Increased NATO activity near Russian borders may one day lead to a ‘serious incident’, top Moscow defense official says

Moscow has warned that increasing Western military activity near Russian borders may ultimately have dangerous consequences. This year has seen more NATO vessels and planes coming close to the country’s territory. Speaking to government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Defense Alexander Fomin recalled some recent close calls, and accused the US and its […]

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‘Leaks are dangerous & irresponsible’? CNN journalist misses sarcasm & agrees all Biden news must be vetted by OFFICIAL sources

CNN White House correspondent April Ryan is laying down the law about how Joe Biden should be covered after leaked audio suggested the nominal president-elect isn’t on board with the agenda that helped him win progressive votes. Ryan suggested that someone must have had a nefarious reason to leak a recording of Biden’s teleconference earlier […]

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Sorry John, you’re Ivan now! Top Kremlin official wants Alaskans to be treated as citizens of ‘Russian Empire’ after Kurils spat

Russia’s leading Far Eastern official said Alaskans should now be considered citizens of the Russian Empire, after the US reversed its policy to take Tokyo’s side in the battle over the sovereignty of the disputed Kuril Islands. “This is a very new position in international practice,” Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev, who also performs the role […]

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Official death toll compared to excess mortality: With so many confusing statistics, just how well is Russia coping with Covid-19?

Russian Covid-19 statistics are a nightmare to decode. Different numbers from various government bodies and excess mortality figures that dwarf them all make it hard to figure out how the world’s largest country has really coped. Thus, the version you read usually depends on the bias of the outlet, or person, making the claim. Government […]

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China’s Covid-19 vaccine administered to a million people: Official – Times of India

BEIJING: A Covid-19 vaccine developed by a state-owned Chinese pharmaceutical firm has been administered to about a million people under the government’s emergency use scheme, the company’s chairman said. “In terms of emergency use, the vaccines were applied to nearly a million people and there has not been a single case of a serious adverse […]

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Russian Cabinet strikes down proposed law to ban transgender people from amending sex assigned at birth on official documents

Russian authorities have rejected amendments to the country’s family code, which would have enshrined in law a ban on marriage and adoption by same-sex couples, and restricted transgender people from officially changing gender. The proposed laws, written by Senator Elena Mizulina, were focused on the rights to be the parent of a child, including changing […]

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Health must come before the economy, insists top UN official for Latin America and the Caribbean

In an extensive interview with the UN communications chief, Melissa Fleming, Ms. Bárcena expressed concern at the disproportionate impact that the pandemic is having on indigenous people in the region, in terms of both the health risks they face; shared her fear that the wisdom and knowledge held by these communities is disappearing; and her […]

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Group seeking truth behind one of Soviet greatest mysteries, Dyatlov Pass deaths, rejects official probe that blamed avalanche

A group dedicated to solving the mysterious deaths of nine hikers in 1959 blasted the results of a new investigation into the case, which concluded they were crushed by an avalanche or had succumbed to the blistering cold. The demise of nine fit young university students in the Urals has puzzled many for more than […]

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Former Arizona Official Pleads Guilty in Adoption Scheme

Mr. Petersen also declared in those records that in three of those adoptions, there was an average of $13,000 in expenses, labeled “assistants and fee,” officials said. The cases cited in the plea agreement offer a glimpse into Mr. Petersen’s practice, which relied on big payouts from adoptive parents, and pregnant women traveling hundreds of […]

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150K East Ukraine Residents to Vote on Putin’s Constitutional Reforms – Official – The Moscow Times

Nearly 150,000 residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine with Russian passports will join Russians in voting on a set of constitutional reforms that would allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule, a Russian official has said. From June 25 to July 1, Russians will vote on the constitutional amendments, which contain a controversial clause to […]

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