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    • BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019
      Last update: 10:00 26.05.2019
      10:00 26.05.2019

      India-Pakistan Clash in Kashmir a Big Factor in Modi's Election Win - Journalist

      by Ekaterina Blinova

      The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) sweeping victory has opened the door to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second five-year term. Amrita Dhillon, an Indian journalist and founding editor of The Kootneeti, explained the success, giving prognosis on the simmering India-Pakistan conflict and New Delhi's next steps on the international arena.

    • A section of an artwork attributed to street artist Banksy, depicting a workman chipping away at one of the 12 stars on the flag of the European Union, is seen on a wall in the ferry port of Dover.
      Last update: 07:00 26.05.2019
      07:00 26.05.2019

      Spanish Academics: EU at Critical Juncture Due to Brexit and Rise of the Right

      Spain is due to hold its European Parliament vote on 26 May. However, Spaniards do not look much interested in the upcoming event. Spanish academics Santiago Nino Becerra and Carlos Vidal Prado have explained the phenomenon, emphasising the importance of the EU elections for Spain and Europe in general.

    • The building of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
      Last update: 13:15 25.05.2019
      13:15 25.05.2019

      European Parliament is ‘a Form of Bribery and a Smoke Screen’ - Polexit Founder

      On 26 May, Poland will elect 52 MEPs out of the 705 that make up the EU Parliament. The latest public opinion polls suggest that the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) is still in the lead, although the European Coalition political alliance has narrowed its gap to Yaroslav Kaczynski’s party.

    • Greece's military Adm. Panagiotis Chinofotis salutes during the Turkish national anthem as the Greek, left, and Turkish flags wave at the Greek Defense Ministry in Athens on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006
      Last update: 13:14 25.05.2019
      13:14 25.05.2019

      US $25Mn Investment in Greek Military a Message to Turkey Amid S-400 Row - Prof

      Recently, the "Defence One" website, which belongs to the Atlantic Media Group, revealed that the US State Department is running a project called "The European Recapitalisation Incentive Programme" that aims to deliver US military equipment to five Balkan countries and one Central European state (Slovakia).

    • Italian Interior Minister and right-wing League leader Matteo Salvini, gestures as he arrives for a lunch at an hotel in Milan, Italy, Monday, July 2, 2018. The leader of the right-wing party in Italy's populist government told tens of thousands of supporters Sunday he wants to turn next year's European Parliament election into a referendum on immigration and job security
      Last update: 12:53 25.05.2019
      12:53 25.05.2019

      Salvini, Allies Present Themselves as Movement That Will Change Europe - Journo

      On 26 May, Italians will head to the polls to cast their vote in European Parliament elections. Last Saturday, European sovereignty backers rallied with Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and leader of the anti-migrant party League in the centre of Milan to demonstrate a united right-wing front.

    • A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of Unites States, Iran etc.
      Last update: 05:26 25.05.2019
      05:26 25.05.2019

      US Braces for War With Iran As Trump Sides With Military Advisers - Analysts

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - President Donald Trump’s decision to send 1,500 more troops to the Middle East appears to be the first step of an incremental military buildup to launch a war against Iran and as a partial yielding to his hard-line advisers, according to military analysts.

    • The US Congress building is seen at dusk on the eve of a possible government shutdown as Congress battles out the budget in Washington, DC, September 30, 2013.
      Last update: 04:11 25.05.2019
      04:11 25.05.2019

      Huawei Threat Artificially Inflated by Radical US Politicians - Pundits

      The United States, while urging other countries to join sanctions against Huawei, is dividing the global community. As a result, the rest of the world unwittingly has become a hostage to the situation, and many American partners find themselves in an uncomfortable position.

    • The New York Times building in New York, NY across from the Port Authority.
      Last update: 03:47 25.05.2019
      03:47 25.05.2019

      MSM Needs to Protect Assange, Not Only Themselves, From Espionage Act

      With WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now facing 18 charges in the US, including violation of the Espionage Act of 1917, media outlets are finally attacking the Justice Department’s move - if only out of shrewd self-interest. The indictment’s loose wording threatens to sweep up the entire Fourth Estate, journalist Joe Lauria told Sputnik.

    • White House in Washington, DC
      Last update: 03:31 25.05.2019
      03:31 25.05.2019

      ‘Everything is Flipped’: Russiagate Scandal Will ‘Backfire’ on Dems in 2020

      The cooperation of intelligence communities with US Attorney General William Barr’s investigation of surveillance activities during the 2016 presidential election should be welcomed by Democrats, as it’s a significant matter of public concern, Dan Kovalik, a human rights and labor lawyer, told Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear Friday.

    • WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange
      Last update: 22:08 24.05.2019
      22:08 24.05.2019

      Assange Charged: ‘A Horrifying Precedent for Journalists Globally’ - Commentator

      Julian Assange could face a lifetime in jail, as the US launches fresh espionage charges against the whistle-blower. According to Wikileaks, the 17 charges carry up to 175 years in prison if he is to be convicted. Journalist John Steppling shared his opinion on what this means for Assange and for investigative journalists worldwide.

    • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacts as she announces her resignation outside 10 Downing street in central London on May 24, 2019.
      Last update: 21:35 24.05.2019
      21:35 24.05.2019

      'Impossible to Predict' - Academic on Theresa May’s Successor as British PM

      British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will leave office on 7 June. But has her failure to deliver Brexit already damaged the Conservative Party’s reputation with voters beyond repair?

    • Flags of India and Pakistan (File Photo)
      Last update: 16:58 24.05.2019
      16:58 24.05.2019

      Pakistan Has to Accept Talks and Terror Can’t Go Together - Ex-Indian Diplomat

      The potential for engagement between India and Pakistan officially or through back channels is feasible and can be under consideration provided the infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan is dismantled completely, a former Indian diplomat says.

    • Brexit
      Last update: 16:22 24.05.2019
      16:22 24.05.2019

      Theresa May 'Never Really Believed' in Britain Leaving EU - UK Politician

      After almost three years in office and three failed attempts to pass her Brexit plan through Parliament, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she would be stepping down as Conservative Party leader on 7 June. She will remain head of the UK government until her successor is chosen.

    • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, and national security adviser John Bolton, right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the Office of Government Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Hanoi
      Last update: 10:30 24.05.2019
      10:30 24.05.2019

      Trump's Iran Strategy Prompts Split in US Congress and White House

      There is no unity on Iran strategy in the US Congress and the White House, say former American diplomat and GOP foreign policy adviser Jim Jatras and Joshua Landis, an American academic and Middle East expert, commenting on the growing concerns over the possibility of a war with Tehran.

    • A Huawei logo is displayed at a retail store in Beijing on May 20, 2019
      Last update: 09:30 24.05.2019
      09:30 24.05.2019

      Huawei's Fate Hanging in Balance Amid 'Tariff Man' Trump's Trade War – Scholars

      Donald Trump's anti-Huawei crusade is gaining steam with major tech corporations suspending cooperation with the Chinese telecom company. American and British observers have weighed up Huawei's chances of withstanding the pressure and expressed hope that the upcoming Xi-Trump G20 meeting may contribute to the revival of US-China trade talks.

    • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers celebrate outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi India, Thursday, May 23, 2019.
      Last update: 03:50 24.05.2019
      03:50 24.05.2019

      Indian Prime Minister Modi’s Victory Drums Up ‘Nationalistic Fervor’

      Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decisive victory in Wednesday’s elections, thumping the opposition Congress Party of Rahul Gandhi and cruising to another five-year term, “drummed up nationalistic fervor,” Dr. Ania Loomba, a professor of literature at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert in postcolonial studies, told Sputnik.

    • Demonstrators protest outside of Westminster Magistrates Court, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had a U.S. extradition request hearing, in London, Britain May 2, 2019
      Last update: 03:19 24.05.2019
      03:19 24.05.2019

      Journalist on New Assange Charges: It’s Not Our Job to Protect State Secrets

      On Thursday, the US brought 17 more charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, including that he violated the Espionage Act by publishing documents leaked by Chelsea Manning. However, the way the Justice Department broaches the subject, most journalism could be seen as espionage, a reporter told Sputnik.

    • The S-400 Triumf anti-air missile system
      Last update: 03:14 24.05.2019
      03:14 24.05.2019

      S-400 a Pretext to Exclude Ankara From US F-35 Program - Retired Turkish General

      US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus has warned Turkey about the “very negative consequences” their acquisition of the Russian S-400 missile defense systems will have if it goes ahead. The purchase of the surface-to-air missile defence systems will seriously affect the defence relations of the United States and NATO with Turkey, she said.

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office
      Last update: 01:43 24.05.2019
      01:43 24.05.2019

      UK, Oman Sign Comprehensive Agreement, Confirm Cooperation in Middle East

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his Omani counterpart, Yousef bin Alawi, have signed the UK-Oman Comprehensive Agreement and confirmed joint efforts to mediate peace in the Middle East, the UK Foreign Office said on Thursday.

    • This picture taken on March 7, 2014 shows a man working beside a cargo ship in Qingdao port in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province
      Last update: 01:23 24.05.2019
      01:23 24.05.2019

      Trump Trade War Hits US Producers, China Top Player on Global Market - Pundit

      The world's largest shoe retailers, including Nike, Adidas and Converse, have written an open letter to US President Donald Trump calling for an end of the trade war with China.