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Battle for the Arctic: NATO’s Trident Juncture aims to demonstrate its dominance to Russia

The Arctic is becoming an arena for a fierce competition to control transportation routes & natural resources of global importance. The upcoming Trident Juncture exercise is NATO’s attempt to demonstrate dominance in the region. NATO says that Russia has nothing to worry about, because the exercise – which will be held in Norway and Iceland […]

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Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Being Lost to the Deep Blue Sea

Ten Amazing Mediterranean Cities Slowly Being Lost to the Deep Blue Sea. High tides have flooded Venice, leading Venetians and tourists to wear high boots and use wooden walkways to cross St. Mark’s Square and other areas under water. Flooding is common this time of year and Thursday’s level that reached a peak of 55 […]

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Money talks: Top US firms to visit Saudi business forum ignoring alleged grisly murder of critic

Senior executives of major Western corporations will still attend Saudi Arabia’s business forum despite the grizzly details of the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Goldman Sachs, Pepsi, Thales and EDF senior executives are all expected to attend Saudi Arabia’s business forum, dubbed as the ‘Davos of the Desert’ next week.

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Russia & China preparing to ditch dollar for national currencies in trade – top official

Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development said on Thursday that Moscow and Beijing are working on an inter-governmental agreement to boost the use of the ruble and yuan in mutual trade settlements. “The document is currently being prepared, the process is not easy,” said Deputy Minister of Russia’s Economic Development Sergey Gorkov, as quoted by TASS.

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Chop-chop: Saudis may cut billions in military contracts & petrodollar in response to US sanctions

US penalties against Saudi Arabia over the alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi may never be implemented. But just in case, the oil-rich kingdom has threatened to hit back using several effective weapons. Washington pledged ‘severe punishment’ if the Saudis ordered the killing of Khashoggi, a Saudi-born journalist, who disappeared nearly two weeks […]

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US Not to Change Logistical Support for Saudi-led Operations in Yemen

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States has no plans to change its logistical support for Saudi-led military operations in Yemen, US Air Force Special Operations Command chief Lt. Gen. Brad Webb said at a press briefing. “I see nothing on the horizon that may change this focus at this point,” Webb said on Wednesday, when […]

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Denmark Deciding Nord Stream 2’s Fate

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe will double Russian natural gas supplies to Germany via the Baltic Sea and reduce transit across Ukraine. On August 10, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction project was forced to apply for an alternative pipeline route in Denmark, Sputnik contributor Dmitry Lekukh wrote.

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Simulated Hackers Learned Passwords to US Weapons Systems in 9 Seconds

In a recent cybersecurity test aimed at determining the resiliency of major weapons systems developed by the Pentagon, “testers playing the role of adversary were able to take control of systems relatively easily and operate largely undetected,” according to a government watchdog.

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Pentagon Unaware of US Hostages Taken Near Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Department of Defense has no information regarding US nationals being taken hostage near the Syrian city of Deir Ez-Zor, Pentagon spokesperson Cmdr. Sean Robertson told Sputnik. Earlier on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Daesh* terrorists had recently begun expanding their presence on the left bank of the Euphrates river […]

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Banks Steal 55 Billion Euros From EU States, Taxpayers Pay the Bill – Report

A joint investigation headed by investigative journalist organization Corrective alongside French newspaper Le Monde and German broadcaster ARD uncovered a scandal involving “cum-ex” deals, which helped shareholders run off with profits at taxpayers’ expense.

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Kurz on Rome’s Draft Budget: Austria Will Not Pay Someone Else’s Debts

VIENNA (Sputnik) – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Thursday, commenting on Italy’s 2019 draft budget, that Vienna had no intention to be accountable for someone else’s debts and called on Rome to respect the euro convergence criteria, or the Maastricht criteria.

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Trump Organization Sues Man Who Died in Trump Tower Fire for Unpaid Fees

The board of Trump Tower Condominium has filed suit against a resident for $90,000 in unpaid fees, including late fees. What’s the problem? The man died in a fire inside the tower in April. Todd Brassner, an art collector who had lived on the 50th floor of Trump Tower in New York City since 1996, […]

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FBI Whistleblower Exposing Agency’s Racial Targeting Gets Four Years in Prison

Former FBI Special Agent Terry Albury received a four-year prison sentence on Thursday for leaking documents to the press that he thought exposed wrongdoing at the FBI. Albury was charged for leaking classified national defense information and retaining such information in April. He pleaded guilty.

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Russia surpassed rivals with precise hypersonic weapons & will deploy more within months – Putin

New Avangard hypersonic glider warheads are just months away from entering military service, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, adding that Russia is the first in the world to develop the breakthrough technology. A hypersonic glider is a type of projectile that can fly and maneuver in the upper atmosphere at speeds of over Mach 5.

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‘It certainly looks like’ Khashoggi is dead, consequences will be ‘severe’ – Trump

The missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi appears to be dead, US President Donald Trump has told reporters, saying there would be “severe” consequences for whoever is behind it.

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