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    • Italian police vehicles. File photo
      Last update: 21:50 05.12.2018
      21:50 05.12.2018

      'Mafia Can't Become Extinct Because It's a Type of Behaviour' - Criminologist

      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.

    • In this photo released by Hezbollah Central Military Media, Israeli military digger work on the Lebanese-Israeli border next to a wall that was built by Israel in the southern village of Kafr Kila, Lebanon on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
      Last update: 21:41 05.12.2018
      21:41 05.12.2018

      Israeli Op Seeks to Destroy Border Tunnels, May Get Bigger If Hezbollah Reacts

      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.

    • Oil production.
      Last update: 21:06 05.12.2018
      21:06 05.12.2018

      'Having Qatar Outside of the Group is Less Beneficial For OPEC' - Researcher

      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.

    • Euro banknotes
      Last update: 20:11 05.12.2018
      20:11 05.12.2018

      EU's Plan to Challenge Dollar Dominance Won't Work Without Russia – Economist

      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.

    • White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (C) arrives prior to a joint news conference between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S
      Last update: 20:03 05.12.2018
      20:03 05.12.2018

      Mueller's Farce Rages On: Flynn Colluded With Foreign Power, but Not Russia

      by Kit Klarenberg

      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.

    • Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, speaks outside number 10 Downing Street, in central London
      Last update: 20:02 05.12.2018
      20:02 05.12.2018

      The Whole Chequers Plan is Not a Deal at All - Analyst on PM May's Brexit Proposals

      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.

    • Protesters build a barricade during a protest of Yellow vests (Gilets jaunes) against rising oil prices and living costs, on December 1, 2018 in Paris
      Last update: 20:00 05.12.2018
      20:00 05.12.2018

      'Yellow Vests' Protesters Determined to Challenge French Political Establishment - PhD

      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.

    • Green turtle (Chelonia mydas)
      Last update: 19:44 05.12.2018
      19:44 05.12.2018

      'We Don't Know the Impact': Conservationists Fight Attempts to Mine Ocean Floor

      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.

    • In this file photo taken on Monday, July 16, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.
      Last update: 17:46 05.12.2018
      17:46 05.12.2018

      Trump Unlikely to Start Arms Control Negotiations With China, Russia - Scholars

      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.

    • (File) Indian Border Security Force soldiers patrol at Champakgachh village, on the India-Bangladesh border, about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from Siliguri, India, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011
      Last update: 16:05 05.12.2018
      16:05 05.12.2018

      Stalled Repatriation Increases Chances of Radicalisation of Rohingyas - Analyst

      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.

    • Eurozone
      Last update: 14:33 05.12.2018
      14:33 05.12.2018

      'Eurozone is in Fragile Situation Awaiting Another Crisis' - Academic

      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.

    • The district of West Bay, Doha. File photo
      Last update: 14:18 05.12.2018
      14:18 05.12.2018

      'Qatar's Announcement is Dripping With Irony' - Financial Expert

      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.

    • Yellow Vests movement protests
      Last update: 13:33 05.12.2018
      13:33 05.12.2018

      Yellow Vests in Corsica: 'We're in Deep S**t. It's Rude, but It's True'

      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.

    • Tommy Robinson the former leader of the far-right EDL English Defence League group is flanked by police officers as he arrives for an appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
      Last update: 13:05 05.12.2018
      13:05 05.12.2018

      Strong Chance One Day Tommy Robinson Will Win UKIP Leadership Vote - MEP

      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.

    • Vegan
      Last update: 13:03 05.12.2018
      13:03 05.12.2018

      Panel to Judge Whether Veganism to Be Philosophical or Religious Belief - Prof

      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.

    • US President D. Trump and State Secretary Mike Pompeo at NATO conferense
      Last update: 11:25 05.12.2018
      11:25 05.12.2018

      US's 60-Day Notice Over INF Treaty Fuels Fear of US-Russian Arms Race - Scholars

      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.

    • U.S. President Donald Trump walks through the Colonnade to the Oval Office after returning to the White House in Washington
      Last update: 08:23 05.12.2018
      08:23 05.12.2018

      Trump Tower Moscow: A CIA-Backed Provocation Against Putin, Trump – Economist

      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

    • ISS astronauts adjust truss above New Zealand
      Last update: 08:15 05.12.2018
      08:15 05.12.2018

      'Space Makes You a Different Person' – Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev

      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”.

    • THAAD system
      Last update: 07:41 05.12.2018
      07:41 05.12.2018

      US Not Interested in Keeping INF Treaty, NATO Ready to Exploit Arms Race - Analysts

      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.

    • University of Sydney Main Quadrangle
      Last update: 07:24 05.12.2018
      07:24 05.12.2018

      There's Climate of Intimidation in Some Western Institutions - Professor

      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.