International

Investors pull $1.4 billion out of emerging markets

Investors rattled by events in Turkey, China and South Africa have pulled $1.3 billion out of emerging-market stocks in the last week and $100 million from bonds, according to the Institute of International Finance, which tracks financial flows. An emerging-market selloff has picked up pace over...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 12:38am

Kerala floods: Death toll rises above 324 as rescue effort intensifies

More than 324 people have died in the worst flooding in nearly a century in the south Indian state of Kerala. Roads are damaged, mobile phone networks are down, an international airport has been closed and more than 220,000 people have been left homeless after unusually heavy rain in the past nine...

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 10:45pm

Moscow to respond to US guided destroyer's entry Into Black Sea - lawmaker

Moscow will respond to the recent entry of US guided-missile destroyer USS Carney into the Black Sea, Frants Klintsevich, a member of the Defense Committee of the upper house of Russian parliament, said on Monday. "A reaction will certainly follow. And it will not be spontaneous, it will be...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 2:37pm

Blue light from phones, tablets can speed blindness - study

It might be time to put your phone down and take a walk outside ‒ with sunglasses ‒ instead. According to researchers from the University of Toledo, both the blue light from digital devices and ultraviolet light from the sun can transform molecules in the eye’s retina into “cell killers...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 2:20pm

Lavrov: Excessive use of dollar can make others trade in national currencies

The Russian foreign minister is on a working trip to Turkey, during which he will hold a bilateral meeting in Ankara on Tuesday with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss burning international issues. Lavrov has held a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 1:51pm

Erdogan: 'We will boycott US electronic products'

Relations between Ankara and Washington have deteriorated due to the case of US pastor Andrew Brunson, detained in Turkey, as well as tariff issues and the contradictions over the purchase of Russian-made weapons systems by the Turkish military. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 1:41pm

Trump has 'bizarre' desire to call Macron without particular aim - reports

US President Donald Trump has a "bizarre" desire to frequently hold phone conversations with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, often leaving the latter confused about the concrete agenda of the talks, media reported, citing a White House official. On Friday, Trump tweeted that he...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 1:35pm

Deadly hospital fire kills nine people in Taiwan

A fire at a hospital in Taiwan’s most populous city killed nine people and injured 15 others early on Monday. The blaze broke out on the seventh floor of the building, which was used for hospice care, according to the New Taipei City Fire Department. Media footage showed patients being...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 1:05am

Egypt arrests seven alleged militants tied to failed church bombing

Egyptian security forces have arrested seven alleged militants suspected of involvement in a foiled church bombing outside Cairo on Saturday, the interior ministry said on Sunday. A militant wearing a suicide vest blew himself up 250 meters from a Coptic Christian church in Qalyubiyah, a...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 1:04am

China’s language and cultural centers are growing faster across Africa

Government-funded public institutes teaching Chinese language and culture are popping up across the globe as part of a stated push to improve the country’s cultural influence with a focus on “soft power“. Since 2004 the number of Confucius Institutes in Africa has jumped...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 12:05am

Pakistan is getting its first lawmaker of African descent

For the first time ever, Sidis – a minority group of Pakistanis and Indians of African origin – will be represented in Pakistan’s legislature. Tanzeela Qambrani, a 39-year old Sidi, has been nominated to a seat reserved for women in a regional parliament in southern Sindh....

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 12:04am

The Taj Mahal is wasting away, and it may soon hit the point of no return

The saying goes that the Taj Mahal is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening, and golden when the moon shines. Though this may once have been true for the famously pristine marble monument, a mixture of pollution and poor management has now burdened the Taj with a 24-hour layer of...

Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 12:01am

Brad Pitt calls Angelina Jolie’s child support request an “effort to manipulate media”

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s ongoing court battle continues. In a new court filing earlier this week, Jolie accused Pitt of not paying any “meaningful” child support since divorce proceedings began in 2016. In response to the filing, a Pitt insider familiar with the situation...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:34pm

FBI arrests more alleged Russian nationals

Several people claiming to be Russian citizens have been detained in the United States, a spokesman for the Russian consulate in New York told Sputnik. "We received an official notification from the FBI that it detained people who said they were Russian citizens. This information is being...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:08am

China launches prototype supercomputer, aiming to beat world’s fastest one

A prototype computer that could become the world's fastest began operating at the national supercomputer center in the East China city of Jinan on Sunday. The exascale-class computer in the Shandong computer science center is capable of making more than a billion billion calculations a second...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:02am

Israeli jets attack over 140 targets in Gaza

Israeli jets attacked over 140 of strategic targets overnight belonging to Hamas militants in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza under their control, the Israel Defense Forces said Thursday. The airstrikes allegedly came in retaliation for a barrage of 150 rockets fired into Israel on Wednesday...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 9:55am

Assange mulls testifying in US probe into Russian meddling

An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Sputnik the whistleblower was considering a call by a US Senate panel to testify in its probe into Russia’s alleged 2016 election tampering. "I confirm that he has been notified about the offer. Mr. Assange is now considering it in...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 9:51am

Norwegians divided as Muslim man fired for refusing to shake hands with woman

While some politicians supported the school's decision to dismiss the Muslim teacher for discrimination against women, others argued that the dismissal itself was a violation of the Anti-Discrimination Act. The man, however, claimed the refusal to shake hands was based on the teachings of Islam...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 9:43am

Riyadh stops medical treatment programs in Canada

Saudi Arabia has stopped all medical treatment programs in Canada after the kingdom abruptly cut ties with Ottawa. Saudi Arabia has discontinued all medical treatment programs in Canada and is coordinating the transfer of all Saudi patients to hospitals outside Canada, the Saudi Press Agency...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:36am

Apple denies iPhones can record users' voices without permission

Apple sent a letter in response to a request from US congressmen, in which it stated that its iPhones do not record the users' voice without their permission, The Washington Post newspaper reported Wednesday. Apple replied to the US Congressman, stating that its virtual assistant, Siri, could...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:28am