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"Wrong" To Say Russia Only Has Nuclear Weapons, Oil: Kremlin To Joe Biden

07/28/21 7:51 PM

The Kremlin said on Wednesday that US President Joe Biden's assessment of Russia as only having nuclear weapons and oil was wide of the mark and betrayed a lack of knowledge about the country.

'AirBubble' offers respite from Warsaw pollution

07/28/21 11:15 AM

At a new playground in central Warsaw, algae feast on pollutants and carbon dioxide to provide a bubble of clean oxygen in a city ranked as one of the most polluted capitals in the EU."There is untapped value in bringing the bio-intelligence of natural systems into cities," said Marco Poletto, co-founder of the ecoLogicStudio urban design firm behind the project.He suggests "turning buildings into living machines that produce energy, store CO2 and clean the air," according to a statement.The Polish capital was selected for the inaugural edition of the AirBubble as the city is in particular need of clean air.According to data released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) last month, Warsaw ranks 269th for air quality on a list of 323 European cities.The list was created based on the average level over the past two years of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), the air pollutant with the highest impact on health.The EEA blames air pollution -- caused in large part by the burning of coal -- for an estimated 50,000 premature deaths per year in the country of 38 million people.The bubble is outfitted with dozens of glass cylinders containing algae immersed in water that feast on air being pumped in from below.The green organisms consume polluting molecules and carbon dioxide before releasing clean oxygen out the top of the bioreactors.The small circular playground is located next to the riverside Copernicus Science Centre, which stations an employee there to answer any questions and make sure no one gets hurt.On a recent warm afternoon, children of various ages monkeyed around in the bubble: shrieking, laughing, they hopped on rubber bubbles and swung from rope."This is fun," shouted eight-year-old Ania, while jumping.Her mother, Malgorzata Wrona, also applauded the eco-friendly concept."It's pretty cool. Especially in a big city right? Because you know: pollution and smog and everything," the 42-year-old English teacher told AFP."This gives the kids, at least, a chance to breathe some fresh air."She said that where they live, in the western city of Wroclaw, many people still heat their homes with coal, so the air quality is "terrible".The AirBubble will be in place until November for now, but could possibly become a permanent fixture. There are plans to install bubbles in other cities too.© 2021 AFP

'Big step toward restoring trust': North & South Korea reopen communication hotline after year of silence

07/27/21 4:23 AM

The two Koreas said they have agreed to reopen a cross-border communications channel shuttered more than a year ago, with Pyongyang hailing the move as a “big step” toward rebuilding bilateral ties. Read Full Article at RT.com

'Not a blame game': WHO urges collaboration after Beijing rejects proposed second probe into Covid-19 origins

07/23/21 12:07 PM

A World Health Organization spokesman has called on nations around the world to further their cooperation with the international body in finding the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. Read Full Article at RT.com

'This one sucks' - tennis star Osaka suffers home Olympic shock

07/27/21 11:14 AM

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka's dreams of home Olympic gold were crushed by a 6-1, 6-4 defeat to Marketa Vondrousova Tuesday as her return to action came to an abrupt end.Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron and was one of the faces of the Games, struggled in an error-strewn display that blew the draw wide open after the earlier exits of world number one Ashleigh Barty and third seed Aryna Sabalenka."How disappointed am I? I mean, I'm disappointed in every loss, but I feel like this one sucks more than the others," said the four-time Grand Slam winner.Asked what went wrong, she replied: "Everything -- if you watch the match then you would probably see. I feel like there's a lot of things that I counted on that I couldn't rely on today."The third-round defeat follows a turbulent few months for Osaka, who abandoned her French Open campaign in May after refusing to attend press conferences, citing the need to preserve her mental health.Osaka also skipped Wimbledon, saying she had been battling depression and anxiety, before returning in Tokyo for her first Olympics, including her starring role at the opening ceremony."I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this. I think it's maybe because I haven't played in the Olympics before and for the first year (it) was a bit much," said Osaka.After looking assured in the first two rounds after her eight-week hiatus, Osaka made a dreadful start under the centre court roof at a rain-hit Ariake Tennis Park and never recovered."I've taken long breaks before and I've managed to do well. I'm not saying that I did bad right now, but I do know that my expectations were a lot higher," she said."I feel like my attitude wasn't that great because I don't really know how to cope with that pressure so that's the best that I could have done in this situation."- 'One of my biggest wins' -Osaka dropped serve in the opening game and was broken twice more as the 42nd-ranked Vondrousova raced away with the first set.The second seed broke in the second set but relinquished the early advantage with a double fault that allowed Vondrousova to level at two games apiece.The 23-year-old grappled with inconsistency, and even when given a sniff of regaining the initiative she had no response to Vondrousova's array of crafty drop shots.Osaka saved two match points as she served to stay alive at 4-5 but Vondrousova converted at the third time of asking as the Japanese superstar smacked a backhand wide.Vondrousova will go on to face Spain's Paula Badosa in the quarter-finals."Of course it's one of the biggest wins of my career," said Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open runner-up.Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina is the highest-ranked women's player remaining in Tokyo.She won her third successive three-setter, recovering to defeat Greece's Maria Sakkari 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova, seeded fifth, slumped to a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Italy's Camila Giorgi.Swiss ninth seed Belinda Bencic beat French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, while Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova ended the run of Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo, who dumped Barty out in round one.Two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza sailed past Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.Earlier, Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the men's third round as he avenged last month's Wimbledon loss to Frances Tiafoe.The Greek third seed downed American Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4 in the opening match of the day as all play on outside courts was delayed an hour by morning drizzle.Tsitsipas, who is also entered in mixed doubles with Sakkari, will play France's Ugo Humbert or Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia for a spot in the quarter-finals.Having lost to Tiafoe in the opening round at Wimbledon, Tsitsipas ensured there was no repeat as a single break in each set enabled him to wrap up victory in 77 minutes.© 2021 AFP

1 person dead, 4 still missing in German chemical explosion

07/27/21 4:46 AM

BERLIN (AP) — An explosion at an industrial park for chemical companies in Germany killed at least one person Tuesday, with 16 injured and four still missing. Fire officials who tested the air said there did not appear to be a danger to nearby residents after authorities initially urged people ...

10 killed, 44 injured as bus swerves off highway and crashes in Croatia (PHOTOS)

07/25/21 5:28 PM

Ten people have lost their lives and at least 44, including children, have been injured, after a bus traveling from Germany swerved off the highway in Croatia after the driver apparently briefly fell asleep. Read Full Article at RT.com

10 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World

03/26/21 7:22 PM

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2 dead & 5 missing after HUGE explosion rocks German chemical park, injuring at least 31

07/27/21 11:43 AM

Two people have died and at least 31 are injured after a serious blast occurred at a disposal center in Leverkusen’s Chempark. Locals were told to stay inside and close doors and windows as smoke billowed above the city. Read Full Article at RT.com

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02/08/21 11:25 AM

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