000
Our canine friends are very active and they love to annoy us when we want to rest for a bit. But doggos also need a few good naps during the day to get more energy for their shenanigans - and no one can stop people from pestering doggos while they are trying to sleep.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 11:51:52 +0000
Military service used to be regarded as a traditional test of manhood and a rite of passage. While female conscription is in place in a limited number of countries women can still serve on a contract basis.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 11:31:49 +0000
The Russian president is delivering an address at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos on 27 January in an online format mandated by the ongoing pandemic. Global economic restoration after the end of the pandemic is one of the key topics that will be discussed at WEF this week.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 11:23:52 +0000
Opponents of former President Donald Trump have repeatedly condemned him over purportedly failing to uphold American values and democracy. They also slammed him for allegedly corroding the trust of the country's foreign allies by gradually reducing Washington's military commitments and causing spats with longtime friends of the nation.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 11:22:24 +0000
After two fatal accidents involving the 737 MAX — a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October 2018, and the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March 2019 — the EU Aviation Safety Agency and other regulators around the world grounded the aircraft, and manufacturer Boeing suspended production.

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