News 12 January 2013
Russia is to start building two new advanced nuclear-powered Borei class submarines before year’s end. Once complete, they will be lurking under the sea with 20 Bulava nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles each.
Air pollution in the Chinese capital has hit dangerous marks, reaching beyond the permissible level of pollution on the local environmental center’s scale. Beijing residents are recommended to stay indoors by local authorities.
Alison Baily, ME analyst at Oxford Analytica, which is a global affairs consultancy based in the UK, about Assad's peace plan and situation in Syria.
Clashes again broke out on Saturday between residents and police in Ben Guerdane near Tunisia's border with Libya after nearly a week of demonstrations over poor living conditions.
Russian alpine rescuers have postponed until daybreak their search for the two missing members of a team of Moscow mountain climbers who got into trouble on the western slope of Mount Elbrus Thursday.
Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky intends to seek Cambodian citizenship after being released from the Cambodian prison, Polonsky's former business partner on foreign projects Sergei Vladi told Interfax on Saturday.
The Czech Republic’s presidential elections are now down to a run-off between former Prime Minister Milos Zeman and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg.
Pete Cato hails from the East Coast of The US. He's a man without a plan - so he says, but enjoys the moment to the fullest. He enjoys both of his jobs equally as they both pay him to talk- in english and in a country where english is not the official language something he never dreamed was possible to this extent! After three years of such good luck here in Russia it looks as though he's being sucked in and could just well be here for the long haul.
A woman, named Hasano, who has just died in her home village in Wardak Province in eastern Afghanistan, may have set a new human longevity record.
The first official painting of the Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled to mixed reviews from critics.
Some 10,000 angry Kurds have marched through central Paris to demand justice for the killers of three female activists of the Kurdistan Workers Party, who were found dead Thursday morning with bullet wounds to their heads.
The traffic along the Trans-Siberian rail line has been seriously disrupted by the derailment of a coal train on a section located southeast of Lake Baikal.
By 2020, Russia will develop technology to send manned missions to the Moon.
Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court has forwarded a case on the country’s leading Islamists parties to the Supreme Court.
Former Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg have made it to the second round of the presidential election, preliminary results showed.
Russia’s Svetlana Boldykova has won bronze in the parallel slalom competition at the snowboard World Cup tournament being held in Bad Gastein, Austria.
The Central African President Francois Bozize on Saturday dismissed the country’s prime minister Faustin Archange Touadera to comply with the terms of a ceasefire deal reached with the Seleka rebels Friday, Bozize will remain in power while the new prime minister will come from the opposition.
Russia’s Yekaterina Lobysheva has come second after the Czech Republic’s Karolina Erbanova in the 500-m race at the European Speed Skating Championship being held in Heerenveen in the Netherlands.
Felipe Lopes, 27, of Portugal has been charged with murdering his Russian girlfriend Anastasia Voykina, 23, whose body was found in their flat in south London Thursday.
A gang of Somali pirates has released three Syrian seamen, after holding them for over two years.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 has shaken the Indonesian part of the island of New Guinea.
Mourners attending funeral ceremonies in Quetta in southwestern Pakistan have barricaded one of the streets with dozens of coffins in a protest against what they described as inadequate security in their city.
Former Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman is leading the first round of the presidential election in the Czech Republic.
One of the people having an asteroid named after them is the father of the Soviet Union’s atomic bomb, physicist Igor Kurchatov, born 110 years ago this Saturday.
Some 2 mln 700 people have become Russian citizens after the federal law on citizenship came into force in 2002, the head of the Federal Migration Service Konstantin Romodanovsky told reporters Saturday.
The Sicily Governor Rosario Crocetta has halted the deployment of the US satellite communications system (Mobile User Objective System) in the region.
President Putin has introduced amendments to the law on freedom of movement, choice of place of residence, and to the Criminal and Administrative Codes. The changes are aimed against those involved in organizing illegal migration into Russia or beyond, and are set to promote a transparent system of attracting foreign workers to Russia.
The Czech Republic’s presidential election ended 2 pm Saturday (5 pm Moscow time) and the vote count is to begin shortly.
Moscow radio journalist Irina Kabanova, 39, who has been on the missing list since Jan 3, appeared to be brutally murdered by her husband.
Mali government forces have continued operation against Islamist militants in the town of Konna, 700 km of the capital, Bamako.
Any military operation against Islamist militants in Mali should be authorized by the UN and the African Union, Russia’s presidential envoy for Africa Mikhail Margelov stated Saturday.
President Barack Obama has completed the formation of the new Cabinet. New people have been appointed to head the Department of State, the Treasury Department, the Pentagon and the CIA.
The Library of Congress has given Afghanistan what is called “digitized cultural treasures” from its archives related to the culture and history of Afghanistan.
In the period to 2020, Russia is to spend over 2trln roubles on advancing its space programme.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is seeking explanations from the French President Francois Hollande why he had met a Kurdish female activist linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
French troops are guarding the Malian capital Bamako as French helicopter gunships continue to strafe rebel positions in central and northern Mali.
A senior Syrian intelligence officer announced his defection from the government of President Bashar al-Assad in a video posted online by activists Saturday.
Russian and Chinese wildlife managers have counted 50 leopards in Russia’s Far Eastern Maritime Territory.
Two shady anarchist groups have claimed responsibility for detonating the bombs that went off outside the houses of five prominent Greek journalists in Athens on Friday.
The owners of the Costa Concordia cruise liner that hit rocks off the coast of Tuscany last January have announced to the media that they will refloat the ship in July and tow it to port for scrapping.
The world's oldest woman, Japanese Koto Okubo, has died at the age of 115 in a home in Kawasaki, Japanese media report.
The participants in three-party talks on Syria which took place in Geneva on January 11th reached a consensus on measures to achieve settlement in Syria and expressed satisfaction over a constructive exchange of opinion in the course of the meeting.
Russia secures its leadership as the world’s largest crude producer in 2012 Rosneft in talks to boost
Today we continue our series called ‘From Russia With Mixed Feelings’ devoted to travel writing about Russia and the former Soviet Republics. Russia for a long time fascinated travelers with its massive size, rich culture and an intriguing position of being neither fully European nor fully Asian.
French commandos backed by four helicopters have tried but failed to free a French hostage held in the Somali town of Bulo Marer located 110 km west of Mogadishu.
Four police officers were injured during loyalist riots on the outskirts of the Northern Irish capital Belfast which continued into the early hours of Saturday.
The Leningrad Zoo in Russia’s city of St.Pete had a number of new cubs born in 2012.
A veterans match between the teams of the Russian ice-hockey legends Sergei Makarov and Viacheslav Fetisov has ended in a 4-4 draw.
Moscow intends to carry on its contacts with Syria’s warring parties to resolve the conflict as soon as possible, Russia’s presidential envoy for the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov told Michel Kilo, the head of Syria’s "Democratic Tribune” opposition movement in Geneva.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Saturday a French helicopter pilot had been killed in combat against Islamist rebels in Mali Friday.
Chairman of Georgia’s parliament David Usupashvili has signed a bill to free more than 3,000 inmates from Georgia’s jails, including 190 political prisoners.
Syrian rebels pushed towards two military airports in the northern province of Aleppo on Saturday, a day after capturing a similar strategic military base, activists said.
The President of the Senate of Mauritania, Ba Mamadou Mbare, died in Paris on Friday at 67, according to the French media.
Archaeologists have dug out a tooth of a prehistoric porcupine in a cave near the city of Ashi, in Chelyabinsk region, in the Ural Mountains.
Rescue workers have found a missing Russian girl alive on Elbrus Mountain, in the North Caucasus.
A Frenchman being held hostage in Somalia since 2009 was killed by his captors during a French rescue bid, the Defence Ministry in Paris said Saturday.
Somalia’s top pirate Mohamed Abdi Hassan has said he is retiring after eight years in piracy. Hassan’s earnings must be fabulous given that his gang was behind the most high-profile attacks on vessels, including the 2008 capture of the MV Faina with T-72 battle tanks on board.
The death toll of a recent landslide in Yunnan Province, in southwestern China, has grown to 46 after two bodies were recovered from under the debris earlier on Saturday, according to the local authorities.
Malian troops, backed by French aircraft, reclaimed the central town of Kona from Islamist rebels within hours of the start of a French intervention in support of government forces, French media reports said Saturday.
The Israeli occupation administration gave Palestinian activists one hour Saturday to quit a protest camp in part of the West Bank where Israel has vowed to build new settler homes, an organiser said.
The trial of the so-called Colorado shooter, - James Holmes, has been postponed until March 12th at the request of his lawyers who need more time to study all of the prosecution evidence.
According to the South Korean newspaper Chunan Ilbo, North Korea may conduct another nuclear test between the 13th and 20th of January.
Russia’s still has not received an official response from Kazakhstan to its note issued on December 13, 2012 regarding the prospects of using the Baikonur space port, a source with the national space industry told Interfax Saturday.
A British children's charity says many sexual abuse victims have been able to speak out for the first time in the wake of allegations against the late entertainer Jimmy Savile. The NSPCC says there has been a big rise in those contacting its helpline with around 600 people coming forward since the start of Operation Yewtree. Its report produced with London's Metropolitan Police has been published to give victims a voice. Voice of Russia spoke to NSPCC spokesman John Brown, and asked him what lessons on child sexual abuse could be learned from the Savile case.
The search for the three missing mountain climbers from Moscow went on throughout last night, yet it has yielded no result.
On Saturday a cargo train went off the rails in the Irkutsk region in Russia’s Eastern Siberia.
Russian Elena Vesnina has won her first WTA title in singles defeating Mona Barthel of Germany 6-3, 6-4 in the finals of the Hobart International in Australia.
The name of the Czech Republic’s new President or the names of two contenders who will run in the second round of the first direct presidential election in the Czech Republic are likely to be made public as early as later this Saturday.
At least three Indonesian fishermen drowned after their boat had capsized off the southern coast of Sulawesi Island.
A British court sentenced two hackers to 100 hours of community service on Friday for hacking into computers of Sony Music company.
Albanians who make their home in southern Serbia have defied the Serbian Government’s demand and refused to pull down a monument to the militants of the Liberation Army of Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovacterrorist group.
The Sudanese troops wiped out more than 50 militants in the course of hostilities in the state of South Kordofan on Friday.
A rally of animal rights activists was held in Mexico on Friday.
Vice President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has arrived in Cuba. He said ahead of his departure from Caracas that in Cuba he would meet Chavez’s family and his doctors.
Voter turnout was record high on the first day of direct presidential elections in the Czech Republic, exceeding 40 percent in the capital Prague and reaching 25 percent in most of the country’s big cities.
One of the most-wanted Basque ETA terrorists, Andoni Larisa Bustundiu, has been arrested in France.
The Greek Parliament has passed tax legislation meant to add an additional €2.3 billion to the state revenue expected in 2013.
A Controversial study published recently in the scientific journal Trends in Genetics, authored by Stanford university professor Gerald Grabtree suggests that human intelligence peaked several thousand years ago and we've been on an intellectual and emotional decline ever since.
Syrian rebels aided by Islamic militants took control of a crucial military base in the country's North on Friday, following the victory with new offensives on two other bases in a bid to diminish the air supremacy enjoyed by the Assad government.
Malian army drove back Islamist rebels from a strategic central town after France intervened on Friday with air strikes to halt advances by the militants controlling the country's desert north.
A shipment of at least 1,500 kilograms of cocaine was seized in the eastern Dominican Republic in an operation carried out by the local counter-narcotics agency with support from the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
Mali’s interim President Dioncounda Traore has ordered the call-up of reservists to fight Islamist separatists, who control the northern part of the country.
Another girl, age 7, has been raped and murdered in India, as the country continues to call for change after a girl died from being gang raped on a bus and her alleged attackers are on trial.
The United States wants Afghan President Hamid Karzai to proceed with peace negotiations with the Taliban for the sake of achieving national reconciliation in the war-ravaged country.
The Israeli military shot and killed a Palestinian farmer near the border fence with Gaza on Friday, an official in the territory said.
In this edition, find out why Natasha is irritated, why Vasily sticks a flashlight in his ear and how we all play a nice round of scrabble in the end!
Police searched early Friday for two men who took 14 hostages in a Los Angeles shopping mall.