Want the 'Ivanka Look' or the 'Melania Makeover'? $50,000 Surgery Craze Hits US

Let's face it, his own popularity is presently running at rock bottom - but at least the US President's leading ladies have definitely caught the eye of the nation. Growing numbers of wealthy women in the US are now hot-footing it to the nearest cosmetic surgeon with the express wish of looking exactly like Ivanka Trump — or her equally glamorous stepmother Melania. Incredibly, they are happily forking out more than US$50,000 dollars-a-time to go under the knife in order to replicate the facial appearance of either the "First Daughter" or Mr. Trump's missus, by having their cheekbones raised, eyes reshaped and noses slimmed down.
President Donald Trump gestures as he walks with his daughter Ivanka Trump across the South Lawn of the White House in Washingto The well-heeled elite of Manhattan, it would appear, have finally grown tired and fallen out of love with US reality star Kylie Jenner — part of the Kardashian clan — previously the most requested famous face,…

Berlin Police to Boost Presence on Election Day Amid Terror Alert

German security authorities will increase its presence in Berlin during the nation's parliamentary elections amid high terror threat level, Berlin Police Chief Commissioner Kerstin Ismer told Sputnik on Monday. Germany will increase the number of policemen in Berlin during the nation's parliamentary elections, that are scheduled on September 24, due to high terror threat level, Berlin Police Chief Commissioner Kerstin Ismer told Sputnik on Monday. "In view of the generally high level of terrorism, the elections call for special attention from the security authorities, even if there are no concrete indications that could increase the risk. The Berlin police are on the road with an increased presence during the election day to contribute to the improvement of the feeling of security and to react quickly," Ismer said. On Friday, an explosion hit a London Underground train, leaving 30 people injured. It was the fifth terrorist attack in the United Kingdom this year. Mea…
Silvio Berlusconi, the four-time former Prime Minister of Italy, has made a formal return to mainstream politics, setting out his party's election platform - although whether legal restrictions barring him from running for office will be lifted isn't certain.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has made a formal return to Italy's political stage, laying out his policy priorities at a September 17 meeting of his Forza Italia (Go Italy) party, portraying himself as a pro-European moderate. Berlusconi said he wanted to lead the group into the national ballot, which must be held by March 2018, promising sizeable tax cuts if a center-right government regained power. In some quarters controversial, in others beloved, Berlusconi exited Italian politics in 2011 due to a number of scandals, and remained largely invisible for years afterward. However, "Il Cavaliere" has come cantering back to the frontline, and Forza Italia, with its traditional rightist allies…

Poroshenko Wants Peacekeepers in Donbass to Use Arms 'Not Only for Self-Defense'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is set to raise the issue of the proposed UN mission to Donbass at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), asking to allow peacekeepers to use weapons "not only for self-defense."
Poroshenko will hand over his proposal to expand the mandate of the UN mission in Donbass to the UNSC, Ukrainian presidential parliamentary representative Irina Lutsenko said Monday.

"The [Ukrainian] President Petro Poroshenko, during his speech to the Security Council, will insist on expanding the UN peacekeepers' mandate on maintaining peace, that will enable the 'blue helmets' to use weapons not only for self-defense," Lutsenko said at the parliamentary fractions meeting.

Lutsenko added that Ukrainian authorities advocated the deployment of peacekeepers across the entirety of the "temporarily occupied" self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. The peacekeepers would be responsible not only for the protecting of …

Trade Between China, Russia Rises by Almost 25% in January-July 2017

According to Chinese ambassador to Russia, bilateral trade between China and Russia over the course of the first seven months of this year has increased by almost 25 percent. Bilateral trade between China and Russia over the course of the first seven months of this year has increased by almost 25 percent, compared to the same period of 2016, Chinese ambassador to Russia Li Hui said Monday. "Bilateral trade has increased significantly. Over the first seven months of this year it reached $46.62 billion, which is 24.96 percent more than in the same period of the past year," Li said at the 2017 Moscow-Beijing: Silk Road Trade and Culture Exchange Forum, organized by Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency. According to Li, China has been Russia’s leading trade partner for seven years now.
The ambassador also praised bilateral cooperation in the energy field, noting the implementation of the China-Russia east route gas pipeline, the Yamal liquefied natural gas plant pro…

'Do Not Work': Kiev Unhappy About Free Trade Zone With EU, Wants to Update Deal

Ukrainian authorities who have long fought for a free trade zone with the European Union are now dissatisfied with a deal that was inked in 2016, saying it is "out-of-date" and should be reconsidered.

Ukraine's trade representative Nataliya Mykol’ska said Monday Kiev wants to revise the terms of the country's free trade agreement with the European Union as the existing sales quotas "do not work."

"It is obvious that the conditions for free trade should be reconsidered. The talks on the creation of the free trade zone with the European Union have concluded long ago and at the moment the conditions of access to the markets of both the European Union and Ukraine are 'out-of-date," she said.

The Ukrainian official added it was necessary to boost the EU-Ukraine trade ties and to find an optimal scenario of cooperation between Brussels and Kiev within the framework of the revised free trade zone or under the customs union.An EU-Ukraine arrangement on …

Narrow Majority of US Voters Doubt Trump Can Handle North Korea

A new poll has revealed that a slim majority of US voters do not trust President Donald Trump to deal with the North Korean threat. A bare majority of US voters do not trust President Donald Trump to deal with the North Korean threat, a newly published poll revealed on Monday. The NPR/Ipsos survey found that 51 percent of Americans distrust Trump’s ability to contain the North Korean government, including 40 percent who have serious concerns about how the President could deal with the threat. Forty-four percent of US voters either agree or strongly agree that Trump can adequately handle Pyongyang, according to the poll.
Seventy-four percent of voters also believe that the United States has an obligation to protect its allies in East Asia, the survey revealed. The poll was conducted on September 11 and 12, just before North Korea's most recent missile test, and surveyed more than 1,000 US adults. On September 3, Pyongyang announced that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb th…