Filip Bondy: Diego Maradona: The brilliant highs and tragic lows of a soccer genius
Diego Maradona died on Wednesday near Buenos Aires at the age of 60 from an apparent heart attack, and really it is a wonder that this volatile genius lasted even that long on Earth. Those of us who covered his career, who watched in awe as he created divine goals while fighting internal demons, were forever concerned for the great athlete’s health and welfare.It was that way, back at the World Cup in the summer of 1994, when Argentina was about to play Bulgaria at the Cotton Bowl. Word came to journalists, just six hours before the match, that Maradona would not be permitted to play. He had b...
New York Daily News
Martin Schram: Talking tough about truth
Those of us who are used to covering the high-flying first days of America’s most-promising presidents-elect reflexively shift into wait-and-see skeptic mode when they effusively introduce their new Cabinet advisers to the world.Every new team sounds super special, to hear their new boss tell it. Richard Nixon regaled us at length about his belief that each nominee had an “extra dimension.” (And we know how that turned out.) So of course it sounded reassuring and spot-on when President-elect Joe Biden introduced his team of very experienced national security careerists on Tuesday, in Wilmingto...
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Nation and world news briefs
Trump is losing Twitter followers every day after losing the electionWhat’s the sound of a lame duck tweeting?Weeks after losing the election, President Donald Trump is now losing Twitter followers by the day, according to Newsweek.More than 46,000 of the president’s former disciples have reportedly stopped receiving his tweets since Sunday. The president still has nearly 89 million followers, but lost 10,000 readers by noon Wednesday.Newsweek observed that Trump’s Twitter following dropped by 12,476 followers Tuesday and by almost 6,000 more on Monday. On Sunday, he lost 19,164 followers.Acco...
Tribune News Service
US had good reason to quit Open Skies Treaty
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May formally gave the six-month advanced notification required for America’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty. At the time, he said he did not believe that Russia was in compliance with the treaty, so there was no point in the US remaining bound by its terms. This warning was meant to give Moscow six months to change its ways. Since then, Russia has failed to change anything regarding its non-compliance, so this week the US kept its promise and duly left the treaty.The Treaty on Open Skies, as it is officially known, was signed in 1992 during the early...
Facebook Pays Russia $50K Fine For Not Localizing User Data
Facebook has paid Russian authorities a 4 million ruble ($53,000) fine over its refusal to comply with controversial data localization laws.Under laws which came into force in 2016, Russia requires all foreign technology companies to store data related to their Russian customers and users on servers located inside Russia. Campaigners saw the law as an attempt by Russia to exert more control over the country’s relatively free online space.Authorities previously blocked Microsoft-owned LinkedIn for refusing to comply.A Moscow court said Thursday that Facebook had paid the fine, which was levied ...
The Moscow Times
Russia to Upgrade Flamethrower Systems – Izvestia
Russia plans dramatic upgrades of its TOS-1 heavy flamethrower systems with longer-range “scorching” rockets and real-time targeting capabilities, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper reported Wednesday.Up to 100 TOS-1 “Buratino” and TOS-1A “Solntsepyok” models of the Russian Armed Forces’ Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops will reportedly receive the upgrades “due to the growing range and changing tasks for heavy flamethrowers.”According to Izvestia, Russia will upgrade its approx 100 TOS-1 and TOS-1A thermobaric MLRS with new rockets with a 15km range, digital communications sy...
The Moscow Times
China-Russia trade likely to rise this year despite global stagnation
A woman and her child play around a sculpture of lion during the opening of the "Fairy Tales Path" at the "Residence of Grandfather Frost" in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 18, 2020. A total of 65 sculptures inspired by Russian and foreign fairy tales are installed along the path. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/Xinhua)Despite fallout from the pandemic and disruptions to the world economy, trade between China and Russia, driven by profound political mutual trust and cooperation even in hard times, is strongly resilient and could expand this year to exceed the record $110 billion in 2019, with ener...
Trump pardons Michael Flynn, who lied to FBI over Russia
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he had pardoned Michael Flynn, the former security advisor whose lies about his Russian contacts spurred the troubling investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Moscow.The pardon, which was expected, came in the final weeks of Trump's presidency, two years of which was spent fighting the allegations that Trump had overseen and sought to cover up a dangerous scheme of cooperation with Russia. It was the first of several possible pardons that analysts think Trump could extend to political aides and allies before he steps down o...
Editorial: Flynn's free pass: Trump's pardon of his formal national security adviser is dastardly
Of course Donald Trump, who has repeatedly abused his boundless clemency power to reward friends and political allies and protect himself, pardoned Michael Flynn, his national security adviser who pleaded guilty in two separate court admissions to making false statements to the FBI. Expect enough dirty dealings on Trump’s way out to make the Marc Rich affair look as clean as a newly disinfected city subway car.But remember what Flynn did: During the presidential transition period, he had conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, discussing the relaxation of U.S. sanctions th...
New York Daily News
Russia thwarts Islamic State group terror plot
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) on Wednesday said it had thwarted a terror plot planned by Islamic State group members in the Moscow region."Russia's FSB has thwarted activities of a cross-regional IS cell, participants of which intended to conduct subversive terror attacks in the Moscow region," the FSB said a statement to reporters.Security forces in the Vladimir region arrested one citizen of a Central Asian state and seized a home-made explosive, along with other items and documents.Footage released from the operation shows officers detaining a suspect, as well as a suspected explo...