Sweden Democrats break through in parliamentary election, socialists remain biggest party
Sep10

Sweden Democrats break through in parliamentary election, socialists remain biggest party

The Social Democrats achieved their worst result in a century, while the Sweden Democrats will have their biggest-ever faction in parliament following Sunday’s election, according to results, with 99 percent of the votes tallied. The center-left Social Democrats are in first place with 28.4 percent – 3 less than in 2014, the center-right Moderates follow them in second place with 19.8 – down 4 – and the...

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400 inmates break out of prison in Libya amid fierce militia infighting
Sep03

400 inmates break out of prison in Libya amid fierce militia infighting

Some 400 people have reportedly escaped from a prison in a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli. The area has been engulfed in heavy infighting between rival militias for days. A state of emergency has been imposed in the city. The inmates poured out of the prison’s gate, with guards fearing for their own safety as the four-hundred-strong crowd stormed the entrance. “The detainees were able to force open the doors and...

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Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador, freezes trade in human rights row
Aug06

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador, freezes trade in human rights row

The Saudi Arabian foreign ministry has recalled its ambassador from Canada and given the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country. Riyadh is also freezing all new trade and investment deals with Canada. The decision has been reported by Saudi Arabia’s official Saudi Press Agency. It is understood to come in response to Canada’s statement of concern over the arrests of human rights activists in Saudi Arabia. In...

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Russia’s gold reserves approaching Stalin-era record, cutting dependence on US dollar
Jul30

Russia’s gold reserves approaching Stalin-era record, cutting dependence on US dollar

With 2,000 tons of gold in reserves, Russia’s bullion holdings are approaching the Soviet peak seen in 1941. Moscow is striving for financial independence and escape from US dollar hegemony, analysts told RT. “Some countries in the world want to depend as little as possible on US policy, they dump the dollar in trade and American assets as reserves. Russia’s gold purchases increased during the US presidential race and did not stop...

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Talk of collusion with Trump ‘absurd’ – Putin
Jul17

Talk of collusion with Trump ‘absurd’ – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin described as ‘absurd’ any talk of collusion between Moscow and US President Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign in the US. “We need to rely on facts, not on momentary political interests of political factions in our countries,” Putin said at the press conference following a meeting with Trump in Helsinki on Monday. “Tell me one fact that shows some kind of collusion during the campaign in...

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