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U.S. hopes for U.N. vote on new Syria toxic gas inquiry next week

The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to create a new inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Thursday she hopes to put it to a vote as early as next week. A previous international investigation, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), ended in November after Russia blocked for the third time in ...


Nasty Russian election video pushing young men to vote for Vladimir Putin

Supporters of Russian president Vladimir Putin are hoping a series of explicit and bizarre videos will ensure a landslide victory for their leader in next months election. The latest clip features heavily made-up, scantily-clad models posing provocatively in stilettos and lingerie, while one even poses topless on an office desk. It was made by the Russian edition of the racy mens magazine Ma...


Russian TV airs video game as Syria war footage

A tribute to Russias armed forces on the countrys flagship news programme mistakenly used footage from a computer game to illustrate military action in Syria. Eagle-eyed viewers of the weekly Voskresnoye Vremya programme on state-run Channel One TV noticed that gun-sight footage of a truck being attacked was actually from the Arma-3 tactical computer game. Sundays report was a celebration of...


U.S. threatens action against Iran after Russia U.N. veto

The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russia vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemens Houthi group. If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the U.S. and our partners need to take action on our own. If were not going to get action on ...


Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

A former student accused of last weeks deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for a hearing on Monday in a case that has galvanized advocates of stricter gun control, including many of the rampage survivors. Nikolas Cruz, his head bowed, hands shackled at his waist and wearing a red, jail-issued jumpsuit, showed no emotion during the procedural session in Fort Lauderdale. ...


Students plan protests, Washington march, to demand gun control after mass shooting

Stunned by the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, students mobilized across the country on Sunday to organize rallies and a national walkout in support of stronger gun laws, challenging politicians they say have failed to protect them. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people on Wednesday using an assault-style rif...


U.S. charges Russians with 2016 U.S. election tampering to boost Trump

A Russian propaganda arm oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday that revealed more details than previously known about Moscows purported effort to interfere. The office of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian comp...


China angered as Indian PM visits disputed border region

China on Thursday expressed anger over a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the remote Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China also claims, and said India should stop any action that might complicate the dispute. China claims the region in the eastern Himalayas as South Tibet, and it has denounced Indian leaders visits there as attempts to bolster Indias claims. Chinas po...


Russian passenger plane crashes near Moscow; 71 dead

A Russian passenger plane crashed near Moscow soon after take-off on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, and investigators said they were looking at all possible causes. Temperatures were around minus 5 degrees Celsius with periodic snowfall when the short-haul AN-148 operated by Saratov Airlines took off for the city of Orsk in Orenburg region, about 900 miles (1,500 km) southeast of the c...


230 civilians killed in Syrian, Russian airstrikes in past week: U.N.

Syria and Russian airstrikes in rebel-held areas have killed 230 civilians in the past week in some of the conflicts worst violence that may also constitute war crimes, the top United Nations human rights official said on Saturday. Zeid Raad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said his office had received reports including video footage of possible use of toxic agents on Feb. 4...


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