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‘Being funny not our strong suit’: SEDUCTION visa joke by German Foreign Office causes Twitter backlash & apology

Germany’s Foreign Office was left egg-faced after cracking a joke about visa approval. Office staff issued a hasty apology to the foreigners they’d offended and acknowledged that they probably don’t have a future in comedy. Read Full Article at

'Anti-Catholic bigotry': UK journo slammed online over 'dictated by the Vatican' remarks, in veiled attack on religious Labour MP

UK journalist Paul Mason has been accused of religious «bigotry» on social media, after insisting he doesn't want Labour's policy on abortion to be decided by the Vatican, in what is seen as an attempted smear on a Catholic MP. Read Full Article a

'Statement signing': Roman Abramovich 'gives go-ahead' for $150 million move for Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jadon Sancho

In a move which will be seen as a statement of intent as to Roman Abramovich's plans for Chelsea, the Russian billionaire has reportedly given the green light to bringing English teen sensation Jadon Sancho to Stamford Bridge. Read Full Article at

Neymar 'opens discussions' with PSG but HUGE new deal could hinge on Champions League success

Neymar is discussing a new deal worth more than $40 million a year to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports in France, suggesting the Brazil striker could reverse his decision to quit the Ligue 1 giants. Read Full Article at

‘Biased & agenda-driven’: PM Modi’s party takes aim at Bezos-owned WaPo as Indian shopkeepers rise up against Amazon

The Washington Post has taken heat from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, whose official lamented its coverage as local traders voiced outrage over perceived aggression by another Bezos venture, Amazon. Read Full Article at

Greek offer to send peacekeeping troops to Libya could spark ‘indirect’ conflict between Ankara and Athens

Greece’s proposal to send forces to observe a fragile truce in Libya could lead to an indirect conflict between Ankara and Athens, analysts told RT, warning that the NATO allies could soon lock horns over the issue. Read Full Article at

'We must make that rematch': Conor McGregor targeting return bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov after UFC 246

Irish MMA superstar Conor McGregor is a man with many potential options ahead of him, but one matchup in particular stands out to him – a lightweight title rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Read Full Article at

Iraqis capture ISIS mufti so obese a TRUCK has to take him into custody, sparking slew of Twitter memes

A top ISIS leader dubbed ‘Jabba the Hutt’ has been captured in Mosul – but proved so obese that removing him from his bolthole required the assistance of a truck, drawing a deluge of memes and jokes at his expense on social media. Read Full Article at R

Russian Olympic Committee joins legal fight against 'unjust' 4-year WADA ban

The Russian Olympic Committee has notified the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) of its intention to join the legal fight against the four-year ban handed to Russia by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Read Full Article at

Digital dollar? RT’s Boom Bust explores ‘Crypto Dad’s’ push to digitize the greenback

Former US financial regulator J. Christopher Giancarlo, also known as ‘Crypto Dad’ for his support of cryptocurrencies, has announced the launch of a think tank to push the idea of digitizing the US dollar. Read Full Article at

'Monumental': Scientists successfully grow mysterious ancient organism that could be origin of life as we know it

A team of researchers has unravelled a scientific mystery by successfully growing an ancient life form in a lab, a breakthrough that brings us one step closer to discovering our very first ancestors on Earth. Read Full Article at

‘Allahu snack bar’: Iraqis capture ISIS mufti so obese a TRUCK has to take him into custody, sparking slew of Twitter memes

A top ISIS leader dubbed ‘Jabba the Hutt’ has been captured in Mosul – but proved so obese that removing him from his bolthole required the assistance of a truck, drawing a deluge of memes and jokes at his expense on social media. Read Full Article at R

Manned Mars mission isn't science fiction & could have 'reconciliatory' effect on the world – Russian cosmonaut Ryazansky

Sending humans to Mars isn't as far-fetched as it might sound, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky told RT, noting that a joint mission to the Red Planet would serve as a unifying triumph for people of all nations. Read Full Article at

'Nobody in Poland cares about WWII anymore': Warsaw ignores 75th anniversary of its liberation from fascism

The Polish people aren't interested in the events of the past, being fully consumed by their daily hassles, and the country's authorities are using this to their advantage, freely rewriting WWII history, academics told RT. Read Full Article at

'It was unreal!' One-armed golfer hits hole-in-one on PGA Tour (VIDEO)

An amateur golfer who was born with one arm «went ballistic» after producing one of the most remarkable moments in PGA Tour history, drawing gasps of disbelief by hitting a hole-in-one on the first day of the Pro-Am in California. Read Full Articl

Enemy of my enemy is my friend? Greek ‘forces’ ready to deploy to Libya after Turkish troops set out to reinforce Haftar rivals

Just days after Turkey vowed “to teach a lesson” to Libya’s strongman General Haftar, Greece – still at odds with Ankara – told him that it could send in some “forces,” tasked with observing a truce and “removal of mercenaries.” Read Full Ar

'After I take care of McGregor, I’ll baptize Usman' – Jorge Masvidal planning 'violent' 2020 (VIDEO)

UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal had the most successful year of his career in 2019 but as he tells RT Sport, he has a whole lot more in the tank ahead of what he describes as a 'Rated R' year in 2020. Read Full Article at

‘F***ing disgusting’: Backlash as rapper Eminem ‘jokes’ about Manchester Arena bombing in new track

US rapper Eminem has provoked outrage on social media after releasing a track that appears to make light of the Manchester Arena bombing at an Ariana Grande concert, featuring the lyrics “bombs away.” Read Full Article at

Putin to take part in Libya peace conference in Berlin – Kremlin

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will be participating in the conference on a peaceful settlement in Libya, to take place in Germany's capital, Berlin, on Sunday, the Kremlin has said. Read Full Article at

‘Conor will get the Khabib rematch… it will be the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history’ – Dana White

Conor McGregor will get another crack at UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov if the Irishman wins on his octagon comeback this weekend, with the rematch smashing pay-per-view records according to UFC boss Dana White. Read Full Article at

Feline friendly: Small cat & huge tiger make unlikely companions in Russian zoo (VIDEO)

A small tabby cat and a huge tiger proved that size is no barrier to the purr-fect friendship when the pair were recently spotted hanging out together at a zoo in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Read Full Article at

Louvre museum CLOSED as French pension-reform protesters block entrances (VIDEOS)

Tourists hoping to see some of the most famous works of art in the world had their plans upset on Friday as the pension-reform protests that have swept across France sprang up outside the Louvre museum in Paris. Read Full Article at

Eighty-six Pakistani Islamists handed decades in prison for role in violent rallies over Christian woman’s blasphemy acquittal

A Pakistani court has sentenced 86 members of a radical Islamist group to 55-year prison terms each for instigating violent protests against the acquittal of a Christian woman who had been accused of insulting Islam. Read Full Article at

It's a step forward that ceasefire in Libya still holds, though rival leaders ‘not ready’ for direct talks – Russian FM

Warring sides in Libya still stick to the truce although their leaders aren’t into direct talks so far, Sergey Lavrov confirmed. It is crucial that they don’t set additional demands after a peace summit in Berlin. Read Full Article at

'Remember the past & honor the dead': Former president Walesa slams Poland's failure to commemorate Warsaw's WWII liberation

While the anniversary of Warsaw's liberation is largely overlooked in modern-day Poland, it's worth paying respect to the sacrifice of the Red Army, former president and democracy hero Lech Walesa acknowledged on RT. Read Full Article at

China & Zimbabwe ink currency swap deal to bolster trade

Africa's largest trading partner China, which has invested heavily in Zimbabwe in recent years, has reached a currency swap agreement with the country aimed at strengthening trade. Read Full Article at

Ukrainian PM submits resignation letter amid leaked audio recordings controversy

Ukraine’s PM Oleksiy Honcharuk has submitted a letter of resignation and President Volodymyr Zelensky will consider it, the presidential office in Kiev said on Friday. Read Full Article at

Mixed signals? Beijing says it closely monitored US warship sent to Taiwan Strait after US & China inked trade deal

China has claimed that it kept a close eye on a US Navy vessel that sailed through the Taiwan Strait. The naval maneuver occurred shortly after Beijing and Washington agreed to a ‘phase one’ trade deal. Read Full Article at

Pompeo to join Libya conference in Berlin, Greece threatens to veto any solution after Tripoli-Ankara deal

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‘We wanted to be Red Army soldiers’: Polish veterans recall childhood memories of Warsaw’s liberation

It is often said that truth is the first casualty of war – and, indeed, when the bombs have stopped falling, the blood has been shed and the troops have stood down, another kind of war begins: A war of memories. Read Full Article at

Chemicals in tap water are causing thousands of cancer deaths across Europe – but the EU probably won’t do anything about it

Each year, more than 6,500 cases of bladder cancer, roughly five percent of all cases in Europe, are found to be attributable to exposure to trihalomethanes (THMs) in drinking water – and it’s all perfectly legal. Read Full Article at

Middle East cannot afford another war, it will be 'disastrous' for Pakistan, PM Khan warns

Islamabad is making every effort to defuse regional tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia because if they spiral out of control, it could spell disaster for Pakistan, the country's PM has warned. Read Full Article at

Police launch manhunt after India's infamous 'Doctor Bomb' disappears day before his parole ends

A convicted terrorist known in India as «Doctor Bomb» has vanished, after being temporarily released on parole. Jalees Ansari was serving a life sentence for his alleged role in bomb attacks across India. Read Full Article at

‘We don’t have political problems with India’: Iran’s Zarif urges Delhi to defy US sanctions & resume buying Iranian oil

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on India to shirk Washington’s “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign and continue sourcing its energy from the Islamic Republic, arguing it’s in the country’s best interest. Read Full Article

US military says 11 troops injured & flown out of Iraq for medical checks after Iranian strike on base with US troops

US Central Command has revealed that eleven personnel stationed at an Iraqi air base which came under a retaliatory attack by Tehran earlier in January had to be sent out of the country after displaying concussion symptoms. Read Full Article at

First in 2020: India successfully launches GSAT-30 telecoms satellite (VIDEO)

In its first space mission of the year, India has sent its GSAT-30 communications satellite into orbit, where it will replace another aging craft. The launch went off without a hitch. Read Full Article at

Ready or not, who cares: Plane lands on unfinished airstrip at Moscow airport BY MISTAKE (VIDEO)

Passengers of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 were in for a surprise when they found out the liner accidentally landed on a runaway under construction upon its touchdown in Moscow. Apparently, nobody noticed anything until the very end. Read Full Article at

DOJ investigating Comey over role in classified leaks during Clinton email drama – report

The US Department of Justice has opened a probe into whether former FBI Director James Comey leaked details about classified intelligence to reporters covering the Hillary Clinton email server scandal. Read Full Article at

Rooting out Russian-language schools: Ukrainian MPs pass secondary education bill detailing native tongue enforcement

Ukrainian MPs have dealt a final blow in Kiev’s war on Russian-language schools, voting for a bill which effectively cancels them. While seemingly going easy on minorities, it would hit a third of the country's population. Read Full Article at

‘Setting sail for Valinor’: Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies at 95 as fans honor his literary legacy

Middle-earth just lost its best defender. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien and guardian of his works, has passed away at age 95, prompting a rush of condolences and emotional tributes from admirers. Read Full Article at
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