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US not ruling out military action against Syria after reports of chemical weapons use – Mattis
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has not ruled out the possibility of launching airstrikes against Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack in the militant-held town of Douma. Speaking with reports on Monday, Mattis said he wouldn't "rule out anything right now" after being asked if the US was mulling strikes against Syr [...]
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2 Israeli warplanes carried out strikes on Syrian airbase – Russian MoD
Two Israeli F-15 fighters targeted Syria’s T-4 airbase in Homs province, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday. The jets fired eight guided missiles, but five of them were shot down before they hit the airfield. In a statement on Monday, the Russian military said: “Two Israeli Air Force F-15 jets fired eight guided mis [...]
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Moscow wants to get rid of dollar & euro payments in oil trade with Turkey and Iran
Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said the country is considering an option of payments for oil in national currencies, in particular with Turkey and Iran. According to him, both countries are interested but there is also a matter of conversion of currencies and their further use. [...]
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Douma ‘chemical attack’: ‘It would be stupid for Assad to commit war crime amid landslide victories’
It would be illogical for the Syrian government, which previously seems to have acted strategically, to suddenly launch a chemical attack on Douma amid its successful recapturing of territory, experts told RT. [...]
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US only country to oppose UN holding Israel accountable for war crimes, yet again
The US was the only country in the world to oppose a resolution calling for Israel to be held accountable for war crimes, at the 29th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), held from 15 June to 3 July 2015. The US voted against “ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of internation [...]
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London ‘Tying Up Loose Ends’ in Skripal Case Investigation – Russian Embassy
The UK government is busy covering up traces in the case of the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, the Russian Embassy in London said Sunday. On its official Twitter account the embassy commented on a recent report in The Sunday Times that the father and daughter may move to [...]
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Analysts Explain Who Prevents Trump From Pulling All US Troops Out of Syria
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US military policymakers and their political allies continue to block President Donald Trump’s repeatedly expressed desire to withdraw all US troops currently operating in Syria, analysts told Sputnik. Last week, Trump revealed that the United States would soon withdraw from Syria, however, there was no [...]
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Universal Health Coverage for All Will Limit Medical Financial Ruin: WHO
According to the World Health Organization, universal health coverage would prevent millions worldwide from facing financial disaster. "Today, about 100 million people fall into poverty because of health expenditure," said Rudiger Krech, World Health Organization (WHO) director for health systems and innovation, adding that eve [...]
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‘Very damaging’ or inevitable? Lawyers assess US proposal to rummage through visitors’ social media
The proposal for visa applicants to surrender 5 years of their social-media history will have a "huge impact" on travel to the US and could be "very damaging" for those seeking to come to America, an immigration attorney told RT. [...]
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US pulling out of Syria? Won’t happen, too much at stake – Eva Bartlett on Redacted Tonight
The US should, but likely won’t, pull out of Syria soon, independent journalist Eva Bartlett told RT’s Lee Camp. She added that you have to be “brain-dead” to believe the myths used by the US to justify the conflict. [...]
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Blackout: US military spent $60 million on Afghanistan power lines to nowhere
The US military spent $60 million on a new section of power grid in Afghanistan’s northeast. It doesn’t work and may even put residents at risk, according to a report from the US government’s reconstruction watchdog. While the power lines have been built, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR [...]
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BP thinks an oil spill in Australia would be ‘welcome boost’ for locals
BP, the company behind the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, the biggest in history, has claimed an oil spill off the South Australian coast would be a good thing, as the clean up would boost local economies. BP made the outlandish claim as part of its bid to drill for oil in the pristine Great Australian Blight. [...]
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‘Russia will never be our friend, we’ll slap them when needed’ – US envoy to UN
Nikki Haley has erupted in another fiery Russophobic rant, warning that Russia will “never be America’s friend.” Moscow can try to behave “like a regular country,” but the US will “slap them when we need to,” Haley said. [...]
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Abby Martin interview critical of Israel is blocked by YouTube in 28 countries
An episode of Abby Martin’s Empire Files, featuring journalist Max Blumenthal and spotlighting rising militarism in Israel, has been blocked by YouTube in 28 countries, including Israel and the UK, for violating “local laws.” “Just notified by YouTube that Abby Martin’s interview with Max Blumenthal has been blocked fr [...]
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‘Not her own words’: Skripal relative describes weird phone call, asks PM May for UK visa
Sergei Skripal’s niece has written a letter to Theresa May after the UK abruptly denied her an entry visa to visit relatives, who are recovering from alleged poisoning by a military grade nerve agent, Victoria Skripal told Ruptly. Shocked by the British authorities’ refusal to grant her a visa to visit relatives recovering f [...]
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