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Russian Helicopters Land on Former US Military Base in Northern Syria
The American forces had to abandon their facility at the destroyed airfield as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) left the area amid intense clashes with the Turkish army this month.
German Newspaper Acknowledges Superiority of Russian T-14 Armata Tank over Domestic Leopard-2
The T-14 Armata is a new generation battle tank fitted with a 1500 hp diesel engine and equipped with Malachit dual-explosive reactive armour. According to The National Interest, the combat vehicle has been deemed as "potentially the most dangerous tank in the world".
Indian Filmmaker's Controversial Gandhi Quote, Stirs up Alleged Family Ties With Terror Plotter
New Delhi (Sputnik): Almost a decade after six serial bomb blasts shook the heart of the Indian city of Mumbai on 26 November 2008, claiming 31 lives, the ghost of the attack and its conspirator David Headley came alive to haunt Indian filmmaker, Pooja Bhatt, after her controversial tweet.
Brexit Enters 'Titanic Tuesday': What's in Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Bill?
Along with the renegotiated Bill formally introduced by the British prime minister, there has come along a new fast-track scheme, with Johnson determined to finalise the debate and receive final approval for his initiative by as early as the end of this week.
Syrian President Pays Visit to Idlib's Recently Liberated City of Hobait - Press Service
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - Syrian President Bashar Assad has paid a visit to the frontline in Idlib province and to the recently liberated city of Hobait, the presidential press service said on Tuesday.
People's Party of Canada Loses Federal Election, Bernier Aiming for Better Outcome in Next Election
Canada's PPC will not be getting any seats in the House of Commons as a result of Monday's federal election. Nevertheless, party leader Maxime Bernier has stated that "it's only the beginning", and he aims for better results in the next election.
Indian Importers to Shift to New Sources of Palmolein to Protest Malaysian PM’s Kashmir Remarks
New Delhi (Sputnik): Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad’s remark about the status of Kashmir at last month’s UN General Assembly Session has raised national sentiments in India, and triggered widespread demands to shun Palmolein imports from that country.
Turkey's Syria Op High on Agenda: Putin and Erdogan Set to Meet in Russia's Sochi
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday will receive his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in the Russian resort city of Sochi in order to discuss recent developments in Syria as well as bilateral relations.
US Forces That Crossed Into Iraq From Syria Don't Have Approval to Stay, Military Warns
In the largest scale withdrawal of US forces from Syria to date, hundreds of trucks carrying US troops formed a massive convoy and crossed from Syria into Iraq on Monday amid a five-day armistice agreed by Washington and Ankara in the wake of Turkey's offensive in Syria.
‘Let’s Move On’ Johnson Could Scrap New Brexit Deal Now Amid Blockage by Bercow – Report
On 21 October, UK Parliament speaker John Bercow blocked the government’s attempt to vote on a new Brexit deal that Prime Minister Johnson recently negotiated with the EU. Despite Parliament having ordered to request a delay, Johnson still insists on leaving the EU by the 31 October deadline, with or without a deal.
Erdogan Vows to Go Ahead With Syria Offensive 'More Strongly' if US Breaks its Promises
Operation Peace Spring, launched by Ankara on 9 October, was put on hold last Thursday after intense talks between Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence. However, minor clashes continue between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Turkey in northern Syria.
Prince William is ‘Worried’ About his Brother Harry Amid Rumoured Rift Between the Royals
In a film that aired on 20 October, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, opened up about the pressure both face from the media. The 35-year-old royal also said that he and his brother are on different paths at the moment.
Icebreaker Tor Sent Distress Call by Accident, Continuing its Travels - Russian Maritime Agency
The vessel with 33 people on board left St. Petersburg on 17 October and was heading to the Yamal Peninsula in northwest Siberia, Russia.
'We Know There Are Weapons in Deprived Areas, but We Have No Order to Retrieve Them' - French Police
A single operation in 50 French departments on 8-10 October helped the police detect and seize more than 400 rifles and machine guns, as well as about 200 pistols.
Louis Vuitton Art Director Slams Trump Days After President and Ivanka Visit Brand’s Workshop
Earlier this month, the French fashion house signed US President Donald Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers” in a bid to create more job opportunities and professional training for employees across the country.
Twitter Erupts as Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Headed for Second Term
The politician managed to keep his seat after a rocky year – he was accused of repeatedly wearing blackface and brownface in the early 2000s. Justin Trudeau also faced uproar and calls for his resignation after prosecutors suggested he was involved in meddling in a corruption case.
Emperor Naruhito Proclaims Ascension to Throne of Japan in Tradition-Filled Ceremony
TOKYO, October 22 (Sputnik) - Japan's new Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his ascension to the throne in an official ritual-bound ceremony broadcast on Tuesday.
Jordan Peterson’s Supporters Attack Twitter Bullies Claiming He Almost Cried Over Internet ‘Mobbing’
Jordan Peterson rose to fame following a number of videos he posted on YouTube denouncing the extremes of political correctness, and arguing that quite a few widely accepted modern-day social norms go against his own freedom of speech.
Pablo Escobar’s Brother Vows ‘to Take Down’ Elon Musk for Allegedly Stealing His Idea
Ricardo Escobar claims the copyright on a flamethrower that Elon Musk’s the Boring Company started selling in January of 2018 belongs to the two brothers.
6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Shores of Samoa - USGS
The island nation is situated in the Ring of Fire - a seismically active area in the Pacific Ocean, where powerful earthquakes and volcano eruptions are common.
Box of Happiness: Curious Golden Retriever Befriends Adorable Chicks
There is no better gift than the gift of friendship - this golden retriever gets a whole football team worth of friends when this box opens. Oh, what fun they will have!
Organisation of American States Says Worried Over Presidential Vote Tally in Bolivia
SANTIAGO (Sputnik) - The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organisation of American States (OAS) has expressed concern over the sudden change in the presentation of the preliminary results of the presidential election in Bolivia.
Trump Defends Rival Dem Candidate Against Hillary Clinton’s ‘Russian Asset’ Allegations
The US president has lashed out at the former secretary of state for her allegations against a rival Democratic candidate.
Video: Violence As Morales Set to Win Bolivian Presidential Election
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has won 46.86 percent of the vote in the country’s presidential election, avoiding a runoff, local media report citing official preliminary election results.
Video: ‘Most Anticipated’ Final ‘Star Wars’ Trailer Hits Screens
Monday night has been special for “Star Wars” fans, after the last trailer for “The Rise of Skywalker,” the final film of the sequel trilogy, aired during “Monday Night Football” on ESPN. The highly-anticipated trailer comes after several promo commercials have had fans brimming with pure excitement.
Daesh Uses China’s TikTok Video Platform to Spread Propaganda, Report Claims
The Chinese video-sharing app reportedly removed at least 20 accounts associated with the terror group, but it is unknown how many more still lurk on the entertainment platform.
'We Want to Push The Boundaries of Creative Expression' – CEO of Amper Music
Founded in 2014, Amper Music combines the highest levels of artistry with groundbreaking technology to empower anyone to create unique, professional music, instantly.
Trump’s Impeachment Woes Amplified by GOP’s Inability to ‘Keep Message Discipline’
From Congress to the Cabinet, US President Donald Trump’s laundry list of alleged scandals are putting party loyalty and logic to the test. Despite a seemingly chaotic media showing from Trump critics and allies alike, it’s unclear whether these recent developments are enough to move the needle and actually produce a presidential impeachment.
‘What We’ve Been Dreaming of’: Half-Hearted Gov Concessions Unite Lebanese Protesters Across Creeds
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Lebanon to protest corruption, economic instability and the ruling class’s austerity measures, continuing to grow after half-hearted concessions from Beirut. For political organizers, the unity between sects, genders, and nationalities is “what we have been dreaming of.”
‘We Don’t Need Foreigners’: Greta Thunberg Mural Defaced in Canada in Protest of Anti-Oil Rhetoric
The graffiti artwork was repeatedly painted over during the weekend, as Alberta residents say the climate activist does not offer working solutions in her climate speeches.
Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal in Northern Ireland
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Northern Ireland has legalized abortion and same-sex marriage as the midnight deadline passed amid failing last-minute efforts to block the legalization.
Third Round Israeli Election Possible, 'Very Bad From Almost Every Aspect' - Professor
On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned the mandate to form a government to President Reuven Rivlin after the former failed to form a ruling coalition within the 28-day deadline.
Twitter Announces Policy to Address ‘Synthetic,’ ‘Manipulated’ Media
The social platform does not disclose what its new policy will be, but it will hold a “feedback period” before the policy goes live.
New Blood Needed: 34% of Americans List Politicians, Poor Leadership as US’ Top Issue
As the US House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry continues, a recent survey conducted by Gallup has found that a near-record-high percentage of Americans view the country’s leadership as the main problem plaguing the US.
'Any Sensible MP Will Accept Boris Johnson’s New Brexit Deal' – Former London Mayoral Candidate
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his team in Number Ten Downing Street have called for a decisive vote to be held over his revamped Brexit deal,  after being legally obliged to send a letter to Brussels requesting an extension to Article Fifty.
Korea-Lago: US Negotiators Offered to Build Up DPRK’s Kalma Tourist Area During Talks - Report
According to a South Korean newspaper, US negotiators made a pitch to their North Korean counterparts at recent talks in Stockholm, Sweden, to help the socialist state develop a new tourist area on its east coast.
Expressing Protest? Model Twerks Amid Burning Barcelona Streets
A week of protests against a Spanish Supreme Court ruling to jail Catalan independence leaders has made some streets in the Catalan capital look like a war zone.
Pentagon Plans US Troop Exit From Afghanistan in Case Trump Orders Withdrawal - Reports
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Department of Defence is putting together plans for a quick US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in case President Donald Trump suddenly gives the order, media reported on Monday.
Lebanese Government Approves 17-Point Economic Plan in Bid to Defuse Protests
MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Sputnik) - The Lebanese government has endorsed a 17-point economic reform plan, including measures to resolve the electricity crisis in the hope to address demands of mass protests that have been ravaging the country since last week, the presidential office said on Monday.
US Extends License Allowing Chevron, 4 Other Firms to Operate in Venezuela - Treasury
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US oil giant Chevron and four other American energy companies have been granted a license to continue operations in Venezuela without getting hit with sanctions for at least three more months, the Treasury Department announced in a press release on Monday.
Coming in Hot: Parachutist Interrupts Inter Milan Game
Inter Milan’s Serie A weekend football match against Sassuolo at Stadio Città del Tricolore in Italy had a shocking interruption after a parachutist managed to descend onto the pitch just as a penalty kick was about to be executed by Romelo Lukaku.
From Lebanon to Chile, Social Movement Fight For Change
Protests in Lebanon and Chile; Elections in Bolivia; August Wilson's 'Fences'
German Defence Minister Says to Offer Creating North Syria International Safe Zone to NATO
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Monday that she would propose to the NATO member states to create an internationally-controlled safe zone, with the involvement of Turkey and Russia, in northern Syria, which is currently subjected to the Turkish military operation.
WADA-Russia Meeting on Alleged Moscow Lab Data Tampering Postponed Indefinitely
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The meeting between Russian officials and representatives from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been postponed for an undetermined period as experts continue to study Russia's explanations about suspected manipulation of data from the Moscow anti-doping lab, WADA press service said Monday.
US Military Will Invest Billions to Upgrade, Expand Northern Australia Presence
The Pentagon is investing billions of dollars in upgrading and expanding US capabilities at a base in Australia’s Northern Territory, according to a Monday announcement by Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds.
Pakistan Eyes Doubling Tourism Revenue via Religious Corridor
New Delhi (Sputnik): Even with an abundance of cultural resources, Pakistan has been ranked 121 of 140 participating countries on The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019 by the World Economic Forum.
Videos: MAGA Hat-Wearing Man Sprays Bear Repellent on US Anti-Trump Protesters
David Dempsey, 32, was arrested on Saturday at the Santa Monica Pier in California after spraying bear repellent into a crowd of anti-US President Donald Trump protesters.
Ahead of India Tour, Bangladesh Cricketers Go on Strike
New Delhi (Sputnik): A Bangladesh cricket team tour to India in November appears to be in jeopardy as of Monday after key players went on strike citing unfulfilled demands, media reports said.
Videos: Hong Kong Police Apologize For Coating Mosque in Paint During Anti-Protest Op
The Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) met with local imams over the weekend and issued an apology to the city’s Muslim community after officers “accidentally” sprayed the Kowloon Mosque with blue dye during an operation “combatting crimes” carried out by alleged rioters.
Indian Minister to Pakistan: Stopping Mails Akin to Violation of International Norms
New Delhi (Sputnik): Diplomatic tensions since a 14 February terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir and the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August have worsened even long-held basic relations between the two nuclear neighbours.
Nature of Secret US Navy Project Transported to San Diego Pier Possibly Revealed
The US Navy has recently heavily invested in a new generation of weapons to be installed on American ships. Among the many systems are two main projects – a ship-based railgun for sinking enemy vessels and a laser for smaller targets.
Trump 'Fully Prepared' For Military Action Against Turkey If Needed - Pompeo
The US Secretary of State vowed to apply economic and political measures before resorting to a military confrontation.
Allegations China Stole F-35 Design to Make J-20, FC-31 Based On Superficial Evidence
China has long been accused of stealing US defense technology and its weaponry is derided as “copycats” of US equivalents, but the allegation rarely extends beyond superficial supposition.
Aussie Man Woos, Kisses Lonesome Kookaburra
A late night out recently had some interesting twists and turns for a pair of guys wandering about in Australia’s New South Wales, especially after they ended up face-to-face with a lonesome kookaburra standing atop a fence.
It's Always About Oil, Huh? Trump Mulls 'Keeping' Syrian Crude With US Company's Help
Amid an ongoing withdrawal of US troops, Defence Secretary Mark Esper announced that some will not be transferred to Iraq, as was expected, but will instead stay to "guard" Syrian oil fields from being seized by the remnants of Daesh*.
Thai King Strips His Consort of All Titles Over 'Disloyalty to The King’ - Reports
The 34-year-old former nurse-turned royal concubine was granted the special title of Royal Noble Consort during a ceremony this August, as she knelt in front of Thailand’s 67-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn in the presence of his wife. This became the first time that the Asian monarchy has admitted to polygamy in almost a century.
Videos: Mass Chilean Protests Voice Government Injustices, Demand Piñera Resign
Chile, Latin America’s 2,653 mile-long, Spanish-speaking country, has been embroiled in mass protests for several days, with the movement only growing stronger as Chileans hit the streets to rise up against what they see as injustices dealt by the administration of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera.
Videos: Satellite Images Reveal Large, Growing Cracks in Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier
The Pine Island Glacier, one of the fastest-melting glaciers in Antarctica, has acquired two large rifts in 2019. Both cracks have recently increased to around 20 kilometers in length, according to satellite imagery.
Graphic Video: US Teens Nearly Killed as Tree Crashes Through Home
Two teenage sisters and their family dog remarkably escaped with their lives after a massive tree collapsed and crashed through the roof of their Maryland home.
'We're in Situation When Country is Pro-Brexit and Parliament is Pro-Remain' – UK-Based Analyst
On 21 October, the British Parliament yet again refused to consider the Brexit deal concluded by Prime Minister Johnson and the EU on 17 October. UK-based analyst Adam Garrie has explained what the future may hold for Johnson in the nine days left before the deadline.
Three Scenarios of How Kurds, Turkey and Damascus Could Solve Northeast Syria Crisis
According to various reports, Kurdish forces have been withdrawing from the 120-kilometre (75 miles) wide and 30-kilometre (20 miles) deep Turkey-proposed "safe zone" in north-eastern Syria. However, the situation on the ground is changing rapidly, international observers say, describing scenarios of further developments in the region.
Twitter Ablaze Over Reports ‘Tupac Shakur’ Arrested While Carrying Drugs in Tennessee
The arrest of a 40-year-old with several bags of methamphetamine and who then allegedly pulled a knife on the police has entered the spotlight as the suspect happens to share his full name, Tupac Amaru Shakur, with a late US rapper, whose death prompted several conspiracy theories.
Natalie Portman and James Gunn Defend Marvel Movies After Scorsese's and Coppola's Criticism
Although Marvel’s movies may be ranked in the top 10 list of highest grossing films of all time, this is apparently still not enough to earn praise from renowned Hollywood directors Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.
Facebook Drops 4 Iran, Russia-Origin Networks to Counter US Election Influence - Officials
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Four networks that originated in Russia and Iran have been removed from Facebook to prevent them having any influence on the US national elections next year, four senior Facebook officials said on Monday.
Tough Vote: Can Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Win 21 October Election?
The chances of Canada’s current prime minister repeating and improving on his father's record of being the third-longest serving PM have recently become slimmer amid scandals overlapping with his failures to fulfil some of his earlier election promises. But Trudeau's fight is still far from lost.
Israeli PM Netanyahu Tells President Rivlin He Can't Form Government
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a government by 23 October after neither his Likud party nor Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party secured a majority in the snap election. Rivlin is expected to name another nominee with a strong chance of creating a coalition.
Pro-Independence Demonstrators Continue to Protest in Barcelona - Video
The protests in Catalonia have been underway since 14 October, when the Spanish Supreme Court handed out prison terms of up to 13 years to nine of the region's independence leaders.
Yemeni TV Channel Says Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif Expressed Readiness to Travel to Riyadh
Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been fuelled by a recent incident involving an Iranian oil tanker that was hit near the Saudi coast. While the country’s leadership has refused to point the finger at any nation before an official probe has been concluded, one Iranian lawmaker has blamed the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia for the attack.
Rihanna Angers Fans by Posting Video Featuring Song by Her Former Assaulter Chris Brown
American singer Chris Brown has been involved in a number of domestic violence cases, the most prominent one being when he violently abused his ex-girlfriend and Barbadian singer Rihanna back in 2009.
Attacked Iran's Tanker Sabiti Enters Country's Territorial Waters - National Tanker Company
TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Iran's Sabiti tanker attacked in the Red Sea earlier in October has entered the country's territorial waters on Monday, the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) said in a statement.
US Never Promised to Stay in Syria for '400 Years' to Protect Kurds, Trump Says
Earlier, POTUS faced backlash domestically over his decision to pull troops out from northern Syria, with some politicians arguing that Trump had "betrayed" the US’ Kurdish allies, who previously helped Washington defeat Daesh*
Lessons in Perseverance - Cute Little Puppy Learns to Walk
If you think your life is hard - just look at this little puppy, despite many visible difficulties, his curiosity drives it to persevere and finally reach its goal!
Locals Pelt US Troops Leaving Syria With Vegetables, Video Claims to Show
Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from the border areas of the war-torn Middle Eastern country, leaving allied Kurdish-backed forces to face a Turkish military operation, has prompted a wave of criticism against the US president. Anger at the move allegedly turned physical in one Kurdish-controlled city.
Archaeologists Discover World’s Oldest Pearl in UAE’s Abu Dhabi
The pearl, which is less than a third of a centimetre in diameter, was uncovered in a Stone Age settlement. The excavation also led to the discovery of ceramics, beads, arrowheads, and other artefacts, which, according to the researchers, were made from the bones of sea creatures such as fish and turtles.
Pro-Independence Supporters Eye Football Star Guardiola for Catalan Presidency – Reports
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Catalan pro-independence supporters want football star Pep Guardiola to lead their pro-independence coalition to victory in a regional snap election in the hope of wooing voters, El Confidencial daily reported.
‘We’ll Find Someplace Else!’ Trump Explodes Amid Cancellation of G7 Summit at His Miami Resort
The US president cancelled his earlier decision to hold the next G7 summit at the Trump National Doral in Florida following criticism from both Democratic and Republican politicians.
Stranahan: "Tomorrow is Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day"
On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Garland Nixon and Lee Stranahan discuss the Speedway bomber's background and political ties. Lee has declared Tuesday as "Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day."
India Opens Bridge Capable of Handling Battle Tanks Over ‘River of Death’ Near China Border
New Delhi (Sputnik): The river bridge is crucial for troops and military equipment deployment in the Eastern Ladakh region - a contentious region between China and India. China had recently upped its ante in the area calling the entire region disputed after India declared Ladakh a separate administrative zone under the direct control of Delhi.
Two Russian Tu-160 Strategic Bombers to Visit South Africa
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers and several military transport aircraft will pay a visit to the South African Republic in the framework of bilateral cooperation, the Russian Defen?e Ministry said Monday.
'Exploited in a Cowardly, Ugly Fashion': GCHQ Chief Reveals Agency Specifically Targeting Dyslexics
Jeremy Fleming, director of the UK’s controversial Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), has revealed his organisation is targeting dyslexics for recruitment.
Putin, Erdogan to Discuss Situation in Syria in Context of Offensive on 22 October - Kremlin
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Turkey launched its offensive in Syria's north, aimed at clearing the border of Kurdish militants, on 9 October. Meanwhile, on 17 October US Vice President Mike Pence announced a 120-hour ceasefire in Syria's north after talks with Erdogan in Ankara. The aim of the ceasefire is to allow the withdrawal of the Kurdish-led forces.
India Challenges Chinese Dominance in Solar Cells, Defines Stance on Domestic Solar Equipment
New Delhi (Sputnik): Along with smartphones and telecom equipment, India is also focusing on boosting the domestic production of solar cells.
US Defence Secretary Esper Makes Unannounced Visit to Saudi Arabia
US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper announced on 18 October that he would travel to the Middle East to get updates on the current operations in the region and later head to the NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels where he will meet with Turkish counterparts and discuss the campaign to defeat the Daesh* terrorist group.
'Free Cryptocurrency Will Make Our World Better' – Binance CEO
Since it's launch in 2017, Binance has become one of the world's largest crypto-exchange with 1.4 million-transactions-per-second capability.
UK Parl't Speaker Bercow Blocks New Vote on Johnson's Brexit Deal
Previously, the Parliament ordered Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request a Brexit delay despite him successfully negotiating a new Brexit deal with the EU. Johnson refused to sign the request, which was sent to the EU, instead insisting on the previous 31 October divorce deadline.
Polish-Born UK Conservative MP in Talks With Warsaw to Block Further Extensions to Brexit
In a tweet published on 20 October, Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski revealed he had been secretly lobbying the government of Poland to convince at least one of their governments to veto any further delays to Brexit.
Ancient Egyptian Hidden Giant Tomb With ‘Human Soup’ Found Underwater in Pyramid Cave
Egyptian pyramids have long been viewed as burial places, given the artefacts uncovered during excavation efforts, however, all scientifically curious relics lie on the surface, forcing specialists to even go dozens of feet underwater to make their breakthrough discoveries.
Fan Tickles Funny Bone of Bollywood Actress Kiara With 'Best' Meme on Her Film 'Kabir Singh'
New Delhi (Sputnik): Bollywood actress Kiara Advani and actor Shahid Kapoor star in the blockbuster film “Kabir Singh” about an over-possessive and obsessive boyfriend who gets responds with violent behaviour to anyone trying to get close to his girlfriend.
Pakistan Invites Any Foreign Envoys, Media to Visit the LoC to 'Prove' There Are No Terror Camps
New Delhi (Sputnik): On Tuesday, a day after Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat claimed that his army destroyed alleged terror camps in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Islamabad invited all foreign envoys, including Indian, to visit the de-facto border between the two South Asian neighbours.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals Who Was Originally Cast for 1984 Terminator Role
As the fifth part of The Terminator franchise premieres in cinemas this month, Arnold Schwarzenegger has revealed that, originally, he wasn't cast to play the role of the famous killer cyborg.
Social Media Users Thrilled With HBO’s New Adaptation of Watchmen
Marvel should be very concerned, as DC’s new TV series Watchmen, which premiered on HBO on 20 October, seems to have stolen everyone’s hearts.
Is UK the New Gotham?
I need to apologise to you. For the past few months I have been referring to the House of Commons as the House of Muppets. I was wrong to do so and I am sorry.
Twitter Abuzz as Bollywood Biggies Cast Votes in State Elections, Get Snapped With Inked Fingers
New Delhi (Sputnik): As the Indian state of Maharashtra held elections for the legislative assembly on Monday, Bollywood biggies were snapped at the polling stations and casting votes in the tinsel town of Mumbai. The elections were necessitated as the five-year term of the Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra Government will end on 9 November.
Japan’s Uniqlo Accused of Ridiculing Colonial History, Forced to Pull Ad Amid South Korean Backlash
South Korea and Japan have been locked in trade and diplomatic rows, stemming from their complicated history and territorial disputes, for several months, with the most recent scandal only contributing to the strained relationship between two states.
Iran to Discuss Possibility of Sending Its Astronaut to ISS with Russia - Space Agency
TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Tehran plans to discuss the possibility of sending an Iranian astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) with Russia, the head of the Iranian Space Agency, Morteza Barari, said in an interview with Mehr news agency.
DUP and Pro-Life Activists Make Last Ditch Attempt to Stop Abortion in Northern Ireland
Power-sharing in the Northern Ireland ended in 2017 as relations between the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Sinn Féin - which supports a united Ireland - collapsed. English, Scottish and Welsh MPs in the House of Commons have since passed key legislation for Northern Ireland.
UK Defence Agency DASA to Host Tech Competition to Boost UK 'Precrime' Industry, Tackle Fake News
Roughly 30 groups funded by the UK government will join the conference in early November, where they will showcase their innovations on behavioural analytics in a fierce competition at the event.
Stop Pakistan Rhetoric for Elections: Islamabad Warns India's Ruling BJP
New Delhi (Sputnik): As the two Indian states of Maharashtra and Haryana underwent legislative assembly elections on Monday recording 53% and 60% voter turnout respectively, the Pakistan foreign ministry criticised India’s ruling Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) anti-Pakistan tirade during polls.
MI6 Assessed Discredited 'Trump-Russia' Dossier Author Steele to Have Questionable Judgment - Report
Investigators with the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) asked witnesses about an assessment MI6 officials provided the FBI regarding Christopher Steele, the New York Times reported. In response, they said Steele was a persistent investigator, but had a tendency to pursue targets others viewed as a waste of time.
Canadian General Election 2019: Polls Open - Video
With an almost equal number of supporters, both the Liberals and their Conservative rivals have an almost even chance of winning a majority in the Parliament, despite PM Trudeau recently having been embroiled in a series of scandals.
Kanye West Nearly Dumped Rapping ‘Devil’s Music’, His Pastor Reveals
Kanye West is widely reported to have been going through an eye-opening religious experience, casually trying his hand at Gospel preaching on Sundays. Having been “delivered”, he's married his rapping talent to a conventional church service, arguably on his pastor’s advice.
Netanyahu Turns 70: Biggest Scandals and Achievements of Israel's Longest-Serving Prime Minister
Following an unsuccessful general election in April that failed to produce a new coalition government, Netanyahu became the longest serving head of the Israeli state as his term was extended until the next election. It took place in September, but so far hasn't led to the creation of a new government.
No Wi-Fi on Mars? Elon Musk Intrigues Netizens by Disappearing From Twitter
The Tesla and SpaceX founder is no stranger to social media, having an active Twitter account that he uses to share his company’s news as well as for posting memes and jokes. His most recent post, from 17 October, with the announcement “Going offline for a few days” has inspired numerous theories about why the visionary needed a break.
Plane Crashes in Brazil, Killing at Least Three - Video
Three people have died and three more were injured in a plane crash over the city of Belo Horizonte in southeastern Brazil, Globo reported.
Interests of Indian Industry to be Protected Before Signing any FTA - Trade Minister
New Delhi (Sputnik): India is negotiating a significant trade agreement – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), with Southeast Asian Nations and five other countries – China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, despite opposition from a key affiliate of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Islamabad Denies India's Claim That it Destroyed 'Terror Camps' in Pakistan-Administered Kashmir
New Delhi (Sputnik): Hours after the Indian Army claimed to have launched an attack on Pakistan-administered Kashmir and said it destroyed three terror camps in the region, the Pakistan army has categorically denied these claims.
US Troops Cross Iraqi Border Amid Pull-Out From Northern Syria - Report
A Turkish offensive against the Syrian Kurds, which followed the announcement of the US withdrawal from the area, was put on hold in the region close to the border crossing until 23 October under a deal brokered by Ankara and Washington.
India Opens World's Highest Battlefield to Public to Integrate Kashmir Through Tourism
New Delhi (Sputnik): Nearly three months after India repealed the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, the government has started the process of completing Kashmir’s integration through tourism.
'Sit and Talk' Protest Held in Barcelona Amid Spanish PM's Visit - Photo, Video
A wave of public unrest engulfed the streets of Catalonia, Spain last week after the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan politicians, involved in organising the 2017 independence referendum, to 9-13 years in prison on sedition charges and three others to fines over disobedience.
Perfect Timing or Fate? Child Falls From Second Floor, Lands in Passing Rickshaw - Video
New Delhi (Sputnik): A child in India seems to have cheated death after he miraculously escaped a potentially fatal fall from the second floor of an apartment building, 35 feet above the ground, landing safely into the back seat of a rickshaw that was passing by.
Africa Is Interested in Russia's Technologies, Energy Experience - Egypt Foreign Minister
CAIRO (Sputnik) - As African nations prioritise being integrated in the global economy, they have a significant interest in Russia's high technologies and its experience in energy and infrastructure, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said in an interview ahead of the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit.
First Stop in Russia: Red Square is Top Attraction for Foreign Tourists in Moscow
Moscow's Red Square separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and now the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant district known as Kitai-gorod.
Mad Cow Unease: German Police Use Helicopter to Chase Bovine on Rampage in Bavaria
Sometimes, even the most docile animals can become dangerous if they are agitated or frightened. Especially if they weigh 600 kilogrammes (over 1,300 pounds) - in that case, a harmless domesticated animal can turn into the terror of the town.
US Commerce Secretary: We're in a Better Place on Trade Deal With China as Talks Have Resumed
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He said on Saturday that China would work with the United States to address each other’s mutual concerns based on equality and mutual respect, in a bid to stop the trade war raging between the world’s two biggest economies and causing damage to the global economy.
Lebanon's PM Hariri: Agreed Upon Reforms Include Cutting Salaries of MPs, Ministers in Half
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri stated earlier that he was considering halving ministerial salaries and abolishing some government committees in a bid to save money.
China's Defence Chief Took Dig at US 'Instigating Colour Revolution' Apropos Hong Kong Rallies?
Although no foreign power has been mentioned in the defence minister’s speech, many understood there was a direct reference to the US, which the other day okayed the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. The act aims to take measures against the sitting Hong Kong government, against the backdrop of ongoing opposition protests.
5.6-Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Southern Iran - Reports
At the moment there is no official information about casualties or damage caused by the natural disaster. The quake was also reported in nearby Dubai.
Kylie Jenner Flaunts Her Billionaire Derriere Leaving Followers Ecstatic
Although the young Kardashian has made millions by selling make-up, her beauty empire is obviously not the only asset that she takes pride in. Like her older sister Kim Kardashian, who turns 39 today, Kylie Jenner has an outstanding bum to her name.
Leaked Emails Reveal Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA Matched Evidence in Las Vegas Rape Case – Reports
The captain of the Portuguese national football team Cristiano Ronaldo came under increased scrutiny last September after an American woman publicly alleged that she was raped by him in 2009. The player has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Who’s There? Cute Galago Plays Hide-and-Seek
This little fellow has so much going for him in terms of cuteness, from his big beautiful eyes to its fluffy tail - he is absolutely irresistible and his owner can't possibly get angry, even if he has taken over the favourite pair of jeans.
Lebanese Protesters Block Roads in Beirut Amid General Strike
BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Lebanese protesters took to the streets in Beirut on Monday, blocking the main streets in the capital and the northern route in what is the fifth straight day of anti-government protests.
Huawei’s Senior Executives Reportedly Claim US Sanctions Are Damaging the Company
The news comes as last week, the company reported steady growth despite US sanctions. According to estimates, Huawei’s revenues increased to 86 billion dollars in the first three quarters of 2019.
WikiLeaks Editor-In-Chief Says Expectations for Assange's US Extradition Hearing 'Hopeful'
LONDON (Sputnik) - Kristinn Hrafnsson, the editor-in-chief of the WikiLeaks website, said on Monday that his expectations for the case management hearing for the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, ahead of his possible extradition to the United States were "moderate and hopeful".
Almost 30 Police Officers Reported Over Radicalisation Signs After Paris Attack - Reports
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Twenty-seven French police officers have been reported over signs of radicalization in about three weeks, following an attack in Paris by a police IT expert, whose colleagues failed to alert the supervisors of changes in his behaviour, the BFM TV broadcaster reported on Monday.
DUP May Team With Labour, LibDems in 'Guerrilla Warfare' to Crush PM Johnson's Brexit Bill - Reports
MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) may join forces with Britain's opposition coalition to back customs union amendment, shuttering UK prime minister Boris Johnson's Brexit plans, according to reports.
Russian MoD Dismisses Reports About 'Abnormal Situation' During Grom Military Drills
Ballistic and cruise missiles were fired as part of the Grom (Thunder) 2019 strategic exercises led by Russian President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces Vladimir Putin, the Defence Ministry said on 17 October.
Assange Supporters Gather Next to Court Building in London Ahead of Extradition Hearing - Videos
LONDON (Sputnik) - Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London ahead of his extradition hearing, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
Powerful Tornado Sweeps Through Northern Dallas - Photo, Video
In late August, the powerful Category 5 Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas and reached the US East Coast, namely the two Carolinas, as a Category 2 storm, nevertheless resulting in rainfall, flooding and high winds.
Brexit and Syria
Join George Galloway on the new home for the Mother of All Talk Shows - this week we delve into Brexit and what’s going on in Syria.
India Ready to Woo Tech Giants Amid US-China Trade Tensions
New Delhi (Sputnik): Fighting the current economic slump and keeping in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of a $5 trillion economy by 2025, India is gearing up to emerge as a profitable market which can provide a China alternative to technology giants amid its ongoing trade with the US.
Russia Will Back Possibility to Amend Syria-Turkey Adana Pact If Sides Deem Necessary - Lavrov
Earlier in the day, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed that Syrian Kurds had begun leaving the country's safe zones, though they continue to violate a ceasefire regime.
Police File Case Against 5,000 People After Mob Violence Claims Four Lives in Bangladesh - Reports
New Delhi (Sputnik): Bangladesh police said on Monday that they had registered cases against 4,000 to 5,000 unknown persons in connection with Sunday’s clash with Muslim protesters in the country’s Bhola district, media reports said.
WH Staffers, Including Kushner, Tried to Oust Mulvaney Before Impeachment Probe Started – Reports
The role of chief of staff has traditionally been one of the most important in the White House and the most problematic in the Trump administration, with three different people already having held the post during his time in office. Mick Mulvaney is currently the acting White House chief of staff.
China Seeks $2.4 Billion in Sanctions Against US for Ignoring WTO Decision on Tariffs - Reports
Washington and Beijing are still engaged in trade talks over disagreements that have caused a major tariff war. Over the course of a year, both sides have slapped several rounds of trade restrictions on each other and clashed in legal battles at the World Trade Organisation.
Russian Export Center, African Partners to Create $5Bln Commercial Payments Platform
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Export Center (REC), Russian banks and African partners will sign an agreement on creating a Russia-Africa commercial payments platform, with its volume estimated at around $5 billion, at the upcoming Russia-Africa Summit, REC Director General Andrei Slepnev said in an interview.
US May Deploy INF-Banned Missiles in Pacific Rim to Incite Tensions - Russia's Shoigu
BEIJING (Sputnik) - There is a chance that the United States may deploy in the Pacific Rim its short-medium and intermediate missiles, previously banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), as a provocation, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.
Democratic Hopeful Beto O’Rourke Says Trump’s Manner ‘Perhaps Inspired by Goebbels and Third Reich’
The former Texas congressman and Donald Trump have more than once exchanged barbs over their differing political agendas, with POTUS, most recently, referring to the Democrats, including O’Rourke as “crazy” following his calls to ban assault weapons and introduce mandatory buybacks of existing ones.
Crackdown by India's Aviation Regulator Results in Drop in Accident Rates - Reports
New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has taken measures against several airlines for some of their alarming practices, which were responsible for recent accidents and incidents, a media report said.
Iran Submits Details of Attack on Tanker in Red Sea to UN Security Council
TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Tehran has sent documents related to the recent attack on Iran's oil tanker in the Red Sea to the UN Security Council amid continued strained tensions in the region, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday.
Heavy Rains Pound India's Southern Kerala State, Disrupt Road Communications - Video
New Delhi (Sputnik): Heavy rains lashed several parts of India’s southern state of Kerala, with the highest rainfall in the port city of Kochi recorded at 80 mm.
India's Modi Enjoys Limelight Posing with Bollywood Celebrities for Now-Viral Selfies
New Delhi (Sputnik): It was a rare moment to see celebrities sharing their fan moments like ordinary fans. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi found himself swarmed by Bollywood film stars, who couldn’t stop sharing epic selfies with him.
Twitter Afire as Shah Rukh Khan Dons ‘The Dust of Gods’ Jacket, Demands Pair of Heels to Go with it
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian superstar was busy meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi over the weekend, but found some time to cheer up his fanbase.
Australian Newspapers Go Black in Support of Whistleblowers and Journalists
The campaign organised by a non-profit organisation, Right to Know Coalition, has been supported by several radio stations, TV channels and online outlets. The HQ of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which was raided by police in June, said Australia risks becoming the world’s most secretive democracy.
Next Hearing on Assange's Extradition to US to be Held on November 18 - Video
In September, Julian Assange’s biological father John Shipton said that the treatment of the WikiLeaks founder in London's Belmarsh Prison could be described as “sordid and hysterical”, as his son is being kept in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day.
'Affects Working Class': Swedish Communist Newspaper Changes Tune on Immigration
According to the newspaper's new editor-in-chief, immigration is not only a right-wing issue, but something that directly affects the working class.
Facebook Takes Down Arctic-Themed Page Belonging to Rossiya Segodnya News Agency
MOSCOW, October 21 (Sputnik) - Facebook has deleted Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya's English-language Arctic.ru page in an act that the agency labels as censorship.
Russia, US, Turkey Should Work Together to Boost Security in Syria - Defence Minister Shoigu
Russia, the United States and Turkey should attempt to strengthen regional security, which has seen a decrease after the start of Ankara's operation in Syria, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Monday.
Air France Jet Performs Emergency Landing in Tokyo Over Malfunction - Reports
According to the reports, the plane was carrying 323 people, including one invited to new Japanese Emperor Naruhito's coronation.
Clinton in Hot Water After Mocking Trump's Letter to Erdogan With Parody 'Don't Be a D*ck' Note
Last week, a letter Donald Trump sent to the Turkish president was released by reporters; it made the rounds on social media and prompted netizens to come up with a slew of jokes about the US president’s strongly-worded address. Former first lady and Trump’s political rival Hillary Clinton could not help but enter the fray to add her two cents.
UK, US Intel Claim Alleged Russian Hackers 'Hijacked' Iranian Cyber Op to Attack Various Facilities
The attackers were using APT34 hackers' "command and control" systems to deploy their own malicious code, Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency and the US National Security Agency (NSA) claimed in a public advisory.



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