Vancouver summit on N. Korea failed to provide alternative to Russian & Chinese proposals – Moscow

The joint US-Canada summit is just a “heavy-handed attempt” to undermine the decisions of the UNSC, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said. It added that the meeting failed to provide an alternative to the Russian-Chinese initiative. Participants at the Vancouver summit failed to provide any alternative to the existing Chinese-Russian roadmap

Yabloko founder Yavlinsky gathers enough signatures to face Putin in presidential race – activists

Activists from the opposition Yabloko party said they have gathered more than the required 100,000 signatures for veteran politician Grigory Yavlinsky to be registered as a candidate in the March 18 Russian presidential election. The party has collected 105,000 signatures in support of Yavlinsky and isn’t planning to stop at

Venomous spiders earmarked for ‘milking’ escape egg sack in spine-chilling video

Discovering a sac filled with hundreds of spiders typically elicits a fight or flight response from most sane people – but wildlife experts in Australia are asking the public to capture the critters so they can be milked. One resident from Matcham on the New South Wales Central Coast fought

Online gold coin sales soar 400% as cryptocurrencies plunge

Amidst a huge sell-off on the cryptocurrency market demand for gold coins is picking up. Sales jumped fivefold on Tuesday at one of Europe’s largest online dealers. According to CoinInvest Director Daniel Marburger, the company sold almost 30kg of gold, worth $1.2 million in the spot market. It “was a

Speed fiend Swiss billionaire slapped with $320,000 ticket

Swiss pharmaceutical tycoon Ernesto Bertarelli has been fined 310,000 Swiss francs (US$320,000), after being caught driving 88km per hour in a 50 zone, local media report. While a speeding ticket in the US might set you back a few hundred or perhaps even a few thousand dollars at most, that’s

Russia eyeing private military companies market with new legalization bid

Russian MPs are expected within weeks to submit a new draft law regulating private military companies. A global market exists for mercenary fighters and some argue Russia is missing out by trapping citizens in a legal minefield. Private military companies (PMCs) are the modern-day incarnation of what used to be

Catalonia’s Puigdemont vows to restore cabinet, blasts Spain authorities

Catalonia’s fugitive ex-leader has lambasted Spanish authorities on social media as a new regional parliament convenes in the first step toward choosing the government later this month. Carles Puigdemont tweeted that “they only understand about fear, violence and imposition,” AP reports. The politician vowed to reinstate his former cabinet as

Mail on Sunday unleashes single third-hand quote to smear entire nation of footballers

The Mail on Sunday has unleashed another exhaustively researched story to make extra sure that nations competing in Russia’s 2018 World Cup really come together in the spirit of hate for the host nation. This time it rehashes second-hand evidence that Moscow was intending to drug its footballers. The newspaper

Madrid rule over Catalonia to continue if exiled ex-leader Puigdemont re-elected – PM Rajoy

Spain will continue to rule the regional administration of Catalonia directly from Madrid in the event that its self-exiled former leader Carles Puigdemont is chosen as president by the Catalan parliament, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned on Monday. Puigdemont fled to Brussels in October after Rajoy fired him as Catalonia’s

Polexit? New Iron Curtain divides Europe, with conservative East v liberal West

Rudyard Kipling once wrote that “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” The poet was referring to his experiences in India and Britain, but the line could increasingly apply to modern Europe. Trends EU refugee & migrant influx Donald Tusk lobbed a grenade into