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Stan Collymore looks ahead to FIFA confederations cup in Russia

MOSCOW— As the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 draws near, famous football pundit Stan Collymore predicts that the tournament will be known for the “love of the sports” and “the love of the game,” dismissing the idea that hooliganism will impact this major event. Russia will host the FIFA Confederations Cup football tournament for the first …

Manchester bomber’s younger brother among plotters of attack on UN Libya envoy

MOSCOW— Hashim Abedi, the younger brother of suspected perpetrator of attack in the UK city of Manchester Salman Abedi, turned out to be a member of a jihadist cell, which is suspected of plotting an attack on the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), The Telegraph reported, citing diplomatic sources. Earlier …

Kim Jong-un approves mass production of successfully launched ballistic missile

MOSCOW— North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered on Monday to deploy Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile for combat use. Earlier on Monday media reported, that Pyongyang announced the successful launch of the intermediate-range ballistic missile. “This type of missile should be rapidly mass-produced in a serial way,” Kim said as quoted by Yonhap news agency. The North …

North Korea fires ‘unidentified projectile’ – South Korean Military

MOSCOW— North Korea has launched an unidentified ballistic missile on Sunday, the South Korean Joint Chief of Staff said in a statement. “North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile in the eastern direction at around 4:59 p.m. [7:59 GMT] from the vicinity of Pukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province),” the statement reads, as cited by …

S Korea President’s envoys to visit Japan, US to discuss N Korea issue

TOKYO–Special envoys of South Korean newly elected President Moon Jae-in left Wednesday for Japan and the United States to discuss relevant bilateral and international issues, including North Korean nuclear provocations, local media reported. According to the Yonhap news agency, representative Moon Hee-sang departed to Tokyo to hold meetings with Japanese top officials, possibly including the …

Three deaths linked to new Ebola outbreak in Congo

MOSCOW –A new ebola outbreak has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after three deaths were linked to the virus. The DRC went through a three-month long outbreak of the virus in 2014, which killed 49 people. A death last month has been confirmed to have been caused by ebola, and the World …

Trump order on offshore drilling vital for Alaska to generate revenue

FAIRBANKS–US President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on offshore drilling which could open Alaska’s northern reserves for extraction would be important for the state to increase its revenue stream, Alaska Governor’s adviser on Arctic policy Craig Fleener told Sputnik. In April, Trump signed an executive order that directs the Department of Interior to conduct a …

NATO poised to increase military presence in Afghanistan

MOSCOW–NATO has received a request from its military authorities to increase its military presence in Afghanistan with a few thousand troops, and is assessing it, a decision is expected in coming weeks, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday. In the end of April, Stoltenberg told German Die Welt newspaper that NATO could increase the …

Dead whale shows highest pollutant level ever seen by scientists in an animal

MOSCOW, May 7 — A dead orca whale that washed up on the shore of a Scottish isle has been revealed to have the highest concentration of dangerous pollutants ever recorded. Following the dead whale’s discovery in January on a small island, researchers with the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS), a group that according …

Norwegian tycoon to save the sea from plastic with billions made from oil

MOSCOW–Norwegian self-made billionaire and investor Kjell Inge Roekke is planning to donate a large proportion of his estimated USD 2 billion wealth into funding a research ship that will remove plastic from the ocean. However some campaigners are still at wars with Roekke due to his involvement in oil exploration, which they say helped destroy …