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Jun 10 2021

Massive fire & explosion at San Juan power plant triggers blackouts across Puerto Rico (VIDEOS)

Much of Puerto Rico has been left in darkness after a large blaze and an explosion knocked out a power plant in San Juan, the island’s capital. Dramatic footage of the aftermath of the blast has made the rounds online. A fire in the Monacillos power station in San Juan on Thursday set off an explosion and triggered “significant blackouts across the island,” according to Luma Energy, the company that oversees electricity distribution in Puerto Rico, adding that it is “working to restore the system.” BREAKING: Much of the Metro area of Puerto Rico, the most populated area of the island, …

Jun 10 2021

THIRD member of FDA advisory body resigns, calls Alzheimer drug approval ‘worst in recent US history’

Three scientists from a FDA advisory committee have resigned so far, after the US food and drug regulator rammed through an approval of a controversial drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease against their near-unanimous opposition. Ten out of 11 members of the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Advisory Committee voted against approving the drug aducanumab, with one voting “uncertain,” during the hearings in November 2020. On Monday, the FDA granted it accelerated approval anyway. “This week, the aducanumab decision by FDA administrators was probably the worst drug approval decision in recent US history,” wrote Aaron Kesselheim, of Harvard and the Brigham …

Jun 10 2021

‘Excessive punishment’: CNN brings back pundit Jeffrey Toobin, 8 months after he exposed himself on Zoom call with colleagues

CNN has begun rehabilitating the public image of disgraced legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, bringing him back on air and ending a banishment that began after he was exposed masturbating on a Zoom call with co-workers last October. “What the hell were you thinking?” host Alisyn Camerota asked Toobin on Thursday in an on-set interview. Toobin, whose title of chief legal analyst was restored by CNN, said he obviously “wasn’t thinking very well or very much,” then pointed out that he thought he had turned off the call and wasn’t visible to other participants. [embedded content] The infamous call was for …

Jun 10 2021

Infographic: Saudi Army Armored Losses in AnsarAllah’s ‘Jizan al-Wase’ah’ Operation in South of Jizan

The statistics of Saudi armored losses (according to published images) in Ansar Allah’s Jizan al-Wase’ah operation are as follows:4 MRAP armored vehicles including:3 AL Shibl-2 MRAPs and 1 Cobra MRAP2 M1A2 Abrams tanks2 Bradley M2A2 armored personnel carriers3 M113 armored personnel carriers1 M163 Vulcan air defense system AnsarAllah advance inside Saudi Arabia’s Jizan! (Map Update) + Videos FORUM

Jun 10 2021

Joe Biden and Boris Johnson sign ‘New Atlantic Charter’, but the world may have moved on

US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have updated their World War II-era ‘Atlantic Charter’. The agreement promises a return to the full-throttle liberalism that the Trump administration interrupted. Biden and Johnson met in St. Ives, Cornwall, on Thursday, in a bilateral sit-down before the G7 summit kicks off on Friday. Though the two had plenty to disagree on – the impact of Brexit on the fragile peace in Northern Ireland for example, they seemed to emerge from their meeting the best of friends. Johnson described dealing with Biden as “a breath of fresh air,” praising the …

Jun 10 2021

US personnel treated for smoke inhalation after rocket attacks on Iraq bases, but no serious damage to sites – State Department

Rocket attacks on Iraqi bases hosting US contractors on Wednesday did not cause casualties or any serious damage, State Department spokesman Ned Price has said, though some personnel were treated for smoke inhalation. Multiple rockets were fired at two military bases hosting US contractors, the Iraqi military said on Wednesday. The attack on a facility near Baghdad’s airport involved three explosives-laden drones, one of which were brought down. Three rockets also hit Balad Air Base, located north of the capital, according to the military. Speaking a day later about the incidents, Price told reporters that only a small number of …

Jun 10 2021

US sanctions ‘network’ accused of funding Yemen’s Houthis with tens of millions of dollars

Washington has sanctioned an alleged international network which it says funneled tens of millions of dollars to Yemen’s Houthi rebels for their conflict with Western-aligned government forces. A dozen individuals and entities are blacklisted, including Sa’id al-Jamal, the alleged chief of a web of companies and people who send cash to the Houthi movement, the US State Department has said. The US alleges the network generated revenue by selling commodities such as Iranian oil and that it works with the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. “This network’s financial support enables the Houthis’ deplorable attacks threatening civilian and …

Jun 10 2021

EA confirms data breach as hackers claim they took FIFA 21 source code, Battlefield engine, and other LOOT

Gaming behemoth Electronic Arts has been hacked. While EA says the thieves did not compromise player data, it has confirmed they made off with the source code for the FIFA 21 game, the Frostbite engine, and other software secrets. The data breach was first reported by VICE’s Motherboard on Thursday, citing posts on “underground hacking forums.” Among the stolen goods are the source code for soccer simulator FIFA 21 and its matchmaking server, and the Frostbite engine, which powers most of EA’s games – including the Battlefield and Madden franchises. EA software development kits (SDKs) are also among some 780 …

Jun 10 2021

‘So much for no politics in football’: Ukrainian tennis ace slams UEFA over shirt saga with Russia by showing slogans on his shoes

Tennis veteran Sergiy Stakhovsky, who once knocked Roger Federer out of Wimbledon, has reacted to Ukraine’s curious new shirt being banned from Euro 2020 by claiming that Russia’s reaction made the controversy a political one. The ill-fated top had been trumpeted by the Ukraine team ahead of the start of the tournament on Friday, causing a considerable stir this week after being revealed at short notice with slogans including “glory to Ukraine, glory to heroes” in its fabric. Also containing a potentially inflammatory map of the Crimean Peninsula which disgusted leaders in the region, the shirt now appears to have been outlawed …

Jun 10 2021

Video Showing Deadly Strike On Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Commanders Released Online

Support SouthFront Abu Khalid al-Shami SUV after the strike. On June 10, RusVesna.SU released footage of the pinpoint strike which eliminated senior commanders of al-Qaeda’s Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. The strike claimed the lives of HTS’ military spokesman, Abu Khalid al-Shami, media coordinator, Abu Musab al-Homsi, and Mu’ataz al-Nasir, commander of the group’s internal security forces. Four militants were also killed. The aerial footage released by RusVesna were taken by a Russian drone which was tracking the three commanders. The commanders were reportedly located with advanced electronic intelligence systems. [embedded content] The …

Jun 10 2021

Feeling vindicated, Trump demands China pay $10trn in global Covid-19 reparations, calls Fauci ‘science fiction’

Former President Donald Trump has claimed victory over his critics, saying he was proven right on such issues as China’s role in the Covid-19 pandemic, and he reiterated his demand that the Chinese Communist Party pay reparations. The CCP should pay $10 trillion in “global reparations” for allowing “the worst event in world history,” Trump said in a statement issued on Thursday. He also mocked the White House’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying: “Dr. Fauci likes to say that he is ‘science’ when, in fact, he is merely science fiction.” Latest statement from Donald Trump.”Dr. Fauci likes to …

Jun 10 2021

Covid-19 outbreak at UK hotel hosting German G7 delegation security & US media after 13 staff test positive – report

A hotel in England hosting security for Germany’s G7 delegates was shut down after 13 staff members tested positive for Covid, Sky News reported. The UK PM’s office said German leader Angela Merkel will still attend the event. The Pedn Olva Hotel in St Ives, Cornwall was reportedly being used by security staff for German officials, as well by staff of US broadcaster CBS, who were said to be filming live from the roof. Thirteen out of the hotel’s 17 staff have reportedly tested positive for Covid. The site is just one mile up the coast from Carbis Bay, where …

Jun 10 2021

‘Why does GSP’s statue look like Barack Obama?’ Mockery for sculpture of UFC legend St-Pierre as fans claim it’s ex-US president

MMA fans have ridiculed a statue unveiled in honor of UFC legend Georges St-Pierre after the fighter was pictured next to it in Canada, with many voicing their surprise at what they thought was a recreation of Barack Obama. In a response that evoked memories of the reception once given to a confusing statue that was supposed to show football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, readers did not quite share the admiration for the work that it initially received after being highlighted by a page for UFC Quebec. Reproducing the photo of the 40-year-old former welterweight champion posing with his supposed likeness, heavily-followed …

Jun 10 2021

Houthi Missiles, Drone Hit Saudi-Held Ma’rib City In Central Yemen

Support SouthFront Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing Late on June 10, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) launched four ballistic missiles and a suicide drone at the central Yemeni city of Ma’rib, which is held by the Saudi-led coalition and its proxies. The Saudi-backed wing of the Yemeni military told the al-Arabiya TV that the missiles landed in residential areas. One of the missile fell in the vicinity of Ma’rib prison, while another struck a shopping center. The military also claimed that the drone hit first responders. According to al-Arabiya, five people were killed as a result of the attack. …

Jun 10 2021

Macron announces end of military operation in Sahel, says French troops to become part of international force

Paris’s counterterrorism operation in the Sahel region of West Africa is coming to an end, with the reduced French contingent instead set to join a broader international force, President Emmanuel Macron has said. The shutdown of Operation Barkhane will come as part of a “profound transformation” of French military presence in the region, Macron announced during a press conference on Thursday. The French government is planning to focus on fighting the jihadists in Sahel within European missions and the UN, he added. “We will make a drawdown in an organized way,” the president said, before adding that all of the …

Jun 10 2021

KO part two? MMA brawler-turned-boxer Datsik growls and performs slit-throat gesture ahead of latest post-prison punch-up (VIDEO)

Vyacheslav Datsik, the Russian MMA fighter who ended his latest jail term in November and has been imprisoned for murder threats, assault and robbery, is looking for another vicious knockout against a former victim on Thursday. Turning his hand to boxing, the notorious former member of a banned nationalist party exacted a pulverizing finish on MMA fighter Tyson Dijon in February, sending the Cameroonian crashing through the ropes in the fourth round of their contest at the end of a shuddering series of shots. Visa problems for his original opponent now means that Datsik has granted Dijon a rematch in Moscow, when he will …

Jun 10 2021

Biden administration calls on Nigeria to unblock Twitter for sake of ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘democracy’

Arguing that freedom of expression was vital to democracy, the State Department urged Nigeria to reverse its suspension of Twitter, nearly a week after the African country banned the US-based platform for censoring its president. “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday, adding that “unduly restricting” people’s right to “report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy.” The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Government of …

Jun 10 2021

UK says it has reached £333mn fishing quota agreement with EU

The UK government has reached an agreement on fishing quotas for this year with the EU, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said on Thursday. The annual negotiations for 2021 are the first the UK has participated in after it left the EU last year. Despite making up just 0.12% of the British economy in 2019, fishing is a hugely symbolic issue for the country and was one of the main sticking points that initially prevented the UK and EU from signing a Brexit deal. The agreement announced by the government on Thursday is for 70 fish …

Jun 10 2021

Wife of imprisoned cartel leader El Chapo pleads guilty to US drug-trafficking charges after helping to run his empire

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the former beauty pageant queen who married Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, has pleaded guilty to US criminal charges after she allegedly helped run her husband’s cartel in his absence. The 31-year-old Aispuro entered her guilty plea on federal drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges on Thursday in Washington’s US District Court. Prosecutors had accused her not only of aiding El Chapo in his escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 – and plotting another escape before he was extradited to the US in 2017 – but also of helping run the Sinaloa Cartel. Read more Under …

Jun 10 2021

The One Show 2021: RT Creative Lab wins 2 Bronze, 9 Merit pencils in world’s top advertising & design award

RT Creative Lab’s ‘The Endless Letter’ Instagram series honoring WWII victims has snatched two bronze pencils at New York’s The One Show 2021, the world’s most prestigious award show in advertising, design and digital marketing. ‘The Endless Letter’ Instagram series nabbed the Bronze pencils in the Social Impact and Content Series categories in the In-House discipline. The discipline award is brand new, and has been introduced together with Music and Sound Craft this year. It evaluates work produced by a brand’s internal creative team that focuses on the advertising and marketing of their product or service. RT Creative Lab competed …

Jun 10 2021

Surrounding protesters is ‘illegal’, top French court says in ruling against controversial government law enforcement plan

France’s highest administrative court has ruled against a contentious government plan for law enforcement measures, which critics have branded an attempt to crack down on demonstrators and freedom of the press. The Council of State, which advises the French government on the preparation of legislation, said on Thursday it was “canceling” four elements of a government proposal published in September, including measures against journalists and demonstrators. It is “illegal” for French law enforcement to encircle a group of protesters, the Council said in its ruling against the government’s ‘national law enforcement plan’. “While this technique may be necessary in certain …

Jun 10 2021

Greater Idlib Escalation: Turkish Forces Shelled Syrian Army In Response To Assassination Of Al-Qaeda Commanders

Support SouthFront Image: aa.com.tr On June 10, the Turkish military and its proxy, the Syrian National Army (SNA), shelled government-held areas in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib in response to the assassination of three commanders of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The Turkish shelling targeted positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in southern Idlib and northwestern Hama. No casualties or material losses were reported. “The artillery of the Turkish military and the SNA targeted military positions of regime forces with more than 80 shells in different areas in the countryside of Hama and Idlib,” …

Jun 10 2021

What’s in your Happy Meal? Some of McDonald’s signature french fries come from potatoes grown on Bill Gates’ farmland – reports

The potatoes used to produce McDonald’s fries are partially sourced from farms owned by Bill Gates that are so vast they can be seen from space. But that is just one part of the land portfolio of America’s largest farmland owner. In under a decade, Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda French Gates, have quietly acquired nearly 109,000 hectares of farmland – roughly the size of Hong Kong – across 18 states in the US, according to data gathered by trade publication The Land Report and NBC News. The potatoes used by the fast-food giant are grown on an industrial farm …

Jun 10 2021

‘I know him so well’: Premier League star Soucek defends Czech mate Kudela as he brands 10-match ban for racist behavior ‘absurd’

Ondrej Kudela, the Czech defender who was banned for 10 matches for racial abuse in a huge controversy in April, was not proven to have committed the offense and is not a racist, according to international teammate Tomas Soucek. Veteran center-back Kudela will sit out Euro 2020 as part of his ban for racist behavior when he was seen covering his mouth and appearing to say something to Glen Kamara, of Scottish side Rangers, while playing for Slavia Prague in Glasgow in March. Kamara reacted with fury on the pitch, resulting in a brawl, an altercation in the tunnel afterwards to which …

Jun 10 2021

Citroen, Peugeot become latest automakers to face French prosecution over emissions cheating scandal

The parent company to Citroen and Peugeot has confirmed that the automakers face prosecution by French authorities over their alleged role in the ‘dieselgate’ scandal, becoming the latest car manufacturers to be charged. In a statement, Stellantis said French prosecutors had filed charges against the two manufacturers over the emissions cheating scandal, while another of its subsidiaries, FCA Italy S.p.A. is also being investigated. Peugeot has been ordered by authorities to guarantee €30 million ($37 million) “for the potential compensation for losses” and pay €10 million ($12.2 million) to cover bail, including €8 million ($9.7 million) for possible damages and …

Jun 10 2021

Russia Loses Soldier In Northern Syria, As Maintaining The Ceasefire Proves Fatal

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] In a rare incident, a Russian patrol unit came across a landmine, which could have been a pre-planned attack on a convoy. One Russian serviceman died as a result of the incident. The attack took place near the Turkish-occupied village of al-Assadiyah in northern al-Hasakah. A Russian military unit was patrolling the frontline that separates Turkish forces from …

Jun 10 2021

‘I took it calmly’: Journalist of Armenian descent who was blocked by Azerbaijan can go to Euro 2020, Russian ministry confirms

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that a hugely-followed TV commentator will be allowed to work at Euro 2020 after the Azerbaijan FA initially blocked him because of “trips to the occupied Azerbaijani lands”. Nobel Arustamyan, who was due to attend the tournament for Russian channel Match TV, was forced to wait for his accreditation in a stand-off that had taken place because of concerns from the Azerbaijan FA. With some matches taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan is one of the venues for the tournament which starts on Friday – and all journalists working at the finals have to be approved by …

Jun 10 2021

Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine exceeds clinical trial results with over 94% efficacy & strong safety in large Bahraini sample

Russia’s pioneering Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine has shown an efficacy of 94.3%, against the virus, as well as a lack of serious side effects during its use in Bahrain, a study by the Gulf kingdom’s health ministry has revealed. “The results on the ground are better than those achieved in clinical trials of the vaccine,” Faeqa Saeed Al-Saleh, Bahrain’s health minister, said on Thursday. The study, carried out by Bahrain’s medical authorities in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, has shown that the Russian jab was 94.3% effective two weeks after both shots were administered. The findings were based …

Jun 10 2021

Turkey builds a new military post in Idlib

The base is near the front line with Syrian army and Kafr Nubl town (where Syrian army forces stationed). Field sources said that Turkish army created trenches around the new base. This is the second Turkish military post in al-Barah village and surrounding area. Turkish Army positioned several tanks, heavy trucks of logistics and ammos near the base. It seems the reason of erecting this base is due to high tension between Syrian Army and militants and arrival of Syrian Army reinforcement in the area. On April 24, Turkish Army also erected a military post in the Ziyadiah village in …

Jun 10 2021

Sharapova shows her love for Pavlyuchenkova after tennis queen breaks duck to end seven-year final wait for Russian women in Paris

Tennis icon Maria Sharapova has hailed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova after the serial pretender put herself on the brink of her first Grand Slam title, becoming the first Russian woman in the French Open final since Sharapova in 2014. The former child prodigy beat Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 6-3 to reach the final, going one better after reaching the semifinal of a Grand Slam at the seventh time of trying. That made her the first Russian woman to reach the final at Roland-Garros since former world number one Sharapova seven years ago, causing the retired legend to thrill fans by responding with a flurry …

Jun 10 2021

Seven Syrian soldiers martyred by Israel airstrikes + images

No details have been reported by the Syrian media regarding the exact location of targets and given past experience, it seems highly unlikely that official details will be released in the future. Considering the way Syrian media covered this news, it seems they prefer less tension on broadcasting these news. Israel’s continuous attacks on Syrian Army positions and infrastructures under the pretext of targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces and the inability of the Syrian army to respond properly to these attacks have made the issue a painful and humiliating issue, until the protest regarding Syria’s lack of response is extended …

Jun 10 2021

ISIS Released Video Of Deadly Suicide Attack In Southwestern Libya

Support SouthFront Screen grab from Amaq video. On June 10, ISIS news agency Amaq released footage of the terrorist group’s recent suicide attack in southwestern Libya. The suicide attack, which took place on June 6, targeted a checkpoint of the Libyan National Army (LNA) to the north of the city of Sabha. Four people, including Cpt. Ibrahim Abdel Nabi Director of Criminal Investigations in Sebha, were killed as a result of the attack. Amaq footage shows the suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, a pickup, blowing up in a large fire ball inside the checkpoint. ISIS identified the suicide bomber as …

Jun 10 2021

Famine hits Ethiopia’s Tigray region, UN humanitarian chief says, with 350,000 reportedly at risk

Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region is now in a state of famine, the UN’s humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has said, as reports suggest that hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of disaster. “There is now famine in Tigray,” the official told representatives of UN, EU and US organizations on Thursday, warning the situation may be the worst since the 2011 famine in neighboring Somalia, which killed around 260,000 people. Lowcock said things are “going to get a lot worse”, but added that “the worst can still be avoided” if immediate help is provided for Tigray. “A re-run of 1984 …

Jun 10 2021

Report reveals 1 in 8 terror suspects in Britain last year were CHILDREN

Of the 168 terrorism suspects arrested in the UK last year, one in eight was a child. With school and socialization off the cards for much of the year, officials warned that kids were being “drawn towards terrorist activity.” A 14-year-old Islamist from Hampshire, a 17-year-old Neo-Nazi from Essex, and a 15-year-old right-wing extremist from Derbyshire were all among the 166 people arrested for terrorism offences in the UK in the year leading up to this March. Of these 166 people, 21 – or one in eight – were children, up from 12 last year.  Children accounted for 5% of …

Jun 10 2021

Moscow to open extra hospital capacity & heighten measures to control Covid-19 as cases rise in Europe’s largest city

The mayor of Moscow has revealed that the city will open additional hospital beds in the coming days as Russia sees diagnosed Covid-19 cases grow to levels not seen in many months, with a disproportionate amount in the capital. Speaking at a meeting with restaurateurs on Wednesday, Sergey Sobyanin also announced that the city would be ramping up its enforcement of sanitary measures, such as wearing masks on public transport. The mayor’s decision comes as Covid-19 infection numbers begin to climb back up to levels seen last winter. Also on rt.com Russia plans Covid vaccination travel for foreigners to revive …

Jun 10 2021

Taliban Fighters Shot Down Second Afghan Helicopter This Week (Photos)

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image. Source: the Taliban. On June 9, the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan announced that a Mi-17 military helicopters had crash landed in the district of Jaghato in the central province of Maidan Wardak. In a statement, the minister said that the helicopter was sent to the district to evacuate wounded security forces members. The ministry acknowledged three security forces members were killed and one more was wounded in the incident. The Taliban claimed that the helicopter was shot down by its fighters. According to the Afghan group, the helicopter was on its way …

Jun 10 2021

Most EU citizens see Russia as an ally or a partner, rather than a rival or an adversary, new narrative-busting polling reveals

While alarm bells about conflict with Russia are constantly ringing in the Western press, the public, it turns out, may not be listening to them, with new research concluding the EU’s citizens have a less hostile view of Moscow. The report, published by the Berlin-based European Council on Foreign Relations, which was set up with funds donated by multibillionaire George Soros, asked more than 17,000 respondents across 12 EU member states for their views on ties with foreign nations. A majority of those who answered said that they took a positive view of Russia, with 7% describing it as “an …

Jun 10 2021

Iranian Navy Ships in the Atlantic Ocean + video and images

According to Admiral Habibollah Sayari, Deputy Coordinator of the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, this fleet consists of the Makran Forward Base Ship and the Sahand frigate. And the ships started their journey from the shores of Bandar Abbas on May 10, and entered the Atlantic Ocean after traveling 12,000 kilometers. Referring to the strategic consideration of the navy by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Amir Sayari said: “Presence in open waters, development of maritime diplomacy and presence in the Gulf of Aden to ensure the security of the country’s transportation lines against terrorism …

Jun 10 2021

RT RECEIVES 23 NEW YORK FESTIVALS NOMINATIONS FOR NEWS, DOCS, HISTORICAL CONTENT AND PROMOS

MOSCOW, JUNE 10, 2021 — RT is in the finals of the New York Festivals Awards with 23 works. The recognized content includes projects dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, coverage of US politics, documentaries on cultural, social, and political issues, as well as achievements in design, digital and ‘deepfake’ technology.  Dennis Miller, American actor, comedian, five-time Emmy award winner and RT America talk show host, is nominated for the ‘Best Host in the Craft: Program’ category, while his show Dennis Miller +One will be competing for gold in the ‘Entertainment Special: Talk/Interview Special’ …

Jun 10 2021

Three high-ranking officials of Tahrir al-Sham were killed

On June 10, three prominent Tahrir al-Sham militants were killed in a precise attack on the village of Ablin on the southern outskirts of Idlib. FORUM

Jun 10 2021

Russia’s Pacific Fleet kicks off large-scale drills in international waters as ships practice maneuvering far from home (VIDEO)

The Russian Navy has launched large-scale military drills in the central Pacific Ocean involving around 20 surface warships, submarines, and support vessels, a statement from the country’s Defense Ministry revealed on Thursday. The training is taking place in international waters and will also be supported by around 20 planes, including long-range anti-submarine aircraft and high-altitude interceptors. [embedded content] The exercises, led by Pacific Fleet commander Sergey Avakyants, are taking place around 4,000km away from the ships’ home bases in the Far East of Russia, and will include the involvement of the fleet’s flagship, the Varyag cruiser. According to a Defense …

Jun 10 2021

UK health secretary defends handling of Covid-19 pandemic amid accusations he lied about government’s response

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has rejected criticism levelled by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings, denying that he lied about the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking before a parliamentary select committee hearing on Thursday, Hancock defended his actions throughout the pandemic, stating that the government only did “the best thing we could” based “on the information that we had to protect lives.” “Despite local challenges, and I don’t deny at all there were challenges in individual areas, there was never a national shortage of PPE [personal protective equipment],” Hancock added, rejecting the suggestion that the …

Jun 10 2021

Russian Economy and Reforms to Improve its Growth Prospects

Support SouthFront Illustrative image Written by Sunil Bhattarai. Here are a few reforms which I believe would help Russian economy to undergo sustainable and long term growth in any international conditions. These reforms may be presented in 8 parts, detailing some important regulatory and administrative aspect of the economy and here is the first one – trade reforms. TRADE REFORMS Introduction Trade means exchange of goods and services. Here is a suggestion how Russian leadership can carry out trade reforms for growth of the economy. In any country, there are mainly two kinds of trade which are: Internal trade: Exchange …

Jun 10 2021

US consumer prices soar at the fastest pace since 2008 financial crisis

Consumer prices in the United States surged 5% in May from a year ago, accelerating at their fastest pace in nearly 13 years, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The consumer price index (CPI) represents a basket including food, energy, groceries, housing costs and sales across a spectrum of goods. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting a price spike of 4.7%. That’s the biggest CPI gain since the 5.3% increase in August 2008, just before the financial crisis sent the United States into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Also on rt.com ‘Once the inflation genie is …

Jun 10 2021

In Video: Russian Military Advisors Train Syrian Special Forces In Aleppo

Support SouthFront Click to see full-size image. Advisors from the Russian Special Operations Forces have been training Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Special Forces personnel, RusVesna.SU revealed in a report on June 8. The training is being held in a special center located in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo. There, Russian military advisors are working to improve the performance of Syrian Special Forces personnel by teach them new tactics and methods. The service members were trained on sniper rifles, field mortars, anti-tank grenade launchers and pickup-mounted machine guns. [embedded content] During the training, Syrian service members also received lessons on camouflage, …

Jun 10 2021

Germany introduces new digital Covid-19 immunity certificate

Germany has unveiled a new digital immunity certificate that will be available alongside the paper ones already in use. The digital version is expected to make it easier for people to prove their Covid-19 vaccination status. The new certificate, dubbed ‘CovPass’, was presented by Health Minister Jens Spahn on Thursday. It will become available to the public starting next week. “The point is to get this paper into the device,” Spahn said during a news conference, showing reporters an analog vaccination certificate and a smartphone displaying its digital form. The new pass is expected to be significantly more convenient to …

Jun 10 2021

Chat app sting tells US intel agencies are interested in more than just ‘backdoors’, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou tells RT

A deceptively-marketed ‘encrypted’ messenger that was used to bust hundreds of criminals worldwide shows that intelligence services are creating, and not just exploiting, chat apps, according to CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou. The FBI has been secretly operating an encrypted chat app called ANOM, which became popular among organized crime, with the gangsters oblivious to the fact that they were being monitored while using the app. Codenamed Operation Trojan Shield/Greenlight, the surveillance scheme eventually led to a coordinated crackdown on criminal gangs involving law enforcement from 16 nations. More than 800 suspects have been arrested so far, putting a dent in …

Jun 10 2021

Floyd Mayweather & Logan Paul rake it in for boxing stunt with ‘more than a million views’ of wallet-punishing pay-per-view fight

Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul’s eight-round boxing exhibition at the weekend reportedly pulled in more than a a million pay-per-view buys in the US – with fight fans voicing admiration and derision at the purported figure. The viewing numbers for the bout at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium, which ended without a winner, have been the subject of considerable conjuecture. One reputable American journalist, Dave Meltzer, wrote that Mayweather-Paul had only garnered between 600,000 and 650,000 buys on TV. But a new claim has suggested that there were more than a million buys, causing one fan to respond that …

Jun 10 2021

French prosecutors demand 18 months behind bars for man who slapped Macron

French prosecutors are seeking an 18-month jail term for Damien Tarel, the man who slapped the country’s President Emmanuel Macron. The accused is also facing other penalties, including a voting ban. The 28-year-old suspect appeared before court on Thursday. The hearings are heavily fast-tracked, coming only two days after the slapping incident. Tarel stands accused of an assault on a public official, with the offence carrying a maximum of three years in jail and a hefty fine of up to €45,000. The prosecutors, however, have asked the court to slap Tarel with a real 18-month jail term rather than impose …

Jun 10 2021

Iran military vessels enter Atlantic Ocean for first time (VIDEO)

Two Iranian military vessels, the Sahand destroyer and the Makran forward base ship, have sailed into the Atlantic, marking the first time Iran’s navy has reached the ocean, following a thirty-day journey. On Thursday, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, Deputy Chief of Iran’s Army for Coordination, announced that two vessels, both indigenously developed, had reached the Atlantic Ocean following a near 6000 nautical mile journey. “The 77th strategic naval fleet of the Navy, comprising of the ‘Sahand’ destroyer and the ‘Makran’ ship, is present in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time to demonstrate the capabilities of Iran in the maritime …