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    • Money
      Last update: 06:30 30.12.2017
      06:30 30.12.2017

      China's New Economic Challenges Require More Debt

      With the new global circumstances, especially the challenges from US tax reform, China is facing a very complicated situation and a lot of pressure. In the next three to five years, allowing debt to increase by 30 trillion yuan ($4.6 trillion), while not optimal, may be the most practical way for China to deal with this predicament.

    • Disney unveils animatronic of President Donald Trump in its Hall of Presidents exhibit in Orlando, Florida
      Last update: 22:11 29.12.2017
      22:11 29.12.2017

      Trump Impeachment Poll 'Reflects Polarizing Nature of American Politics Today'

      An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from earlier this month found that 41% of Americans favor Congressional impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump. Speaking with Sputnik, University of Virginia law professor Dr. Saikrishna Prakash outlined whether the president's impeachment was actually a realistic possibility.

    • A staff looks out from a high-speed railway train linking Shanghai and Kunming, of Yunnan province, after a partial operation, in Guanling, Guizhou province, China, December 28, 2016. Picture taken December 28, 2016
      Last update: 22:00 29.12.2017
      22:00 29.12.2017

      Railway Diplomacy: How 'China is Building Routes in All Possible Directions'

      Beijing has stepped up its "railway diplomacy" by boosting its infrastructural projects simultaneously on three continents. Speaking to Sputnik, analysts highlighted China's competitive advantages and shed light on the obstacles the People's Republic is facing while implementing its initiatives.

    • British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a media conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.
      Last update: 21:19 29.12.2017
      21:19 29.12.2017

      Concessions at Brexit Talks Raise Questions About May's Allegiance - Analysts

      MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova, Sofya Grebenkina - As the year of 2017 draws to a close, in the United Kingdom the question is whose interests Prime Minister Theresa May is serving – Europeans Union’s or the United Kingdom’s.

    • Russian servicemen in Serbia during the Slavic Brotherhood 2016 joint airborne forces exercise of Russia, Serbia and Belarus
      Last update: 20:54 29.12.2017
      20:54 29.12.2017

      Serbian Analyst Explains US Zeal for Info on Russia-Serbia Military Cooperation

      Concerned about Russian influence in the Balkans, US lawmakers have tasked the Pentagon with preparing a report on Russian military cooperation with Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia. Speaking to Sputnik, retired Serbian major-general Mitar Kovac explained that the US effort is but another attempt to pressure Belgrade against cooperation with Moscow.

    • People inspect the damage at a site hit by airstrikes in the city of Idlib, Syria February 7, 2017
      Last update: 20:24 29.12.2017
      20:24 29.12.2017

      EXCLUSIVE: One Man's Quest to Expose 'Absolutely Historic' BBC Panorama 'Fakery'

      For over four years, Robert Stuart has been forensically investigating the innumerable inconsistencies, contradictions, anomalies and apparent falsehoods in the BBC Panorama documentary Saving Syria's Children. Speaking exclusively to Sputnik, the former journalist shares his most troubling discoveries.

    • A woman takes her dog for a walk along a snow covered path on the banks of the River Seven in Worcester, England, Tuesday Dec. 12, 2017
      Last update: 20:07 29.12.2017
      20:07 29.12.2017

      Earth is 'Pretty Prepared' for Upcoming Mini Ice Age - Researcher

      The planet has natural mechanisms to cope with the mini ice age due to hit Earth in the 2030s as a result of fluctuations in the Sun's activity; however, humans need to prepare for the impact of the cold spell on food supplies, Professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University told Radio Sputnik.

    • Iceberg floats in the sea near Qeqertarsuaq, Disko Island, Greenland
      Last update: 19:06 29.12.2017
      19:06 29.12.2017

      Not So Pristine: Aerated Plastics Found on Atlantic Icebergs - Professor

      Pollution due to plastic is one of the most pressing ecological problems currently facing the world. In order to shed some light on the urgent topic, Radio Sputnik spoke with Carolyn Roberts, professor of the environment at Gresham College.

    • President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Syria Bashar al-Assad (left) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at the Hmeymim Air Base in Syria
      Last update: 18:19 29.12.2017
      18:19 29.12.2017

      Swiss Politician: US Still Cannot Reconcile Itself With Its Failure in Syria

      The tough US rhetoric towards Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia can be explained by Washington's deep dissatisfaction over its failure in Syria, Guy Mettan, a Swiss politician and president of the Swiss Press Club, told Radio Sputnik, suggesting that the US is trying to hijack Moscow's diplomatic success.

    • German Parliament building the Reichstag Building seen behind a pile of mud (File)
      Last update: 17:43 29.12.2017
      17:43 29.12.2017

      Transnational Networks are 'Disempowering Parliaments' - 'Shadow Powers' Author

      Government policy in the West is increasingly being dictated by unelected "experts" who belong to transnational organizations, according to German author and commentator Fritz R. Glunk. In an exclusive interview, he told Sputnik Deutschland about the consequences of this system for Germany and democracies as a whole.

    • Hands
      Last update: 17:27 29.12.2017
      17:27 29.12.2017

      Bereaving Hand: Digital Loss of Manual Dexterity May Alter Mankind's Future

      Aristotle considered the hand to be "the instrument of instruments," Isaac Newton saw the thumb as "proof of God's existence," while Immanuel Kant regarded the hand as an "extension of the human brain" and a link between the body and the soul. However, the hand's importance in the modern world is dwindling due to automation.

    • US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, on what is expected to be implementation day, the day the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal.
      Last update: 03:49 29.12.2017
      03:49 29.12.2017

      Journalist: Trump’s Attempts to Kill Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Self-Defeating’

      Trump’s 2018 foreign policy will be to withdraw the US from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the red-letter deal struck by the previous administration that was meant to halt the progression of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

    • Sparks fly from a robot as it performs spot welding on a car on the production line at Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. (HSCI) factory in Noida, a satelite town on the outskirts of New Delhi on February 25, 2008
      Last update: 21:39 28.12.2017
      21:39 28.12.2017

      Global Need for Low Price Products is Behind Asia's Economic Rise – Analyst

      The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has released its annual rankings predicting the rise of Asian economies in the coming decades. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Dr. Gautam Chikermane, vice president at the Observer Research Foundation and Jeffersen Fellow at the East-West Center, named major factors behind Asia's growth.

    • A coin representing the bitcoin cryptocurrency is seen on computer circuit boards in this illustration picture, October 26, 2017
      Last update: 19:22 28.12.2017
      19:22 28.12.2017

      Bitcoin Introduces to the World a 'Technology as Revolutionary as the Internet' - Analyst

      Today, blockchain technology is still at an early stage of its development and will be used in new interesting projects in the future, according to cryptocurrency expert Bogdan Shelygin.

    • Protesters clash with police near Centerio hospital after Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned former President Alberto Fujimori in Lima, Peru, December 25, 2017
      Last update: 19:18 28.12.2017
      19:18 28.12.2017

      Activist: Peru's Ex-Leader Pardoning Won't Lead to National Reconciliation

      The decision to pardon former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori has not added to national stability and will not lead to national reconciliation, Miguel Angel Canales, president of the Association of Relatives of Political Prisoners, of the Missing People and Victims of Genocide of Peru, told Sputnik.

    • Oil derricks
      Last update: 19:15 28.12.2017
      19:15 28.12.2017

      India's Oil Gamble With Israel to Upset Ties With Iran, Arab World - Analysts

      India is looking forward to exploring some of Israel’s offshore gas fields soon. Analysts suggested that by including oil in its relationship with Israel, India is giving a strong message to Iran that has held up the allocation of two gas fields discovered by oil companies.

    • A customer deposits 1000 and 500 Indian rupee banknotes in a cash deposit machine at bank in Mumbai, India, November 8, 2016
      Last update: 15:54 28.12.2017
      15:54 28.12.2017

      'Proceed But With Caution' Says Economist as India Mulls Rupee-Ruble Trade Pact

      An Indo-Russian joint working group is currently studying the latter’s proposal of returning to the rupee-ruble trade settlement by bypassing the dollar. Pronab Sen, an Indian economist, explains why this time around, Russia seems to be keener, but India is dragging its feet for such an arrangement.

    • People gather at a memorial tribute of flowers, messages and candles to the victims on Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas promenade on the Joan Miro mosaic, embedded in the pavement where the van stopped after killing at least 13 people in Barcelona , Spain, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
      Last update: 14:28 28.12.2017
      14:28 28.12.2017

      Terrorism in Europe: More Vehicle, Stabbing Attacks in 2017

      MOSCOW (Sputnik), Valentina Shvartsman - In 2017, the jihadist terrorism in Europe has taken a new shape, as a wave of vehicle rampages and stabbing massacres hit not only Europe’s largest cities, such as Stockholm, Manchester, London, Barcelona and Paris, but also its once quiet and peaceful towns, such as Finland’s Turku.

      Year in Review: 2017 Highlights
    • Vladimir Putin's annual news conference
      Last update: 14:16 28.12.2017
      14:16 28.12.2017

      'I Like Putin, I Would Have Voted for Him' - Ex-Deputy Head of German CSU

      In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Peter Gauweiler, the former deputy head of the Christian-Social Union of Germany, spoke about the prospects of a coalition government, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chances of staying in power and Russia’s relations with the EU and Germany. He also called for an early end to anti-Russian sanctions.

    • A collection of Bitcoin (virtual currency) tokens are displayed in this picture illustration taken December 8, 2017
      Last update: 14:06 28.12.2017
      14:06 28.12.2017

      Analyst Predicts What the Future Holds for Bitcoin and the Cryptocurrencies Market

      Cryptocurrencies have been one of the hottest topics throughout this year, with Bitcoin repeatedly making global headlines with its record-breaking performance. Sputnik discussed the prospects of the digital currency with Roman Tkachuk, a senior analyst with investment company Alpari.