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In an attempt to outflank Russian and Chinese naval tactics, the US Navy is rushing to put a laser defense system on its destroyers - first, for the purpose of improving targeting, but eventually scaling the lasers up to being weapons in themselves.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May will outline her departure proposal at a meeting with Graham Brady, the head of the 1922 Committee, the Conservative Party group in the UK House of Commons that oversees the party’s leadership, The Financial Times reported Thursday.
The US has been pushing its European allies to abandon Huawei equipment in the development of their 5G networks; however, media reports suggest that the UK will still use it in non-core systems, while France has no problem with either using or replacing Huawei tech.
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's secretary general, told officials at the Cyber Defense Pledge Conference in London on Thursday that the alliance won't hesitate to use all means necessary to respond to cyberattacks moving forward.
Iran’s ties with the US have long been strained, especially after Washington intensified its sanctions pressure on the Islamic Republic and its business partners, as well as deployed additional troops and equipment to enhance its positions in the Middle East, with the latter sparking concerns of a possibly looming military confrontation.
Environmentalists earlier addressed the Colombian authorities to restrict tourism in the pristine area of Paramo de San Turban, historically inhabited by ancient Mayan tribes. However, the woman who entered the waters of the “sacred” lagoon argued that just a few minutes there could hardly do any harm to the site.
Having come out victorious, despite corruption charges levelled by opposition parties in the Rafale fighter jet deal, the Narendra Modi-led government may now find it much easier to sign defence contracts during its second term, observes defence procurement analyst and ex-financial adviser to the Defence Ministry Amit Cowshish.
Despite the fact that China signed the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, vowing to reduce the production of harmful chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the country has continued to use the banned chemicals, according to a recent study.
Voters in the UK and the Netherlands are casting their ballots on Thursday in the European Parliamentary election. While Brexit sets the mood in the UK, Dutch Nexit proponents appear to be gaining popularity in Holland.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The latest version of the US defence spending bill for the fiscal year 2020 requires compiling a list of academic institutions in China and Russia that are engaged in military research in an effort to protect US national security according to a summary of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA).
The UK government has announced that Theresa May's Brexit bill will not be published or debated until early June. Mrs May is under pressure to resign following negative feedback from her fellow MPs on her amended deal.
A single-seat General Dynamics F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse in Los Angeles as it was attempting to land at its home airbase. Although the pilot managed to eject, 13 people on the ground sought medical attention as a result of the accident.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in has dismissed the vice ministers of diplomatic, defence and Korean unification affairs amid a deadlock in talks with Japan over compensation for South Korean labourers made to work during Tokyo’s colonial rule, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed Donald Trump performed a “stunt out of his bag of tricks” as he stormed out of a meeting with Democratic congressional members, after Pelosi accused him earlier in the day of engaging in a “cover-up”.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Fifteen senators are cosponsoring new legislation to impose sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals involved in the assertion of Beijing’s legal claims to the South and East China Seas, US Senator Marco Rubio said in a press release.
The man was noticed by the FBI after he began expressing interest online in the Hamas militant group, which is considered to be a terrorist organisation by the US, Israel, and a number of other states.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been facing growing pressure over her Brexit deal, with people betting on whether she will resign before or after the results of the European Parliament elections are announced. Franco Rizzuto, professor of European law at Edge Hill University, told Sputnik how he sees a possible timeline of May's departure.
There has been a consistent demand to boost peace efforts in the Kashmir Valley, which is in turmoil due to militancy. With Narendra Modi set to make a comeback as prime minister, analysts hope for better times in the near future.
The United States may consider sending thousands more American troops to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, CNN reported, citing three US officials familiar with the matter.
This is not the first time that Trump attacks the former secretary of state and questions his "mental capacity". This time, the rant was provoked by purported statements that Tillerson made in secret talks with House lawmakers.
The $500 million development project holds high importance in the region, as the project has been stalled since 2016 due to major diplomatic manoeuvres between consortiums led separately by India and China to acquire the project.
Data published in the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme's annual report show there were 475 police operations into child slavery in the UK last month, compared with 53 in April 2017.
Jim Bridenstine is delivering a speech on Thursday detailing NASA’s plans to send a manned mission to the moon in 2024.
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has accused Russia of running a global campaign of cyber warfare to target governments. His speech was delivered to the NATO Cyber Defence Pledge Conference in London. In the speech, he also claimed that attempts to meddle in democracy could result in a justified proportionate response.
According to a report by The Stream’s John Zmirak, as Muslims are increasingly moving to traditionally non-Islamic countries, there have been calls to bring and entrench at least some of their cultural norms, including their aversion to dogs.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Thursday that John Walker Lindh, the first US-born detainee in the War on Terror, is still a threat to the United States, and is "still committed to the very jihad that he engaged in that killed a great American and a great CIA officer".
The US has been boosting its military presence in the Middle East lately amid continuing tensions with Iran. Washington has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group to the region, as well as Patriot missiles, B-52 bombers and F-15 fighters.
The gunfight broke out when Zakir Musa – a local terrorist popular in the Kashmir valley – opened fire after the security forces approached the house where he was hiding. Since the Pulwama attack, around 90 terrorists have been killed in gun-battles with Indian security forces in Kashmir.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has imposed economic sanctions on an Argentina-based pharmaceutical company and nine entities in South America, Canada and Western Europe for trafficking drugs and laundering money, the Department of the Treasury announced.
Mrs Thatcher's great sell-off of publicly owned services and assets, continued by successive governments, started exactly forty years ago to a fanfare of positive publicity.
The reality TV star has been dragged into a sports row after it was confirmed that Arsenal would lose Armenian footballer Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the key match in Azerbaijan, a country that has been embroiled in decades-long tensions with Armenia. According to some comments, the diva, who is vocal about her Armenian roots, should have interfered.
In 1967 when it was nationalised by Prime Minister Harold Wilson, 350,000 people were employed in the UK steel industry. In 2019 the number employed in British Steel is 5,000, and those jobs are now under severe threat.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military intelligence officer who fell victim to a mysterious poisoning incident in the United Kingdom last year, may have called his niece earlier in May, although his whereabouts remain unknown, Russian newspaper Moskovskii Komsomolets reported Thursday, citing a recording of the purported call.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The International Monetary Fund's spokesman Gerry Rice said that it is too early to speculate on the repercussions if the United States imposes sanctions on Turkey over its deal to purchase S-400 surface-to-air missile defence systems from Russia.
Social media users have received some new food for fodder as US President Donald Trump made an impromptu media appearance at the White House's Rose Garden after abruptly ending a scheduled meeting with House Democrats, as he was taken aback by the news about a Dem gathering convened to discuss his impeachment.
The town of Vardo in the Norwegian Arctic near the Russian border is home to a US surveillance radar station dubbed Globus II.
Attributing responsibility to parties that took to Muslim appeasement to win elections for the rise of Hindu fanatics, a political analyst opines that Modi’s thumping win will help him push his economic and social reforms, but not tame aggressive Hindu elements - something which could taint the government
As the still missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues to baffle, raising a bunch of unanswerable questions, a thought-provoking comment from the time it vanished into thin air has come to light – one from a colleague of Flight MH370’s captain, former pilot Christopher Goodfellow.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow believes that the Libyan crisis should be resolved peacefully and it does not intend to support or "greenlight" any side to the conflict, according to the head of the Russian Contact Group for the intra-Libyan settlement, Lev Dengov.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least two people were killed and four others were seriously injured on Thursday as a result of a hydrogen tank explosion in the eastern South Korean city of Gangneung, Yonhap reported citing firefighting authorities.
Iran's relations with both states have long been strained, but the US recently intensified its pressure on Tehran, tightening economic sanctions against it and deploying additional troops and equipment to the Middle East region, sparking concerns of a possible military conflict.
Asian performers have conquered the global music community with incredible speed. Their videos gain millions of views, the melodies and beats literally hypnotize listeners. Even Michael Jackson himself could only envy their dance techniques.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their fourth child, a son, via surrogate nearly two weeks ago, with the reality show star confirming the exciting news via social media, tweeting "he's here and he's perfect!"
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Sputnik news agency and radio has entered into a cooperation agreement with the Congo’s national broadcaster, RTNC (Radio Television Nationale Congolaise). The signing ceremony took place in Moscow on Thursday as part of the Congolese delegation’s visit to Russia.
The exhibition takes place 20 years after Mr Kubrick's death and showcases his ground-breaking career via a collection of personal artefacts, photos and movie props, as well as explores his work as a photographer, storyteller and later, director.
The news comes after former Commons leader Andrea Leadsom resigned on late Wednesday, citing clashes with UK prime minister Theresa May's Brexit deal.
Yemen's SABA news agency previously reported that the Houthis planned to attack about 300 targets, including military and strategic facilities in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Kremlin will not interfere in the ongoing dispute over the possible construction of a new church in Yekaterinburg and let local authorities settle the disagreements based on the results of a special poll recently conducted on the issue, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
The US has repeatedly accused the Chinese tech giant of installing backdoors in its equipment to enable Beijing's global espionage and cyberattacks, something that Huawei vehemently denies. In addition to banning its equipment on American soil, the US started pushing Asian and European states into refusing to use Huawei's 5G technologies.
The test of the nuke capable supersonic missile has been conducted a day after Pakistan's foreign minister held informal interactions with his Indian counterpart, claiming that he proposed a dialogue to resolve all the issues to bring peace to the region.
Syrian government forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces continue to repel attacks by militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra* group on Hmeymim Air Base and in the southern regions of the Idlib de-escalation zone, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.
The opposition Congress Party wrested power from the BJP in the state-level assembly elections that took place five months ago and the party was optimistic that it could repeat the success – but this was not to be.
During the 2016 referendum the battle bus on which Boris Johnson toured the country promised that the £350 million the UK gives the EU every week would be redirected to the National Health Service in the event of Brexit.
Social media was already full of comments about Indian political parties’ supporters and activists venting their aggressive viewpoints during the over a month-long 2019 Indian Parliamentary Elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party BJP are known to have a sizeable fan base on social media platforms.
The woman, 58, fell ill after being seated on her flight to Edinburgh. A&E services tried to save her, but the woman died on the flight around noon.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US naval forces together with servicemen from Australia, Japan and South Korea have approached Guam, a US island territory in the western Pacific, to launch the inaugural joint maritime drills, dubbed Pacific Vanguard, the US 7th Fleet said in a statement on Thursday.
On this episode of The Critical Hour, Dr. Wilmer Leon is joined by Dr. Cornell West, activist and provocative democratic intellectual. Dr. West is a professor of public philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of professor emeritus at Princeton University.
The street-art star, who has managed to keep his identity secret for years despite leaving his unauthorised masterpieces all over the world, complained on Instagram that the Venice Biennale had never invited him and decided to take the matter into his own hands. It did not go quite so flawlessly, however.
The closure followed the discovery of a suspicious item in the area, the City of Westminster's Police Twitter account says.
Fishing at sea can hardly be called a predictable pastime. When you think that waters are calm and your mind goes into a meditative state, watch out for a surprise.
It has appeared Tesla, which has been seen as a top promising growth story by many, has entered a dangerous phase, following an invitation-only call with Morgan Stanley’s institutional clients on Wednesday.
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Ambassador Peter Ford, the former UK Ambassador to Syria.
On this episode of Fault Lines, host Garland Nixon is joined on the phone by his co-host Lee Stranahan who is currently in London to cover the upcoming European Union Parliamentary elections. What is expected to happen in this vote, and what is the significance of these elections for the people of the United Kingdom?
Democrats anti-Trump campaign strategy; Sen. Harris and Booker low favorability among black voters; "Spunk" review at Signature Theater
Apparently, the Soviet Union, whose soldiers hoisted a red flag over the Reichstag marking the liberation of most of Europe from the Nazis during World War II, is not a country that contributed to securing the "liberties" the Western states "enjoy today", per a US company which issued a souvenir commemorating the victory's upcoming anniversary.
The US recently intensified its pressure on China’s Huawei accusing it of installing backdoors in hardware to enable espionage and cyberattacks on behalf of Beijing, something that the tech giant denies. Washington has subsequently banned Huawei from buying American software and chips.
According to AFP, citing a source, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) head Nasser Al-Khelaifi and PSG Board member Yousef Al-Obaidly were questioned by French investigators in March over awarding the 2017 and 2019 Athletics World Championships bidding process.
Just days before the European Parliament elections, German vlogger Rezo, who has an over 2-million-strong following on the video platform, tore into Germany’s governing Christian Democratic Union and other parties. The politicians launched a counter-attack, promising a video response.
The news comes as Asian stocks slid to four-month lows after investors belive the US-China trade war could spark a tech race between the two superpowers.
Quite a few of Salman Khan’s movies have had children as central characters. At the age of 53, he is still considered to be an “eligible bachelor”. The actor reportedly said that "I want children, but with children comes the mother. I don't want the mother, but they need one”.
The European elections in Britain are being held against a backdrop of political chaos, with the Prime Minister Theresa May expected to resign if her Conservative Party does badly.
ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kiran has refuted media reports claiming that the United States has given Ankara a two-week ultimatum to terminate its contract on the acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems or otherwise face penalties.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow believes that it is dangerous to create new dividing lines in the Middle East, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin said on Thursday, commenting on the possible creation of the so-called Arab NATO that could counter Iran.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed earlier this month that the United States would boost its military presence in the Arctic region and create a new senior military post for Arctic affairs to counter “Russia's activities in the Northern Sea”.
The Indian stock market surged with a record high on Thursday as early trends showed a massive victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in early vote counting in the world’s largest democracy.
According to the recent polls, the Brexit Party, founded by the politician earlier in 2019, can gain about 35 percent of votes in the European elections, beating the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, and the governing Conservative party.
The islands, located in southwestern Alaska, belong to the northern part of a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire, which is regularly affected by powerful earthquakes.
In a tragedy for fishkind and a bitter loss for Norway's farming industry, blooming macroplankton has killed millions of salmon, affecting the prices on Norway's fish market.
Manchester United were taken over in 2005 by the Glazer family, who owned several sports franchises in the United States. The takeover enraged many of the club's fans, with some setting up a rival club FC United of Manchester.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Japan does not plan to hold any meetings with the Iranian leadership in the near future amid the heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran, according to a Japanese Foreign Ministry official.
Los Angeles has been dealing with an outbreak of typhus since October 2018, but the number of cases has steadily increased in the first months of 2019. Typhus is a disease typically caused by infected fleas that hitch rides on rats and their faeces.
The sloth and inertia, which were a hallmark of India’s Ministry of Defence between 2004 and 2014, has given way to a decision-making process that is far quicker, more responsible and robust. There is greater movement in the Make in India effort, opines a former Indian Army Officer and Director of a Delhi-based security think-tank.
TOKYO (Sputnik) - The United States has repeatedly called on South Korea to join a campaign against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei by avoiding using its products in the wake of Washington's decision to add the company to the list of companies considered as a threat to the US national security.
Nearly 70 people, including military officials and police officers, have been charged for illegally trading in arms, after over 2,000 firearms were seized from a series of stashes across the country.
Under the so-called Skyborg prototype programme, drones are expected to be connected to manned fighters to assist pilots during missions. When the American fighter pilots get their own Star Wars’ R2-D2s, it could “open up the door for an entirely different way to do aerial combat”, the US Air Force has revealed.
Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent from the previous 10 percent rate.
A Swedish girl who refused to join her classmates in skipping school for the sake of the climate has ended up being labelled as a "climate denier", which her mother described as "mass psychosis".
The 1986 World Cup winner previously expressed anger at the legal and economic demands from his ex-girfriend with whom he had broken up in December 2018 after six years together.
As per the latest data, the BJP has gone past the half-way mark. The BJP and its allies are leading in 321 seats, while the Indian National Congress (INC) and its allies are leading in 114 seats. The counting of votes began at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning.
The current WBO super featherweight champion from Poland doesn't hesitate to share tonnes of smoking hot photos with her army of over 25,000 Instagram followers.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The cost of maintaining Germany’s huge population of immigrants, most of them unskilled workers, has skyrocketed to over $25 billion in taxpayers’ money in 2018 and will remain a drag on the economy, a survey by the country's finance ministry shows.
European Parliament elections are just around the corner; the vote will be held on 23-26 May in all 28 EU nations. It is slated to demonstrate whether the populist and eurosceptic parties that have been gaining support in national elections will do as well on the European level.
The Louisiana Republican weighed in on the impeachment debate following a fresh row between Donald Trump and the Democratic leadership. POTUS marched out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she reportedly accused him of a cover-up amid growing calls from fellow Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings.
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - The Popocatepetl volcano, located in central Mexico near Mexico City, belched a column of ash up to 3.5 kilometres (2.2 miles) above sea level into the sky, the country's civil defence service has said.
It's been estimated that Denmark's new fighter jets will subject hundreds of homes to excessive noise levels comparable a hard rock concert.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to announce she will leave office on Friday in the wake of disagreements with lawmakers over her Brexit plan, The Times reported on Thursday.
US Republican Senator Rand Paul wants Congress to ban the sale of military helicopters to the Czech Republic, which the State Department approved earlier this month. Along with the Czech Republic, the politician has also proposed blocking the sale of military equipment to Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.