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Lavrov Says the Main Priority in Korea Must Be Talks and Conflict Prevention
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that the implementation of the Russian-Chinese plan on North Korea may considerably reduce tensions in the region.

How Much America's Tax Payers Pay for the Pentagon's Global Presence
America’s military presence has been the cause of protests in many countries where US troops are stationed – among them Japan, South Korea and Germany. But besides problems with the allies, maintaining military infrastructure overseas is a heavy burden for US taxpayers, costing them billions of dollars annually.

Pentagon Insists It is Open About Niger Ambush
The Pentagon has responded to Congressional complains that the lawmakers weren't provided enough information on the deadly attack in Niger which has left four US servicemen dead and two injured, saying that it "has done all it can" to keep the related House and the Senate committees "up to date."

Russian Senator Expects 'Unprecedented' US Pressure During 2018 Election
The presidential election in Russia is scheduled for March 2018; the election campaign is expected to start as soon as December 2017. Some politicians have already announced plans to run for the presidency.

Nobody Mention Trump! Last Two US Leaders Slam Politics Without Naming Names
Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have both delivered speeches lamenting, in general terms, the regressive and divisive forces currently driving American politics.

US State Dept. Admits Nusra Front Terrorists Use Chemical Weapons in Syria - MoD
According to Russia's Defense Ministry, the US State Department has finally admitted that the infamous Al Nusra Front, which controls Syria's Idlib Governorate through the umbrella terrorist group HTS and is still thought to be a front for al-Qaeda, "not only has, but uses chemical weapons against civilians."

Moscow on Election Meddling Claims: 'US Politicians Do Not Know When to Stop'
The Russian diplomatic mission in Washington responded to US officials "theories" about Russian "intervention" in the US presidential elections.

EP Member: Czech President's Stance on Crimea Being Part of Russia 'Realistic'
European parliamentarian called on the EU member states to recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the sanctions against the country.

Indian Rescuers Save Stray Dog Trapped in 20 Meter Well (VIDEO)
A street dog fell into one of the open wells filled with water that are common in rural areas in India and struggled to stay afloat for hours before rescuers arrived to save her.

US Senate Votes for 2018 Draft Budget Paving Way for Tax Overhaul
Republicans claim that the draft budget for the next fiscal year will open the door for reducing tax burdens for families and small businesses.

Austrian Social Democrats Come Second in Tight Election Race
Sebastian Kurz’s People's Party came first in a race for the Austrian national parliament with social democrats trailing behind.

New Buyan-Class Corvette to Join Russian Navy by End of Year
Russian Navy reported that the new corvette is about to finish state sea trials and is going to be commissioned to the Navy by the end of the year.

Big Ben Will Bong Again - Just Perhaps Not at the Right Time
The iconic London bell housed in the Elizabeth Tower looming over Britain's Houses of Parliament in Westminster will soon chime again after remaining silent since a four-year renovation of the building began in August. However, authorities warn that its timing might be a bit off-kilter.

Activist Says ‘It's Very Unlikely' Rousseff's Impeachment Will Be Overturned
Speaking to Sputnik Radio's Loud and Clear with Brian Becker, activist and journalist Victor Fraga discussed former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's attempt to have her impeachment overturned.

‘Why Is the US Even There?’ Anti-War Critics Question American Presence in Niger
After a bloody militant attack in Niger that killed four US soldiers and five Nigerien service members earlier in October, US foreign policy critics have questioned why the US has a troop presence in countries like Niger in the first place.

US Air Force Official Flips Position, Opposes Disclosing B-21 Raider Costs
A new US Air Force under secretary who once worked side-by-side with US Senator John McCain to pressure the military to disclose more information about the cost of the next-generation B-21 Raider is now delaying just that disclosure.

Dear Alex: Letters From Young Obama to College Girlfriend to Be Made Public
On Friday, Emory University will publish nine letters that a young Barack Obama wrote to his college girlfriend from 1982 to 1984.

Catalonia Referendum: Will ‘Europe of Regions’ Become Viable?
Catalonia’s bid for independence is contextualized by an idea that was floated 25 years ago, particularly the notion of a “Europe of Regions,” Andrew Spannaus, a journalist and political analyst based in Milan, told Radio Sputnik’s Fault Lines on Thursday.

Hole Lot of Lunacy: Moon Colonists Could Live in Underground Lava Tubes
A study of the surface of Earth’s moon has found an unlikely candidate for the best spot to build a permanent human settlement: a lava tube, an underground tunnel carved by one of the moon’s long-dormant volcanoes.

Russian Rosneft, Iraqi Kurdistan Announce Joint Exploitation of Kurdish Pipeline
Russia’s oil giant Rosneft's stake in the joint oil project with the Iraqi Kurdistan may amount to 60 percent.

Put the Donut Down! Scientists Find New Link Between Sugar and Cancer
According to a new study published in Nature Communications October 13, sugar acts as fuel for cancer cells.

RussiaGate Comes for Hillary Clinton: 2010 Uranium Deal Again Under Scrutiny
US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast “fake media” for sweeping under the carpet revelations about a controversial Obama-era uranium deal with Russia that was tied to Hillary Clinton.

Marine Corps Colonel One of Hundreds Arrested in Florida Prostitution Bust
A US Marine Corps (USMC) Colonel was among 277 people arrested as part of a massive sting operation to break up a prostitution and human trafficking ring in Florida, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Col. Kevin Scott was arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor.

Piping Hot! Oregon Food Truck Fire Swallows 10 Cars
Bad day to have a craving for gyros or Thai food…

Trump Orders Administration to Deter Conflict With Russia
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster announced that Rex Tillerson has been given the lead in the area of fostering cooperation with Russia.

The Story of ‘Tactical Beard’ of Syrian Deir ez-Zor Defense, General Zahreddine
A Sputnik correspondent tells the story of Syrian Arab Army General Issam Zahreddine, who has been recently killed in a mine blast. The general defended Deir ez-Zor, once besieged by Daesh, and was known by servicemen as a true hero.

Chad Runs Out of Office Paper, Ends Up on Trump’s Travel Ban
An office supply logistical snafu has gained newfound significance after new information about the Trump administration’s decision to include Chad on its list of countries whose citizens have restricted access to the US emerged Thursday.

Russia, US Continue Cooperation on Memorializing Fallen Soldiers – Russian MoD
The joint Russian-US commission is working to erect monuments for Soviet pilots who transported Catalina amphibious aircraft during World War II.

Study Says Man's Best Friend Uses ‘Sad Puppy Face' to Communicate
While every dog owner is aware of the "puppy dog eyes" expression that their pooches put on in an attempt to get some cuddles or the occasional treat, a new study is now offering *some* vindication of owners' suspicions.

Will Trump Keep Tradition, Visit the DMZ in November? Nobody is Sure
Four of the last five US presidents have toured the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the ultra-fortified border that separates North and South Korea. But many within the administration have questioned the wisdom of Trump visiting when tensions are so high, to the point that it isn’t clear if Trump will go through with the planned visit at all.

Ill Communication: How US Soldiers Just Can’t Get Along With Locals. Anywhere.
Some 300,000 American soldiers are currently serving Uncle Sam in nearly 150 countries around the world. And while officially they have to stick to a strict code of ethics, in reality the US servicemen are often the ones making it into the headlines in other countries for being involved in drunken fights, sexual assaults and other crimes.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Says Missile Program Will Accelerate
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps fired back at US policies Thursday by stating that measures taken against Iran will only strengthen the country’s resolve to develop its conventional missile program and regional operations.

America's Scramble for Africa
The ugly row over whether President Trump disrespected the young widow of a fallen American soldier has overshadowed a bigger issue. That is, the increasing number of US military operations across the African continent.

Trump Wants to Know Who Bankrolled Dossier: Russia, FBI, Democrats, All Three?
US President Donald Trump has publicly questioned who paid for the incendiary and unverified dossier alleging his deep connections to Russian actors. The dossier, compiled by political research firm Fusion GPS, has been under federal investigation since it leaked in January - but neither its funder nor its claims have been publicly verified.

US Supercarrier Patrols Near North Korea to Deter Military Moves by Pyongyang
The USS Ronald Reagan’s presence off the coast of the Korean Peninsula in the Sea of Japan as part of previously reported naval and air force exercises with the South Korean navy is designed to persuade North Korea from taking military action, Reuters reported from aboard the ship Thursday.

Man Sporting Pikachu Costume Jumps White House Fence For YouTube Fame
While there have been numerous reports of people jumping the White House fence since US President Donald Trump took office, a Kentucky man brought something extra to the feat.

Uber Motorboat? Sly Seal Hitches a Ride
“Can I pay you in fish?”

Drive Down Memory Lane: Russian Carmaker Installs Classic Tetris Game
Buyers of the latest trucks from Russian manufacturer GAZ were surprised to find a vintage computer game on the dashboard; the company assures road users that the novel function poses no safety risk.

Strategic Rebalancing Act: Behind China's Drive to Build World's Strongest Army
Speaking at the 19th Congress of China's Communist Party, General Secretary Xi Jinping pledged to complete the modernization of the country's military by 2035, and to transform it into a world-class fighting force by 2050. Military observer Andrei Kotz takes a closer look at the People's Liberation Army's plans for the future.

What the Future Has in Store for World: Putin's Valdai Club Speech Highlights
While delivering his speech at the 14th annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club Vladimir Putin raised a wide range of issues including the technological revolution, global security, nuclear and chemical disarmament, and the reform of the UN. The president underscored the necessity to team up to solve the burning international issues.

Rosneft CEO Urges to 'Build Bridges' Binding Eurasia Together
Eurasia is not only a geographical term that identifies the biggest continent on Earth, it is also a geopolitical notion which stands for the close cooperation and integration between Europe and Asia. However, there are some political initiatives that tear Eurasia apart.

Over 1Mln Syrians Return to Their Homes Since Start of Russia's Operation - MoD
The Russian air campaign in Syria, which started two years ago, has dramatically changed the course of the Syrian conflict as life begins to return to the country.

Vladimir Putin Praises ‘Fearless’ Work of Sputnik, RT
As Russian media outlets are being subjected to pressure by US authorities on the pretext of their alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election, the Russian president has commented on their work during the final plenary session of the Valdai International Discussion Club.

Idlib Operation: Why Direct Turko-Syrian Talks Are 'Exactly What's Required'
Speaking to Sputnik, former chief of the Turkish General Staff Intelligence Department Ismail Hakki Pekin and Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Naim Baburoglu speculate on what’s behind Damascus's statement demanding the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Idlib. Baburoglu explained the difference between the US and Russian approaches to the Syrian crisis.

Apple's Newest Gadget Snapped Cruising the Streets of Los Angeles (VIDEO)
Eagle-eyed tech fans in California have spotted Apple's latest project, called "Titan," going for a test drive.

Tables Turned
How the times have changed! Once praised as an opponent of the Russian state, "artist" Petr Pavlensky is now facing charges for setting a French bank's door on fire in Paris - the same "performance" he put on in Moscow when he burned down the door of the Federal Security Service.

Cooperation With Europe Boosts Investment in Leningrad Region
Leningrad Region Governor Alexander Drozdenko and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland, meeting in Strasburg, discussed the population exodus from rural areas, the fight against corruption and radicalism, problems facing immigrants and the development of local self-government and transport, Mr. Drozdenko told RIA Novosti.

'Too Shady': Body Thought to Be Missing Activist Found Ahead of Argentina Vote
A body has turned up in a river in Argentina, two months after an indigenous rights activist had vanished. The disappearance of Santiago Maldonado has echoes of the period in the late 1970s and early 1980s when thousands went missing in Argentina.

The Deep, Deep State
While President Donald Trump is trying to improve relations between Washington and Moscow, there are reportedly certain forces within the United States' political establishment that are doing everything in their power to thwart his efforts, often referred to as the "deep state."

Ebola-Like Marburg Virus Kills Two People in Uganda
For the first time in three years, Uganda has faced an outbreak of the deadly virus which is similar to Ebola. The health ministry has already confirmed a number of deaths but it is unknown whether there are more infected people.

'State-Sponsored Terrorism': Israel Shuts Down 8 Palestinian Media Outlets
Israeli forces carried out violent dawn raids on eight Palestinian media outlets on Wednesday, shutting them down in the process.

Russian Artist Petr Pavlensky Faces Charges in France for Damaging Property
What was praised as a protest against the Kremlin by Western media has now landed the controversial performance artist in a mental hospital in France.

Outcry, Trolling After Quebec Becomes First American Region to Ban Face Veils
Quebec's decision to pass a law banning face coverings including burkas and niqabs has aroused huge debate, with commentators divided on whether the legislation will help or hinder social cohesion.

Spanish 'Constitution Superior to Catalonia's Autonomous Systems' - Academic
The Spanish government has scheduled a meeting for October 22, to begin process of removing Catalonia’s autonomy. Sputnik correspondent, Maud Start, interviewed Carlos Flores Juberias, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Valencia about where the Catalan Government stands against the Spanish Constitution.

Wolf of Wall Street? No, Better Be a Pussycat to Succeed in Finance
The high-powered world of finance demands ruthlessness and manipulation from hedge fund managers and other money makers, right? Wrong, say researchers. Being nice is key to better investments.

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran CIA Analyst on Trump's Battle With US 'Deep State'
The US intelligence services enjoy three times more funding than they received before 9/11 and wield a great amount of power over the US President; if Trump were to challenge the CIA, NSA or other elements of the "deep state" it would be an unprecedented move, former US intelligence analyst Ray McGovern told Sputnik.

Russia Steadfast on Remaining Guarantor of Minsk Accords on Eastern Ukraine
Remarkable progress was achieved with signing the Minsk peace agreements which ended violence in the war-torn east of Ukraine. However, the bill on the reintegration of the eastern regions adopted by the Ukrainian authorities runs counter to the agreements and threatens to ruin the whole architecture of the political settlement.

Iraqi Oil Ministry Warns Foreign Companies Against Contracts With Kurdistan
According to the Iraqi government, the authorities seek to provide a safe environment for the activity of international companies and are protecting their investments throughout the country following the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan.

'Fake Melania' Mockery Sweeps Social Media, but Political Decoys Very Real
Social media has erupted with suggestions First Lady Melania Trump has a body double, who stands in for her on certain public occasions. The theory has been widely ridiculed, but the use of doubles by governments and intelligence services is very real.

Peacenik Revolt in CIA: 'Rebel Girl' Drops Out From K9, Returns to Civvy Street
They say that a leopard can't change its spots and a tiger can't change its stripes. Lulu the Labrador Retriever, it seems, couldn't change the fact that she was "not enjoying her job" as a CIA trainee and has been dropped from the agency's puppy class. After becoming a K9 dropout, Lulu returned to enjoy a more peaceful live as a civilian.