Deputy PM tells Iranian crash vigil ‘we will get justice’

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland vowed to “get justice” while speaking to about 1,700 mourners at a Toronto vigil for the victims of the Iranian passenger jet disaster.Premier Doug Ford and Mayor John Tory were also among those who turned up at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall on Sunday for the emotional 2 1/2-hour vigil.Some of the 176 killed when Iran shot down the...

Bulgaria to acquire 20% of Alexandroupolis LNG project in Greece

The Council of Ministers of the Bulgarian Government has approved the participation of Bulgaria’s state gas transmission company, Bulgartransgaz, by a percentage of 20% in the share capital of Gastrade, which is developing the EU-backed LNG Terminal in Northern Greece off the shore of Alexandroupolis, Gastrade said. The terms of the agreement were signed on 8 January by the Founding...

Ukrainian Boeing 737 airplane crashes in Iran, all 170 passengers and crew killed

DUBAI — A Ukrainian airliner carrying at least 170 passengers crashed on Wednesday due to technical problems soon after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, and all aboard were killed, Iran’s state television said.The Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed near the airport and burst into flames.“The fire is so heavy that we cannot (do) any rescue… we...

‘There are very few accusers that wouldn’t want to see Harvey Weinstein jailed’, says former assistant Rowena Chiu – Channel 4 News

The Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein was in court in New York today for the beginning of his criminal trial. While in Los Angeles he was charged with sexual assault in a separate case. In New York the charges include rape and predatory sexual assault and, if convicted on the most serious charge, he will face life in prison. Weinstein has denied the charges. Outside the court some of his...

North Korea conducts new test at rocket site, aims to ‘overpower U.S. nuclear threats’

SEOUL — North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at “restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.,” state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea’s Academy of Defence...

Former Sudan president found guilty of money laundering and corruption – Channel 4 News

Sudan’s former president Omar al Bashir has been found guilty of money laundering and corruption by a court in Khartoum, and sentenced to two years in custody. Al-Bashir – who’s also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide during the Darfur conflict – was removed from power by Sudan’s military after months of popular protests. Source link

Kazakhstan regains full control of power station from Russia

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund has acquired a 50% stake in Ekibastuz State District Power Station-2 JSC, the largest power plant in northern Kazakhstan, Managing Director Almasadam Satkaliev told a briefing on 12 December. Samruk-Kazyna announced the completion of a deal to acquire a stake in Ekibastuz GRES-2 from the Russian company Inter RAO. Two years ago,...

Warning of ‘cruel and one-sided laws,’ Iran tells its citizens not to travel to the U.S.

GENEVA — Iran warned its citizens, particularly scientists, on Tuesday not to visit America, saying Iranians there were subjected to arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhuman conditions.“Iranian citizens, particularly elites and scientists, are requested to seriously avoid traveling to America, even to take part in scientific conferences and even having an invitation,” a travel advisory...

Russia commences Power of Siberia pipeline gas supplies to China

Russia started on 2 December Russian gas pipeline supplies to China via the ambitious Power of Siberia gas pipeline or so-called eastern route. Taking part in a ceremonial event via conference call were Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, Gazprom Chairman Alexey Miller and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Chairman Wang Yilin. “Today, we are...

North Korea says it carried out ‘very important test’ at missile-engine site

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Sunday that it had conducted a “very important test” at its missile-engine test and satellite-launch site, another sign of the country’s escalating pressure on the United States to make further concessions before a Dec. 31 deadline set by its leader, Kim Jong Un.The test was carried out Saturday at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, referring to...