On December 4, Mafia boss Settimino Mineo and at least 45 other suspects were arrested in Italy in a major swoop against a resurgent Cosa Nostra. How will the arrest of Mineo affect Cosa Nostra? Dr. Anna Sergi, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Essex sat down to answer this and other questions with Sputnik.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Tuesday announced the launch of the "Northern Shield" operation aimed at destroying the transboundary tunnels dug by the Lebanese Hezbollah movement to secretly transfer its militants to Israel.
Qatar intends to withdraw from OPEC in January. This is what the country’s energy minister, Sherida Kaabi, said during a press conference on Monday. According to the official, OPEC was informed of this decision ahead of the announcement. Sputnik discussed this with Matt Smith, the director of commodity research at ClipperData.
The newly-leaked European Commission plan to substantially reduce the bloc’s dependence on the dollar will not work without Russia's participation, Sputnik contributor Ivan Danilov noted, suggesting that Paris and Berlin would have to strangle their anti-Russian sentiments.
Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, has provided "substantial" assistance to special counsel Robert Mueller's controversial investigation and should be spared jail, court filings revealed December 4.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered three successive defeats in the Commons, casting doubts as to whether she has any hope of getting her Brexit plan through parliament. Will her time in power be coming to an end any time soon? Marty Caine, leader of ENGAGE, sat down to answer this and other questions with Sputnik.
The French government will abandon the idea of raising taxes on fuel and electricity if consultations fail to produce a good solution, PM Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday. Sputnik has discussed the prospects of the government meeting the demands of protesters with Nawar Kassomeh, a PhD, ABD in politics from Lancaster University, UK.
Mining companies are increasingly coveting the seabed around the world in their thirst for minerals. Sputnik spoke to Duncan Currie, a political and legal adviser to the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, about attempts to stop mining off the coast of New Zealand.
MOSCOW (Sputnik), Tommy Yang - Despite expressing his willingness to start arms control discussions with China and Russia, US President Donald Trump is unlikely to seriously engage in detailed negotiations with Beijing and Washington to avoid what he has described as a "major and uncontrollable" arms race, experts told Sputnik.
A former officer from the Indian Army, in an interview with Sputnik, has opined that there would be huge regional security implications if the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar is stalled for too long as it would increase the chances of “radicalised refugees” infiltrating India through the Chittagong hills.
EU finance ministers agreed on reforms after Tuesday's talks in Brussels. According to reports, the final agreement includes measures to equip the euro’s banking union with more funds and give its sovereign bailout fund more flexibility. The reforms come ahead of a summit in Brussels between EU leaders, who will have to approve them.
Qatar intends to withdraw from OPEC in January. This is what the country’s energy minister Sherida Kaabi said during a press conference on Monday. According to the official, OPEC was informed of this decision ahead of the announcement.
While French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says that the government is going to “freeze the tax on diesel and gasoline for 6 months”, in Corsica, the Yellow Vests continue picketing entrances to some cities, for example, Ajaccio.
UKIP are losing members as they are worried the leader Gerard Batten is turning it into an anti-Islamic party. Defectors believe the decision by Mr Batten to hire Tommy Robinson as an advisor is the last straw and 3 MEP’s have resigned in recent weeks.
The case is brought by Jordi Casamitjana who claims he was sacked by the League Against Cruel Sports after raising concerns that its pension fund was being invested into companies involved in animal testing.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States announced it will suspend adherence to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty within 60 days unless Russia returns to full compliance with the agreement, sparking concerns of an arms race among US lawmakers and allies.
The media fuss surrounding the Trump Tower Moscow project that was never implemented may further exacerbate Russian-American relations, Sputnik contributor Ivan Danilov wrote, sharing his views on what was really behind the much-discussed initiative
These days Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev is rehabilitating in Greece. After two space missions and a total time of 365 days, 23 hours and 5 minutes spent in space, the Russian cosmonaut has chosen Greece to get back to “earthly rhythms”.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Key decision makers within the Trump administration have zero interest in preventing the collapse of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and NATO is well positioned to exploit the situation including the predictable missile buildup to follow, analysts told Sputnik.
In an interview with Sputnik, Professor Tim Anderson, currently suspended from the University of Sydney, has spoken out on dissenting voices in universities and the climate of intimidation that prevails in some Western institutions.