If Kiev started using army, it's serious crime against its people - Putin If Kiev has actually started using its army in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, then that is a serious crime against its own people, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, Voice of Russia correspondent Svetlana Kalmykova reports. "If today's regime in Kiev has actually begun using its army against civilians within the country, then that, without a doubt, is a serious crime against its people," Putin said during a MediaForum in St. Petersburg.
General mobilization announced in Ukraine's Donetsk People's Republic The leadership of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic has declared a general mobilization in the region because of the Ukrainian security operation in Slavyansk. "A combined arms operation has been launched in Slovyansk. This means only one thing: a civil war," the leadership of the Donetsk People's Republic said.
Moscow against delaying next round of inter-Syrian talks - Russian FM Lavrov The third round of negotiations between Syria's government and opposition should be held as soon as possible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "We agree that a political and diplomatic settlement of the Syrian crisis on the basis of the Geneva communique has no alternatives. We support the resumption of the inter-Syrian talks with this aim, given the fact that their third round should take place as soon as possible. We would like to avoid any delays in this matter," he said at a press conference after negotiations with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.
Russia rejects Washington's claims on Crimea as groundless Moscow is ready to participate in sincere dialogue with the US on Ukraine, but rejects Washington's "groundless and unsubstantiated claims" on Crimea, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. "We are open to a sincere dialogue, but we reject the groundless and unsubstantiated claims having as unique aim the presentation of the situation in Crimea in a distorted way. Similar methods, by the way, are applied to show, at all costs, a a?Russian trace' in the protests of the desperate people in southeastern Ukraine," the ministry said.
Three US citizens killed in Kabul hospital attack - embassy An Afghan policeman opened fire Thursday on staff at a Kabul hospital, killing three US citizens, the US embassy in Kabul said. "With great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack on CURE Hospital," the embassy said on its Twitter account. "No other information will be released at this time."
NYT publishes fake photos of "Russian militant" in Ukraine amid warnings from world media, US gov't keeps silent
The New York Times released fake photos of a so-called Russian militant in Ukraine amid warning from world media and the US government just watched on the sidelines in silence. This is just one of the ways the US propaganda machine is trying to contort the truth to favor its own money-hungry agenda.
An unprecedented legal action is taking place in the International Court of Justice at The Hague: the Marshall Islands sued the United States, arguing the global power has violated its legal obligation to dismantle its nuclear arsenal. It should be noted that the Pacific republic was the US nuclear testing range in 1950s: the United States carried out repeated tests of hydrogen and atomic bombs in the islands between 1946 and 1958
Texas-based Aruba Petroleum Inc. will need to fork over almost $3 million to a family for the ill consequences the firm's hydraulic fracturing was believed to have caused. The victims' attorneys are claiming this to be the first trial ever dealing with fracking damages in America, that has not been settled out of court. The attorneys representing Bob and Lisa Parr during the landmark case said that the fracking activities in Dallas County, Texas, "fouled the family's 40-acre ranch property, their home and quality of life, sickened them and their pets and livestock," law firm Matthews & Associates said in a Wednesday blog post following the previous day's decision, as stated on The Hill. A Texas court has decided that the company pay up exactly $2.925 million in damages to the family.
The Palestinian unity based on the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and the Arab Peace Initiative is generally a positive event, Federation Council International Affairs Committee Chairman Mikhail Margelov said. "It is a different question if the prospective Palestinian administration can avail of it. Experts are pondering the US attitude toward the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation as the Americans see Hamas as a terrorist organization," Margelov told Interfax on Thursday.
New Swiss survey claims that Internet is on the verge of cyber disruption, the one "similar to the 2008 financial crisis." According to the study of Zurich Insurance, there is a define correlation between the mortgage market problems, which led to global financial crisis seven years ago, and a failure of one of cloud providers. Zurich Insurance states that the consequences of this might be severe.
Roger Pontz, who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, regained his vision with the help of “bionic eye” implantation. Не has been blind for the most part of his life. Now with the new high technology he managed to regain his eyesight to catch a small glimpse of his wife and grandson.
Air travel disruption over Europe that lasted for a week, thousands of people stuck in dozens of closed down airports and $2 billion losses for international airlines – in April 2010 the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull was to blame for all those events. It became awake after 200 years of dormancy and threw tons of poisonous volcanic ash ten kilometers up in the atmosphere.
US lawmakers have passed a controversial gun bill that will now allow for people possessing firearms to carry them in public places, such as in schools, churches, and bars. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the "gun everywhere" bill, as those who are against the bill have named it, into law yesterday as he believes it will make Georgia a much safer place to live. "People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the rules," said the Republican governor said, according to Press TV, then he added, "The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should reside at the forefronts of our minds."
Rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas have announced a reconciliation deal and plans to form a unity government within five weeks. The factions also said they plan to hold parliamentary elections within six months. The latest attempt by the West Bank-based Palestinian leadership to reconcile with Hamas in Gaza drew an angry reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday he would start doing community service with the elderly next week as part of a one-year tax fraud sentence. A court ruled earlier this month that Berlusconi, one of Italy's richest men, must spend four hours a week in a Catholic old people's home on the outskirts of Milan. After completing the first six months, Berlusconi's one-year sentence will automatically be reduced to 10 and a half months.
The tenth anniversary St. George's Ribbon national event, uniting millions of people in many countries, starts on April 24. This year the event will be run jointly by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency and the Student Community with the support of over 100 media outlets all over the world.
Muscovites will celebrate a forthcoming Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 on May 9 with a picturesque release of air balloons in the evening skies. The number of air balloons will be symbolic - 1,945. Air balloons will be set loose simultaneously from different venues in the city at right 6pm on May 9, the Moscow mayor's office said.