WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED

Genoa bridge collapse: Toll-road firm bears brunt from politicians and traders

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:07
Threats to cancel contracts and impose fines send shares plummeting in the Italian company.

Zimbabwe opposition says election challenge to be heard in court on Aug. 22

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:05
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.

US arrests Iraqi refugee wanted over IS killing

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 13:02
An Iraqi arrest warrant alleges that Omar Ameen shot dead an Iraqi policeman during a raid in 2014.

Bones of two fossils reptiles who lives 260 mln years ago found in Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:58
Paleontologists have discovered fossils of two Pareiasaurs, reptiles who roamed the Earth some 260 million years ago

Bahrain jailing of leading campaigner Rajab unlawful: U.N. experts

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:54
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.

Afrobeats MP standing up to Uganda's leader

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:50
The 36-year-old musician turned politician, has become a real thorn in the side of Uganda's long-time leader, Yoweri Museveni.

Second launch pad at Vostochny spaceport may take 45 months to build

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:49
A contract for building the launch pad will be signed in the near future

Poland's president vetoes altered election rules

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:46
Poland's President Andrzej Duda said on Thursday he would veto a law proposed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that would benefit bigger parties such as PiS and its main opposition grouping in European Parliament elections next year.

U.S. hits Chinese and Russian firms over North Korea sanctions breach

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:44
The United States imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to Pyongyang in breach of U.S. sanctions.

U.N. agency says schools for Palestinian refugees to open on time despite U.S. cut

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:37
Schools teaching half a million Palestinian refugees will reopen across the Middle East as planned later this month, a U.N. agency said on Thursday, despite funding cuts by its biggest donor the United States.

Sweden Muslim woman who refused handshake at job interview wins case

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:37
An interpreting firm had cut short her job interview after she refused to shake hands with a man.

Ukraine dreams of what it can do to Crimea after winning war with Russia

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:36
Ukrainian bloggers draw a parallel between the events in East Timor and the Crimea. Any comparison has a right to exist, but a detailed analysis of the situation does not give a promising forecast to Ukraine. In 1975, Indonesia annexed Timor - a few days after the latter had declared independence. In 27 years, the military had exterminated about a third of the population of the annexed territory. In 1999, as soon as General Suharto resigned, the UN initiated a referendum in East Timor, and 78.5 percent of the population voted for independence. As a result, the UN peacekeeping contingent entered the territory, and the new state of Timor-Leste finally gained independence in May 2002.According to Ukrainian experts, Ukraine has been more or less successfully striving to recognise  the Crimean operation illegal. The West condemns Russia's actions in the Crimea, which allegedly gives Ukraine a reason to work on lawsuits against Russia to seek compensation for the damage. Also read: If USA wants Crimea returned to Ukraine, Russia wants Alaska backNevertheless, not all countries support sanctions against Russia. For example, China ignores them all, while many companies take technical measures to avoid them. Time works against Ukraine, because sooner or later the topic of Ukraine's claims for the Crimea can be moved into the category of hopeless political and legal long-term issues.In turn, Russia has been taking active measures lately to establish its presence in the Crimea. The geographical position of the peninsula makes it a very good territory to build a large army base there. If the two breakaway Donbass republics return under Kiev's governance, the situation in Ukraine will continue to aggravate, specialists believe. In this case, the experts say, Ukraine will have to take efforts against the people who had cooperated with "invaders" to deprive them of civil rights. Russia would immediately obtain an opportunity to go on a counterattack on legal and information fronts, accusing Ukraine of genocide and attempts to orchestrate a humanitarian catastrophe. Therefore, Ukraine will have to be friends with Russia against its own will, as it had happened to Timor-Leste and Indonesia.Ukraine needs to prepare a safety cushion for itself in the form of special laws that would prevent the development of such a crisis. The Ukrainian authorities do not conceal their intention to toughen responsibility for state treason and collaborationism. In fact, Ukraine does not exclude criminal responsibility for publicly denying "the fact of the Russian aggression." The Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian parliament) elaborates regulations, in accordance with which many residents of the territories that Kiev has not controlled since 2014 could be accused of "cooperating with the enemy."Ukrainian MPs have prepared a substantial base for the definition of "high treason." Earlier, adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko said that the new law would be introduced to protect Ukraine's media space. Ukrainian political scientist Datsyuk stated that residents of the Crimea should be subjected to deportation, coercive Ukrainization, and anti-Russian brainwashing.

En+ Board approves re-domiciliation of En+ Holding Limited in Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:31
The Board of Directors of En+ Group Plc approved in principal terms the re-domiciliation of En+ Holding Limite from the Republic of Cyprus to Russia

Kremlin says Putin’s present for Austrian foreign minister’s wedding ready

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:30
The forthcoming event is not unique —Putin had repeatedly visited private parties abroad

Malaysian parliament throws out law against 'fake news'

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:30
Malaysia's parliament on Thursday repealed a law against "fake news" introduced this year by the administration of former prime minister Najib Razak.

If rupee slump persists, it can hurt India's Modi

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:27
The rupee's plunge to a record low has worried a wide cross-section of India's society: companies, importers, those going on vacation and students planning to study overseas. But if the weakness persists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's job could become a lot harder just before big state and national elections.

Russia makes impressive 21 ranks jump in new FIFA Ranking List

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:26
FIFA’s new ratings list of national teams was calculated basing on a new ranking formula and is topped by 2018 FIFA World Champions France

Mali president Keita wins re-election with 67 percent of vote

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:21
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won re-election with 67 percent of the vote in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse, the Ministry of Territorial Administration said on Thursday.

Tonga PM fears asset seizures as Pacific debts to China mount

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:18
Pacific island nations are holding talks which could lead to a coordinated request that China forgive mounting debts in the region amid concerns Beijing may start seizing strategic assets, Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pōhiva said on Thursday.

Russia’s upgraded strategic bomber to get hypersonic missiles

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:12
Russia’s modernized Tu-22M3M strategic bombers will be capable of carrying Kh-32 cruise missiles

Investors shun Italy bridge operator after disaster

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:00
Italy's biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday after Rome criticized it for a deadly bridge collapse this week, moving to revoke its concession and accusing it of failing to ensure the viaduct's safety.

US-Based Organization Pro Music Rights Reaches a 7.4% Market Share

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:00
Pro Music Rights -- the fifth Public Performance Rights Society In U.S. - now controls a market share of 7.4%

Work underway on Russia-Turkey-Iran summit on Syria — Kremlin

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:57
On April 4, the Russian, Turkish and Iranian leaders held a summit on the Syrian settlement in Ankara

Turkish lira firms before finance minister's presentation

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:49
The Turkish lira strengthened three percent on Thursday before a presentation by Finance Minister Berat Albayrak to investors, shrugging off U.S. comments ruling out the removal of steel tariffs on Turkey even if it frees a U.S. pastor.

Mali president Keita wins re-election with 67 percent of vote: official result

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:44
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won re-election with 67 percent of the vote in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse, the Ministry of Territorial Administration said on Thursday.

Islamic State claims deadly Kabul suicide bombing: Amaq

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:30
Islamic State said one of its militants was responsible for a deadly suicide bombing in a Shi'ite area of the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, the group's Amaq news agency said on Thursday without providing proof.

Russia’s upgraded Tu-22M3 strategic missile-carrying bomber gets artificial intelligence

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:26
The Tu-22M3M is a modernized version of the Tu-22M3 long-range supersonic missile-carrying bomber with the variable-sweep wing

In eye of the storm, Turkey's new finance chief faces credibility test

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:24
Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak faces a key credibility test on Thursday when he hosts a conference call with global investors to reassure them that policy makers can contain the country's worst currency crisis since 2001.

Afghan schools hit as militants seek soft targets

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:18
A suicide bomb attack on a group of teenagers studying for university exams in Kabul on Wednesday shocked Afghanistan but it was only the latest in a series of attacks on schools which have proved an easy target for militant groups.

New bomber Tupolev-22M3M presented in Kazan

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:15
The Tupolev-22M3M was equipped with the newest on-board digital radio-electronic equipment

Ukraine and PMC Blackwater to poison Donbass with radioactive waste

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:01
The Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing a terrorist act in the Donbass. To commit the act, Ukraine will use radioactive waste, members of the anonymous hacker group CyberBerkut said. According to CyberBerkut, the Ukrainian military intend to dump radioactive waste into the Seversky Donets - Donbass canal. The canal serves as the water supply facility for the water conduit in Southern Donbass. The hackers also say that Ukraine will blame the leadership of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk for the attack.CyberBerkut hackers also said that US instructors already train members of the subversive group that will conduct such a complicated attack. The curator of the special operation is believed to be Erik Prince - the owner of PMC Blackwater that became infamous for secret missions and executions of civilians in Iraq.Anonymous hacker organisation CyberBerkut was founded in 2014, soon after the special unit of Berkut riot police was abolished. The motto of the group is "We will not forget. We will not forgive." " The hacker group gained worldwide recognition after it launched a series of attacks on the websites of state bodies and public organisations of Ukraine and Western countries.

Russian missile frigate holds live-fire drills in Black Sea

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:54
This was the first firing exercise held from aboard a surface ship of the Black Sea Fleet using the Kalibr precision system as part of the combat training plan

Women charged with murder of North Korean to testify in Malaysia trial

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:53
Two women charged with murdering the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must answer for their role in a well-planned conspiracy, a Malaysian judge said on Thursday, but added that the evidence did not prove a political assassination.

UNRWA says its schools for Palestinian refugees to open on time despite U.S. funding cut

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:51
The United Nations agency dealing with Palestinian refugees said on Thursday it would open its schools in the Middle East as scheduled this month despite a deficit caused by a U.S. funding cut.

Russia to develop super-heavy rocket as reusable spacecraft

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:49
Russia’s super-heavy carrier rocket is scheduled to blast off for the first time from the Vostochny spaceport in the Russian Far East in 2028

Investors turn on Italy bridge operator after disaster

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:39
Italy's biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday after Rome criticized it for a deadly bridge collapse this week, moving to revoke its concession and accusing it of failing to ensure the viaduct's safety.

Russia mulls response to U.S. sanctions over North Korea: Ifax

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:32
Russia is working on retaliatory measures against the United States after it imposed sanctions on a Russian company for aiding North Korea, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency on Thursday.

Murmansk airport to have new terminal by 2021

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:09
The new terminal will be working along with the old one

Russian pilot receives no medical assistance in US jail, says wife

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:06
Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko is serving out a 20-year sentence in a US jail

Arctic air expedition crew covers 20,000 km on amphibious planes

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:03
Six Russians and one French on three amphibious planes have covered more than 20,000 km across nine countries, including Russia

Turkish lira firms against dollar ahead of Albayrak presentation

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:02
The Turkish lira rallied 3 percent on Thursday ahead of a presentation by Finance Minister Berat Albayrak to investors, shrugging off U.S. comments ruling out the removal of steel tariffs on Turkey even if it frees a U.S. pastor.

Thailand to ban imports of high-tech trash, plastic waste

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:53
Thailand will ban imports of 432 types of scrap electronics within six months, an environment ministry official said on Thursday, the latest country to respond to China's crackdown on imports of high-tech trash this year.

Deadly India monsoon floods kill 73 in Kerala

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:50
Rescue operations are underway and the federal government has sent additional forces for assistance.

Trump 'cites Russia probe' after ending ex-CIA head's security access

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:49
The president says the probe into alleged election meddling led him to limit John Brennan's access.

State may have to take over Italy motorways: Italy deputy PM

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:42
The Italian state will have to take over the country's motorways if companies who have concessions are not able to do the job properly, deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday.

Shares in Italian motorway operators hit after bridge collapse

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:35
Shares in Italy's Atlantia and other toll road operators came under heavy pressure on Thursday after the government said it would look to revoke a motorway concession and tighten rules after a deadly bridge collapse.

Atlantia says concession stripping announcement may damage investors

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:28
Italy's Atlantia said on Thursday the way the Italian government had announced it would revoke a motorway concession from one of its units following a deadly bridge collapse could damage investors in the infrastructure group.

Philippines' Duterte could resign if Marcos Jr becomes VP: spokesman

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:15
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte could step down if the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos succeeds in overturning his 2016 vice presidential election defeat, Duterte's spokesman said on Thursday.

Russian company slams US sanctions as illegal

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:05
The Profinet company from Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky Region, which has been blacklisted by the US, believes the sanctions to be illegal

China rebuffs Philippines president's South China Sea rebuke

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 08:59
China rebuffed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's call for Beijing to rethink its conduct in the South China Sea on Thursday, saying China had the right to react to foreign ships or aircraft that get close to its islands.

Trump's latest boost to the dollar: U.S.-Turkey spat

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 08:32
President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for a weaker U.S. dollar in a bid to help U.S. exporters, but his recent trade policies, including the imposition of import tariffs on some Turkish goods, have had the opposite effect of strengthening the greenback.

Italian police say 38 died in Genoa bridge collapse

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 08:30
The Italian police said 38 people died this week in the port city of Genoa when a concrete bridge collapsed, revising an earlier count of 39 victims.

Malaysia to continue trial of women charged with murder of North Korean

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 08:13
The trial of two women charged with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will continue, a

Innodisk Accelerating AIoT to NVMe PCIe Speeds

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 08:00
Innodisk is taking the first step in introducing industrial-grade PCIe Gen3 storage to Industrial AIoT and edge computing with high-speed M.2 SSD

Gunmen attack intelligence service center in Afghan capital Kabul

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:50
Gunmen attacked an area around a training center for Afghanistan's intelligence service on Thursday in the capital Kabul, an official at the center said.

Kim Jong-nam murder: 'Enough evidence' for women to go on trial

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:43
A judge says there is enough evidence for two women to be tried for murdering Kim Jong-un's half brother.

Death toll in suicide attack on Afghan students revised down to 34

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:40
Afghan authorities revised down on Thursday the death toll from a suicide bomb attack on an educational center in Kabul to 34 from 48, health ministry officials said.

Palmyra may welcome tourists next summer, says governor

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:37
Militants who controlled Palmyra from May 2015 through March 2016 and from December 2016 through March 2017 destroyed a number of monuments

Pompeo and de Mistura discuss Syrian refugees

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:28
The sides also discussed the situation in Idlib

Marine Le Pen's presence deemed 'disrespectful' at Web Summit

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:26
Conference organiser Paddy Cosgrave initially defended her invitation to the technology summit.

Turkish lira trades below 6.0 against dollar after U.S. comments

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:10
The Turkish lira eased slightly but remained below 6.0 against the dollar on Thursday after the United States ruled out removing steel tariffs on Turkey even if Ankara frees a U.S. pastor, and after Qatar pledged $15 billion in investment to Turkey.

Malaysian court tells women charged in killing of North Korean to enter defense

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:06
A Malaysian judge on Thursday ruled that a trial against two women charged with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would continue, and asked them to enter their defense.

Turkish lira trades below 6.0 against dollar

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 06:35
The Turkish lira eased to slightly below 6.0 against the dollar on Thursday after the United States ruled out removing steel tariffs on Turkey even if Ankara frees a U.S. pastor and after Qatar pledged $15 billion in investment to Turkey.

US media holds free press campaign after Trump attacks

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:43
More than 300 US news organisations plan to highlight the important of a free press on Thursday.

Turkey must commit to policies to promote stability amid market volatility: IMF

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:42
Turkey should commit to sound economic policies to promote stability and reduce imbalances at a time of market volatility, an IMF spokesperson said on Wednesday as a row between Washington and Ankara over the jailing of an American pastor dragged on.

Venezuela asks Peru to find drone blasts suspects: Peru foreign ministry

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:36
Venezuela has asked Peruvian police to help locate two Venezuelan citizens it says were involved in drone explosions during a speech by President Nicolas Maduro earlier this month, Peru's foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Madonna at 60: A career in pictures

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:29
To mark Madonna's 60th birthday we take a look at the highlights and memorable moments of her life and career.

Russia’s potential windfall tax may hit profitability of metal and chemical companies

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 05:26
According to the agency, introduction of a higher tax burden may force companies to choose either lower dividend payouts, reduce future capex or adopt a higher leverage tolerance

U.S. hits Chinese and Russian firms over breach of North Korea sanctions

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 04:50
The United States on imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms on Wednesday for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to Pyongyang in breach of U.S. sanctions aimed at pressuring North Korea to end its nuclear programs.

No indication Turkey considering IMF financial assistance: IMF spokesperson

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 04:36
There is no indication that Turkish authorities are considering asking for IMF financial assistance, a spokesperson for the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

US wants to limit Russia’s use of new technologies under Open Skies Treaty, expert says

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 04:33
Kimball said that regardless of the position of US lawmakers, the leadership of Russia and the U.S. should resume direct and regular talks on the Open Skies Treaty, the extension of the new START

Facebook says it was 'too slow' to fight hate speech in Myanmar

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 04:25
Facebook has been “too slow” to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Corona beer owner to pour $4bn into cannabis

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 04:08
The deal with Canada's Canopy Growth marks the biggest investment in the cannabis industry to date.

U.S. tariffs to stay on Turkey, Qatar offers Ankara aid

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:56
The United States on Wednesday ruled out removing steel tariffs that have contributed to a currency crisis in Turkey even if Ankara frees a U.S. pastor, as Qatar pledged $15 billion in investment to Turkey, supporting a rise in the Turkish lira.

White House: ‘We Won't Forget' How Turkey is Treating US Pastor

VOICE OF EUROPE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:41
The U.S. continued to press Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to release detained American Pastor Andrew Brunson, after a Turkish court Wednesday rejected a second legal appeal to release him from house arrest. And Turkey is pushing back hard, sharply raising tariffs on a range of American goods in retaliation to the tariffs imposed last week by President Trump. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from the State Department on deteriorating relations with a U.S. NATO ally.

Russia is ready to abolish visas for some categories of Turkish citizens

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:17
Turkish Foreign Minister said, Russia abolishes visas for businessmen, senior officials and diplomats

A tour of Syria - with the Russian military

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:08
Syria's civil war isn't over, but Russia is keen to show that life is gradually returning to normal.

New South Wales battles dozens of winter bushfires

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:05
Dozens of unseasonal blazes are burning across drought-ravaged regions, officials say.

Ancient Egyptian mummification 'recipe' revealed

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 03:01
Forensic examination of a mummy shows the original ancient Egyptian embalming recipe, scientists say.

More than 650 militants surrender arms and return to Homs Province from Idlib

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 02:56
According to al-Barazi, those who want to return from Idlib, must first get to the nearest positions of the Syrian army, surrender arms and then safety will be guaranteed to them

US F-22 Stealth Jets Take on Norway’s F-35 in Simulated Dogfights

VOICE OF EUROPE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 02:56
Two U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets squared off in simulated dogfights with two of Norway’s expanding fleet of F-35 aircraft Wednesday as part of an exercise aimed at strengthening the NATO alliance and increasing its deterrent power. The two U.S. F-22s are among 13 in Europe for a series of short-term deployments in places such as Greece and Poland, with further training missions planned in undisclosed locations in coming days. The Norwegian deployment lasted one day but will lay the groundwork for NATO allies as they work to integrate their stealth warfare capabilities, Colonel Leslie Hauck, chief of the fifth generation integration division at the U.S. Air Force’s headquarters in Europe, told reporters in Norway. The deployment is part of U.S. efforts to reassure European allies after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. F-35s arriving in Europe Growing numbers of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s are arriving in Europe as the world’s most advanced warplane and most expensive weapons program matures following a raft of cost increases and technical challenges in its early years. “Every training opportunity that we have betters our readiness for any potential adversary of the future,” Hauck said at the Orland air base, home to six of Norway’s expected 52 F-35s. Hauck leads a new office at Ramstein Air Base in southwestern Germany, that is working to ensure a smooth transition for about 40 F-35s scheduled to be in Europe by year’s end. The first of which are set to arrive in 2021. Next month, a group of senior officials from the United States and seven other F-35 operator countries — Norway, Denmark, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Britain and the Netherlands — will meet to compare notes on the new warplane, which was first used in combat by Israel in May. Better battlefield overview The United States has more than 150 of the aircraft, whose sensors pilots say give them the most extensive overview of a battlefield of any combat jet available. Norwegian Air Force Major Morten Hanche, who piloted one of the Norwegian F-35s, said the mock fight with the F-22s was great practice, especially since the F-35s generally surprise and overpower other nonstealth aircraft. He declined to name the winning aircraft, saying only: “The F-22 is a very formidable opponent.”

Avozilla: The giant avocado variety causing a stir

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 02:33
A giant variety of avocado called the avozilla is attracting worldwide attention.

US: Serb Vote on Srebrenica Massacre Report ‘Wrong Direction’

VOICE OF EUROPE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 02:27
The United States said Wednesday that Bosnia’s autonomous Serb-dominated region was attempting to deny history by revoking a report that concluded that Bosnian Serb forces killed about 8,000 Muslims in and around Srebrenica during the country’s 1992-95 war. The U.S. State Department said adoption by the Republika Srpska (Serb Republic) government of the 2004 report on the Srebrenica genocide had been an important reconciliation step. Reconciliation step reversed “The August 14 session of the Republika Srpska National Assembly is a step in the wrong direction,” a State Department statement said. “Attempts to reject or amend the report on Srebrenica are part of wider efforts to revise the facts of the past war, to deny history, and to politicize tragedy. It is in the interest of the citizens of Republika Srpska to reverse the trend of revering convicted war criminals as heroes, and to ensure their crimes continue to be publicly rejected.” A vote Tuesday by lawmakers in Bosnia’s Serb Republic to revoke the 2004 report was initiated by the region’s nationalist President Milorad Dodik, and some analysts say it is the latest issue used by Serb ruling parties to mobilize voters around the nationalist agenda ahead of elections in October. Dodik, an advocate of the Serb region’s secession from Bosnia, has always rejected rulings by two war crimes courts, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and The International Court of Justice, that the Srebrenica atrocity qualified as genocide. Official says scope overblown Though acknowledging a crime occurred, Dodik says the numbers of those killed had been exaggerated in the 2004 report and it should have included Serb victims. The parliament concluded that a new independent international commission should be formed to determine the damages suffered by all peoples in the Srebrenica region.

Man with suspected explosive vest neutralized in Saudi city

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:46
Saudi security forces neutralized a man who was wearing what looked like an explosive vest in the city of Al-Bukayriyah and wounded him in an exchange of gunfire, an Interior Ministry spokesman said in a statement early on Thursday.

Scorching Weather Helps Uncover Archaeological Sites Around Britain

VOICE OF EUROPE - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:45
Britain's hottest summer in decades has revealed cropmarks across the country showing the sites of Iron Age settlements, Roman farms and even Neolithic monuments dating back thousands of years, archaeologists said Wednesday. Cropmarks — patterns of shading in crops and grass seen most clearly from the air — form faster in hot weather as the fields dry out, making this summer's heat wave ideal for discovering such sites. Archaeologists at the public body Historic England have been making the most of the hot weather to look for patterns revealing the ancient sites buried below, from Yorkshire in the north down to Cornwall in the southwest. "We've discovered hundreds of new sites this year spanning about 6,000 years of England's history," said Damian Grady, aerial reconnaissance manager at Historic England. "Each new site is interesting in itself, but the fact we're finding so many sites over such a large area is filling in a lot of gaps in knowledge about how people lived and farmed and managed the landscape in the past," he said. The archaeologists are mapping the sites to determine the significance of the remains beneath and how best to protect them. While some may be significant enough to merit national protection from development, local authorities or farmers may be left to decide what to do at other sites. "We'll hopefully get the help of farmers to help protect some of these undesignated sites," Grady said.

Lula registers for Brazil race from jail as thousands rally

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:39
Brazil's Workers Party registered jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday as its presidential candidate while he sat in prison serving a 12-year graft sentence expected to block his candidacy.

Dr Bumbum, Brazil plastic surgeon, charged with murder

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:37
The celebrity surgeon went on the run after a woman died following buttock enhancement injections.

Russian deputy defense minister, EU envoy to Russia discuss European security

TASS [Russian State News] - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:28
Alexander Fomin and Markus Florian Ederer discussed the situation in Syria

Arrest after dozens overdose in Connecticut park

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:25
New Haven police believe more than 40 people overdosed on synthetic marijuana.

Polluted lives: The cost of South Africa's gold rush

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:19
After decades of gold mining, large swathes of Johannesburg's population are thought to be exposed to toxic and radioactive waste.

'Why I never want babies'

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:14
Jang Yun-hwa is one of a rising number of South Korean women choosing not to marry, have children, or even have relationships with men.

My search for the mother who left me

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:12
The only thing Ria has of her mum is a photo, and paperwork which states she does not want any contact.

Why your next flight may go via China

BBC - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:10
As Chinese airlines launch more and more international flights, are they playing fair to attract passengers?

Malaysian court to rule on women accused of killing brother of North Korean leader

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 01:05
A Malaysian court will decide on Thursday whether to continue hearing a case against two women charged with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, or acquit them.

U.S. criticizes Serb vote to overturn Srebrenica massacre report

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 00:45
The United States on Wednesday said Bosnia's autonomous Serb-dominated region was attempting to deny history by revoking a report that concluded that Bosnian Serb forces killed about 8,000 Muslims in and around Srebrenica during the country's 1992-95 war.

Brazil's Samarco to pay $512.5 million to disaster victims this year: foundation

REUTERS LATEST NEWS - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 00:35
Brazil's Samarco Mineração SA expects to pay up to 2 billion reais ($512.5 million) this year to 19,000 families affected by the 2015 mining disaster in the state of Minas Gerais, the foundation created to pay the victims said on Wednesday.

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