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Feb 17 2020

India summons Turkish ambassador, claims Erdogan’s remarks on Kashmir are attempt at meddling

New Delhi has issued a forceful response to the Turkish ambassador in the country, following incendiary remarks by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about India’s policies in the disputed Kashmir region. India reportedly presented a “strong demarche” to Turkish Ambassador Sakir Ozkan Torunlar on Monday, and warned that Erdogan’s comments during his recent visit to Pakistan will have “strong implications” for bilateral ties. Announcing the move, a spokesman for the India’s Ministry of External Affairs said that Erdogan’s allegation about “unilateral steps” being taken in Kashmir reflect “neither an understanding of history nor of the conduct of diplomacy,” local media reported. …

Feb 17 2020

Gangster-climate ally? Greta gets flamed for posing with crime-glamorizing rapper (PHOTO)

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has exposed herself to intense internet mockery after posing with a controversial Swedish rapper who purportedly spent several years in prison. The musical artist, 1.Cuz, performed at Thunberg’s recent “Fridays for Future” rally in central Stockholm. Known for always wearing a mask and keeping his real identity a secret, 1.Cuz raps about crime, drugs and his hatred of the cops. In a recent interview with Swedish media, the rapper reportedly revealed that he had served two years in prison for a “serious” crime – but did not go into specifics. According to local media reports, …

Feb 17 2020

Hiding slums ahead of Trump visit portrays him as EMPEROR & shows Indians’ ‘SLAVE MENTALITY’ – newspaper

An Indian Hindu party has lashed out at government plans to hide slums behind a wall along the route Donald Trump’s motorcade will take during his visit, likening preparations to those for British royals during colonial times. Authorities in Ahmedabad are planning to erect a wall that would make local slums invisible for Trump and his entourage once they arrive in the city on February 24. The US president is set to attend a roadshow with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and will inaugurate a new cricket stadium. However, the preparations have unnerved members of Shiv Sena, a Marathi Hindu nationalist …

Feb 17 2020

Huge blaze rips through Mumbai building, fears mount people may be TRAPPED inside (VIDEOS)

A huge fire has erupted in a commercial building in downtown Mumbai. There are no reports of casualties so far but there are grave concerns that people may be trapped inside. The city’s fire department has already established a security cordon around the building and several fire tenders and crews are already on scene as first responders try to determine if people are trapped inside and how best to rescue them. Major fire on the 8th floor of GST bhavan in Mazgaon. @THMumbai @the_hindu pic.twitter.com/1KrtA0wrew — Emmanual Karbhari (@emmanual09) February 17, 2020 In eyewitness video from the scene, thick black …

Feb 17 2020

Toxic dump: First-world electronics scrapyard in Ghana puts THOUSANDS at risk of cancer

Ghana has become one of the world’s largest dumping grounds for electronic waste, creating a deadly industry that has put thousands at risk of cancer and could result in a multi-generational health crisis. The electronics scrapyard near Ghana’s capital, Accra, has left the surrounding region contaminated with hazardous toxins that have polluted the environment and created serious health problems for residents. According to one estimate, around 200,000 tons of the globe’s discarded electronics find their way to one slum in Accra – the equivalent weight of more than one thousand blue whales. The enormous dump is a primary source of …

Feb 17 2020

My goodness! Hindu god Shiva to have 1st-ever RESERVED seat on Indian train flagged off by Modi

Indian Railways has allocated a special berth for the almighty Shiva on its sleeper train – launched by the prime minister – that will connect three holy cities in an unorthodox attempt to boost pilgrimage tourism. From now on, the Hindu god will have seat 64 reserved for him on Kashi Mahakal Express, which was launched on Sunday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The train set out from the ancient holy city of Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, heading for two other major Hindu sites. The vacant berth, heavily decorated with garlands and pictures of Lord Shiva himself, …

Feb 17 2020

India considers export ban on critical drugs amid fears that coronavirus epidemic could lead to medicine shortages

A dozen essential medicines could face export restrictions in India, as New Delhi braces itself for the possibility of drug shortages due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China. An eight-member committee tasked with assessing the country’s medical preparedness in the wake of the epidemic has recommended placing an export ban on 12 drugs, mainly antibiotics, vitamins and hormones. The panel of experts also urged New Delhi to take measures to dissuade the public from creating artificial shortages through hoarding. Also on rt.com Indian pharma threatened by coronavirus outbreak that could lead to shortage of Chinese drug imports India’s pharmaceutical …

Feb 17 2020

Trudeau scraps overseas trip after pipeline protesters BLOCK US-Canada bridge amid ongoing rail shutdowns (VIDEO)

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has cancelled his trip to Barbados after the protests against a gas pipeline that crosses indigenous land escalated, leading to major rail disruptions and a brief stop of traffic at the US-Canada border. The threat of transport paralyses, that has become increasingly real after protesters against British Columbia’s Coastal GasLink pipeline briefly shut down a key border crossing between the US and Canada on Sunday afternoon, forced Trudeau to called off his visit to Barbados, where he was supposed to drum up support for Canada’s UNSC bid on Monday. The simmering conflict between the Wet’suwet’en nation’ and …

Feb 17 2020

Star City adventure: Take a sneak peek into India’s first space crew training in Russia

Four astronauts chosen for India’s first manned space mission have started their training in Russia. The Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center has shared a few tantalizing details of the secretive program with RT. India intends to send a crew into space in late 2021 or early 2022, aboard the vehicle called Gaganyaan (“Sky Vehicle”), as part of its push to join the elite club of space-going nations. New Delhi has taken up the issue in all seriousness and sent four carefully selected candidates to the GCTC in Star City, to learn from its vast experience in manned spaceflight.  Also on rt.com …

Feb 17 2020

‘A little bit of excitement at no extra cost’: Sanders quips after TOPLESS anti-dairy protester steals show at Nevada rally

A group of anti-dairy activists, including a topless woman, upstaged Democratic race frontrunner Bernie Sanders at his own campaign rally ahead of the Nevada primaries. The Senator kept it cool, laughing off the stunt, however. Keen on capitalizing on his success in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders was holding a rally in Carson, Nevada, on Sunday. Sanders was barely a couple of minutes into his speech when a young woman, who could have been seen lurking behind the podium on live broadcast, rushed the stage and attempted to wrestle the microphone from the Vermont independent. Sanders did not give in, taking …

Feb 17 2020

‘No shred of evidence’: Iran demands US presents proof of Saudi oil attacks claim after UN report release

Tehran slammed the US for using a recent UN report to peddle its Saudi oil attack claims, accusing Washington of “clutching at every straw” to back up the allegations, while the report itself is based on shaky hypotheses. “Just hours after the attack on Saudi oil facilities on 14 September 2019, the U.S. baselessly attributed it to Iran, but has failed so far to present any shred of evidence. Now, it clutches at every straw to seemingly prove its allegation,” the Iranian mission to the UN stated on Saturday, responding to the US mission doubling down on the White House’s …

Feb 17 2020

‘Gentlemen, start your engines!’ Trump kicks off Daytona 500 with lap in armored limo (VIDEOS)

President Trump opened the NASCAR season in crowd-pleasing style, flying low over the Daytona International Speedway in Air Force One and lapping the oval in his limo, before delivering the iconic “start your engines” command. Chants of “USA, USA” greeted the president as he flew in low over the Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.  "Never have I felt the excitement and energy…but we've got the President landing right now. The fans are pumped up. I mean wow, what a day." 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/SlWDRK6d8X — Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) February 16, 2020 After a lap of the famous circuit in the presidential limousine, …

Feb 16 2020

Syrian army takes control over all villages around Aleppo, eliminating threat of terrorist shelling

The Syrian military has established full control of all areas surrounding Aleppo for the first time since 2012, putting an end to the terrorist shelling of the country’s second-largest city. A total of 23 villages to the west and north of the city were liberated, as fighters from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra) fled from their positions, state broadcaster SANA reported. The news prompted large-scale celebrations in Aleppo. Residents took to the streets after dark waving Syrian national flags, and drivers honked their car horns.   Aleppo was freed in 2016 in a joint operation by …

Feb 16 2020

Can Moscow finish Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline despite US sanctions? ‘Never say never’ says Gazprom

Russia’s $10 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline – which will pump gas more than 1,200 km to Germany – has been sanctioned by Washington, with US officials claiming Moscow can’t finish the project. “Never say never,” Gazprom replied. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a joint project between Russian energy giant Gazprom and five European firms, was sanctioned by the US Congress in December. The State Department followed this with an ultimatum to the European firms working on the project: “immediately cease construction-related activity.” The warning was enough to scare away Swiss pipelaying firm Allseas Group SA, and for those remaining, another …

Feb 16 2020

‘Western doctors overprescribe drugs’ – Jordan Peterson’s daughter Mikhaila tells RT why he went to Russia for treatment

Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson chose Russia for his detox because the country’s medical industry is less dependent on big pharma than North America’s, his daughter Mikhaila told RT’s World Apart program. Peterson, who rose to fame for his vocal and unapologetic opposition to extreme political correctness, has been struggling with an addiction to the drug clonazepam for over a year now. The benzodiazepine-class tranquilizer was prescribed to the University of Toronto professor and author of bestselling book ‘12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos’ in 2017, to tackle anxiety caused by his lasting autoimmune problems. But the addiction only …

Feb 16 2020

Mischievous Mourinho can’t resist cheeky dig at Manchester City over two-year European ban (VIDEO)

Jose Mourinho has jokingly questioned whether Manchester City would still keep their 2018 Premier League title in light of the two-year ban handed to them by UEFA for breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP). The news of City’s two-year ban from European competition on Friday rocked the football world, as UEFA clamped down on what it says was financial foul play from City between 2012 and 2016, when they are accused of deliberately inflating sponsorship deals to keep within UEFA spending limits. READ MORE: Manchester City’s European ban shows what happens when football clubs become petrostate tools City have denied the …

Feb 16 2020

Outrage as Downing Street adviser backs EUGENICS, mandatory birth control and giving kids mind-altering drugs

Barely over a government-rocking reshuffle, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office has moved onto a fresh scandal, hiring an adviser who advocates eugenics, mandatory contraception, and giving children mind-altering drugs. Andrew Sabisky was one of the hires made by 10 Downing Street after Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings made a high-profile call to stock the office with “misfits and weirdos”. Also on rt.com ‘Cummings has retained his position as PM’: BoJo sidelined by Twitter over ‘reshuffle’ as chief adviser hailed for changes Even the controversial Cummings might have got more than he bargained for, as it has emerged that 27-year-old …

Feb 16 2020

Thought biathlon was boring? Meet Dorothea Wierer – the Italian star sending fans wild at the 2020 World Championships (PHOTOS)

Dorothea Wierer is an Italian ‘shooting skier’ who managed to end the dominance of German and Norwegian athletes in women’s biathlon, on Sunday winning the 10k pursuit at the World Championships to bag her second world title. “I couldn’t believe I won the race till the very finish,” the newly crowned champion said after the race in Antholz, Italy.  READ MORE: Breaking 12-year curse: Alexander Loginov wins first gold for Russia at 2020 IBU World Championships “I was happy to race today because I had better feeling than in sprint. I was really confident in shooting. I was just trying to …

Feb 16 2020

Famed biologist Richard Dawkins sparks Twitter row with ‘eugenics would work for humans’ argument

Outspoken atheist Professor Richard Dawkins is no stranger to controversy. But a tweet arguing that eugenics – the kind of selective breeding advocated by the Nazis – would “work for humans” has landed the biologist in hot water. “It’s one thing to deplore eugenics on ideological, political, moral grounds. It’s quite another to conclude that it wouldn’t work in practice,” the professor and author of ‘The God Delusion’ tweeted on Sunday. “Of course it would. It works for cows, horses, pigs, dogs & roses. Why on earth wouldn’t it work for humans? Facts ignore ideology.” It’s one thing to deplore …

Feb 16 2020

Queen Elizabeth won’t get involved in Julian Assange case because it’s a POLITICAL matter – Buckingham Palace

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman has said the Queen will not intervene to release Julian Assange, vowing to remain “non-political.” The statement seemingly confirms that Assange’s detention is a political, not criminal, matter. With WikiLeaks founder Assange holed up in HM Prison Belmarsh awaiting extradition to the US, activist Chris Lonsdale penned a letter to Queen Elizabeth II last month, asking the monarch to “ensure that Mr. Julian Assange is freed from Belmarsh Prison unconditionally,” in the spirit of “justice, peace and fair-mindedness.” In a reply posted by Lonsdale on Sunday, a spokeswoman for the Queen said that Her Majesty “remains …

Feb 16 2020

Back off Bernie, Jewish group tells Israel lobby

With a pro-Israel lobbying group spending vast amounts of cash on ads attacking Bernie Sanders, another Jewish group has demanded the ads be taken down, slamming the Israel lobby for “targeting progressives over Israel policy.” With just under a week to go to the Nevada primary, Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI) has aired a series of ads in the state criticizing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ “electability.” The TV spots feature a cohort of Democratic voters questioning Sanders’ medical records and “divisive” character – but not his Israel policy. Also on rt.com With Sanders surging in the polls, Israel lobby spends …

Feb 16 2020

Double Dutch: Netherlands star Kiki Bertens wins St. Petersburg Open for second straight year

Dutch tennis ace Kiki Bertens has defended her title at the WTA St. Petersburg Open, defeating Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan in straight sets 6:1, 6:3. The 28-year-old dominated the match, dispatching her less experienced opponent who managed to take just four games. READ MORE: ‘I’m really sorry!’ Kiki Bertens apologizes for knocking out THREE Russians at home St. Petersburg Open On her way to the final, Bertens had defeated three Russian players – Ekaterina Alexandrova, Anastasia Potapova and Veronika Kudermetova – later apologizing for leaving the tournament without home favorites. “Sorry everyone that I already knocked three players from Russia out …

Feb 16 2020

CARNAGE as bloodied man wields axe while another uses fire extinguisher as weapon at England youth boxing championships (VIDEO)

There were terrifying scenes as a man with blood gushing from his head was seen wielding an axe at a junior boxing event in England this weekend as mass violence broke out among the crowd. Four people were hospitalized following the clashes at the England Boxing National Youth Championships, during which chairs were launched and one man was seen setting off a fire extinguisher before hurling it. A trail of destruction was also seen outside the Sports Connexion venue in Coventry, where police were called to the scene before the event was called off. Unbelievable scenes today @England_Boxing Youth Championships …

Feb 16 2020

Iran will never talk to US under pressure or from ‘position of weakness’ – President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ruled out any likelihood of talks with the US unless Washington lifts its ‘maximum pressure’ policy, adding that peace in the Middle East and the Gulf is unimaginable without Tehran’s help. Tehran “will never negotiate under pressure,” Rouhani reiterated in an address quoted by local media. Iran “will never yield to America’s pressure” and will not negotiate “from a position of weakness.” The Iranian people withstood the US sanctions – re-instated in 2018 by the Trump administration following the withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord – “despite all the hardships of our nation,” he said. Although …

Feb 16 2020

Record-breaking floods across England as Storm Dennis lashes UK (VIDEOS)

Storm Dennis has sparked a record number of flood warnings across England after barreling through the UK and releasing more than a month’s worth of rainfall in just 48 hours. The storm blasted parts of northern Europe with fierce winds and torrential downpours over the weekend. With the worst of the storm finally having passed, authorities and residents across Britain have been left to pick up the pieces, as some parts of the country have been left submerged in floodwater.  The situation in South Wales was said to be “life-threatening”, prompting the UK Met Office to issue a red warning …

Feb 16 2020

Trump’s ‘America First’ polices have hurt EU’s soft power, bloc should take action & not simply talk – foreign policy chief

Brussels must learn to take action, especially since Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policies are at odds with the bloc’s own interests, the EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, said, noting that divisions will harm the union. “Europe has to develop an appetite for power,” Borrell told the Munich Security Conference. “We should be able to act… not everyday making comments, expressing concern,” he told world leaders, lawmakers, and senior officials gathered at the summit. Borrell lamented that Brussels’ “soft power,” obtained largely through the bloc’s economic strength, has withered – partly as a result of US President Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ …

Feb 16 2020

Daredevil routine at 1,300ft almost goes DISASTROUSLY WRONG for Russian paraglider & aerial gymnast (VIDEO)

Russian paraglider Alexander Orlov and world champion aerial gymnast Anzhela Kulagila performed a daredevil routine in Vietnam, making jaw-dropping acrobatics moves at 400m (1,300ft) – but which almost went badly wrong. Driven by Orlov, who controlled the flow of the parachute, the duo presented a heart-stopping routine with Kulagila executing acrobatics tricks on slings with no safety wire. READ MORE: Spanish extreme sports YouTuber dies after parachute fails to open during insane 150ft jump The duo were forced to defy extreme weather conditions which could have disrupted the flight and led to tragic consequences. “We had already reached 400m when the …

Feb 16 2020

UN deputy envoy to Libya at Munich conference: Ceasefire hangs by thread & arms embargo is a ‘joke’

The fragile truce in Libya is at risk of falling apart, and efforts to stop the flood of weapons into the war-torn country have been completely ineffective, the deputy head of the UN mission to Libya warned on Sunday. Stephanie Williams told attendees at the Munich Security Conference that the ceasefire between Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) is perilously close to collapsing. She added that an arms embargo put in place by the UN Security Council to prevent the flow of weapons into Libya “has become a joke.” Noting that the …

Feb 16 2020

Footage shows horrific moment Russian DJ tragically swept out to sea (VIDEO)

Famous Russian DJ Andrey Ivanov was tragically swept out to sea and drowned by a freak wave which hit as he was strolling along Australia’s Bondi Beach with his wife. The horrific accident was caught on camera by an eyewitness. The 47-year-old was enjoying a day at the iconic Sydney beach when tragedy struck on Saturday. Lifeguards said the DJ barely stood a chance after the monster wave swept ashore and carried him away. The moment a monster wave knocks a couple into dangerous surf at Bondi, the desperate efforts to save them. @hansinclair9 #9NewsAt6 pic.twitter.com/B7tmy4j2cT — Peter Overton (@PeterOverton) …

Feb 16 2020

Manchester City’s European ban shows what happens when football clubs become petrostate tools

“War is a continuation of politics by other means,” as Prussian military strategist Carl von Clausewitz famously once said – but in the modern age that adage could increasingly be applied to football. We live in an era in which football clubs can call on the wealth of entire oil-rich states; in which geopolitical tensions are transposed onto the pitch; and in which states seek to buy cultural capital by investing in teams in foreign lands. Example A for all of the above could be Manchester City, a club bankrolled by the bottomless pockets of Emirati royal Sheikh Mansour, and …

Feb 16 2020

‘Is the democratic system so fragile?’ Audience applauds as Pelosi’s Huawei scare session prompts rebuke from Chinese delegate

Nancy Pelosi, who brought a squad of US lawmakers to Munich, argued passionately that dropping Huawei technology is about keeping democracy, until an unorthodox intervention by a Chinese diplomat left her facing a tough argument. “National security, economy and values all come together on the Huawei issue,” Pelosi proclaimed during the third day of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), devoting the bulk of her press briefing to Huawei and Beijing’s “digital autocracy.” Adopting or not adopting Huawei solutions – particularly their 5G products – “is about choosing autocracy over democracy on the information highway,” she insisted, likening the process to …

Feb 16 2020

Revved up: Donald Trump could take lap in armored presidential limo at NASCAR Daytona 500

US President Donald Trump could take a spin at the fabled Daytona 500 in Florida when he visits the season-opening NASCAR event, according to reports. Trump is expected to ride the Daytona International Speedway track in his heavily-armored presidential limousine – known as the “Beast” – prior to the race, Fox Business reports. READ MORE: ‘Surely you can pull some strings!’ Darren Till pleads with US President Donald Trump to seal his visa for UFC 248 The US leader was named the grand marshal of Daytona 500 by NASCAR, becoming the first president to take up the role. “Daytona International Speedway …

Feb 16 2020

‘Manslaughter via the press’: UK tabloids under fire for Caroline Flack reporting following TV presenter’s death

The death of TV presenter Caroline Flack has unleashed a furious backlash against the UK’s tabloid media, with many accusing the newspapers of contributing to the 40-year-old star’s tragic death. The former Love Island presenter was found dead at her home in east London on Saturday after taking her own life. The shock news prompted a flood of tributes but also a ferocious outburst of anger, chiefly directed at the Sun, the Mirror, and the Daily Mail.  Pleasure knowing this absolute Diamond. Fuck the SCUM @TheSun pic.twitter.com/fQsDTO1xSs — Frankie Cocozza (@FrankieCocozza) February 16, 2020 Flack was the focus of a …

Feb 16 2020

‘Absolutely robbed!’ Fans fume as Aaron Gordon controversially denied NBA slam dunk title despite INCREDIBLE final effort (VIDEO)

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon signaled he was “done” with participating in the slam dunk contest at the NBA’s showpiece All-Star Weekend after controversially losing out to Miami Heat star Derrick Jones Jr. Gordon and Jones Jr. put on a slam dunk spectacular for fans in Chicago on Saturday, with a tight contest going to two tiebreaker slams to decide the winner. Each had recorded perfect scores of 50 in the final and the first dunk-off, before Jones Jr. edged the second tiebreaker with a score of 48 from the panel of five judges for a massive left-handed windmill dunk.  …

Feb 16 2020

Houthis say Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen killed at least 30 people, including women & children

Strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on Saturday left at least 30 dead, according to the health ministry in the Houthi-controlled Al-Jawf province. Women and children were among the casualties, the ministry told a local TV channel according to Reuters. The alleged attack came shortly after the Houthis claimed to have downed a coalition warplane on Friday. Meanwhile, according to Saudi state news agency SPA, a spokesman for the coalition said that a Tornado jet had “crashed.” He added that a rescue operation had been launched but declined to go into detail about what may have caused …

Feb 16 2020

‘Lights-out power’: UFC light heavyweight Blachowicz flatlines Corey Anderson with brutal KO – before targeting Jon Jones (VIDEO)

Polish powerhouse Jan Blachowicz trained his sights on UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones after securing a savage first-round knock-out victory over Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 167 on Saturday. Blachowicz avenged a 2015 loss to Anderson in spectacular fashion in their main event bout in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, starching the American with a huge right hand three minutes into the first round. After felling Anderson, the Pole immediately turned to UFC lightweight ruler Jones, seated cageside at the Santa Ana Star Center. Blachowicz stretched out his arms as he sought out Jones, then pointing to him. Jan …

Feb 16 2020

Overpowering crosswind makes airliner HOVER above runway during landing at London’s Heathrow (VIDEO)

A passenger jet landing in London pulled off a stunning landing as it reportedly battled Storm Dennis’ powerful winds. The aircraft made an almost vertical landing, at times hovering over the runway as it attempted to touch down. Incredible footage shows the airplane, identified as an Etihad-operated Airbus A380, approaching Heathrow Airport. But instead of a standard, smooth landing, the aircraft struggles to reach the runway due to incredibly powerful crosswinds. The video emerged as the UK is hit by Storm Dennis. The plane approaches the runway nearly vertically, hovering meters above the ground as it tries to safely land. …

Feb 16 2020

WATCH Portugal’s president performing his power greeting again, this time with Indian PM Modi

The Portuguese leader has added to his repertoire of unorthodox handshakes, this time putting to the test the prime minister of India, who greeted him in New Delhi. A vigorous and sustained (to say the least) handshake from Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stole the spotlight during his meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi this week. The two leaders appeared before the press, but their greeting extended well beyond formal diplomatic protocol. In videos that surfaced online, de Sousa is seen grabbing Modi’s hand, which he resolutely shakes in a series of quick, sharp movements. The Indian prime minister …

Feb 16 2020

From clothes to condoms: Coronavirus is threatening global consumption in ways you never knew were possible

China’s status as the world’s manufacturing powerhouse means the coronavirus epidemic’s effects are being felt in some odd places. We’ve come to terms with no new iPhones, but weirder shortages could upend people’s daily lives. Plummeting iPhone production and a lack of new cars rolling off the assembly line dominated early discussion of coronavirus-induced shortages. But the epidemic currently sweeping China and making determined inroads into over two dozen other countries has forced hundreds of factories to close, affecting dozens of industries. If nothing else, coronavirus has made the world realize that globalization has its downsides.  Panic buying It’s not …

Feb 16 2020

Africa’s largest oil nation could see production drop 35%

Africa’s largest oil producer could see oil production fall by 35 percent as low oil prices and regulatory uncertainty threaten to prompt oil majors to postpone final investment decisions. OPEC member Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and it pumped 1.776 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) in January 2020, according to OPEC’s secondary sources in its monthly report published this week. Adding condensate production, Nigeria’s total oil output exceeds 2 million bpd. However, three deepwater projects offshore Nigeria, operated by oil majors Exxon, Shell, and Total, could see their start-up dates delayed by two to four …

Feb 16 2020

Desperate much? Biden takes a dig at Sanders for not distancing ENOUGH from ‘supporters’ attacking a Latino union

Hoping to bounce back from dismal early election results, former VP Joe Biden chastised Senator Bernie Sanders for not disowning supporters that harassed members of Nevada’s Latino-majority union – except he did. In an interview to NBC’s “Meet The Press,” to be aired in full on Monday, Biden has unleashed a scathing attack on Sanders, who is currently riding high in the polls in Nevada, which holds the next Democratic nominating contest. Referring to the instances when supposed Sanders supporters hurled online abuse at the members of the Nevada Culinary Workers Union (NCWU) after it distributed leaflets voicing concerns about …

Feb 16 2020

Reports of ‘multiple’ rockets fired at US embassy in Baghdad, sounds of explosions

A US embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, reportedly came under rocket fire, and several blasts have been heard at the Green Zone, hosting diplomatic compounds, according to reports on Arab media. DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Feb 16 2020

Klobuchar flip-flops on immigration ahead of Nevada primary, says English SHOULDN’T be official language of US

Senator Amy Klobuchar has declared that English shouldn’t be the official language of the US, ahead of next week’s primary in Latino-populated Nevada. However, Klobuchar sang a different tune a decade ago. Speaking at a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Friday, the three-term Minnesota senator said that she has “taken a strong position against” any legislation that would enshrine English as the US’ official language.  “I think that when you look at a state like this state, and a country like ours that is so diverse, you don’t want to have that provision in law,” Klobuchar told the crowd. …

Feb 16 2020

Two in a row! Kulizhnikov & Voronina smash records to clinch 1000m and 5000m gold at speed skating worlds

Team Russia continues taking the ISU Speed Skating World Championship in Salt Lake City, US, by storm with Natalia Voronina setting word record to win the women’s 5000m gold and Pavel Kulizhnikov following suit at the men’s 1000m. Russian speed skating ace Kulizhnikov clocked a time of 1.05,69 seconds to set a new mark at the 1000m distance on Saturday, his second triumph in as many days after he claimed gold on the shortest speed skating distance of 500m on Friday. 💥💪♂️ And another one! 🇷🇺 🥇Pavel Kulizhnikov storms home in 1:05.69 for the day's 3️⃣rd world record @utaholympicoval, in …

Feb 16 2020

Russian shock artist arrested in France days after leaking sex tapes of Macron party ex-candidate for Paris mayor

Self-exiled Russian shock artist, Pyotr Pavlensky, has been detained in France over a knife attack. The arrest came shortly after sex tapes he released forced a Paris mayor candidate to withdraw from the race. Pavlensky was arrested by police after he left his hotel in Paris on Saturday, Le Parisien reported. BFM TV said that the artist had been wanted over “banditry with the use of dangerous means” since an incident at a party on January 1. At the time, the Russian reportedly had a heated argument with a group of people and grabbed a knife to add weight to …

Feb 16 2020

With Sanders surging in the polls, Israel lobby spends big bucks to sink his chances in Nevada

After emerging as the Democratic frontrunner in wake of Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, Bernie Sanders heads to Nevada leading in polls but facing new opposition: the Israel lobby and its vast cash reserves. Despite being pipped at the post in Iowa by Pete Buttigieg (with the help of a malfunctioning voting app, his supporters claim), Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders came out victorious in last week’s New Hampshire primary. With the Nevada primary just a week away, a Morning Consult poll published this week put the progressive senator ten points ahead of Joe Biden, the former vice president and until …

Feb 15 2020

Hillary for VP is ‘speculation’? Bloomberg campaign brushes aside, but stops short of denying, Clinton ‘running mate’ claim

A spokesman for Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has brushed off a report he’s considering taking on Hillary Clinton as a running mate without denying the rumor, and reaction on Twitter was unstoppable. Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report claimed on Saturday that Bloomberg’s campaign considers the idea of a Mike/Hillary ticket a “formidable force.” Citing sources “close to” the campaign, Drudge said that Bloomberg would go as far as changing his official residence from New York to one of his properties in Colorado or Florida, “since the electoral college makes it hard for a POTUS and VPOTUS from the same …

Feb 15 2020

Barcelona hit by HACK ATTACK from cyber group OurMine who claim Neymar is on his way back to the Nou Camp

Football giants Barcelona have been hit by hackers OurMine for a second time, with the cyber group taking over the club’s Twitter accounts and sending messages to their millions of followers on Saturday. Shortly after Barcelona claimed a hard-fought 2-1 home win against La Liga rivals Getafe at the Nou Camp, the club’s Spanish and English language Twitter pages posted messages distinctly unrelated to what Lionel Messi and Co. had just done on the pitch. Instead, cyber group OurMine hijacked the accounts to post messages to advertise their security services. “Hi, we are OurMine. Well, this is the second time, …

Feb 15 2020

British celeb world shaken after ex-Love Island host found dead at 40

Former Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has been found dead in her London flat, aged 40. Flack was due to appear in court in March, after she was charged with assaulting her boyfriend. Flack’s body was found on Saturday, and the cause of her death has yet to be confirmed.  Famed for hosting reality show ‘Love Island’ on ITV between 2015 and 2019, Flack’s personal life was a turbulent one. The presenter was due to appear in court next month to stand trial for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton, outside her home in December. Flack was barred from contacting …

Feb 15 2020

Change course before it’s too late’: Lavrov calls on Europe to reject false notion of ‘Russian threat’ in Munich speech

NATO’s eastward expansion and large-scale drills near Russian borders may lead to unpredictable consequences and it’s time for Europe to change course, Russia’s FM Sergey Lavrov told the Munich Security Conference. Europe is where the “crisis of confidence” in international relations is felt the most, Foreign Minister Lavrov said as he took to the stage, explaining that “the structure of the Cold War rivalry is being recreated” on the continent. “Escalating tensions, NATO’s military infrastructure advancing to the East, exercises of unprecedented scope near the Russian borders, the pumping of defense budgets beyond measure – all this generates unpredictability,” he …