Canada The Arctic placed under surveillance by Russia
Russia: The EU will impose sanctions on Putin's allies in March, according to diplomatic sources
RUSSIA-POLITICS-NAVALNY-SANCTIONS: Russia: The EU will impose sanctions on Putin's allies in March, according to diplomatic sources © Reuters / SPUTNIK RUSSIA: EU TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON POUTINE ALLIES IN MARCH, ACCORDING TO DIPLOMATIC SOURCES by Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union to impose travel bans in March and freeze the assets of relatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin, diplomatic sources have learned.
A Soyuz launcher took off Sunday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with on board the first Russian satellite to monitor the climate of the Arctic, announced the Roscosmos space agency. A video released by the Russian space agency shows the launch of the Soyuz rocket in a gray sky at 06:55 GMT, carrying an Arktika-M satellite. According to the head of the space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, speaking on Twitter, communication was established normally with the satellite. It was a routine launch, he said.
"The first spacecraft" Arktika-M "is in programmed orbit, the solar antennas and other elements have been deployed, communication with the spacecraft has been established, it is under control. Thus, the start of the deployment Russia's new arctic orbital group has been launched, ”Dmitry Rogozin tweeted.
Canadian men's water polo team falls short of Tokyo Olympic berth
Despite Canada's early fight and urgency against the top-seeded Russians trying to keep their Olympic hopes alive, the Russians pulled away with a big fourth quarter to win 17-9.Canada lost 17-9 to Russia in quarter-final action at an Olympic qualifying tournament in the Netherlands on Friday.
The "Arktika" space-based hydrometeorological and climate monitoring system is "designed to monitor the climate and environment in the Arctic region," Roscosmos said in a statement. This system will require at least two satellites to function properly. "They will provide permanent surveillance, in all weathers, of the Earth's surface and the seas of the Arctic Ocean." The launch of the second Arktika-M satellite is scheduled for 2023, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti said.The Arctic, land coveted by economic powers
The economic development of the Arctic, a continent made up mainly of ice covering the North Pole, is one of the main objectives of Russian President Vladimir Poutin. The Arctic harbors huge reserves of oil and gas, which Russia, the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway are already competing with, as global warming accelerates the melting of the ice cap. Last month, British scientists found that ice was disappearing from polar areas at a rate corresponding to "worst case scenarios of global warming", especially ice in the Arctic Ocean.
The German far-right party AfD placed under surveillance .
GERMANY-SECURITY-AFD: The German far-right party AfD placed under surveillance © Reuters / MICHELE TANTUSSI THE GERMAN FAR-RIGHT PARTY AFD PLACED UNDER SURVEILLANCE by Andreas Rinke BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's domestic intelligence services have placed the far-right Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) under surveillance on suspicion of actions possibly contrary to the country's Constitution , we learned Wednesday from a source informed of the decision.