The newly-proclaimed war against corruption and organized crime is an urgent necessity for the Chinese leadership, analysts say, referring to Beijing's ambitious plan to eradicate poverty in the country by 2020. The initiative envisages eradicating crime at the grassroots level and severely punishing officials who are backing gangs.
A pro-EU group looking to reverse the results of the Brexit referendum has been given more than 400,000 pounds' worth of funding by US billionaire George Soros, according to media reports. Sputnik spoke to UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge about this development, and about why Soros may be trying to influence the British vote to leave the European Union.
US actions in the Middle East seem to be taking their toll on Washington’s relations with Ankara as recent opinion polls reveals growing resentment toward the United States brewing in Turkish society.
The US is seemingly determined to continue a low-intensity civil war in Syria, backing the opposition forces, Stanislav Byshok, a political analyst at the International Monitoring Organization CIS-EMO has told Radio Sputnik, commenting on the recent deadly attack by the US-led coalition against pro-Damascus militiamen in Deir ez-Zor province.
The International Olympic Committee has decided against inviting 13 Russian athletes and two coaches, acquitted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Dr Gregory Ioannidis, sports lawyer and anti-doping litigation expert, shared his views on the matter with Sputnik.
Britain is being totally unrealistic if it thinks it can continue to enjoy the benefits of the single market during the Brexit transition period as the European Union flexes its muscles by threatening to take a tough stance, an influential UK political commentator has revealed.
According to a new study conducted by British bacteriologists in India, published by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the frequent use of unapproved drugs has made Indians the carriers of drug-resistant bacteria; this may pose a wider health risk if the bacteria spreads beyond the country's borders.
Poland has been criticized by the US and Israel after the country's President signed into law a bill that imposes jail terms for suggesting the country was complicit in the Holocaust, it also provides punishment for "crimes of Ukrainian nationalists."
Iran is poised to make an entrance into the global digital financial market by introducing its own cryptocurrency backed by the country’s vast reserves of oil and natural gas.
In an interview with Sputnik, Iranian political commentator Emad Abshenas addressed the ever-deteriorating situation in Mosul, which was liberated by the US-led coalition back in July 2017, specifically pointing out Washington's reluctance to focus on fighting Daesh.
A communiqué issued by Turkmenistan early this month announced that all the four founding members had consented to the inclusion of India in the Ashgabat Agreement, which seeks to establish transit links connecting central Asia with the Persian Gulf.
The official British government investigation into the long-raging "Spycops" scandal is refusing to disclose the cover names of police officers who spied on activists for half a century. A number of individuals and groups are battling the official conspiracy of silence - one exclusively explained to Sputnik why they refuse to give up their crusade.
According to SANA news agency, Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli attack near Damascus. Sputnik discussed the new tit-for-tat attacks with Mona Alami, a French-Lebanese journalist and analyst, who writes about political, security and economic issues in the Arab world.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The new US Nuclear Posture Review will boost profits for major military contractors including one that previously employed the man who directed the review, Defense Secretary James Mattis, peace activist Jan Weinberg told Sputnik.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump is likely to expand the capacity of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention center operations to pack the facility with more alleged terror suspects under legal fictions that violate international human rights laws, analysts told Sputnik.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that the Pentagon, at the request of US President Donald Trump, is looking at dates for a potential military parade that could take place in Washington, DC, sometime in November.
The Palestinian territory of Gaza is on the brink of running out of fuel and power, with its hospitals either ceasing or slowing operations as the crisis mounts.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A steep drop in the value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is a short-term correction that is useful in the long-term for the market stability as regulatory moves attempt to bring rationale and encourage cryptocurrency prices to reach new records in the future, experts told Sputnik.
Both Republicans and Democrats have voiced their concerns about President Trump’s open-ended military commitment to Afghanistan, with lawmakers estimating that it will cost the US taxpayer above $45 billion in 2018 alone. Sputnik spoke to Imtiaz Gul, author of the book ‘The Unholy Nexus: Pak-Afghan Relations.’
BRUSSELS (Sputnik), Luc Rivet - Europe has been struggling with the effects of hard-to-control immigration in the last few years, which, among other consequences, has contributed to the rise of right-wing and far-right parties touting a hardline approach to immigration.
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