'Optimism far from reality': Moscow dismisses West's ‘rosy forecasts’ on Raqqa offensive

Moscow has questioned the Western coalition’s optimism about soon recapturing Raqqa from Islamic State, saying only international cooperation can help liberate the city. However, it is exactly coordinated partnership on various fronts that is lacking. The “very hard but essential” battle for Raqqa is just days away, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian claimed on…

US imposes sanctions against 8 Russian firms – reports

Published time: 25 Mar, 2017 20:34Edited time: 25 Mar, 2017 20:39 Eight Russian companies have been sanctioned by Washington over their alleged engagement in nuclear proliferation activity with Iran, North Korea and Syria, Russian news agencies reported, citing the US State Department. The sanctions have been introduced as a result of regular assessments, as required…

ACB Kickboxing comes to Paris (WATCH LIVE)

Published time: 25 Mar, 2017 19:25 The Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) Kickboxing 9 event is taking place in the Marcel Cerdan Palais des Sports in Paris, France. [embedded content] Fight card: 1. (65kg) Hamayak Avetisyan (France/Armenia) vs Zubaira Suleymanov (Russian Federation)2. (65kg) Cédric Peynaud (France) vs Dino Kacar (Belgium)3. (77kg) Mansur Vaduev (Russian Federation) vs…

40 police officers decapitated in Congo ambush – report

Published time: 25 Mar, 2017 14:54 Militia fighters in the central Democratic Republic of Congo reportedly decapitated 40 police officers in the deadliest attack on authorities since an insurrection began in the region in August. Speaker of the Kasai provincial assembly, Francois Kalamba, told Reuters the ambush took place on Friday as police officers drove…

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