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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. […]

Obama admin ‘cherry-picked intelligence’ to justify Syria strike

Obama admin ‘cherry-picked intelligence’ to justify Syria strike

Washington knew Syrian rebels could produce sarin gas but “cherry-picked” intel to blame President Assad for the Aug. 21 attack on Ghouta, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed, citing senior US security sources. The report was published in the London Review of Books after two of Hersh’s regular publishers, The New Yorker and The Washington […]

Penny Lane: CIA secret camp for turning Gitmo prisoners into double agents

Penny Lane: CIA secret camp for turning Gitmo prisoners into double agents

In the early stages of the ‘War on Terror,’ CIA agents at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility turned detainees into double agents, helping the US to track and kill terrorists, according to US officials. For some Gitmo detainees, held prisoner on a US military base in the middle of shark-infested waters, the promise of freedom […]

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 […]

50 dead as passenger jet crashes in central Russia

50 dead as passenger jet crashes in central Russia

Fifty people died after a Boeing passenger plane crashed on landing in the city of Kazan in central Russia on Sunday, according to the Emergencies Ministry. A doctor working at the scene said that only ashes and rubble were left from the plane. The Boeing 737-500 passenger aircraft operated by Tatarstan Airlines exploded after crash-landing […]

End to energy nukes: Russia ships last weapons-derived uranium batch to US

End to energy nukes: Russia ships last weapons-derived uranium batch to US

Russia is set to deliver the last 160 tons of low-enriched uranium to the US as part of the “Megatons-to-Megawatts” program. The fuel obtained from disarmed Russian nuclear warheads has been used to generate about half of total US nuclear power. Ten cylinders with low-enriched uranium (LEU) will be shipped from St. Petersburg to Baltimore, […]

Putin calls Assad on Geneva-2, chemical weapons, persecution of Christians

Putin calls Assad on Geneva-2, chemical weapons, persecution of Christians

For the first time since 2011, the Russian and Syrian presidents spoke on the phone to discuss developments in the Syria crisis. Vladimir Putin called Bashar Assad about the Geneva-2 peace talks and the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpile. President Putin called President Assad to talk about the preparations for the Syria peace talks, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Torch & go! Olympic spacecraft preparing for launch

Torch & go! Olympic spacecraft preparing for launch

Space engineers have set up the rocket which will carry the Olympic flame to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch of Soyuz TMA-11M is scheduled for Thursday. The Soyuz spacecraft will be boosted by a Soyuz-FG rocket from the first launch pad of the Cosmodrome, the so-called Gagarin’s Start. It will […]

US military doctors participate in torture of detainees, report says

US military doctors participate in torture of detainees, report says

An independent report has charged that medical personnel, working under the direction of the Department of Defense and CIA in military defense facilities, violated medical ethics by participating in the torture of detainees. The services provided by American doctors and psychologists included “designing, participating in, and enabling torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of […]

‘Victory’: Russia-US chem arms deal ‘prevented war against Syria’ – Damascus

‘Victory’: Russia-US chem arms deal ‘prevented war against Syria’ – Damascus

The US-Russian deal on dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons has saved the region from a full-scale war, a minister in President Assad’s government said Sunday. Meanwhile, rebel forces have called for a no-fly ban to be imposed on Syria’s Air Force. The praise for the diplomatic effort, which facilitated Syria joining the Chemical Weapons Convention and […]

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 […]

Russia to expand Mediterranean fleet to 10 warships

Russia to expand Mediterranean fleet to 10 warships

The Russian Navy intends to build its presence in the Mediterranean Sea – particularly in the area close to Syrian shores – to up to 10 battleships, announced Admiral of the Fleet Viktor Chirkov. “The task is crystal clear: to avoid a slightest threat to the security of the state. This is a general practice […]

US ready to decide on military action in Syria ‘on our own’ – White House

US ready to decide on military action in Syria ‘on our own’ – White House

President Obama could well consider a military strike in Syria despite the British Parliament rejecting a motion authorizing the UK’s involvement in the conflict. White House officials told reporters Thursday that the statement from United States’ closest ally, reluctance from the United Nations Security Council, and widespread uncertainty in the US Congress would not be […]

Selective ‘obscenity’: US checkered record on chemical weapons

Selective ‘obscenity’: US checkered record on chemical weapons

The US charge against Syria is being driven by Damascus’ alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians. While Washington is quick to intervene on moral grounds, its own checkered past regarding WMDs may put the world’s policeman under the spotlight. “Nobody disputes – or hardly anybody disputes – that chemical weapons were used on a […]

Russia deploying warship, missile cruiser to Mediterranean

Russia deploying warship, missile cruiser to Mediterranean

Russia has announced plans for deploying an anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser to the Mediterranean, amid the escalating Western war rhetoric against Syria. “The well-known situation shaping up in the eastern Mediterranean called for certain corrections to the make-up of the naval forces,” an unnamed source in the Russian General Staff was quoted by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Snipers shoot at UN chemical inspectors in Syria – UN spokesman

Snipers shoot at UN chemical inspectors in Syria – UN spokesman

A UN inspection team vehicle in Syria has been shot at by snipers, a UN spokesman says. The team returned to the government checkpoint to replace the damaged vehicle, and is currently meeting the victims of the attack and taking samples. The inspectors’ car “was deliberately shot at multiple times by unidentified snipers in the […]