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Aujourd’hui — 28 mars 2020Sputnik International

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate Goes Dark For Earth Hour - Video

Earth Hour, started in Sydney, Australia back in 2007, has now spread worldwide as a global solidarity movement with millions of people turning off unnecessary lights and electric appliances to highlight the importance of taking measures to counter environmental challenges.

UK Prostitutes Ignore COVID-19 Lockdown and Offer Customers ‘Coronasutra’

The development comes as Stephen Powis, a senior UK health official, said that Britain would do very well if it manages to keep the death toll from the infectious disease below 20,000. Some 1,019 have died from the COVID-19 virus across the United Kingdom.

Not Just to Show Off: Russian Test Pilot Explains Challenges of Manoeuvring in Dogfights

Every new plane introduced to an air force behaves differently and with the introduction of the fifth-generation Su-57 fighter, Russian pilots have had to adapt their solo and formation flying skills as well as perform high-level aerobatic manoeuvres – something they have now successfully achieved.

Taliban Reject Afghan Government’s Negotiation Team, Say List Contradicts Deal With US

KABUL (Sputnik) - The Taliban* have rejected the Afghan government’s negotiation team, claiming that the list of negotiators goes sideways with the previous agreement between the Taliban and the United States, the movement’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement on Saturday.

US Company Says Received FDA's Authorisation for 5-Minute Coronavirus Tests

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Abbott Laboratories, a medical equipment and health care company based in the United States, announced on Saturday it had received authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for tests capable of detecting the novel coronavirus as fast as in five minutes.

Trump Bids Farewell to New York-Bound Hospital Ship - Video

Comfort, which carries 1,000 beds and over 1,200 medical personnel, is expected to arrive in New York on 30 March. It will treat traumas and non-infectious diseases in order to allow local doctors to focus on coronavirus cases.

Twitter Goes Bonkers as US Dem Presidential Candidate Biden Confuses K-Pop Idol With Virus

It turns out that a former member of the popular K-pop boy band EXO and the city where the first COVID-19 cases were reported have names that sound slightly similar.

Russia's Rosneft Oil Company Announces Termination of Its Activity in Venezuela

The Russian oil company's operations in the Latin American country, where it was extracting the heaviest mix of crude in the world, have been complicated since Washington initiated a campaign to oust democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro. The US namely introduced sanctions on companies working in the Venezuelan oil sector.

Anthem of Pandemic: ‘Who’s Got All the F**king Toilet Roll’ Song About COVID-19 Goes Viral

The lockdown and quarantine measures announced by authorities caused panic among members of the public, who rushed to stores to stock up on food and other basic necessities. According to images posted online, the most popular product as of late has been toilet paper.

Physicists On Verge of Discovering Technology to Directly Capture Potentially Habitable Exoplanets

The method, which the University of California in Santa Barbara has been working on with other university teams, is to provide opportunities to get a panoramic view of exceptionally faraway planetary systems - a big step closer to finding potentially habitable worlds similar to ours.

Moscow’s Ostankino Tower Turns Off Lights for Earth Hour - Video

The world is marking Earth Hour on Saturday between 20:30 and 21:30 local time to draw people’s attention to environmental issues.

#Сoronavirusrhapsody Author: I Wanted to Prove There Are Many Ways to Create Art in Self-Isolation

Although the deadly coronavirus pandemic has made millions of people worldwide isolate themselves as a precautionary measure, some haven’t lost their spirit and are showing their creativity in order to motivate and inspire people.

Watch What Might Happen if You Break Quarantine Rules in Spain (Spoiler: You Could Be Arrested)

Spain declared a state of high alert on 14 March, limiting the movement of people for 15 days, with a possible extension by parliament if necessary. People are only allowed to go outside to shop for necessities.

Trump Considering Imposing Quarantine in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

The US recently became the country with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections in the world, with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reporting 85,356 infections and 1,246 deaths.

Kite, Jetpack, Social Distancing? Netizens Puzzled After Seeing UFO With Wings in Sky Above Arizona

The development comes after several UFOs were spotted in different parts of the United States. In one such event, YouTube user Denspion captured footage of three red orbs floating over Washington.

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia - EMSC

Indonesia is located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire and regularly suffers from powerful earthquakes.

From Russia With Aid: Russian Military Experts Visit Medical Facilities in Coronavirus-Hit Bergamo

Earlier this month, Italy overtook China, the birthplace of the deadly coronavirus, in the severity of the outbreak. While it still trails the US in terms of the total number of COVID-19 cases, the death toll in the southern European country is chilling.

Impeachment 2.0? How Dems & Soros Using COVID-19 Crisis to Disrupt Trump's 2020 Bid

Rich Democratic donors, including George Soros, have thrown their weight behind super PACs' effort to lambast Donald Trump's handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. Vladimir Golstein, associate professor at Rhode Island's Brown University, foresees that the Dems will try to "milk" the crisis until November in order to undermine Trump's re-election bid.

My Turn to Drive! Tiger Forces Dog From Car's Front Seat

Everybody knows that animals, especially our canine friends, like riding in cars. But doggos are not the only pets that love the feeling of roaring wind and moving road - some cats are also happy to get in the car - some big cats!

COVID-19 Fallout: Why US May Be Hit by ‘Tsunami of Inflation’

The US House of Representatives has approved a hotly debated $2.2 trillion stimulus bill to fight COVID-19, with the package of measures now slated to head to the president's desk for signature.

Former US Senator Tom Coburn Dies at 72

Tom Coburn, who earned a reputation as a conservative political maverick known for bluntly speaking his mind, frequently condemned the growth of the federal deficit and what he claimed was immoderate government spending endorsed by politicians from both political parties.

Indians Develop Device to Deactivate COVID-19 Lifecycle, Deployment in West Bengal Begins

New Delhi (Sputnik): The COVID-19 outbreak in India has left 19 dead and currently there are 909 confirmed cases, including 47 foreign nationals, according to the Health and Family Welfare Ministry. India went into complete lockdown at midnight on 24 March and will remain so until 14 April in order to break the infection cycle of the disease.

Life Goes On Amid COVID-19: US Space Force Struggles to Pick Name for Its Troops

The fledgling military branch promised that it would continue to operate despite the coronavirus raging in the country and the US military reportedly diverting resources to help authorities combat the outbreak.

Is It Zombie Apocalypse? Quarantined Man Runs Away Nude, Bites Woman to Death in India

New Delhi (Sputnik): The coronavirus pandemic has led to paranoia as some people have flooded social media with doomsday warnings while linking the virus to various prophecies and predictions. A bizarre report of a man biting a woman in southern India has further added fuel to the fire, with netizens calling it a “zombie apocalypse”.

New Study Details How to Generate Strong Magnetic Fields Quick and Easy

Magnetic fields are produced by electric charges in motion and in recent decades, they have become a promising area of investigation in medicine.

Russia Capable of Producing Sufficient Number of COVID-19 Tests - Health Minister

ST.PETERSBURG (Sputnik) - The Russian Health Ministry does not see any shortage in production capacities to make as many tests for coronavirus disease diagnostics as necessary, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told reporters on Saturday.

Russia Building 16 New Multi-Purpose Medical Facilities Across Country – Defenсe Ministry

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday that a massive construction of additional military medical facilities was underway across the country to be completed by mid-May and be used for assistance to civilians as well, should the need arise.

'Sick Man of Asia' and 'Chinese Virus': How China Was Defamed During COVID-19 Pandemic - Video

China, the first victim of the coronavirus scourge, bears a death toll of over 3,170 and has registered almost 82,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak.

Virgin Mary Emerged in Skies Above Argentinian COVID-19-Hit Town to Rescue Nation, Christians Claim

According to local witnesses, what started as a rainbow gradually transformed into the discernible features of Jesus Christ’s mother, with many firmly believing they are all under the protecting veil of the Holy Lady.

Russian PM Orders Suspension of Border Crossing by Car, Rail Starting 30 March

Earlier in the day, the Russian Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA) said in a statement that it had presented a drug to treat the deadly coronavirus.