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    • Princess Ubolratana, who says she will be a candidate for Prime Minister in next month's elections in Thailand
      Last update: 07:01 09.02.2019
      07:01 09.02.2019

      Journo on Thai Princess Running for PM: 'We're Entering an Uncharted Territory'

      Traditionally the Thai royal family is known to publicly stay out of the country’s politics. However, an unprecedented move by one royal member has created a political earthquake in the Southeast Asian nation. Sputnik spoke about it journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk.

    • U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a news conference for a proposed Green New Deal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2019
      Last update: 03:44 09.02.2019
      03:44 09.02.2019

      Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Offers Framework for ‘Climate Justice’ but Remains Vague

      Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s much-touted Green New Deal proposes a nationwide mobilization to combat climate change, treating it as a crisis on par with the the Great Depression or Second World War. However, an activist told Sputnik Friday the resolution is vague, “a mirror through which anybody can see what they want to see.”

    • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
      Last update: 03:28 09.02.2019
      03:28 09.02.2019

      ‘Bizarre’ for Bezos to Suggest Saudis Linked to Leak of Lurid Texts

      Recent suggestions made by Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos that Saudi Arabia might've had a hand in the release of his private text messages are "just bizarre," Ted Rall, an award-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist, told Sputnik.

    • Police officers keep guard at Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.
      Last update: 21:47 08.02.2019
      21:47 08.02.2019

      Spit Hood Use by Met Police Officers Could Provoke More Violence - Barrister

      Metropolitan police to be equipped with some new devices, including spit hoods or spit guards, that are meant to protect the officers from dangerous infections. Sputnik discussed the changes with Kirsty Brimelow, Barrister and Queens's Counsel.

    • French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the press conference at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017
      Last update: 21:43 08.02.2019
      21:43 08.02.2019

      Macron's Move to Recall Envoy From Rome Only Divides Europe - France Arise Party

      BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - French President Emmanuel Macron is sowing divide in Europe by recalling the ambassador from Rome for consultations only due to own personal frictions with the Italian leadership, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, the president of the Gaullist Debout la France (France Arise) party and a former presidential candidate, told Sputnik.

    • A tourist carrying a Union Flag umbrella walks in the rain during a spell of wet weather, next to The Tower of London, in London, Britain January 15, 2017.
      Last update: 21:10 08.02.2019
      21:10 08.02.2019

      If It's No Deal Brexit We're Going to Make Money - Businessman

      Despite the EU repeatedly claiming that further negotiations are not possible; British Prime Minister Theresa May has claimed that she can still force Brussels to make significant concessions and get her deal through parliament. Is this a real possibility or is she, as some have suggested, living in a fantasy world?

    • Rome, Italy
      Last update: 20:33 08.02.2019
      20:33 08.02.2019

      Recalling French Ambassador From Rome: 'Political and Symbolic Gesture'

      France has recalled its ambassador to Rome, Christian Masset, in response to "unprecedented attacks" by the Italian government. Sputnik has discussed the issue with Mario Borghezio, a Member of the European Parliament for Italy’s Lega party, and Claude Blanchemaison, a former French ambassador to Italy.

    • In this image from video, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, directs the scene as a life-sized cardboard cut-out figure of himself is carried into view by an aid, in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday Jan. 8, 2018.
      Last update: 20:25 08.02.2019
      20:25 08.02.2019

      Thailand to Have 1st General Elections Since 2014 Coup With Record 9,200 Candidates

      MOSCOW (Sputnik), Valentina Shvartsman - A record high number of some 9,200 people have registered for the first general elections in Thailand since the 2014 coup, set to take place in March, an official from the Election Commission of Thailand told Sputnik on Friday.

    • A supporter of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holding a copy of the Venezuelan constitution and flags of Venezuela and Cuba, takes part in a gathering in support of his government outside the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela January 26, 2019
      Last update: 16:00 08.02.2019
      16:00 08.02.2019

      Ex-UK Envoy on Pompeo's Remark: Сuba, Venezuela Have 'Extremely Close Links'

      The EU and most of the bloc's member states have thrown their weight behind self-proclaimed interim President Juan Guaido, following the US’ suit. Speaking to Sputnik, former Ambassador Paul Webster Hare, a British diplomat for 30 years, shared his views on the controversy simmering around the Venezuelan political and economic crisis.

    • British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a media conference during an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.
      Last update: 07:42 08.02.2019
      07:42 08.02.2019

      Scotland UKIP Leader: We Have Saga of PM Who Deep Down Doesn't Want to Leave EU

      Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has written to the prime minister, offering to throw Labour’s support behind her Brexit deal if she makes five legally binding commitments – including joining a customs union with EU. Sputnik spoke about it to the Leader of UKIP Scotland Donald MacKay.

    • Computer child
      Last update: 07:39 08.02.2019
      07:39 08.02.2019

      Expert: We Need to Talk to Children About Kinds of Things They Might Find Online

      "Mobile phones should be banned from the dinner table", "Don't cross the road while using your phone" and "Children should not be allowed access to phones before bed." Those are just some of the suggestions made by the UK's four chief medical officers. Sputnik spoke about it to Bob Patton, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Surrey.

    • Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
      Last update: 07:32 08.02.2019
      07:32 08.02.2019

      Academic on Lula's Imprisonment Extension: 'Rigorous Criminal Law Interpretation'

      Former Brazilian President Lula has had his jail term for corruption extended by a further 12 years. Sputnik spoke with Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz, Reader in Transnational Law at King’s College London, to find out is this justified or is Lula merely the victim of a changing political climate in the country.

    • 20000 rial banknote bearing a portrait of Iran's late founder of islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
      Last update: 07:30 08.02.2019
      07:30 08.02.2019

      EU-Iran Trade Mechanism: Berlin Talks of Applying it to Other States - Expert

      Last week, the Foreign Ministers of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom announced the creation of a special purpose vehicle to facilitate legal trade with Iran, bypassing US sanctions, known as Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).

    • Google Chrome
      Last update: 04:13 08.02.2019
      04:13 08.02.2019

      'Amount of Fines Google Has to Pay Has Got Out of Hand' – Expert

      According to reports on Google's fourth-quarter earnings, the company spends more money on European fines than it does in taxes.

    • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam prepares to address a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Northam made a statement and answered questions about the late term abortion bill that was killed in committee.
      Last update: 02:53 08.02.2019
      02:53 08.02.2019

      Grassroots Organizer Demands Ralph Northam Resign

      The only way for Virginia's Democratic Party to start moving forward from the mess that unfolded over the last several days is with the resignation of Gov. Ralph Northam, Rebecca Keel, an organizer and member of the Southerners on New Ground, told Sputnik.

    • Uruguay's Foreign Affairs Minister Rodolfo Nin, left, and European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini shake hands at the end of an “International Contact Group” meeting regarding the ongoing Venezuelan crisis, in Montevideo, Uruguay,Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez is leading the meeting attended by leaders of 14 countries, including Spain, Italy, Portugal and Sweden.
      Last update: 02:49 08.02.2019
      02:49 08.02.2019

      ‘Montevideo Mechanism’ Seeks ‘Neutral Zone’ to Start Negotiations in Venezuela

      On Thursday, representatives from over a dozen countries met in Uruguay for a conference of neutral nations on the Venezuelan crisis. Their goal is to find a common ground for dialogue in the situation that rapidly approaches either military intervention or civil war.

      Political Crisis in Venezuela
    • President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington
      Last update: 22:37 07.02.2019
      22:37 07.02.2019

      Southern Areas in US More Likely to Support Trump on the Wall - Law Professor

      US President Donald Trump has delivered his second State of the Union address. Sputnik discussed the speech with Ric Simmons, a former federal prosecutor and law professor at Ohio State University.

    • Brexit
      Last update: 22:00 07.02.2019
      22:00 07.02.2019

      ‘Making Irish Border an Issue Derailed Brexit and Put EU in Control’ – Scholar

      British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to urge EU leaders to introduce changes to the terms of the Brexit agreement concerning the Northern Ireland backstop.

    • French President Emmanuel Macron walks back to his office after a meeting with guests at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 31, 2017
      Last update: 21:42 07.02.2019
      21:42 07.02.2019

      'Di Maio is Now Getting His Revenge Against Macron' - Political Analyst

      France recalled its envoy from Rome after Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio met with "yellow vests" representatives and supported the protesters. According to Paris, it was a provocation, while Di Maio stated that his meeting was legitimate as he had no ill intention. Sputnik has discussed the row with political analyst Nicola Mirkovic.

    • The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson transits the South China Sea while conducting flight operations on April 9, 2017.
      Last update: 20:47 07.02.2019
      20:47 07.02.2019

      Can US and China Coexist in the South China Sea?

      Admiral John M. Richardson, chief of Naval Operations of the US Navy, said on Monday that the US and China are conducting a dialogue on military activities in the South China Sea.