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Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:55:51 +0300
Earlier, the Serbian president requested an urgent UN Security Council meeting on the issue of the self-proclaimed Kosovo Republic creating its own army. He stated that Pristina's actions could disrupt peace in the western Balkans.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:27:00 +0300
Two YouTube bloggers have been surfing Google Earth to explore a highly classified remote detachment of US Edwards Air Force Base in the state of Nevada, known as Area 51.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:25:00 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US District Court for the Northern District of Texas has ruled that the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, must be scrapped, raising concerns that 20 million US citizens might be stripped of insurance coverage as a result.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:35:07 +0300
The EU Council meeting that gathered together the heads of the bloc’s states in Belgium this week was not only about Brexit talks and discussing all kinds of issues from the Yellow Vest protests to countering “fake news”. Its high-ranking participants let their human side out and had fun, even though this got weird at times.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:23:00 +0300
Just a few months ago, YouTuber Niko Omilana attended a march of the right-wing street protest movement English Defence League (EDL), co-founded by activist Tommy Robinson.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:12:00 +0300
The Russian player earlier managed to get his 21st hat trick in an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings, surpassing the record of Russian star Pavel Bure.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:41:00 +0300
During their visit to Venezuela, two Russian strategic bombers carried out a planned flight over the Caribbean Sea and held military drills in the equatorial area, including joint flights with the Venezuelan Air Force jets.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:25:00 +0300
On Friday, the hacker group Anonymous leaked a new portion of documents related to the activities of the Integrity Initiative - a UK-based company, claiming to be fighting \"propaganda and disinformation\", but primarily focusing on Russia.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:34:00 +0300
Despite Emmanuel Macron’s conciliatory speech on Monday, during which he pledged he would raise wages, cut taxes and give out bonuses, the Yellow Vest protest movement has not backed down. Sputnik spoke to Professor of French Studies at the University of Warwick, Nick Hewlett to ask what can be expected from the Gilets Jaunes this weekend.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:18:00 +0300
An UFO hunter has spotted a black shadow-like oval flashing in the sky over the state of New York and shared his observations with fellow alien theorists, suggesting they guess what it was. While some suspected an extraterrestrial intervention, others were more down-to-earth.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:07:00 +0300
Washington seeks to impose economic sanctions on Moscow in order to deprive Russia of a strong army and navy, former US Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst said on Friday.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:50:00 +0300
France’s Interior Minister has today confirmed that the man suspected of opening fire at a Christmas market has been shot dead. Cherif Chekatt killed three people and injured 13 in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday. Sputnik spoke about it to Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch and Author of the History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:44:00 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., filed a sealed court motion asking for a secret transportation of Russian national Maria Butina, detained in the United States, so that she could testify in an unspecified \"pending criminal investigation\", the Daily Beast news outlet citing the papers briefly made public.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:30:00 +0300
Jealousy is not the best feeling, but when your favourite four-legged pets are jealous of each other and compete for their owner's attention, it can be quite funny and cute.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:28:18 +0300
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday hit back at Viktor Orban for spreading \"fake news\" after the Hungarian prime minister blamed him for Brexit.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:08:00 +0300
Liu Pengpeng, a 26-year-old model from Changhua County, Taiwan, was captured in a photo while helping her mom sell fish at their family's store.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:04:00 +0300
The Netherlands announced on Friday it will increase its defence spending in the coming year to buy more F-35 fighter jets and boost its Special Forces and cyber capabilities.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:03:00 +0300
The Russian Defence Ministry has commented on the disagreements with the United States over the landmark INF Treaty, as well as the situation in Syria, particularly in areas, controlled by the US-led coalition and its allies.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:02:00 +0300
Tombstones and a Holocaust memorial in a Jewish cemetery outside Strasbourg, France, were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti this week shortly before the Christmas Market attack by a gunman.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:50:00 +0300
In June 2018 Bulgarian Parliament approved a plan to spend around $2 billion on its Air Force modernization. It planned to purchase 16 fighter jets to replace its existing air fleet of MiG-29s.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:46:00 +0300
With British Prime Minister Theresa May surviving a vote of confidence earlier this week, Sputnik spoke to journalist Marcus Stead about Brexit developments.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:37:00 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos announced on his Twitter account that he will run for Congress in 2020.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:34:00 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Australia recognised West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:27:00 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Progress MS-11 cargo spacecraft will for the second time fly to the International Space Station (ISS) under the three-hour scheme, circling Earth twice, in March 2019, a source in the aerospace industry told Sputnik.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:23:00 +0300
The UN has claimed that a number of allegedly Iranian-made weapons have been found recently in the territory of Yemen. Speaking to Sputnik, former Iranian diplomat Dr Seyed Hadi Afghahi explained how the supposed missile fragments had found their way to Yemen.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:02:00 +0300
White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway’s husband once again publicly contradicted his wife on Thursday night, calling Trump a liar on Twitter.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:59:39 +0300
BELGRADE (Sputnik) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Friday he urged for an emergency UN Security Council meeting after Kosovo moved to create a regular army.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:53:00 +0300
Senator Lindsey Graham (Rep.) said that he has no problem with the US President lying about his sex life.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:48:47 +0300
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission's Vice-President in charge of the Energy Union, said he had invited Moscow and Kiev to hold the next round of trilateral talks on gas transit from Russia to the European Union through Ukraine in Brussels in January.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:24:00 +0300
The company is facing thousands of lawsuits alleging J&J used asbestos in their powders, causing cancer, and newly discovered documents reveal that knowledge about the use of asbestos was kept away from the public.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:23:32 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said in a statement he asked US President Donald Trump not to consider him for the next chief of staff role.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:57:08 +0300
VIENNA (Sputnik) - Russian Ambassador to Austria Dmitry Lyubinsky said that no proof of Russian biathletes' guilt in the doping case had been presented, the Russian embassy's spokesman, Bulat Haydarov, told Sputnik.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:55:05 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Canada is preparing to launch a group of three satellites to track ships near the nation’s coast and also track vessels in parts of the world where Canada conducts military operations with allied nations, the Department of National Defense (DND) announced in a press release.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:28:45 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Customs and Border Protection's Office of Professional Responsibility (CBP OPR) and the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General (DHS OIG) are investigating the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan while in custody of immigration officials, the border agency said in a press release.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:19:00 +0300
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - Russia has introduced to the UN General Assembly a draft resolution in support of the preservation of the Russian-US Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in the wake of Washington suspending its obligations under the deal, Fyodor Strzhizhovsky, the spokesman of the Russian mission to the United Nations, said.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:15:36 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Jordi Turull, the former Catalan regional government spokesman under Carles Puigdemont, has been hospitalized 14 days after he began a hunger strike, physician Jaume Padros, who is in charge of checking the condition of those jailed by the Spanish authorities over the Catalan independence referendum, said.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:02:08 +0300
RIGA (Sputnik) – Riga’s mayor Nils Usakovs has survived the confidence vote he had initiated after the arrest of high-ranked officials from the municipally-owned monopolist transport operator on corruption charges, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:01:00 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A US congressional panel asked the FBI to probe former Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun for apparently lying during an investigation into the sexual abuse of young athletes, Senators Jerry Moran and Richard Blumenthal said in a press release.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 04:39:00 +0300
It seems that the St. Louis Blues made their best decision ever when they decided to accept little Barclay onto their hockey team. The puppy has become a crowd pleaser since his first days with the club.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 04:37:00 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers returned to their home airbase after their flight to Venezuela, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 04:00:00 +0300
A federal investigation has been launched probing US President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee amid concerns money donated to the event was done so in exchange for policy concessions or a measure of influence over Trump administration officials.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 03:50:00 +0300
Republicans in the House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee held a hearing on Thursday to examine allegations of quid pro quo agreements at the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 03:46:00 +0300
On Thursday, US Customs and Border Protection announced that Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin, a 7-year-old girl from Guatemala, had died only 48 hours after being taken into the agency’s custody last week. Her family was detained while entering the country from Mexico.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 03:43:00 +0300
Earlier China published industrial output and retail sales growth data for November, which appeared to be lower than expected. With industrial output at 5.4 percent and 8.1 percent for retail sales, the Chinese economy has started to show signs of slowing, which has led to \"global growth concerns\" being reflected in global market indexes.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 03:14:00 +0300
A Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) whistleblower said she was visited by federal agents who told her the memes she was sharing on Twitter made her “dangerous”.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 03:00:00 +0300
In the feline world, “I don’t feel like playing” is apparently not an acceptable answer.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 02:47:37 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least 28 people, including two minor children, have been injured as a tram derailed and overturned in Lisbon, local media reported.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:55:00 +0300
The US is requesting $331 million as a “full reimbursement” from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia for refueling services and jet fuel provided by US tankers to Saudi-coalition airstrikes. So far, US taxpayers have footed the bill.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:41:00 +0300
The US Senate voted on Thursday to end any and all military support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition in the Yemen War, which has produced the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth and inflicted food shortages and disease on the population of what was already the Middle East’s poorest country.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:36:35 +0300
A new report, released just days before the US Senate voted to withdraw US military support from the Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen, claims that the number of people killed in the three-and-a-half-year-old war is significantly higher than UN estimates.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:21:00 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump said in a statement he has selected Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney to be acting White House chief of staff after John Kelly leaves at the end of the year.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:16:00 +0300
In March 2018 a supercolony of about 1,5 million Adelie penguins was found on Antarctica's Danger Islands by scientists, who traced the colony with the help of satellite photos depicting penguin excrement. Recently the main findings regarding the life of the supercolony were presented at the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Fall Meeting.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:12:00 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States is not rushing in consultations with Pyongyang and believes North Korea’s Leader will take advantage to boost his country’s economy, US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Friday.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:36:28 +0300
“Just keep the bread coming, human!”

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:14:00 +0300
The special counsel investigation into allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and officials of the Russian government has cost US taxpayers a whopping $25 million, a statement from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) reveals.

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:09:00 +0300
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have announced plans to issue a cryptocurrency for use in cross-border transactions. This, despite the fact that the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) has effectively banned digital currencies in the Middle Eastern country.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 23:24:00 +0300
Over the years, famous psychic Uri Geller has bamboozled audiences worldwide with his capabilities, most notably, being able to effortlessly bend spoons using his mind and to the horror of Scottish football fans, deviating a ball before a penalty against the old enemy England. Sputnik spoke with Mr Geller to get an insight into his life and career.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 23:07:00 +0300
The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not cause former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to \"make false statements to the FBI,\" the special counsel's office, charged with investigating allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government, argued in a filing on Friday.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:40:10 +0300
A squadron of the US Navy’s F-35C Lighting II joint strike fighters was officially cleared for operations on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson Wednesday, leaving only one step left for the squadron to accomplish before it can replace workhorse F/A-18 Super Hornets, the US Navy said this week.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:38:00 +0300
WASHINGTON(Sputnik) - The detention of two Canadian citizens in China is unacceptable and they must be returned, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a press briefing on Friday with Secretary of Defense James Mattis and their Canadian counterparts.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:33:00 +0300
A morning commute on a busy Brooklyn subway train on Tuesday turned chaotic after a woman assaulted and hurled racial slurs at two people, videos posted to social media show.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:04:00 +0300
Archeologists in Azerbaijan have found one of the world’s oldest known board games carved into a rock near other ancient drawings. The game “58 Holes,” also called “Hounds and Jackals,” is known to be at least 4,000 years old and probably plays a bit like modern backgammon.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:04:00 +0300
A crowd of fans and tourists hanging around London’s major royal residence were astonished to see a black off-road vehicle with a perfectly familiar face suddenly driving up to the entrance.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:00:00 +0300
NATO forces have been present in Kosovo since 1999 as a part of an operation to put an end to the conflict between Kosovo Albanians and the Federal Yugoslav Army and police. Following the end of the NATO campaign, some of the alliance’s forces remained in Kosovo after it emerged as a partially recognised state.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:58:00 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Top US and Canadian officials during 2+2 ministerial talks on 14 December discussed enhancing bilateral cooperation on foreign military sales and sanctions coordination, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said at a press conference.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:41:00 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – China is eager to conclude a major trade agreement with the United States to end the economic dispute between the world’s two biggest economies and the deal could be reached in the near future, US President Donald Trump said.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:39:13 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik), Valentina Shvartsman - The Japanese government launched the landfill work aimed at relocating the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa on Friday, sparking protests by local residents and strong opposition of Okinawa’s authorities who have long fought it.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:35:00 +0300
One of the four speakers invited to partake in a UNICEF fundraising event, Konstantin Kisin, was slapped an overwhelming regulatory form to comply with, which he deemed a blatant example of censorship.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:32:34 +0300
Neither the US Navy, nor Chinese officials, has commented on the report yet, but Washington has earlier accused Beijing on multiple occasions of using its hackers for corporate espionage against American companies.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:30:00 +0300
An Indian newspaper that studied election candidates’ engagements with voters on Facebook claims that the leaders who won the recently held state assembly elections were not those who had the most number of fan followers on the social media platform.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:30:00 +0300
The 20-acre facility will start operations with the manufacturing of complete carbon composite aerostructures for the Hermes 900 UAV, followed by the Hermes 450 UAV, catering to the global markets.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:30:00 +0300
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - European leaders discussed the Brexit uncertainty, relations with Russia, migration, and fight against disinformation on 14 December, the second day of the European Council summit.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 21:29:59 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Canadian Ambassador John McCallum and other consular officials met with former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig at a Chinese detention centre on Friday, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:45:48 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Transnational criminal syndicates and terrorist groups in Africa are growing more integrated and interconnected, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) said in a press release on Friday.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:44:00 +0300
Research into members of the Integrity Initiative's Spanish 'cluster' has led to some extremely troubling conclusions.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:43:00 +0300
The evacuation took place on the sixth anniversary of the mass shooting that killed 26 students and teachers. On this day in 2012, gunman Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, and then went to the Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire before later committing suicide.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:39:00 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Trump administration does not take responsibility for the death of a 7-year-old girl in US immigration custody, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:37:55 +0300
Another round of concerns around private or state-managed surveillance has arrived after it emerged that blonde stunner Taylor Swift has been using the contentious software to get rid of hordes of stalkers.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:16:00 +0300
The video, posted online after the Danish couple arrived back home, gained tremendous popularity, but at the same time struck a raw nerve with both the authorities, who brought up its illegality, and common citizens, many of whom are faithful Muslims.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:15:00 +0300
Reacting to the development, the co-founder of the Tory group slammed Brussels’ allegations as “outrageous” and “absurd.”

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:09:00 +0300
The debate continues to rage over whether or not it is right for universities and local authorities to remove the statues of controversial historical figures that may have been guilty of racist behaviour. Yet, the patron saint of nonviolent resistance is one that many didn’t see coming.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:00:00 +0300
US Attorney for Utah John Huber won't testify before the House Oversight Committee. This is what Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupic has said. Huber had been tasked by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate the Clinton Foundation, which is accused of being entangled in multiple corruption schemes.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:50:29 +0300
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - Leaders of the 28 EU nations agreed Friday to advance initiatives that seek to bolster the union’s role as a defence provider while reassuring NATO of their continued ties.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:40:06 +0300
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Lawmakers from an opposition party on Friday joined hundreds of Israeli protesters rallying against high living costs in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and in West Bank.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:38:00 +0300
Yellow vest-wearing activists took to the streets of London on Friday, blocking traffic and chanting pro-Brexit slogans. They spoke to Sputnik about their mistrust in politicians and hopes for a clean exit from the European Union.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:30:00 +0300
An emergency situation involving a cow recently took place in Capiata, a city in the Central Department of Paraguay, while motorcyclists were going down the street.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:27:00 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A software glitch may have exposed all of the photos in Facebook user libraries, instead of limiting access to images previously posted on social media, Facebook disclosed in a press release.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:26:00 +0300
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to arrange payments to two women during the presidential campaign, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claimed. Previously, Trump stated he had never directed Cohen to break the law.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:18:00 +0300
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - The Russian-Syrian intergovernmental commission has reached an agreement on carrying out transactions in national currencies, Vice President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Padalko has stated.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:14:00 +0300
Turkey hasn't yet commented on the accusations levelled by Iraqi Foreign Ministry on 14 December. According to earlier reports, the Turkish air force killed 8 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the airstrike.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:14:00 +0300
French President Emmanuel Macron has held a press conference on the second day of the European Council's summit in Brussels.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:11:00 +0300
Spain’s Angela Ponce has already made history after becoming the first woman to be born male and win a national beauty pageant crown and compete in Miss Universe after contest organisers lifted a corresponding rule that only \"naturally born\" women could participate in 2012.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:53:00 +0300
The Serie A giants suffered a shock defeat in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) on Wednesday evening against Swiss underdogs Young Boys, but, nevertheless, progressed to the tournament’s knockout stages, top of their group, on 12 points.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:47:00 +0300
The Buddhist spiritual leader’s remark that if a female had to be his successor, she would be “very, very attractive or would be of not much use”, which he made in an interview with BBC reporter Clive Myrie as he talked of succession a week ago, was widely criticized.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:47:00 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik), Valentina Shvartsman - The European Parliament's recent resolution calling for scrapping the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is politically motivated, as a cancellation of the project would hardly benefit anyone, including the EU member states, experts told Sputnik.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:37:00 +0300
Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke has died of cancer at the age of 74. Sputnik looks at her tempestuous relationship with Clint Eastwood, which ended with her suing him for fraud.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:29:00 +0300
European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz are holding a joint press conference on the second day of the European Council meeting in Brussels.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:27:00 +0300
Hassan Rouhani's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz was meant to show defiance and counter-intimidation against Washington's sabre-rattling, Ghassan Kadi, a political analyst told Sputnik, emphasising Iran's unique geographical position that allows it to maintain control over the Persian Gulf.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:26:40 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The formation of the Kosovo army is fraught with the recurrence of an armed conflict in the region, the decision grossly violates the UN Security Council's resolution and aims to aggravate the situation in the Balkans, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:11:59 +0300
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers left Venezuela earlier on Friday, the Venezuelan army said in a statement.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:07:00 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik), Tommy Yang - After returning to work from her 4-month maternity leave in November, Liu, a 29-year-old mother, was surprised to learn that she could become jobless by the end of the year, after Samsung announced its decision to shut down the phone manufacturing plant she works for in Tianjin, located about 80 miles east of Beijing.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:05:00 +0300
Sputnik's weekly photo gallery gives you a glimpse of what's been going on in different corners of the world during the past seven days.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:03:00 +0300
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held a press conference on the sidelines of the EU leaders' summit in Brussels.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:56:00 +0300
Previously, several websites linked to the hacker group Anonymous published documents stolen from the Integrity Initiative – a UK-based company, claiming to be devoted to combating \"propaganda and disinformation\", but mostly focusing on targeting Russia. The documents revealed that the Initiative had been massively funded by London.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:52:00 +0300
The week was marked by another escalation of tensions between Israeli and Palestinian protesters, following a shooting attack near the Givat Asaf junction, which left two soldiers dead, while two people – a soldier and a civilian, were critically wounded.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:51:00 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least four people were killed, nine others were wounded in an armed attack on a funeral ceremony in the Afghan province of Balkh, the Pajhwok news agency reported Friday citing police.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:46:00 +0300
In an ongoing probe into an incident on Ross Island, investigators are trying to piece together what killed the two technical staffers, while the US’ governmental agency dealing with fundamental research revised its account of Wednesday’s chronicle.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:45:28 +0300
Previously, people born with sexual characteristics of both males and females were left with blank space on the \"gender\" field in their birth certificates. The Federal Constitutional Court recently ruled such a practice as unacceptable and ordered the parliament to change it.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:44:00 +0300
Over the past weekend, El Pais cited an unnamed source as saying that the Spanish prosecution was going to charge Colombian singer Shakira with tax fraud.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:30:30 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A bill passed by the Irish parliament this week to decriminalize abortions is a welcome step but more should be done to clear barriers faced by women seeking timely care, the Amnesty International Ireland executive said.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:29:12 +0300
Russia blamed the Israeli Air Force that was carrying out airstrikes against the Syrian province of Latakia for using the Il-20 as a shield against the Syrian air defence systems, which led to the downing of the Russian plane. Israel has denied the accusations and insisted that Moscow had been warned about the air operation in a timely manner.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:28:00 +0300
The move will likely be a divisive one in British society, with some arguing that it is long overdue, while others will say that it is indicative of an increasingly paternalistic and invasive apparatus interested in restricting freedom of speech for the sake of advancing the cause of political correctness.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:28:00 +0300
A woman from Mexico City has gained online fame, going by the name of “Lady Shock” after her burst of rage was caught on the video. It all began as a trivial road collision, local media reports suggest.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:27:00 +0300
A leopard that probably strayed from a nearby forest entered court premises in India’s Gujarat on Friday taking everyone by surprise. The scores of persons present in the courtroom were scared stiff and ran for their lives. Some of them, however, managed to lock in the big cat, which was later rescued by forest officials.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:20:00 +0300
While Prince William has opted for a cozy family photo with his wife and three kids, his younger brother picked a wedding picture with former US actress Meghan Markle. The Christmas preparations proceed amid rumours of a growing split between the two brothers because of the princes’ wives’ alleged conflict.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:17:00 +0300
French broadcaster BFM TV played Bob Marley’s song “I Shot the Sheriff” during a panel discussion of the death of Cherif Chekatt, the gunman who opened fire at the Christmas Market in Strasbourg this week.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:17:00 +0300
BELGRADE (Sputnik) – The leader of the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, said that the national army of Kosovo, planned to be created, will become an active partner and a committed ally of NATO.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:16:00 +0300
Earlier in the day, the country's supreme court refused to vacate the interim order given by the court of appeal restraining Rajapaksa and his cabinet from functioning.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 17:15:00 +0300
LONDON (Sputnik) - The United Kingdom’s re-entry into the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) would appease the majority of Brexiteer demands while at the same time averting the threat of a no-deal scenario, Hugo van Randwyck, a co-founder of the EFTA4UK campaign, told Sputnik.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:41:00 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Defense Ministry has noted \"amateur\" assessments of its Tu-160 bombers coming from the US State Department while the Pentagon keeps mum, spokesman Gen. Maj. Igor Konashenkov has stated.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:40:00 +0300
Further clarification and discussion on the Brexit withdrawal deal is possible, UK PM Theresa May told the media during a press conference in Brussels on Friday, on the second day of the European Council summit.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:39:00 +0300
Over the past several hours, Kanye West has been on a Twitter rampage, firing off dozens of tweets directed at Drake that have taken their beef to a whole new level.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:36:00 +0300
French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on 3 December spoke in favour of raising wages, accelerating cuts in public spending, and taxes in France in the wake of violent \"yellow vests\" protests.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:25:00 +0300
PARIS (Sputnik) – Seven people closely linked to Cherif Chekatt, the suspected attacker in the Strasbourg Christmas market shooting, have been taken into custody, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:21:00 +0300
What a year it has been in sport. In the summer in Russia, we enjoyed watching one of the most exciting football World Cups ever, with a number of memorable matches.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:20:00 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Kosovo's decision to create a national army is politically absurd and dangerously undermines stability and security of Serbia and the entire Balkan region, Serbian Ambassador to Russia Slavenko Terzic told Sputnik.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:17:04 +0300
BEIRUT (Sputnik) – An unknown group of militants attacked a patrol of the Lebanese army in the city of Baalbek alongside a military post, leaving four servicemen injured, the country’s army said on Friday in a statement.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:15:00 +0300
After the 21st round of border talks in November this year, China revived the term “early harvest consultations” on border disputes. During Wang Yi's upcoming visit, New Delhi expects some concrete proposals on issues concerning the middle sector of the border where the dispute is considerably minor, diplomatic sources told Sputnik.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:05:01 +0300
While the danger of sexbots developing minds of their own, Westworld-style, sounds a bit too far-fetched, at least for now, the odds are that hacking gurus will jump at a chance to unlawfully profit from the growing industry.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 16:05:00 +0300
Why is Gary Lineker allowed to break all the BBC rules on impartiality with his lefty anti-Brexit tweets and rants? He should be told to shut up and only talk about football or lose his multi-million-pound contract.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:47:00 +0300
Theresa May is trying to salvage the deal, which she agreed with the EU 27 but which dealt a devastating blow by UK lawmakers, who in their majority indicated their opposition to the current Brexit agreement.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:47:00 +0300
The coal pit is located in the East Jaintia Hills district where mining has been completely banned by the National Green Tribunal since 2014 as it has been designated as a major cause of water pollution.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:45:00 +0300
Observers are claiming that moving the India Rapid Reaction Cell away from the Pentagon does not augur well for India-US defence cooperation, as it denotes that the Pentagon has lost interest in India as a strategic partner.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:45:00 +0300
Thanksgiving is over, but there are apparently some turkeys left in the US state of Wisconsin as one of them has recently become the centre of the public's attention.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:40:00 +0300
The EU leaders and heads of governments are currently holding negotiations as the European Union summit in the Belgian capital entered its second day.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:39:00 +0300
It’s been a tough week for UK Prime Minister Theresa May: first, she survived a vote of no confidence in the Conservative Party, then a pretty tense EU Council meeting with Brexit high on the agenda.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:38:00 +0300
The trial heard Viktorija Sokolova had a troubled home life and had stolen money from her stepfather to replace clothes which her mother had allegedly burned.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:36:00 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The State Bank of Pakistan on 14 December received a second $1 billion deposit from Saudi Arabia in a little over a month, which is part of a pledged $3 billion in bailout money aimed at addressing the nation’s balance-of-payments crisis, the bank’s spokesman said, according to the Dawn newspaper.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:33:23 +0300
This is not the first time that the award-winning actress criticises Israeli policies that negatively affect the country’s Arab population. Her remarks prompted suspicions that she supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, something which she later denied, saying that she only opposes Benjamin Netanyahu's policies.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:26:00 +0300
The Undercover Policing Inquiry, established 2015 by then-Home Secretary Theresa May after a series of revelations about abuses by undercover state spies, has now revealed the International Solidarity Movement was one of the groups in operatives' crosshairs.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:26:00 +0300
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Seoul and Washington failed to agree on the amount of South Korea’s financial contributions for the stationing of the US Forces Korea (USFK) in South Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing a government official.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:21:51 +0300
The women were attacked overnight in the city of Nuremberg with two of them in critical condition. The police, who are reportedly still in the dark about whether all the incidents are connected, are warning locals that the perpetrator or perpetrators may strike again.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:20:00 +0300
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its component, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have promised to fight \"to the death\" in the event of a new Turkish operation in northeastern Syria, SDF spokeswoman Jihan Sheikh Ahmed told Sputnik on Friday.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:19:00 +0300
There were pervasive concerns early on in the Brexit process that because Britain is not in the Schengen visa zone, holidaymakers from the UK might have to start paying extra for their trips to favourite destinations in places like Spain after leaving the EU. Such worries may now become a reality.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0300
Everybody knows that the only way to escape a pack of aggressive wolves in the forest is to climb up a high tree. Angry predators can wait below, but they can’t follow… Or at least that's what people thought - now the strategy will surely not be considered as effective!

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:53:17 +0300
Several tombstones were sprayed with anti-Semitic graffiti, including Nazi swastikas at a Jewish cemetery on Tuesday in eastern France, The Times of Israel reported.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:51:00 +0300
In 2016, pictures of 5-year old Murtaza, who’d crafted a Messi t-shirt out of a plastic bag, grabbed world headlines. The football superstar later met him and presented him with a signed t-shirt. Due to the widespread attention, young Messi and his family have faced many problems. They are now living in a refugee camp in Kabul.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:49:00 +0300
BAKU (Sputnik) - The Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) should not be a platform for political rows and score-settling, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:45:00 +0300
PARIS (Sputnik) - A total of 8,000 law enforcement officers will provide security during the \"yellow vests\" rally in Paris on December 15, Paris police chief Michel Delpuech said on Friday.

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:43:00 +0300
The Yellow Vest demonstration is underway as British Prime Minister Theresa May is holding negotiations with EU leaders in a bid to improve the contentious Withdrawal Deal.

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