Russian Foreign Ministry says no steps taken to investigate chemical incident in Syria
Apr20

Russian Foreign Ministry says no steps taken to investigate chemical incident in Syria

No serious steps have been taken to investigate into the alleged chemical incident in Syria’s Khan Shaykhun, Director of the Armaments Non-Proliferation and Control Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said. The text of his address to the special session of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), held in The Hague on April 19, has been published on the ministry’s website on Thursday....

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Kremlin’s top brass & Russian officials release their 2016 earnings
Apr18

Kremlin’s top brass & Russian officials release their 2016 earnings

Minister of North Caucasus affairs, Lev Kuznetsov, has become the richest member of the Russian government. According to tax returns, he earned 582 million rubles (over $10 million) last year, 12 times more than in 2015. The press service of the Ministry of North Caucasus Affairs told Interfax that Kuznetsov’s earnings grew due to enhanced income from deposits, as well as the sale of expensive real estate in Moscow. The income of the...

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Seattle sues Trump administration over ‘sanctuary city’ threat it calls ‘unconstitutional’
Mar30

Seattle sues Trump administration over ‘sanctuary city’ threat it calls ‘unconstitutional’

Seattle is seeking a federal ruling that it’s not a “sanctuary city” and that President Donald Trump’s executive order threatening funding cuts is unconstitutional. The Emerald City bases its case on the Tenth Amendment and the anti-commandeering doctrine. On Wednesday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that his city filed a lawsuit in a US district court against Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security...

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‘Unintentional accident of war’? Pentagon says it ‘probably’ played role in 200+ Mosul deaths
Mar29

‘Unintentional accident of war’? Pentagon says it ‘probably’ played role in 200+ Mosul deaths

The Pentagon has admitted that its air campaign in Mosul “probably had a role” in the mounting civilian death toll in Mosul, including the recent loss of dozens of lives under the rubble of a house that was allegedly booby-trapped by ISIS to maximize casualties. Mounting evidence of an underreported civilian death toll in Mosul has recently been noted by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Both organizations have criticized...

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13 people and 12 companies sanctioned by the US in response to Iran’s missiles launch
Feb03

13 people and 12 companies sanctioned by the US in response to Iran’s missiles launch

OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL Specially Designated Nationals List Update The following individuals have been added to OFAC’s SDN List: AL-HAJJ, Yahya (a.k.a. AL-HAJ, Yahya; a.k.a. AL-HAJ, Yehia Issa Mohamad); DOB 23 May 1959; POB Aramta, Lebanon; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport RL 2544590 (Lebanon) issued 07 Jun 2013 expires 07 Jun 2018 (individual) [SDGT] [IRGC]...

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