2020-02-26: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-26). Assange detention illegal under English, European and international law, defense argues. rt.com Day three of the Julian Assange extradition hearing is focusing on whether the allegations against Assange amount to "political offenses." If so, it would likely be outside of the judge's jurisdiction to approve extradition. | Kicking off proceedings at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday, defense counsel Edward Fitzgerald argued that 17 of the 18 counts with which the WikiLeaks founder has been charged fall under the US Espionage Act, which makes them political on face value. He added that the 18th count, of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, was in order to carry out the other alleged offenses. | Also on…

RT (2020-02-26). 'Tigers' and 'wolves' duke it out in court: Russian armored car maker sues biker association leader over trademark. rt.com AMZ, the defense contractor that makes the Tigr, Russia's only modern armored car, can't call their latest project 'Wolf' because Russia's largest biker club, the 'Night Wolves' owns the trademark. So AMZ is taking them to court. | Arzamas Machine-building Plant (AMZ) wants to call their latest armored car 'Wolf,' but they've hit a surprising road bump: the 'Night Wolves' have had the trademark for the word since 2000. Their leader, Aleksandr 'Surgeon' Zaldostanov, has personally owned it for 13 years now. So now, the Russian manufacturer has taken 'Surgeon' to intellectual property court, claiming he isn't us…

RT (2020-02-26). Russia receives UN proposal on strengthening cessation of hostilities in Libya — Moscow. rt.com The UN envoy Ghassan Salame has handed over to Russia a draft agreement on the stabilization and strengthening of the cessation of hostilities in Libya, according to Moscow. | Russian presidential envoy for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy FM Mikhail Bogdanov, however, added on Wednesday that Moscow did not see evidence that Libya's warring factions were prepared to implement military and political decisions reached at a conference in Berlin on January 19, TASS reported. | It is important now that Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar and UN-backed PM Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj support the basi…

RT (2020-02-26). Pakistan paves way for trade with Russia by settling Soviet-era debt. rt.com Islamabad has repaid Moscow the $93.5 million (Rs 1,442 billion) debt pending since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The issue was a major hurdle in boosting the country's trade ties with Russia. | The trade dispute resolution will pave the way for billions of dollars in Russian investments in Pakistan, said the country's official. | Also on rt.com | | Under the agreement, the Pakistani government was bound to return $93.5 million to Russia within 90 days of the signing and clear pending Rus…

RT (2020-02-26). Pakistan PM Khan calls on world to stop 'Nazi-inspired ideology' in India amid Kashmir & Citizenship Act unrest. rt.com India has embraced racist beliefs tantamount to the views espoused by Nazi Germany, and the world must take action to stop the country's Muslim minority from being 'targeted,' Pakistan's Imran Khan has argued. | The Pakistani prime minister made the comments while tweeting about ongoing violence in Delhi between supporters and opponents of India's new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The unrest has caused the deaths of at least 20 people as of Wednesday. | "Today in India we are seeing the Nazi-inspired RSS ideology take over a nuclear-armed state of over a billion people," Khan wrote, referring to the Rashtri…

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2020-02-26). Russiagate: The Toxic Gift That Keeps on Giving. counterpunch.org All smears are boomerang smears. That is why anyone worth a damn does not engage in it. That goes for the Russia-Gaters, the left/right smears on Gabbard, the years of left/right smears on Assange, the attacks on the Green Party and now the Russia narrative attacks on Sanders. Falling into line with the secret police

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-02-26). Turkey's Request for U.S. Patriot Missiles to Pressure Russia in Syria Will Not Work. globalresearch.ca Ankara's statements about an imminent military operation in Syria and the Turkish authorities' request for Washington to supply them with U.S.-made Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems are just Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's manoeuvres to leverage against Russia that his …

Paul Street (2020-02-26). The "Liberal" Media's Propaganda War on Bernie Sanders. zcomm.org Do not be surprised if the Russia angle becomes a master narrative in coming weeks…

WSWS (2020-02-26). After acquittal in Gezi Park trial, Turkish state re-launches prosecution. wsws.org The Gezi Park trial was a politically motivated legal vendetta, aimed at managing the Turkish state's relations with the imperialist powers while intimidating and discrediting social opposition inside Turkey itself.

Zero Hedge (2020-02-26). "Sick People" — Russian Lawmakers Blast US for Nuclear War Exercise. globalresearch.ca US Defense Secretary Mark Esper participated in a war exercise late last week at the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) HQ in Omaha, Nebraska, which featured how the Pentagon would respond to a Russian nuclear attack on Europe,

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2020-02-26). Anti-Russian Xenophobia Reaches Ridiculous Levels. counterpunch.org Following his resounding defeat in Nevada in the Democratic Party Caucus, Joe Biden blamed the Russians, telling CBS News that the "Russians don't want me to be the nominee, they like Bernie." The intelligence communities a few days earlier accused Russia of favoring Bernie Sanders and Donald J. Trump. Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic Party

John Feffer (2020-02-26). Making America Unsafe Again. zcomm.org Whether it's Russian hackers, deadly viruses, or unscrupulous investors, the Trump administration has made it much easier for some foreign agents to destabilize the United States…

WSWS (2020-02-26). Germany: Left Party embraces Christian Democrats in Thuringia. wsws.org Amid massive opposition to neo-Nazis and right-wingers, the Left Party is actively seeking to forge an all-party alliance and work more closely with the Christian Democratic Union.

WSWS (2020-02-26). Many unanswered questions following attack on carnival procession in Germany. wsws.org More than 24 hours after a man drove his car into a carnival procession in the small town of Volkmarsen, the investigators are conducting themselves with unusual restraint.

yenisafak (2020-02-26). Peace in South Sudan to bolster Turkish investment. yenisafak.com South Sudan's ambassador to Turkey urged Turkish investors to "be among the first" to invest in his country, even as a new transitional government takes shape under a landmark peace deal.Last Friday, South Sudan President Salva Kiir appointed rebel leader Riek Machar vice president after they agreed to form a long-delayed unity government — a crucial step towards ending six years of war."We want to appeal to the business community in Turkey as we enter a new era, we want investors from our friends the Turkish people," Ambassador Majok Guandong told Anadolu Agency.The diplomat said that there are some four T…

yenisafak (2020-02-26). Turkey condemns Khojaly massacre on 28th anniversary. yenisafak.com Turkey condemned on Wednesday the Khojaly massacre that saw killings of hundreds of Azerbaijani citizens at the hands of Armenian forces, marking the event's 28th anniversary.As many as 613 innocent Azerbaijani citizens including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elders were indiscriminately killed, with hundreds more wounded by Armenian troops in their attack in Khojaly town in Azerbaijan's Upper Karabakh region on Feb. 26, 1992."As a result of the occupation of the Azerbaijani territories including this inhuman aggression against civilians, more than a million Azerbaijanis displaced in their motherland have become…

yenisafak (2020-02-26). 'Pakistan to be playmaker with Turkey's ship project'. yenisafak.com A Turkish official praised Tuesday an agreement between Pakistan and Turkey on the sales of four corvettes to Pakistan as part of Turkey's National Ship (MILGEM) project."Pakistan's possession of four MILGEM corvettes will change the balance in the region and will carry the country to the position of a playmaker," Esad Akgun, director general of Military Factory and Shipyard Management Inc. (ASFAT), a company operating under Turkey's Defense Ministry, told Anadolu Agency."It is very important for us to have Pakistan in this position as we do not see the Pakistani army separate from our own army," Akgun said.Akgun…

yenisafak (2020-02-26). Italian Iveco buses to be manufactured in Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkey's leading bus manufacturer Otokar has signed a production agreement with Italian Iveco Bus, the company announced on Wednesday.In a statement, Otokar said it will locally manufacture products under the Iveco Bus brand at its facilities in the northwestern province of Sakarya."This contractual partnership covers existing models in the Iveco Bus portfolio for international distribution, as well as the production of a model specifically catering to markets in Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia," the statement said.Serdar Gorguc, Otokar's general manager, said he hoped the agreement would lead to…

yenisafak (2020-02-26). Coronavirus: Turkey warns against travel to Iraq, Italy. yenisafak.com With cases of coronavirus rising worldwide, Turkey has advised its citizens against traveling to Iraq and Italy unless absolutely necessary.In two separate statements, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it "strongly advised" the public not to visit infected areas in Iraq and Italy.Ankara has already suspended rail and air services to Iran, where the outbreak has claimed 19 lives so far. Border crossings between the two countries also remain closed. While Iraq has diagnosed five cases as yet, some 322 cases have been reported in Italy with at least 11 deaths thus far, according to its Health Ministry.In C…

yenisafak (2020-02-26). EU states urge Russia, Syrian regime to stop Idlib attacks. yenisafak.com More than a dozen of EU member states urged Russia and the Syrian regime on Wednesday to stop military attacks in the Idlib de-escalation zone, and recommit themselves to a 2018 cease-fire agreement.Foreign ministers from 14 EU member states wrote a joint op-ed for German news portal t-online.de and warned of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe in northwestern Syria."We call on the Syrian regime and its supporters to end this military offensive and to comply with the cease-fire agreed in autumn 2018," the ministers said, amid ongoing airstrikes and shelling that claimed more than 1,800 lives since the cease-fire…

yenisafak (2020-02-26). German top court overturns ban on organised assisted suicide. yenisafak.com Germany's law that bans organised assisted suicide breaches the constitution, the country's top court ruled on Wednesday, a landmark decision in favour of groups that help people die when they choose, and doctors.The plaintiffs wanted to overturn a law that has since 2015 outlawed assisted suicide undertaken by organisations or doctors who accepted a fee for their help.

yenisafak (2020-02-26). Greece confirms first coronavirus case. yenisafak.com Greece has confirmed its first coronavirus case, the health ministry said on Wednesday.The patient was a 38-year-old Greek woman who had travelled from an area of northern Italy, said Sotiris Tsiodras, a representative of the Ministry of Health.

sputniknews (2020-02-26). Erdogan Vows Turkey Will Not Take Step Back in Syria's Idlib. sputniknews.com Turkey has repeatedly accused the Syrian Army of attacking its forces in the Idlib outposts over the last few months as well as violating the Sochi agreements that established the demilitarised zone in the Syrian province.

sputniknews (2020-02-26). France Reports First Death From Coronavirus. sputniknews.com As the coronavirus is continuing to spread through European countries, Reuters reported earlier in the day that the total number of confirmed cases in France stands at 17.

sputniknews (2020-02-26). Greece Reportedly Registers Its First Coronavirus Case. sputniknews.com Earlier in the day, the French health authorities reported the first fatal case from coronavirus after a 60-year-old Frenchman died at the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital in Paris overnight.

sputniknews (2020-02-26). Hundreds of Dead Dolphins Wash Up on French Beaches – Reports. sputniknews.com Earlier this year, French authorities issued a regulation stipulating the use of "pingers", special devices that emit acoustic signals, on some fishing trawlers in a move to protect dolphins.

sputniknews (2020-02-26). President Donald Trump Is Furious About Stock Markets Crashing Due to Coronavirus Fears – Report. sputniknews.com The development comes as the virus continues to spread across the world with cases now being reported in Croatia, Switzerland, Austria, and Brazil. Officials from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned that it is not a question of if, but when the infectious disease will spread in the United States.

RT (2020-02-25). Trump says Russian interference 'highly exaggerated', blames Adam Schiff for leaking report. rt.com President Donald Trump has called reports that Russia is interfering with the 2020 election "highly exaggerated," and blamed the rumor on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff. | The specter of 'Russian interference' raised its head again last week, when the Washington Post ran an article claiming the Kremlin is interfering in the upcoming presidential election on behalf of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, with the ultimate goal of getting Trump re-elected. The story provided no specifics on what form the supposed interference took, but claimed that Sanders and Trump had both been briefed on the thr…

Aaron Maté (2020-02-25). The Russiagate Racket targets the Bernie Sanders surge. thegrayzone.com With a familiar playbook of evidence-free, anonymously sourced red-baiting, the forces behind Russiagate try to stop Bernie Sanders' primary success….

Andrew Korybko (2020-02-25). Libya's US Base Request Reveals How Desperate the Turkish-Backed Government Has Become. globalresearch.ca Libya's recent request for the US to open up a base in the North African country under the pretext of supposedly fighting terrorism, countering organized crime, and "containing" Russia reveals just how desperate the Turkish-backed government has become since it …

Dave DeCamp (2020-02-25). Intelligence Officials Sow Discord by Stoking Fear of Russian Election Meddling. globalresearch.ca Another presidential election year is upon us, and the intelligence agencies are hard at work stoking fears of Russian meddling. This time it looks like the Russians do not only like the incumbent president but also favor who appears to …

Aaron Maté (2020-02-25). The Failed Russiagate Playbook Can't Stop Bernie Sanders. thenation.com The Failed Russiagate Playbook Can't Stop Bernie Sanders…

news.un (2020-02-25). We need to give voice to 'We the Peoples', says UN chief. news.un.org For an Organization that is seen as all too ready to give advice, the United Nations welcomed a major role reversal on Tuesday: young people from all over the world were gathered in Switzerland to voice their concerns, outline their vision for a better future, and give Secretary-General António Guterres their advice on steering the world body through todays' turbulent waters.

teleSUR (2020-02-25). Cuba Claims for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Tuesday asked the international community to work in favor of complete nuclear disarmament at the 43rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | "The international community cannot remain silent in the…

teleSUR (2020-02-25). Germany: 52 Injured After Car Drives Into Carnival Parade. telesurenglish.net A Mercedes Benz Monday intentionally plowed into the crowd attending Carnival in Volkmarsen town, Germany, and injured at least 52 people, 18 of whom were minors. | RELATED: | The driver, a 29-year-old German, was injured and therefore has not been questioned so far. However, it is known that he has a police record for crimes related to public order alteration. | The Police do not rule out that the incident was an i…

teleSUR (2020-02-25). Hundreds More Infected of Covid-19 in Italy and South Korea. telesurenglish.net South Korea confirmed 144 more cases of Covid-19 Tuesday and the number of deaths to 10 as both the Asian country and Italy now with 322 top the charts of infected cases outside of China. | RELATED: | The number of infected patients rose to 977, after 144 more cases were reported after one day. The Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has been updating the data twice a day at 10: 00 a.m. and 5: 00 p.m. loc…

teleSUR (2020-02-25). Brazil: First Possible Case Of COVID-19, More Tests Needed. telesurenglish.net Brazilian health authorities reported on Tuesday the possible detection of what could be the first case of coronavirus in the country. However, they clarified that a new test has yet to happen for definitive confirmation. | RELATED: | The patient, according to official sources, is a 61-year-old Brazilian man recently returned | from Lombardy, northern Italy, where to date, 11 deaths have occurred, and nearly 320…

teleSUR (2020-02-25). Brexit: EU Approves Negotiation of Its Future Relations With UK. telesurenglish.net European Union's Foreign Ministers Tuesday definitively approved the mandate to negotiate the future relationship of its economic bloc with the United Kingdom RELATED: | The mandate for the European Commission (EC) to negotiate with…

The Canary (2020-02-25). UK warned it faces 'tough road ahead' as red lines drawn ahead of trade talks. thecanary.co Britain has been warned it faces a "tough road ahead" in post-Brexit trade talks as European ministers gather in Brussels to prepare to sign off on their red lines. | The EU General Affairs Council is meeting to approve the bloc's mandate for negotiations with the UK — which are set to start next week. | Meanwhile, in Westminster, Boris Johnson will chair a meeting of senior ministers on his Brexit committee ahead of the publication of the UK's negotiating position on Thursday. | Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok, arriving at the meeting in Brussels, warned of the "immense" time pressure facing both sides as…

Agha Hussain (2020-02-24). How a Subtle Turkey-Iran Entente is Helping Iran Secure a Firm Presence in Syria. mintpressnews.com In the last of a three-part series, Agha Hussein investigates how cooperation with Turkey is helping Iran resist pressure to leave Syria.

RT (2020-02-24). At least they'll have an off switch: Pentagon adopts 'AI Ethical Principles' for its killer robots. rt.com As the United States looks to develop artificial intelligence weapons to keep up with Russia and China, the Pentagon has adopted a set of guidelines that it says will keep its killer androids under human control. | The Department of Defense adopted a set of "Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence" on Monday, following the recommendations by the Defense Innovation Board last October. | "AI technology will change much about the battlefield of the future, but nothing will change America's steadfast commitment to responsible and lawful behavior," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a statement. | Also on…

Staff (2020-02-24). Headlines for February 24, 2020. democracynow.org Bernie Sanders Wins Nevada Caucuses by a Landslide, Calls for MSNBC's Chris Matthews to Resign After He Likens Sanders's NV Win to Nazi Takeover of France, Global Coronavirus Cases Surge, Trump Touts Defense Deal, Praises Modi at Massive Indian Rally, In Afghanistan, U.S. and Taliban Start Partial Truce, Iran: Conservatives Pick Up Bulk of Parliament Seats After 1,000s of Candidates Barred from Running, Outrage After Video Shows Israeli Bulldozer Removing Body of Killed Palestinian, Teck Resources Withdraws Application for Contested Alberta Oil Sands After Sustained Protests, Reports: Trump Admin Out to Purge Dis…

RT (2020-02-23). Blitzkrieg Bernie? Sanders' victory in Nevada like NAZI invasion of France — MSNBC's Chris Matthews. rt.com MSNBC's Chris Matthews has compared Bernie Sanders' win in the Nevada caucuses to Adolf Hitler's WWII takeover of France. As Sanders pulls ahead of the pack, the media has labeled him a nazi, a communist, and a Russian stooge. | Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders declared a resounding victory in Saturday's Nevada caucuses, the third major showdown of the primary season. With some results still outstanding on Sunday morning, Sanders has won just over 46 percent of the vote, more than doubling the score of former Vice President Joe Biden, currently in second place with 19 percent. | After a strong showing in Iowa an…

Aaron Maté (2020-02-23). Russiagate 3.0 drowns out Trump's reckless escalation of US-Russia nuclear arms race. thegrayzone.com Amid new fear-mongering about "Russian interference," former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter on Trump's overlooked, reckless escalation of the US-Russia…

Eric Zuesse (2020-02-22). How Bernie Sanders Will Destroy the Deep State if He Becomes President. dissidentvoice.org Joe Lauria at Consortium News headlined on February 21st, "Apparent US Intel Meddling in US Election With 'Report' Russia is Aiding Sanders", and he noted that, If the story is true and if intelligence agencies are truly committed to protecting U.S. citizens, the Sanders campaign would have been quietly informed and shown evidence to back …

Fight Back (2020-02-22). Germany: Lenin comes to Gelsenkirchen! fightbacknews.org On March 14, the Russian revolutionary, Marxist working-class theorist and leader of the October Revolution of 1917 will come to Gelsenkirchen, Germany. 150 years after his birthday he will move permanently into Gelsenkirchen-Horst – in the form of an over two meter tall, artfully shaped cast-iron statue in front of the Horster Mitte, the federal headquarters of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD). | "This will also be the start of a nationwide movement 'Don't give anti-communism a chance,'" says Gabi Fechtner, the chairwoman of the MLPD. "In times where monuments of the great communist th…

Staff (2020-02-21). Headlines for February 21, 2020. democracynow.org Roger Stone Sentenced to 40-Month Prison Term, Trump Lashed at Intel Chief over Warning of Russian Meddling in 2020 Election, Germany Mourns Victims of Right-Wing Terror Attacks, Suspect Arrested in Stabbing at London Mosque, U.K. to Close Borders to "Unskilled" and Non-English-Speaking Immigrants, Protests Erupt as Acting ICE Director Challenges New York Pro-Immigrant Laws, Mexican Radio Journalist Murdered in Ciudad Juárez, February Flowers Bloom in Moscow Amid Record-High Winter Temperatures, 28 Arrested in Seattle Protesting Chase Bank Fossil Fuel Ties, Rail Blockades Continue as Protests Grow Against Coastal…

Aaron Maté (2020-02-21). Turkey, US protect Al Qaeda in Idlib and worsen Syria's suffering. thegrayzone.com Why is Turkey, with US backing, protecting Al-Qaeda's largest affiliate in Idlib, Syria? Idlib is facing a humanitarian disaster as…

Jonathan Cook (2020-02-21). Labour's Next Leader has Already betrayed the Left. dissidentvoice.org In recent years the British Labour party has grown rapidly to become one of the largest political movement in Europe, numbering more than half a million members, many of them young people who had previously turned their backs on national politics. The reason was simple: a new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, had shown that it was …

Jason Ditz (2020-02-20). Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive. theantimedia.com Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

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