Politics

Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Khodorkovsky shortly

Putin says he will pardon jailed oil tycoon Khodorkovsky shortly

Vladimir Putin will sign a pardon for jailed ex-Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky “in the nearest time,” the Russian president announced following a large media conference in Moscow. “He has spent over ten years in confinement – which is a serious term, I believe,” Putin told journalists on Thursday after a four-hour Q&A session with national […]

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 […]

Top spying fallout: EU summit promises NSA thunder, data-protection storm

Top spying fallout: EU summit promises NSA thunder, data-protection storm

Ahead of the EU summit in Brussels, Germany’s Angel Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande have discussed wiretapping of their communications by America’s NSA. The scandal could push a frustrated EU to change data privacy rules. The EU summit starting Thursday is expected to be hijacked by recent revelations provided by the former NSA contractor Edward […]

Senate leaders reach deal to avoid default, end shutdown

Senate leaders reach deal to avoid default, end shutdown

Lawmakers in the Senate are weighing a bipartisan bill that is expected to re-open the United States government and save the country from default. During an early afternoon hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) acknowledged, “The eyes of the world have been on Washington all this week, and that […]

‘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 […]

Ecuador’s Correa: Obama’s exceptionalism talk reminiscent of Nazi rhetoric before WWII

Ecuador’s Correa: Obama’s exceptionalism talk reminiscent of Nazi rhetoric before WWII

US exceptionalism rhetoric poses extreme danger and is reminiscent of Nazi ideals and talk “before and during World War II,” Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said in exclusive interview with RT Spanish. Referring to US President Barack Obama’s statement that “America is exceptional” because it stands up not only for its own “narrow self interest, but for […]

G20 Syria divide: World’s largest nations speak out against US-led strike

G20 Syria divide: World’s largest nations speak out against US-led strike

As leaders of countries making up half of the world’s population firmly opposed military action against Syria without a UN mandate, the US kept pushing for a strike, claiming that many countries represented at the G20 summit were “comfortable” with it. Although discussion of the Syrian conflict was never officially on the G20 agenda, world […]

Russia won’t extradite Snowden to US – Kremlin

Russia won’t extradite Snowden to US – Kremlin

Moscow says security agency FSB is in talks with the FBI over Snowden. But the whistleblower will not be extradited to the US, a Kremlin spokesman said, adding he’s sure the fugitive NSA contractor will stop harming Washington if granted asylum in Russia. “Russia has never extradited anyone, and will not extradite,” said Vladimir Putin’s […]

Berlusconi sentenced to seven years in prostitution case

Berlusconi sentenced to seven years in prostitution case

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in prison for abuse of office in a sex-for hire case. Although the court banned him from holding office, the ruling cannot take effect until he has exhausted his appeals. The 76-year-old former prime minister was sentenced by a court in Milan for […]