• Top Chinese university scraps English requirements – media

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 8:15am EDT

    English fluency is of “little practical value for many people,” a lawmaker said earlier this year Xi’an Jiaotong University, one of the top public research universities in China, has confirmed that it has removed a requirement for students to undertake a mandatory College English Test (CET) to join or graduate from the institution. The university, […]

  • Oil prices rise on Russian restrictions

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 8:00am EDT

    Moscow has banned exports of gasoline and diesel to stabilize the domestic fuel market Global oil prices climbed higher on Friday as Russia’s ban on diesel and gasoline exports raised concerns about tightening supplies. Brent futures had climbed above $94 per barrel by 11:30 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate crude (WTI) gained roughly 1% […]

  • Hundreds of UK tanks could contain hazardous material – London

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 7:53am EDT

    Asbestos could be present in almost 2,700 tanks and armored vehicles owned by the UK military, The Times has reported Challenger 2 tanks and many other vehicles in possession of the British Army could contain asbestos, a hazardous material that can cause irreversible lung damage, The Times has reported, citing the UK Defense Procurement Minister […]

  • Poland could give Ukraine outdated weapons – president

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 7:14am EDT

    Andrzej Duda’s comment came a day after PM Mateusz Morawiecki said Warsaw would not send more arms to Kiev amid a row over grain Poland may supply Ukraine with additional, outdated weaponry, according to President Andrzej Duda. This statement followed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s earlier declaration that Warsaw had concluded its arms deliveries to Kiev. […]

  • Putin reveals benefits of Western sanctions

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 7:03am EDT

    Restrictions meant to weaken Russia are propelling economic growth, according to the president Russia has withstood Western pressure intended to cripple its economic growth and has become stronger, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday at an extended meeting of the Presidium of the State Council. The US and its allies first introduced sanctions against the […]

  • EU chief warns of Russian ‘nuclear threat’

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 7:00am EDT

    Ursula von der Leyen appeared to imply that Moscow was responsible for the bombing of Hiroshima in World War II European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has appeared to imply that Russia, rather than the US, dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II. The top EU official […]

  • Russia must become ‘high-wage economy’ – Putin

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 6:49am EDT

    Real incomes in the country have risen 10.5% year-on-year in July, according to the president The growth rate of real wages for workers in Russia must be maintained, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, stressing that in July the measure of workers’ income saw a year-on-year growth of more than 10%. “We need to support […]

  • US State Department contractor charged with espionage

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 6:44am EDT

    The suspect could face the death penalty if found guilty The US Justice Department has charged a former government contractor with spying on behalf of an unspecified foreign state, claiming that he stole “top secret” material and passed it to intelligence agents overseas.  The DOJ announced the case on Thursday, charging 50-year-old Abraham Teklu Lemma, a […]

  • Abrams tanks to arrive in Ukraine next week – Biden

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 4:14am EDT

    The US President also announced a new aid package to Kiev, but it didn’t include long-range ATACMS missiles US President Joe Biden announced that the first American Abrams M1 tanks would reach Ukraine within days as he met with his Ukrainian counterpart, Vladimir Zelensky, at the White House. “Next week, the first US Abrams tanks […]

  • White House issues Ukraine aid warning

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 4:04am EDT

    Lawmakers need to approve funds by October to avoid disruption, Jake Sullivan says The White House has urged American lawmakers to approve President Joe Biden’s request for an additional $24 billion for Ukraine by the end of the month in order to ensure an uninterrupted flow of aid to the country. The US government has […]

  • Western sanctions hurting Russian expat pensioners – RBK

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 2:59am EDT

    Foreign banks are withholding money transfers from Russia, the news outlet reports Russian pensioners living abroad are unable to withdraw their retirement payments due to Western sanctions imposed on Russia’s banking system, RBK daily reported on Thursday. Corresponding banks in other countries are withholding funds transferred from Russia that are intended for the accounts of […]

  • CrossTalk: NATO all in

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 2:16am EDT

    Western elites and their compliant media have signaled that the Ukraine proxy war is primarily aimed at weakening and ultimately dismantling Russia’s military capabilities. This is why genuine efforts for a negotiated resolution to the conflict have been absent, indicating their commitment to perpetuating yet another ‘forever war.’ CrossTalking with Wyatt Reed, Matthew Ehret, and […]

  • Russia to become self-sufficient in ‘critical’ mineral

    RT - Sep 22nd 2023 1:49am EDT

    The country plans to extract 45,000 tons of lithium annually, a Rosatom representative has revealed Russia is focusing on lithium production and is gearing up to commence extraction of this valuable mineral at an expansive deposit located on the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic region. This strategic move reflects Russia’s ambition to join the ranks […]

  • Iranian MPs approve 10-year sentences for ‘revealing’ clothes

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 11:50pm EDT

    Lawmakers passed a bill laying out harsh penalties for violations of Tehran’s religious dress code Iran is set to adopt a new law that threatens stricter punishments for women who refuse to wear the mandatory Islamic headscarf, including prison sentences up to a decade for those involved in organized protests against the rule. The country’s […]

  • TikToker jailed over pork-eating video

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 9:56pm EDT

    An Indonesian woman was found guilty of offending Muslims in a viral video A social media influencer from Indonesia has been sentenced to two years in prison for reciting a Muslim prayer before eating pork in a viral video.  Lina Lutfiawati was found guilty of “disseminating information that could foment hatred among individuals and a […]

  • Kiev has ‘nothing to show’ for all the money spent – US senator

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 7:46pm EDT

    Josh Hawley said Washington must stop writing checks to Ukraine The US should not endlessly pour money into Ukraine, especially since Kiev has “nothing to show for it,” Senator Josh Hawley has said, following President Joe Biden’s request for additional funds.  “If there’s some path to victory in Ukraine, I didn’t hear it today. And […]

  • Ukraine a ‘laboratory’ for military innovation – senior Pentagon official

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 6:02pm EDT

    The conflict is providing valuable military insight, like Afghanistan or Iraq once did, an aide to the US defense minister believes Ukraine has become a true “military innovation laboratory,” particularly in the field of AI and drones, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities Mara Karlin said at a panel at the Ronald […]

  • Russia can still qualify for the 2026 World Cup – RFU boss

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 4:06pm EDT

    Alexander Dyukov has revealed Russia’s football exile might end before the next World Cup Alexander Dyukov, the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), confirmed on Thursday that it was still possible for Russia’s national team to take part in qualification matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Russian national and club sides remain on […]

  • Fyodor Lukyanov: UN feedback shows that, while the West is hostile to Russia, the world isn’t

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 2:34pm EDT

    The US and its allies are beating a drum that isn’t finding receptive ears. Most states have other priorities The UN’s High-Level Week – an annual gathering of senior representatives of member states who address the General Assembly – is taking place in New York. It is a period of speeches of varying length and […]

  • EU country resolves grain import dispute with Ukraine – Reuters

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 12:56pm EDT

    Slovakia is set to establish a licensing system with Kiev for agricultural trade, the news agency reports Slovakia and Ukraine have agreed to set up a new licensing system in order to settle a dispute over grain imports, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing the Slovak Agriculture Ministry. The decision comes after Kiev filed a complaint […]

  • Italy to quit China’s Belt and Road – foreign minister

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 12:17pm EDT

    Antonio Tajani said Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni had informed Beijing of Rome’s intention to pull out of the pact Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has notified China that her country will exit the Beijing-led Belt and Road Initiative, the country’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Antonio Tajani, has revealed. Top Italian officials, including Meloni, […]

  • France accused of threatening press freedom

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 11:37am EDT

    The detention of journalist Ariane Lavrilleux this week is ‘very worrying’, Amnesty International said The arrest this week of a journalist in France, in connection with reporting in 2021 – which claimed that French intelligence had been used by Egypt to kill civilians – could be viewed as an infringement of press freedom, Amnesty International […]

  • Russia restricts fuel exports

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 11:26am EDT

    The suspension is temporary and covers cross-border sales of gasoline and diesel The Russian government has temporarily restricted certain fuel exports to stabilize the domestic market, the press service of the Council of Ministers announced on Thursday. According to a government decree published the same day, the legislation goes into effect immediately and covers exports […]

  • Saudi Crown Prince reveals nuclear red line

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 10:31am EDT

    Getting nukes would be “a bad move,” but Riyadh might have no other choice, Mohammed bin Salman says If Iran were to obtain nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabia would be forced to do the same, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said in an interview with Fox News, extracts of which were published on Wednesday. “Any […]

  • Russia names countries admitted to foreign exchange market

    RT - Sep 21st 2023 10:25am EDT

    The government has approved a list of states whose bankers and brokers can now take part in currency trading in Russia Russia has unveiled a list of “friendly and neutral” countries allowed to trade on the country’s currency exchange market, which was previously closed to foreigners. The order was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin […]