Category: World

Devastating aftermath of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday attacks

Devastating aftermath of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday attacks

On April 21, the heaviest in the country series of terror attacks occurred in Sri Lanka, in which 290 people were killed, including 30 foreigners. Eight explosions shook the cities of Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, in particular Catholic churches during Easter services and hotels. The first explosion went off in the St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade in Colombo, the second – in the St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, 30 km north of Colombo, the third bomb was detonated in a church in the town of Batticaloa in the east of the country. Apart from that, around the same time the explosions hit the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand and…

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Russian Defense Ministry slams US actions in Rukban ‘concentration’ camp

Russian Defense Ministry slams US actions in Rukban ‘concentration’ camp

© AP Photo MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. The US is carrying out a concentration camp policy in the Rukban refugee camp, Head of Russia’s National Defense Control Center Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev told a meeting of the Russian and Syrian inter-agency coordination headquarters on the issue of resettling the refugees in Syria. “On the grounds of the Rukban camp any transport is prohibited, while it is forbidden for the people living there to leave it through any other gate but the main one. How can we interpret that? It is very confusing, they stand for democracy and humanity, but when it comes to actions they advance a…

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Expert highlights new potential points of tension between Moscow, Kiev

Expert highlights new potential points of tension between Moscow, Kiev

© Denis Vyshinskiy/TASS MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. New points of tension between Moscow and Kiev may emerge following the Ukrainian presidential election, head of the Russian Center for Current Politics Alexei Chesnakov told TASS on Monday. “The parties have not yet used up their arsenals of sanctions against each other and may take various symbolic steps to show their determination to go all the way,” he said. According to the expert, both in Moscow and Kiev, there are “influential groups that consider raising the stakes to be an effective tool for maintaining the standoff.” “Russia values the existence of the DPR and LPR [the self-proclaimed Donetsk…

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Reuters: Another blast hits area near church in Sri Lanka

Reuters: Another blast hits area near church in Sri Lanka

© AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. A new explosion has taken place in Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo, Reuters reported, citing witnesses. According to preliminary data, an explosives-filled van, parked outside a church, exploded while experts were trying to defuse it. “The van exploded when the bomb defusing unit of the STF (Special Task Force) and air force tried to diffuse the bomb,” the witness said as cited by the news agency. Sri Lanka’s Adaderana news portal said earlier that on Monday, Colombo’s police had found 87 explosive detonators at a private bus station in the Pettah neighborhood. On Sunday night, Sri Lanka’s Air…

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Timoshenko highlights need to form Ukraine’s new government without delay

Timoshenko highlights need to form Ukraine’s new government without delay

Leader of Ukraine’s Batkivshchina party Yulia Timoshenko © AP Photo/Sergei Grits KIEV, April 22. /TASS/. Leader of Ukraine’s Batkivshchina party Yulia Timoshenko has pointed to the need to form a new Ukrainian government in the wake of Vladimir Zelensky’s victory in Sunday’s presidential election. “Should we tolerate the current government for another six months? After all, 75% of the people did not cast their votes for change to tolerate this government for another half a year,” she said at a meeting of the Coordination Board of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) on Monday. “If this parliament has at least some sense of conscience, it is necessary to…

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Sri Lanka’s authorities to deploy soldiers to Colombo following terror attacks

Sri Lanka’s authorities to deploy soldiers to Colombo following terror attacks

© AP Photo/Chamila Karunarathne MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. The Sri Lanka Armed Forces declared the deployment of about 1,000 servicemen to Colombo to provide public security there following terror attacks, the Sri Lankan news portal Ada Derana reported on Monday. The country’s government will open centers for urgent response and special operations in the local police headquarters and the Defense Ministry. The Sri Lanka Air Force will also deploy its employees to guard Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka’s largest international airport that is located 32 km north of Colombo. The renewal of curfew time from 20:00 (17:30 Moscow time) April 22 until 4:00 (1:30 Moscow time)…

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Merkel congratulates Zelensky on his victory in Ukraine’s presidential runoff

Merkel congratulates Zelensky on his victory in Ukraine’s presidential runoff

German Chancellor Angela Merkel © AP Photo/Markus Schreiber BERLIN, April 22. /TASS/. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the last Western leaders to congratulate Vladimir Zelensky on his landslide victory in Ukraine’s runoff presidential election on Sunday. “I congratulate you on being elected to the Ukrainian presidential post with all my heart,” Merkel said in her telegram sent to Zelensky and published by the German cabinet’s press service on Monday. Merkel noted that since the Ukrainian revolution of 2014 the two countries have stepped up their relations both in political, economic, cultural and public areas. “I care about stabilization in Ukraine and a peaceful solution to…

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Russian, Indian warships join Chinese Navy’s 70th anniversary celebrations

Russian, Indian warships join Chinese Navy’s 70th anniversary celebrations

Indian and Russian warships have arrived at Chinese shores to take part in celebrations and a parade, marking the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy and showcasing the forces of a dozen naval powers. A stealth guided-missile destroyer of the Indian Navy, INS Kolkata, accompanied by tanker INS Shakti, reached the port city of Qingdao on Sunday to take part in the four-day celebration commemorating the founding of the Chinese Navy. “We bring to you one of the best ships that we have made. It is the pride of the nation and the navy, and we are very happy to be here,”…

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Is Trump for detente or militarism?

Is Trump for detente or militarism?

Yves here. It is quite distressing to see the Mueller report take up as if it were settled fact the idea that Russia influenced the 2016 Presidential election, particularly since his investigation didn’t provide any information that supported this theory. So this Real News Network interview with professor Stephen Cohen provides a badly-needed counterpoint. Please also view the preceding segment Is Russian ‘Meddling’ an Attack on America? – RAI with Stephen Cohen. PAUL JAY: Welcome back to Reality Asserts Itself on The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay. And we’re continuing our series of discussions with Stephen Cohen. And his biography is down below the…

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Poroshenko wins in voting stations overseas, says Ukrainian Election Commission

Poroshenko wins in voting stations overseas, says Ukrainian Election Commission

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko © Anna Marchenko/TASS KIEV, April 22. /TASS/. Incumbent Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko racked up 54.73% of the votes cast on the polling stations outside of Ukraine in the second round of the presidential elections, the Ukrainian Central Election Commission reported on Monday having counted 100% of the protocols. The biggest support Poroshenko enjoyed in Vietnam (79.45%) and the Netherlands (74.61%). Zelensky was the favorite among the Ukrainian citizens in Cuba (84.88 %), Brazil (75%) and Estonia (72.29%). 101 electoral districts were opened for the Ukrainians staying abroad on the day of the runoff, 59,380 people cast their votes. The Ukrainians in Russia…

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Zelensky maintains strong lead in Ukraine’s election

Zelensky maintains strong lead in Ukraine’s election

© EPA-EFE/STEPAN FRANKO KIEV, April 22. /TASS/. Vladimir Zelensky who represents the Servant of the People party is way ahead of his rival, incumbent head of state Pyotr Poroshenko with 95.06% of ballots counted. According to the Ukrainian Election Commission, Zelensky garnered 73.17% of the vote in the runoff, which is 12.8 mln people in the country. Poroshenko secured 24.50% of the vote or 4.3 million votes. In accordance with the Ukrainian law, the Central Election Commission must publish the official election results no later than ten days after the election day, that is, by May 1, 2019. The new president is due to be sworn…

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Ex-Ukrainian president congratulates Zelensky on landslide victory

Ex-Ukrainian president congratulates Zelensky on landslide victory

KIEV, April 22. /TASS/. Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich congratulated Vladimir Zelensky on his landslide victory in Sunday’s runoff presidential election, his spokesman Yuri Kirasir said. Yanukovich noted that Ukrainians entrusted Zelensky with “this post when the country is facing a challenging moment of history.” “A peaceful Ukrainian people is split and radicalized as never before. The kith-on-kin war in my native Donbass region every day claims the lives of Ukrainians and destroys the region, which used to be prosperous,” he noted. The former Ukrainian leader put the blame on incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko for all this. “The fault for enormous sufferings rests with Pyotr…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 21, 2019 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke on April 20th with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan. The Secretary condemned the Taliban’s recent announcement of a spring offensive and underscored the United States’ solidarity with the Afghan people’s pursuit of a comprehensive peace agreement that would end the suffering and destruction. He also expressed the United States’ disappointment that the intra-Afghan dialogue, planned for Doha, Qatar, had been postponed. The Secretary and President Ghani agreed that the Doha conference presents an important opportunity to advance peace. The Secretary…

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Collected Department Releases: Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

Collected Department Releases: Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 21, 2019 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security. The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wishes a quick recovery to all who were injured. While many details of…

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Zelensky outpaces Poroshenko securing over 73% of vote

Zelensky outpaces Poroshenko securing over 73% of vote

© Anna Marchenko/TASS KIEV, April 22. /TASS/. Ukraine’s front-running presidential contender Vladimir Zelensky increased his lead in the runoff election, with 90.25% of ballots counted. According to the Ukrainian Central Election Commission, Zelensky secured 73.18% of the vote in the presidential race. Incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko is losing ground, garnering just 24.49% of the vote. More than 12.2 mln voters backed Zelensky and over 4 mln Ukrainians supported Poroshenko. In accordance with the Ukrainian law, the Central Election Commission must publish the official election results no later than ten days after the election day, that is, by May 1, 2019. The new president is due to…

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Russia to carry out observation flight over US this week

Russia to carry out observation flight over US this week

© Vitaly V. Kuzmin MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. A group of Russian inspectors will conduct an observation flight over the United States’ territory on April 22-27, Head of the National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergey Ryzhkov said, according to Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. “In the framework of implementing the international Treaty on Open Skies a Russian group of inspectors plans to perform an observation flight on a Russian aircraft Tu-214ON over the United States’ territory,” the newspaper writes on Monday. US specialists onboard the Russian aircraft will ensure control over the compliance with the rules on using surveillance equipment and provisions envisaged by the treaty. Besides, on…

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Zelensky leads with 73.09% after 80% of ballots counted

Zelensky leads with 73.09% after 80% of ballots counted

KIEV, April 22. /TASS/. Vladimir Zelensky has taken the lead in the runoff stage of the Ukrainian presidential election with 73.09% of the vote, the Ukrainian Central Election Commission informed after counting 80% of electoral ballots. Incumbent Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has received 24.57% of the vote. According to the commission, 2.32% of ballots have been declared invalid. Zelensky has taken the lead in all regions of Ukraine, except the Lvov Region. The voter turnout in the runoff stage of the election reached 62.07%, the commission informed earlier. In other media

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MSM defends ‘extremely accurate’ Russiagate coverage despite being totally wrong about it

MSM defends ‘extremely accurate’ Russiagate coverage despite being totally wrong about it

Even with the ‘Russian collusion’ narrative buried by the Mueller report, some mainstream journalists have come out to claim their anti-Trump coverage was backed up by the report. Were they reading a different report? The Mueller report, CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz said on Thursday, “really corroborated a lot of the good journalism that was done” during the last two years. “One of my main conclusions from the #MuellerReport so far is that the vast majority of *reporting* on Trump and Russia was extremely accurate,” GQ magazine’s Julia Ioffe chimed in.

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Trump congratulates Zelensky on victory in Ukrainian presidential election

Trump congratulates Zelensky on victory in Ukrainian presidential election

US President Donald Trump © AP Photo/Evan Vucci WASHINGTON, April 22. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump has congratulated Ukrainian presidential candidate Vladimir Zelensky on his victory in the Ukrainian presidential election, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker confirmed on Twitter. “President Trump called to congratulate Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Vladimir Zelensky – TASS) for his electoral victory and the Ukrainian people for a peaceful & democratic election. We will continue to support Ukraine’s efforts to restore its territorial integrity and counter Russian aggression,” he wrote. Volker also expressed his gratitude to incumbent Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko. “We commend [Pyotr Poroshenko] for his courage in leading Ukraine…

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Zelensky will be unable to fulfill campaign promises with current parliament – MP

Zelensky will be unable to fulfill campaign promises with current parliament – MP

KIEV, April 22. /TASS/. Vladimir Zelensky, who is leading in the runoff stage of the Ukrainian presidential election, will find opposition from the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian parliament), which will most likely compromise his campaign promises, Ukrainian MP Nestor Shufrich said. “Zelensky will try to introduce the things he has planned, but I’m afraid that with the current Rada he will be unable to do that,” the MP said in an interview with the NewsOne channel. He added that Zelensky “must try to fulfill what he has promised” with the help of the those members of parliament ready to support him. The MP has criticized…

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Zelensky leads with 73.01% after half of electoral ballots counted

Zelensky leads with 73.01% after half of electoral ballots counted

KIEV, April 22. /TASS/. Vladimir Zelensky is leading in the runoff stage of the Ukrainian presidential election with 73.01% of the vote after Ukraine’s Central Election Commission has counted 50% of electoral ballots, the commission informed on Monday. Incumbent president Pyotr Poroshenko has received 24.65% of the vote. According to the commission, Zelensky has taken the lead in all regions of Ukraine, except the Lvov Region. The voter turnout in the runoff stage of the election reached 62.07%. In other media

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Time to turn the tables and put the FBI, Steele and the rest of the ‘witch hunters’ under investigation

Time to turn the tables and put the FBI, Steele and the rest of the ‘witch hunters’ under investigation

As we now shift from the “witch hunt” against Trump to ‘investigating the investigators’ who spied on him – remember this; Donald Trump was supposed to lose the 2016 election by almost all accounts. And had Hillary won, as expected, none of this would have seen the light of day. We wouldn’t know that a hyper-partisan FBI had spied on the Trump campaign, as Attorney General William Barr put it during his April 10 Congressional testimony. We wouldn’t know that a Clinton-linked operative, Joseph Mifsud, seeded Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos with the rumor that Russia had ‘Dirt’ on Hillary Clinton – which would later…

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Number of casualties in Libya clashes rises to 254

Number of casualties in Libya clashes rises to 254

TASS, April 22. At least 254 people have been killed, over 1,200 have been injured in the hostilities around Libya’s Tripoli, the World Health Organization in Libya informed on Twitter. “The death toll of the clashes in #Tripoli has hit 254, and 1228 people have been injured. In the past week, @WHOLIBYA [World Health Organization in Libya] specialized emergency medical teams in frontline hospitals handled 89 major and 63 surgeries. Our teams are bringing in additional help for these hospitals,” the message states. Currently, Libya has two supreme executive authorities, namely Tripoli’s government of National Accord recognized by the international community and headed by Prime…

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Ukraine’s election commission to publish official results of election on April 30

Ukraine’s election commission to publish official results of election on April 30

KIEV, April 22. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Central Election Commission will publish the official results of the runoff stage of the Ukrainian presidential election on April 30, deputy head of the commission Yevgeny Radchenko informed. “We can determine and declare the results approximately on April 30,” he told the Ukrainian 1+1 TV channel. The preliminary results of the election after the ballot count “will be available approximately in two-three days,” he added. In accordance with the Ukrainian law, the Central Election Commission must publish the official election results no later than ten days after the election day, that is, before May 1, 2019. After counting 25.72% of…

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Poroshenko scores less than 25% in presidential election after 10% of ballots counted

Poroshenko scores less than 25% in presidential election after 10% of ballots counted

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko © AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky KIEV, April 22. /TASS/. Vladimir Zelensky has received 72.72% of the vote in the runoff stage of the Ukrainian presidential election, while his opponent Pyotr Poroshenko has scored 24.95%, Ukraine’s Central Election Commission said on counting 9.9% of electoral ballots. So far, Poroshenko has taken the lead in only one region of Ukraine, the Lvov Region. The voter turnout in the election has reached 62.07%, the commission informed. In other media

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Open for business: Syria renting port of Tartus to Russia for 49 years

Open for business: Syria renting port of Tartus to Russia for 49 years

Moscow and Damascus are set to sign a deal on renting the sea port of Tartus to Russia for trade purposes, deputy prime minister Yury Borisov announced after talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad. “The key issue that should trigger a positive dynamic is the use of the port of Tartus,” Borisov told reporters in Damascus. The agreement to rent the Mediterranean port to Russia was provisionally reached last year and the current visit “has cemented all these arrangements.” Russian businesses gaining access to Tartus will not just boost trade between the two countries but will primarily enable Syria’s economy to recover, Borisov emphasized. The…

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Zelensky promises to come up with plan of action to stop hostilities in Donbass

Zelensky promises to come up with plan of action to stop hostilities in Donbass

KIEV, April 21. /TASS/. Candidate from the Servant of the People party, showman Vladimir Zelensky, who is winning Sunday’s runoff presidential elections in Ukraine, has promised to come up with a plan of action to stop hostilities in Donbass. “We will plunge into a serious information war in order to stop hostilities in Donbass. Very soon, we will announce our plan of action. We will tell everything to our journalists, bloggers,” he told a briefing on Sunday evening. He refused to disclose details of the plan, saying only it will be made public soon. “Our election campaign demonstrates what we can do, that we have…

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Senior Russian MP says sees no reason for Russia not to recognize results of Ukraine polls

Senior Russian MP says sees no reason for Russia not to recognize results of Ukraine polls

MOSCOW, April 21. /TASS/. A senior Russian lawmaker said on Sunday he sees no reason for Russia not to recognize the results of presidential polls in Ukraine. “I see no reasons for Russia to refuse to recognize these elections,” Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the international committee at Russia’s Federation Council upper parliament house, said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel, adding that it is his peronal point of view. According to Kosachev, there was such a possibility in hypothetical terms, for instance, when candidate from the Servant of the People party, showman Vladimir Zelensky, was nearly withdrawn from the race several hours before…

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Ukrainian media claim Poroshenko has been granted immunity guarantees from US

Ukrainian media claim Poroshenko has been granted immunity guarantees from US

KIEV, April 21. /TASS/. Ukraine’s incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko has allegedly received immunity guarantees from the United States after the results of exit polls following Sunday’s runoff presidential elections were made public, according to the Ukrainian mass media. “Americans have allegedly granted Pyotr Poroshenko immunity guarantees and warned future president [Vladimir] Zelensky’s team to let the predecessor alone,” the Strana (Country) outlet writes citing a source in Washington. Runoff presidential election was held in Ukraine on April 21. According to exit polls, Candidate from the Servant of the People party, showman Vladimir Zelensky is winning a sweeping victory. The incumbent president has already recognized the…

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Exit polls point to fiasco of Poroshenko’s Russophobic policy, says Ukrainian politician

Exit polls point to fiasco of Poroshenko’s Russophobic policy, says Ukrainian politician

KIEV, April 21. /TASS/. Ukrainian incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko’s crushing defeat in Sunday’s runoff polls, as indicated by exit poll results, can be interpreted as an overall fiasco of his Russophobic policy, leader of Ukraine’s Opposition Platform For Life Viktor Medvedchuk said on Sunday. “Poroshenko’s complete failure in the elections is a response of Ukrainian citizens to his policy of anti-Russian hysteria and feral Russophobia raised to the rank of state policy,” he wrote on his Twitter account. According to the national exit poll results, candidate from the Servant of the People party, showman Vladimir Zelensky, is winning more than 73% of votes while Poroshenko…

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