In quest for bigger military budget, UK’s new defense chief speaks of Russian, Chinese threats

KONFRONTASI - British Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who took the position two weeks ago, has used her maiden speech to plead for more military funding by citing Russia and China as threats, following what has become a trend in the UK’s foreign policy of recent months.

In a bid to provide a strong first impression, Mordaunt outlined a post-Brexit world where the “global Britain” would play the role of a “protector” and a “problem solver” in the face of emerging threats.

Saudi King Salman in Russia on historic visit

KONFRONTASI - Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has arrived in the Russian capital, Moscow, on a first such visit by a monarch in the kingdom’s history.

Salman landed in Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport early on Wednesday to launch a four-day visit, which many say would take him to discussions on the global oil market and the situation in Syria.

Russian found guilty of inciting religious hatred — for playing ‘Pokémon Go’ in Church

MOSCOW — A judge in Russia’s fourth-largest city has convicted a blogger who played “Pokémon Go” in a renowned Orthodox cathedral of inciting religious hatred and insulting the feelings of believers, the state RIA-Novosti news agency reported Thursday.

Ruslan Sokolovsky, 22, was given a suspended sentence of 3½ years for playing the mobile phone game during a service in the Church of All Saints in the Ural mountain city of Yekaterinburg last August.

The argument could be made that he got off easy.

Russian meddling in US election could be possibly an act of war: Cheney

KONFRONTASI - Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has said that Russia’s (alleged) interference in the 2016 presidential election could be "considered an act of war.”

Cheney made the remarks at the Economic Times’ Global Business Summit in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Monday, after several Democratic lawmakers also made similar statements regarding Russia and its leadership.

Scores die in suspected Russian strikes in Syria's east

KONFRONTASI-At least 63 people, including nine children, have died in air strikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes on a town in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

The raids on Khasham near the city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday were among a series of strikes that also hit two other towns in the past 48 hours, killing scores of people, the monitoring group said on Sunday.

NATO denounces Russian incursion into Turkish airspace

KONFRONTASI-The United States and NATO denounced Russia on Monday for violating Turkish airspace and Ankara threatened to respond, reporting two incursions in two days and raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the former Cold War adversaries.

NATO held an emergency meeting in Brussels of ambassadors from its 28 member states to respond to what Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called "unacceptable violations of Turkish airspace" after a Russian jet crossed its frontier with Syria on Saturday.

800 Russian nationals fight for ISIL terrorist group: Moscow

KONFRONTASI - Moscow says over 800 Russian nationals are fighting in the ranks of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group.

According to Ilya Rogachev, the chief of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s department for modern challenges and threats, on Friday, the Russian ISIL militants mostly hail from the province of Chechnya and other regions in the country’s violence-torn North Caucasus.

The Russian diplomat, however, added that the exact number of Russian nationals fighting for the terrorist group cannot be ascertained.

Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea

KONFRONTASI-The United States has imposed sanctions on companies and individuals operating in Crimea, which integrated into the Russian Federation earlier this year.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday that “prohibits the export of goods, technology, or services to Crimea and prohibits the import of goods, technology, or services from Crimea, as well as new investments in Crimea”.

Canberra angrily accuses Russia of trying to reclaim the "lost glories" of the Soviet Union

KONFRONTASI- Vladimir Putin is underlining his presence at a major summit of world leaders in Australia by stationing warships in waters off the country's northeastern coast, prompting the Australian prime minister to angrily accuse Russia of trying to reclaim the "lost glories" of the Soviet Union.

Moscow less dependent on the Dollar and Obama Misrepresents the Russian Economy

A report posted October 15th at Russia Insider (a Russian website), headlined “Russian Industry Expands Rapidly In September, Hammers Expectations: Fastest growth since 2012. Manufacturing up 3.6%. Food production shows double digit growth.” This contradicts many reports in U.S.