News 15 June 2012
US President Barack Obama has announced an immediate end to the deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the US as children, describing the move as "the right thing to do". Those aged between 16 and 30 who have lived in the US for five years could now be eligible for work permits.
Russia is urging the international community to convene an international conference to discuss the Syrian crisis. The settlement of the Syrian crisis has been the focus of the talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari currently under way in Moscow.
England came from behind to win 3-2 and eliminate Sweden in Euro-2012 Group D on Friday night.
The European Central Bank ought to assume a more active role in supervising European banks to help them solve the ongoing financial crisis engulfing the eurozone, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, according to Reuters. She said that this supervision should be independent of any national interests.
Oleg Shein, an ex-candidate in the mayoral election in Astrakhan, which is situated in the south of Russia, has lost his court claim which sought to invalidate the results of that election. Shein, a member of A Just Russia, lost the election to United Russia’s Mikhail Stoliarov who won 60% of the votes.
A Bosnian court has sentenced four former Bosnian Serb soldiers to a total of 142 years in prison for crimes against humanity. The soldiers took part in the killings of about 800 Srebrenica Muslims during the 1992-95 conflict.
The statements of the US Department of State concerning new supplies of Russian combat helicopters to Syria already resemble some kind of a silly joke. The Department’s official representative Victoria Nuland, actually contradicting the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, declared: "From our point of view, the Secretary of State has never said that they (helicopters) were new".
Russia’s largest oil giant Rosneft has signed an agreement with the US ExxonMobil to jointly develop tight oil reserves in West Siberia.
Kyrgyzstan is grateful to Russia for its contribution to combating the Afghan drug trafficking, the Kyrgyz State Drug Control Service chief told Interfax on Friday. Vitaly Orozaliyev praised his country’s efforts to grapple with the Afghan heroin traffic, something that he said is resolved in close cooperation with Russia.
Russia’s Sedov tallship has anchored in the German port of Kiel as part of its round-the-globe voyage. The vessel is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest tall ship. Its crew will take part in various events and a festive regatta as part of the annual Kiel’s sailing event.
Italy’s government headed by Prime Minister Mario Monti has approved a set of measures aimed at boosting the economic growth and reducing the government’s share in the national economy.
Russia and the UN urge a step-by-step approach to implementing the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
KavkazCenter, a Chechen extremist website has been funded by Finland’s Foreign Ministry and the US State Department, Finnish prosecutors revealed during a probe into the activities of the site’s owner Mikael Storsjo. Recently, a court in Helsinki handed down a four-month suspended sentence to Storsjo for assisting Chechen terrorists to enter Finland illegally.
Iran is ready for a dialogue with the aim of allaying the international community’s concerns over the nature of its nuclear program, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Friday. The statement came three days before the beginning of talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group in Moscow, scheduled for June 18-19.
The website of the state-run newspaper Al Ahram reported on Friday that Egypt’s military rulers has formally dissolved the parliament, in a move that was earlier endorsed by the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court.
Representatives of the Oglala Sioux tribe in the United States are seeking the reopening of criminal proceedings into dozens of killings that took place in the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota in the 1970s. They accused the FBI of deliberate procrastination in investigating the deaths of their fellow indigenes. Vladimir Gladkov.
Three Russian fans arrested in Poland were freed by a Polish on June 15 court due to the lack of evidence against them. They were accused of assaulting police and fighting with other football supporters. Another ten Russians remain in custody while seven others are due to be deported.
Politicians should not get involved in a ‘battle’ with news channels, British Prime Minister David Cameron told the Leveson Inquiry on the media ethics on Thursday. Cameron spent the whole day answering questions of the Inquiry: he arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice at about 10 a.m. and left only at 7 p.m.
Violence in Syria is increasing daily and the participants in the conflict do not want to solve it by peaceful means, the head of the UN mission of observers in Syria General Robert Mood declared today.
The so-called Magnitsky List bill, which is currently being debated in the US, is an example of what can be described as unacceptable use of the law. On Friday, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow would introduce a number of tough retaliatory measures if Washington passes this bill.
Researchers have unveiled new evidence that allegedly proves the bones discovered under a church floor in Bulgaria to be remains of John the Baptist.
Turkey is considering the purchase Russia’s S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon system amid growing tensions in the region.
France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy may face criminal charges for taking bribes on military contracts and for illegal campaign funding. He risks going to jail for five years if found guilty. Sarkozy, whose presidential immunity expires this week, denies wrongdoing. But there are at least two cases in which the ex-president will have to testify.
Russia’s Mikhail Youhzny has made it to the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament in Germany’s Halle defeating Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The tournament’s prize is 663,000 euros. RIA
Let's kick off with football and the European Championship which is now under way in Poland and Ukraine. Unfortunately we will not be talking about the game of football itself today... But instead we will concentrate on what happened before and after Russia's group stage match against Poland...
Between July 2012 and June 2013, Russia has the capacity to export over 25mln tons of grain, Vice-President of the Russian Grain Union Alexander Korbut has told journalists in Moscow. In his opinion, grain export could reach as much as 27mln tons this year.
Xinhua News Agency has officially confirmed that the Chinese-manned spaceship Shenzhou-9 with three astronauts onboard is to be launched on June 16. It is the first time in China that a woman astronaut will be included in the crew. The mass media have already revealed her name.
The treasure trove of Russian art, Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery – has unveiled The Origins of the Master's Creative Language exhibition of Marc Chagall`s works marking the 125th anniversary of his birth.
The US and Russia continue to trade barbs and responsibility about the crisis in Syria. Yesterday US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said Russia is sending helicopters to Syria.
“Creative work is that something that has much in common with an appetite that gives rise to the anticipation of discovery,” one of the brilliant composers of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky, said. June 17th marks the 130th birth anniversary of the innovative Russian composer.
Seven Russian fans arrested in Poland during the June 12 Russia v Poland game will be deported, a Russian diplomat in Warsaw told reporters on Friday. They will also stay under arrest for 1-3 months together with another four Russians. They are regularly visited by Russian diplomats.
The Russian-French PASSEX sea exercises began in the Barents Sea on Tuesday, Interfax reports. The large landing ship Alexander Otrakovsky of Russia’s Northern Fleet and the warship De Grasse of the French Navy are taking part in the drills.
AAA to certify Russia’s Amphibian Be-200 aircraft There is a good chance that Russia’s application to get an FAA Certificate (federal Aviation Administration) for the Amphibian Be-200 will be approved. The certificate would pave the way for Russia to realize a contract to sell ten such aircraft in the U.S.
How come the good old Europe that prides itself so much on being the most civilized and safest region in the world transformed all of a sudden into a gruesome “hot spot” of terror where people are beaten in the streets by rampaging Euro Cup hosts, while authorities pretend as if nothing has happened.
The Russian anti-narcotics police have destroyed a large channel of drug deliveries from the EU counties to Russia. As a result of their operation in St. Petersburg, four members of an international criminal group have been detained and over 120kg of hashish have been confiscated, the Russian Federal Drug Control Service has reported to ITAR-TASS.
The head of Russia’s Federation Council Valentina Matvienko believes that Polish policemen were poorly prepared for the Euro 2012 game against Russia. On June 12, Russians fans in Poland were attacked by aggressive hooligans and extremists, the official said and expressed hope that Polish prosecutors will punish the guilty.
The second March of Millions held by opposition activists in Moscow on Tuesday remains one of the most widely discussed topics in Russia. The march and the rally were peaceful, although many had expected new clashes and violations to take place. Not a single police officer was attacked, and not one activist was detained.
Belarus is prepared to station on its territory and co-finance enterprises working for the Russian Skolkovo innovative project, Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Miasnikovich has declared. “I believe there can be much more than one scientific and technological centre like Skolkovo.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied that Moscow is trying to keep Bashar al-Assad in power at all costs in order to preserve its influence in the Middle East.
Seven-time Tour-de-France winner Lance Armstrong is facing new charges of doping, this time by US Anti-Doping Agency. The accusations will prevent him from competing in an Ironman Triathlon in France this month. Here to talk more about today’s news is Brian Holcombe. He’s editor at velonews.com.
As the European debt crisis continues some economists say Italy could be next in line for a bailout. And while the country’s banks don’t have a huge amount of debt, the government does - especially when compared to the size of the economy. Four other countries have already received financial assistance, including Spain, over the weekend.
The USS Benfold, a guided-missile destroyer equipped with the AEGIS air-defense system, will set off today from its base in Saint Diego, California to head for the Persian Gulf, a spokesperson for the Navy's Third Fleet says.
The Jerry Sundasky child sex abuse trial that began on Monday continues. We are expecting to hear more testimony from the alleged victims. There are ten alleged victims who say they’ve been sexually abused by their former Penn State assistant football coach over a 15-year-period.
The debate over Florida’s voters purge has become more hostile this week with lawsuits being filed by both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Department of Justice. There is a voter list with well over 2,000 names of people the state is claiming are ineligible to vote.
Archeologists have managed to estimate the exact age of rock paintings discovered in a cave in northern Spain, and
Above 500 servicemen and 50 units of military equipment will be engaged in Russian-Indian “Indra-2012” antiterrorist training scheduled this August on the firing ground of the Eastern Command in Buryatia, as reported by the head of the Eastern Command press service, Lt. Col. Aleksandr Gordeev.
Roger Garaudy, a French philosopher, politician and author of over 50 books, has died at the age of 98, BBC reports. Over the course of his life, Roger Garaudy surprised the world with his sudden and radical changes of heart.
Venezuela surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the world`s largest holder of proven oil reserves, according to BP’s annual Statistical Review of World Energy. What will be its impact on the world oil market as a whole? Will it affect the position of the world’s leading oil producers?
The livestock of the snow leopard in Russia has shrunk twice during the last decade, the WWF says in its report. In 2002, Russia had 150-200 snow leopards while in 2011 only 80-100 remained. The animals are mainly threatened by poachers. Ecologists arrange special guarded reserves to safeguard the species. TASS
The laureates of the prestigious prize - Rolex Awards for Enterprise - have been named in London. An independent jury has chosen the winners for the year 2012 out of 3,500 contenders from 154 countries.
Development of antimissile and anti-satellite systems is not the prerogative of the United States or Russia. Many other countries, however, like China, Israel and India are developing such systems. The creation of them, caused by nuclear proliferation, is becoming an integral factor in the military-industrial policy of leading Eurasian countries.
Musicians from six countries are taking part in the International Festival of military orchestras which opens in Sevastopol, Ukraine’s Crimea region, on Friday. The parade of the orchestras is timed to coincide with the 229th anniversary of the foundation of Sevastopol and the 200th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Napoleon in the 1812 war.
On Wednesday, as reported by FoxNews, testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey warned the senators about the potential impact of the automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, which will go into effect starting next January.
The events in the Middle East are gradually forming a pattern that less and less suits the vision of the “Arab spring” propagated by American media and the media of the EU countries.
Columbia’s Congress has approved a draft law which creates a legal base for peace talks with leftist guerillas. Under the law, the members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) may count on softer punishment if they admit their guilt and lay down arms.
Russia has sent 670 tons of wheat to North Korea, as part of humanitarian aid provided within the World Food program, an official with the Emergency Ministry said Friday. North Korea has faced the lack of food products due to bad crops.
The proceeds from US arms exports have already exceeded a record-high 50 billion dollars this fiscal year, said the US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Andrew Shapiro. This is at least 20 billion dollars more than what the US arms sales generated in the entire fiscal year 2011.
The People’s Assembly, the lower house of the Egyptian parliament, has been disbanded. The Constitutional Court has declared the elections to the Assembly as illegitimate. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has declared that it is restoring its right to legislative initiative in the country.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has suggested considering the introduction of a single currency in the Eurasian Economic Union that’s due to be set up by five CIS nations by January 1st, 2015. Russian Prime Minister made his suggestion when addressing a business forum in St. Petersburg earlier today.
A court in Helsinki has handed down a four-month suspended sentence to Mikael Storsjo, a Finn, who is in charge of the KavkazCenter website, which is banned in Russia as extremist, according to Friday’s issue of the Moscow-based daily Izvestia. Storsjo was convicted of organizing the illegal flying of Chechen terrorists to Finland.
Moscow is concerned about the US military presence in Central Asia following the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. This came in a statement by Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in an answer to a question by the Voice of Russia.
The Russian Embassy in Poland is checking out whether the court sentences that have been passed on Russian fans who have come to attend the Euro-2012 football games are well-founded. This came in an interview with the ITAR-TASS news agency by Russian Ambassador Alexander Alekseyev.
On June 14 the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) finished joint anti-terror drills in the mountains of Tajikistan.
The Moscow-suggested international conference on Syria seeks to prompt the parties involved in the Syrian conflict to end the violence and start peaceful dialogue.
The Yemeni Army has restored control over the city of Shukra, in the Abyan Governorate, - the last major stronghold of Al-Qaeda fighters in the south of the country. According to the Reuters news agency, at least 17 Islamists were wiped out in the course of fighting.
A new canal in Central America would probably become a rival for the Panama Canal.
Japan’s government has decided to support the campaign on selling toilet paper on which the English translation of a book by Japanese author Koji Suzuki will be printed. The authorities regard this campaign as part of the program on promoting modern Japanese mass culture abroad. Koji Suzuki is famous for his horror novels many of which were screened.
A female astronaut will be among the three-person crew on board the Chinese Shenzhou-9 spacecraft that is to set off on Saturday, local media reports.
More than a thousand Americans are taking part in extinguishing the more than a week-long wildfires in Colorado. The fires have already devastated some 200 square kilometres of forest and at least 30 buildings. Firefighters are being assisted by reservists of the US National Guard.
Russia will respond toughly to an approval of the so-called Magnitsky Act in the United States, said Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in a statement. Moscow’s reaction will prove comprehensive, multidimensional and extremely tough, the Russian diplomat said.
World oil prices have grown on expectations of easing the monetary policy by the US Federal Reserve System after the US statistics proved weak. The US WTI light sweet crude futures prices for July grew by 0.9% to 84.7 dollars per barrel in electronic trading in New York.
The US has pledged to help Georgia develop its coastal air surveillance and defense capabilities, as well as revamp its helicopter fleet, the US State Department says.
Courts in Poland are conducting fast track trials following the clashes between football fans in Warsaw. On June 12, before and after the match between the teams of Russia and Poland the gangs of Polish hooligans attacked Russian football fans several times.
Russia has made thorough preparations for a meeting of the six international mediators and Iran. The meeting, due in Moscow on the 18th and 19th of June, will focus on Iran’s nuclear problem. This came in a statement by Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
The former US financier Allen Stanford has been sentenced to 110 years in jail for orchestrating a pyramid scheme. He has drawn over 30,000 investors from 100 countries into his scheme in 20 years.
Russian Business Day and the presentation of the Russian regions’ investment potential are the first on the agenda of the Harbin International Economic and Trade Fair, which kicked off in China earlier today. The Russian exposition features Russia’s ample opportunities for travel and tourism now that China is hosting the Year of Russian Tourism in 2012.
The month of Russian culture has started in the Columbian capital of Bogota. The opening ceremony has been held in the Gabriel Garcia Marques Center, which houses an exhibition of Russian photographers. The goal of the exhibition is to show Russia’s unique nature bringing it closer to Columbian people.
Japan’s Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kenichiro Sasae, has said that Japan sees positive change in its ties with Russia and hopes to turn over a new leaf in bilateral relations by building up partnership. The official was speaking during another round of bilateral strategic dialogue in Tokyo. Russia is represented by the First Deputy Foreign Minister, Andrei Denisov.
Alexei Pushkov, the Chairman of the Russian Duma’s International Affairs Committee, offers his assessment of the conflict unfolding in Syria in an exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia.
The Eurozone stock market situation largely worsened on Thursday. Spain’s benchmark ten-year bond yield has exceeded 7% for the first time since Spain joined the common European currency. Meanwhile the bonds of another key Eurozone nation, Italy, continued depreciating Thursday.
All campaigning is banned in Egypt today ahead of the presidential election runoff tomorrow. Ballots are due to be cast both on Saturday and Sunday. Running for the office are the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi and the former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.
Speaking in front of the UN Committee on Decolonisation Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has voiced Argentina’s claims on the Falkland Islands, which are called the Malvinas.
The Shiveluch volcano on Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East has erupted ash rising to an altitude of 8 km above sea level, ITAR-TASS reports. Currently there is no danger for local communities. The eruption was accompanied by underground shocks which lasted 3.5 minutes.
The former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, is facing prosecution. His presidential immunity expires this Friday, so he may soon have to testify in court in several cases at a time.
Having the Kurd though as the head of the opposition would suggest that the Kurds now are moving against Assad whereas previously they were prevaricating a little and not quite sure what to do.
Katsuya Takahashi, the last of the Aum Shinrikyo cult leaders has been detained in Tokyo. He is suspected of being involved in the deadly gas attacks in the Tokyo subway on March 20, 1995, in which 12 people died.
China's first woman astronaut must meet the same high standards as her male colleagues, and even more so, must be "modest, heroic, and married," write the Chinese media referring to Major Liu Yang, who is shortly to blast off into orbit as part of the crew of Shenzhou 9 mission.
Russia ranks third in the world after the United States and Saudi Arabia in volume of money transfers home by migrant workers.
The leader of Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama XIV has set off for Leeds, where he begins a ten-day trip to the UK.
UN observers in Syria have reached the town of Haffa, from where reports of civilian casualties came in recently.
The Football Federations of Germany and Portugal are being fined by UEFA for incidents during the June 9 match in Lviv.
A hereditary tightrope walker Nick Vallenda will make an attempt to walk over Niagara Falls on Friday.
Guests from the U.S. gave a performance of the famous opera by George Gershwin "Porgy and Bess" on Thursday at the Moscow festival "Africa America."
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Iran’s Ambassador Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi have discussed preparations for talks between Tehran and the international mediating "six" on the Iranian nuclear issue.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko does not exclude the possibilty of introducing the Russian ruble in Belarus.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton has condemned the series of terrorist attacks in several Iraqi provinces that claimed dozens of lives.
In the coming years one can expect an increase in the share of Russian capital in European companies. This forecast was made on Thursday by Finnish expert Pekka Vilyakaynen, an advisor at the Skolkovo Foundation, speaking at the 3rd Innovation Forum "Russia-EU" in the city of Lappeenranta.
According to Yemen’s defense minister, 40 militants have been wiped out in Yemen in the course of an operation carried out by the country’s government forces against the Islamists.
Egypt’s presidential candidate for the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Mursi has announced he does not intend to contest the decision of the Constitutional Court in the case of his opponent in the second round Ahmed Shafik.
Issues of non-use of force by Georgia were central to the latest round of negotiations of the Geneva discussions on security and stability in the Caucasus.