UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi stressed Russia’s important role in prevention and resolution of international conflicts and named the country UN Refugee Agency's (UNHCR) global partner, in interview to Sputnik.
France is withdrawing its military from the Central African Republic in order to fight Daesh terrorists in the Middle East. Portuguese soldiers will replace them, joining the UN mission to stabilize the civil war-ravaged republic. Sputnik Brazil spoke with Lieutenant Colonel Hélder António da Silva Perdigão, about the mission.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree validating identification documents issued by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics in eastern Ukraine. US national, who spent 2 years in eastern Ukraine and currently works at Novorossiya Today Press Center Zak Novak, spoke to Radio Sputnik about this decision.
In Istanbul's Beyoğlu district, there is a place called Rustik Cafe, which is an oasis of Russian culture, food and history in the Turkish metropolis. It was opened in 2015 by Erdem Bektas. Sputnik Turkey spoke with the owner to find out why he had decided to set up in the heart of Istanbul.
The war in Yemen has resulted in 50 percent of the population living below the poverty line. However, compared to the Syrian conflict coverage, there are few reports floating around in the mainstream media about this catastrophic war.
The Carnival of Brazil is an annual Brazilian festival which is one of the most colorful and exciting festivals in the world. The costumes, rhythm and samba dances are a feast for the eyes of many. However, sadly there is a dark side to all the festivities as statistics show that cases of violence against women increase during the carnival days.
A Chilean company has released a detergent called Súper Luchín, named in honor of the Russian aircraft that took part in extinguishing the devastating forest fires in Chile. Sputnik Mundo spoke to one of the creators of this detergent, Paola Sepúlveda.
Russia and China should support each other in the current uncertainty of international relations, Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi said during a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Sputnik China spoke to international relations expert Feng Yujun in an interview about the importance of this cooperation.
National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby has said in an interview with Sputnik that Native American schools need a massive modernization program.
Youssef Mahmoud al-Rajab was faced with a difficult decision when he had to risk his life in an attempt to escape the Syrian city of al-Bab. Now, a new life has started for him away from Daesh. However, the horror of life under the terrorists is still fresh in his mind.
Mustafa al Khatib is the founder of the largest youth rescue team in Mosul called al-Fazaa. He spoke to Sputnik Arabic in an interview about how refugees are rebuilding their lives with the help of the team and the main challenges facing them today.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the Silk Road summit in Beijing, Russian Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov told journalists at a press conference on February 9. The forum will be held on May 14-15. Earlier, the Chinese foreign ministry said that leaders from over 20 countries have confirmed their participation in the summit.
Twenty-five years after signing of the Maastricht Treaty for the creation of the EU, there are some people in Germany who say that the EU today is similar to Yugoslavia just before its collapse. In Serbia where for more than 20 years people have been fed promises of becoming part of the EU, expectations are not as high as they used to be.
Russian Ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov commented Moscow's relations with Brussels, as well as anti-Russian sanctions and the bloc's ties with the US during an interview with Sputnik.
Japan is working on a new job and investment proposition to the United States ahead of a bilateral meeting between the leaders of two countries. The draft document is entitled “US-Japan Growth and Employment Initiative.” Radio Sputnik discussed this with Professor Narendra Bhandari.
Lately, the press has been actively discussing the new US administration’s will to possibly increase the military aid to Kurdish forces in order to accelerate the fight against Daesh in Syria. A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which forms the backbone of the Kurdish self-defense units, Talal Sulo spoke with Sputnik about this.
The US has transferred weapons to Kurdish fighters as part of aid in an operation to liberate Raqqa, Syria from Daesh, according to some media reports.
At least 1,500 human trafficking cases have been registered in Syria in the past year, according to the country’s Interior Ministry. Refugees who arrive in Europe are far from safe and they too fall victims to trafficking. Sputnik spoke about this with reporter Poppy Damon from The International Women’s Initiative in an interview.
For the first time since 2015 the population of Donbass, Ukraine was shocked to hear explosions coming from Grad Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS). However, the shelling was just the beginning of the horror that lay ahead for the civilians. A RIA Novosti correspondent was on the ground to talk with local people about the incident.
The immigration order by US President Donald Trump may put one of the country's closest allies in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, in an awkward position. Sputnik Persian spoke with political analyst and head of Iranian newspaper Al-Vafagh, Mosib Na'imi about this law and its effect.
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