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Press release: UK thanks Turkey for longstanding role in tackling North West Syria crisis

Press release: UK thanks Turkey for longstanding role in tackling North West Syria crisis

Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt has thanked the people and Government of Turkey for their role in responding to the Syrian refugee crisis and maintaining regional security. Mr. Burt, who was visiting Gaziantep, Istanbul and Ankara, met with representatives of the Turkish Government to discuss efforts to prevent a humanitarian disaster in Idlib. Whilst in Turkey, Minister Burt visited the founders of Hala Systems, a social enterprise funded by UK aid which is saving civilian lives by providing early warnings of incoming airstrikes by WhatsApp and on social media. The technology detects aircraft using remote sensors and machine-learning algorithms before sending early warnings…

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Gubernatorial elections in Russia: Stop, cancel, start again

Gubernatorial elections in Russia: Stop, cancel, start again

The results of gubernatorial elections in Russia’s Primorsky region (Far East) have been canceled. However the situation remains too vague to hope for its coming resolution. The head of the Central Election Commission, Ella Pamfilova, said on Wednesday that the results of the gubernatorial election of the Primorsky region are to be abolished. According to the law, it is up to the regional election commission to make the decision. If the regional commission does not cancel the results of the vote, the Central Election Commission will do it instead, Pamfilova said. New elections will take place in three months, she added. For some reason, though,…

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Hurricane Florence: frightful disaster hides behind angelic name

Hurricane Florence: frightful disaster hides behind angelic name

A man looks out at the flooded entrance to his apartment complex near the Cape Fear River in Fayetteville, North Carolina © AP Photo/David Goldman State of emergency was declared in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland © AP Photo/David Goldman A cat clings to the side of a trailer amidst flood waters before it was saved in Burgaw, North Carolina © REUTERS/Jonathan Drake Farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence © AP Photo/Steve Helber The building is surrounded by water as local citizen retrieves a paddle that floated away in Linden, North Carolina © AP Photo/David Goldman A dog left behind on a porch looks out from…

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Speech: Defence Minister Stuart Andrew at DVD18, Millbrook

Speech: Defence Minister Stuart Andrew at DVD18, Millbrook

Let me begin with a few thank yous. First to Millbrook for hosting this event. I’ve now been in the job for a couple of months but I’m still coming to terms with the Army jargon. I thought DVD had something to do with movies! Fortunately, my delight at seeing Great British capability in action from Warrior to Wolfhound, Bulldog to Mastiff…has yet to be diminished or dented. And there’s no finer place to see some of that capability up close than the Millbrook Proving Ground. Earlier today I had the chance to ride in both a JLTV and Boxer. I’m glad my office told…

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53 million Russians may lose their jobs within a few years

53 million Russians may lose their jobs within a few years

Three quarters of the able-bodied population may lose their jobs within the next two years because of active robotisation of work processes, a report by the Eurasian Institute for Competitiveness and Strategy Partners consulting company said. In Russia, 65% of the population, or 53 million people, run the risk of losing their jobs too, Leonid Byzov, a sociologist at the Russian Academy of Sciences said. The list of “disappearing” professions includes accountants, security guards, lawyers, postmen, journalists and traffic police officers.Accountants with the function of “calculators” are already being replaced with computer programs. Companies replace security guards with security systems. Lawyers unable to work with…

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Speech: Ending the Syrian Conflict

Speech: Ending the Syrian Conflict

Thank you very much Mr President, and welcome back to New York. Thank you to our two briefers, the Special Representative and the Under Secretary-General. And can I repeat the thanks of colleagues for everything your teams do on the ground to help the people of Syria. They need you more than ever, but we are very conscious that this is a very difficult job for them to do. The conflict is seven and a half years old. It’s longer than the Second World War. Over half a million people have died in Syria. Millions have been displaced and chemical weapons have been used, including…

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Speech: Jeremy Wright speaking at the RTS Conference

Speech: Jeremy Wright speaking at the RTS Conference

Good afternoon everybody and thank you to the Royal Television Society for inviting me here today. I feel very fortunate to have been in this wonderful role for three months. One of the many brilliant things about heading up DCMS is it provides an opportunity to play a part in the blistering advances in technology that are transforming all of our lives. As leaders in the media and creative industries you know about these advances better than most. In this rapidly changing and increasingly polarised world, the role of the media is evolving, and in my view becoming more important than ever. For the media,…

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Israel’s Netanyahu calls Putin, blames Syria for Il-20 crash

Israel’s Netanyahu calls Putin, blames Syria for Il-20 crash

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Sept 18, to express regret over the death of 15 Russian military men, who were killed as a result of the crash of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft in Syria. “Netanyahu had a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The head of the government of Israel expressed his sympathy about the death of Russian servicemen and said that  Syria was responsible for the crash of the plane,” the press service of the Israeli prime minister said. “Israel considers the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose military shot…

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Highlights of the 70th annual Emmy Awards

Highlights of the 70th annual Emmy Awards

Rachel Brosnahan, winner of the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” © Eric Jamison/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino and the cast and crew of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” accepting the award for outstanding comedy series © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Alex Borstein, winner of the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” © Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Andy Samberg performing at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP John Legend performing on stage of the Microsoft Theater © Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Sterling K. Brown, Kristen Bell, Tituss Burgess, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson and John…

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Putin: Ilyushin shootdown is incidental

Putin: Ilyushin shootdown is incidental

President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a press conference after a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said that the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 military aircraft in Syria was incidental. Putin expressed his condolences to relatives of the victims. “When people die, especially in such tragic circumstances, it is always a disaster. It is a disaster for all of us, for the country and for the loved ones of our fallen comrades,” Putin said. At the same time, Putin urged not to compare the crash of the Il-20 in Syria with the shootdown of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 incident by a Turkish fighter jet…

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Russian gubernatorial elections: Solid winner loses vote overnight

Russian gubernatorial elections: Solid winner loses vote overnight

The second round of gubernatorial elections in Russia’s Primorsky Krai (the Far East) will go down in history of Russia’s political life. During the elections of the governor of the Primorsky region, one of the candidates was winning the vote by a significant margin. All of a sudden, it turned out that the winner of the race has lost the election. The advantage of Communist candidate Andrei Ishchenko over acting governor Andrei Tarasenko was not striking, but it was larger than the number of uncounted ballots. In other words, if all the uncounted ballots had been added to Tarasenko’s favor, Ishchenko would have still remained…

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Former GRU officer exposes two Russian Salisbury spies

Former GRU officer exposes two Russian Salisbury spies

The interview that two Russian nationals Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov gave to RT last week following their international exposure as “two Russian military intelligence officers, who poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury,” has left even more questions about what really happened in the British town. A former Russian GRU officer, who wished to remain anonymous, says that it still remains unknown who those two people (Boshirov and Petrov) are. According to him, the two men, who appeared on the screens during the interview, may not be the ones whom they pretend to be. The former GRU officer believes that…

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Speech: Lord Ahmad addresses the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Speech: Lord Ahmad addresses the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Mr Vice-President, Excellencies. It is an honour to address you today. I would finally like to express the United Kingdom’s gratitude to outgoing High Commissioner Zeid for his commitment and dedication to furthering the cause of human rights during his tenure. We thank him for his principled and considered approach, and his willingness to speak out in defence of human rights around the world. I would also like to congratulate his successor Michelle Bachelet on her appointment. Michelle’s extraordinary wealth of knowledge, and her personal and professional experience, will be invaluable in this role and we wish her every success and look forward to working…

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Russia exposes audio recording proving Ukraine’s implication in MH17 disaster

Russia exposes audio recording proving Ukraine’s implication in MH17 disaster

The Russian Defence Ministry exposed the audio recording of a conversation between Ukrainian military men. The recording proves Kiev’s involvement in the Malaysian Airlines Boeing disaster (Flight MH17) over the Donbass in 2014, representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry told reporters at a news briefing on September 17. According to Russia, the voice in the recording belongs to Ruslan Grinchak, a Colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Grinchak was responsible for controlling airspace in the zone of the military conflict in the Donbass. The man in the recording says that “we” can make another airplane disaster to repeat. The conversation took place in 2016…

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Ukraine owned the missile that shot down Flight MH17 Boeing

Ukraine owned the missile that shot down Flight MH17 Boeing

Representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said that the missile that shot down the passenger Boeing 777 aircraft over the Donbass on July 17, 2014, was manufactured in 1986. A year later, the missile was delivered to the military unit on the territory of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Lieutenant-General Nikolai Parshin, the head of the Main Missile and Artillery Directorate of the Ministry of Defence told reporters on September 17 that the missile that shot down the Boeing 777 in the sky over the east of Ukraine in the summer of 2014 was produced in 1986 for Buk missile systems. The information was obtained…

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This week in photos: presidential pancakes, Pyongyang’s torchlights, red pandas peekaboo

This week in photos: presidential pancakes, Pyongyang’s torchlights, red pandas peekaboo

Youths stage a torchlight parade in Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung Square to celebrate the 70th anniversary of North Korea, September 10 © Alexander Demianchuk/TASS President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping eating Russian pancakes at the Far East Street exhibition on the sidelines of the 2018 Eastern Economic Forum on Russky Island, September 11 © Sergei Bobylev/TASS Host Photo Agency A Red Panda cub and its mother look out from their basket in their enclosure at Lisbon Zoo, September 12 © EPA-EFE/ANDRE KOSTERS Britain’s Prince William speaks with artist Nancy Fouts as he attends an event to celebrate the Tusk Rhino Trail, a London-wide art installation that…

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Russia to abandon the US dollar at common people’s expense

Russia to abandon the US dollar at common people’s expense

Andrei Kostin, the head of VTB Bank, shared his plans for the future of foreign currency in the Russian Federation. During the Eastern Economic Forum, Kostin, who is ranked one of Russia’s most prominent bankers, suggested legal addresses of Russia’s largest holding companies should be transferred under Russia’s jurisdiction. According to him, foreign registrations of Russian legal entities makes the fulfilment of subsequent tasks more complicated. Kostin pointed out the need to place Eurobonds on Russian platforms and abandon the primary depository in the form of Euroclear. Many experts believe that such suggestions would take Russia towards self-isolation.The head of VTB also pointed out the…

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Russia tests unique invisible missiles during Vostok 2018 war games

Russia tests unique invisible missiles during Vostok 2018 war games

Russia tested unique invisible missiles during Vostok 2018 military drills, the head of the 76th Air Defense Division, Sergei Tikhonov said. According to him, the military did not limit the test to conventional training missiles. The command made a decision to destroy training analogues of real cruise missiles of various types during a conventional massive attack. To raise the complexity of the operation, the military chose second-to-none target missiles. It became possible to repel all the attacks in the operation, the official said. Russia conducts Vostok 2018 war games in cooperation with China and Mongolia. Russian Defence minister Sergei Shoigu leads the manoeuvres.

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Russian, Chinese militaries put their power on display in dramatic drills

Russian, Chinese militaries put their power on display in dramatic drills

The main stage of the Vostok-2018 strategic drills was held at the Tsugol firing range in the Trans-Baikal Region. The Vostok-2018 maneuvers are the biggest in the history of the Russian army, unparalleled since 1981, when the Soviet Union held drills involving about 100,000 people. The massive Vostok-2018 exercise is running from September 11 to 17 under the command of Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu on the soil and in the waters of Russia’s Far East and in the neighboring waters of the Pacific Ocean. A total of about 300,000 servicemen are participating in them, as well as more than 1,000 planes, helicopters…

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Russian ‘spies’ Petrov and Boshirov say they work in fitness industry

Russian ‘spies’ Petrov and Boshirov say they work in fitness industry

The main event of September 13 in Russia is the interview, which Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov gave to RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan. The British authorities accused these two men of involvement in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury and referred to them as officers of the Russian military intelligence, GRU. First off, the two men acknowledged in the interview that those were their real names. “From the very beginning, we wanted to come to London and have fun there, it was not a business trip. Our friends have long recommended we should go to visit this wonderful town of Salisbury. We…

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Vostok 2018: Taking a sneak peek at Russia’s biggest military drills

Vostok 2018: Taking a sneak peek at Russia’s biggest military drills

The Vostok 2018 exercise, the largest in Russia’s modern history, got underway in the Eastern Military District on September 11. The Vostok 2018 drills involve around 300,000 troops, more than 1,000 aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, up to 80 vessels, up to 36,000 tanks, armored personnel carriers, and other vehicles. The exercise will last until September 17. According to Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov, its main goal is to check the level of training that can be assessed only in an exercise of proper scale. In other media

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Vostok 2108: Taking a sneak peek at Russia’s biggest military drills

Vostok 2108: Taking a sneak peek at Russia’s biggest military drills

The Vostok 2018 exercise, the largest in Russia’s modern history, got underway in the Eastern Military District on September 11. The Vostok 2018 drills involve around 300,000 troops, more than 1,000 aircraft, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, up to 80 vessels, up to 36,000 tanks, armored personnel carriers, and other vehicles. The exercise will last until September 17. According to Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov, its main goal is to check the level of training that can be assessed only in an exercise of proper scale. In other media

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Putin offers Japan to conclude peace treaty in 2018

Putin offers Japan to conclude peace treaty in 2018

President Vladimir Putin accepts with the proposal from the Japanese Prime Minister to change the approach to negotiations on the peace treaty. The Russian president invited him to conclude the treaty before the end of the year. “Such a simple thought has occurred to me right now,” Putin said at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum.Putin reminded that Russia and Japan have been trying to conclude the peace treaty for 70 years already. He referred to the Soviet-Japanese declaration from 1956, which ended the state of war between the two countries. The Parliament of Japan and the Supreme Council of the USSR ratified…

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Putin: We know who Skripal poisoners are

Putin: We know who Skripal poisoners are

President Vladimir Putin said that Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom the British intelligence named as suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK, are civilian people. Putin appealed to Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom London suspected of poisoning former intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The president invited them to address the media and make a public statement.”In principle, we have, of course, looked into what kind of people they are. We know who they are already, we found them. I hope that they will appear and tell everyone about themselves. It will be better for…

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Russia considers possibility to terminate diplomatic relations with UK

Russia considers possibility to terminate diplomatic relations with UK

Russia should recall its ambassador from the UK and terminate all diplomatic relations with Great Britain, Sergei Mironov, the leader of Just Russia Party believes. “We should stop hoping for the prudence of our so-called Western partners. We shouldn’t wait for all this to pass. The actions that the British authorities have taken recently speak in favour of this – they directly accuse the Russian administration of plotting terrorist attacks. In such cases, it deems reasonable to terminate diplomatic relations. The prime minister of one country accuses the administration of another country of plotting terrorist attacks – there’s nowhere to go from this,” Mironov said.…

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Massive torch parade wraps up North Korea’s 70th anniversary

Massive torch parade wraps up North Korea’s 70th anniversary

Thousands of North Korean students took part in a torch light parade at Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square. The event was the last in a series of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the nation’s founding. See how North Korea lit up the celebration that was focused on Korean unity and economic development. In other media

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Chief of Russian National Guards threatens to make juicy meat chop out of Aleksei Navalny

Chief of Russian National Guards threatens to make juicy meat chop out of Aleksei Navalny

Viktor Zolotov, the chief of the Russian National Guards (Federal National Guard Troops Service), published a video address to opposition activist Alexei Navalny. In his address, Zolotov called Navalny out in a duel and promised to make a “juicy meat chop” out of him. The video comes as Zolotov’s reaction to the recent investigation conducted by Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) into the procurement of foodstuffs for the Russian National Guards at inflated prices.”With respect to me, you had insulting, slanderous reflections, and it’s not customary for army officers to forgive that,” Zolotov said in the video message posted on the YouTube channel of the Russian…

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Russia launches largest Vostok 2018 war games to get ready for global war after 2020

Russia launches largest Vostok 2018 war games to get ready for global war after 2020

Russia launched its largest military exercises in modern history in the morning of September 11. The exercises, called Vostok 2018 (East 2018) involve about 300,000 troops, 36,000 tanks, armoured personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, more than 1,000 aircraft, helicopters and about a hundred warships.The manoeuvres that will last through September 17 are held to practice massive air strikes, interception of cruise missiles, landing missions of sea and airborne assault forces, as well as actions of mobile groups in the deep rear of the enemy under the conditions that would be as close to combat conditions as possible, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said. Russia…

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Russian fishermen destroy tons of salmon fish and caviar

Russian fishermen destroy tons of salmon fish and caviar

The Russian fishing industry has set a new record in salmon fish capture. As of August 28, the catch made up 538,000 tons, which was 88% more than on the same date in 2016 (salmon fish capture is compared between even and odd years). According to the results of the salmon fishing season, the catch may near the record amount of 520,000 tons, representatives of the Russian Federal Fisheries said. The 2018 salmon fishing season in Russia became the most prolific one in 110 years. The catch of Pacific salmon (mainly pink salmon) this year in Kamchatka made up a record 450,000 tons. Fishermen produce…

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