RT - Daily news 31 March 2018

Russia military helps free 8 hostages held by Al-Nusra in E. Ghouta

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13 police officers injured in protest over Albania’s first toll road

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Kosovo launches probe into extradition & arrest of 6 Turkish nationals

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'US doesn't want strong & independent Brazil backing Latin America' – Brazil's Lula da Silva

The political chaos in Brazil is a result of collusion between local elites and the US, which doesn't want a strong new independent player in Latin America and beyond, former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told RT. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Noam Chomsky and John Pilger join calls demanding Ecuador stop ‘gagging’ Assange

Human rights activists including Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Pamela Anderson have published an open letter demanding that the Ecuadorian government restore Julian Assange’s freedom of speech. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Britain says Aeroflot plane was searched to protect UK from ‘organized crime & harmful substances’

The controversial search of a Russian plane by British officials at Heathrow Airport was conducted to protect the UK from organized crime and the smuggling of harmful substances, the UK security minister has said. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Inside the vast web of PR firms popularizing the Saudi crown prince

As Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tours the US, an army of PR firms hired by the kingdom are hard at work. From lauding Saudi reform to insisting it’s distanced itself from terrorism, the lobby’s influence is extensive. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Alibaba opens China’s first ‘car vending machine’

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and US carmaker Ford have opened a ‘car vending machine’ in China’s southern city of Guangzhou. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Sahara desert is 10 percent bigger than 100 years ago

Climate change is partly to blame for a startling increase in the size of the Sahara Desert over the past one hundred years. According to a new study, the world’s largest desert has expanded by 10 percent since 1920. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Moscow condemns Israeli use of force during protests on Gaza border

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Former head of local building watchdog arrested in Kemerovo mall fire probe

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Russia warns UK of reciprocal measures if Aeroflot plane search not explained

If the UK provides no explanation for the search of an Aeroflot plane in London, Moscow will consider the action to have been illegal and will take reciprocal measures against British aircraft, the Russian Transport Ministry said. Read Full Article at RT.com

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UK may allow Russian diplomats to visit poison victim Yulia Skripal

The British government may allow Russian embassy staff to visit Yulia Skripal, who is recovering after being poisoned. London says the Russian government was behind the incident, while Moscow suspects British complicity. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Tesla faces tough questions after fatal highway crash

Tesla is facing questions about the safety of its driving system after one of its vehicles was involved in a fatal crash in California last week. It’s understood the driver who died had raised concerns over the autopilot system. Read Full Article at RT.com

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1 dead, over a dozen injured in bus-truck collision in Bavaria

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India building city from scratch to challenge Singapore & Hong Kong financial hubs

A new city is being built on barren lands in India’s western state of Gujarat to give foreign investors easy access to its booming economy. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Israel loses recon drone in Lebanon, the fourth this year

A small IDF surveillance drone was lost in southern Lebanon near the Israeli border on Saturday. It’s the fourth drone lost by the Israeli military this year, according to local reports. Read Full Article at RT.com

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