Kremlin Spokesman Criticises Political Scientists for Always Making Putin ‘Retired’

“I always want to ask fellow political scientists: why do you always retire Putin? Putin is at the beginning of his presidential term; he is not going anywhere. He is the president of the Russian Federation, and I reiterate, at the beginning of the electoral term,” Peskov said, when asked to comment on a report … Continue reading “Kremlin Spokesman Criticises Political Scientists for Always Making Putin ‘Retired’”

5.1-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Xinjiang – China Earthquake Networks Centre

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter’s scale hit Kashgar Prefecture in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region at 11:39 pm local time, the China Earthquake Networks Centre reported. 【新疆伽師5.1級地震】中國地震台網正式測定:2月21日23時39分在新疆喀什地區伽師縣(北緯39.87度,東經77.47度)發生5.1級地震,震源深度10千米。 pic.twitter.com/nXwHiuucaj — 人民日報 People’s Daily (@PDChinese) February 21, 2020 There have been no reports of any casualties or damage caused by the tremor.​ A month … Continue reading “5.1-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Xinjiang – China Earthquake Networks Centre”

Russian Female Arrested in Spain, Possibly at US Request – Russian Foreign Ministry

A Russian female has been arrested in Spain, possibly following a request by the United States, and the Russian Embassy in Spain will do everything possible to provide assistance to her, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. According to the ministry, the Spanish police detained Krasilova, who had arrived in the country for a … Continue reading “Russian Female Arrested in Spain, Possibly at US Request – Russian Foreign Ministry”

Funds Investing in Russia Saw Net Inflow of $190Mln From February 13-19 – Fund Research

According to EPFR, which monitors the money flows of investment funds, the funds specialising exclusively in the Russian market attracted $70 million, the same as in the previous week. Investors are willing to invest in emerging markets bonds, while inflows into funds investing in emerging markets equity have stalled, BCS Global Markets said in a … Continue reading “Funds Investing in Russia Saw Net Inflow of $190Mln From February 13-19 – Fund Research”

Modi Has Taken Calculated Risk that President Trump Will Get Second Term – Ex-Media Adviser to PM

With US President Donald Trump’s visit to India, both the countries are expecting to revive their strained relations. With over 1.2 million Indian-Americans expected to vote in the upcoming US elections, the visit is also being viewed as an opportunity for Trump to woo his voter base ahead of the elections later this year. While … Continue reading “Modi Has Taken Calculated Risk that President Trump Will Get Second Term – Ex-Media Adviser to PM”

Three in Four Poles Know Soviet Troops Liberated Auschwitz, New Poll Shows

Nearly three in four people in Poland know it was the Red Army that liberated Auschwitz and about two in three are grateful to Soviet troops for freeing the country from the Nazis, a new survey has found. According to a poll of 1,000 respondents, conducted for Sputnik this month by France’s oldest polling institute, … Continue reading “Three in Four Poles Know Soviet Troops Liberated Auschwitz, New Poll Shows”

Bernie May Win Nevada But South Carolina Race Appears to be Between Biden and Steyer – US Politician

The 2020 Nevada caucus was preceded by a tough Wednesday debate between Democratic hopefuls, dubbed by some media “the most brutal yet” as billionaire Michael Bloomberg found himself caught in the cross hairs of his rivals. Senator Elizabeth Warren kicked off the debate by castigating the former New York City mayor for calling women “fat … Continue reading “Bernie May Win Nevada But South Carolina Race Appears to be Between Biden and Steyer – US Politician”

China’s Vice Technology Minister Says Coronavirus Vaccine Submitted for Clinical Trials in April

Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping said in a press conference on Friday that the vaccine for coronavirus will be submitted for clinical trials as soon as late April, China News reported. “In terms of vaccine research and development, multiple routes are deployed in parallel to advance research and development. The fastest vaccine is … Continue reading “China’s Vice Technology Minister Says Coronavirus Vaccine Submitted for Clinical Trials in April”

‘Pathetic’ for Ankara to Seek US Missiles After ‘Sobering’ Russian Strikes – Former Envoy to Syria

Peter Ford, the former UK Ambassador to Syria, joined Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear on Thursday to discuss the recent fighting between Turkish and Syrian troops in Idlib and provide his opinion on the current humanitarian crisis in the region. Ford told hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou that actions taken Thursday by the Russian … Continue reading “‘Pathetic’ for Ankara to Seek US Missiles After ‘Sobering’ Russian Strikes – Former Envoy to Syria”

Two German Tourists Killed by Avalanche on Svalbard

Both Germans were traveling in a tourist group that was provided with services of Russian Grumant Arctic Travel Company, the Norwegian authorities said on Thursday. The incident took place 15-20 kilometres (9-12 miles) south of the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. A helicopter with rescuers has been sent to the site. Svalbard is an archipelago in … Continue reading “Two German Tourists Killed by Avalanche on Svalbard”

Scientist Urges Visitors To Ignore ‘Speculation’ Over Radiation Reports Near Moscow Airport

A British newspaper has warned people to avoid one of Moscow’s main airports because of a radiation scare but the chairman of the Russian Scientific Commission on Radiological Protection has said there is no danger. The Independent reported radiation had been reported in emissions from a disused metallurgical factory in a Moscow suburb three miles from Domodedovo airport, one … Continue reading “Scientist Urges Visitors To Ignore ‘Speculation’ Over Radiation Reports Near Moscow Airport”

Russian Su-24 Planes Strike Pro-Turkish Terrorists, Allowing Syrian Army to Repel Attacks

Russian Su-24 aircraft have conducted airstrikes against pro-Turkish terrorists, which allowed the Syrian troops to repel all attacks successfully, the Russian Reconciliation Centre for Syria said in a statement. “The Syrian troops destroyed one tank, six infantry fighting vehicles and five pickup trucks containing large-calibre weapons”, the message said. The Centre also added that four … Continue reading “Russian Su-24 Planes Strike Pro-Turkish Terrorists, Allowing Syrian Army to Repel Attacks”

Meggitt Training Systems to Display Live-Fire and Virtual Solutions in SimTex Section of UMEX 2020

SUWANEE, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)– Meggitt Training Systems (stand #05-A20/05-A40) will highlight four of its leading live-fire and virtual training products in the SimTex simulation and training section of UMEX 2020. The event for Middle Eastern and North African customers and exhibitors will be held in Abu Dhabi, Feb. 23-25, 2020. “Realistic simulation and training are more … Continue reading “Meggitt Training Systems to Display Live-Fire and Virtual Solutions in SimTex Section of UMEX 2020”

Police Arrest Perpetrator of Knife-Stabbing Attack in London Mosque – Video

A man has been stabbed in the neck at a Regents Park mosque in central London during afternoon prayers, London police said on Thursday. According to witness reports, the assailant attacked the muezzin, the person calling to prayer.  #INCIDENT Police were called to a mosque near Regents Park at 3.10pm to reports of a stabbing. … Continue reading “Police Arrest Perpetrator of Knife-Stabbing Attack in London Mosque – Video”

Trump Administration Renews Campaign to Oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro – Report

The Trump administration has reportedly renewed its campaign to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Bloomberg reported. The news agency said the White House would allegedly drive out the protégé of late president Hugo Chavez through a power-sharing system, meaning they will try to persuade members of Maduro’s administration to temporarily share power with the opposition led … Continue reading “Trump Administration Renews Campaign to Oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro – Report”

Victoria’s Secret Sold For $1.1 Billion – Reports

L Brands is selling a 55% interest in Victoria’s Secret to Sycamore Partners, as Les Wexner is stepping down as chairman and CEO of the company, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. DETAILS TO FOLLOW © Sputnik / Sputnik News South Africa Today – World News – United States The post Victoria’s Secret Sold For $1.1 Billion … Continue reading “Victoria’s Secret Sold For $1.1 Billion – Reports”

Putin speaks about new Russian government: Russia is not Belgium

Vladimir Putin said in his recent interview with TASS news agency that the former chief of the Federal Tax Service, Mikhail Mishustin, was not initially on the list of four candidates for the new prime minister. The resignation of Dmitry Medvedev’s government was not a “special operation”, and the tandem with Dmitry Medvedev did not … Continue reading “Putin speaks about new Russian government: Russia is not Belgium”

Watch Road Incident Involving Alleged American and Russian Military Vehicles in Qamishli, Syria

A video of an accident featuring Russian and American servicemen in the Syrian city of Qamishli has been posted online. The footage (the authenticity of which is yet to be confirmed) shows a Russian Infantry Mobility Vehicle Tigr (Tiger) trying to catch up to its column, driving around two US-flagged vehicles, when one of the armoured … Continue reading “Watch Road Incident Involving Alleged American and Russian Military Vehicles in Qamishli, Syria”

Rohrabacher: ‘At No Time Did I Offer a Deal’ to WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange From Trump

“​There is a lot of misinformation floating out there regarding my meeting with Julian Assange so let me provide some clarity on the matter,” the former lawmaker said in the Wednesday statement. “At no time did I talk to President Trump about Julian Assange.  Likewise, I was not directed by Trump or anyone else connected … Continue reading “Rohrabacher: ‘At No Time Did I Offer a Deal’ to WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange From Trump”

Trump Appoints US Ambassador Richard Grenell as Acting Director of National Intelligence

US President Donald Trump announced Grenell’s appointment via Twitter. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2020 ​According to the Washington Post, Grenell is an avid Trump supporter, especially via social media. Grenell will replace Joseph Maguire, a retired US Navy vice admiral, who is currently serving as the Acting Director of National Intelligence. Grenell will also … Continue reading “Trump Appoints US Ambassador Richard Grenell as Acting Director of National Intelligence”

Sri Lanka to Withdraw from UN Resolution on War Crimes over Ban on Army Chief by US: PM Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka has decided to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on War Crimes, co-sponsored by the previous government in 2015 and 2019.  The decision to withdraw from the world body’s resolution appears to be fallout over the US decision to bar Sri Lankan Army Chief, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva over … Continue reading “Sri Lanka to Withdraw from UN Resolution on War Crimes over Ban on Army Chief by US: PM Rajapaksa”

Seven Members of Extremist Group Tablighi Jamaat Detained in Moscow – Russia’s Security Service

“Three leaders and four active members of a secret cell, who held gatherings of the organisation’s members, during which they spread the ideology of Tablighi Jamaat, which undermines the foundations of Islam, and involves new supporters in destructive activities, were detained”, the FSB said in a statement. The service seized extremist literature and various attributes … Continue reading “Seven Members of Extremist Group Tablighi Jamaat Detained in Moscow – Russia’s Security Service”

Iranian Defence Chief Says Black Box of Downed Ukrainian Jet Noticeably Damaged

“The black box sustained noticeable damage. We asked the defence industry to assist in its reconstruction”, Amir Hatami was quoted as saying by Borna, an Iranian news agency. The Ukraine International plane with 176 passengers and crew was accidentally struck by an Iranian missile in January. Everyone aboard was killed, many of them Iranians and … Continue reading “Iranian Defence Chief Says Black Box of Downed Ukrainian Jet Noticeably Damaged”

‘Leaked’ Xinjiang Files Likely Cooked Up By Foreign Intel Agencies – Analysts

However, experts and foreign reporters reached by the Global Times on Tuesday gave a similar comment on the incident, saying that “another political trick is coming again!” Western media, include BBC, CNN and Wall Street Journal, some US-based nongovernmental organizations and Western scholars chose to release reports and papers on some documents that many of … Continue reading “‘Leaked’ Xinjiang Files Likely Cooked Up By Foreign Intel Agencies – Analysts”

Winners of the 2020 Middle East Stevie Awards Announced

Winners of the first Middle East Stevie® Awards, the only award program that highlights innovation in the workplace in the Middle East and North Africa, were announced today. Sponsored by RAK Chamber of Commerce & Industry, more than 70 executives around the world participated in determining the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners. DUBAI, … Continue reading “Winners of the 2020 Middle East Stevie Awards Announced”

Venezuela to Include US Sanctions Against Rosneft Trading in ICC Complaint

“These actions against Rosneft Trading violate freedom of trade and business. We will include these actions in our complaint against the United States to the International Criminal Court”, Arreaza wrote on Twitter. Estas medidas arbitrarias contra la empresa rusa Rosneft Trading, violan el derecho al libre comercio y a la libre empresa. Sumaremos estas acciones … Continue reading “Venezuela to Include US Sanctions Against Rosneft Trading in ICC Complaint”

First Passenger Plane Lands at Aleppo International Airport Since Its Closure in 2012

The passengers included the Syrian transport and tourism ministers and a number of travellers and media workers. © Sputnik / Mouhamed Damour First photos from Aleppo-Damascus aircraft Earlier in the day, the airport’s director, Mohammad al-Masri, said that all of the airport’s departments were ready. The facility was shut down in 2012 due to terrorist … Continue reading “First Passenger Plane Lands at Aleppo International Airport Since Its Closure in 2012”

Spy Frode Berg, Released by Russia in November, Says Was Set Up by Norwegian Security Services

  “A friend working in intelligence asked me about a service: when on a trip to Russia, to send a letter with money by mail, I didn’t think it was illegal. Nobody said it was top secret information. Of course, he said it was confidential, but the conversation was not about secret data… The person … Continue reading “Spy Frode Berg, Released by Russia in November, Says Was Set Up by Norwegian Security Services”

Russia Suspends Entry of Chinese Nationals Starting February 20 – Anti-Coronavirus HQ

“From midnight local time [21:00 GMT] on February 20, 2020, temporarily suspend the passage of citizens of the People’s Republic of China across the state border of the Russian Federation, who enter the country for work, as well as for private, educational and tourist purposes,” the HQ said in a statement. According to the statement, … Continue reading “Russia Suspends Entry of Chinese Nationals Starting February 20 – Anti-Coronavirus HQ”

US Army to Scale Back, Eliminate 80 Programs to Fund Modernization Efforts

Military.com reported Friday that budget officials from the US Army had concluded a “night court” program review and identified a total of 80 programs that would either be eliminated from the service or reduced in size. The savings that resulted from the proposed changes would be funneled into the FYDP, the service’s five-year modernization program. … Continue reading “US Army to Scale Back, Eliminate 80 Programs to Fund Modernization Efforts”

PDVSA Says Sanctions Against Rosneft Trading Are US Attempt to Control Global Oil Market

“The US unilateral sanctions policy is directed against companies that are competitive on the global market, such as Rosneft, in order to influence prices, control or eliminate major players and, as a result, have control over the global oil market”, PDVSA said in a statement. COMUNICADO OFICIAL📢 Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. y sus trabajadores expresan … Continue reading “PDVSA Says Sanctions Against Rosneft Trading Are US Attempt to Control Global Oil Market”

Sukhoi Superjet Lands Safely at Moscow Airport After Gear Malfunction Warning – Emergency Service

“Sukhoi Superjet has landed safely in Vnukovo,” the representative said. Earlier in the day, a representative of the emergency services said that the aircraft had made an emergency landing there, with open front landing gear, at 9.20 p.m. local time (18:20 GMT). The aircraft was travelling from Berlin, preliminary information shows. © Sputnik / Maxim … Continue reading “Sukhoi Superjet Lands Safely at Moscow Airport After Gear Malfunction Warning – Emergency Service”

Al Zahra Hospital Sharjah bags three awards at MOHAP Innovation Awards

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, (AETOSWire) : Al Zahra Hospital, Sharjah won three awards at the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) Innovation Awards. The awards were held to recognize medical institutions that work towards offering quality healthcare solutions to their patients. The hospital bagged the second spot under the category of “Most Innovative Hospital,” second … Continue reading “Al Zahra Hospital Sharjah bags three awards at MOHAP Innovation Awards”

National Geographic Photographer Tells AURAK About His Work

Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, 18 February 2020, (AETOSWire) : National Geographic contributor Kiliii Yuyan gave a presentation about his photography titled ‘True Grit in Photography (and Life)’ at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK). The presentation was organized in conjunction with the US Consulate General in Dubai and the Sheikh Saud … Continue reading “National Geographic Photographer Tells AURAK About His Work”

Iran’s Khamenei Calls For Large Turnout in Upcoming Elections to Hinder US’s ‘Evil Intentions’

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on the nation’s citizens to participate in upcoming parliamentary elections despite America’s and Israel’s “evil intentions” and Washington’s alleged pressure to divide the Iranian people from the government. “These elections are the response to the chicanery and deception of Iran’s enemies”, Khamenei said on Tuesday during a meeting devoted … Continue reading “Iran’s Khamenei Calls For Large Turnout in Upcoming Elections to Hinder US’s ‘Evil Intentions’”

Dutch Prosecutors Refuse to Comment on Leaked Documents That Cast Doubt on MH17 Probe

“The Netherlands Public Prosecution Service cannot comment on specific evidence or proof. This will happen in the courtroom only,” spokeswoman Brechtje van de Moosdijk said. On Monday, Dutch journalist Max van der Werff, who specializes in the crash probe, leaked a number of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT)’s documents. One of the letters shows that … Continue reading “Dutch Prosecutors Refuse to Comment on Leaked Documents That Cast Doubt on MH17 Probe”

Dutch Journalist’s MH17 Investigation Backs Russia’s Position – Kremlin

“As you know, Russia was not allowed to join the International Investigation Team [handling the case], so we have always been sceptical and suspicious about the conclusions made too soon and not based on a serious approach. Meanwhile, this information is yet another evidence that Russia is right,” Peskov said of Van der Werff’s investigation. … Continue reading “Dutch Journalist’s MH17 Investigation Backs Russia’s Position – Kremlin”

Fire Breaks Out in Biggest Shopping Mall in Azerbaijan – Video

“Fire crews and rescuers have arrived at the scene. Measures are being taken to extinguish the fire”, the ministry’s press service said. The Sadarak mall is located in the Baku suburbs. It covers a 100-hectare (247-acre) area and includes more than 12,000 retail and wholesale trade objects, an agricultural goods market, a one-storey wholesale warehouse, … Continue reading “Fire Breaks Out in Biggest Shopping Mall in Azerbaijan – Video”

Two Extremists Who Planned Terror Acts Detained in Almaty – Kazakh Security Committee

The suspects were detained on 14 February and were arrested by court order, the Kazakh authorities said in an official statement. “During investigative actions at their place of residence, a homemade explosive device with striking elements, components for its manufacture, knives, smartphones with photo and video material of alleged targets for the attack were seized”, … Continue reading “Two Extremists Who Planned Terror Acts Detained in Almaty – Kazakh Security Committee”

French Authorities Extend Detention of Russian Performance Artist Pavlensky – Reports

On Friday, Pavlesnky released the video, allegedly shared by Griveaux with a young woman, depicting the former candidate masturbating. Pavlensky and de Taddeo were detained the following day, and their initial detention term expired earlier on Monday. Griveaux, meanwhile, withdrew from the mayoral race. According to France’s LCI broadcaster, the two will remain in custody … Continue reading “French Authorities Extend Detention of Russian Performance Artist Pavlensky – Reports”

Pavlensky to Receive Asylum in Another EU Country if Stripped of Refuge in France – Lawyer

“Even if he is divested of his asylum in France, which I doubt, he could be given asylum in any EU country. He has always said that he is a man of the world and he does not care where to live,” Dinze said. Last week, Pavlesnky released a video, allegedly shared by Griveaux with … Continue reading “Pavlensky to Receive Asylum in Another EU Country if Stripped of Refuge in France – Lawyer”

1.86 Customer Minutes Lost (CML) of Electricity per Year in Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 February 2020, (AETOSWire) :  Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has achieved a new world record in electricity Customer Minutes Lost (CML) per year. DEWA recorded 1.86 minutes, in Dubai, compared to around 15 minutes recorded by leading electricity companies in the European Union. This is a new addition to … Continue reading “1.86 Customer Minutes Lost (CML) of Electricity per Year in Dubai”

Coronavirus: For Air India Staff, Evacuating Compatriots From Wuhan Was ‘Call of the Nation’

The phrase “Heroes without capes” may suitably define the staff of Air India, which has stayed with the country through thick and thin and views its recent mission to rescue hundreds of Indians and seven Maldivians from the epidemic-hit city of Wuhan in China as a “call of the nation”. While handing over letters of … Continue reading “Coronavirus: For Air India Staff, Evacuating Compatriots From Wuhan Was ‘Call of the Nation’”

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Holds Presser Following Munich Security Conference – Video

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds a presser after the 2020 Munich Security Conference (MSC). On the sidelines of the event, the Russian diplomat held talks with his German counterpart Heiko Maas, as well as Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Follow Sputnik’s Live Feed to Find Out More! © … Continue reading “Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Holds Presser Following Munich Security Conference – Video”

Half a Million Mussels Cooked to Death in Ocean Wash Up on Beach in New Zealand

Half a million mussels cooked to death have washed up on a beach in New Zealand. A video posted by local resident Brandon Ferguson on Facebook shows scores of dead mollusks on Maunganui Bluff beach on the Northern Island. Ferguson said he stumbled upon the incident last week when he was fishing with family and friends. … Continue reading “Half a Million Mussels Cooked to Death in Ocean Wash Up on Beach in New Zealand”

Talk is Cheap? EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell Urges Europe to Develop ‘Appetite for Power’

The EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell has told politicians and diplomats at the Munich Security Conference that the bloc has to do more than express concern and make comments in international crises. “Europe has to develop an appetite for power. We should be able to act … not every day making comments, expressing concern”, he … Continue reading “Talk is Cheap? EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell Urges Europe to Develop ‘Appetite for Power’”

‘Vraskoryaky’: Russian Interpreters Reveal Suprising Details of Their Work With Putin

An adviser for the Department of Linguistic Support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Alexey Sadykov, introduced an example of an expression that previously had him baffled. “He [Vladimir Putin] said: ‘We will not stand in ‘*Vraskoryaky‘”, Sadykov recounted, adding, “I was a rookie translator and I watched a report on TV, and I … Continue reading “‘Vraskoryaky’: Russian Interpreters Reveal Suprising Details of Their Work With Putin”

Putin’s Stance on Family Values Sparks Debates Among Analysts, LGBT Rights Activists

The issues of gay rights and family values in Russia have been thrust into the limelight again this week, after Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting on the upcoming constitutional reform, where he was told about calls to enshrine the status of the family as “a union between a man and a woman” in … Continue reading “Putin’s Stance on Family Values Sparks Debates Among Analysts, LGBT Rights Activists”