Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Delhi Steps Up Efforts To Protect Sacred Cows

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is getting tougher on the illegal use of cows for consumption and export, in light of centuries of Hindu thought revering cows for their gentle, maternal nature.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Ukraine bans books promoting Russia

Ukraine Friday banned Russian books glorifying the Kremlin and its leaders or espousing what it views as "totalitarian views" in a move certain to further sour relations between the two foes.

200 killed after taking psychoactive drugs in Britain: report

More than 200 people have died in the past year after taking psychoactive drugs known as "legal highs", the Home Office, Britain's interior department, revealed Thursday.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Refugee boats should be sent back to Africa, according to Bavarian allies of Merkel’s party

Refugees arriving in Europe via the Mediterranean should be sent back to Africa, and the current migrant policy must end, Germany’s CSU party, a junior partner in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition, demanded in a leaked policy paper.

UN resolution against Israeli settlements rescues two-state solution: Arab League

A recent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution against Israeli settlement expansion has rescued the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said in a statement Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Abe, Obama lay wreaths at Pearl Harbour memorial

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama made a symbolic visit to Pearl Harbour, laying wreaths for the victims of a stealth attack that triggered America's entry into World War Two.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Accuses Iraqi Shiite Militia of Mass Killings

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that the Popular Mobilization Forces, the Iraqi Shiite militia, is the “religious organization," carrying out mass killings in the country with support of Iranian generals.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Russian diplomat says entire world 'disgusted by Obama administration's foreign policy'

The Barack Obama administration’s foreign policy over the eight years of Obama’s presidency "evokes aversion of the entire world," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

US administration warns of ISIS backers' possible targeting of American churches during holidays

US federal anti-terrorism agencies on Friday warned that followers of the Islamic State (IS) may target churches during the holiday season after pro-IS websites had published a publicly-available list of churches in the country.

Friday, December 23, 2016

UN passes resolution on ending Israeli settlements

The UN Security Council has voted in favour of a resolution demanding the halt of settlement activity by Israel on occupied Palestinian territory with the United States notably abstaining.

Israeli court postpones Amona demolition for 45 days

the unauthorized outpost of Amona
Israel's High Court of Justice has postponed the scheduled demolition and evacuation of the Amona settlement on Palestinian lands in the West Bank for 45 days.

ISIS burns 2 Turkish servicemen alive, releases gruesome video

Islamic State terrorists have released a video which purportedly shows two captured Turkish soldiers being burned alive in Aleppo province, Syria. Jihadists said it was a revenge for Ankara’s involvement in a "war against Muslims".

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Euforia y alegría en la fiesta navideña de liberación en Alepo

Los ciudadanos de la recién liberada ciudad de Alepo se reunieron en el barrio cristiano de Azizia para contemplar la primera decoración del árbol de Navidad desde el año 2012, cuando los grupos terroristas tomaron el control de los barrios del este de la ciudad.

Mongolia not to allow future visit by Dalai Lama

Mongolian Foreign Minister Tsend Munkh-Orgil said Tuesday Mongolia will not allow the Dalai Lama to visit the country.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

US Closes Embassy, Consulates in Turkey After Russian Ambassador Assassination

The United States has closed its embassy and consulates in Turkey amid a dangerous security situation in Ankara, the embassy said Tuesday, a day after Russian ambassador to the country was killed.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Outrage in Berlin as German-funded school in Turkey ‘bans mention of Christmas’

Berlin says it'd raise a “completely unacceptable” issue with Ankara after reports emerged that teachers at elite gymnasium in Istanbul, co-funded by the German government, were ordered to stop telling students anything about Christmas rites. The school denies the accusation.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Italy remains on frontline of Europe's migration crisis in 2016

As the year's end approaches, the latest data on Europe's refugee crisis showed the overall inflow of people fleeing war and poverty has sensibly dropped, compared to 2015.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

China warns India over Dalai Lama, India dismisses the warning

China on Friday objected to the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama Dalai Lama’s Decemer 10 meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan during a children’s summit saying India must respect China’s “core interests” to avoid “any disturbance” to the bilateral ties.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Colombia's FARC takes step toward forming political party

The six non-voting delegates who will represent the FARC rebel group in the Colombian Congress under the peace agreement signed last month went to the offices of the National Electoral Council on Thursday to formally inscribe the group Voices of Peace and Reconciliation as a political movement.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Iranian leader calls for resistance, unity among Palestinian groups against Israel

The occupied Palestinian territories will be liberated only through resistance and unity of Palestinian groups, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

As Palmyra falls, Paris heritage show looks to the future

Inaugurating an exhibit on endangered Middle Eastern heritage sites Tuesday, French President François Hollande called the show “a militant act”. But the curators are looking ahead to peace and reconstruction.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Portugal's Antonio Guterres sworn in as new UN chief

Former Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was officially sworn in as the new secretary-general of the United Nations on Monday.

Anger in Egypt after deadly Cairo church blast

Anger is growing in the Egyptian capital after an explosion went off near the city's main Coptic Christian cathedral, killing at least 25 worshippers, many of them women and children.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Vienna will veto EU membership talks with Turkey: Austrian FM

Any further negotiations with Ankara over its future European Union membership will be blocked by Vienna, the Austrian Foreign Minister said, slamming Ankara’s alleged human rights violations in the post-coup crackdown on any opposition.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Most French people fear terror acts in Christmas holidays

More than two thirds of French citizens believe terrorist attacks will hit their country during Christmas celebration, according to a survey released on Friday.

Friday, December 9, 2016

US ‘Fake News’ Controversy Fuels New Era of McCarthyism

The calls to suppress independent alternative news web sites and other information platforms in the United States are the start of a new era of false accusations and repression like the Joe McCarthy hysteria of the 1950s, analysts told Sputnik.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Reports of Turkey border guards killing Syrians denied

A senior official from Turkey has rejected accusations that its border guards shot dead dozens of Syrian refugees and beat many others attempting to cross into the country this year.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Israeli parliament moves forward bill to expropriate private Palestinian lands

The Israeli parliament on Monday night gave preliminary approval to a bill to allow the State to expropriate private Palestinian lands in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Iran jails online models for up to 6 years

An Iranian court has sentenced 12 models - eight females and four males - to jail ranging from one year to six years for violating the Islamic republic’s decency code and promoting ‘vice’.

Italian PM announces resignation after defeat in constitutional referendum

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on early Monday announced resignation, as exit polls suggested a large defeat in the referendum on cabinet-backed constitutional reform which was held on Sunday.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

EU "under threat of populists and neoliberals": PES resolution

The European Union (EU) is "under threat of populists and neoliberals," says a resolution unveiled Saturday upon the conclusion of the three-day meeting of the Party of European Socialists (PES) Council here.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Hundreds of thousands protest for arrest of Jakarta governor accused of blasphemy

The second protest of Jakarta's governor was almost as big as the first, making clear some residents in the city want to see Basuki Tjahaja Purnama jailed for allegedly insulting the Quran.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

German Chancellor 'Merkel is Responsible' for Rise of Euroscepticism in EU

Euroscepticism is becoming increasingly popular in Europe as the EU authorities fail to meet people’s expectations and solve their problems, experts told Sputnik, commenting on a recent poll that showed the idea of Brexit-like referendums is gaining popularity across the European Union.

Over 76,000 Iraqi people displaced by Mosul military operations, UN relief wing says

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that more than 76,000 Iraqi people have been displaced by the military operations in Mosul, Farhan Haq, the deputy UN spokesman, told reporters here Wednesday.

Five million of our brothers: It is Turks who will shape Europe's future

Europe's future depends on the Turks who live there, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a large public rally on Thursday.