Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: Biden Accuses Trump of ‘Undermining’ US Political System

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Former Vice President Joe Biden during his first major campaign rally said that President Donald Trump is deliberately undermining the US political system.

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Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: Boeing Wins $5.7Bln US Military Air Tanker Contract – Pentagon

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Boeing has received a $5.7 billion post-production contract to prepare the US Air Force’s new fleet of K-46 Pegasus refuelling tanker aircraft for combat capability, the Department of Defence announced in a press release.

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Lenta.ru : Новости: Подсчитана стоимость шашлыка на майские праздники

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В преддверии майских праздников аналитики производителя онлайн-касс «Эвотор» подсчитали, что набор для шашлыка обойдется россиянам в 1206 рублей. Москвичи заплатят на 150 рублей больше. За эти деньги жители страны смогут купить мангал, пачку угля, шесть шампуров и два килограмма свинины.

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Газета.Ru – Новости дня: Горбачев заявил о необходимости диалога между Россией и США

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Бывший президент СССР Михаил Горбачёв заявил, что России и США необходимо вести стратегический диалог, потому что ядерное сдерживание не защищает мир, а подвергает его опасности. Такое мнение он выразил в статье, опубликованной в The Wall …

Газета.Ru – Новости дня


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RT – Daily news: Tulsi Gabbard takes on her own party over ‘endless war’ in mysteriously-deleted viral campaign clip

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Preview There’s no point in knocking Trump out of the White House if a Democratic president has only more endless war to offer, Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard has declared in a deleted, then reposted campaign tweet.
Read Full Article at RT.com

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Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: International Space Station Suffers Partial Power Loss, No Danger to Crew – NASA

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Astronauts on the International Space Station are working to restore full power after a partial failure in the orbiting laboratory’s electrical system Monday morning that imposed no danger to the crew, NASA said in a press release.

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Global Voices: Afghanistan’s dwindling Sikh and Hindu communities turn towards the exits

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A devastating bomb attack last year compounded concerns about discrimination and insecurity

Rollout of the “Survey of Afghan Hindus and Sikhs” by the Porsesh Research Organization in Kabul on March 6. Photo used with permission from PRO.

In Afghanistan, Sikh and Hindu minority groups have for decades experienced targeted religious persecution while suffering from low access to civil rights.

Given that these injustices have been compounded by the country’s deep and growing security issues, it is hardly surprising that of the 220,000 Sikh and Hindu citizens living in Afghanistan in the 1980s, less than a thousand remain.

The Manmeet Bhullar Foundation is committed to enabling Afghan Sikhs and Hindus to achieve asylum in Canada.

They have asked the Canadian government to recognise Hindus and Sikhs of Afghanistan as particularly vulnerable minorities and develop an appropriate plan to evacuate them.

A deadly attack on prominent Sikh leaders in July 2018 added urgency to this bid.

The July 1 suicide bombing that killed 19 people and injured 10 as Sikh and Hindu representatives made their way to a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was claimed by the Afghanistan’s ISIS affiliate and sent tremors through the community.

Canada-based organisations, including the World Sikh Organization and Gurdwara communities have supported the asylum drive, claiming notable successes. The first Sikh and Hindu Afghan Refugee families arrived in Canada on March 13, 2019.

A final exodus?

As an exit door potentially opens for Afghanistan’s remaining Sikhs and Hindus, the publication in March of the “Survey of Afghan Hindus and Sikhs” conducted by the Porsesh Research and Studies Organization (PRSO), a non-profit based in Kabul feels pertinent.

The survey was conducted “to understand better the situation, and provide a clear picture of their [Afghan Hindus and Sikhs] living conditions” according to its authors.

The survey focused on the security, political participation, economic situation, civil rights, national mood, migration, and integration situation of Hindu and Sikh communities in Afghanistan.

The survey found that “Hindus and Sikhs are considerably less optimistic about the direction of Afghanistan compared to the rest of Afghans.”

Insecurity, unemployment and poverty are the factors driving this pessimism. Children lack access to education. For women, one of the main problems is “not being able to freely go outside.”

Afghan Hindu and Sikh communities have always participated in Afghan society.

While more than 50 percent turned out to vote in the most recent national elections, only a third (34.38%) of respondents say they feel they can influence their local government’s decisions. This is considerably lower than the national average and is spurred partly, the survey’s authors believe, by Sikhs and Hindus “poor representation in government administrations.”

Economically, “a quarter of the respondents reports having difficulty purchasing simple and basic food”, while others can only afford basic needs. Sikhs and Hindus invariably work in the private sector as smalltime traders and shop owners.

Regarding emigration “60.7% of survey respondents expressed desire to migrate if they were given opportunity.” The remainder cited their patriotism as a reason not to emigrate, a reminder of the roots these communities have put down in Afghanistan despite difficulties, and the emotional wrench of leaving.

At the heart of the two groups issues in the country is a systemic bias against non-Islamic religions written into the constitution, which the survey called “excessively dependent upon Islamic interpretations and (containing) many articles discriminatory towards Hindus and Sikhs.” Although both groups are free to worship, the constitution’s recognition of the supremacy of Islamic law makes it difficult for Hindus and Sikhs to live publicly according to their faith.

This has ingrained in many a perception that the state’s institutions exist to harass rather than protect them.

Sikhs and Hindus typically fear encountering the Afghan National Police more than others. More than a quarter of respondents have experienced some type of threats in the past, while a quarter also claimed to have been victims of land-grabbing or property seizure.

The survey concludes with recommendations to boost political and legal rights and access to education and employment for Sikhs and Hindus, while promoting diversity and pluralism in the country as a whole.

Ehsan Shayagan, Founder and CEO of PRSO expressed hope that the survey “will help in inclusion of Afghan Hindus and Sikhs in the peace and development process in Afghanistan.”

Sadly, it may be too late for that.

Global Voices


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Вести.Ru: Тренер “Аякса” Эрик тен Хаг: у нас хорошие шансы пройти “Тоттенхэм”

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Главный тренер голландского “Аякса” Эрик тен Хаг в преддверии первого матча полуфинала Лиги чемпионов против “Тоттенхэм Хотспур” поделился ожиданиями от предстоящей игры. По мнению наставника амстердамского клуба, его футболисты имеют хорошие шансы пробиться в следующий раунд турнира.

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Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: Boeing Says Conducted Additional 737 MAX Test Flights With New Software

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US aircraft maker Boeing has carried out additional test flights with 737 MAX aircraft with updated software as part of preparations for certification, the company’s press service told Sputnik.

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“Opposition in Russia” – Google News: Here’s what India’s frequent flier PM Modi achieved on trips abroad – Economic Times

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Here’s what India’s frequent flier PM Modi achieved on trips abroad  Economic Times

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi bids for reelection, his party has said his skillful diplomacy on the world stage has increased India’s global stature and …

“Opposition in Russia” – Google News


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Газета.Ru – Новости дня: МВД хочет защитить россиян от коллекторов

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МВД России намерено запретить выдавать россиянам микрозаймы через интернет без предоставления паспорта, сообщает ТАСС со ссылкой на ведомство.

В министерстве заявили, что идентификация лица, желающего получить кредит, должна быть …

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Газета.Ru – Новости часа: МВД хочет защитить россиян от коллекторов

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МВД России намерено запретить выдавать россиянам микрозаймы через интернет без предоставления паспорта, сообщает ТАСС со ссылкой на ведомство.

В министерстве заявили, что идентификация лица, желающего получить кредит, должна быть …

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Газета.Ru – Новости дня: Американец выиграл $2 млн и не пришел за ними

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В США житель штата Техас выиграл в лотерею $2 млн, но не пришел за деньгами, сообщает CNN.

По данным телеканала, мужчина купил лотерейный билет в городке Колледж — Стейшн, и билет оказался выигрышным.

Однако победитель не связался …

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“wikileaks россия” – Google News: Column: How should journalists report on data hacks? – Valley News

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Column: How should journalists report on data hacks?  Valley News

The phrase in The New York Times story hit a lot of readers — and a lot of journalists — like a slap across the face.Major news organizations functioned during …

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Voice of America: Japanese Emperor Akihito to Abdicate After 3 Decades on Throne

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Japanese Emperor Akihito will abdicate on Tuesday in favor of his elder son, ending a three-decade reign during which he sought to ease the painful memories of World War Two and engage with people, including the marginalized in society.

The abdication, the first by a Japanese monarch in two centuries, will be marked by a brief and relatively simple ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s prestigious Matsu no ma, or Hall of Pine. About 300 people will attend and it will be broadcast live on television.

Akihito, 85, was the first Japanese monarch to take the throne under a post-war constitution that defines the emperor as a symbol of the people without political power.

His father, Hirohito, in whose name Japanese troops fought World War Two, was considered a living deity until after Japan’s defeat in 1945, when he renounced his divinity.

Akihito, together with Empress Michiko, his wife of 60 years and the first commoner to marry an imperial heir, carved out an active role as a symbol of reconciliation, peace and democracy.

“I think the emperor is loved by the people. His image is one of encouraging the people, such as after disasters, and being close to the people,” Morio Miyamoto, 48, said as he waited near a train station in western Tokyo.

“I hope the next emperor will, like the Heisei emperor, be close to the people in the same way,” he said.

Akihito, who has had treatment for prostate cancer and heart surgery, said in a televised address in 2016 that he feared his age would make it hard for him to carry out his duties fully.

‘Sacred treasures’

Akihito will report his abdication on Tuesday morning at sanctuaries inside the Imperial Palace grounds, one honoring the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, from whom mythology says the imperial line is descended, and two others honoring departed emperors and Shinto gods.

The abdication ceremony will take place in the afternoon with attendees including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as well as the heads of both houses of parliament and Supreme Court justices.

Imperial chamberlains will carry state and privy seals into the room along with two of Japan’s “Three Sacred Treasures” — a sword and a jewel — which together with a mirror are symbols of the throne. They are said to originate in ancient mythology. Abe will announce the abdication and Akihito will make his final remarks as emperor.

Naruhito, 59, will become emperor in separate ceremonies on Wednesday. Naruhito, who studied at Oxford, is likely to continue an active role and together with Harvard-educated Masako give the monarchy a cosmopolitan tinge.

Police have tightened security near the Imperial Palace, a 115-hectare site that is home to the emperor and empress in the heart of Tokyo. Media said several thousand police officers were being mobilized in the capital over the next few days.

Tuesday marks the last day of the Heisei imperial era, which began on Jan. 8, 1989, after Akihito inherited the throne. The era saw economic stagnation, natural disasters and rapid technological change.

Akihito officially remains emperor until midnight, when the new Reiwa era, meaning “beautiful harmony,” begins.

Japanese traditionally refer to the date by the era name, or “gengo,” a system originally imported from China, on documents, calendars and coins but many people also use the Western calendar.

Voice of America


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Voice of America: Mexico President Kicks Off New Capital Airport Project

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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday symbolically launched work on a new airport for Mexico City to replace the nearly half-built $13 billion project he cancelled upon taking office.

 

Lopez Obrador promised the new Felipe Angeles airport northeast of the capital won’t exceed its budget and will save the government money even with the cancellation of the partially built airport.

 

“It’s going to resolve the problem of saturation at the current Mexico City airport, but also be an example of how you can carry out a rational, austere policy based on honesty that needs to establish itself as the way to live and the way to govern in our country,” Lopez Obrador said.

 

The new airport — named for a general allied with revolutionary icon Pancho Villa — is at the Santa Lucia military air base and the army is in charge of getting it built for $4.1 billion.

 

It is supposed to begin operating in mid-2021, though construction has not yet begun.

 

Two new runways would be added to its existing one and the commercial airport would share the space with the military.

Critics have argued that the new airport will have difficulty operating simultaneously with the existing airport, but in a report by the military, consultant Navblue said they could operate simultaneously in terms of air space.

 

One of the early hitches pointed out in the military’s environmental impact statement is a small mountain named “Paula” that sits beside one of the runways. It would be too close for commercial airliners to use that runway, so the report says it would be dedicated exclusively to military use.

 

But the biggest concern raised in the report has to do with water. The airport would consume an estimated 6 million liters (1.6 million gallons) per day from an already severely overtaxed aquifer that the capital depends on, and that’s not including consumption from hotels and other businesses that will spring up around it, the report said.

 

Three existing wells on the air base should provide enough water, but that is expected to lower the water table in the aquifer, so some wells could go dry.

 

The report says that could be mitigated by creating recharge zones in the area to put water back into the aquifer. Another possibility would be bringing water from another, less-stressed aquifer.

 

On Monday, the Zeferino Ladrillero Human Rights Center called on the government to consult with the more than 20 communities around the airport. The group warned that the water consumption would directly impact livestock and agriculture, and with it the livelihoods of thousands of families.

 

Lopez Obrador, though, said consultations had already taken place.

 

“I can tell you now that the consultation with the communities around Santa Lucia happened and what do you think? The people approved the project,” he said. There was no description of when or how those consultations were performed.

 

When the time the airport it begins to operate in mid-2021, it could handle nearly 20 million passengers.

 

One of the looming questions is how flights will be divided between the capital’s main airport, Benito Juarez International, and the new one at Santa Lucia. The environmental impact statement for the project mentions that initially two airlines will be operating there, but it does not say which.

 

The new airport would connect to the existing one via a 28-mile (46 kilometer) route with dedicated bus lanes to speed passengers to their connecting flights. About 5 miles of that route would actually be along a perimeter road built for the now-cancelled airport at Texcoco.

In October, before Lopez Obrador had taken office, he held an unofficial referendum on cancelling the $13 billion Texcoco project, which was already nearly half completed. He proposed converting the Santa Lucia air base and making improvements at Benito Juarez, which had been targeted for closure. The plan received 70% approval, though critics complained that fewer than 2 percent of Mexico’s registered voters took part.

Lopez Obrador complained the Texcoco project backed by the previous administration was drenched in corruption and faced environmental problems because it was being built on a former lakebed. Auditors said in February that they had found some $167 million in questionable costs.

 

The government says it will build a third terminal at Benito Juarez. That airport, surrounded by residential neighborhoods and with no possibility of adding an additional runway, is beyond capacity. More and more flights are parked on the tarmac with passengers shuttled to the overcrowded terminals on buses.

 

Arriving flights are increasingly delayed because they can’t get a landing slot.

 

The government announced last week that the nearly 31,000-acre (12,500 hectare site of the scrapped airport would be converted into a park.

The survival of Santa Lucia, which also had been set for closure under the Texcoco plan, is another victory for Mexico’s military, which has been tasked with running the project. It also has been given the lead in combating the country’s rampant fuel theft problem and a soon-to-retire general will head the newly created militarized police force, the National Guard.

 

The general in charge of airport construction said Friday that its design would be “austere,” in contrast with the elaborate Norman Foster-designed terminal for the now cancelled airport. The government says even factoring in the lost investment in the cancelled airport and the cost of converting Santa Lucia, the total expense will be only slightly more than a quarter of what the Texcoco airport would have cost.

Voice of America


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Russia News: Lenta.ru : Новости: Подсчитана стоимость отдыха Зеленского в Турции

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Победитель президентских выборов на Украине Владимир Зеленский мог потратить на трехдневный отдых в Турции с семьей около 30 тысяч долларов и около 33 — с учетом перелета. Об этом рассказал сотрудник пятизвездочного отеля в турецком районе Бодрум, где остановился политик.

Lenta.ru : Новости

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