Magnitude 5.7 quake strikes off Mexican coast

Published time: 24 Sep, 2017 10:30Edited time: 24 Sep, 2017 11:32 A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The tremor hit at a depth of 60km on Sunday, EMSC reports. The epicenter lies 157km southwest of the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the agency said. Preliminar: SISMO Magnitud […]

German electoral system oddities: What you need to know about it

German democracy lies on a quite complicated electoral system, which does not produce a clear winner, but leaves voters wondering about the possible coalition options. RT has put together a quick guide to help you better understand the system. FOLLOW RT’s LIVE UPDATES: German elections: Will Merkel win 4th term as chancellor? Germans are heading to the polling stations on […]

Pope Francis accused of ‘upholding heresies’ about marriage & moral life

International clergy and lay scholars accused Pope Francis of propagating “heresies” regarding marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, which tradition-minded theologians insist the pontiff has “directly or indirectly upheld.” Read more In their 25-page letter, delivered to Francis last month, 62 clergy and lay scholars from 20 countries issued a ‘filial correction’ to the pope. It […]

Ecuador will extend Assange’s asylum over fears for his life – President Moreno to RT

Published time: 24 Sep, 2017 11:42 Ecuador has decided to extend the political asylum granted to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange amid ongoing fears for his safety. “Ecuador decided to provide political asylum to Assange because it thought that his life is in danger and Assange thought the same,” President Lenin Moreno said speaking to RT Español. “There is no death […]

Saudi Arabia allows women into sports stadium for 1st time

Published time: 24 Sep, 2017 11:46Edited time: 24 Sep, 2017 11:51 Saudi Arabia is celebrating the Kingdom’s 87th anniversary with music, folk dance performances, and fireworks, but is also showing signs of reform by allowing women to enter public spaces typically reserved for men only, in a historic first. Hundreds of women attended celebrations at the King Fahd stadium in […]

North Korea is US stage-managed geopolitical theater to counter China – analyst

The whole Pacific Rim agenda is predicated on poor relations with North Korea and being on a war footing. The only reason the US is there is to counter China, while North Korea is just theater, geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen says. The US flew B-1B Lancer bombers, escorted by F-15 fighters, off North Korea’s east coast. However, the aircraft remained […]

The famed painters who vanished into obscurity

Image copyright Artists’ Estate Image caption Elwin Hawthorne, Phyllis Bray, John Cooper, Brynhild Parker: Four members of the East London group of artists started by Cooper, an inspirational teacher Two exhibitions open this month devoted to a group of working class artists from the East End of London who became art world celebrities in the late 1920s and 1930s – […]

The island where people eat puffins

Image copyright Getty Images The seabirds’ cute appearance is a big lure for tourists. But for inhabitants of a remote corner of Iceland, the taste of puffin is a reminder of home, writes Ros Jones. You need a strong stomach to take the boat to the Arctic island of Grimsey. When you board the ferry at Dalvik on Iceland’s northern […]

Uber: Women voice safety fears over London licence loss

Image copyright EPA The news that Uber has lost its licence from Transport for London on public safety and security grounds has left some young women wondering how that will affect not just their wallets but their freedom to choose where they travel and when. It decided not to issue Uber with a new private hire licence after concluding that […]

Christchurch woman appeals after love letter stolen

Image copyright Dorset Police Image caption The couple married in 2003 after being together for many years An 84-year-old woman has appealed for help to find her stolen handbag which contained a 30-year-old love letter from her late husband. The bag was taken while the woman, who wanted to be known only as Cathy, was shopping in Waitrose in Christchurch. […]

Trump NFL row: #TakeAKnee versus #BoycottNFL

Image copyright @wiley_steve/Twitter US President Donald Trump sparked controversy on Friday when he called for the National Football League (NFL) to fire players who refuse to stand during the national anthem. Many have taken to social media to condemn Mr Trump’s comments made at a rally in Alabama. The hashtag #TakeAKnee, encouraging NFL players to kneel during the national anthem […]

Strictly beats The X Factor in first ratings clash of 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Former JLS singer Aston Merrygold impressed the judges in the first live episode of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing The first live episode of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing beat ITV rival The X Factor in the TV ratings battle. An average audience of 9.3m watched on BBC One on Saturday night as 15 new […]

Trump and North Korea war of words escalates

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNorth Koreans rally against “dotard psycho Trump” US President Donald Trump has made new threats against North Korea in response to the country’s foreign minister’s fiery speech at the UN on Saturday. Ri Yong-ho described Mr Trump as a “mentally deranged person full of megalomania” on a “suicide mission”. The US president […]

Uber seeks talks with London mayor to renew licence

Image copyright Reuters Uber is prepared to make concessions to ensure its licence to operate in London is renewed, its general manager for the capital has said. Tom Elvidge told the Sunday Times: “While we haven’t been asked to make any changes, we’d like to know what we can do.” He added: “That requires a dialogue we sadly haven’t been […]

Germany election: Merkel seeks fourth term

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow young voters are shaking up the election Millions of Germans are casting their votes in the country’s federal elections, with Chancellor Angela Merkel tipped to retain power. She is seeking a fourth term in office and to keep her conservative CDU/CSU alliance’s status as the largest presence in Germany’s parliament. Its […]

Trump NFL row: Sports stars round on US president

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWarriors head coach Steve Kerr: Trump comments ‘awful’ US President Donald Trump is facing growing condemnation from the sports world after his criticism of players. On Friday, Mr Trump said the National Football League (NFL) should fire players who protest during the US anthem. Top football players have attacked Mr Trump in […]

Brexit: ‘May speech not changed by Boris Johnson article’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“My car’s only got two seats” – David Davis responds to Boris backseat driving accusations Theresa May’s key EU speech was not influenced by Boris Johnson’s article on the UK’s future, the Brexit secretary has said. The foreign secretary has been accused of undermining the PM with a 4,000-word piece setting out […]

Syria: SDF says it took Conoco gas field from ISIL

US-backed Syrian fighters captured a major gas field from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in an eastern province that borders Iraq as they race with government forces to capture the energy-rich region, a senior official with the group said. Nasser Haj Mansour of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the Conoco gas field and plant […]

Turkey extends troops’ deployment in Iraq and Syria

Turkey’s parliament has approved the extension of a mandate that allows the deployment of troops in Iraq and Syria if faced with national security threats. The move on Saturday came two days before an independence referendum in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region – a vote denounced by Ankara as a “mistake” and a threat to its security and regional stability. The motion […]

Tensions rise in Iraq ahead of Kurdish referendum

Hundreds demonstrated in eastern Iraq against a planned referendum on the secession of northern Iraq‘s Kurdish region, which neighbouring countries and Western powers fear could break up the country and stir regional ethnic and sectarian conflict. Protestors, who gathered outside the Baquba city council on Sunday, waved banners denouncing the September 25 vote and called on local authorities to ban the […]

A look into Iraq’s disputed Kirkuk before referendum

Kirkuk, northern Iraq – It’s lunchtime in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk and a crowded restaurant bustles with boisterous men and the loud clinking noise of cutlery and plates. Three members of the leading Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are deep in conversation in advance of a rally in favour of independence for Iraq’s Kurdish region. “Our dream is to have […]

UN: Rohingya in Bangladesh need ‘massive’ assistance

Bangladesh needs “massive international assistance” to feed and shelter the 436,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, the head of the UN refugee agency said. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Sunday there were “immense” challenges after visiting the overflowing camps around Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh. “I was struck by the incredible magnitude of […]