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Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:00:17 +0300
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made his first major interview with a US-based media outlet almost a year after he canceled a Univision recording in February 2019 and expelled its journalists from the Bolivarian republic.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 02:24:01 +0300
BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Lebanese security forces and army units dispersed aggressive protesters in central Beirut after clashes with them, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 02:11:35 +0300
Alexander 'Ovi' Ovechkin, 34, scored a second consecutive in-season hat-trick on Saturday, bringing the Washington Capitals to a stunning comeback victory over the New York Islanders with a final score of 6-4 (1-2, 0-2, 5-0). 'Ovi' scored in the 11th, 46th and 60th minutes, and was named the MVP of the match.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 01:34:42 +0300
Azaria has been voicing Indian convenience store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon in the iconic American animated TV series 'The Simpsons' since the first appearance of the character in 1990.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 01:02:40 +0300
The US Senate has formally initiated the trial for the removal of US President Donald Trump from office, which kicked off with House officials reading the charges to the upper chamber and the swearing-in of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to preside over the process.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:40:11 +0300
The Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-109, marking their seventh-straight victory in the regular NBA season. The game was highlighted by an altercation between former teammates: the Cavs' Tristan Thompson and the Grizzlies’ Jae Crowder.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:25:24 +0300
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Libya's internationally-recognized prime minister, Fayez Sarraj, and the commander of the eastern Libyan forces, Khalifa Haftar, as well as leaders and representatives of several other countries and intergovernmental organizations, will gather on Sunday for a top-level summit in Berlin to push for a UN-drafted agreement.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:46:00 +0300
Honoring the historic Orthodox Russian tradition, ice is broken - mostly in cross-shaped forms - in frozen lakes and rivers for believers to plunge into the frigid water. After a special midnight mass, believers and thrill-seekers alike immerse themselves in the shockingly cold water, typically three times in a row, in honor of the Holy Trinity.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:59:16 +0300
The headline attached to the link to an RT America interview I gave this week is certainly provocative: “Let royals die & let Scotland leave!”

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:53:32 +0300
When an apartment owner from the City of Light let her flat on the popular booking platform several years ago, she did not imagine that it would be used as a set for an adult video.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:19:07 +0300
Yemen has been locked for years in an armed conflict between government forces led by President-in-exile Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the armed Houthi opposition faction. Despite a peace accord signed in Stockholm in 2018, tensions have reportedly been escalating in recent months.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:04:37 +0300
Thunberg became widely known for her calls for students to organise \"climate strikes\" around the world as well as for her passionate speech at the UN, where she accused world leaders of doing too little to address climate change.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:50:53 +0300
From the “Grumpy Cat” to the “Condescending Wonka” or the “Eye Rolling Robert Downey Jr” – the 2010s, which some call the decade of memes, has brought us a lot of images to describe all kinds of situations on social media. However, some gems in the inexhaustible Internet treasury seem to shine brighter than others.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:43:19 +0300
While the British royal family is trying to negotiate how they are going to live after Prince Harry and his wife Meghan step back as senior royals and move to Canada, Buckingham Palace allegedly hopes to distract the public from the scandal with his older brother’s historic trip.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:33:21 +0300
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced earlier in January that they wanted to split their time between the UK and North America, as well as to become financially independent. On 9 January, Meghan travelled to Canada with no intention of going back to the UK.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:25:00 +0300
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Myanmar for an official visit on 17 January. The trip lasted for two days and ended on 18 January, but was overshadowed by a bizarre English translation that was published on the Myanmar State Counsellor Office's Facebook page.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:14:08 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The French trade union, UNSA-RATP, has announced the suspension of anti-pension reform strikes on most metro lines of the Paris transport operator RATP starting 20 January.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:46:08 +0300
On Tuesday, documents recently released by congressional Democrats indicated that Marie Yovanovitch, a former US ambassador to Ukraine, was subjected to surveillance and possibly facing a threat while working in Kiev, with Mike Pompeo finally commenting on the matter.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:39:43 +0300
This week, Ankara announced that it would deploy troops to support the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli in its fight against its opponents in the country's east, the Libyan National Army (LNA), after ceasefire negotiations between the two in Moscow failed.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:24:24 +0300
While the US has stepped up pressure on the Chinese technology giant and called on its allies to do the same, even threatening to reduce intelligence sharing, Germany has resisted and refused to drop Huawei from the list of companies that can take part in the development of the next-generation Internet infrastructure

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:27:26 +0300
BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Clashes between Lebanese anti-government protesters and law enforcement resumed near the parliament building in the capital Beirut on Saturday, with police resorting to tear gas and water cannons, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:24:31 +0300
An ongoing inquiry by the Independent Office for Police Conduct into child sexual exploitation and the role of senior officers in handling complaints has revealed some new, shocking evidence of the failure of law enforcement to protect children from abusers.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:00:00 +0300
It appears that when a dog submerges its nose, it instinctively blows air out of it to avoid inhaling water.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:41:44 +0300
Although a tiny 0.7% dip in Amazon's shares will hardly make its founder, Jeff Bezos, worried, the digits were sufficient to knock him down from first spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s wealthiest entrepreneurs.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:22:00 +0300
Award ceremonies can be quite stressful for actresses. They have to remain graceful when they lose, they should not lay bare their souls too much during their acceptance speeches, like Angelina Jolie did when she announced that she was in love with her brother and kissed him on the lips and, well, not bare anything else.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:14:17 +0300
The landmark international nuclear accord with Iran is all but dead. President Trump torpedoed it back in May 2018 when he unilaterally withdrew the US. But it was the Europeans who moved this week to sink the deal.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:14:08 +0300
On 5 December, France saw the beginning of an indefinite national strike against Macron's initiative, which would remove a number of privileges and special retirement conditions from certain categories of workers, including those involved in transport.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:46:54 +0300
Previously, Putin suggested during his address to the country's parliament to change the country's constitution so that a person can only hold the post of president for a total of two terms without exception.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:46:53 +0300
The Obama-era rules were signed into law in 2010 following the adoption of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The former first lady promoted them during her campaign aimed at improving the health of children.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:46:32 +0300
Liverpool is set to face off with Manchester United on Sunday at the Anfield Stadium. The match will take place as part of the Premier League campaign.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:40:00 +0300
BEIRUT8 (Sputnik) - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya has reiterated the need to keep the North African country's oil facilities out of conflict, in a statement published on 18 January following the news that Libyan National Army (LNA) forces had begun blocking oil exports from five ports.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:30:00 +0300
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - The Supreme Court of India will hear the curative appeal of Pawan Kumar Gupta, one of four death row convicts in an infamous gang rape and murder case from 2012 who now insists on a milder punishment, claiming being a juvenile at the time of the crime, Indian media reported.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:29:16 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): A snake was found slithering in the washroom of a girls' hostel at a university campus in Coimbatore city in India’s Tamil Nadu state on Saturday. The incident led girls in the residence to call out for help.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:18:17 +0300
Laurence Fox, a British actor, landed in hot water this week following a televised BBC debate on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell announcement that they would be stepping down as senior royals, in which he maintained that the decision was not caused by Meghan Markle allegedly experiencing racism in Great Britain.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:07:15 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman has said Beijing sought a review on Kashmir as it was keen for regional peace and stability to be maintained and for Pakistan and India to de-escalate their months-long tensions.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:03:32 +0300
US Vice President Mike Pence believes whatever the Democrats undertake will ultimately backfire, as there is no way they can lure American citizens into thinking along their lines.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:58:07 +0300
Health officials in the US state decided to draw attention to an HIV awareness campaign that distributed condoms with catchy slogans on the wrappers. They re-phrased well-known Utah memes to give them sex references, but the local authorities seemed to be unimpressed with their creativity.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:52:38 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The planned launch has been postponed until Sunday, with a six-hour test window set to begin at 08:00 EST (13:00 GMT) at the Kennedy Space Centre in the US state of Florida.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:16:53 +0300
The Ukrainian prosecutor's office previously said it had requested Iran to provide Kiev with the flight recorders from the Boeing that was shot down near Tehran.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:10:42 +0300
On 16 January, some Libyan tribal leaders and public figures called to shut down oil terminals in protest against what they describe as the UN-backed Government of National Accord’s (GNA) payments for foreign military support using oil revenues.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:45:05 +0300
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - A Palestinian woman who threatened Israeli border police with a knife was detained at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Saturday, the Israeli police said in a statement.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:23:21 +0300
The couple allegedly drove a rental car that was found with broken windows. The bodies of the man and woman, said to be in their 20s were lying apart, with the man’s body found 150 metres from his sweetheart.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:15:00 +0300
Mia Khalifa, 26, previously known as the hijab porn star, is one of the most Googled porn film actresses on the internet despite the fact that her brief career in the sex industry ended years ago.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:03:24 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik) - The veteran Bollywood actress is the wife of celebrated Lycricist Javed Akhtar and daughter of late Indian poet Kaifi Azmi. In a career spanning over three decades, she has received several awards for her works in films like  “Ankur”, “Water”, and “Arth”.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:00:44 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): Since repealing the special quasi-autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir in August last year and then creating two federally administered enclaves - Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in October, the Indian government has said that it will restore all forms of communication in the region in a phased manner.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0300
Turkey's decision kick off exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean under an agreement previously signed between Ankara and the UN-recognised authorities of war-torn Libya is likely to provoke an international outcry, international observers foresee, explaining Recep Erdogan's move on the eve of the Berlin conference on Libya.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0300
The world's most famous rally was held in Saudi Arabia from 5 to 17 January. Check out the best shots of the 2020 Dakar Rally in Sputnik's photo gallery.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:52:09 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): Three girls from the minority Hindu community in Pakistan were reportedly abducted on 14 and 15 January in the country’s Sindh province. India has expressed its serious concern over these incidents.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:48:07 +0300
On 15 January, the US House of Representatives sent two pre-approved articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate, with a trial against the president expected to begin in the coming days. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has also recently approved a team of seven Democratic prosecutors who will take part in the trial.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:39:20 +0300
The personal life of the man behind the Nazi atrocities and the death of millions of people has been puzzling researchers and history fans since his suicide, inspiring some of the most bizarre theories and providing chilling details about the Third Reich’s leader. Historian Emma Craigie, meanwhile, has attempted to get a peek into his bedroom.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:34:45 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): “Jai Mummy Di”, a romantic comedy directed by Navjot Gulati, stars Bollywood actors Sunny Singh and Sonnalli Seygall in the leading roles along with veterans like Supriya Pathak and Poonam Dhillon. The film hit cinema screens on Friday and has been receiving an average response by moviegoers.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:27:05 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): In 2013, a five-year-old girl was kidnapped gang-raped in East Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar by her neighbour and his friend. It has been reported that accused wanted to call prostitutes after drinks but had no money and so they committed this crime.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:21:09 +0300
The international financial watchdog earlier estimated the recent trade rows had already cost the world economy about $700 billion or an 0.8 percent slump in global GDP, outlining the data in a soon-to-be-published annual report by the IMF.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:02:18 +0300
France, especially Paris, has been swept by yellow vest protests since mid-November 2018. While they started initially as rallies against fuel tax hikes, the protests have since grown into a full-scale movement, with participants taking to the streets every Saturday.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:00:00 +0300
Squirrels are known for being thrifty and prudent about their food stockpiles in order to survive the winter. But these little critters can get lonely, too, so why not take a companion along?

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:54:22 +0300
The German government presented its climate change plan for 2030 in September. Planned measures include higher taxes on CO2 emissions; increased prices for petrol, diesel, gas and mazut; as well as preferences for buyers of more environmentally-friendly heating systems. The programme costs some €50 billion ($55 billion).

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:37:55 +0300
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - An armed group has set fire to at least 20 houses and cars belonging to local residents in the town of Madera in the northwestern Mexican state of Chihuahua, the Milenio newspaper reported, citing a regional prosecutor.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:29:29 +0300
According to the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), the two perpetrators earned more than $250,000 from selling data on a website with the not so subltle address

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:27:11 +0300
One of America’s first sons, Barron Trump, has not been a frequent guest at high-profile public events and has rarely been pictured when not accompanied in public by his parents, due to strict White House rules. However, his rapid growth over the last three years has been one among many hotly discussed topics surrounding the presidential family.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:11:10 +0300
The explosive device reportedly went off in Afgoye, some thirty kilometres outside of the Somali capital, police told Reuters. There are no immediate reports of casualties due to the incident.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:31:22 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): The post of Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOS) fell vacant after Lt. Gen. Manoj Mukund Naravane took charge as India’s 27th Army Chief on 31 December 2019. Lt. Gen. Saini is the recipient of several awards for both gallantry and distinguished service.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:26:48 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has called on human rights institutions at the UN, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe to evaluate a law passed by the Ukrainian parliament limiting the extent to which children can be educated in the languages of Ukraine’s national minorities, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:25:32 +0300
On this episode of The Critical Hour, Dr. Wilmer Leon is joined by Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst who focuses his coverage on US foreign policy; and Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor of economics at Saint Mary's College of California and author of several books.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:22:36 +0300
On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan discuss the impeachment trial against President Trump. Senator Ted Cruz said, \"if the prosecution brings... John Bolton... bring Hunter Biden.\"

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:21:08 +0300
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Daniel Lazare, a journalist and author of three books -- “The Frozen Republic,” “The Velvet Coup,” and “America's Undeclared War.”

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:17:52 +0300
DOJ investigating James Comey leaks; America's \"remain in Mexico policy\"; FBI arrests 3 white supremacists ahead of Virginia gun rally.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 12:03:52 +0300
In their bombshell statement announcing plans to quit the Royal Family, the couple said they would honour duties to the Queen, balancing their time between Britain and North America. Royal sources, however, told the Daily Mail they believe that the Duchess won’t ever return to Britain for a lengthy period of time.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 11:55:52 +0300
In the latest Brexit developments, the Tory government has outlined the favoured timeframe for trade talks with the EU, ahead of a Brexit and Trade Cabinet Committee’s meet-up and Johnson’s already scheduled trip to the White House, where he is expected to address both houses of Congress.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 11:20:56 +0300
Last year, some celebrities, including star Kim Kardashian, caused shockwaves with BDSM-inspired attire. In 2020, the trend appears to be gaining momentum.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 11:15:18 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Kimba Wong, a forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, told Australian broadcaster ABC the thunderstorms that triggered the heavy rainfall were a \"one-in-100-year event\".

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 11:10:04 +0300
The development comes as a row over the use of Big Ben deepened inside Parliament. Initially, Boris Johnson wanted Big Ben to ring in the United Kingdom’s official withdrawal from the European Union, but the House of Commons Commissions said a simple bong could cost taxpayers more than half a million dollars.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 11:03:35 +0300
TOKYO (Sputnik) - Three people have been injured after a group of men launched a knife attack at a restaurant in the Shinjuku district of the Japanese capital of Tokyo, national media reported on Saturday.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 10:58:29 +0300
A regional transport watchdog is investigating the incident to determine whether the flight complied with safety and consumer rights requirements.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 10:54:21 +0300
The sighting, which viewers deemed to be anything from a weather balloon to a covert operation vehicle, follows a Navy pilot’s recollection of a so-called “Tic Tac” alien craft that has been dominating UFO conspiracy YouTube channels ever since the officer’s video first emerged in 2004.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 10:50:50 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The CNN broadcaster cited Corporal Rhonda Fields of the Grantsville Police Department, who stated that police believe that the shooter acted alone and that there was no further threat to the community. The suspect was placed in police custody.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 10:32:58 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian ace tennis player Sania Mirza had to take a break from her successful career on the court, when she announced her pregnancy and had a baby boy in October 2018 whom she named Izhaan.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 10:00:00 +0300
Bending under the pressure from the Trump administration, major EU states have taken yet another step away from the Iran nuclear deal, say academics, suggesting that it's unlikely that Tehran will engage in new nuclear negotiations with the same actors.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:55:18 +0300
The American singer may still be healing from a harsh split from her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth, but with their divorce almost finalised, both celebrities appear to have found comfort in someone else’s arms.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:53:38 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): Deputy Superintendent of Police Davinder Singh was intercepted while travelling on the national highway to Jammu with two suspected militants linked to the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen terror group and a lawyer last week. Singh has been arrested under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and the Arms Act.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:24:49 +0300
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - The transport infrastructure, due to be built by the company Virgin Hyperloop One, is one of three Hyperloop links set to be constructed, according to the firm’s website. Links connecting Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as the US cities of Las Vegas and Los Angeles have also been proposed.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:24:03 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik) : Senior lawyer Indira Jaising has requested Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi to forgive her daughter’s convicts, who mercilessly raped her in a moving bus in 2012. In a social media post, Jaising also asked her to pardon them from death row just like senior opposition leader Sonia Gandhi.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:12:26 +0300
Donald Trump’s comment follows a local initiative to issue a temporary ban on firearms upon allegedly receiving “threats of violence” vis-a-vis a scheduled pro-gun demonstration.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 09:00:00 +0300
The British prime minister's call for a new deal on Iran underscores numerous factors tying London's foreign policy to Washington's, threatening the UK's independence following the 2016 referendum and placing it at the mercy of a new foreign power further abroad.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 08:46:56 +0300
The US territory has been jolted by a series of powerful tremors since the beginning of this year. The island has also been recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that ravaged the territory in 2017.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 08:39:08 +0300
Musk’s SpaceX is now developing a next-generation spacecraft called Starship that the company said would land on the Moon in 2022 with manned flights to Earth’s natural satellite planned shortly after. Musk and SpaceX also plan to use Starship to send people to Mars.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 08:06:50 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The incident occurred at about 11:00 am local time (05:15 GMT) on Friday in the Annapurna Massif.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 08:02:11 +0300
Last week, US President Donald Trump admitted that the United States is working on the development of hypersonic rockets, noting that the US is seeking to add them to its arsenal of \"big, powerful, accurate, lethal, and fast\" missiles.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0300
The US State Department has denied Greek media reports regarding Mike Pompeo’s intentions to put forward an initiative to ease tensions in the event of a conflict between Greece and Turkey.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 07:45:00 +0300
During the last association summit, BRICS countries supported the idea of introducing a single payment system, an alternative to SWIFT, for the subsequent implementation of payments in national currencies.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 07:36:16 +0300
On Tuesday, Germany, France, and the UK announced the launch of a dispute resolution mechanism, a clause in the Iran nuclear deal. A joint statement by the foreign ministers of the aforementioned nations says that they were forced to do so because of Tehran’s refusal to fulfil its obligations under the said deal.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 07:30:00 +0300
Food for thought for those of you who are thinking about getting a pet and can’t decide whether it should be a dog or a cat.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 06:56:19 +0300
The US Navy earlier reportedly announced a large-scale exercise in the Caribbean basin that could seriously impact civilian air traffic. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a special warning for pilots.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 06:55:39 +0300
The names Ken Starr and Monica Lewinsky both have an essential connection to the infamous 1998 impeachment of ex-US President Bill Clinton, as the former was the independent prosecutor whose report led to Clinton's impeachment, while the latter was a primary subject in the investigation.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 06:45:04 +0300
The European Union earlier this week promoted improved technological ease-of-use for consumers, as EU lawmakers mulled standardizing chargers for every portable device and smartphone.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 06:36:53 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – More than 830 flights have been cancelled at Chicago's airports over a heavy snowstorm, the Chicago Department of Aviation said.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 06:01:08 +0300
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier this month announced that they would step back from their roles as public members of the royal family and the attendant royal duties. After the announcement, the couple said that they would move out of England.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 05:36:50 +0300
BERLIN (Sputnik) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has congratulated Mikhail Mishustin on his appointment as the new head of the Russian government, the German cabinet said on Friday.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 05:06:45 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – French security forces evacuated President Emmanuel Macron from the Bouffes du Nord Theater in Paris as protesters tried to enter the building, French media reported.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 04:59:05 +0300
New South Wales (NSW) firefighters, aided by welcome rain in some areas, have been able to tackle the bushfires ravaging parts of Australia. The blazes have been raging across parts of the country for months, causing tremendous damage to both wildlife and people.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 04:32:09 +0300
Russia has been accused of interference in the US presidential elections in 2016, allegedly using hacking and disinformation tactics to boost the chances of the current US president, Donald Trump, to win the race, although there has been no substantive proof of any Russian interference over the past four years.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 04:05:29 +0300
NEW YORK (Sputnik) - Wall Street’s top stocks barometer, the S&P500, closed at record highs for a second day in a row on Friday as China posted strong economic growth data after concluding a $200-billion trade deal with the United States earlier in the week.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 03:57:55 +0300
A new investigation into the possible leaking of a classified Russian intelligence document to reporters by former FBI Director James Comey has reportedly been launched by the US Justice Department. While some claim the case is an effort by US President Donald Trump to detract from impeachment, one expert says it may expose a hidden agenda.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 03:47:04 +0300
The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that 11 US troops sustained injuries in the Iranian strikes last week against military bases housing US troops in Iraq. Had there been American deaths, the US may have become embroiled in a dangerous and catastrophic war with Iran, retired United States Army Colonel Ann Wright told Sputnik.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 02:53:38 +0300
US President Donald Trump reportedly lashed out at his top military advisers in 2017 in the so-called Tank 2E924, a clandestine windowless meeting vault within the multitude of secluded corners within the US Department of Defence.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 01:56:38 +0300
The US Navy is one step closer to obtaining its proposed threefold expansion of the bombing range at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada after its latest environmental review of the area and in spite of pushback from lawmakers, local Native American tribes and conservationists.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 01:29:48 +0300
The Chinese city of Wuhan has witnessed an outbreak of an unknown kind of viral pneumonia, beginning earlier in January. Two deaths and over 41 cases of the infection have been reported. The outbreak was confirmed to be a new type of coronavirus.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 01:26:24 +0300
Earlier in the day, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, while leading Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012, noted that the assassination of top IRGC General Qasem Soleimani revealed the \"terrorist nature\" of the US, and also observed that Trump is a \"clown\".

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 01:24:15 +0300
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres hopes his presence at the international conference on Libya in Berlin over the weekend will help end foreign interference in that country’s war and bolster peace negotiations between warring parties, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said during a press briefing.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 01:16:47 +0300
A Hong Kong airline forced a Japanese woman to take a pregnancy test before allowing her to board a flight to Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, a US commonwealth in the western Pacific Ocean.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 00:45:00 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut makes headlines not only for her films but also for her straightforward and outspoken behaviour, as she openly expresses her opinion on various issues practiced in Bollywood, including nepotism.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 00:27:03 +0300
A rare, 1937 Edward VIII sovereign coin has been purchased by an unidentified private collector for $1.31 million.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 00:16:24 +0300
On Wednesday, Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu during a ceremony at the White House signed the so-called Phase One trade deal. The agreement stipulates that Beijing will purchase at least $200 billion worth of US goods over the next two years, respect patent and intellectual property rights, and not manipulate its currency.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 00:14:46 +0300
Huskies are known for being quirky and extremely intelligent, oftentimes finding unique and funny ways of communicating.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:49:32 +0300
ROME (Sputnik) - Experts confirmed a painting found in a wall of the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery in the Italian city of Piacenza as a Gustav Klimt artwork stolen over 20 years ago, local police chief Filippo Sordi said on Friday.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:47:46 +0300
Obesity is a global pandemic, particularly in the developed nations of the West. A recent anti-terrorist raid by Iraqi forces against remaining militant burrows, however, could partially dismantle suggestions that fat people only plague wealthy economies.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:36:12 +0300
In an attempt to wrestle with the high-tech danger posed to its warships by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the US Navy has opted for a low-tech solution: bring back flak cannons.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:55:56 +0300
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued an apology to a US traveler who said that a TSA agent pulled on her braided hair as though it were reins during a security check.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:51:15 +0300
Placer County Sheriff's deputies and Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue (TNSAR) have been dispatched to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort around 11:20 a.m. local time to locate several missing victims following an avalanche late Friday morning.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:49:11 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Brazilian Culture Secretary Roberto Alvim was removed from office at his request on Friday after he said he inadvertently alluded to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels in his speech about arts.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:47:15 +0300
Two Vegas hooligans tucked their tails and ran after their attempted removal of a Tesla Model 3’s charging cable triggered the car’s “Alarm state” and produced a high-quality video recording of the act.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:28:19 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The newly-signed US-China trade agreement will help relieve some uncertainty that has hindered worldwide economic growth, International Monetary Fund Executive Director Kristalina Georgieva said at a think tank event on Friday.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:02:42 +0300
Greta Thunberg is set to raise environmental issues at Davos, the Alpine resort that will host the grand economic event, with many world leaders poised to participate.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:02:33 +0300
The F-35’s infamously troublesome onboard computer suite will be getting completely replaced in the next two years, a top Pentagon official said on Tuesday.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:00:00 +0300
Four tech companies have filed a lawsuit against Facebook in a US federal courting alleging the social media company has engaged in anticompetitive behavior through its blocking of developer access from the platform.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:58:46 +0300
A US airman was found guilty of sexually assaulting a child while stationed at Aviano Air Base, a NATO installation in northeastern Italy.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:50:51 +0300
The artist is no stranger to provocative statements. In 2003, the US Secret Service looked into allegations that Eminem had threatened President George W. Bush. In his unreleased song “We As Americans”, the artist rapped: “F**k money, I don't rap for dead presidents. I'd rather see the president dead, it's never been said but I set precedents”.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:48:13 +0300
PARIS (Sputnik) - French haute couture fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier announced on 17 January that he was retiring from the runway and that the new show dedicated to his half-a-century anniversary in high fashion in Paris next week would be his last.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:35:13 +0300
Ever since its own unilateral prohibition of Huawei back home, the US has been trying on the role of an influencer, attempting to talk its allies in Europe and beyond out of doing business with the Chinese telecom titan.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:30:21 +0300
Bloomberg hit the headlines when he announced that he would finance his campaign himself, having previously splashed out $110 million through his own political action committee on other candidates. However, many, including POTUS Donald Trump, deemed the move to reject public donors as one made out of vanity and extreme arrogance.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:11:28 +0300
Recent media reports suggest that the German chancellor will soon meet with her fellow CDU party members and CSU allies in order to discuss the participation of China’s Huawei in the national rollout of 5G technology as Berlin faces increasing pressure from the US to ban the tech giant from the country.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:09:13 +0300
KIEV (Sputnik) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday he would give another chance to Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who said earlier in the day he had handed in his resignation letter.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:43:42 +0300
Why do the Remainiacs who infest the Establishment hate our country so much? When are they going to understand that they are completely out of touch and disconnected from the majority of people in the UK?

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:29:36 +0300
On 15 January, the US House of Representatives sent two articles of impeachment to the Senate, with the trial over the president's alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress expected to begin on 21 January.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:11:32 +0300
With Brexit talks set to formally commence between Westminster and Brussels in the coming weeks, the EU has reportedly been briefing diplomats from each member state about how the negotiations could potentially pan out.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:02:48 +0300
“History is going to be very, very kind to Nigel Farage.” So, says Jon Gaunt’s guest, Nathan Gill MEP, on this week’s edition of Shooting From the Lip on Sputnik.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:00:00 +0300
On 8 January, Donald Trump announced that he would ask NATO to increase its involvement in \"the Middle East process\" during his address to the nation. International observers have weighed up whether Trump's \"NATO-ME\" initiative is what the region and the bloc really need.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:31:53 +0300
The Iranian military has admitted to unintentionally shooting down a Ukrainian Boeing on 8 January near Tehran's airport, killing all 176 people on board. According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans, and three Britons were among the victims.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:18:48 +0300
The universe has offered astronomers yet another riddle as several objects near the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* at the heart of the Milky Way show characteristics of gas and dust clouds, but behave like stellar-mass bodies. Two of them were discovered several years ago, but it turns out that there are more.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:15:33 +0300
The Russian government announced its resignation on 15 January following President Vladimir Putin's address to the parliament, in which he revealed major changes to the country's domestic policies and even to the constitution. The new prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, was appointed the following day, but he is yet to assemble a new cabinet.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:00:00 +0300
One of the Earth’s cutest creatures are very attentive to each other and caring. Otters fall asleep holding paws in order not to lose each other. They are also very smart. They use rocks to crack open clams they like so much.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:32:50 +0300
Pentagon officials have often accused the DPRK, Iran, and Russia of being the main countries allegedly engaging in cyber operations against the US, while presenting zero credible evidence of their alleged misdeeds. This time, however, the US Army was spared from humiliation at the hands of this trio.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:30:46 +0300
Hundreds of students gathered in Tehran on 11 January to honour those killed in the Ukraine International Airlines plane crash in Iran. The gathering, which was not approved by the Iranian authorities, resulted in a rally demanding the resignation and prosecution of those responsible for the downing of the airplane.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:28:20 +0300
The first week of January saw a drastic spike in tensions between Washington and Tehran, when President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iran’s elite Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani. Iran retaliated by striking US bases in Iraq, but took great care to not cause casualties among American troops.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:27:02 +0300
Which? consumer magazine says passengers can use analysis like theirs to \"dramatically reduce\" their carbon footprint by choosing cleaner rivals, thereby pressuring airlines to pollute less. British Airways has responded to their analysis calling it “shoddy” and “outdated”.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:21:49 +0300
After a break, former two-division champion Conor McGregor announced that he is returning to the octagon with a bout against veteran fighter Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. As experts and MMA fans are sharing their predictions about the dream return, one porn legend and UFC fan has given her two cents on the upcoming fight.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:07:57 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): As per the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which comes under the Union Home Ministry, records for 2018 show that a total of 33,356 incidents of rape were reported in the country. In 2017, a total of 32,559 rape cases were registered, while in 2016 the number stood at 38,947 according to data.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:59:27 +0300
South African mining output showed a negative trend for several consecutive months, but this year’s market index, despite having weakened greatly, was deemed by financial experts as “not all that bad.” Surprisingly, there were even market players that literally overwhelmed financiers late last year.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:52:42 +0300
ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, was an \"unreliable\" figure since he continued to bomb the capital of Tripoli, which is currently under the Government of National Accord's (GNA) control, this week.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:49:30 +0300
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has witnessed widespread demonstrations in favour of and against the controversial Citizenship law enacted by Indian Parliament in December 2019, allowing citizenship rights to several persecuted religious minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, while barring Muslims.

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:43:55 +0300
Roberto Alvim, a former theatre director, who was appointed as Secretary of Culture this November, has created some clamour among the Brazilian public this week, after netizens found some similarities between his recent speech and quotes by Nazi politician Joseph Goebbels – something the official explained as a “rhetorical coincidence”.

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