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Daredevil routine at 1,300ft almost goes DISASTROUSLY WRONG for Russian paraglider & aerial gymnast (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Russian paraglider Alexander Orlov and world champion aerial gymnast Anzhela Kulagila performed a daredevil routine in Vietnam, making jaw-dropping acrobatics moves at 400m (1,300ft)

Can Moscow finish Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline despite US sanctions? 'Never say never' says Gazprom
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Russia's $10 billion Nord Stream 2 pipeline – which will pump gas more than 1,200 km to Germany – has been sanctioned by Washington, with US officials claiming Moscow can't finish the project. "Never say never," Gazprom replied. | The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a joint project between Russian energy giant Gazprom and five European firms, was sanctioned by the US Congress in December. The State Department followed this with an ultimatum to the European firms working on the project: "immediately cease construction-related activity." | The warning was enough to scare away Swiss pipelaying firm Allseas Group SA, and…

WATCH Portugal's president performing his power greeting again, this time with Indian PM Modi
rt.com | 2020-02-16
The Portuguese leader has added to his repertoire of unorthodox handshakes, this time putting to the test the prime minister of India, who greeted him in New Delhi. | A vigorous and sustained (to say the least) handshake from Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stole the spotlight during his meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi this week. The two leaders appeared before the press, but their greeting extended well beyond formal diplomatic protocol. | In videos that surfaced online, de Sousa is seen grabbing Modi's hand, which he resolutely shakes in a series of quick, sharp movements. The Indian prime…

Painting a True Christ
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-16
There's an early scene in Terrence Malik's masterful new film

Devolved finance ministers write to Treasury seeking Budget talks
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
Finance ministers from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have urged the UK Government to hold pre-Budget talks. | The devolved administrations also sought clarity on plans for a forthcoming comprehensive spending review. | The joint letter said: "It will be important to discuss the challenges for public spending as a result of leaving the European Union and how we can work together to ensure as smooth a transition as possible to a UK funding framework which delivers for all parts of the United Kingdom and respects devolution. | "A key test of this will be to complete our joint work to review and improve the st…

Bakery workers target Pancake Tuesday in strike over pay
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
Workers have vowed to halt Pancake Tuesday in Northern Ireland during strike action at one of the UK's largest bakeries.Bakers at Allied Bakeries in east Belfast walked out early on Sunday morning for the first time in decades in a row over a 3% pay claim.The factory makes products such as Kingsmill bread.This is one of the busiest weeks of the year at the site, which is part of Associated British Foods.The multinational company owns a series of brands, including clothes retailer Primark, and posted profits of around £1.4 billion last year.A Kingsmill lorry stopped at the gates where dozens of workers carry…

Ireland's Left Turn
Daniel Finn | zcomm.org | 2020-02-16
Last Saturday, Ireland bucked the European trend as its voters turned sharply left. Sinn Féin was the main beneficiary, but the party has some big choices to make in the months ahead if it's going to capitalize on this breakthrough…

Record-breaking floods across England as Storm Dennis lashes UK (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-02-16
Storm Dennis has sparked a record number of flood warnings across England after barreling through the UK and releasing more than a month's worth of rainfall in just 48 hours. | The storm blasted parts of northern Europe with fierce winds and torrential downpours over the weekend. With the worst of the storm finally having passed, authorities and residents across Britain have been left to pick up the pieces, as some parts of the country have been left submerged in floodwater. | The situation in South Wales was said to be "life-threatening", prompting the UK Met Office to issue a red warning due to heavy rain…

Family reunites with 'PKK-kidnapped' daughter in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
With the efforts of Turkish security forces, another family has reunited with their daughter, who they claim was kidnapped by PKK terrorists, after five years of longing.According to security sources on Sunday, Pelda Ayhan surrendered to Turkish authorities in the Suruc district of Turkey's eastern Sanliurfa province.The mother, Gevriye Ayhan, had attended a sit-in protest against the PKK terror group in the southeastern Diyarbakir province.The protest started on Sept. 3 outside the offices of the Peoples' Democratic Party

Turkish, Chinese top diplomats discuss Uyghur Muslims
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
The foreign ministers of Turkey and China discussed the situation of the Uyghur Turkic Muslim minority in China during a meeting under the 56th Munich Security Conference.Mevlut Cavusoglu and Wang Yi met on Saturday, according to diplomatic sources.China's Xinjiang region is home to around 10 million Uyghurs. The Turkic Muslim group, which makes up around 45% of Xinjiang's population, has long accused China's authorities of cultural, religious and economic discrimination.Up to a million people, or about 7% of the Muslim population in Xinjiang, have been incarcerated in an expanding network of "political re-educat…

Turkish police arrest 450 PKK/YPG suspects
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
Turkish security forces arrested 450 people for their alleged links to the YPG/PKK terror group, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.The ministry said police detained 450 suspects over the last five days in anti-terror operations across 37 provinces.During the operations, police seized equipment and documents at the suspects' addresses, including a number of long-barreled firearms, a shotgun and a shotgun shell.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK

Turkey says Haftar's aggressions must be stopped
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
Turkey's top diplomat said on Sunday that the country underlined the importance of a political solution to the conflict in Libya, as well as stopping Haftar's aggression at the first follow-up meeting to a recent cease-fire in the north African country."As Turkey, we stressed that the only solution is a political one, and to achieve this, Haftar's aggression and violations must be stopped," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters after the ministerial meeting.The next meeting on Libya will take place in Rome, though the date is yet to be decided, he added.Foreign ministers and top diplomats from across t…

Pakistan says Erdogan visit progresses free trade talks
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-16
Pakistan said it made substantial progress with Turkey on a free trade agreement (FTA) last week during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the capital Islamabad.According to Secretary of Commerce Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera, a delegation from Pakistan's textiles sector will travel to Turkey in March ahead of the resumption of FTA negotiations. Sukhera said on Twitter that both countries were in agreement to "surmount the issue of being competitors" in textiles by finding ways to "collaborate."He added that the delegation would seek "ways of joining each other's value chains."Also, the two countries agre…

Cyprus to Lodge Protest With UN Over Turkish Plans to Reopen Island's Ghost Town – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
ATHENS (Sputnik) – The administration in exile of the Cypriot city of Famagusta intends to lodge a protest with the UN over Ankara's plans to reopen Varosha, a ghost resort town in Famagusta, that has been fenced-off since Turkey's invasion in 1974, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) said on Sunday.

Gazprom Official Reveals How Russian Energy Giant Will Make Profit in Coming Years
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
Earlier this month, the Russian energy giant Gazprom confirmed its readiness to maintain current exports to Europe by renegotiating long-term contracts with major customers.

'Never Say Never': Gazprom Responds to US Claim That Russia 'Can't' Complete $10 Bln Gas Pipeline
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
The impending completion of the $10 billion, 1,230 km Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline stretching from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea hit a snag after Washington slapped sanctions on the project, prompting pipelaying contractor Allseas Group S.A. to pull out. Moscow says the project will be finished anyway.

5.8-Magnitude Quake Hits Iran's Qeshm Island in the Gulf – EMSC
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, the quake occurred at a depth of 47 kilometres.

'Dominoes to Start Toppling': Ex-Brexit Party MEP 'Foretells' Next Country to Leave EU
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-16
Following the UK's official exit from the EU on 31 January, all eyes currently are on Britain's efforts to clinch new trade deals with other countries as well as the bloc during an 11-month transition period.

2 in a row! Kulizhnikov & Voronina smash records to clinch 1000m and 5000m gold at speed skating worlds
rt.com | 2020-02-15
Team Russia continues to take the ISU Speed Skating World Championship in Salt Lake City by storm, with Natalia Voronina setting a world record in the women's 5,000m, and Pavel Kulizhnikov following suit in the men's 1,000m. | Russian speed skating ace Kulizhnikov clocked a time of 1: 05.69 to set a new mark in the 1,000m on Saturday, his second triumph in as many days after he claimed gold in the shortest speed skating distance (500m) on Friday. | üí•ü홂ôÇÔ∏è And another one! üá∑ü&aacut…

'Change course before it's too late': Lavrov calls on Europe to reject false notion of 'Russian threat' in Munich speech
rt.com | 2020-02-15
NATO's eastward expansion and large-scale drills near Russian borders may lead to unpredictable consequences and it's time for Europe to change course, Russia's FM Sergey Lavrov told the Munich Security Conference. | Europe is where the "crisis of confidence" in international relations is felt the most, Foreign Minister Lavrov said as he took to the stage, explaining that "the structure of the Cold War rivalry is being recreated" on the continent. | "Escalating tensions, NATO's military infrastructure advancing to the East, exercises of unprecedented scope near the Russian borders, the pumping of defense budge…

Breaking 12-year curse: Alexander Loginov wins first gold for Russia at 2020 IBU World Championships
rt.com | 2020-02-15
Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov has taken the first gold for his team at the 2020 IBU World Championships in Italy, finishing first in the men's sprint on Saturday. | The 28-year-old displayed flawless shooting and completed the 10km race in 22 minutes 48.1 seconds to claim his maiden world title. France's Quentin Fillon Maillet and Martin Fourcade earned silver and bronze respectively. | READ MORE: 'Dodgy decision': Russian biathlon official questions controversial doping bans for former stars | "Clean sh…

Painting A True Christ
Edward Curtin | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-15
There's an early scene in Terrence Malik's masterful new film

Climate Change Driving "Rapid and Widespread" Decline of Bumblebees
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-15
Shifts in temperature and rainfall are pushing bumblebees to their ecological limits across both continents, according to the analysis published in Science. This is driving "rapid and widespread declines" across 66 bumblebee species, the authors warn. | The impact of climate change on bumblebees is greatest in warmer parts of the northern hemisphere, including Mexico and Spain, the research finds. | Bumblebees have also expande…

Who forgot the mic? Ukraine's Zelensky left without microphone at Munich Security Conference (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-02-15
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's speech at the Munich Security Conference started off with a slip-up as the organizers somehow forgot to provide him with a microphone. | Zelensky's speech took place in a small room outside the main conference hall. When the Ukrainian president approached the podium, he was surprised to find that there was no microphone. "Can I have microphone?" he asked in English. "I can without," he said, causing the audience to laugh. | It turned out that there was no microphone, not because the organizers weren't interested in what Zelensky had to say, or thought he wouldn't nee…

Germany Sees Political Fallout From Chancellor Merkel's Alliance With Far Right
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-15
Party politics is high on the agenda in Germany. A one-day alliance between Germany's anti-Semitic, far right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) saw the sudden resignation of CDU party boss Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. While the CDU had, very temporarily, violated its very own non-alliance policy with the semi-fascistic AfD, internal party confli…

Post-Brexit Rules to 'Turn off Tap' of Low-Skilled Foreign Labor
Reuters | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-15
Britain will "turn off the tap" of foreign, low-skilled labor and require all skilled workers wishing to come to the country to have a job offer and meet salary and language requirements as it sets post-Brexit rules from next year. | RELATED: | From the South: How Can the Brexit Affect Caribbean Nations? | Britain formally left the European Union at the end of January but a transition period is in effect until Dec. 31, during which time little changes. | At the moment, European Union citizen…

Russian shock artist arrested in France days after leaking sex tapes of Macron party ex-candidate for Paris mayor
rt.com | 2020-02-15
Self-exiled Russian shock artist, Pyotr Pavlensky, has been detained in France over a knife attack. The arrest came shortly after sex tapes he released forced a Paris mayor candidate to withdraw from the race. | Pavlensky was arrested by police after he left his hotel in Paris on Saturday, Le Parisien reported. BFM TV said that the artist had been wanted over "banditry with the use of dangerous means" since an incident at a party on January 1. | At the time, the Russian reportedly had a heated argument with a group of people and grabbed a knife to add weight to his stance. He ended up injuring two partygoers,…

Anti-BDS laws are meant to censor & control speech, journalist Abby Martin tells RT after suing Georgia govt over cancelled talk
rt.com | 2020-02-14
Barred from speaking at a public university over her refusal to sign a pledge of allegiance to Israel, journalist Abby Martin is now suing the state of Georgia, arguing its anti-BDS legislation sets fire to the First Amendment. | Slated to give a keynote talk at a media literacy conference at Georgia Southern University later this month, Martin was asked to sign what amounts to a loyalty oath to the State of Israel, mandated under a 2016 Georgia law barring the government from hiring contractors who boycott Israeli products or associate with the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Martin t…

One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler & Taína Asili Mark V-Day and Campaign to End Sexual Violence
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-14
This Valentine's Day, people around the world are taking to the streets to protest violence against women and girls. From the Philippines to India to Italy to Bolivia, thousands of women in more than 100 countries will reclaim public space through dance and performance as part of a global movement called One Billion Rising. The movement takes its name from the shocking statistic that one in three women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. One Billion Rising started on Valentine's Day 2012 and has continued to grow every year since. Participants say they won't stop dancing until violence…

North Macedonia Is Being Used by NATO to Target Serbia and Russia
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
The North Macedonian House of Representatives unanimously approved on Monday for their country to accept the NATO Accession Protocol, taking the former Yugoslav Republic a step closer towards accession into NATO which is expected to be completed and finalized in …

Growth of fascistic attacks on refugees in Greece
wsws.org | 2020-02-14
A thousand threads tie the fascistic thugs on the streets hunting down refugees to the ruling Greek capitalist party, New Democracy.

Venezuela Files Complaint at The Hague ICC: 'US Coercive Measures Are Mass Destruction Weapons'
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza arrived in The Hague (Netherlands) on Thursday to file a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the United States and its sanctions. | During his meeting with the Court, Arreaza exposed the crimes against …

Osman Kavala and Two Others Face Aggravated Life Sentences in Turkey as Landmark Verdict Expected in Gezi Trial
commondreams.org | 2020-02-14

Irish unification back on agenda after election, but it won't be simple
Conn Hallinan | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-14
The victory by Ireland's left-wing Sinn Fein Party in the Republic's recent election has not only overturned some 90 years of domination by the island's two center-right parties, it suddenly puts the issue of Irish reunification on the agenda. While the campaign was fought over bread and butter issues like housing, the collapsing health care …

Hundreds more homes face flooding as 'perfect storm' Dennis approaches
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-14
A "perfect storm" of heavy rain, strong winds and melting snow could leave hundreds of homes across the UK flooded this weekend, experts have warned.Storm Dennis is forecast to batter large swathes of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with 70mph winds and up to 140mm (5.5inches) of rain in some areas.The Environment Agency (EA) said the flood impact from the weather system is likely to be worse than last weekend's Storm Ciara due to rain falling on already saturated ground. | Are you prepared for #StormDennis? | Find ou…

Unified rejection of Johnson's 'vanity project' bridge as a total waste of money
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-14
Boris Johnson's "vanity project" bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland would be a waste of money, ministers on both sides of the Irish Sea have said. | Johnson has said work is underway to establish the feasibility of a road crossing between Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway and Larne in Co Antrim. | The devolved administrations said the estimated £20bn cost should fund vital projects in both countries instead and expressed anger that they had not been consulted. | Scottish transport secretary Michael Matheson said: "I strongly believe that if £20bn is available for investment in infrastruct…

Far-Right Group Arrested for Xenophobic Plans in Germany
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-14
German authorities detained a group of 12 men for allegedly setting up a far-right organization with the goal of carrying out attacks against politicians, asylum seekers and Muslims, the Federal Prosecutor's Office (GBA) informed. | RELATED: | World Leaders Meet in Munich to Discuss Global Security | Prosecutors confirmed that four of the suspects took part in a plan to organize a "terrorist organization" in September last year and regularly met and contacted each other by phone, on o…

World Leaders Meet in Munich to Discuss Global Security
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-14
Germany's President Frank Walter Steinmeier Friday opened the 2020 Munich Security Conference (MSC), a high-level event bringing together decision-makers mostly from developed countries. | RELATED: | Moscow Hopes Iran Won't Quit Global Nuclear Pact | Until Saturday, politicians, and academics will discuss issues related to "threats" to Western economic, cultural and religious institutions. | For this reason, there will be topics such as the situation of the Middle East conflict, the ongoing…

Selected Articles: Real and "Fake" Elections: US, Bolivia, Ireland
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-14
Bolivian Elections Will be an Opportunity to Legalize the Coup | By Lucas Leiroz de Almeida, February 14, 2020 | The next Bolivian presidential elections were scheduled for May 3. The scenario in the country remains troubled, marked by the unrest …

Fueled by US Under Trump, Global Military Spending in 2019 Had Biggest Increase in a Decade
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-02-14
The amount the United States increased in defense spending between 2018 and 2019 was nearly the same as the United Kingdom's entire defense budget. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/global-military-spending-2019.jpg

State-backed Alliance for Securing Democracy disinfo shop falsely smears The Grayzone as 'state-backed'
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-13
In painting critical reporting on the Iowa caucuses debacle as a Russian plot, a Western government-backed information warfare shop smeared…

European left and green MPs support Kurdish struggle
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-13
Kurdish struggle Peter BoyleIssue 1253 Belgium Rojava revolution BrusselsFebruary 13, 2020Left and green parliamentarians from across Europe condemned Turkey's invasion of Rojava, the democrat…

Ireland: Political earthquake as Sinn Féin wins election
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-13
elections Duroyan FertlIssue 1253 Ireland Sinn FeinFebruary 13, 2020In general elections held on February 8, Sinn Féin became the most popular political party in the 26-county Irish Republic for the first time. This seismic result has shaken the Irish political system to its co…

France: Struggle to defend pensions enters new phase
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-13
anti-austerity Lisbeth LathamIssue 1253 France pension reforms trade unionsFebruary 13, 2020Since December 5, France has been gripped by ongoing strikes and mobilisations by a coalition of trade unio…

Foreign fighters: 'One of the most serious dimensions' in global counter-terrorism struggle
news.un.org | 2020-02-12
Over the past few years, ISIL and Al-Qaida terrorist fighters have posed an "unprecedented threat to international peace and security", the UN counter-terrorism chief said on Wednesday in Vienna, at the close of a joint UN- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) regional conference on addressing challenges posed by terrorists who have gone to fight overseas.

Former Goldman Sachs CEO says Sanders presidency would 'ruin our economy,' gets blasted on Twitter
rt.com | 2020-02-12
An ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis has claimed Bernie Sanders would ruin the economy and "screw up the US" if elected president, prompting Twitter to remind him of the Great Recession. | Billionaire Lloyd Blankfein tweeted on Wednesday that Sanders is "just as polarizing as Trump AND he'll ruin [the American] economy and doesn't care about [the American] military," before adding: "If I'm Russian, I go with Sanders this time around." | If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US. Sanders is just as polarizing…

Iraq and Russia Prepare to Boost Military Ties as US Threatens Sanctions
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-08
Iraq and Russia are preparing for deepening military coordination.

Iraq and Russia Prepare to Boost Military Ties as US Threatens Sanctions

Iowa debacle fueled by anti-Bernie billionaires, Russiagate hucksters, failed DNC elites
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-07
Max Blumenthal breaks down the shadowy network of billionaires, Democratic elites, and Russiagate profiteers behind the Shadow app that ruined…

Right-wing Nicaraguan opposition boasts of support from US and EU in campaign to oust Sandinista gov't
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-07
The US embassy and European Union are meeting with right-wing Nicaraguan opposition leaders and pressuring them to unite against elected…

Right-wing Nicaraguan opposition boasts of support from US and EU in campaign to oust Sandinista gov't
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-02-07
The US embassy and European Union are meeting with right-wing Nicaraguan opposition leaders and pressuring them to unite against elected…

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