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US aircraft carriers are the world's most powerful ships and are nearly impossible to kill — here's why

Aircraft carriers are symbols of American military might, and recently, a Chinese military professor caused a stir by calling for China to sink two of them to crush America's resolve.

BUSINESS INSIDER

Sharapova raps Australian Open organizers over late scheduling

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova has urged Australian Open organizers to be more flexible with match scheduling after Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta played out their second round clash after midnight to a near-empty stadium.

REUTERS

Maria Sharapova beats defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at Australian Open

(CNN)Maria Sharapova knocked out defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open on Friday in a fierce three-set battle. Sharapova's status for the year's first major was uncertain after the Russian sustained a thigh injury at a tournament in China earlier this month but the five-time g

CNN

Reinstated RUSADA asks WADA to confirm compliance status

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s anti-doping agency RUSADA has asked the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to confirm its compliance at a meeting next week after Moscow missed a deadline to hand over laboratory data.

REUTERS

Putin Push to Dump Dollar Proves Hard Sell With Russia Inc.

Russia’s central bank dumped $101 billion last year in its biggest-ever shift away from the U.S. currency amid fears of new sanctions. But the Kremlin’s drive to wean the rest of the economy off the greenback has been slower going.

NEWSMAX.COM

Trump invented a new nickname for Jeff Bezos in a tweet mocking his divorce

In the tweet, Trump appeared to praise the National Enquirer, the gossip tabloid that published details of Bezos' relationship with the former TV news anchor Lauren Sanchez. Trump berated The Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos.

BUSINESS INSIDER

Five Reasons Why Going to War With Iran Would Be A Really Bad Idea

With the daily bombshells coming out about Donald Trump’s alliance with the Russian government, it’s easy to ignore the many mini-scandals going on. Last week it was revealed that the Trump administration had ordered the Pentagon to draw up plans for a strike on Iran.

DAILY KOS

FSRU Commences Operation at Kaliningrad

Russia's President Vladimir Putin inaugurated a LNG import terminal in Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea earlier this week. The facility is an offshore gas receiving terminal hosting the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Marshal Vasilevskiy. The new facilities will enable up to 3.7 billion

MARITIME-EXECUTIVE.COM

Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to secure James Rodríguez for £3m?

With transfer guru Sven Mislintat heading for the hills, Stan Kroenke slamming shut the war chest and £350,000-a-week man Mesut Özil marooned on his sofa, Arsenal fans have gone into meltdown mode. But wait! James Rodríguez could be about to jet in and calm the tensions.

THE GUARDIAN

Russia becomes world's fifth biggest gold holder after sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has overtaken China to become the world’s fifth largest official sector holder of gold as Western sanctions drove buying by its central bank to record highs in 2018, its data showed on Friday.

REUTERS

Today's Most Important, Under-Reported Stories - ALL Trump/Russia Today

3. House Vote on Russia/Deripaska Sanctions. Before I get into to discussing these 3 Important Stories, let me just say that trying to get all the important News in the Age of Trump is like drinking from a fire hose. Its hard for us to keep up and its easy for important stuff to fall through the cra

DAILY KOS

Georgian wrestler stripped of 2012 Olympic silver for doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A freestyle wrestler from Georgia has been stripped of his 2012 London Olympics silver medal after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. Oral turinabol was found in Davit Modzmanashvili’s sample in a reanalysis program using new testing methods, the IOC said on Thurs

NBC SPORTS

Why does Mark Zuckerberg need 2,263% more personal protection than Tim Cook?

Has Facebook’s mishandling of it users’ personal information made CEO Mark Zuckerberg a marked man? You might think that judging by the copious amounts of cash Facebook spends to protect his personal safety.

FAST COMPANY

Russia’s Prime Minister: Bear Market Is Not a Reason to Bury Cryptocurrencies

The massive 2018 bear market is not a reason to bury crypto, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev claimed in a speech at the Gaidar forum. Russian news agency TASS reported on Medvedev’s comments yesterday, Jan. 15.

COINTELEGRAPH

How Russia used Facebook to expand the Kremlin's messaging

Facebook removed more than 250 pages on Thursday for “coordinated inauthentic behavior" masquerading as special interest groups when they were actually meant to expand the reach of the Kremlin’s media agency, Rossiya Segodnya, according to the digital investigators that led a parallel investigation.

ABC NEWS

Ukraine OKs Property Law That Could Affect 12,000 Churches

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine's parliament on Thursday adopted a bill spelling out procedures for transferring church property after a new unified Ukrainian Orthodox church was granted independence.

NEWSMAX.COM

Russian scientists find defect in new heavy lift space rocket engine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered a defect in the engines of Russia’s new flagship heavy lift space rocket that could destroy it in flight, an apparent setback to a project President Vladimir Putin has said is vital for national security.

REUTERS

Japan launches satellite to create artificial meteor shower

Japan‘s space agency has launched a rocket carrying a satellite capable of delivering an artificial meteor shower into the Earth’s atmosphere. The Epsilon-4 rocket lifted off from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center, carrying the first of two micro-satellites built by Tokyo-based startup Astro Live Expe

THE INDEPENDENT

Russian sovereign wealth fund to boost deals with Saudi Arabia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF said on Wednesday it was poised to significantly increase its number of investment deals with Saudi Arabia. Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the fund, met Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih and other Saudi officials in Riyadh to discuss projects i

REUTERS

Lady Falls in Love With a ‘Handicapped’ Kitty That Grows Even Bigger Than Some Dogs

This cat was born with only two toes on his right paw, and when he was little, he had problems getting by. But his owner believed in him, and with love and nourishment, he soon grew up to be a magnificent, big healthy cat.

THE EPOCH TIMES