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Jan 13 2020

Double success: Russian ice-dancing duos take gold & silver at 2020 Youth Olympic Games (VIDEO)

Russian ice-dancing couples have brilliantly finished their performances at the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland taking the first two places on the podium after flawlessly delivered free programs. Irina Khavronina and Dario Cirisano twizzled their way to first place setting a new personal best of 101.11 for their dynamic free routine. READ MORE: Russian figure skating duo Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov claim gold at 2020 Youth Olympics (VIDEO) The couple perfectly executed all technically-required elements showing brilliant footwork on twizzles and sequences along with risky lifts and spins. Victory for Irina Khavronina and Dario Cirisano 🇷🇺! Check out their …

Jan 13 2020

UK home secretary defends Extinction Rebellion’s inclusion on terror list, after group judged to promote ‘extremist ideology’

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has defended anti-terror police for placing Extinction Rebellion (XR), the climate change protest group, on a list of extremist ideologies, saying it’s right to look at “a range of security threats.” In an interview with LBC radio on Monday, Patel accepted that the environmental group was not a terrorist organization, but the decision to put XR on the UK terror list was made “in terms of risk to the public, security risks, security threats.” That is based on information from the police, and various intelligence that we will receive. That’s the proper thing to do. …

Jan 13 2020

Unique ‘trust from all parties’ allowed Russia to bring Libya’s warring factions to Moscow for talks

Russia enjoys a unique position as the most-trusted and impartial player in the Libyan peace process, which helped the country bring together the two chief civil war rivals for talks in Moscow. The years-long chaos in Libya “didn’t give much room for optimism,” so “a month or two ago no one had thought that the leaders of the two main warring factions would arrive in Moscow and sit down to negotiate,” President of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vitaly Naumkin, told RT. The talks in Moscow are a serious [diplomatic] breakthrough for Russia in …

Jan 13 2020

Catalan leader Puigdemont attends EU Parliament session despite Spain’s arrest warrant

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has arrived for his first session as a member of the European Parliament despite facing an arrest warrant in Spain. The former Catalan president is bent on using the parliament to continue his political fight for an independent Catalonia breaking away from Spain. His parliamentary position also gives him immunity. Puigdemont used his arrival on Monday to demand the immediate release from a Spanish jail of another Catalan leader who was elected to the European Parliament, former Catalonia Vice President Oriol Junqueras, AP said. Puigdemont was together with fellow EU legislator and former Catalan minister Toni …

Jan 13 2020

WATCH: Alabama man lucky to be alive after tornado-thrown branch just misses him

One Alabama man was incredibly fortunate not to be crushed by a huge branch flung to the ground during an intense storm which lashed the state over the weekend. Footage shot by the man’s doorbell camera shows him entering his property in Pickens County, Alabama, mere seconds before a tree limb came crashing to the ground right where he had been walking, shattering instantly with the force of the impact. Guys. I’m pretty sure that I’m still alive bc I’m supposed to watch the @Vikings win today. Otherwise I’d be dead. 😳😳😳 pic.twitter.com/2KIFro4J01 — Cambro is celebrating Thicc Boi Winter™️ …

Jan 13 2020

Pakistani court has annulled the death sentence handed to ex-president Musharraf – AFP

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has voided the death sentence of ex-president Pervez Musharraf, ruling that a special court which found him guilty of high treason was unconstitutional, a government prosecutor told AFP. Following the LHC ruling, the former president is now a “free man,” Ishtiaq A. Khan, the prosecutor representing the government, said. The whole process against Musharraf – including the creation of a special court – was deemed to be void. “The filing of the complaint, the constitution of the court, the selection of the prosecution team are illegal, declared to be illegal… And at the end of …

Jan 13 2020

‘Free Hong Kong’: Denmark’s iconic Little Mermaid statue sprayed with protest graffiti (PHOTO)

Denmark’s famous ‘Little Mermaid’ sculpture in Copenhagen Harbour has been defaced with slogans from the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. “Free Hong Kong” was scrawled onto the base of the statue in both large red letters and smaller white script overnight Sunday. The slogan has been frequently used by anti-government demonstrators in Hong Kong in protests which started in March 2019. Also on rt.com China-UK stock trade scheme ‘suspended’ over Britain’s stance on Hong Kong protests Copenhagen Police have cordoned off the sculpture and an investigation into the graffiti is underway, with officers checking CCTV footage for any suspects and …

Jan 13 2020

Extraterrestrial Tinder? Japanese billionaire posts ‘wanted’ ad for girlfriend to join him on trip around the moon

Eccentric Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has launched an online appeal seeking a female companion – and potential “life partner” – to accompany him on his 2023 SpaceX journey around the moon. Maezawa, an avid patron of the arts, recently broke up with his actress girlfriend Ayame Goriki, 27 and has now embarked on a mission to find the right “single [woman] aged 20 and over” who wants to “enjoy life to the fullest” by accompanying him on his planned SpaceX flight around the moon. [WANTED!!!] Why not be the ‘first woman’ to travel to the moon?#MZ_looking_for_love https://t.co/R5VEMXwggl pic.twitter.com/mK6fIJDeiv — Yusaku …

Jan 13 2020

Badminton world number one Kento Momota injured and driver killed in Malaysia car crash

Japanese badminton star and the men’s world number one player Kento Momota was injured in a car crash in Malaysia on Monday, it claimed the driver’s life and left passengers injured. The Japanese champion and three other team members were heading to Kuala Lumpur International Airport when the collision occurred. READ MORE: Dakar Rally tragedy: Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves dies after crash in Saudi Arabia The van carrying Momota crashed into a slow-moving truck en route to the airport; the driver died at the scene. The crash took place just hours after Momota secured his season-opening victory at the Malaysia Masters …

Jan 13 2020

Pakistani court rules special court which condemned ex-president Pervez Musharraf to death was illegal – reports

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has declared the formation of a special court that heard the high treason case against former president, Pervez Musharraf, and handed him a death sentence was “unconstitutional,” local media reported. The LHC also considered Musharraf’s petitions against the harsh verdict, ruling that the whole case against the former leader of the country was not prepared in accordance with the law. An 86-page petition, filed to Lahore High Court (LHC) by Musharraf’s legal team in December last year, stated that the verdict against the former president “contained a mix of anomalies and contradictory statements,” as quoted …

Jan 13 2020

King of Jordan says ISIS on the rise, warns thousands of fighters moved to Libya from Syria’s Idlib, spelling more trouble for EU

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) is once again on the rise in the Middle East, King Abdullah of Jordan has warned, adding that “thousands” of fighters moved from Syria to Libya – bringing the whole problem even closer to Europe. The revelation was made by the king during an exclusive interview with France 24 which aired on Monday. The monarch said that his “major concern is that we have seen over the past year the re-establishment and rise of ISIS, not only in southern eastern Syria but also in western Iraq.” We have to deal with the reemergence of ISIS. …

Jan 13 2020

Iranian president orders implementation of law blacklisting Pentagon as ‘terrorist organization’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday issued an order to implement a law blacklisting the US Department of Defense as “terrorist organization,” Tasnim reports. Rouhani called on the relevant Iranian organizations to implement the law which was passed by Tehran’s parliament last Tuesday. According to the vote, “all members of the Pentagon, the affiliated institutions and companies, and the US commanders who planned and perpetrated [the] assassination” of Qasem Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), were blacklisted. The law has been endorsed by the Guardian Council of the Constitution, the highest legislative …

Jan 13 2020

Nissan pushes for split from Renault after Ghosn’s dramatic escape – media

Former head of the Nissan-Renault alliance Carlos Ghosn’s daring escape from Japan could have put another nail in the coffin of the already troubled partnership, as Nissan is reportedly beefing up plans to quit. Top executives at the Japanese carmaker have accelerated secret contingency planning for a potential split, the Financial Times reported citing people familiar with the matter. The company could terminate the long standing partnership in engineering and technology and is considering further changes to Nissan’s board, according to the report. Also on rt.com Nissan wants to hold its fugitive ex-boss Ghosn accountable for ‘serious misconduct’ The plans …

Jan 13 2020

‘Wow…has he seen our PM?’ Tory MP roasted on Twitter for saying the poor are the ‘fattest’ & need lessons on healthy eating

A former Tory aide of ex-PM David Cameron has come under fire on social media after claiming poor people are the “fattest” in the UK and they need to be educated about eating a healthy diet. Writing in his local newspaper, Sir Desmond Swayne, the Conservative MP for New Forest West, suggested that food banks were an “important contribution” to the welfare system, but checks on how families spend their benefits were required. Swayne, 63, then claimed that one in five children in Britain is “obese” by the time they leave primary school, with those from the “lowest household incomes” …

Jan 13 2020

Germany plans to hold Libya summit on January 19 – report

Berlin plans to hold a summit aimed at “plotting a path to peace in Libya” on January 19, Reuters reported on Monday, citing two participants in the preparatory negotiations. The summit will coincide with a one-day visit to Berlin by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His presence is seen as essential to the success of any conference on Libya, since Ankara’s decision to deploy military advisers and possibly troops there has made it a major player in the civil war. German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the summit on Saturday, adding that the United Nations would lead talks if a meeting …

Jan 13 2020

Maltese meltdown: Player arrested during match for ATTACKING assistant referee (VIDEO)

A second division match in the Maltese football championship was interrupted due to brutal scenes which unexpectedly unfolded on the pitch when a Sannat Lions player assaulted an assistant referee. The bizarre incident took place in the dying minutes of Saturday’s match between the Sannat Lions and the Oratory Youths, when Antoine Camilleri was sent off the pitch for receiving his second yellow card of the match. READ MORE: ‘Get ready for the best weekend of your life’: UFC boss Dana White rolls out the red carpet for heroic Best Buy employee (VIDEO) Referee Massimo Axisa brandished the red card following …

Jan 13 2020

Civilians in Syria’s Idlib can flee via 3 new checkpoints – Russian military

Syrian civilians could leave a de-escalation zone in the Idlib province via three new checkpoints, the Russian Defense Ministry has said. Many requests had been received from Syrian civilians in Idlib in areas controlled by armed groups to return to their homes in territory controlled by Syrian government forces, the statement issued late on Sunday added. The Russian military warned armed groups to allow people to leave Idlib if they want to. Local military sources earlier said that the Syrian Army has prepared three humanitarian corridors for civilians to leave Idlib. They are located in the area of ​​the cities …

Jan 13 2020

Blast rattles central Stockholm, another explosion reported in Uppsala shortly afterwards (PHOTOS)

A posh district in central Stockholm was rocked by an explosion in the early hours of Monday morning. The blast was so intense it shattered windows and bathed the entire street in broken glass. An explosive charge was reportedly placed on the gate outside a property in the area at roughly 1am local time in the Östermalm area. The blast, which completely destroyed one vehicle, damaged several others and blew the windows out of apartments along the entire street, could be heard several kilometers away. Jan 13: Massive explosion blows out building entrances, demolishes vehicles & blows out dozens of …

Jan 13 2020

Philippines’ Taal Volcano belches LAVA, as locals brace for ‘hazardous eruption’ & ‘volcanic tsunami’ (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Taal Volcano in the Philippines has coated its surroundings with ash, shutting down businesses and public places. An alert warning that a ‘hazardous eruption’ is ‘imminent’ remains in place. Authorities say it could occur “within hours or days.” The volcano, located some 70km (44 miles) south of the capital Manila, spewed lava early on Monday. There was a brief respite from activity immediately after the lava release, but Taal continued erupting later in the day. Lava fountain from Taal Volcano Main Crater @3:20AM pic.twitter.com/YmLaMJU1vQ — PHIVOLCS-DOST (@phivolcs_dost) 12 января 2020 г. Sporadic “lava fountaining” and releases of steam continued throughout …

Jan 13 2020

‘Stop buying Iranian oil or face sanctions’: US in talks with China over Iran

Washington has managed to “cut off probably over 95 percent of the oil revenues” of Iran, according to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He told Fox News that US officials are now working on the issue with China, as the country accounts for a significant part of Iran’s remaining oil exports. “I sat down with the Chinese officials. They flew in a delegation to meet with us and the State Department to talk about this. They’ve cut off all of the state companies from buying oil, and we’re working closely with them to make sure that they cease all additional …

Jan 13 2020

NFL Playoffs: Davante Adams stars as Packers hold off Seahawks 28-23 to reach NFC championship game

Wide receiver Davante Adams set a new post-season franchise record as the Green Bay Packers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-23 to punch their ticket to the NFC championship game and move one game away from the Super Bowl. Adams made eight receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns as one third of the Packers’ key offensive triumverate as Green Bay made their home-field advantage count at Lambeau Field. While wideout Adams was unguardable down the field, running back Aaron Jones ran in two short-range touchdowns, while quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 243 yards in a strong all-round team display that …

Jan 13 2020

Left-wing Israeli parties unite ahead of March election ‘to save votes’

Israel’s main left-wing parties have announced they will run on a single ticket in the March 2 election. Both Labor and Meretz had been polling close to the electoral threshold and were under intense pressure to unite into a single bloc so as not to lose votes. If one of them had failed to enter parliament, it would have all but guaranteed reelection for PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his nationalist bloc, AP said. Labor Party chairman Amir Peretz will lead the joint list. The “technical union”formed to save votes helps bolster Blue and White Chairman Benny Gantz’s chances of unseating …

Jan 13 2020

NFL Playoffs: Patrick Mahomes leads stunning fightback as Chiefs down Texans 51-31 (VIDEO)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes produced a brilliant performance to lead his side back from a 24-point deficit and win a blistering NFL divisional playoff with the Houston Texans 51-31 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs started disastrously as the Texans raced into 24-0 lead by the end of the first quarter as the Deshaun Watson-led Houston team threatened to run away with the game. But, after being shown on the big screen pacing the touchline and firing up his teammates and the fans in the stands, Mahomes came out on fire from the second quarter onward. The third-year quarterback …

Jan 13 2020

Australian Open 2020: Defending Novak Djokovic says tournament is ‘really open’ ahead of first Grand Slam of the year

Reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic says the tournament field is wide open ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament of 2020. The Serbian star, who helped his country to victory at the ATP Cup at the weekened, has been installed as the bookmakers’ favorite to retain his title in Melbourne later this month. But Djokovic said the challenge of retaining his title will be tougher than ever, with legitimate championship threats coming not just from the established stars, but also from a crop of talented rising contenders looking to make their mark in the first big tournament of the …

Jan 13 2020

‘Tongues smeared with threats’: Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman blasts Trump’s tweets for ‘dishonoring’ Persian language

Spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Abbas Mousavi has blasted US President Donald Trump for writing a tweet in Farsi, in which he backed the anti-government protesters in Iran. “Hands and tongues smeared with threatening, sanctioning and terrorizing the #Iranian nation, are not entitled to dishonor the ancient #Persian language,” Mousavi wrote on Twitter. By the way, are you actually ‘standing by’ millions of Iranians whose hero you just assassinated or ‘standing against’ them?! Mousavi was responding to Trump´s tweet in Persian, Iran’s official language, which is also known as Farsi. The US leader backed the anti-government protests in the …

Jan 13 2020

Devastating bushfires may cost Australia up to US$3.5bn & take toll on economic growth

Australia is expected to face up to AU$5 billion (US$3.5 billion) in losses as fires continue to rage across the continent, according to an Australian Westpac bank forecast. The natural disaster could also cut 0.2 to 0.5 percent of the country’s GDP, the bank said in its preliminary analysis released on Monday. The tourism and agricultural sectors have been hit hardest, while the most severely affected area accounts for around one percent of the nation’s economy. Also on rt.com Australia becomes top LNG exporter despite bushfire crisis Around 10,550 insurance claims totaling AU$939 million have been lodged since the bushfire …

Jan 13 2020

Libya’s leaders Sarraj & Haftar to hold talks in Moscow on Monday – Russian Foreign Ministry

Libya’s two key political figures – Fayez al-Sarraj, the prime minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar will take part in talks held under the auspices of the Russian and Turkish Foreign and Defense Ministries in Moscow on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry told TASS. “In context of implementing the initiative of the Russian and Turkish presidents announced following a summit in Istanbul, inter-Libyan contacts will be held today in Moscow,” the diplomats said. “The contacts are expected to be attended by Sarraj, Haftar and representatives of other Libyan parties.” …

Jan 13 2020

Russia among Europe’s top performing stock markets in 2019

While last year was marked by political and economic uncertainty across the world, Greece, Russia and Italy have been Europe’s top performing stock markets. Some investors dismissed these markets as “too dangerous, too politically unstable, too reliant on commodities, too weak economically or a combination of all four,” Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, a UK investment platform, said in a note to clients seen by CNBC.“But this just goes to show that buying what is comfortable is rarely the route to big profits,” he added. According to economists, Greece, which was once Europe’s sick man, seems to have …

Jan 13 2020

Macron meets leaders of 5 Sahel states as France’s military role is questioned

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday host counterparts from five Sahel countries seeking more backing in the fight against a jihadist uprising as France’s military role is being questioned, AFP said. Recent tensions between France and Sahel governments could make for a tricky exchange at the six-way talks in the southwestern city of Pau, to be attended also by the heads of the UN, African Union, and EU Council. Macron insists his counterparts from Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad must use the occasion to express public support for France’s military presence. It has been the largest foreign …

Jan 13 2020

Military conflict with Iran would impact entire world, Japan’s Abe warns

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned that military confrontation with Iran will impact global peace and stability. The comments came at the start of Abe’s five-day Gulf tour as he hopes to ease tensions spiked by the US killing of a top Iranian general. The PM called “on all relevant countries to engage in diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions,” AFP said. Tokyo has decided to send a destroyer for intelligence activities along with two P-3C patrol aircraft to the Middle East. However Japan will not join a US-led coalition in the region. The prime minister’s tour includes visits to …

Jan 13 2020

‘Life full of agony & misery’: Indian man SUES mother for allegedly abandoning him for Bollywood career 38yrs ago

An Indian man is seeking damages for the “mental trauma” he endured after being intentionally abandoned on a train in Mumbai 38 years ago by his mother who wanted to pursue a career in the film industry, his lawsuit says. In a lawsuit filed to the Bombay High Court and cited by local media, make-up artist Srikant Sabnis, 40, alleges that his biological mother willfully abandoned him when he was just two years old. Sabnis claims that in September 1981, his mother, Aarti Mhaskar, left his hometown of Pune for Mumbai to seek a job in the film industry. According …

Jan 13 2020

WATCH ‘disastrous’ blaze fully engulf apartment building under construction in New Jersey

A massive six-alarm blaze has ravaged through a construction site in Bound Brook, New Jersey, lighting up the night sky and triggering hundreds of 911 calls from panicked residents. @News12NJ @ABC7NY @ABC7 Bound Brook, NJ Apartment Fire pic.twitter.com/4XUg0wYYdE — Marc Teschic (@MarcTeschic) January 13, 2020 Terrible fire in #BoundBrook. Hope everyone is safe. pic.twitter.com/OEhKeORa7L — chatter G (@yourwhineguy) January 13, 2020 “This is a disastrous fire that is very difficult to contain and has the potential to spread to all nearby structures,” police said, urging residents to stay vigilant and evacuate immediately if emergency personnel orders so. #Boundbrook fire in …

Jan 13 2020

‘I wish I was inside that plane’: Iran’s IRGC chief expresses sorrow over downing of Ukrainian jet

The top commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Major General Hossein Salami, has expressed his deepest condolences, saying he had never felt more ashamed in his life than after the Ukrainian passenger jet tragedy. Debriefing the session of Iran’s parliament on Sunday, Salami stated that IRGC has no other purpose or wish “but to be torn into pieces for the sake of the security, welfare and peace of [Iranian] people.” I swear on the life of my children… I wish I were inside that plane and fell down and burned along with those loved ones instead of witnessing this …

Jan 13 2020

‘Totally up to them’: Trump says he ‘couldn’t care less’ if Iran negotiates with US or not

DETAILS TO FOLLOW National Security Adviser suggested today that sanctions & protests have Iran “choked off”, will force them to negotiate. Actually, I couldn’t care less if they negotiate. Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and “don’t kill your protesters.” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020

Jan 13 2020

Could Vermont become the next Nevada? Bill to decriminalize prostitution on the table

Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize prostitution in the state, as conservatives remain staunchly against the progressive idea that is being pushed increasingly mainstream around the United States. The proposal to legalize sex work is sponsored by four female lawmakers and is currently pending in the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Selene Colburn, a cosponsor on the bill and a member of the Progressive Party, said decriminalizing sex work would improve the health and safety of prostitutes.  The underlying question is do we need to criminalize consensual sex between adults on any terms? She added that prostitutes should …

Jan 13 2020

‘Impeached for life’: Pelosi sets off Twitter fireworks, falsely claims Dems pursuing subpoena-defying witnesses

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made numerous odd claims about Trump impeachment in a new interview, including that Dems are pursuing subpoena-defying witness from the Ukraine investigation. While speaking on ABC’s ‘This Week’ Pelosi told host George Stephanopoulos that “this president is impeached for life, regardless of any gamesmanship on the part of Mitch McConnell.” While Congress passed articles of impeachment against the president, he still technically needs to go through a trial in the Senate to determine his guilt. One is not “impeached” until a decision is made through a trial. Congress merely conducted an inquiry into accusations that Trump …

Jan 12 2020

Knesset to go forward debating & rejecting Bibi’s immunity request as his allies cry it will be a ‘jungle’

In a blow to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Knesset was given the green light to debate his immunity from prosecution. The legislative body is likely to deny it, paving the way for his corruption trial to start. Netanyahu requested immunity after he was indicted in November on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of public trust saying he needs “to continue to lead Israel to great achievements.” On Sunday Eyal Yinon, the Knesset’s legal adviser, issued a ruling that Speaker Yuli Edelstein should allow the formation of a Knesset House Committee that will look into the matter and is …

Jan 12 2020

‘Turbulent’ situation in Middle East is result of US ‘corruptive presence’ – Iran’s supreme leader

The tense situation in the Middle East requires close cooperation between all nations in the region, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during his meeting with the emir of Qatar, adding that the region should be free from foreign influence. “The region’s unfavorable situation is due to the corruptive presence of the United States and its cohorts; and the only solution for countering that is to rely on cooperation among the countries of the region.” The head of the Islamic Republic added that his nation is willing to develop both economic and political relations with other regional powers. Without …

Jan 12 2020

‘Regime change is in the air’: US establishment seeks to capitalize on Iranian protests… again

The protests in Iran that followed Tehran’s admission of its role in the downing of the Ukrainian passenger jet were met with an outpouring of support from Washington. But is it about Iranians, or regime change? US officials and establishment figures certainly spared no effort as they went out of their way to show how much they supposedly admire the ‘courage’ of Iranians who took to the streets to vent their anger at the fact that a Ukrainian passenger jet, with many Iranians on board, was mistakenly shot down by Iran’s military – something Tehran admitted of its own volition …

Jan 12 2020

‘I’m super-scared of heights!’ Russian ace Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova scales Adelaide Oval ahead of Adelaide International (VIDEO)

Russian tennis star Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova found a novel way to get her blood pumping ahead of her Australian Open warmup – by scaling the roof of the iconic Adelaide Oval. Pavlyuchenkova is in Adelaide to compete in the Adelaide International, her final warm-up tournament ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year. And the Russian starlet, who is ranked No. 30 for the Australian Open later this month, faced one of her biggest fears ahead of the Adelaide International as she scaled the roof of the famous stadium, which sits alongside the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre that hosts the …

Jan 12 2020

Trump’s defense secretary admits he ‘didn’t see’ evidence about Soleimani planning attacks against US embassies

President Donald Trump warned that Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was planning “imminent” attacks against Americans, but his own defense secretary seems to be unable to back this claim. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper revealed in a Sunday interview with ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS that he “didn’t see” specific evidence that supported the president’s claim that Soleimani was planning attacks on four US embassies, which Trump touted in a Friday interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “The president said that he believed that there probably could have been attacks against additional embassies,” Esper said to host Margaret Brennan. …

Jan 12 2020

Putin & Macron call for Iranian nuclear deal to be saved, urge US & Tehran to show restraint

Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to take further efforts to keep the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA), in place. On Saturday German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed the same idea on her visit to Moscow. Putin and Macron also called on all parties involved in the latest escalation of tensions between Iran and the US to show restraint. The two nations found themselves on the brink of military conflict after the US assassinated a top Iranian general, but have still avoided starting a war.

Jan 12 2020

Hollywood can’t take a joke: Golden Globes hire Fey, Poehler as new hosts and people ‘miss Ricky Gerais already’

After going viral for skewering Hollywood celebrities at this year’s Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais has been replaced by two safe comedians for the 2021 ceremony Though his opening monologue and razor sharp jokes from this year’s Golden Globes telecast went viral and were heavily celebrated online, Ricky Gervais no doubt made producers a little too uncomfortable with his takedown of Hollywood’s empty political activism, as well as shining a light on the industry turning a blind eye to the deeds of people like disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein and the late Jeffrey Epstein. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been announced …

Jan 12 2020

Speed skating: Pavel Kulizhnikov takes gold in men’s 1,000m at European Championships

Russian speed skater Pavel Kulizhnikov finished in first place in the men’s 1,000m race on Sunday, bringing the country its fifth gold medal at the European Championships in Heerenveen, the Netherlands. The 25-year-old clocked in at 1 minute and 7.09 seconds, claiming the fastest time and leaving behind hosts and home favorites Thomas Krol and Kai Verbij, who settled for silver and bronze respectively. READ MORE: Russian figure skating duo Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov claim gold at 2020 Youth Olympics (VIDEO) Another representative of Russia, Victor Mushtakov, finished just one place from the podium, losing a mere 0.44 seconds to …

Jan 12 2020

Four Iraqi Air Force servicemen injured as 8 rockets hit base housing US troops – Iraqi PM’s office

At least four Iraqi soldiers have been injured in mortar shelling targeting Al-Balad airbase housing American troops. The facility has become a frequent target of attacks in the wake of the US killing of a top Iranian commander. At least eight ‘Katyusha’ rockets hit the base located some 80 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the prime minister’s office has confirmed. The rockets allegedly struck a runaway located inside the facility, military sources earlier told Reuters. There have been no reports of any casualties among the US military personnel. DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Jan 12 2020

Leonid Slutsky’s ideal signing for Rubin Kazan? ‘I would take Mbappe’

It’s always good to aim for the top in life, and Rubin Kazan’s head coach Leonid Slutsky revealed his perfect signing to take his team to the next level, French superstar Kylian Mbappe. Talking to Ak Bars TV (via Football24.ru), Slutsky was asked who he could bring to the club to help strengthen his team and take them on to bigger and better things in the years ahead. Slutsky, presumably with his tongue firmly in his cheek, said he’d be happy with either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but he’d choose the younger man in Mbappe, whose best years as …

Jan 12 2020

Iran summons UK ambassador over his participation in ‘illegal rally’ following his arrest at anti-govt protest

The UK envoy’s detention during an anti-government rally in Tehran has sparked a diplomatic scandal. The envoy, summoned on Sunday by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, says he was at a “vigil” for victims of the Ukrainian plane crash. “Today, Rob Macaire was summoned because of his unconventional behavior of attending an illegal rally on Saturday,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It also demanded that the British government provide clarification on the matter. The diplomat was briefly detained late on Saturday outside of Amirkabir University in Tehran, as part of a group of people attending a chaotic vigil …

Jan 12 2020

Water polo drubbing: Russian women’s team scores WHOPPING 31 GOALS against Slovakia at European championship (VIDEO)

Russia’s women’s water polo team started their campaign for an Olympic berth in style, destroying their Slovakian rivals 31-2 in the opening game of the 2020 European championship in Budapest, Hungary. The Russians netted a total of 14 unanswered goals during the first two quarters to ensure a dominant victory long before the match ended. READ MORE: WATCH: South Korean water polo players shed tears of joy after scoring in 30-1 demolition by Russia The Slovakian squad managed to score two consolation goals while conceding 17 more in the following quarters, suffering a 31-2 defeat in the first group stage match. …

Jan 12 2020

US wants to discuss steps for Iran to become ‘normal country’ without precondition – Esper says amid ‘warnings’ from Washington

Despite soaring tensions, the US is open to talk with Tehran, Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said. But there’s a catch: such discussion should revolve around “a series of steps” that would make Iran “a more normal country.” “We’re willing to sit down and discuss without precondition a new way forward, a series of steps by which Iran becomes a more normal country,” Esper said on Sunday, speaking on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’. On negotiations between U.S. and Iran, @EsperDoD acknowledged that Iran, once deemed "corrupt" is "still the legitimate government" and didn't rule out talks. Says, “The president has …

Jan 12 2020

Serbian surge: Unstoppable Novak Djokovic leads Serbia to historic ATP Cup victory (VIDEO)

Serbian tennis legend Novak Djokovic has added yet another title to his huge collection of awards, leading his team to a historic victory at the newly-established ATP Cup in Sydney, Australia. The 16-time Grand Slam winner helped his squad beat their tenacious rivals from Spain in the final of the tournament despite losing the opening match. READ MORE: New tournament, old rivalry: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to send ATP Cup final to decisive doubles showdown (VIDEO) Spain started their final campaign on a positive note with Roberto Bautista Agut beating Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 6-1 to give his team the lead …