• An Iranian oil worker makes his way through Tehran's oil refinery south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
    Last update: 08:00 26.04.2019
    08:00 26.04.2019

    India, China May Snub Trump's Sanctions, Continue to Buy Iranian Oil – Analysts

    On 22 April, the White House signalled that it would not extend waivers for countries still buying crude from Iran in May 2019. Speaking to Sputnik, academics and analysts have shared their views on whether global players would abide by sanctions and how Trump's move would affect oil prices in the near future.

  • 1st Lt. Chris Richelderfer, Executive Officer of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment (Airborne), looks at possible enemy positions during Operation Saray Has July 19 near Forward Operating Base Naray, Afghanistan.
    Last update: 07:24 26.04.2019
    07:24 26.04.2019

    Civilian Deaths At the Hands of Forces in Afghanistan ‘Not Surprising’ - Expert

    On 24 April the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan's (UNAMA) report revealed that more Afghan civilians are now killed by US and pro-government forces in the country than by the Taliban and other rebel groups.The report comes as Washington has reportedly been considering withdrawing as many as half of its 14,000 troops from Afghanistan.

  • An activist in opposition of the U.S. involvement in Venezuela occupying the Venezuelan Embassy, sits in a window sill in Washington
    Last update: 03:50 26.04.2019
    03:50 26.04.2019

    ‘Trump Radicalized Me’: US Activists Defend Venezuelan Embassy to Halt Opposition Takeover (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

    When Venezuelan opposition forces in the US seized a consulate and military attache in the US last month, they thought the embassy itself would be next. However, activists have formed an Embassy Protection Collective and, at the invitation of Caracas, have slept overnight for weeks in the Washington, DC, building to halt the seizure.

    Political Crisis in Venezuela
  • Brexit
    Last update: 21:01 25.04.2019
    21:01 25.04.2019

    Brexit Backstop is Actually Where EU Wants us - English Democrats Chair

    Leading MEPs have taunted the UK and Brexit party leader Nigel Farage, ahead of the upcoming European parliamentary elections, arguing that Britain's glory days are over. Sputnik discussed the dispute with Robin Tillbrook; Chairman of the English Democrats.

  • A logo of Huawei is displayed at a electronic retail shop in Hong Kong, Friday, March 29, 2019. Chinese tech giant Huawei's deputy chairman defended its commitment to security Friday after a stinging British government report added to Western pressure on the company by accusing it of failing to repair dangerous flaws in its telecom technology.
    Last update: 20:28 25.04.2019
    20:28 25.04.2019

    Five Eyes Out of Focus: Scholar on Why UK Defying US Warning, Embracing Huawei

    The UK has approved the use of Huawei products in defiance of American threats to halt intelligence cooperation and the Five Eye's concerns. Speaking to Sputnik, Chinese academic Zhu Feng has explained London's rationale and cast doubt on Washington's apparent plan to ban Huawei worldwide.

  • Pro-EU rallies held throughout Scotland as rest of the UK votes for Brexit
    Last update: 20:15 25.04.2019
    20:15 25.04.2019

    Scotland Referendum Ultimatum Unlikely to Sway Brexit Negotiations - Author

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that she will push for a second independence referendum before May 2021, saying Scotland should have the option of staying in the EU as a separate nation amid uncertainty over Brexit. Sputnik has discussed this with Rita Trehan, the CEO of Dare Worldwide, best-selling author and prominent Brexit adviser.

  • Vice President Joe Biden speaks as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Bucks County Community College in Bristol, Pa., Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
    Last update: 19:21 25.04.2019
    19:21 25.04.2019

    Biden vs Trump in 2020 Would be Exceedingly Close Race - Professor

    David Schultz, a political science professor at Hamline University, has commented on former US Vice President Joe Biden's announcement on entering the US 2020 presidential race. US President Donald Trump has welcomed the news, saying that Biden "will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas."

  • A Chinese national flag flies at the headquarters of the People's Bank of China, the country's central bank, in Beijing, China, January 19, 2016
    Last update: 17:03 25.04.2019
    17:03 25.04.2019

    China’s BRI Driven by Economic Goals, Not Geopolitical Ambitions - Analysts

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Tommy Yang - China’s infrastructure-focused Belt and Road Initiative is likely driven by the nation’s need to sustain rapid domestic economic growth by exporting its excessive production capacity overseas, despite Western criticism that the BRI serves to amplify Beijing’s geopolitical influence globally, analysts told Sputnik.

  • White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon departs after a meeting about the American Health Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. (File)
    Last update: 15:29 25.04.2019
    15:29 25.04.2019

    Bannon ‘Can Enrich’ Right-Wing Parties to Create ‘Europe of the Fatherlands’

    Der Spiegel has reported that Germany's AfD party has invited US President Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon to a media conference in Berlin.

  • US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. File photo
    Last update: 10:37 25.04.2019
    10:37 25.04.2019

    Pelosi Brexit Speech ‘Way of Diverting Attention from the Mueller Report’ – Prof

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election did not find any evidence that President Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with Russian operatives.

  • Villages in north-eastern Syria liberated from ISIL
    Last update: 10:00 25.04.2019
    10:00 25.04.2019

    Christians Discriminated Against in Europe, Massacred in States Hit by NATO – Analysts

    by Ekaterina Blinova

    The Sri Lankan suicide bombing attacks have turned the spotlight on the problem of Christians facing persecution worldwide, including in Europe, analysts told Sputnik, stressing that the cases of discrimination and oppression remain largely neglected by politicians and media pundits.

  • Members of the US Navy SEALS on a rubber boat patrol around the US Navy hospital ship the USNS Mercy
    Last update: 03:58 25.04.2019
    03:58 25.04.2019

    ‘War is the Ultimate Crime’: Coverup of US Navy SEAL’s Civilian Murders Par for the Course

    After one US Navy SEAL was accused of committing war crimes in Iraq, it revealed a larger system of coverups and a culture that discouraged reporting war crimes and other abuses. Two veterans-turned-anti-war activists told Sputnik that all wars are war crimes and that Americans need to stop romanticizing the military.

  • Radioactive Material Sign
    Last update: 03:43 25.04.2019
    03:43 25.04.2019

    ‘Deadly Forever’: Dangerous US Atomic Reactors May Be Subsidized by Ohio Bill

    Kevin Kamps, the Radioactive Waste Watchdog at the organization Beyond Nuclear, joined Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear Wednesday to discuss House Bill 6, legislation supported by several lawmakers in the Ohio Senate to bail out two First Energy Solutions nuclear power plants – the Davis-Besse and Perry plants.

  • People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014.
    Last update: 01:29 25.04.2019
    01:29 25.04.2019

    As US Government Strangles Iran's Economy, Google ‘Suffocates' Iranian Media

    The recent shutdown of PressTV and HispanTV's YouTube and Gmail accounts are more examples of the continued effort by the US government to silence Iranian media outlets, Alex Rubinstein, a journalist for MintPress News, told Sputnik.

  • Pardis petrochemical complex facilities in Assalouyeh on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf, Iran, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday his country will continue exporting crude oil despite U.S. efforts to stop it through sanctions
    Last update: 22:57 24.04.2019
    22:57 24.04.2019

    US Faces ‘Test of Power’ in Trying to Enforce Iran Oil Sanctions - Ex-EU Consultant

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo face an uphill struggle to force other nations to abandon their oil trade with Iran, former European Union consultant Paolo von Schirach told Sputnik.

  • Artificial intelligence
    Last update: 21:53 24.04.2019
    21:53 24.04.2019

    Five Eyes Came Out of Dark Due to Organisations Like WikiLeaks - Security Expert

    Experts from the so-called Five Eyes group, which was an almost entirely secret group made up of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand sharing information with each other, are set to appear together for the first time in the UK to discuss global cyber threats. Sputnik has discussed the alliance with security expert Dr Katherine Horton.

  • An oil tanker is seen off the port of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran (File)
    Last update: 21:51 24.04.2019
    21:51 24.04.2019

    'Negative Effects' of the Complete Ban on Iranian Oil 'Inevitable' - Economist

    The US government announced on Monday that it would not renew the waivers for Iranian oil importers that are valid through 1 May 2019. The waivers were granted to eight countries: China, Inda, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey in November 2018.

  • A customer selects the pieces of pork, supplied by Shuanghui, which controls China's largest meat-processing company, at a supermarket in Yichang, central China's Hubei province
    Last update: 21:38 24.04.2019
    21:38 24.04.2019

    China Unlikely to Rely on US Pork Imports to Fight Swine Flu Crisis - Analysts

    After the African swine flu epidemic started to spread in China in August 2018, authorities have discovered 129 cases and killed 1.02 million pigs as part of the efforts to contain the deadly outbreak for hogs, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said during a press conference on Tuesday.

  • Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019.
    Last update: 21:36 24.04.2019
    21:36 24.04.2019

    Daesh Role in Sri Lanka Bloodbath is a Warning for S Asia - Security Analysts

    South Asian countries need to be very careful and take concrete steps to counter the looming challenge by international terror groups operating with the help of “Lone Ranger” - type localised fringe fundamentalist elements, Indian security experts have warned.

    Multiple Deadly Explosions Hit Sri Lanka on Catholic Easter
  • American pop star Michael Jackson performs during his Dangerous tour in Bangkok, Aug. 25, 1993.
    Last update: 21:33 24.04.2019
    21:33 24.04.2019

    'It Was a Complete Money Grab' - Michael Jackson's Nephew on Leaving Neverland

    The recent documentary Leaving Neverland certainly made waves in the entertainment industry, with many claiming that it could cast a shadow over pop music idol Michael Jackson's legacy. But did the programme offer a balanced view of the entertainer? Sputnik spoke with Michael Jackson's nephew, Taj Jackson, to get his views on the issue.