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Ceasefire in Ukraine Dominates Discussions, Other Points Follow: Defense Council
2014-09-21 05:46:00
As discussions have focused on the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council spokesperson Andrei Lysenko elaborated on he withdrawal of Ukrainian law enforcement 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the line of contact in the east of Ukraine at a press conference Sunday.

First World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to Be Held Next Week
2014-09-21 05:40:00
The first United Nations (UN) World Conference on Indigenous Peoples will be held on September 22 to 23, 2014, aimed at giving an opportunity to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples.

Contentious Anti-Muslim Posters to Appear on New-York Buses
2014-09-21 05:25:00
Posters containing Anti-Islamic messages will appear on New-York buses and urban panels next week, Telegraph reported on Saturday.

Canadian Government to Revoke Passports of Canadian Islamists in Iraq, Syria
2014-09-21 04:58:00
The Canadian government has started to cancel and invalidate passports of those people who have travelled overseas to fight in Syria and Iraq, announced Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander in an interview with Postmedia News on Friday.

Afghanistan?s Two Presidential Candidates Sign Power-Sharing Deal: Reports
2014-09-21 04:41:00
Afghanistan's two presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, signed a power- sharing deal Sunday, three months after a disputed run-off led to turmoil, the BBC reported.

Russia, Japan Discuss Relations, Situation in Ukraine: Kremlin
2014-09-21 04:19:00
In a telephone conversation Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed Russia-Japan relations, as well as international affairs, including the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service reported Sunday.

OSCE Mission in Ukraine to Ensure Minsk Memorandum Compliance
2014-09-21 04:16:00
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) responsible for a special mission monitoring the situation will "immediately and actively" support the implementation of agreements outlined in the Minsk memorandum, a spokesperson of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) said in a statement released on Sunday.

US Successfully Launches Dragon Spacecraft to Resupply ISS: NASA
2014-09-21 04:05:00
The United States has successfully launched the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft delivering supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) stated on Sunday.

Witness Reports Casualties in Cairo Bomb Explosion
2014-09-21 03:46:00
Several people were killed when a car near the Egyptian Foreign Ministry's building exploded in Cairo, a witness told RIA Novosti.

G20 Members in Favor of Putin's Participation in Leaders' Summit: Reports
2014-09-21 03:34:00
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that the G20 member states are divided in their view on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin should participate in the summit that will take place in November in Brisbane, ABC News reported Sunday.

International Day of Peace
2014-09-21 03:16:21
The International Day of Peace is marked on September 21, established by the UN General Assembly with a view to extending and strengthening the ideals of peace in relations between states and peoples within and between them.

Iran to Support US Fight Against IS in Nuclear Program Trade-Off: Reports
2014-09-21 02:32:00
Iran is ready to work with the United States in fighting the Islamic State (IS) in exchange for more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, Reuters reported Sunday, citing a senior Iranian official.

New Syrian Jihadist Group Possible Threat to United States, Europe: Reports
2014-09-21 02:08:00
Amid the United States" ongoing military campaign against the Islamic State (IS), US authorities have revealed threats to the West by a new Syrian group led by a senior operative from al-Qaeda who was once part of Osama bin Laden's inner circle, The New York Times reported, citing intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

G20 Finance Ministers Conclude Plans for 1.8% Global Economy Growth
2014-09-21 00:52:00
The G20 finance ministers and central bank governors delivered strategies that should help achieve 1.8 percent of additional growth in the global economy, as the meeting came to an end Sunday in Cairns, Australia, a press release by MP Joe Hockey, who chaired the meeting, stated.

Man Intruded White House Friday Had Knife: Reports
2014-09-20 21:59:54
The man, who intruded the White House Friday had a knife with him and claimed he was a veteran of Iraqi military operations, ABC TV channel has reported, citing a compliant released Sunday.

Islamic State British Hostage's Wife Calls For His Release: Reports
2014-09-20 20:25:23
Barbara Henning, the wife of a British national Alan Henning, who is held hostage by the Islamic State militants, has pleaded jihadists for his release, Agence France-Presse reported Sunday, citing a statement released through Britain's Foreign Office.

Argentina?s President Reports Receiving Threats From IS Militants
2014-09-20 20:04:00
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said she had received threats from Islamic State (IS) terrorist group over her friendship with Pope Francis and Argentina's position on Palestinian issue, the local Clarin paper had reported.

Lawyer: Georgian Ex-President Saakashvili Bank Accounts Arrested
2014-09-20 18:45:00
All the existing bank accounts of Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili have been arrested in the country, Saakashvili's lawyer, Otar Kakhidze said.

Belgian Authorities Prevent Terrorist Attack in European Commission Headquarters: Reports
2014-09-20 17:17:44
Belgian authorities have detained two people, who planned a terrorist attack in European Commission Headquarters in Brussels, Agence France-Presse has reported citing the local media.

Explosions and Bursts Continue in Donetsk: City Council
2014-09-20 16:01:00
Explosions and bursts are still being heard in the Donetsk region, Donetsk City Council reported on Saturday, citing witness reports.

Ukrainian Special Forces Continue Attacks in Donbas, but ?Only to Neutralize?: Statement
2014-09-20 15:52:00
Ukrainian Special Forces continue shelling against Donbas independence supporters, but "only to neutralize" the militia's firing points, the press office of the so-called "anti-terrorist operation" wrote in a statement.

Situation in Donbas ?Calm?, Normal Services Being restored: OSCE
2014-09-20 14:40:03
OSCE observers have described the situation in the eastern regions of Ukraine as "clam" in spite of sporadic shelling and stated that normal services are on their way of being restored, OSCE reported Saturday.

Ukrainian Special Forces Violate Ceasefire 10 Times in One Day: DPR Headquarters
2014-09-20 13:07:00
Ukrainian troops have today violated the Minsk ceasefire agreement 10 times, killing several people in Donbas region, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) reported Saturday.

Protest by French Farmers Turns Violent: Reports
2014-09-20 11:46:00
Protesting farmers in Morlaix, Brittany have set fire to government buildings, Reuters reported Saturday.

Kiev, Donetsk Exchange Prisoners in Donbas
2014-09-20 11:24:00
Ukrainian security forces and Donetsk People's Republic militia have carried out another prisoner swap, with each side handing over 38 detainees.

US Not to Contribute to UN Climate Change Fund for Poor Nations
2014-09-20 11:03:00
The United States will not contribute to a UN fund aimed at helping struggling countries cope with climate change despite UN calls on rich countries to do so, The Guardian reported Sunday.

OSCE Welcomes Minsk Ceasefire Memorandum on Ukraine
2014-09-20 10:59:00
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has welcomed the ceasefire implementation memorandum that was signed by the Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk on Saturday, OSCE reported on its website.

TEPCO Announces Test Run of Improved Water Decontamination System at Fukushima
2014-09-20 10:26:00
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has begun trials of the first unit of the improved water decontamination system at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the company announced on its website.

Medvedev: Russia to Amplify ?Mutually Beneficial Cooperation? With China
2014-09-20 10:21:00
Russia intends to develop its ?mutually beneficial? strategic relationships with China, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday.

Prisoner Exchange Between Kiev, Donetsk to Begin Shortly
2014-09-20 09:32:00
Ukrainian security forces and Donetsk People's Republic militia are getting ready for a prisoner swap, where each side is expected to transfer some 40 detainees.

Panic, Evacuation Ensues as Unarmed Intruder Enters White House
2014-09-20 09:26:00
A man was able to jump over the White House fence, run across the lawn and enter the building via North Portico doors before being apprehended by security on Friday, The Washington Post reports.

North Korea Says Arrested American Acting to Become Another ?Snowden?
2014-09-20 08:42:00
A 25-year old American citizen, Matthew Todd Miller, recently charged with perpetrating "acts hostile" to North Korea and condemned to 6 years hard labor, faked possession of secret data about the US government and intentionally committed criminal acts in order to be arrested and become famous, North Korean authorities claim in a statement, cited by Reuters.

G20 Finance Ministers Discuss Global Economic Growth: Reports
2014-09-20 08:34:00
Finance ministers from G20 nations are holding a two-day summit starting Saturday in Cairns, Australia, to agree on a set of policies aimed at bolstering the global economy.

Medvedev: Russia to Survive Unfavorable International Market Conditions
2014-09-20 08:20:00
Though the international market conditions create a difficult situation for Russia, the country will survive, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday.

US Senate Offers $10 Mln Reward for Information on IS Killers of US Journalists
2014-09-20 08:08:00
The US Senate has unanimously approved a bill offering up to $10 million for actionable information on the kidnapping and killing of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, who were recently executed by Islamic State (IS) militants, the Telegraph reports.

New Poll Shows Secession Is a Growing Thought for Americans
2014-09-20 08:05:00
Nearly 25% of Americans would support secession of their states from the US, if they are given a chance to vote, Reuters reported on Friday.

Medvedev: Russia Interested in Developing Relations With European Union
2014-09-20 07:59:00
Russia is interested in developing its relations with the European Union if EU partners choose not to oust Russia from their markets, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with the Russia-24 channel on Saturday.

Economic Development Minister: West Unlikely to Impose New Sanctions Against Russia
2014-09-20 07:26:00
The West is unlikely to impose new sanctions against Russia, but it is doubtful that the existing ones will be lifted anytime soon, Russia's Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev said on Saturday.

Russian Trucks Delivering Humanitarian Aid to Donetsk Ready to Return to Russia
2014-09-20 06:43:00
The first part of the third Russian convoy of trucks delivering humanitarian aid to Donetsk has approached the Russian border.

Father of Islamic State Militant Admits Terrorism Charges: Reports
2014-09-20 06:43:00
The father of an Islamic State (IS) militant claimed to be responsible for the recent beheadings of the group admitted guilt Friday in the Manhattan Federal court for participating in plotting al-Qaeda's bombing of two US embassies in Africa, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported.

Iraqi Forces Destroy Warehouse Storing Seven Missiles, Kill 18 IS Terrorists: Reports
2014-09-20 05:39:00
Iraqi forces have destroyed a warehouse with seven missiles containing chlorine gas in the central Iraqi province of Diyala in addition to killing 18 Islamic State (IS) militants, reported Shafaq News on Saturday, citing provincial police chief General Jamil Shammari.

Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises
2014-09-20 05:39:00

Deputy Prime Minister: 45,000 Syrian Kurds Fleeing IS Cross Border Into Turkey
2014-09-20 05:31:00
Some 45,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing an advanced by the Islamic State (IS) have crossed over the border into Turkey a day after Ankara opened up its border, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday.

Ukrainian Army Attacks Military Plant in Donetsk
2014-09-20 05:22:00
The Ukrainian military have carried out an attack on a military plant in Donetsk, where explosives are blowing up.

US Congressman Says 40 American Islamic State Fighters Returned to US
2014-09-20 05:06:00
Up to 40 Americans who went to the Middle East to fight along Islamic State (IS) militants are believed to have returned to the US, warned Tim Bishop, the US Representative for New York's 1st Congressional District, Fox News reports.

Police Struggle to Control Rally by Pro-Union Supporters in Glasgow: Reports
2014-09-20 04:18:00
Police struggled to control a mass pro-union rally celebrating Scotland's "No" vote rejecting independence from the United Kingdom in tensions which began between the pro-independence "Yes" voters and the pro-union supporters who fired a flare in Glasgow Friday, The Independent reported.

Russian Brewer Oasis to Buy Iconic American ?Pabst Blue Ribbon?
2014-09-20 04:03:37
The Russian brewer company Oasis Beverages has signed a contract to buy the 170-year old American Pabst Brewing Company, which produces a number of popular American beer brands, among them Pabst Blue Ribbon, Huffington Post reports.

Chairman: DPR Supreme Council Supports Minsk Memorandum Ceasefire
2014-09-20 03:20:00
The Supreme Council of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) supports the memorandum signed earlier Saturday in Minsk implementing the ceasefire, chairman of the council Boris Litvinov told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

No Ransom Paid by Turkey for Hostages Held by Militants in Iraq: Reports
2014-09-20 03:14:38
Turkey did not pay ransom for the 49 hostages held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants who were freed on Saturday, Reuters Reported Saturday.

Tropical Storm Fung- Wong Approaching Taiwan: Reports
2014-09-20 02:39:00
The tropical storm Fung-Wong which begun in Philippines earlier this week causing heavy flooding and five deaths is expected to hit Taiwan by Monday, according to the Central Weather Bureau in Taiwan.

Kiev Confirms Prisoner Exchange on Saturday: DPR Committee on Prisoners
2014-09-20 01:53:00
The Ukrainian side has confirmed the exchange of prisoners that is to take place on Saturday in Donetsk, Darya Morozova, the head of the Donetsk People?s Republic?s Committee on War Prisoners Exchange, told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

Turkish President Claims Hostage Release "Pre-Planned" By Turkish Intelligence: Reports
2014-09-20 01:09:01
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan claims the release of 49 Turkish hostages seized by the Islamic State (IS) on Saturday was a "pre-planned operation" by the Turkish intelligence agency (MIT), Reuters reported on Saturday.

Unloading of Russian Humanitarian Convoy Trucks Begins in Donetsk
2014-09-20 01:03:00
The unloading of the first truck of the Russian humanitarian convoy has started in Donetsk.

Davutoglu: Turkish Consulate Staff Members Held Captive Return Home
2014-09-20 00:42:51
All 49 staff members of the Turkish consulate in Iraq, held captive since June by Islamic State (IS) militants, have safely returned home, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday.

Leonid Kuchma: Implementation of Minsk Memorandum to Begin in a Day
2014-09-20 00:24:00
Ukraine's former president Leonid Kuchma representing the negotiations of the Contact Group meeting in Minsk said that the implementation of the Minsk memorandum signed on Saturday night, will start in a day.

Third Russian Humanitarian Convoy Moves Into Ukraine
2014-09-20 00:09:00
The third Russian humanitarian aid convoy has moved along Ukrainian territory, RIA Novosti reported on Saturday.

UN to Deploy Mission for Ebola Emergency Response to West Africa: Reports
2014-09-20 00:08:00
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced in an official statement Thursday the establishment of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to be deployed to its headquarters in Ghana and to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by Monday.

Parties at Minsk Talks Agree on Memorandum Regulating Ukrainian Ceasefire Implementation
2014-09-19 22:19:00
Kiev authorities and pro-independence fighters in southeastern Ukraine have agreed on complete ceasefire, establishment of the buffer zone, withdrawal of heavy weapons away from the contact line on both sides, and deployment of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitoring mission.

Donetsk Republic Head Calls Ukrainian Special Status Law Independence Recognition
2014-09-19 20:29:00
Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko has announced that the law on special status of the self-proclaimed republics means recognition by Ukrainian authorities of their independence.

Minsk Memorandum Stipulates Ceasefire by Both Sides of Ukrainian Conflict
2014-09-19 20:11:00
The memorandum, signed overnight by the Contact Group on Ukraine in the Belarussian capital Minsk, stipulates a ceasefire by both sides of the conflict, former President Leonid Kuchma, representing Ukraine at the talks, said Saturday.

Donetsk Republic to Hold No ?Ukrainian? Elections on Its Territory: Prime Minister
2014-09-19 20:05:00
Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko said Saturday that no elections, announced earlier by Ukrainian authorities, would be held on the DPR territory.

Status of Self-Proclaimed Republics Undiscussed at Minsk Talks on Ukrainian Crisis
2014-09-19 20:01:00
The issue of the self-proclaimed republics' status remained unaddressed at the talks on the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk, Igor Plotnitsky, the Head of the People's Republic of Luhansk, said.

Kiev, Independence Forces Agree to Set Up 30-Km Security Zone, Withdraw Heavy Weapons
2014-09-19 19:51:00
Kiev authorities and independence supporters in eastern Ukraine have agreed to set up a 30-kilometers security zone and to move heavy weapons 15 kilometers (9 miles) away from the front line on both sides.

Sides of Ukrainian Conflict to Continue Exchange of Prisoners: Leonid Kuchma
2014-09-19 19:39:00
The sides of the conflict in southeastern Ukraine have agreed to continue the exchange of prisoners, Leonid Kuchma, former Ukrainian president, representing the country at the talks in Minsk, said.

Parties Agreed on Withdrawal of Foreign Mercenaries From Conflict Zone in Ukraine: Kuchma
2014-09-19 19:12:00
The parties of the talks on the Ukrainian crisis, held in Minsk, have agreed on the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries from the conflict zone in southeastern Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, former president of Ukraine, representing Ukraine at the talks, said.

Minsk Memorandum Bans Flights of Aircrafts Over Security Zone in Ukraine
2014-09-19 19:02:00
Memorandum, signed at the end of the Contact Group's on the Ukrainian crisis talks in Minsk early Saturday morning, bans flights of military aircrafts over the security zone in Ukraine.

Red Cross Refuses to Facilitate Passage of Russian Convoys to Southeastern Ukraine
2014-09-19 18:02:00
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has announced it will not contribute to the delivery of the Russian humanitarian convoy to southeastern Ukraine, as there is no agreement between Moscow and Kiev on the technical aspects of this operation, according to the press release of the organization.

All But One Provisions of Memorandum on Minsk Protocol?s Implementation Considered
2014-09-19 17:10:00
Sides of the talks in Minsk have already considered almost all the provisions of the final memorandum, only one provision is still under dispute, Aleksei Karyakin, the chairman of the Supreme Council of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, told RIA Novosti early Saturday morning.

Operation Against ISIS Should Be Coordinated With States or Security Council: Churkin
2014-09-19 16:10:00
International counter-terrorism operation should be carried out either with the consent of sovereign states, or under the UN Security Council authorization, Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said Friday.

Fierce Disputes, But Progress Achieved at Minsk Talks: Luhansk People's Republic
2014-09-19 15:38:00
Talks of the Contact Group on the Ukrainian crisis are being held in the format of "fierce disputes", but the parties have made some progress, negotiating upon the program of the implementation of a ceasefire agreement, Aleksei Karyakin, the chairman of the Supreme Council of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, told RIA Novosti Friday.

Human Trafficking Cases in Ukraine on the Rise: Council of Europe
2014-09-19 15:17:00
The Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) released its first report on Ukraine on Friday, stating an increase in internal trafficking and trafficking for the purpose of labor exploitation.

UN Envoy Describes IS Advances in Iraq, Calls for United Effort
2014-09-19 14:50:00
Briefing a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council about Iraq on Friday, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq Nickolay Mladenov described advances and abuses by the Islamic State and called for united effort to address them.

Germany, France Plan Airlifts to Ebola-Stricken Countries: Reports
2014-09-19 14:32:00
Germany and France are to establish joint airlifts to countries in West Africa that are currently battling the deadly Ebola virus, Agence France-Presse reported Friday.

Air France Pilots Extend Strike Until September 26
2014-09-19 14:29:00
The French arm of Franco-Dutch airline Air France-KLM has announced Air France pilots extend the strike that started September 15 until Friday September 26, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

UK, Scotland Give Democracy Lesson to Catalonia: President
2014-09-19 13:47:00
The leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia Artur Mas said Friday that the Scottish referendum on September 18 taught a lesson to other regions of the world in how to resolve their independence claims.

Queen Calls for Unity Following Scotland?s Independence Referendum
2014-09-19 13:34:00
Queen Elizabeth II called for UK countries to come together and show mutual respect, following the Scottish referendum, where the majority voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

Indian TV Anchor Gets Sacked for Mispronouncing Name of Chinese President
2014-09-19 13:18:00
An Indian TV journalist from the Indian public service broadcaster, Doordarshan, has been sacked on Friday for calling Chinese President Xi Jinping as Eleven Jinping.

UN Peacekeeping Forces to Return to Syrian Side of Golan Heights: Security Council
2014-09-19 12:59:00
The United Nations' Security Council on Thursday unanimously agreed to a Presidential Statement, condemning the attacks on UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and reaffirming its support for the UN Disengagement Observer Force mission (UNDOF).

Morocco Imposes New Strict Punishment for IS Support
2014-09-19 12:53:00
The Moroccan parliament has presented a new law to be debated this October in the new parliamentary term which would criminalize the acts of training for and joining armed groups in Middle Eastern warzones, Reuters reported.

Ancient Mesopotamia at Risk of Destruction by IS Thugs
2014-09-19 12:36:43
This summer, the expansion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State has resulted in the uncontrolled plunder and destruction of thousands of priceless archeological and architectural treasures and artifacts representing millennia of history in northern Mesopotamia.

Russian Humanitarian Convoy Starts Customs Clearance: Federal Customs Service
2014-09-19 12:09:00
The first trucks of a Russian convoy carrying a new shipment of humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine on Friday started entering a customs clearance zone on the Russian side of the border with Ukraine, a Russian customs official told RIA Novosti.

Russia Denies Accusations of Discrediting MH17 Crash Probe
2014-09-19 11:33:00
Russia is not trying to put in doubt the credibility of an international investigation of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in eastern Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said Friday.

Contact Group on Ukrainian Crisis Begins Talks in Minsk
2014-09-19 11:06:00
The Contact Group on the Ukrainian crisis on Friday began a new round of talks in Belorussian capital, Minsk.

Unlock Democracy Launches Petition for UK Constitutional Convention
2014-09-19 10:44:00
Unlock Democracy, a British grassroots campaign for democracy, rights and freedoms, launched a petition Friday for a UK Constitutional Convention, following Scotland?s decision to remain part of the United Kingdom.

UK Leaders Disagree Over "Vow" for More Powers for Scotland
2014-09-19 10:39:00
The Labour leader of the UK official opposition, Ed Miliband, has signaled he will not sign up to Prime Minister David Cameron's plan to give more powers to the devolved Scottish Parliament following a historic vote on Scottish independence.

Scottish First Minister And Independence Leader Salmond Resigns
2014-09-19 10:34:00
The leader of the pro-Scottish independence Scottish National Party (SNP), Alex Salmond, is to resign as leader of his party and First Minister of Scotland.

Russian Ambassador Expects 'Significant Progress' in Ukraine Peace Talks
2014-09-19 10:12:00
The Contact Group on the Ukrainian crisis is expecting significant progress during a new round of talks in Minsk on Friday, the Russian ambassador in Ukraine, Mikhail Zurabov said.

UN Official: Full Access to Malaysia Airlines MH17 Crash Site Still Problematic
2014-09-19 10:08:00
Two months and two days after the downing of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 aircraft over eastern Ukraine, UN official Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council on Friday that the access to the crash site remains problematic.

Russia Sends Cargo With Ebola Protection Kits to Guinean Doctors: Russian Health Watchdog
2014-09-19 10:05:00
Russia's federal public health agency Rospotrebnadzor has sent a cargo with personal protective equipment for healthcare workers battling the Ebola virus in Guinea, the agency's chief Anna Popova said on Friday.

US President Welcomes Scottish Independence No Vote
2014-09-19 09:45:00
The US President, Barack Obama, has welcomed the result of the Scottish independence referendum.

Poland Picks New Foreign Minister in Cabinet Reshuffle
2014-09-19 09:15:00
Poland?s prime minister-designate Ewa Kopacz has tapped former interior minister Grzegorz Schetyna to replace Radek Sikorski as foreign minister, AP reported Friday.

Russian Observers Say Westminter Put Pressure on Scots on Referendum Day
2014-09-19 09:10:00
Russian observers think that Westminster put significant pressure on Scots during the independence referendum on September 18.

Filipino Peacekeepers Leave Golan Heights Early, Cite Security Concerns
2014-09-19 08:53:13
All 344 peacekeepers from the Philippines located on the Golan Heights? border between Syria and Israel are set to return home in the next two weeks, ahead of the official end of their tour of duty, an information officer for the country?s armed forces announced.

Legal Killings: Total of 15 Women Executed in US since 1976
2014-09-19 08:28:00
On September 17, 38-year-old Lisa Coleman was executed in Texas for the torture and starvation death of her girlfriend?s 9-year old boy over ten years ago, making her the 15th woman to be executed in the United States since the mid-70?s, and the second woman to be lethally injected in Texas this year.

Irish Party Leader: Scottish Vote Leads to Call for Ireland?s Reunification Referendum
2014-09-19 08:06:00
The President of Sinn Féin, an Irish republican political party active in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, has called for a referendum in Northern Ireland that, if agreed, could lead to Ireland's reunification.

Syrian Army Strong Enough to Fight for 10 More Years: Reports
2014-09-19 08:02:00
The Syrian military forces are spread thinly over the country's territory but are capable of enduring 10 more years of fighting against Islamic State (IS) militants, al-Qaeda-linked fighters, and other radical groups, The Daily Star reported Friday.

Russian Scientist: World Facing ?Mini-Ice Age? Rather Than Global Warming
2014-09-19 07:42:00
The world will soon witness a "mini-ice age" rather than global warming, as solar output has been declining in recent years, a Russian scientist told RIA Novosti Friday.

Barnett Formula in Scotland?s Public Expenditure
2014-09-19 07:30:00
Following a historic referendum in Scotland, which saw the majority of voters rejecting independence, Scotland's public spending will now be one of the focal points, as it should become clear whether the Barnett formula will continue to apply to the country's public expenditure.

Experts Identify a Total of 224 MH17 Crash Victims: Reports
2014-09-19 07:22:00
Specialists have already identified 224 victims of the MH17 flight crash in Ukraine, Ukrainian agency UNN reported Friday.

Better Together Campaign Leader: London Ready to Continue Dialogue on Scotland?s Future
2014-09-19 07:11:00
The results of the Scottish referendum demonstrate the unity of the country but London is ready to continue the dialogue on the future of Scotland, Alistair Darling, the leader of the Better Together campaign said Friday.

Body Cameras to Be Installed on US Border Patrol Agents
2014-09-19 06:57:00
US border patrol agents will start wearing cameras by the end of this year, as the government is trying to reduce criticism of the agents? use of excessive force, reports CBS News.

China Mulls Carbon Emissions Caps: Reports
2014-09-19 06:44:00
China contemplates imposing limitations on greenhouse gas emissions, but has not decided how to do this yet, Xie Zhenhua, one of Beijing's key negotiators on climate change, told The Financial Times on Friday.

Russia to be Cut off from Global Web in Case of Emergency
2014-09-19 06:14:00
Russia?s Security Council, chaired by President President Putin, is set to discuss ways in which Russia could cut itself off from the global internet network in case of an emergency, Russia?s business daily Vedomosti reported, citing its sources among communication and internet providers as well as non-commercial organizations.

NYT Reporter Receives Threatening Messages Over IS Story
2014-09-19 05:56:00
The New York Times reporter Ceylan Yeginsu, who wrote a story on the recruitment efforts of the Islamic State (IS) militant group in the Turkish capital Ankara, has received thousands of threatening messages, the publication?s executive editor Dean Baquet said.

Air France Cancels 55% of Flights Due to Strike
2014-09-19 05:50:00
More than 55 percent of Air France flights will be canceled on Saturday because of an ongoing strike by its pilots, the airline stated on Friday.

DPR Commanding Officer: Kirovohrad Special Forces Possibly Linked to Stenin's Death
2014-09-19 05:45:00
The Kirovohrad special forces might have been involved in the death of International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist Andrei Stenin, a commanding officer of one of the Donetsk People's Republic's military units told RIA Novosti on Friday.

South Korea to Be Among Top 3 Drone Technology Leaders by 2023: Reports
2014-09-19 05:31:00
South Korea will become the world?s third most technologically advanced producer of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) by 2023, Korea Aerospace Research Institute stated, Yonhap reported.

CEO: Gazprom Still Views Europe as Number One Market
2014-09-19 05:08:00
Despite a landmark gas sales agreement signed with China earlier this year, Russian energy giant Gazprom still views Europe as its ?number one? market, CEO Alexei Miller said Friday.

France Says Strikes IS Facilities in Iraq
2014-09-19 04:26:00
France's Air Force has carried out its first attack against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, the office of the French President Francois Hollande said Friday in a press release.

European Commission President Barroso Welcomes Scottish Referendum Results
2014-09-19 04:23:00
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso has welcomed the results of the Scottish independence referendum, which ended with 55.3 percent of Scots voting against separation from the United Kingdom.

German President Rules Out Russia Visit: Reports
2014-09-19 03:56:00
German President Joachim Gauck told Rheinische Post on Friday that a visit to Russia is not on his agenda.

Russia May Ban Fruits From Ukraine: Agriculture Watchdog
2014-09-19 03:49:00
Russia may ban imports of fruits from Ukraine by late September, Russia?s agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said Friday.

Media Organizations? Monopoly on Providing Information Over: OSCE
2014-09-19 03:38:00
The monopoly of media organizations of providing information is over, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic said Friday at the opening of the second expert meeting on open journalism underway in Vienna.

NATO Chief Expresses ?Respect? For Scots? Vote in Independence Referendum
2014-09-19 03:36:00
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed respect for the choice that the Scottish people made in their independence referendum, saying that the United Kingdom will contribute significantly to keeping the alliance strong.

Medvedev: European Security System Now Under Threat
2014-09-19 03:32:00
The whole system behind the security of European is currently under threat, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday at the International Investment Forum 2014 currently underway in Sochi.

Climate Pact Must be Signed by Both Less, More Developed Countries: Moscow
2014-09-19 03:23:00
The Russian delegation will supports the signing of an agreement to reduce emissions by all countries, regardless of their economic development at the upcoming UN Climate Summit in New York, Russian presidential climate change adviser Alexander Bedritsky told RIA Novosti on Friday.

Western Sanctions Failed to Influence Global Oil Prices: Russian Energy Ministry
2014-09-19 03:15:00
The Western sanctions imposed against the Russian oil industry have had no impact on the current decline in global oil prices, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told journalists Friday.

UN Secretary-General Condemns Attacks on Peacekeepers in Mali
2014-09-19 02:53:00
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned attacks on peacekeepers in Mali after a landmine explosion hit a UN vehicle in the country, killing five peacekeepers from Chad and injuring three, saying, "The commitment of the United Nations to support the Malian people in their search for peace."

Japan Remains Undecided on Sanctions Against Russia: Foreign Ministry
2014-09-19 02:41:00
The timing and scope of possible sanctions against Russia have not been determined yet, Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Fumio Kishida said at a press conference Friday.

Scotland Says ?No? to Independence: Final Results
2014-09-19 02:17:00
With all ballots counted, Scotland has chosen to stay in the United Kingdom with 44.7 percent in support of independence and 55.3 percent rejecting it.

Highland Council Referendum Results Delayed Due to Major Trunk Road Accident
2014-09-19 01:46:00
The final declaration for Highland region, the last of 32 Councils to declare, has been delayed following an accident on a major trunk road that has held up police vehicles transporting ballot boxes to the regional count in Inverness, according to RIA Novosti source.

Japan to Provide $22.7 Mln of Humanitarian Aid to Iraqi, Syrian Refugees
2014-09-19 01:35:00
Japan will send $22.7 million for urgent humanitarian aid to displaced persons in Iraq and to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, who are suffering from the actions of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization, the Japanese Foreign Ministry stated.

J.K. Rowling Proud of Scottish Referendum
2014-09-19 01:11:00
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of novels, who believes Scotland would be better off staying part of the United Kingdom, closely followed the Scottish referendum and called it peaceful and democratic on Friday, noting that the Scottish had a reason to be proud of it.

Poroshenko: Ukraine to Get ?Financial Guarantees? Worth $1 Billion from US
2014-09-19 00:40:00
Ukraine will get an additional $1 billion of financial guarantees from the United States and will be provided with assistance in the sphere of security, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on his Facebook page Friday, following a meeting with US President Barack Obama.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron Congratulates Supporters of United Britain
2014-09-19 00:38:00
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron congratulated in his Twitter the leader of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling with a well-fought campaign.

First Minister: Scottish Politics Unlikely to Go Back to 'Business as Usual'
2014-09-19 00:33:00
The leader of the pro-Scottish independence campaign, Alex Salmond, has conceded defeat in a historic referendum and expressed his doubts as to whether Scotland would be able to go back to 'business as usual' in politics.

Scotland Likely to Say ?No? to Independence as Vote Count Nearly Over
2014-09-19 00:25:00
With vote count over in 31 out of 32 Scottish regions early Friday, Scotland is projected to reject independence by a substantial margin of nearly ten percent.

Edinburgh Votes Against Scottish Independence, With 61.1% Voting NO, 38.9% Voting YES
2014-09-19 00:16:00
The council region of Edinburgh has finished voting in the Scottish independence referendum, with 61.1 percent having voted against secession from the United Kingdom, and 38.9 percent having voted for it.

26 Out of 32 Scottish Regions Finish Voting for Independence, 45.7% Say Yes, 54.3% Say No
2014-09-18 23:36:00
With 26 out of 32 Scottish council areas having finished voting in the independence referendum, 45.7 percent of Scots are in favor of separating from the United Kingdom, while 54.3 percent are against.

Glasgow Council Area Says Yes to Scottish Independence
2014-09-18 23:01:00
Scotland's biggest city, Glasgow, has opted for Scottish independence, according to the council area?s referendum results, released early Friday.

Conservatives Praise Role of Former Labor Prime Minister Brown in Independence Campaign
2014-09-18 22:29:00
Former Labor Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been praised for his contribution to the Scottish independence campaign by Conservative Minister for State for Scotland David Mundell.

West Dunbartonshire Says Yes to Independence
2014-09-18 22:14:00
Scots in the council area of West Dunbartonshire have been the second to say a resounding ?yes? to Scottish independence, with 54 percent supporting Scotland?s secession from the 307-year-old union, according to the newest results.

3-Day Quarantine Imposed in Sierra Leone to Slow Down Ebola
2014-09-18 22:02:00
The government of Sierra Leone, one of the three nations in West Africa that have found themselves at the center of Ebola outbreak, has imposed a three-day curfew to slow down the lethal virus disease, according to Agence France Press.

Scots in Inverclyde Vote Against Independence With 50.1%
2014-09-18 21:47:00
The Inverclyde council area, located in the west central Lowlands, has voted ?No? to Scottish independence, according to the reports released early Friday.

Western Isles Vote No in Scottish Independence Polls
2014-09-18 21:22:40
The Western Isles of the west coast of mainland Scotland have delivered a "no" vote in the Scottish referendum, according to the returns released early Friday.

Obama Refuses to Give Ukraine 'Special' Status of Non-NATO Ally
2014-09-18 20:19:00
US President Barack Obama on Thursday declined the initiative to give Ukraine a special status of a non-NATO ally, according to Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko as cited by CNN.

Chairman of Pro-Scottish Independence Campaign 'Remains Optimistic' About Result
2014-09-18 20:11:00
The Chairman of the pro-Scottish independence campaign, Dennis Canavan, told RIA Novosti in the early hours of Friday that he remains optimistic his side will win the Scottish independence referendum as counting across Scotland continues.

Clackmannanshire Says No to Scottish Independence
2014-09-18 19:54:00
The first official results in the historic council area of Clackmannanshire saw pro-unity supporters in the Scottish independence referendum win 54 to 46 percent, according to the local elections commission.

At Least 8 People Including 2 Children Killed in Florida Shooting
2014-09-18 19:49:00
At least six children and two adults have been killed in shooting in the town of Bell, northern Florida on Thursday, the local Sheriff's Office reported.

Police Investigating Cases of Electoral Fraud in Scotland?s Glasgow
2014-09-18 19:35:00
Glasgow police is probing allegations of electoral fraud at Scotland independence referendum, according to reports made in the early hours of Friday.

Observers Say Pro-Unity Vote Leads in Edinburgh
2014-09-18 19:13:00
Pro-unity supporters appear to be in the lead at the Scottish independence referendum in the nation's capital city of Edinburgh, the head of Russia's monitoring mission at the polls told RIA Novosti early Friday.

YouGov Scottish Referendum Poll Predicts ?No? Campaign Victory
2014-09-18 17:17:00
A Scottish referendum survey by pollster YouGov has predicted the 'No' campaign will win with a 54 percent majority.

First Ballot Boxes Arrive at Central Electoral Commission as Polls Close in Scotland
2014-09-18 16:33:00
First ballot boxes have started to arrive from polling stations across Scotland, a returning officer told RIA Novosti.

Arak Reactor Remains Issue of Concern at Iran, P5+1 Nuclear Talks: Russia
2014-09-18 16:13:00
The future of the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor remains one of the main obstacles at the nuclear talks between the P5+1 group of mediators and Tehran, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti Thursday.

Obama Leaves Poroshenko?s Plea for Lethal Help Without Answer
2014-09-18 15:27:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko?s plea for lethal help at a US Congress meeting on Thursday was not answered by his US counterpart, despite the Ukrainian leader?s claim that the future of a ?free world? was at stake.

US Should Sanction Anyone Purchasing Oil From Islamic State: Congressman
2014-09-18 15:22:00
The administration of the US President Barack Obama should impose sanctions against anyone purchasing oil from the Islamic State (IS), California Congressman, Alan Lowenthal told RIA Novosti, following a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry.

UNSC Adopts Resolution Calling to Lift Border Restrictions on Ebola Affected Countries
2014-09-18 14:50:00
The United Nations Security Council adopted on Thursday a resolution that calls on countries to lift travel in spite of the border restrictions that have been imposed on countries, affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

White House Welcomes France?s Airstrikes Against IS, Says Contribution Significant
2014-09-18 14:48:00
The United States welcomed French President Francois Hollande's announcement that France will carry out airstrikes in Iraq, calling it a significant contribution to the ongoing combat with the Islamic State (IS), White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at a briefing Thursday.

UN Proposes Emergency Health Mission as Ebola Cases Double Every 3 Weeks
2014-09-18 14:40:00
With the number of Ebola cases doubling every three weeks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday proposed the Security Council to establish an emergency health mission to address the lethal threat.

Poll on Scotland?s Funding in Case of No Vote Shows Contradiction With UK Leaders 'Vow'
2014-09-18 13:25:00
Just days after the three main UK party leaders pledged to protect Scotland's funding in the event of a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a new poll has revealed 83 percent of Conservative MPs want to change it.

UN to Create Special Mission to Fight Ebola
2014-09-18 13:20:00
The United Nations (UN) plans to create a special mission to fight the deadly Ebola virus, currently spreading in Western Africa, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said on Thursday, as cited by Agence France-Presse.

Hollande: Conditions for Mistral Delivery to Russia Can be Met But Not at Current Stage
2014-09-18 12:56:00
The conditions, under which the first Mistral helicopter carrier will be shipped to Russia, can be met, but they are not in place yet, French President Francois Hollande said at a press conference Thursday.

Hollande: Western Economic Sanctions Come at a Price for Russia, Europe
2014-09-18 12:56:00
Western economic sanctions are taking their toll on Russia and the European Union and will be canceled once the Ukrainian crisis is settled, French President Francois Hollande said Thursday at a press conference.

France to Set Up Military Hospital in Guinea to Fight Ebola
2014-09-18 12:52:00
France is to set up a military hospital in Guinea, to help fight the Ebola outbreak, French President Francois Hollande said during the traditional press conference on Thursday.

Russian, Austrian Leaders Discuss Ukrainian Crisis, Russia-EU Relations
2014-09-18 12:41:00
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann discussed in a phone call on Thursday the situation in Ukraine and relations between Moscow and Brussels, the Kremlin said.

Malaysian IS Wife Says No Forced Marriage in Syria
2014-09-18 12:28:00
Life is "safe" for single women in Syria and no one will force you to get married unless you want to, a self-claimed wife of an Islamic State (IS) fighter writes on her Tumblr blog.

Slovak Foreign Minister Says "No" to NATO Bases in Country
2014-09-18 12:15:00
There will be no NATO bases in Slovakia, the country"s foreign minister Miroslav Lajcak announced on Thursday at the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Peter Susko told RIA Novosti.

Leaders of Luhansk People's Republic Could Take Part In Minsk Talks: Source
2014-09-18 11:58:00
The leaders of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) could participate in the tripartite meeting of the Ukraine-Russia-OSCE contact group on Friday, a source, familiar with the matter told RIA Novosti Thursday.

US Jobless Claims Fall to Second-Lowest Level in 14 Years
2014-09-18 11:56:00
The number of initial jobless claims in the United States has dropped by 36,000 to a seasonally adjusted 280,000 in the week ending September 13, which is the second-lowest level in 14 years, the US Labor Department stated on Thursday.

Latvia Misleads World About Its Human Rights Situation: Russian Foreign Ministry
2014-09-18 11:51:00
Latvia has misled the international community and its own people about the country's human rights situation, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a commentary, released Thursday.

Work of Polling Offices in Scotland Lacks Complete Transparency: Russian Observers
2014-09-18 11:08:00
The Russian election observation mission in Scotland says that the work of the polling offices during the Scottish independence referendum is not entirely transparent.

Philippines Faces Energy Shortage, Government to Step Up Supply
2014-09-18 10:57:04
The Philippines? President Benigno Aquino asked the nation?s legislature for limited emergency powers last week to allow the government to obtain additional private generating capacity to fill an estimated 400-500MW shortage.

More than 400 German Citizens Fight For Terrorists in Syria and Iraq: Reports
2014-09-18 10:56:00
More than 4,000 Europeans, including 400 German citizens, are fighting for terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State (IS), in Syria and Iraq, Bild reported on Thursday, citing a secret services source.

French President Rules Out Ground War Against Islamic State, Offers Air Support in Iraq
2014-09-18 10:55:00
France will not send ground troops to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq, but is ready to carry out air strikes against IS positions there, President Francois Hollande said Thursday.

UN Envoy: Afghanistan Must Reach Gov't Unity Deal Shortly, Otherwise Faces Conflict Risk
2014-09-18 10:48:00
With the final results of Afghanistan's presidential election set to be announced soon, UN special representative to the country Jan Kubis told the Security Council on Thursday that the candidates should strike a deal on government unity within one or two days ? or face the risk of insurgency.

Discussions on Fight Against IS Should Continue at UN Security Council: Moscow
2014-09-18 10:36:00
Discussions on the fight against the threats posed by the Islamic State (IS) militants, which was on the agenda for the recent international conference in Paris, should continue at the UN Security Council, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister said Thursday.

Finnish Government Approves Rosatom Nuclear Reactor Project
2014-09-18 10:34:00
Finnish nuclear company Fennovoima has received an agreement in principle to build a Rosatom nuclear reactor in Northern Finland, the Finnish government wrote in a statement published on its official website Thursday.

China Believes Anti-Russia Sanctions Aggravate Crisis in Ukraine: Reports
2014-09-18 10:29:00
Sanctions against Russia cannot solve the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, they only lead to its escalation, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hong Lei was quoted as saying by China News.

Russian Observers Suspect 'Special' Voting Technologies in Scotland
2014-09-18 10:18:00
Russian observers have suspicions over the "special" voting technologies used during the Scottish independence referendum and expect the announcement of results that will either confirm or disprove their suspicions.

Poroshenko Seeks Stronger US Support, Asks Congress for US Arms Supplies
2014-09-18 10:00:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday made an emotional appeal to the US Congress in an attempt to convince the US lawmakers that Ukraine is "on the forefront of the fight for democracy" and needs strong support, including supplies of weaponry from the United States.

Scottish Independence May Lead to Emergence of 'Europe of Nations': Indipendenza Veneta
2014-09-18 09:55:00
Should the people of Scotland vote for the country's independence, it could create a precedent that would facilitate the emergence of "the Europe of nations" instead of the existing "Europe of states," Alessio Morosin, a founding member and leader of the Indipendenza Veneta movement in Italy, told RIA Novosti Thursday.

Contact Group on Ukraine to Meet in Minsk Friday: Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus
2014-09-18 09:49:00
The Ukrainian Embassy in Belarus has confirmed that the Contact group on the reconciliation of the Ukrainian crisis will hold another meeting in Minsk on Friday.

Iranian Man Calls On UK To Help Release His Sister Imprisoned For Watching Volleyball
2014-09-18 09:45:00
The brother of a British-Iranian woman, imprisoned in Tehran for attending a volleyball match, has called on the UK Foreign Office to help release his sister, the Telegraph reported Thursday.

Central Intelligence Agency
2014-09-18 09:37:00
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the principal US foreign intelligence and counterintelligence organization, marks its anniversary on September 18.

US to Send Troops, Tanks, Combat Vehicles to Latvia: Latvian Defense Ministry
2014-09-18 09:34:00
The United States will send four tanks, 12 infantry combat vehicles and 150 troops to Latvia in order to bolster the security of the Baltic nations, a spokesperson for the Latvian Ministry of Defense Kaspars Galkins said Thursday.

Kiev, Donetsk Cancel Prisoner Exchange on Thursday
2014-09-18 09:17:00
The self-proclaimed Donetsk people's Republic (DPR) and Kiev authorities will not hold a scheduled exchange of prisoners, the head of the Donetsk committee on prisoner exchange told RIA Novosti.

IS Fighters Besiege Kurdish City as Drone Reportedly Belonging to US Spotted Over Syria
2014-09-18 09:12:00
Islamic State (IS) militants have besieged a Kurdish city and captured several villages in northern Syria on Thursday at the same time as the first drone, reportedly belonging to the United States, was spotted over the Syrian governorate of Aleppo, the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation reported.

North Koreans Did Not Appreciate "Gangnam Style"
2014-09-18 09:05:00
North Korea?s team was officially welcomed at the Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea, as cheerleaders danced to the international hit by the South Korean pop star Psy, reports AFP.

China Denies Hacking Charges by US Senate Committee: Reports
2014-09-18 07:58:00
China denies accusations of hacking the computer systems of US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) contractors made by the US Senate Armed Services Committee, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on Thursday.

Obama?s Approval on Terrorism Falls to Record Low - Study
2014-09-18 07:49:00
President of the United States, Barack Obama?s approval rating on handling terrorism has fallen to a record low of 41 percent, a joint poll by CBS News and New York Times released Thursday shows.

Number of Billionaires Worldwide Rises Again This Year: Report
2014-09-18 07:47:00
The number of billionaires in the world has grown to 2,325, rising by 155, or 7 percent, between June 2013 and June 2014, according to the second-annual Billionaire Census survey published by Swiss financial services company UBS AG.

Former First Minister: Scotland to Take 'Long Time' to Recover From Independence Debate
2014-09-18 07:45:00
Scotland will take a long time to recover from the "division" within the society that has been brought about by the Scottish independence referendum, the former Labor First Minister of Scotland, Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, told RIA Novosti Thursday.

Francois Hollande Faces Media Grill Amidst Political Crises
2014-09-18 07:38:00
French President Francois Hollande, who remains widely unpopular in his country, is holding a much-anticipated news conference on Thursday, as the leader is hoping to turn the tables on several devastating weeks, reports AFP.

Poll Confirms Belief Scotland?s Least Advantaged Communities Feel Negatively About Union
2014-09-18 07:35:00
Scotland's disenfranchised groups feel the union with the United Kingdom "isn't working for them", Kings College London lecturer Dr. Andrew Blick told RIA Novosti commenting on a new survey by IPSOS Mori.

Russian Official: Independent Scotland to Face Number of Challenges
2014-09-18 07:31:00
If Scotland votes in favor of independence, it will face a number of challenges, Mikhail Margelov, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Russia's Federation Council said on Thursday.

China Says Ready to Cooperate With India Over Disputed Territories ? Reports
2014-09-18 06:51:00
China is ready to cooperate with India over their disputed territories, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday after talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mentally Ill Asylum Seekers in Australia Being Detained, Forced to Return Home: Reports
2014-09-18 06:41:00
There have been several cases in recent weeks when asylum seekers in Australia have been detained and set to be forcibly repatriated to their home countries, with some of the detainees diagnosed with mental health issues, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported Thursday.

British Muslim Leaders Urge IS to Release UK Hostage
2014-09-18 06:28:00
Muslim leaders from all over the United Kingdom have condemned the kidnapping of humanitarian aid worker Alan Henning by Islamic State (IS) terrorists and urge the jihadist group to free him, a joint letter published in The Independent states.

European Parliament Calls For Cancellation of South Stream Agreements
2014-09-18 05:56:00
In a resolution adopted Thursday, the European Parliament called on the EU leadership to cancel agreements with Russia, including on the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline.

Japan Seeks International Backing for ?Scientific? Whaling Despite UN Ban
2014-09-18 05:54:00
Japanese representatives at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) conference have sought international backing for a resumption of whale hunting for scientific purposes despite a UN court ban on the practice, the statement by the head of the delegation Joji Morishita said.

Putin: By Retaliating Against Western Sanctions Russia Only Defends Own Interests
2014-09-18 05:45:00
The only purpose for imposing restrictions on imports from countries that sanctioned Russia is to defend national interests, Moscow does not plan to punish them or put pressure on anyone, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

Strengthening Cooperation with SCO Best Response to Sanctions: Secretary General
2014-09-18 05:37:00
The best response to the restrictive measures, imposed on Russia by Western countries is to strengthen trade and economic cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the organization?s Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev said on Thursday.

?Sport for Yes? Campaign Praises Tennis Star Murray?s Call for Scottish Independence
2014-09-18 05:28:00
The leader of Scotland's pro-independence Sport for Yes campaign, Michael Stewart, praised the support of Scottish tennis star Andy Murray, in an interview with RIA Novosti Thursday.

People?s Climate March to Take Place Worldwide Ahead of UN Climate Summit
2014-09-18 05:25:00
Residents of New York, London, Amsterdam, and other cities around the world, will participate in the People's Climate March scheduled for Sunday, September 21, ahead of the UN climate summit which will take place in New York on September 23.

Netherlands May Send F-16 Fighters, Weapons to Iraq to Combat IS: Reports
2014-09-18 05:19:00
The Netherlands could use F-16 fighter aircraft and send arms to Iraqi Kurds in order to fight the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, active in Iraq and Syria, local media reported Thursday.

Scots ?Deeply Fortunate? to Be Able to Vote for Independence: Pro-Independence Campaign
2014-09-18 05:00:00
The Scottish people are "deeply fortunate" to be able to express their desire for independence in a peaceful, democratic way, Stuart Nicholson, a spokesman for pro-Scottish independence leader, Alex Salmond, told RIA Novosti Thursday.

UAE Supporting Egypt?s Transition Toward Democracy
2014-09-18 04:59:00
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi appreciates the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) support in his country's transition toward democracy, WAM news agency reported on Thursday.

Scottish Tennis Star Murray Shows Support for Country?s Independence
2014-09-18 04:46:00
Scottish tennis star Andy Murray openly expressed his support for his country's independence early Thursday as the historical referendum began.

IS Threatens to Execute Lebanese Soldier: Reports
2014-09-18 02:55:00
Islamic State (IS) militants have issued a statement threatening to kill yet another Lebanese soldier within next 24 hours, the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation reported Thursday.

Spain to Station SAM Systems in Turkey
2014-09-18 02:50:00
Spain will station a squadron of Patriot surface-to-air (SAM) systems and send 130 servicemen to Turkey, Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes said while speaking to the members of the parliamentary defense committee.

Poroshenko To Meet With Obama in Washington
2014-09-18 01:29:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit Washington on Thursday to meet with US President Barack Obama, US congressmen, and give a speech at the Atlantic Council think-tank.

US Should Raise Human Rights Issues with Ukrainian Leadership: Human Rights Watch
2014-09-18 01:27:00
The Human Rights Watch called on the Obama administration Thursday to urge Ukrainian authorities to stop human rights violations by Kiev forces in southeastern Ukraine.

Scotland Decides Its Future as 5,579 Polling Stations Open
2014-09-18 01:00:00
Polling stations for the referendum on Scottish independence have opened in Scotland at 7:00 a.m. BST (06:00 GMT) and will remain open till 10:00 p.m. BST (21:00 GMT) on Thursday.

15 People Detained in Australia on Suspicion of Cooperating with Islamic State: Reports
2014-09-18 00:51:00
Australian police detained 15 people Thursday as part of a counterterrorism operation, which was launched after a terror warning was raised in the country in response to the domestic threat posed by supporters of the Islamic State (IS) militant group, the Associated Press reported.

Japan To Announce New Sanctions Against Russia: Reports
2014-09-18 00:29:00
Japan's government is going to announce additional sanctions against Russia over Ukraine on September 19, Kyodo news agency reported referring to the diplomatic Japanese sources.

UN to Cut Food Supplies to Syria by 40% in October: Reports
2014-09-18 00:01:00
The United Nations will have to cut food supplies to Syria by 40 percent in October due to a funding shortage, Reuters reported.

Iranian Foreign Minister: Impossible To Defeat IS Using Airstrikes Only
2014-09-18 00:01:00
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif speaking at the Council for Foreign Relations in New York said that the Islamic State military group is a "dangerous phenomenon" and cannot be defeated by airstrikes only, as US President Barack Obama proposed earlier.

UN Urges to Prevent Displacement of People Caused by Natural Disasters
2014-09-17 21:33:00
United Nations (UN) is focused on preventing displacement caused by natural disasters, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson said at a press conference on the launch of the report by the Norwegian Refugee Council's Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, entitled "Global Estimates 2014: people displaced by disasters".

EBRD Revises Ukrainian 2014 Economy Forecast, Expects GDP to Decrease by 9%
2014-09-17 19:49:00
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has revised the Ukrainian economy growth forecast for 2014, expecting its GDP to fall by 9% instead of the earlier predicted 7% decline, the bank's press release states.

EBRD Revises Russian Economy 2015 Forecast, Expects GDP to Decrease by 0.2%
2014-09-17 18:03:00
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has revised the Russian economy growth forecast for 2015, expecting the GDP to decline by 0.2 percent instead of the earlier predicted 0.6 percent growth, according to the bank's press release.

Factbox: Scotland
2014-09-17 15:50:00
Scotland is an administrative and political region of the United Kingdom. It is located on the northern part of the island of Great Britain and adjacent islands: the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland. Its main territory is bound by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the north, and the North Sea on the east, and borders England to the south.

Federal Reserve System Revises Down US GDP Growth Projections for 2014, 2015
2014-09-17 15:04:46
US Federal Reserve System revised down its US GDP growth forecast to 2-2.2 percent for 2014 and 2.6-3 percent for 2015.

UN Predicts Flooding and Major Droughts in South Africa in 2050
2014-09-17 13:53:14
South Africa may experience both major droughts and severe rainfall, causing damage to the country's biodiversity, infrastructure and tourist industry, the United Nations' meteorological agency warned in a new video Wednesday.

Luxemburg Closely Follows Case of Country?s Honorary Consul Yevtushenkov
2014-09-17 13:35:39
Luxemburg is closely following the criminal case against the main shareholder of Russia's AFK Sistema Vladimir Yevtushenkov, who is also Luxemburg's Honorary Consul in Yekaterinburg, a source in Luxemburg's Foreign Ministry told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

Emir of Qatar Denies Allegations of Financing Islamic State Militants
2014-09-17 12:42:00
The Emir of Qatar on Wednesday rejected German allegations that the Gulf state is providing Islamic State (IS) terrorists with financial support, Spiegel Online reported.

Lavrov: Ceasefire in Ukraine Holds, Number of Incidents Should Gradually Diminish
2014-09-17 12:31:00
The ceasefire in Ukraine is holding and the number of incidents that occur once in a while should gradually decrease if Kiev takes decisive steps to prevent them, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister: US-led Airstrike Campaign to Target Only Islamic State Sites
2014-09-17 12:17:00
The US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) is ready to expand its strikes to Syria, but will "under no circumstances" target any positions other than the extremist group's sites, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister told Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

Iraqi Deputy PM: West Unlikely to Cooperate With Syrian Government in Fight Against IS
2014-09-17 12:08:00
Western countries are unlikely to cooperate with the Syrian government in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), Iraq's newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister told Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

Deputy PM: Iraq to Expand Political, Economic, Military Cooperation With Russia
2014-09-17 12:03:00
The Iraqi government intends to strengthen political and economic ties with Russia, expand military-technical cooperation between the countries and boost collaboration within the energy sector, Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister told Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.

Obama: I Will Not Commit US Troops to Fight Ground War in Iraq
2014-09-17 11:47:00
US President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would never commit the US military to fight a ground war in Iraq as the country could use more efficient ways to eliminate the ISIL threat.

$30 MLN Reward Promised for Information on Those Guilty in MH17 Crash
2014-09-17 10:56:00
German fraud investigation company Wifka has said an unnamed client is ready to pay a reward of $30 million for information on who is responsible for the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight tragedy.

Russian Military Denies Presense of 4 Army Battalions in East Ukraine
2014-09-17 09:52:00
Allegations by NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe Philip Breedlove of the deployment of four Russian army battalions in eastern Ukraine are frivolous and inexcusable for a professional military officer, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

Russia Calls Law on Special Status of Donbas 'Step in Right Direction'
2014-09-17 09:05:00
Russia views the recent Ukrainian law on special status of parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk region as a step in the right direction, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Spanish Prime Minister Warns Scotland, Catalonia Against Secession
2014-09-17 08:56:00
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned supporters of Scotland and Catalonia?s secession that they might face considerable difficulties while reapplying to the European Union if vote for independence.

Miller: Gazprom Maintains Steady Daily Supply of Gas to Europe
2014-09-17 08:42:00
Gazprom maintains stable daily deliveries of natural gas to European customers in line with contractual obligations, the company's CEO Alexei Miller said Wednesday.

Gulnara Karimova Robber Baroness Faces Charges, Pays British PR Consultants
2014-09-17 08:35:00
Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbekistan?s President Islam Karimov, faces criminal prosecution as part of a massive investigation into the corruption and graft that her and her entourage engaged in.

Parliamentarian: ?Pledge? of More Powers for Scotland Sparks Calls for English Parliament
2014-09-17 08:01:00
A No vote in the Scottish independence referendum to be held Thursday should lead to the devolution of government in England and the establishment of an English Parliament, John Redwood, a Conservative member of parliament and former Secretary of State for Wales, has told RIA Novosti.

US Ground Troops May Soon Be Deployed in Iraq
2014-09-17 07:38:00
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, US a top US military adviser, believes that an American-led coalition will only be able to defeat the Islamic State (IS) if it sendsby sending American troops to fight the militants on the ground, the New York Times reported on September 16.

Kremlin Paints Bleak Picture of Ukrainian Defense Industry
2014-09-17 07:25:00
Ukraine's defense industry may collapse due to the severing of ties with Russia in the defense sector, but Moscow hopes that bilateral military-technical cooperation could resume, a Kremlin aide said Wednesday.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Orders to Keep Troops on Full Combat Alert
2014-09-17 07:22:00
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday he had ordered the defense minister to keep the country's armed forces in the highest state of combat readiness.

Giant Kraken Examined By Scientists in New Zealand
2014-09-17 07:19:00
A giant squid weighing 350 kilograms (770 lbs) was inspected on September 16 by scientists in New Zealand.

Kremlin Downplays Sanctions Impact on Russia's Defense Sector, Arms Exports
2014-09-17 07:00:00
Western sanctions have not affected Russia's arms exports and will never lead to the collapse of the country's defense industry, a Kremlin aide said Wednesday.

Poroshenko?s Aide: East Ukraine Operation Costs Kiev $5 Bln.
2014-09-17 06:57:00
The special operation against independence supporters in eastern Ukraine has cost Kiev $5 billion, an aide for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday.

Scottish University Principal Denies ?Bullying? Claims by Scotland?s Prime Minister
2014-09-17 06:40:00
Professor Louise Richardson, the Principal of St Andrews, one of Scotland's oldest Universities, has not made a complaint of alleged "bullying or harassment" by the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, her official spokeswoman has told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

Russia Calls for More Active Red Cross Assistance to Southeastern Ukraine
2014-09-17 06:26:00
The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations is ready to continue providing humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine and has called on the Red Cross to provide more active assistance, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations announced Wednesday.

Ukraine Turns to EU Over Alleged Reduction in Russian Gas Supplies to Slovakia
2014-09-17 06:22:00
Ukraine has told the European Commission its energy security was threatened by the alleged reduction in Russian gas supplies to Slovakia, which launched reversed deliveries to Ukraine earlier this month.

Ombudsman: Moscow Following Results of UN, OSCE Mission in Ukraine Closely
2014-09-17 06:11:00
Russia will continue to keep up with the results of the United Nations and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitoring mission in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry human rights special representative Konstantin Dolgov wrote on his Twitter page Wednesday.

Breivik to Cut Contact with Father Unless He Joins Norwegian Fascists: Reports
2014-09-17 05:49:00
Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik says he will cut all contact with his father, Jens Breivik, if the latter does not switch from social-democratic to fascist views, the Verdens Gang (VG) Norwegian newspaper reports.

No Consensus Yet in Sight on Whaling as International Commission Continues Debates
2014-09-17 05:48:00
Diplomats gathering at the biennial International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting held September 11-18 in Slovenia have yet to reach a consensus between whaling nations and those opposed to the practice, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

Kiev Vows to Recognize Donbas Vote if It Meets International Norms
2014-09-17 05:16:00
The Kiev government will recognize the local elections in eastern Ukraine?s Donbas region only if the vote meets international standards and is monitored by observers, Ukrainian Prime Minister Areseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday.

French Prime Minister Urges Air France Pilots to End Strike
2014-09-17 05:08:00
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday called on Air France pilots to put an end to their strike, which is now in its third day.

Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers Approves Implementation Plan for EU Association Agreement
2014-09-17 04:48:00
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine unanimously approved the implementation plan for the EU association agreement Wednesday.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Vows Tit-for-Tat Response to Possible Russian Trade Restrictions
2014-09-17 04:47:00
Kiev will retaliate any trade restrictions imposed by Russia over Ukraine?s free trade zone with the European Union by taking tit-for-tat measures , Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday.

African Nations Using Almost 800 Russian Helicopters
2014-09-17 04:31:00
Nearly 800 helicopters manufactured by Russian companies are currently in use across the African continent, Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said in a statement released Wednesday.

Greece Asks IMF Chief Lagarde for Additional Info on Death Threats
2014-09-17 04:22:00
Greek Justice Minister Charalampos Athanasiou has asked IMF chief Christine Lagarde to provide more details on the death threats she claimed to have received.

Pentagon Supplies of Rifles, Armored Vehicles to US Schools Raise Misuse Concerns
2014-09-17 03:34:00
With public schools across the United States receiving military equipment to improve security, Democrats have become increasingly concerned over the potential misuse of these weapons, The Wall Street Journal reported.

150-Car Pileup in the Netherlands, Two Killed
2014-09-17 03:29:00
Dutch emergency services say that two people died and over 26 were injured in a huge car accident Tuesday that involved at least 150 cars and trucks on a mist-covered Dutch highway in the province of Zeeland.

Donetsk Official: Next Ukraine Prisoner Exchange Planned for Thursday
2014-09-17 03:08:00
The next prisoner exchange between Kiev government forces and Ukraine's independence fighters is planned for Thursday, September 18, head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Committee on Prisoners Exchange Daria Morozova told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

Watchdog Points to Security Loopholes in HealthCare.gov Website
2014-09-17 03:07:00
A US federal watchdog agency has pointed to significant loopholes in security and privacy protections that still plague HealthCare.gov, a health insurance website with a database of nearly 5 million people.

India to Re-Emerge as UAE?s Top Export Destination by 2030: HSBC
2014-09-17 03:05:00
Despite recent declines in trade between the two countries, India is predicted to re-emerge as the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) top export destination by 2030, the latest HSBC Trade Forecast Reports states.

Homeless People Hired to Increase Pro-Fracking Turnout in North Carolina: Reports
2014-09-17 02:56:00
A group of homeless people were paid to attend a North Carolina state hearing on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, wearing "Shale Yes" T-shirts in order to make public support for the practice seem stronger, Citizen Times reported.

California Issues Permits for 29 Self-Driving Cars: Reports
2014-09-17 02:47:00
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued permits allowing 29 self-driving vehicles to be tested on Californian freeways and neighborhoods with a human onboard incase the car malfunctions, CBS Sacramento News reported.

Indian Entertainment Industry to Be Worth $37 Billion by 2018
2014-09-17 02:44:00
The Indian entertainment and media industry is expected to reach $37 billion by 2018, with an annual growth rate of 15 percent, according to a report published by PwC-CII.

American Man Caught While Swimming to North Korea
2014-09-17 02:39:00
A US citizen was caught by South Korean soldiers while trying to swim across the river that separates the country from North Korea, the South Korean Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday.

Leader: DPR Independence Claims to Remain Unchanged Despite Donbas? Special Status Law
2014-09-17 02:36:00
The Ukrainian bill granting the breakaway eastern republics of Donetsk and Luhansk a three-year period of special status within the country will not change Donetsk People's Republic's (DPR) political and independence aspirations, Andrei Purgin, DPR first deputy prime minister, said Wednesday.

Donetsk, Luhansk People?s Republics Discuss Russian Gas Deliveries: DPR
2014-09-17 02:11:00
The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people?s republics (DPR and LNR) are discussing gas deliveries from Russia, Andrei Purgin, DPR first deputy prime minister, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

Solar Panel Market to Grow Most in India, China, Japan
2014-09-17 02:03:00
Over the next five years, India, China and Japan are expected to have the highest growth rates in cumulative photovoltaic (PV) panel installations, with China set to pass the 100 GW mark by 2018, Electronic Component News magazine reported.

Actor Mark Ruffalo Calls on US Authorities to Ban Fracking: Reports
2014-09-17 01:59:00
Hollywood actor and activist Mark Ruffalo is calling for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the United States, The Guardian reported Wednesday.

Dengue Fever Eradication Experiment Launched in Indonesia: Reports
2014-09-17 01:28:00
A team of scientists from the Eliminate Dengue international project are launching eradication trials in Indonesia aimed at containing dengue fever outbreaks, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Figures Show Three Times More People Displaced by Natural Disasters Than Conflict: Report
2014-09-17 01:05:00
A new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) launched on Wednesday at the UN in New York reveals that in 2013, 22 million people were displaced by natural disasters, three times more than those displaced by war.

Islamic State Uses Dabiq Magazine to Radicalize Foreigners
2014-09-17 01:00:00
A magazine called Dabiq published by the Islamic State militants in several European languages, including English, is set to radicalize foreigners and attract them to join the jihadist group, believe the analysts with the Council on Foreign Relations.

US Justice Department to Look Into Racial Bias in Law Enforcement: Reports
2014-09-17 00:54:00
The US Justice Department is launching a study into racial bias in law enforcement structures in five American cities, to be selected later, US Attorney General Eric Holder revealed in an interview with the Associated Press.

US Vice President, Ukrainian Prime Minister Discuss Minsk Agreement
2014-09-17 00:39:00
Russia and eastern Ukrainian independence fighters should fully observe provisions of the Minsk ceasefire agreement, US Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk agreed.

France Approves Bill to Prevent Potential Jihadists From Travelling Abroad
2014-09-17 00:34:00
The French parliament has approved a bill that aims to prevent potential terrorists from travelling abroad, in particular to Iraq and Syria.

Donetsk Republic Leader Urges Further Talks with Kiev
2014-09-17 00:12:00
A leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine called Kiev on Wednesday to continue talks within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group.

Police Investigating Death Threat of British MP, RT Host George Galloway: Reports
2014-09-17 00:04:00
The Metropolitan Police is investigating an alleged death threat sent to British MP and host of RT's program Sputnik, George Galloway, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

Lavrov: Further Sanctions Against Russia Will Deepen Ukrainian Crisis
2014-09-17 00:03:00
Continuing sanction pressure on Russia will only deteriorate the Ukrainian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Lavrov: Russia Backs Sending OSCE Monitors to Disputed Zones in East Ukraine
2014-09-17 00:02:00
Russia supports the proposal by self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics to place monitors from the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in contested areas in eastern Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Lavrov: Russia Demands Proper Investigation of MH17 Crash
2014-09-17 00:01:00
Moscow insists on a proper investigation of a Malaysian plane crash in Ukraine that would reveal real causes of the incident, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Russia?s Lavrov Bashes NATO Over its ?Destructive Role? in Ukrainian Crisis
2014-09-17 00:01:00
NATO has played a destructive role during the entire length of the Ukrainian crisis and continues to push Kiev toward confrontation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Presidential Adviser: Ukrainian Bill on Donbas' Special Status Can Be Revoked in 6 Months
2014-09-17 00:00:00
Ukrainian authorities can revoke in six months the law granting the self-proclaimed eastern republics of Dontesk and Luhansk a three-year period of special status within the country if ?order is established,? Ihor Hryniv, adviser to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, said in the early hours of Wednesday.

Lavrov: MH17 Crash Used to Justify Russian Sanctions
2014-09-17 00:00:00
The incident with a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine has been used deliberately to push ahead with sanctions against Russia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

UN Appoints Leonardo DiCaprio as Messenger of Peace on Climate Issues
2014-09-16 20:58:21
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has been appointed as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told journalists at a press conference Tuesday.

Obama Steps Up US Response to Ebola Outbreak
2014-09-16 20:37:26
As the Ebola epidemic spirals out of control in West Africa, US President Barack Obama announced Tuesday a major increase in US response to the virus outbreak before it affects hundreds of thousands of people.

US to Deploy 3,000 Troops for Boosted Anti-Ebola Campaign: White House
2014-09-16 15:52:38
The US will deploy 3,000 troops to West Africa and set up a command post in Monrovia, Liberia, to tackle an Ebola outbreak that has claimed some 2,500 lives, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

Ebola Outbreak in Africa Kills 144 Doctors: Russian Health Watchdog
2014-09-16 13:39:00
Over 300 doctors have been infected by the Ebola virus, with 144 losing their lives to the Ebola virus disease, Russia's public human wellbeing agency Rospotrebnadzor informed on its website on Tuesday.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Demands Moscow Stops Sending Aid Convoys to Eastern Ukraine
2014-09-16 12:47:00
Kiev is demanding that Russia stops sending convoys with humanitarian aid to southeastern Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Evhen Perebyinis said Tuesday.

Syrian Army Kills 37 Islamic State Extremists in Deir al-Zor Province: Reports
2014-09-16 12:41:00
The Syrian Army has killed 37 Islamic State (IS) militants in the northeastern province Deir al-Zor, Lebanese TV channel Al-Manar reported on Tuesday.

French Government Wins Crucial Confidence Vote in Parliament
2014-09-16 12:34:00
France's embattled socialist government led by Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday secured support of the country's lawmakers in a second confidence vote in less than six months, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

House of Commons Condemns HM Passport Office for Overcharging and Delays
2014-09-16 12:33:00
Her Majesty's Passport Office has been making multi-million pound profits by overcharging for passports despite unacceptably long delays in processing applications, the Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons stated in a report published Tuesday.

MP: Westminster in ?Revolt? Over Party Leader Promise for More Powers for Scotland
2014-09-16 12:19:00
A pro-Scottish independence MP, Angus Robertson, has claimed that there is an "utter deceit" at the heart of the NO campaign, after a senior Conservative backbench MP, Christopher Chope, warned of a "bloodbath" by Conservatives at Westminster who oppose more powers for Scotland in the event voters reject independence.

Spain?s Foreign Ministry Sees Scottish Referendum as ?Worst Precedent? for EU
2014-09-16 12:17:00
Scottish Independence referendum is the "worst precedent" for the whole European Union, Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil said Tuesday, as quoted by Spanish news agency Europa Press.

Number of Hungry People Drops by 100Mln Over Decade: UN
2014-09-16 11:54:00
The number of hungry people in the world has dropped by 100 million over the last 10 years, but one in nine are still undernourished, a report by the United Nations said Tuesday.

Child Mortality Rate Drops by Almost Half in 23 Years: UNICEF
2014-09-16 11:51:00
The global child mortality rate has decreased by 49 percent in 2013, compared to 1990 according to a United Nations Children's Fund report, UNICEF's press release, published Tuesday, said.

Russia, Argentina to Increase Bilateral Trade to Up to $3Bln in 2015
2014-09-16 11:50:00
Russia is counting on increasing its bilateral trade with Argentina to $2.5 billion - $3 billion in 2015, the head of Russian agricultural watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor, Sergei Dankvert, said Tuesday.

South Sudan Bans Employment of Foreigners Amid Civil War: Reports
2014-09-16 11:47:00
Amid its civil war, South Sudan has banned the employment of all foreign workers including aid staff, ordering they be replaced by locals, an official notice stated.

UN Official: Israel, Palestinians Brokered Gaza Reconstruction Deal
2014-09-16 11:42:00
Three weeks after Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire agreement, the UN Secretary General's special coordinator to the Palestinian authority, Robert Serry said Tuesday that both sides and the United Nations have agreed to start reconstruction of the territories, racked by war.

NATO Chief Rejects Crimea?s Elections
2014-09-16 10:52:00
NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has rejected Crimea's recent elections and urged Russia to reverse its reunification with the Black Sea peninsula, the alliance's chief said in a statement Tuesday.

US Secretary of Defense Hagel Outlines Members of Coalition Against IS
2014-09-16 10:45:00
The US-led international coalition to combat the Islamic State (IS, ISIL) jihadist group was announced by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in a Tuesday morning hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Russia, Zimbabwe Discuss Economic Cooperation
2014-09-16 10:43:00
Russia and Zimbabwe have outlined plans for economic, military and technical cooperation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday.

Russia, Turkey May Increase Use of National Currencies in Mutual Payments
2014-09-16 10:26:00
Russia and Turkey may significantly increase the use of their respective national currencies in mutual payments, the Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Tuesday.

Ukrainian Lawmakers Pass Bill on Vetting of Officials on Third Attempt
2014-09-16 10:26:00
The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday passed the draft legislation aimed at vetting officials empowered to perform state or local self-government functions.

Spain to Go to Any Lengths to Avoid Independence Referendum: Reports
2014-09-16 10:09:00
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said the Spanish government will use every possible legal measure to prevent Catalonia's secession, Europa Press reported Tuesday.

Daylight Savings Time May Revive as Scottish Independence Looms Large: Report
2014-09-16 10:03:00
The upcoming Scottish referendum this Thursday could bolster discussions on adopting Daylight Savings Time for good, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

British Banks Prepare to Face Surge in Demand for Cash by Scots
2014-09-16 09:58:00
As the referendum in Scotland approaches, Britain's banks are accumulating cash north of the border in order to cope with a possible surge in demand by Scots in case of a Yes vote on Thursday, The Independent reported Tuesday.

Al-Qaeda Branches Urge Iraqi, Syrian Jihadists to Unite Against Washington
2014-09-16 09:58:00
Branches of al-Qaeda in North Africa and in the Arabian peninsula released a joint statement Tuesday, calling extremists in Iraq and Syria to join together in order to oppose the US-led anti-terrorism coalition.

Select Committee to Launch New Website on Benghazi
2014-09-16 09:56:00
Democrats from the Benghazi Select Committee are set to launch a new website through which they intend to publish investigation results and address public questions over the Benghazi attack in 2012, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Largest Salmon Producer Buys Company to Foil Countersanctions
2014-09-16 09:32:00
Norwegian company Marine Harvest ASA, in an attempt to circumvent the countersanctions Russia imposed against Norwegian food producers this past August, has purchased a bankrupt Chilean company: Acuinova Chile SA.

Fighting Ebola Requires at Least $1Bln: UN
2014-09-16 09:24:00
No less than $1 billion will be required to effectively fight the Ebola virus, storming West Africa, Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease David Nabarro said on Tuesday at a briefing in Geneva.

Minister: Russia's Retaliation Against New Western Sanctions Unreasonable
2014-09-16 09:23:00
Russia should not contemplate countermeasures to new Western sanctions as they would hardly be useful with the exception of agriculture, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Tuesday.

Ebola Death Toll in West Africa Climbs to 2,500: WHO
2014-09-16 09:22:00
At least 2,461 people have been killed by the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, with a total of 4,985 cases confirmed, World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said Tuesday.

Heavy Rain to Replace Snowy Winters in Belgium by 2050: UN
2014-09-16 09:21:00
Belgium may see its snowy winters replaced by heavy rain and thunder storms by 2050, the United Nations' meteorological agency predicted in a new video that shows how weather forecasts may look like in the future, as the effects of climate change become more pronounced.

MIT Top University in The World, followed by Cambridge and Imperial College London
2014-09-16 09:12:00
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been rated the top university in the world for the third year in a row in University Subject Rankings 2014, a report published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a well-recognized educational institution rating service. The university managed to increase its citation index indicator by 14 percent.

Erdogan: Leaders of ?Muslim Brotherhood? May Come to Turkey, If There are No Obstacles
2014-09-16 09:05:00
Leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood organization may come to Turkey, if the review of their request reveals no obstacles, preventing them from doing so, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists.

Police in Vietnam Physically Abusing Detainees: HRW
2014-09-16 08:07:00
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has declared that the Vietnamese police abuse people in custody, sometimes even leading to deaths, the organization said in a statement published on its website Tuesday.

Uneasy Truce in Donbas
2014-09-16 08:02:00
The atmosphere in Donbas (Ukraine's southeastern regions) has been tense in the 10 days that have passed since the truce was announced.

West and North Korea Fail to Find Common Ground on Human Rights
2014-09-16 08:01:00
The Democratic People?s Republic of Korea (DPRK) published a 50, 000-word report, stating that despite international criticism of the country?s political system, its citizens actually ?enjoy genuine human rights and freedoms?, according to the Guardian.

Russia to Maintain Current Level of Gas, Oil Production Despite Sanctions: OPEC
2014-09-16 07:52:00
Western sanctions are not affecting the Russian oil industry as a whole and nothing is preventing Russia from maintaining the current level of oil and gas production, Abdalla Salem el-Badri, Secretary General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

China Increases Number of Medical Personnel Aiding Sierra Leone to Fight Ebola: UN
2014-09-16 07:49:00
China will send additional medics to help Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone in laboratory tests, bringing the total number of Chinese doctors in the country to 174, the United Nations (UN) reported on Tuesday.

Germany Urges Google Make Search Engine Algorithm Transparent: Reports
2014-09-16 07:40:00
German authorities are calling on Google to reveal the details of its secret formula which has allowed it to monopolize engines in Europe, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

Pope Francis at Risk of Islamic State Assassination Attempts in Albania: Reports
2014-09-16 07:37:00
The Vatican has been warned of assassination attempts by Islamic State (IS) extremists preceding Pope Francis' visit to Albania, the Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

Activists Witness First Dolphin Slaughter of Japanese Hunting Season: Reports
2014-09-16 07:29:00
Campaigners monitoring a bay in the Japanese town of Taiji witnessed the first dolphin slaughtering of the season, Agence Presse France (AFP) reported on Tuesday.

International Ozone Layer Preservation Day
2014-09-16 07:28:00
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, celebrated on September 16, is marked this year under the theme "Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On" and is focused on the remaining challenges in the process of phasing out ozone-depleting substances.

US Identifies 350 Islamic State Targets for Airstrikes in Iraq: Reports
2014-09-16 07:23:00
US military intelligence has identified 300-350 Islamic State (IS) militant group targets in Iraq, a representative from the Iraqi Defense Ministry told the Voice of Iraq (Sawt Il-Iraq) radio station Tuesday.

OPEC May Lower Oil Production to 29.5Mln Barrels Per Day in 2015
2014-09-16 07:17:00
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) may decide to lower its oil output from 30 million barrels per day to 29.5 million, OPEC Secretary General Abdalla El-Badri, said on Tuesday.

No Date Set Yet for Russia?s Response to Western Sanctions: Kremlin
2014-09-16 06:57:00
Moscow has not yet set a date for its response to new sanctions imposed by the West over the crisis in Ukraine earlier this month, the Russian president?s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

Iraq Approves US Airstrike on IS Targets Near Baghdad: Reports
2014-09-16 06:36:00
Iraq has praised Monday?s US airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants near Baghdad as important, Iraqi military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim Atta said Tuesday.

Georgian Military Leave NATO Air Base in Afghanistan: Defense Ministry
2014-09-16 06:24:00
A group of 149 Georgian servicemen from the Georgian Special Mountain Battalion of Special Operation Forces that had been on a peace mission at a NATO air base in Kandahar have returned to Georgia, the Georgian Defense Ministry reported Tuesday.

ISIS Threatening Education, Banning Subjects From Schools
2014-09-16 06:18:00
Schools in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which was captured this summer by the extremist Islamic State, have been issued a new curriculum. It removes art, music, literature, sports, philosophy, social studies, and Christian religious education from the classroom, and severely limits other subjects, including history and the sciences.

Air France Plans Operating More Than 40% of Flights Wednesday Amid Strike
2014-09-16 05:30:00
Air France, whose pilots went on a weeklong strike, plans to operate more than 40 percent of its flights on Wednesday, the head of the Air France-KLM group, Alexandre de Juniac, said Tuesday, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

Poroshenko Signs EU Association Agreement
2014-09-16 05:23:00
The Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko signed the ratification deal immediately afterThe parliaments of Ukraine and the European Union simultaneously ratified Ukraine?s Association Agreement with the EU Tuesday.

UK Party Leaders Promise More Powers for Scotland If Scots Vote Against Independence
2014-09-16 05:19:00
The leaders of the United Kingdom?s three main political parties, Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservative Party, Ed Miliband of the Labour Party and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrat party, signed a pledge promising more powers to the Scottish Parliament if Scotland votes against independence, according to a letter published in the Daily Record newspaper Tuesday.

Ukrainian, European Parliaments Ratify Ukraine-EU Association Deal
2014-09-16 05:18:00
The parliaments of Ukraine and the European Union simultaneously ratified Ukraine's Association Agreement with the EU Tuesday.

Donbas Leaders Play Down Ukraine?s Bill on Special Status
2014-09-16 05:10:00
Leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People?s Republic (DPR) on Tuesday played down the importance of the law granting the self-proclaimed territories a three-year period of special status within Ukraine with wider autonomy.

UK Authorities Should Address Violence Against Women With More Action: Reports
2014-09-16 05:09:00
The British government needs to use more direct action in addressing global violence against women as the problem remains largely unresolved, despite the United Kingdom's recent efforts to tackle the issue.

Court Reduces Monthly Alimony for Berlusconi?s Ex-Wife to $2.6Mln
2014-09-16 05:03:00
Milan's Court of Appeal has ruled to reduce the alimony that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pays his ex-wife Veronica Lario, by one-third, to about $2.6 million a month, Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera reported Tuesday.

UN Must Recognize Afghan Drug Industry Threatens International Security: CSTO
2014-09-16 04:58:00
The Afghan drug industry poses a major threat to international security, and this must be admitted by the United Nations, Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Deputy Secretary General Valery Semerikov told the press Tuesday during the closing ceremony of the "Channel-Valley" anti-drug operation, conducted by the organization's members.

Pollster: Accuracy of Scottish Independence Surveys Doubtful
2014-09-16 04:54:00
Surveys of Scottish public opinion toward the upcoming Scottish independence referendum could be completely inaccurate, Martin Booth, head of leading polling firm ICM, warned Tuesday.

Reliable Gas Transit to Europe Possible Only If Ukraine Honors Contract: Gazprom
2014-09-16 04:48:00
Reliable Russian gas deliveries to Europe are possible only on the condition that Ukraine?s state-run gas company observes transit agreements, Russian energy giant Gazprom said Tuesday.

Ukraine Passes Bill on Amnesty for East Ukraine Independence Supporters
2014-09-16 04:32:00
The parliament of Ukraine passed Tuesday a bill to declare amnesty for eastern Ukraine independence supporters who committed administrative or criminal offenses in their regions starting from February 22, Ukrainian lawmaker Oleh Tyahnibok said in his official Twitter.

Ukraine Passes Bill on Three-Year Special Status for Donbas
2014-09-16 04:30:00
The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday approved bills introducing a special self-administration regime in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as granting amnesty for independence supporters who committed administrative or criminal offenses, Ukrainian lawmaker Oleh Tyahnibok said on his official Twitter microblog.

Hong Kong Markets to Resume Trading After Storm Signal Lowered
2014-09-16 04:02:00
The stock market and banks of Hong Kong are set to resume their services after Typhoon Kalmaegi spared the city and headed in a southwesterly direction toward China's Hainan Island.

Chinese Christians Protesting Against Removal of Church Cross: Report
2014-09-16 03:57:00
Christians in eastern China have come out to protect the symbol of their faith on the top of the Christian church in Pingyang County in Wenzhou in a standoff with the local authorities planning to forcibly remove the cross, CNN reported Tuesday.

Shift to Low-Carbon Systems to Save Future Financial, Environmental Costs: Report
2014-09-16 03:38:00
Shifting to a low-carbon economy over the next 15 years could save worldwide financial and environmental costs, a report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate said on Tuesday.

Palestinian Bagpipers Back Scottish Independence: Reports
2014-09-16 03:00:00
Palestinian bagpipers in the occupied West Bank are expressing their support for Scotland's independence, saying it mirrors their own struggles, Agence France Presse reports Tuesday.

500 Migrants Drown, Boat ?Deliberately Rammed? off Malta's Coast
2014-09-16 02:45:00
About 500 migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean when the boat they were on was apparently rammed by human traffickers, an International Organization for Migration (IOM) representative said Monday.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister: Ukraine?s Non-Nuclear Status Cannot Be Revised
2014-09-16 02:28:00
Ukraine?s non-nuclear state status, sealed in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) cannot be revised, and any talk on the issue is baseless, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday.

Ukraine?s Non-Nuclear Status Cannot Be Revised ? Russian Deputy Foreign Minister
2014-09-16 02:28:00
Ukraine?s non-nuclear state status, sealed in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) cannot be revised, and any talk on the issue is baseless, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday.

Russia's Deputy FM: Foreign Ministers of P5+1, Tehran May Meet During UN General Assembly
2014-09-16 02:26:00
Foreign ministers of the P5+1 group of nations negotiating with Iran on its controversial nuclear program may meet on the sidelines of the forthcoming UN General Assembly in New York, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti in an interview Tuesday.

Diplomat: Russia, US May Continue INF Treaty Talks, But Format Not Agreed Yet
2014-09-16 02:24:00
Moscow and Washington may discuss issues related to compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), but neither timeframe nor format of such talks have been agreed so far, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

Diplomat: Russia Sees No Reason to Discuss ?Illegal? US Sanctions
2014-09-16 02:21:00
Moscow sees no reason to initiate negotiations with the United States on the ?illegal? sanctions imposed on Russia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday.

South Koreans Carrying North Korea Flags at Asian Games Can Face Arrest
2014-09-16 02:21:00
South Koreans can be arrested for carrying North Korean flags at the Asian Games, which are due to start in Incheon, South Korea, on September 19, according to reports published Tuesday.

Australian Treasurer Says G20 Not Softening Growth Target
2014-09-16 02:14:00
The Group of 20 will not soften its goal of increasing GDP growth by an additional 2 percent, Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey said at the Bloomberg summit in Sydney on Tuesday.

LPR Says Ukrainian President?s Donbas Status Bill Gives Peace First Chance
2014-09-16 02:10:00
The leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People?s Republic (LPR) said Tuesday the Ukrainian president?s bill on the status of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions offers a chance for a peaceful settlement of the country?s conflict.

Obama to Announce Expanded Measures to Fight Ebola
2014-09-16 01:45:00
US President Barack Obama is expected to announce Tuesday the country's expansion of resources to fight the spread of Ebola virus.

Singapore Suffers Yearly Toxic Smog from Indonesia: Reports
2014-09-16 01:39:00
Indonesia is preparing cloud-seeding operations creating rain storms to damp down fires and pollution blanketing Singapore, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday.

Natural Gas Leaking into Pennsylvania, Texas Water Supplies: Study
2014-09-16 01:33:00
Drinking water supplies in Texas and Pennsylvania suffer from regular natural gas contamination, although it is not a direct consequence of horizontal drilling, or fracking, US researchers say.

Poroshenko: Ukrainian Parliament to Ratify EU Association Deal From 10:00 GMT
2014-09-16 01:28:00
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine?s parliament, will start ratifying its association agreement with the European Union at 1 p.m. local time (10:00 GMT), simultaneously with a European Parliament session, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday.

Leader: Luhansk Wants to Introduce Ruble as National Currency
2014-09-16 01:20:00
The self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) wants to switch from Ukrainian hryvna to Russian ruble as the local currency in the future, LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky said Tuesday.

State Duma Speaker: Irresponsible US Policy Brings World to Brink of New Cold War
2014-09-16 01:17:00
Washington?s irresponsible policies have brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War, the speaker of the lower chamber of the Russian parliament said Tuesday.

WSJ Reporter: Islamic State Militants Allegedly Use Chemical Weapons in Iraq
2014-09-16 01:08:00
Islamic State (IS) militants could have used chemical weapons in an attack on Iraqi forces in the town of Dhuluiya, about 43 miles north of Baghdad, according to The Wall Street Journal?s reporter?s Twitter.

HRW to Award North Korean, CAR, Yemeni, Indian Rights Advocates for Extraordinary Activism
2014-09-16 01:08:00
Four human rights advocates have been selected as 2014 recipients of the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday.

16 Injured in Powerful Blast Near US Embassy in Kabul: Reports
2014-09-16 00:49:00
A powerful explosion occurred near the main entrance to the United States Embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, leaving 16 people injured, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on Tuesday.

Start of Iraq School Year Delayed Amid Islamic State Advances: Education Ministry
2014-09-16 00:31:00
The start of the school year in Iraq has been postponed until October 22 due to security concerns and a shortage of school buildings, many of which are housing refugees from areas under the control of Islamic State (IS) militants, the Iraqi Education Ministry said Tuesday.

US to Target Syria Forces If They Stand in Way of Fighting Islamic State: Reports
2014-09-15 23:51:00
The United States would target Syrian air defenses if they were to go after American planes launching airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) positions in Syria, anonymous senior White House officials said Tuesday, as cited by the Associated Press.

New Drone Wreckage Found in South Korea near North Korea Border: Reports
2014-09-15 23:04:00
The debris of another unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, which was supposedly made in and launched from North Korea, have been found near the border on South Korean island Pennendo, Yonhap news agency reported citing sources in South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Philippines Evacuates More Than 12,000 over Volcano Eruption Threat: Reports
2014-09-15 21:59:45
More than 12,000 people have been forcibly evacuated in the Philippines as seismologists raise alert over the potential eruption of archipelago's most active volcano.

UN Security Council to Hold Emergency Session on Ebola on September 18
2014-09-15 20:40:40
The UN Security Council will hold an emergency session on the Ebola virus outbreak on Thursday, September 18, the US Ambassador to the United Nations said.

US Carries Out First Offensive Airstrike at IS near Baghdad: Reports
2014-09-15 20:32:00
The US navy has carried out the first strike at the Islamic State radical group by Baghdad, NBC television channel reported citing a source at the US Defense Ministry.

UN Peacekeepers Relocate to Israeli Side in Golan Heights
2014-09-15 13:32:00
United Nation's personnel in the Golan Heights have been relocated to the Israeli-occupied side, as the violence on the Syrian side escalates, the UN announced Monday.

Special Mission Chief: OSCE Monitors to Continue Work in Ukraine Despite Risks
2014-09-15 13:06:00
The Chief Monitor of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan called on all the sides of the Ukrainian conflict to allow the monitors to carry out their duties and stressed the efforts would continue even in the case of violations of the ceasefire.

Prime Minister: Donetsk Republic Authorities to Consider Donbas Status Bill
2014-09-15 13:02:00
The leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People?s Republic (DPR) will study a bill on the special status of the eastern Ukrainian regions proposed by the country?s government and hopes that the measure will lead to peaceful settlement of the conflict, the DPR Deputy Prime Minister, Andrei Purgin, said Monday.

Rasmussen: Russia ?Not an Imminent Threat? to NATO Members
2014-09-15 13:02:00
NATO does not consider Russia an 'imminent threat' to its members, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

Rasmussen: Independent Scotland Will Need Unanimous Backing to Rejoin NATO
2014-09-15 12:20:00
Scotland will have to apply for NATO membership like any other state if Scots vote in favor of independence from the United Kingdom, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday.

Euronews Responds to Unfair Coverage Claims Over Putin Video
2014-09-15 12:11:00
The Euronews editorial staff in a statement obtained by RIA Novosti Monday denied recent allegations of unfair coverage following a controversial video showing Ukrainian security forces firing at a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

UN Forecasts Heavier Civilian Toll in Libya As Fighting Spreads
2014-09-15 11:33:00
As armed conflict spreads in Libya the new UN envoy to Libya said Monday that continued fighting in various regions of the country hampers efforts aimed at resolving the current crisis.

Libya after Gaddafi
2014-09-15 11:33:00

Former Head of British Army Slammed Over Scottish Independence Comments
2014-09-15 10:53:00
A group of former British armed forces veterans have signed a joint letter strongly criticizing the former head of the British armed forces, General Lord Richard Dannatt, who invoked the deaths of service personnel in conflicts around the world as a reason to vote No in the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum.

Simultaneous Strikes of Major Airlines to Cause Travel Chaos in Europe
2014-09-15 10:38:00
Simultaneous pilot strikes of the two biggest European airlines, Air France and Lufthansa, may cause severe travel disruptions across Europe, as according to a statement, published on the Air France website, the company expects to operate less than half of its flights on Tuesday.

64% of American Likely Voters Disapprove Obama on Immigration, 57% on Economy: Poll
2014-09-15 10:22:00
Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in key US House and Senate races, disapprove of how US President Barack Obama has dealt with immigration and almost 60 percent disapprove of the president?s handling the economy, Politico?s poll results revealed on Monday.

Air France Pilot Strike Set to Cause Millions In Loses, Affect Thousands of Passengers
2014-09-15 10:12:00
Air France-KLM shares fell 3.7 percent on Monday, the first day of a weeklong strike at its French arm, sparked by the company?s restructuring plans and with costs expected up to $20 million, Reuters reports.

Russian Photographer Stenin Killed in Ukraine
2014-09-15 10:09:00

US-Led Army Exercise ?Rapid Trident 2014? Underway in Ukraine
2014-09-15 09:59:00
Military personnel from 15 countries are participating in the annual US-led army exercises in Ukraine, which commenced Monday in the Lviv region, Ukraine?s Defense Ministry stated in a press release.

Austria to Provide Ten Drones to OSCE to Monitor Ceasefire in Ukraine
2014-09-15 09:53:00
Austria is ready to boost its efforts within the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and provide drones to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine in order to control the situation in the country?s east, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Monday.

Prime Minister: Finland to Continue Nuclear Cooperation With Russia Despite Sanctions
2014-09-15 09:53:00
Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has stated that EU sanctions against Russia will not affect Finland's cooperation with Russia's state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom on the building of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear plant, Finnish broadcaster Yle reports.

Rupert Murdoch Considers Withdrawing Support Promises to Scottish Nationalists
2014-09-15 09:51:00
Rupert Murdoch is reconsidering his earlier pledge that the Scottish Sun will support the Yes camp and will make a final decision over the next few days, according to his statements on Twitter.

Newly Revealed NSA Program Allows Online Global Internet Mapping
2014-09-15 09:50:36
The NSA's "Treasure Map" project is aimed at conducting global cyber attacks and mapping the Internet in its entirety to include end users' devices, Der Spiegel has revealed.

Moscow Slams Sweden's Auction of Russian Trade Building as Illegitimate
2014-09-15 09:21:00
Moscow views a recent auction of a building of the Russian Trade Mission in Stockholm as an illegitimate move violating the status of diplomatic immunity, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Boat Sinks With 250 African Migrants Onboard Off the Libyan Coast
2014-09-15 09:07:00
A boat carrying approximately 250 illegal African migrants has sunk off the coast of Libya, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Australia Prime Minister Spending Week in Indigenous Area
2014-09-15 08:51:00
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is spending a week governing the country from a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory, to learn more about community needs from local people, the BBC reports.

Iran Declines US Requests for Cooperation Against IS: Agency
2014-09-15 08:12:00
Iran has rejected the US requests for cooperation in fighting Islamic State extremists, Agence France-Presse reported on Monday, citing the Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei.

Islamic State Threatens Entire International Community: Paris Conference on Iraq
2014-09-15 07:57:00
The Islamic State (IS) militant group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), presents a terrorist threat not only to Iraq but to the world community as a whole, a Monday statement from the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq says.

Queen Warns Scots to 'Think Carefully' About Independence Vote
2014-09-15 07:25:00
Queen Elizabeth II has broken silence on the upcoming independence referendum in Scotland by warning Scots to "think carefully about the future", The Telegraph reports.

US Investigating Reports of American Women Recruited by Islamic State
2014-09-15 06:33:00
US law enforcement agencies are investigating reports that several American women of Somali origin have run away from home to join Islamic State (IS) militants, Reuters reports.

Iraqi President: Iran Should Join Anti-IS Coalition
2014-09-15 06:17:00
Any international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group must include Iran, Iraqi President Fuad Masum stated, SAWA radio reported.

Adventurous Chinese Eager to Travel to Space as Tourists
2014-09-15 06:16:00
The Chinese market has reacted enthusiastically to the prospect of flights to outer space on Lynx spacecraft, currently being developed by US-based XCOR Aerospace, iCrossChina reported Monday.

Pakistani Opposition Suspends Talks Following Protester Arrests
2014-09-15 06:13:00
The Pakistani opposition has halted negotiations with the government over arrests of anti-government protesters in the capital of Islamabad, The Associated Press reported.

North Korea Developing Vertical Launching System for SLBMs - Reports
2014-09-15 06:09:00
North Korea could be developing a new vertical launching system for submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), a South Korean Defense Ministry official said Monday.

Lavrov: Russia Suggests Int?l Conference to Look Into Terrorism Issues
2014-09-15 06:08:00
Russia suggests convoking an international conference for a comprehensive study of terrorism and extremism in the Middle East and North Africa, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Donetsk Leader: Next Prisoner Swap With Kiev Due ?In About Three Days?
2014-09-15 05:43:00
The next prisoner exchange between the Kiev government and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People?s Republic (DPR) will take place in about three days, DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko said Monday.

Russian Court Declines Motion to Release Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko on Bail
2014-09-15 05:39:00
A court in the central Russian city of Voronezh on Monday declined a motion to release on bail Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who is tried in Russia over her suspected role in the killing of two Russian reporters in Ukraine.

Lavrov: UN Security Council Should Prepare Global Terrorism Analysis
2014-09-15 05:22:00
Russia has put forward an initiative to prepare within the framework of the UN Security Council a study of terrorism worldwide, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Australian Government?s Great Barrier Reef Protection Plan Inadequate: WWF
2014-09-15 04:45:00
Environmentalists are claiming the Australian government's new plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef will do little to save the ecosystem that is at risk, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Monday.

US News Org. Slams Obama?s Mideast Strategy, Says Airstrikes to Yield Another Failed State
2014-09-15 04:43:00
US intervention to eradicate another anti-American regime risks turning Syria into a failed state, with the Middle East being even more destabilized overall, USA Today reported.

Ancient Chinese Sturgeon Faces Extinction: Reports
2014-09-15 04:39:00
One of the oldest living species of fish, the Chinese sturgeon, is at a high risk of extinction as reports reveal no wild sturgeon have reproduced naturally in the Yangtze River last year, The Guardian reported Monday.

Ferguson Withholding Information on Michael Brown?s Killing: ACLU
2014-09-15 04:33:00
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has declared that the Ferguson Police Department is deliberately withholding information on Michael Brown's killing, the organization said in a statement published on its website.

Assange, Snowden Accuse New Zealand Government of Spying Ahead of Parliamentary Elections
2014-09-15 04:25:00
The government of New Zealand has been cooperating with the United States in conducting mass surveillance of its citizens, US whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange revealed Monday, ahead of this weekend's parliamentary elections in New Zealand.

WikiLeaks Reveals Weaponized German Malware Used for Surveillance Around the World
2014-09-15 04:24:00
WikiLeaks has released previously unseen copies of weaponized German surveillance malware, used by intelligence agencies around the world to spy on journalists and political dissidents, the organization said Monday.

No Three-Way Gas Talks on September 20, Date Still Being Discussed: Officials
2014-09-15 04:12:00
The Russia-EU-Ukraine gas talks will not take place on September 20, other dates are being discussed, the European Commission and the Russian Energy Ministry told RIA Novosti Monday.

Suspected IS Member on Trial in Germany: Reports
2014-09-15 04:08:00
A German citizen is going on trial in Frankfurt for allegedly being a member of the Islamic State (IS) extremist organization, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Medvedev: Russia?s Obligations to EU, Kiev Require Legal Status
2014-09-15 03:49:00
Russia is ready to fulfill all its obligations to the European Union and Kiev over Ukraine?s association with the EU, but the agreements need to be turned into a legal act first, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday.

EU Association Deal Submitted to Ukraine?s Parliament for Ratification
2014-09-15 03:29:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has submitted to parliament a bill to ratify the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.

Inside Jihadi Africa
2014-09-15 03:00:00

Three US Citizens Detained in North Korea
2014-09-15 02:50:00
The Supreme Court of North Korea sentenced another US citizen, Matthew Todd Miller, for committing espionage, thus increasing the number of Americans held against their will in the country to three.

Hurricane Odile Hits Mexico?s Baja California: US National Hurricane Center
2014-09-15 02:29:00
Hurricane Odile has made landfall at the souther nmost tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, hitting the resort area with powerful winds and heavy rains, the National Hurricane Center of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather service reported Monday.

Prime Minister Medvedev: Western Sanctions Test Russia for Durability
2014-09-15 02:23:00
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that Western partners tested Russia for durability by imposing sanctions, and the country's response should not be based on simple solutions that undermine its democratic development.

Sanctions Against Russia
2014-09-15 02:23:00

Anti-Referendum Party Tweets Death Threats to Catalan Minister
2014-09-15 02:00:39
A photo of Catalonian First Minister Arthur Mas with a death threat was posted on Twitter by the local Popular Party as a proposed punishment for holding a referendum on independence, the Spain Report states.

Bosnian Serbs Hope Scottish Independence Might Pave Way for Secession of Republika Srpska
2014-09-15 01:39:46
Bosnian Serbs are closely monitoring the referendum on Scottish independence in hopes that a "yes" vote will boost their own chances of proclaiming a separate state, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported on Monday.

China Designates Separate Sidewalk Lane for Mobile Phone Users: Reports
2014-09-15 01:28:00
China has specially painted a lane designated for mobile phone users along a 100 foot long pavement in Chongqing, the Telegraph reported on Monday.

UK Could Ask UN Approval for Military Operation Against Islamic State - Reports
2014-09-15 01:10:00
The United Kingdom could ask the United Nations to approve an international military operation against Islamic State (IS) militants, The Times newspaper reported Monday.

OSCE Observers Come Under Fire Near Donetsk in East Ukraine
2014-09-14 14:01:00
A team of observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), who has been monitoring the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, came under fire near the city of Donetsk, an OSCE representative told RIA Novosti late on Sunday.

Diplomat: Ukraine Crisis Puts Freeze on Czech-Russian Political Contacts
2014-09-14 12:52:00
The Czech Republic has put a freeze on all political contacts with Russia in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis, the republic's First Deputy Foreign Minister Petr Drulak said Sunday in a television announcement.

Donetsk Prisoner Exchange Authority Says Kiev Handed Over 73 Captives as Agreed
2014-09-14 12:21:00
Ukrainian pro-government forces handed over all 73 militia hostages as was agreed by Kiev and the authorities of the Donetsk People's Republic, the head of DPR Committee on Prisoners Exchange told RIA Novosti Sunday.

Saudi Arabia Joined US in Training 5,000 Syrian Rebels: Pentagon
2014-09-14 12:01:02
The US government has declared that it is planning to provide training for 5000 Syrian opposition fighters annually in order to battle IS militants, Washington Times reports.

Kiev Hands Over 69 Prisoners Instead of Expected 73
2014-09-14 11:48:00
Ukrainian security forces on Sunday handed over to the Donetsk region militia 69 independence supporters captured during Kiev's military campaign in eastern Ukraine, instead of 73 prisoners as was agreed earlier, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the ground.

Kiev, Donetsk Militia Swap 146 Prisoners in East Ukraine
2014-09-14 11:04:00
The much-anticipated prisoner swap between Ukrainian security forces and militia in the breakaway republic of Donetsk is underway 30 kilometers to the north of the region?s capital city Donetsk, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

UN Aid Chief Says 1.8 Million People Displaced in Iraq, Plan Needed
2014-09-14 10:28:00
Up to 1.8 million people have been displaced in Iraq since January as the Islamic State (IS) has advanced, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said Sunday.

Kiev, Donetsk Militia Agree to Hand Over 73 Prisoners Each on Sunday
2014-09-14 09:53:00
Kiev has confirmed that the prisoner swap, which was announced Saturday by the Donetsk People's Republic officials, is to take place later today, a source with the Donetsk militia told RIA Novosti on Sunday.

Air France Flights to Be Cancelled as Pilots Strike
2014-09-14 08:31:02
Air France will cancel about 60 percent of its flights on Monday as pilots announced one-week strike against the airline company?s planned restructuring, Reuters reported on Saturday.

German Vice-Chancellor: Europe Requires Good Relationship With Russia
2014-09-14 08:25:00
German Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Economy and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, believes that good relations with Russia are necessary for Europe, he stated in an interview with the German newspaper Bild on Sunday.

British Muslim Organizations, Clerics Condemn IS Execution of David Haines
2014-09-14 08:22:00
BBC correspondent, Dominic Casciani speaks out via twitter as one of many Brits "horrified" by the execution of British journalist, David Haines, revealed in a video released by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group on Saturday.

Scottish Researchers: Production of Hydrogen Energy to Be Cheap, Clean and Fast
2014-09-14 06:23:00
Researchers at Scotland?s University of Glasgow have made significant progress in the production of hydrogen fuel from water, BBC reported on Thursday.

North Korea Sentences Detained American Tourist to 6 Years in Labor Camp: Reports
2014-09-14 06:23:00
American citizen Matthew Miller, arrested in April in North Korea for violating his tourist status has been sentenced to six years of work in a corrective labor camp, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported with reference to North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA on Sunday.

Luhansk Ready to Let International, Ukrainian Humanitarian Convoy Into,Through Republic
2014-09-14 06:21:00
Self-proclaimed People's Republic of Luhansk (LPR) is ready to let international and Ukrainian humanitarian convoys into the Republic's territory as well as through it, said the Prime Minister of the LPR Igor Plotnitsky on Sunday.

City Day in Luhansk Held Under Slogan ?In the Name of Life'
2014-09-14 06:08:00
The self-proclaimed Luhansk People?s Republic (LPR) celebrates its city under the slogan ?In the name of life!,? on Sunday.

Scottish Independence Leader Accuses BBC of Referendum Bias
2014-09-14 05:28:00
The First Minister of Scotland and leader of the pro-Scottish independence campaign, Alex Salmond, has spoken out publicly for the first time about the issue of bias in the BBC's referendum coverage.

National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Confirms Prisoners Exchange on Sunday
2014-09-14 05:08:00
The exchange of war prisoners between the Donbas militia and Kiev's forces will take place on Sunday, the press service representative of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Vladimir Polevoy said.

Russia Will Not Leave Western Sanctions Without Measured Response: Council of Federation
2014-09-14 04:48:00
Russia will not leave new Western economic sanctions without a response, but the reaction needs to be measured and aimed at protecting national economic interests, the Chairperson of the Russian Council of the Federation Valentina Matviyenko told journalists on Sunday.

UKIP Leader Calls on Queen to Speak Against Scotland?s Independence
2014-09-14 03:41:00
Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, has urged the Queen Elizabeth II to speak in favor of the union and against Scotland?s independence ahead of the referendum scheduled for September 18, the Guardian reports.

North Korea Releases Report Claiming Citizens ?Enjoy Genuine Human Rights?
2014-09-14 02:37:00
North Korea has published a report that claims the country?s citizens ?enjoy genuine human rights? in a bid to counter allegations of widespread abuses and crimes against humanity made among others by the UN, the North?s news agency KCNA reports.

Second Part of Russian Humanitarian Convoy Will Arrive in Luhansk on Sunday
2014-09-14 01:40:00
Second group of Russian trucks with humanitarian aid is expected to arrive in Luhansk on Sunday, said the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky.

Donetsk Confirms Prisoners Exchange on Sunday
2014-09-14 01:13:00
The independence supporters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic have confirmed that the prisoners exchange with the Kiev government forces will be held on Sunday in "65 for 65" format, the lists of prisoners are finalized, Daria Morozova, the head of DPR's Committee on War Prisoners Exchange, told RIA Novosti.

North Korea Holds Trial of Detained American Citizen: Reports
2014-09-14 01:09:31
North Korea held the trial of American citizen, Matthew Miller, detained in April for violating his tourist status in the country, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

British Foreign Office Working on Verifying David Haines IS Execution Video: Reports
2014-09-14 00:11:00
The British Foreign Office is working to verify the video posted online, where militants of the Islamic State (IS) execute a British journalist, David Haines, BBC reported on Sunday.

ISAF Ex-Commander Appointed US Special Envoy for Coalition to Counter IS
2014-09-13 22:22:41
Former commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, General John Allen, has been oficially appointed Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, according to the announcement by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Egyptian President Calls to Fight Terrorism on Larger Scale: Reports
2014-09-13 21:24:05
The international coalition to combat terrorism should be "comprehensive and not exclusively target a specific organization or eradicate a certain terrorist hotspot," Reuters reported Sunday, citing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi.

US Condemns Execution of British Citizen, Vows to Prosecute Killers
2014-09-13 20:47:12
The United States condemns the execution of British citizen David Haines by the Islamic State (IS) militants and will cooperate with the United Kingdom to bring his killers to justice, the White House said, citing the statement of the US President Barack Obama.

US Government Never Spoke of Actions Taken to Save Our Son: Family of Killed Journalist
2014-09-13 19:25:00
The parents of the American journalist, James Foley, who had been executed in Syria, said that the US government had not informed them of the actions taken to save their son from captivity, WMUR-TV channel reported Sunday.

UK Prime Minister Considers Murder of British Citizen 'Act of Pure Evil'
2014-09-13 18:51:00
British Prime Minister David Cameron has called the execution of journalist David Haynes by the Islamic State (IS) militants "an act of pure evil" and promised to do everything to catch the killers and submit them to the court.

Scotland Majority Favors Independence: Poll
2014-09-13 18:04:00
The majority of Scotland's population is in favor of the country's withdrawal from the UK, according to the new poll, conducted by ICM, Reuters reported Sunday.

UK Citizen Executed by IS Militants: Reports
2014-09-13 17:23:00
The video of the execution of a British citizen David Haines by the Islamic State (IS) has appeared on the Internet, ABC News reported Sunday.

Kiev Says NATO Countries Start Supplying Arms to Ukraine
2014-09-13 17:05:00
Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey has reported that NATO countries started supplying weapons to Ukraine.

France to Build Center in Guinea for Study of Ebola
2014-09-13 16:37:00
France has allocated about $11.6 million for the construction of the Paris branch of the Pasteur Institute and the Center for the Study and Treatment of Ebola in Guinea, Agence France-Presse reported, with reference to French government minister, Annick Girardin.

Iraqi Prime Minister Orders to Suspend Airstrikes on Populated Areas of Country
2014-09-13 16:06:00
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi has ordered the military forces to suspend airstrikes on areas of the country with high civilian populations, which are currently under the control of the radical group Islamic State (IS), the Associated Press reported Saturday.

US Policy Toward Russia Tougher Today Than During Cold War: Russian Lawmaker
2014-09-13 15:37:00
The United States currently pursue a tougher policy towards Russia than during the Cold War to demonstrate that it is still the world leader, a senior Russian lawmaker said.

Vostok-1 Rocket Fragment With Gagarin's Signature Sold in Berlin for $9,700
2014-09-13 15:23:00
The Vostok-1 rocket fragment with the signature of Yuri Gagarin has been sold at the auction in Berlin for 7,500 euros [about $9,700].

German MEP Says Ukraine to Pay for Peace With Amnesty Law
2014-09-13 15:08:03
The Amnesty Law is the price that Kiev must pay to ensure peace in Ukraine's southeast, whether the government likes it or not, the Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs said Saturday during a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Czech Prime Minister Slams Anti-Russian Sanctions: Reports
2014-09-13 14:57:00
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has criticized the anti-Russian sanctions, imposed by the European Union and the United States this week, speaking at a meeting of the Central Committee of the Social Democratic Party, which is leading the country's ruling three-party coalition, Novinky magazine reported Saturday.

Austrian Foreign Minister Criticizes Kiev?s Decision to Wall Off Russia
2014-09-13 14:41:00
Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has criticized Kiev's decision to build wall-like fortifications on the eastern border with Russia, saying Europe needed no more walls.

Ukraine?s Whopping Inflation Rate Forecast Blamed on Interpreter?s Slip
2014-09-13 14:03:00
An interpreter's mistake during the Yalta European Strategy (YES) forum in Kiev on Saturday raised brows among the media as they reported the head of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU)'s economic forecast for the nation, which predicted a historic 90-percent inflation by the year-end.

Moscow?s Humanitarian Aid Convoy Crosses Back into Russia: Customs Official
2014-09-13 13:10:00
A spokesman for Russia's Southern Customs Directorate told RIA Novosti Saturday that all trucks had been cleared to cross back into Russia after bringing essentials to stricken Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine.

Poroshenko Allows OSCE to Use Drones Over Ukraine
2014-09-13 12:48:00
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday gave the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) a go-ahead for the use of drones during OSCE observer operations in Ukraine, according to a statement on the president's official page.

Kiev, Donetsk Militia to Hand Over 65 Prisoners Each on Sunday
2014-09-13 12:26:00
The Kiev government and independence supporters in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) on Saturday agreed to swap a total of 130 prisoners by the end of the week, according to an official in the Donetsk administration.

Iran Blames US for Violating States? Sovereignty Under Pretext of Fighting IS
2014-09-13 12:25:00
The Secretary of Iran?s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani blamed Washington for violating Syria?s and other regional countries? sovereignty, Straits Times reports.

Slovak Prime Minister Warns Ukraine of ?Ultimate Disintegration?
2014-09-13 12:16:00
Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico on Saturday warned Ukraine about the perils associated with the European and possibly NATO integration, saying the east European nation was tittering on the brink of an ultimate collapse.

70 Missing After Ferry Sinks Off Philippine Shore: Reports
2014-09-13 11:52:00
Around 70 people are still missing after a ferry went down Saturday off Philippine shore amid bad weather, according to the government's civil defense office as cited by Agence France Press.

Russia Says Ukraine Border Guards Refused to Inspect Aid Convoy En Route to Luhansk
2014-09-13 11:08:00
The Russian customs agency on the border with Ukraine on Saturday denied allegations of having prevented Ukrainian border guards from inspecting the convoy of 220 trucks carrying a second batch of humanitarian aid to the stricken regions in eastern Ukraine.

BBC Ex Business Editor Slams State Broadcaster?s Anti-Scottish Independence ?Propaganda?
2014-09-13 10:46:00
The BBC's former Business Editor, Paul Mason, has launched a stinging attack on the British state broadcaster over its coverage of the Scottish independence campaign.

Moroccan Authorities Break Up Radical Islamist Cells
2014-09-13 10:42:00
Moroccan authorities have announced they have broken up an extremist cell responsible for the dissemination of jihadi messages and recruiting Moroccans to fight with ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the Moroccan Interior Ministry reports.

Pope Francis Warns of ?Piecemeal? World War III
2014-09-13 10:27:19
Pope Francis has said that all the ongoing conflicts and instability globally amount to a ?piecemeal? World War III during mass at the military memorial of Redipuglia on Saturday, the Vatican news service reports.

Scotland?s First Minister Accuses London Of ?Abuse Of Power? Over Treasury Leaks
2014-09-13 10:13:00
The First Minister of Scotland and leader of the pro-Scottish independence campaign, Alex Salmond, has accused the UK government of an "abuse of political power" and repeated his call for an investigation into the leaking of "market sensitive information" by the Treasury to the BBC.

EU Envoy Claims Brussels Showed Flexibility in Trade Zone Talks With Ukraine, Russia
2014-09-13 10:06:00
The European Commission showed a great deal of flexibility in its free trade zone talks with Ukraine and a constructive approach toward Russia, the head of the EU Delegation to Russia told RIA Novosti Saturday.

Russian Aid Convoy Not Inspected by Ukraine Border Guards: OSCE
2014-09-13 09:24:00
An observer team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said in a report Saturday the second Russian humanitarian aid convoy that crossed into eastern Ukraine late Friday was not inspected by Ukrainian border guards.

Leading Scots Independence Figure Calls for Program of Nationalization Following Yes Vote
2014-09-13 09:23:00
A leading figure in the Scottish independence campaign, Jim Sillars, told RIA Novosti Saturday he would like to see a program nationalizing key public services, bringing them back under public control following a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum on the Scottish independence.

Human Rights Official: Economic Recovery in East Ukraine Requires Minsk Deal Execution
2014-09-13 08:44:00
Humanitarian assistance is needed for Ukraine"s eastern regions, but humanitarian convoys cannot solve the problem of restoring financial and economic ties there, rather it is necessary to focus efforts on the process of execution of agreements made in Minsk, Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the human rights council under Russian President Vladimir Putin, told RIA Novosti Saturday.

Donetsk Official: Kiev, Donetsk Militia Likely To Swap Prisoners Sunday
2014-09-13 08:12:00
Kiev and independence supporters in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) on Saturday agreed to exchange war prisoners by the end of the week, according to an official in the Donetsk administration.

Lavrov Says Russia Not Losing Battle With US for Influence in Europe
2014-09-13 07:58:00
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the preliminary report on the MH17 crash, implementation of the ceasefire agreement in Ukraine and Russia's relations with Western partners in an interview with Russian TVC channel released on Sunday.

First Trucks Return to Russia After Delivering Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine
2014-09-13 06:35:00
The first 70 trucks have returned to Russia after delivering humanitarian aid to Ukraine?s eastern city of Luhansk, according to RIA Novosti reporter.

Lavrov: West Unwilling to Recognize That US, EU Stand Behind Ukrainian Coup
2014-09-13 06:23:00
The West still does not want to recognize that a coup in Ukraine was organized with the support of the United States and the European Union, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Luhansk Authorities Say Russian Humanitarian Aid Distribution to Start Monday
2014-09-13 06:23:00
The distribution of Russian humanitarian aid will start as early as Monday, First Deputy Premier Minister of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic Valery Potapov told RIA Novosti Saturday.

Pakistani Schoolgirl Activist Malala?s Attackers Detained
2014-09-13 06:07:00
Taliban fighters suspected of attacking a Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai are said to have been taken into custody by Pakistani authorities on Friday, Reuters reports.

Lavrov: Ceasefire in Ukraine May Be Disrupted, Certain Forces Interested in Such Outcome
2014-09-13 06:06:00
The previously implemented ceasefire agreement in Ukraine may once again be shattered as certain forces are interested in such outcome, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.

Lavrov: Dutch Report on MH17 Crash Provided No Answers to Russia?s Questions
2014-09-13 06:03:00
A preliminary report on the crash of the MH17 released this week by the Netherlands has answered no questions Russia was interested in, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing Crashes in Ukraine
2014-09-13 06:03:00

First 70 Trucks Head Back To Russia After Delivering Aid To Luhansk
2014-09-13 05:58:00
First 70 trucks which had delivered humanitarian aid to the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on Saturday headed back to Russia.

Scotland on the Eve of Independence Referendum
2014-09-13 05:29:00

Majority of English Public Wants Scotland to Remain in UK: Poll
2014-09-13 05:29:00
The vast majority of England hopes the results of the referendum on Scottish independence will keep Scotland a part of the United Kingdom, according to a poll published Saturday.

German Parliamentarian: Western Sanctions Against Russia Step in Wrong Direction
2014-09-13 05:22:00
The EU sanctions against Russia are a step in the wrong direction, Peter Gauweiler, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Foreign cultural and educational policies of the German Bundestag, told Bild Saturday.

National Bank of Ukraine Chief Says No Grounds for Default
2014-09-13 05:19:00
Concerns about a possible default in Ukraine are groundless, the head of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeria Hontareva said Saturday during a Yalta European Strategy (YES) forum session held in the Ukrainian capital.

Luhansk Residents Welcome Russian Convoy in City Streets
2014-09-13 04:40:00
Residents of Ukraine's eastern city of Luhansk took to the streets Saturday to welcome the arrival of the second Russian humanitarian aid convoy.

Russian Lawmaker: Rate of Democracy of Ukrainian Parliamentary Election Raises Questions
2014-09-13 04:26:00
The speaker of the State Duma, lower house of Russian Parliament, Sergei Naryshkin said Saturday he doubts that early Ukrainian parliamentary election will be absolutely democratic.

First Trucks From Aid Convoy to Return From Luhansk to Russia at 10:00 GMT
2014-09-13 04:12:00
The first group of trucks from Russia?s aid convoy that arrived in Ukraine?s eastern city of Luhansk earlier on Saturday will leave the city as soon as they are unloaded and return back to Russia around 10:00 GMT, a convoy representative told RIA Novosti.

Russian Lawmaker: Russia-US Dialogue Possible If Washington Gives Up ?Exceptionalism?
2014-09-13 03:55:00
US Lawmakers have to give up the idea of their nation's exceptionalism in order for a dialogue between Russian and US parliaments to resume, the speaker of the State Duma, lower house of Russian Parliament, Sergei Naryshkin told the press Saturday.

All 200 Trucks in Russian Aid Convoy Arrive in Luhansk, Being Unloaded
2014-09-13 03:50:00
All trucks of Russia?s second convoy carrying humanitarian aid for devastated areas of eastern Ukraine have arrived to Luhansk, they are being unloaded, a convoy representative told RIA Novosti.

Some 100 Trucks With Russian Humanitarian Aid Arrive in Ukraine?s Luhansk
2014-09-13 01:52:00
Around 100 trucks of Russia?s second convoy carrying humanitarian aid arrived in Ukraine?s eastern city of Luhansk on Saturday morning, according to RIA Novosti reporter.

Around Half Trucks With Russian Humanitarian Aid Arrive to Ukraine?s Luhansk
2014-09-13 01:41:00
Around 100 trucks of Russia?s second convoy carrying humanitarian aid have arrived in Ukraine?s eastern city of Luhansk, according to RIA Novosti reporter.

Russian Border Guard, Customs Clear All Trucks Carrying Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine
2014-09-12 23:40:00
All trucks from the second Russian humanitarian convoy carrying aid to eastern Ukraine have underwent customs proceedings at Russian "Donetsk" checkpoint, Rostov Region, spokesman for Russia's Southern Customs Directorate Rayan Farukshin told RIA Novosti Saturday.

Over 100 Vehicles Carrying Russian Humanitarian Aid Cleared by Customs
2014-09-12 22:55:00
Over 100 trucks carrying Russian humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine have passed customs clearance at the Russian "Donetsk" checkpoint, spokesman for Russia's Southern Customs Directorate Rayan Farukshin told RIA Novosti Saturday.

Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy for East Ukraine
2014-09-12 22:55:00

Obama Picks Former US Afghanistan Commander to Lead Anti-Islamic State Coalition: Reports
2014-09-12 21:49:00
US President Barack Obama has chosen to appoint former top US commander in Afghanistan, as the lead coordinator of international efforts to fight the Islamic State (IS) militant group, also referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Reuters reported Friday, citing a US official.

OSCE Urges Ukraine to Respect Media After Raid on Kiev ?Vesti? Newspaper: Report
2014-09-12 21:27:00
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is calling on the Ukrainian authorities to respect media, following a raid by representatives of the Security Services of Ukraine (SBU) on the editorial office of the Vesti newspaper in Kiev, according to an OSCE report released late Friday.

Russian Humanitarian Aid Convoy of About 70 Trucks Enters Ukrainian Territory
2014-09-12 21:07:00
The Russian humanitarian convoy of about 70 trucks, carrying aid to eastern Ukraine, has passed the border checkpoint and entered Ukrainian territory, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Saturday.

OSCE Confirms Simultaneous Release of 68 Prisoners in Donetsk Region: Report
2014-09-12 20:20:00
The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Ukraine has confirmed the simultaneous release of 68 prisoners in the eastern Donetsk region, an OSCE report published late Friday says.

Situation in the South-East of Ukraine
2014-09-12 20:20:00

US Preparing ?Coalition of the Weird? in Middle East: Former NSC Iraq Director
2014-09-12 20:05:00
The American strategy of cooperating with Middle East regional powers and non-state actors in addressing the Islamic State (IS) threat will be a "coalition of the weird", according to Douglas Ollivant, former Director for Iraq at the US National Security Council (NSC).

EU, US Harm Own Business by Imposing Sanctions Against Russia: Russian Finance Minister
2014-09-12 16:27:00
The European Union and the United States are harming their own business by imposing sanctions against Russia, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Saturday.

Notorious Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Drops Re-Election Bid Due to Health Reasons
2014-09-12 15:07:00
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrawn from mayoral race due to health reasons, but his older brother, Doug Ford officially took his place in a race to run Canada's capital.

First 35 Russian Humanitarian Aid Vehicles Pass Russian Checkpoint, Head for Ukraine
2014-09-12 14:56:00
The first 35 vehicles from the Russian humanitarian aid convoy have been cleared by the Russian customs at the Donetsk checkpoint and are headed for Ukraine, a representative from Russia's Southern Customs Department told RIA Novosti Friday.

First 33 Trucks Carrying Russian Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine Under Customs Clearance
2014-09-12 14:42:00
The first 33 trucks with Russian humanitarian aid have reached the Russian customs inspection zone at the Donetsk border crossing, a representative from Russia's Southern Customs Department told RIA Novosti Friday.