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Russia hopes to sign S-400 missile contract with India in October - official

All technical and economic aspects of the contracts with India on the delivery of S-400 air defense systems and Project 11356 frigates have been coordinated, Russia is hoping to sign both contracts in October, Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) Dmitry...

Monday, August 20, 2018, 10:03 AM

At least 5 reportedly dead as multiple quakes hit Indonesia

A series of new earthquakes were recorded by seismologists throughout Sunday, the first measuring 6.3 shortly before midday which triggered landslides and sent people fleeing for cover, AFP reported. According to the US Geological Survey, the new tremors were followed nearly twelve hours later by...

Monday, August 20, 2018, 9:56 AM

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, 2:37 PM

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, 2:18 PM

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, 1:51 PM

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, 1:41 PM

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, 1:35 PM

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, 10:08 AM

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, 10:02 AM

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, 9:55 AM

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, 9:51 AM

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, 9:43 AM

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, 9:36 AM

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, 9:28 AM

Fake Iraqi-Finnish marriages on the rise in hunt for residence permits

More Iraqi asylum seekers are marrying Finnish citizens in an attempt to obtain legal grounds to stay in the Nordic country, the Finnish Immigration Service Migri said, citing marriages of convenience as the most frequent reason for rejection. Sham marriages concluded with the sole purpose of...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 10:37 AM

Why will Mars never become a 'second Earth'?

In June, NASA scientists suggested that the best evidence that life once existed on Mars has been revealed in 3-billion-year old organic matter in rocks and cyclical emissions of methane from the Red Planet's surface, discovered by the Curiosity rover. In an article for Der Spiegel, German...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 10:14 AM

Iran to ease currency exchange regulations ahead of US sanctions

The new rules will allow exchange offices to buy and sell hard currencies, among other assets. Iran has announced a relaxation of foreign exchange rules ahead of US sanctions targeting Iran's purchase of US dollars, trade in gold and precious metals, coal, cars and industrial-related software...

Monday, August 6, 2018, 10:06 AM

Israeli defense chief: Syrian front will be more quiet with Assad rule restored

The Syrian government has been restoring its control over the country, with the latest military operation being carried out against jihadists in the south of the Arab Republic. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has stated that he believes that the Syrian front will be more quiet with the...

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 11:07 AM

WikiLeaks’ Assange facing ‘very grave juncture’ as potential extradition looms

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange faces an uncertain future as Ecuadorian officials consider whether to comply with pressure to extradite him from confinement at the South American nation’s diplomatic safe haven in London. Earlier this month, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno said that...

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 10:55 AM

Philippines won't give up on Russian arms despite US threats - foreign minister

The Philippines will not give up buying Russian weapons despite possible sanctions by the United States, Philippine Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano said on Thursday. "In recent weeks, media have harshly criticized possible US sanctions [for purchasing Russian arms], we expected this and...

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 10:50 AM

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