2020-01-12: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-12). US sanctions will delay Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline but WON'T END IT, Polish PM admits. rt.com The Polish prime minister has admitted that US sanctions will fail to torpedo the major Baltic Sea pipeline intended to supply Germany with Russian natural gas, and says he wishes the project had "never begun in the first place." | "I believe the US sanctions will delay the project but will not end it," Mateusz Morawiecki told German newspaper Die Welt in an interview. | Swiss-Dutch pipe-laying company Allseas stopped its work on the pipeline in December through fear of getting hit by the sanctions, which were adopted by the US earlier that month. | Morawiecki, whose government argues that the project will mak…

RT (2020-01-12). Russian figure skating duo Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov claim gold at 2020 Youth Olympics (VIDEO). rt.com Russian junior skaters Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov delivered a win for the national team at the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, claiming gold in the pairs event. | Panfilova and Rylov put on a flawless performance on Sunday, perfectly dealing with the technical elements, including two impeccably landed triple throws. | READ MORE: New rival for Zagitova and Medvedeva? Russian gymnast Alexandra Soldatova tries out figure skating elements | The duet received 127.47 points for thei…

RT (2020-01-12). Russian figure skating duet Apollinariia Panfilova & Dmitry Rylov claim gold at 2020 Youth Olympics. rt.com Russian junior skaters Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitry Rylov delivered a win for the national team at the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, claiming gold in the pairs event. | Panfilova and Rylov put on a flawless performance on Sunday, perfectly dealing with the technical elements, including two impeccably landed triple throws. | READ MORE: New rival for Zagitova and Medvedeva? Russian gymnast Alexandra Soldatova tries out figure skating elements | The duet received 127.47 points for thei…

RT (2020-01-12). Water polo drubbing: Russian women's team scores WHOPPING 31 GOALS against Slovakia at European Championship (VIDEO). rt.com Russia's women's water polo team started their campaign for an Olympic berth in style, destroying their Slovakian rivals 31-2 in the opening game of the 2020 European Championship in Budapest, Hungary. | The Russians netted a total of 14 unanswered goals during the first two quarters to ensure a dominant victory long before the match ended. | READ MORE: WATCH: South Korean water polo players shed tears of joy after scoring in 30-1 demolition by Russia | The Slovakian squad managed to score two consolation…

RT (2020-01-12). Iran made 'important decision' to admit fault for Ukrainian plane crash, now all sides must decrease tensions — Kazakh president. rt.com Kazakhstan's leader has said that all sides must avoid further civilian deaths and work towards de-escalation, after Iran acknowledged that it mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane amid fears of war with the US. | Qasym-Jomart Toqayev wrote on Twitter that Iran's decision to admit responsibility for the downing of the plane was "an important" one. | Under the current circumstances, all parties must show restraint in order to lower tensions, which also lead to civilian casualties. | Kazakhstani Foreig…

RT (2020-01-12). 'Impeached for life': Pelosi sets off Twitter fireworks, falsely claims Dems pursuing subpoena-defying witnesses. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made numerous odd claims about Trump impeachment in a new interview, including that Dems are pursuing subpoena-defying witness from the Ukraine investigation. | While speaking on ABC's 'This Week' Pelosi told host George Stephanopoulos that "this president is impeached for life, regardless of any gamesmanship on the part of Mitch McConnell." | While Congress passed articles of impeachment against the president, he still technically needs to go through a trial in the Senate to determine his guilt. One is not "impeached" until a decision is made through a trial. Congress merely conduct…

Staff (2020-01-12). As Trial Nears, Trump Keeps Discredited Ukraine Theory Alive. truthdig.com The theory took root in vague form well before Donald Trump laid claim to the White House in 2016. The candidate's close confidant tweeted about it. His campaign chairman apparently spoke about it with people close to him. | What if, the idea went, it was actually Ukraine — and not Russia — that was interfering in the 2016 election? | Never mind that the notion has since been amplified by the president of Russia, the country that U.S. intelligence agencies unequivocally blame for interfering in that year's presidential race. Or that Trump's hand-picked FBI director and other American officials have sa…

RT (2020-01-12). Putin & Macron call for Iranian nuclear deal to be saved, urge US & Tehran to show restraint. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to take further efforts to keep the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA), in place. On Saturday German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed the same idea on her visit to Moscow. | Putin and Macron also called on all parties involved in the latest escalation of tensions between Iran and the US to show restraint. The two nations found themselves on the brink of military conflict after the US assassinated a top Iranian general, but have still avoided starting a war.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Spain and Gibraltar Detain 47 Migrant Smugglers – Reports. sputniknews.com The Spanish National Police and the law enforcement agencies of Gibraltar conducted a joint operation against a criminal group that transported migrants, according to 20 Minutos Editora media otlet.

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Libya's Rival Factions Accuse Each Other of Violating Ceasefire. telesurenglish.net Libya's warring factions, the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al Sarraj and the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Kalifa Haftar, have accused each other of violating an agreed ceasefire Sunday. | RELATED: | Russia and Turkey Call for Ceasefire in Libya | Early on Sunday morning, Reuters reported that fire exchange could be heard in Salaheddin and Ain Zara districts in Tripoli. | The GNA warned in a statement that it had recorded gunfire in the Salaheddin and…

Miri Wood (2020-01-12). Additional 6 Months Granted to NATO Terrorists North of Syria by the UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca Al-Qaeda terrorists operating in the north of Syria and oppressing millions of Syrians can now breathe comfort after the United Nations Security Council extended their supply routes from their regional sponsor NATO member state Turkey for an additional Six months …

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Ceasefire in Libya, Syria's Idlib Generally Observed — Turkish Defence Ministry. sputniknews.com ANKARA (Sputnik) – Ceasefire, brokered by Russia and Turkey in western Libya and the Syrian province of Idlib since Sunday midnight, has been generally observed, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a statement.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Israel's Former Envoy to Poland: Poles Don't Want to Rewrite History but They Look at it Differently. sputniknews.com Israel is caught in the middle of an ongoing squabble between Russia and Poland over who started World War II. But while the Poles have every right to claim they were victims, Warsaw shouldn't sweep under the rug its collaboration with the Nazis, believes a former diplomat.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Netanyahu Accuses Iran of Deliberately Lying About Downed Ukrainian Plane. sputniknews.com TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused Iran of deliberately misleading the world about true causes of Ukraine's Boeing 737 fatal crash as it knew but failed to say right away that the jetliner was shot down by the Iranian military by mistake.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). The Fallout From Trump's Messy Geopolitics is Pulling Merkel and Putin Closer Together — Observer. sputniknews.com As Germany's European and Middle Eastern policy is plagued by differences with the United States, Chancellor Angela Merkel has made it clear that she is willing to withstand pressure from her ally and cooperate with Russia.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Stunning Revelations About FLOTUS Revealed by Melania Trump Childhood Friends from Slovenia. sputniknews.com The intriguingly enigmatic personality of the US First Lady can arguably best be described by those who knew her before she became a public figure, dating back to her life in Slovenia.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Russian 'Orbital Spy Satellite' Has Broken Up in Space — Harvard Astronomer. sputniknews.com Russia launched the Kosmos-2491 military satellite into orbit in 2013, with few details made available regarding its capabilities and mission, leading to speculation about its true purpose.

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Russia Capable of Completing Nord Stream 2 Unaided — Gazprom CEO. sputniknews.com PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY (Sputnik) – Russia has all it takes to complete the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on its own but this will take longer without help from international partners, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said on Sunday.

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Brazil to Go Through With Mining on Tribal Lands. telesurenglish.net Brazil's right-wing regime said it was pushing ahead with its plans to mine on tribal lands, despite the objections of the people that live in these targeted areas. | RELATED: | Number of Fires in Brazilian Amazon Increased 30% in 2019 | The Brazilian regime held a briefing on Friday to inform European diplomats about the proposals that have drawn criticism from Indigenous advocates in Brazil and overseas. | According to a public statement on the ministry's website, the Mning and En…

sputniknews (2020-01-12). Putin Gets 'Nothing But Praise' From Merkel at Kremlin Talks, German Media Claims. sputniknews.com Merkel reportedly used "much cooler" words when speaking about the US, as compared to those she reserved for Putin, and she also spoke about the prospects for closer cooperation between Brussels, Berlin and Moscow.

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Workers Remember Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht's Legacies. telesurenglish.net The European left's largest conference Saturday began in Berlin paying tribute to the memory of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, two communist revolutionaries killed by far-right paramilitaries on January 15, 1919. | RELATED: | New Film on German Communist Playwright Bertolt Brecht | Over 3,000 people are sharing and analyzing experiences of the struggle around the world at the Rosa Luxemburg International Conference (RLIC), which has been running since 1996 every second Saturday i…

teleSUR (2020-01-12). Bolivia: De Facto Regime Supporters Kidnapped Evo's Ex-Minister. telesurenglish.net Evo Morales' former Interior Minister Carlos Romero denounced Saturday that The Resistance, a shock group supporting the coup-based government led by Jeanine Añez, kept him kidnapped for two days inside his home. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Coup Govt. Tries to Convince Europe There Was No Coup | "They have kidnapped me in my own house. They've locked the water stopcock, I had no food or water," Romero told reporters at the hospital where he is still convalescing.

The Canary (2020-01-12). No matter what Johnson says, the EU won't be rushed into striking a Brexit deal. thecanary.co Passing law to prevent the extension of Brexit negotiations will not force the EU to rush into a deal, Ireland's deputy premier has warned.Simon Coveney said the EU felt the end of 2020 deadline set by Boris Johnson was "ambitious, if not unrealistic".Coveney said he felt it would take longer than 12 months, as he highlighted the deal encompassed much more than trade and included areas like aviation, fishing and data.He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: When people talk about the future relationship, in the UK in particular, they seem to only talk about a future trade agreement, actually there's much more to this t…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Turkey extends condolences to Oman over Sultan's death. yenisafak.com Turkey on Saturday extended condolences to Oman over the death of longtime ruler Qaboos bin Said al Said.In a Twitter post, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "I wish Allah's mercy on Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al Said, who was a key figure for Oman's welfare and development with his efforts as well as for the politics in our region."In a separate Twitter post, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said: "Heartfelt condolences to the brotherly people of #Oman who lost a visionary leader, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said. May his soul rest in eternal peace. @MofaOman @Oman_GC."Sultan Qaboos die…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). German chancellor Merkel says Berlin will host Libya peace talks. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Libyan peace talks will be held in Berlin, as Turkey and Russia appealed to the north African nation's warring factions to enter a ceasefire."We hope that the joint efforts by Russia and Turkey will lead to success, and we will soon send out invitations for a conference in Berlin," Merkel said on Saturday during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.She stressed that the United Nations would lead talks if a meeting were to take place in Berlin, and that Libya's warring parties would need to play a major role to help find a solution.The aim wa…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Italian premier due to visit Turkey on Monday. yenisafak.com Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday will pay a working visit to Turkey on the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.In a statement, the Turkish Communications Directorate said the two leaders will discuss bilateral relations and steps that can be taken to improve cooperation between the two countries.In the meetings, the duo is expected to exchange views on current, regional and international developments, particularly on Libya.It will be Conte's first visit to Turkey after he took office in 2018.

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Turkey arrests 4 FETO-linked terror suspects. yenisafak.com At least four suspected members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and three human smugglers were arrested in northwestern Turkey as they attempted to cross to Greece, security sources said on Sunday.According to a military source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking with the media, Turkish border guards made the arrests in Edirne province's border village of Doyran.FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Turkish, US officials discuss security of Libya, Syria. yenisafak.com Turkey's presidential spokesman discussed security of Libya and Syria with U.S. national security advisor over the phone, Turkey's presidential sources said on Saturday.Ibrahim Kalin and Robert C. O'Brien also discussed recent developments in Iraq and Iran, said the sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Turkey reiterated its call for a cease-fire and both countries agreed on putting efforts to de-escalate the tension in the region.Earlier this week, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeting U.S. troops in Iraq…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Turkey launches Operation Kapan-2 in country's south. yenisafak.com Turkey launched Operation Kapan-2 to eliminate terrorists in the country's south, the Interior Ministry announced on Sunday.The gendarmerie command launched the counter-terrorism operation in the rural area of Hatay province, the ministry said in a statement.A total of 623 security personnel, including gendarmerie and police forces, are taking part in the operation.So far, a three-room shelter and three depots have been identified and an improvised explosive device and a large quantity of daily use items have been destroyed.With Turkey ramping up its fight against terrorists, it launched on Saturday Operation KAP…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Calm prevails in Tripoli as cease-fire takes effect. yenisafak.com Calm prevailed in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday as a cease-fire called by Turkey and Russia went into effect.The cease-fire took effect at 12 midnight local time [2200GMT] and the decision was celebrated with fireworks in the capital.On Saturday, forces loyal to Libya's renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar accepted a joint call by Turkey and Russia for a cease-fire and truce in the battle for Tripoli.Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said in a video message that the forces accepted the cease-fire call but would harshly respond if violated.The cease-fire announcement came minutes after…

yenisafak (2020-01-12). Turkey 'neutralizes' 2 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces "neutralized" two PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, the Defense Ministry said on Sunday."Two PKK terrorists were neutralized in an air-back operation in Metina region of northern Iraq," the ministry said on Twitter adding that the operations will continue.Turkish authorities often use the word "neutralize" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.PKK terrorists often use northern Iraq to plan cross-border terrorist attacks in Turkey.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK

Peter Bolton (2020-01-12). Boris Johnson's PMQs performance exposed him as the puppet of Trump he truly is. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's cosy relationship with US President Donald Trump is nothing new. After Theresa May's resignation, Trump was quick to endorse Johnson as her replacement. He even described him as "Britain Trump". Ever since becoming prime minister, Johnson has returned the favor by further aligning

RT (2020-01-11). Nord Stream 2 is an economic project to benefit Germany AND Europe, Washington's stance is wrong — Merkel. rt.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Nord Stream 2 is an economic project that will benefit large parts of Europe, criticizing US attempts to undermine it. | Speaking to journalists in Moscow along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Merkel argued that "sanctions are the wrong way to go." Both leaders vowed that the gas pipeline project will be finished against all odds. | In December, the US State Department issued an ultimatum to European companies taking part in the project, threatening them with sanctions if they do not cease their work by January 20. The US says the project will harm the interests…

teleSUR (2020-01-11). Macron's Solution to Pension Reform Protests: Lots of Tear Gas. telesurenglish.net Tens of thousands of citizens marched through Paris against President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform. On Saturday, after 37 consecutive days of social unrest, lawyers and other groups of professionals joined the massive rally, which the French government tried to silence with tear gas. | RELATED: | France: Government Talks on Pension Reform Fails | In the mornin…

South Front (2020-01-11). What's Behind Boeing Crash in Iran? globalresearch.ca UPDATE (January 11): On January 11, the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces issued a statement saying that the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 (Flight PS752) had been shot down as a result of the human error "at a …

teleSUR (2020-01-11). Bolivia: Coup Govt. Tries to Convince Europe There Was No Coup. telesurenglish.net The de-facto Government of Jeanine Añez entrusted Friday to her now ex-vice chancellor Gualberto Rodriguez to report in Europe that in Bolivia there was no coup d'etat, but a constitutional succession, from his new position as Chargé d'affaires in Spain. | RELATED: | Bolivia One Month After the Coup: A Recount of Pivotal Events | At a ceremony during which Rodriguez's successor was sworn in, de-facto Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia, Karen Longaric, wished the new chargé d'affaires "much…

WSWS (2020-01-11). Germany: Response to satirical children's video exposes self-censorship of the media. wsws.org The week before Christmas, German broadcaster WDR posted an online video of a children's choir singing an updated version of a satirical song, triggering hysterical denunciations.

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-01-11). France Deplores New Israeli Settlement Expansion Plans. imemc.org France condemned, on Friday, the recent Israeli decision to green-light the construction of 1,936 housing units in the West Bank illegal settlements. The French consulate in Jerusalem said in a statement that the decision "comes at a troubling time of accelerated settlement on the West Bank," the Palestinian News and …

Staff (2020-01-11). France Enters Second Month of National Strike. truthout.org Caught in a faceoff with Macron and the French government, France's railway and other public sector workers remain on strike for the fifth week in a row. The national strike, which began December 5 of last year, is the longest transportation strike in France's history and the longest general strike since May 1968, when the entire economy was ground to a halt by students and workers in an all out revolt against the government. As the strike continues, union leaders are attempting to negotiate with the government, but France…

teleSUR (2020-01-11). 'Four-Day Workweek, Six Hours Each Day' Finnish PM Proposes. telesurenglish.net Prime Minister Sanna Marin spoke in favor of reducing working days and working hours during the 120th-anniversary ceremony of the founding of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Turku, Finland. | RELATED: | One Killed, 10 Wounded in Sword Attack at Finnish College | "Four-day work week, six-hour day. Why couldn't this be the next step? Eight hours is the absolute truth?," the Finnish Prime Minister asked. | "I think people deserve to spend more time with their families, their loved…

teleSUR (2020-01-11). Merkel and Putin: Iran Nuclear Deal Must Be Preserved by All Means. telesurenglish.net Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin Saturday agreed to fight to save the Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), after meeting in Moscow amid escalating tensions in the Middle East. | RELATED: | Risk of Nuclear War Now Highest Since World War 2: UN | The German Chancellor said "everything must be done" to keep the agreement, despite calls from U.S. President Donald Trump to abandon it, while her Russian counterpart described the deal as "tremendously important.

WSWS (2020-01-11). European powers support war preparations against Iran. wsws.org Not a single leading European politician condemned the brutal murder of General Qassem Suleimani, which represented a gross violation of international law and massively expanded the ongoing regional war in the Middle East.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-01-11). Iran Says Military Shot Down Ukraine Airliner in 'Disastrous Mistake' Amid Heightened Tensions With US. commondreams.org Bolstering calls from across the globe for a swift de-escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran—which ramped up after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani earlier this month—Iran's military announced Saturday that it had "unintentionally" shot down a Ukraine passenger jet, killing all 176 people aboard. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/commander.jpg

RT (2020-01-11). Protests, vigils at Iran universities after Tehran admits it shot Ukrainian plane down. rt.com Videos from Tehran show crowds holding vigils and protests at universities after Iran admitted shooting down a Ukrainian plane with 176 on board. Many of the passengers were Iranian students. | People were lighting candles and bringing flowers to several universities in Tehran. | One banner among the many in the crowd read: "What is the costs of the war with the world? what is the cost of lying? #condolence to Iran." | #Vigils for #Ukraine plane crash vi…

Lucy Schiller (2020-01-10). The Visitor: Wizards of Loneliness. counterpunch.org I moved to Dortmund, Germany about three months ago, though it feels more like six or twelve. The hours stretch here in a way I'm not accustomed to, even living, as I used to, in a what my landlord in Iowa City called the "Spinster's Cottage"—a little shack originally built for an aging and unmarried More

teleSUR (2020-01-10). France: Government Talks on Pension Reform Fails. telesurenglish.net After enduring on Thursday the first mass demonstration of 2020 in rejection of the pension reform promoted by President Emmanuel Macron, negotiations between the French government and trade unions failed to break the deadlock over pension reform as both sides stood firm ahead of a fifth day of nationwide protests. | RELATED: | France Faces Another Nationwide Strike Against Pension Reform | With a public transport strike into its 37th day, Macron's centrist administration defied…

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-10). Washington Blames Iran for Ukraine Airliner Crash. Was the Plane Brought down by a Missile? globalresearch.ca Update | The latest information suggests that the Ukraine plane was brought down by a missile, following statements emanating from the Iranian government. … | On Wednesday, Ukraine Airlines Flight 752 crashed minutes after departing from Tehran's International Airport. | All 167 passengers …

teleSUR (2020-01-10). EU Congress Stops Recognizing Jailed Catalan MP as Lawmaker. telesurenglish.net Jailed Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras' mandate as a European Union (EU) lawmaker is over, the legislature's head said on Friday, in what could be showing support for the hardline followed by Madrid against the independentist movement. | RELATED: | Brussels Court Suspends Extradition of Catalan Leader Puigdemont | European Parliament president David Sassoli said decisions this month by Spain's electoral board and Supreme Court blocking Junqueras from occupying his seat meant h…

Bernard Marszalek (2020-01-10). Righteous Capitalism vs. Cooperative Values. dissidentvoice.org Employee Stock Option Plans Beer enthusiasts are bemoaning the sale of the fourth largest US craft brewery, New Belgium Brewery, based in Ft. Collins, Colorado, to Japanese conglomerate Kirin. They fear that the quality of the beer may suffer. Others have decried association with Kirin because of its poor business practices. Kirin, Amnesty International maintains, …

Common Dreams (2020-01-10). Ukraine Airliner Tragedy Evokes Memories of When US Shot Down Iran Air Flight 655. theantimedia.com For many Iranians, the Tehran tragedy brought back painful memories of a similar incident from more than 30 years ago.

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