Russia Building World’s ‘Most Powerful Fleet of Icebreakers,’ Putin Says as Race for Arctic Heats Up

Moscow is building “the most powerful fleet of icebreakers in the world,” and will continue its research activities in the Arctic no matter what other international problems Russia and the planet face, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. “Notwithstanding all the difficulties which we are experiencing today in the international arena, research in the Arctic, … Continue reading “Russia Building World’s ‘Most Powerful Fleet of Icebreakers,’ Putin Says as Race for Arctic Heats Up”

Putin completes his vaccination against COVID-19

20.11.2002 12:54 (Updated: 14.04.2021 13:44) Russian President Vladimir Putin has had his second jab of coronavirus vaccine, TASS reports. “I hope that everything will be fine. Not even that I hope, but I am sure of it. And I wish you the same. I presume that you, taking care of yourself and your […] The … Continue reading “Putin completes his vaccination against COVID-19”

Africa’s Best Corporate-Startup Collaboration Accelerator, Startupbootcamp AfriTech, Now Open for Applications from the Most Disruptive Startups

DUBAI–(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)– Technology sectors such as FinTech, InsureTech, AgriTech, eCommerce, HealthTech, and CleanTech are not only solving some of Africa’s most pressing problems, but also contributing significantly to the continent’s economy. In fact, the so-called Internet economy is set to reach 5.2% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025, contributing about $180-billion to the African … Continue reading “Africa’s Best Corporate-Startup Collaboration Accelerator, Startupbootcamp AfriTech, Now Open for Applications from the Most Disruptive Startups”

Agthia Embarks on Transformational Journey with its Strategy to Become an F&B Leader by 2025

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates [ AETOS Wire ] Agthia Group PJSC revealed its long-term strategy to become an F&B leader in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAP) region and beyond by 2025. The strategy is built on three strategic pillars (growth, efficiency and capability) and is designed to extend the Group’s market … Continue reading “Agthia Embarks on Transformational Journey with its Strategy to Become an F&B Leader by 2025”

The Health Bank (THB) launches Diabetes Management Program on World Health Day

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 13 2021 – (AETOSWire): Following a successful pilot programme earlier this year, The health bank (THB) has announced the launch of Diabetes Connected Care programme. The programme, available to all individuals in the UAE living with a Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis, supports the day-to-day management of diabetes, and related complications. … Continue reading “The Health Bank (THB) launches Diabetes Management Program on World Health Day”

Annual Report 2020: Milestone Systems Delivers Successful Result in a Challenging Year

Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, (AETOSWire): With a solid COVID-19 continuity plan, a strong focus on people retention and new ways of collaborating with partners, Milestone Systems achieved a net revenue of DKK 1 billion in 2020. Milestone’s net revenue amounted to DKK 1 billion (AED 586 Million) in 2020, a decrease of 1% compared with … Continue reading “Annual Report 2020: Milestone Systems Delivers Successful Result in a Challenging Year”

Looters in Minnesota’s Brooklyn Center Rob Black Saleswoman of Her Sole Job

The reply left her in numb desperation. “Oh no! We were looted,” Tracy said. On Sunday, marauding gangs ransacked the apparel outlet together with dozens of neighboring businesses in the commercial area of Brooklyn Center under the guise of protests against the police shooting of 20-year-old local Black resident Daunte Wright. For Tracy, it may … Continue reading “Looters in Minnesota’s Brooklyn Center Rob Black Saleswoman of Her Sole Job”

Russia to Use Other Opportunities if Disconnected From SWIFT, Deputy Foreign Minister Says

“We are not abandoning SWIFT yet, but if we are denied SWIFT, we will use [other systems],” Pankin said. He said the issue of possible partners in case of developing an alternative to SWIFT was not being discussed yet. Earlier, Pankin said in an interview with Sputnik that Russia did not rule out the formation … Continue reading “Russia to Use Other Opportunities if Disconnected From SWIFT, Deputy Foreign Minister Says”

Protesters in Paris Slam France’s Law on Prostitution – Photos

Opponents of France’s 2016 Prostitution Law, which penalises sex workers’ customers, have protested in the vicinity of Les Invalides in Paris. Demonstrators argue that the law, designed to protect prostitutes, has led to a drop in sex workers’ income as prospective customers are “afraid” to purchase their services. One of the rally’s participants even complained … Continue reading “Protesters in Paris Slam France’s Law on Prostitution – Photos”

Families of Late Daunte Wright, George Floyd Speak to Press as New Wave of Riots Hit US Cities

Sputnik is live from Minneapolis, US where the families of the late George Floyd and Daunte Wright are speaking with local media following yet another wave of violent protests in the city, which was incited by the fatal shooting of the latter.  Following the protests, a curfew was imposed by city officials until early on … Continue reading “Families of Late Daunte Wright, George Floyd Speak to Press as New Wave of Riots Hit US Cities”

Moscow admits Russia could be disconnected from international payment systems

07.04.2003 11:04 (Updated: 13.04.2021 13:37) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia saw the need to switch to national or alternative currencies in settlements with other states to get rid of the US dollar peg. Russia is also working to abandon Western payment systems, Lavrov said in an interview with IRNA agency. […] The … Continue reading “Moscow admits Russia could be disconnected from international payment systems”

Kremlin Debunks Media Claims Putin’s Annual Address Prepared in ‘Secret Bunker’

Earlier in the day, Bloomberg reported that the work on Putin’s address, which is scheduled to be delivered on 21 April, is being kept so secret, that it is being done in a high-tech basement war room across the Moscow River from Russia’s government headquarters, which is allegedly known among insiders as “the bunker.” “As … Continue reading “Kremlin Debunks Media Claims Putin’s Annual Address Prepared in ‘Secret Bunker’”

Iranian State Media Reports Israeli Ship Targeted by Missile Off UAE’s Coast

  اخبار غیررسمی از هدف قرار گرفتن یک #کشتی_اسرائیلی در نزدیکی سواحل امارات برخی خبرها از هدف قرار گرفتن یک کشتی رژیم صهیونیستی در نزدیکی بندر الفجیره امارات حکایت می‌کند pic.twitter.com/VOmSgAyNVv — خبرگزاری تسنیم 🇮🇷 (@Tasnimnews_Fa) April 13, 2021 ​ DETAILS TO FOLLOW © Sputnik Sputnik News South Africa Today – World News – Middle … Continue reading “Iranian State Media Reports Israeli Ship Targeted by Missile Off UAE’s Coast”

Russia punishes Turkey for Erdogan’s meeting with Ukraine’s Zelensky

According to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR), the decision to limit flights to Turkey means the closure of the most popular tourist destination among Russian tourists. The decision of the Russian authorities will lead to a large number of postponed tours and deal a huge blow to the tourist industry. According to … Continue reading “Russia punishes Turkey for Erdogan’s meeting with Ukraine’s Zelensky”

Lavrov Says Berlin Should Provide Info on Navalny Before Asking Questions About Ukraine

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer recently said Russia should provide an explanation of its troop movement. “We would like them to respect the Russian Federation’s right to conduct events on its territory. As for the German side, it still hasn’t told us anything about the health condition of Navalny,” Lavrov said at a press conference … Continue reading “Lavrov Says Berlin Should Provide Info on Navalny Before Asking Questions About Ukraine”

Turkish Court Orders Release of 10 Retired Admirals Who Signed Montreux Convention Letter – Reports

An Ankara court has ordered the release of ten retired Turkish admirals who were detained earlier this month for signing a declaration in defense of the Montreux convention, NTV reports. The ten admirals are being released on a signature bond, NTV said on Tuesday. Earlier, lawyer Celal Ulgen told Sputnik that the Ankara Chief Public … Continue reading “Turkish Court Orders Release of 10 Retired Admirals Who Signed Montreux Convention Letter – Reports”

Zelensky Has Not Recently Requested Talks With Putin, Kremlin Says

“No, I have not seen any requests in the past few days,” Peskov told reporters. “We hope that political wisdom will prevail in Kiev, things will not take a serious turn, and provocative actions will die down … As for reducing tensions and preventing a potential war, Vladimir Putin always has something to say,” Peskov … Continue reading “Zelensky Has Not Recently Requested Talks With Putin, Kremlin Says”

Lavrov: US Unwilling to Abandon ‘Flawed Course’ Toward Global Dominance

“The main problem, as we see it, is Washington’s persistent unwillingness to abandon its flawed course towards upholding the US’s global dominance, which was adopted in the early 1990’s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today, it is obvious to everyone that such a policy is entirely counterproductive, particularly given that the objective process … Continue reading “Lavrov: US Unwilling to Abandon ‘Flawed Course’ Toward Global Dominance”

Gunman kills Russian thief-in-law at Moscow gym

04.03.2003 04:44 (Updated: 12.04.2021 19:42) Thief-in-law Ali Heydarov (aka Albert Ryzhiy) was shot dead in a Moscow gym on April 12 in the afternoon. The assassin brought a weapon into the building and shot the man in the back. It is assumed that there were two gunshots. The footage from CCTV cameras shows people running … Continue reading “Gunman kills Russian thief-in-law at Moscow gym”

Kremlin Casts Doubts on NYT Report on Russia’s ‘Hidden’ COVID-19 Death Toll

The prominent US daily on Saturday published a long-read analysis, in which the author claimed that the mortality rate in Russia during the pandemic was much higher than officially disclosed and even greater than in the United States and most European countries. According to the newspaper, Russia has undercounted some 300,000 deaths. The newspaper used … Continue reading “Kremlin Casts Doubts on NYT Report on Russia’s ‘Hidden’ COVID-19 Death Toll”

Taiwan Says 25 Chinese Air Force Planes Entered Its Air Defence Identification Zone on Monday

Taiwan’s defence ministry said that 25 Chinese Air Force airplanes entered its air defence identification zone on Monday. DETAILS TO FOLLOW © Sputnik Sputnik News South Africa Today – World News – Asia and Pacific The post Taiwan Says 25 Chinese Air Force Planes Entered Its Air Defence Identification Zone on Monday appeared first on … Continue reading “Taiwan Says 25 Chinese Air Force Planes Entered Its Air Defence Identification Zone on Monday”

Rogozin: Roscosmos Has Lost Several Contracts for Satellite Launches Due to ‘Mean US Sanctions’

“I am aware of several similar situations when the customers would like to use our rockets but were forced to refuse because of the mean US sanctions. This happens if the spacecraft has some components made in USA,” Rogozin explained. Last year, the US slapped sanctions on Russia’s Progress Rocket Space Center that produces Soyuz … Continue reading “Rogozin: Roscosmos Has Lost Several Contracts for Satellite Launches Due to ‘Mean US Sanctions’”

Rogozin: Roscosmos Has Lost Several Contracts for Satellite Launches Due to ‘Mean US Sanctions’

“I am aware of several similar situations when the customers would like to use our rockets but were forced to refuse because of the mean US sanctions. This happens if the spacecraft has some components made in USA,” Rogozin explained. Last year, the US slapped sanctions on Russia’s Progress Rocket Space Center that produces Soyuz … Continue reading “Rogozin: Roscosmos Has Lost Several Contracts for Satellite Launches Due to ‘Mean US Sanctions’”

Russia Calls for Talks on Binding Treaty to Prohibit Weapons in Space – Lavrov

The anniversary of the first Soviet cosmonaut’s flight, marking the beginning of humanity’s space era, is celebrated every year in Russia as Cosmonautics Day on April 12. On the same day, the world marks the International Day of Human Space Flight. “We consistently believe that only a guaranteed prevention of an arms race in space … Continue reading “Russia Calls for Talks on Binding Treaty to Prohibit Weapons in Space – Lavrov”

It’s Time to Stop Talking About Defunding US Police, Start Funding It in Much Better Way, Prof Says

Having shifted funds from police departments, cities such as Austin, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, and Portland saw an uptick in crimes last year, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson reported earlier this month. Although some funding cuts were already planned as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nationwide protests over the death of an African American man, George Floyd, in … Continue reading “It’s Time to Stop Talking About Defunding US Police, Start Funding It in Much Better Way, Prof Says”

Kremlin: President Putin to Focus on Support Measures for Post-COVID Development in Annual Address

According to Peskov, Russia is still trying to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, and it is unclear how long this period will last. He stressed that it is necessary to get out of the crisis and “compensate for the downfall that took place”. “We need not just to compensate, but to move toward development. Obviously, … Continue reading “Kremlin: President Putin to Focus on Support Measures for Post-COVID Development in Annual Address”

Kremlin: France, Germany Must be Bewildered by Claims Minsk Accords are ‘Useless’

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has slammed the attempts by Ukrainian officials to label the Minsk Accords “useless” in their speeches, suggesting that such statements are met with bewilderment not just in the Kremlin, but also by Ukraine’s European allies. “When we hear ever more often Kiev making claims that the measures devised under the … Continue reading “Kremlin: France, Germany Must be Bewildered by Claims Minsk Accords are ‘Useless’”

Calm Night in Belfast With No Clashes With Police Observed on Saturday Evening

On Friday, loyalists announced that protests against post-Brexit arrangements were being halted amid mourning for Prince Philip. The day before, over a dozen police officers were injured during clashes with rioters in Belfast. Protesters threw rocks and bottles at police and burned a bus. Late on Saturday, teenagers gathered in the same area in Belfast, … Continue reading “Calm Night in Belfast With No Clashes With Police Observed on Saturday Evening”

Russia Urges US to Take More Responsible Approach on Ukraine Instead of Escalating Situation

“We can only urge Washington to take a more responsible approach to this serious issue, not to escalate tensions, and, as a priority, to ensure a more responsible attitude to issues related to certain information exchanges between our capitals”, Ryabkov said. On Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States remained in contact … Continue reading “Russia Urges US to Take More Responsible Approach on Ukraine Instead of Escalating Situation”

Anti-Lockdown Protest Takes Place in Vienna

Sputnik is live from Vienna, Austria, where people are taking to the streets to protest against the extension of a government-imposed lockdown and curfew aimed at curbing the spread of a new COVID-19 variant and rising rates of coronavirus infections. Parts of Austria entered lockdown at the beginning of April to curb the spread of the coronavirus before Easter … Continue reading “Anti-Lockdown Protest Takes Place in Vienna”

Russian MiG-31 Fighter Jet Intercepts US Aircraft Over Pacific – Video

“To identify the air target and prevent violation of the Russian state border, a MiG-31 fighter from the air defence forces of the Eastern Military District was scrambled into the air. The crew of the Russian fighter identified the air target as a strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 of the US Air Force and escorted it … Continue reading “Russian MiG-31 Fighter Jet Intercepts US Aircraft Over Pacific – Video”

Soyuz MS-18 Spacecraft Yuri Gagarin With ISS Expedition 65 Onboard Reaches Earth Orbit

The Soyuz MS-18 Yuri Gagarin has successfully reached Earth orbit, setting its course for the International Space Station. The spaceship was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan earlier this day, with the ISS Expedition 65 aboard. The crew includes two Russian cosmonauts – commander Oleg Novitskiy and flight engineer Pyotr Dubrov, as well as … Continue reading “Soyuz MS-18 Spacecraft Yuri Gagarin With ISS Expedition 65 Onboard Reaches Earth Orbit”

Moscow Says US Military Activities Contribute to Escalation in Arctic Region

“Russia does not do anything in the Arctic that would contradict international law or pose a threat to other countries. If we talk about possible sources of the escalating regional tensions, it would be logical to say that this is the military activity of the US and its allies in the Arctic, which is accompanied … Continue reading “Moscow Says US Military Activities Contribute to Escalation in Arctic Region”

Putin expresses deep condolences in connection with the death of Prince Philip

29.03.2003 09:01 (Updated: 09.04.2021 16:45) President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, expressing expressed deep condolences in connection with the death of her husband, Prince Philip, RIA Novosti reports on Friday, April 9. “Many important events in modern history of your country are associated with the name […] The … Continue reading “Putin expresses deep condolences in connection with the death of Prince Philip”

‘Protecting Historical Truth’: Russia Declassifies Archival Documents About Nazis’ Atrocities

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has declassified a wide range of documents testifying to the atrocities committed by Wehrmacht soldiers, the civilian personnel of Nazi Germany and their accomplices in concentration and POW camps, as well as within occupied territories. The archival documents and photographs were published earlier this week in a section of … Continue reading “‘Protecting Historical Truth’: Russia Declassifies Archival Documents About Nazis’ Atrocities”

Deliveries of Sputnik V May Contribute to Germany’s Vaccination Campaign, Minister Says

“The crucial question for me is whether there will be something in the second and third quarter, because then it would contribute to this vaccination campaign. The prerequisite is therefore registration and sufficient quantities [for deliveries]. And we can conclude a contract, as it was in other cases if there is registration [of the vaccine]”, … Continue reading “Deliveries of Sputnik V May Contribute to Germany’s Vaccination Campaign, Minister Says”

Russian Health Ministry Authorises Clinical Trials of EpiVacCorona-N Vaccine

“An open study of the safety, tolerability, reactogenicity and immunising power of the EpiVacCorona-N peptide antigen-based vaccine for preventing COVID, involving volunteers aged 18-60 (phase 1-2),” the register read. The trials started on April 8 and are set to end on September 30. The EpiVacCorona vaccine, developed by the Vector State Research Centre of Virology … Continue reading “Russian Health Ministry Authorises Clinical Trials of EpiVacCorona-N Vaccine”

Video: Evacuations Begin on Caribbean Island of St. Vincent Amid Imminent Volcano Eruption

Ralph Gonsalves. Prime Minster of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, declared a red alert on Thursday and ordered an evacuation of large parts of St. Vincent, the country’s largest island ahead of an imminent explosive eruption. St. Vincent’s National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) warned on Twitter on Thursday of a “substantial prospect of disaster” and quoting … Continue reading “Video: Evacuations Begin on Caribbean Island of St. Vincent Amid Imminent Volcano Eruption”

Russia’s Vector is Working on Intranasal COVID-19 Vaccine

“Yes, we have started developing a vaccine in the form of drops, an intranasal vaccine. The composition of the main active component of the vaccine will remain unchanged [same as that of the EpiVacCorona vaccine],” Maksyutov said. The vaccine will help develop immunity in the nasal mucous membranes, which can be described as the “entrance … Continue reading “Russia’s Vector is Working on Intranasal COVID-19 Vaccine”

Italian Prime Minister Draghi Calls Turkish President Erdogan a ‘Dictator’

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has dubbed Turkish President a “dictator”, when asked about Ursula von der Leyen’s “humiliation” at the negotiations in Ankara earlier this week. “I absolutely do not agree with Erdogan’s behaviour towards President von der Leyen … I think it was not appropriate behaviour and I was very sorry for the … Continue reading “Italian Prime Minister Draghi Calls Turkish President Erdogan a ‘Dictator’”

USA’s policy towards Russia is dead-locked and dumb, Russian FM says

25.02.2003 10:04 (Updated: 08.04.2021 13:56) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Washington’s line of policy in relation to Moscow was dumb.  Following the results of negotiations with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Mukhtar Tleuberdi, Sergei Lavrov said: “Even such a pro-Washington structure as the Atlantic Council publishes materials that criticize […] The … Continue reading “USA’s policy towards Russia is dead-locked and dumb, Russian FM says”

Kremlin on Diplomats’ Potential Expulsion From US: We’re Ready for Worst-Case Scenarios

“You see, the hostility and unpredictability of the US side’s actions in general obligate us to be prepared for the worst scenarios. When your interlocutor is quite aggressive and unpredictable, you are naturally mobilised all the time. In general, it seems the number of your questions about Russian-US relations largely exceeds the volume of these … Continue reading “Kremlin on Diplomats’ Potential Expulsion From US: We’re Ready for Worst-Case Scenarios”

Russia Received No Official Notification From US Regarding Open Skies Treaty, FM Lavrov Says

“As for the Open Skies Treaty, I have not seen this note, no one has written anything to us, although we have officially warned everyone through diplomatic notes that we are launching the procedure for withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty, as we are not given guarantees that Europeans will not disclose data that they … Continue reading “Russia Received No Official Notification From US Regarding Open Skies Treaty, FM Lavrov Says”

USA develops biological weapons near Russian and Chinese borders

08.01.2003 07:24 (Updated: 07.04.2021 20:57) Russia has every reason to believe that US-controlled biological laboratories that appear around the world work to develop biological weapons, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.  According to Patrushev, such laboratories appear near the borders of Russia and China.  “Let me […] The … Continue reading “USA develops biological weapons near Russian and Chinese borders”

Austria May Independently Approve Sputnik V Vaccine If EU Approval Drags on, Kurz Says

All procedures in the EMA take a very long time, which is why Europe lags behind the UK and the US in terms of vaccination, he noted. “Of course, there is the possibility of doing this at the national level if it takes too long on the European one. There are countries in Europe that … Continue reading “Austria May Independently Approve Sputnik V Vaccine If EU Approval Drags on, Kurz Says”

Big Mac Attacked: Group Wants Huge Warning Labels on Fast Food Sold in Russia

Irina Volynets, founder of the National Parents Committee social movement, has proposed new regulations which would force fast food companies to apply health warning labels to their products, and provide detailed ingredient information. In a letter addressed to the health minister, the chief of Russia’s federal consumer protection agency, and the Duma’s health protection committee, … Continue reading “Big Mac Attacked: Group Wants Huge Warning Labels on Fast Food Sold in Russia”

One Month Countdown to Close of Zayed Sustainability Prize 2022 Submissions

Global prize fund of US$3 million to amplify impact of winners in Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools categories Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 7 April 2021: With one month to go until the 6th of May submissions deadline, the Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s pioneering global award for rewarding impact, innovation, and … Continue reading “One Month Countdown to Close of Zayed Sustainability Prize 2022 Submissions”

Technology Innovation Institute Appoints Globally-Renowned Experts to Board of Advisors at Autonomous Robotics Research Centre

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 7 April 2021: Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), today announced the appointment of leading international experts to the Board of Advisors at its Autonomous Robotics Research Centre (ARRC). The appointments follow a series of rapid announcements at Technology Innovation … Continue reading “Technology Innovation Institute Appoints Globally-Renowned Experts to Board of Advisors at Autonomous Robotics Research Centre”