The Group of 8 (G8), an international club which brings together heads of the economically strongest nations, became the G7 in 2014, as seven leaders of the member-states refused to take part in the annual summit of a group in Russia's Sochi over the Ukrainian crisis.
After a bloody militant attack in Niger that killed four US soldiers and five Nigerien service members earlier in October, US foreign policy critics have questioned why the US has a troop presence in countries like Niger in the first place.
US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast “fake media” for sweeping under the carpet revelations about a controversial Obama-era uranium deal with Russia that was tied to Hillary Clinton.
Eurasia is not only a geographical term that identifies the biggest continent on Earth, it is also a geopolitical notion which stands for the close cooperation and integration between Europe and Asia. However, there are some political initiatives that tear Eurasia apart.
Speaking to Sputnik, former chief of the Turkish General Staff Intelligence Department Ismail Hakki Pekin and Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Naim Baburoglu speculate on what’s behind Damascus's statement demanding the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Idlib. Baburoglu explained the difference between the US and Russian approaches to the Syrian crisis.
A body has turned up in a river in Argentina, two months after an indigenous rights activist had vanished. The disappearance of Santiago Maldonado has echoes of the period in the late 1970s and early 1980s when thousands went missing in Argentina.
The Spanish government has scheduled a meeting for October 22, to begin process of removing Catalonia’s autonomy. Sputnik correspondent, Maud Start, interviewed Carlos Flores Juberias, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Valencia about where the Catalan Government stands against the Spanish Constitution.
The US intelligence services enjoy three times more funding than they received before 9/11 and wield a great amount of power over the US President; if Trump were to challenge the CIA, NSA or other elements of the "deep state" it would be an unprecedented move, former US intelligence analyst Ray McGovern told Sputnik.
After taking Kurdish-controlled areas in Kirkuk province and advancing on strategic points around Mosul, Baghdad says that Iraqi Kurdistan's recent independence referendum is a thing of the past. Wladimir van Wilgenburg, a journalist and specialist in Iraqi and Kurdish politics, told Sputnik what Erbil's future will likely be.
After a joint investigation by France's special services unearthed a far-right group of Anders Breivik followers "plotting to kill" politicians, Anaïs Voy-Gillis, the founder of the European Observatory of Extremist Movements, argued there was a link between right-wing extremism and radical Islam.
The New York Times has reported that Kaspersky Labs, the Russian cybersecurity company that produces software used by hundreds of millions of people, was secretly being used as a surveillance tool by the Kremlin.
Mark Campbell, co-coordinator of the Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign, in an interview with Radio Sputnik’s Loud and Clear, described the Kurdish movement in Syria as “one of the most exciting revolutions that is going on in the world today.”
China sees the atomic energy boom with the number of nuclear power stations in the mainland soaring. However, the Celestial Empire harbors a more ambitious goal seeking to boost the construction of China-made atomic stations abroad, commentators told Sputnik, shedding light on Beijing's competitive advantages.
Czech political analyst and activist Jan Miklas, recently back from a trip to Crimea, gives his take on the planned 'Crimean march' planned by Ukrainian nationalists, and on Washington's efforts to use Kiev as a pawn in its geopolitical confrontation with Russia.
The Trump administration's policy toward Iran may drag the Middle East into yet another military conflict and, what is more dangerous, deal a heavy blow to the nuclear non-proliferation regime, Russian researcher Vladimir Sazhin of the Institute for Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences told Sputnik.
The nuclear agreement with Iran is in danger since Donald Trump not only refused to re-certify it but also threatened to withdraw the support of the US. However, the US pulling out unilaterally does not necessarily mean the termination of the deal.
As the UK's MI5 chief warned of a looming terrorist threat of unprecedented scale in the UK, Dennis Wecker, a researcher specializing in radicalization, counter-terrorism and security policy, has told Sputnik that more violent attacks may occur in Britain despite the brilliant job that security services are doing.
At a press conference in Moscow, Ankara's ambassador has shed light on his country's agenda in Syria as well as the future of Turkey's cooperation with Russia.
While Donald Trump's political opponents are blowing up the story of allegedly Russian-sponsored advertisements on US social media platforms, they remain surprisingly mute about the long-standing cooperation between Silicon Valley's giants and Democratic policymakers, Wall Street analyst and investigative journalist Charles Ortel told Sputnik.
In an interview with Sputnik, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Lassina Zerbo spoke on the importance of the enactment of the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, the role of Russia and the Iran nuclear deal as well as the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
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