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Ex-FBI Agent: Charge Against Former CIA Officer ‘Could Have Been a Rush Job'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:58:20 +0300

On Tuesday, the US Justice Department announced that it had arrested and charged a former CIA agent with unlawfully possessing national defense information.

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Drop it Low: US Dollar Down Under Trump’s Presidency

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:55:00 +0300

The value of the dollar has dropped more than 15 percent versus the euro in the past six months, resulting in cheaper exports and more expensive imports for Americans. Financial policy analyst Daniel Sankey and economist Steve Keen discussed US President Donald Trump’s effect on the dollar’s global decline with Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear.

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Macedonian President Vetoes New State Language Bill Over Its 'Unjust' Nature

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:52:00 +0300

BELGRADE (Sputnik) - According to the new language bill, all state and municipal structures are expected to use the Albanian language, spoken by at least 20 percent of the population, to the same extent as Macedonian.

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Journalist: Russiagate Investigation is ‘Petering Out’ in ‘Great Confusion’

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:49:00 +0300

Iconoclastic former Breitbart chief editor and former White House senior adviser Steve Bannon refused to answer questions before the House Intelligence Committee and has been subpoenaed to testify before Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s grand jury. Bannon has opted to be interviewed by Mueller instead.

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US ‘Not Really’ Following Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty With New Nuke Review

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:42:41 +0300

The Pentagon’s nuclear review posture draft calls for new low-yield nuclear warheads for US Navy submarines and for the development of sub-launched, nuclear-armed cruise missiles, which is prima facie in violation of the United Nations Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

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'Bubble Is Bursting': Analysts Predict Global Slump of Cryptocurrencies

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:25:00 +0300

Capital Economics economic research consultancy has said in its review that the world's most well-known cryptocurrency bitcoin (BTC) is a bubble that has already begun to burst. The analysts noted that most people bought bitcoin, not because of belief in its future, but because they expected it to rise in price.

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Internet Allows People to Seek Faith Beyond Religious Institutions - Expert

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:23:17 +0300

A recent study shows that constant internet use is likely to make people less religious and less religiously exclusive. Radio Sputnik asked Heidi Campbell, of Texas A&M University’s Religious Studies program, for comment on this curious trend.

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Koi and Kangaroo: Japan and Australia to Hash Out Stronger Defense Ties

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:56:14 +0300

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has arrived in Tokyo for a Thursday state visit with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. The two leaders are to discuss deepening security ties, including a potential permanent security partnership.

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DoJ: New Cell Phone Jamming Technology to Prevent Inmate Communication in Jail

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:50:00 +0300

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Bureau of Prisons has tested micro-jamming technology at a federal prison in the state of Maryland to determine whether the technology could stop inmates from communicating to the outside with smuggled phones, the Department of Justice announced in a press release.

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So Close: Study Says ‘Two Brothers' Mummies Are Half-Brothers (VIDEO)

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:31:00 +0300

A study published in the February Journal of Archaeological Science edition finds that a pair of ancient mummies known as the Two Brothers are actually not quite as close as previously thought.

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Thousands Protest in Poland Against Tightening Abortion Legislation

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:30:00 +0300

WARSAW (Sputnik) - Thousands of people took to the streets in Poland on Wednesday to protest against tightening the country's abortion legislation, a Sputnik corresponded reported. The rallies in numerous Polish cities were organized by the Polish Women's Strike movement.

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O? No: Most American Voters Don’t Want to See Oprah Run in 2020

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:16:00 +0300

A Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday revealed that more than half of US voters don’t want to see Oprah Winfrey challenge US President Donald Trump in 2020.

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Former French Footballer Laurent Blanc Says Russia Wins if World Cup Successful

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:05:00 +0300

Renowned French football player and coach Laurent Blanc shared his thoughts with Sputnik on the upcoming World Cup that will take place in Russia.

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Tillerson: US Troops Will Remain in Syria to Stop Resurrection of Daesh

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:56:00 +0300

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The diplomatic efforts of the United States in Syria will focus on stabilization measures and a political solution to the conflict there, but not on nation-building, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a speech on the US strategy in Syria.

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Defense Cuts Leave UK Reliant on French, German Militaries - MP

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:46:00 +0300

A member of the British Parliament berated the nation’s military for relying on France, Germany, Norway, Canada and the United States to monitor Russian submarines that crept into Scottish waters between November and January.

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NOprah 2020

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:38:01 +0300

Despite the tide of approval generated after Oprah Winfrey’s inspiring Golden Globes speech, a recent poll reveals the majority of US voters are not keen on putting the O in the Oval Office.

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Killjoy Cat Unimpressed by Children’s New Race Track

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:00:00 +0300

“Return this toy at once!”

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WATCH: Malaysian Man Slaps Woman for Showing Her Hair, Sparks Internet Outrage

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:57:00 +0300

A video of a man slapping a woman for not covering her hair has gone viral, providing a colorful example of how (arguably) good intentions can quickly escalate to primal violence in the name of religion.

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UK House of Commons Adopts Brexit Bill, Now House of Lords' Turn

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:57:00 +0300

LONDON (Sputnik) - The UK Parliament's lower house, the House of Commons, on Wednesday adopted in the third and final reading the EU Withdrawal Bill, the document is now due to be debated in the House of Lords.

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Southern US Army Recruits So Overweight They Threaten ‘Military Readiness’

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:55:00 +0300

A recent study reveals that US Army recruits from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas “are significantly less fit, and consequently are more likely to encounter training-related injuries than recruits from other US states.”

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Satellite Photos Confirm Chinese Military Buildup Just Outside Doklam

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:39:41 +0300

New satellite imagery has revealed that China is building an enormous military complex just miles from the site of their 10-week standoff with the Indian military along the Doklam Plateau over the summer of 2017.

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Hubble Captures Close-up Image of Galaxy Cluster With Mass of 3 Mln Billion Suns

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:37:00 +0300

The orbital telescope has captured a close-up image of the largest and hottest galaxy cluster ever discovered.

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A Very British Snooze: MP Falls Asleep During Live Broadcast of Commons Debate

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:23:45 +0300

On Tuesday, Desmond Swayne, a politician in the UK's House of Commons, made the mistake of falling asleep during a speech given by his colleague. The nap was broadcast on the Parliament's live TV feed.

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European Commission to Issue Plan on Tackling Foreign Fake News

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:09:00 +0300

The European Commission is preparing a strategy to counter fake news, which will be published this spring, European Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King said during a debate at the EU Parliament on Wednesday.

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IOC Emails Show Medal Winner Schoeman Tested Positive for Banned Drug

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:59:00 +0300

Shocking internal International Olympic Committee emails obtained by Sputnik reveal that in 2016 a bronze medal winning South African triathlete tested positive for a "performance improving" drug, without providing a Therapeutic Use Exemption from his doctor.

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Indian Navy Mulls More Submarine Hunters

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:45:00 +0300

The Indian Navy is looking to bolster its fleet of P-8I submarine-killing aircraft, the nation’s naval chief said in a recent interview.

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Trump Accuses Russia of Ignoring North Korea Sanctions

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:22:00 +0300

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump said in an interview on Wednesday that Russia is hindering progress related to the United States' global campaign to maximize pressure on North Korea in order to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Michigan Meteor Shakes Things Up with 2.0 Earthquake (VIDEOS)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:13:16 +0300

Late Tuesday, residents in Michigan were left a bit shaken after a meteor decided to light up the night and bring with it an earthquake.

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Australia's Victoria Sets Lofty Goals for Kids' Cannabis Treatment

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:27:37 +0300

Having become the first Australian state to legalize locally grown medicinal cannabis in 2016, Victoria has successfully completed a trial involving 29 kids with severe epilepsy, according to reports.

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WATCH: US Teen Wearing Nazi Flag Yells Racial Slur in ‘Ugly’ Viral Video

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:27:00 +0300

A video of a 14-year-old Indiana boy chanting f**k n***ers” into a bullhorn with a Nazi flag wrapped around his shoulders recently went viral online.

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Clucking for Joy: Rooster Loses It Over Owner’s Return

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:21:05 +0300

Look at those chicken nuggets move as he runs to the bus!

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Is Mach 5 Here? America’s Hypersonic SR-72 May Have Finally Been Built

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:13:00 +0300

A recent presentation by a Lockheed Martin Skunk Works executive has defense observers speculating in a frenzy about the possibility that the supersonic SR-71 Blackbird spy plane’s successor has been built.

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Invisible Man: Nabbed CIA Agent Kept Low Profile While in Hong Kong

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:07:28 +0300

A former CIA staffer currently in US custody for allegedly keeping highly classified data reportedly stayed off the radar as a Hong Kong resident, leaving essentially no digital footprint.

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White House Could Approve Nuclear Strikes to Counter Cyberattacks

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:04:45 +0300

The US Defense Department and the White House are contemplating whether to solidify a new policy in the coming weeks that would authorize the use of nuclear weapons in response to crippling cyberattacks.

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Books Not Bombs: Syrian Students Didn't Let War Interrupt Quest for Knowledge

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:04:00 +0300

Sputnik Arabic has obtained an exclusive first-hand look into a Syrian scientific Olympiad for schoolchildren, held in spite of the tremendous problems facing their country in its long and painful war against terrorism.

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Chinese Aircraft Carrier Group Sails Through Taiwan Strait

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:01:27 +0300

China’s sole active aircraft carrier and its carrier group sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday, Taiwanese authorities report, noting that no unusual activity was detected.

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WATCH: Airlines Ground Customer Who Tried to Wear 10 Layers to Avoid Fees

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:56:00 +0300

Ryan Carney Williams, who goes by the name Ryan Hawaii, was turned away from a British Airways flight from Iceland to London on Wednesday after he wore eight pairs of pants and 10 shirts to the gate to avoid paying a $124 excess baggage fee because he reportedly didn’t have any money left.

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YouTube to Release Transparency Report on Election Ad Buyers in 2018

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:48:34 +0300

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - YouTube will make public its report containing information about purchases of political advertisements this year, the company's Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations Juniper Downs said in a congressional hearing on terrorism and social media on Wednesday.

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US Not Coordinating With Iraq Issue of Syrian Border Force Creation – Iraqi MoD

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:40:59 +0300

CAIRO (Sputnik) – The US-led coalition, fighting the Daesh terror group, has not yet addressed Iraq’s Defense Ministry to coordinate the issue of establishing a new border security force in Syria near to the Turkish and Iraqi borders, Iraqi Defense Ministry’s spokesman Tayar Khafaji told Sputnik on Wednesday.

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Ankara to Take All Measures to Thwart US Plans for Syria Border Security Force

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:22:00 +0300

The National Security Council of Turkey stated that Ankara is going to take all necessary measures, preventing the creation of "US border security forces" in Syria.

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Facebook to Continue Probe in Alleged Russian Meddling in Brexit - UK Lawmaker

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:20:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Facebook has promised to further investigate whether Russia interfered in the Brexit referendum, Damian Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee in the House of Commons, said Wednesday.

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China Winning Over US, Europe in the Global Race for Africa – Analysts

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:15:00 +0300

China prepares to hold the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) which is expected to bring together 51 African nations. Speaking to Sputnik, analysts pointed out that Beijing has become Africa's biggest strategic partner surpassing the continents former metropolitan patrons including the United States.

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Google Goes to Grass Roots With Its New AI Tool

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:05:50 +0300

Google is set to make artificial intelligence (AI) more accessible to the general public and a bigger range of businesses, not just a restricted number of experts.

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'All Debts Are Paid': France Clarifies Position on Czarist-Era Bond Debt Claims

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:04:00 +0300

Paris cannot demand that Russia reimburse French holders of pre-revolutionary Russian bond debt, France's Ministry of the Economy and Finance has said.

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Threat to Media Originates in US After Mirotvorets Moved to US Servers - Embassy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:46:00 +0300

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - On Wednesday the Russian Embassy in the United States issued a press release which elaborates on the work of the Russian media working on the US territory.

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Ex-CIA Officer: US Doesn't Have Resources to Oppose Turks Over 'Border Force'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:40:00 +0300

While Secretary of Defense James Mattis recommends Ankara not to take reports of the creation of a "border force" in northern Syria to heart, Washington sees its Kurdish allies as a tool which will allow it to remain relevant in Syria, ex-CIA officer and Canada-based Syrian political observer told Sputnik.

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Trump's 'America First' Policy Increases Risk of Climate Change, War - Report

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:20:00 +0300

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The charismatic strongman politics of US President Donald Trump and other national leaders threatens the world’s ability to cope with climate change and increases the risk of geopolitical conflict, according to an annual survey of international leaders published by the Swiss-based World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday.

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Catalan Parliament Head Calls for Putting End to Madrid's Direct Rule in Region

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:14:57 +0300

MADRID (Sputnik) - Roger Torrent, the president of the Catalan parliament which held its first session on Wednesday, considers it necessary for Madrid's direct rule in the autonomous region to be ceased, with regional institutions regaining full powers.

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Cancer-Stricken Pony to Get New Penis

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:04:00 +0300

Maine volunteers kicked off a fundraising campaign to spare the suffering animal from being euthanized and give him a second chance at life without pain.

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Fake News Alert: The Independent Accidently 'Kills' 6,000 Russians

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:00:00 +0300

Seeing a suspiciously high statistic on alcohol-related deaths in Russia during the winter holidays in a recent article in The Independent, the staff at Sputnik decided to check the figures for ourselves. What we found was not just a couple of simple mathematical and language-related errors, but something bordering on fake news.

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Baby Elephants in South Africa and China in Trouble Get a Helping Hand

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:53:39 +0300

Watch kind-hearted people come to rescue of young pachyderms who got themselves stuck and couldn’t get out without a helping hand.

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NATO Sees Russia as 'Peer Competitor' - Senior Military Officer

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:43:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - General Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, during a press conference answered questions on the alliance's stance on Russia, possible ways of Daesh threat's eradication and training assistance to Iraq.

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Why Poland's Resistance to Second-Class EU Status May Lead to Its Exit From Bloc

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:38:00 +0300

Taking a look at the continually worsening crisis in relations between Warsaw and Brussels, journalists and European politics watchers Filip Prokudin and Vladimir Ardaev outline how Poland, a country which played an instrumental role in the destruction of the Eastern Bloc, may be pushed into repeating this story with the European Union.

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Russian Foreign Ministry: No Alternative to Russia-China Plan for N Korea Issue

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:27:00 +0300

The meeting held in Vancouver on the DPRK did not offer an alternative to the document of Russia and China, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its official website.

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#MeToo 'Trivializes And Blurs' Rape With Flirtation – Academic

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:22:00 +0300

Most recently, the French movie star Catherine Deneuve has made vocal her apology to sex assault victims who got offended after the actress slammed the #MeToo movement. Sputnik discussed the harmful side of the activist group with Dr Joanna Williams, academic and author of Women Versus Feminism: Why we all need liberating from the Gender Wars.

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School Used by Daesh as Prison Reopens in Syrian Village

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:09:00 +0300

DEIR EZ-ZOR (Sputnik) - A school in a Syrian village that was once used by militants of the Deash terrorist group as a prison has reopened amid the ongoing efforts of the Russian military and Syrian government to restore infrastructure in the east of the Deir ez-Zor province.

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White Hell as Arctic Blast Brings Scotland to a Shuddering Halt as More Forecast

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:02:00 +0300

Hundreds of motorists were forced to sleep in their vehicles as a 'snow bomb' and freezing temperatures brought Scotland to a standstill as the country prepared itself for yet another Arctic storm blast.

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Scottish Conservative Leader Calls for Greater Devolution After Brexit

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:01:00 +0300

Ruth Davidson has previously campaigned vigorously against any re-run of the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum.

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Mediterranean Masterpiece: Tartus Bas-Relief Pays Tribute to Syrian War Hero

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:50:00 +0300

Commenting on a bas-relief he created in the western province of Tartus, Syrian sculptor Alaa Ali Muhammed told Sputnik that it took him at least five months to complete what is now believed to be the largest sculpture of its kind in the Arab world.

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Dirty Dreidel Game: Top Jewish Dating Site Launches Yenta Programmers Ad

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:35:22 +0300

A prominent Jewish dating website has launched a creative ad campaign which combines old cultural tidbits and modern high-tech trends into a single humorous and enticing package.

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European Commission President Says Brussels Wants UK to Stay in Bloc

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:30:53 +0300

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday that Brussels would like the United Kingdom to remain a part of the bloc, calling the country's withdrawal from the European Union "a catastrophe."

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Martin Luther King Opposed Everything Liberal America Represents

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:15:00 +0300

There is nothing quite so nauseating as liberal America associating itself with the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr., a man who stood against everything it stands for and represents, such as cozying up to Wall Street and the rich at home while unleashing war without end overseas.

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Divers Discover the Longest Underwater Cave on the Planet (VIDEO)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:02:26 +0300

What was previously considered two separate caverns has actually turned out to be one gigantic cave system, which could help shed the light on the ancient Mayan civilization.

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Catalan Pro-Independence Parties See Only Puigdemont as Region's President

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:02:00 +0300

MADRID (Sputnik) – Catalonia's pro-independence parties do not consider any candidates for the leadership of the autonomous region, other than the government's former head Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain after Madrid imposed direct rule over the region, Sergi Sabria, a member of the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) party said Wednesday.

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Screaming Belarussian Tennis Player Taunted by Australian Crowd (VIDEOS)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:56:24 +0300

The crowd at the 2018 Australian Open showed no mercy on Aryna Sabalenka as they ruthlessly mimicked loud grunts of the hard-hitting teen player during her match on Tuesday night.

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Trump’s Art of the Cheat

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:41:57 +0300

Donald Trump officially became the 45th US president exactly a year ago this weekend following his inauguration ceremony. During his inaugural address, he promised to “make America great again” and to give power back to the ordinary “forgotten people” of his country.

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India-China Bonhomie is Back on Track - Indian Army Chief

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:40:00 +0300

India and China have resumed holding Border Personnel Meetings to diffuse any kind of military tension that could occur at certain sections of the approximately 3,500 km-long border.

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German Courts Reportedly Reject Plea of 96-Year-Old 'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:20:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – German prosecutors of the state of Lower Saxony rejected Wednesday the clemency plea filed by 96-year old Oskar Groening, known as the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz," who had been sentenced to four years in prison for World War II-period crimes, local media reported, citing the prosecutor's office.

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'I Know US Military Took Kids From Large Number of Families in Incirlik' – Local

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:09:00 +0300

Commenting on Turkish children allegedly being sold to US soldiers based at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey in an interview with Sputnik, local resident Mahmut Acar confirmed the reports, suggesting that the goal could be to convert the kids to Christianity and use them against Ankara.

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Bitcoin Trap: Cryptocurrencies May Trigger New Crunch

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:08:14 +0300

Despite a spectacular surge in the price of bitcoin in 2017, which culminated in late December when it hit a whopping peak of $US19,783 before rapidly losing value, there seems to be evidence that the absence of regulation in the field could bring about a new economic crisis.

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Who Was Winston Churchill?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:58:00 +0300

On this week's Hard Facts John sits down with historian Geoffrey Roberts, to evaluate the legacy of arguably Britain's most revered statesman, Sir Winston Churchill.

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Welcome to the Rollercoaster

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:48:00 +0300

Bitcoin's triumphant ascendance came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday, January 17, after its price plummeted amid disturbing rumors about government regulation coming from the Far East.

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UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees Asks for Support Amid US Funding Cut

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:45:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has called the US decision to cut financing for its activities a "formidable challenge" and asked partners for support, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Kraehenbuehl said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Seoul, Pyongyang to Form Joint Women's Hockey Team at 2018 Olympics - Reports

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:41:00 +0300

South Korea and North Korea have agreed that their athletes will march together under a "unified Korea" flag at the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Yonhap News Agency reports.

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Over 20 US States Reportedly File Lawsuits Over Net Neutrality Repeal

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:38:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - More than 20 US states and several non-governmental organizations have filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over its December repeal of net neutrality rules, which regulate access to the Internet for consumers and businesses, the Washington Post newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Roger Torrent Elected New President of Catalan Parliament

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:36:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Roger Torrent of the Republican Left of Catalonia party (ERC) became on Wednesday the new president of the Catalan parliament, the parliament said.

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Four Persons Gored to Death in Southern India’s Bull-Taming Festival

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:35:00 +0300

During the festival most popularly known as ‘Jallikattu’, a rampaging bull is released into a crowd. The brave among them attemps to grab the bull's hump and ride it for as long as possible, attempting to bring it to a stop. Bulls are bred specifically by people of the village for the event.

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UAE to Give Measured Response to Qatar for Alleged Interception of Planes

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:30:00 +0300

DUBAI (Sputnik) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will provide a "measured, legitimate" response to an incident which involved UAE civil planes allegedly being intercepted by Qatari fighters, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Wednesday.

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Sweden Reissues Millions of Cold War Pamphlets to Tutor Locals in Civil Defense

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:28:00 +0300

After an almost 30-year hiatus, Sweden is reissuing a Cold War-era pamphlet amid mounting security concerns. In a bid to boost the nation's preparedness for war, the updated pamphlet will be delivered to all households in the Nordic country of ten million.

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India Fast Tracks Purchase of Assault Rifles & Carbines Worth $554 Mln

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:24:00 +0300

The new weapons purchase has been approved by India's Defense Acquisition Council after an earlier contract with Galil Ace of Israeli Weapon Industry (IWI) was called off last year.

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Three Killed as Military Training Plane Crashes in Turkey - Reports

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:26:00 +0300

The rescue teams have found the wreckage of the Turkish Air Force's CASA CN-235 aircraft that crashed in the southern province of Isparta on Wednesday, the Daily Sabah reported, citing the local governor.

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The Progress is Coming! Can Sex Robots Have Orgasms?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:12:00 +0300

Sex robots are becoming increasingly popular around the world, and one cyber visionary even claims that the machines will one day become capable of having orgasms and giving birth.

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Dancing Northern Lights in Russia's Arctic Port of Murmansk

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:05:00 +0300

Take a glimpse of the magnificent green, yellow and turquoise colors flashing in the sky above the county’s Extreme North region.

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Bitcoin Falls to $10,000 on Bitstamp Exchange for First Time Since December

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:57:00 +0300

The first decentralized digital currency lost on Wednesday almost a half of its highest value that it reached in December.

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'Elevated Risk' of Islamist Terror, as Jihadis 'Operate Freely' in Sweden

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:54:00 +0300

Sweden's Security Service has warned of a risk of a new Islamist terrorist attack in the country in 2018. Despite repeated warnings from the nation's leading terror expert of jihadists operating freely, Stockholm's anti-terror preparations have mostly revolved around concrete lions serving as roadblocks.

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Anti-CCTV Glasses 'Give Us The Option of Autonomy,' Creator Tells Sputnik

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:52:00 +0300

There are approximately 245 million surveillance cameras operating around the globe, London is the most watched city in the world while people living in Chicago are the most spied on in the United States.

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Russia Vows to Reciprocate After Publication of Magnitsky List in Lithuania

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:51:00 +0300

The Department of Migration of Lithuania published the so-called "Magnitsky List" on Monday, which included the names of 49 Russians who were banned from entering the Baltic country, including Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

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Humanity Will Leave Earth by 2400, But Perhaps for Brave New World - Research

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:43:00 +0300

Although fossil fuel pollution and nuclear fallout are seen as blights upon our planet, these features might be plausible indicators of the existence of life-compatible locations beyond our solar system.

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Inf-llama-ble! Mythical 'Fire-Breathing' Alpaca Caught on Camera

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:36:00 +0300

Aron Shultz, the owner of Rusty Stars Alpaca Farm in Winterset, Iowa, US, captured the incredible sight of one of his animals exhaling what appears to be fire flames.

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Second EU Referendum in UK Would Yield Same Results - Economist

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:21:00 +0300

A recent Bostock Marketing Group poll revealed that 57 percent of UK citizens support the idea of a second referendum. The results come as Prime Minister Theresa May continues in her efforts to negotiate a deal with the EU. Dr. Richard Wellings, Deputy Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, a UK think tank, spoke to Sputnik.

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Guard Warns French Prisons 'Don't Have Resources' to Deal With Jihadist Inmates

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:03:00 +0300

Prison guards from penal institutions across France spilled into the streets this week in protests following last week's stabbing attack against guards at the Vendin-le-Vieil Prison by an ex al-Qaeda inmate. Sputnik spoke to a guard union representative from the Fleury-Merogis Prison to get to the bottom of the protesters' demands.

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French Bayeux Tapestry to Be Loaned to UK for First Time in 950 Years - Reports

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:56:00 +0300

The upcoming loan of the 11th-century artwork, which tells the story of the Norman conquest of England, is believed to symbolize the strength of the relations between France and the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote.

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Embarrassing Facts About the CIA Weapons Program for Syrian Rebels

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:52:00 +0300

While Syrian rebel groups hell-bent on overthrowing the legitimate government of Bashar Assad entreat Washington to send them more weapons via the previously cancelled CIA program, Sputnik looks into the facts that led to its shutdown in the first place.

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Syria's Opposition Group Condemns US Plans to Form Border Force in Syria

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:49:55 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces on Wednesday condemned the US-led coalition's plans to set up a special force to ensure security on the Syrian border and rejected any justifications of the project.

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Conmen Dupe Indians by Luring Them Into Investing in Non-Existent Crypto Coins

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:32:00 +0300

An initial investigation by the Delhi police has revealed that different gangs of fraudsters organize extravagant seminars in order to lure people into invest in local crypto-currencies, claiming that they will be 'the next Bitcoin'.

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Russia Has Evidence to Disprove WADA Informant's Claims on Doping Samples - RIC

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:25:00 +0300

Doping tests of Russian athletes during the Olympic Games in Sochi were transmitted during the day, rather than at night, when they were allegedly replaced, as the WADA informant, ex-head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov claims, said Svetlana Petrenko, the spokesperson of the Investigative Committee of Russia.

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Two Teens Behind Knife Fight in School in Russia's Perm Charged

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:04:48 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Two minors who perpetrated a knife fight in a school in the Russian city of Perm were charged with attempted murder of two or more persons, Russian Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said on Wednesday.

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US Senators Ask Gov't to Explain Lack of Foreign Agent Status for Chinese Media

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:02:00 +0300

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Several US senators have called on the US Department of Justice to explain why Beijing-controlled media outlets operating in the United States has not been asked to register as "foreign agents," unlike Russia's RT and Sputnik broadcasters, according to the open letter on the website of Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

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British PM May's Appointment of Minister for Loneliness Sets Twitter on Fire

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:59:00 +0300

A Minister for Loneliness has been appointed by British Prime Minister Theresa May, in an attempt to resolve a problem facing at least nine million people in the UK.

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