A Bermuda police spokesman says authorities have found a body amid search for US college student

WASHINGTON POST - 2 min 53 sec ago
A Bermuda police spokesman says authorities have found a body amid search for US college student.

Trump bans US use of Venezuelan cryptocurrency

AP - 8 min 55 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday banned all use by Americans of Venezuelan cryptocurrency, saying that its introduction is intended to skirt U.S. sanctions. In a separate move, the administration also slapped sanctions on four current and former senior Venezuelan officials accused of corruption and mismanagement. 2018-03-19T10:50:00-04:00 2018-03-19T14:50:23-04:00

Cyprus Co-Operative Bank up for sale

WASHINGTON POST - 12 min 55 sec ago
The Cyprus Cooperative Bank says it’s looking for investors to buy up the lender either in whole or in part.

Macedonia overturns terror convictions of ethnic Albanians

WASHINGTON POST - 22 min 53 sec ago
A Macedonian court has overturned the more than decade-old terrorism convictions of 10 ethnic Albanian men, many of whom served long prison terms over a mine attack on a NATO vehicle.

Videos show an assured Assad driving himself to Syria battle

AP - 22 min 53 sec ago
BEIRUT (AP) — Smoothly and confidently, Syrian President Bashar Assad merged into traffic at a large roundabout in Damascus before driving himself to the suburbs where his forces are battling rebels. 2018-03-19T09:29:00-04:00 2018-03-19T13:29:59-04:00

Palestinian leader calls US ambassador a 'son of a dog'

AP - 22 min 53 sec ago
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president on Monday called the U.S. ambassador to Israel a "son of a dog" in an angry rant against the Trump administration, signaling new trouble ahead for an expected U.S. peace proposal. 2018-03-19T11:50:00-04:00 2018-03-19T15:50:46-04:00

DoD Spokesman Urges Focus on Humanitarian Issues, Defeating ISIS in Syria

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 40 min 19 sec ago
As the Syrian Democratic Forces continue to develop their defensive positions against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in the middle Euphrates River valley, it’s important to stay focused on the key objectives, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters.

ISIS-linked suspect arrested in Colombia showed hate online

WASHINGTON POST - 40 min 52 sec ago
Spanish police say the man suspected of plotting an ISIS-inspired attack in Colombia appeared on their radar for his hate-filled messages toward the United States, a country where he had lived and was allegedly trying to get to.

Palestinian President threatens to end Gaza reconciliation with Hamas

REUTERS - 47 min 3 sec ago
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for a bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, and threatened to end reconciliation efforts with his bitter rivals.

Cuba opens wholesale market to sell basic staples

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 3 min ago
Cuba has opened up its first wholesale market in an economy dominated by government-run enterprises.

Why does Saudi Arabia want to spend billions to enrich its own uranium?

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 6 min ago
Experts say it defies economic logic and points to nuclear weapons ambitions.

Britain wins fresh EU, NATO support over nerve attack

REUTERS - 1 hour 16 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain's foreign minister won further support from the European Union and NATO on Monday over a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent as he denounced Moscow's denials of involvement as "increasingly absurd".

After the battle: Aid, gunfire and looting in Syria's Afrin

REUTERS - 1 hour 19 min ago
AFRIN, Syria (Reuters) - A day after Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies seized control of Afrin, a Turkish aid group started distributing relief supplies in the town center on Monday, but residents continued to leave after widespread reports of looting.

Syria war: President Assad's frontline visit

BBC - 1 hour 33 min ago
The Syrian president drove to congratulate his troops for ousting rebels from 80% of Eastern Ghouta.

Moscow says UN registers systemic human rights violations in Ukraine

TASS [Russian State News] - 1 hour 36 min ago
The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed deep concern over the conclusions about Kiev’s discriminatory policy against Ukrainian citizens residing in Donbass

Pakistan ISI: Doctors protest against spy agency over beating

BBC - 1 hour 38 min ago
The protest against the ISI spy agency came after a doctor was detained and beaten.

What are opioids and what are the risks?

BBC - 1 hour 46 min ago
Donald Trump is to announce plans to tackle the opioid crisis. What are they and why are they a problem?

AP Explains: What’s next after Turkey seizes Syria’s Afrin

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 48 min ago
Turkey’s seizure of the town of Afrin in northern Syria is a significant military achievement for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that gives him control over a large chunk of Syrian territory but also entrenches his troops as an occupying force in a crowded terrain packed with adversaries.

G-20 ministers convene in Argentina

WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 48 min ago
Finance ministers and central bankers of G-20 countries are meeting in Argentina at a summit that has been eclipsed by growing concerns over U.S. President Donald Trump’s import tariffs on steel and aluminum and the potential of a trade war.

Trump urges death penalty for drug dealers

BBC - 1 hour 51 min ago
He outlined the plan during a speech in New Hampshire, a state hard hit by the crisis.

AP Explains: What's next after Turkey seizes Syria's Afrin

AP - 2 hours 54 sec ago
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's seizure of the town of Afrin in northern Syria is a significant military achievement for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that gives him control over a large chunk of Syrian territory but also entrenches his troops as an occupying force in a crowded terrain packed with adversaries. 2018-03-19T10:22:00-04:00 2018-03-19T14:22:58-04:00

Russia regrets EU chose ‘European solidarity’ over objectivity in Skripal case

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 4 min ago
EU Council’s statement on Skripal case revels in speculations and lack of evidence, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated

Sex doll 'brothel': Paris council to decide on future of Xdolls games centre

BBC - 2 hours 9 min ago
Clients at the business in Paris are charged €89 to spend an hour with a silicon sex doll.

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to run for NY governor

BBC - 2 hours 11 min ago
Cynthia Nixon played Miranda Hobbs on the hit television show Sex and the City.

Belgium ends Saudi mosque lease, citing ‘foreign interference’ and extremism

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 11 min ago
The decision puts the Belgian government in the position of picking ideological winners and losers among strains of Islam.

Merkel in Poland for talks on EU future, security

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 11 min ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Poland for top-level talks that will focus on the European Union’s future and security, and on bilateral issues between the neighboring countries.

EU reluctant to amend Iran nuclear pact, sees security risk

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 11 min ago
The European Union’s foreign policy chief says the EU is reluctant to change the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran even as U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to walk away from the pact.

Six reasons why Putin's victory has frightened the West

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - 2 hours 17 min ago
The coverage of the Russian presidential election in the Western press predictably reflects the poor knowledge of the Russian reality and the Russian mentality. Of course, Western journalists make their materials for their internal consumers, but their conclusions clearly indicate that the West has not come even a little bit closer to its ultimate goal to either destroy or remake Russia and its people. The first thing that catches the eye in all analytical articles is the assumption about Vladimir Putin overtaking Stalin in terms of political longevity. "Putin's victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71. Only Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled for longer," Business Standard wrote. This assertion implicitly draws parallels with the Stalin era, which in the West is commonly referred to as "fascist." In addition, Putin is criticised for his "irrepressible" desire for power. Such an assumption may produce an impression on Western readers (although the growth of popularity of Mussolini, Salazar and Franco in corresponding countries breaks all records), but Russia has long learned to separate flies from meat chops and look at Stalin's figure dialectically. On the one hand, yes, he was a dictator, who killed too many, but on the other hand, he was a politician who turned the Soviet Union into an industrial power, who was intolerant of corruption, who attached first priority to Soviet family, culture and education.As for political longevity, it is the people of Russia who elect Putin, in contrast, for example, Germany, where Angela Merkel has been elected by a handful of elites for 20 years already. Which option is more democratic? The second thing that attracts one's attention about the coverage of the Russian presidential election in the West refers to opposition activist Aleksei Navalny. "Putin's main foe, opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was barred from the race because of a criminal conviction widely seen as politically motivated. Navalny has called for a boycott of the vote," FoxNews said. Putin responded very well to the above: "This, apparently, speaks about the preferences of the US administration in leaderships of other countries. It says whom they would like to see in the country's leadership ... In this sense, they've lost. It would be better if they kept silent," Putin said in January at a meeting with media executives. Indeed, the persona Navalny is clearly too far from being somewhere near Solzhenitsyn or Sakharov.Thirdly, Western journalists say that the Russian authorities used the administrative resource to ensure a high turnout. FoxNews quoted a 20-year-old woman named Daria Suslina and Yekaterinburg Mayor Yevgeny Roizman, who were terrified of the "pressure.""They are using everything: schools, kindergartens, hospitals - the battle for the turnout is unprecedented," said Roizman, one of the rare opposition politicians to hold a significant elected office," FoxNews reports. It is important to note here that the administrative resource did not call to vote for Putin - people were encourage to go and VOTE, and these are two totally different things. Fourthly, Western journalists buy into the idea that the reason for Putin's victory is his ability to play on the desire of the Russians to rebuff the West in Syria, in Ukraine and everywhere else. Moreover, they assert that this "tsarist chauvinism" is brought up on the ill interpretation of friendly intentions of the West to sow democracy in "bad countries." Western media rightly conclude, though, that British Prime Minister Theresa May, when trying to consolidate the British on the eve of Brexit and being unable to see a log in her own eye, played into Putin's hands with the case of Sergei Skripal.Responding to all the bullying is not the prime goal for the Russian authorities. The ultimate goal is to make people happy with their lives in Russia, editor of website Jean-Marc Sylvester wrote.Fifthly, a lot has been said about violations. Anton Troianovski wrote on pages of The Washington Post that the Russian authorities had arranged a massive spectacle from the Arctic to the ISS to show the scale of popular support without saying a word about numerous fakes that came from Navalny's supporters. The author gives an original interpretation to the voter turnout in the Crimea claiming that the Crimeans had been persuaded that without Putin the Crimea would fall into the abyss of war and gay marriage. Finally, the presidential election in Russia has convinced the West that the latter must not back down in front of such a "chauvinistic", "racist", "intolerant", etc. country as Russia. Australian television channel ABC in the person of Jennifer Mathers believes that Russia uses a wide range of hidden tools of intelligence and special services and neglects the rules of civilised behaviour. "If the West really is coming to the end of its patience with Russia, it could make Mr Putin's next six years as president a lot less comfortable," she wrote. Robert Kuttner at the Huffington Post expands on the idea and suggests cutting Russia off the banking system, prohibiting Russians from buying real estate in the West, restricting their entry to Western countries.Italian journalist and politician Giulietto Chiesa told Pravda.Ru that all attempts to put pressure on Russia and the Russians were doomed to failure, because the elections showed the unity of the Russians around their president. The Russophobic hysteria in the West is not going to abate in the coming days, months and years, the journalist believes."The West believes that it should break Russia, because Russia violates its rights. These are plans for many years to come. I'll tell you frankly: they need to be afraid of the strong Russia, and there is no other way to win," Chiesa said.What is troubling is that Western analysts do not understand why Trump came to power, and why Putin can still retains it. Today's middle-class Americans live worse than their parents lived, but in today's Russia, the younger generation lives better than their parents used to live. Above all, however, the Russians have always put the national idea above material well-being.Lyuba StepushovaPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

After huge win, will Putin try to stay in power for life?

AP - 2 hours 17 min ago
MOSCOW (AP) — Now that President Vladimir Putin has overwhelmingly won re-election for another six years, some are wondering whether he will try to stay in power in Russia for life. 2018-03-19T08:14:00-04:00 2018-03-19T12:14:50-04:00

Merkel congratulates Putin on winning Russian presidential election

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 20 min ago
According to the latest update of the Russian Central Election Commission after counting 99.84% of ballots, incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin is scoring 76.66% of the vote

On eve of Trump-Saudi meeting, Riyadh calls Iran nuclear deal flawed

REUTERS - 2 hours 22 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia called the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers a "flawed agreement" on Monday, on the eve of a meeting between the Saudi Crown Prince and U.S. President Donald Trump who have both been highly critical of Iran.

Videos online show blatant ballot-stuffing in Russia

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 24 min ago
Sunday's election in Russia had blatant abuses, but it was probably cleaner than previous votes.

Spanish aid group fears migrant trafficking charges in Italy

AP - 2 hours 25 min ago
ROME (AP) — The head of a Spanish aid group said Monday he fears that human trafficking charges may be brought against his staff after they refused to hand over rescued migrants to the Libyan coast guard during a tense high-seas standoff and then took them to Italy. 2018-03-19T10:01:00-04:00 2018-03-19T14:01:33-04:00

UN: Philippines’ pullout from ICC is effective in 1 year

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 33 min ago
The United Nations said Monday it received official notification of the Philippines’ decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, a move that follows the tribunal’s announcement of a preliminary probe of drug suspect killings under the president.

Finland: Coast guard gives unsteady fawn a hand off ice

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 33 min ago
A fawn that became stranded on a patch of ice in Finland’s Inkoo archipelago has gotten a hand from members of the Finnish coast guard.

Putin's dilemma: Scrap term limits or choose a successor

AP - 2 hours 38 min ago
MOSCOW (AP) — With his best election showing ever, President Vladimir Putin is shifting comfortably into his next six-year term, but the gnawing question of what comes next already looms on Russia's horizon. 2018-03-19T09:44:00-04:00 2018-03-19T13:44:37-04:00

Videos show an assured Assad driving himself to Syria battle

WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 39 min ago
Smoothly and confidently, Syrian President Bashar Assad merged into traffic at a large roundabout in Damascus before driving himself to the suburbs where his forces are battling rebels.

Russia’s VTB Bank’s subsidiary in Ukraine terminates banking activities

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 52 min ago
In March 2017, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko imposed restrictions against five banks with Russian capital for a year

Hungary defends anti-immigration stance at U.N. rights body

REUTERS - 2 hours 58 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - Hungary defended its anti-immigration stance on Monday at the United Nations, saying it was determined to maintain a homogeneous, Christian society.

Palestinian President Abbas blames Hamas for bomb attack on PM convoy in Gaza

REUTERS - 2 hours 59 min ago
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday blamed the Islamist Hamas group for the March 13 bomb attack on the convoy of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza, saying it was a "despicable and sinful act."

French island of New Caledonia to vote on independence on Nov. 4

REUTERS - 3 hours 1 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - The nickel-rich Pacific island of New Caledonia will hold a referendum on Nov. 4 on whether to break away from France and become independent, a government source said on Monday.

Pope tells 3 new bishops: no politicking, no high society

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 4 min ago
Pope Francis is cautioning bishops to avoid politicking, business and high society.

Ontario Liberals plan spending on health, home care ahead of election

REUTERS - 3 hours 13 min ago
TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario's Liberal government said on Monday it would spend more on government services, such as health care and home care, as it outlined its priorities ahead of a provincial election on June 7.

Uber halts self-driving car tests after death

BBC - 3 hours 19 min ago
A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona.

Yemeni officials: UAE-backed force expanding reach in south

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 23 min ago
Yemeni security officials say local forces backed by the United Arab Emirates are expanding their reach in the country’s south, where they have clashed with forces loyal to the internationally recognized president.

Finnish FM: North, South Korean envoys in talks in Finland

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 23 min ago
Finland’s foreign minister says representatives from North and South Korea are holding diplomatic talks in the Nordic country and describes Finland’s role as a “facilitator.”

Police: 4 dead in road accident in southern Netherlands

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 33 min ago
Dutch police say four people have been killed in a collision between a minibus and a truck in the southern town of Helmond.

The Latest: Turkey's president congratulates Putin

AP - 3 hours 33 min ago
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's re-election victory (all times local): 2018-03-19T08:50:00-04:00 2018-03-19T12:50:30-04:00

Putin and Erdogan hail efficient Russia-Turkey cooperation on Syria

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 37 min ago
The Turkish president congratulated Putin on his convincing victory at Sunday’s presidential election

Biathlon legend Bjoerndalen on Norway’s team roster for IBU tournament in Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 38 min ago
The portfolio of Bjoerndalen’s brilliant biathlon career includes 45 World Championships’ medals and 13 Olympic Games medals

Navratilova ‘angry’ at pay gap to McEnroe for BBC work

WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 42 min ago
Martina Navratilova is “angry” and feels let down by the BBC after learning that John McEnroe gets paid at least 10 times more than her for their broadcasting roles at Wimbledon.

OSCE praises 'efficiently' administered polls, but says election 'overly controlled'

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 43 min ago
The Russian presidential election was administered efficiently, but restrictions on a number of freedoms "limited the space for competition"

U.N. appeals for help with 'catastrophic' Syria situation

REUTERS - 3 hours 43 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations appealed on Monday for urgent supplies and funding to help Syrians caught in war zones, saying they were "tired, hungry, traumatized and afraid".

U.N. warns of growing humanitarian catastrophe in DR Congo

REUTERS - 3 hours 51 min ago
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Humanitarian needs caused by conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo have doubled over the last year and a cash shortage is the "largest single impediment" for a proper response, the humanitarian chief at the United Nations said on Monday.

Philippines moves closer to allowing divorce

BBC - 3 hours 53 min ago
The Philippines and Vatican City are the only states which still ban divorce.

Scientists plan complex fauna studies on Taimyr Peninsula

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 55 min ago
Some reports say the world’s biggest population of reindeer - on Taimyr - shrunk by a half over past ten years because of excessive hunting

Moscow urges world community to denounce Kiev’s repressive policies towards media

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 58 min ago
At the same time, the ministry emphasized that Ukrainian media outlets enjoy in Russia "a full professional freedom of action"

Damascus sees some Ghouta rebels accepting deals soon

REUTERS - 4 hours 3 min ago
DAMASCUS/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Some rebels in eastern Ghouta may soon agree to withdraw from the opposition enclave or accept rule by the Syrian state after big advances by the army into the area, a Syrian government minister said on Monday.

Heralding the Putin era

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - 4 hours 4 min ago
Heralding the Putin era Vladimir Putin's landsdile victory heralds a new era in geo-politics and underlines the utter idiocy of the Western political stance and that of its media As predicted, Vladimir Putin was re-ected for the next six years with around 76 per cent of the vote, followed by the Leader of the Opposition, the Leader of the second most-voted party, Grudinin, of the Communist Party, with about 12 per cent. With 88 per cent of the votes accounted for by the two major parties, followed by Zhirinovsky's 5.6 per cent for the Liberal Democratic Party, we are well into the ninety percent range, so why this insistence in the West to talk about Navalny being the leader of the opposition? He was excluded for malpractice and even if he had run, what percentage of the vote would he have gained? He would have lost his deposit.

After huge win, will Putin try to stay in power for life?

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 4 min ago
Now that President Vladimir Putin has overwhelmingly won re-election for another six years, some are wondering whether he will try to stay in power in Russia for life.

Countries propose IMF set up fund for Venezuelan refugees: Meirelles

REUTERS - 4 hours 15 min ago
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Countries concerned with the crisis in Venezuela will propose that the International Monetary Fund set up a pool of resources to assist the tens of thousands of Venezuelan refugees that have fled, Brazil Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said on Monday.

Erdogan says Turkey may extend Afrin campaign along whole Syrian border

REUTERS - 4 hours 17 min ago
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish forces will press their offensive against Kurdish YPG forces along the length of Turkey's border with Syria and if necessary into northern Iraq, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, threatening wider conflict in Syria's civil war.

Turkey vows to widen offensive to eastern Syria, Iraq

AP - 4 hours 28 min ago
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's president on Monday vowed to expand military operations across northern Syria and even into neighboring Iraq after his forces drove Syrian Kurdish fighters from the northern Syrian town of Afrin. 2018-03-19T07:57:00-04:00 2018-03-19T11:57:57-04:00

Facebook shares slide amid privacy backlash

BBC - 4 hours 34 min ago
Politicians call on the social network to testify over its protection of user data.

Dunford Arrives in Afghanistan to Assess Campaign Plan

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 4 hours 37 min ago
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Afghanistan to assess the campaign plan now that all personnel are in place and the South Asia strategy is in full swing.

Legendary Russian test pilot Georgy Mosolov passes away

TASS [Russian State News] - 4 hours 43 min ago
Colonel Georgy Mosolov was one of the trailblazers of high-altitude and supersonic speed flights and one of the first Soviet pilots to set world records

French ambassador to Poland thanks climber who rescued woman

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 43 min ago
France’s ambassador to Poland has greeted a group of returning Polish climbers, one of whom helped rescue a French woman in the Himalayas.

Dunford visits Afghanistan to review US military campaign

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 43 min ago
The top U.S. military officer visited Afghanistan on Monday to evaluate the military campaign and ensure new American advisory teams and an upgraded Afghan Air Force are on target as the next fighting season with the Taliban looms.

UN aid chief: Humanitarian needs have doubled in Congo

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 43 min ago
The U.N. aid chief says humanitarian needs have doubled in Congo over the last year as a result of conflict, with 13 million people needing aid and over 2 million children suffering from “severe acute malnutrition.”

UK wins Brexit transition deal in return for Irish vow

REUTERS - 4 hours 44 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union agreed on Monday to a transition period to avoid a "cliff edge" Brexit next year -- though only after London accepted a potential solution for the border with the Irish Republic that may face stiff opposition at home.

Turkish police seize radioactive material in anti-smuggling raid

BBC - 4 hours 45 min ago
More than 1kg of the element Californium, worth more than $70m, is found in a raid in Ankara.

London couple murdered French nanny burned body, court told

REUTERS - 4 hours 47 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - A London couple murdered their French nanny and burnt her body in their garden after holding her captive and accusing her of crimes she had not committed, a British court heard on Monday.

Austrian court to consider 3rd gender identity in records

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 54 min ago
Austria’s Constitutional Court says it will consider whether a third gender should be an option for official records, taking up the case of a person who unsuccessfully sought to have their entry changed to “inter” or a similar word.

Canada announces peacekeeping mission in Mali

WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 54 min ago
Canada has announced a peacekeeping effort in the West African country of Mali that includes six helicopters and some support troops.

Exploiting women for prostitution a crime against humanity: pope

REUTERS - 4 hours 55 min ago
ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis branded exploitation of women for prostitution a "crime against humanity" on Monday and asked forgiveness from society for Catholic men who use prostitutes.

Putin gains massive mandate for his nationalist policies

AP - 4 hours 56 min ago
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin, boosted by a landslide re-election win, flexed his nationalist muscles Monday, declaring that he will defend Russia's interests for another six years without an arms race. 2018-03-19T07:35:00-04:00 2018-03-19T11:35:55-04:00

Putin tells Macron there is no evidence of Russia’s involvement in Skripal case

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 6 min ago
According to the Kremlin, the telephone conversation was initiated by the French leader who called to congratulate Putin on his victory at Sunday’s presidential polls in Russia

Russia election: Putin ready for 'constructive' dialogue

BBC - 5 hours 17 min ago
The newly re-elected Russian leader rules out engaging in an arms race as he lists his priorities.

Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank recovers rights to port construction in China — board chairman

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 17 min ago
The enterprise referred to is known as Kazoil-Astana Group, incorporated in Hong Kong in 2001

Putin’s reelection takes him one step closer to becoming Russian leader for life

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 17 min ago
“These elections were the last ones,” said the nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

Glorious Paralympic athletes from Russia return home from PyeongChang

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 20 min ago
Russia’s so-called "neutral" team of Para athletes brought home from PyeongChang a total of 24 medals

British Council Russia сancels several events in Moscow this week

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 23 min ago
On Saturday, twenty three British diplomats had been declared personae non grata to be expelled from Russia in a week’s period

Dunford lands in Afghanistan to review US military campaign

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 23 min ago
The top U.S. military officer has arrived in Afghanistan to take a closer look at the ongoing campaign to beef up training and advisory teams as the next fighting season looms.

Canada to send helicopters, troops to aid U.N.'s Mali mission

REUTERS - 5 hours 25 min ago
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will send helicopters and support troops to join a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, government officials said on Monday, though they gave few details on timing or numbers.

Greek court convicts Syrian man of Islamic State membership

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 34 min ago
A court in northern Greece has convicted a Syrian refugee of having been a fighter with the Islamic State group in Syria, and sentenced him to eight years’ imprisonment.

German soccer club’s ex-coach suggests attack sped up exit

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 34 min ago
Borussia Dortmund’s ex-coach Thomas Tuchel has testified at the trial of a man accused of bombing the German soccer club’s bus that the attack was partly responsible for his departure.

In US-run drill, Iraqi SWAT team taught to respond to bombs

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 34 min ago
A SWAT team from Iraq’s Anbar province observed U.S. instructors responding to a bomb threat in a drill at a U.S.-backed counter-terrorism training center in Jordan.

Saudi crown prince heads for the United States: news agency

REUTERS - 5 hours 37 min ago
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman headed to the United States on Monday, the state news agency SPA reported.

Navy Commissions Newest Virginia-Class Attack Sub

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 5 hours 39 min ago
The Virginia-class attack submarine the USS Colorado, commissioned in Groton, Conn., is the first submarine to bear the name and third vessel to be named for the state. The submarine was brought to life by her sponsor, Annie Maybus Mabus, daughter of former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

Spanish ship seized by Italy for saving migrants from Libya return

BBC - 5 hours 42 min ago
A Spanish group's ship brought 216 migrants to Sicily instead of allowing them to be taken back to Libya.

Slovaks want joint team with Italy in slain journalist case

WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 43 min ago
Slovakia’s prosecutor general has asked Italian authorities to create a joint investigative team with their Slovak counterparts in the case of the slaying of a journalist and his fiancee that triggered a serious political crisis.

Egyptian vote reminds many of pre-uprising days

REUTERS - 5 hours 45 min ago
CAIRO (Reuters) - Abdel Fattah al-Sisi needs no election campaign. The general-turned-president's crackdown on challengers and dissent, which critics say surpasses that before Egypt's 2011 uprising, has already ensured he will win a second term.

Miami bridge collapse: Victims honoured as students return

BBC - 5 hours 49 min ago
The university will hold a moment of silence for victims killed in last week's tragedy.

After landslide re-election, Russia's Putin tells West: I don't want arms race

REUTERS - 5 hours 50 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a softer tone toward the West on Monday after winning his biggest ever election victory, saying he had no desire for an arms race and would do everything he could to resolve differences with other countries.

EgyptAir announces additional flights to Russia during 2018 FIFA World Cup

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 54 min ago
The company’s chief executive also said that the ticket prices for flights to Russia would start at $175 per ticket

Sweden to summon Russian ambassador over nerve toxin claim

REUTERS - 5 hours 57 min ago
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish foreign ministry said it would summon Russia's ambassador on Tuesday over Moscow's claim that Sweden could be the source of a nerve toxin used in the Skripal attack in Britain.

Putin set to settle dispute with partners 'politically and diplomatically'

TASS [Russian State News] - 6 hours 2 min ago
Russia has always been defending will continue to defend its national interests, Putin stressed