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Aujourd’hui — 24 janvier 2021Sputnik International

Most Brits Think Scotland Will Gain Independence within 10 Years

The Scottish National Party announced on Sunday that it would try to legislate for a second independence referendum even if the UK government continues to refuse to approve it.

US ‘Plundering’ Syrian Oil to ‘Send to Israel’, Claims US Ex-Diplomat

Syria’s state-run media earlier reported that 200 troops had been flown to US bases in al-Shaddadi on 21 January for future deployment at Omar oil field and Koniko gas field in neighbouring Dayr al-Zawr province. It was also reported that the US-led military coalition had dispatched 40 truckloads of weapons and logistical equipment to Hasakah.

Fans Demand Sacking of Arteta as Title Holders Arsenal Knocked Out of FA Cup by Southampton

The FA Cup is an annual knockout football tournament in men's English football. It is also the oldest national football competition in the world: it was first played during the 1871–72 season.

Capitol Rioter Threatening to Assassinate AOC Faces Five Criminal Charges

Trump suppoters stormed the US Capitol on 6 January amid the certification of the election results. The riots which soon turned violent resulted in the death of five people. In the wake of the insurrection, former president Trump is facing an impeachment trial in the Senate which could potentially bar him from holding office again.

Powerful 5.8-Magnitude Quake Hits Auckland Islands, New Zealand, USGS Says

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

With Israel Still Leading in Pace of Vaccination, Palestinians Have Yet to Receive Their First Jabs

Five thousand doses of Sputnik V were supposed to arrive in the PA last week but the transfer was halted due to logistical difficulties. Once they do arrive, Ramallah plans to start vaccinating its medical personnel first, succeeded by the elderly and only then the entire Palestinian population.

Dustin Poirier Victorious at UFC 257 After Knocking Out McGregor - Photos, Video

The much-anticipated faceoff of the UFC 257 tournament was held at Fight Island on Yas in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

‘Special Relationship is About People': Biden Admin Defends Removing Churchill Bust From Oval Office

Newly-elected President Joe Biden earlier had a bust of Winston Churchill removed from the Oval Office, replacing it with a bust of Cesar Chavez, in a swift makeover on 20 January witnessed by reporters invited inside to observe the Democrat sign off on a spate of executive orders hours after the inauguration ceremony.

Always Warm by Your Mother's Side: Golden Retriever Takes Care of Her Puppy

When do children feel especially secure? Of course, when they are together with their mommy, getting all the attention and care only true parents can give.

Pentagon Confirms Protection of Disputed Islands to Japan

The disputed Senkaku islands, also known in China as the Diaoyu Dao islands, are considered Chinese territory by Beijing. After World War II, they were taken under US control and later ceded to Japan in 1972. China believes Japan illegally seized them.

UFC Reveals Prize Fund of McGregor-Poirier Bout, And Its Worth Millions

On January 24, Conor McGregor will face Dustin Poirier in a highly anticipated rematch that is due to take place at UFC's Fight island and both fighters are expected to rake in millions. Their first bout took place back in 2014 at UFC178, with McGregor defeating Poirier in the first round by TKO.

UK Scientists Question Johnson's Warning That 'British' COVID-19 Strain Is More Deadly

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Friday that there was "some evidence" to indicate that the new coronavirus strain found in December 2020 in England is not only more infectious, but "may be associated with a higher degree of mortality," one of many contradictory statements from top officials on the new variant over the past month.

US to Help Taiwan Maintain ‘Self-Defense Capability,’ State Department Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US State Department says Washington plans to strengthen ties with Taiwan, which China considers to be part of its territory.

Russian Embassy in US Extends Condolences to Family of Late Larry King

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Russian Embassy in the US has expressed condolences over the passing of iconic US talk show personality Larry King.

Sullivan Holds First Phone Convesration With Israeli Counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat

The conversation reportedly took place among concerns rising in the Israeli government about US President Biden's intent to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, abandoned by former President Donald Trump in 2017.

Videos: Anti-Government Protests Reportedly Continue in Tunisian Capital

CAIRO (Sputnik) - Mass protests were held in the Tunisian capital on Saturday despite the coronavirus restrictions, with demonstrators calling for the release of those detained, radio Mosaique FM reports.

Chile Issues Tsunami Warning, Orders Evacuation of Antarctic Base After 7-Magnitude Quake

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A 7-magnitude earthquake has occurred near the South Shetland Islands, prompting Chile to issue a tsunami warning and order the evacuation of the country's Antarctic military base.

5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Region Metropolitana, Chile - USGS

The populations of Chile and neighboring countries are used to earthquakes in the region. Chilean experiences what are known as "tremors," or slight earthquake shakes, in the course of a year on average. Many of the earthquakes occurring in the region are so small that they go unnoticed by most individuals.

FBI Investigating Homemade Bomb Attack on Baptist Church in California

According to local media reports, the investigators are not ruling out that it was a hate crime, given that the church's pastor has been critical of same-sex marriages and even received an arson threat from local LGBT activists last week.

Pope Francis to Miss Upcoming Religious Events Due to Severe Sciatic Pain

This is already the second time this year that Francis has been forced to cancel public appearances due to his condition. On 1 January, he had to skip the Mass for World Peace and a Vespers service on New Year’s Eve before that.

Biden, Johnson Discuss Need to Coordinate Foreign Policies on China, Iran, and Russia

Prior to calling the head of the British Conservative Party, Biden had held talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Maduro Says ‘Terrorist Attack’ Targets PDVSA Gas Pipeline in Anzoategui - Video

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has condemned the attack on a gas pipeline of the state-run oil and gas company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) which has led to a major fire at the facilities in the northeastern state of Anzoategui.

Schumer Calls for DOJ Watchdog to Investigate Trump's Alleged Bid to Replace Acting AG

In mid-December, Trump announced Attorney General Bill Barr's resignation "just before Christmas", allegedly over Barr's conclusion that there was no evidence of massive voter fraud in the 2020 election, contrary to what Trump has long claimed. Then acting AG, Jeff Rosen, reiterated the DOJ's commitment to decide based on "facts and the law."

Anti-Bolsonaro Motorcades Held in Over Dozen Brazilian Cities - Reports

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Protesters called for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to be impeached during the Saturday motorcades organized by opposition movements and trade unions in over a dozen cities, Brazilian media report.

Asia’s Most Wanted Drug Lord Nicknamed ‘El Chapo of the East’ Arrested in Netherlands - Report

Law enforcement agencies could not succeed in catching the man for two years, as he was elaborately hiding guarded by a group of Thai kickboxers. While living in secret, however, he attended lavish parties and even lost $85 million at a casino in Macao in a single night.

Hier — 23 janvier 2021Sputnik International

Head of Mossad to Outline Israeli Demands to Biden for Rejoining Iran Nuclear Deal - Report

During his presidential campaign, Joe Biden laid out his plans to rejoin the Iranian nuclear agreement after the Trump administration withdrew in 2018, claiming that Tehran was not acting in accordance with the deal's demands to limit the development of nuclear material.

Biden Speaks to Mexican President About Ditching Trump's 'Draconian' Immigration Policies

Already on the first day of his presidency, Biden signed 17 executive orders reversing some of Trump's policies, namely putting a halt on the construction of the US-Mexico border and terminating the so-called "Muslim travel ban", imposed by the former administration.

Situation in Amsterdam as First Curfew Since WWII Imposed to Curb Spread of COVID-19

According to health officials, the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country is linked to the B117 mutation of the virus.

Bolsonaro Facing Charges in ICC Following Accusations of 'Ecocide' By Brazil's Indigenous Activists

Since the election of President Jair Bolsonaro in 2019, Brazil has seen a spike in the destruction of its rainforests and traditional indigenous territory. The Brazilian leader has since had multiple charges of human rights violations leveled against him.

Evidence Found of Ancient Predator Sea Worms That Hunted Millions of Years Ago, Media Says

The scientists behind the new study pointed at the nature of the numerous small tunnels they found in what was once the ocean floor, arguing that they are in fact burrows left by the predatory creatures.