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Stabbed Russian journalist ‘in recovery room’

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

A Russian radio journalist who was stabbed in the neck by a mentally unstable man was in a recovery room Tuesday, with her condition showing some improvement, her employer and the hospital said. Tatyana Felgenhauer, a 32-year-old presenter, was attacked on Monday at the offices of the Echo of Moscow radio station by a man who claimed a “telepathic” connection with her. She underwent surgery, and was on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma Monday. “She is in a recovery ...

Russians have mastered how to wage war in the 21st Century

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

War seems like a simple affair. You get the biggest army. You invade enemy countries. And then, when you win the war, you make them submit to you will. This is how we have done it for thousands of years, and it has always worked. But from 2001 onwards, the entire logic of war seems to have been turned on its head. The United States has, by far, the biggest and best armed forces in the world. It is possible that they also have the most sizeable military edge over its competitors that any empire ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Russian journalist Tatiana Felgengauer stabbed at work

Monday, 23 October 2017

An unknown assailant on Monday forced his way into the office of a Russian radio station that is critical of the Kremlin and stabbed a presenter in the neck before he was detained, the chief editor told AFP. “Some man burst into the building, blinded the building’s security guard from a spray bottle, then came up to our floor,” said Echo of Moscow editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov. “He broke in and stabbed our presenter Tatiana Felgengauer in the neck with a knife,” ...

Russia likens US coalition bombing of Raqqa to WWII Dresden

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Russia on Sunday accused the US-led coalition in Syria of having flattened Raqqa with a Dresden-like bombing campaign and masking the destruction with a rush of humanitarian aid. In a statement, the defense ministry said that Raqqa -- the capital of ISIS's self-proclaimed caliphate -- "inherited the fate of Dresden in 1945, razed to the ground by Anglo-American bombings." US-backed Kurdish-led forces last week recaptured Raqqa, its last major stronghold in Syria. US officials hailed ...

Putin calls for an all-Syrian conference

Friday, 20 October 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an all Syrian conference to be held that includes representatives of all ethnic groups.Speaking at the Valdai forum in Sochi, Putin stressed that Moscow and Washington are cooperating in a stable manner on Syria.“The peace process in Syria is developing positively, although there are still problems,” he said. “We have every reason to believe that we will defeat the terrorists in Syria soon.”“We are concerned about the slow ...

VIDEO: Israeli MP walks out after Kuwait’s speaker slams his remarks

Thursday, 19 October 2017

An Israeli member or parliament walked out of an international conference held in Russia after Kuwait's chief lawmaker slammed his comments on imprisoned Palestinian lawmakers at an international conference on Wednesday. “The saying ‘if you have no shame do as you please’ applies to the comments made by this rapist (Israeli) parliament,” National Assembly Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim told lawmakers gathered at Inter-Parliamentary Union talks, Kuwait’s news agency, KUNA ...

Gazprom Neft eyes cooperation with Saudi Aramco in hard-to-recover oil

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Russia’s Gazprom Neft will work with the world’s largest oil producer Saudi Aramco in hard-to-recover oil production and on a technology known as hydraulic fracturing, Gazprom Neft chief Alexander Dyukov said on Wednesday. Earlier this month, both companies signed an agreement on technological cooperation during the recent state visit to Russia by Saudi King Salman. Dyukov said that the companies had pinpointed six spheres of cooperation, such as equipment localization, to boost ...

Sharapova loses to Rybarikova at Kremlin Cup

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Maria Sharapova was beaten by Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday, ending her bid for a second title in two weeks.Sharapova, who won the Tianjin Open two days ago, brought her usual power but lacked accuracy with some wild swings on key points.“I felt fine physically, to be honest, especially after having played five matches in five days (in Tianjin). That was a big surprise,” Sharapova said. “Maybe I wasn’t as prepared as I ...

Netanyahu presses Russian defense minister on Iran

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday, saying his country will not allow Iran to “establish itself militarily in Syria”. Both Russia and Iran, Israel’s main enemy, are backing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the civil war in neighboring Syria. “The meeting mostly dealt with Iran’s attempt to establish itself militarily in Syria,” Netanyahu’s office said in a statement of ...

FIFA confirms 8 top-seeded teams in World Cup draw

Monday, 16 October 2017

FIFA has confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations joining host Russia as top-seeded teams in the World Cup finals draw. France rises one place to No. 7 to edge out Spain, as defending champion Germany heads an unchanged top six. After a busy qualifying program last week, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium and Poland are also top-seeded for the Dec. 1 draw in Moscow. FIFA uses October rankings to decide all four seeding pots despite nine places in the 32-team World Cup finals lineup to be ...

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