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Murders, killings by cops rise in Rio de Janeiro, six months into intervention

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 21:01
Six months after Brazil sent in federal forces to take control of security in Rio de Janeiro state, both murders and the number of people killed in police confrontations have risen, official data shows, raising questions about the strategy.

In US Dispute, A Few Turks Destroy iPhones in Online Posts

VOICE OF EUROPE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:59
A small number of Turks are responding to their president's call to boycott American electronic goods by posting videos in which they smash iPhones with bats, hammers and other blunt instruments. In one video , a man collects iPhones from several youths squatting in front of a Turkish flag, lays the devices on the ground and pounds them with a sledgehammer. "For the motherland!" he says at one point.   In another video, a boy pours a plastic bottle of Coca Cola into a toilet in a show of repugnance for U.S. goods.   American products remain widely used in Turkey, which is locked in a dispute with Washington over an American pastor being tried in a Turkish court and other issues. The two countries have also imposed tariffs on each other's goods.

U.S. Secretary of State names special representative for Iran

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:58
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo named Brian Hook, the top diplomat's senior policy adviser, the special representative for Iran on Thursday. Hook will lead the Iran Action Group, which was also announced on Thursday and will coordinate the State Department's actions against Iran.

Russia’s Ufa FC into UEFA Europa League playoffs after 2-2 draw against Progres FC

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:56
Combined with their previous first-leg win at home they chalked up 4-3 on the aggregate against the club from Luxembourg to proceed to the next round

Swede held in Albania says he was taking 19 pistols home to pay school fees

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:55
A 21-year-old Swede arrested in Albania with 19 pistols told a court on Thursday he agreed to pick them up in Kosovo and take them home to turn over to a prearranged buyer for cash to pay his school fees.

Syrian army breaches terrorists’ defense in Al-Safa Canyon — web portal

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:26
According to the web portal, the army penetrated 12 km forward after a heavy artillery barrage, which took a heavy toll on the enemy

US Treasury Secretary Hints at More Sanctions for Turkey

VOICE OF EUROPE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:15
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the United States is ready to impose more sanctions on Turkey if detained American pastor Andrew Brunson is not released from house arrest. Mnuchin made the statement Thursday during a Cabinet meeting with the president attended by journalists. "We have put sanctions on several of their Cabinet members," Mnuchin said. "We have more that we are planning to do if they don't release him quickly." Earlier this month, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Turkey's ministers of Justice and Interior in response to Brunson's detention. The pastor has lived in Turkey for 20 years and heads an evangelical congregation of about two dozen people in the port city of Izmir. Turkey accuses Brunson of espionage and is holding him under house arrest pending his trial. On Wednesday, Turkey announced tariff hikes on a range of U.S. goods, including imports of vehicles, alcohol, coal, rice and cosmetics. Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Twitter the increases were being done "within the framework of the principle of reciprocity in retaliation for the conscious economic attacks by the United States." President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States of waging a targeted economic war on his country, and on Tuesday he proposed a boycott of U.S. electronic goods. Asked how U.S. President Donald Trump's administration would react to any such Turkish boycott, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders replied Tuesday, "I certainly don't have a policy announcement on that at this point." The charge d'affaires at the U.S. embassy in Turkey, Jeffrey Hovenier, visited Brunson on Tuesday and called for his case, and those of others detained in Turkey, to be resolved "without delay" and in a "fair and transparent manner." National Security Adviser John Bolton met at the White House on Monday with Turkish ambassador Serdar Kilic, but the discussion reportedly did not result in any substantive progress. Trump has called Brunson's detention a "total disgrace." Last Friday, the U.S. doubled tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum exports in order to increase pressure on Erdogan. The escalating dispute between the two countries has exacerbated Turkey's economic crisis, pushing the lira to record lows. The Turkish currency has lost about 40 percent of its value this year against the U.S. dollar. Erdogan has called on Turks to exchange their dollars for lira in order to shore up the domestic currency.

Turkey will emerge stronger from lira crisis despite row with U.S.: minister

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:12
Finance Minister Berat Albayrak assured international investors on Thursday that Turkey would emerge stronger from its currency crisis, insisting its banks were healthy and signaling it could ride out a dispute with the United States.

Facing far-right protest, Merkel pledges action over failed asylum seekers

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:10
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday her government would step up efforts to deport rejected asylum seekers faster, after hundreds of far-right protesters called on her to resign over her migration policy.

Italy highway operator scraps tolls for ambulances after bridge collapse

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:09
Under fire from the government after a highway bridge collapsed two days ago, killing dozens, Italy's biggest toll-road operator said on Thursday that ambulances no longer would have to pay to use its network.

'Your word against God's': Survivors of Pennsylvania clerical abuse

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:02
Heartrending testimony by survivors of alleged abuse by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania.

Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world'

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 20:00
Researchers are set to develop higher yield wheat varieties that require less water following the identification of more than 100,000 of its genes.

Militants destroyed two-thirds of dwelling houses in Aleppo Governorate, says governor

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:52
The governor said that energy facilities are being rebuilt as a priority

Ugandan lawmakers, others charged with treason over stoning of Museveni convoy

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:50
Three Ugandan lawmakers and dozens of others critical of President Yoweri Museveni have been charged with treason over their alleged role in the stoning of his convoy earlier this week.

Swedish ice hockey chief backs Russia’s plans to host 2023 IIHF World Championship

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:49
Russia plans to offer St. Petersburg as the venue for hosting the global ice hockey tournament in 2023

Islamic State claims Kabul's latest deadly attacks

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:48
The attacks over the past two days targeted centres for education and intelligence training.

Israeli minister sees end to 'stupid' airport grilling of leftists

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:30
An Israeli security cabinet minister on Thursday denounced the interrogation of left-wing activists at the country's main airport, and predicted that it would end after the singling-out of a visiting U.S. Jewish columnist stirred controversy.

U.S. says ready with more sanctions if Turkey does not free pastor

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:21
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday the United States was ready to put further economic sanctions on Turkey if detained American pastor Andrew Brunson was not released.

Canada's Trudeau rules out early election this fall

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:16
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dismissed speculation on Thursday that he would call an early election this fall, a year ahead of schedule, saying his Liberal government remains focused on renegotiating NAFTA and strengthening the economy.

Putin offers condolences on death of former Indian prime minister

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:15
Atal Bihari Vajpayee died on August 16, aged 94

Iraq bombs Islamic State 'operations room' in Syria

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:15
Iraq launched an air strike on a gathering of Islamic State fighters in neighboring Syria, killing members of the hardline militant group who planned cross-border attacks, its military said on Thursday.

Iraq bombs Islamic State 'operations room' in Syria: military

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:08
Iraqi jets destroyed an Islamic State "operations room" inside Syria in an air strike, killing several fighters who planned attacks in Iraq, the military said on Thursday.

Far-right protesters shout 'Get lost' as Merkel visits allies in Dresden

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:04
Hundreds of far-right protesters called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to resign as she met regional lawmakers of her Christian Democratic (CDU) party in the eastern state of Saxony.

U.S., Argentina Agree to Strengthen Military Relationship

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 19:01
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said that the United States and Argentina are in basic agreement about the security situation in South America, and the countries are looking to increase military-to-military ties.

U.S. says ready with more sanctions if Turkey doesn't free pastor

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:59
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday the United States was ready to put further sanctions on Turkey if detained American pastor Andrew Brunson was not released.

Free fish for forex: Istanbul restaurant joins currency campaign

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:56
Istanbul's beloved fish sandwiches, a staple street food in the Bosphorus city, are being offered for free to Turks who heed President Tayyip Erdogan's call to sell their dollars for lira.

Russia's Omsk hosts exhibition devoted to North’s exploration, development

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:51
The exposition, which will work to September 30, presents more than 250 objects

Whale hunt in Faroe Islands turns sea red with blood

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:50
Dozens of whales were killed by North Atlantic islanders in preparation for the harsh winter.

'Holy supper': Mexican church holds mass gathering

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:48
Half a million members of the "Light of the World" church take part in mass baptisms in Guadalajara.

Egypt finalizing details of long-term Hamas-Israel truce: source

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:48
Egypt is finalizing details of a long-term truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian security source said on Thursday, amid easing tensions on the border of the enclave where some two million Palestinians live.

Hillary Clinton praises girl for US Pledge of Allegiance protest

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:28
The 11-year-old girl says her teacher scolded her for kneeling during the US Pledge of Allegiance.

Italy vows action over bridge collapse, investors shun road operator

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:19
Investors dumped shares in Italy's biggest toll-road operator on Thursday and the government said it could impose a heavy fine or revoke its concession over a bridge collapse that killed at least 38 people.

Genoa, Sampdoria games called off in wake of bridge collapse

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:19
The Serie A matches involving Genoa and Sampdoria on Sunday have been postponed at the request of the two clubs in the wake of Tuesday's motorway bridge collapse in their city which killed at least 38 people.

US Asians hire out cinemas to screen Crazy Rich Asians

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:15
Industry leaders paid for screenings to highlight the need for Asian representation in Hollywood.

EU judicial body to suspend Poland for flouting freedom of courts

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:11
An organization made up of the judiciaries of European Union states said on Thursday it planned to suspend Poland after political interference meant its legal system was no longer independent of the government.

Exclusive: As Syria looks to rebuild, Finance Minister sees trade boost from forex deposits

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:09
Syria will use new foreign currency certificates of deposit to help fund trade operations, its finance minister said, as the government takes tentative steps towards reconstruction following seven years of war.

Blockbuster memories from customers and staff

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:01
Customers and staff at the last remaining Blockbuster store in the US, on their video rental flashbacks.

Mattis, Argentine Defense Officials Meet in Buenos Aires

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 18:01
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with top Argentine defense officials in Buenos Aires to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Argentina.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis embraces Argentinian Defense Minister Oscar Aguad.

Who loses and wins most from Caspian Sea division

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:50
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani gave his Caspian competitors fifty percent of what Teheran used to have during its partnership with the USSR. Many in Iran found this move strange. Why did the Iranian president give up and ensured Azerbaijan with control over disputed deposits in the Caspian Sea? Russia lost its right to veto the construction of pipelines along the bottom of the Caspian Sea. Does Turkmenistan benefit from all this? What did Kazakhstan lose in the deal?On August 12, the leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea. They agreed that the water area would be divided according to the median principle, which Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia had previously  used to delimit the border between themselves. Territorial waters and the state border will be designated by the 15-mile zone, plus ten miles - this is a fishing zone with exclusive rights. The rest will be referred to as the neutral/common water area.The main requirement for any type of construction works is compliance with environmental standards. It is prohibited to deploy military facilities of the countries that do not appear as signatories to the treaty. The parties agreed to divide the water area by concluding bilateral agreements. The countries can lay pipelines along the bottom of the Caspian Sea, and this shall require coordination only with the party, through the territory of which the pipeline will pass. Neighboring states shall only be notified of the route. The main advantage for everyone is a long-term benefit that arises from the connection to global transit projects "North-South" and "One Belt - One Road." The treaty marked the conclusion of a genuine Asian integration agreement, taking into account the fact that it involves China and India, as well as Central Asian countries adjacent to the region.However, it is curious to find out what each party gains and loses from the treaty. RussiaRussia will be able to preserve its fleet in the Caspian Sea, although the Caspian region was proclaimed a zone of peace. It is worth recalling here that Russia launched its Caliber missiles on terrorists in Syria from the Caspian Sea. Russia has also received a guarantee that excludes the presence of the fleet of non-Caspian nations in the region. A protocol was signed on the procedure for assessing the impact of investment projects on the environment. It means that Russia has an opportunity to delay the construction of trans-Caspian pipelines if they do not meet her interests. This is what certain European countries do today regarding Nord Stream-2.Russia will have an opportunity to add its natural gas to the gas that goes from Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to Europe and thus avoid insinuations about Europe's dependence on Russian natural resources.Russia will be able to develop the ports of the Caspian Sea, creating more jobs in the region. Russia is to build a deep-water port in the town of Kaspiisk. The port will be able to receive heavy  vessels with a payload up to 25 thousand tons.Yet, Russia has lost the right to veto the construction of trans-Caspian gas transportation systems. AzerbaijanAzerbaijan has removed the problem of the legitimacy of development of its deposits in the south of the Caspian Sea. When carrying out the border - the median-Azerbaijan divides in its favor the gas fields of Araz-Alov-Shar and Serdar-Kapaz that the country previously disputed with Iran and Turkmenistan.Azerbaijan has received an opportunity to fully use its pipelines, in particular, the Southern Gas Corridor system to Europe, if a gas pipeline to Azerbaijan is built along the bottom of the Caspian Sea to connect it to TANAP. This gas pipeline provides for the supply of natural gas from Azerbaijan via Georgia and Turkey to the Greek border, where it links into the Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP) to Southern Europe. This project has been approved by the EU, and Azerbaijan is thus exempt from the regulation of the Third Energy Package.Azerbaijan will have to part with Western financial resources for its projects because of cooperation with Iran and Russia.IranIran has preserved military presence in the Caspian region. This is important given that the country has resumed the development of ballistic missiles after Washington's single-handed  withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Teheran.Iran has obtained an opportunity to connect its fields to trans-Caspian pipelines with a possibility to mix its gas into the joint gas distribution system.Teheran will be able to redirect a part of transit cargoes from the Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea as sanctioned companies have left the Gulf. Certain politicians in Iran believe that Iran is the main loser in the new treaty. MP Mahmud Sadeqi, for example, wondered whether Iran's 50 percent share in the Caspian Sea dropped to only eleven percent. The answer to this question is yes, and Iran will have to revise its legislation on the state border in the Caspian Sea (now it's 25 miles now). However, Rouhani knows that Iran is in dire need of political partners to break through extraterritorial sanctions of the United States. The convention states that the partners stand against unilateral actions taken by certain countries. This regulation comes in response to Trump's ultimatum which says that anyone who runs business with Iran will not run business with the United States. Hasan Rouhani and Nursultan Nazarbayev (president of Kazakhstan) held a separate meeting devoted to the activation of economic cooperation. The parties discussed their mutual desire to use national currencies for trade instead of the US dollar.TurkmenistanTurkmenistan has technically received an entry to European markets through the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline. Russia had previously vetoed such an opportunity for Turkmenistan. This is vital for Turkmenistan, because it has abjured cooperation with Gazprom. Turkmenistan's currency earnings have sharply decreased, the country has faced difficulties in imports of foodstuffs, and the regime neared the threat of popular protests. Turkmenistan is ranked fourth after Iran, Russia and Qatar in terms of natural gas reserves.Turkmenistan will able to use the new port in Turkmenbashi to the full capacity, which is 25-26 million tons of cargo, 300,000 passengers and 75,000 trawlers a year. This will give an opportunity to export Uzbek cotton to China.KazakhstanKazakhstan will be able to diversify its export oil markets that are currently limited to only Russia and China. Azerbaijan will become a key transit hub for Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan's section of the Caspian Sea contains largest oil fields, such as Tengiz. The Tengiz deposit produced 570,000 barrels of oil a day last year. Another deposit - the Kashagan - has an estimated oil reserve of 13 billion barrels. Kazakhstan will be able to make the maximum of the port of Aktau, which Astana promised to give to the United States in the past. As a member of the Eurasian Economic Union, Kazakhstan will receive a duty-free exit to the seas via the Russian transport system.Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan have agreed to Russia's and Iran's military presence in the water area of the Caspian Sea. This is definitely a disadvantage, because Russia and Iran are known for their strong opposition to the expansion of the West. They are also considered rivals and even enemies of the West. Therefore, Russia's and Iran's neighbors may get into hot water in case of a military conflict. Lyuba Lulko (Stepushova)Pravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru

Turkey will emerge stronger from lira crisis despite U.S. row: minister

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:46
Finance Minister Berat Albayrak assured international investors on Thursday that Turkey would emerge stronger from its currency crisis, insisting the country's banks were healthy and signaling it could ride out a row with the United States.

Turkish FC sells 18 youth players to buy 10 goats and mend finances with milk sales

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:45
According to CNN, Gulspor made over $2,500 selling the players

Genoa bridge: 'I was under the bridge when it collapsed'

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:35
Most of Luciano Goccia's truck was crushed, except for the driver's seat he was in.

Citadel of Aleppo to be reconstructed in 2018, official says

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:33
The citadel is the most important historic landmark in the city of Aleppo, Director of the citadel complex Ahmed Gharib said

Russia’s new anti-tank gun evokes customers’ interest in Southeast Asia

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:31
This is a unique weapon that has no analogs in the world, Russian state arms seller Rosoboronexport's CEO said

Turkey will emerge stronger from lira crisis, minister tells investors

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:25
Finance Minister Berat Albayrak assured international investors on Thursday that Turkey would emerge stronger from its currency crisis, insisting the country's banks were healthy and signalling it could ride out a row with the United States.

Stable Libya key to ending migration to Europe: Niger

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:22
If Europe wants to halt migrant boat arrivals on its shores from Africa it must end the state of chaos in Libya, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou told Reuters on Thursday, warning that the stability of neighboring countries was at stake.

Government Leaders Call Italian Bridge Collapse Manslaughter

VOICE OF EUROPE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:21
Rescuers continue their search for possible survivors and bodies of victims of Tuesday’s highway bridge collapse in Italy. The death toll is at 38, but authorities say some people are still unaccounted for and no one is prepared to call off the search and rescue operation. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes near parts of the bridge that remained standing. The city of Genoa’s chief prosecutor has said there may still be 10 to 20 people missing and not all the recovered bodies have been identified. Sniffer dogs and large earth-movers are being used to search around large chunks of concrete in the debris of the collapsed bridge. Family members of those unaccounted for still hope a miracle may have kept their loved ones alive.   Meanwhile, hundreds of people have been evacuated from homes near parts of the bridge left standing and were told they may never be able to go back to their homes. Authorities said the homes might have to be torn down, along with the remaining bridge, which will then be rebuilt. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met with Deputy Prime Ministers Matteo Salvini and Luigi di Maio, and the infrastructure minister, Danilo Toninelli, to take immediate measures following the disaster.   Conte declared a state of emergency for the northern port city of Genoa for 12-months and earmarked $5.6 million from national emergency funds for removal of the remaining parts of the bridge and re-developing the road system. He also said Italians would observe a national day of mourning Saturday when state funerals will be held for the victims. The prime minister also announced the government has begun the process of revoking the contract of the company managing Italy’s highway system. The firm, Autostrade per l’Italia, said it carried out regular maintenance and safety checks on the bridge that gave reassuring results.   A criminal investigation has been launched to ascertain the cause of the collapse. Prosecutors are investigating negligence in maintenance and the bridge’s design. Genoa chief prosecutor Francesco Cozzi said it is a disaster caused by human failure and those responsible will be liable for manslaughter.   Experts like Antonio Brencich, a professor of construction at Genoa University, had warned two years ago the bridge was in need of being replaced, but his message was not heeded. Since its completion in 1967, the number of vehicles and weight load on the bridge each day significantly increased.   Local residents had also long complained the bridge was unsafe.   Speaking on national television, this Genoa resident said it was an expected tragedy because every day she traveled on it she could feel it move. She added that there was always some repair going on. Even in recent days, workmen were busy on the bridge.

Guardsmen Bring Combat Skills to Fighting Western Fires

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 17:15
Fighting wildfires is “like being in a combat zone, just we're not getting shot at,” said Army Sgt. Julian Ross, one of the California National Guardsmen called up to battle the wildfires in his state.
Airmen do a preflight check on a drone.

Madonna's birthday: the 'Queen of Pop' turns 60

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:46
Madonna Louise Ciccone was born on August 16, 1958

Merkel’s talks with Putin, Erdogan may mean she wants to get out of US grip — expert

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:34
The expert expects an exhaustive dialogue on dealing with global diplomatic crises from the meeting of Putin and Merkel

Turkey's Albayrak tells investors the country will emerge stronger

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:28
Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak hosted a conference call with global investors on Thursday in a bid to reassure them that policymakers are able to tackle the worst currency crisis the country has suffered since 2001.

From Russia with attitude: Pussy Riot slates Kremlin at Fringe

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:23
Screaming, chanting, and torrents of religious-style vocals are the backdrop to Pussy Riot's Edinburgh Fringe show, which centers on the real-life trial and imprisonment of Russian frontwoman Maria Alyokhina.

Aretha Franklin: In her own words

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:19
The "Queen of Soul" has died in Detroit at the age of 76. The BBC looks back at a selection of her interviews.

New York, Pennsylvania Guardsmen Assist Flood Response Efforts

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:11
Two hundred New York National Guard soldiers and airmen were placed on state active duty after nearly seven inches of rain fell on parts of the state’s Finger Lakes region.
National Guard soldiers rescue a flood victim.

Mireille Mathieu to take part in Spasskaya Tower military tattoo in Moscow for 10th time

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:09
The 11th Spasskaya Tower festival will run from August 24 to September 2 on Red Square

RIP, Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin has died

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:08
The singer, songwriter and musician whose powerful voice led to her being dubbed the Queen of Soul.

Aretha Franklin, 'Queen of Soul', dies aged 76

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:05
Known for hits like Respect, she was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Russia displays terrorists’ drones shot down over three days near Hmeymim

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 16:02
The Russian Defense Ministry official said the past month saw an increase in attempts at committing terrorist attacks involving drones

Erdogan, Macron vow to boost economic ties: Turkish presidential source

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:52
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Thursday and stressed the importance of developing economic and trade ties and boosting bilateral investment, a Turkish presidential source said.

Turkey will emerge stronger from lira crisis, finance minister tells investors

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:47
Finance Minister Berat Albayrak assured international investors on Thursday that Turkey would emerge stronger from its currency crisis, insisting that the country's banks were healthy and strong.

Bahrain government rejects U.N. criticism over jailing of campaigner

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:41
Bahrain's detention of activist Nabeel Rajab is unlawful and violates his right to freedom of expression, U.N. human rights experts have found, calling on the kingdom to release him immediately with compensation.

Turkey arrests another German citizen: source

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:38
Turkish police have arrested another German citizen, a German foreign ministry source said on Thursday, and public broadcaster ARD said the man had been accused of "terrorist propaganda" after criticizing the Turkish government on social media.

Noble Partner 18 Exercise Concludes in Georgia

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:36
The fourth iteration of the Noble Partner training exercise wrapped up with a combined arms live-fire exercise and a ceremony.
An Army officer speaks at a podium in front of a large red and white logo.

UEFA delegation to visit St. Petersburg next month to assess 2020 Euro Cup preparations

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:20
Russia’s second largest city of Saint Petersburg was granted the right to host three group stage matches and one of the quarterfinals of the UEFA’s Euro Cup in 2020

Football fans may ensure ten percent growth in tourist inflow to Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:20
Russia hosted its first ever FIFA World Cup this summer

Three Ugandan lawmakers charged with treason over stoning of president's convoy

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 15:05
Three Ugandan lawmakers, who are critics of President Yoweri Museveni, were charged with treason for their alleged role in the stoning of Museveni's convoy on Monday, a charge sheet from a magistrate showed on Thursday.

UK Queen Elizabeth's doctor killed in London road crash

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:59
A doctor who worked as a physician to Britain's Queen Elizabeth has been killed in a road accident in London.

Turkey arrests German citizen: source

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:55
Turkish police have arrested a German citizen, a German foreign ministry source said on Thursday and public broadcaster ARD reported the man was accused of "terrorist propaganda" after criticism of the Turkish govrnment on social media.

U.S. concerned about irregularities in Tanzania's local elections: embassy

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:53
The United States said it was concerned about accounts of violence and intimidation in the run-up to Aug. 12 by-elections in Tanzania.

Russian Economy Ministry against collecting companies' windfall revenues —source

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:51
The list of companies includes NLMK, Severstal, Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, Mechel, Metalloinvest, Evraz, Norilsk Nickel, Alrosa, Polyus, Sibur, Uralkali, Phosagro and others

Face of Defense: Son Follows Father’s Path to the Air Force

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:51
Air Force Airman 1st Class David Mapel is following in the footsteps of his father, Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Mark Mapel, as a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft special mission aviator.
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Somali president names new military chief in security services revamp

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:43
Somalia on Thursday named a new military supreme commander, a deputy head of intelligence services and ahead of presidential security as part of a revamp of security forces to better tackle the Islamist militant threat.

Mali president Keita wins landslide election; faces uphill struggle

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:40
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won a landslide victory in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse, the government said on Thursday, giving him a second term to try to turn back a surge in ethnic and Islamist militant violence.

Atal Behari Vaypayee: Former India PM dies at 93

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:39
The three-term prime minister was instrumental in making India a global nuclear power.

Zimbabwe court to hear election challenge on August 22

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:27
The Zimbabwean opposition's challenge against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory will be heard in the constitutional court on August 22, the opposition leader's spokesman said on his Twitter account on Thursday.

Fukushima nuclear disaster: UN says clean-up workers risk exploitation

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:26
UN experts say thousands could be being deceived into being exposed to radiation.

About 700 Chinese troops, 100 weapon systems to take part in Peace Mission-2018 drills

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:25
The Peace Mission-2018 joint counter-terror drills of the armed forces from the SCO countries will be held on August 22-29

Former Indian PM Vajpayee, the gentler face of Hindu nationalism, dies

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:25
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who ordered nuclear tests to make India a nuclear weapons power and traveled by bus to Pakistan in a grand diplomatic gesture, died on Thursday, the hospital where he was admitted said in a statement.

Vajpayee was seen as a unifying force in India

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:17
The former Indian PM was seen as a unifying force in India's often fragmented politics.

Moscow calls for prompt investigation into vandalism at Red Army cemetery in Poland

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:16
Russian diplomats are working to eliminate the damage caused to the memorial.

Italy threatens action over bridge disaster, investors shun operator

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:16
Italy's biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday and the government said it could impose a heavy fine or revoke its concession over a bridge collapse that killed at least 38 people.

Motorola phone 'brazen copy' of iPhone X

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:12
Critics have mocked Motorola for "ripping off" Apple's design.

Putin, Armenian PM discuss bilateral cooperation

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:12
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan have held a telephone call

Canada Hajj pilgrims, Saudi students face uncertainty due to diplomatic row

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:06
Canadian Muslims traveling to the Hajj pilgrimage face delays coming back due to a diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia that is also prompting thousands of students from the kingdom to scramble to sell their assets and return home to meet a month-end deadline.

Why Russia continues investing in US public debt

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:04
Spokespeople for the US Treasury said that Russia has not changed its share in the US public debt since June. Russia owns a $15 billion portfolio of the US public debt. Russia's investment has dropped to a minimum level since 2007. The largest numbers were reported in 2010, when the Russian government invested $176 billion dollars in the state debt of the United States of America.Russia is not on the list of 31 countries that hold most of US bonds. However, Russia stopped decreasing its share in the first month of the summer. For comparison, Russia disposed of US securities worth $80 billion during the period from March to May.From March 2017 to March 2018, Russia's investments in US Treasuries did not fall below $100 billion. The record high was reported in October 2010, when Russia owned US government securities worth $176.3 billion and was ranked the sixth in the world on this indicator. In the event the US Congress prohibits US citizens from conducting transactions with Russia's national debt, Russia may reduce its investment in the US public debt to zero. However, not to put the horse before the cart, one needs to know what US Congress decides on the new sanctions first. Turkey followed Russia's example and abjured investment in the US public debt after Trump raised tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium. From May to June, Ankara's share in the US national debt dropped by 42 percent to $28.8 billion. Thus, Turkey also ceased to be one of the main holders of US bonds.China reduced its share too  - by $4.4 billion to $1.18 trillion. The share of Japan dropped to $1.03 trillion, which is considered to be the minimum indicator for Japan in the last six years.Nevertheless, the US Treasury noted that the investment of foreign countries in US Treasury securities remained at the same level - $ 6.21 trillion - in comparison with the level registered in May. A number of countries have significantly increased their shares - the UK, Luxembourg, Singapore, the Cayman Islands, South Korea, Belgium and Italy.

German army study sees need for dozens more light helicopters -sources

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:02
The German military needs dozens of new light helicopters to cover shortfalls in flight hours for pilot training and carry out other missions, a new study completed by the German army found, according to sources familiar with the document.

Mexico students develop electric shock self-defence coat

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:01
If a potential aggressor grabs the wearer's arms, the coat produces an electric shock.

Poland's president vetoes changes to election rules

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:00
Poland's president said on Thursday he would veto a law proposed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that would benefit bigger parties, including the eurosceptic PiS and the main opposition grouping, in European Parliament elections next year.

La Liga: Spanish top flight to stage competitive game in USA

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:45
A regular-season Spanish top-flight game will be played in the USA, as part of a 15-year agreement to promote football in North America.

Man jailed for hoax bomb call so he could catch UK flight to Los Angeles

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:44
A French man who was running late for his flight from London to Los Angeles tried to delay it by calling police to say there was a bomb on board.

Court sentences ex-senior Russian investigator to 5.5 years in jail

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:44
The court stripped Nikandrov of his rank of Major General of Justice but imposed no fine on him

Prosecutors ask to sentence former Ukrainian president to 15 years in jail

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:40
A prosecutor of the Ukrainian Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office has asked the court to sentence former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to 15 years in prison

Musk deliberately understates prices of commercial rocket launches — Roscosmos chief

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:36
The US government enables Elon Musk to use dumping on the market of launch services, Dmitry Rogozin said

President Trump relaxes US cyber-attacks rules

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:24
President Trump has signed an order reversing the long-winded process of using cyber-weapons.

Russian village of seven denies plans to hold gay pride parade

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:21
Earlier reports said that the parade could take place in the tiny village located in the Ulyanovsk Region

Serbia turns to tech industry to fight economic stagnation

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:15
Serbia, a country that claims inventor Nikola Tesla as one of its most famous sons, is looking to technology to help lift itself out of decades of economic stagnation following the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Russia to build major naval base on the coast of Caspian Sea

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:11
Russia will build a modern naval base in the town of Kaspiisk (a town of the Russian Federation on the territory of the Republic of Dagestan), Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.The defence minister said that Russian specialists already started the work to expand the bay in the town for Russian warships and create necessary infrastructure on land. The first stage of construction works is to be finished by the end of this year.Viktor Zavarzin, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Defense Committee, said that the construction of a powerful naval base in Kaspiisk would be of great importance for the protection of the interests of the Russian Federation. The official noted, though, that the implementation of the project would require a huge amount of work to be done. For the time being, the Russian flotilla is based in Astrakhan, which is not the best option. If Russia builds a naval base in Kaspiisk, then warships of the Russian Navy would be able to enter the open water area of the Caspian Sea.The Caspian Sea is the largest closed water reservoir on the planet. One may say this is the largest lake in the world. The Caspian Sea washes the shores of five coastal states: Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

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