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South Sudan opposition says initials peace deal with government

The opposition of South Sudan said that it initiated an agreement with the government to settle the conflict in the country. "After meetings with [President of Sudan Omar] al-Bashir and the mediation, we have decided to initiate the draft of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the...

Friday, August 31, 2018, 10:00 AM

Russian investigators deny version of blast aboard President Kaczynski's plane

The Russian Investigative Committee has no questions left about the causes behind the crash of Kaczynski's plane; the Polish side’s version about an explosion found no confirmation, official representative of the Russian Investigative Committee Svetlana Petrenko said. "I emphasize...

Friday, August 31, 2018, 9:55 AM

Court tosses atheists’ lawsuit against ‘In God We Trust’ motto on US dollars

A federal appeals court shot down on Tuesday a lawsuit challenging the use of the US national motto on printed money. The phrase, “In God We Trust,” has long been a point of contention for secular Americans. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota, cited the historied...

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 10:14 AM

Qatar spent millions in 2017 to influence Trump foreign policy - reports

Qatar’s government spent more than $16 million during 2017 alone in an unconventional lobbying program to influence President Donald Trump into adopting policies desired by its leaders, media reported. Because Trump often shuns typical policy-making processes special interest groups have...

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 10:07 AM

UN strongly suggests coalition may be guilty of war crimes

The United Nations Human Rights Council said on Tuesday that parties to the conflict in Yemen, namely participants in the Saudi-led coalition, may be guilty of war crimes. A 41-page report by the Group of Regional and International Eminent Experts on Yemen, which was commissioned by the UN, "...

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 10:03 AM

US destroyer can strike any part of Syria from Mediterranean - Russian MoD

Earlier, the Ministry announced that the United States, the United Kingdom and France were preparing to carry out new strikes against Syria under the pretext of a false chemical weapons attack by Syrian government forces. "The United States keeps building up the group of cruise missile...

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 9:57 AM

Russia's shift to gold reserves could protect sanctioned economy

Russia is renouncing the dictate of the dollar by purchasing gold and selling US Treasury bonds, according to an article published in Die Welt. The article cites the author and political advisor James Rickards as saying that President Putin had a strategic plan and gold was the perfect investment...

Thursday, August 30, 2018, 9:53 AM

Three dead after gamer gun massacre in US

On Sunday, a shooting occurred during a Madden 19 Tournament at the GLHF Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooter was confirmed dead after killing two people and injuring at least 9, according to unofficial reports. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Department called the incident a "mass...

Monday, August 27, 2018, 10:03 AM

Fake Michael Jackson songs: Sony no longer denies the charges

Sony Corporation’s music division is not exactly denying reports accusing the entertainment behemoth of manufacturing fake Michael Jackson performances and selling them to an unwitting pubic. Sony, in responding to reports in the press that it has admitted to selling recordings it claimed...

Monday, August 27, 2018, 9:58 AM

Pope Francis won’t 'say one word' on abuse cover-up allegations – reports

Following his visit to Dublin, Pope Francis refused to respond to the explosive allegation of the Church covering up sexual abuses. Francis, talking to the reporters abroad his papal plane returning to Rome, said that the 11-page document published by the former Church official urging the pontiff...

Monday, August 27, 2018, 9:51 AM

Trump scrapped White House plan to issue statement praising McCain - reports

President Trump and recently-deceased five-term Republican Senator from Arizona John S. McCain had been at loggerheads long before the former's presidential inauguration, and it seems like the status-quo has not changed even after McCain's death. According to the Washington Post, this...

Monday, August 27, 2018, 9:45 AM

Largest China-made amphibious aircraft completes trial flight

World's largest China-made amphibious aircraft, the AG600, has completed a trial flight from the city of Zhuhai in southern Guangdong province to Jingmen city in central province of Hubei and is ready to start tests on the water, the plane's manufacturer, the Aviation Industry Corporation...

Monday, August 27, 2018, 9:39 AM

Newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Morrison takes oath of office

Former Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison was sworn in as the country's prime minister in the Government House, located in the country's capital of Canberra, on Friday, finalizing the ouster of Malcolm Turnbull, The Guardian newspaper reported. According to The Guardian, Morrison was...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 4:00 PM

Ahed Tamimi under fire for praise of Hezbollah leader

Teenage Palestinian icon Ahed Tamimi is infuriating critics after she heaped praise on Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah. Tamimi was imprisoned by Israeli authorities in December after she was caught on video slapping an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier who entered her family's...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 10:12 AM

Ex-South Korean president jail term increased to 25 years

The South Korean appeal court on Friday extended ex-president Park Geun-hye's prison sentence in a case arising from a corruption scandal that led to mass protests and her dismissal in 2017. The Seoul High Court found Park guilty of charges including bribery, Yonhap news agency reported. Park...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 10:02 AM

Trump's lawyer warns of 'revolt' if president impeached

US President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that there was no reason for the president’s impeachment, noting that such step would only make US citizens "revolt." "There is no reason [for Trump's impeachment]. He did not collude with the Russians. He did not...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 9:56 AM

Duterte refuses to buy US fighter jets 'after they humiliated us'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has blamed the United States for trying to hamper the modernization of his country's army and for criticizing his crackdown on illegal drugs. Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed as “utterly useless” an offer by the US defense chief and other top US...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 9:47 AM

First case of rare flesh-eating STD reported in United Kingdom

The first case of a rare sexually transmitted disease that causes flesh-eating ulcers to appear near one's genitals has been diagnosed in the UK. According to the Lancashire Post, the unidentified woman, who lives in Southport, England, was diagnosed with donovanosis within the past year. She...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 9:33 AM

North Korea halts dismantlement of key missile site – reports

North Korea seems to have stopped dismantling what it calls a satellite launching station, believed to be a test site for intercontinental ballistic missiles, a US-South Korean monitoring website said. North 38 said commercial satellite imagery dating to August 16 showed there had been no "...

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 10:00 AM

Beijing might benefit from Trump's ban on Iranian oil – Chinese scholar

China might benefit from Washington's ban on Iranian oil purchases, which will start on November 5, 2018, Ji Kaiyun, director of the China Southwestern University’s Center of Iranian Studies, told Sputnik, recalling that Beijing had always found ways to circumvent American sanctions....

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 9:55 AM