The two terror suspects being held under armed guard at hospitals in London were both known to security services, Government sources say.
An FBI agent shot Tamerlan Tsarnaev-linked triple murder suspect Ibragim Todashev in Florida, allegedly after the suspect attacked him with a knife. But it is still unclear why before questioning agents haven’t strip-searched him. The Voice of Russia has talked to Abdulabaki Todashev, the father of the late Ibragim Todashev, who was killed by FBI agents investigating his links with Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
According to the UK officials, Woolwich terrorists were ‘lone wolves’ in a sense that it is unlikely that they had any links to terror groups based in Nigeria, such as the jihadist militant organisation Boko Haram. Nonetheless, it seems that the two men who are currently treated in London hospitals can be much more closely related to Boko Haram than the British government assumes.
In the aftermath of Woolwich attacks Saleem Chagtai, the Head of Public Relations at the Islamic Education and Research Academy, shares his thoughts about the possible consequences of the attacks, demonization of Muslims, and Islam more generally.
The message sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin to his U.S. counterpart Barrack Obama is not a direct response to Obama's letter, but outlines Russia's goals and reference points on bilateral and international issues, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday.
The fact that NATO has no legal obligations in the sphere of missile defense does not mean that agreements reached in this sphere will not be fulfilled, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Dirk Brengelmann said.
“We could have had less victims if we had had more shelters”, residents of the tornado-devastated town of Moore in Oklahoma told the authorities after the disaster left at least 24 people dead on May 20.
While it seems that Boston Marathon bombings and Woolwich massacre are two completely unrelated and incomparable acts of terror, closer analysis reveals that there are many more similarities between the four terrorists than it is usually thought. Not only both attacks were perpetrated by Muslim ‘lonely wolves’ in their mid-20s, but they were also carried out with the same intent: as retributions to the West.
France has decided to buy American drones of the Predator family. Today, Americans have started a new age by creating a next-generation unmanned aerial system (UAS) to be used in offensive operations. These aircraft are capable of staying in the air for an unlimited amount of time by getting refueled at stratospheric altitudes. The unmanned nature of the drone also allows it to perform such aerobatics at supercritical angles of attack, which are simply not accessible to a human being.
Latvia’s parliament has not approved a far-right initiative to ban Russian language in state-funded kindergartens for national minorities and force Russian-speaking children to learn Lithuanian only.
Moscow and its diplomats in Lithuania are keeping track of the situation with a Russian citizen recently detained in Vilnius. The local security services have arrested Dmitry Ustinov at the request of the US Justice Department, which suspects him of smuggling export-restricted military equipment and money laundering. Ustinov can face up to 20 years in jail if found guilty.
A festival of Slav culture in Russia to be held on May 24th will feature a total of 200 events which will take place in 70 regions all over the country. The Festival of Slav Culture honors brothers Cyril and Methodius, the founders of the Slavonic alphabet and Christian missionaries, who are venerated as saints with the title “equal-to-apostles”. As before, Moscow will be the focus of the celebrations. The Voice of Russia’s Yelena Andrusenko reports.
Ford Motor Co (F.N) announced it is closing its two Australian auto plants and will cease production in the country in October 2016.
The Ukrainian government on Wednesday approved a memorandum applying for observer status in the Customs Union, a Moscow-based trade bloc comprising Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov said.
This year is likely to bring a draft agreement, first proposed in 2008, for the EU countries to share information about interest accrued on deposits held in banks.
Bitcoin, the digital cryptocurrency, is starting to attract the attention of the US government. It seems that the American authorities would like to destroy the digital currency before it could become a widespread alternative to the US dollar.
David Cameron's woes are continuing this week with plans to legalize same-sex marriage to be debated in Parliament today and tomorrow. The issue is hugely divisive, not least within the Tory Party which seems to have been in open rebellion in the last couple of weeks over everything from the E.U. to the next election. And on Sunday 34 current and former local party chairmen delivered a letter to Downing Street opposing the policy as "flawed, un-Conservative and costing us dearly in votes and membership". Gay marriage is causing a heated row across the political and public spheres.
A white-tailed deer crashed through the windshield of a public bus in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It was filmed by a surveillance camera. (VIDEO)
One of the most disturbing developments in the modern world is the now ritualized reaction of the Western leaders to new acts of Islamist terror. One could call this reaction “predictably actionless.” Right after a new mass murder the leader of the aggrieved country has a quick “war meeting” with the top brass of police, special services and sometimes even the army. Right after the meeting it is announced that all appropriate measures have been taken and that terrorists were just isolated individuals, whose ethnicity and religion are not relevant to the affair. In a few hours, citizens are advised by their leader to go about their business as if nothing has happened. All of these phrases are of course uttered in a solemn tone, with appropriate praise for the citizens’ calm and restraint.
The film “The Major” made by the Russian film director Yuri Bykov has proved to be one of the unexpected and thus, very pleasant surprises of the 66th Cannes International Film Festival. Shown during the “Critics’ Week” in Cannes, this film was warmly received by both the critics and the public.
Far-right English Defense League (EDL) has manifested its presence online through various, often covert, means to harness anger among the British people. This time, ELD leadership used Woolwich massacre to attract Facebook users to their internet page.