Вера Стенина, мать пропавшего на Украине фотокорреспондента МИА «Россия сегодня» Андрея Стенина, рассказала, что сын уехал в командировку на Украину 13 мая, а вернуться должен был, по её расчётам, 1 августа. Женщина рассказала, что ради безопасности Андрея она свела к минимуму общение с ним по телефону.
A New York Times reporter has been given 24 hours to leave Afghanistan for not cooperating with an investigation into his story about unnamed Afghan officials’ plans to set up an interim government and take power amid an election standoff.
Banners flew high in Moscow, as an attempt to put a Ukrainian flag on a landmark skyscraper and paint its spire in yellow-blue colors, faced a counter move by a group of daredevils, who decorated another high-rise building with a Russian flag.
Russia’s consumer watchdog has shut down four McDonald's restaurants in central Moscow – including the first-ever outlet in the country – over “administrative violations.” More of the company 430 Russian franchises are under investigation.
Heavy shelling of eastern Ukraine by the country's military continues, with people in despair and badly in need of water and electricity, hiding out in basements. Constant bombardment is laying waste to entire cities.
A targeted phishing attack on a handful of Malaysian officials involved in investigating the disappearance of flight MH370 in March reportedly gave the perpetrators, presumably of Chinese origin, access to a trove of classified material.
Israeli-Palestinian rocket fire resumed on Tuesday after Gaza truce talks broke down. A 5-year-old girl and a woman became the first victims of renewed Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Hamas launched around 50 rockets at Israel, hitting as far as Tel Aviv.
Islamic State militants, who released a video allegedly showing the beheading of a US journalist, ‘represent a direct threat’ to UK security said Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. David Cameron has cut short his holiday to respond to the incident.
==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts Robert Graves: Selections on war ==== Robert Graves From Good-Bye to All That (1929) While with the cadet-battalion, I went out nearly every Sunday to the village of Garsington. Siegfried's friends, Philip and Lay Ottoline Morrell, lived at the manor-house there. The Morrells were pacifists, and…
A gay man from the DRC claims the Congolese community in South Africa will not rest until they kill him. Junior Miteo Kalonji, 34, wept hard as he talked about his life. GroundUp had to stop the interview three times when he broke down.
Европейских потребителей газа взволновала новость о вероятном введении Киевом запрета на транзит российского газа через территорию Украины в качестве санкционной меры, направленной против Москвы. Одобрение закона о санкциях парламентом Украины привело к тому, что цены на голубое топливо в Старом Свете прекратили устойчивое и значительное снижение, наблюдаемое с 2009 года, и начали расти.
Celebrities and commentators have led calls on Twitter for the video depicting the beheading of US journalist James Foley not to be shared online to avoid handing the Islamic State a platform for its propaganda.
Islamic State members may hate Western culture, but they are quick to embrace Western technology that helps spread their message far and wide. The militants’ social media offensive ranges from videos of beheadings to pictures of cute jihadist kittens.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
"Islamic State members may hate Western culture, but they are quick to embrace Western technology that helps spread their message far and wide." And this is their paramount weakness, alongside their hatred against women: unable to invent anything for their deeply rooted science denial, they depend so much on foreign technology that they cannot liberate anybody or found a lasting state, as by "purifying" the population finally they cannot develop a modern society, which they hate anyway. Home-locked women and scientists executed for impiety are an ominous recipe back to the Dark Ages.
As tensions continue to simmer following nine days of street protests in Ferguson, Missouri, where a teenager was shot dead by a police officer, two watchdog groups have slammed the heavy-handed police tactics.
Records published under Britain’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Act have compounded concerns that the UK government lobbied US officials to keep Britain’s role in CIA torture and rendition out of a soon-to-be published Senate report.
Russian scientists say they made a “unique” discovery while analyzing samples from the exterior of the International Space Station – traces of tiny sea creatures on the station’s windows and walls. It remains unclear how marine plankton ended up in space.