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The newly-crowned Ukrainian beauty queen Veronika Didusenko was disqualified after the organizers of the competition found out that she was divorced and had a 4-year-old son, which violates the rules of the pageant.
The dismissal of Germany’s domestic intelligence chief has exposed a rift between Angela Merkel and the country’s security establishment that is dividing her coalition and hindering efforts to contain the fall-out from her “open door” refugee policy.
In January 2017, China announced that it was halting over 100 coal-fired power plant projects, with a combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, across a dozen of its provinces.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed high oil prices and called on Saudi Arabia to help "stabilize" the energy market.
Over the past several months, the European Union has been in discord amid attempts of several migrant rescue ships to enter its ports. Sputnik discussed the issue with Giulio Meotti - Italian journalist, author, and philosopher.
The UK government affirmed on September 24 that it had begun "resettling" activists of the White Helmets group and their family members from Syria to the United Kingdom. Sputnik discussed the statement with Roberto Vivaldelli, an Italian journalist, and an author of the book "Fake News."
The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced that the S-300 systems that are due to be sent to Syria will be able to close parts of the country's airspace, enhancing the security of Russian troops. Sputnik has discussed the issue with Marcello Ferrada de Noli - editor-in-chief of the online geopolitical magazine "The Indicter."
I don’t want to write this column. I am convinced and very aware that many other topics are much more important. But I’m angry. I don’t feel personally insulted but my wife and many thousands of good people like her have been insulted. One person’s joke is another person’s insult but context, intent and motivation is vital in rational assessment.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The United States is exerting significant pressure on Europe over energy cooperation with Russia, it is "absolutely unacceptable political pressure," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Sputnik.
France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire’s remarks came shortly after the EU summit in Salzburg, where European leaders refused to accept UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit proposals, calling them unworkable.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States will not be able to keep its sanctions against Tehran in the long term since the restrictions disrupt trade and normal business activities and do not bring Washington closer to its goals, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said.
NEW YORK (Sputnik) - The positive tone and atmosphere at the Russia-US summit in Helsinki have not yet materialized in concrete projects, but Russia is ready for an equitable and mutually beneficial dialogue with the United States, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said.
The Turkish lira's slide is not linked to a diplomatic row with Washington, and the country's economic hardship has been exaggerated, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated in an exclusive interview to Reuters.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's planned delivery of S-300 air defense systems to Syria will make Israel think twice before attacking the Arab republic once again, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - Argentine President Mauricio Macri reiterated the country’s sovereignty claim to the UK-ruled Falkland Islands while addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
It was reported on Monday that UK Prime Minister Theresa May told Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's chief Brexit coordinator, that the government would come up with new proposals on the issue of the Northern Ireland border. Sputnik spoke to Sean Murray, Irish filmmaker and activist, on his views.
ROME (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump will take part in the international conference on Libya in Italy in November provided that he has time in the midst of the midterm elections, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Armenia supports resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through the format offered by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said during a speech in front of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
Senior diplomats involved in the Brexit negotiations have reacted furiously to the details of a fresh UK proposal for avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland, briefed to the Irish PM, Leo Varadkar, at last week's Salzburg summit. Sputnik spoke to political campaigner, John Whitby about the latest developments in Brexit negotiations.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly said that Japan and Russia must resolve their territorial dispute and achieve a peace treaty.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in an interview with Fox News that the presence of the US forces on the Korean peninsula would still be necessary even if the two divided countries signed a peace treaty and the reunification took place.
A new mini-documentary aims to tackle the tall challenge of exposing swaths of propaganda crafted by Hollywood producers and distributed through mass-market channels like Netflix.
US President Donald Trump doubled down on his America First stance Tuesday while giving his address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York this week, Joe Lombardo, the co-coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition, told Sputnik.
When Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli air raid last week, one of their missiles shot down a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance plane on accident. However, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu responded Monday by saying that his country would supply Syria with more advanced S-300 anti-air missile systems.
MADRID (Sputnik) - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will visit Cuba in the near future, which will become the first visit of head of the Spanish government to the island nation in more than 30 years, the Spanish government said on Tuesday.
Japan’s space agency has successfully landed two rovers on an asteroid for the first time in history. The robotic explorers were dispatched to the Ryugu asteroid from the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on Friday. Scientists say that studying asteroids could help shed light on the formation of the Solar System 4.6 bln years ago and the evolution of Earth.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that he discussed with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the alliance’s upcoming Trident Juncture 2018 drills at a Tuesday meeting on the UN General Assembly sidelines.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - Argentina will accuse the government of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro of human rights violations at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, Argentine President Mauricio Macri told the UN General Assembly.
US Special Envoy to Iran Brian Hook told Reuters on Tuesday that before US sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports come into effect, which is expected to happen in November, the US will "have a well-supplied [oil] market."
According to China’s vice minister of commerce, the US is putting “a knife to the country’s neck” on trade; he also added that the resumption of talks depends on the will of the US. Earlier, China's state council responded to the new round of US tariffs by accusing Washington of preaching unilateralism, protectionism and economic hegemony.
WASHINGTON, September 26 (Sputnik) - US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in a joint statement with his European Union and Japanese counterparts agreed during a meeting in New York City that there is a need for the reform of the World Trade organization (WTO).
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US-led United Nations Command and North Korean senior officials are having military communications for the first time in more than ten years, US Forces Korea Commander nominee Army Gen. Robert Abrams told the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing.
Video footage has emerged Tuesday of a man in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana saving a boy at the last second, grabbing him as he fell from a 10th story window.
A new Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) policy banning visitors from using certain feminine hygiene products was suspended on Tuesday, more than a week before it was expected to go into effect.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The stationing of a US military base in Poland will mean the dismantlement of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act, which directly bans deployment of substantial combat forces along the border on a permanent basis, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Sputnik.
A Chinese national who arrived in the US on a student visa and studied at the Illinois Institute Technology has been arrested for allegedly "working at the direction of a high-level intelligence officer" in the Ministry of State Security for China, the US Justice Department announced Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States will respond swiftly and decisively to any Iranian attack on US interests, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during an address to the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit in New York City on Tuesday.
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Tuesday that the agency is considering a ban on online sales of electronic cigarettes.
Aerospace manufacturer Boeing has completed its takeover of satellite firm Millennium Space Systems, further consolidating space-related defense industrial firms as US President Donald Trump pushes forward with the new Space Force branch of the US military.
US Air Force tankers have unloaded 95 million pounds of fuel into the gas tanks of jets flying near the Horn of Africa, including Saudi coalition jets conducting bombing raids over Yemen, during more than 12,000 refueling missions since 2015, according to newly released data.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The so-called "small group" on Syria will hold consultations later this week at the United Nations German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday after meeting with his Saudi counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
YEREVAN (Sputnik) - European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said Tuesday during a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York that the European Union was ready to support reforms in the country.
After just two months on the job, 27-year-old Sean Bostwick was handed a pink slip and booted from Michigan's Detroit Police Department on Monday after he posted racially offensive messages on social media over the weekend.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that he was against signing major trade agreements with countries that are not compliant with the Paris climate accord.
China denied a request from the US Navy’s USS Wasp F-35 carrier to make a port call in Hong Kong amid trade tensions between the superpowers and Beijing’s recent decision to recall an admiral from participating in the International Seapower Symposium in Rhode Island.
Bahraini Attorney General Ahmad al-Hamadi charged nearly 170 people on Tuesday over allegations they were trying to form a Hezbollah branch in the kingdom.
A fake image of US President Donald Trump personally pulling flooding victims to safety in a life raft has once again surfaced in the aftermath of catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas caused by Hurricane Florence - and the internet is very amused.
Preparing for the worst with one of its neighbors, Japan has ordered researchers to develop new glide bombs in case Beijing decides to make a move on the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.
Indian actress Shilpa Shetty took to social media Sunday to allege that airline staff with Australia's Qantas Airways had been racist to her in telling her to take her baggage to a different counter after it was deemed "oversized luggage."
The Royal Navy of Morocco has opened fire on a boat carrying illegal migrants across the Mediterranean to Spain, causing the death of a woman and injuring three others, according to Morocco World News.
Moscow has announced that Russia's supplies to Syria would be able to close Syrian airspace where necessary, adding that the arguments of Russian allies, who had previously asked not to deliver the S-300s to Syria, have no effect anymore. Bhadrakumar Melkulangara, a former diplomat and a writer with The Asia Times, gave his take on the issue.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The United States will allocate over $48 million in additional humanitarian aid to Venezuela, Vice President Mike Pence announced on Tuesday, according to a State Department press release.
Environmentalists have warned that the new canal expected to link the Vistula Lagoon with the Baltic Sea in its western portion will have grave consequences, including the destruction of the lagoon's freshwater ecosystem.
MADRID (Sputnik) - France’s former Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday announced he would run in the mayoral race next May in his Spanish home city of Barcelona.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Preliminary findings indicate that 12 civilians were killed on Sunday in an airstrike in Maidan Wardak province during operations conducted by pro-government forces, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a press release on Tuesday.
MOSCOW(Sputnik) - A no-deal Brexit would be preferable to the Canada-style agreement with the European Union as the latter would threaten the United Kingdom's constitutional integrity, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Israel should refrain from unilateral actions and the policy of fait accompli on Palestine, French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday at the UN General Assembly Session.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani stated that "the United States' understanding of international relations is authoritarian," adding that Tehran cannot enter into an agreement with Washington after the violation of the previous deal.
Legendary US comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault when his two-day sentencing hearing wrapped up Tuesday afternoon.
According to its agenda, the political action committee (PAC) “Enough Is Enough Voter Project,” known to be affiliated with the Women’s March, targets those candidates for the 2018 midterms whose reputations have been tarnished by a sexual harassment scandal.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A US soldier who constructed a bomb to dispense chlorine gas and then detonated the device in a wooded area next to his base has been sentenced to 11 years in prison, the Department of Justice announced in a press release on Tuesday.
Turkish-US relations have reached a new low in recent weeks amid back and forth sanctions against officials, a tariff war sparked by US restrictions on Turkish steel and aluminum and a drop in the value of the lira, which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pinned on a "series of negative statements" by Washington.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Trump administration is urging Congress to approve a bipartisan bill that expands the authority of US law enforcement agencies to target the criminal use unmanned aircraft, especially for terror attacks and smuggling illegal drugs, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a press release on Tuesday.
State-backed Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) is providing 81% of funds to India’s first bullet train project that is estimated to cost around $16 billion. However, a report in an Indian daily claims that the Japanese agency has held back funds transfer in view of the protest by Indian farmers against land acquisition for the project.
A massive US multinational has taken over one of Britain's largest broadcasting companies, signalling a new era of American rule over British media. The most recent buyout follows a history of mergers and acquisitions between US and British news and media companies.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - France and other EU countries are looking for pretexts for sanctions, working out a plan to simplify the procedure for imposing sanctions for alleged use of chemical weapons, Vladimir Ermakov, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control, said on Tuesday.
Earlier, US Senator Rand Paul was in a group of American lawmakers who visited Moscow in order to restore ties between the two countries. He also invited Russian MPs to Washington in a bid to start a constructive dialogue.
DAMASK (Sputnik) - Workers and ordinary residents of Deir al-Asafir, a suburb of Damascus, liberated a few years ago, are returning to a life of peace and restoring the infrastructure that was destroyed by the war.
WARSAW (Sputnik) - Poland has enough money to fund permanent US military presence on its soil, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed Tuesday, after the Polish president offered to pay billions for a base.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Nord Stream 2 project operator building a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea has laid the first pipes off German shore, spanning a total of 30 kilometers (18.6 miles), a spokesman for Nord Stream 2 AG told Sputnik.
Just ahead of a crucial bilateral meeting between India and Iran, which is to take a final call on continuing crude oil trade against the backdrop of impending US sanctions, the European Union’s decision to set up a legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran has raised the hopes of Indian refiners.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The European Commission has filed official complaints against Hungary at the Court of Justice that could result in heavy fines, while Open Society Foundations, founded by Hungarian-born business magnate George Soros, is also taking Budapest to court over the law on aid to migrants.
Although the geyser basins of the famed Yellowstone National Park are marked with distinct signs warning people to keep a safe distance from them, one man appeared ignorant of the regulations and jumped barricades to enter a thermal area just in front of a gasping audience.
According to a statement by the UK government, the Home Office is working closely with the UNHCR, the Department for International Development and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to resettle White Helmets activists and their families to the UK.
The Clinton administration-era secretary of state, who presided over the bombing of Yugoslavia and defended the devastating US sanctions against Iraq, which led to the deaths of some 500,000 Iraqi children, has renewed her attack against the US president and other conservative leaders around the world.
The British system prison plagued by violence and drug smuggling appears to have another dangerous trend emerging and reaching social media.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Jaber Habib Jaber, the ambassador of the LAS to Russia, told Sputnik constant position of the LAS on S-300 deliveries to Syria, further dialogue with Russia and Russian-Turkish agreement on Syria's Idlib.
World leaders gathered in New York to take part in the 73rd UN General Assembly meeting. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who is taking part in the debate, held a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the assembly.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The opposition United Macedonia party hopes Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov will keep his promise not to attend the upcoming referendum on the bilateral deal with Greece on the country’s renaming, party president Janko Bachev told Sputnik on Tuesday.
The leaked email also advised police staff to place greater emphasis on the nationalities of suspects and convicts, seemingly looking to highlight the disproportionate amount of crime being committed by immigrants and foreigners.
Parrots are truly amazing birds; they can easily learn many skills with the help of their owners, including the ability to speak and the ability to perform unusual tricks.
The hunt for the elusive long-neck creature seems to be ongoing across the board, with not only fresh sightings registered, but corresponding pictures being put to the vote for people’s choice awards and even used by officials to devise a plan of action should long-sought Nessie ever be caught.
Previously, Iranian officials blamed Arab separatists, backed by Gulf Arab allies of the US, for the attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz which claimed the lives of 25 people and left 53 wounded.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan left the hall of the UN General Assembly when US President Donald Trump began to speak, The Star reported on Tuesday. In accordance with the schedule of speeches at the UNGA session, Erdogan was supposed to speak after the US president.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The establishment of a special vehicle to facilitate trade transactions between EU companies and Tehran sanctions is unlikely to persuade European firms to keep doing business in Iran, Dr. Roland Hartwig, vice-chairman of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party's parliamentary group in the Bundestag, told Sputnik on Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - UK-based NGO Privacy International said Tuesday it had sent a letter to UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid asking him to instruct UK intelligence agencies to explain reasons for unlawful spying on the organization.
Speaking at the Federation of German Industries (BDI) conference in Berlin on Tuesday, the German chacellor said Britain can't have it all when it comes to a post-Brexit trade deal.
Donald Trump was forced to pause his UN General Assembly speech when it was interrupted by laughter from the audience right after he claimed that he had "accomplished more than almost any administration in history of our country."
Artificial Intelligence could be a "game changer" and help save the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world according to Microsoft meanwhile tech giants must to more to tackle online exploitation.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The purchase of Millennium Space System, a California manufacturer that specializes in small satellites, has been completed, the buyer, Boeing, announced in a press release on Tuesday
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The senior adviser to Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Khamenei stated the top cleric would never meet with US President Donald Trump.
China has accused the US of preaching “unilateralism, protectionism and economic hegemony” in an official white paper, Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday, as a new round of US tariffs on 6,000 Chinese imports came into force. The total value of the goods hit by the tariffs is estimated at $250 bn - nearly half of all China’s imports to the US.
Last year, foreign envoys deployed in New Delhi took up the life-threatening air pollution issue with India's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The city’s air pollution is mainly attributed to biomass burning, including stubble burning, which causes 16% to 30% of the pollution. Indian farmers often burn the grain harvest's leftovers to clear the farms.
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - Syrian government forces will regain control over the whole of the country's territory, including the Idlib de-escalation zone, through peaceful means or war, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said on Tuesday.
Even though the winds of change have blown across Saudi Arabia due to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s new social policies, flesh-flashing ring girls may be just a little too much for the kingdom.