(Moscow) — Burger King Russia is apologizing and pulling an ad offering around 50-thousand dollars and a lifetime of free burgers to women who get pregnant by World Cup soccer players. The global competition is in Russia this year.
The ad, posted on social media, said getting pregnant by star athletes would pass down the athletes’ genes and boost the success of Russia’s team in the future generations.
(Pyongyang) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is planning a trip to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean lead Kim Jong Un. North Korean state media Sunday reported the planned meeting, which comes after Assad received the credentials of the North Korean ambassador to Syria.
The U.N. has accused North Korea of working with Syria on chemical weapons, something both nations deny. Depending on when the meeting takes place, it could be the first time Kim publicly meets with a foreign head of state in Pyongyang since taking power in 2011. A planned summit between Kim and President Trump is set for June 12th in Singapore.
In related news, the White House is in the early stages of organizing a summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “The Wall Street Journal” reported that the effort aims at resolving differences about nuclear weapons, Syria and Ukraine.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has reportedly been working for months to make the meeting happen. The two leaders have met twice before during other international gatherings.
(Ukraine) – A Russian journalist showed up at a news conference today in Ukraine the day after he was reportedly assassinated. It appears to be all part of a plot on the part of the Ukrainian security service.
Arkady Babchenko, along with the police agency, faked his own death in an effort to catch the people who were making death threats against him. Police reported yesterday that the Kremlin critic and veteran Russian war correspondent had been shot three times and died on his way to the hospital.
The plot had reportedly been in the works for nearly two months and even Babchenko’s family didn’t know about it. Police did make one arrest in connection with the covert operation.
(Tehran) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will remain in the 2015 nuclear deal if it can protect its interests. The deal, originally made between the U.S., Iran and five other world powers, offered sanctions relief in exchange for checks on Iran’s nuclear program.
President Trump pulled out of the deal this month, after months of calling it broken.
Rouhani said that Tehran will stay in if the remaining five nations, China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K., stick to the agreement.
(Washington, DC) – Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. is warning that there will be consequences for the U.S.-led military strikes on Syria. Ambassador Anatoly Antonov called the strikes an insult to Russian president Vladimir Putin, and said insulting the president of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible. Antonov said Friday that the U.S. has the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons and has no moral right to blame other countries. He said Russia is being threatened by the strikes, and that “such actions will not be left without consequences.”
On Saturday, Russian lawmaker Vladimir Dzhabarov said Russia was likely to call for a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss U.S., British and French air strikes on Syria. The lawmaker told Russian news, “the situation is being analyzed right now.”
(SL) – The U.S. is “locked and loaded” if Syria chooses to use chemical weapons again. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley delivered the promise from President Trump at an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. The council met today over the joint airstrikes launched against targets in Syria last night. Haley insisted that the strikes were a justified and proportionate reaction to a chemical weapons attack attributed to Syria’s government. She also accused Russia of aiding and abetting the Syria regime, enabling it to use chemical weapons with impunity.
Russia’s ambassador blasted the U.S. and its allies for what he called a complete disregard for international law. He raised doubts on whether the reported chemical weapons attack that prompted the airstrikes actually took place. He added that the U.S. is pandering to terrorists who have kept Syria in the grip of chaos for years.
(Moscow) – A Russian woman is dead after doctors reportedly hooked her up to an embalming fluid drip instead of saline.
A report in the British tabloid “The Sun” says 27-year-old Ekaterina Fedyaeva was in the hospital for a minor surgery when the mistake was made. Doctors sent formalin into her body, which can be used to preserve corpses or as a disinfectant.
The woman went through two days of agony before going into a coma and eventually, to the other side. She was buried April 7th. An investigation is said to be underway.
(Washington, DC) – Russia is issuing a warning to the United States following a suspected chemical attack in Syria. In a statement, Russia’s foreign ministry says if the U.S. uses any “military intervention” in Syria, it would be “unacceptable” and lead to the “most serious consequences.”
The statement adds the alleged chemical attack is “fabricated.” The weekend attack killed dozens of people in a rebel-held Damascus suburb in war-torn Syria.
President Trump spread the blame of the alleged attack, singling out Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia and Iran for backing “Animal” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
(SL) – Russia says Britain is bluffing in accusing the Kremlin of poisoning a former Russian double-agent and his daughter. An official with the Russian embassy in London made that claim today in an interview with the TASS news agency. Today’s denial comes as Russia is calling an emergency meeting of the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes that will end talk of whether the Kremlin was behind the attack. British investigators say a chemical agent developed by the Soviet Union was smeared on the door of Sergei Skripal’s home in the southern English city of Salisbury.
The 66-year-old Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on March 4th. Yulia Skripal is awake and talking but her father is still unconscious.
(Salisbury, UK) – Police in the UK say they’ve identified more than 200 witnesses in the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter. Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found on a bench a week ago in Salisbury and both remain in critical condition.A detective who helped the two is also sick. Skripal was convicted of treason in Russia in 2006 for sharing intelligence information with the west and went to the UK after a 2010 prisoner swap. He was found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury with his daughter Yulia, 33.
The pair remained critically ill in hospital on Tuesday night as detectives worked to identify the unknown substance which caused them to collapse, and how they were exposed to it.
Russia denies involvement with the attack.