23:52 GMT +319 September 2017


    • A man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea. (File)
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      Washington's 'Game of Chicken' With N. Korea May Have Catastrophic Consequences

      The US government must avoid preventive war against North Korea and instead embrace the proposal by China and Russia that requires Washington to cease militaristic activities in return for a nuclear freeze by Pyongyang, analysts told Sputnik.

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    • Tanks of the Syrian Army at combat positions in Deir ez-Zor
      Last update: 19:48 19.09.2017
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      The Noose Closes Round Daesh in Deir ez-Zor: Syrian Army Crosses the Euphrates

      The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has crossed the Euphrates River and is trying to restore full control over its west bank. RIA Novosti correspondent Mikhail Alaeddin was on the ground to witness a unique operation that could lead to the complete encirclement of the terrorists in Deir ez-Zor.

    • Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wait during distribution of food items near Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
      Last update: 17:51 19.09.2017
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      Rohingya Crisis: 'British Gov't Has a Responsibility' Over Its 'Colonial Legacy'

      Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have been killed in Myanmar and thousands are flooding across the border into Bangladesh. Sputnik looks at what lies behind the violence and discovers the British Empire is partly to blame.

    • Afghan villagers gather near a destroyed house in Logar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan (File)
      Last update: 16:08 19.09.2017
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      US Airstrikes in Afghanistan Boom Under Trump: New Victims, No Efficiency

      The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported a significant increase in the US airstrikes in Afghanistan under President Donald Trump. Speaking to Sputnik, Afghan experts said that all this adds to the exacerbation of the situation in the country.

    • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
      Last update: 16:07 19.09.2017
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      Japan Remains Loyal to PM Shinzo Abe

      Just two months ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stood below 30 percent in popularity polls and faced a tidal wave of scandals over alleged cronyism. But times have changed and Abe is now enjoying the stronger support and poised to call for snap elections to run for re-election and win in October. Tom McGregor takes a closer look.

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    • Headquarters of the Spanish Foreign Ministry. (File)
      Last update: 15:28 19.09.2017
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      Spain 'Disgraces' Itself by Expelling North Korean Envoy on 'US Order'

      Madrid’s decision to expel the North Korean ambassador shows that Spain lacks sovereignty and is willing to acquiesce to the demands of the US rather than make decisions on its own, according to Pyongyang’s special representative.

    • Iceland's Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson arrives at the Presidential residence in Bessastadir, Iceland September 16, 2017
      Last update: 14:57 19.09.2017
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      How 'Good Heart' and 'Rich Wife' Felled Two Consecutive Icelandic Gov'ts

      The Nordic nation of Iceland is facing yet another early parliamentary election, the second one in only two years. Despite the fact that allegations against Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and his predecessor involve a pardon for child sex abuse and some hidden offshore accounts, an Icelandic professor sees no crime in either of the cases.

    • Facebook eye
      Last update: 14:44 19.09.2017
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      Facebook Anti-Semitism Scandal 'Shows Power of Voluntary Big Brother We've Created'

      Facebook is in damage control mode after a series of racist and anti-Semitic ad categories prompted it to shut down the user-generated fields in its advertising system. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Jewish and human rights activist Rabbi Abraham Cooper outlined what can be done to help companies like Facebook eradicate racism and anti-Semitism online.

    • A stand of the Islamic Republic of Iran at the 59th Damascus International Fair which was opened for the first time since the armed conflict in Syria broke out.
      Last update: 13:50 19.09.2017
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      Responding to Haaretz: President Assad Isn't Selling Syria to Iran

      by Suliman Mulhem

      Over the past year, Iran has signed several business deals in various sectors of the Syrian economy, including telecommunications, energy, agriculture, and mining. An opinion piece titled Assad is Selling Syria to Iran, Which is Bad for the Rest of the World, was published on Haaretz, an Israeli news site, earlier this month.

    • French military patrol near the Eiffel Tower the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris , November 14, 2015
      Last update: 07:33 19.09.2017
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      Placebo Effect? Increased Military Presence Efficiency in France May Be Questionable

      The coordinator at General Federation of Transport at the CFTC labor union claims that a larger military presence in the streets and on public transport in France provides a psychological effect, rather than an actual boost to security.

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    • Donald Trump Nikki Haley United Nations
      Last update: 02:39 19.09.2017
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      Trump Offers UN Reforms After Years of Berating Organization

      US President Donald Trump once described the UN as a “club for people to get together, talk and have a good time,” but on Monday the 45th US leader praised the 128 nations agreeing to implement new reforms centered on changing its culture of “bureaucracy and mismanagement.”

    • US and Cuban flags are seen on the balcony of a restaurant in downtown Havana, Cuba March 19, 2016.
      Last update: 02:22 19.09.2017
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      US Closing Embassy in Cuba May Set Back Relations Decades Based on Dubious Claims

      The Trump administration risks setting back US relations with Cuba for decades if it follows through on warnings that it is considering shutting down the US Embassy in Havana, which was opened less than three years ago, analysts told Sputnik.

    • U.S. President Donald Trump (R), trailed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, arrives to speak to reporters after their meeting at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey U.S. August 11, 2017
      Last update: 21:16 18.09.2017
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      Trump Wants to 'Get Along' With Russia But Is Powerless to Make It Happen

      by Ekaterina Blinova

      Donald Trump is powerless to break the vicious circle of anti-Russian policies championed by the US foreign policy establishment, US academic Vladimir Golstein told Sputnik. Under these circumstances Russia needs to concentrate on building partnerships with other countries, ensuring security and economic development, he believes.

    • President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.
      Last update: 19:35 18.09.2017
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      The Boeing-Bombardier Feud: 'Rich of US to Accuse Canada of Subsidizing'

      The British Prime Minister Theresa May has arrived in Canada on Monday, September 18, with the row between Boeing and Bombardier on her agenda. Sputnik spoke to an expert who said the dispute could "escalate."

    • Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in Tehran.
      Last update: 18:51 18.09.2017
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      Iran's 'Father of All Bombs' Sends Strong Signal to Israel, Gulf States

      Iran's reported creation of the "father of all bombs" should be seen as a message to Israel and the Persian Gulf States, Russian military expert Vladimir Korovin told Sputnik, expressing doubt that Tehran would use its 10-ton conventional aviation bomb against the US.

    • A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter
      Last update: 18:26 18.09.2017
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      Kurdish SDF to Join in Syrian Liberation of Deir ez-Zor From Daesh 'at Any Moment'

      The Syrian Army, backed by Russian warplanes, broke through the Daesh terrorist encirclement of Deir ez-Zor earlier this month; now the Kurdish-led, American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are poised and ready to enter this eastern Syrian city, a SDF spokesman told Sputnik Turkey.

    • S-400 missile system
      Last update: 18:03 18.09.2017
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      US Should Show 'Enough Common Sense to Recognize' Turkey's S-400 Purchase

      US Senator Ben Cardin sent a letter to the US administration calling for sanctions against Turkey over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems. A Turkish political analyst stressed in an interview with Sputnik that Ankara's move is fully in line with international law and that the senator's push for sanctions is irrelevant.

    • Like and Dislike
      Last update: 16:02 18.09.2017
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      Facebook Racism Scandal: 'Company Must Realize That With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility'

      Facebook has temporarily shut down user-generated fields in its advertising system after finding that companies could target users interested in racist and anti-Semitic themes. Speaking to Sputnik, human rights activist Aidan Fishman said that companies like Facebook must do much more to monitor and prevent this sort of activity.

    • Kurdish people attend a rally to show their support for the upcoming September 25th independence referendum in Duhuk, Iraq September 16, 2017
      Last update: 15:55 18.09.2017
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      Will Turkish Kurds Follow Iraqi Kurdistan in Pursuit of Independence?

      When asked whether an upcoming independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan will become a precedent for Turkish Kurds, a Kurdish Regional Government spokesman told Sputnik that it largely depends on Ankara.

    • Iraqi Kurdish demonstrators wave a large Kurdish flag (File)
      Last update: 15:51 18.09.2017
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      'Kurdistan and Iraq Have Little Left in Common': Independence Vote Unlikely to be Canceled

      The independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, set for September 25, will likely be held despite the Iraqi court ruling that suspended the preparations for the vote on Monday, according to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).

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