World, 6 June 2013
The elderly father of Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad was freed on Thursday, nearly three weeks after his abduction by gunmen, a security source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The Mexican army has freed 165 migrants, mostly from Central America, who said they were kidnapped and held for several weeks by a criminal group in northern Mexico, authorities said Thursday.
Thousands of flag-waving, chanting demonstrators packed Istanbul's Taksim Square on Thursday, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hours before he was due to return to the protest-wracked nation after a trip abroad.
The Obama Administration has condemned the recapture of the town of Qusair from rebels by the Syrian army on Wednesday. Many observers noticed that the statement by White House spokesman Jay Carney was quite hysterical.
A controversial bill adopted by the New York authorities on Wednesday is seen by many as giving the green light for police to use force.
An Italian journalist who had been missing in Syria since early April has made contact with his family, the editor of the newspaper he works for said Thursday in a message on Twitter, as the news was confirmed by the Foreign Ministry.
Authorities on Thursday charged Nestle, Mars and a network of independent wholesale distributors in an alleged criminal conspiracy to fix prices of chocolates in Canada.
The chairman of the House Intelligence committee says the ongoing NSA search of telephone records thwarted a "significant" terrorist attack in the United States in the last few years.
The chairman of the House of Representatives intelligence committee said on Thursday that collecting telephone records from Verizon was legal and authorized by Congress.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan denounced those behind a week of violent demonstrations on Thursday, causing a sell-off on the Turkish stock exchange from investors worried that his defiant rhetoric will further enflame public wrath.
Security services of various countries are pooling efforts to prevent terrorist attacks during major international sport events, among them the Kazan Universiade and the Sochi Olympic Games, Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov said.
Should war criminals be brought to justice, no matter how long it takes? Should we pursue criminals of the past who collaborated with the Nazi regime in the occupied territories, killing off their own people and aiding the Brown Plague to spread? Alexander Dyukov, General Director of the Moscow-based Historical Memory Foundation, speaks with Voice of Russia’s Armen Gasparyan, about Vladimir Katryuk, another Nazi collaborator who found refuge in Canada.
A 92-year-old Nazi collaborator of Ukrainian origin has been tracked down to Canada after half a century on the run from charges of war crimes perpetrated against his own compatriots in the Nazi-occupied Ukraine during World War II. But is a retirement at a bee farm in Canada a “worthy punishment” for taking the lives of innocent civilians? Dr. Per Anders Rudling, a renowned Swedish historian of Lund University in Sweden, tells the Voice of Russia why Canada appears to be so reluctant to hand over Vladimir Katryuk, despite having all the evidence of his service in theGerman-supervised auxiliary police, Schutzmannschaft, that hunted down partisans in East Europe.
A team of archaeologists, in collaboration with analytical chemists and a NASA scientist whose main job is looking for signs of possible life in meteorites, have identified the earliest known signatures of winemaking in France. Their study, which suggests wine was being produced there as early as 425 BC, was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science.
A 17th century Dutch masterpiece that graced the collections of Catherine the Great's art adviser and Russia's Hermitage Museumbefore being seized by the Nazis sold for nearly $3.4 million at auction, a record for the artist Gerrit van Honthorst.
This was stated by the Director of the Russian Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov. According to Bortnikov, a few dozen to a few hundred fighters from Russia and other countries are engaged in the fighting in Syria.
he chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee says the top secret court order for telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon is a three-month renewal of an ongoing practice.
English Defence League has dismissed its involvement in an attack on an Islamic Centre and a mosque in London. Nevertheless, police consider the incident as an apparent hate crime attack. The incident occurred in north London where a large community of Somalis lives.
Israel said on Thursday it regrets Austria's decision to withdraw its peacekeepers from a U.N. force in the Golan Heights and hopes the move will not lead to further escalation of conflict along the Syrian frontier.
Six Islamic extremists who admitted plotting a terrorist attack on a far-right group were aware that it could have led to a "tit-for-tat spiral of violence and terror," a British court heard on Thursday.
The Church of England has announced on Wednesday that it will no longer oppose same-sex marriage legislation, but intends to improve it. This came as a statement by Right Rev. Tim Stevens, the bishop of Leicester, one day after the House of Lords rejected an amendment against the gay marriage bill.
Amid numerous controversies surrounding the ultra-conservative Muslim groups around the world, it now seems that they have got their hands on Western women and European canons of beauty. Miss World organizers in Indonesia have now excluded the famed bikinis contest from this year's pageant in Indonesia, replacing the swimsuits with conservative beach sarongs.
Swarms of men dominate the church throne making gender equality seem like a mere vision rather than reality. Pastors, deacons, and those who hold higher ranks in the church are mainly men. Why are males still put on a pedestal in Christianity when females today play such a vital role in society? Author of Dethroning Male Headship, Shirley Taylor tells the Voice of Russia why women are still coming in second place in the eyes of Christians.
The XXX session of the International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC) continues its work in Moscow. Heads of drug enforcement agencies from over 120 countries are taking part in the conference. Deputy Interior Minister of Afghanistan, Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, who is responsible for the drug control work talks to the Voice of Russia about the Afghani view on that issue.
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Moscow will play host to the second international parliamentary forum on November 14, head of the State Duma PR and media department Yuri Shuvalov said.
As talks to bring together a summit to discuss the crisis in Syria struggle on into June, Voice of Russia's Peter Lavelle and his guests ask what the prospects are for a negotiated settlement to the conflict in the light of President Bashar al-Assad's apparent new-found stability and continuing opposition disarray.
June 6 is the international day of the Russian language. The festival is conducted under the auspices of the UNO as the Russian language is among the ten most commonly used languages on the planet and is one of the 6 active languages of the organization. Everybody, who is sent into orbit,should know Russian, so that language could even be called a space language.
A British programme to transfer detainees captured in Afghanistan to local officials is to be restarted now that Britain has found a "safe" method of doing so, the Ministry of Defence in London said Thursday.
The European Union will send another 400 million euros ($523 million) of aid to Syria and its neighbours, European CommissionPresident Jose Manuel Barroso said on Thursday, calling Syria "a stain on the world's conscience".
Pope Francis broke with another papal tradition on Thursday and revealed he will not spend his summer in the lavish palace in the hilltop town of Castel Gandolfo, host to popes for centuries and a favoured retreat of his predecessor Benedict.
Three bombings in Baghdad, including a car bomb in a market, killed five people Thursday, the latest in a surge in Iraq violence that has sparked fears of a revival of all-out sectarian war.
Two UN peacekeepers suffered injuries in shelling on Thursday in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone between Israel and Syria, a UN peacekeeping spokesman said.
Madagascar postponed a presidential election, the government said on Thursday, further delaying a vote that the president promised to hold shortly after seizing power in 2009.
Russia cannot be held accountable for the death of Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov, the European Court of Human Rights says.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday his government would go ahead with controversial plans to overhaul a small park in central Istanbul, despite mass protests against the redevelopment of the square.
The Pakistani parliament elected Nawaz Sharif as prime minister on Wednesday, in what is perceived as a historic transfer of power. Now he is expected to lead the country out of a political quagmire and resolve the issue of US drone strikes. Mirza Mojahid, a political analyst from Pakistan, says Sharif has to find a way to defeat the Taliban insurgency that is believed to be provoked by drone attacks.
Despite an apology of Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç for the use of excessive force during the dispersal of the demonstrations, the situation in the centre of Istanbul remains tense. The expert community started talking about a possible intervention of the armed forces in the situation, although the army has made no statements to this effect. Former head of the international security of the Turkish General Staff, retired Brigadier General Haldun Solmaztürk spoke to the Voice of Russia about the position of the generals and the interpretation of the Istanbul events from the point of view of the army.
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The Obama administration on Thursday acknowledged that it is collecting a massive amount of telephone records from at least one carrier, defending the practice as "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats to the United States."
Arab Gulf states sought reassurances from Iran at a U.N. nuclear agency meeting this week over the safety of its only atomic energy plant, which is located in an earthquake-prone coastal area, diplomats said on Thursday.
France has sent the United States "all the information it has" on what it has billed as proof that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
In Pakistan, US drones caused over 1,000 civilian deaths to date. Ever since the unmanned aircraft program has started victims of drone warfare and their closest ones have been living in constant fear of another air strike. Unsurprisingly, these people are 'angry and want revenge'.
There was no way the man whose body was found in the landing gear of an A-330 airbus after its night flight from Italy’s Rimini to Moscow could have sneaked inside at the Federico Fellini international airport in Rimini, the airport’s CEO Claudio Fiume said today.
The European Court of Human Rights has accused Russia of breaching the law following two complaints in connection with its refusal to hand over the bodies of militants killed in the North Caucasus to their relatives, the Court’s ruling circulated on Thursday says.
he first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season got a little stronger early Thursday as it headed toward Florida's western coast, and a new tropical storm warning was issued for a swath of the US East Coast.
The IRS is undergoing continuing scrutiny by Congress after a scandal where it seemed to be targeting non-profits with words like "Tea Party" and "patriot" in their name. Mark Owens, member of the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, DC, talks to the Voice of Russia about the challenge facing the IRS in vetting tax exempt groups.
Syrian army has retaken the Quneitra border crossing between Syria and Israel in the Golan Heights after it was captured by rebel forces earlier today, Austria’s defense ministry reports.
Police officer has died after falling off a bridge into an underpass while pursuing protesters in southern Adana province, Turkey. Protests are continuing in Turkey for the seventh day, killing four and injuring over 4,000.
The British Government is going to call on major internet service providers, search engines and mobile phone operators to put aside competition and to better collaborate over downloading and sharing of illegal porn, images of child abuse and materials with extremist content.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged Islamist militants to rise above their sectarian feuds and unite against what he called Washington’s plan to set up a pro-American client state in Syria.
President Barack Obama will anounce today that U.N. Embassador Susan Rice will be replacing National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. White House officials say that Donilon will be resigning from his position early next month. Following the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Rice was criticized by Republicans for misleading the public after she made multiple appearances on Sunday Morning News Shows.
Muslims say authorities are not doing enough to protect them against the wave of anti-Islamic attacks since Woolwich. (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Russia has called on Turkey to share its findings on the case of Syrian rebels who were seized on the Turkish-Syrian border with a 2kg cylinder full of nerve gas sarin.
All of the possible instances of chemical weapons use in Syria should be established as soon as possible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Qusair was the first major town that Syrian rebels ceased at the start of the civil war. With international help, it had been transformed into their military and operational headquarters. Experts from various fields of research have shared their opinion on the state of affairs in Qusair in their interviews with the Voice of Russia.
Firefighters in the District are battling a large fire at a Capitol Hill staple. Smoke could be seen for miles across the District.
A Turkish soldier was wounded in a clash with gunmen in a group of about 500 people trying to cross into Turkey from Syria, the Turkish military said on Thursday.
North and South Korea both expressed a wish to start talks on reopening a joint industrial complex that was closed down two months ago, their respective news agencies reported.
A roadside bomb targeting a Tunisian army vehicle killed two soldiers and wounded two others on Thursday in Mount Chaambi, near the border with Algeria, the military said.
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevics has forwarded a letter to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov confirming the finalization of national procedures for an agreement that simplifies the rules for mutual trips of people who live near the Latvian-Russian border, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website.
North Korea's state broadcaster has begun providing live streams of selected programming, including news bulletins, on its official Facebook page. The move marks a further step by the reclusive state to develop its Internet presence and use of social networks to disseminate state-approved propaganda. (VIDEO)
The new Bulgarian government, led by the Bulgarian Socialist Party, the former Communists, has said they have doubts that last year’s explosion at the Burgas airport in Bulgaria was staged by the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah. “We can’t take such a heavy decision with serious implications for the policy of the entire European Union on the basis of circumstantial evidence,” Bulgarian foreign minister is cited as saying.
Two men died in clashes near a Lebanese army checkpoint, a security source said, in a possible spillover from the recent fighting in the nearby Syrian border town of Qusair.
A House committee narrowly approved a measure Wednesday requiring all U.S. armed services to share a single kind of camouflage uniform, in place of the 10 camouflage patterns in use now.
Last December the United States “accidentally” and very publically revealed extensive details about what had been a planned “top-secret” missile base in Israel that was supposed to have hosted a new ballistic-missile defense system called the Arrow 3.
Day three of the Bradley Manning’s trial started at Fort George Meade, Maryland Wednesday morning, but terminated earlier than expected, hearing just several witnesses, who gave testimony, that WikiLeaks was not among those specific websites the military warned the enemy might visit, besides an Excel spreadsheet he created was done for intelligence work, not for WikiLeaks.
Turkey’s deputy prime minister and minister of finance Abdullatif Sener comments on possible consequences of mass protests in Turkey. The pundit believes that after years of PM Erdogan clamping down on social freedoms Turkish people are finally waking up to his anti-democratic rule to reclaim their rights.
A mosque and an Islamic cultural centre burned down in the north of London earlier today, according to the Sky News TV channel. (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Rebels seized a border crossing on the demilitarized zone between Israel an Syria on Thursday, activists said, as heavy clashes raged between the opposition and President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
Washington is streaming huge amounts of cash into its project to build a nuclear bomb that gives the US no edge in modern warfare.
A review of classified US intelligence records has revealed that the CIA could not confirm the identity of about a quarter of the people killed by drone strikes in Pakistan during a period spanning from 2010 to 2011.
Indian police arrested three men Thursday over the gang-rape of a US tourist who was attacked after she hitched a lift in a truck, an officer said.
US lawmakers continue to propose measures to combat cyber spying and theft of intellectual property. A new bill is expected to be introduced into Congress today targeted particularly at hackers backed by China and Russia and proposing "real consequences and punishments" for them.
South Korea agreed Thursday to a surprise North Korean proposal for official talks, and said it would announce a date, venue and agenda at a later date.
ATV-4, Europe's unmanned cargo carrier, blasted off from the Kourou space center in French Guiana on Thursday to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).
CIA ex-head Leon Panetta disclosed confidential information concerning the elimination of al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden in the presence of a Hollywood screen writer.
A four-story building has collapsed in central Philadelphia, killing two people and injuring over a dozen. Rescuers have pulled 13 people from the rubble, while at least two remain unaccounted for. (VIDEO)
Israeli police Wednesday arrested three people suspected of involvement in a shooting attack on a gay youth centre in Tel Aviv nearly four years ago.
At least five rockets launched from across Lebanon's border with Syria hit the eastern city of Baalbek Wednesday, including two that landed near the city's renowned Roman ruins, a security source told AFP.
Terrorists carried out a few armed raids in Damascus today. The shell exploded near the Russian Embassy in Damascus.
The first tropical storm of what is predicted to be a busy 2013 Atlantic hurricane season formed over the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, U.S. government forecasters said.
The Voice of Russia learned exclusively, that people in Geneva, Switzerland have gathered late Tuesday, to support the Turkish protesters. They held posters calling for democracy and wanted to show their solidarity with those who got involved in violent clashes with Turkish police forces.