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Aguila Saleh on Libyan Crisis: Cairo Declaration is ‘The Only Solution’
(Sputnik) – Aguila Saleh, the president of the eastern-based Libyan Parliament, arrived in Moscow on Thursday to meet with Russian officials to discuss several issues, at the top of which was the initiative on a ceasefire, the return to the political process, and the Cairo Declaration on Libya, as well as the output of the Berlin Conference.
Navarro: Beijing Sent Hundreds of Thousands of Chinese Nationals to US to 'Seed and Spread' COVID-19
White House economic adviser Peter Navarro added another accusation to a tide of speculation over China's "fault" in the COVID-19 pandemic from its beginning to its spread across the world.
Photo of Ghislaine Maxwell and Kevin Spacey in Buckingham Palace Stirs Social Media
Ghislaine Maxwell, arrested on Thursday and charged with sex trafficking, was high-profile pedophile and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's mistress. Prince Andrew, who was reportedly a close friend to the pair, is now being urged by prosecutors to come forward on the matter.
UN Staffers Put on Leave Over Video of Sex Act in Official Car
The head of the United Nations was “shocked and deeply disturbed" by the contents of a video that showed an apparent sex act in a UN official car in Tel Aviv, Israel. The video quickly went viral.
Canada Expresses ‘Serious Concern’ About New Hong Kong Law, Suspends Extradition Treaty With Region
On Tuesday, Beijing's top legislative body, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), passed a new national security law for Hong Kong that is seen by residents of the Special Administrative Region as a violation of their liberties. The legislation was signed by Chinese President Xi Jinping later in the day.
'She's a Rapist': Woman Claims Ghislaine Maxwell Sexually Abused Her Dozens of Times
Ghislaine Maxwell, ex-girlfriend of deceased sex criminal and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested on Thursday and is currently charged with facilitating and participating in acts of sexual abuse with minors.
Hygiene First: Spanish Politician Offers to Resign After Showering During Gov't Video Meeting
In a bid to slow the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people around the world have shifted to remote study and work, a new experience for many. There are many stories of funny incidents associated with the practice of virtual employment, and here is a fresh example, straight out of Spain.
Trump Denounced as 'America's ?1 Traitor' as #BenedictDonald Trends Worldwide
In a new online frenzy inspired by an video advert by VoteVets, netizens equate US President Donald Trump to Benedict Arnold - a controversial 18th century US general, whose name has long been associated with treason, as he defected from the Continental army to the British side during America's War of Independence.
Police Confirm At Least Four Hospitalized After Mall Shooting in Alabama's Hoover
On Friday, police responded to reports of shots fired in the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama, later announcing that the scene had been contained and an investigation into the shooting had been launched.
China’s WTO Threat to India on App Ban 'Untenable' Amid Beijing Internet Censorship: Experts
New Delhi (Sputnik): On 29 June, India banned 59 Chinese mobile apps in a move widely perceived as a response to the border dispute in the Galvan valley of Ladakh. On 15 June, twenty Indian soldiers were killed in violent clash between patrol parties belonging to both sides. Since then, India is in arms against China on the economic front.
After Decades of Resistance Washington Redskins Agree to Change 'Racist' Name
Many brands have recently reconsidered their name and actions in light of anti-racist protests rocking the US and some European countries. Last week, the US country music trio Dixie Chicks changed its name to remove the reference to Confederate states, which, in the mid 19th century, fought to preserve the enslavement of Blacks in the US.
Taliban Ready For Compromise With Kabul to Reach Peace, US Rep for Afghanistan Says
Earlier in the week, a video conference including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the chairman of the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), Abdullah Abdullah, and US International Development Finance Corporation CEO Adam Boehler took place with a goal to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.
Anez Gov't Rushing to Uproot Morales' Legacy and Put Bolivia on Neoliberal Track, Journo Says
As Bolivia braces for long overdue snap elections, the political fight is intensifying, says Alberto Echazu, a journalist with La Resistencia Bolivia, explaining how the Anez government is trying to disrupt the MAS election bid and putting the country on the neo-liberal track previously avoided and denounced by ex-President Evo Morales.
Man Who Broke Into Estate of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Carried Multiple Weapons, Police Say
Authorities say the perpetrator is a member of a reserve unit in the Canadian Army and previously served in the armed forces. Officials did not name the man, but said he is due to appear in court to hear charges against him.
High Court Ignores Justice – Bank of England Theft From Venezuela Upheld
“Bank robbery is an initiative of amateurs. True professionals establish a bank”.
Will '43 Alumni for Biden' Steal Trump's GOP Votes & Nix His Re-Election Bid in November?
A group of approximately 200 former George W. Bush administration and campaign officials kicked off a new super PAC called "43 Alumni for Biden" on Wednesday with an aim to mobilise GOP voters disenchanted with Donald Trump. US observers have discussed whether the group will become a game-changer during the November election.
Cristiano Ronaldo Lookalike Offered to Star in Adult Film About Footballer - Report
Ronaldo recently caused a stir on social media after he posted a photo of himself with a new hairstyle. Although the athlete is an idol to millions of football fans who support the striker no matter what, even they did not appreciate the star’s new look.
US-Russia-China Arms Race Would Be Destabilising, Detrimental for All, State Department Says
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States stands for effective and verifiable arms control and does not seek arms race with Russia and China, a scenario that would be detrimental for all, a State Department official stated.
Does Space Smell? This Company Says Yes and Wants to Produce a Perfume
NASA requested that the smell of space be developed decades ago in order to help astronauts become accustomed to the very peculiar odour. One company has now decided to recreate the smell, and if the perfume is successful, it will create another space-themed fragrance.
France’s Total Sends Rig to South Africa’s Shores in Search of Oil Amid Recovering Crude Prices
Like many other companies in the industry, Total suffered a major blow from the crude prices dropping to historic lows. Despite this, however, the French oil giant is seemingly back on its feet, as it is looking for new sources of revenue amid a stabilising black gold market.
'Absolute Farce': Prosecutions Against Brits Who Fought Alongside YPG Dropped
Several other British people who joined the group have been arrested and questioned by counterterror police, with some having their passports and phones seized, but faced no further action. As of July 2020, eight British volunteers – seven men and one woman – have been killed in action while fighting with the group.
French Prosecution Says It Will Launch Inquiry Into ex-PM's Handling of COVID-19 Crisis
Earlier in the day, French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Jean Castex, deputy chief of staff to the French president, as the new prime minister, hours after Edouard Philippe announced that he was stepping down.
Somerville Becomes First US City to Recognise Polyamorous Relationships
The word polyamorous first appeared in an article in 1990 in the pagan magazine Green Egg. 30 years later, the practice of having a relationship with more than one partner has become increasingly popular, with more than five percent of people living in the United States alone participating in non-monogamous relationships.
UK Prime Minister Hints He Won't Take Knee for BLM, Doesn't Want Others 'Bullied' Into Doing It
Earlier, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab refused to take a knee, arguing that the gesture felt like it was symbolising "subjugation and subordination" rather than liberation, and erroneously suggested that it had been taken from the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones", sparking a scandal.
I Think I Love You: Kitten Smiles While Looking at His Mum
Cats are known to be highly social animals that spend most of their waking hours interacting with available animals or playing on their own.
Rwanda Dismisses French Probe Into Plane Downing That Preceded 1994 Genocide as 'Farce'
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - After several French courts refused to reopen the long-term investigation into the 1994 Rwandan presidential plane downing and the following genocide in the Eastern African country, Rwandan Justice Minister Busingye Johnston said on Friday that the French probe into the case was a "complete farce."
US Police Reform: Is There Hope for Democratic-Republican Consensus?
In mid-June, President Donald Trump announced the signing of an executive order that will oversee the introduction of a police reform bill, a move that came a few weeks after the death of African-American man George Floyd at the hands of a white policeman in Minneapolis.
Time For a Russian Emperor? The Sputnik Intelligent Punter's Guide to The 2020 Epsom Derby
It’s the most famous Flat race in the world, but this year, Saturday’s Epsom Derby, due off at 4.55 pm, will be arguably the most unusual in its 240-year history, as it will be run 'behind closed doors.' The question is: who will win?
‘BLM Trash Art': Netizens Lambast ‘Racist Fish’ Remark Scrawled on Little Mermaid Statue
The debate over The Little Mermaid plot and the story’s key figure started last year after Disney tapped an African-American actress for the main role in a new remake, but now it has apparently received a new twist in the wake of the sweeping BLM protests.
Eat Drink and Be Merry for Tomorrow We Die!
Saturday is National Liberation and Libation day! But forgive me if I don't join in with the rush to the pub. I'm off the booze completely at the moment but even if I was back to my old ways of 5 or 6 pints on a Saturday night then I would still be giving it a swerve. I don’t think I'm alone either.
European Space Agency Invites Everyone to Take a Flight Over Korolev Crater on Mars
The crater was named after Soviet scientist and spacecraft engineer Sergei Korolev, who designed the world’s first intercontinental ballistic missile, the R-7, and the first artificial satellite. Dubbed by many as the father of aeronautics, Korolev was also involved in launching the first human into space.
Magnitude 4.7 Quake With Epicenter in India's Rajasthan State Felt in Delhi, Seismologists Say
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - A magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit the Indian state of Rajasthan with the tremor felt across the Delhi Capital Region, the National Center for Seismology (NCS) said on Friday.
Why London Mayor, UK Regions Should Think Twice Before Introducing ‘Austerity’ Measures for Police
Sadiq Khan's management of the police budget appears to be at odds with the central government, which remains committed to its initial plan to recruit additional law enforcement personnel, say British security experts, commenting on the mayor's "austerity" prognosis for the British police.
Yemen’s Houthis Target Saudi Najran Airport, King Khalid Air Base, Reports Say
The Islamic movement, which operates in Yemen, has promised to step up their campaign against Saudi forces until the coalition lifts the blockade of the country’s northern provinces and stops bombing the area.
New Book Claims that Adolf Hitler’s True and Only Love Was His Niece
Little is known about Hitler’s personal life. The leader of the Nazi party devoted his entire life to politics and only shortly before Nazi Germany surrendered did he marry his long-time companion Eva Braun.
This Week in Pictures: 27 June - 03 July
While the deadly coronavirus pandemic is refusing to give up ground as nations are anticipating a possible second wave of COVID-19, life is still going on despite the crisis.
'Royally F***ed': Prince Andrew's Relationship With Ghislaine Maxwell Exposed
The arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, the ‘madame’ of deceased paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, on sex trafficking and perjury charges has inevitably led to increased pressure on Prince Andrew, a close friend of the pair, to speak to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Harry Potter Fan Sites 'Reject' J.K. Rowling's Stance on Transgender People, Announce Changes
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, has recently faced fierce criticism and been accused of being transphobic for her remarks on a Devex article.
Russia-China Partnership Reaching Peak Gives Bolton 'Heartburn', Russian MoD Says
The two countries, which the US has called potential "near-peer adversaries", have been increasingly working together in recent decades on an array of issues, ranging from energy to the military sphere.
'Dumb or?' Eric Trump Taunted for Sharing Pic of Epstein 'Pimp' Maxwell at Chelsea Clinton's Wedding
In a new development to the Epstein child-trafficking drama, the late tycoon’s alleged "madam”, Ghislaine Maxwell, was nabbed in New Hampshire, the US, after escaping the public eye for almost a year, since Epstein himself was arrested and then purportedly committed suicide in his New York prison cell.
Orphanages, Shelter Homes in India Face Capital Crunch as Funding Dries up Amid Pandemic
New Delhi (Sputnik): Non-profit organisations in India have swiftly risen to serve people by engaging in COVID-19 relief work and extending help to the vulnerable sections of society. However, NGOs do not only operate in times of crisis. A steep reduction in corporate and public funding is set to hamper their projects for months to come.
Israeli F-35s & Cyberattack Behind Explosions at Iran’s Military Complex, Nuclear Site, Media Claims
On Thursday, Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation said that the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility "is operating as usual", since the reactor was not damaged in an explosion and there were no casualties following the incident.
Hardliner Zheng Yanxiong Appointed as a Head of Hong Kong's National Security Agency
The announcement follows statements from Hong Kong's chief executive, who accused opponents of China's national security law of being "the enemy of the people" following pro-secessionist violence.
Putin Signs Decree to Introduce Constitutional Amendments After All-Russian Vote
A week-long referendum on introducing an array of amendments to the Russian Constitution concluded on 1 July with 77.92% of citizens voting in favour of adopting the changes to the basic law.
Police in India to Be Counselled for Psychological, Physical Issues Posed by COVID-19
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on 24 March to combat COVID-19. Since the pandemic hit the country, frontline workers – doctors, police, medical staff, paramedics, and sanitation workers – have been working 24/7 to help India fight the virus.
Indian Troops Ready to Thwart 'Expansionists', Says Modi as China Opposes His Ladakh Trip
New Delhi (Sputnik): Multiple high-level meetings between India and China have failed to resolve the border face-off along the Line of Control in the eastern Ladakh region. A military build-up continues between the countries despite both sides agreeing to a "gradual and verifiable" disengagement in the region.
'What Good Could We Have Possibly Done to Deserve Dogs?’: Viral Video Wins Indians' Hearts
New Delhi (Sputnik): It's believed that at some point, the modern dog’s ancestor, the wolf, made a transition from the kingdom of the wild to become a domesticated companion. Dogs, time and again, have proven how much loyalty and love they have for their human friends.
Carlson for President? Republicans See Famous Fox Host as Top Candidate to Replace Trump in 2024
Despite seeing a major exodus of advertisers over some of the statements made during his prime time show, Carlson is seeing the number of viewers going through the roof, with conservative Republicans being his primary audience.
Japanese Defence Ministry to Auction Military Equipment to Boost Budget
TOKYO (Sputnik) - The Japanese Defence Ministry has decided to auction some equipment used by the country’s military for the first time ever to increase the budget amid the difficult financial situation, Defence Minister Taro Kono said on Friday.
Julian Assange Spending Second Birthday at Belmarsh Brings 'Shame' Onto the UK, Supporters Say
The WikiLeaks publisher is wanted in the United States for his role in publishing classified US documents which revealed war crimes perpetrated by US-led forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Gold Trade Woes Spill Over Into Other Precious Metals Markets
The gold market was thrown into disarray as soon as lockdowns were announced globally, freezing air travel and air cargo deliveries, shutting refineries and leading traders to express concerns that they wouldn’t be able to get gold delivered in time to pay off futures contracts.
How Netanyahu and Gantz Have Clashed on Sovereignty Extension Over Palestinian Territories
The Israeli Knesset’s deadline to draft a road map for an extension of sovereignty over the Jordan Valley expired on 1 July. The deadline for publishing the plan has been postponed.
UK Police Thwarted Woman’s Plan to Make 'History’ and Bomb St Paul’s Before Blowing Herself Up
In February this year Safiyya Shaikh pleaded guilty to preparing the attacks and disseminating terrorist publications. As she is sentenced to a long prison term, Sputnik looks at who she is and why she wanted to kill so many people in the heart of Britain’s capital.
Hearing on MH17 Crash Case Continues in Netherlands - Video
During one of the previous hearings in late June, Sabine ten Doesschate, the defence lawyer for Oleg Pulatov, one of the defendants in the MH17 case, stated that the Ukrainian military may have hit the MH17 passenger plane in 2014 by mistake.
10 Russian Subs Reportedly Sent to the Atlantic in 2019 for 'One of Largest Drills Since Cold War'
The Russian Defence Ministry has repeatedly underscored that any movement by the country’s naval vessels at sea is conducted in strict accordance with international norms.
Putin's Disinfection Tunnel Conquers Hearts Worldwide: EU, Peru, and Israel Now Want Same Device
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Peru, Israel, Greece, Estonia and Spain have shown interest in disinfection tunnels after it became known that such facilities have been set up at Russian President Vladimir Putin's residence in Novo-Ogaryovo and in the Kremlin, the manufacturer's director-general Olga Izranova said.
UK to Keep 14-Day Quarantine For US Travellers as Scottish Ministers Back 'Four Nation' Travel Rules
The news comes as the UK Foreign Office is also set to reveal the full list of "Air Bridge" countries exempted from quarantine rules on Friday, with countries being designated with threat levels red, amber or green according to the severity of infection rates.
Khabib Nurmagomedov's Father Has Passed Away, Chechen Leader Kadyrov Announces
The 57-year-old father of the Russian MMA fighter was admitted to a hospital back in April and was diagnosed with the coronavirus. Medics had to use a ventilator to help him breathe, as Nurmagomedov was suffering from massive lung damage, but his condition deteriorated, so he was put into a medically-induced coma.
Mine Collapses in Kermanshah Province, Iran, Leaving One Dead, 6 Injured, Reports Say
The Gilan-e-Gharb exploration is considered a "highly prospective area for hydrocarbon resources, due to its deep potential in form of oil and gas", and natural bitumen on the surface, according to an article published on the website ResearchGate.
Kai is Coming! EXO-L Storms Twitter Worldwide as SM Entertainment Confirms Artist's Solo Debut
The popular K-pop boy band’s main dancer is preparing for the release of his first solo album
Who's Your Daddy Now? Secretary Bird Stomping Fake Snake
Snakes have many enemies in their natural habitat, with large birds of prey like eagles, hawks, griffon vultures, and kites among them. Magpies and crows are also quite capable of attacking a snake.
EU Greenlights Use of Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19
Remdesivir, an antiviral drug produced by the California-based Gilead Sciences biopharmaceutical company, has become the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive the backing of the European Medicines Agency and at the same time the bone of contention between the EU and the US after the latter allegedly bought up the global supply of the drug.
India Blacklists Pakistani Organiser of Bollywood Events in US
New Delhi (Sputnik): On 17 February, Rahul Shewale, a lawmaker from Maharashtra's ruling party Shiv Sena, in a letter to federal Home Minister Amit Shah had requested "to desist Indian artists to collude with anti-India elements in the US".
Massive Explosion Rocks Fireworks Factory in Turkey’s Sakarya - Video
A powerful explosion took place at a fireworks factory in the Turkish city of Hendek, Sakarya Province earlier in the day.
Rocking 'Teletubby' PPE: Indian Doctor Dances COVID-19 Blues Away on Duty Break - Video
New Delhi (Sputnik): During the pandemic, medics have emerged as heroes who wear their masks and gloves round-the-clock and appear to have the superpower of healing.
Media Reveal Details on How a Tabloid Got Nude Photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
The development follows a long saga, in which the National Enquirer reported on Bezos’ extramarital affair, publishing his texts and intimate photos. The world’s richest person then launched investigation into how the tabloid obtained the information, which led to an allegation that Saudi Arabia hacked his phone, a claim Riyadh denies.
Travelling Amid COVID: Idea of Air Bridge Sounds More Comical Than Realistic - British Politician
The UK Cabinet could effectively ditch its air bridge plans in favour of simply ending the quarantine for 75 countries. This comes as the police confirm they have yet to issue a fine for anyone in breach of the 14-day quarantine and former minister Theresa Villiers claimed the travel industry had been damaged without cutting the COVID-19 risk.
Indian Villagers Allegedly Capture Crocodile, Eat & Distribute Its Meat
New Delhi (Sputnik): A monkey was recently captured and hung from a tree until it died in the Indian state of Telangana after it strayed into a teak plantation. The video swiftly went viral on social media leading to outrage over the growing number of incidents of animal cruelty in India.
Lightning Strike Kills 27 People in India’s Bihar State in Third Incident in a Week
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s national weather forecasting agency, the India Meteorological Department, has predicted rainfall with thunderstorms and lightning in several parts of Bihar state. With heavy rainfall, four rivers are also flowing above the danger level, threatening the northern part of the state with floods.
Lebanese Finance Minister Says Bailout Talks With IMF 'on Hold'
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Bailout talks between Lebanon and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have been suspended, as the local authorities need to agree on reforms to be implemented to settle the ongoing economic crisis as soon as possible, Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni said on Friday.
Indian Telco Jio, Which Just Launched Alternative App to Zoom, Secures $253.5 Mln in Investment
New Delhi (Sputnik): It’s raining dollars for Indian telecom giant Reliance Jio after 11 foreign companies, including Facebook, invested over $15 billion in just a month. Jio, headed by Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, has sold a 25 percent stake to its investors in lieu of hefty capitals.
Caracas Bashes UK Court for Seeking 'to Strip Venezuela of Its International Gold Reserves'
Earlier this week, the Central Bank of Venezuela warned that if the UK recognises Guaido as the Venezuelan president, it would be a violation of international laws and an "impermissible" interference in the South American country's internal affairs.
Nicola Sturgeon 'Modelling Herself on Trump' Wishing for England-Scotland Wall, Commons Leader Says
As Conservative Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg put things, it would be "shameful" to erect any walls to stop people moving freely across the UK, in tune with "honourable friend" Boris Johnson’s past remarks.
'Womanizer & F***boi': Indian Journo Stirs Hornets' Nest Over Explicit Rant on Hindu God Krishna
New Delhi (Sputnik): A recent Netflix India release, “Krishna and His Leela”, has sparked debate and been deemed “anti-Hindu” for showing the lead actors in an immoral way. Apparently, the couple took its name from the Hindu gods “Krishna and Radha”, which was criticised for showing the man having multiple affairs and cheating – illicit for a god.
Liverpool Chief Jurgen Klopp Defends His Team After Devastating Loss to Machester City - Video
The Reds have dominated the English Premier League for the entire 2019-2020 season, winning 28 of 32 matches and thus securing the title with 86 points, while last season's champions Man City are currently second with only 66 points.
Ambiguity and Lack of Unity: Arab World Remains Divided Over Israel's West Bank Plans
Some Palestinian groups might be united in their desire to block Israel's sovereignty plans, but they've failed to gain the support of every Arab nation. While Jordan appears to back the PA, neighbouring Egypt has been ambivalent, trying to balance between its willingness to please the Palestinians and the need to maintain good ties with Tel Aviv.
The False Narrative About US Police
“George Orwell’s 1984 wasn’t meant to be an instruction manual, it was a warning.” That's the view of rapper, podcaster and author, Zuby, who is Jon Gaunt’s guest this week on Shooting From the Lip.
Iran May 'Play Trump Along' if He Wins Second Term, Bolton Claims
The remarks come amid ongoing tensions between Tehran and Washington which have been in place since US President Trump unilaterally abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 and reinstated crippling economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
British PM Johnson Says No Request Made From US to Speak to Prince Andrew on Epstein Case
In a recent development in the Jeffrey Epstein criminal saga, kickstarted after the billionaire financier was found dead in prison in August 2019, Epstein's elusive ex-partner and confidante Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on Thursday morning on charges she might have been personally involved in sex trafficking.
Remdesivir May Be Lifesaving for COVID-19 Patients, Yet Toxic for US-EU Relations
BRUSSELS (Sputnik), Luc Rivet - Remdesivir, an antiviral drug produced by the California-based company Gilead Sciences, has become the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive the backing of the European Medicines Agency and at the same time a bone of contention between the EU and the US after the latter allegedly bought up its global supply.
India Joins COVID-19 Vaccine Race, Promises 15 August as Deadline
New Delhi (Sputnik): Out of a total of 140 companies across the world, seven Indian companies are also working on vaccine development against COVID-19. India's Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila have received approval from the authorities to conduct human clinical trials of the vaccine against the disease.
'End of an Era': Bollywood's 'Mother of Choreography' Saroj Khan Passes Away at 71
New Delhi (Sputnik): Legendary choreographer Saroj Khan is respectfully called "master ji" for her mentoring skills. The majority of classic Bollywood divas have been choreographed and trained by her at least once in their film career, resulting in some of the most memorable Hindi songs that people still tune into.
Poll Suggests Half of Finns Think Racism is a Significant Problem as Finland Tops EU Statistics
The issue of racism has come to the forefront in Finland in recent weeks after mass demonstrations protesting police brutality against black citizens in the US and elsewhere.
Macron Appoints Jean Castex as New French Prime Minister After Edouard Philippe Resigns
According to an opinion poll conducted in late June, over half of French residents want the current prime minister, Edouard Philippe, to keep his position as the head of the cabinet after the municipal elections, the second round of which took place on Sunday.
US Vice-President's Arizona Trip Reportedly Delayed After Secret Service Agents Get COVID-19
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Vice-President Mike Pence's recent visit to Arizona, which took place earlier this week, was delayed by a day after several Secret Service agents who organised the trip tested positive for COVID-19, officials told the Washington Post newspaper.
This Will Melt You! Watch Mama Elephant Pull Up Tiny Calf to Help Climb Wall
New Delhi (Sputnik): Infrastructure laid out by humans for their convenience often emerges as a major obstacle for wildlife, sometimes even encroaching upon their territories. In an alarming figure, about 510 elephants died in India between 2015 and 2020 due to "unnatural causes" like electrocution, explosions, and other accidents.
Indian Prime Minister Makes Surprise Visit to Ladakh Amid Continuing Border Tensions With China
New Delhi (Sputnik): Tensions between India and China have been ongoing despite several meetings between diplomats and army commanders on both sides in the wake of a violent standoff in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
Norwegians Puzzled as Sami Boy Disappears From Classic Meatball Brand to Avoid Discrimination
After 60 years, the Nortura company has decided that the image of a Sami boy in traditional clothing constitutes an ethnic stereotype that must be purged. While welcomed by the Sami Council, the move made ordinary Norwegians raise their eyebrows.
US Prosecutors Urge Prince Andrew to 'Come & Talk' After Epstein 'Madame' Ghislaine Maxwell Arrest
UK socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of grooming girls to be abused by her notorious friend and ex-partner Jeffrey Epstein, is also alleged to have taken part in the abuse herself.
UK Minister Defends PM Johnson's Father Amid Claims He Defied 'Travel Ban' by Flying to Greece
The news comes as the UK cabinet is also trying to deal with another scandal over alleged pandemic restriction violations, with Boris Johnson's adviser Dominic Cummings being targeted for travelling with his family during the lockdown period.
UK Bins COVID-19 Quarantine for Travellers From 'Reduced Risk' Countries
With nearly 44,000 confirmed fatalities, the UK has the highest coronavirus toll in Europe, according to the World Health Organisation’s latest estimates.
India's IT Ministry Excludes Huawei From 5G Rollout Plans, Source Says
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - India has decided to keep Chinese tech giant Huawei from 5G rollout plans in what appears to be a U-turn on its previously announced plans to allow all vendors to join trials for the technology, sources in the electronics and information technology ministry told Sputnik.
'Too Slow, Asleep at the Wheel': UK Labour Party Leader Lashes Out at PM Johnson's COVID Handling
Keir Starmer has warned that an inquiry will take place "in due course", arguing that now is the time to focus on the measures that will ease the fallout from the coronavirus healthcare crunch.
Swedish Govt to Fight Swedes' 'Afrophobia' as BLM Activist Calls Country 'Stronghold of Whiteness'
Today, the foreign-born constitute 2 million out of Sweden's population of 10 million.
Kim Jong-un Explains 'Shining Success' of North Korea Preventing Coronavirus Outbreak
The nation previously opened schools, however, Pyongyang maintained a ban on public gatherings and made it mandatory for people to wear masks in public places, according to the World Health Organisation.
‘US Believing It Can Buy S-400s from Ankara is Tragicomic’ – Retired Turkish Air Force Maj. Gen.
Republican US Senator John Thune on 30 June suggested purchasing and removing the Turkish-owned Russian-built S-400s from Ankara, in a bid to break a deadlock over weapons which Washington claims are incompatible with NATO security standards and might compromise operations of the new fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets.
Russia Will Deploy Space System Warning of Missile Attacks by 2024, Defence Ministry Says
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia is going to deploy a space system that warns of missile attacks by 2024, Sergei Surovikin, the commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces, told the military’s official newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda on Thursday.
Invisible Lockdown Wall: Golden Retriever Pup Can't Get Outside
Canines are smart, courageous, and loyal, but they can also be extremely silly – especially the little ones. It’s also great to see a puppy explore the world, particularly if you are filming the best moments of the exploration for a family album.
'Comrade Trump': GOP PAC Mocks US President by Promoting Putin 'Blessing' Ad
With the US presidential election in November looming large on the horizon, incumbent President Donald Trump is being criticised on many fronts: his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, his handling of BLM protests, and of course, the seemingly endless allegations of Russian meddling.
'Free Trade Zones Actively Expanding': Yuan Oil Futures Attract Increased Foreign Investment
The interest by foreign investors in trading in yuan-based oil futures has grown significantly. According to the Shanghai Energy Exchange, this year, foreigners accounted for 16 percent of the daily turnover of trading in yuan futures. Over the year, the volume of transactions with foreigners has almost doubled.
Criminals Ambush Police in India’s Uttar Pradesh State, Killing 8 Including Officer
New Delhi (Sputnik): The chief of India’s most populous state - Uttar Pradesh - promised during the 2017 legislative assembly election to crack down on criminal gangs in the district. The politically-sensitive state reportedly boasts several criminal gangs, who are said to indulge in extortion, land grabbing and murder.
‘Save the World’: Twitter ‘Shocked’ as Pelosi Responds to McCarthy Criticizing Her Silence Over Riot
On Wednesday, US House of Representatives Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, for her “refusal to condemn tearing down” a Golden Gate Park statue of Father Junipero Serra by demonstrators in San Francisco, California – in Pelosi’s district, and called on the Democratic lawmaker to “break her silence”.
Messi Reportedly Mulls Leaving Barca Next Summer Over Contract End, Club Squabbles
Lionel Messi, captain and forward of FC Barcelona, besides being considered one of the greatest football players of all time, is also the most decorated footballer in the club's history, with 34 trophies to his name.
New Coronavirus Form More Contagious, Similar in Severity, Study Shows
According to the study, a new mutation of the coronavirus named G614 has become more common than its initial form, originating in Europe and then spreading to the United States.
Twitterati Divided Over FedEx Pushing Washington Redskins to Change Team Name
The Washington Redskins has a long history, starting from its foundation in 1932, with Forbes reporting them as the fifth most-valuable NFL franchise. A part of the team's history is also involved with controversy over its name, which has been questioned by Native Americans and others since the 1960s.
Fired US Attorney Geoffrey Berman to Testify Before Congress Next Week – Report
On 20 June, Geoffrey Berman, who had been overseeing the prosecution of criminal activity by several Trump associates, including the latter's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, and current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was dramatically ousted from his role as the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York by a demand from US Attorney General Barr.
US ‘Creation Myth’ Obscures ‘Pornography of Violence’ Behind Present Social Conflicts - Historian
As Independence Day celebrations draw near in the US, Americans are reminded about a history that Dr. Gerald Horne, a professor of history at the University of Houston, regards as a product of the malfeasance of historians.
‘A Lever to Harass China’: US Protests Security Law Because it Lost Access to Hong Kong ‘Sore Spot’
Despite US outrage over China’s national security law for Hong Kong, many countries, including the US, have national security laws of their own, KJ Noh, Scholar of Asia-Pacific geopolitics and correspondent for Flashpoints, Dissident Voice, Counterpunch and other outlets, told Radio Sputnik’s Political Misfits Thursday.
Trump Administration Awards Tech Startup Contract to Build ‘Virtual’ US-Mexico Border Wall – Report
Earlier on Thursday, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed their intention to exchange the US-Mexico border wall with a “virtual” wall by deploying hundreds of “autonomous surveillance towers”, which use artificial intelligence and image-detection to identify moving objects, at the country’s southern borders by 2022.
S-500 Will Be Capable of Destroying Hypersonic Weapons in Space, Russian Aerospace Forces Say
The S-500 Prometey ("Prometheus") is a cutting-edge surface-to-air defence missile system with a range of 400-600 kilometers (250-370 miles). Head engineer Pavel Sozinov announced earlier that it would be able to intercept targets hundred kilometres above the surface of the Earth.
Video: CNN Journo Threatened With Knife, Mugged During Live Report in Brazil
The incident took place during a CNN live report covering heavy rainfall that resulted in a rapid rise of the water level of the Teté River in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The journalist, Bruna Macedo, was reportedly uninjured.
US Worried About Chinese Military Drills in Contested Waters in South China Sea – Pentagon
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States is concerned about China's decision to conduct military exercises in contested waters and territory in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said in a press release.
Case Disgrace
According to US President Donald Trump, the United States economy is rebounding as the nationwide COVID-19 "flames" are being put out, despite the fact that the nation just marked it's largest single-day registration of new novel coronavirus infections: nearly 50,000.
American Independence Celebrated as American Exceptionalism Fades
Joe Biden and Donald Trump see huge fundraising increases in June, as states brace for further economic pain due to failed reopenings.
Explosion in Iran's Natanz Nuclear Facility Caused by Bomb, Report Claims
An explosion at one of Iran's most important nuclear facilities, Natanz, took place on Thursday, damaging the power plant, but leaving its reactor intact. The cause of the explosion has not been officially confirmed.
It's Not Over: FBI Arrests Jeff Epstein's Ex-Girlfriend in Connection With His Sex Trafficking Ring
On this episode the The Critical Hour Dr. Wilmer Leon is joined by David Rosen, author of Sex, Sin & Subversion: The Transformation of 1950s New York’s Forbidden into America’s New Normal.
First Case of COVID-19 Reported by US Marines Deployed to Okinawa
In the wake of a US Marine being reprimanded for violating social distancing rules on Okinawa, the family member of another Marine has been recorded as the service’s first COVID-19 infection on the island.
Germany Disbands Elite Army Unit With ‘Toxic Leadership Culture’ Amid Far-Right Sympathy Uptick
Germany’s defense minister revealed on Wednesday that a unit of the Kommando Spezialkraefte (KSK), the country’s elite commando force, would be disbanded. The dissolution follows a report published in January revealing that hundreds of soldiers may embody far-right extremist ideologies.
US Amb to UN Claims Russia's Position on Syria Cross-Border Aid Program Will Lead to 'Mass Graves'
A UN resolution adopted in January envisaged a reduction of border crossings under a program of cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, from four to two, as the Assad government regained control over the country's territory and made possible aid delivery from inside Syria.
TikTok Teens Launch One-Star Review Campaign Against Trump Family Businesses
TikTokers have taken aim at US President Donald Trump. Teenagers reportedly targeted a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in mid-June, purchasing large numbers of tickets to the event with no intention of attention. Later, activists reportedly launched another campaign by hamstringing Trump's online re-election campaign merchandise store.
US Issues COVID-19 Guidance for Airlines – Transportation Secretary
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US government sought to codify novel coronavirus rules for airline passengers and employees with a series of measures announced by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in a press release on Thursday.
Beijing, ASEAN Commit to Resuming South China Sea Code of Conduct Talks
Amid pressure from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China has committed to resuming negotiations aimed at drawing up a Code of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (COC). The news comes amid controversial Chinese naval drills near islands also claimed by Hanoi.
'It Makes No Sense': Alabama Students Host Parties to Spread COVID-19 as US Cases Skyrocket
Alabama officials on Tuesday revealed that students in the state are throwing COVID-19 parties and holding contests to see who will get infected first. Meanwhile, Florida on Thursday reported 10,000 new COVID-19 cases, a record high for the state, according to a Reuters tally.
Sunny Jobs Report Raises Eyebrow as Millions of Workers Struggle
Bank of England gives Venezuelan gold to Guaido; College football players denounce racism; Belgium gives non-apology for Leopold II genocide
‘This Will Not Stand’: US Officer Suspended After Punching Woman at Miami Airport Terminal - Video
A Miami-Dade police officer has been relieved of his duties after now-viral body camera footage showed him punching an unarmed, 21-year-old woman in the face at Florida’s Miami International Airport on Wednesday.
“Independence Day” for Who?
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by Dr. Gerald Horne, a professor of history at the University of Houston and the author of many books, including “The Counterrevolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America.”
China's Border Realignment Aimed at Gaining Tactical Advantage Before India Gets S-400: IAF Vet
New Delhi (Sputnik): For over two months, Indian and Chinese armies have been locked in border stand-off that included a violent skirmish on 15 June in Ladakh. Experts have compared the air power of the two countries as a military build-up has picked up speed along the loosely demarcated 4057-kilometre Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Ghislaine Maxwell Ordered Into Custody of US Marshals, Case Transferred to New York Court
The case of Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell was transferred to a US federal court following her Thursday arrest, and she was placed in the custody of US Marshals Service federal police officers.
Golden Retriever Says It’s Time to Stop Working
The workweek is soon coming to a close, with people looking forward to recharging over the weekend. Our pets also know when it is time to relax, as a chill canine recently demonstrated.
US Supreme Court Could Thwart Dem Plans to Release Full Mueller Report Ahead of November Election
Democrats still cherish hopes that the full report contains evidence that Trump either obstructed justice or conspired with Russia to rig the 2016 elections, something that US Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller himself ruled out in March 2019.
Unnamed or Non-Credible Sources: Why 'Russia Bounty' Story More Absurd With Each New Report
The "Russian bounty" story continues to grow despite being supported by only a handful of unnamed sources and no credible evidence to back the claims. International observers have commented on the recent developments, with many suggesting that mainstream media in the US keeps disgracing itself.
Bunny Ebola: Deadly Rabbit Virus Spreads in Southwestern US Killing Thousands of Animals
Earlier this week a study conducted by Chinese scientists identified a new strain of flu in pigs in the country, which researchers say has the potential to become a pandemic as it could mutate and spread from human to human.
The Message About Coronavirus Should Have Been Clear – Analysts on Troubling Spike in US Cases
On 1 July the United States, already the global leader in infections and deaths from the disease, saw a record 51,000 new cases in a single day, prompting officials in some parts of the country to make a quick U-turn on lifting security measures.
'Back the F**k Up': US Woman Pulls Gun on Black Family Following Heated Exchange - Video
A heated confrontation took place outside a Chipotle restaurant in Orion Township, Michigan, on Wednesday, with one woman pulling out a handgun and pointing it at a Black family.
Locals Spot Elite ‘Night Stalkers’ Helicopter Unit Practicing Black Ops in Oregon
Locals living on the Oregon coast spotted a group of helicopters running dark late Wednesday night, which turned out to be the “Night Stalkers,” the US Army’s most elite chopper unit, made infamous by the “Black Hawk Down” incident during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993.
Botched Parachuting Exercise in Germany Sees US Troops Land in Trees, Several Hospitalized
A German firefighter has reportedly sustained severe injuries following a Wednesday operation to rescue at least six injured US Army paratroopers who landed in trees amid a parachute training exercise.
Delhi Calls on Pakistan to Vacate 'Illegally Occupied' Indian Territories
New Delhi (Sputnik): Earlier, in May of this year, India issued a strong notice to Islamabad against the Supreme Court of Pakistan's order on the country's de facto Northern Areas, also known as Gilgit-Baltistan. Pakistani President Arif Alvi issued a notification earlier this month to hold elections in 24 constituencies in the region on 18 August.
Centrifugal Force? Viral Video of Indian Man Doing Nunchucks-Like Stunt Has Physics Geeks Quizzing
New Delhi (Sputnik): Martial arts have always been a part of India’s rich ancient culture. Silambam is an ancient weapon-based fighting style on the Indian subcontinent and is found written about in a palm-leaf manuscript dating back to 400 BCE.
Taliban Dismiss Pentagon Report Claiming Movement Maintains Ties With Al-Qaeda
KABUL (Sputnik) - The Taliban* reject a report by the US Department of Defen?e saying that the Islamist movement still maintains ties with an affiliate of Al-Qaeda*, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Thursday, accusing US military officials of continuing to "seek war in Afghanistan" for their own vested interests.
Banning 59 Apps 'A Digital Strike' on China, India's Information and Technology Minister Says
New Delhi (Sputnik): To protect the sovereignty of India as well as to safeguard the interest of millions of Indian mobile and Internet users, the country’s government on Monday banned 59 Chinese applications, including TikTok. The Google Play store has blocked all 59 Chinese apps banned in India.
Spike in Radiation Levels Registered in Europe by Monitoring Stations
However, due to a lack of data, European monitoring agencies are having trouble identifying the exact source of the contamination. But guess who one US media outlet has tried to point the finger at?
Venezuela Repeals Decision to Expel EU Envoy After Bilateral Talks
MEXICO CITY/BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The Venezuelan government decided to rescind its decision to expel Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, the head of the EU mission in Caracas, from the country, a joint statement of the European Union and Venezuela showed on Thursday.
Indictment Lays Bare Charges Levelled at Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's Procurer
Ghislaine Maxwell, British socialite and former partner of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is expected to appear in federal court before the day is out.
'Make Sure Camera is Working': Netizens Ridicule Arrest of Epstein’s Ex-Girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell
The 58-year-old daughter of British publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell has been accused by Epstein’s alleged victims of procuring underage girls for the disgraced financier, a claim she denies. She is one of four co-conspirators who were granted immunity from prosecution together with Epstein during his first criminal case.
US Senate Passes Bill to Sanction Banks Over Hong Kong Security Law
The new national security bill that penalises secession, subversion and terrorism in the special administrative region was adopted by Chinese lawmakers and signed by President Xi Jinping on 30 June.
5.5-Magnitude Quake Hits South of Mexico, Seismologists Say
Another earthquake has followed in the wake of a deadly 7.4 magnitude tremor that left 10 people dead and damaged 55 cultural heritage sites in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Tetraquark? Large Hadron Collider Detects New Particle
Quarks are elementary particles that take part in the strong interaction – one of the four fundamental forces that govern our universe. Combined together, they make up protons and neutrons, which, in turn, thanks to the same force, form atomic nuclei.
Toxic Maya: Archaeologists Discover Poisonous Reservoirs in Ancient City
For decades, scientists have been trying to find out what happened to the ancient Maya. Overpopulation, extended drought, war, environmental degradation, and climate factors are cited as potential reasons for the downfall of the Maya peoples. A new study may shed light on the collapse of the Mayan civilisation.
District Attorney Gives Presser After Epstein’s Companion Maxwell Arrested - Video
Earlier in the day, an FBI spokesperson confirmed that Maxwell had been arrested on charges related to transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal activity and perjury.
Why South Africa’s Military May ‘Somehow Get Involved’ in Situation in Northern Mozambique
Northern Mozambique has been in the grip of a jihadist insurgency since 2017, with the violence having reportedly already killed more than 1,000 people there.

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