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Shale gas and politics: Are Western energy giants’ interests behind Ukraine violence?

Shale gas and politics: Are Western energy giants’ interests behind Ukraine violence?

Economic interests, such as untapped shale gas resources, already sliced and diced by Western energy giants, are behind the Kiev government’s ‘anti-terrorist’ operation against the pro-federalist regions, foreign policy expert Nebojsa Malic tells RT. The eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions cut ties with Kiev and declared independence from Kiev after a popular vote last Sunday. […]

Quarter of Europeans face poverty – Eurostat

Quarter of Europeans face poverty – Eurostat

Over 124 million people in the European Union – or almost a quarter of its entire population – live under the threat of poverty or social exclusion, a report by EU’s statistical office has revealed. Last year, 124.5 million people, or 24.8 percent of Europe’s population were at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared […]

Ukraine govt survives ‘no confidence’ vote amid mass protests

Ukraine govt survives ‘no confidence’ vote amid mass protests

Ukraine’s Cabinet has survived a vote of no confidence initiated by opposition MPs in the Verkhovna Rada. The decision was announced as thousands of opposition supporters rallied outside the parliament building. Only 186 MPs voted for the motion, well short of the simple majority of 226 needed for it to pass. Ahead of the vote, […]

‘Revolution!’ Thousands pour in for pro-EU rally in Ukraine, storm govt buildings

‘Revolution!’ Thousands pour in for pro-EU rally in Ukraine, storm govt buildings

Thousands of demonstrators chanting ‘Revolution!’ have flocked into ‘Maidan’ square in Kiev despite a court-imposed ban on rallies. The protesters have reportedly taken several government buildings. Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES on protests in Kiev.  Chanting protesters displaced metal barriers that were installed by police on Independence Square, also known as Maidan (Ukrainian for “square”), as more are […]

Israel needs new friends since link with US ‘weakened’ – FM

Israel needs new friends since link with US ‘weakened’ – FM

Tel Aviv urgently needs new allies in the global political arena besides Washington, Israeli Foreign Minister said while the country’s PM Netanyahu was visiting Russia to lobby against a nuclear deal with Iran, currently being discussed in Geneva. “The link between Israel and its main strategic partner the United States has weakened,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor […]

Thousands of Greeks mark 40th anniversary of student uprising, protest against austerity

Thousands of Greeks mark 40th anniversary of student uprising, protest against austerity

More than 16,000 Greeks marched through the streets of Athens on Sunday to protest against austerity and mark the 40th anniversary of the student uprising against the former ruling military junta. The annual march comes as Greece reels from its sixth year of recession. European Union and International Monetary Fund (IMF) lenders are set to […]

Polish nationalists attack Russian embassy during Independence Day march

Polish nationalists attack Russian embassy during Independence Day march

Police had to use rubber bullets and pepper spray to disperse a crowd of violent Polish nationalist demonstrators during an Independence Day march in Warsaw. Besieged Russian embassy officials say the building was pelted with firecrackers and bottles. Officers in riot gear formed a cordon around the building, as young shaven-headed demonstrators waving red-and-white flags […]

Kerry: World powers agree to nuclear deal, but Iran ‘walked away’

Kerry: World powers agree to nuclear deal, but Iran ‘walked away’

US Secretary of State John Kerry countered claims France had torpedoed nuclear talks with Iran, saying the six world powers “signed off” on a deal, but Iran wasn’t ready to accept it. Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog agreed on a roadmap for cooperation. Kerry delivered his comments in Abu Dhabi on Monday following rampant […]

‘Golden press:’ Teenage mental illness soars in wealthy US, UK families

‘Golden press:’ Teenage mental illness soars in wealthy US, UK families

Mental health problems in children from wealthy US and UK families soar, new research reveals. The richer sectors of society are facing a crisis of eating disorders, drug abuse and self-harm, mostly due to “unrealistic” expectations pinned on kids. Wealthy parents expect their off-springs to excel in all fields, including sports and music, as well […]

Anonymous factions threaten cyber-war on one another over anti-NSA hacks

Anonymous factions threaten cyber-war on one another over anti-NSA hacks

Hackers affiliated with the Anonymous Australia collective have posted a video warning their counterparts in Indonesia that if they do not stop infiltrating private Aussie web sites the two factions could engage in an all-out cyber-war. The group known as “Anonymous Indonesia” took responsibility last week for hacking more than 170 websites in Australia. Anonymous […]

West to turn down Syria’s chemical weapons transport equipment request – report

West to turn down Syria’s chemical weapons transport equipment request – report

Syria’s request for military transport equipment to move chemical weapons materials out of the country will be reportedly turned down by the West as the desired hardware could potentially be used against the rebels, according to a media report. Syria’s President Bashar Assad’s administration submitted a list of transport equipment it believes it will need […]

US-Russia reach landmark deal on destruction of Syria chemical weapons arsenal

US-Russia reach landmark deal on destruction of Syria chemical weapons arsenal

Russia and the United States reached a deal on a framework that will see the destruction or removal of Syria’s chemical weapons by mid- 2014. Under the plan, the Assad government has one week to hand over an inventory of its chemical weapons arsenal. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart John Kerry […]

German FM rules out his nation’s role in military strike against Syria

German FM rules out his nation’s role in military strike against Syria

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has ruled out his country’s participation in any military against Syria following failure by permanent members of UN Security Council (UNSC) to reach any agreement on the controversial issue. Westerwelle stated in a partially reported interview with German newspaper Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung that such military action had “neither been asked nor is […]

British MPs reject military intervention in Syria

British MPs reject military intervention in Syria

Any possibility of British involvement in a military campaign in Syria has been effectively ruled out after British lawmakers voted down the prospect in parliament, costing the US the nation’s closest ally in a potential strike. By a 285 to 272 margin British MPs rejected the government’s motion to support in principle military action against […]

UK drafts resolution blaming Assad for ‘chemical weapons’ attack

UK drafts resolution blaming Assad for ‘chemical weapons’ attack

Britain has drafted a UN Security Council resolution condemning the Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Despite witness reports that rebels may have been behind last week’s attack, the West is insisting Assad was responsible. UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced the resolution would be tabled in New York later Wednesday on his Twitter […]

US, UK, France push for Syria response as UN chemical weapons probe delayed

US, UK, France push for Syria response as UN chemical weapons probe delayed

Even as the UN team investigating the alleged chemical attack in Syria had to postpone their investigation and yielded no results, Western states continued pushing for a “firm response” amid growing speculation a strike could take place within days. A UN spokesperson on Tuesday announced that the planned visit to the site of last week’s […]

Russia says West acting in Muslim world like ‘monkey with grenade’

Russia says West acting in Muslim world like ‘monkey with grenade’

Western countries are behaving in the Islamic world like a “monkey with a grenade,” a Russian deputy prime minister said on Tuesday, as the United States and its allies mull the use of force against Syria. “The West behaves towards the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade,” Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who […]

West, Arab leaders reach ‘consensus’ on Syria attack

West, Arab leaders reach ‘consensus’ on Syria attack

Western and Arab military leaders have reached a “consensus” on military intervention in Syria over accusations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons, a Jordanian security official told German news agency, DPA. “It was decided that should the international community be forced to act in Syria, the most responsible and sustainable response would be […]

US begins war on Syria as early as Thursday, officials say

US begins war on Syria as early as Thursday, officials say

Senior American officials say the United States has planned to launch missile strikes against Syria “as early as Thursday” in order to punish Damascus over the alleged use of chemical weapons. The unnamed officials told NBC News on Tuesday that the “three days” of strikes would be limited in scope, and aimed at “sending a […]

US gave Saddam blessing to use toxins against Iranians

US gave Saddam blessing to use toxins against Iranians

As Washington ponders over whether to hammer Damascus over unidentified use of toxic agents in Syria, declassified CIA documents reveal that 25 years ago the US actually indulged ruthless Saddam Hussein to use chemical warfare gases in war with Iran. The recently declassified documents at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, suggest that the […]

Britain says response to Syria chemical attack possible without unanimous UN backing

Britain says response to Syria chemical attack possible without unanimous UN backing

A response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria is possible without the unanimous consent of the UN Security Council, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said. “I would argue yes it is, otherwise it might be impossible to respond to such outrages, such crimes, and I don’t think that’s an acceptable situation,” Hague said […]