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Jan 13 2021

⚡️ BREAKING: Two Italian ministers quit triggering government crisis

Ruptly is live outside the United States’ Capitol in Washington DC on Tuesday, January 12, as the House is set to vote on a resolution which would urge US Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Donald Trump in order to assume the powers of acting president. The vote is a response to last week’s deadly storming of the US Capitol by supporters of Trump, whom the resolution says encouraged the riot and attempted to intervene in and delegitimatise the results of the US presidential election. Pence has given no sign that he would be prepared …

Jan 13 2021

Jordan: Nation begins mass vaccination efforts in Amman to curb pandemic‏

Citizens were seen getting vaccinated at Al Bashir Hospital in Amman on Wednesday. The first wave of patients, mostly healthcare workers and elderly folks, received text messages alerting them to head to their local health centre to begin the country’s vaccination campaign. According to local media, over three tons of vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Sinopharm were imported and distributed to around 29 clinics around the country. “I encourage all fellow citizens to go to the health centres as soon as they get the text message to take the vaccine. It is safe and good; God willing, we will end this …

Jan 13 2021

CIA Released Its Cache Of Files On UFO Sightings, Galactic Federation Expected

Donate Click to see full-size image On January 8th, the CIA released a large cache of files involving unidentified flying objects (UFOs). This was the result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by podcaster John Greenwald Jr, who operates the Black Vault website. 2/ For the past nearly two years, I have an open “Mandatory Declassification Review” request to HOPEFULLY get some of these redactions lifted, so we can see what was hand delivered, and what his advice may be. (Getting names is likely a long shot.) — 🇺🇸 T̷h̷e̷ ̷B̷l̷a̷c̷k̷ ̷V̷a̷u̷l̷t̷ 🇺🇸 (@blackvaultcom) January 8, 2021 This …

Jan 13 2021

‘Doctors said I’d never become a pro’: Tennis ace whose genetic disease means she has 6 fingers and 7 toes reaches Australian Open

British tennis player Francesca Jones will make her first ever Grand Slam appearance after booking a spot in the Australian Open main draw, defying a pessimistic prognosis by doctors who once banned her from playing tennis. The 20-year-old successfully secured qualification with a confident 6-0, 6-1 win against Lu Jia-Jing of China, grabbing the attention of some admirers who were unaware of the congenital condition she has which affects the fingers and toes, often requiring adaptive surgery. The athlete – who was born with three fingers and a thumb on each hand, and is missing three toes – was told by doctors that …

Jan 13 2021

U.S. Declassified Its Indo-Pacific Strategy, Largely Focused On Containing China

Donate Click to see full-size image On January 13th, the US Indo-Pacific Strategy was revealed, in a newly-released document, which was declassified 30 years earlier than it should have been. In early 2018 President Donald Trump endorsed a strategy for the Indo-Pacific developed by his National Security Council through the course of 2017. The entire document, a national security briefing can be read here. The document was previously classified “secret” and “not for foreign nationals”. Over 10 partially redacted pages the document sets out the United States’ strategic priorities in the Indo-Pacific. The document sets out the United States’ obvious …

Jan 13 2021

US Provided Intelligence For Recent Israeli Strikes On Syria’s Deir Ezzor

Donate Israel US joint air force war games The recent Israeli strikes on the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor were carried out with intelligence provided by the US, the Associated Press, AP, reported on January 13. A US intelligence official with knowledge on the matter told the agency that the strikes targeted a series of warehouses in Deir Ezzor that were being used in a “pipeline” to store and stage Iranian weapons and components for the country’s Islamic nuclear program. The strikes wiped out a number of military positions located between Deir Ezzor city and the town of al-Bukamal …

Jan 13 2021

Google admits experimentally blocking some Australian news sites from searches as row over paying outlets for content gains steam

Internet users can’t find the latest Aussie news on searches as outlets say Google is flexing its muscles against the country’s senate’s proposed code that would make it pay media for news. For days now, some internet users have been wondering why Google searches have omitted the latest updates from Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph and other Australian news sites. Now the tech giant has admitted that it is carrying out an “experiment,” tweaking its closely guarded algorithm – and only old links are being displayed. “We’re currently running a few experiments that will each reach about one percent of …

Jan 13 2021

UNRWA in Syria receives equipment of personal protection from Corona offered by china

Damascus, SANA- The office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in Damascus on Wednesday received personal protection equipment for confronting coronavirus offered by China. The protective equipment included 104 thousand surgical face masks ,20700 face masks ,50 thousand sterilised surgical gloves,7400 medical eye protective goggles and 20 thousand medical protective suits to support UNRWA efforts in protecting Palestinian refugees who receive medical services at its facilities, in addition to its employees operating in the medical centers. In a speech after signing aid delivering documents, Chinese Ambassador in Damascus, Feng Biao, stressed China’s consistent support …

Jan 13 2021

‘Guys, it’s not a build a bear workshop’: Golfer Paige Spiranac hits out at social media trolls who claim her boobs are ‘too big’

Ex-pro golfer Paige Spiranac has hit out at pass-remarkable fans on social media who have criticized the 27-year-old stunner for her appearance after she received floods of “body shaming” messages online. Former LPGA tour pro-turned-social-media-personality Spiranac hit out at legions of trolls who have targeted her online based solely on her looks, detailing on Twitter vile – and often contradictory – tweets sent to her. “It’s crazy that I can be told I look too fat, too skinny, too plastic, too old, wearing too much makeup, not enough makeup, boobs too big, butt not big enough, too pale, hair too blonde, …

Jan 13 2021

Capitol rioter seen wearing ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt arrested by FBI, charged with violent entry & trespassing

A Virginia man who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday wearing a sweatshirt bearing the phrase “Camp Auschwitz,” has been identified arrested and charged with violent entry, trespassing entry and disorderly conduct. Robert Keith Packer gained some media attention after appearing in a photo from last Wednesday’s riot at the US capitol wearing a sweatshirt with the name of the Nazi concentration camp, where more than a million people were killed during World War II. The bottom of his shirt read, “Work brings freedom,” the slogan that was written on the camp’s gates. The FBI issued an arrest warrant for …

Jan 13 2021

Eye Of The Storm: United States And Iran Flex Muscles Expecting New Confrontation

Donate 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: PayPal: [email protected], http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront, BTC: 3Gbs4rjcVUtQd8p3CiFUCxPLZwRqurezRZ, BCH ABC: qpf2cphc5dkuclkqur7lhj2yuqq9pk3hmukle77vhq, ETH: 0x9f4cda013e354b8fc285bf4b9a60460cee7f7ea9 U.S. President Donald Trump and his entourage have evidently lost the “war at home”. The internal struggle is all but entirely concluded, and the victors are Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the Democratic Party. However, Trump and Co., in their last days in office are still dead set on proving they are in charge of the Middle East, and …

Jan 13 2021

Airbnb to cancel & block ALL BOOKINGS in Washington DC for week of Biden’s inauguration

Rental giant Airbnb has said it will cancel and block all reservations for the Washington DC metro area during the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration as the next US president, following the attack on the Capitol building last week. Customers will be refunded if their reservations are canceled, and hosts will be reimbursed by Airbnb, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. Bookings through Airbnb-owned HotelTonight will also be canceled. A spokesperson said Airbnb had taken its decision in line with the warnings from local, federal and state officials for people not to travel to Washington around the inauguration, …

Jan 13 2021

Almost HALF of English hospital staff experiencing anxiety, depression and PTSD in Covid-19-plagued ICUs – study

As hospitals in England face being overwhelmed by Covid-19, 45 percent of medical staff have reported suffering anxiety, depression, problem drinking and PTSD as they struggle with working on coronavirus wards, a new study says. The study, conducted by the journal Occupational Medicine, spoke to 709 participants in nine English hospitals during the summer, finding that nearly half “met the threshold for probable clinical significance on at least one of the following measures: severe depression (six percent), PTSD (40 percent), severe anxiety (11 percent) or problem drinking (seven percent)“. Also on rt.com Hospital patients could be moved into hotels, says …

Jan 13 2021

Germany: Conditions in hospitals show seriousness of COVID situation – govt spokesperson

A German government spokesperson said vaccines against COVID-19 were bringing hope but that the conditions in hospitals showed how serious the situation was. Ulrike Demmer was speaking at a news conference in Berlin on Wednesday. “The federal chancellor has brought attention to the seriousness of the situation on numerous occasions. She expects that the coming weeks and months will be the most difficult of the pandemic,” said Demmer. Germany’s health care system has been overwhelmed by the rising numbers of COVID infections with many hospitals at almost full capacity. With contagion rates still above the government target, Merkel extended lockdown …

Jan 13 2021

AOC says committee being discussed to ‘REIN IN MEDIA environment’ and prevent ‘false information’ spreading

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is promoting a congressional committee to combat “false information” from being pushed by the media following the riot at the US Capitol, where the lawmaker claims she feared for her life. During an Instagram livestream on Tuesday night, Ocasio-Cortez at one point answered a question from a viewer asking if there were discussions in Congress for “truth and reconciliation or media literacy initiatives,” and she confirmed there are. “I do think that several members of Congress, in some of my discussions, have brought up media literacy because that is a part of what happened here and we’re …

Jan 13 2021

Antibodies for all! Putin orders mass vaccination against Covid-19 with Sputnik V jab to be offered to every Russian

President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Russian government to begin rolling out a coronavirus vaccine for the entire population from next week, with more than 1.5 million people having already received the jab. In a meeting with ministers on Wednesday, Putin said that the time had come to “move from large-scale vaccination to mass vaccination.” He added that the Sputnik V formula, developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, was “the best in the world.” While comparisons between different vaccines are hard to draw, given the unique circumstances under which they have been developed, he insisted that “no others demonstrate this level …

Jan 13 2021

‘Childish’ & ‘inaccurate’: Farage grilled on Twitter over comparing UK to EAST GERMANY over govt Covid policies

Nigel Farage has riled social media by saying the UK is heading steadily towards a police state with every new restriction taken in the name of fighting Covid-19. ‘East Germany’ started suddenly trending on Twitter – all because Farage, who has recently come out with yet another tirade about the coronavirus restrictions taken by the UK government. The top Brexit proponent, who now heads up the Reform Party (previously the Brexit Party), issued a 10-minute-long video titled ‘Say NO to a police state’, where he discussed a set of government measures taken in light of the ongoing pandemic. What particularly …

Jan 13 2021

USA: Preparations for Biden inauguration underway as house to vote on Trump impeachment

Preparations were underway at the US Capitol in Washington DC on Wednesday for the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden. While construction workers could be seen setting up the stage and the decorations for the event, inside the building the US House of Representatives was set to vote on an impeachment article against the outgoing President Donald Trump. The procedure launched by the Democratic Party members is a response to last week’s storming of the US Capitol by Trump supporters. Democrats accuse him of encouraging the rioters to attack the Capitol building. FORUM

Jan 13 2021

London hits ‘heartbreaking’ milestone, as Covid-19 death toll exceeds 10,000

A total of 10,122 people in London have died within 28 days of a positive Covid test, according to new data from Public Health England. London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the news as “heartbreaking” and urged people to stay home. “They are not numbers or a statistic. Every one of these lives lost is a tragedy and my thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends,” Khan added. “The virus has devastated families and communities, widened inequalities across our city and changed our entire way of life. And, sadly, we know that there are still incredibly difficult times ahead.” …

Jan 13 2021

‘Urgent intervention’: UK supermarkets appeal for govt action to tackle N. Ireland post-Brexit food supply problems

The UK’s biggest supermarket chains have come together to call for government action “to prevent significant disruption” to Northern Ireland’s food supply chains due to new customs regulations under the Brexit deal. The CEOs of Asda, Iceland, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Co-op said that “urgent intervention” was needed to address the current situation before new procedures are enforced when the “grace period” for simplified trade controls expires on March 31. In a letter to the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, on Tuesday, the supermarket chiefs said: “The current proposals, increased bureaucracy and increased certification in …

Jan 13 2021

‘Last thing he needs is more head injuries’: Fans react to controversial ex-NBA star Lamar Odom’s plan for celebrity boxing debut

Former basketball superstar Lamar Odom has prompted concerns from fans online after the two-time NBA champion was revealed to have signed up for his celebrity boxing debut this summer. Odom, 41, will follow in the footsteps of another former NBA pro, Nate Robinson, by trading the basketball court for the boxing ring – but he will surely be hoping to improve upon Robinson’s performance in November, when he was knocked unconscious in the second round of his fight with YouTuber Jake Paul on the undercard of the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr comeback fight.  Now it has been revealed …

Jan 13 2021

IDF Responded With Strikes To Sniper Fire At Its Troops Around Gaza (Photos, Videos)

Donate On January 13, sniper fire targeted an engineer unit of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) north of the Palestinian Gaza Strip. At first, an engineering vehicle – the armored Caterpillar D9 bulldozer – that was operating near the security fence east of Khan Yunis was targeted by an unidentified sniper. The #Palestinian resistance opened fire on a israeli military bulldozer that crossed the borders and entered into #Gaza. Window glasses of the bulldozer were damaged. pic.twitter.com/LtjaHakp3g — Ahmad (@_ahmadalhindi) January 13, 2021 The IDF responded to the attack, which damaged the bulldozer, by destroying an observation post of the …

Jan 13 2021

Irish PM apologizes on behalf of the state for the ‘profound generational wrong’ inflicted on mother-and-baby-home residents

The Irish prime minister has issued an apology on behalf of the state following an investigation into the country’s mother and baby homes, which revealed an “appalling level of infant mortality” at the institutions. Speaking to lawmakers on Wednesday, Prime Minister Micheál Martin apologized on behalf of the state for the “profound and generational wrong” visited on the survivors of mother-and-baby homes. “I apologize for the shame and stigma which they were subjected to and which, for some, remains a burden to this day,” Martin said. In apologizing, I want to emphasize that each of you were in an institution …

Jan 13 2021

UK: ‘We can see the way forward’ – PM Johnson praises vaccine roll-out

Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the UK’s swift vaccine roll-out, saying it has vaccinated ‘more [people] than any other country in Europe’ during his appearance at the House of Commons in London on Wednesday. “The vaccines, Mr Speaker, does show the way forward. It does show how we going to come through this pandemic and again I repeat my gratitude to all those involved because they have now vaccinated 2.4 million people, delivered 2.8 million doses more than any other country in Europe. This is the toughest of times, Mr Speaker, but we can see the way forward,” said Johnson. …

Jan 13 2021

Science wins: Russia’s ‘top-league’ Sputnik V coronavirus jab should be ‘priority choice’ due to safety, health expert tells RT

Russia’s Sputnik V should be “one of the priority” vaccines against Covid-19 for nations choosing a jab, as the science behind it overrules negative political narrative, Indian public health expert Aman Gupta has told RT. Speaking to RT on Wednesday, Dr Gupta said that the certain political narrative critical of the Russian vaccine that had been prevalent over the past few months has now begun to die down, and there’s been a significant shift in understanding and acceptance of Sputnik V as a vaccine over the last couple of weeks. “There has been a kind of one-upmanship over who’d bring …

Jan 13 2021

‘Thank God no one was hurt’: Football star has $365k Ferrari mangled by car wash worker in smash – but his reaction earns praise

Genoa goalkeeper Federico Marchetti, who was reported to have been fuming after a car wash worker accidentally crashed his luxury $365,000 Ferrari, has been praised by his fans for regaining his composure in a sensitive response. Shocking pictures of the incident emerged after the player decided to take his new Ferrari 812 Superfast to be washed during training in Liguria on Monday. The sparkling clean car was expected to be delivered back to Genoa’s training base, but a carwash employee reportedly failed in their handling of the powerful vehicle and smashed it into a safety barrier, hitting five parked cars in …

Jan 13 2021

NYC mayor says city will drop Trump contracts to run ice-skating rinks, carousel & golf course over Capitol-storming ‘rebellion’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the city will cut ties with the Trump Organization, canceling its contracts to run the iconic ice rinks in Central Park (plus other attractions) over last week’s Capitol riot. The Democrat politician announced on Wednesday that New York would end a deal with the Trump Organization that nets the president’s business $17 million a year in return for operating two popular Central Park skating rinks, a carousel, and a golf course. De Blasio had revealed on Tuesday that “our legal team is right now assessing the options” for extricating the city’s …

Jan 13 2021

UK: Post-Brexit red tape leads to shortages in Belfast supermarkets

A supermarket in Belfast was filmed on Wednesday with some of its shelves empty due to shortages over the post-Brexit red tape being imposed on certain EU products. It comes despite some stores reassured shoppers that they had a surplus of stock. Fresh products such as vegetables, fruits and meat were reportedly facing delays getting into Northern Ireland due to the new procedures. The paperwork is part of the Northern Ireland protocol aimed at stopping a hard border with Ireland which came into effect on January 1. FORUM

Jan 13 2021

‘It’s different’, ex-Guardian boss who published leaks tells RT about US possibly seeking his extradition after Assange precedent

Former editor of the UK’s Guardian newspaper, Alan Rusbridger, who published stories based on WikiLeaks materials, talked to RT about the possibility he could be next on America’s extradition list. Rusbridger was at the helm of the British newspaper between 1995 and 2015, and it was during his watch that The Guardian published some of the most consequential stories about US dirty secrets based on leaked material. He collaborated with Julian Assange when the paper was writing about Afghanistan, the Iraq war logs and diplomatic cables. Edward Snowden’s leaks exposing mass electronic surveillance by the US went through the newsroom …

Jan 13 2021

Germany: Investigators shut down world’s largest darknet marketplace

Over the weekend investigators took down the world’s largest illegal marketplace, DarkMarket following a worldwide investigation, as explained by Attorney General Jurgen Brauer, in Oldenburg, on Wednesday. On the DarkMarket drugs were mainly traded as well as counterfeit money, passports and identities. Around 500,000 users were active on the marketplace which generated around 140 million euros (170 million dollars) in sales. Attorney General Jurgen Brauer said the servers were first spotted in Germany but later moved to Ukraine and Moldova. Further research is currently underway on the servers found in Moldova an Ukraine. Brauer said the investigations saw the cooperation …

Jan 13 2021

US threatens sanctions against European firms working on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing a final round of penalties against Nord Stream 2, a natural gas pipeline that will connect Russia and Germany. Earlier this month, Washington reportedly warned European firms suspected of taking part in the construction the gas pipeline that they face the risk of sanctions. “We are trying to inform companies of the risk and urge them to pull out [of the project] before it’s too late,” a US government source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. As early as this week, the US State Department is expected to reveal …

Jan 13 2021

Sinovac says its Covid-19 vaccine has ‘good’ efficacy after Brazilian partner claimed it was only 50% effective

The chairman of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac has insisted that the company’s Brazilian partners were incorrect to suggest its jab is only 50 percent effective against Covid-19 after stage-three trials. Speaking on Wednesday, the chairman of Sinovac, Yin Weidong, said that its CoronaVac jab was 100-percent effective in preventing severe Covid-19 cases, as he sought to correct researchers involved in the Brazilian trial.  “This [Brazilian] data shows that the vaccines have good efficacy and safety in all the phase-3 clinical trials,” Yin said. “We have accelerated the ramping up of production capacity.”  Yin’s remarks are Sinovac’s first public response after …

Jan 13 2021

NBA superstar Kyrie Irving facing $410,000 fine PER GAME after footage appears to show him flouting Coronavirus guidelines (VIDEO)

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is facing an extraordinary sequence of fines from the NBA as the league examines video footage that seems to show the six-time all-star at a large gathering without masks or social distancing. Irving has been absent from the Nets lineup for that past four games, with no substantive reason offered by either the player or his team other than it being for supposed “personal reasons”. But speculation is increasing that Irving’s blacklisting has come as a result of footage which appeared online appearing to show him disregarding Covid-19 protocols. The NBA has implemented vigorous rules …

Jan 13 2021

Total Blackout: MSM & Big Tech Censor Trump Live Speeches As House Of Representatives Passed Impeachment Resolution

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE MSM and Big Tech went nuclear to cancel US President Donald Trump, push the impeachment against him and paint Trump supporters as ‘domestic terrorists’. This is how the modern US media looks like. A “journalist’ just interrupt the Trump speech to blame him. YouTube blocked a video with Trump’s speech claiming he uploaded a video that violates its polices.Trump will be banned from the platform for a week, effectively until the end of his presidency, with comments on all other videos on his channel also disabled indefinitely due to ‘safety concerns’.YouTube also stated that the suspension was …

Jan 13 2021

Interpol issues red notices for chemical ship captain and owner over Beirut port explosion

Lebanon’s state media has announced that Interpol has issued red notices for three individuals, including the captain and owner of the ship that carried chemicals which caused the devastating Beirut port explosion. Arrest warrants have been issued for Igor Grechushkin, the alleged owner of MV ‘Rhosus’, Boris Prokoshew, the ship’s captain, and Jorge Moreira, who’s accused of purchasing the chemicals from a Georgian factory, according to media reports citing the office of the public prosecutor. The tragic incident occurred on August 4, 2020 when 2,750 tons of highly explosive chemicals detonated after being stored in unsafe conditions at the port …

Jan 13 2021

Italy kicks off its BIGGEST mafia trial in 30 years, 350+ defendants slated to testify via video link & in person

Hundreds of suspected mobsters and associates, including former politicians, are slated to be brought before a court as Italy’s biggest mafia trial in three decades begins on Wednesday. More than 350 people are charged with a wide array of crimes, including murder, theft, extortion, drug trafficking, and money laundering. All of the defendants are suspected of having ties to the power ‘Ndrangheta crime clan, which is based in the southern region of Calabria. Among the defendants are boss Luigi Mancuso, known as ‘Uncle’, who has spent nearly 20 years in prison, and Giancarlo Pittelli, a lawyer-turned-MP who served in both …

Jan 13 2021

‘What do you talk about with traitors?’ Belarus’ Lukashenko says he’ll speak with opposition politicians, but not Tikhanovskaya

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has revealed that he would be open to speaking with the opposition, but “not with traitors and terrorists.” The leader was referring to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who now lives in Lithuania. Last year, after the country’s disputed official election results revealed that Lukashenko had won a sixth term in office, Tikhanovskaya fled across the border to Vilnius. From there, she created the Coordination Council, a group aimed at facilitating a peaceful transition of power from Lukashenko to a new government. The country’s Prosecutor General’s office has accused them of being extremists, and of wanting to overthrow the …

Jan 13 2021

‘He holds all the trump cards’: Khamzat Chimaev ‘will face Leon Edwards on March 13’ as Russian fighter tips UFC star to be champ

Dana White has reportedly confirmed that rising sensation Khamzat Chimaev will finally face Leon Edwards on March 13, while Russian fighter Ramazan Emeev has said that the UFC president wants Chimaev to become champion. Chechen-born Chimaev has twice seen meetings with welterweight number three Edwards called off, with the meeting scuppered by Edwards testing positive for Covid-19 in November and Chimaev suffering complications from the virus last month. White has now rearranged the bout for UFC Fight Night on March 13, although no venue or city has yet been finalized for the headline scrap, according to MMA Junkie. Both men are said …

Jan 13 2021

Krasnodar police probe Navalny activist over ‘Putin is an enemy’ comments, as Russian opposition figure prepares to fly home

The authorities in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar have opened an investigation into the deputy co-ordinator of opposition figure Alexei Navalny’s organization, over claims she made about the country’s leaders online. In a live broadcast on Instagram on Tuesday, Anastasia Panchenko said she had received a call from an official, who informed her that she was being investigated for “insulting the president,” local media reports.  After presenting at a police station, she was allegedly told the case pertains to comments she made on one of Navalny’s Instagram stories, in which she referred to Vladimir Putin as both an “extremist” …

Jan 13 2021

Spain: Firefighters clear snow from Madrid roofs following historic levels

Firefighters from the Madrid City Council carried out several interventions on Tuesday to clean up the snow accumulated on roofs to prevent landslides from taking place. According to sources from the regional government, firefighters have carried out a total of 263 interventions the Spanish capital, the majority due to falling trees, structural collapses and rescue operations. “There are no means of transportation. The snowfall broke all the trees, it affected this area severely, it is very difficult to walk, we have no means, we have no salt… We don’t have what we need,” said Sorin, a Madrid resident. The storm …

Jan 13 2021

Details of large-scale Israeli air strike on eastern Syria + Images

On January 13, at 1:10 a.m. (local time), Israeli warplanes targeted parts of the city of Deir Ezzor, Al Bukamal and areas near the town of al-Mayadin in the eastern Syrian more than 40 times. According to reports, the attacks which lasted more than 30 minutes, targeted Ayyash ammunition depots west of Deir Ezzor, Syrian army positions in al-Panorama, Thardah mountain and Tal al-Hajif south and west of Deir Ezzor, points in Workers neighborhood (al-Ummal) and Pour Saeid Street and Ghazi Ayyash neighborhood in Deir Ezzor city; Resistance positions in the Al Bukalam area, including al-Hurri village and Hamdan airport …

Jan 13 2021

Scotland reverts to tougher lockdown rules, including ban on drinking alcohol outdoors in public

The Scottish first minister has introduced a new wave of measures to tackle the spread of the highly contagious Covid-19 variant, describing the move as “regrettable” but “a means to an end.” Speaking on Wednesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed a further tightening of Scotland’s coronavirus lockdown rules. The changes will come into effect from Saturday, assuming they receive the approval of the Scottish parliament.The new restrictions see limits on click-and-collect services from shops, curbs on going inside businesses to collect takeaways, and a ban on drinking alcohol in public outdoors. “This will mean, for example, that buying a takeaway …

Jan 13 2021

94 Killed, Wounded In Recent Israeli Strikes On Syria’s Deir Ezzor: Reports

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE 57 people were killed and 37 others were wounded in the recent Israeli strikes on the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on January 13. The strikes, which took place in the early morning, targeted a number of military positions between Deir Ezzor city and the town of al-Bukamal in the governorate’s southern countryside. According to the SOHR, the casualties include 14 Syrian service members as well as 43 foreign fighters, mostly Iraqi and Afghan nationals, from armed groups loyal to Iran. The numbers provided by the SOHR …

Jan 13 2021

Police and teachers must be among first for Covid-19 jabs after vulnerable people, UK vaccine minister says

The UK’s key workers, such as police and teachers, should be first in line for the Covid-19 vaccination once the most vulnerable groups have received their first dose, the UK’s vaccine minister, Nadhim Zahawi, said on Wednesday. “My own personal view is you want to protect as many people as quickly as possible, so you want to get through the nine categories and then move towards teachers … police officers, shop workers,” he told the Commons Science and Technology Committee. Zahawi said a decision had not yet been made on how to apportion the doses once the most vulnerable people …

Jan 13 2021

USA: Harden says Rockets problems cannot be fixed

NBA player James Harden said situation at Houston Rockets was ‘unsolvable’ appearing resigned to leaving the team, following a 117-100 loss against Los Angeles Lakers, in Houston, on Tuesday night. Harden said, “We’re just not good enough, you know we just don’t, the chemistry, talent wise, just everything.” He added, “I literally have done everything that I can. I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.” FORUM

Jan 13 2021

China: Beijing reiterates opposition to US-Taiwan relations – MOFA spox

A spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry reiterated Beijing’s opposition to US-Taiwan relations, during a press conference in Beijing, on Wednesday, hours after a last-minute cancellation of US ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft’s visit to Taipei. “I want to stress once again that China firmly opposes any form of official exchanges between the United States and Taiwan, and this position is consistent and clear. China urges the United States to abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of The Three Communiques, stop all official exchanges and military ties between the United States and Taiwan, and not go further and …

Jan 13 2021

🔴 Live: Live outside US Capitol as Trump impeachment vote set to take place

Ruptly is live outside the United States’ Capitol on Wednesday, January 13, as the House is set to vote on the impeachment of 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. The White House has dismissed …

Jan 13 2021

‘Need a psychological evaluation’: Twitter mob tries to cancel nude model Belle Delphine for kidnapping-themed photos

Social media users are trying to cancel 21-year-old nude model Belle Delphine for publishing an explicit kidnapping-themed photo shoot – accusing her of glorifying and promoting rape and pedophilia. The controversy started after Delphine uploaded a preview [NSFW] of her “perfect first date” photo shoot to Twitter on Tuesday, which included photographs of Delphine – dressed in a Lolita style – tied up in the back of a car with tape over her mouth and engaging in sexual intercourse with a man in a balaclava against a tree. The photo shoot proved popular, gaining over 57,000 likes, but also sparked a …

Jan 13 2021

Five-time Olympic medalist swimmer Klete Keller deletes social media accounts amid uproar after being spotted at US Capitol riots

US Olympian Klete Keller has deleted social media accounts in which he regularly posted in support of Donald Trump, reacting after he was spotted participating in online video footage from last week’s deadly riots at the Capitol. Keller, who represented the United States at three successive Olympic Games between 2000 and 2008, was identified inside the Capitol Rotunda alongside throngs of other Trump supporters in the scenes which have drawn widespread criticism from both the domestic and international communities. The 6ft 6in athlete was partially identified by the ‘Team USA’  jacket he was wearing from the 2018 Winter Games in …

Jan 13 2021

PM says UK going to 24/7 Covid vaccinations as soon as possible and claims lockdown ‘starting to have an effect’

The British Prime Minister has said the new national lockdown for England, and similar measures across the UK, are starting to bring down Covid-19 cases as the government eyes new 24/7 vaccination centres. Speaking to Parliament on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told lawmakers the only thing slowing down the vaccination programme was access to vaccines. Responding to a question from the opposition leader, Keir Starmer, concerning reports of overnight-operating vaccine centres, Johnson replied: “I can tell him that we’ll be going to 24/7 as soon as we can, and the Health Secretary will be setting out more about that …