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2014 Sochi Winter Olympics opening: Spectacular. Breathtaking (PHOTOS)

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics opening: Spectacular. Breathtaking (PHOTOS)

The XXII Winter Olympic Games are on after opening officially in a sparkling, star-studded show in Sochi. For the next 16 days the world’s top athletes will be going for it, competing hard with every sinew and fiber. For more visit RT’s Sochi 2014 page This is the first time Russia has hosted the Winter […]

Gifts from space: Sochi winners will receive extra meteorite-studded medals

Gifts from space: Sochi winners will receive extra meteorite-studded medals

Some Olympic winners who will win their gold medals on February 15 will receive medals embedded with tiny fragments of last year’s Chelyabinsk meteorite. The date hasn’t been randomly chosen – February 15, 2014 will mark the one-year anniversary of the meteorite strike that caused much damage in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in the […]

Khodorkovsky arrives in Germany hours after release from prison

Khodorkovsky arrives in Germany hours after release from prison

Ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has landed in Berlin, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman has said in a statement. Khodorkovsky has been freed from jail after a decade of imprisonment as President Vladimir Putin granted him a pardon. Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES on Khodorkovsky’s release. “I can confirm that Mikhail Khodorkovsky landed in Berlin Schoenefeld [Airport] […]

Eyes everywhere: NSA’s second tier spying partners identified

Eyes everywhere: NSA’s second tier spying partners identified

Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and several other EU countries were named among “third party partners” in the NSA-led global signal intelligence program, a new leak submitted by journalist Glenn Greenwald to Danish TV reveals. According to the document, obtained by Swedish TV program ‘Mission: Investigate’, that has been probing Sweden’s participation in global spying operations, […]

Iconic anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela dies at 95

Iconic anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela dies at 95

South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has died aged 95 at his Johannesburg home, family and friends had gathered to pay their last respects to the iconic figure that inspired millions around the world. WATCH LIVE: Mourners sing near Nelson Mandela’s home South African president Jacob Zuma addressed the nation on live television to make […]

Death, hunger, looting: Typhoon-ravaged Philippines’ state of national calamity

Death, hunger, looting: Typhoon-ravaged Philippines’ state of national calamity

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which left thousands dead and many more displaced and survivors battling for survival amid devastation and chaos, the Philippines has declared a state of national calamity to help restore order to the reeling nation. In a primetime television speech delivered Monday, President Benigno Aquino said: “We declare a state […]

US intelligence warning allies about sensitive Snowden leaks yet to be published – report

US intelligence warning allies about sensitive Snowden leaks yet to be published – report

American officials have begun advising US allies that the ongoing National Security Agency disclosures made possible by whistleblower Edward Snowden include files detailing cooperation between their international intelligence services. US officials told The Washington Post that Snowden leaked documents indicating massive intelligence gathering efforts against sometimes hostile countries, including China, Russia and Iran. Those files […]

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Fuk-‘hush’-ima: Japan’s new state secrets law gags whistleblowers, raises press freedom fears

Many issues of national importance to Japan, probably including the state of the Fukushima power plant, may be designated state secrets under a new draft law. Once signed, it could see whistleblowers jailed for up to 10 years. Japan has relatively lenient penalties for exposing state secrets compared to many other nations, but that may […]

‘No Monsanto!': World marches against GMO food

‘No Monsanto!': World marches against GMO food

Thousands took to streets across the world’s cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states. Berlin, Strasbourg, Chicago, London, Sydney and Mumbai are just a few […]