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Jan 13 2021

Trump says he ‘unequivocally’ condemns attack on US Capitol, vows to ensure safe transition in 1st message after impeachment

Shortly after the House voted to impeach him for the second time, President Donald Trump decried the assault on the US Capitol by his supporters, saying that those who participated in the unrest “attacked” his movement as well. In a video message posted to official White House account on Twitter on Wednesday, Trump struck a conciliatory tone, urging Americans to “overcome the passions of the moment and join together as one American people,” while disavowing those who resorted to violence in the name of his cause. “No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of …

Jan 13 2021

No mask, no money? HSBC warns UK customers they could FORFEIT their accounts if they don’t obey pandemic rules

UK customers who refuse to wear masks inside HSBC branches will be refused service and may have their accounts closed, the bank says. The threat was not well-received, particularly given HSBC’s criminal history. HSBC customers who enter a branch bare-faced without a medical exemption could forfeit their money, a spokesperson told UK tabloid the Mirror on Tuesday. The corporation’s head of branch network for the UK argued bank workers “deserve respect and should not have to face violent or abusive behavior” and encouraged customers to stay home and use HSBC’s digital banking tools rather than going out to the bank. …

Jan 13 2021

USA: Trump becomes first US president to be impeached for a second time

The US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’ as lawmakers accused him of inciting last week’s Capitol attack. The impeachment article was introduced on Monday and processed two days later with all Democrats and 10 Republicans voting yes. The final vote was 232 to 197. Trump becomes the first US President in history to be impeached twice during his time in office by the House of Representatives. The article will now go before the Senate, which will decide whether Trump is convicted and removed from office. Republican majority leader Mitch McConnel …

Jan 13 2021

ISIS Released Photos Of Recent Attack On Nigerian Troops In Yobe

Donate On January 13, ISIS news agency, Amaq, released photos of a recent attack by the group in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe. The attack, which took place on January 10, targeted a gathering of the Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF) near the town of Gujba. ISIS terrorists forced government troops to flee the area following fierce clashes. According to Amaq, five Nigerian service members were killed in the attack. The terrorists also capture a pickup. Three other pickups, a truck, a bus and 7 bulldozers, which were abandoned by government troops during the attack, were set on fire by …

Jan 13 2021

Congresswoman claims office ‘panic buttons’ removed before Capitol riot as Dems demand investigation into ‘suspicious activitity’

Staff for Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) is claiming there is an investigation into office “panic buttons” being removed before the US Capitol riot while other Democrats are demanding a probe into “suspicious activity.” Democrats are leading the charge into conspiracy theories surrounding the siege of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump last week, with multiple claims that more could have been involved in the riot. Pressley’s chief of staff, Sarah Groh, has gained the attention of many social media users thanks to a Boston Globe interview this week where she alleged that panic buttons from the congresswoman’s …

Jan 13 2021

House votes to impeach Trump for ‘insurrection,’ unclear when the case will go to Senate

Arguing he incited an “armed rebellion” against the US, the Democrat-dominated House has voted to impeach President Donald Trump again. But with his term expiring in a week, it is unclear when the trial will proceed. After several hours of debate on Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to formally impeach the president over the January 6 unrest at the US Capitol, when a group of Trump supporters broke into the building and interrupted the joint session of Congress meeting to certify Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 US presidential election. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the …

Jan 13 2021

What are the reasons and purposes of the Aden explosions?

On December 30, when the new cabinet of the resigned government of Mansour Hadi arrived in Aden, the sound of explosions shook Aden airport, killing 26 people and injuring 84 others. So far, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack, and the Saudi coalition media, as usual seeks to accuse Ansar Allah and Iran.The allegations come as the Iranian Foreign Ministry and embassy in Yemen, as well as the Yemeni rescue government, have condemned the rocket attack on Aden airport and denied the allegations. Investigating details of rocket attack on Aden Airport (Map Update) Following a rocket …

Jan 13 2021

‘High protein content’: Insects set to crawl their way onto Europeans’ plates as EU regulator rules MEALWORMS are SAFE to eat

Europeans are a step closer to finding all sorts of creepy crawlies on the menu as the EU Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has officially deemed the first such species – a yellow mealworm, to be specific – safe to eat. The development means that people buying pasta, burgers and even biscuits in a store somewhere in Europe might soon find out that their food is made of mealworms, thoroughly dried and ground into powder, while those of a more adventurous nature may be able to buy a baggie of whole dried insects as a snack. Such possibilities are about to …

Jan 13 2021

Polish zoo welcomes first baby rhino in 155 years

Earlier this week, for the first time in it’s 155-year history, Wroclaw Zoo has welcomed a baby rhino to the family. After a long 16-month pregnancy the baby girl was born on January 6. “It is the first rhino in the history of the zoo, the first Indian rhino, in general the first that was born here. It’s a great joy for us but also a great challenge,” said Justyna Nowicka, an animal keeper at Wroclaw zoo, on Sunday. Indian rhinoceros are a rare species to find. These mammals are kept in only 66 zoos worldwide. The species is also …

Jan 13 2021

A Rare Standoff: EU Condemns US Designating Of Yemen’s Houthis As ‘Terrorists’

Donate In a rare move, the European Union has condemned the US decision to designate Yemen’s Houthis (Ansar Allah) as a terrorist group. The US designated the Houthis as a terrorist group on January 10. The decision is set to come into force on the eve of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. In a statement, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the decision is “risky” and could undermine UN-led efforts to reach a comprehensive solution to the Yemen conflict. “It [The designation] will complicate the necessary diplomatic engagement with Ansar Allah and the work of …

Jan 13 2021

Turkey: Health Minister receives first jab of Chinese vaccine against COVID

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca received his first dose of a jab against COVID in Ankara on Wednesday ahead of the nationwide vaccination campaign. He got an injection of the CoronaVac produced by the Chinese company SinoVac after Turkey approved the use of the treatment. FORUM

Jan 13 2021

⚡️ Live outside US Capitol as Trump impeachment vote begins

Ruptly is live outside the United States’ Capitol on Wednesday, January 13, as the House voted to impeach US President Donald Trump in the wake of last week’s storming of the building by his supporters. The impeachment article was introduced on Monday and refers to alleged ‘incitement of insurrection’ by Trump prior to the deadly US Capitol riots. The vote to impeach the outgoing president is taking place even though Trump is only due to remain in office until January 20, when President-elect Joe Biden is due to be inaugurated. Trump is the first US President to be impeached twice …

Jan 13 2021

‘US Capitol is now a military base’: Photos of National Guard sleeping on Congress floor go viral ahead of Trump impeachment 2.0

Photographs showing members of the National Guard sleeping on the floor of the US Capitol blew up on social media ahead of a vote to call on Vice President Mike Pence to relieve President Trump of his power. Journalists in the Capitol took to Twitter to post the images, which showed the armed troops camping out in hallways by fire extinguishers, educational displays, and even a bust of Abraham Lincoln. “Well this is something I thought I’d never see,” declared the Daily Telegraph’s US editor Ben Riley-Smith, while CBS News reporter Grace Segers called the display “surreal” and “one of the weirdest and most …

Jan 13 2021

‘Perfect storm’: WHO warns second year of fighting Covid-19 could be ‘even tougher’ than the first

Ongoing transmission dynamics show the world needs to brace for an even tougher year of fighting Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, while the disease has turned into the “perfect storm” in Europe and the US. “We are going into a second year of this, it could even be tougher given the transmission dynamics and some of the issues that we are seeing,” WHO’s Health Emergencies chief, Mike Ryan, said during a Q&A session broadcast online on Wednesday. Following a drop in new cases reported over the holiday season, the numbers are “picking up” again – and the …

Jan 13 2021

Switzerland: Libyan committee, UN reps discuss plans for united authority

The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s (LPDF) Advisory Committee met with the United Nations’ representation for the second round of negotiations in Geneva on Wednesday. “During our last meeting, it was clear from the negotiations that the principles and intentions our colleagues presented revolved around a national solution that builds on the road map previously agreed,” said Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General Stephanie Williams. The meeting with the 18 member LPDF committee, consisting of all the social diversities in Libya, was held to iron out issues relating to the selection mechanism for a United Executive Authority that would be elected …

Jan 13 2021

⚡️ Live outside US Capitol as Trump impeachment vote continues

Ruptly is live outside the United States’ Capitol on Wednesday, January 13, as the House voted to impeach US President Donald Trump in the wake of last week’s storming of the building by his supporters. The impeachment article was introduced on Monday and refers to alleged ‘incitement of insurrection’ by Trump prior to the deadly US Capitol riots. The vote to impeach the outgoing president is taking place even though Trump is only due to remain in office until January 20, when President-elect Joe Biden is due to be inaugurated. Trump is the first US President to be impeached twice …

Jan 13 2021

Foreign Ministry: Israeli aggression on areas in Deir Ezzor synchronizes with criminal practices of QSD against Syrian people

Damascus, SANA-Syria has stressed that the flagrant Israeli aggression on areas in Deir Ezzor synchronizes with the criminal practices of QSD militia against the Syrian people in Hasaka, Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, supported by the US administration and the so-called international Coalition, in a clear and uncovered harmony to carry out the US projects. “Israeli occupation authorities, at 1: 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 carried out an air aggression on Deir Ezzor and Al-Boukamal regions,” Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Wednesday in a letter addressed to UN Secretary General and President of Security council. “Government of the …

Jan 13 2021

‘No such thing as election fraud?’ Texas political consultant ARRESTED for ballot harvesting after Project Veritas exposé

A Texas political consultant has been arrested for voter fraud, after her actions were exposed in multiple Project Veritas videos, in which she admitted to ballot harvesting and being paid for “getting the Biden vote out.” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the arrest of Raquel Rodriguez on Wednesday. In a public statement, Paxton called claims that there is no voter fraud “false and misleading.” “Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud. We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence. This is a victory for …

Jan 13 2021

Spain: Firefighters drop food to animals at snow-covered farms from helicopter

Footage released on Wednesday showed a helicopter of the Special Group for Rescue at Altitude of the Community of Madrid (GERA) manoeuvring over a snow-covered livestock farm to deliver fodder for the animals in Colmenar Viejo, north of Madrid. Around 400 animals from 10 farms were fed from the air by the Fire Department’s helicopter in collaboration with the Community of Madrid’s Forestry Brigades. The storm Filomena brought a historic snowfall to the area, the most intense recorded in a 24-hour period since 1971. The Union of Farmers, Stockbreeders and Foresters of the Community of Madrid said there were fears …

Jan 13 2021

Bogdanov, Pedersen discuss settlement process for the crisis in Syria

Related Articles Moscow, SANA-Special representative of Russian President, Deputy Foreign Minister, Michael Bogdanov, discussed with UN envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen, the situation in Syria and the need for boosting a settlement process to the crisis in the country. “The two sides discussed, in a phone call, the situation in Syria and the region with concentration on the need for finding a comprehensive settlement process to the crisis in the country, based on UN Security council resolution No. 2254,” A statement by Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. It added Bogdanov and Pedersen also tackled a number of issues related …

Jan 13 2021

Austria: Clinic installs corona test vending machine in Zell am See

A clinic has installed a coronavirus vending machine in the entrance, removing the need to book an appointment. The automatic dispenser is located in Zell am See, 88km (54 miles) south of Salzburg, and was set up as an easy way for tourists and residents to take a test. The test, costing €115 ($140), works through patients submitting samples after gargling, which is then analysed in the laboratory. This particular method is an alternative to the nose swab. “The feedback for this test is really, really good. The demand is high, because there are many patients who want to give …

Jan 13 2021

‘Stay at home’: Portuguese PM announces new lockdown after record Covid-19 death and infection rates

Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa urged people to stay at home as he announced on Wednesday that the country would enter another national lockdown following record rates of Covid-19 deaths and new cases. “We are at the most dangerous moment [of the pandemic]. The rule is simple: all of us should stay home,” Costa told reporters during a briefing at the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon. On Wednesday, the Portuguese authorities reported a record daily increase of 156 deaths, taking total fatalities to 8,236, which Costa said was “not acceptable.” The country also recorded a further 10,556 new Covid-19 infections – …

Jan 13 2021

Yemen: Latest Updates on Marib front, 13 January 2021

The Saudi-led forces advanced through the areas of Oshal, Rahum and al-Manaqel to the Najd al-Majma’ah area, but according to the released footages, the Saudi-led forces faced heavy resistance by Ansar Allah and the attacks were repulsed.As usual, Saudi coalition warplanes bombed the southern fronts of Marib 12 times in the past 48 hours, providing air support for the Saudi-led forces on the ground. However, as long as Araftan mountain and Najd al-Majma’ah are under Ansar Allah control, Saudi coalition attacks can be easily repulsed, so it can be said that the situation in the south of Marib province is …

Jan 13 2021

Australian scientists urge pause on deployment of AstraZeneca vaccine over efficacy concerns, suggest Pfizer or Moderna instead

Scientists in Australia have called for a halt to the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, claiming recent data has cast doubt on the inoculation’s ability to create herd immunity. The scientists pointed to data from a study published in the Lancet last month that found the British-Swedish vaccine had only 62 percent efficacy, compared with over 90 percent for the Pfizer-BioNTech alternative. A large-scale trial in the UK and Brazil reported a 62 percent effectiveness for those who were vaccinated with two full doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Australia has already purchased 53 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, however. …

Jan 13 2021

Congressman says House is considering EXPELLING or CENSURING pro-Trump members who back election fraud ‘conspiracy theories’

Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colorado) says he and others in the House are looking at possibly censuring or expelling lawmakers who continue to push election fraud theories, including QAnon supporter Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Georgia). In a Wednesday interview with CNN, Crow called Taylor-Greene and “a handful” of other members of Congress “morally bankrupt,”“depraved,” and “dangerous individuals.”  Crow’s statement came in response to a question about a Tuesday night tweet from Taylor-Greene that claimed President Donald Trump “will remain in office.” “President Trump will remain in office. This Hail Mary attempt to remove him from the White House is an attack on …

Jan 13 2021

Turkish Forces Evacuate One Of Their Last Posts Within Damascus-Controlled Territory (Video)

Donate The Turkish Armed Forces have evacuated one of their last two observation posts within government-held territory in northwestern Syria. The post in question is located near the town of Tell Touqan in southern Idlib. Ruptly released on January 13 footage of Turkish troops withdrawing from the post along with their equipment. A unit of the Russian Military Police escorted the departing troops. [embedded content] Turkish troops began evacuating from the Tell Touqan post and a second post located at al-Eis Hilltop in western Aleppo last month. Now, al-Eis is Turkey’s last post in government-held areas. While Turkey is evacuating …

Jan 13 2021

McConnell slaps down Democrat hopes, says he won’t use emergency powers to reconvene Senate for impeachment

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s spokesperson says he won’t consent to the Senate reconvening before January 19, despite Democrat calls for it, likely pushing the Donald Trump impeachment trial into the Biden presidency. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) had been seeking for Senate members to return to work before January 19 in light of the House’s vote on impeachment Wednesday, which many experts feel the Democrat-controlled chamber will vote in favor of.  However, McConnell’s office has reportedly reached out to Schumer’s and said he will not agree to reconvene the Senate under the 2004 emergency authorities. Schumer needed …

Jan 13 2021

Destruction of Palestinian agricultural lands by the Israeli regime + Image

Israeli bulldozers crossed the Gaza Strip border and destroyed Palestinian farmland east of Khan Yunis. The Palestinians then fired at the Israeli bulldozer in response to the aggression. Zionist Channel 12 also confirmed the news of the shooting at the Israeli Bulldozers. The Israeli army has also targeted a resistance watchtower in the Absan area east of Khan Yunis. Earlier, the Zionist regime tried to annex the Palestinian agricultural lands to the occupied territories by destroying them. The regime is taking advantage of the difficult situation caused by the Corona outbreak to settle and occupy Palestinian lands in the West …

Jan 13 2021

Italy: Largest trial against mafia clan in three decades begins in Calabria

Italy’s largest trial against the mafia clan of ‘Ndrangheta in three decades began in the Calabrian town of Lamezia Terme on Wednesday. At least 900 witnesses were expected to testify against over 350 alleged members and affiliates of the group. The prosecutor leading the case, Nicola Gratteri, stressed that the case allowed to follow the evolution of ‘Ndrangheta ‘that shoots less’ while gaining influence among public authorities “in certain circles which decades ago were unimaginable”. The ’Ndrangheta is the most powerful mafia clan in Italy ahead of famous Sicilia’s Cosa Nostra and Campania’s Camorra. Reports put it among the richest …

Jan 13 2021

Interventionist Samantha Power is latest pick to serve in Joe Biden administration as USAID head

Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power, (in)famous for her screaming duels over Syria with late Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin, was picked by Joe Biden to head the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in his administration. Though her appointment was rumored in Washington for weeks, Biden’s transition team officially confirmed it on Wednesday. Power is best known for her “humanitarian” interventionism advocacy. As an aide at the Obama White House, she championed US intervention in Syria and Libya – where US-backed Islamist militants sought to overthrow secular governments – in the name of stopping “genocide.” Also on rt.com Samantha Power at …

Jan 13 2021

‘NO violence’: Trump calls on Americans to ‘calm tempers’ amid political crisis

As the Democrat-dominated House called for his impeachment for “inciting insurrection,” US President Donald Trump urged Americans against engaging in any violence or lawbreaking to help ease political tensions. “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind,” the president said in a statement, published Wednesday by Fox News, with him having been banned by all social media platforms. “That is not what I stand for and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers,” …

Jan 13 2021

UK: London hotel on standby to help NHS house discharged COVID patients

Staff at a hotel in Croydon, south London, said they were ready to help the National Health Service in dealing with discharged COVID-19 patients on Wednesday. It was reported that patients were already being housed at the Best Western Plus in order to free up bed space in King’s College Hospital. However, the local area manager Alex Palaghiu denied the reports, saying they were more than happy to help out the NHS if required to do so. “It is a bit concerning [that the NHS is, or will be, relying on hotels], everyone came across [came through] these unprecedented times, …

Jan 13 2021

‘I get the most support from Russia’: Unbeaten Serbian UFC star Dusko Todorovic aiming for breakout performance on ‘Fight Island’

Unbeaten ten-fight Serbian UFC star Dusko Todorovic plans on enhancing his growing reputation when he meets fellow undefeated fighter Punahele Soriano in Abu Dhabi, and says that his support is swelling in MMA-mad Russia. Todorovic has previously told RT Sport that he sees himself becoming “the Novak Djokovic of MMA” and revolutionizing the still-growing sport of mixed martial arts in his homeland. But ahead of just his second fight as a fully-fledged member of the UFC roster on Saturday, he says that he has noticed a surge of interest in him from Russian fight fans. “[A lot of] press covered …

Jan 13 2021

Syrian ports closed due to bad weather conditions

Lattakia, SANA – The General Directorate for Ports on Wednesday announced that fishing and picnic ports on the Syrian coast were closed, except al-Basit Port, due to bad weather conditions until further notice. Director of Ports General Directorate, Gen. Ammar Makhlouf, told SANA that the small ports were closed, and fishing has been suspended due to the prevailing weather conditions until further notice. Makhlouf pointed out that the commercial ports in Lattakia and Tartous, and Banias Oil Terminal are operating as usual. MHD Ibrahim/ Mazen Eyon FORUM

Jan 13 2021

10 Syrian Soldiers Killed, Injured In Terrorists Rocket Strike On Southern Idlib (Video)

Donate On January 13, a barrage of rockets hit the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) al-Zeitoun camp near the town of Hizareen in the southern Idlib countryside. The rockets were launched by Ansar al-Tawhid, an al-Qaeda faction that is allied to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The terrorist group released drone footage of the attack. The footage shows dozens of rockets landing at the camp and in its vicinity. According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the rocket strike claimed the lives of three SAA service members and wounding seven others. The monitoring group’s claims have not been verified yet. …

Jan 13 2021

CIA official reveals US-Israeli intelligence coordination about air aggression on Syria

Washington, SANA- An American intelligence official revealed information about coordination between the US and the Israeli enemy entity regarding the air aggression that targeted the city of Deir Ezzor and Al boukamal area in the southeastern countryside of the province on Wednesday. The official who talked on the condition of anonymity, told AP that the Israeli air aggression was carried out upon intelligence information by Washington, adding that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Director of the Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen, in a restaurant in Washington last Monday. A military source told SANA that at 1:10 a.m. on …

Jan 13 2021

US targets Iranian foundations under Supreme Leader’s control in latest sanctions hit

The US has blacklisted two organizations controlled by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, citing alleged corruption among Iran’s elite as the reason for the Trump administration’s latest sanctions against the country. Washington announced sanctions against two “purportedly charitable billion-dollar” organizations, the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO) and Astan Quds Razavi (AQR), according to a Treasury Department statement on Wednesday. “These institutions enable Iran’s elite to sustain a corrupt system of ownership over large parts of Iran’s economy,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. A spokesperson described EIKO as a “business juggernaut” that had “violated the rights of dissidents by …

Jan 13 2021

‘Feminists will go crazy’: Backlash over pay row as Brazil women’s football team lose 6-0 to under-16s male side in hour-long game

The Brazil women’s football team has endured mockery on social media after reportedly being beaten 6-0 by a club side’s male under-16s in an hour-long training game, leading to a barrage of replies about the row over equal pay. Top-flight Brazilian side Gremio sent a team of teenage boys to face the women’s national side as part of their preparations for the imminent Olympic football tournament side in Tokyo, seeing off a team that included six-time FIFA best women’s player and World Cup record goalscorer Marta over two 30-minute periods. The score was kept inconspicuous on official accounts, although coach Pia …

Jan 13 2021

A long goodbye? Russian expert says pandemic will be over by summer, but Covid-19 here to stay as seasonal virus

The coronavirus pandemic in Russia could begin fading away by summer, one of the country’s top scientists has said. According to him, infections and deaths should tail off as more and more people develop protective antibodies. Albert Rizvanov, the Director of the Center for Precision and Regenerative Medicine at Kazan Federal University, told TASS on Wednesday that, whereas the end of widespread infection might be in sight, society would have to learn to live with an evolving virus for years to come. “There are seasonal diseases that usually die out in late spring and early summer,” the academic said. He …

Jan 13 2021

Spain: Volunteers donate blood to restore depleted Madrid reserves

Residents headed to donate blood on Wednesday as part of a campaign to recover the reserves of the Community of Madrid depleted during the COVID crisis. The centre set up in the regional government headquarters was hoping to receive 3,000 donations in the next three days. “I saw the call a couple of days ago, saying that blood was needed in the Community of Madrid, and I did not hesitate to come to donate. I have already donated more times before,” said Jesus, one of the donors. Blood shortages forced many hospitals in the Madrid region to postpone non-urgent surgeries, …

Jan 13 2021

Estonian prime minister resigns amid corruption scandal, citing loss of public confidence in government

Juri Ratas, the Prime Minister of Estonia, announced on Wednesday that he will stand down from the role amid a row over state-backed loans and government contracts, which were allegedly offered to political donors. In a Facebook post, Ratas said that he “made a value-based decision to resign from office over the situation.” However, he argued that an investigation launched by Tallinn’s public prosecutor’s office did not, by itself, imply that he or his colleagues had acted “in an illegal way.” But he added, “in such a situation, it seems only right that I give myself a chance to shine …

Jan 13 2021

Germany: ‘We’re in one of the hardest phases of pandemic’ – Spahn

German health Minister Jens Spahn warned the German parliament of further “difficult decisions to restrict the private and public life,” on Wednesday in Berlin. Speaking almost a full year after the first case was reported in Germany, Spahn told ministers that despite being in “one of the hardest phases of the pandemic,” Germany should be really proud at how fast a vaccine has been developed and approved. The “safe vaccination for a new virus has been made available faster than ever in the history of humanity. This is a great success, and also a German success,” he added. Spahn also …

Jan 13 2021

The F-35 Works Perfectly Fine, Apart From Its Nearly 900 Deficiencies

Donate Click to see full-size image The most expensive project in military history, the mighty F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, entered 2021, and continues its flights with a few flaws. To be completely honest, the flaws are a bit more than few. The F-35 fighter jet has 871 software and hardware deficiencies that could undercut readiness, missions or maintenance, according to the Pentagon’s testing office. The Defense Department’s costliest weapons system “continues to carry a large number of deficiencies, many of which were identified prior to” the development and demonstration phase, which ended in April 2018 with 941 flaws. Click to …

Jan 13 2021

U.S. Army Expands Its Ground-Based Robot Fleet

Donate Click to see full-size image In December 19th, the US Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) received its RCV-L’s 3 and 4. This was a very short-term order, since the US Army ordered 4, and it received the first one on November 5th, 2019. They will be used alongside four Textron-built RCV-Mediums in field tests. the Army plans to buy 16 more of each variant as it scales up to more complex experiments. In 2022, exercises will be organized that will determine the feasibility of the service’s ambitious plans for a “forward line of robots” to precede human troops …

Jan 13 2021

Israel: Police break up Nazareth rally against visit of PM Netanyahu

At least 19 protesters were arrested in Nazareth on Wednesday as hundreds of demonstrators rallied against the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the city. Local reports suggested at least three members of parliament were escorted away from the protest in violation of their immunity. Netanyahu arrived in Nazareth as part of a campaign ahead of the next general election in March. FORUM

Jan 13 2021

One QSD militant killed in Deir-Ezzor countryside

Deir-Ezzor, SANA- a militant of US occupation-backed QSD militia was shot to death the city of Al-Bseira in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. Local sources told SANA that a member of QSD militia was shot to death in the garage of the city of al-Bseira in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. Attacks on QSD militants continue in areas of Syrian al-jazeera region , where a number of them were killed and others injured in operations that targeted their vehicles and movements in the town of Dashisha, southeast of Hasaka, and on the Al-Mankher road east of Raqqa. Bushra …

Jan 13 2021

Slovak academic: US occupation of part of the Syrian territories a flagrant violation of international law

Bratislava, SANA- Slovak university professor, Franti?ek Sikfaranda, , condemned the aggressive policies practiced by the US in the Middle East, stressing that the American occupation of part of the Syrian lands represents a flagrant violation of international law. In an article published on the Slovak Hlavni Dinik website, Shakfaranda pointed out that “Under the hearing and sight of the American occupation in Iraq, the terrorist organization of DAESH emerged, which for a time has become a security threat to the entire region, that means the US is responsible for its emergence .” He considered that the attack on the Capitol …

Jan 13 2021

Russia: Putin orders mass COVID-19 vaccination from next week

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the government to begin rolling out a coronavirus vaccine for the entire population from next week, taking part in an online meeting with ministers on Wednesday in Novo-Ogaryovo. “I ask you to start mass vaccination of the entire population from next week and to build up a proper schedule for this,” Putin said. Putin said that the Sputnik V vaccine’s advantage over some other COVID-19 vaccines was that it can be stored at ordinary refrigerator temperatures and transported without “any extreme unusual conditions”. Russia began vaccinations against the coronavirus on December 5 with doctors and …

Jan 13 2021

New Neo-Liberal Mainstream: Use ‘Enlightenment Camps’ And Remove Children From Trump Supporters

Donate Click to see full-size image On January 12th, Project Veritas published an investigation, exposing Michael Beller, Principal Counsel for The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). In a video he can be seen, and heard, defending violent attacks on the White House, re-education for the children of Trump supporters and praising the deaths of red state voters as a result of COVID-19. BREAKING: @PBS Principal Counsel Michael Beller Incites Political Violence In Radical Left-Wing Agenda “Go to the White House & throw Molotov cocktails…” “Even if Biden wins, we go for all the Republican voters, Homeland Security will take their children …

Jan 13 2021

House votes to advance impeachment of President Donald Trump for the second time

The US House of Representatives voted to advance a bill to impeach Donald Trump again, despite the president having just days left in office, as Democrat Nancy Pelosi dubbed him a “danger” who must be “impeached and convicted.” The latest article of impeachment accused Trump of “inciting an insurrection” and gained more than just Democratic support in the wake of the US Capitol riot last week, an event many blamed on the president’s rhetoric regarding election fraud. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) was among the Republicans to join the opposing party in the effort to remove Trump from office. Opening the …