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01 April 2015
Asia & Pacific
Brave New World
Connecting The Pieces
Moscow Urges End to ‘International Terrorist’ Bloodshed in Syria
Moscow is calling on all responsible sides in Syria to put an end to the bloodshed unleashed by what it termed “international terrorists,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Monday.
Lawyers Appeal Lithuania’s Extradition of Russian Man to US
The defense team representing a Russian national who is facing extradition from Lithuania to the United States appealed a court’s decision on Monday.
Russia Condemns Nazi Veterans Convention in Estonia
Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday harshly criticized a recent convention of Nazi veterans in Estonia as a “blasphemous attempt to honor Hitler’s hangmen.”
Georgian Feminists to Stage Anti-Virginity Rally
Georgian feminists have called for a rally on Tuesday to “end the institution of virginity” because an intact hymen “cannot remain an indicator of a woman’s chastity in the 21st century,” the group said on a Facebook page for the event.
16-Year-Old Lithuanian Breaks World 100m Breaststroke Record
Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, aged 16, broke the world record in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the world aquatics championships in Barcelona on Monday.
Suspect Detained in Moscow Cop Skull-Bashing
Moscow police said Monday that they had detained a man accused of bashing in a policeman’s skull during a brawl, which triggered a crackdown on marketplaces around the city.
Russian Gov’t OKs Military Collaboration Deal With Spain
The Russian government has approved a defense collaboration agreement with Spain, according to a document posted on the government’s website Monday.
Russia to Hand Over ‘Black Hole’ Sub to Vietnam in November
The first of six Russian submarines, dubbed by the US Navy as “black holes in the ocean” because they are nearly undetectable when submerged, will be delivered to Vietnam in November, the shipbuilder said Monday.
Russian Navy Day Festivities to Nix Unchristian Characters – Reports
Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, will reportedly no longer be appearing at Russian Navy Day celebrations because the Orthodox Church, the strongest religion in the country, has protested against pagan characters at such events.
US Lawmaker Seeks to Partner with Russia to Clean Up Space
A prominent US lawmaker and advocate of the United States’ role in space told a conference on the commercialization of space that the US and Russia should team up for extraterrestrial projects -- and suggested they start by cleaning up the hundreds of thousands of pieces of manmade space litter and capturing and deflecting asteroids hurtling toward Earth.
Paper Promotes Uzbek President to Royalty – Reports
Reconnecting with Uzbekistan’s glorious past, a newspaper in the Central Asian state has called the country’s president a “padishah,” a title once used by royalty, Russian media reported Monday.
Rosneft Half-Year Net Profit Up 18% to $4Bln
Russian state oil giant Rosneft reported an IFRS net profit of 137 billion rubles ($4 billion) in January-June 2013, up 18 percent from the same period last year, the company said Monday, citing an increased volume of operations.
Putin Warns of Warship Building Delays
Delivery of some new ships to the Russian Navy due after 2015 under the current procurement program, could be delayed until 2025, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.
Russian Law Teacher Caught in Heroin Bust
A woman who teaches “State and Law” classes at a Russian university has been detained on suspicion of possessing heroin, the local anti-narcotics service said in a statement on Monday.
After Cop’s Skull Bashed In, 300 Detained at Moscow Markets
Police have rounded up 300 people to be “checked for complicity in crimes and offenses,” at markets around Moscow after an officer’s skull was bashed in while he attempted to detain a suspected sex offender, the city’s police department said Monday.
Putin Notes High Rate of Signed Defense Contracts
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that contracts for 85 percent of the state’s defense procurement plan had been signed with manufacturers, signaling an improvement in official cooperation with the defense industry, which had gotten so strained several years ago that it stymied arms deliveries to the military.
Women Should Get Time Off During Menstruation – Lawmaker
A nationalist deputy from Russia’s State Duma put forward legislation Monday entitling working women to two days holiday every month during the “critical days” when they are menstruating.
Football Star Dzyuba Makes Russia's Preliminary World Cup Squad
Russian Premier League leading scorer Artem Dzyuba has been called to Russia's preliminary football squad for next month's World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland.
Some 15,000 Foreigners Denied Entry to Russia in 6 Months
Almost 15,000 foreign nationals have been denied entry to Russia for various reasons in the first half of this year, three times more than in the same period last year, the Federal Migration Service (FMS) said Monday.
Doping: Four Russian Weightlifters Banned for Two Years
Russia’s weightlifting federation on Monday handed down two-year bans to four athletes, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement.
Turkey Slams Arab League Chief Over 'Interference' Allegations
US Navy Took Part in Airstrikes Against Houthi Positions on Monday
Argentine Prosecutors Renew Efforts to Investigate President
US University Study Shows Emissions Down Across United States
Six Convicted in Failed Gambian Coup Plot
Ukraine 'Lost Without Trace' Five Indian Warplanes During Planned Upgrade
Islamic Republic of Texas? How Jade Helm Could Be a Mock Invasion of Iran
US Accuses China of 'Creating a Great Wall of Sand'
One Dead, Two Shot in Attack on NSA HQ in Fort Meade
How Vietnam Became the Pressure Point of Obama's 'Pivot to Asia'
Gotcha! 10 Pranks to Turn Your Friends Into 'April Fools'
How Cargoes Are Delivered to ISS
Has the recent spate of airline crashes changed your attitude to air travel?
Yes, it has. I’ll think twice before I buy a flight next time.
No, it hasn’t. Flying is one of the safest forms of transport.
I’ve always been afraid of flying, but have no other choice