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The US military has increased its military presence in Iraq to 10,000 soldiers and supplied them with state of the art equipment, according to sources in Iraq cited by Fars News.
Earlier in the day, the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation warned that terrorists in Syria were planning to stage chemical attacks in the Idlib deescalation zone, as well as west of Aleppo province.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was ordered earlier to pay at least $25 million to a woman who said she contracted a rare asbestos-related cancer through decades of daily use of its baby powder or its other talc product, media reported Tuesday.
During his testimony before the House Financial Services Committee Tuesday, US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson got a crash course on property terminology after incorrectly identifying and then guessing what the acronym “REO” means.
A Taco Bell employee in Bridgeton, Missouri, has been fired after a video of her making Islamophobic comments to a customer went viral on Twitter.
A video game for mobile devices called “Sniper 3D Assassin” was recently found to feature a twisted mission plot: assassinating a journalist who’s receiving sensitive documents from a police officer. After heaps of outrage, maker TFG has removed the mission.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Officials in the United States are not discussing plans to use military force against Iran despite escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a press briefing on Tuesday.
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - Syria is interested in strengthening trade unionist cooperation with Russia and in attracting foreign investment to rebuild the country, the Chairman of the Syrian General Federation of Trade Unions Jamal Qadiri told Sputnik.
Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan and other top defence and security officials were on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to provide closed-door briefings to members of Congress on Iranian threats and steps the Trump administration is taking to protect its interests in the Middle East.
Protesters took to the streets in central Jakarta following a rally held after official results confirmed President Joko Widodo's re-election, Reuters reported Tuesday.
A shocking event last week was captured on film: the moment a Chinese JH-7 “Flying Leopard” jet flew straight into the ground on China’s Hainan Island, erupting in a huge fireball.
For the first time ever, marine scientists have tracked a 10-foot great white shark in the Long Island Sound, a tidal estuary between Connecticut and New York’s Long Island.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday during a phone conversation reaffirmed their support for mutually-beneficial economic cooperation with Iran and stressed importance of preserving the Iran nuclear deal, the Kremlin said in a statement.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Terrorists in Syria are planning chemical attacks in the Idlib deescalation zone, as well as in the west of the Aleppo province, the head of the Russian center for Syrian reconciliation said on Tuesday.
Several middle school students in Ohio have been accused of mixing bodily fluids into food, which was then served to their teachers during a “Global Gourmet” class.
When Taliban fighters mounted a deadly early morning attack on a key military base in southwestern Afghanistan earlier this year, they hid inside a sewage truck’s tank to sneak inside the facility.
Perry Stone has revealed his overall unwillingness to address the end of the world issue, because, as he says, the response is not infrequently “verbally critical and negative”. However, he, “the watchman who sees the coming danger”, deems it wrong to hold back the truth from the public.
A spike in the exchange rate was seen after Pakistan inked a three-year deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a $6 billion bailout package. Last week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered action against dealers and companies selling American dollars at higher rates.
There has been a new twist in the spate of privacy scandals that Facebook has been mired in since early last year, as a new detail about the handover of data on users’ “creditworthiness” has come to light.
The eye-catching idea is the mayor's alternative to initiatives aimed at raising birth rates being proposed and implemented in other French cities that are struggling with the same problem.
The US has put around 70 Chinese firms, including Huawei, on a ban list that prevents the companies from obtaining American technologies. Washington has also warned its EU allies against using Huawei tech in their 5G networks, threatening to cease intelligence sharing with them.
I know full well Thursday is European Election Day but I want to appeal to each and every Brexit supporter to think about the National Health Service first and foremost before you cast your vote for a Brexit supporting party.
Russia hopes that an escalation around the so-called Iran nuclear deal can be avoided so that Tehran can continue to respect its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Tuesday.
As the day of the European Parliament elections nears in the UK, polls show that Nigel Farage's party may come out on top. Adam Garrie, a UK-based geopolitical analyst, has explained ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s accusations against the Brexit Party and the Electoral Commission's decision to review the party's funding.
British Steel employs roughly 5,000 people in England, mostly in the northeastern town of Scunthorpe, whilst 20,000 others depend on the company for their supply chains.
Grave robbers possibly sneaking into Egypt’s gigantic landmark pyramids 4,500 years ago have stirred the curiosity of multiple researchers, but it appears the fake doors in their inner premises have nothing to do with the rogues.
The US recently increased its military presence in the Middle East, sending an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf and reportedly deploying a regiment of B-52 bombers to the region amid growing tensions between Washington and Tehran.
While honouring this year’s recipients of the American Icon Awards in Los Angeles, including boxing star Evander Holyfield, star actor Al Pacino, and music producer Quincy Jones, Robert De Niro remarked that the way to “make America great again” is by imprisoning POTUS Donald Trump.
The EU's most powerful official - who said there’s a "special place in hell" reserved for people who promoted Brexit without a plan in place - has officially backed party candidate Jan Rostowski, his former deputy prime minister in Poland, claiming he’d make a “great MEP” for London.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he will soon have a response for Mexico's failure to stop illegal migration into the United States.
Just look at this odd amphibian clinging to the tap in order to get as much water as possible! Who knows, maybe, hot tap water tastes way better than cold water from a lake.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Four US Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers and two Su-35s as they carried out sorties in international airspace off the coast of Alaska earlier this week, the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) said in a statement on Tuesday.
On 27 February, the daily newspaper Kashmir Vision reported that a combat Mi-17 V5 helicopter of the Indian Air Force crashed in the Budgam area in the state Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the Independence Party of the Czech Republic (SNCR), the only way for their country to become "independent and free" again is to withdraw from the European Union. The SNCR elaborated on the consequences of Brussels' decision-making for the Czech Republic and explained what the party stands for ahead of the upcoming EU Parliament vote.
As of May 2019, US imports of Russian oil amounted to some five million barrels, while American refineries imported a total of 7.5 million barrels in all of 2018.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was possible that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was responsible for recent attacks on shipping vessels in the Persian Gulf and on Saudi oil pipelines.
The trade war between the US and China has entered a new stage amid reports that Google has suspended its business operations with the Shenzhen-based telecom giant. Earlier, the US president ordered that a plan be devised to ban US companies from using telecommunications equipment from foreign manufacturers due to “a national security risk”.
The issue was raised amid a scandal involving Birmingham's Anderton Park Primary, where Muslims have been protesting for seven weeks against the school's LGBTQ curriculum.
Theresa May stated earlier that she was going to make a "bold offer" to the Parliament on amending the Brexit deal, which is hoped will help pass the withdrawal agreement through the legislature.
Attorney General William Barr and Inspector General Michael Horowitz are about to expose apparent legal violations by the Obama DOJ and FBI while investigating the Trump campaign. Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel has expressed hope that the truth about the "Russian hoax" will eventually come out, smoothening over the divisions in US society.
US President Donald Trump said earlier in the day that there’s no indication that Iran is preparing to take action against American interests in the Middle East, but added that any provocation would be met “with great force”.
On 20 May, World Bee Day is celebrated around the globe. Sputnik has discussed the mass extinction of bees in Mexico with Alfonso Cestelos Sanz, director of the beekeeping club Apicultura MX.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford has cancelled his trip to NATO on Wednesday due to unforeseen commitments that require him to stay in Washington, Joint Staff spokesperson Navy Lt. Cmdr. Hayley Sims told Sputnik on Tuesday.
Archaeologists have been challenged with a question of how crocodile remains, usually found in the Nile River, wound up in a desert on the other side of the Red Sea. Meanwhile, their findings could help shed light on the history of ancient civilisation in Israel.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iran's strategy to confront US hostile measures is based on a "no to war, no to sanctions" principle, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's cultural adviser, Hesameddin Ashena, told Tasnim News Agency on Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said all ministers from the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) are leaving the Austrian government, except for Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper reported.
Ahead of the European Parliament elections, République en Marche, the party of French President Emmanuel Macron, has been overtaken by the right-wing National Rally, led by Marine Le Pen, his rival in 2017 presidential race, with 24 percent of the vote, according to French polls.
While the European Parliament elections are approaching with stakes being high, German MEP and former chairman of the National Democratic Party (NPD) Udo Voigt has spoken about the party's plans for the next legislative term, as well as its priorities and concerns.
The verdict comes amidst a recent incident in the same state of Rajasthan, in which a married woman was allegedly gang-raped by several men in front of her husband.
Hollywood star Jim Carrey has yet again generated exceptionally strong reactions with his latest provocative drawing that depicts Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who just recently signed a bill in the state criminalising abortion except in cases of medical emergency into law.
A database of over 49 million Instagram influencers — bloggers, celebrities, and brands — has been found available on Amazon Web Services’ cloud storage, according to TechCrunch.
American reconnaissance drones routinely fly along Russia’s borders, mostly in the west and in south-west, as well as along the Syrian coast, where Russian military bases are located. Such flights have become quite regular since relations between the US and Russia became strained in 2014.
The statement came against the backdrop of a suspicious movement of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in various locations across the country.
During state assembly elections in the past, some opposition parties have alleged that the electronic voting machines (EVM) were being tampered with to favour the governing Bharatiya Janata Party. But many of these parties have also won seats after being voted through the same EVMs.
In recent years, humanity’s most brilliant minds have been working to send the first human to the Red Planet. According to physicist Brian Cox, Mars might be the only space travel option for people, destined to become Martians, noting that “we can't stay here forever”.
A 24-hour airline strike across Italy has cancelled nearly 500 flights and delayed many more, with workers citing disputes over working and pay conditions. The strike is one of the biggest since similar strikes took place in France in August 2018, which paralysed 800 flights and cost over €1bn in profits.
The US president has repeatedly come up with tirades targeting Iran in recent days. He has warned it against taking action against the US, vowing it would be the end of Iran and calling on the Islamic Republic to engage in talks with Washington.
VIENNA (Sputnik) - Enemies of Russia produce fake news and use other "untidy" methods to create an impression that Russia meddles in other countries' affairs, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister said, commenting on the scandal around a video that showed the Austrian vice-chancellor promising public contracts to a woman posing as a Russian heiress.
Three times Formula One champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70, triggering tributes from everyone in the sport who remembers his amazing comeback from the jaws of death in 1976. Sputnik looks at who would join Lauda on the grid if there was a grand prix of the world's greatest drivers.
Russia's Pacific Fleet was established in 1731 as part of the Imperial Russian Navy. The fleet was known as the Okhotsk Military Flotilla and Siberian Military Flotilla, formed to defend the country's interests in the Russian Far East region along the Pacific coast.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed last month that New Delhi had the “mother of nuclear bombs”, which is why, he said, it would never yield to what he described as Pakistan’s attempts at nuclear blackmail.
British media have reported that small teams of Britain’s elite commandoes are being deployed on UK-registered oil tankers in the Persian Gulf by way of protecting these vessels.
On Monday, the Eiffel Tower, which is considered to be the French capital's most significant symbol, was evacuated after a man was seen climbing it.
Bayer has hired law firm Sidley Austin to investigate the lists and determine whether they extend to other countries - individuals named will also be contacted and apprised of what data was collected on them no later than 31st May.
WeChat Pay and Alipay are immensely popular digital payment applications in China and are used by a majority of Chinese tourists travelling abroad.
PARIS (Sputnik) - France has not invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the 75th anniversary of D-Day, since the ceremony will be led by PM Edouard Philippe, the Elysee Palace told Sputnik on Tuesday, apparently suggesting that Putin was not invited because it was the head of government leading the ceremony and not the head of state.
In March 2019, 100 kg of heroin was seized from a Karachi-registered boat while those on board were Iranians. In 2017, the Coast Guard caught a Panama-registered vessel carrying 1,500 kg of heroin valued at $500 million.
The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, a trade organisation, has estimated that the increased tariffs on Chinese goods announced by the United States could cost shoe shoppers more than $7 billion each year.
Sometimes animals become so annoying that people have to teach them a lesson, but without harming them, of course. Australian Nicholas Milyari Fitzpatrick has decided to give one predator a taste of its own medicine, by catching it with his bare hands!
The US has long been one of the most vocal critics of the Russian-European pipeline Nord Stream 2, citing alleged dangers to the EU’s energy security and threatening to impose sanctions against it. However, the project has been vehemently defended by several countries, including Germany and Russia, as a purely economic venture.
A whole number of countries, including the UK and US, are due to see a so-called pornography ban in the near future that would oversee the formal age verification of users who are willing to sign up for 18+ content.
Birmingham’s Anderton Park Primary has been in the national spotlight due to 7-week-long protests against the school’s equality lessons. The stand-off recently turned violent when pro-LGBTQ protesters were attacked near the school, while the campaigners threatened a nationwide action against “okay to be gay” teaching.
Turkey has announced a new set of measures to support economic activity and prevent a further devaluation of the national currency as the nation is set to re-emerge from recession as soon as this quarter.
Washington has been pressuring London hard, threatening to end intelligence cooperation, to deny the Chinese tech firm access to building its 5G telecommunication network, citing fears Huawei could have equipped its devices with backdoors for espionage at Beijing's request. Huawei has repeatedly denied the accusations.
British Steel needs £30 million in emergency financing to avoid going into administration in the coming days; while some say the turmoil is Brexit-related, others point out huge environmental payments to the EU made a gaping hole in the company's finances.
Huawei has a smartphone market share between 3.5% and 4.5% in India. Its Honor brand is among the fastest growing. The company considers India crucial in its scheme of business, as it is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world.
Contrary to the idea of a Europe free of borders, which remains one of the European Union's main selling points, Denmark is willing to make temporary border controls against Germany, its southern neighbour, permanent.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Caracas firmly rejects any US allegations of Russia's direct intervention in Venezuelan affairs, Venezuela and Russia are linked by cooperation, Venezuelan Ambassador to Russia Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa said Tuesday.
Last week, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning the Chinese company Huawei from the American market for allegedly posing a national security risk. The Commerce Department, however, issued a statement saying that the implementation of the ban will be delayed for another 90 days.
India has been holding its seven-phased elections since April 19, with 900 million eligible voters. The vote counting is expected to begin on 23 May and the results are expected to be announced the same day. Exit polls suggest that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are likely to win the election.
VIENNA (Sputnik) - The Russian-US Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) will be terminated on August 2, the deadline for Washington's announced withdrawal, since Russia is unable to save the treaty after US unilateral withdrawal, Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said on Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A charity foundation for children of the Russian Spartak football club will take charge of the costs of replacing a missing leg of Iraqi boy Qassem Qadim, a hero of an award-winning photo of the 2018 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, with a prosthesis, the charity's chairman Andrey Fedun said.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said in a statement that the euro "is under threat as never before" due to the risk of an economic crisis linked to trade wars and European politicians who want the use of the single currency to end.
It’s been slightly over a month since the king of YouTube, PewDiePie, has joined DLive, a livestreaming platform powered by blockchain technology, with his exclusive weekly live-streams.
MOSCOW – Sputnik press service. Sputnik News and Radio is welcoming another group of participants to the SputnikPro project.
VIENNA (Sputnik) - Attempts to block the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for delivering Russian gas to the European Union are in fact an attack against the architecture of the European security, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said.
On today’s episode of Double Down, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert talk to Ian Fraser, author of SHREDDED: Inside RBS: The Bank that Broke Britain.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States Navy is planning to add 60 more battle force ships to its fleet, bringing the total to 355 ships in slightly more than a decade thanks to the largest shipbuilding request in 20 years, US Vice President Mike Pence said.
Against the backdrop of US sanctions Iran’s oil production may fall to levels not seen since the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, according to a May report by the International Energy Agency.
Earlier media reported that Google had suspended its business operations with Huawei, including the transfer of hardware, software and technical services, as well as the Chinese giant’s access to updates of its Android operating system.
US President Donald Trump has been holding political rallies for many months, though his official presidential campaign is only scheduled to start in mid-June - the four-year anniversary of when he went down the escalator at Trump Tower, announcing his presidential ambitions.
Following the debates about the alleged social media campaign against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, it turns out that her rival, Donald Trump, might have become the target of a similar attack.
A whole 25 percent of Norwegians have argued that some human races are more intelligent than others in a survey that also highlighted Norwegians' negative attitudes toward Islam.
The actor tried to portray the transient and non-deterministic nature of exit polls through his experience of an ex-girlfriend coming to him from her ex-boyfriend and then going on to finally marry someone else.
Venezuelan Ambassador to the Russian Federation Carlos Rafael Faria Tortosa gives a briefing to the media, addressing the situation in the Latin American country.
The British Defence Ministry said last month that the multinational war games, dubbed Baltic Protector, underlined the "importance of protecting Europe at a time of increased threat" amid ongoing tensions with Russia.