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Russian shopping centre fire

At least 64 people killed after blaze at busy Winter Cherry mall in Siberia, another 16 people still missing after cinema complex engulfed in flames in Kemerovo.

Fire exits were locked and a security guard had switched off the building’s warning system, according to investigators.

Flames took hold in the four-storey Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo, Siberia, at about 5pm local time on Sunday as parents and children enjoyed the first weekend of the school recess.

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Sudan, Russia to sign accord to develop nuclear power: SUNA agency

Sudan will sign a “roadmap” with Russia to build nuclear power stations during a visit to Moscow by Khartoum’s electricity minister, state news agency SUNA said on Monday.

SUNA said Water Resources, Irrigation, and Electricity Minister Moataz Mousa, who left Khartoum on Monday, would meet the head of Russia’s state nuclear agency Rosatom.

The trip comes four months after Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin he wanted to discuss nuclear power cooperation with Russia.

SUNA quoted a spokesman for the ministry as saying the two sides would sign several memorandums of understanding including the roadmap “to implement a plan to develop nuclear (power) stations”. It did not elaborate.


Apparent attack by Russian hackers penetrated Germany’s foreign ministry

German officials said Wednesday that the government’s information technology networks had been infiltrated and that evidence pointed toward a Russian hacking group that’s been implicated in high-profile cyberattacks worldwide.

The breach, acknowledged by the interior ministry in a statement, had been known since December, when security experts discovered malware in the secure computer networks of the foreign ministry, according to a senior German security official.

German media outlets reported that the defense ministry also was affected.

Church shooting leaves five dead in Muslim-majority Russian region

Five people were shot dead after a gunman opened fire on worshippers leaving church in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan.

Another five people were injured in the attack on the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan, local news agencies reported.

The small republic in the Caucasus mountains borders Chechnya, where Moscow has led two wars against separatists and radical religious groups since the 1991 Soviet collapse.

It is one of the poorest and most unstable regions in Russia and has seen a large number of people join Islamic State.

The Russian RBK daily quoted an Orthodox priest saying the attacker opened fire on churchgoers following an afternoon service.

We had finished the mass and were beginning to leave the church.

A bearded man ran towards the church shouting “Allahu Akbar” and killed four people,’ Father Pavel said. ‘He was carrying a rifle and a knife.’

Sweden Is Preparing For A “Civil War

The booklet will serve as a manual of “total defense” in case of a war, and provide details on how to secure basic needs such as water, food, and heating, the FT reported.

The manual also covers other threats such as cyber attacks, terrorism, and climate change.

“All of society needs to be prepared for conflict, not just the military. We haven’t been using words such as total defense or high alert for 25-30 years or more.

So the knowledge among citizens is very low,” said Christina Andersson, head of the project at the Swedish civil contingencies agency.

The survivalist manual or better known by some as a prepares guide is called “If Crisis or War Comes,” will be published by the government in late spring.

Its publication comes at a time when the threat of war from Russia is high, well, possibly, but that is what the mainstream media has conditioned many to believe.

Russia, assault with knives at a school in Perm: several injured, two are serious

Eight students and a teacher were injured in Perm, Russia, when two masked men attacked the present with knives.

This was confirmed by the press officer of the Regional Security Ministry Elsna Dubinina, quoted by the local media, explaining that the teacher and two students are in serious condition and are facing surgery.

The incident occurred at public school number 127 of the city’s Motovilokhinsky district.




UK ‘ready to retaliate’ against Russian cyber-attacks

Boris Johnson will warn Russia to stop cyber-attacks which threaten Britain’s national security or face retaliation of a similar kind from the UK.

He will say the UK has no malign intentions online but has the technical capability to fight cyber-espionage.

Austria: explosion at natural gas plant. Flow of gas from Russia to Italy interrupted

An explosion at a natural gas facility near Austria‘s border with Slovakia has left one person dead.

The Austria Press Agency reported that Red Cross official Sonja Keller said a further 18 people were injured.

The flow of gas from Russia to Italy has been interrupted after the explosion. Italy declares State of emergency due to the lack of supplies

More 300 nationalist anti-Putin protesters arrested

At least 300 people have been arrested while protesting against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.



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