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First Stage of Large-Scale Russian FSB Spetsnaz Drills Over in Crimea
May24

First Stage of Large-Scale Russian FSB Spetsnaz Drills Over in Crimea

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The FSB said Tuesday that the units would conduct large-scale counter-terrorism exercises in Crimea on May 24-29 and the drills would involve about 2,000 servicemen. It also said the two-stage drills would involve aircraft, sea vessels, armored vehicles, drones and advanced reconnaissance equipment. In March, the Russian...

Newspaper summaries-May 24 2017
May24

Newspaper summaries-May 24 2017

Daily Nation Maize: Story behind Kenya’s food crisis: Two blunders by the government — the first leading to the second — are behind a biting maize shortage in the country that has caused the escalation of prices of basic food commodities. To make matters worse, contrary to its earlier promise that it would import maize from Mexico to...

Trump’s 2018 Budget Requests $150 Million for Ukraine Security Assistance
May24

Trump’s 2018 Budget Requests $150 Million for Ukraine Security Assistance

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Trump’s proposed 2018 budget for the Department of Defense includes $150 million in assistance for Ukraine, according to a budget proposal released on Tuesday. “The FY [fiscal year] 2018 request includes $150.0 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative to support Ukraine under the ‘Building Partnership...

Russia’s FSB Spetsnaz Set to Hold Large-Scale Anti-Terrorism Drills in Crimea
May24

Russia’s FSB Spetsnaz Set to Hold Large-Scale Anti-Terrorism Drills in Crimea

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Special purpose units of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) will conduct large-scale counter-terrorism exercises in Crimea on May 24-29, the FSB announced. “A total of about 2,000 servicemen will take part in the exercise,” the FSB said in a statement. According to the statement, the two-stage drills will involve...

Upping the Bloodshed: Ukraine Breaches Embargo to Fuel South Sudan Civil War
May24

Upping the Bloodshed: Ukraine Breaches Embargo to Fuel South Sudan Civil War

In Imvepi, northern Uganda, men, women and children queue for food and water of questionable drinkability in the intense heat of the north-east African sun, at a hastily constructed refugee camp. These unfortunate individuals have all fled — mostly on foot — across the South Sudan border, escaping ever-burgeoning bloodshed in their home country....

Ukraine Must Scrap Ban on Russian Social Media – Reporters Without Borders
May23

Ukraine Must Scrap Ban on Russian Social Media – Reporters Without Borders

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Last week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko approved the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to expand the list of sanctioned Russian individuals and legal entities. In particular, Ukraine has imposed sanctions on a number of Russian media, popular social networks like VKontakte and...

China Urges Balance on Environment, Economy in Antarctica
May23

China Urges Balance on Environment, Economy in Antarctica

BEIJING — A Chinese leader on Tuesday urged international representatives to strike a “proper balance” between environmental and economic interests in Antarctica, as the frozen continent’s vulnerability to climate change raises worries that some nations could seek to exploit its natural resources. China is seeking to carve out a...

In Ukraine: Parliament backs tough TV language rules to limit Russian
May23

In Ukraine: Parliament backs tough TV language rules to limit Russian

The measure was passed a week after Ukraine blocked Russia's most popular social media networks. Ukraine’s parliament ratched up its cultural war against Russia on Tuesday by backing television language quotas requiring major channels to broadcast at least three-quarters of their programmes in the Ukrainian language.The measure was...

Ukrainian Hacker Sentenced to Jail in US for Role in Massive Fraud Scheme
May23

Ukrainian Hacker Sentenced to Jail in US for Role in Massive Fraud Scheme

NEW YORK (Sputnik) — Ukrainian citizen Vadym Iermolovych was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in the largest known computer hacking and securities fraud scheme, US Department of Justice announced in a press release Monday. “A Ukrainian hacker was sentenced today to 30 months in prison for his role in an international scheme to hack...

Got the Picture: Kiev Says Complete Ban on Russian Social Networks Impossible
May22

Got the Picture: Kiev Says Complete Ban on Russian Social Networks Impossible

KIEV (Sputnik) – It is impossible to completely block the Russian social networks in Ukraine, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration Dmitry Shimkiv said on Monday, adding that the reduction of the networks’ audience would be an achievement for the Ukrainian authorities. “It is really impossible to ban [Russian social...

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