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    • Mockup of a Minuteman 3 nuclear missile used for training by missile maintenance crews is seen at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. (File)
      Last update: 20:21 12.03.2018
      20:21 12.03.2018

      'The Nuclear Arms Race Has Never Really Ended' – Analyst

      Russia says it has successfully tested a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. This comes after US General John Hyten said that US submarines can decimate Russia. Sputnik discussed this with Mark Gubrud, adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina.

    • A maquette of a statue commemorating the enslaved Africans whose lives were lost during the slave trade is pictured as it is unveiled by London Mayor Boris Johnson in central London, on August 18, 2008. The statue is to be erected in Hyde Park
      Last update: 19:21 12.03.2018
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      Brexit Echoes: 'Dreadful' Predictions of Those Opposed to Slave Trade Abolition

      The newspaper covering the city of Bristol in the west of England has launched a campaign to face up to the city's past as a hub of the British Empire's slave trade. Sputnik spoke to Sue Giles, Senior Curator of Bristol Museums, who explained how the city came to be involved in trading human beings.

    • Unification Church honour guards carry the coffin (R) containing late Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon during his funeral ceremony at the Cheongshim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, about 60 km east of Seoul, on September 15, 2012
      Last update: 17:51 12.03.2018
      17:51 12.03.2018

      EXCLUSIVE: Meet the Man Battling Dangerous Cults Wherever He Finds Them

      Since 1987, Ian Haworth has been running the UK’s Cult Information Centre, offering advice, guidance and practical support to current and former cult members, and their friends and families. Speaking exclusively to Sputnik journalist Kit Klarenberg, he documents his three-decade battle.

    • NATO headquarters in Brussels
      Last update: 17:34 12.03.2018
      17:34 12.03.2018

      Italy's Five Star Movement Lambasts NATO Policy Toward Russia

      In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, a senior member of Italy's Five Star Movement and vice-president of the European Parliament, specifically commented on sending more than 100 Italian servicemen to Latvia as part of NATO's eastward expansion.

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    • Afghan villagers gather near a destroyed house in Logar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan (File)
      Last update: 15:43 12.03.2018
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      Soviet-Backed Plan in 1980s Could Have Prevented Afghan Tragedy - Indian Author

      The Soviet Union wanted to establish an internationally backed government in Afghanistan, but fallout between India and the US led to the failure of the attempt, says Indian author Kallol Bhattacherjee, who still advocates for a broad-based government with a guarantee of "no intervention" as the only solution to the Afghan crisis.

    • EU flag
      Last update: 15:22 12.03.2018
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      'Parts of European Societies Want to Step Out of the European Process' - Scholar

      Amid the rise of right-wing parties across Europe, Sputnik as spoken with Dr. Jochen Stadt, head of the Free University in Berlin's research team on the German Democratic Republic to shed some light on reasons for their growth.

    • Delegates arrive to the third plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People to take a part in a vote on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, in Beijing, China March 11, 2018
      Last update: 14:45 12.03.2018
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      'China to Be at the Heart of World Development for Next Decades' - Professor

      The Chinese National People’s Congress has voted for an amendment to the constitution that abolishes presidential term limits. The step may mean that President Xi Jinping might remain in office for life. Sputnik discussed this with Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese Studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London.

    • Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, known as the White Helmets, take a selfie with their certificates after taking part in a training session in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area, east of the capital Damascus, on November 22, 2016
      Last update: 12:00 12.03.2018
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      EXCLUSIVE: The Violent Reality of 'Western Propaganda Construct' White Helmets

      If Western media and politicians are to be believed, the White Helmets are humanitarian volunteers in Syria, saving civilians from bombing attacks. However, independent researchers, such as journalist Vanessa Beeley, have cast serious doubt on this narrative. Speaking exclusively to Sputnik, she documents her most shocking findings about the group.

    • British Army veterans, members of the Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans group
      Last update: 11:53 12.03.2018
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      EXCLUSIVE: The Great Betrayal or How We Became Victims of Political Witch Hunt - Troubles Veterans Talk to Sputnik

      by Evgenia Filimianova

      A new documentary shines light on the injustice faced by security forces who served in Northern Ireland during the violent conflict, known as the Troubles. Sputnik spoke to former British Army soldiers who feel "sold out to the very enemy the fought in a forgotten war that successive British Governments have been too embarrassed to acknowledge."

    • German soldiers attend a ceremony to welcome the German battalion being deployed to Lithuania as part of NATO deterrence measures against Russia in Rukla, Lithuania February 7, 2017
      Last update: 11:22 12.03.2018
      11:22 12.03.2018

      NATO Troops on Russian Borders Foster Mistrust, Arms Race - Senior M5S Member

      ROME (Sputnik) – Deploying NATO troops close to Russia's western borders further contributes to an arms race, and maintains an atmosphere of mistrust between Moscow and the alliance, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, a senior member of the Italian Five Star Movement (M5S) and vice-president of the European Parliament, told Sputnik.

    • March 3, 2002 file photo shows a member of the public watching a US Air Force B 52 bomber arriving at RAF Fairford in western England. Pushing his vision of a nuclear weapons-free world, President Barack Obama returned to Prague on Thursday, April 8, 2010 to sign a pivotal treaty aimed at sharply paring U.S. and Russian arsenals — and repairing soured relations between the nations. With that, they will commit their nations to slash the number of strategic nuclear warheads by one-third and more than halve the number of missiles, submarines and bombers carrying them, pending ratification by their legislatures. The new treaty will shrink those warheads to 1,550 over seven years. That still allows for mutual destruction several times over. But it will send a strong signal that Russia and the U.S., which between them own more than 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons, are serious about disarmament.
      Last update: 20:17 11.03.2018
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      'US Still Reverting Back to the Notion of Military Hegemony' – China Strategist

      US General John Hyten has said that US submarines can decimate Russia and China. Speaking at a hearing on the 2019 US Strategic Forces Posture, Hyten said that China and Russia can’t do anything that the US couldn't respond to, aside from a massive attack. Sputnik discussed this with Andrew Leung, an independent China strategist.

    • An employee looks on from behind coils of steel as acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris speaks to workers after a tour of ArcelorMittal Steel's hot dip galvanizing line in Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio (File)
      Last update: 20:16 11.03.2018
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      US Tariffs: 125 Republican Congressmen Asked Trump 'Please Don’t Do This' - Lawyer

      China said it will take effective measures to protect its rights following US President Donald Trump’s decision to increase tariffs on steel and aluminum. The Chinese Commerce Ministry said it strongly opposed the move. Sputnik discussed the possibility of a global trade war with William Perry, an International Trade Attorney at Harris Bricken.

    • Delegates arrive to the third plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People to take a part in a vote on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits, in Beijing, China March 11, 2018
      Last update: 18:41 11.03.2018
      18:41 11.03.2018

      China's Presidential Term Vote Could Herald Start of 'Massive Changes' - Analyst

      Commenting on the Chinese Congress voting in favor of an amendment to the constitution that abolishes presidential term limits, Francesco Sisci, a Beijing-based Italian sinologist, author and columnist, told Sputnik that the decision had failed to raise his eyebrows.

    • Activists of the non-governmental organization International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) wear masks of US President Donal Trump and leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jon-un while posing with a mock missile in front of the embassy of Democratic People's Republic of Korea in Berlin, on September 13, 2017
      Last update: 20:01 10.03.2018
      20:01 10.03.2018

      'This Could Be an Extraordinarily Significant Meeting' - Analyst on Trump, Kim Jong-un Talks

      US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet in person by May. Trump, who received a letter from Kim, has tweeted that their meeting is being planned.

    • FILE- In this Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, file photo, people watch a TV screen showing images of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea
      Last update: 19:47 10.03.2018
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      Meeting With Trump: Kim Wants 'to Show to the World N Korea is Normal Country' - Prof.

      US President Donald Trump has tweeted that a deal with his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un is “very much in the making.” This comes after Trump agreed to a proposed meeting with Kim Jong-un. Radio Sputnik spoke with Professor Jaechun Kim from Songang University about the significance of such a meeting.

    • U.S. President Donald Trump gives out pens he used to sign presidential proclamations placing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to workers from the steel and aluminum industries at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 8, 2018
      Last update: 11:53 10.03.2018
      11:53 10.03.2018

      US Tariffs: 'Trump Bluffs a Lot, Then Uses That as Strategy to Make Deal' - Scholar

      US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the US on Thursday but exempted Canada and Mexico, he insists that domestic metal production is vital to national security. Sputnik discussed this with Dr. Jinghan Zeng, Deputy Director of the Center for Politics in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

    • President Donald Trump, left, in Dallas and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang
      Last update: 06:58 10.03.2018
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      Here is What You May Expect From Trump-Kim Jong-un Meeting

      Sputnik spoke with Dylan Loh, from the department of politics and international studies at the University of Cambridge on the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un and what can we expect when the two leaders meet.

    • A demonstrator waves a Catalan flag in support of the disputed independence vote Sunday in Catalonia during a gathering in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
      Last update: 06:38 10.03.2018
      06:38 10.03.2018

      Professor of Law Explains Why 2nd Catalonia Independence Referendum 'Nonsense'

      In an agreement overlooked by the AFP; it appears some parties of Catalonia are looking towards creating a parallel government with Puigdemont in charge. Alfonso Valero, professor of Law and expert on Catalan law at Nottingham Law School does not find validity in this story - saying that it is ‘nonsense’.

    • Scottish UKIP member of the European parliament David Coburn (File)
      Last update: 06:30 10.03.2018
      06:30 10.03.2018

      'Right-Wing is Threat to Establishment, Elite, Not Ordinary People' - British MP

      Seizing on Euroscepticism and anti-immigration sentiment amid the refugee crisis, right-wing parties in Europe have managed to attract voters from across the political spectrum. While advocacy groups warn of the emergence of new far-right wingers as an evolving threat. Sputnik discussed this with David Coburn, MEP from the UK Independence Party.

    • A picture taken on February 28, 2018 shows flames erupting in the horizon following a reported rocket attack in al-Shaffuniyah, in the enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus
      Last update: 22:19 09.03.2018
      22:19 09.03.2018

      We Have Independent Evidence That al-Nusra Was Arrested With Sarin Gas - Author

      Washington is looking into the possibility of launching new attacks against Syria, according to US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, as the new strikes could come as a response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Radio Sputnik spoke with senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, Dr. Tim Anderson.