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Jun 15 2021

Reports of Israeli strikes in Gaza, 1st under new government & after ceasefire that ended 11-day war (VIDEOS)

Israeli forces have launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, according to reports, the first offensive since a new coalition government took power, coming just weeks after an 11-day conflict with the Palestinian enclave. Blasts were heard at multiple locations in Gaza around 1:00am local time on Wednesday, Reuters and AFP reported, while a radio station operated by the Hamas militant group said strikes targeted a Palestinian training camp. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) did not confirm the operations and has not commented on the reports. Also on rt.com Biden congratulates new Israeli PM Bennett after Netanyahu ousted from power Footage …

Jun 15 2021

US government considers at least some UFOs to be ‘EXTRATERRESTRIAL’ & ‘EXTRADIMENSIONAL’, ex-intel official says

The US government is aware of UFOs that defy any conventional explanation despite extensive analysis, a former official who investigated such issues said, adding that Washington considers them to be possibly of alien origin. US officials have collected data on some “extraordinary” UFOs, Luis Elizondo, former director of the military’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), a task force investigating these phenomena, told Washington Examiner. It is “nothing more than an infinitesimally small possibility” that such objects could have been creations of some engineers from Russia, China or the US itself – as well as of any human civilization at …

Jun 15 2021

Taliban captured Gusfandi district in Sar-e Pol

According to ISWNews local sources, popular forces in other areas of Sar-e Pol province retreated to Balkhab district. Taliban is advancing toward Dare Zari, Amrakh, Maghzaz and Posht-e Gardaneh and if occupy them, Balkhab district will be sieged from three directions by Taliban. From the seven districts in Sar-e Pol province only two districts, i.e., Balkhab district and the Sar-e Pol capital are in the hand of government and popular forces. FORUM

Jun 15 2021

American workers experience more daily stress than rest of the world – poll

A Gallup poll has shown that US and Canadian employees have become more stressed by their work days than the rest of the world since the Covid-19 pandemic started. While Gallup’s annual State of the Global Workplace report highlighted that many are positive about the future as businesses begin reopening and pandemic-era restrictions are rolled back, it also found that a majority of US and Canada workers (57%), combined for the survey, have felt daily stress from their workloads.  That number is an 8% uptick from 2019. While the Covid-19 pandemic placed many new hurdles in front of businesses and …

Jun 15 2021

Latest Updates on Yemen, 15 June 2021

1- Marib:Clashes between Saudi-led forces and AnsarAllah resumed in Dash al-Haqan, Idat al-Raa and Atif. 2- Saudi coalition air raids in the last 48 hours:– 35 times Sarwah district and 2 times Madghal district, Marib province.– 3 times Kitaf district and once Boqa’ outskirt, Saadah province.– Once Haradh district, Hajjah province. 3- Al Hudaydah:– Saudi coalition violated ceasefire 199 times in the last 48 hours.– Saudi coalition drones bombed Jabaliyah area two times. 4- Ansar Allah released the pictures of 12 Saudi and Sudanese prisoners captured during Jizan operation. FORUM

Jun 15 2021

Gates empire still intact as newly-divorced Melinda recasts herself as HR maven to Biden administration – reports

Melinda Gates, who split with Microsoft founder-turned-vaccine-evangelist Bill Gates last month in a surprise but reportedly long-brewing divorce, is diving into politics, according to an Axios report on her policy ambitions. Now calling herself Melinda French Gates, the billionaire’s former spouse has wasted no time seeking out a selection of senior figures in domestic policy to woo with her infrastructure plans, the report says. On Monday, she ventured to Washington, DC on a mission to talk paid leave with White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, while she plans to visit Senator Patty Murray …

Jun 15 2021

‘We’ve been waiting a lifetime’: Ex-Finland star says ‘pressure is on Russia’ as he talks national pride ahead of Euro 2020 clash

Finland fans have been waiting a lifetime for their Euro 2020 adventure and the team head into their Group B clash against Russia in St. Petersburg with all the pressure on the hosts, according to former Finnish star Paulus Roiha. Making a maiden appearance at a major tournament finals, Finland have already surprised many by beating Denmark 1-0 in their opening game in Copenhagen on Saturday. Any joy at the result was tempered somewhat by the worrying scenes with Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen during that match, although fans will have found comfort from the news that the Inter Milan star …

Jun 15 2021

Euro 2020: Wild scenes as parachutist hurtles from sky, crashes & is comforted by Rudiger… who’s accused of biting Pogba (VIDEO)

A Greenpeace activist hurtled to the ground in a parachute in a terrifying incident before France played Germany at Euro 2020 – and Antonio Rudiger won praise for helping him up before drawing disgust over a clash with Paul Pogba. There were fears that the man, who had clearly lost controlled of his direction as he tumbled from the sky in the alarming descent, had been seriously injured or hurt members of the crowd after he plunged towards the main stand before landing on the turf at shocking speed. His trajectory included a collision with the overhead ‘spider cam’, and his …

Jun 15 2021

‘I see this constantly’: VIDEO shows thief casually and openly robbing Walgreens, as businesses flee San Francisco

Footage taken by a San Francisco reporter has highlighted the rampant issues driving businesses out of the city, as a man casually robbed a Walgreens while onlookers and security did nothing. The video was taken on Monday and shows multiple onlookers filming a man stuffing a trash bag full of items from a Walgreens and then riding away on a Lyft bike, the biggest threat to his theft a half-hearted attempt by an observing security guard trying to take his bag.  ABC7 reporter Lyanne Melendez took the footage while on her day off and said the bizarre video only exemplifies …

Jun 15 2021

Putin: Humanitarian Aid In Syria Must Be Provided Without Discrimination

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Khaled Iskef. Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that the process of providing humanitarian aid in Syria must be carried out for all residents of the country without discrimination, and that it must be conducted through the country’s central government. Putin’s statement came during an interview with the American channel “NBC”, in which he said: “Unfortunately, too many tragedies have occurred in Syria, and all our measures in general must aim at stabilizing the situation and returning it to a normal course.” Putin pointed out that the Syrian state, with Russia’s support, has recovered …

Jun 15 2021

What Do Recent Changes In Chile Mean For Latin America And The World?

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Jhr Cronos. Surely most of you know that in Chile, the recently elected constituent assembly to throw away Pinochet’s constitution will be dominated by independents with a left-leaning tendency, and by left-wing parties. Most do not know, however, that the Communist Party fully entered the constituency and also won the government of several Chilean provinces and cities, including the capital Santiago. On the other hand, a fair number of the constituents are from the center left (former president Bachelet’s group), which could and will try to associate with the right wing parties to defend …

Jun 15 2021

Extradition of former Hollywood producer Weinstein to face rape, sexual assault charges in LA approved by New York judge

Disgraced former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein can be extradited from New York to California to face rape and sexual assault charges, a judge in Buffalo ruled on Tuesday. In March 2020, the film producer was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted in New York of rape and sexual assault in a case that sparked the #MeToo movement. Soon after sentencing, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office launched efforts to extradite Weinstein to California to face charges there that he raped one woman and sexually assaulted another in 2013. In April 2021, an LA County grand jury indicted …

Jun 15 2021

Turkish Military Mobilization In “De-Escalation” Zone In Syria

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Khaled Iskef. The Turkish forces continue to mobilize their soldiers alongside the militias affiliated with them on the battle fronts with the Syrian army within the “de-escalation” area in northern Syria. On June 14, major movements of Turkish military columns were spotted moving to the fronts in the northern countryside of Latakia and the Al-Ghab Plain in particular. The sources confirmed that military crowds represented by more than 15 armored vehicles and a truck transporting Turkish soldiers had headed to the battlefronts in the Al-Ghab Plain in the countryside of Hama, while other military …

Jun 15 2021

Jon Stewart, no! Ex-Daily Show host baffles fans by endorsing Wuhan lab leak theory that’s now apparently OK to discuss on TV

By Nebojsa Malic, senior writer at RT Comedian and Democrat idol Jon Stewart caused whiplash for his many fans by saying the Wuhan lab leak is the most obvious explanation for the origin of Covid-19, something until very recently denounced as racist conspiracy talk. Appearing as the first guest on the first post-lockdown live show of his onetime Daily Show colleague Stephen Colbert on Monday night, at one point Stewart went on a rant about the origin of the coronavirus. “Oh my god, there’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China, what do we do? Oh, you know who we …

Jun 15 2021

Ex-Women’s NBA star Shoni Schimmel hit with huge bail fee after being arrested on felony charges of assault and criminal mischief

Ex-Louisville and WNBA star Shoni Schimmel is facing felony charges of assault and criminal mischief after being apprehended in her home state of Oregon early on Monday morning, the county sherriff’s office has confirmed. The reasons behind Schimmel’s detainment are yet to be made clear, and the women’s basketball great has also been hit with the lesser misdemeanor charges of menacing, recklessly endangering another, harassment and domestic abuse. The 29-year-old was reportedly yet to be released from custody on Tuesday, with her bail set at a whopping $48,750. A three-time All-Conference first-teamer, Schimmel is the second-highest scorer in Louisville history courtesy …

Jun 15 2021

‘Good luck today, Germany’: Supermodel Heidi Klum leaves very little to the imagination as she cheers nation in tiny football top

Germany fan Heidi Klum has worn a barely-there shirt for a special message to her nation’s football team ahead of their titanic Euro 2020 clash with France, showing off much of her chest while wearing tiny bikini bottoms. In an announcement that may not have been entirely intended to flash the focus on Die Mannschaft, skin-baring Klum seized the hours before kick-off in Munich to pose for the cameras in an eye-catchingly skimpy outfit. The adventurous 48-year-old’s outfit included a cut-off Germany home shirt, drawn up to give viewers an eyeful as she raised two thumbs in what looked like a …

Jun 15 2021

WATCH: RT captures arrival of US Air Force One in Geneva LIVE as Biden lands in Switzerland ahead of meeting with Putin

RT’s crew has captured what appears to be the arrival of US Air Force One in Geneva as they were reporting live a day before US President Joe Biden’s meeting with the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin. RT correspondents Saskia Taylor and Peter Oliver were just reporting live from Geneva, where preparations for the summit between the two leaders were in full swing, when they noticed what appeared to be US Air Force One descending ahead of its landing at Cointrin Airport. “That does look like a 747,” Oliver said as the crew’s camera zoomed in on the aircraft, which closely …

Jun 15 2021

‘They won’t even let me talk about San Antonio anymore’: NBA don Barkley says cancel culture has stopped him from making fat jokes

NBA motormouth Charles Barkley has blasted cancel culture and lamented the fact that he cannot joke about the “big ol’ women down in San Antonio” and other larger females in his capacity as a basketball pundit. Barkley has been known to discuss the “big a** women” of the Texan city for some years in his role as a popular TV pundit in the US. But he has always made a point of claiming that it is a joke and pointing out that he loves his big fans.  After a recent online piece laid into Barkley for “fat-shaming shtick”, though, he claims that the show’s …

Jun 15 2021

US Covid-19 death toll surpasses 600,000, Johns Hopkins University data shows

More than 600,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US – more than any other country – the latest pandemic data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed on Tuesday. US President Joe Biden described the count as a “sad milestone” when he spoke at the NATO summit on Monday, while urging his fellow Americans to “get vaccinated as soon as possible.” After the US, Brazil has recorded the most fatalities from the pandemic with more than 488,000, followed by India which has recorded over 377,000 deaths. Also on rt.com Debate has become yet another casualty of Covid-19, we must …

Jun 15 2021

Syrian-Cuban Friendship Committee discusses parliamentary ties with Cuban Ambassador

Damascus, SANA- the Syrian –Cuban Friendship committee at the people’s Assembly discussed on Tuesday with Ambassador of Republic of Cuba in Damascus, Miguel Porto Barga , means of enhancing and developing  parliamentary relations between two countries . The Ambassador of Cuba affirmed that presidential election and the winning of Dr. Bashar al-Assad dealt a blow to the US and its allies, appreciating the great sacrifices offered by the Syrian Arab Army in the face of terrorist organizations, without which terrorism would have reached to the Latin American continent. He called for the development of Cuban-Syrian relations at all levels and …

Jun 15 2021

Starter for 10: Cristiano Ronaldo beats Michel Platini’s Euro goals record as Portugal battle past Hungary in front of 60,000 fans

Cristiano Ronaldo broke France legend Michel Platini’s record as part of a late brace to see off Hungary at a full Budapest stadium in Portugal’s Euro 2020 opener, beating the side who nearly knocked them out of Euro 2016. Targeting an easier group stage than they managed at the last finals, when two Ronaldo goals rescued a point and third place in an epic 3-3 draw with Hungary, Portugal were confronted by hosts clearly eager to pressure their passing from the outset. Diogo Jota had a shot saved by Peter Gulacsi with six minutes gone, although that left Ronaldo, becoming the first player …

Jun 15 2021

Met Police question man, ‘actively seek’ another after anti-lockdown protesters chase BBC journalist through London

London’s Metropolitan Police have questioned one man and are hunting a second after BBC Newsnight’s political editor Nicholas Watt was chased through the streets of the UK capital during a protest against Covid-19 restrictions. Officers have interviewed a man in his 50s at a police station in Hertfordshire and are searching for a second man who has been identified, the Met said in a statement on Tuesday. UPDATE: A man in his 50s is being interviewed by Met detectives at a Herts police station in connection with an incident where a journalist was aggressively confronted and chased in Whitehall yesterday …

Jun 15 2021

Cham wings runs its direct flights from Damascus to Emirates, next week

Damascus, SANA-Cham Wings Airlines company announced the return of its direct flights from Damascus to the United Arab Emirates, starting from the beginning of next week, at a rate of one flight per a week. The company indicated that it will start as of the beginning of next week, to operate its direct flights again from Damascus International Airport to Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, after a hiatus for a period of time in the light of Corona pandemic, pointing out that the company’s passengers will be able to  travel directly without trouble. Bushra Dabin/ Mazen Eyon …

Jun 15 2021

Deir Ezzor Water department: 67 water stations Rehabilitated and put into service since 2017

Deir-Ezzor, SANA-The drinking water sector in Deir -Ezzor province has witnessed a remarkable improvement since it was liberated from terrorism and recovered after supplying  large areas with water pumping stations that were rehabilitated and brought into service despite the extent of sabotage caused by terrorism. Director of the General Establishment  for Drinking Water in Deir Ezzor, Rabie al-Ali, said in a statement to SANA reporter that the establishment is working to secure potable water for all areas of the governorate, particularly  those liberated from terrorism, through the main and model water stations, which number 67 out of 71 stations in …

Jun 15 2021

NATO Bids Farewell To Afghanistan, As Taliban Prepare To Win

Support SouthFront To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : Monero (XMR): 49HqitRzdnhYjgTEAhgGpCfsjdTeMbUTU6cyR4JV1R7k2Eej9rGT8JpFiYDa4tZM6RZiFrHmMzgSrhHEqpDYKBe5B2ufNsLBTC: bc1qw4cxpe6sxa5dg6sdwxjph959cw6yztrzl4r54sBITCOINCASH: qq3vlashthktqpeppuv7trmw070e3mydgq63zq348vOR CONTACT US : [email protected] The United States and its NATO allies bid a symbolic farewell to Afghanistan and the war that’s still going on there. On June 14th, at the NATO summit, a goodbye was said to the efforts in Afghanistan. The 18-year effort cost the United States alone $2.26 trillion, and the price in lives includes 2,442 American troops and 1,144 …

Jun 15 2021

Push yourself: 10yo Russian boy ‘breaks world record by performing 5,713 push-ups in 3-and-a-half hours’ in endurance epic (VIDEO)

A herculean schoolboy who ran miles every day in between arduous practise sessions has reportedly smashed the world push-up record, claiming the title in front of a flash mob in a sports complex in the Surgut district of Russia. Tenacious ten-year-old Ilman Khadzhimuradov, from the village of Fyodorovsky, is said to have managed an astonishing 5,713 push-ups during a mammoth three-and-a-half hour strength session, beating the formidable previous record of 4,784 repetitions, which reputedly belonged to a ten-year-old from the Chechen capital of Grozny. The determined youngster had to perform each push-up in one move without taking his hands off the floor, …

Jun 15 2021

Syria participates in high-level virtual dialogue on desertification and drought

Damascus, SANA-With the participation of Syria, the United Nations General Assembly held a high-level virtual dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought at the United Nations headquarters in New York to assess the progress made in this field and global efforts to revive and restore lands, in the presence of ministers and sides concerned in agriculture, representatives of governments, international institutions and international organizations. The dialogue, which was held on Tuesday  aims to focus the attention of the international community on land issues, encourage all member states to adopt and implement LDN (Land Degradation Neutrality )targets and national drought plans, …

Jun 15 2021

Slovak Supreme Court cancels acquittal of accused in high-profile journalist murder case, orders new trial

Slovakia’s Supreme Court has annulled the acquittal of a businessman accused of setting up the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, who were shot dead in 2018, and has requested a new trial. In September, the Specialized Criminal Court had declared the accused, Marian Kocner, and his associate Alena Zsuzsova not guilty of orchestrating and paying for the hit on the two 27-year-olds, whose deaths rocked Slovakia. However, the state appealed against the verdicts and on Tuesday a three-judge Supreme Court panel ordered the two men be retried. The Supreme Court also upheld the judges’ guilty …

Jun 15 2021

US helicopters remove military and logistic supplies to their base in al-Shaddadi, south of Hasaka

Hasaka, SANA- US occupation forces continued enforcing their bases in Syrian al- Jazeera area as they transported via their military helicopters logistic materials and military equipment to their base in al- Shaddadi in Hasaka southern countryside. SANA reporter quoted local sources as saying “The atmospheres in al-Shaddadi in Hasaka southern countryside have witnessed heavy movement of US airplanes, most of them were coming from the Iraqi side, which landed on the occupation base on the sides of al-Shaddadi city carrying on board logistic enforcements and military equipment. Baraa Ali / Mazen Eyon FORUM

Jun 15 2021

‘Racist’ songs & alleged sexual abuse: Four German soldiers recalled from NATO mission in Lithuania over ‘misconduct’

Four Bundeswehr soldiers were called back from a NATO “Enhanced Forward Presence” mission in Lithuania amid allegations they were involved in ‘racist’ and ‘extremist’ actsm as well as alleged sexual abuse at a ‘wild’ party. The German Armed Forces have once again found themselves at a center of a scandal over allegedly serious “misconduct” of its soldiers. Several German servicemen deployed to the Baltic state of Lithuania as part of a NATO mission are suspected of singing “racist” songs and allegedly committing a sexual assault against a fellow female soldier, which is said to have been filmed. “As far as …

Jun 15 2021

Ambassador Khaddour presents credentials to the International Anti-Corruption Academy   

                          Vienna, SANA- Ambassador Hassan Khaddour, Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, presented his credentials to the Dean of the International Anti-Corruption Academy ( IACA) Thomas Stelzer.  During the meeting, Ambassador Khaddour expressed appreciation for the importance of the Academy’s work in providing support and capacity-building for every country seeking to combat corruption. He briefed Stelzer on the catastrophic repercussions of the years-long terrorist war on Syria, including the systematic destruction of infrastructure and the spread of corruption by countries supporting terrorism …

Jun 15 2021

Syria gains two bronzes medals and a certificate of appreciation in the 2021 Asian Mathematical Olympiad

 Damascus, SANA – Syrian Scientific Olympiad team gained two bronze medals and a certificate of appreciation in the 2021 Asian Math Olympiad, which was organized by Indonesia remotely on March 9th and its results were announced today.  Distinction and Creativity Agency said in a statement that the two medals were won by students Al-Hussein Khalil from Tartous and Ali Bakour from Aleppo, while student Muhammad Fouad Al-Maeen from Aleppo received a certificate of appreciation. This is the 11th participation of the students of the Syrian Scientific Olympiad in the Asian Mathematical Olympiad, in which elite of the strongest countries compete. …

Jun 15 2021

Czech Republic calls on EU court to impose €5 million-a-day fine on Poland for breaching order suspending Turow mine

The Czech Republic has asked the EU’s Court of Justice (CJEU) to fine neighboring Poland €5 million a day for failing to immediately cease mining at the Turow lignite mine, due to fears it’s causing environmental pollution. The legal action was confirmed by the court via statements on Tuesday in Czech, Polish and English on their official Twitter account. The CJEU last month ordered Poland to cease coal mining at the site in late May over environmental concerns as an interim measure ahead of its full judgment on the case. The court said operations at the site were “likely to …

Jun 15 2021

Arctic expedition chief warns we’ve ‘set off the beginning of the explosion’ of irreversible global warming

A German scientist who led the largest-ever Arctic expedition to date has warned we might have already reached an irreversible “tipping point” for global warming amid the continued disappearance of summer sea ice. The warning was issued on Tuesday as scientist Markus Rex presented the first findings from the 389-day expedition that ended back in October, which saw 300 scientists from 20 countries collect evidence of the impact of climate change in the Arctic Ocean.  “The disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic is one of the first landmines in this minefield, one of the tipping points that we …

Jun 15 2021

‘We will not let beautiful girls into the locker room’: Tearful pop star Buzova cannot visit players, says Russia boss Cherchesov

Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov has snubbed a suggestion that Olga Buzova, the pop star who was reduced to tears on TV after being challenged on her knowledge of the national team, could enter their inner sanctum at Euro 2020. Focused Cherchesov is desperate for his players to put their first points on the board when they face Finland in their second match of the finals on Wednesday, representing a more eminently winnable game than their unsuccessful opener against top-ranked Belgium. The head coach has been concentrating all of his energies on navigating the group stage at the tournament, which left …

Jun 15 2021

Moscow releases 2020 mortality stats: Excess death figures show Russia suffered more from Covid-19 than comparable Western nations

New figures released by Moscow have revealed that, in 2020, the year the Covid-19 pandemic began, mortality in the country increased by 19%, painting a bleaker picture than previously published in official coronavirus statistics. On Tuesday, Russia’s government statistics agency Rosstat released the final confirmed demographic figures for 2020. According to the official numbers, deaths in the country were 340,300 people compared to the previous year, growing to 2,138,586. Of those additional fatalities, just 144,700 deaths (42.5%) were put down to Covid-19. This new figure is considerably worse than the figures presented by Russia’s official coronavirus headquarters, which reported on …

Jun 15 2021

Alleged Epstein rape victim wants to sue sex offender’s estate for HALF A BILLION to fund bone disease surgery

One of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged rape victims plans to sue the late sex offender’s estate for over $500 million after accusing him of causing her bone disease. Caroline Kaufman claims she was just 17 at the time of her alleged rape, which occurred after she was invited to Epstein’s New York residence for a fake model casting opportunity. 27-year-old Kaufman told The Sun newspaper that she now suffers from the rare osteomyelitis bone disease, which she argues could be the result of Epstein hitting her jaw during the rape. “The jaw issue is caused by an injury in the past, …

Jun 15 2021

‘Deeply sorry’: Lin-Manuel Miranda apologizes for lack of ‘Afro-Latino’ diversity after fellow liberals turn on new musical

‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has apologized to critics after his latest effort, the musical ‘In the Heights’, received backlash for not including enough “Afro-Latino” representation. While ‘In the Heights’ has been praised by some as a “milestone for Latino audiences,” many social activists feel the movie doesn’t live up to such hype over its diversity.  A recent video report from The Root on the film, which just opened in theaters and is streaming through HBO Max, attacked ‘In the Heights’ and Miranda – who created the musical it’s based on and produced the movie – for not including “Afro-Latino” leads …

Jun 15 2021

Easing of Scotland’s Covid-19 lockdown to be delayed by 3 weeks to boost vaccinations, Sturgeon says

Scotland’s Covid-19 lockdown will not be eased for another three weeks, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned, saying that more people must be vaccinated against the virus first. Under the government’s five-tier plan, all areas had been set to enter ‘Level 0’ from June 28, meaning the complete return of the hospitality sector and some large-scale public events. But on Tuesday Sturgeon told MSPs it is “unlikely that any part of the country” will see restrictions eased on that date, with Level 0 not set to kick in until “later in July.” “We need to buy sufficient time for vaccination …

Jun 15 2021

‘Lost, broken, angry, confused and betrayed’: US record holder blames pork burrito on failed drugs test and four-year running ban

Champion American middle distance runner Shelby Houlihan has received a four-year ban for testing positive for a prohibited substance, blaming the fiasco on a pork burrito she ate in her hometown in Oregon. The 2016 Summer Olympics finalist was told in January that an anabolic steroid, nandrolone, had been found in her doping sample. and addressed the scandal through a statement on social media this week. The 28-year-old has denied ever doping and pointed the finger at a porcine snack she says she consumed. “I had never even heard of nandrolone,” she insisted. “I have since learned that it has long been understood by WADA …

Jun 15 2021

Elders and Dignitaries in Homs, Hama and Idleb condemn practices of QSD militia, terrorists linked to Turkish regime

 Homs, SANA – Elders and Dignitaries of Arab Clans and Tribes in Homs, Hama and Idleb condemned practices of QSD militia backed by US occupation and terrorist organizations linked to the Turkish regime.  During a meeting in Homs, elders and Dignitaries of Arab Clans and Tribes denounced in a statement the presence of American and the Turkish occupation forces on the Syrian lands, calling for resistance and standing together to end their presence in the country.  They also condemned the practices of QSD militia and terrorist organizations linked to Turkish regime in northern Syria, especially in the city of Manbij, …

Jun 15 2021

‘Did Disney come to their senses?’ Scandal-hit Gina Carano posts mysterious image & fans are full of hope for her Star Wars return

Actress Gina Carano, who was infamously expelled by Lukasfilm over her social media posts, has spiked the curiosity of her fans with an image that may or may not indicate her return to the galaxy far far away. Carano portrayed Cara Dune in two seasons of the popular Star Wars series ‘The Mandalorian’ before her controversial banishment from the franchise. On Tuesday, she posted an image on her Twitter account that one can easily find befitting the space opera universe. It shows a solitary silhouette in a rocky landscape, with three suns hanging in the sky. While Carano offered no …

Jun 15 2021

Hungary donates state land for Chinese university project after Budapest mayor renames streets after Dalai Lama and Uighurs

Hungary’s parliament has approved a proposal by Viktor Orban’s Fidesz government to donate land owned by the state for a planned Chinese university in the Hungarian capital despite fierce opposition. On Tuesday, Fidesz lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to back a bill which sees Hungary donate four plots of land to a foundation which manages the development of a $2 billion Chinese university campus in Budapest. The law states that the complete proposal for the Chinese university, the first in Europe, must be presented to the parliament by the end of 2022. At that point there will be a referendum on the …

Jun 15 2021

28 Chinese military planes enter Taiwan’s air defense zone in largest fly-over to date, Taipei says

Taiwan’s government has reported that 28 Chinese planes, including fighter jets and nuclear-capable bombers, entered its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the largest ‘incursion’ to date. In a statement released on the Taiwan Ministry of National Defense website, the nation outlined the alleged violation of its ADIZ by the Chinese Communist People’s Liberation Army, which reportedly included fourteen J-16 and 6 J-11 jet fighters, as well as anti-submarine aircraft and nuclear-capable bombers. Taiwan, which China considers an integral part of the country, has reported an increase in China’s fly-overs in recent months, including 25 PLA planes entering the ADIZ …

Jun 15 2021

Greenland cancels flights and sailing from capital Nuuk to clamp down on Covid-19 cases

All flights and sailing out of Greenland’s capital Nuuk have been suspended due to a small outbreak of Covid-19 cases in the southwestern city, the country’s chief medical officer Henrik Hansen has said. “We have a spread of infection in Nuuk and one infected in Ilulissat,” Hansen told a press conference on Tuesday. Five people in the capital have contracted the virus, while one positive case has been recorded in the town of Ilulissat to the north, Sermitsiaq newspaper reported after the media briefing. Three of the cases are in construction workers carrying out upgrades to the airport in Nuuk, …

Jun 15 2021

A million vaccinations a day keeps coronavirus at bay: Japan to administer 1 million doses daily by end of June

Japan’s vaccine chief has revealed an ambitious target of giving one million vaccinations daily by the end of June, with just around 5% of Japan’s population vaccinated against Covid-19 so far. On Tuesday, Taro Kono expressed regret at not speeding up vaccination in Japan: “If I could go back all the way to the beginning, I would have probably scrapped the clinical trial that we did…it’s probably necessary for ordinary times, but in the case of emergency…like Covid-19, I think we should have started the vaccination as early as possible.” At the same time he revealed the country will now …

Jun 15 2021

The Biden-Putin summit is a chance to strike a blow for peace & stability – if Washington can leave domestic politics at the door

By Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs, chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, and research director of the Valdai International Discussion Club. Showdowns between Russian and American leaders quickly become a media storm. Despite both sides playing down the chances of a breakthrough, high hopes and unrealistic expectations mean many observers are still expecting a miracle. The meeting between President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Joe Biden, in Geneva on Wednesday has every chance to leave its mark in history, but there is no reason to think that it will turn …

Jun 15 2021

Blood drive in Quneitra in support of army wounded personnel and thalassemia patients

Quneitra, SANA- In support of the Syrian Arab Army’s wounded personnel and thalassemia patients, Health Ministry, in cooperation with the Blood Bank of Damascus and Martyr Mamdouh Abaza Hospital in Quneitra, organized a blood drive. The participants affirmed that the blood drive came as an expression of the Syrian people’s standing by their army, stressing that drive is a national and humanitarian duty as it supports the hospital to sustain its work and provide medical and health services to patients. Director of the Hospital, Dr. Hassan Arsan told SANA reporter that the drive will contribute to providing blood samples to …

Jun 15 2021

Hungary bans ‘promotion’ of homosexuality and transgenderism to under-18s amid protests

A law prohibiting the sharing of content portraying homosexuality and transgenderism to those under the age of 18 has been passed by Hungary’s National Assembly. The vote passed on Tuesday by a vote of 157-1. The law was included in a larger bill cracking down on pedophilia by creating a register of child sex offenders, implementing stricter punishments for child pornography, and barring pedophile offenders from jobs where they would encounter children. It also singled out the promotion of LGBT affairs in schools. Sex education in schools “must not be aimed” at “promoting homosexuality” or “changing gender,” said Fidesz, the …

Jun 15 2021

$235 for a rack of lamb? Russian communist leader slams major St. Petersburg economic forum for catering to ‘exorbitant wealth’

Veteran Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov has blasted the flashy St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, held earlier this month, raging that it was simply an ostentatious party for the country’s financial elite. Speaking to Kommersant in an interview published on Tuesday, the figurehead of Moscow’s post-Soviet Marxist bloc said that he felt let down by the meeting, which brought together the country’s financial and industrial leaders as well as a number of foreign figures. Zyuganov felt its opulent displays were inappropriate at a time of grave crisis for ordinary people. One of the first major congresses to be held largely …