The annual "direct line" session is a well-established tradition, as it has been carried out by the Kremlin since 2001. According to the Russian president, the format is useful as it allows him to address issues that require special attention.
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have expressed grave concerns over the recent string of sabotage attacks of oil tankers off the UAE coast and the Gulf of Oman, and accused Iran of involvement in the attacks. Tehran has vehimently denied the claims, and accused the US and its allies of escalating the crisis in the region.
On Wednesday, investigators from the Dutch-led Joint Investigative Team (JIT) announced that they would issue arrest warrants against four suspects, including three Russians and one Ukrainian, in connection with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in mid-2014. Moscow called the accusations "absolutely unsubstantiated."
The controversial Church of Scientology regularly applies the “bullbaiting” technique, during which members, including children, are trained not to react to harassment, verbal assault, threats, and inappropriate comments, among other things.
The imam, who also happened to be a deputy head teacher at a British primary school, has been suspended from both jobs but stood by his criticism of Israeli policies.
In May, China vowed to respond to US President Donald Trump's plan to hike tariffs on products imported from China, threatening to slap a 25% tariff on US goods in a move that could hike the cost of iPhones by 14%, according to forecasts.
The lines and geoglyphs of Nasca and Palpa are located some 400 kilometers south of Lima, Peru and form a World Heritage Site spanning about 450 square kilometres; the mysterious art is believed to have been carved into the ground by pre-Inca people.
Appearing undaunted by the loss of her licence, the model declared her intent to appeal the decision made by the Myanmar Medical Council, so that she can someday resume her medical practice.