Syrian Army Takes Control of Oil Facility, Power Station in Raqqa Province

The Syrian army took control over an oil pumping station and the Al-Tabka power plant in the Raqqa province, a local source told Sputnik on Friday.

// Jun. 11, 2016 - 00:06 GMT

Turkey Won’t Be Able to Ensure Own Security if It Fully Links It With NATO

Commenting on the recent announcement of the Turkish foreign minister that Poland, Romania and Turkey have agreed that the European missile defense needs expanding, Turkish retired Brigadier General Haldun Solmaztürk told Sputnik that Turkey wont be able to duly ensure its own security if it fully and completely links it with NATO. </p>

// Jun. 11, 2016 - 00:11 GMT

German Domestic Intel Chief Accuses Snowden of Working for Russia

German domestic intelligence chief suggested that Edward Snowden was a Russian spy, the German parliament said in a Friday press release.

// Jun. 11, 2016 - 00:15 GMT

Expansion of US Authority in Afghanistan Won’t Prevent Troop Reduction

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said that the new expansion of authority for US troops in Afghanistan will not prevent the United States from reducing its troop footprint inside the country to 5,500 personnel by the end of the year as planned.

// Jun. 11, 2016 - 00:25 GMT

Sniffer Dogs Comb Stade de France Ahead of Euro 2016 Opening Game

Security team with sniffer dogs checked the Stade de France for explosives on Friday on the beginning of the 2016 UEFA European Championship, media reported.

// Jun. 11, 2016 - 00:26 GMT

UNHCR Revises Funding Needs of Greece, Western Balkans

UNHCR revised the funding needs of Greece and the Western Balkans states coping with the influx of migrants, UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler said Friday.

// Jun. 11, 2016 - 00:39 GMT

Taiwan Will Hardly Adhere to McCain’s Advice

Taiwan's current financial situation would make it difficult to reach the target, recently set by Senator McCain, of allocating 3 percent of its gross national product (GDP) to its national defense.

// Jun. 11, 2016 - 00:43 GMT

You’ve Been Daesh’d! Egyptian Prank Show Stages Terrorist Kidnappings

An enterprising Egyptian TV director runs a prank-based show that involves actors disguised as Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorists frightening unsuspecting victims.

// Jun. 11, 2016 - 00:44 GMT

US Slams Israel for Sealing West Bank After Shooting, But Won’t Take Action

Washington offered a rare rebuke of Jerusalem for retaliatory acts against innocent civilians, but the Obama administration refuses to back up harsh words with tangible action.

// Jun. 11, 2016 - 01:11 GMT

Bernie Sanders to Play Significant Role in Democratic Party - Congressman

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will continue to play a major role in the Democratic party after his rival, Hillary Clinton, likely secured the partys nomination, co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, Congressman Raul Grijalva told Sputnik on Friday. </p>

// Jun. 11, 2016 - 01:22 GMT