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Iran’s navy assembles near mouth of Persian Gulf, US ‘monitoring it closely’

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) appears to be preparing for a major display of force in the Strait of Hormuz, the only outlet from the Persian Gulf to the open sea, demonstrating its ability to shut down the strategically important waterway. US Central Command tweeted...

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 10:31 AM

Seoul, Pyongyang hold general-level military talks

South Korea and North Korea held general-level military negotiations to discuss measures to ease tensions in border areas as part of an agreement reached at an inter-Korean summit in April, local media reported on Tuesday. According to the Yonhap news agency, the meeting took place at the Peace...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 11:23 AM

At least 7 killed after a car bomb explodes in Philippines

At least seven people have died after a car bomb exploded in Basilan, an island province in the southern Philippines, CNN Philippines reported. Among those killed there reportedly were a woman and a child, four members of the Citizen Armed Force Gepgraphical Unit (CAFGU) and the driver of the car...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 11:17 AM

EU slaps sanctions on six Russian companies over Crimea

The European Union has expanded the sanctions list associated with the reunification of the Crimea with Russia, as well as the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, the Official Journal of the European Union reported. According to the document, new sanctions will target AO Institute...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 11:04 AM

Explosion hits city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan

According to the TOLOnews broadcaster, an explosion has occurred near the Provincial Central Hospital and Department of Migrants and Refugees. A blast has hit the Afghan city of Jalalabad in eastern Nangarhar province, local media reported. The media outlet added, citing local residents that...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 10:59 AM

Pentagon to spend $885m on AI to compete with Russia, China

The US Department of Defense will spend $885 million on a large-scale artificial intelligence (AI) systems to boost the country's military performance in a bid to compete with China and Russia, The Washington Post reported. Josh Sullivan, the senior vice president at government consulting firm...

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 10:53 AM

France: We won't allow Trump to destabilize Europe

Last April the French Government stated, that it was against engaging in negotiations on customs duties with Washington after the US announced that previously introduced aluminum and steel tariffs would be temporarily suspended for the EU countries. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian...

Friday, July 13, 2018, 12:01 PM

'No Jews in Germany': Police mistakenly beat victim of anti-Semitic assault

Earlier this week, the heads of some 40 Jewish organizations based in Germany penned an open letter to the government, urging Berlin to crack down on anti-Semitism, pointing to a string of intensified anti-Jewish attacks in the country. A 50-year-old Jewish-American professor of philosophy was...

Friday, July 13, 2018, 11:53 AM

Terrorists will return to Syria if Iran, Russia withdraw troops - Tehran

According to Iranian ex-foreign minister and Supreme Leader's Aide Ali Akbar Velayati, Iranian and Russian troops will stay in Syria in order to guarantee that terrorists won't continue their activity in the war-torn country. Addressing the Syrian conflict, the official stated, that...

Friday, July 13, 2018, 11:18 AM

Trump vows to 'kill' US-UK trade deal if May goes forward with 'soft' Brexit

President Donald Trump in an interview said the United States would kill any unilateral trade agreement with the United Kingdom if UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU implement a Brexit compromise arrangement. "If they [UK] do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union...

Friday, July 13, 2018, 11:05 AM

Death toll from Japan floods passes 200

The death toll from Japan's worst flooding in decades has topped 200, with dozens more missing, a senior government spokesman said Friday. "The death toll is now 204, with 28 reported missing. We have been unable to locate further 54 people, mostly in the Hiroshima prefecture," chief...

Friday, July 13, 2018, 10:58 AM

Croatia to play France in FIFA World Cup final after beating England 2-1

A football match to decide whether of the two teams - Croatia or England, will make it to the finals is being held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. England has managed to score its first goal just five minutes after the beginning of the match. However, Perisic managed to tie the game 1-1....

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 9:09 AM

'Sorry, God': Philippines' Duterte reportedly apologizes to God

Less than a month after making several controversial statements about God, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, offered his apologies to the Almighty. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologized to God for his earlier remarks during a meeting with Eddie Villanueva, the president...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 4:00 PM

'It's Coming Home': England Expects But Modric and Croatia Stand In Way of Glory

England take on Croatia in Moscow on Wednesday, with the winner facing France in the World Cup final. Sputnik looks at what is happening on social media and discovers England fans are either bullish and over-confident or nervous as hell. England were last at this stage in 1990, when they...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 3:43 PM

UK hits Facebook with maximum fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the country’s data protection watchdog, has slapped Facebook with fines to the tune of $660,000 - the maximum allowed by law - after an investigation concluded that “Facebook contravened the law by failing to safeguard people’s...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 11:29 AM

At least 10 killed in Afghanistan as gunmen attack govt building

According to Nangarhar provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani, militants attacked a government building in eastern Afghanistan. "I can confirm an armed attack on a branch of the education department in Jalalabad," Attaullah Khogyani said, as quoted by AFP. In late June,...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 11:19 AM

Russia vows reciprocal response to expulsion of diplomats from Greece

Athens has taken measures against Russian diplomats over "illegal activities" and "meddling" that undermine "national security," according to Kathimerini newspaper, which cited diplomatic sources. Russia will give a mirror response to the expulsion of Russian...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 11:09 AM

Trump: Russia controls Germany using gas supplies

US President Donald Trump has criticized the energy agreement between Berlin and Moscow and said that Russia controls Germany through energy resources. "We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that's being paid to the country that we are supposed to be protecting you...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 11:02 AM

China vows to respond if US imposes additional tariffs on Chinese goods

Chinese commerce ministry announced on Wednesday that Beijing would take retaliatory measures imposes additional tariffs on Chinese goods. Chinese commerce ministry said that it was shocked by Washington's trade actions and that it would respond if US imposes additional tariffs on some $200...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 10:56 AM

Japan: Evacuation recommended due to approaching Typhoon Maria

The residents of the Japanese city of Miyakojima in Okinawa Prefecture, whose number totals over 55,000 people, received on Tuesday recommendations on evacuation in connection to oncoming Typhoon Maria. Earlier on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported about the typhoon's...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 8:04 AM

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