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Storm Leaves 73,000 People Without Electricity in Central Russia

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 03:06:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Thunderstorm left around 73,000 people in around 900 settlements in the Russian Central Federal District without electric power supply, the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Department in the Central Federal District said in a statement on Saturday.

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A Pawn in Their Game: US Cozies Up to Taiwan, Angering China

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 02:12:00 +0300

As mainland China launches live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait and state-owned Beijing media outlets warn of protective military measures, Taipei has waved away the threat, suggesting that the large-scale war exercises are “routine.”

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Chinese Tourists: Brick-Hurling Zoo Attendees Kill Kangaroo

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 02:00:00 +0300

In an attempt to get animals to move around for photo ops, visitors throwing bricks in a southeastern China zoo killed a kangaroo and injured another, China Central Television reported.

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Saudi Police Claim Drone Downed Near Royal Palace Amid Heavy Gunfire in Riyadh

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 01:20:00 +0300

DOHA (Sputnik) - After multiple tweets documenting heavy gunfire, Saudi police have claimed that a toy drone flying over the Al Khuzama neighborhood in the country's capital of Riyadh, where the royal palace is located, was shot down, as reported by local media on Saturday.

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Extradite Gulen First: Erdogan's Response to Trump Call to Free US Pastor

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:52:26 +0300

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that the US must follow details of the extradition treaty with Turkey, anand honor the president’s demand to extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen if Washington wants Ankara to release US pastor Andrew Brunson, in jail in Turkey since October, 2016.

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Eye in the Sky: Bill Gates Backs Real Time Global Satellite Surveillance Network

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:02:00 +0300

For those of us who increasingly feel like there is no place on Earth to be free of prying eyes, a new announcement from some deep-pockets tech investors appears to ensure humanity that global surveillance from orbit is coming, and soon.

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Armenian Protest Leader to Meet With Prime Minister Sargsyan

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:45:00 +0300

YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Armenian opposition figure Nikol Pashinyan, leading ongoing protests in the country, said on Saturday that he would meet with Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan on Sunday morning to discuss the latter's resignation.

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Lack of Funds Will Not Hamper Belt and Road Initiative - Academic

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:39:00 +0300

The former chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of China, Li Ruogu, has warned about the credit risks associated with China's One Belt, One Road Initiative. Li Ruogu and other Chinese state bankers believe that in order to implement the initiative large capital injections are required.

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Quitting a Bad Habit: Germany to Massively Restrict Monsanto Weedkiller

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:13:00 +0300

On Tuesday, German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner announced that legislation is being drafted to end the use of glyphosate in the country’s home gardens, parks and sports facilities.

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How to Tame the Amu Darya? River Flooding Threatens Afghani Agriculture

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:44:19 +0300

The Amu Darya is the deepest river in Central Asia and originates in the Pamir Mountains. About 1,126 kilometers of the river mark the borders of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. There are two big ports on its banks – Khairatan and Sherkhan - through which the export and import of goods is effected.

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Secret Messages and Drawings Spotted in Bitcoin Network

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:42:00 +0300

"Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks," Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous developer of the bitcoin blockchain famously declared in a note which came with the first block in the bitcoin network.

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Hungarians Rally Against Orban's Media Policy (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:28:00 +0300

A protest is now sweeping across Budapest, for the second time after Premier Viktor Orban, head of the ruling right-wing party, entered his third term.

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The New Space Race: NASA to Award 1st Contracts for Gateway Moon Base

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:14:00 +0300

As the space race heats up, the first contracts for the manufacture of key components for humanity’s Gateway orbital lunar base will be awarded in 2019, according to NASA.

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At Least 2 Killed in Mortar Shelling of Syria's Damascus on Friday

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:12:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least two people were killed and nine others were injured in a shelling attack on Damascus' residential areas on Friday, Maj. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko, the commander of the Russian reconciliation center for Syria, said on Saturday.

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NATO Robs Itself of Airlift Capacity With Loss of Russian An-124 Jets – Czech MP

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:04:00 +0300

Russia's Volga-Dnepr Airlines has confirmed that it will terminate its contract with NATO on military cargo deliveries after 2018, citing sanctions pressure against Russia by the US and its allies. Speaking to Sputnik, Czech lawmaker Alexandr Cerny said that the lost capacity would result in a "big problem" for the alliance.

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Iranian Climber Tells Sputnik About Her Dream

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:56:30 +0300

About 200 women annually take part in rock climbing competitions in Iran. Elnaz Rekabi is an Iranian climber who has achieved remarkable success and has risen to international fame. She noted that climbing is a unique sport, which develops not only physical strength, but also fortitude, and both of these factors are equally important for victory.

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France's Participation in Syria Strikes to Have Bad Legacy - National Front

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:45:07 +0300

YALTA (Sputnik) - France's participation in the recent missile strike on Syria was a very "reckless" decision that will only have negative consequences for Syria in terms of escalating the situation in the war-ravaged country that is still battling terrorists, National Front Secretary-General Nicolas Bay said in an interview with Sputnik.

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US Strikes on Syria Promoted Russian Weapons - Military Specialist

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:38:00 +0300

Konstantin Sivkov, a military specialist and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Sputnik that the American strikes on Syria have hit the Americans themselves. For instance, the American missiles’ image has been undermined while the Russian air defense systems’ image has grown.

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TESS Satellite: 'Is Our Earth Common or Unique?'

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:07:06 +0300

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has been launched into orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida to survey thousands of stars outside our solar system and find new planets. Sputnik discussed the space telescope with Natalia Guerrero, deputy manager of TESS Objects of Interest.

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Charge It to My Bill: Police Speed Cam in Switzerland Snaps Speeding Duck

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 21:01:00 +0300

A duck's high speed flying through the town of Koniz, Switzerland has been caught repeatedly by a police speed camera.

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Don’t Hide It! Google Reportedly Edits Scottish Loch Ness Monster Pics

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:50:00 +0300

Sightings of what is affectionately referred to as "Nessie" climbed to a record-breaking number of 11 last year, with many partaking in contests for the best visual proof of its existence.

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Shadow Mortal Combatant Comes to the Rescue of Japanese Females (VIDEO)

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:35:00 +0300

Would one dare step into an apartment with a tough guy boxing and knocking down an unseen foe? Perhaps not.

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WATCH Graphic Footage of Victims of Saudi Coalition Strike in Southwest Yemen

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:07:00 +0300

Graphic video footage has emerged confirming the earlier testimony of local residents that Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen had killed twenty people on Friday.

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'Trump's Administration is Still Getting Its Act Together' – Professor

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:03:29 +0300

In recent weeks there has been an ongoing, dramatic and sustained deterioration of political and economic relations between the US and Russia. Sputnik spoke to Jonathan Adelman, a professor with the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, about the tense relationship between Moscow and Washington.

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Indian Authorities Approve Death Penalty for Rape of Children Below 12 - Reports

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:00:23 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Indian government on Saturday approved an ordinance to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to introduce the death penalty for gang rape of girls of age below 12, local media reported.

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50 Shades of Brown: Social Media Rave Over Most British Day

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:44:00 +0300

Coffee fans today have to eat humble pie as the UK celebrates not only the Queen’s 92nd birthday, but also the nation’s favorite drink, flooding Twitter and Instagram with photos of tea. While some prefer to post the coziest pics imaginable, others debate what the best ways to enjoy a good cup of tea.

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Elizabeth II, Queen of The Streets

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:34:00 +0300

Although we are more used to her portraits depicting all sorts of hats and calm facial expressions, on Elisabeth II's 92nd birthday we reveal another side of the queen, showing how close the British queen can get to people.

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Serj Tankian Urges Armenian Protesters to Avoid 'Color Revolution Terminology'

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:31:00 +0300

YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Serj Tankian, the lead singer of the System of a Down (SOAD) band, who is of Armenian descent, called on Saturday on the participants of protests in Armenia to avoid the term of so-called color revolution, which, according to him, is associated with the East-West antagonism.

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World Mourns Loss of Top Electronic Music DJ Avicii

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:31:00 +0300

Musicians and politicians from all over the world have expressed their condolences in connection with the sudden death of the famous 28-year-old Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, better known by the artistic name Avicii.

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'Rebel Against Migration': Defend Europe Group Blocks France-Italy Border Areas

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:30:00 +0300

Activists from a non-governmental anti-immigrant group have urged French President Emmanuel Macron to increase the border service budget and better maintain the country's border security.

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DPRK Nuclear Freeze: 'Dialog Means There's No Need for Cannons to Start Talking'

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:20:00 +0300

Pyongyang's decision to suspend its nuclear and missile testing ahead of talks with South Korean and US officials has been hailed by world leaders, and has led to questions about North Korea's diplomatic strategy. Speaking to Sputnik, North Korea expert Dr. Leonid Petrov outlined why the news wasn't all that unpredictable.

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Storm in Moscow Leaves One Girl Dead, 17 People Injured

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:17:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Saturday's storm that hit Moscow claimed a life of one girl, Sergei Sobyanin, the Russian capital's mayor, reported.

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US Treasury Secretary Blasts IMF Over Approach to Trade

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:09:10 +0300

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could step up its game ensuring the global trade is a free, fair, and reciprocal environment.

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Disabled Chinese Woman Takes Care of Her 100-Year-Old Mother

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:00:00 +0300

Cai Dongfeng, age 75, lives in a remote village in China, where she cares for her centenarian mother even with a severe disability.

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Top 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Queen Elizabeth II

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:15:00 +0300

The UK's head of state and the Church of England, Queen Elizabeth II, who has reined Britain since 1953, turned 92 today, on April 21. However, Her Majesty typically saves the festivities for a Saturday in June, when the nice weather finally sets in.

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OPCW Collects Samples in Douma in Connection With Alleged Chemical Incident

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:06:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has visited a site in the Damascus suburb of Douma to collect samples in connection with the alleged April 7 chemical attack, the OPCW said Saturday.

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'White Angel' Who Mended Soldiers in WWII Passes Away at Age 103

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:04:24 +0300

At least 4,000 allied troops were killed during a Second World War operation to liberate the German-occupied port of Dieppe in northern France in 1942. It was 28-year-old French nurse Agnes-Marie Valois who managed to save the lives of several Canadian soldiers at the time.

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Democrats' Lawsuit Against Russia 'Attempt to Justify Their Own Defeat' - Moscow

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:43:00 +0300

The Democratic National Committee has launched a legal action against Russia, the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and other individuals and organizations, including the Russian military intelligence service, claimong that they conspired to disrupt the 2016 presidential election campaign.

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Fact-Checking the French: Are Russia's Douma Attack Statements 'Contradictory'?

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:38:00 +0300

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has accused Russia of "issuing contradictory official statements on the chemical attack in Douma." But is this really the case? Sputnik takes a look at the facts.

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Berlusconi’s Close Ally Jailed in Italy for Secret Talks with Mafia

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:05:26 +0300

The former Italian senator along with mobsters and ex-policemen are to spend years in prison for holding secret negotiations between the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, seeking to undermine anti-mobster laws.

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Fed Policymakers Say No Recession Ahead, Downplay Concerns

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:50:01 +0300

Recent signals of a looming US recession don't matter much, the Federal Reserve says, as the current macroeconomic conditions are suggesting that across-the-board economic expansion will continue, while policy turmoil is stirring confusion in the financial markets.

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Regulatory Prioritizing, Subsidies Behind UK's Renewable Energy Boom

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:44:41 +0300

Renewable energy in the UK has been booming as the government grants regulatory assistance and generous subsidies to wind and solar power, whilst allowing coal-fired plants to close permanently due to their declining profitability.

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Why Countries Pull Out Their Bullion From the US

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:17:00 +0300

With the Turkish Central Bank withdrawing its gold reserves from the US Federal Reserve System and shipping them to Ankara, Sputnik looks into how this move may affect the development of the world economy.

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UK Ex-Defense Chief Calls on May to Send Troops to Syria

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:09:00 +0300

The UK ex-defense chief Lord Richards stated that the recent strikes on Syria were a “missed opportunity,” and urged Prime Minister Theresa May to send British troops to Syria "to stop" the civil war.

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No BDS Fan: Natalie Portman Rebuffs Criticism for Skipping “Jewish Nobel Prize”

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:06:00 +0300

The Hollywood star, known for her active commitment to her Jewish heritage, reveals why she had refused to go to Israel to fetch a $2 million prize. It turned out that the star couldn’t attend the ceremony with one particular person.

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US Investors Extend Oil Bets as Trump Criticizes OPEC

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:03:27 +0300

Investment capital in pouring into the US oil industry, which is booming amidst rising crude prices, even though President Trump has criticized OPEC over efforts to cut its oil output.

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En Garde! Russian Beauty Wins U23 European Fencing Championship (PHOTOS)

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:50:00 +0300

Four stalwart Russian girls managed to score an impressive victory at a youth European fencing championship held in the capital of Armenia.

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Opposition Protests in Armenia Expand Despite Authorities' Call for Dialogue

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:44:00 +0300

YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Mass protests against the election of former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister were held in Armenia for the eighth consecutive day on Friday, with the authorities of the republic, including incumbent leader Armen Sarkisian, calling for a dialogue.

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Moscow Outraged at West's 'Deliberate Distortion of Facts' on E Ghouta Incident

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:40:00 +0300

The US-led strike in Syria was conducted in the wake of unverified reports about an alleged chemical attack in Douma, despite the fact that the probe into the incident was only due to start. Moscow has repeatedly called on Western states to work with investigators from the chemical weapons watchdog to determine if gas had been indeed used.

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Meet Top Celebs Who Use VIP Status to Cater to Sex Slave Victims

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:24:00 +0300

American actress Allison Mack, best known for her role in the TV series Smallville, and Keith Raniere, the head of the notorious NXIVM empowerment sorority, which authorities deem as a sex cult, were charged Friday with multiple counts of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor, the Albany Times-Union reported.

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'Acted Appropriately': CIA Memo Says Haspel Was Right to Destroy Torture Tapes

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:34:00 +0300

The Central Intelligence Agency has declassified a memo relating to Gina Haspel's record amid evidence that the intelligence officer approved of and then covered up the use of torture techniques against terror suspects in the mid-2000s.

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Moscow Regrets US Decision to Deny Visas to Russia's Bolshoi Theater Artists

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:00:02 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The fact that artists from Russia's Bolshoi Theater were left without visas and were not able to travel to the United States for a gala in New York City is regrettable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

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New Cuban President, August Wilson's Two Trains Running Still Relevant

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:50:00 +0300

Miguel Díaz-Canel becomes President of Cuba, becoming first non-Castro leader since the Revolution, Paul Robeson, MLK, W.E.B. DuBois and the true meaning of peace, How playwright August Wilson's themes of displacement, pride and personhood resonate in today's political climate.

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At Least 10 Reportedly Killed, 88 Injured in Protests in Nicaragua (VIDEO)

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:39:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Since Wednesday, demonstrators have been rallying against social security reforms across the country and clashing with the police, the Infobae news portal reported Friday.

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Here's What America's Fifth-Gen F-22s Were Doing During Failed Strike on Syria

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:31:00 +0300

US Air Force Central Command has altered its account of the aircraft and missile systems used during April 14's airstrikes, sowing more confusion among defense observers.

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Driver Throws Garbage on Roadside, Locals Teach Him a Lesson

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:22:00 +0300

Polish YouTube channel "Stopcham" published a video, which had been filmed using the dashcam of a truck in a traffic jam on one of the roads. The clip shows how three packages with garbage fly out of the window of a minibus with Belarusian registration numbers.

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Don't Play With Atoms: Iran Warns to Resume Nuclear Activities if JCPOA Scrapped

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 13:07:44 +0300

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has made it plain that Tehran is not going to adhere to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if other signatories scrap the deal.

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Kim's Decision to Pull the Plug on Nuke and Missile Tests Just Blows Up Twitter

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:49:36 +0300

Another big step from “little rocket man,” as Donald Trump once dubbed North Korean leader, has pitted Twitters against one another. Waves of joy, distrust and a great deal of fun followed a news release from Pyongyang, which has given up ballistic missile and nuclear weapons testing.

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Mysterious Sulfur-Reeking Lake Emerges From Russian Permafrost (VIDEO)

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:35:27 +0300

Warm sulfurous waters have reportedly burst through the permafrost on the Taymyr Peninsula, forming a new lake in Russia’s Arctic reaches.

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Italian Regional Elections Key to Creating Coalition Government - Lega Nord

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:08:00 +0300

YALTA (Sputnik) - Regional elections in Italy's southern region of Molise and the north-eastern region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, slated for late April, will provide clarity on what kind of governing coalition Italian voters want to see, Fabrizio Boron, a member of Italy's Lega Nord told Sputnik at the IV Yalta International Economic Forum.

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Irate Tweets Follow Journalist's Claims Trump Lied to Him to Get on Forbes List

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:18:00 +0300

During a telephone conversation with then-Forbes reporter Jonathan Greenberg in 1984, Donald Trump allegedly pretended to be a Trump Organization executive in order to claim his hefty net worth which Greenberg said was actually less than 5 million dollars at the time.

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Trump Says DNC Lawsuit Will Expose Information Related to Clinton Email Scandal

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:13:00 +0300

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump in a statement hailed the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) lawsuit filed against his campaign and Russia because it will expose information related to Hillary Clinton’s email scandal that was previously denied the FBI.

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'Di Maio Going to Bed With Berlusconi?' Not Going to Happen - Academic

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:05:00 +0300

Italy’s political deadlock could be coming to an end, as Maria Casellati from the Forza Italia is given an exploratory mandate to form a new government. Time is ripe for political stability in the country. We spoke with Anna Bull, professor of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, about the situation.

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German Parliament Lawyers Brand US-Led Airstrike on Syria Illegal

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:56:00 +0300

According to lawyers of the Bundestag, the missile attack by the US-UK-France coalition, supported by the German Government, violates international law. The grounds that the strike was a retaliatory measure following an alleged chemical attack were dismissed as “not convincing.”

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US Attorney General Sessions Reportedly Ready to Resign If His Deputy Gets Fired

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:55:52 +0300

The head of the US Department of Justice warned that if his deputy gets fired by the White House administration, he might have no choice but to leave office as well.

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What You Need to Know About Kim's Decision to Suspend Nuclear, Missile Tests

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:46:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday declared an end to nuclear and long-range missile testing and plans to shut an atomic test site, in a surprise move timed to historic summits.

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Trump Doubts Legality of Mueller Probe into Russia Collusion

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:39:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump suggested Friday that former FBI chief Jame Comey’s decision to leak classified data illegally in order to prompt a special counsel probe into Russia meant that the appointment was made "based on an illegal act."

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Montenegro's President-Elect Hopes to Improve Relations With Russia

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:07:00 +0300

BELGRADE (Sputnik) - Montenegrin President-elect Milo Djukanovic from the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, who won the presidential election last weekend, told Sputnik that he was set to improve the bilateral relations with Russia.

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Beijing Hopes All Parties Take Steps to Achieve Peace on Korean Peninsula

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:41:06 +0300

BEIJING (Sputnik) - China hopes that, following North Korea’s decision to cease nuclear and missile tests, all parties concerned will take steps toward achieving lasting peace and progress on the Korean Peninsula, China’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

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Turkish Op in Syria: US Promises to Retaliate Against Any Attack on Manbij – SDF

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:33:00 +0300

A Syrian Democratic Forces commander has told Sputnik that residents of the city of Manbij in northeastern Syria are on heightened alert due to the planned Turkish military operation in the area but that the current situation in the city is stable.

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Emergency Services in Kazakhstan Rescue Cat From Concrete Slab

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 09:12:00 +0300

Kazakhstan rescue workers went to great lengths to save a domestic cat who was trapped in a concrete trap. Several residents of Karaganda watched the ongoing rescue operation.

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'Step Forward': World Reacts to North Korea's Freeze on Nuclear Testing

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:06:00 +0300

Earlier in the day, state KCNA news agency reported that North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un plans to end nuclear and missile tests immediately and to focus on economic growth.

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Syrian Army Finds US-Produced Missiles in Militants’ Armory in Dumayr – Reports

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:02:53 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Syrian government forces on Friday have found large amounts of militants’ weapons, including those produced in the United States, in the city of Dumayr, located north-east of the Syrian capital of Damascus, local media reported.

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Oil Cartel Under Fire: Academic Finds Discrepancy in Trump's Go at OPEC

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:00:00 +0300

US President Donald Trump's assumption that the price of oil was raised artificially contradicts the economic reality, Russian economist Ekaterina Novikova told Sputnik, suggesting that Trump's verbal attack on OPEC could be part of the president's trade war strategy.

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Russia May Supply India Forces With Armaments Tested in Real Warfare

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:48:06 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia is prepared to provide a wide range of anti-aircraft weapons and military equipment, which have been successfully tried in real conditions, to India, Director General of the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheev said on Friday.

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Foreign Investors, Including US, Still Show Interest in Russia

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:38:40 +0300

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Foreign investors, including from the United States, continue to show interest in Russia, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told journalists before a meeting with foreign investors on the sidelines of the spring session of the IMF and the World Bank.

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Trade Union Warns of UK Shipbuilding Capacity Decline as Contracts May Go Abroad

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:22:55 +0300

LONDON (Sputnik) - The possibility of foreign manufacturers building support vessels for the Navy’s aircraft carriers may reduce the UK’s already declining shipbuilding capacity, whereas giving the orders to national shipbuilders is likely to boost the economy, Alex Flynn, a spokesman for Unite, the largest trade union in Britain, told Sputnik.

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Expert Explains What Challenges New Cuban President to Face

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:37:58 +0300

Miguel Diaz-Canel has been sworn in as the President of Cuba, assuming power from Raul Castro, this marked the first time in six decades when the nation’s head is not a Castro family member. Radio Sputnik discussed this event with Dr. Helen Yaffe, Lecturer in Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow and analyst on Cuba and Latin America.

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Japan’s Abe Lauds North Korea Move to End Nuclear Tests

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:03:44 +0300

TOKYO (Sputnik) - Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday praised the move by North Korea to halt nuclear and long-range missile testing.

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UK Divulging Sensitive Data on Chemical Weapons, Russian Embassy Suspects

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 05:42:00 +0300

LONDON (Sputnik) - UK authorities appear to have shared classified data on an alleged weapons-grade toxin, after denying Russia access to this information, the Russian Embassy suspects.

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Expert Explains How Much of Impact New Cuban President Can Make

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 05:25:23 +0300

Sputnik spoke to Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla, Assistant Professor, Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick about what impact the new president of Cuba might have on the country.

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Journalist Says Turning a Blind Eye to Sexual Abuse Needs to Stop

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 04:32:12 +0300

Sir Alan Parker has handed in his resignation from Save the Children, after accusations of sexual abuse enveloped the charity. His departure brings into question other allegations of sexual exploitation that have rippled through Politics, Hollywood and the charity sector this year.

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Democrats’ Russiagate Lawsuit a ‘Desperate Move’ to Earn Votes in 2018 Elections

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:46:00 +0300

The DNC filed a civil lawsuit seeking millions of dollars from WikiLeaks, the Trump campaign, and the Russian government for engaging in conspiracy. One legal expert told Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear the Democrats’ suit is a “desperate move” without serious substance “to try to regain some of their advantage for the 2018 elections.”

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Smeared as ‘Russian Bot’, UK Man Demolishes Sky News Hosts, Slams ‘Neocon Wars’

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:43:00 +0300

An interview with a prolific Twitter user accused by the British government of being a “Russian Bot” quickly turned heated as challenged their arguments, particularly their claim that by not toeing the UK government line, he was “anti-Britain” - and perhaps even a Kremlin agent.

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Greece's Coming Whistleblower Protection Law Proves US is Behind the Times

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:40:26 +0300

Reporting from Greece, Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear co-host John Kiriakou discussed with fellow hosts Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek a new law being drawn up by the Greek government that would provide protection for whistleblowers and which blows American laws - or lack thereof - protecting whistleblowers out of the water.

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Expert Explains How TurkStream to Make Italy Gas Hub of Southern Europe Again

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:38:36 +0300

The 7th Global Energy Summit was held on April 18 in Turin, Italy, where top scientists, politicians and experts gathered to discuss vital energy issues. The 2018 summit explored the simulation of the energy mix in a future digital world. Sputnik discussed this with Francesco Profumo, the former minister of education and technology innovation.

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Japan Asks Lockheed Martin to Craft Hybrid F-35 and F-22 Aircraft

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:47:50 +0300

Tokyo and Lockheed Martin are reportedly discussing the creation of a hybrid F-22 and F-35 fighter aircraft to protect Japanese airspace starting in 2030.

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Viral Starbucks Hoax Distracts from Issue of ‘Criminality of Being Black' in US

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:14:39 +0300

On Thursday it was confirmed that a coupon offering everyone a free Starbucks drink as a way to stop Russian trolls from further dividing the nation was, indeed, fake.

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Analysts Anticipate Trump’s Greater Military Aggression in Syria, Here's Why

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:03:16 +0300

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Russia appears ready to lift its self-imposed ban on selling S-300 air defense systems to Syria as fears grow that the United States and its allies are massing their forces to attack the country again, analysts said.

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‘Mind Control’ Leak? US FOIA Request Reveals Docs on ‘Psycho-Electronic’ Weapons

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:53:00 +0300

A journalist doing routine Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, a way for US citizens to petition the government for information, was sent something he didn’t exactly ask for and probably could not have dreamed of - documents on mind control - and a few other gems.

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German Migration Officer Suspected of Taking Bribes for Asylum Approvals

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:50:00 +0300

A migration officer in Germany’s Bremen is under investigation for corruption, local media reported. The official is suspected of granting asylum to more than one thousand migrants in exchange for bribes.

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Crafty Critter Outsmarts ‘Raccoon-Proof’ Trash Bin

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:00:00 +0300

Can’t keep a good trash panda down!

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UK Police Probing for Alleged Skripal Case 'Persons of Interest' - Reports

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:56:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK police and intelligence agencies claim to have identified key suspects in the poisoning of a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, British media said Saturday.

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Kim Jong-un Ceases Nuke and Missile Tests, Trump Welcomes the Move

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:52:00 +0300

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared that Pyongyang no longer needs to continue ballistic missile and nuclear weapons testing, according to the state-run KCNA news agency.

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Cop Victim Stephon Clark's Brother Arrested on Felony Charges, Denied Bail

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:51:34 +0300

Ste'Vante Clark, brother of Stephon Clark, was arrested Thursday by the Sacramento Police Department for allegedly threatening to commit a crime and telephoning 911 with intent to annoy or harass.

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Russian, US Finance Chiefs Discuss Sanctions in Washington

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:47:00 +0300

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed sanctions at a meeting in Washington on Friday, the Russian ministry said.

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Theater of the Absurd: DNC Sues Russia, WikiLeaks, and Trump Campaign

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:30:00 +0300

On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Dan Kovalik, a human rights and labor lawyer who is the author of “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia” and Jim Kavanagh, the editor of

Costly Chris Christie

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:28:05 +0300

Just when the people of New Jersey believed they were done with governor-turned-meme Chris Christie, a recent report shows him returning for a bite out of the taxpayers’ pockets.

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US Officials Unlikely to Charge Cop Who Killed Eric Garner After Biased Inquiry

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:20:00 +0300

Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner after placing him in a banned restraint position, a chokehold, on Staten Island, New York, in 2014. US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly reticent about whether to indict the officer.

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Fox News' Laura Ingraham Sued For Alleged Pregnancy Discrimination

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:48:19 +0300

And the bad news for Fox News' Laura Ingraham just keeps rolling in.

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