US President Barack Obama has lifted restrictions on supplies of weapons to foreign fighters in Syria. This is according to a White House press release, published on Thursday. The move will immediately escalate the situation in a war-torn country, said a former Pentagon official Michael Maloof.
Almost a half of US citizens believe that torturing the enemy is acceptable, that’s according to a new poll conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross. 46 percent of respondents found torture acceptable, 30 percent opposed it, while 24 percent were unsure.
Chief political strategist of the Democrats and avid supporter of Hillary Clinton, David Brock, has announced plans to use his research and communications organization American Bridge as a platform to dig dirt on President-elect Donald Trump.
The majority of Germans, Italians and Frenchmen think that the United States did a poor job as a superpower after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, that’s according to a new poll conducted by a French market research company, Ifop. Radio Sputnik discussed the results with Rodney Atkinson, one of Britain's successful political economists.
The governor of Aleppo, Diyab Hussein told Sputnik Arabic that work on restoring the road that leads to the international airport has started after the Syrian Army liberated the nearby area from terrorists.
After weeks of heavy fighting, the Syrian Army has reportedly seized control of the entire historic center of Aleppo that was held by terrorists. Syrian troops also seized a fortified hospital that militants turned into a large command post with an ammo depot. Radio Sputnik discussed the progress with Alaa Ebrahim, a freelance Syrian journalist.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make a historic visit to Pearl Harbor this month. However, according to the Japanese government spokesman, Abe’s visit will not be meant as an apology. Radio Sputnik spoke with Dr. Jon Davidann, a history professor at Hawaii Pacific University, specializing in Japan-US relations.
Alejandra Benítez an attractive Venezuelan professional fencer, who also held the post of Minister of Sports under Nicolas Maduro’s government, spoke with Sputnik in an interview about why she moved to Moscow and what is the aim of her social foundation, BenitezVEN.
Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Aleppo. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the resolution counterproductive. Russia’s decision was criticized by the US and the UK. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with Charles Shoebridge, security analyst and former UK army and counter terrorism intelligence officer.
Serter Tas, a member of the Turkish military forces was kidnapped by Daesh on September 1, 2015 and he has still not been released from the clutches of the jihadists fifteen months later. Sputnik Turkey spoke with father of the captive in an interview.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has delivered his annual State of the Nation Address. It focused on the country’s foreign and domestic policy priorities. Radio Sputnik discussed the address with Kirill Koktysh, associate professor of International Politics at Moscow-based MGIMO University.
Amid the reports that suggest that South Korean President Park Geun-hye has reportedly announced that she is ready to resign before the end of her term, one journalist and author, Suki Kim, told Sputnik that it is strange to see such reports because that is not exactly what the president said.
The Dutch Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a bill seeking a partial burqa ban in public places. On Tuesday the majority of one hundred and fifty MPs in the Netherlands voted in favor of the legislation. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with Maurits Berger, a lawyer and professor of Islam in the contemporary West, at Leiden University.
As the Syrian Army offensive against Daesh continues in the eastern districts of Aleppo, the Syrian Democratic Forces which mainly constitute Kurdish YPG units are gaining momentum for an offensive against the jihadists as well.
Sputnik Arabic visited the front line in Aleppo and met with soldiers of the Syrian Army to find out more about who they were and what they did before they joined the ranks to battle Daesh.
Radio Sputnik spoke in an exclusive interview with Dr. Ron Paul, former Republican Texas Congressman, who ran for President in 1988, 2008 and 2012. He discussed the US Department of Education, foreign policy and other prospects of US President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
The continuous struggle against over population in China has borne its bitter fruit. Despite abolition of restrictions on family planning, today China faces reduction in the work force, reduction in young consumers and pressures on society due to continuous aging of its population.
The European Parliament approved a draft resolution equating counteracting Sputnik news agency and RT TV with resistance to Daesh propaganda. The vote on the issue is set for Wednesday. Sputnik spoke with the Executive Vice President of the Eurasia Center Earl Rasmussen as well as the member of the EU Parliament Javier Couso, about the issue.
More than 120 migrants escaped from a deportation center in Istanbul on Saturday, according to Turkish media reports. Reportedly, the deportation center was set on fire by some of the migrants, protesting about their living conditions. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with Metin Çorabatir, former spokesman for the UNHCR in Turkey.
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