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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. [embedded content] “Basically in the negotiations the Mexican government stopped [US President Donald] Trump from turning it …

Feb 22 2020

Ansar Allah shot down a Saudi coalition spy drone east of the al-Khuba area

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

Yemeni Armed Forces Spokesman Yahya Sari: Tomorrow 5 new air defense systems will be unveiled

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. Some carried signs with photos of Assange and former US Army soldier Chelsea Manning, who provided WikiLeaks with footage purportedly …

Feb 22 2020

Military source: Any violation of the Syrian airspace will be dealt with as an external military aggression, orders were given to the Air Force and Air Defense to confront it

Military source: Any violation of the Syrian airspace will be dealt with as an external military aggression, orders were given to the Air Force and Air Defense to confront it – Syrian Arab News Agency jQuery(document).ready(function (){ jQuery(“.menu-item”).has(“ul”).children(“a”).attr(“aria-haspopup”, “true”);}); <!—-> News Ticker

Feb 22 2020

Transport Minister: Damascus-Aleppo int’l highway officially opened

Aleppo, SANA_ The Ministry of Transport on Saturday announced that Damascus-Aleppo international highway was officially opened to traffic. In a statement to reporters from Aleppo, Minister of Transport Ali Hammoud said that Damascus-Aleppo international highway is officially opened to traffic and it is at the full disposal of citizens. He indicated that work began to rehabilitate the railway from Homs to Hama and then to Aleppo, which will be completed within the next few months. Earlier, the transport companies run their journeys from Damascus, Homs and Hama gradually to Aleppo city via the international highway after the Syrian Arab Army’s …

Feb 22 2020

Army continues operations against terrorists in countryside of Idleb, Aleppo, destroys their headquarters, equipment and vehicles

Aleppo/Idleb_ Syrian Arab Army units, during their continuous operations against terrorism in the countryside of Idleb and Aleppo, destroyed, with precision missile strikes, terrorist groups’ headquarters, equipment and vehicles. SANA reporter in Idleb said that the army units carried out new operations, during which they carried out  concentrated rocket strikes on the positions of Erdogan’s regime-backed terrorist groups in the towns of Juzif , Sfouhen, Kafr Awayd, Kansafra, Ahsem, Binin, al-Futira, al-Bara and Sarjah in Jabal al-Zawiya, in addition to al-Mastumah in Idleb countryside. The strikes resulted in the killing of many terrorists, the destruction of their equipment and vehicles …

Feb 22 2020

Turkey Deploys Air-Defense Systems Along Border With Syria’s Idlib (Photos)

Donate On February 22, the Turkish military deployed at least one Atilgan Pedestal-Mounted Air Defence Missile System (PMADS) along the border with Syria’s Greater Idlib. Several sources shared photos showing a truck carrying the system in a border region, likely the southern province of Hatay. Turkish activists claimed that the system will be later redeployed to Greater Idlib. These claims have not been verified, yet. #Turkey is transferring to the Syrian-Turkish border ATILGAN short-range air defense systems based on the M113a2 ATILGAN PMADS (Pedestal-Mounted Air Defense Missile System) is a fully automated short-range air defense system using Stinger-type missilesits Just …

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

🔴 Live: Protest against right-wing groups in Hanau in the wake of shooting

Ruptly is live from Hanau on Saturday, Feberuary 22, as hundreds are expected to march against racism and right-wing extremist groups in the wake of of the recent double shooting that left 11 people dead in the same city. On Wednesday, a gunman opened fire outside one shisha bar in Hanau’s Heumarkt district and drove off to a second location in the Kesselstadt district where he opened fire again, killing a total of nine people and injuring several others late on Wednesday evening. The attacker was a 43-year-old German citizen from Hanau. Together with his 72-year-old mother, he was found …

Feb 22 2020

Syrian, Russian Airstrikes Destroy More Vehicles In Greater Idlib

Donate Su-25 aircrafts in Syria. FILE IMAGE: Vadim Grishankin/Russian Defense Ministry Press and Information Office/TASSu Late on February 21, Syrian and Russian warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on Greater Idlib, targeting several vehicles in the northwestern region. According to pro-government sources, at least nine vehicles, including many battle tanks, were destroyed between the towns of Mjdlya and Sarmin in southern Idlib. The vehicles were most likely supplied by Turkey to its proxies in the region. Two days ago, the Turkish military and its proxies, including al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), launched a large-scale attack on SAA positions in …

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

Video: Hunting down terrorists and Turkish tanks in Idlib!

One of the highlights of the clip is the targeting of Turkish Sabra tanks that were providing artillery support for terrorists on the Nayrab axis. Targeting Turkish tanks and releasing its images is a clear message from the Syrian and Russian military against Turkish aggression. Turkish forces also yesterday in a desperate attempt tried to target a Russian Sukhoi aircraft from the Qaminas village with MANPAD which was failed. Download video

Feb 22 2020

🔴 Live: Assange supporters and public figures hold march in London ahead of extradition hearing

Please be aware that this event will feature music that might be copyrighted. Ruptly is live form London on Saturday, February 22, as activists are set to hold a protest-march from Australia House to Parliament Square in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The demonstration comes two days before Assange is expected to attend his extradition hearing at the Woolwich Crown Court in London. Assange’s father John Shipton is expected to be joined following the march by Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters, Singer Mathangi Arulpragasam – better known as M.I.A. – and Former Greek Finance Minister and leader of the …

Feb 22 2020

Syrian War Diary – February 2016

Donate Dear friends, SouthFront is now offering a new video product: “Syrian War Diary“. Over the past several years, the Syrian conflict has passed through several turning points. Now the military and diplomatic situation is quite different to what we observed before the start of the Russian military operation in 2015. “Syrian War Diary” videos unite SouthFront’s War Reports produced during this period and provide a retrospective of these developments. [embedded content] Donate

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

Military Situation In Southern Idlib On February 22, 2020 (Map Update)

Donate Click to see the full-size image This map provides a general look at the military situation in southern Idlib after the recent failed attempt of the Turkish Army and its proxies to capture the village of Nayrab. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate

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

Military Situation In Yemen On February 22, 2020 (Map Update)

Donate Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in Yemen: According to a Yemeni Armed Forces spokesman, 12 Sammad 3 UAVs, two cruise missiles and a long-range Zulfaqar missile have targeted the Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Yanbu. Ceasefire violations were reported in al-Hudaydah; Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck the Ghayl area 9 times; Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck the Nihm area 5 times; Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck the Hayran area 7 times; MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate

Feb 22 2020

Military Situation In Afghanistan On February 22, 2020 (Map Update)

Donate Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in Afghanistan: The UN reported that 3,403 civilians were killed and 6,989 were injured as a result of the ongoing conflict in 2019; At least four security force members were killed in a clash with the Taliban near Korak Arabiya village in the province of Sar-e-Pul; The reduction of violence plan agreed by the Taliban and the US started on February 22. It’s intended for 7 days and is expected to be finalized with a US-Taliban deal on the conflict; The Taliban killed 8 police officers …

Feb 22 2020

USA: Trump attacks Democratic candidates at campaign rally in Las Vegas

US President Donald Trump attacked Democratic presidential candidates during a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Friday, on the eve of Nevada caucuses. “I see these phonies, the do-nothing Democrats, they said today that [Russian President Vladimir] ‘Putin wants to be sure that Trump gets elected’. Here we go again,” said Trump. “Wouldn’t [Putin] rather have – let’s say Bernie – wouldn’t he rather have Bernie, who honeymooned in Moscow. These people are crazy. That’s all they think about, they don’t think about the country, they don’t think about jobs, they don’t think about lowering your drug costs, infrastructure.” Trump …

Feb 22 2020

Military Situation In Northwestern Syria On February 22, 2020 (Map Update)

Donate Click to see the full-size image A brief overview of the recent developments in northwestern Syria: MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate

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

USA: Bloomberg ‘has no right to buy the presidency’ – Sanders on eve of Nevada caucuses

The Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held his last rally ahead of the state’s primary elections in Las Vegas on Friday, lashing out at fellow candidate Michael Bloomberg for ‘buying’ the presidency. “Bloomberg has every right in the world to run for president, he has no right to buy the presidency,” said Sanders while addressing a crowd of supporters. Sanders also stressed the need of having an economy and government that work for everyone and spoke about what his campaign is aiming for. “The American people, regardless of their political views, understand that we have a corrupt political system. That’s …

Feb 22 2020

Syria: SAA convoy seen heading towards Idlib for reinforcements

A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) convoy was seen heading towards the northwestern city of Idlib on Friday. Footage shows vehicles and tanks on the road in Idlib province, where the Syrian army has been fighting against opposition militant groups and rapidly regaining control of areas. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that a Turkish military operation to push back the SAA from Idlib province was a “matter of time.” Ankara increased its military presence in Idlib after the SAA announced it had regained full control over the towns and villages surrounding Aleppo following an extensive offensive against militants.

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

Temperatures to drop, scattered showers expected

Related Articles Damascus, SANA- Temperatures will drop slightly to be around average as the country is still affected by low air pressure in all layers of the atmosphere. Meteorology Department expected in its Saturday bulletin that the weather will be partly cloudy to cloudy and scattered showers are expected in the coastal, northern and Jazeera areas. The expected temperatures in some major Syrian cities will be as follows: Damascus 13/5, Homs 14/9, Tartous 16/12 and Aleppo 14/7. Hybah Sleman/ Mazen Eyon

Feb 22 2020

USA: Buttigieg makes final push for support ahead of Nevada caucuses

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg made his final bid to voters at a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Friday, on the eve of Nevada caucuses. The former South Bend mayor was welcomed on stage by actor Michael J. Fox. Once on the podium, the Democratic hopeful addressed a crowd of supporters and said “so much depends on the choice that you are about to make in Nevada, because you are voting, you’re caucusing early, you’ve got a thumb on the scale in that American decision.” Buttigieg also touched on migrant detention centres and said “there should be no such …

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

Daesh remnants commit a massacre against 11 civilians in Syrian Badyah

Related Articles Raqqa, SANA-Remnants of Daesh terrorist organization committed a massacre against 11 civilians on Friday while they were herding their sheep in Sabkhah desert to the south of Raqqa province near the region 55 KM where US occupation forces are illegitimately positioned. Civil sources said that remnants of Daesh terrorist group executed 11 civilians while they were grazing their sheep in the vicinity of villages of al-Ghanem and Zur Shomar to the east of Sabkhah town after hand-cuffing them and shooting fire on their heads. The sources added that the terrorists, who had committed the massacre, used motorbikes and   …

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

Afghanistan: Sar-e Pol under Abdullah Abdullah!

Yesterday Mohammed Nour Rahmani was appointed by Abdullah Abdullah as the governor of Sar-e Pol, and supporters of General Dostum marched in support of him today and gathered in front of the governor’s office. Sar-e Pol Province, with a population of more than 700,000, is located in northern Afghanistan and has a significant role in controlling the northern parts of the country. The majority of the province’s residents are Hazaras and Uzbeks.

Feb 22 2020

Syria: Clashes continue between SAA and Turkish-backed militants in Idlib countryside

Clashes continued between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Turkish-backed militants near Nayrab, in the Idlib countryside in northwestern Syria, on Friday. Footage captured pro-government soldiers firing artillery and smoke billowing in the distance. The clashes erupted after Ankara-backed militants reportedly targeted Syrian government forces in the Idlib countryside on Thursday, seeking to establish control of Nayrab, a getaway to the strategic city of Saraqib.

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

SANA camera observes jails and arms left by terrorists in Aleppo northwestern countryside

Aleppo, SANA-SANA camera escorted army units while dismantling mines and explosives from the villages and towns on Aleppo-Ezaz international highway. The camera observed a number of dens left by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists including jails, documents and different arms. Mazen

Feb 22 2020

Temporary Ceasefire Began in Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani has ordered Afghan security forces to stop their attacks on the Taliban positions from 12pm tonight and have only defensive positions against attacks from the other side. He has excluded operations against ISIS, al-Qaeda and other groups from the order.The Taliban, meanwhile, has ordered all its forces to be on alert and banned them from attacking government and foreign positions for up to seven days.

Feb 22 2020

T-155 Firtina 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer (Infographics)

Donate Click to see the full-size image The T-155 Firtina is a Turkish 155 mm self-propelled howitzer developed on the basis of the K9 Thunder that was developed by South Korea’s Samsung Techwin. T-155 Firtina howitzers are the core of the Turkish artillery force employed for operations in Syria. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Donate

Feb 22 2020

Trump Not Giving Up On “Military Options” For Maduro’s Ouster, Considers Naval Blockade

Donate Originally appeared at ZeroHedge Despite Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro emerging victorious after last year’s tumultuous events, which included a US assisted coup attempt by a faction of the military last Spring, out of which Washington also maintained a diplomatic fiction that opposition leader Juan Guaidó is actually the president, it appears the White House is still considering military options against Maduro. Bloomberg reports “President Donald Trump is frustrated that pressure is building too slowly on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and is still considering military options in the country, including a naval blockade, a senior administration official said.” Image via CNN Apparently …

Feb 22 2020

Turkish Complains About ‘Opressed Idlib Moderate Rebels’ Found No Understanding In Moscow

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE: AP Photo TASS reports (source): Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that Russia is seriously concerned over extremists’ aggressive actions in Syria’s Idlib governorate, the Kremlin press service said on Friday after their telephone conversation. “The focus was again made on the current situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Vladimir Putin expressed serious concern over ongoing aggressive actions of extremist groups,” the press service stated. “The two presidents stressed the necessity of unconditional commitment to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Kremlin added. The two leaders agreed to invigorate inter-ministerial consultations on …

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

Chile: Tear gas and water cannon deployed against anti-government protesters

Thousand of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Santiago on Friday, to demand social reform in Chile. Protesters gathered in central Plaza Italia – called ‘Plaza de la Dignidad’ by protesters – where they faced off with riot police, who tried to disperse them with tear gas and water cannons. Chile has been rocked by nation-wide protests since October, which were triggered by a now-withdrawn increase in subway fares. Social discontent has been fuelled by frustration with President Sebastian Pinera’s policies and growing inequality.

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

Colombia: Teachers take to the streets of Bogota for second day of national strike

Thousands of public school teachers took to the streets of Bogota for the second consecutive day of national strike on Friday. Footage shows the educators marching through the streets of the Colombian capital holding banners and signs and calling out violence against teachers, which according to the Colombian Federation of Education Workers (FECODE) claimed the lives of 14 teachers in 2019. The strike has been called against a backdrop of rising violence against teachers and social leaders, with teachers also demanding the government stick to agreements to increase education funding as well as improving benefits for educators. The protesters called …

Feb 22 2020

USA: Fury and Wilder face off for pre-fight weight-in

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and his challenger Tyson Fury faced off during the official pre-fight weight-in at Las Vegas on Friday, ahead of their highly anticipated upcoming heavyweight title rematch. Footage shows the two champions walking on stage and weighing in as the audience cheered them on. The rematch bout between the two unbeaten heavyweight champions was dubbed ‘Unfinished Business’ after their previous clash in 2018 ended in a controversial split decision draw. Their highly anticipated fight is set for Saturday 22 February and is to be held in Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena.