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Inside US-Thai war games where soldiers guzzle cobra blood (PHOTOS)

American and Asian soldiers have been flexing their muscles in the latest Cobra Gold war games, where some participants are required to drink the blood of decapitated snakes. The exercise kicked off last week in Korat, Thailand, where military personnel from the US, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and Malaysia joined the host nation in […]

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Anti-fascists clash with police as far-right demonstrators take to Italian streets (VIDEOS)

Italian far-right demonstrators were met with opposition from their anti-fascist counterparts in several Italian cities over the weekend amid heightened tensions in the run-up to national elections. In the southern city of Naples two people required medical treatment, while 20 were arrested, when demonstrators protesting a rally by the neo-fascist CasaPound party clashed with police […]

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Measles cases surge 400% across Europe due to ‘vaccine supply issues’

Outbreaks of measles increased 400% in Europe last year, with the World Health Organization (WHO) warning the highly contagious virus has regained a foothold due to immunization decline and vaccine supply problems. Reports of the disease, which can cause inflammation of the brain and pneumonia, reached an all time low in 2016. But the WHO […]

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‘Part of your body’: Japanese scientists reveal on-skin display

A team of Japanese scientists has developed an ultra-thin elastic LED display that can comfortably be worn over the skin. The device can be used to take body readings and receive simple messages. The researchers from the University of Tokyo and Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) showcased their work at the annual meeting of the American […]

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German army exposed as lacking basic equipment for NATO missions – report

The German military, which will assume the lead in NATO’s 5,000-strong high-readiness force by 2019, is ill-prepared for the mission as troops lack bulletproof vests, winter uniforms and even tents, a local newspaper report says. “The land forces are facing a capability gap in the area of mobile accommodation items until at least 2021,” states […]

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Americans ‘obsessed,’ act out of short-sighted self-interest in Syria – Iranian FM

US actions in Syria appear to be driven by “obsession” and overt “profiteering,” Iran’s foreign minister said, warning that Washington could cause long-term damage to the region. The criticism of Washington came from Javad Zarif on Monday at a discussion on Middle East issues and Russia’s role in the region, which was hosted by Moscow’s […]

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‘Wicked practice’: EU pushes Balkans to choose either West or Russia, says Lavrov

EU’s demands for the Balkan states to choose between the West or Russia are counterproductive and only increase tensions on the European continent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Serbia’s Beta news agency. Ukraine was presented with same dilemma, Lavrov said, which “eventually led to a fracture in the Ukrainian society and state; caused an […]

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5.9 magnitude quake shakes Oaxaca, Mexico — USGS

A powerful 5.9 magnitude earthquake has struck the Mexican state of Oaxaca, with shockwaves hitting the country’s capital Mexico City. The quake rocked Oaxaca state in southwestern Mexico, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter, which lay at a depth of 40km, was close to the city of Pinotepa Nacional, which has […]

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US must leave the area it controls in Southern Syria — Lavrov (WATCH LIVE)

US troops must immediately shut down their zone of control in Southern Syria in the area of Al-Tanf, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, speaking at Valdai Club conference on Middle East in Moscow. The area on Syria’s border with Jordan, which Washington designated as a “de-confliction zone” under its protection, hosts the Rukban refugee […]

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Deal reached for Syrian army to enter Afrin, claims Kurdish official

A deal between Damascus and Syrian Kurds fighting off an ongoing Turkish offensive on Afrin is reportedly on the cards again. An adviser to the Kurdish administration told Reuters Syrian troops might be at the border in two days. Several conflicting reports have been coming from Syria, suggesting either success or failure of alleged negotiations […]

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