As of May 2019, US imports of Russian oil amounted to some five million barrels, while American refineries imported a total of 7.5 million barrels in all of 2018.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was possible that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was responsible for recent attacks on shipping vessels in the Persian Gulf and on Saudi oil pipelines.
The trade war between the US and China has entered a new stage amid reports that Google has suspended its business operations with the Shenzhen-based telecom giant. Earlier, the US president ordered that a plan be devised to ban US companies from using telecommunications equipment from foreign manufacturers due to “a national security risk”.
The issue was raised amid a scandal involving Birmingham's Anderton Park Primary, where Muslims have been protesting for seven weeks against the school's LGBTQ curriculum.
Theresa May stated earlier that she was going to make a "bold offer" to the Parliament on amending the Brexit deal, which is hoped will help pass the withdrawal agreement through the legislature.
Attorney General William Barr and Inspector General Michael Horowitz are about to expose apparent legal violations by the Obama DOJ and FBI while investigating the Trump campaign. Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel has expressed hope that the truth about the "Russian hoax" will eventually come out, smoothening over the divisions in US society.
US President Donald Trump said earlier in the day that there’s no indication that Iran is preparing to take action against American interests in the Middle East, but added that any provocation would be met “with great force”.
On 20 May, World Bee Day is celebrated around the globe. Sputnik has discussed the mass extinction of bees in Mexico with Alfonso Cestelos Sanz, director of the beekeeping club Apicultura MX.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford has cancelled his trip to NATO on Wednesday due to unforeseen commitments that require him to stay in Washington, Joint Staff spokesperson Navy Lt. Cmdr. Hayley Sims told Sputnik on Tuesday.
Archaeologists have been challenged with a question of how crocodile remains, usually found in the Nile River, wound up in a desert on the other side of the Red Sea. Meanwhile, their findings could help shed light on the history of ancient civilisation in Israel.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iran's strategy to confront US hostile measures is based on a "no to war, no to sanctions" principle, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's cultural adviser, Hesameddin Ashena, told Tasnim News Agency on Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said all ministers from the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) are leaving the Austrian government, except for Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper reported.
Ahead of the European Parliament elections, République en Marche, the party of French President Emmanuel Macron, has been overtaken by the right-wing National Rally, led by Marine Le Pen, his rival in 2017 presidential race, with 24 percent of the vote, according to French polls.
Hollywood star Jim Carrey has yet again generated exceptionally strong reactions with his latest provocative drawing that depicts Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who just recently signed a bill in the state criminalising abortion except in cases of medical emergency into law.
The verdict comes amidst a recent incident in the same state of Rajasthan, in which a married woman was allegedly gang-raped by several men in front of her husband.
American reconnaissance drones routinely fly along Russia’s borders, mostly in the west and in south-west, as well as along the Syrian coast, where Russian military bases are located. Such flights have become quite regular since relations between the US and Russia became strained in 2014.
The statement came against the backdrop of a suspicious movement of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in various locations across the country.
During state assembly elections in the past, some opposition parties have alleged that the electronic voting machines (EVM) were being tampered with to favour the governing Bharatiya Janata Party. But many of these parties have also won seats after being voted through the same EVMs.
In recent years, humanity’s most brilliant minds have been working to send the first human to the Red Planet. According to physicist Brian Cox, Mars might be the only space travel option for people, destined to become Martians, noting that “we can't stay here forever”.
A 24-hour airline strike across Italy has cancelled nearly 500 flights and delayed many more, with workers citing disputes over working and pay conditions. The strike is one of the biggest since similar strikes took place in France in August 2018, which paralysed 800 flights and cost over €1bn in profits.