2020-02-27: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-27). Biden treated Ukraine 'as his private property', says purged prosecutor Shokin on Burisma scandal — UkraineGate documentary. rt.com Former top Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin says he was pushed out under pressure from US Vice President Joe Biden, after he seized the assets of the oligarch behind Burisma, the gas company that employed Biden's son. | President Donald Trump's efforts to investigate Biden's role in getting Shokin fired served as a pretext for his impeachment in the House of Representatives back in December. However, after Trump was acquitted by the Senate, the US media forgot about Burisma — and Ukraine. | French investigative journalist Olivier Berruyer, founder of popular anti-corruption and economics blog Les Crise…

RT (2020-02-27). MSM's insatiable anti-Sanders venom forces them to dig through archives & smear veteran American reporter (because Russia!). rt.com Mainstream outlets are so determined to derail Bernie Sanders' campaign, they've dug up a 2016 interview of his wife with RT's late host Ed Schultz — shot before the "collusion" was a thing — to smear both as Russian stooges. | A clip of the Democratic presidential hopeful's wife Jane Sanders complaining on RT America about the unfairness of closed primaries — in which only registered Democrats can vote for the party's nominee — was trending on Wednesday morning, boosted by smug blue-checks crowing some variation on "I told you so." | Bernie Sanders' wife went on Russian TV to explain wh…

RT (2020-02-27). US rejected key talks on extending soon-to-expire treaty that limits strategic nuclear arms — Russia. rt.com The US has declined an invitation to hold a formal meeting to discuss the legal details of extending the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which is due to expire in a year, a senior Russian diplomat has said. | Washington has decided to ditch important talks on the bilateral treaty's fate, the Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministry's Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department, Vladimir Leontyev, told a strategic arms-themed event in the Russian parliament on Thursday. | We offered a meeting between our legal experts to make sure that we're on the same page and to negotiate a common understanding of…

RT (2020-02-27). Putin's here, there & everywhere? Russian President says idea of using lookalike once floated. rt.com For a long time, rumors persisted in Russia that Vladimir Putin was using a double or two. Now the Russian President has revealed the idea was once considered, but rejected. | The notion that the original Putin, who became Russian prime minister in 1999, is long dead is among the more popular conspiracy theories doing the rounds. Believers have come up with diagrams showing purported lookalikes of the Russian president, each alleged to have a specific purpose. | –ì–¥–µ –Ω–∞—Å—Ç–æ—è—â–&…

RT (2020-02-27). They dive from the sky & gun down panicked enemy: Russian special forces day celebrated with action-packed VIDEO. rt.com Russia's highly secretive Special Operations Forces, which get the most demanding and sensitive tasks and may go deep into enemy territory, are marking their professional day. Here is how the commandos look in action. | The SpecOp branch of the Russian military fields highly trained fighters, who know how to infiltrate behind enemy lines and wreak havoc with sabotage, organizing guerilla forces and other forms of clandestine action. | It was created over a decade ago as a distinct command, directly answering to the General Staff, but it only got a professional holiday in 2015. A video showcasing skills and equ…

WSWS (2020-02-27). New study reveals growing health crisis in Greece. wsws.org The health of Greek workers continues to deteriorate after years of austerity measures imposed by Syriza and previous capitalist governments.

WSWS (2020-02-27). Germany: Nazi terrorist group planned mass murder of Muslims. wsws.org German police arrested 12 right-wing extremists who were actively preparing mass murder against refugees, Muslims and political opponents.

yenisafak (2020-02-27). Erdogan: Three more Turkish soldiers martyred in Syria's Idlib. yenisafak.com President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday three more Turkish soldiers had been martyred in Syria's Idlib region, where Turkey's military is supporting the opposition against regime forces, but that developments there were turning in Ankara's favor."We have three martyrs, let them rest in peace. But on the other hand, the regime's losses are very big," Erdogan said in a speech. Including the latest three deaths, 21 members of the Turkish forces have been martyred in Idlib this month.

yenisafak (2020-02-27). Situation in Syria's Idlib 'in favor of Turkey'. yenisafak.com "The developments in Idlib are now in favor of Turkey," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during orientation day of first batch of Diplomacy Academy in his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party headquarter in Ankara.On Jan. 12, the parties to the conflict in Syria announced a cease-fire in response to a joint call by Turkey and Russia.Syria has been mired in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN figures.Idlib, near Turkey's south…

yenisafak (2020-02-27). UN dispatches humanitarian aid to war-stricken Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Thursday dispatched 26 truckloads of humanitarian aid to the embattled northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.The trucks passed through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed among residents in urban areas of Idlib, as well as the surrounding countryside, which have been subject to years of devastating attacks by the Assad regime and its allies, triggering a wave of some 1 million refugees.Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.Since then, hundreds of thousands…

yenisafak (2020-02-27). Turkey suspends registrations for Umrah pilgrimage. yenisafak.com Turkey has suspended new registrations for Umrah after Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended entry into the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.The announcement came on Thursday from the country's top religious body, Diyanet."There is no change in the return dates of our Umrah pilgrims in Saudi Arabia," it said in a statement.Saudi Arabia earlier on Thursday suspended Umrah entry to all countries, local media reported.Diyanet, however, said the Kingdom is yet to make a statement on confirmed cases in the country.Saudi Arabia hosts the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Madinah.Umrah, or the lesser pilgrimage, can be…

yenisafak (2020-02-27). Fire breaks out on Turkey's Imrali Island. yenisafak.com A forest fire broke out on Thursday on the small Turkish island notorious for housing Abdullah Ocalan, head of the terrorist PKK, a group which has killed over 40,000 people.The fire broke out on Imrali Island in the Sea of Marmara, near Istanbul, where Ocalan has been incarcerated since his capture in 1999."The fire is under control," Bekir Pakdemirli, Turkey's agriculture and forestry minister, told reporters, adding that the fire started in shrubs far from the prison.A helicopter, 20 water trucks, and two bulldozers were dispatched to the site this morning to fight the fire, Pakdemirli said.Speaking at Anadolu…

yenisafak (2020-02-27). Turkish Red Crescent launches ambitious blood drive. yenisafak.com Turkish Red Crescent launched an ambitious blood donation drive in the country this year in which it aims to collect 3 million units of blood."We aim to collect three million units of blood, which will meet the annual need for Turkey in 2020," said Huseyin Can, secretary general of Turkish Red Crescent."Across Turkey, Turkish Red Crescent has a national duty to deliver 9,000 units of blood to over 1,500 private and state hospitals every day," he added.He said the organization is trusted widely by donors.Can invited all citizens to participate in the drive, adding that men aged 18-65 can donate blood four times in…

yenisafak (2020-02-27). Turkish citizens returning from Iran to be quarantined. yenisafak.com Turkish health minister on Thursday informed the Turkish citizens living in Iran about a 14-day compulsory quarantine period in case they want to return to Turkey.Fahrettin Koca's remarks came in eastern Agri province where he was investigating measures against novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 at the Gurbulak-Bazargan customs gate between Turkey and Iran.Koca urged the Turkish citizens currently living in Iran to refrain from going out especially without wearing a mask and said they also need to ventilate their home.He said the citizens should pay attention to personal hygiene, wash hands properly and avoid cl…

yenisafak (2020-02-27). Turkish Airlines temporarily halts Nakhchivan flights. yenisafak.com Turkish Airlines has temporarily suspended flights to Azerbaijan's autonomous Nakhchivan region, the company's chairman said Thursday.Turkey's national flag carrier continues flying to the Azerbaijani capital Baku and Ganja, the country's second-largest city, Ilker Ayci added.The airline disinfected more than 250 aircraft as part of measures to fight coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, he said.In the wake of a dozen deaths from coronavirus in neighboring Iran, service there has been suspended, along with flights to China, where the outbreak began.In China, the death toll from the outbreak has reached 2,746…

yenisafak (2020-02-27). 'One-fifth of heart attacks occur before 50 in Turkey'. yenisafak.com One-fifth of heart attacks occur before patients turn 50 in Turkey, a country with one of the youngest populations in Europe, according to a Turkish cardiologist."20% of heart attacks in Turkey occur before the age of 50, while the average age in European countries is 60-65," Dr. Ozlem Esen, a professor at Altinbas University's medical school in Istanbul, told Anadolu Agency.Esen said heart attack is in the first place among health problems in Turkey with a rate of 42%.Heart attacks were seen only in patients over 60 years of age 20 years ago, Esen said, adding that it can now be seen among those under the age of…

yenisafak (2020-02-27). No EU country plans border checks now over coronavirus. yenisafak.com No European Union country currently has plans to reinstate border controls within the bloc's zone of free travel over the coronavirus outbreak, the executive European Commission said on Thursday.

yenisafak (2020-02-27). Two more people die from coronavirus in Italy. yenisafak.com Two more people have died in Italy from coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the worst outbreak of the disease yet seen in Europe to 14, the Civil Protection agency said in a statement on Thursday.The agency chief, Angelo Borrelli, had earlier told reporters that officials were still seeking confirmation that coronavirus was responsible for the latest two deaths. The number of confirmed cases has risen to 528 from some 420 announced on Wednesday, the vast majority in northern Italy.

yenisafak (2020-02-27). Macron warns France that coronavirus epidemic is coming. yenisafak.com President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said a coronavirus epidemic was inevitable in France as his government and others worldwide bolstered measures to fight the spread of infection.Macron visited a Paris hospital where a 60-year-old Frenchman this week became the second person to die from the coronavirus in France, and sought to reassure a medical profession angry over healthcare spending that it had his support."We have a crisis before us. An epidemic is on its way," Macron, dressed in a suit and without any protective gear, told a group of doctors.The coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people and killed…

sputniknews (2020-02-27). Turkey 'Will Do What is Necessary' if Syrians Don't Retreat to Designated Lines in Idlib – Official. sputniknews.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan previously warned that Ankara wouldn't take the "smallest step back" in Idlib and stated that Turkey is "not a guest in [the] region, but its master".

sputniknews (2020-02-27). Erdogan Notes Fighting in Syria's Idlib Has Gone in Turkey's Favour. sputniknews.com The newspaper Daily Sabah reported earlier today citing Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar that two Turkish soldiers had been killed in an airstrike in Syria's Idlib Province.

sputniknews (2020-02-27). London Bosses Call for Broad Equivalence With EU Rules to Preserve Post-Brexit Market Access. sputniknews.com Some Brexit opponents earlier warned that London might lose its role as one of the world's financial centres due to losing access to European markets. That wouldn't be the case if the UK and the EU decide to keep their financial regulations more or less along the same lines.

sputniknews (2020-02-27). Man Who Kissed Spanish TV Reporter on Air Convicted of Sexual Assault, Ordered to Pay Compensation. sputniknews.com According to the court order, the man is not allowed to approach the victim, her home, or her workplace closer than 984 feet.

sputniknews (2020-02-27). Macron Reportedly Warns of Coronavirus 'Epidemic' in France, Says It's Only the 'Beginning'. sputniknews.com In February, France became the first European country to report a death from the novel coronavirus that originated in the Chinese city Wuhan. More than a dozen cases of infection have been confirmed in the country so far.

sputniknews (2020-02-27). US and Britain Increased Imports of Crude Oil From Russia in 2019 — Report. sputniknews.com In 2017, the US left the Iran nuclear deal and subsequently reinstated all previous sanctions against Tehran including on the nation's oil industry. Russia's Ministry of Economic Development earlier said that this factor could have largely contributed to the rise in popularity of Russian oil worldwide.

sputniknews (2020-02-27). Supermodel Heidi Klum Posts an Intimate Image of Herself With Husband. sputniknews.com The 46-year-old judge of the show America's Got Talent dated the star of German band Tokyo Hotel for 15 months, before the happy coupled tied the knot at a private ceremony, held on a yacht in Italy.

The Canary (2020-02-27). The UK sets out its stall for post-Brexit EU trade talks. thecanary.co Boris Johnson will reveal his aims for a trade deal with the European Union ahead of talks on 2 March which are likely to expose deep divisions between the two sides.The mandate for the talks published by the government on 27 February will stress Johnson's priorities of ensuring the "political and economic independence" of the UK from the EU starting on 1 January 2021.It will reject the EU's calls for the UK to remain closely aligned with Brussels' rules and standards to ensure a "level playing field" for competition.Instead, it will call for a Canada-style free trade agreement without the kind of conditions soug…

Susan Price (2020-02-27). Turkey: Tens of thousands attend HDP congress. greenleft.org.au

Victor Grossman (2020-02-26). Right wing violence in Germany is met by determined resistance. peoplesworld.org BERLIN — In Germany, much as in the U.S., political poles are getting more sharply defined than ever. Will the results be good or bad? There and here, certain people are nervously wringing their well-manicured hands. While in the U.S. it's the Bernie Sanders backers who have the right worried, in Germany it's the changing …

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

Mnar Muhawesh (2020-02-26). Podcast: Abby Martin Resists Anti-BDS Laws & The Israeli Lobby. mintpressnews.com Abby Martin discusses her lawsuit against the state of Georgia over it's anti-BDS law, the Israeli government's heavy hand in pushing anti-free speech laws, the pro-Israel Democratic candidates and more.

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 …

Arabi Souri (2020-02-26). Turkey's War on Syria: Erdogan Sponsored Terrorists Cut Drinking Water off Al-Hasakah, Two Million People Affected, an Explicit War Crime. globalresearch.ca Terrorists loyal to Erdogan along with Turkish Army forces cut the drinking water off more than 2 million people in the city of Hasakah and its suburbs yesterday. | The terrorists infested the Alouk Water Station, the main source for drinking …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-26). EU Representative Deplores Israeli Army Actions in Gaza. imemc.org European Union (EU) Representative in Jerusalem, Sven Kuehn von Burgsdorff said Tuesday that the incident in which an Israeli soldier drove a bulldozer onto Palestinian territory, and dragged the body of a slain Palestinian in Gaza, on Sunday, goes counter to all principles of human dignity, Palestine News Network reported. …

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

Eric Zuesse (2020-02-26). The Pentagon's New Map: How to Know if America Is Your Enemy. globalresearch.ca If your country is friendly toward Russia, China, or Iran, then today's American Government is probably applying subversion, economic sanctions, or maybe even planning a coup, or (if none of those will succeed) probably is war-gaming now for a possible …

Alan Macleod (2020-02-26). As Coronavirus Hits Italy, Hand Sanitizer Rises to €30 per Bottle on Amazon. mintpressnews.com As is the case with most natural disasters, the Coronavirus has triggered price gouging on basic items like hand sanitizer and face masks.

news.un (2020-02-26). UN study projects $32 billion loss for UK post no-deal Brexit. news.un.org The United Kingdom (UK) risks losing up to 14 per cent of its exports to the European Union (EU) in a so-called "no-deal" Brexit, according to a new study by the UN Conference on Trade, Investment and Development (UNCTAD).

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-02-26). 'Taking a Page From His Dictator Friends Around the World': Sanders Hits Trump Over NYT Libel Lawsuit. commondreams.org The 2020 Democratic frontrunner said the president is "trying to dismantle the right to a free press in the First Amendment by suing the New York Times for publishing an opinion column about his dangerous relationship with Russia." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_iowa_trump_impeachment_0.jpg

Jeffrey D. Sachs (2020-02-26). Even Wall Street Plutocrats Can't Burn Bernie. commondreams.org This disdain is both telling and absurd. In Europe, Sanders would be a mainstream social democrat. (Photo: Angel Zayas/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-02-26_at_1.34.55_pm.png

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….

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.

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…

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…

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…

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