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Pakistan to Help China Boost Its Influence in Middle East via Economic Corridor

China and Pakistan agreed to accelerate the building of the economic corridor from Xinjiang to Gwadar, Chinese state media reported. Accelerated construction fits in a China's strategy on strengthening its influence in the Indian Ocean and the Middle East, Russian experts told Sputnik.

Central Italy Earthquake Claims 250 Lives, Injures 365

The death toll from the magnitude 6.2 earthquake in central Italy rose to 250 people, with 365 injured, Civil Protection Department spokeswoman Immacolata Postiglione said at a briefing Thursday.

Hillary Clinton-Backed 'No-Fly Zones' Taking Shape in Syria

The US may establish a no-fly zone in northern Syria, following the Turkish "Euphrates Shield" operation, in addition to one Washington has allegedly implemented in Hasakah, Dr. Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams suggested.

Rush Limbaugh and Other Right-Wingers Are Terrified of Lesbian Farmers

The conspiracy kooks are convinced there is a government plot to "gay-ify" rural America. Serious question: Do right-wingers hold some big, secret contest every month where they compete with each other to come up with the most batshit...Show More Summary

New York School Accused of Forcing Learning-Disabled Muslim Child to Sign False Oath of Loyalty to ISIS

Pakistani-American 12-year-old says he was first bullied by classmates then criminalized by administrators. A 12-year-old boy with severe learning disabilities was forced “under extreme duress” by his school officials to write a false...Show More Summary

Ankara's Campaign in Syria Vital for Turkish, Global Security - Turkish Minister

Turkey's operation in northern Syria is essential for national as well as for European and global security, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said on Thursday.

Swedish Prime Minister Sees No Immediate Threat From Russia

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven sees no immediate threat emanating from Moscow but acknowledges that Russia’s actions have spurred Sweden to strengthen its relations with other states, the official said Thursday.

'We're Victims of Islamists': Halal Drinks Boss Denies Links to Daesh Propaganda

The boss of an Austrian-Bosnian drinks manufacturer has denied allegations that his company, Sultan Drinks, finances Islamist propaganda, following media reports claiming it did.

Clinton Ties Trump to KKK Supporters in New Video

Ahead of a Thursday speech in which Hillary Clinton is expected to attack Donald Trump's ties to the "alt-right" movement, her campaign dropped a video tying Trump to his most vocally racist supporters, including members of the Ku Klux...Show More Summary

Russia, US to Coordinate Actions Following Report on Syria Chemical Attacks

Russia and the United States will work together to develop a common approach for further actions in light of a recent report on the use of chemical weapons by warring sides in Syria, Russia's envoy to UN Vitaly Churkin said Thursday...

'I Have Been Snatched of My Dream': Russian Paralympic Athlete Reacts to Ban

Member of the Russian Paralympic team for fencing, Roman Fedyaev, lost a leg in an accident on the slopes. The athlete continues to prepare for the world’s main sporting event, although the chances of getting there are shrinking with each passing day.

Burkini Ban Sparks London Uprising as Protesters Rally at French Embassy

Protesters in London rallied outside the French embassy Thursday, August 25, in solidarity with Muslim women and determined to speak out against the controversial ban on a specific kind of swimsuit also known as a burkini.

Riyadh-Led Coalition Works to Minimize Civilian Casualties in Yemen - Saudi FM

Riyadh is trying to minimize civilian casualties while conducting its bombing campaign in Yemen, the Saudi foreign minister said.

Turkey’s Syria Incursion Reveals Limits of US Backing for Kurdish Fighters

Washington preferred Ankara to its Kurdish allies in Syria, a private intelligence firm said.

'Kremlin Agents': Pro-NATO Mouthpiece Bans Sputnik From Belgrade Presser

The pro-NATO Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies in Belgrade (CEAS), which regularly churns out longlists of “Kremlin agents in Serbia,” is holding a news conference about their future plans and only “targeted representatives of certain media” have been invited.

Turkey Launches Anti-Daesh Operation 'Right After' Major Kurdish Victories

Turkish leadership has stated that its military operation in northern Syria is designed to push Daesh out of Jarablus, but the offensive was launched "right after" Kurdish forces secured major victories in the region, Idris Baluken of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) told Sputnik, adding that this points to Ankara's true goals.

Ankara Needs to Coordinate Actions in Syria With Damascus - Hmeimim Group

Turkey's military operation to clear the northern Syrian town of Jarablus from militants is a violation of the Arab republic's sovereignty and therefore Ankara should coordinate actions with the legitimate government in Damascus, Tarek Ahmad, a member of the Hmeimim group of internal Syrian opposition, told Sputnik on Thursday.

US, UK, Saudi Arabia, UAE Find New Approach to Yemeni Conflict

The United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Britain have worked out a new approach toward the resolution of the conflict in Yemen.

Rush Limbaugh and Other Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorists Have Come Up With Quite Possibly the Most Insane Idea Ever

The fact that many LGBT people are choosing to live in rural areas has given rise to some full-on apoplexy. Serious question: Do right-wingers hold some big, secret contest every month where they compete with each other to come up with...Show More Summary

Belarusian Harvest: Lukashenko Treats Steven Seagal to Local Produce (VIDEO)

Popular American actor Steven Seagal met President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko who showed his guest around the country’s capital, introduced him to the national cuisine, presented him with some gifts, including a watermelon, and fed him a carrot, which was freshly picked from the fields.

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