At the end of last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Vietnam. It was not only his last visit to the country as the head of the State Department but the event actually closed the “pivot to Asia,” for the Obama administration.
The International Monetary Fund has raised its economic growth forecast for the United Kingdom. The organization now expects the British economy to grow by 1.5 percent this year which is 0.4 percent higher than its previous forecast in October. Radio Sputnik spoke with Kevin Dowd, professor of finance and economics at Durham University.
"Muslim NATO," a new military alliance led by Saudi Arabia has been making waves in the news lately. Sputnik discusses how effective this alliance will actually be in fighting terrorism, with Iranian regional policy expert Farzad Ramazani Bonesh.
The Press Office of the State Council of China released a document called the White Paper on China's policy in the field of cooperation on security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. It is the first detailed document revealing the views of Beijing on issues of peace and stability in the region.
Members of the EU have backed a draft resolution to grant legal status to robots. The proposal in question was put forward by a socialist MEP from Luxembourg Mady Delvaux-Stehres. Sputnik talked to Professor of Private Law at the Business School of the University of Pisa, Andrea Bertolini, about how can robots be accountable for their actions.
On Monday, Washington added five Russian individuals to its Specially Designated Nationals list for alleged violations of the Magnitsky Act. The five men include the head of the county’s federal investigative agency Alexander Bastrykin. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with Jon Rappoport, an American author and editor of nomorefakenews.com
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim had a two-day visit to Baghdad and Erbil over the weekend. Sputnik spoke in an interview with the Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary faction of the ruling Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP) Bulent Turan regarding the visit and its effect on the fight against terrorists in the region.
Former RT news anchor, American journalist Abby Martin, criticized the New York Times article which suggested that she left the channel because of its “propaganda activities.” Martin denied such claims calling NYT article full of “egregious errors.”
Governor of Texas Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz met with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Texas to discuss energy, trade relations and commercial ties as well as arms trade, despite China's protests over the Taiwanese president’s visit to the US.
Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has died aged 82. He was the president of Iran from 1989 to 1997. Sputnik Persian takes a look at the much revered leader in Iran and how his efforts paved the way for the historic Iranian nuclear deal.
A Chinese state-run tabloid has warned US president-elect Donald Trump that Beijing will take revenge if he reneges on the one-China policy. The latter refers to the principle insisting that both Taiwan and mainland China constitute inalienable parts of a single state China.
Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen left for the United States Saturday on her way to Central America, a trip that will be scrutinized by China. Sputnik spoke with Chinese political experts in an interview about this trip and how it may be related to US-Chinese bilateral relations.
The wars in the Middle East and the refugee crisis in Europe have given rise to an illegal network of conductors who charge a lot of money to transport migrants to Europe. Sputnik spoke with François Genemme, a political analyst from the Centre de Recherches Internationales about this illegal human trafficking.
The UN Security Council has passed a resolution demanding an end to the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territories. The document was passed on Friday with all but one UNSC member voting in favor of it. The United States, which in the past has used its veto on similar resolutions, abstained from the vote.
With the liberation of Aleppo the younger citizens are full of optimism to finally go to school, play games and just return to normal life. Sputnik spoke to some of the children who shared their hopes and dreams for the future.
Pierre Le Corf, founder of the NGO “WeAreSuperheroes” is the only Frenchman who has been living in the west of Aleppo for several months. He spoke with Sputnik in an interview about how Aleppo is preparing to celebrate Christmas and showed 1200 gifts intended for children.
Deash burned alive two Turkish captives and executed two more, posting the videos on social media. However, parents of one of the soldiers, Sefter Tas refuse to believe that their son was murdered. Sputnik spoke with Sefter’s father in an interview.
Eric Denece, director of the French Center for Research in the field of Intelligence, spoke with Sputnik in an interview about the liberation of Aleppo and how the Western politicians and mainstream media continue to twist the story.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held his year-end press conference in Moscow. During this highly anticipated event, the Russian leader covered both domestic and international issues. Radio Sputnik discussed Putin’s news conference with Charles Bausman, editor and publisher of crowdfunded media resource Russia Insider.com.
A group of Iraqi women organized a squad for observing the lives of women under Daesh rule in Mosul and helping them. The group called Team Women described all the crimes committed by the terrorists against the Iraqi women. Sputnik spoke with a historian who helped to organize this squad on his Facebook page.
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