The OSCE is finally seeing up close the death and damage caused by Ukraine’s war on its citizens in southeastern Ukraine… So sad. Vera Watkins, USA
The prime concern of the US government is the security of state power and the corporate sector, but not the security of the American people, states Noam Chomsky, the prominent American political commentator, Institute Professor emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to the professor, security "in the normal sense" should not be a basic factor in policy formation.
The sharp cooling down of the Russian-American relations has been caused by the mistakes in the US foreign policy, Alexander Lukin, PhD in history and deputy head of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said during his interview to the Voice of Russia.
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 US Department of State has made another attempt to exonerate Kiev from responsibility for what's happening in eastern Ukraine.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the appeal of US President Barack Obama to expand sanctions against Russia. Earlier on Tuesday Obama urged the ambassadors of EU countries to take tough measures against Russia. According to him, if EU leaders refuse to impose new sanctions, the White House will be ready to act alone.
Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas, who revealed in 2011 that he is an undocumented immigrant, was freed by US border agents after being held for several hours Tuesday. Campaigners and leaders including the mayor of New York had called for the Philippine-born 33-year-old's release from detention in a Texas border town, some urging President Barack Obama to intervene in an incident that threatened to inflame an already fiery immigration debate.
As the 6th BRICS summit kicks off in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, attending the two-day event the leaders of Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa are set to ink a deal on the establishment of a 100-billion-dollar joint development bank. Discussions will focus on the contribution from each member state and where to locate the bank's headquarters.
On Tuesday the Israeli security cabinet unilaterally accepted the ceasefire proposed by Egypt, after over a week of one of the deadliest cross-border fightings with armed groups in Gaza that, according to sources, killed 192 Palestinians and injured over 1,400. Israel has warned Hamas of intensifying the Gaza strikes if the latter does not agree to the truce. US Secretary of State John Kerry along with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier are urging Hamas leaders to end the violence.
The Russian Foreign Ministry is urging Washington to release Russian State Duma MP Valery Seleznev's son Roman Seleznev, who was detained in the Maldives on a US warrant and relocated to a jail on Guam, TASS reports on Tuesday.
Nine European Union member states will vote against imposing new sanctions on Russia at tomorrow's EU summit in a sign of a deepening split over the issue.
The United States has once again accused Russia of continuing to support "armed separatists in Ukraine".
The Russian Defense Ministry has invited military attaches from 18 countries, including the United States and Germany, to come to an area in the Rostov region bordering on Ukraine, which came under shelling from the Ukrainian side a few days ago. "We have invited accredited military attaches from 18 countries[the United States, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Ukraine, China, Japan and others], to visit the above area on July 15," Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov told reporters.