Scientists voice Yamal crater theories, Russia to increase defense and national security spending, Defense Ministry refutes involvement in downed Ukrainian fighter, Experts say U.S. sanctions against Russia more shock than substance, Israeli forces enter Gaza in ground assault, World leaders demand thorough investigation of downed commercial airliner. These issues in Voice of Russia's daily Press Review.
Let’s have a look at the Ukraine situation. The US Department of State has made another attempt to exonerate Kiev from responsibility for what's happening in eastern Ukraine. Jen Psaki, spokesperson for the United States Department of State, predictably accused Russia of failing to provide sufficient evidence confirming that Ukraine was indeed behind the July 13 cross-border mortar shelling in which a Russian citizen, a father of four, was killed.
Lunar simulation experiment kicks off in Moscow, OSCE experts come to Rostov, Hamas proposed cease-fire conditions, Gambling remains unpopular in Russia, Russia to reopen intelligence base in Cuba, Airstrikes in Pakistan kill at least 50 people. These issues in Voice of Russia's daily Press Review.
Listeners of Radio VR and readers of the voiceofrussia.com and en.ria.ru/radio/ discuss present, past and future of Afghanistan. Afghanistan is on crossroads – what do the elections hold? What kind of future will the country have? We have interviewed a number of experts and gathered your input. Outlook is not so bright. Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah dubbed the preliminary results of the presidential runoff held last month as "a coup against the people". He refused to recognize the victory of his rival Ashraf Ghani. So, what do experts think?
Militia fighters in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) have encircled the Ukrainian government forces near the border checkpoint in Izvaryno, with the Ukrainian army sustaining tangible losses, Interfax reports with reference to the Novorossiya agency.
The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic downed two Sukhoi Su-25 assault aircraft belonging to the Two Ukrainian Air Force, which were attacking the positions of the region’s self-defense fighters, Interfax cites Donbas militia’s information center as saying.
Russia may forgo using imported medical hardware, First subway accident theories voiced, EU to introduce stricter visa regulations, Kremlin seeks research on foreign electoral systems, Deal to end Afghan election crisis in trouble, Israel resumes air strikes. These issues in Voice of Russia's daily Press Review.
As of early July, Ukraine has received from the US 2,000 Interceptor bulletproof vests, whose labels show their excellent bulletproof qualities, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry press office said on Wednesday.
Just imagine – no Facebook for 99 days. A Dutch nonprofit ad agency Just B.V. has urged Facebook users to quit the social network as part of 99 Days of Freedom campaign and later take part in happiness surveys taken at the 33-, 66- and 99-days to monitor progress.The results will then be posted on the campaign's website. Participants will also share messages on their progress on the group's website through an anonymous message board.
Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new seven-year term as President of Syria for the third time on Wednesday, media reports. "I pledge to respect the constitution and protect the people of Syria," he said during a live broadcast on Syrian television at a red carpet ceremony held at the presidential palace in Damascus.
European Union leaders to meet on Wednesday to pick the bloc's new foreign policy chief after choosing Jean-Claude Juncker to head the executive European Commission, but it may take some weeks before other top EU jobs are finally carved up, Reuter's reports.
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is pregnant again, says her former schoolmate Jessica Hay. Journalists have failed to confirm or refute this information. Representatives of the Buckingham Palace refuse to comment on the rumors about Kate's second pregnancy, The Mirror reports.
Ukrainian aircraft have attacked positions of self-defense forces near Saur Mogila Hill in the east of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region. Self-defense troops are trying to repel the attack, using anti-aircraft guns.
Militiamen have launched an attack against Ukrainian troops near the village of Stepanovka, Donetsk region of Ukraine; troops loyal to the Kiev regime have already sustained casualties, according to the Ukrainian National Guard’s official website.
Deputies of the German Parliament are seriously considering the use of typewriters in order to counter espionage on the part of the US, Chairman of the Bundestag Committee of inquiry into the activities of the NSA in Germany Patrick Sensburg stated on air of the German TV station Das Erste.
Two artillery shells fired from Ukraine hit Russia near the multi-way automobile border-crossing point Kuibyshevo, chief press officer in the Southern Customs Department Rayan Farukshin told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.
If you have nostalgia for the gone childhood, Tokyo would be an ideal destination with its cult of anime, cartoons and manga. In a couple of days Pikachu, the famous yellow creature from Pokémon series, will be honored in Tokyo's Pikachu Cafe opening this week.
A US drone killed 15 rebels in north-western Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, as the military intensified its offensive to recapture a second key town controlled by Taliban insurgents. Separately, airstrikes by Pakistani fighter jets killed 35 rebels when they tried to break a cordon laid by the army in the Shawal area near the Afghan border, dpa reports.
After three days of talks in Vienna US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed on the half of the final draft on Teheran nuclear program deal, while the second part of the document should be completed by July 20.