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Feb 23 2020

Foreign media ‘didn’t miss the slightest opportunity’ to keep people from voting in nationwide election – Iran’s supreme leader

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took aim at foreign media outlets, claiming they did their utmost to “discourage” Iranians from voting this Friday in the parliamentary election. “This negative propaganda began a few months ago and grew closer to the elections,” the supreme leader proclaimed on Sunday. “In the last two days, citing [the danger of] coronavirus, their media did not miss the slightest opportunity to discourage people from voting,” he said. Iran has just reported a sixth death from the new coronavirus (Covid-19) this Saturday, with authorities shutting down schools and universities in several provinces to contain the spread. …

Feb 23 2020

Bloody hell! Boxing fans convinced Tyson Fury LICKED Deontay Wilder’s BLOOD during brutal stoppage win in Vegas rematch (VIDEO)

Tyson Fury produced a performance for the ages as he dismantled Deontay Wilder to win the WBC world heavyweight title in their Las Vegas rematch – but the Brit left fans stunned by appearing to lick Wilder’s blood during the bout. Undefeated lineal world heavyweight champ Fury outboxed Wilder from the opening bell at MGM Grand Garden Arena, sending the American to the canvas several times before Wilder’s corner spared their man further punishment by throwing in the towel mid-way through the seventh round. Also on rt.com The Gypsy King reigns supreme: Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder to win WBC …

Feb 23 2020

Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes killed in crash-landing after homemade rocket launch (VIDEO)

Daredevil Flat-Earther ‘Mad’ Mike Hughes has died after launching himself into the sky in a homemade rocket. Purported video of the accident shows the fatal launch. Hughes and a colleague built the steam-powered rocket in hopes of shooting the daredevil 5,000 feet (1.5km) into the air. The endeavor was being documented by the Science Channel, which wanted to feature him in a new series called ‘Homemade Astronauts’. A video purportedly filmed at the site shows the rocket being launched into the sky near Barstow, California, before Hughes plunges back down to the earth. Warning: This video contains disturbing images Mad Mike …

Feb 23 2020

Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in round seven to win WBC world heavyweight title in Las Vegas rematch

Tyson Fury produced a masterclass as he dismantled Deontay Wilder to stop the American in round seven of their rematch in Las Vegas and claim the WBC world heavyweight title. Fury dominated from the opening bell at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, dropping Wilder several times before the American was put out of his misery in the seventh as his corner threw in the towel. It was a first defeat for the Bronze Bomber as he lost the WBC title he has held since 2015, while Fury extended his unbeaten record to 31 wins in 32 fights after what was …

Feb 23 2020

US bases ‘lead to stability’?! Tripoli govt invites Pentagon to redeploy troops to NATO-ravaged Libya… to ‘deter RUSSIA’

Nine years after the US helped bomb the once wealthiest African nation into stone ages, the Tripoli-based government would happily welcome American troops on Libyan soil, for more ‘terrorism fighting’ and to ‘deter’ Russia. in the wake of US plans, voiced by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, to scale back the military presence in the region and re-focus American forces globally towards confronting such adversaries as Russia and China, Fathi Bashagha, the interior minister for the UN-recognized GNA told Bloomberg that Libya would be happy to help. If the US asks for a base, as the Libyan government we wouldn’t …

Feb 23 2020

WATCH: Tyson Fury prepares for Deontay Wilder heavyweight showdown by DANCING backstage

Tyson Fury was clearly not fazed by the prospect of facing the devastating punching power of Deontay Wilder for a second time, being filmed dancing backstage in the lead-up to their heavyweight world title rematch in Las Vegas. Undefeated pair Fury and Wilder are preparing to slug it out again at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night  in the sequel to their 2018 thriller which ended in a controversial split-decision draw. The rematch has been billed as the biggest heavyweight boxing clash in years as American knockout artist Wilder, 34, puts his WBC title on the line against …

Feb 23 2020

‘Keep America Great with memes’? Trump retweets epic & bizarre Bollywood movie edit of his upcoming trip to India

Ahead of his much anticipated trip to India, US President Donald Trump has surprized his Twitter followers with an epic video edit of himself riding a horse and battling hordes of enemies to the Bollywood tunes. Sharing the video clip, apparently created by one of his hardcore fans, the US President said he was looking “so forward to being with my great friends in INDIA!” Look so forward to being with my great friends in INDIA! https://t.co/1jdk3AW6fG — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2020 The meme triggered an avalanche of equally passionate reactions from both Trump supporters’ camp – including …

Feb 23 2020

‘Don’t let them take it away from you!’ Trump congratulates ‘Crazy Bernie’ Sanders projected to win big in Nevada

Evoking painful memories, US President Donald Trump has expressed hope his potential Democratic contender won’t be robbed of the nomination this time, as Bernie Sanders is heading for a decisive victory in Nevada caucuses. “Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & no way Mini Mike can restart his campaign after the worst debate performance in the history of Presidential Debates,” Trump tweeted, mincing no words as usual. Looks like Crazy Bernie is doing well in the Great State of Nevada. Biden & the rest look weak, & …

Feb 23 2020

Italy becomes Europe’s largest coronavirus hot sport with 76 cases & 2 deaths

The number of confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases has soared to at least 76 in Italy, forcing authorities to introduce increasingly strict containment and quarantine measures in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto. A 78-year-old man died of the infection near Padua, Veneto region on Friday night, becoming the second victim of the virus in Italy a 76-year-old woman was found dead on Thursday some 50 km south of Milan. At least 17 people were confirmed infected in Veneto so far, including the latest victim’s wife and daughter, as authorities are still mulling whether the Carnival of Venice events should …

Feb 23 2020

‘US democracy at work’: WATCH Nevada caucus ties being determined by a deck of cards

Ties at Nevada caucus sites are being determined by drawing from a deck of cards, and the bizarre videos are leaving folks scratching their heads in bewilderment. Videos are coming in from Nevada caucus sites as votes are counted to decide who will win the third big battle for delegates in the race to win the Democrat Party’s presidential nomination, and it’s made people aware of a special piece of equipment being used by precinct captains — a deck of cards.  While questionable videos showed ties at caucus sites in Iowa being determined by coin tosses, Nevada is appropriately looking …

Feb 23 2020

Why not punish all bad behavior? Doctor fired over ‘pronoun’ fears focus on ‘usual victim groups’ hijacks staff protection effort

New NHS rules allow staff to deny care to patients who show racist, sexist and anti-LGBTQ views, but this may lead to subjective judgement and won’t protect all personnel, one NHS employee believes. “Nobody wants to see [general practitioners] threatened, so why use the usual victim groups, and not simply have an arrangement for all bad behavior?” Dr. David Mackereth rhetorically asked as he discussed the issue with RT. Earlier this week, the UK announced new rules for NHS that are about to take effect in April. They basically allow doctors to refuse treatment in non life-threatening cases to people …

Feb 23 2020

Russia isn’t only behind election hacking! They’re also trying to smear US over coronavirus … according to State Department

Not satisfied with just blaming Russia for election meddling, US officials are now claiming Moscow is trying to “sow discord” by spreading disinformation about the coronavirus and the US’ role in its creation and global response. US State Department officials are claiming Moscow is behind an internet campaign to blame the coronavirus on the US government.  Without citing specific examples, officials told AFP that the foreign nation is using “false personas” to spread conspiracy theories about the virus, including that the virus is the US’ attempt to “wage economic war on China” and that it could be a biological weapon …

Feb 22 2020

Eleven in a row: Cristiano Ronaldo equals Serie A scoring record in his 1,000th professional game (VIDEO)

Cristiano Ronaldo marked the occasion of his 1,000th professional appearance by netting in his 11th consecutive Serie A game to help his side to a 2-1 win at SPAL on Saturday. Ronaldo was rested for Juve’s match with Brescia last week, but returned in superb form by converting a Juan Cuadrado cross six minutes before the break to equal the record for the most consecutive Serie A appearances with a goal. Aaron Ramsey added a second on the hour mark to secure the 2-1 victory, but all the headlines will be for Ronaldo, who at the age of 35 is …

Feb 22 2020

Bernie Sanders takes early lead in Nevada Caucus based on first preference polling

Early preference polling shows Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is a clear favorite for caucus-goers, though it is still too early to call a true victor in the race. Entrance poll results from ABC, CBS and others show Bernie’s frontrunner status in the race for the Democrat Party’s presidential nomination could hold strong in the third major votes for the battling candidates. CBS reports that six in 10 caucus goers interviewed by them support a government-run, single-payer health care system, a signature part of Sanders’ campaign promises, as well as that of contender Elizabeth Warren, though she did not fare as …

Feb 22 2020

Govt wants ‘what looks like a free press’, not ‘dissidents’: Eno, Westwood & others speak about fighting for Assange’s freedom

Prominent public figures like designer Vivienne Westwood and musician Brian Eno, joined mass protesters against Julian Assange’s extradition, saying his fate will have impact on press freedom and holding governments accountable. “Julian is the Trojan horse. If he knocks a crack in that wall, we can get government to do all the other things they need to be doing, which they are doing the opposite of [right now],” British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood told RT. Thousands took to the streets near the British Parliament to protest the imprisonment of the WikiLeaks founder ahead of a hearing next week to determine whether the …

Feb 22 2020

Dangerous games: US NUKES Russia in ‘mini exercise’ attended by Pentagon chief

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper played himself in a drill at the US Strategic Command HQ in Nebraska, which featured a bizarre scenario of America nuking Russia in response to its own nuclear strike against a ‘NATO ally’. US military exercises simulating various crises are not that uncommon, yet, out of all plausible scenarios, this particular drill apparently simulated a highly unrealistic one. The classified exercise conducted at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha on Thursday focused on an imaginary nuclear conflict between the US and Russia in Europe. Also on rt.com Step to nuclear doomsday: US puts low-yield nukes …

Feb 22 2020

‘No evidence of doping violations’: Russian embassy in Italy responds to police raid on biathlon team

The Russian embassy in Rome has issued a statement saying that Italian police officers found no evidence of prohibited medicine usage by Russian biathletes during a raid conducted on Saturday. “The first results of the police search indicated there was no evidence of doping. However, police seized the phones and laptops of biathlete Alexander Loginov and his coach Alexander Kasperovich for further checks as part of the preliminary investigation,” the statement said. READ MORE: ‘They thought my coach supplied me with doping’: Alexander Loginov on shocking police search before relay race On Saturday Loginov, who ended a 12-year losing streak for …

Feb 22 2020

Video nasty: VAR under fire AGAIN after officals admit Giovani Lo Celso should have been SENT OFF in Chelsea-Spurs clash (VIDEO)

The controversial Premier League VAR system has come under intense criticism once again after officials admitted they made a mistake by not advising a red card for Giovani Lo Celso during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur. During the tense London derby at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham’s Argentine international Lo Celso was shown by cameras stamping on the shin of Blues skipper Cesar Azpilicueta. The VAR officials alerted match referee Michael Oliver that the incident was under review but, after a lengthy stoppage to allow the video officials to replay the challenge multiple times, from multiple angles, the VAR team opted …

Feb 22 2020

Meteorite illuminates skies over northern Russia with mysterious blue light (VIDEO)

Residents of a small Russian town in the northern Republic of Karelia marveled at a bright blue sphere lighting up the town with an otherworldly blue light as a meteorite fell in the area. Footage from local internet provider CityLink’s CCTV cameras shows a glowing orb traversing the sky over the town during the night. The celestial object disappeared in a flash of bright blue light over the town of Segezha. It is unclear if it hit the ground or disintegrated in the atmosphere. Russian scientists say the mysterious orb might have been a meteorite. The deputy head of the …

Feb 22 2020

‘They thought my coach supplied me with doping’: Alexander Loginov on shocking police search before relay race

Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov who was subjected to a police search hours before Saturday’s race has commented on the raid saying that he and his coach were suspected of using prohibited drugs. Loginov told the media that he was awoken by police officers who broke into his hotel room early in the morning confiscating his personal belongings, including a laptop and a phone.   READ MORE: Italian police search surging Russian biathlete Loginov HOURS before race “They broke into our hotel room at 5.50am making some groundless accusations against us,” Loginov said. “They checked all my clothes, everything including wheels on my suitcase. …

Feb 22 2020

‘Totally sane’: Dems can’t make up their minds about who is a supposed ‘Russian agent’. Trump? Bernie? Or… both?

Former presidential candidate Eric Swalwell performed mental gymnastics on CNN to defend Bernie Sanders over alleged help from Russia, claiming Moscow does it in order to help its ‘agent’ Donald Trump. The Democrats’ overuse of Russian collusion conspiracy theories appears to be collapsing in on itself. First Trump supposedly worked with the country to meddle in the 2016 presidential election — something there is still no actual proof of, despite the extensive Mueller investigation — and now even Dems like Sanders are facing accusations of getting help from Moscow. Thanks to a Washington Post report that Sanders’s campaign was briefed …

Feb 22 2020

Ancient grave circles filled with cremated human bones found under Belgian football pitch

Two ancient grave circles containing cremated human remains have been discovered by archeologists beneath a football pitch in East Flanders, a province in the north of Belgium. The playing field of Belgian football club KVV Schelde turned out to be a ceremonial burial ground, which it is believed dates back to the Bronze Age and could be more than 2,000 years old. READ MORE: ‘Russian Atlantis’ where women were revered unearthed in Siberia (PHOTOS) The circles, one of which is 55m in diameter, contain burned human bones and ashes – a burial tradition of the time, done so that the remains …

Feb 22 2020

Bloomberg is a ‘foie gras & caviar’ rather than ‘Subway’ guy, but say it out loud and the Bloombergbots will come after you

The Bloomberg campaign says he is such a ‘relatable’ guy, he could eat Subway sandwiches every day. Their receipts tell another story, but keep it to yourself – saying it out loud could trigger an invasion on your Twitter feed. You can have all the money in the world but you’ll still have to go through the motions to win public office. Kiss some babies, shake some working-class hands, order some fast food just like all the plebes do. Mike Bloomberg is no exception, so his campaign published video evidence that their candidate is a very relatable guy. Mike loves …

Feb 22 2020

Mexico prevented a worse trade deal with US, but American firms will still benefit – journalist to Max Keiser

The recently signed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace the old NAFTA deal privileges the American economy and corporations, professor and journalist John Ackerman has told RT’s Keiser Report. The new agreement is apparently not much better than NAFTA, which gave an advantage to transnational corporations to “exploit” different countries, professor at the National University of Mexico John Ackerman believes. He noted that throughout its existence NAFTA managed to interlink US and Mexican economies, but surely in a “subordinate way” for the latter. “Basically in the negotiations the Mexican government stopped [US President Donald] Trump from turning it into a …

Feb 22 2020

Turkey says its soldier was killed in Idlib as tensions between Ankara & Damascus boil over

A Turkish soldier has been killed in the Syrian northwestern Idlib province in an airstrike by the Syrian Army, Turkish local authorities have said amid the ongoing crisis between Ankara and Damascus in the region. A soldier identified as Mecit Demir has been killed in a bombing in Idlib, the governor’s office of the southern Turkish Gaziantep province said in a Twitter post. Turkey, which supports what it called “moderate” armed groups, has recently flooded the region with troops and equipment in response to an offensive of the Syrian Army. Damascus has dealt a series of defeats to the militants …

Feb 22 2020

‘First they came for Julian, next for you’: Waters, Westwood join massive London rally against Assange extradition (PHOTOS)

Thousands have protested near the British Parliament against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange’s looming extradition to the US ahead of the hearing next week. Demonstrators marched from Australia House to Parliament Square near the Palace of Westminster, where both houses of Parliament are located. Chanting: “There’s only one decision – no extradition!” and “Free Julian Assange!” the demonstrators demanded the WikiLeaks co-founder not be handed over to the US. They say Assange was doing journalistic work and his prosecution is unlawful. LIVE NOW: Thousands protest in London against Julian Assange’s extradition https://t.co/27u28xGE6W pic.twitter.com/xQjjZQeV67 — Barnaby Nerberka (@barnabynerberka) February 22, 2020 Some …

Feb 22 2020

‘I learnt it from Russian media’: IBU president Olle Dahlin says he was unaware of police raid on Russian athletes

International Biathlon Union (IBU) President Olle Dahlin has said he was unaware of a police raid on Russian athletes which took place just hours before the men’s relay race at the World Championship in Italy. On Saturday, Russian biathletes Alexander Loginov and Evgeny Garanichev were subjected to a search by Italian police who broke into their hotel room and seized Loginov’s personal belongings as part of an investigation into possible use of doping. READ MORE: ‘Anti-doping officer personally initiated police raid without IBU authorization’ – Russian biathlon head Vladimir Drachev Police officers were reportedly acting on a tip-off from an IBU …

Feb 22 2020

‘Anti-doping officer personally initiated police raid without IBU authorization’ – Russian biathlon head Vladimir Drachev

The head of the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) Vladimir Drachev revealed that a shocking police raid on Russian biathletes was initiated by IBU interim Anti-Doping Manager Sarah Fussek-Hakkarainen who personally signed the inquiry. Her actions which triggered a massive police investigation were not authorized by the International Biathlon Union (IBU) which was unaware of Fussek-Hakkarainen’s intentions. READ MORE: Italian police search surging Russian biathlete Loginov HOURS before race “I have just spoken with the IBU vice-president,” Drachev told RT. “IBU Interim Anti-Doping Manager Hakkarainen who had been expelled from the International Ski Federation (FIS) signed all the papers without authorization of …

Feb 22 2020

‘Extremely concerning’: Russia’s Olympic Committee and diplomats file complaints over police raid on biathletes in Italy

Moscow diplomats and sporting officials have urged Italy to explain why its police barged into the rooms of Russian biathletes mere hours before a world championship event. The Russian Embassy in Rome demanded that Italy explain the reasons behind police searches conducted in the hotel rooms of Russian athletes on Saturday. The diplomats urged local authorities to guarantee all “necessary conditions” for Russians to train and participate in international tournaments in the country. Moscow’s Olympic Committee (OKR) asked its Italian counterpart and the International Biathlon Union (IBU) to explain the situation in detail, querying whether Italian police had any grounds …

Feb 22 2020

China could expand its solar industry by 50% in 2020

Despite the coronavirus epidemic ripping through various sectors of the Chinese economy, including the solar industry, Beijing may still significantly boost the number of solar installations this year. According to the China Photovoltaic Industry Association forecast, China is set to see between 35 and 45 gigawatts in new installations in 2020. If the developers manage to reach the most optimistic figure, this would mean a 50 percent surge from the 30.1 gigawatts China saw in 2019. Also on rt.com Could renewables overtake coal in China? Despite last year’s plunge in the domestic solar market which occurred after a series of …

Feb 22 2020

‘They took our rifles as if we were dangerous criminals’: Russian biathlete Loginov on Italian police raid

Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov, who was subjected to a search by Italian police on Saturday, said that officers broke into their hotel room early in the morning while he was sleeping and confiscated his rifle. The unexpected search, which took place hours before the men’s relay race at the IBU World Championship, left the team in a state of shock, with Russian biathlon managers calling the raid an act of harassment. READ MORE: Italian police search surging Russian biathlete Loginov HOURS before race “We were sleeping in one hotel room together with Evgeny Garanichev [Russian biathlon team member],” Loginov said. “We …

Feb 22 2020

No lawyer, no sleep, not even badges – Loginov’s teammate Garanichev describes early morning police raid ahead of relay race

Italian authorities took three days to act on a request to probe the Russian biathlon team over suspicions of doping, and the way they did it – on the day of a major race – was very disruptive, Loginov’s roommate Garanichev said. Early on Saturday morning, Italian police showed up at the South Tyrol hotel where the Russian biathlon team is staying during the Rasen-Antholz leg of the 2020 IBU World Championships. They came to execute a search warrant for Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov and coach Alexander Kasperovich amid doping suspicions.  Loginov’s roommate Evgeny Garanichev described the hectic morning raid, …

Feb 22 2020

Dangerous debris found inside fuel tanks of around 35 new Boeing 737 MAX jets

Potentially fatal problems were found in the fuel tanks of dozens of recently produced Boeing 737 MAX airliners, a model which remains grounded worldwide following two deadly crashes. Foreign object debris (FOD) was discovered inside the fuel tanks of around 35 new but undelivered jets belonging to the beleaguered 737 MAX series, the company’s spokesperson confirmed to media. Meanwhile, a source told Reuters that problems were found in more than half of the planes inspected so far, while Wall Street Journal (WSJ) sources said the inspectors discovered debris in around two thirds of the aircraft checked.    Debris inside the plane …

Feb 22 2020

No Chinese takeaway: Jiangsu Suning reveal bid to sign Gareth Bale fell through over Real Madrid’s fee demands

Gareth Bale could have been getting ready for the start of the Chinese Super League season, but one of the division’s top clubs revealed a bid to bring the Welshman to China was scuppered when Real Madrid demanded a transfer fee. Head coach of Jiangsu Suning, Cosmin Olaroiu, said that his club was closing in on the signing of the Welsh international, but with a free transfer move seemingly agreed, the Spanish club’s last-minute decision to request a transfer fee for the player scuppered the move. “It was very close,” Olaroiu told Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper. “The club agreed …

Feb 22 2020

Wilder vs. Fury 2: Both fighters come in heavier for heavyweight championship rematch in Las Vegas (VIDEO)

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and lineal champ Tyson Fury both weighed in heavier than they did for their first meeting when they took to the scale on Friday night’s weigh-ins in Las Vegas. Fury tipped the scale at a whopping 273 pounds, with Wilder coming in at 231, his heaviest-ever pre-fight weight, ahead of their hotly-anticipated rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. It was perhaps no surprise that Wilder bulked up a little in a bid to add more power and strength ahead of the rematch with the taller Fury, but the Brit’s weight increase …

Feb 22 2020

Boeing buys parts for its spacecraft from private Russian firm

A private company based in the Russian city of Voronezh produces units for Boeing’s Starliner that will allow the spacecraft to get power when docked to the International Space Spaction (ISS). “Starliner uses a Power Converter Unit provided by Zao Orbita in Voronezh, Russia. It allows us to transfer power from Space Station to Starliner while docked,” the US aerospace giant said on Saturday, adding that the purchases are in full compliance with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Also on rt.com ‘Tsar engines’: Russia begins production of the world’s most-powerful rocket boosters The company added that the choice of the “flight-proven” …

Feb 22 2020

Trump mocks ‘fake news’ for running ‘Russian Sympathizer Bernie’ smear, but doesn’t miss a chance to score points

It seems Donald Trump is yet to decide whether he would rather lampoon left-wing media for adding Democrat frontrunner Bernie Sanders to Team Russia or take the opportunity to mock his potential rival in the November poll. Just a day apart, two steaming-hot scoops landed in the US media cycle. First, the New York Times said Russia was helping Donald Trump to get reelected. Then the Washington Post claimed Russia was helping Bernie Sanders’s campaign. All based on anonymous sources, innuendos, and other traits with which even casual followers of the ‘Russiagate’ saga are all too familiar. One of the …

Feb 22 2020

Italian police search surging Russian biathlete Loginov HOURS before race

Alexander Loginov, who broke a 12-year losing streak for Russian male biathletes by winning gold at the IBU World Championships, has been subjected to a search by Italian police hours before a Saturday event. The search warrant served by police in Rasen-Antholz in South Tyrol, Italy where the competition is taking place targets Loginov and Russian team coach Alexander Kasperovich. Вот как проходил обыск в машине Александра Логинова. Также следственные действия проводятся в номерах его коллеги Евгения Гараничева и тренера Александра Касперовича Видео: Дмитрий Губерниев pic.twitter.com/Rxe3XiPz5f — Артем (@A_Yuzhakov) February 22, 2020 Loginov told media that the investigators are acting …

Feb 22 2020

‘Send somebody in the morning, by evening he returns as trained terrorist’ – Indian police chief on Kartarpur Corridor

Extremist groups are trying to “woo” and radicalize those arriving to Pakistan through the long-awaited visa-free Kartarpur Corridor launched several months ago, India’s police chief warned. The 4.5km (2.7-mile) cross-border corridor used by India’s worshippers to visit a major Sikh holy site in Pakistan continues to pose “a huge security challenge” in terms of terrorism, Punjab State Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said at an Indian Express conference. He said that Pakistani-based extremists have made efforts to radicalize visitors while “trying to woo them, making overtures to them.” Kartarpur offers a potential that you send somebody in the morning …

Feb 22 2020

Ignoring climate risks will result in global recession ‘the likes of which we’ve never seen before’ – study

Extreme weather could cause a major economic recession around the globe, but we are still underestimating those risks, new research warns. “If the market doesn’t do a better job of accounting for climate, we could have a recession, the likes of which we’ve never seen before,” said Paul Griffin, an accounting professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, who authored “Energy Finance Must Account for Extreme Weather Risk.” In a paper, published in the Nature Energy journal, he noted that the financial markets fail to link physical climate risk to company market valuations. One of the key messages …

Feb 22 2020

Trump to confront Modi on ‘religious freedoms’, Kashmir, tariffs & other US ‘concerns’ during India visit

On his first visit to India next week, US President Donald Trump is expected to wade into several domestic controversies, challenging his Indian counterpart on the state of religious freedom in the country, as well as Kashmir. Trump will raise a number of “concerns” with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the trip, a White House official said on Friday, singling out the “religious freedom issue” as “extremely important” to the US administration. “Prime Minister Modi in his first speech after winning the election last year, talked about how he would prioritize being inclusive of Indian religious minorities. And certainly …

Feb 22 2020

‘Disgusting joke’ & mockery of the law: Julian Assange has ZERO chance of fair trial if extradited to US – Roger Waters to RT

Julian Assange’s extradition to the US would sound a death knell for both investigative journalism and the rule of law, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters told RT ahead a march organized in support of the WikiLeaks publisher. With his extradition proceedings set to begin Monday, Assange faces 175 years in an American prison cell under the Espionage Act for his work with WikiLeaks, which has published thousands of pages of classified government documents since its founding – including evidence of US war crimes. But with the UK government intent to “feed him to the wolves,” Waters said Assange’s case has …

Feb 22 2020

Sleeping in orbit & surviving Russian winter: Rakesh Sharma, first Indian in space, recalls his training & flight

Four Indian astronauts are now training in Russia ahead of their nation’s first manned space mission. Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space, shared with RT his memories of braving Russian winters and going into orbit in 1984. Sharma, a former wing commander in the Indian Air Force, became the first – and so far only – Indian citizen to ever travel to space. He was part of the three-man crew on the Soviet starship Soyuz T-11, and spent a week on the famous Salyut-7 orbital station – a project that paved the way for modular orbital habitats, including the …

Feb 22 2020

EU poised to create massive transatlantic facial-recognition database, link with US

The EU is laying the groundwork for a massive international facial recognition database that may someday hook into the one maintained by the US, according to leaked internal documents. National police forces of ten EU member states are calling for a legal framework to create a massive system of interlinked facial recognition databases “as quickly as possible,” reveals a report leaked to the Intercept on Friday. Austria is leading the way on the project, which was still in its early phases as of November, when the report initially circulated among EU officials. Produced as part of a project to expand …

Feb 22 2020

Italy locks down TEN towns after 1st coronavirus death as cases jump to 17

Public spaces across 10 Italian cities have been placed on lockdown, as the first Italian patient succumbed to the illness, amid a spate of new coronavirus cases – bringing the total in the country to 17 infections. With 15 new cases confirmed on Friday in northern Italy, health authorities have imposed restrictions on some 50,000 people across 10 towns, who have been asked to stay at home and avoid public places, including schools, bars, church gatherings and sporting events. Five doctors are among the new patients. Also on rt.com ‘Tremendous public health threat’: CDC confirms 34 coronavirus cases in US, …

Feb 22 2020

‘Russians helping Sanders!’ MSM take abrupt break from anti-Trump frenzy for a ‘never Bernie’ moment on the eve of Nevada caucus

As Bernie Sanders surges to the front of the pack for the Democratic nomination, the Washington Post has dropped an anonymous “bombshell” claiming that Moscow seeks to help him as well as its “puppet” US President Donald Trump. On the word of “people familiar with the matter,” the Post said in a report on Friday that US officials had informed Sanders of a Russian effort to assist his campaign, noting that President Trump and US lawmakers had also been warned of the supposed plot. It’s basically satire at this point. Anonymous intelligence officials leak to the media evidence-free and utterly …

Feb 22 2020

This time, we EAT the press! New show offering media critique debuts on RT America

On February 21, RT America premieres ‘Eat the Press,’ a no-holds-barred media critique bloodbath hosted by veteran radio talker and political commentator Steve Malzberg. “I’ve been pointing out media bias to my audiences for years!” Malzberg said on Friday. “Some of it is blatant, some is less obvious, and some is actually revealed by what the media is not telling you at all! I relish, yes, pun intended, the opportunity I’ve been given by RT to shine a light on this most important issue on a regular basis with my own show.” Stay hungry! Because ‘Eat the Press’ will have …

Feb 22 2020

‘Some people have too much money’: Bloomberg trolled for Trump eats ‘burnt steak’ and ‘cheats at golf’ billboards

Michael Bloomberg’s latest bid to get support is a series of Nevada billboards trolling Trump for everything from how he likes his steak cooked to how he plays golf, but folks aren’t buying into the childish antics. You can’t say Bloomberg isn’t trying. In his attempt to become the 2020 presidential nominee for the Democrat Party, the billionaire has spent hundreds of millions of dollars already and the 5’8’’ former New York City mayor is even enduring perhaps President Donald Trump’s most vicious nickname for a rival yet — Mini Mike. lol… At first I thought this was a spoof… …

Feb 22 2020

‘Tremendous public health threat’: CDC confirms 34 coronavirus cases in US, prepares for ‘very possible, even likely’ pandemic

The CDC has warned that transmission of the deadly COVID-19 virus in the US is “very possible, even likely” and said its current goal is not to prevent but to slow down its spread and “buy more time” for US communities to prepare. Added to the 13 already confirmed, the 21 new cases in the US were announced by the CDC on Friday in a media briefing, all of whom returned to the country aboard emergency repatriation flights arranged by the State Department for citizens stranded abroad. Health officials said they expect additional cases to arise from those still in …

Feb 21 2020

Zombie collusion? Clinton pounces on latest ‘Russian meddling’ report to rally the troops, because it worked so well in 2016

Hillary Clinton has seized upon the latest claim that Russia is ‘interfering’ in the 2020 election to renew her assault on US President Donald Trump, while a lack of evidence casts even the vague report into doubt. Clinton crowed an ‘I told you so’ in response to an NBC reporter’s tweet suggesting Trump had desperately wanted to keep the latest installment in the never-ending ‘Russian meddling’ soap opera under wraps. Accusing the president of “taking Russian help for himself,” she exhorted her followers to keep “Putin’s Puppet” from securing a second term. Putin’s Puppet is at it again, taking Russian help …