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Holi 2019: India celebrates festival of colors

Holi 2019: India celebrates festival of colors

Millions of Hindus across India and other South Asian nations are celebrating Holi to mark the onset of spring. The festival is observed at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month of Phalguna, which usually falls in the later part of February or March. Holi signifies the blossoming of love and the victory of good over evil and for many, a festive day to meet others, play and laugh. Take a look at colourful Holi celebrations. In other media

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Rivalry on ice: Zagitova zooms into lead at world figure skating championship

Rivalry on ice: Zagitova zooms into lead at world figure skating championship

The 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships has kicked off in Saitama, Japan, opening with the women’s individual short program. Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova, an Olympic champ at the 2018 Games in Pyongyang, is in the lead with 82.08 points. Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto has skated into second place with 76.86 points, while Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan is currently holding third place with 75.96 points, and Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has finished fourth with 74.23 points. In other media

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Russia’s brand-new Yasen-class attack submarines

Russia’s brand-new Yasen-class attack submarines

Day of the Russian Submariner is celebrated on March 19. The Yasen-class (project 885M) is a series of the newest Russian nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarines. The lead submarine of the project, The Severodvinsk, is already in service. The Kazan is a second multirole nuclear-powered submarine of project 885M (Yasen), launched on March 31, 2017. It is the first in a series of the upgraded project 885M. The upgraded Yasen subs are slated to become backbone of Northern Fleet in 15-20 years. Take a look at Russia’s new submarines. In other media

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This week in photos: ‘Bastille’ burning, albino baby wallaby, Ethiopian Airlines tragedy

This week in photos: ‘Bastille’ burning, albino baby wallaby, Ethiopian Airlines tragedy

Bastille, a 20-metre-high art object, going down in flames during a celebration of Maslenitsa festival, or Pancake Week, at the Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, March 9 © Alexander Ryumin/TASS Clearing the fallen leaves from the statue of the Reclining Buddha in the Long Son Pagoda, a Buddhist temple at the foot of the Trai Thuy Mountain in the city of Nha Trang, Vietnam, March 13 © Donat Sorokin/TASS US President Donald J. Trump and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar participate in the Shamrock Bowl Presentation in the East Room of the White House in Washington, March 14 © EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER A man feeds food to dogs during the ‘Brexit…

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Looking back on the life of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking

Looking back on the life of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking

One of the most influential scientists of the last century, Stephen William Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge © Public domain Since 1960s, Hawking has been suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis that has gradually paralyzed him. Photo: Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane, 1965 © flickr.com/astros He worked on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Photo: Stephen Hawking at the University of Potsdam, Germany, 1999 © AP Photo/Markus Schreiber Hawking was known for several popular…

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Mourning the Ethiopia air crash victims

Mourning the Ethiopia air crash victims

On March 10, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX, en route from Addis Ababa to Kenya’s Nairobi, crashed near the Ethiopian town of Bishoftu. Contact with the aircraft was lost six minutes after takeoff, the airline said. All 157 passengers and crewmembers on board the plane died. Much of the world, including the entire European Union, has grounded the Boeing jetliner involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash or banned it from their airspace, leaving the United States as one of the few remaining operators of the plane involved in two deadly accidents in just five months. In other media

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Capital centennial: Moscow as Russia’s seat of power for over 100 years

Capital centennial: Moscow as Russia’s seat of power for over 100 years

On March 12, 1918, after 200 years of St. Petersburg holding this title, Moscow became the capital of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. The city ceased to be Russia’s capital in 1712, as Peter the Great moved the capital from Moscow to St. Petersburg to underline his drive to westernize the country. Take a look at the reality of life in early 20th-century Moscow captured in these TASS photographs In other media

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Blackouts continue to plague Caracas

Blackouts continue to plague Caracas

Caracas and 20 of the country’s 23 regions were initially left without electricity on March 7. The National Electric Company said the blackout had been caused by an accident at the Simon Bolivar Hydroelectric Plant, which Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed on “US imperialism.” However, the US Department of State denied any involvement. Electricity began to be gradually restored across Venezuela on March 8 but the situation worsened on March 9 following reports about an explosion at an electric substation located on the outskirts of the city of Ciudad Bolivar. Due to the blackout, the Venezuelan government declared March 11 a day off. In other media

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Russia’s Arctic North Sea Route

Russia’s Arctic North Sea Route

Russia has developed new rules for the passage of all foreign ships, including warships and merchant vessels navigating through Russia’s Northern Sea Route (NSR). The need for such new “rules of the roadâ€� has arisen due to recent intensification of naval interest both military and commercial, and activities by various state players in the Arctic. According to Russia the purpose of these new rules are to maintain control over shipping, and the environment. The new rules call for all ships and vessels from other countries to notify a Russian monitoring service 45 days before they plan navigating through the NSR. They must report the name…

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Russia’s Arctic North Sea Route

Russia’s Arctic North Sea Route

Russia has developed new rules for the passage of all foreign ships, including warships and merchant vessels navigating through Russia’s Northern Sea Route (NSR). The need for such new “rules of the road” has arisen due to recent intensification of naval interest both military and commercial, and activities by various state players in the Arctic. According to Russia the purpose of these new rules are to maintain control over shipping, and the environment. The new rules call for all ships and vessels from other countries to notify a Russian monitoring service 45 days before they plan navigating through the NSR. They must report the name…

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This week in photos: Lagerfeld’s last show, Trump’s flag-hugging, stolen painting returns

This week in photos: Lagerfeld’s last show, Trump’s flag-hugging, stolen painting returns

French Riot Police use water canon to disperse Gilets Jaunes or ‘Yellow Vests’ protestors by the Arc de Triomphe during Act 16 of demonstrations in Paris, March 2. Yellow Vests movement started as a protest against a rise in Fuel tax and living © Kiran Ridley/Getty Images British model Cara Delevingne, Argentinian model Mica Arganaraz and crying models pay tribute to the late German designer Karl Lagerfeld after the presentation of the Fall/Winter 2019/20 Women’s collection of Chanel fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week, March 5. Karl Lagerfeld died aged 85 on February 19, 2019 © EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Smith England…

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Putin’s limo and other top line models showcased at 89th Geneva International Motor Show

Putin’s limo and other top line models showcased at 89th Geneva International Motor Show

Sedan and limousine versions of Russian-made Aurus executive class cars made their European debut at the 89th International Motor Show in Geneva. Aurus cars were unveiled to the public twice in 2018. First, an Aurus limousine was used during the inauguration of Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 2018. Then, the cars were put on display during the Moscow International Auto Salon on August 29, 2018. 89th Geneva International Motor Show runs until March 17 presenting more than 180 exhibitors and more than 100 World and European premieres.  In other media

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Maslenitsa chases away the winter blues: Slavs’ way to say goodbye to the cold season

Maslenitsa chases away the winter blues: Slavs’ way to say goodbye to the cold season

Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) is a traditional Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times. Maslenitsa is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, preceding Orthodox Easter. During this week, meat is already forbidden to Orthodox Christians, but milk, cheese and other dairy products are still permitted. During Maslenitsa, Russians usually have pancakes, which are made of the ingredients still permitted by Orthodox tradition. Take a look at the Maslenitsa celebrations in Russia, Belarus and Lithuania. In other media

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Russian nuclear missiles to have all European countries in their crosshairs

Russian nuclear missiles to have all European countries in their crosshairs

Russia will be forced to deploy its missiles to cover the entire territory of Europe if US missiles are deployed on the European continent, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said.Antonov explained that the Kremlin was concerned about the possibility for US missiles to appear in Europe after USA’s pullout from the INF Treaty. In this case, “we will be forced to deploy our missiles, and the whole territory of Europe will be covered,” the ambassador said. He also reminded that the missile treaty does not affect USA’s security, and it is only European countries that suffer as a result of the suspension of…

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Party like there’s no tomorrow: Brazil kicks off 2019 carnival with sea of color

Party like there’s no tomorrow: Brazil kicks off 2019 carnival with sea of color

Brazil’s world-famous ?arnival kicked off on March 1. Thousands of dancers sashayed in their colorful outfits across Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro during the first night of celebrations for the five-day festival which marks the start of Lent. In total, 12 samba schools from the elite so-called “special group” traditionally parade at the stadium called Sambodrome to compete for the prestigious Carnival title. Take a look at the incredibly vivid costumes that have lit up Brazil. In other media

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This week in photos: Trump-Kim in Hanoi, Gaga-Cooper duet at Oscars, Dior’s naked alphabet

This week in photos: Trump-Kim in Hanoi, Gaga-Cooper duet at Oscars, Dior’s naked alphabet

US President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, February 28 © AP Photo/ Evan Vucci A girl who studies in Cucuta, Colombia, points to the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge, closed by the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard, in Urena, Venezuela, February 26. Venezuelan children, who attend school on the Colombian side of the border, have been blocked from class after the border between both countries was closed by the Venezuelan government © AP Photo/Fernando Llano Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” at the 91st Academy Awards in Los Angeles, February 24 © REUTERS/Mike Blake A twelve-days-old…

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Kremlin scoffs at USA’s attempts to dig for information about Putin’s property

Kremlin scoffs at USA’s attempts to dig for information about Putin’s property

US congressmen want US intelligence services to provide data about income and property of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Elise Stefanik, a member of the House of Representatives, and her colleague Val Demings prepared a draft law entitled “The Vladimir Putin Transparency Act.” According to the initiative, US intelligence services should collect data and provide a report on the financial status of the President of the Russian Federation and his supporters.The bill was drafted in connection with allegations of Russia’s attempts to undermine American democracy.Stefanik said that Putin and his political allies strive to weaken democracies around the world by strengthening political control through unethical actions.Official…

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Russian River flooding cuts off entire towns in California

Russian River flooding cuts off entire towns in California

Torrential rains caused California’s Russian River to overflow, turning several towns into islands. The river flooded some 2000 homes, businesses and other buildings. Local residents have to move around on kayaks and canoes.  About 4,000 residents were ordered to leave the area as part of the mandatory evacuations, the Associated Press reported.  In other media

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Hanoi-hosted Trump-Kim summit gets underway

Hanoi-hosted Trump-Kim summit gets underway

The second meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is taking place in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on February 27. The two leaders are expected to agree on specific steps aimed at resolving the situation on the Korean Peninsula during their Hanoi meeting. The main part of the negotiations is scheduled for February 28. Trump and Kim held their first historic meeting in Singapore on June 12, 2018. The parties signed a joint document, in which Pyongyang committed to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula in return for US security guarantees. In other media

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Kim Jong-un arrives in Vietnam to hash over nuke deal with Trump

Kim Jong-un arrives in Vietnam to hash over nuke deal with Trump

The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is scheduled to be held in Hanoi on February 27-28. The first meeting was held on June 12, 2018 in Singapore. The parties signed a joint document, in which Pyongyang committed to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula in return for US security guarantees. On the eve of the talks, TASS takes a look at Vietnam’s capital. In other media

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Targets for Russia’s Zircon missiles in USA remain unclear

Targets for Russia’s Zircon missiles in USA remain unclear

Russian President Vladimir Putin did not specify where exactly the Zircon hypersonic missiles are going to be targeted in the event medium-range and shorter-range missiles are deployed near Russian borders. Putin’s official spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted to reporters that Putin did not mention any geographical location of possible targets in his recent Address to the Federal Assembly. Peskov’s comment came in response to recent reports about Russia’s intention to target its Zircon missiles at five military centers in the United States. In case of threat from Washington, Moscow would aim its missiles at three centers on the East Coast: the Pentagon building in Washington, and…

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Oscars 2019: Highlights from the 91st Academy Award

Oscars 2019: Highlights from the 91st Academy Award

Billy Porter arrives at the 91st Academy Awards, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles © Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Peter Farrelly and the cast and crew of “Green Book” accept the award for best picture at the 91st Academy Awards © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP An image of Freddie Mercury appears on screen as Brian May and Adam Lambert of Queen perform at the Oscars on at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Melissa McCarthy and Brian Tyree Henry present the award for best costume design © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Rami Malek accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a leading role for “Bohemian Rhapsody” © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP…

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This week in photos: Putin’s annual address, snow in Vegas and supermoon overlooks London

This week in photos: Putin’s annual address, snow in Vegas and supermoon overlooks London

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin delivers an annual address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Moscow, February 20 © Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS A man takes a picture of a small snowman at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign along the Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, February 21. Las Vegas is getting a rare taste of real winter weather, with significant snowfall across the metro area in the first event of its kind since record keeping started back in 1937 © AP Photo/John Locher Participants in the Dyulin sled dog race for children held as part of the 2019 Beringia international sled…

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Aftermath of devastating fire in Dhaka

Aftermath of devastating fire in Dhaka

According to the Bangladesh Observer newspaper, a devastating fire in Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka killed more than 80 people on February 21. At least 50 people were hospitalized, some of them were in critical condition, Reuters reported. According to Xinhua, the fire started after a gas explosion in the house and later raced through densely packed buildings in Dhaka. In other media

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Aero India 2019: Asia’s largest air show begins in Bangalore

Aero India 2019: Asia’s largest air show begins in Bangalore

The Sarang Indian helicopter aerobatics team perform during the 12th edition of the Aero India exhibition at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bangalore © EPA-EFE/JAGADEESH NV Over 350 defense and aerospace firms, including foreign companies from 30 countries have confirmed their participation in the 12th Aero India exhibition © EPA-EFE/JAGADEESH NV Aero India is a biennial event with flying demonstrations by stunt teams and militaries and commercial pavilions where aviation companies display their products and technology © AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi An Indian Air Force Rafale, a French fighter aircraft, flies inverted performing aerobatic maneuvers © AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi Indian Air Force Suryakiran aerobatic team performs aerobatic maneuvers at…

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Putin addresses social issues, threatens USA with Russia’s new missiles in his 15th Federal Assembly speech

Putin addresses social issues, threatens USA with Russia’s new missiles in his 15th Federal Assembly speech

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, President Vladimir Putin delivered his address to the Federal Assembly, in which he presented his assessment of the state of affairs in the country and announced his vision of most important objectives for the near future. It has become Putin’s 15th address to the Federal Assembly as President. Unlike last year’s speech, in which Putin presented Russia’s new outstanding developments and achievements in the field of defence, his present address was expected to be people-oriented. Putin’s ratings have been declining as citizens are tired of waiting for the authorities to deal with a plethora of social and economic problems in…

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Putin informed about arrest of US investor Michael Calvey

Putin informed about arrest of US investor Michael Calvey

The Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Michael Calvey, the founder of Baring Vostok investment fund, on allegations of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles from Vostochny Bank. According to the court order, Calvey will be held in custody until April 13.He is going to be charged within ten days or else he will have to be released. The court found that the founder of the investment fund has significant resources at his disposal to be able to either escape or put pressure on witnesses. The court also took into account his American citizenship, as well as the availability of his significant financial resources and connections.Lawyers asked the…

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Venice carnival kicks off with spectacular water parade

Venice carnival kicks off with spectacular water parade

The Carnival in Venice kicked off on February 16 and will last until March 5. The carnival is thought to have started in 1162, when Venetians spontaneously gathered to celebrate a military victory in Saint Mark’s Square. Now it is now one of the most famous carnival celebrations in the world. See the carnival’s water parade in this photo gallery by TASS. In other media

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