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‘Russian troop withdrawal from Syria signals mission accomplished’

Published time: 11 Dec, 2017 16:12 President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on withdrawing “a significant part” of the Russian troops stationed in Syria sends a clear message to the region that the mission has come to an end and others should follow suit, analysts say. “It assures the region, people back home in Russia and also the troops that the mission ...

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Stephen Hawking joins lawsuit against Tories to defend NHS from ‘privatization’

Published time: 10 Dec, 2017 19:35 World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has reignited his war of words with the Conservative Party, joining a lawsuit to prevent sweeping reforms of the British healthcare system which he believes would lead to widespread privatization. The lawsuit seeks to prevent a major NHS shake-up which would include the introduction of the first Accountable Care Organization ...

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If US withdraws from INF treaty, Russia will have to respond in kind – deputy FM

Russia has always complied with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said, calling the US allegations of non-compliance baseless. He added it’s the US that seeks to withdraw from the agreement. Washington used the 30th anniversary of the INF agreement, which Moscow considers one of the key elements of the international non-proliferation and arms ...

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Russian court seizes $15mn worth of assets from banned Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘extremists’

Published time: 9 Dec, 2017 02:44 Real estate worth almost US$ 15 million belonging to Jehovah’s Witnesses around St. Petersburg have been transferred to the Russian state, after the organization was declared an “extremist” group earlier this year. A District Court in St. Petersburg seized 16 properties in the village of Solnechnoye on the Gulf of Finland, that it ruled ...

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From bombshell to dud: CNN botches report on Trump, Wikileaks

CNN’s much-heralded, but now-debunked, report had claimed the Trump campaign had secret advance access to hacked DNC emails from Wikileaks. However, the “most trusted name in news” got the date of an email wrong, which was central to the narrative of their story. President Donald Trump roasted CNN Friday evening during a “Merry Christmas” rally in Pensacola, Florida, for the ...

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Apple’s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store

F ollowing its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple released updated App Store guidelines that included a new rule allowing it to ban apps created by a “commercialized template or app generation service.” The understanding at the time was this was part of Apple’s larger App Store cleanup, and the focus was on helping rid the marketplace of low-quality clone and spam ...

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Almost half of subsidized Right to Buy homes now RENTED out to make money from Britain’s poorest

Tens of thousands of council-provided homes bought by working-class families in Britain are now being rented out by private landlords – a consequence of Margaret Thatcher’s iconic Right-to-Buy scheme, which was introduced almost four decades ago. More than 40 percent of properties purchased under the Conservative program are now being rented out to the very communities they were designed to ...

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Russian ambulance emerges in Stockholm still reeling from ‘submarine incursion’

Published time: 8 Dec, 2017 00:21 Edited time: 8 Dec, 2017 00:22 A Russian ambulance that ‘mysteriously’ emerged in the center of Stockholm prompted quite a buzz on social media. The unexpected ‘incursion’ seemed especially captivating in the wake of the futile search for a ‘Russian sub’ off the coast of the Swedish capital. The photo of a medical vehicle ...

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