2020-01-19: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-19). Russian tech giant Yandex wants to expand car-sharing service across Europe. rt.com Russia's Yandex, which runs a popular car-sharing service in the country, is planning to expand across Europe this year, the tech company has revealed. | "We are considering such an opportunity," Dmitry Gorchakov, Yandex's head of geolocation services PR told RT. | It was earlier reported that the firm could make up to 1,000 electric vehicles available to rent. While the exact city where Yandex is going to test launch the project is not clear, Anton Ryazanov, chief of Yandex.Drive, told the Financial Times that the company is eyeing Madrid and Copenhagen, as well as cities in France and Italy. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-01-19). Not your REAL dad: If you come from poverty & live in a city good odds your family tree is full of cuckolds, says pioneering study. rt.com Lower-class city-dwellers were many times more likely to become cuckolds than any other class, according to a groundbreaking study that has lifted the lid on 500 years of cheating in Western Europe. | The study authors did this by comparing comprehensive family trees pieced together from church and civil records from Belgium and the Netherlands, stretching back to the 16th century. They also analysed the Y chromosomes—which are passed largely unchanged from father to son—of over 1,000 adult men in from those countries. According to family trees, each of the 500 or so pairs of these men shared a com…

RT (2020-01-19). Iran examines downed Boeing black boxes, no decision yet on sending them anywhere — investigation chief. rt.com The head of the Iranian investigation team denied earlier reports that the black boxes from the downed Ukrainian airliner would be sent to Kiev. Tehran tried to extract the data on its own, he said. | "We are trying to read the black boxes here in Iran. Otherwise, our options are Ukraine and France, but no decision has been taken so far to send them to another country," Hassan Rezaeifar, who leads the investigation into the incident along with the nation's Civil Aviation Organization, told local news agency IRNA on Sunday. | He added that Iran so far has "no plans" to send the flight recorders to Kiev. | Rezae…

RT (2020-01-19). Berlin peace talks: In war-torn Libya, can intl community help finish what Russia & Turkey started? rt.com Talks in Berlin between warring Libyan factions could finally deliver a lasting ceasefire after a decade of chaos ushered in by NATO regime change there. Could the mediation efforts, kick-started by Moscow and Ankara, bear fruit? | All eyes in Europe and beyond are set on Berlin, as PM Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA) arrive on Sunday for peace talks hosted by Germany and attended by representatives from 11 countries, including Russia's Vladimir Putin. | The GNA has been internationally recognized since 2015, but Hafta…

RT (2020-01-19). Putin & Erdogan set stage for Libya peace talks at Berlin meeting (VIDEO). rt.com The Libyan peace talks in Berlin were yet to begin, but Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan already voiced their positions on the conflict, Erdogan speaking against Haftar and Putin calling for dialogue. | As the two presidents met ahead of the Sunday conference, Erdogan was direct in showing his animosity towards Libya's Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have been closing in on the UN-backed government in Tripoli. | "Haftar has proven himself to be in favor of a military solution [to the conflict]. Here in Berlin, the ceasefire must be confirmed. Haftar's aggressive behavior must be stopped s…

RT (2020-01-19). Iran will review cooperation with IAEA if Europe takes 'unjust measures' over nuclear deal. rt.com Tehran will review its cooperation with the global nuclear watchdog IAEA if the EU introduces "unjust" steps over the 2015 nuclear deal, which was first abandoned by the US, Iran's parliament speaker has warned. | Britain, France and Germany formally launched a process, charging Iran with failing to comply with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on its nuclear program. | Speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Larijani, called the decision "unfortunate." | "We clearly announce that if Europe, for any reason, uses Article 37 of the nuclear agreement unfairly, then Iran will make a serious decision re…

RT (2020-01-19). German FM blasts US policy on Iran, says Europe wants to prevent 'firestorm' in Middle East without regime change. rt.com German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that, instead of following the US' maximum pressure campaign against Iran, the EU will stick to diplomacy in order to avoid further escalation of tensions in the region. | The US and Europe have a "different approach" to Iran and the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for its nuclear program, Maas told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, in an interview published on Saturday. | "While the US unilaterally abandoned the nuclear agreement and imposed maximum pressure [on Tehran], we want to achieve progress through negotiations. France, Britain and Germany want to keep…

RT (2020-01-19). Berlin talks 'important step' towards cementing Libya ceasefire, groundwork created with Moscow — Erdogan. rt.com Upcoming talks in Berlin are an "important step" towards finally facilitating a long-lasting ceasefire in civil-war-torn Libya, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of negotiations on Sunday. | "We see the ceasefire as a particularly important step toward reconciliation and political settlement" in Libya, Erdogan said, reiterating that peace can be achieved only through dialogue. | The Turkish leader stated that a call to end hostilities, which was jointly made by him and Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month, has created the groundwork for further negotiations. | On Sunday, Prime Mi…

RT (2020-01-19). 'Where's Putin?' World leaders can't start Berlin conference photo-op without Russian president (VIDEO). rt.com Leaders gathering for Libya peace talks in Berlin attempted to take a group photo as the summit got underway, but the photo-op was momentarily delayed as no one could seem to find Russian President Vladimir Putin. | The awkward 'Where's Putin?' moment was captured on video as other leaders shuffled around trying to locate the Russian president. | German Chancellor Angela Merkel looked particularly perturbed by Putin's absence, turning around to look for him multiple times and pointing toward the empty spot where he should have been standing. | French President Emmanuel Macron then joined the search, looking…

RT (2020-01-19). Putin meets Johnson in Berlin, but UK PM says 'no normalization of relations'. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the Libya peace conference in Berlin. Johnson used the opportunity to state it outright to Putin that there will be "no normalization" of bilateral relations between Moscow and London. | The UK PM then demanded Russia end what he called "destabilizing activity" that supposedly threatens the UK, its citizens and allies, though he did not elaborate what exactly he meant by that. Instead, Johnson once again referred to the Salisbury poisoning case, which London has been blaming on Moscow without providing it…

Staff (2020-01-19). Southern Peace Activists Help Soldiers Become Conscientious Objectors. truthout.org The South is arguably the engine of the U.S. war machine. The region is home to Fort Bragg, the largest U.S. military base in the world. Southern states supply more soldiers than others; the region is home to three of the five states with the highest military recruitment numbers in 2016 — Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Its congressional delegations have historically been some of the most militaristic, and military contractors hav…

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Tehran Analyses Downed Boeing Recorders, No Decision on Sending Them to Ukraine Yet – Iranian Media. sputniknews.com On Saturday, the Tasnim News Agency quoted the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry as saying that the black boxes from the downed jetliner were to be sent to Ukraine for examination.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Eastern Libyan Gov't Pledges to Fight Terrorism, Prevent Turkish Intervention — Speaker. sputniknews.com CAIRO (Sputnik) – Libya's ongoing civil war will not end until terrorist and extremist groups in the country have been completely defeated and the Libyan people will not allow military intervention from Turkey or any other foreign power, Aguila Saleh, the speaker of Libya's eastern-based parliament, said.

Peter Koenig (2020-01-19). Iran — The EU — The Three Trigger Dispute Mechanism in the Iran Nuclear Deal and Trump's Bluff. globalresearch.ca Why, after so many assurances to the contrary, have the three European Iran's Nuclear Deal Partner's — Germany, France, the UK — decided to go after Iran, to follow the US dictate again? | The short answer is because the cowards. …

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Iran to Review Cooperation with Int'l Nuclear Watchdog In Case of 'Unjust' Steps by EU – Reports. sputniknews.com The European parties to the Iranian nuclear deal earlier launched a dispute resolution mechanism under the agreement, a process that could entail the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Emmanuel Macron's Wife Explains Why French President May Look Arrogant to Others. sputniknews.com French First Lady Brigitte Macron has appeared in her first TV interview since her husband took office in 2017. Pressed with the question about his consistently low approval rating in different polls, she has acknowledged that there is a problem with the perception of her husband.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). WhatsApp Messenger Experiences Technical Problems in Western Europe – Reports. sputniknews.com According to the Downdetector service that monitors problems with various applications and websites, there has been over 250 reports of malfunctions in the past hour.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Eight People Killed as Fire Breaks Out at Czech Special Needs Home – Reports. sputniknews.com Twenty-nine people sustained injuries, three of whom were badly wounded. The cause of the conflagration is not yet known.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). German Foreign Minister Lashes Out at US Over Its Max Pressure Policy Towards Iran. sputniknews.com Tensions between Tehran and Washington, which have been growing since Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, peaked this January following the killing of the Islamic Republic's top commander Qasem Soleimani. Following the assassination, Germany and other European countries reiterated their calls for avoiding escalation.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Russians Celebrate Epiphany by Bathing in Icy Waters – Photos. sputniknews.com On 19 January, Eastern Orthodox believers worldwide celebrate Epiphany, marking the baptism of Jesus Christ, which is usually accompanied by bathing in icy cold water. In Russia, however, the holiday often takes place under extreme weather conditions.

sputniknews (2020-01-19). US Director on Russian Affairs at NSC Leaves Post Amid Pending Investigation – Reports. sputniknews.com

Tom Luongo (2020-01-19). Putin's Now Purged the West from the Kremlin. Medvedev Cabinet dissolved. globalresearch.ca It came as the biggest shock of the day on Wednesday. The Russian government resigned. The day before President Vladimir Putin gave his State of the Nation address and outlined a slate of constitutional changes. | That speech prompted an overhaul …

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Former Russian Prime Minister Medvedev Says to Remain Chair of United Russia Ruling Party. sputniknews.com On 15 January, Dmitry Medvedev unexpectedly resigned hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced sweeping changes to the Constitution and a revamped approach to managing the country's economy.

Diana Johnstone (2020-01-19). France's Popular Uprising: Revolution or Frozen Conflict? globalresearch.ca The people are angry with their government. Where? Just about everywhere. So what makes ongoing strikes in France so special? Nothing, perhaps, except a certain expectation based on history that French uprisings can produce important changes — or if not, …

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Putin on Western Attempts to Rewrite History: We Need to Do Everything Possible to Preserve Truth. sputniknews.com Earlier in January, the Polish parliament adopted a resolution declaring that the Soviet Union carries equal responsibility with Nazi Germany for the beginning of World War II.

teleSUR (2020-01-19). Matteo Salvini Vows to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital. telesurenglish.net Matteo Salvini recently conducted an interview with Israel's Ynet News to discuss Italian-Israeli relations and his bid for the premiership of the Mediterranean country. | RELATED: | Israel, Greece, Cyprus to Sign Pipeline Deal in Mediterranean | In his interview with Ynet, Salvini said he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite harming relations with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank region. | "Yes, absolutely", Salvini said, answering the reporter's…

sputniknews (2020-01-19). Britain Won't Stay Close to EU After Brexit and Some Businesses Will Lose, UK Treasury Chief Warns. sputniknews.com Great Britain is currently trying to finalise its divorce from the European Union and leave the bloc on 31 January, after three years of heated debates. The country is still set, however, to continue trade negotiations with the remaining EU states for the next 11 months.

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Erdogan arrives in Berlin to attend Libya summit. yenisafak.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Berlin on Sunday to attend an international conference on Libyan peace.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will co-host the Berlin conference, which will seek a stronger commitment from the world powers and regional actors to non-interference in Libya, to genuinely support the cease-fire and adhere to the UN's arms embargo.Turkish president was welcomed by German Chief of Protocol Konrad Arz von Straussenburg, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's Ambassador to Germany Ali Kemal Aydin, and Turkish Consul Gene…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Erdogan urges Libya's Haftar to end aggressive stance. yenisafak.com Ahead of Libya conference in Berlin, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Berlin conference should ensure a cease-fire and political dialogue for Libyan peace."It should be ensured that a cease-fire and return to political process are agreed at the Berlin summit in order for Libya to attain peace and calm," Erdogan said in Berlin during the televised part of the meeting with Putin.Erdogan also said: "[Gen. Khalifa] Haftar's aggressive attitudes must end to implement the phase of political process and solution [in Libya].""Joint efforts on Libya provided relative…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Erdogan, Putin meet ahead of Berlin conference on Libya. yenisafak.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting ahead of the Berlin conference on the Libyan peace.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will co-host the Berlin conference, which will seek a stronger commitment from the world powers and regional actors to non-interference in Libya to genuinely support the cease-fire and adhere to the UN's arms embargo.Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: one in eastern Libya supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the other i…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Iran denies decision taken to send downed plane's black boxes abroad. yenisafak.com Iran is seeking to examine the black boxes of a Ukrainian airliner that was shot down this month, the official IRNA news agency reported, denying an earlier report that a decision had been taken to send the plane's recorders to Ukraine."We are trying to read the black boxes here in Iran. Otherwise, our options are Ukraine and France, but no decision has been taken so far to send them to another country," Hassan Rezaifar, a director in charge of accident investigations at Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, told IRNA.Another Iranian news agency had said on Saturday the flight data and voice recorders of the plane,…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). All Anadolu Agency staffers released after detention in Egypt. yenisafak.com All of Anadolu Agency staffers, who were detained by Egyptian police earlier this week, were released, said the agency head on Sunday."All our staff members, detained in Egypt on Jan. 14 have been released," Anadolu Agency Director General Senol Kazanci said.On Tuesday evening, Egyptian police raided the Cairo office of Anadolu Agency and detained four employees.Hilmi Balci, one of four detained in Egypt, was released last Thursday and he came to Turkey.Kazanci said three Egyptian citizens of Anadolu Agency staff were released on Sunday for some $600 bail on each.Turkey and the international community had condemn…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Azerbaijan remembers Jan. 20 tragedy with sorrow, pride. yenisafak.com Azerbaijan recalls the tragedy of Jan. 20, also called Black January, with sorrow and pride, the country's ambassador to Turkey said.Regarded as the rebirth of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Black January violent crackdown witnessed the massacre of more than 130 people and wounding of hundreds of civilians by the Soviet army in Baku and surrounding areas Jan. 20, 1990, on the eve of the country's independence. Mass arrests accompanied the illegal deployment of troops and subsequent military intervention.Marking the 30th anniversary of the tragedy and remembering the violence Azerbaijan witnessed prior to the breakup…

yenisafak (2020-01-19). Putin: Don't lose hope that Libya conflict will be solved. yenisafak.com "We don't lose hope that dialogue will continue and the conflict will be solved," Putin said before meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the conference.Putin said that Russia and Turkey had taken a "very good step" by urging Libyan factions to stop fighting, adding that large military actions had been stopped in Libya.

South Front (2020-01-18). Video: Turkish Invasion of Libya? Erdogan Sends Troops. globalresearch.ca In early 2020, Libya became one of the main hot points in the Greater Middle East with stakes raised by Turkey's decision to launch a military operation there. | On January 5, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey had sent …

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-18). Nuclear Weapons: Trump Regime Pressured E3 Countries (UK, France, Germany) to Trigger JCPOA Dispute Mechanism. globalresearch.ca Post-WW II, Washington transformed Western European countries into virtual US colonies — their presence status. | Judge them by their actions. Time and again, they subordinate their sovereign rights to US interests, even when harming their own. | It shows by imposing …

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-01-18). UN Officials: German Anti-BDS Resolution Infringes on Freedom of Expression, Basic Political Rights. imemc.org United Nations Special Rapporteurs / Germany UN officials say it is not anti-Semitic to criticize the government of Israel. UN letter is now public, as Germany did not respond within mandated 60-day period. PALAIS DES NATIONS ‚Ä¢ 1211 GENEVA 10, SWITZERLAND Mandates of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and …

WSWS (2020-01-18). German government to continue military operations in the Middle East. wsws.org All of the parliamentary parties agree with the government's policy of escalating Germany military intervention in the region.

teleSUR (2020-01-18). France: Macron Evacuated From Parisian Theater Due to Protests. telesurenglish.net French citizens tried to enter the Des Bouffes du Nord Theater in Paris to protest against President Emmanuel Macron who was attending the performance of "La Mouche" on Friday evening. | RELATED: | Operation 'Dead Ports' Makes Macron Feel the Workers' Strength | While secret service and police agents managed to prevent Yellow Vest activists from entering th…

The Canary (2020-01-18). Javid slammed after he issues 'catastrophic' post-Brexit warning to business leaders. thecanary.co UK Chancellor Sajid Javid has warned manufacturing leaders that there will be no alignment with EU regulations once Britain's exit from the European Union is made official. | In an interview with the Financial Times. Javid said the Treasury would not lend support to manufacturers that favour EU rules as the sector has had three years to prepare for Britain's transition | "There will not be alignment, we will not be a ruletaker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union — and we will do this by the end of the year," Javid said. | "We're … talking about companies that have…

Staff (2020-01-17). Interest in its Natural Resources Is Tearing Libya Apart. therealnews.com Greg Shupak discusses the failed attempt to reach a ceasefire agreement for Libya in Moscow, and the new attempt to reach an agreement in Berlin. As Turkey, the UAE, Egypt and other regional players interfere in the civil war in order to promote their natural gas interests, Libya seems as far as it ever was…

Staff (2020-01-17). Turkey Cuts Deal with Russia, Intensifying the War for Gas in Libya. therealnews.com Turkey sent Syrian fighters to Libya to back the government and keep its control of offshore natural gas reserves. Egypt, Russia, ExxonMobil, Israel, and Greece are expanding Libya's civil war in a fight over control of the natural gas that Europe needs.

Ted Rall (2020-01-17). America's Long History of Meddling in Russia. counterpunch.org Russia — OK, not the actual Russian government but a private click-farm company located in Russia — bought $100,000 worth of political ads on Facebook designed to change the outcome of the 2016 election. Except that only a small fraction of those ads were political. Also except that that small fraction was divvied up between More

RT (2020-01-17). DOJ investigating Comey over role in classified leaks during Clinton email drama — report. rt.com The US Department of Justice has opened a probe into whether former FBI director James Comey leaked details about classified intelligence to reporters covering the Hillary Clinton email server scandal. | Led by federal prosecutors, the inquiry is focused on two 2017 news stories for which Comey is suspected to have been a source, divulging the contents of a classified intelligence document, according to a New York Times report on Thursday. | The pair of stories, published in the Times and the Washington Post in 2017, cited an alleged Russian intelligence document obtained by Dutch security services, which earl…

Robert Hunziker (2020-01-17). The Rumbling Methane Enigma. counterpunch.org The northern continental shelves of Russia, inclusive of the Barents Sea, Kara Sea, Laptev Sea and East Siberian Sea (ESAS) are some of the least researched yet most controversial subjects in climate science today. It's the one region that has the biggest potential to trigger runaway global warming because of sizeable subsea methane deposits, thereby taking civilization down to its knees. But, that prospect is also extremely controversial within the scientific community. More

Victor Grossman (2020-01-17). The bombs of the last war and preparations for the next rattle Germany. peoplesworld.org BERLIN—"ALARM! Twelve thousand residents must immediately leave their homes! All hospital clinics must be evacuated! No exceptions! Hasten!" Not in burning Australia nor a besieged town in Syria or Afghanistan were those words heard, but rather on Jan. 12, 2020 in the otherwise peaceful if no longer prosperous Dortmund, in Germany's Ruhr Valley. Once again, unexploded …

teleSUR (2020-01-17). Abby Martin Banned From Speaking at US University. telesurenglish.net Former teleSUR presenter and creator of The Empire Files Abby Martin was blocked from delivering a keynote speech at Georgia Southern University for refusing to "sign a contractual pledge to not boycott Israel" to comply with the anti-Boycott, Divest and Sanctions state law. | RELATED: | YouTube Censors Empire Files' Abby Martin on Israeli Militarism | "After I was scheduled to give a keynote speech at an upcoming Georgia Southern conference, organizers said I must comply with…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-17). Anti-fascists protest far-right manifestations in Austrian universities. peoplesdispatch.org Various anti-fascist groups in Austria have started campaigns and begun mobilizing to resist the far-right and fascist manifestations in country's universities. The latest action took place at the University of Vienna on January 14, Tuesday, where 200 anti-fascist activists blocked the entrances to the lecture hall and forced the cancellation of a lecture by the controversial historian, Lothar Hà∂belt, a staunch advocate of the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPàñ). Activists from the Austrian Students Union (OH) in the Vienna University, Radical Left Platform, Offensive Against the Right-wing, Au…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-17). In France's Longest Protests Since 1968, Striking Workers Continue the Fight Against Neoliberalism. mintpressnews.com From bus drivers to ballet dancers, workers from across France have taken to the streets in opposition to President Emmanual Macron's attempts to reshape the country into a U.S.-style neoliberal state.

WSWS (2020-01-17). Hundreds of thousands protest pension cuts in France. wsws.org Support for the strike and opposition to Macron continue to grow even after the government made a few minor, insincere changes to its proposed cuts.

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Southern Peace Activists Help Soldiers Become Conscientious Objectors
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-19
The South is arguably the engine of the U.S. war machine. The region is home to Fort Bragg, the largest U.S. military base in the world. Southern states supply more soldiers than others; the region is home to three of the five states with the highest military recruitment numbers in 2016

Berlin peace talks: In war-torn Libya, can intl community help finish what Russia & Turkey started?
rt.com | 2020-01-19
Talks in Berlin between warring Libyan factions could finally deliver a lasting ceasefire after a decade of chaos ushered in by NATO regime change there. Could the mediation efforts, kick-started by Moscow and Ankara, bear fruit? | All eyes in Europe and beyond are set on Berlin, as PM Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA) arrive on Sunday for peace talks hosted by Germany and attended by representatives from 11 countries, including Russia's Vladimir Putin. | The GNA has been internationally recognized since 2015, but Hafta…
rt.com/news/478573-libya-berlin-conference-ceasefire/

Putin & Erdogan set stage for Libya peace talks at Berlin meeting (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-19
The Libyan peace talks in Berlin were yet to begin, but Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan already voiced their positions on the conflict, Erdogan speaking against Haftar and Putin calling for dialogue. | As the two presidents met ahead of the Sunday conference, Erdogan was direct in showing his animosity towards Libya's Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have been closing in on the UN-backed government in Tripoli. | "Haftar has proven himself to be in favor of a military solution [to the conflict]. Here in Berlin, the ceasefire must be confirmed. Haftar's aggressive behavior must be stopped s…
rt.com/news/478652-putin-erdogan-set-stage-berlin/

Putin meets Johnson in Berlin, but UK PM says 'no normalization of relations'
rt.com | 2020-01-19
Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the Libya peace conference in Berlin. Johnson used the opportunity to state it outright to Putin that there will be "no normalization" of bilateral relations between Moscow and London. | The UK PM then demanded Russia end what he called "destabilizing activity" that supposedly threatens the UK, its citizens and allies, though he did not elaborate what exactly he meant by that. Instead, Johnson once again referred to the Salisbury poisoning case, which London has been blaming on Moscow without providing it…
rt.com/newsline/478664-putin-johnson-meet-libya-conference/

'Where's Putin?' World leaders can't start Berlin conference photo-op without Russian president (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-19
Leaders gathering for Libya peace talks in Berlin attempted to take a group photo as the summit got underway, but the photo-op was momentarily delayed as no one could seem to find Russian President Vladimir Putin. | The awkward 'Where's Putin?' moment was captured on video as other leaders shuffled around trying to locate the Russian president. | German Chancellor Angela Merkel looked particularly perturbed by Putin's absence, turning around to look for him multiple times and pointing toward the empty spot where he should have been standing. | French President Emmanuel Macron then joined the search, looking…
rt.com/news/478659-putin-berlin-libya-talks-photo/

'Where's Putin?' World leaders can't start Berlin conference photo-op without Russian president (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-19
Leaders gathering for Libya peace talks in Berlin attempted to take a group photo as the summit got underway, but the photo-op was momentarily delayed as no one could seem to find Russian President Vladimir Putin. | The awkward 'Where's Putin?' moment was captured on video as other leaders shuffled around trying to locate the Russian president. | German Chancellor Angela Merkel looked particularly perturbed by Putin's absence, turning around to look for him multiple times and pointing toward the empty spot where he should have been standing. | French President Emmanuel Macron then joined the search, looking…
rt.com/news/478659-putin-berlin-libya-talks-photo/

Russian tech giant Yandex wants to expand car-sharing service across Europe
rt.com | 2020-01-19
Russia's Yandex, which runs a popular car-sharing service in the country, is planning to expand across Europe this year, the tech company has revealed. | "We are considering such an opportunity," Dmitry Gorchakov, Yandex's head of geolocation services PR told RT. | It was earlier reported that the firm could make up to 1,000 electric vehicles available to rent. While the exact city where Yandex is going to test launch the project is not clear, Anton Ryazanov, chief of Yandex.Drive, told the Financial Times that the company is eyeing Madrid and Copenhagen, as well as cities in France and Italy. | Also on rt.com
rt.com/business/478130-russian-yandex-europe-carsharing/

Not your REAL dad: If you come from poverty & live in a city good odds your family tree is full of cuckolds, says pioneering study
rt.com | 2020-01-19
Lower-class city-dwellers were many times more likely to become cuckolds than any other class, according to a groundbreaking study that has lifted the lid on 500 years of cheating in Western Europe. | The study authors did this by comparing comprehensive family trees pieced together from church and civil records from Belgium and the Netherlands, stretching back to the 16th century. They also analysed the Y chromosomes–which are passed largely unchanged from father to son–of over 1,000 adult men in from those countries. According to family trees, each of the 500 or so pairs of these men shared a com…
rt.com/news/478634-cuckolds-cheating-western-europe/

Not your REAL dad: If you come from poverty & live in a city good odds your family tree is full of cuckolds, says pioneering study
rt.com | 2020-01-19
Lower-class city-dwellers were many times more likely to become cuckolds than any other class, according to a groundbreaking study that has lifted the lid on 500 years of cheating in Western Europe. | The study authors did this by comparing comprehensive family trees pieced together from church and civil records from Belgium and the Netherlands, stretching back to the 16th century. They also analysed the Y chromosomes–which are passed largely unchanged from father to son–of over 1,000 adult men in from those countries. According to family trees, each of the 500 or so pairs of these men shared a com…
rt.com/news/478634-cuckolds-cheating-western-europe/

Tehran Analyses Downed Boeing Recorders, No Decision on Sending Them to Ukraine Yet – Iranian Media
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-19
On Saturday, the Tasnim News Agency quoted the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry as saying that the black boxes from the downed jetliner were to be sent to Ukraine for examination.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/202001191078077441-tehran-analyses-downed-boeing-recorders-no-decision-on-sending-them-to-ukraine-yet—iranian-media/

Iran to Review Cooperation with Int'l Nuclear Watchdog In Case of 'Unjust' Steps by EU – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-19
The European parties to the Iranian nuclear deal earlier launched a dispute resolution mechanism under the agreement, a process that could entail the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/202001191078075865-iran-to-review-its-cooperation-with-intl-nuclear-watchdog-in-case-of-unjust-steps-by-eu—reports/

Eight People Killed as Fire Breaks Out at Czech Special Needs Home – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-19
Twenty-nine people sustained injuries, three of whom were badly wounded. The cause of the conflagration is not yet known.
sputniknews.com/europe/202001191078075545-eight-people-killed-as-fire-breaks-out-at-czech-special-needs-home—report/

German FM blasts US policy on Iran, says Europe wants to prevent 'firestorm' in Middle East without regime change
rt.com | 2020-01-19
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that, instead of following the US' maximum pressure campaign against Iran, the EU will stick to diplomacy in order to avoid further escalation of tensions in the region. | The US and Europe have a "different approach" to Iran and the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for its nuclear program, Maas told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, in an interview published on Saturday. | "While the US unilaterally abandoned the nuclear agreement and imposed maximum pressure [on Tehran], we want to achieve progress through negotiations. France, Britain and Germany want to keep…
rt.com/news/478646-heiko-maas-iran-policy/

German Foreign Minister Lashes Out at US Over Its Max Pressure Policy Towards Iran
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-19
Tensions between Tehran and Washington, which have been growing since Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, peaked this January following the killing of the Islamic Republic's top commander Qasem Soleimani. Following the assassination, Germany and other European countries reiterated their calls for avoiding escalation.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/202001191078077556-german-foreign-minister-lashes-out-at-us-iran/

Iran will review cooperation with IAEA if Europe takes 'unjust measures' over nuclear deal
rt.com | 2020-01-19
Tehran will review its cooperation with the global nuclear watchdog IAEA if the EU introduces "unjust" steps over the 2015 nuclear deal, which was first abandoned by the US, Iran's parliament speaker has warned. | Britain, France and Germany formally launched a process, charging Iran with failing to comply with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on its nuclear program. | Speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Larijani, called the decision "unfortunate." | "We clearly announce that if Europe, for any reason, uses Article 37 of the nuclear agreement unfairly, then Iran will make a serious decision re…
rt.com/news/478635-iran-will-review-cooperation-iaea/

WhatsApp Messenger Experiences Technical Problems in Western Europe – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-19
According to the Downdetector service that monitors problems with various applications and websites, there has been over 250 reports of malfunctions in the past hour.
sputniknews.com/europe/202001191078077732-whatsapp-messenger-experiences-technical-problems-in-western-europe—reports/

Emmanuel Macron's Wife Explains Why French President May Look Arrogant to Others
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-19
French First Lady Brigitte Macron has appeared in her first TV interview since her husband took office in 2017. Pressed with the question about his consistently low approval rating in different polls, she has acknowledged that there is a problem with the perception of her husband.
sputniknews.com/europe/202001191078078434-emmanuel-macrons-wife-explains-why-french-president-may-look-arrogant-to-others-/

Former Russian Prime Minister Medvedev Says to Remain Chair of United Russia Ruling Party
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-19
On 15 January, Dmitry Medvedev unexpectedly resigned hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced sweeping changes to the Constitution and a revamped approach to managing the country's economy.
sputniknews.com/russia/202001191078076191-medvedev-says-to-remain-chair-of-united-russia-ruling-party/

US Director on Russian Affairs at NSC Leaves Post Amid Pending Investigation – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-19
sputniknews.com/us/202001191078076043-us-director-on-russian-affairs-at-nsc-leaves-post-amid-pending-investigation-reports/

Russians Celebrate Epiphany by Bathing in Icy Waters – Photos
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-19
On 19 January, Eastern Orthodox believers worldwide celebrate Epiphany, marking the baptism of Jesus Christ, which is usually accompanied by bathing in icy cold water. In Russia, however, the holiday often takes place under extreme weather conditions.
sputniknews.com/russia/202001191078077881-russians-celebrate-epiphany-by-bathing-in-icy-waters-photos/

Putin's Now Purged the West from the Kremlin. Medvedev Cabinet dissolved
Tom Luongo | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-19
It came as the biggest shock of the day on Wednesday. The Russian government resigned. The day before President Vladimir Putin gave his State of the Nation address and outlined a slate of constitutional changes. | That speech prompted an overhaul …
globalresearch.ca/putin-purged-west-kremlin/5700995

France's Popular Uprising: Revolution or Frozen Conflict?
Diana Johnstone | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-19
The people are angry with their government. Where? Just about everywhere. So what makes ongoing strikes in France so special? Nothing, perhaps, except a certain expectation based on history that French uprisings can produce important changes

Putin on Western Attempts to Rewrite History: We Need to Do Everything Possible to Preserve Truth
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-19
Earlier in January, the Polish parliament adopted a resolution declaring that the Soviet Union carries equal responsibility with Nazi Germany for the beginning of World War II.
sputniknews.com/world/202001191078077464-putin-on-western-attempts-to-rewrite-history/

Matteo Salvini Vows to Recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-19
Matteo Salvini recently conducted an interview with Israel's Ynet News to discuss Italian-Israeli relations and his bid for the premiership of the Mediterranean country. | RELATED: | Israel, Greece, Cyprus to Sign Pipeline Deal in Mediterranean | In his interview with Ynet, Salvini said he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite harming relations with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank region. | "Yes, absolutely", Salvini said, answering the reporter's…
telesurenglish.net/news/Matteo-Salvini-Vows-to-Recognize-Jerusalem-as-Israeli-Capital-20200119-0003.html

Britain Won't Stay Close to EU After Brexit and Some Businesses Will Lose, UK Treasury Chief Warns
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-19
Great Britain is currently trying to finalise its divorce from the European Union and leave the bloc on 31 January, after three years of heated debates. The country is still set, however, to continue trade negotiations with the remaining EU states for the next 11 months.
sputniknews.com/uk/202001191078075528-britain-wont-stay-close-to-eu-after-brexit-and-some-businesses-will-lose-uk-treasury-chief-warns/

Erdogan arrives in Berlin to attend Libya summit
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-19
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Berlin on Sunday to attend an international conference on Libyan peace.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will co-host the Berlin conference, which will seek a stronger commitment from the world powers and regional actors to non-interference in Libya, to genuinely support the cease-fire and adhere to the UN's arms embargo.Turkish president was welcomed by German Chief of Protocol Konrad Arz von Straussenburg, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's Ambassador to Germany Ali Kemal Aydin, and Turkish Consul Gene…
yenisafak.com/en/world/erdogan-arrives-in-berlin-to-attend-libya-summit-3509965

Erdogan, Putin meet ahead of Berlin conference on Libya
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-19
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting ahead of the Berlin conference on the Libyan peace.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will co-host the Berlin conference, which will seek a stronger commitment from the world powers and regional actors to non-interference in Libya to genuinely support the cease-fire and adhere to the UN's arms embargo.Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: one in eastern Libya supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the other i…
yenisafak.com/en/world/erdogan-putin-meet-ahead-of-berlin-conference-on-libya-3509976

Erdogan urges Libya's Haftar to end aggressive stance
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-19
Ahead of Libya conference in Berlin, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Berlin conference should ensure a cease-fire and political dialogue for Libyan peace."It should be ensured that a cease-fire and return to political process are agreed at the Berlin summit in order for Libya to attain peace and calm," Erdogan said in Berlin during the televised part of the meeting with Putin.Erdogan also said: "[Gen. Khalifa] Haftar's aggressive attitudes must end to implement the phase of political process and solution [in Libya].""Joint efforts on Libya provided relative…
yenisafak.com/en/news/erdogan-urges-libyas-haftar-to-end-aggressive-stance-3509977

Iran denies decision taken to send downed plane's black boxes abroad
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-19
Iran is seeking to examine the black boxes of a Ukrainian airliner that was shot down this month, the official IRNA news agency reported, denying an earlier report that a decision had been taken to send the plane's recorders to Ukraine."We are trying to read the black boxes here in Iran. Otherwise, our options are Ukraine and France, but no decision has been taken so far to send them to another country," Hassan Rezaifar, a director in charge of accident investigations at Iran's Civil Aviation Organization, told IRNA.Another Iranian news agency had said on Saturday the flight data and voice recorders of the plane,…
yenisafak.com/en/world/iran-denies-decision-taken-to-send-downed-planes-black-boxes-abroad-3509964

Putin: Don't lose hope that Libya conflict will be solved
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-19
"We don't lose hope that dialogue will continue and the conflict will be solved," Putin said before meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the conference.Putin said that Russia and Turkey had taken a "very good step" by urging Libyan factions to stop fighting, adding that large military actions had been stopped in Libya.
yenisafak.com/en/news/putin-dont-lose-hope-that-libya-conflict-will-be-solved-3509979

All Anadolu Agency staffers released after detention in Egypt
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-19
All of Anadolu Agency staffers, who were detained by Egyptian police earlier this week, were released, said the agency head on Sunday."All our staff members, detained in Egypt on Jan. 14 have been released," Anadolu Agency Director General Senol Kazanci said.On Tuesday evening, Egyptian police raided the Cairo office of Anadolu Agency and detained four employees.Hilmi Balci, one of four detained in Egypt, was released last Thursday and he came to Turkey.Kazanci said three Egyptian citizens of Anadolu Agency staff were released on Sunday for some $600 bail on each.Turkey and the international community had condemn…
yenisafak.com/en/world/all-anadolu-agency-staffers-released-after-detention-in-egypt-3509972

Azerbaijan remembers Jan. 20 tragedy with sorrow, pride
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-19
Azerbaijan recalls the tragedy of Jan. 20, also called Black January, with sorrow and pride, the country's ambassador to Turkey said.Regarded as the rebirth of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Black January violent crackdown witnessed the massacre of more than 130 people and wounding of hundreds of civilians by the Soviet army in Baku and surrounding areas Jan. 20, 1990, on the eve of the country's independence. Mass arrests accompanied the illegal deployment of troops and subsequent military intervention.Marking the 30th anniversary of the tragedy and remembering the violence Azerbaijan witnessed prior to the breakup…
yenisafak.com/en/news/azerbaijan-remembers-jan-20-tragedy-with-sorrow-pride-3509970

France: Macron Evacuated From Parisian Theater Due to Protests
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-18
French citizens tried to enter the Des Bouffes du Nord Theater in Paris to protest against President Emmanuel Macron who was attending the performance of "La Mouche" on Friday evening. | RELATED: | Operation 'Dead Ports' Makes Macron Feel the Workers' Strength | While secret service and police agents managed to prevent Yellow Vest activists from entering th…
telesurenglish.net/news/France-Macron-Evacuated-From-Parisian-Theater-Due-to-Protests-20200118-0002.html

Video: Turkish Invasion of Libya? Erdogan Sends Troops
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-18
In early 2020, Libya became one of the main hot points in the Greater Middle East with stakes raised by Turkey's decision to launch a military operation there. | On January 5, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey had sent …
globalresearch.ca/turkish-invasion-libya/5700898

Nuclear Weapons: Trump Regime Pressured E3 Countries (UK, France, Germany) to Trigger JCPOA Dispute Mechanism
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-18
Post-WW II, Washington transformed Western European countries into virtual US colonies

UN Officials: German Anti-BDS Resolution Infringes on Freedom of Expression, Basic Political Rights
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-01-18
United Nations Special Rapporteurs / Germany UN officials say it is not anti-Semitic to criticize the government of Israel. UN letter is now public, as Germany did not respond within mandated 60-day period. PALAIS DES NATIONS ‚Ä¢ 1211 GENEVA 10, SWITZERLAND Mandates of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and …
imemc.org/article/un-officials-german-anti-bds-resolution-infringes-on-freedom-of-expression-basic-political-rights/

German government to continue military operations in the Middle East
wsws.org | 2020-01-18
All of the parliamentary parties agree with the government's policy of escalating Germany military intervention in the region.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/18/germ-j18.html

Javid slammed after he issues 'catastrophic' post-Brexit warning to business leaders
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-18
UK Chancellor Sajid Javid has warned manufacturing leaders that there will be no alignment with EU regulations once Britain's exit from the European Union is made official. | In an interview with the Financial Times. Javid said the Treasury would not lend support to manufacturers that favour EU rules as the sector has had three years to prepare for Britain's transition | "There will not be alignment, we will not be a ruletaker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union

Abby Martin Banned From Speaking at US University
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-17
Former teleSUR presenter and creator of The Empire Files Abby Martin was blocked from delivering a keynote speech at Georgia Southern University for refusing to "sign a contractual pledge to not boycott Israel" to comply with the anti-Boycott, Divest and Sanctions state law. | RELATED: | YouTube Censors Empire Files' Abby Martin on Israeli Militarism | "After I was scheduled to give a keynote speech at an upcoming Georgia Southern conference, organizers said I must comply with…
telesurenglish.net/news/Abby-Martin-Banned-From-Speaking-at-US-University–20200117-0007.html

Anti-fascists protest far-right manifestations in Austrian universities
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-01-17
Various anti-fascist groups in Austria have started campaigns and begun mobilizing to resist the far-right and fascist manifestations in country's universities. The latest action took place at the University of Vienna on January 14, Tuesday, where 200 anti-fascist activists blocked the entrances to the lecture hall and forced the cancellation of a lecture by the controversial historian, Lothar Hà∂belt, a staunch advocate of the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPàñ). Activists from the Austrian Students Union (OH) in the Vienna University, Radical Left Platform, Offensive Against the Right-wing, Au…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/01/17/anti-fascists-protest-far-right-manifestations-in-austrian-universities/

Defender and spearheads
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2020-01-17
Troop movements today promise anything but peace. Every two years military maneuvers encircle Russian borders; every nine months a new brigade of 4500 U.S. soldiers was flown over to "gain experience". This year it will be a division of 20,000, joined by soldiers from 18 countries, 37,000 in all. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/17/defender-and-spearheads/

The bombs of the last war and preparations for the next rattle Germany
Victor Grossman | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-17
BERLIN–"ALARM! Twelve thousand residents must immediately leave their homes! All hospital clinics must be evacuated! No exceptions! Hasten!" Not in burning Australia nor a besieged town in Syria or Afghanistan were those words heard, but rather on Jan. 12, 2020 in the otherwise peaceful if no longer prosperous Dortmund, in Germany's Ruhr Valley. Once again, unexploded …
peoplesworld.org/article/the-bombs-of-the-last-war-and-preparations-for-the-next-rattle-germany/

The bombs of the last war and preparations for the next rattle Germany
Victor Grossman | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-17
BERLIN–"ALARM! Twelve thousand residents must immediately leave their homes! All hospital clinics must be evacuated! No exceptions! Hasten!" Not in burning Australia nor a besieged town in Syria or Afghanistan were those words heard, but rather on Jan. 12, 2020 in the otherwise peaceful if no longer prosperous Dortmund, in Germany's Ruhr Valley. Once again, unexploded …
peoplesworld.org/article/the-bombs-of-the-last-war-and-preparations-for-the-next-rattle-germany/

In France's Longest Protests Since 1968, Striking Workers Continue the Fight Against Neoliberalism
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-17
From bus drivers to ballet dancers, workers from across France have taken to the streets in opposition to President Emmanual Macron's attempts to reshape the country into a U.S.-style neoliberal state.
mintpressnews.com/france-longest-protests-since-1968-strike-neoliberalism/264194/

Hundreds of thousands protest pension cuts in France
wsws.org | 2020-01-17
Support for the strike and opposition to Macron continue to grow even after the government made a few minor, insincere changes to its proposed cuts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/17/fran-j17.html

America's Long History of Meddling in Russia
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-17
Russia

Spain's Government Plans 2% Pay Raise for Civil Servants
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-17
Spain's coalition government announced Friday its plan to give civil servants a two percent pay raise with retroactive effect from Jan. 1. | RELATED: | Spain: New Coalition Government Takes Oath of Office | The pay hike, which unions had requested prior to the announcement of Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's cabinet over the weekend, will be introduced as soon as possible, Spain's Regional Policy Minister Carolina Darias told unions. | The measure will benefit 2.5 million…
telesurenglish.net/news/Spains-Government-Plans-2-Pay-Raise-for-Civil-Servants-20200117-0006.html

Interest in its Natural Resources Is Tearing Libya Apart
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-17
Greg Shupak discusses the failed attempt to reach a ceasefire agreement for Libya in Moscow, and the new attempt to reach an agreement in Berlin. As Turkey, the UAE, Egypt and other regional players interfere in the civil war in order to promote their natural gas interests, Libya seems as far as it ever was…
therealnews.com/stories/dly011620_shupak_libya

Turkey Cuts Deal with Russia, Intensifying the War for Gas in Libya
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-17
Turkey sent Syrian fighters to Libya to back the government and keep its control of offshore natural gas reserves. Egypt, Russia, ExxonMobil, Israel, and Greece are expanding Libya's civil war in a fight over control of the natural gas that Europe needs.
therealnews.com/stories/turkey-cuts-deal-with-russia-intensifying-the-war-for-gas-in-libya

Capacity of cities to tackle climate change key in 'crucial battle' for planet's preservation, says UN chief
news.un.org | 2020-01-17
Cities