Aussie journalists will face prison time if they leak out sensitive information according to a brand new security law. If those in the media report Snowden-like revelations about particular spy missions they could face prosecution from the Australian government as stated by top criminal lawyers.
Militia fighters in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) have encircled the Ukrainian government forces near the border checkpoint in Izvaryno, with the Ukrainian army sustaining tangible losses, Interfax reports with reference to the Novorossiya agency.
The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic downed two Sukhoi Su-25 assault aircraft belonging to the Two Ukrainian Air Force, which were attacking the positions of the region’s self-defense fighters, Interfax cites Donbas militia’s information center as saying.
Employees of the St. Petersburg metro thoroughly inspected all railroad switches and rails last night, the metro's administration says. On Tuesday, Moscow metro saw the biggest industrial catastrophe: a train derailed between the metro stations Park Pobedy and Slavyansky Bulvar. According to the latest reports, 23 people were killed and 150 were injured and sent to hospitals.
Russia’s national ice hockey team have been handed the keys to brand-new cars – a gift promised to them by President Vladimir Putin for their spectacular victory at the World Championship in Belarus, the RIA Novosti news agency reports.
As of early July, Ukraine has received from the US 2,000 Interceptor bulletproof vests, whose labels show their excellent bulletproof qualities, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry press office said on Wednesday.
The number of Ukrainian refugees in the Rostov region has continued to increase since the beginning of this week, from 1,500 to 2,000 people per day, said Viktor Solodovnikov, the regional chief of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS).
Just imagine – no Facebook for 99 days. A Dutch nonprofit ad agency Just B.V. has urged Facebook users to quit the social network as part of 99 Days of Freedom campaign and later take part in happiness surveys taken at the 33-, 66- and 99-days to monitor progress.The results will then be posted on the campaign's website. Participants will also share messages on their progress on the group's website through an anonymous message board.
Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new seven-year term as President of Syria for the third time on Wednesday, media reports. "I pledge to respect the constitution and protect the people of Syria," he said during a live broadcast on Syrian television at a red carpet ceremony held at the presidential palace in Damascus.
The US Department of State has made another attempt to exonerate Kiev from responsibility for what's happening in eastern Ukraine.
European Union leaders to meet on Wednesday to pick the bloc's new foreign policy chief after choosing Jean-Claude Juncker to head the executive European Commission, but it may take some weeks before other top EU jobs are finally carved up, Reuter's reports.
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is pregnant again, says her former schoolmate Jessica Hay. Journalists have failed to confirm or refute this information. Representatives of the Buckingham Palace refuse to comment on the rumors about Kate's second pregnancy, The Mirror reports.
Ukrainian aircraft have attacked positions of self-defense forces near Saur Mogila Hill in the east of Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region. Self-defense troops are trying to repel the attack, using anti-aircraft guns.
Militiamen have launched an attack against Ukrainian troops near the village of Stepanovka, Donetsk region of Ukraine; troops loyal to the Kiev regime have already sustained casualties, according to the Ukrainian National Guard’s official website.
Deputies of the German Parliament are seriously considering the use of typewriters in order to counter espionage on the part of the US, Chairman of the Bundestag Committee of inquiry into the activities of the NSA in Germany Patrick Sensburg stated on air of the German TV station Das Erste.
The Russian Investigative Committee has arrested two suspects in yesterday's Moscow metro tragedy. The incident occurred on Tuesday morning when a train derailed between the Park Podedy and Slavyansky Bulvar metro stations. According to the latest information, 22 people died and July 16 has been declared a day of mourning for the victims. Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, has expressed condolences to family and friends of those who died.
Two artillery shells fired from Ukraine hit Russia near the multi-way automobile border-crossing point Kuibyshevo, chief press officer in the Southern Customs Department Rayan Farukshin told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.
One US billionaire is suggesting that California be divided into a total of six individual states. "California needs a reboot. I think that with six Californias, it gives us a chance to make it our government. We can make it more local, better representation, closer to us," American billionaire Timothy Draper states in an official report.
Commenting on the Ukrainian crisis Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi urged to give up calls for a new Cold War and underlined that Europe should not be built in opposition to Russia.
The US is urging the EU to impose new sanctions against Russia. Otherwise, the Obama administration is prepared to act alone on this issue, Bloomberg informs with reference to participants of yesterday's closed-door meeting with participating ambassadors of the EU countries.
A US drone killed 15 rebels in north-western Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said, as the military intensified its offensive to recapture a second key town controlled by Taliban insurgents. Separately, airstrikes by Pakistani fighter jets killed 35 rebels when they tried to break a cordon laid by the army in the Shawal area near the Afghan border, dpa reports.
After three days of talks in Vienna US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed on the half of the final draft on Teheran nuclear program deal, while the second part of the document should be completed by July 20.
US President Barack Obama in a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel said he wants to improve cooperation in the intelligence field amid the recent spy scandal, according to the statement issued by the White House Wednesday.
The Israeli army has warned some 100,000 Palestinians in the eastern Gaza Strip to evacuate their homes, military sources said Wednesday, AFP reports. Flyers were dropped over the Zeitun neighbourhood southeast of Gaza City, and residents there and elsewhere also reported receiving recorded phone and text messages urging them to evacuate by 0500 GMT.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ratings have risen unprecedentedly high thanks to a new Putin majority that has formed in the Russian society over the recent years, according to a report of the Political Analysis Center to be presented at ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.
Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania are planning to create a joint military unit. It will be called UkrPolLitBrig, the press service of Petr Poroshenko reports.
Russia has retrieved the main Soviet radio interception facility – the signals intelligence center in Cuban Lourdes, the Kommersant newspaper wrote on Wednesday. "The decision to return to Cuba can be explained by Russia's long strengthened financial capabilities, as well as cooling of relations with the US," sources in the Russian power structures said.
Zagreb is hopeful economic sanctions on Russia can be avoided, Croatian Ambassador in Moscow Igor Pokaz said.
US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power shared with the world that she has won a debate with the Russian ambassador to international organizations Vitaly Churkin about the infamous group Pussy Riot, which took place in February. The Russian diplomat reminded his American counterpart, how the situation really evolved.
A typhoon killed at least 12 people as it churned across the Philippines and hit the capital, prompting the evacuation of almost more than 370,000 people as well as shutting down financial markets, offices and schools, rescue officials said on Wednesday. Eight died after being hit by toppled trees, electric posts or collapsed concrete walls, while three drowned in swollen rivers and one died from a heart attack.
Six foreigners, including two Chinese citizens, died in the Moscow metro train wreck on Tuesday, a source in the city emergency services told Interfax.
South Korea and the United States on Wednesday launched a five-day joint naval drill in the face of angry North Korean protests and warnings backed by missile tests.
On the morning of July 15 Ukrainian security forces conducted shelling of the city Sneznoe in the Donetsk region. As a result of the bombing, a residential building collapsed, 12 apartments were destroyed. 11 people died in the collapse, another eight were injured. Meanwhile, a video appeared online, where rescuers took a living child out of the rubble.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in the Brazilian capital city, Brasilia, where he will take part in the second day of the two-day BRICS countries summit, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The meeting will in an outreach format involving the leaders of a number of Latin American countries. The Russian president plans to have separate meetings with some of them on the summit sidelines.
The BRICS countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have expressed their support to the government of Iraq facing terrorism threats. "We are deeply concerned by the situation in Iraq. We strongly support the Iraqi government in its effort to overcome the crisis, uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity," the BRICS leaders said in the Fortaleza Declaration adopted at their summit meeting on Tuesday.
The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) said on Tuesday there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict. "We express deep concern about the ongoing violence and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Syria and condemn the increasing violations of human rights by all parties," the BRICS leaders said in the Fortaleza Declaration adopted at the VI BRICS summit held in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza.
Apple and IBM unveiled a "landmark" partnership Tuesday to win over business customers by offering iPhones and iPads that are specially tailored to the corporate world. The tie-up between what were historically rivals aims to boost Apple's share of the market for mobile devices for businesses and will offer custom-made apps which bring the power of IBM's supercomputing analytics to a mobile workforce, a joint statement said.
At least one person was killed and hundreds of thousands sheltered in evacuation centers as ferocious winds from Typhoon Rammasun smashed large parts of the Philippines, authorities said, with the nation's capital hit on Wednesday. Wind gusts of up to 250 kilometers (155 miles) an hour ripped down trees, tore roofs off houses and overturned cars after Rammasun swept in from the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday night and hit the archipelago's eastern islands.
Israeli warplanes bombed the house of senior Hamas leader Mahmud al-Zahar on Wednesday, security officials said, on day nine of an operation against militants in the besieged Palestinian territory.