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All protesters detained in Minsk amid Belarus post-election chaos to be released by Friday morning – police chief

Follow RT on Belarusian deputy police chief Aleksandr Barsukov has vowed that all of those who were taken into temporary custody amid unrest that has gripped Minsk since Sunday’s presidential election will be released by 6am local time on Friday. The official made the announcement as he was visiting a temporary detention facility in one […]

Three rockets fall inside Iraqi base housing US troops

Follow RT on Three unguided projectiles have landed on the premises of Al-Balad military airbase, which houses US troops, Iraqi authorities confirmed. No information on damage or potential casualties was immediately available. The military compound, located some 80 km (50 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, came under attack on Thursday. At least three projectiles […]

Finland recommends face masks in public for first time

Follow RT on The government in Finland recommended the use of face masks in public for the first time on Thursday as the number of coronavirus cases rises. Prime Minister Sanna Marin said masks should be worn in situations where social distancing is not possible, such as on public transport. Prior to Thursday, Finland had […]

FBI will join Beirut blast probe, US diplomat says in Lebanon

Follow RT on The FBI will join Lebanese and international investigators in a probe into last week’s massive Beirut explosion that killed at least 172 people, a senior US diplomat said on Thursday. US Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale said in Beirut this was at the invitation of Lebanese authorities, Reuters reports. The […]

N. Macedonia’s Zaev to form govt that ‘won’t veer away from road to EU’

Follow RT on The president of North Macedonia on Thursday handed a mandate to pro-Western ex-PM Zoran Zaev to form a new government after his party bloc narrowly won a July 15 election. “I will lead a government that will not… veer away from the road leading to membership of the European Union after obtaining […]

Taiwan to raise defense spending next year ‘to ensure national security & regional peace’

Follow RT on Taiwan unveiled a T$42.1 billion ($1.4 billion) increase in next year’s planned defense spending on Thursday. President Tsai Ing-wen’s cabinet is proposing T$453.4 billion in military spending for the year beginning January 2021, compared to the T$411.3 billion budgeted for 2020 – an increase of 10.2 percent, Reuters said, citing its calculations. […]

Israel halts fuel shipments to Gaza ‘in response to Palestinians launching fire balloons’

Follow RT on Israel has decided to stop shipments of fuel into Gaza in response to Palestinians in the enclave launching incendiary balloons that have torched tracts of farmland on the Israeli frontier. Palestinians in Hamas-ruled Gaza have launched dozens of helium balloons laden with incendiary material in recent days to pressure Israel to ease […]

France sends 2 Rafale fighter jets & frigate to E. Mediterranean

Follow RT on Paris will send two Rafale fighter jets and the naval frigate ‘Lafayette’ to the Eastern Mediterranean, France’s Ministry of Armed Forces said on Thursday. The move is part of plans to increase the country’s military presence in the region. French President Emmanuel Macron has called on Turkey to halt oil and gas exploration […]

Turkey plans to begin reopening schools on September 21

Follow RT on Schools in Turkey will start to reopen on September 21 in a gradual transition back to in-person education, Education Minister Ziya Selcuk said on Wednesday. The reopening was delayed by three weeks after a rise in coronavirus cases. Selcuk said that distance learning would begin on August 31, when schools had previously […]

UN human rights chief condemns use of violence in Belarus against protesters, after ‘6,000 people detained in 3 days’

Follow RT on The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Wednesday condemned the use of violence by the Belarusian authorities to quash peaceful protests. After President Aleksandr Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in Sunday’s election, Bachelet said police were reported to have used excessive force, firing rubber bullets, using water cannon, and throwing […]

Lawmakers in Netherlands criticize government’s handling of coronavirus crisis

Follow RT on The leader of one of the parties in Dutch PM Mark Rutte’s ruling coalition joined opposition lawmakers on Wednesday in criticizing the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, AP reported. In particular, a decision to make some quarantine measures mandatory was slammed. The criticism came during a debate that interrupted the Dutch […]

Norway to reimpose 10-day quarantines for more travelers

Follow RT on The government in Oslo said it would reimpose quarantine measures on travelers from more foreign countries and reiterated its advice that Norwegians should avoid going abroad. Norway diagnosed 357 people with Covid-19 last week, the highest since April, still well below the record 1,733 cases found in a single week in late […]

‘Returning to semblance of normalcy’: Switzerland to allow events of over 1,000 people from October 1

Follow RT on Swiss authorities will allow events of more than 1,000 people from October 1, provided organizers follow hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government decided on Wednesday. Permission from local authorities will also be required for events. While easing audience limits, the government on Wednesday also ordered that […]

Greece & US to discuss E. Mediterranean tensions as Turkey wants to resolve dispute with Athens ‘through dialogue’

Follow RT on The foreign ministers of Greece and the United States will meet in Vienna on Friday to discuss tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Foreign Ministry in Athens said. The statement comes amid a dispute between Athens and Ankara over hydrocarbon resources. The meeting between Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and US Secretary […]

Sweden puts Austria on safe travel list, warning for UK & some European states remains

Follow RT on Sweden withdrew its recommendation to citizens not to take unnecessary trips to Austria and Liechtenstein on Wednesday. However, Stockholm kept in place warnings over travel to the United Kingdom and several European states amid an upturn in coronavirus infections. Stockholm had already withdrawn advice against unnecessary trips to countries like neighbors Denmark, […]

Israel conducts strikes on Hamas positions in Gaza over fire balloons – military

Follow RT on The Israeli military said on Wednesday it carried out overnight strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after incendiary balloons were launched across the border from the Palestinian enclave. The strikes were “retaliation” for the launching of multiple balloons from the Hamas-run enclave in recent days, the army said. Jets, attack […]

Clashes between soldiers & civilians leave 127 dead in S. Sudan, army says

Follow RT on Clashes between soldiers and civilians during a disarmament exercise in the central South Sudanese town of Tonj have left 127 dead, an army spokesman said Wednesday. The fighting erupted on Saturday as security forces carried out an operation to disarm civilians in the area, which has seen deadly inter-communal clashes, Major General […]

Belarus protests: More than 1,000 people detained overnight, Interior Ministry says

Follow RT on Belarusian police detained more than 1,000 protesters on the third night of protests in Minsk and other cities on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry has said. It added on Wednesday that 51 protesters and 14 police officers were hurt during the protests overnight. The protests broke out after an election handing a new […]

EU foreign ministers to discuss potential Belarus sanctions on Friday – Sweden

Follow RT on Sweden’s Foreign Minster Ann Linde said she has been invited to an extraordinary EU foreign affairs meeting on Friday to discuss potential sanctions on Belarus. “This morning there has been a summons to an extraordinary EU foreign ministers’ meeting on Friday where we will discuss precisely this [sanctions],” Linde told Swedish radio […]

S. Korea & US military to hold smaller annual maneuvers – report

Follow RT on Seoul and Washington will kick off their annual joint military drills this week but without mobilizing US-based troops, after scaling back the program due to coronavirus concerns, Reuters quoted a military source in the South Korea capital as saying on Wednesday. The allies have been discussing how to adjust the exercises, which […]

New Zealand officials consider freight as possible source of new coronavirus cluster

Follow RT on Authorities in New Zealand are investigating the possibility that its first Covid-19 cases in over three months were imported by freight, as the country’s biggest city plunged back into lockdown on Wednesday. The discovery of four infected family members in Auckland led PM Jacinda Ardern to swiftly reimpose tight restrictions in the […]

China extends Hong Kong legislature for a year

Follow RT on The top legislature in Beijing has extended the mandate for the current group of Hong Kong lawmakers for a year from its expiry date of September 30, after a scheduled election was delayed. The decision by China’s legislature means Hong Kong’s 70-member Legislative Council, or LegCo, will continue to perform its duties […]

France extends ban on mass gatherings to October 30 as ‘infection rate heads in wrong direction’

Follow RT on PM Jean Castex said on Tuesday that the coronavirus infection rate in France was headed in the wrong direction, adding that a collective response was necessary. The public was becoming careless, Castex warned, after official data recorded nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases from Saturday to Monday. The epidemic has killed more than […]

Britain & France working on new plan to shut down illegal migration across Channel

Follow RT on London and Paris are working on a new plan to shut a Channel migration route from France, British immigration minister Chris Philp said on Tuesday. The minister was speaking to reporters at the British Embassy in Paris after holding talks with his French counterparts, Reuters said. Hundreds of people, including some children, […]

Israel reduces troop deployment on border with Syria & Lebanon

Follow RT on Israel’s military has announced a reduction of forces on its northern border with Syria and Lebanon, after deploying reinforcements in recent weeks in response to a spike in tensions. “Troop reinforcements in the area are being reduced,” an army statement said on Monday. Being technically at war with northern neighbors Lebanon and […]

New Zealand’s 102-day ‘coronavirus-free’ status ends as Auckland back in lockdown after 4 new cases emerge

Follow RT on Authorities in New Zealand said on Tuesday they were shutting down the largest city, Auckland, after four new coronavirus cases were discovered. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Auckland would move to level-three restriction from noon on Wednesday as a “precautionary approach.” People should stay away from work and school, and gatherings of […]

3 Russian diplomats leave Bratislava as Slovakian PM confirms expulsion

Follow RT on Three staff members of the Russian Embassy in Bratislava and their families have left Slovakia, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday. Slovakia’s PM, Igor Matovic, says the decision to expel Russian diplomats has been made in connection with the murder of a Georgian national in Berlin, the TASS news agency reports. “When a […]

‘Extremely worrying situation’: Greece seeks emergency EU meeting on Turkey

Follow RT on Greece wants the EU to hold an emergency meeting of its foreign ministers, the prime minister’s office said on Tuesday. The statement comes amid a row with Turkey over the eastern Mediterranean. Tensions were stoked on Monday when Ankara sent the research ship Oruc Reis into waters off the Greek island of […]

Egyptians vote for new Council of Senators with coronavirus restrictive measures in place

Follow RT on Egypt’s citizens began voting on Tuesday for members of a newly created second chamber of parliament, with restrictive measures in place aimed at curbing a resurgence of coronavirus infections. The Council of Senators – an advisory body without legislative powers – will include 200 elected members and 100 appointed by the president. Nearly 63 […]

Japan supports G7 framework as Trump says he may still invite Russia

Follow RT on Japan’s top government spokesman said on Tuesday it was extremely important to maintain the framework of the Group of Seven (G7) meetings. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga’s comment came after US President Donald Trump said on Monday that he has not decided whether to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to this year’s […]