21:41 GMT +320 July 2017


    • Below-average rainfall and insufficient water in the Euphrates and Tigris rivers - something the Iraqis have blamed on dams in neighboring Turkey and Syria - have left Iraq bone-dry for a second straight year.
      Last update: 20:44 20.07.2017
      20:44 20.07.2017

      Why Turkish Dams Could Push the Region Toward New Conflict

      Turkey plans to construct 22 new dams in the South Anatolia region but such a decision has already sparked concern of Iranian authorities, as this construction will lead to the drying up of two major water sources for Iran. Sputnik discussed this issue with an Iranian environmentalist.

    • Airstrikes target Islamic State positions on the edge of the Old City a day after Iraq's prime minister declared total victory in Mosul, Iraq, Tuesday, July 11, 2017
      Last update: 17:34 20.07.2017
      17:34 20.07.2017

      Mosul's 40,000 Victims: 'US Military Doesn't Take Losses Into Account'

      More than 40,000 civilians have reportedly perished as a result of the Mosul liberation operation, media reported, citing a Kurdish politician. Given the capabilities of modern precision weapons, this is a very large figure. A Russian military analyst explained why this has happened in an interview with Sputnik Radio.

    • The National Museum of Serbia in Belgrade, with the monument to Mihailo Obrenovic, Prince of Serbia, seen in the center.
      Last update: 15:49 20.07.2017
      15:49 20.07.2017

      China Takes Root of Europe Through This Small Country

      A long journey starts with a single step. In an attempt to gain footing in the European market, China chose to start with a small country, which opens great opportunities for Beijing. Sputnik explores why.

    • In this picture released on June 26, 2015, by a website of Islamic State militants, Islamic State militants fire an anti-tank missile in Hassakeh, northeast Syria
      Last update: 19:00 19.07.2017
      19:00 19.07.2017

      Will Daesh Turn Into an 'Al-Qaeda on Steroids'?

      Recently reports were released suggesting that Daesh may wage an insurgency and resemble an al-Qaeda on “steroids” after its defeat. There is also an ongoing debate about whether Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive or not. Sputnik Radio spoke with analyst David Cook about these claims.

    • Anti-government protesters throw stones from a highway overpass at a passing police patrol in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 24, 2017
      Last update: 21:25 18.07.2017
      21:25 18.07.2017

      How Venezuelan Protests Demonstrate 'Kiev-Style Maidan'

      In Venezuela, where most of the country's residents voted against the convening of a constituent assembly in a popular referendum, a pattern similar to that of Maidan in Kiev back in 2014 was seen, according to the head of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISI) Center for Public Relations Igor Pshenichnikov.

    • This file photo taken on March 29, 2017 shows a pro-remain protester holds up an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the Houses of Parliament shortly after British Prime Minister Theresa May announced to the House of Commons that Article 50 had been triggered in London on March 29, 2017.
      Last update: 20:51 18.07.2017
      20:51 18.07.2017

      Is France Really Seeking to Degrade Britain and Weaken the City of London?

      France wants to use Brexit to weaken Britain and degrade the City of London, former UK Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne said. In a memorandum leaked to the Daily Mail, Browne wrote that the talks he attended in Paris were the worst he had anywhere in the European Union. Sputnik Radio spoke with Peter Holmes on the issue.

    • Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) of Turkey attending the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul, October 10, 2016
      Last update: 18:18 18.07.2017
      18:18 18.07.2017

      Why NATO's 'Planned Russia-Turkey Conflict' Never Happened

      Philip Kovacevic, professor of geopolitics at the University of San Francisco in California spoke to Sputnik in an interview about how NATO tried to ignite a Russian-Turkish conflict and its failure.

    • Police officers and opposition supporters are seen on Maidan Nezalezhnosti square in Kiev, where clashes began between protesters and the police
      Last update: 15:15 18.07.2017
      15:15 18.07.2017

      'EU Understands It Took Wrong Side' in Donbass Conflict

      Sputnik met with a man who witnessed the cruel Donbass war with his own eyes. He explained why the issue of the conflict is scarcely covered in Europe and Italy in particular.

    • A man feed pigeons in Damascus, Syria January 28, 2017
      Last update: 11:00 11.07.2017
      11:00 11.07.2017

      SPUTNIK EXCLUSIVE: Staffan De Mistura Expresses Hope for Drastic Changes in Syria by Year-End

      In an interview with correspondents Anastasia Levchenko and Elizaveta Isakova, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura expressed hope for drastic changes on the ground in Syria by the end of the year.

    • DJ
      Last update: 20:35 05.07.2017
      20:35 05.07.2017

      Japanese Jukebox Like Juice Maker: Lets Music Lovers ‘Taste Songs’

      The Japanese company Nomura has designed a new gadget that lets music lovers taste songs. Squeeze Music is a juice maker that blends a glass of juice according to the mood of a song.

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      Last update: 17:27 05.07.2017
      17:27 05.07.2017

      Nuclear Explosion Could Be the Best Way to Destroy Asteroids Without Harming the Earth

      NASA intends to test a new type of technology to protect the Earth from asteroids. In a press release, the space agency reported that the technology is called DART and it is based on a kinetic impact on the asteroid.

    • A Syrian man sits inside his handicraft shop in the Syrian capital, Damascus
      Last update: 15:41 05.07.2017
      15:41 05.07.2017

      New Dawn: Centuries-Old Syrian Crafts Return to Liberated Aleppo

      The masters of Syria’s ancient traditional crafts that are traditional for Syria are returning to Aleppo to reopen their workshops after the city’s liberation from Daesh.

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    • A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) looks at a smoke after an coalition airstrike in Raqqa, Syria June 16, 2017
      Last update: 21:30 04.07.2017
      21:30 04.07.2017

      As Raqqa Liberation Draws Nearer, Its Political Future Remains Uncertain

      Celalettin Yavuz, a military expert and former adviser to the chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (PND) for foreign policy and security, spoke to Sputnik Turkey in an interview about the ongoing Astana talks and their importance for determining the future of the Syrian city of Raqqa after it is liberated from Daesh.

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    • U.S army soldier holds a gun as he stands guard next to an armoured vehicle as Brett McGurk, U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, visits the town of Tabqa, Syria
      Last update: 21:05 04.07.2017
      21:05 04.07.2017

      US Strengthens Presence in Northern Syria

      A senior representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on condition of anonymity told Sputnik Turkey that the United States continues to actively strengthen its military presence in northern Syria.

    • Hundreds of civilians flee villages outside Mosul the day after Iraqi Kurdish forces launch an operation east of Islamic State-held Mosul
      Last update: 20:13 04.07.2017
      20:13 04.07.2017

      More Than 32 Tons of Chemicals Used to Make Explosives Found in Mosul

      The head of the Iraqi federal police said that during the operation to liberate the western part of Mosul, 32.5 metric tons of ammonium nitrate was unearthed; the compound is commonly used as a component for making explosives.

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      Last update: 19:25 04.07.2017
      19:25 04.07.2017

      Major Study to Verify if Presidents Really Can Run Countries on 4 Hours of Sleep

      Canada’s University of Western Ontario has launched what it envisions will become the world’s largest sleep study. This study aims to determine how much sleep is sufficient for most people.

    • Aleppo, Syria
      Last update: 16:15 04.07.2017
      16:15 04.07.2017

      Encouraged by Liberation of Aleppo, Students Join Syrian Arab Army En Masse

      Employees of the central military commissariat of Aleppo state that the number of those wishing to join Syrian army units in order to fight terrorists is increasing every month as the liberation of the city has motivated hundreds of former students and school pupils to put on military uniforms.

    • U.S. President Donald Trump (R) meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the White House Oval Office in Washington, U.S., June 30, 2017
      Last update: 21:26 02.07.2017
      21:26 02.07.2017

      THAAD and Pyongyang: How Trump Achieved Four Key Concessions From S Korea

      South Korean President Moon Jae-in completed his first official visit to the United States. There, the leader who promised to establish a dialogue with Pyongyang and who showed signs of making foreign policy decisions which were independent from the US was compelled to toe the line.

    • Philippines Daesh Militants
      Last update: 19:01 02.07.2017
      19:01 02.07.2017

      China Gives Millions of Dollars in Weapons to the Philippines to Fight Daesh

      The Philippines are getting millions in weaponry from China in a move to fight Daesh. Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that Beijing has donated $ 7.35 million in weapons and ammunition to fight the terrorists.

    • A general view shows the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin, northern Syria. (File)
      Last update: 14:45 02.07.2017
      14:45 02.07.2017

      Syrian Kurds Vow to Stop Turkish Troops’ Advance on Afrin

      Nuri Mehmud, an official representative of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), said in an interview with Sputnik Turkey that the group will defend its territories if there is an attack on Afrin from Turkey.