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Lewiston Mirrors 'Ghost Town' as Mass Shooting Prompts Lock Down - Sputnik Correspondent
October 26, 2023, 11:37 PM
LEWISTON (Sputnik) - The town of Lewiston in the US state of Maine on Thursday resembled a "ghost town" after the authorities placed residents on a county-wide lockdown while a manhunt continues for mass-shooting suspect Robert Card, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.
Maine Mass Shooting: Manhunt Remains Underway Amid Speculation Gunman Fled State
October 26, 2023, 10:55 PM
The manhunt for the suspected shooter that killed at least 18 and injured 13 more in Lewiston, Maine, late Wednesday remains ongoing as authorities have indicated the gunman may have escaped into the nearby US state of Massachusetts.
Musk's First Year Sees X Usage Plummet - But Trends May Soon Change
October 26, 2023, 10:21 PM
After months of back and forth, the South African tech entrepreneur officially closed on his purchase of Twitter, since redesigned as X, in October 2022 to the tune of $44 billion. The purchase came after months of lawsuits, verbal digs and courtroom showdown.
Astronomers Spot Mysterious ‘Almost Dark’ Galaxy Three Times Larger Than Any Cluster
October 26, 2023, 9:24 PM
A strange new galaxy has been spotted some 350 million light-years away, which is the largest diffuse galaxy ever seen. Officials believe dark matter might be to blame for its unique structure.
‘Soft Landing’ Looks Likely for US Economy as It Leads World Consumer Spending - Yellen
October 26, 2023, 9:10 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States seems headed for a so-called 'soft economic landing' versus a recession projected by some economists as strong consumer spending helps the country lead world growth, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Thursday.
At Least 27 Dead in Mexico After Country’s Strongest-Ever Hurricane Comes Ashore
October 26, 2023, 8:31 PM
The storm was the most powerful to ever make landfall on the Central American nation, and broke records with its rapid intensification in the hours before striking the Guerrero coast.
Watch Chinese Warship Protest ‘Provocative’ Maneuver by US Navy Destroyer
October 26, 2023, 8:04 PM
The US has sought to portray China as aggressive, claiming its warships and warplanes operating just off the Chinese coast are being harassed in unprovoked incidents. Now, Beijing has fired back, publishing proof the US warships, thousands of miles from US territory, are doing the same.
Shia Militants Attack US Military Base in Iraqi Kurdistan With Two Drones
October 26, 2023, 7:04 PM
CAIRO (Sputnik) - The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, which includes Shia armed groups, said on Thursday that it has attacked a US military base in Iraqi Kurdistan with two drones.
Aussie Cossack: Australia's Fearsome Military Trailers & Albanese Jumping Into New War
October 26, 2023, 7:01 PM
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced a new military aid package for the Kiev regime this week, a deal worth some $20 million.
US Believes Russia May Be Able to Achieve Tactical Gains in Ukraine in Coming Months
October 26, 2023, 6:56 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States believes that Russia may be able to achieve tactical gains in Ukraine in the coming months, White House Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said on Thursday.
America’s Nuclear Power Woes: US Uranium Enrichment Capacity Years Behind Russia's
October 26, 2023, 6:39 PM
This week, the Biden administration has announced its intention to enhance America's domestic uranium enrichment capabilities and reduce the nation's reliance on imported enriched uranium shipments.
Putin Hails Young Russian Rocket Scientists Pursuing Innovation
October 26, 2023, 6:06 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with a group of exceptionally talented young rocket scientists. This event serves as a testament to the nation's unwavering commitment to nurturing a new generation of innovators and solidifying Russia's foremost position in space exploration.
Russian Missiles Soar as Strategic Nuclear Deterrence Forces Drill Takes Off
October 26, 2023, 6:06 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the comprehensive drills of the national strategic deterrence forces, which included ground, sea, and air troops.
WHO Chief Says New Pandemic Is Matter of Time
October 26, 2023, 5:53 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A new pandemic will inevitably arise in the future and the international community should prepare to respond to the threat, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday.
Radhika Desai: Western Press Uses ‘Ankle-Biting Yappy Dog’ Pseudo-Academics to Silence Critics
October 26, 2023, 5:35 PM
A prominent Canadian academic has come under fire in the Canadian press for attending the Valdai Forum in Russia. She told Sputnik that the Western press uses government-funded “lapdog” academics to smear the reputations of those who criticize Western policies and highlight how they have discredited themselves.
Canadians Optimism on Future Living Standards Reaches All Time Low – Poll
October 26, 2023, 5:31 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The perspective Canadians have on future generations standards of living have reached an all time low as 67% expressed having a negative assessment on it, a Nanos poll revealed on Thursday.
Pentagon Records Increase in Suicides Over Past Decade With 492 Deaths in 2022 - Report
October 26, 2023, 5:20 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The overall suicide trend among US military personnel between 2011 and 2022 for all services is increasing despite the fact that fewer suicides occurred in 2022 than in 2021, the Defense Department said in a new annual report on Thursday.
Key Goal of Russia’s Climate Policy to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2060
October 26, 2023, 5:05 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The key goal of Russia’s climate policy is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060, according to the country’s climate doctrine published on Thursday.
Iran Won't Allow US, Israel to Scapegoat Tehran Over Gaza Crisis – Professor
October 26, 2023, 5:00 PM
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian arrived in New York City on October 25, as the UN Security Council attempted to reach a compromise on a ceasefire resolution concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What's behind the move?
US Announces New $150Mln Military Package for Ukraine, Including NASAMS, AIM-9M, Stinger Missiles
October 26, 2023, 4:14 PM
Having already supplied Ukraine with billions of dollars' worth of weapons and military hardware, the United States has now announced yet another military assistance package for the regime in Kiev.
Find Out the Full Might of Russia's Kinzhal Hypersonic Missile
October 26, 2023, 3:30 PM
One aspect of Russia’s vast and diverse missile arsenal has been making headlines in recent months, due to its uncanny ability to penetrate enemy defenses and wreak havoc upon its intended targets.
Arrest Warrant Issued for Maine Shooter on Eight Counts of Murder – State Police
October 26, 2023, 3:22 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – An arrest warrant has been issued for the Main mass shooting suspect, Robert Card, charging him with eight counts of murder, one for each identified victim, Operations Major for the Maine State Police Colonel William Ross said on Thursday.
Senator Schumer Warns US Must Keep Pace With China’s AI Development
October 26, 2023, 3:16 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Senator Chuck Schumer warned on Thursday that the United States must keep up with China in keenly pursuing the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies.
Gazan Doctor to Sputnik: ‘We Work Under Shelling Without Any Sleep’
October 26, 2023, 3:15 PM
Despite poorly equipped corridors and the absence of general anesthesia, Gaza's doctors perform operations on the injured who pour in after every Israeli bombing campaign against the enclave.
China Hopes US Will Observe Nuclear Testing Moratorium
October 26, 2023, 3:06 PM
BEIJING (Sputnik) - Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesperson Wu Qian voiced hope at a briefing on Thursday that the United States would observe the moratorium on nuclear testing.
Netanyahu Dragging US Into War With Iran to Save His Political Career - Security Expert
October 26, 2023, 3:01 PM
The sudden escalation in the Israel-Palestine conflict is spiralling out of control, sucking in nations across the region along with the US and UK. Michael Maloof, a former security adviser to the US Secretary of Defense's office, said that was what Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu wanted.
Biden Says Hopes Republicans Will Not Put US Economy at Risk With Threats of Shutdown
October 26, 2023, 2:52 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he hopes that Republicans in Congress will not put the US economy at risk with "reckless threats" of a government shutdown or with proposals to cut taxes for the wealthy and for large corporations.
US Marine Battalion to Train in Finland for 2 Months
October 26, 2023, 2:38 PM
HELSINKI (Sputnik) - A US Marine Corps combat logistics battalion will arrive in Finland in later October to train together with the Finnish troops for about two months, the Finnish Defense Forces said on Thursday.
Biden Orders Flags at Half Staff Through October 30 After Mass Shootings in Maine
October 26, 2023, 2:33 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - President Joe Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds in the United States, including at US embassies and facilities abroad, following two deadly mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine, according to a proclamation published by the White House on Thursday.
Tackling Ukraine Aid May Become New House Speaker's Moment of Truth – Analyst
October 26, 2023, 2:32 PM
‘Virtually unknown’ Mike Johnson being picked to be at the helm of the House raised some eyebrows, US political analyst and Republican strategist Melik Abdul told Sputnik.
EU Leaders to Discuss Russia's Frozen Assets, Further Support for Ukraine - EU's Michel
October 26, 2023, 1:53 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - European leaders will discuss Russia's frozen assets and continued support for Ukraine during a two-day summit in Brussels, European Council President Charles Michel said on Thursday.
Watch Russia's Cutting-Edge T-90M Tank Snuff Out Ukrainian Troops
October 26, 2023, 1:47 PM
The T-90 tank, which was first introduced in 1992, has become a bestseller in the arms market due to its outstanding combat capabilities. This machine was later enhanced and rebranded as the Proryv (meaning "Breakthrough"), signifying its exceptional aptitude for penetrating enemy lines.
C-4 Explosives From Aid to Ukraine Resold on Black Market
October 26, 2023, 1:46 PM
Some of the weapons the West had sent to Ukraine as part of their military aid ended up on the black market.
Saudi Arabia, Russia Exploring Investment Cooperation Opportunities
October 26, 2023, 1:15 PM
RIYADH (Sputnik) - Saudi Arabia and Russia are exploring the possibilities of investment cooperation, Saudi Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar bin Ibrahim Alkhorayef told Sputnik on Thursday, expressing hope that the existing opportunities would be developed.
Reports of Flooding Hamas Tunnels With Nerve Gas or Water Bogus - Israeli Expert
October 26, 2023, 1:13 PM
There have been suggestions to flood Hamas tunnels with water or nerve gas prior to the IDF's ground operation. However, Yaakov Kedmi, a military expert and former head of Nativ, Israel's Jewish Diaspora liaison service, considers the idea of using nerve gas highly unlikely.
'Russia is Fighting for God's Laws' - Akhmat Spetsnaz Commander in Mariupol
October 26, 2023, 12:59 PM
In the ongoing struggle between Russia and the forces of the collective West, Russia is "on the side of good," says the commander of a Russian Chechen special forces unit.
Kazakhstan Opposes Use of Economic Sanctions With Global Affect
October 26, 2023, 12:57 PM
MINSK (Sputnik) - Kazakhstan opposes the use of economic sanctions that have an impact on global trade, Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko said on Thursday.
Russian FM Lavrov Talks to Press After Meeting With Belarusian President Lukashenko
October 26, 2023, 12:27 PM
The Russian top diplomat arrived in Minsk to participate in a high-level international security conference held within the framework of Belarus' chairmanship of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). The conference will be held on October 26-27.
Paramilitary Groups of Iraq Shell US Base in Northeastern Syria - Reports
October 26, 2023, 12:17 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, which includes a number of Shia militia groups carried out a missile strike on a US military base Ash Shaddadi in northeastern Syria, the Lebanese broadcaster al-Mayadeen reported on Thursday.
EU May Fail to Deliver on Pledge of Million Shells to Ukraine
October 26, 2023, 12:11 PM
Brussels earlier called for the creation of a $22-billion fund to provide Ukraine with weapons and ammunition, military aid that Moscow has warned will help prolong the Ukraine conflict.
UK to Establish World’s First AI Safety Institute - Prime Minister
October 26, 2023, 12:02 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The UK government will set up an AI Safety Institute to test new types of artificial intelligence for potential dangers while realizing all its benefits, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Thursday.
Russian MiG-31 Fighter Escorts Norway's Poseidon Aircraft Over Barents Sea
October 26, 2023, 12:02 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's MiG-31 fighter jet escorted Norway's Poseidon patrol and reconnaissance aircraft over the Barents Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
Russian Arms Exporter Announces 1st Showing Abroad of Latest Anti-Mini-Drone System
October 26, 2023, 11:52 AM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport will present abroad for the first time, on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow 2023, the latest Russian anti-smallsized-drone system, the company's director general, Alexander Mikheev, said on Thursday.
Lavrov on Possibility of Strategic Stability Dialogue With US: Proper Conditions Needed
October 26, 2023, 11:46 AM
MINSK (Sputnik) - The dialogue on strategic stability presupposes the existence of appropriate conditions that are needed to reach agreements that will correspond to the interests of all the parties, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.
Russian Forces Repel Ukrainian Attack Near Rabotino
October 26, 2023, 11:35 AM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian troops repelled an attack of Ukrainian regime forces in the Zaporozhye direction near Rabotino; enemy losses amounted to 85 soldiers and three tanks, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported on Thursday.
What is Malva, Russia’s Newest Self-Propelled Howitzer?
October 26, 2023, 11:23 AM
The Russian Army has already received the first batch of Malva howitzers, which can use all types of shells and operate in "fire assault" mode.
GOP Senators Present Draft Splitting US Aid to Israel From Funds to Ukraine - Reports
October 26, 2023, 10:26 AM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A group of Republican senators has presented a bill separating the US assistance to Israel from that to Ukraine, US media reported on Thursday.
Lavrov Blasts US Bid to Monopolize Mideast Settlement
October 26, 2023, 9:33 AM
Russia’s top diplomat Sergey Lavrov participated in a Minsk-hosted conference on Eurasian security and delivered a speech on today's most pressing foreign policy issues.
PM Fico Says Slovakia Won’t Provide Any Military Assistance to Ukraine
October 26, 2023, 9:14 AM
BRATISLAVA (Sputnik) - Slovakia will not provide military assistance to Ukraine, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Thursday.
Israeli Military Proposes Extending Evacuations in Border Areas Until Dec. 31 - Reports
October 26, 2023, 9:02 AM
TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The Israeli Defense Ministry has proposed extending the evacuation order for areas bordering the Gaza Strip and Lebanon until December 31, an initiative that could turn out to cost the state billions of shekels, Israeli state-run radio reported on Thursday.
Polish Court Finally Cancels Fines for Gazprom, European Partners in Nord Stream 2
October 26, 2023, 7:26 AM
WARSAW (Sputnik) - A Polish court in the second instance finally overturned the decision to impose fines on Russian energy giant Gazprom and European partners in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Puls Biznesu newspaper reported on Thursday.
‘Good For American Jobs’: US Reportedly Changes Tactics on Ukraine Aid
October 26, 2023, 7:24 AM
US President Joe Biden's earlier request for $24 billion in aid for Ukraine led to the threat of a government shutdown in September when Republican congressmen refused to approve a budget that included funds for the Kiev regime.
Lavrov Takes Part in Conference on Eurasian Security
October 26, 2023, 7:12 AM
Russia eyes security in Eurasia – both from political and economic standpoint – as one of priorities of its foreign policy.
Suspect in Maine Shooting Still at Large, Hundreds of Officers Searching - Police
October 26, 2023, 4:33 AM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Hundreds of law enforcement officers are searching for Robert Card, the person of interest in a mass shooting that left at least 22 people dead in the US state of Maine, Commissioner for the Maine Department of Public Safety Mike Sauschuck said.
FBI Received 'Criminal Info' From Over 40 Confidential Sources on Biden, Hunter - Reports
October 26, 2023, 4:29 AM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has maintained over 40 confidential sources over criminal matters related to the Biden family, US broadcaster reported, citing information obtained by Republican Senator Chuck Grassely.
Archaeologists Unveil Face of Teenage Inca Girl Sacrificed 500 Years Ago
October 26, 2023, 3:51 AM
Peru's "Juanita" mummy was first discovered by US anthropologist Johan Reinhard in 1995 at an altitude of over 6,000 meters on the Ampato volcano, and has long intrigued scientists.
US Activists Visit Congressional Offices of Lawmakers Who Signed Mideast Ceasefire Resolution
October 26, 2023, 3:26 AM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Some two dozen US peace activists gathered outside the US Capitol and then visited lawmakers' offices to urge them to sign the Ceasefire Now Resolution and thank those who have backed it, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
Trump Fined $10,000 for Breaking Gag Order in New York Civil Fraud Trial
October 26, 2023, 2:53 AM
The former US president was initially hit with a gag order ahead of the trial and fined $5,000 after a Truth Social post was found to be about the presiding judge's legal clerk.
Multiple Feared Dead & Injured After Mass Shooting in Maine, Manhunt Underway
October 26, 2023, 1:25 AM
Shelter-in-place orders have been ordered in Lewiston, Maine, as well as surrounding cities. Images shared of the suspected gunman appear to show him carrying a rifle while entering a local bowling alley.
The Rise of Mike
October 26, 2023, 12:42 AM
Prior to Wednesday, the US House of representatives went without a speaker for three weeks and remained in a deadlock as the lower congressional chamber proved unable to carry out any legislative work without a leader.
Mysterious Martian Core Smaller & Denser Than Previously Thought, Study Reveals
October 26, 2023, 12:01 AM
Recent research led by ETH Zurich scientists has unveiled surprising revelations about the inner workings of the red planet. The mission, which spanned four years and concluded in December 2022, exposed seismic secrets beneath the Martian surface.
Israeli Blockade of Gaza Strip Since 2007 Destroys Enclave's Economy - UN Agency
October 25, 2023, 11:23 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2007 has caused a fall in real GDP per capita and a sharp increase in unemployment across the enclave, a fresh report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) showed on Wednesday.
Report: Sullivan Modified Editorial Claiming US Established Mideast Peace After Hamas Attack
October 25, 2023, 10:53 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan wrote in a magazine editorial just days before the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel that the Biden administration had established peace in the Middle East, but later modified his essay to reflect the attack, the US media reported.
Photos: ‘Nightmare Scenario’ as Powerful Category 5 Hurricane Otis Slams Into Mexico
October 25, 2023, 9:32 PM
Hurricane Otis made landfall in western Mexico on Wednesday as a Category 5 cyclone, coming ashore near Acapulco with sustained winds of 165 miles per hour. Just 24 hours earlier, the storm had been a Category 1 storm with winds of just 75 miles per hour.
1 in 4 Adults Worldwide Report Feeling Isolated, Survey Finds
October 25, 2023, 9:20 PM
While the research emphasizes the well-documented risks of loneliness among the elderly, the report serves as a stark reminder that the issue affects individuals of all ages.
Who is Newly-Elected US House Speaker Mike Johnson?
October 25, 2023, 9:08 PM
On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives broke weeks of deadlock and elected a new speaker, enabling the chamber to continue with its essential business, the most important of which is passing a 2024 budget.
2024 Presidential Hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy Urges US Acceptance of New Russian Regions
October 25, 2023, 8:11 PM
Vivek Ramaswamy in an address at that Hudson Institute on October 25 suggested that Washington should actively pursue a swift resolution to the Ukrainian conflict, proposing a settlement involving the transfer of Russian-speaking regions to Russia and a firm NATO refusal to accept Ukraine.
Former IDF Commander: Turning Gaza Into ‘Lake’ With Sea Channel ‘Might Be Lesson’ for Hamas
October 25, 2023, 7:45 PM
Because some of the tunnels underneath Gaza City are dozens of meters deep, Israel may not have the specialized weapons to destroy them, making flooding the city a potentially cheaper option, a former Israeli commander told Sputnik. With parts of the city potentially below sea-level, a channel from the sea could turn Gaza into a lake.
Russell Bentley: Ukraine’s Manpower Problem
October 25, 2023, 7:00 PM
During its much hyped offensive, the Ukrainian army lost more than 90,000 people, Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed in a speech last month. “Sometimes it seems that it is not their people who they throw into battle," he noted. And indeed they are not, anymore.
Biden Says Did Not Demand Israel Delay Ground Invasion of Gaza
October 25, 2023, 6:59 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden stated on Wednesday that he did not make a demand to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to delay the ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, but suggested that they should take any opportunity to secure the release of hostages first.
Watch Russian Drones Wipe Out Ukrainian Manpower, Equipment in Zaporozhye Direction
October 25, 2023, 6:57 PM
Russian paratroopers are skillfully deploying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to devastate Ukrainian tanks, armored vehicles, and troops on a daily basis. These UAV operators have emerged as a formidable force, consistently showcasing their exceptional skills and demonstrating valor in their missions.
‘Too Wrong to Ignore’: CIA ‘Outsourcing Assassinations’ to Kiev Ruffled US Journos' Feathers
October 25, 2023, 6:36 PM
The CIA uses other nations’ intelligence agencies to handle its dirty work, which is often useful in the short term, but just as often has significant blowback, experts told Sputnik. In Ukraine, it’s resulted in an agency that assassinates its own people and maintains a “kill list” targeting those who dare to criticize the regime in Kiev.
Putin Calls Ideas in West About New World Order ‘Hypocrisy, Double Standards’
October 25, 2023, 6:12 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called ideas voiced in the West about the new world order “hypocrisy” and “double standards.”
Israel and US Fear New Humiliation in Ground Invasion of Gaza
October 25, 2023, 6:12 PM
Israel's threatened ground offensive in Gaza is still on hold, almost three weeks after the devastating Hamas raid into southern Israel. Independent journalist Sam Husseini and veteran war correspondent Elijah Magnier argued that fear of another defeat was holding Israel back.
Expert Reveals Why Russia Was Able to Down Two Dozen Ukrainian Jets in Five Days
October 25, 2023, 5:59 PM
The A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft has played a key role in Russia's air defense systems destroying Ukrainian warplanes, Yury Knutov, Russian military historian and political commentator, told Sputnik.
New Slovak Prime Minister Vows ‘Sovereign’ Foreign Policy
October 25, 2023, 5:33 PM
BRATISLAVA (Sputnik) - Slovakia's newly appointed prime minister, Robert Fico, promised on Wednesday to pursue an independent foreign policy, which may put the central European nation on a collision course with Brussels.
US May Seek to Curb Russia's Missile Tech Progress By Means of Arms Control
October 25, 2023, 5:06 PM
Recently, the United States has given Russia more batches of proposals related to the issues of arms control and strategic stability, but it doesn't seem that Washington's move was meant to achieve some kind of meaningful result, say prominent analysts on both sides of the Atlantic.
'We Could Hear the Sound of Gunfire and People Screaming': Recounting Hamas' Hostage Horror
October 25, 2023, 4:58 PM
More than 200 people were kidnapped during the brazen Hamas attack on Israeli soil on October 7. Currently, only four hostages have been released. Sputnik reached out to the families and friends of those who still remain in Hamas captivity.
US Senate Committee Approves Jacob Lew as Ambassador to Israel – Reports
October 25, 2023, 4:14 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved Jacob Lew’s nomination as US ambassador to Israel on Wednesday, an American news agency reported, citing Senator Todd Young.
Russia Conducts Strategic Deterrence Forces Drills Chaired by Putin
October 25, 2023, 4:06 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has conducted drills of its strategic deterrence forces, and they were chaired by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.
Food Banks in Canada Registered Record 1.9Mln Visits in March
October 25, 2023, 3:41 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Nearly two million Canadians visited food banks across the country in March, setting another record and marking a 32% increase over a year, Food Banks Canada (FBC) stated on Wednesday.
Pentagon Official Says US 'Navigating' Overlap in Ukraine, Israel Defense Demands
October 25, 2023, 3:23 PM
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States is "navigating" an overlap between the defense demands of Ukraine's and Israel’s respective conflicts, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Development and International Engagement Justin McFarlin said on Wednesday.
Palestinian-Israeli Conflict ‘More Dangerous Than Cuban Missile Crisis’ – Ex-CIA Analyst
October 25, 2023, 2:43 PM
The latest escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict may further deteriorate if Iran decides to get involved and if the US continues to view Russia and China as enemies, Larry Johnson, an author and ex-Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst, told Sputnik.
What is Russia's S-400 Air Defense System?
October 25, 2023, 1:57 PM
The S-400 is a highly versatile Russian surface-to-air missile system that can be rapidly deployed to any desired location. It has the capability to engage a wide range of targets, including combat aircraft, cruise missiles, and tactical ballistic missiles.
President of Slovakia Appoints Robert Fico as Prime Minister
October 25, 2023, 1:26 PM
Robert Fico’s party Smer won election in Slovakia in September with 22.94% of the vote. After the elections, Fico formed coalition with Hlas party and SNS (Slovak National Party). Fico will lead the government, while Hlas will control the parliament.
Turkiye Admits to Killing Female PKK Leader in Northern Iraq - Reports
October 25, 2023, 1:21 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Turkish intelligence agency has admitted to having "neutralized" a female leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, state news agency reported Wednesday.
Poland Changes Ambassador to Ukraine Amid Cooling Relations With Kiev
October 25, 2023, 1:05 PM
WARSAW (Sputnik) - Poland has appointed a new ambassador to Ukraine, the country's foreign ministry stated on Wednesday, against the backdrop of relations straining with Kiev.
Australia Will Provide Extra $13Mln in Military Aid to Ukraine
October 25, 2023, 12:37 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Australia will send 20 million Australian dollars ($13 million) worth of equipment in additional military aid to Ukraine, the Australian government announced on Wednesday.
US May 'Reinforce' Its Syrian, Iraqi Bases With More Weapons After Drone Attacks – Expert
October 25, 2023, 12:33 PM
Washington is still refraining from retaliating against attacks on its military base in Iraq because the White House fears a possible anti-American backlash in Baghdad, Hossein Askari, a professor of international business at George Washington University, told Sputnik.
US, Gulf Nations Target Secret Hamas Assets Worth Up to $1Bln
October 25, 2023, 12:08 PM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States and Gulf nations have stepped up efforts to curb the flow of revenue allegedly going to Hamas through its secret investment portfolio, US Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson said.
Kazakh Defense Ministry Denies Information About Opening of NATO Center in Almaty
October 25, 2023, 11:49 AM
ALMATY (Sputnik) - The Kazakh Defense Ministry denied on Wednesday reports that the NATO Peacekeeping Operations Center opened in Almaty.
Russia Scores First-Ever Downing of Two US-Supplied Ukrainian ATACMS Missiles
October 25, 2023, 11:31 AM
Earlier, the US officially announced that it had delivered ATACMS (Army Tactical Missile System) missiles to Ukraine, with a range of up to 165 kilometers. Russian officials harshly criticized this move, repeatedly stressing that Moscow has the means to intercept ATACMS and that this delivery would not affect the course of the special operations.
Over Half of US Voters Believe Government Doing 'Too Much' – Poll
October 25, 2023, 11:15 AM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Over half of Americans believe that the US government is micromanaging what should be delegated to individuals or the private sector, and that it has too much power, according to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday.
Russian Forces Stop Ukrainian Military Convoy in Zaporozhye
October 25, 2023, 11:07 AM
Russia's airborne and special forces units successfully halted an advancing Ukrainian column, which was carrying military equipment, in the area of Zaporozhye.
Kremlin Says China's Nuclear Potential Build Up Does Not Cause Concern
October 25, 2023, 10:39 AM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The build-up of China's nuclear potential does not cause concern in Russia, it is the sovereign right of a country facing serious security challenges, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.
Pentagon Report Hypes 'China Threat' to Sustain Own Hegemony
October 25, 2023, 10:13 AM
US urged to discard Cold War mentality, keep military, overall ties with China stable.
Depriving Citizens of Gaza of Water, Food, Medicine Unacceptable - Qatar
October 25, 2023, 9:38 AM
DOHA (Sputnik) - The deprivation of the citizens of the Gaza Strip of water, food and medicine is unacceptable, and all those violating the internal law must be punished, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said on Wednesday.
China Cooperates With Finland on Balticconnector Gas Pipeline Incident
October 25, 2023, 7:47 AM
BEIJING (Sputnik) - China cooperates with Finland and other countries in connection with the incident at the Balticconnector gas pipeline, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said on Wednesday.
Russia's Cutting-Edge Anti-Aircraft Systems Downed 24 Ukrainian Jets in 5 Days – Shoigu
October 25, 2023, 7:18 AM
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited the special military operation zone and praised the combat work of Russia's troops.
Sputnik Headquarters Launches In-Person Course for Foreign Journalists
October 25, 2023, 7:07 AM
Twenty-six journalists from 15 countries are taking part in a special autumn session of the SputnikPro project in Moscow, among them are representatives of the leading foreign media, such as QNA (Qatar), VNA (Vietnam), TV channel Latina Noticias (Peru), Balkans Media (Serbia), Antara and RRI (Indonesia), Global Times newspaper (China) and others.

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