Independent publishes testimonies confirming Turkish regime’s ending of terrorists to Karabakh region

The British newspaper “Independent” revealed that it had obtained certificates, documents and statements confirming the Turkish regime's efforts to fuel the new conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region by sending terrorist mercenaries to this region.

Hundreds of Syrians are said to be fighting in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, driven there by the need to earn money. All had been allegedly hired by a private Turkish security firm to fight with Azerbaijani forces against ethnic Armenians over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Trump taken to Walter Reed hospital for coronavirus treatment

US President Donald Trump was taken to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on Friday for a stay that was expected to last several days, a move the White House said was made out of extra caution after he tested positive for the deadly coronavirus and experienced symptoms.

Earlier the White House announced that Trump and his wife, Melania tested positive for the coronavirus.

Trump was experiencing fatigue, and the first lady was coughing with a headache on Friday, the White House doctor said, describing the physical impacts of a White House coronavirus outbreak that has upended the US capital and disrupted American politics one month before a presidential election.

Trump, who is 74, began taking a cocktail of drugs as a “precautionary measure,” according to doctor Sean Conley, who provided only limited information about Trump’s condition or the reasons for his extended stay at Walter Reed.

Europe Fails to Contain Turkey

As Erdogan’s ambitions grow, Europe lacks the unity and strength to defend the continent’s interests.

Relations between Turkey and the European Union are in a bad place. Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign-policy chief, called a coming summit at which European leaders will discuss the deteriorating relationship a “watershed moment.”

Things have been going downhill for a half decade. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in February he would no longer abide by a 2016 deal to keep more than three million refugees, most escaping Syria’s brutal civil war, on Turkish territory. The EU, he claims, is falling short on its financial commitments. Mr. Erdogan also routinely reprimanded EU leaders for criticizing his harsh measures against a coup attempt in July 2016. Human-rights abuses in Turkey under Mr. Erdogan’s leadership have also bred dismay in Brussels, leading to a freeze of accession negotiations and other forms of closer collaboration.

Covid-19 impact: Disney Parks decides to fire 28,000 US employees

Prolonged closures at Disney’s California-based theme parks and limited attendance at its open parks has forced the company to lay off 28,000 employees across its parks, experiences and consumer products division, the company said.

In a memo sent to employees on Tuesday, Josh D’Amaro, head of parks at Disney, detailed several “difficult decisions” the company has had to make in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including ending its furlough of thousands of employees.

Shares of the company fell less than 2% after the closing bell on Tuesday.

Around 67% of the 28,000 laid off workers were part-time employees, according to a statement by D’Amaro on Tuesday. The company declined to break down the layoffs by individual park locations.

Russia Sees Twitter's Actions Toward RIA Novosti Account As Censorship - Foreign Ministry

Moscow views the actions of social network Twitter in relation to RIA Novosti account as an act of censorship and part of a politically motivated campaign, and expects relevant international organizations to assess these actions, the Russian Foreign ministry said on Monday

MOSCOW views the actions of social network Twitter in relation to RIA Novosti account as an act of censorship and part of a politically motivated campaign, and expects relevant international organizations to assess these actions, the Russian Foreign ministry said on Monday.

Earlier, Twitter removed RIA Novosti account from the search results. Users who have not subscribed to the agency's page cannot find it either in Russia or in other countries. Previously, Twitter blocked RT and Sputnik accounts in the same way.

"We regard the forced downgrade of the position of RIA Novosti account in search results by the administration of social network Twitter as another act of censorship and discrimination against the Russian media, violating the fundamental democratic principles of freedom of expression and equal access to information," the ministry said in a statement.

It noted that "biased actions of the US IT corporation" were a continuation of the politically motivated campaign launched earlier by Twitter and Facebook to label the pages of the Russian media as "state-affiliated.

Leaked docs expose massive Syria propaganda operation waged by Western govt contractors and media

Western government-funded intelligence cutouts trained Syrian opposition leaders, planted stories in media outlets from BBC to Al Jazeera, and ran a cadre of journalists. A trove of leaked documents exposes the propaganda network.

Leaked documents show how UK government contractors developed an advanced infrastructure of propaganda to stimulate support in the West for Syria’s political and armed opposition.

Virtually every aspect of the Syrian opposition was cultivated and marketed by Western government-backed public relations firms, from their political narratives to their branding, from what they said to where they said it.

The leaked files reveal how Western intelligence cutouts played the media like a fiddle, carefully crafting English- and Arabic-language media coverage of the war on Syria to churn out a constant stream of pro-opposition coverage.

US and European contractors trained and advised Syrian opposition leaders at all levels, from young media activists to the heads of the parallel government-in-exile. These firms also organized interviews for Syrian opposition leaders on mainstream outlets such as BBC and the UK’s Channel 4.

More than half of the stringers used by Al Jazeera in Syria were trained in a joint US-UK government program called Basma, which produced hundreds of Syrian opposition media activists.

Western government PR firms not only influenced the way the media covered Syria, but as the leaked documents reveal, they produced their own propagandistic pseudo-news for broadcast on major TV networks in the Middle East, including BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, and Orient TV.

U.S. says it will not pay what it owes WHO this year

WASHINGTON, (ST)_ The United States will not pay some $80 million it owes the World Health Organization (WHO) and will instead redirect the money to help pay its United Nations bill in New York, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

The United States plans to leave the Geneva-based WHO on July 6, 2021.