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Hier — 6 août 2020Sputnik International

Equality, Huh? Twitter Labels Sputnik, Russian, Chinese Media as State-Affiliated, Exempts BBC, NPR

This is just the latest act of US social media seemingly stifling and censoring one set of voices while giving a platform to others. Last year, Facebook started applying a similar policy, deliberately marking some media outlets, including Sputnik, as untrustworthy without publishing clear criteria for such a designation.

Video: IDF Confirms Strikes on Underground Hamas Posts in Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Thursday evening they had targeted several underground installations in the Gaza Strip used by Hamas, which governs the territory.

What Is Known About Next US Coronavirus Stimulus Package?

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said this week that he hopes legislators will be able to reach a deal on a stimulus package that would extend help to millions of Americans that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.

US State Department Lifts Global Level-4 Health Advisory for International Travel

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has lifted its health advisory for international travel during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the US State Department said in a statement on Thursday.

Happy Golden Retriever Loving Life

Amid all of the difficult things going on in the world right now, it is important to take moments to pause and appreciate the little things, as man’s best friend recently demonstrated.

Increased Hair Loss Likely Part of Long-Term COVID-19 Symptoms, Study Finds

A recent study conducted by a doctor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a grassroots COVID-19 survivor group known as Survivor Corps, has identified dozens of potential long-term COVID-19 symptoms, including hair loss.

Trump Signs Proclamation to Reimpose 10% Tariff on Canadian Aluminum

Arguing that Canada has been "taking advantage" of the American aluminum business, US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that his administration will reimpose a tariff on aluminum imports from the US' northern trade partner.

US Army Plans to Mount Anti-Aircraft Lasers on Stryker Armored Vehicles

By the end of fiscal year 2021, the US Army plans to equip a platoon of modified Stryker armored vehicles with defensive lasers that can shoot down drones as well as missiles and even mortar rounds.

Piers Morgan Blasts Arsenal For Laying Off Staff, Takes a Jab at Mesut Ozil For Sitting on his A**

The 55-year-old journalist, who is known for not mincing words, is a die-hard fan of the Gunners and has repeatedly criticized the club’s famous manager Arsene Wenger and players when Arsenal’s performance was not up to par.

New York and DC Are Suing NRA's Top Management: Quick Explainer on Potentially Scandalous Case

What initially emerged as infighting in America's largest gun-rights advocacy group that went public now risks turning into a massive case of embezzlement involving the non-profit organisation's funds.

Chinese Expert Refutes Kyodo News Citing Him as Proof of Rumored Pratas Islands Invasion Drill

A Chinese military expert has spoken out, aiming to refute what he says is a misinterpretation of his statements. Earlier this week, a report in Japanese media citing his work was used to give credence to rumors of a provocative Chinese military drill.

‘You Now Have Coronavirus’: US Man Charged for Allegedly Spitting on Child Wearing Mask - Photo

Jason Copenhaver, a 47-year-old man from Florida’s Pinellas County, recently found himself booked into the local jail after he allegedly accosted a child when the minor refused to remove his mask inside an area restaurant.

Video: FAA Shoots Down UFO Theories After Strange Object Spotted in Denver Skies

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is pushing back against UFO theories tied to a mysterious, seemingly transparent object recently seen floating in the skies east of Denver, Colorado.

Video: Austrian Man Snaps Toes Off 200-Year-Old Statue in Italy

A 50-year-old Austrian man was recently caught on surveillance video breaking three toes off of a 200-year-old Italian sculpture.

Attack of the Clones: Charming Kittens Crouch in Unison

Cats often crouch for stealth purposes when they hunt, while their movements are instinctive and largely similar among all feline species – and sometimes they prove to be quite amusing when they "synchronise".

Twitter Adds New Labels for Government Officials, State-Controlled Media Senior Staff

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The microblogging site Twitter has announced that it will introduce new labels to designate accounts that are run by government officials or are representing state-controlled media outlets and their senior staff, according to a post on the company’s blog on Thursday.

India's Top Probe Agency Registers Case in B-Town Actor Sushant Singh Rajput's Death

New Delhi (Sputnik): Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his residence in India's Mumbai city on 14 June. Last month, Sushant's father K.K. Singh approached the Bihar Police and registered a case against his son's ex-girlfriend for abetment to suicide and cheating.

Esper Discusses With Chinese Counterpart Need for COVID-19 Transparency, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper discussed with his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe the need for transparency regarding the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s activities in the vicinity of Taiwan and the South China Sea, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jonathan Hoffman told reporters on Thursday.

Rescuers Find Man Alive at Sea 30 Hours After Devastating Blast in Beirut's Port

137 people died and more than 5,000 were injured when a huge explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital Beirut on 4 August. Governor Marwan Aboud said the blast affected half of the city and left as many as 300,000 people homeless.

Indian Yoga Guru Ramdev-Linked Ayurvedic Firm Patanjali Fined, Restrained from Using 'Coronil' Name

New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev-linked Patanjali Ayurved, which officially launched an Ayurvedic medicine and allegedly claimed that it was a cure for COVID-19, has made a U-turn and called it an immunity booster. The firm is now selling the medicine “Coronil” in Pantanjali’s megastores.

US Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Banning TikTok Devices on Floor of Chamber, Lawmaker Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Senate has unanimously passed a measure banning all use of Chinese-owned TikTok on government devices on the floor of its chamber and has introduced other legislation to ban all US government employees from using them, Senator Josh Hawley said on Thursday.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Reveals How Election of Joe Biden in US Might Empower Iran

The top Israeli spy has cautioned the US against returning to "appeasing" Tehran and reviving President Barack Obama's legacy, such as the Iran nuclear deal that lifted sanctions from the Islamic Republic in exchange for the country limiting its peaceful nuclear programme.

Hiroshima Denial is Terror

Those who deny history, or who are oblivious, are apt to repeat it. That is the frightening, perhaps most disturbing aspect of the 75th anniversary this week of the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

US Special Envoy for Iran Hook Resigns, Will Be Replaced by Abrams

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook plans to announce his resignation later on Thursday, the New York Times reported.

Eminem Terrified That Mariah Carey Will Share Embarrassing Details About Their Sex Life - Report

The rapper has long claimed that he and Carey dated each other for several months, something that she has categorically denied. This resulted in a feud between the two, and Eminem has written several songs in which he lambasts the singer.

Pakistan Wants to Control More Territories with Cross-Border Terrorism - India on Political Map

New Delhi (Sputnik): Pakistan sparked a fresh border controversy on Tuesday after Prime Minister Imran Khan released a "new" political map of the country, including the Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Gujarat's Junagarh. New Delhi slammed it as a politically absurd step.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Trump Goes on Trip to State

The state of Ohio has more than 96,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 3,500 related deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre.

Three US Military Aircraft En Route to Lebanon With Medical, Food Aid, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Three US C-17 aircraft are en route to Lebanon to deliver aid supplies to support relief efforts after the deadly blast in Beirut, Central Command spokesperson Capt. Bill Urban said on Thursday.

Researchers Spot Phenomenal Massive Atmospheric Wave Hiding in Venus’ Toxic Clouds

Venus’s toxic atmosphere, mostly made up of carbon dioxide coupled with droplets of sulphuric acid, appears to be hiding an incredible structure that comes and goes back into the planet’s atmospheric depths every five days.