RT - Daily news 5 April 2018

Russia looks to revive F1 ‘grid girls’ for Sochi grand prix

Russian F1 officials could go against trend and revive the traditional ‘grid girls’ role for the 2018 Grand Prix in Sochi, where scantily-clad women accompany the sport’s top drivers on the race track. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Undercover officers and ‘Al Capone’ tactics deployed as London crime epidemic stuns public

As London’s murder rate overtakes New York’s, with 50 deaths recorded in 2018 alone, undercover police officers and ‘Al Capone’ tactics are now being deployed to tackle the crime epidemic. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Russian authorities to vet World Cup volunteers for terrorism links

The Russian Interior Ministry says all volunteers wishing to work at the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be vetted for potential links to terrorist organizations. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Merkel to visit Trump, agenda to include trade, Iran – official

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Times' lead article questioning govt’s ‘alliance against Russia’ vanishes, but URL remains (VIDEO)

The Times’ lead article from Wednesday, suggesting Theresa May is struggling to hold together an alliance against Russia, has disappeared from its website, with a completely new story under the same URL replacing it. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Judge governors by number of smiling faces in their regions – Liberal-Democratic leader

Nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky says the Russian president should stop reading reports and analyses from the various regions and start basing his assessments simply on the number of happy faces seen on public web cams. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Massive blaze & thick smoke, as multi-story Istanbul hospital engulfed in fire (VIDEO)

A massive fire has broken out in the Taksim First Aid Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. Footage from the scene showed thick black smoke coming from several stories of the tall building. Read Full Article at RT.com

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‘Free Princess Latifa’: Kim Dotcom joins rescue bid for ‘captive’ UAE royal

Kim Dotcom has vowed to raise awareness about UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s alleged kidnapping of his daughter, Latifa, who went missing after attempting to flee the Arab nation. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Will Syria peace trio succeed given all three have different agendas?

Although Russia, Iran and Turkey have different objectives in Syria, the summit in Ankara showed that they all seek the territorial integrity of the country, experts told RT, warning however that the region is in serious turmoil. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Trump sends National Guard to border as migrants vow to continue advance

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday night to send the National Guard to beef up security at the Mexican border and combat illegal immigration. Read Full Article at RT.com

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'Empty-headed son of a whore': Duterte takes aim at UN Human Rights chief in latest insult

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has once again insulted a major world figure, this time calling the UN Human Rights chief a “son of a whore” with an empty, big head. Read Full Article at RT.com

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'Not in the business of war': Google employees urge company to abandon Pentagon AI project

Thousands of Google employees have signed an open letter urging the tech giant not to work on a US government surveillance engine which could use artificial intelligence to improve the targeting of drone strikes. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Ankara urges Paris not to make ‘same mistake’ as US by sending troops to Manbij

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Sumo stokes controversy as ‘ritually unclean’ female medics banished from ‘sacred’ ring

Sumo wrestling is facing another scandal as female medics were asked to stop attending to a stricken official because of ancient law banning “impure” women from entering the “sacred” ring. Read Full Article at RT.com

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China holding Treasuries ‘nuclear option’ open in trade war with US

Beijing is by far the largest holder of US Treasury bills, meaning it can affect their price and yield. It could be China's trump card in the trade war with Donald Trump. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Yulia Skripal describes ‘disorientating’ episode in first public statement

Salisbury poisoning victim Yulia Skripal has released a statement through police in London. Yulia has insisted she is on the road to recovery. She and her father Sergei were attacked with a nerve agent on March 4. Read Full Article at RT.com

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‘Biggest stock market bubble of all time’ ready to burst – strategist

Stock markets could see sharp falls before the end of the year because valuations have hit disproportionate levels, according to Paul Gambles, the managing director at Thailand-based advisory firm MBMG Group. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Slander websites face crackdown under new Duma measures

The Russian lower house has passed a bill allowing court bailiffs to restrict access to websites that refuse to delete slanderous information about citizens or businesses. Read Full Article at RT.com

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UK oil wealth fund would have been worth $703 billion today

If the UK had established in the 1980s a wealth fund in which to invest North Sea oil revenues—similar to what Norway actually did in the 1990s—a UK fund would be worth more than $703 billion (£500 billion) today. Read Full Article at RT.com

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4 staff killed in shooting at university in Turkish city – report

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LEGENDARY GOALKEEPER PETER SCHMEICHEL LAUNCHES 2018 WORLD CUP SHOW ON RT

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Russia wants results of OPCW probe on Skripal poisoning made public – envoy to UK

After a failed OPCW vote on transparency, it is up to the UK to make public all material relevant to the investigation of the Salisbury poisoning affair, the Russian ambassador said. Russia strongly urges the British to do so. Read Full Article at RT.com

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MPs claim N. Korea could soon hit UK with nukes, but admit there’s no sign it wants to

MPs have warned North Korea could soon be capable of hitting the UK with nuclear weapons. They also admit the regime is showing no sign of actually wanting to target Britain. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Kim Jong-un told Xi Jinping he’s ready to resume 6-party N. Korea disarmament talks – report

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Modern human viruses millions of yrs old, traced to first-ever animals – study

Many of the viruses infecting humans today have evolved from ancient animals and can even be traced back to the first vertebrates ever to exist, according to new research. Read Full Article at RT.com

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‘It’s clear Boris Johnson wasn’t telling the truth’ over Skripal poisoning, MP tells RT (VIDEO)

Labour MP Chris Williamson says Boris Johnson has damaged the UK’s reputation, after he blamed Russia unequivocally for making the poison used to attack the Skripals. Military scientists said they could not support the claims. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Rape claims rock Middleton family as David Matthews denies attacks on teens

Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law has been accused of raping a teenager, a week after a woman claimed he attacked her in Paris, it has been reported. Middleton is the sister-in-law of the second in line to the British throne. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Czech ex-President Klaus condemns expulsion of diplomats, extradition of a Russian to US

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Trade war signals time to buy emerging market assets – money managers

Mounting trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies are boosting trade opportunities to buy emerging-market assets as China and the US are threatening each other with more tariffs day by day. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Three-quarters of Russians say they need break from internet

More than three-quarters of Russians regularly feel the need to take a break from the internet, according to a recent poll. Most of those who have done so said that they didn’t suffer any negative effects as a result. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Lithuanian bill to prevent historical distortion aims to hide unpleasant truth – Nazi hunter to RT

A Lithuanian bill that would allow the banning of materials “distorting historical facts” is designed to hide the country’s past, which is “not exactly a source of pride,” Israeli historian and Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff told RT. Read Full Article at RT.com

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With 50 killed in London this year, RT asks the public whether they feel safe (VIDEO)

As two men found stabbed to death just miles apart in Hackney bring the capital’s murder toll to 50 this year only, RT went to the East London borough to see exactly how safe its community feels. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Turkey says 80 people snatched from 18 countries over alleged links to coup

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Chinese tariffs hitting US where it’s most vulnerable – farming

Soybean trade between China and the US, crucial for American agriculture, would become the first casualty in a trade war between the world’s biggest economies. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Gold could explode at any minute – investor Peter Schiff

Fears of a trade war between the US and China have cast a shadow over Wall Street and spurred the buying of gold as a safe haven. Investor Peter Schiff is convinced that gold is on the verge of a breakthrough. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Party like a Russian: Friends saw off massive chunk of ice & sail down a river (VIDEO)

It’s true that everyone’s definition of a good time varies, but one group of Russian friends managed to have fun in the oddest of ways – by sawing off a huge chunk of ice and sailing it down the river while sitting in a bath tub. Read Full Article at RT.com

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BBC blasted for bias over Corbyn Russian doll footage… again

The BBC has outraged Jeremy Corbyn supporters once again with their bizarre coverage of the Labour leader. This time they used footage of him playing with a Russian doll. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Incredible psychedelic phytoplankton bloom captured from space (PHOTO)

Spring has sprung in the ocean, and with an incredible psychedelic effect. NASA’s stunning snap of a vibrant phytoplankton bloom in the North Atlantic could pass for a Van Gogh masterpiece. Read Full Article at RT.com

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France to extend EU border checks until November, cites security threats

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Israel calls in Air Force to target ONE ‘armed terrorist’ on Gaza border

Israel has shown it is ready and willing to use the might of its air force, as it did in order to kill a single “armed terrorist” – a Palestinian man spotted at the border fence with Gaza. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Officials from 2 Koreas discuss logistics of landmark summit

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