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Russian, Italian Foreign Ministers to Discuss EU Relations Monday

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss Moscow's relations with the European Union and NATO, as well as bilateral cooperation, with his Italian counterpart early next week, Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

Beijing's Manmade Islands in South China Sea Rattling Japan's Nerves

Japan has expressed alarm over Beijing's construction of artificial islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea; this is something that Tokyo has warned may destabilize the region.

Suicide Bombing at Pakistan's Cricket Match Kills 1, Injures 6

A suicide attack reported earlier as a power transformer explosion during Friday night's Pakistan-Zimbabwe cricket match killed one and injured six others in Pakistan's second-largest city, local media reported Saturday.

Great Barrier Reef Stays Off UNESCO Endangered List – For Now

A draft decision to keep the world's biggest coral reef off the UNESCO list of endangered natural sites is a reprieve for Australia, which is tasked with its protection.

French Don't See Sarkozy as Presidential Material Despite Party Name Change

Despite his attempts to rebuild his reputation, 72 percent of French surveyed do not want to see former President Nicolas Sarkozy as a presidential candidate in the 2017 presidential election.

US Indicates Intent to Bolster Military Ties With Nigeria

Washington said it is ready to develop military cooperation with Nigeria as the country's new President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in.

FIFA President Hits Back at US Accusations of Corruption

The newly reelected president of the International Federation of Association Football Joseph Blatter is outraged by the flow of criticism leveled at him by the US justice system.

Assyrian Christian Fighter Beheads ISIL Militant ‘in Revenge for Abuses’

A Christian resistance fighter from the Assyrian minority group allegedly beheaded a member of the Islamic State (IS) militant organization in northwestern Syria, a watchdog said late Friday.

Obama Signs Disaster Declaration After Deadly Storms, Floods Hit Texas

A storm system stretching from Mexico to central US has triggered severe floods that have taken the lives of at least 41 people over the past five days.

Explosion Reported at Missile Storage Facility in Yemen

It was not immediately clear whether the blast at the Dailami Air Base in the Yemeni capital has left any casualties, a source told Sputnik.

Lawmakers Announce US Government Assistance to Repair Baltimore

The city of Baltimore will receive US federal government assistance to repair tens of millions of dollars in damage sustained during the April 2015 riots, US lawmakers said in a press release.

Germany Opens Additional $545Mln Credit Line to Ukraine

Germany has thrown another $545-million financial lifeline to Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, the president announced in a statement on his official website.

US Economic Ties, Trade With Cuba to Grow Slowly

Removing Cuba from the US Department of State’s terrorism list will not transform the long-isolated Caribbean island nation overnight, but it opens the way to major US and international investment, experts told Sputnik.

FDA Defies Nebraska Plan to Execute 10 Inmates Despite Death Penalty Ban

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vowed to prevent the state of Nebraska from importing a drug it needs to proceed with executions of 10 death row inmates, despite the recent ban on capital punishment, a local newspaper reported.

Rising Crime Rates: It’s Not Just Baltimore

Cops all over the country have seen the six Baltimore police officers served up to appease the mob. And you’ll never guess what happens next…

NY Heroin Raid Results: 12 Kilos of Drug Valued at $5 million, 5 Arrests

A US anti-narcotics operation broke up a New York heroin ring that resulted in the arrest of five drug traffickers and seizure of a multi-million stash of product, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) said in a press release.

#PHxMosque Rally Starts Peacefully With Small Number of Protestors

A far smaller crowd than expected turned up for the controversial free speech rally outside a Phoenix, Arizona Islamic Community Center, which was to include a Muhammad cartoon contest, US media reports said.

Merkel: Time Is Short to Sign TTIP Deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hoped to sign the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty with the United States before US President Barack Obama leaves office in early 2017, in an interview with German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

US Internal Revenue Service Fails Annual Financial Audit

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) cannot keep track of many of its financial assessments and penalties that it imposes on taxpayers, despite a corrective action plan to address systemic failures, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report.

US Department of Defense to Review Anthrax Inactivating Protocols

US Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work ordered a revision of military laboratory procedures and practices related to inactivating anthrax bacteria, the US Department of Defense announced in a statement.

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