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Horses run through bonfires at Luminarias festival in Spain

Horses run through bonfires at Luminarias festival in Spain

The annual Las Luminarias festival takes place in San Bartolome de Pinares in Spain. The festival dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires and protect them for the year to come.The horses are doused with water just before they enter the flames.  In other media

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Dakar Rally drama: Dashing over the sand dunes

Dakar Rally drama: Dashing over the sand dunes

An aerial view of the arrival camping during the first stage of the Dakar Rally 2019, between Lima and Pisco, in Peru, January 7 © EPA-EFE/Ernesto Arias KTM rider Oscar Romero Montoya of Spain, Husqvarna rider Fausto Mota of Spain and KTM rider Loic Minaudier of France race their motorbikes during stage six of the Dakar Rally between Arequipa and San Juan de Marcona, Peru, January 13 © AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan A general view of the second stage of the Dakar Rally, between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona, in Peru © EPA-EFE/ERNESTO ARIAS Stephane Peterhansel and David Castera in the Mini of the X-Raid Mini JCW Team…

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Miracle on the Hudson: 10 years on

Miracle on the Hudson: 10 years on

An Airbus 320 US Airways aircraft that went down in the Hudson River is seen in New York, 2009 © AP Photo/Edouard H. R. Gluck On January 15, 2009, US Airways passenger plane carrying 148 passengers crashed into New Yorks Hudson River three minutes after takeoff © AP Photo/Steven Day Passengers wait to be rescued on the wings of a US Airways Airbus 320 jetliner in the frigid waters of the Hudson River in New York, January 15, 2009 © AP Photo/Steven Day Passengers were able to escape the Airbus 320 through openings in the fuselage, half of which floated above the icy water shortly after the crash,…

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The start of adulthood: Japan’s youth celebrates Coming of Age

The start of adulthood: Japan’s youth celebrates Coming of Age

Coming of Age Day is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. Japanese men and women who turn 20 years old celebrate the Coming-of-Age Day as they are recognized as adults by Japanese society and law after the age of 20. Festivities include ceremonies held at local and prefectural offices and parties among family and friends. See the images. In other media

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This week in photos: Orthodox Christmas, Prague’s polar swimmers and Greece’s snowfall

This week in photos: Orthodox Christmas, Prague’s polar swimmers and Greece’s snowfall

A copy of the Russian Imperial Crown made of Christmas baubles at Moscow’s Tsaritsyno Park, January 6 © Sergei Savostyanov/TASS The senior priest of Transfiguration Cathedral Nikolai Bryndin and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin are seen during a Christmas liturgy at the Transfiguration Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, January 6 © Alexander Demianchuk/TASS Pope Francis is framed by cellphones as he arrives for his weekly general audience, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, January 9 © AP Photo/Andrew Medichini Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga is seen during a Christmas liturgy at the Kazan Cathedral, January 6 © Peter Kovalev/TASS A baboon peers through the branches of an…

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David Bowie: the chameleon of rock

David Bowie: the chameleon of rock

David Bowie, an iconic British singer, died of cancer on January 10, 2016, days after turning 69 and the release of his last album, Blackstar. Bowie’s innovative songs and stagecraft had a major influence on popular music in the early 1970s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him 39th on their list of the 100 Greatest Rock Artists of All Time and the 23rd best singer of all time. The iconic pictures of David Bowie – in this gallery by TASS. In other media

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The Russians will soon wake up to lose two Kuril Islands to Japan

The Russians will soon wake up to lose two Kuril Islands to Japan

It seems that the issue of the delivery of two Kuril islands to Japan has been coordinated with the Kremlin. According to Japanese officials, the United States is ready to assist in the matter. Yet, the Russian side has not released any clear comments on the subject. Shinzo Abe steps up on the Kuril Islands dispute On January 1, 2019, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that peace treaty negotiations with Russia should be intensified. The delivery of two Kuril Islands to Japan can only be possible with full consent from local residents, who will have the right to stay on the islands, Abe said…

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Classic carvings: Harbin ice festival brightens up China’s northeast

Classic carvings: Harbin ice festival brightens up China’s northeast

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2019 kicked off in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province on January 5th. This event is considered to be the biggest one of its kind in the world. Famous for its massive, elaborate and colorfully lit ice sculptures of animals, cartoon characters and renowned landmarks, the festival has been held since 1963 and draws millions of visitors from around the world annually. This year, some 120,000 cubic meters of ice and 111,000 cubic meters of snow were used to build the festival’s venue. Click through these photos of the festival’s masterpieces. In other media

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The House Of Russia Abroad

The House Of Russia Abroad

Arriving to Moscow, many visitors already have an idea of ‘must see’ places. They usually include Red Square, Kremlin Armory Museum, GUM, the Arbat, the Pushkin Museum, Tretyakov Gallery, Gorky Park, Bolshoi Theater, Sandunovsky Baths, Night Flight, riding the Moscow Metro and so on. There is a bewildering choice of visual, cultural, artistic and simply people-energy places you can go and get immersed. One thing that all of the above have in common is that they are centric to Moscow and the Russian experience, a way of looking in through the windows of this house called Russia. How about another take? What if I told…

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Hysterical Media Promoted Fake News About Russia

Hysterical Media Promoted Fake News About Russia

Hysterical Media Promoted Fake News About Russia by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman) Major media in America and the West operate as mouthpieces for wealth, power and privilege – betraying their readers and viewers. 

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A Metro scribble for the New Year

A Metro scribble for the New Year

Russia is well on its way to becoming the nation of myth! The cast of characters from Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series seem to beckon and welcome to their ranks the various trolls and the like which are popularly (in the west) linked to the Kremlin keep. I’ve never met or seen such trolls, but I can definitely confirm that hordes of elves deep in the Moscow underground have been busily tinkering, building and tunneling away. I imagine that Santa, or Father Frost as he is known in these parts must have whispered the secret magic word to them which only…

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UNGA Resolution on Alleged Russian Militarization of Crimea

UNGA Resolution on Alleged Russian Militarization of Crimea

UNGA Resolution on Alleged Russian Militarization of Crimea by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman) Ukraine’s draft resolution on Russia’s alleged militarization of Crimea was likely cooked up and written by Trump regime hardliners – maybe in cahoots with their UK counterparts.

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TASS’s most memorable moments of 2018 in pictures

TASS’s most memorable moments of 2018 in pictures

Mexican football fans gather in Nikolskaya Street in central Moscow to celebrate Mexico’s victory in a 2018 FIFA World Cup First Stage Group F match against Germany © Alexander Ryumin/TASS France’s President Emmanuel Macron celebrates a goal as FIFA President Gianni Infantino looks on at the final match of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium © Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS Russia’s goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saves a penalty in 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 football match against Spain at Luzhniki Stadium. Team Russia won the game on penalties 4:3 © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS France’s players, the winners of the…

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2019: Putin should end ‘friendship’ with USA, Japan and Belarus

2019: Putin should end ‘friendship’ with USA, Japan and Belarus

Friendship between Russia and Belarus has become an issue recently. Is Russia going to be friends with Belarus in 2019 or is the brotherly nation going to join the ranks of Russia’s enemies similarly to Ukraine? Moreover, Russian experts believe that President Putin should not be friends either with his US counterpart Donald Trump or Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. There are many questions about 2019, the answers to which we would like to know already today, as the year 2018 is about to end. Will Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko win the election? Will Russia sign a peace treaty with Japan? Pravda.Ru turned to political…

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Russia’s 2018: Confidence in Putin gone

Russia’s 2018: Confidence in Putin gone

The main event of the outgoing year 2018 for Russia is neither the FIFA World Cup nor even the opening of the Crimean Bridge. The main event is the pension reform, the negative influence of which has undermined public confidence in the president. Russia’s Pension reform – Putin’ brainchild Gone are the days when most Russians would praise President Putin for his desire to listen to no-one important people. However, the decision of the Russian government to raise the retirement age in Russia and the swift approval of the relevant law showed that Vladimir Putin listens to interests of big business representatives to the detriment…

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Final farewell: A tribute to those we lost in 2018

Final farewell: A tribute to those we lost in 2018

Irish singer and leader of The Cranberries Dolores O’Riordan died at 46 on January 15 © EPA/MACIEJ KULZYNSKI Paul Bocuse, a master of French cuisine, died aged 91 on January 20 © AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani Swedish founder of the Ikea furniture chain, Ingvar Kamprad passed away on January 27. He was 91 © EPA/INTER IKEA SYSTEMS B.V./HO Hubert de Givenchy, founder of the eponymous French fashion house, died on March 10. He was 91 © EPA-EFE/KIKI HUESCA Renowned Russian actor and theater director Oleg Tabakov died aged 82 on March 12 © Alexandra Mudrats/TASS Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s finest scientific minds, died on March 14 at the…

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Crypto & Dollars

Crypto & Dollars

This past fall I gave a talk on de-dollarization at the Global Business Forum in Canada. Since that time, I had some further thoughts on the de-dollarization trend. Back then I mentioned a U.S. Army War College study concluding that America’s power is in decline because the world has entered a new phase of transformation, where the U.S. led international order is unravelling. Strong words, given the popular view that the U.S. dollar is stronger than ever, unemployment is at its lowest level in 20 years, the stock market is historically robust despite recent volatility, and the Federal Reserve just tweaked up interest rates together…

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This week in photos: Putin’s news conference, Santa’s rowboat, Meghan’s nursing home visit

This week in photos: Putin’s news conference, Santa’s rowboat, Meghan’s nursing home visit

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin gives an annual end-of-year news conference at Moscow’s World Trade Centre, December 20 © Sergei Bobylev/TASS An aerial view of Lomonosov Bridge through the Fontanka River with light decoration for the incoming New Year and Orthodox Christmas celebrations in St.Petersburg, December 17 © AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky New Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray of the Philippines jubilates as she is crowned by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa during the Miss Universe 2018 beauty pageant at Impact Arena in Bangkok, December 17 © EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT EDITORIAL USE ONLY A Christmas tree of the TASS Russian news agency at the GUM Department Store, December…

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Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference in pictures

Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference in pictures

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his 14th annual news conference. This year, it lasted three hours and 44 minutes. Kremlin accredited 1,700 Russian and foreign journalists to the news conference. Putin set up a tradition of annual meetings with journalists in 2001. The first news conference in 2001 was the shortest one, having lasted for one hour and 35 minutes. The longest one took place in 2008, when Putin fielded questions for four hours and 40 minutes. Starting from 2004, none of the annual news conferences lasted more than three hours. In the recent years, these news conferences were organized in December giving the president an opportunity to sum up…

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Putin: The world underestimates danger of nuclear war

Putin: The world underestimates danger of nuclear war

On December 20, Russian President Putin started his 14th, large press conference. Interestingly, on December 20 Russia marks the Day of the Security Officer, which has been commonly known in Russia as the “Chekist Day” (‘Chekist’ is a Russian colloquialism for ‘KGB officer’). After the press conference, Putin will attend a gala evening dedicated to this date.A record number of journalists – more than 1,700 people – were accredited for the press conference. Traditionally, Putin started the press conference with a brief report about the economic situation in Russia. The president said that Russia’s GDP grew by 1.7 percent over the year. The real level…

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Festive season: Moscow streets get into holiday mood

Festive season: Moscow streets get into holiday mood

The Journey to Christmas winter festival is in full swing in Moscow. “Moscow is on all international tourist ratings and recommendations for visiting in the New Year and Christmas holidays and is generally considered to be one of the best cities for tourists,” Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said earlier. Feel the holiday mood in photos of Russia’s capital dressed up for Christmas and New Year celebrations. In other media

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Russia’s Moonshine Tradition

Russia’s Moonshine Tradition

The New Year holidays in Russia are a big deal. So much so that they are stretched out from mid-December through mid-January. How do I know this? Try to get a meeting scheduled or a decision made on just about any new business during this time. Of course it is possible, but take it from me, there will be delays – “the new year is coming, what’s so important?” The official New Year holidays, which includes Orthodox Christmas, are from December 30 through January 8 inclusive; a full 10 days. Nonetheless, many also include the new calendar Christmas on 25 December, and the ‘old’ calendar…

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This week in photos: Miss Universe contest, hole in Soyuz spacecraft, Strasbourg shooting

This week in photos: Miss Universe contest, hole in Soyuz spacecraft, Strasbourg shooting

Miss El Salvador Marisela de Montecristo poses in her national costume during the Miss Universe 2018 national costume contest at Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center in Pattaya, December 10 © EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT US President Donald Trump tosses a coin before the Army-Navy NCAA college football game in Philadelphia, December 8 © AP Photo/Matt Rourke Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergei Prokopyev conducting a spacewalk outside the International Space Station Space, December 11. The spacewalk’s main objective was to inspect a hole on the external surface of the habitation module of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft © Roscosmos Window cleaners wearing a dog and a boar costumes clean windows…

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Aftermath of fatal high-speed train crash in Turkey’s capital

Aftermath of fatal high-speed train crash in Turkey’s capital

A train heading from Ankara to Konya, crashed into a maintenance locomotive when approaching the Marsandiz station in Turkey. After the crash, several cars derailed or overturned, and another two cars collided with a pedestrian overpass, which later collapsed. According to the Turkish Health Ministry, nine people were killed and 84 were injured. TASS photo section reveals the details on the high-speed rail disaster in Turkey’s capital. In other media

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