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‘We can suddenly come’: Turkey’s Erdogan puts all Kurdish-held towns in Syria & Iraq on notice

Turkey’s military operation in Syria will target other Kurdish-held towns – and may even spill over into Iraq – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced just a day after pro-Turkish forces seized Afrin. The controversial cross-border offensive “will go on until the terror corridor through Manbij, Ayn al-Arab, Tell Abyad, Ras al-Ayn, Qamishli has been wiped out,” Erdogan said, speaking […]

Saif Gaddafi may run for Libya’s presidency to ‘save’ country 7 years after father’s murder

Nearly seven years after the bloody NATO-backed uprising overthrew Colonel Gaddafi, his son, Saif Al-Islam is reportedly seeking to run in the Libyan presidential elections this year to “rescue” his country from the turmoil. The second son of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity, is seeking to run […]

Ex-French President Sarkozy in police custody over ‘Libyan aid’ for his 2007 campaign

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed in police custody for questioning over alleged Libyan aid to help fund his 2007 presidential election campaign, Reuters and local media report citing judicial sources. According to Le Monde, this is the first time Sarkozy, 63, has been questioned in relation to the investigation, which was launched in April 2013. Sarkozy was […]

Northern White Rhino doomed to extinction after last male dies in Kenya

The world’s only remaining male northern white rhino has died in Kenya, leaving only two females of the doomed subspecies alive on the planet. Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy said in a statement that it decided to euthanize the 45-year-old rhino, named Sudan, due to untreatable and debilitating health problems. The rhino suffered from health complications which affected his muscles and […]

Best in social: RT nominated for 11 Shorty Awards, #1917LIVE up for 9 prizes

#1917LIVE scored 9 finalist spots in the Shorty Awards, one of the most prestigious annual award competitions for excellence in social media. Active support from the audience was among the factors helping RT make the shortlist. #1917LIVE used Twitter as a platform allowing anyone to join by creating an avatar and posting on their behalf, as long as their character […]

Italian city suspends opening of memorial to WWII soldiers – including Nazis – after outcry

An unveiling ceremony of a memorial honoring soldiers of all nations who died during the World War II was canceled after public opposition. Critics said the monument would commemorate both Allied and Nazi paratroopers. An association of hotel owners from the town of Cassino was poised to unveil the stone monument on Sunday in the Foltin cave at the foot […]

Iraq War 15 years on: How America brought chaos & bloodshed to a nation (VIDEO)

On March 19, 2003, US President George Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq. It’s a decision which brought an onslaught of violence to the civilian population and has left the nation reeling 15 years later. Bush declared the military invasion to depose Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and disarm the country, promising civilians that freedom was in sight. “The tyrant will […]

Expelled Russian diplomats leave embassy in London (VIDEO)

Expelled Russian diplomats have left the country’s embassy in London. It is part of sanctions imposed by UK PM Theresa May last week following claims of Moscow’s involvement in the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal. A video provided by the Ruptly news agency shows several vehicles leaving the territory of the diplomatic mission on Tuesday. Earlier, minibuses were captured […]

‘No fair trial’: Teen Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi denied public hearing in Israel

An Israeli court has rejected an appeal for an open hearing by iconic Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi, who was arrested for striking IDF soldiers. Her lawyer claims the decision will deprive her of a fair trial. “The Military Court of Appeals rejected the defense’s appeal and upheld the decision to hold Ahed Tamimi’s trial behind closed doors,” Gaby Lasky, […]

‘Sex doll brothel monetizes the rape of women’ – French feminists

Communist and feminist groups are pressuring the Council of Paris to close a controversial, clandestine sex doll brothel in the heart of the city. So far, however, there have been no complaints and no actual crimes committed. “Xdolls is not a sex shop. It’s a place that generates money where you rape a woman,” said Lorraine Questiaux, lawyer and spokesperson […]

‘A load of bull’: Duterte rejects ICC treaty, calls on more countries to leave

Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte has called on more countries to follow his lead and withdraw from the treaty underpinning the International Criminal Court (ICC). The firebrand strongman described the treaty as “bull” during an address at a graduation ceremony for army cadets, according to Rappler. “The treaty, if you read it, it’s all bull…,” Duterte said, seemingly stopping short of […]

‘It’s nonsense’ to think Russia tried to poison Skripals ahead of elections & World Cup – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed allegations that Russia was behind the early March poisoning of former double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. It is “nonsense and absurd to claim that Russia would do anything like that before the elections and the World Cup,” Putin said, touching on the subject for the fist time since the incident. He […]

‘Dictator’ Putin wins ‘fraud-tainted’ vote: Western media sticks to narrative on Russian election

From Soviet comparisons to accusations of authoritarianism, mainstream coverage of Russia’s presidential election has barely changed since 2004, though mentions of the UK spy poisoning scandal did add a fresh layer of insinuation. As Putin was thanking his supporters for a landslide victory from the stage in Red Square, Western outlets rolled out long, pre-written news stories, liberally mixing reporting […]

‘I didn’t fight against French Algeria to accept an Algerian France’: Bardot slams modern-day France

French actress Brigitte Bardot has spoken out against the state of her country, saying that Islamists are “practically everywhere” and that France should not resemble Algeria. Speaking to the French weekly Valeurs Actuelles, Bardot said that France is not what it once was. “I have been brought up in honor, patriotism, love and respect for my country, and when I […]

Assad visits troops and civilians in eastern Ghouta (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Syrian President Bashar Assad has visited eastern Ghouta on Sunday for the first time in years, where a military operation to retake the area from militants is ongoing and a steady stream of civilians are fleeing to safety. Footage and photos released by the presidency and state media SANA show Assad meeting with frontline soldiers and some of those displaced […]

Coming soon: Male contraceptive pill inches closer

Researchers are one step closer to developing a male contraceptive pill, a medical conference has heard. Early trials show the pill to be both safe and effective. The study, led by Professor Stephanie Page of the University of Washington, included 100 men aged between 18 and 50. The men were split into groups of between 17-20 and given three different […]

Hawking’s final work could be key to unlocking parallel universes

Physicist Stephen Hawking has reportedly left behind a final research paper that could provide the key to finding parallel universes. The paper was completed on his deathbed, according to reports. The world-famous physicist died at his home in Cambridge earlier this week at the age of 76. He left behind a final scientific paper, which reportedly presents the theoretical basis […]

UK will either have to offer facts on ‘Russian traces’ in Skripal poisoning or apologize – Kremlin

The UK will either back up its claims of Moscow’s involvement in the poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, or it will have to apologize, the Kremlin spokesman has said. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday that Russia is wrong to deny responsibility for the nerve agent poisoning of Skripal. “The Russian denial is increasingly absurd,” […]

Internal border checks must stay until EU can ‘effectively’ shield its borders – German minister

Internal border checks must stay in place in Germany for as long as the EU fails to protect its external borders, newly-appointed German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said, slamming the Schengen Agreement. “As things stand now, there are not too many border points in Germany that are permanently occupied,” Seehofer told German weekly newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag. Read more […]

Russia ballot box fraud down compared to previous elections, all cases investigated

Although multiple reports of ballot stuffing across Russia surfaced on the internet on Sunday, the number of fraud reports is down two times compared to previous elections, the Russian Central Election Commission says. Most of the polling stations were under video surveillance that was streamed online. In one embarrassing case, CCTV footage of a voting station in the Moscow suburb […]

UK reluctance to file request to Russia under OPCW indicates their case is weak – Lavrov

The UK’s failure to send a request to Moscow over the Skripal case via Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) channels points to a lack of legal basis for a proper investigation, Russia’s Foreign Minister said. “The fact, that they [UK officials] categorically rejects to file an official request and deliberately and arrogantly fan anti-Russian rhetoric in the public […]

Scene inside fire-hit Russian wax museum is the stuff of nightmares (VIDEO)

A wax museum in Siberia has been left looking like a post-apocalyptic scene after a fire tore through the building. The melted and contorted figurines inside would be right at home in a horror film. The fire broke out at the museum in Krasnoyarsk’s Central Park in the early hours of Friday morning. Many of the museum’s famous faces were […]

Out of this world: NASA captures stunning snap of colorful Crab Nebula (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

NASA has released a spectacular image of the majestic Crab Nebula in the constellation of Taurus. The image is a composite of a series captured by the agency’s x-ray, optical and infrared satellites. First recorded by astronomers in 1054 AD, the Crab Nebula was formed when a star exhausted its supply of nuclear fuel and collapsed. Now, it is powered […]

Russians vote in presidential election across 11 time zones

Russians are casting their ballots in the presidential election, as polls opened from the Far East region of Kamchatka to the western exclave of Kaliningrad. Eight candidates are vying for the post of president. The vote will last for a total of 22 hours, as Russians across all the country’s 11 time zones, spanning from Kamchatka and Chukotka in the […]