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A two-count of British Smarks in North America who like to banter all things RAW, Smackdown, and 205Live in the WWE Universe. We don't pretend to know everything, but we always have a proper good laugh! #FOFM __________________________________________________ HOSTED BY Wade Gawler & Kieran Strange FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA • @ FOFMpodcast • @ Wadepool87 • @ KieranStrange INTRO MUSIC "Reckless" © Kieran Strange, 2015
 
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Italy is now allowing people from most EU nations and Britain to enter without having to spend two weeks in self-isolation. The country has been easing Covid-19-related restrictions in recent weeks. The restrictions on Schengen Area and UK travelers have been eased from Wednesday, and will be lifted on those from other EU nations on June 15. “Our g…
 
A suicide bomber has struck a mosque at the entrance to the international zone in the Afghan capital Kabul during evening prayers, killing one person and injuring at least three others. Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian confirmed that the attacker blew himself up inside a washroom at the Wazir Akbar Khan mosque in the central district, next t…
 
Berlin has voiced its support for what it calls "legitimate" and "understandable" protests that are raging across the US. Germany also expressed hope that protests don't "turn violent" – which they already have. The support for civil unrest, sparked by the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at hands of American police, was voiced by German For…
 
Moscow agrees with Donald Trump’s criticism of G7 as a “very outdated” institution that does not represent “what’s going on in the world,” but cannot see how it can be improved without China’s participation. The US president lashed out at the group of seven major industrialized nations last week as he canceled a planned G7 summit in the US. The eve…
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump talked on the phone, discussing Russia’s possible participation in the G7 summit, Covid-19 response and the dialogue on strategic stability, the Kremlin said. “Trump informed [Putin] of his idea to hold the G7 summit with a possible invitation of the leaders of Russia, Australia, India …
 
The death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police is a symptom that is sufficiently acute for the US to be diagnosed with “a chronic disease” of racism, China’s foreign ministry has declared. The running demonstrations demanding justice for George Floyd show “the severity of the problems of racism and police violence in th…
 
Tehran is ready to continue fuel shipments to crisis-stricken Venezuela if its government requests that it does so, the Foreign Ministry said, as an Iranian tanker flotilla unloaded its cargo in Caracas’s ports. The Islamic Republic “practices its free trade rights with Venezuela, and we are ready to send more ships if Caracas demands more supplies…
 
After being repeatedly broadsided by Washington’s incendiary regime-change rhetoric, Tehran is now returning the favor. Iran’s Foreign Ministry seems to be urging Americans to “rise up” against their government. The ministry tweeted out a photograph of a black demonstrator, fist in the air, standing defiantly in front of a group of riot police. The…
 
Elon Musk, whose SpaceX company has just performed its first manned flight into orbit, replied to greetings from Roscosmos saying he was ready to work with Russia to explore space further. And, surprisingly, he did it in Russian. “Thank you, sir, ha ha. We’re hoping for a mutually beneficial and prosperous long-term cooperation,” the tech billionai…
 
The use of violent force by police against journalists, including a Russian correspondent who was pepper-sprayed in the face, is unacceptable, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, urging the US to investigate the incident. This comes after a RIA Novosti correspondent, Mikhail Turgiev, and a group of US journalists were attacked by police in Minneapolis …
 
Two Pakistani officials working in New Delhi have been told to leave India within 24 hours over taking part in “espionage activities,” the nation’s foreign ministry has said. The two worked at the Pakistani Embassy – also known as the Pakistan High Commission – in New Delhi, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The government has declared both…
 
It’s completely predictable that politicians and news outlets are pointing the finger at Russia for riots across the US, analysts told RT, since blaming the Kremlin for everything inconvenient has become an American pastime. Nationwide demonstrations against the death of George Floyd have descended into rioting and looting in many cities, creating …
 
Moscow printed dinars for Libya in accordance with a government contract, so Washington’s claims of it being fake money have nothing to do with reality, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry. The US State Department announced on Friday that $1.1 billion worth of “counterfeit, Russian-printed Libyan currency” was seized in Malta earlier this week. …
 
It appears no one is safe from the rise of the bots: Microsoft has announced that it will be axing its team of journalists that work for MSN.com, and replacing them with news-savvy artificial intelligence. The tech giant currently contracts several dozen journalists to select and curate news stories that appear on MSN and its Edge internet browser.…
 
US President Donald Trump has warned China and pro-Beijing officials in Hong Kong that officials who backed the recent national security law will face sanctions and that Hong Kong stands to lose its preferential treatment. Trump announced plans to strip Hong Kong of the trade and diplomatic perks it previously enjoyed as a partially-autonomous terr…
 
Accusing the World Health Organization of being under ‘total control’ of China, US President Donald Trump has severed all ties to the WHO and said US funding will be redirected to other public health efforts. “We will today be terminating our relationship with the WHO,” Trump announced on Friday at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.…
 
While the US has vowed “powerful action” against Beijing over its handling of the unrest in Hong Kong, the EU has made it clear that sanctions are not the way to resolve tensions over the national security legislation. “I don't think that sanctions are the way to solve problems in China,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said during a press br…
 
A gang of monkeys assaulted an employee of a medical college in northern India and snatched blood samples of coronavirus-positive patients from him, causing panic among locals. The brazen attack took place in broad daylight on the campus of the state-run medical college in the town of Meerut in the state of Uttar Pradesh earlier this week. The labo…
 
An elderly Californian died a lonely death after sharing a room with a Covid-19 patient at a care home where staff weren’t allowed to wear masks as bosses feared the facility could be shut down, his daughter and lawyer told RT. The family of Ricardo Saldana, aged 77, argue that their loved one – who dwelled at Glenhaven, a nursing home located in G…
 
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said random checks for the Covid-19 virus will be carried out at the country’s borders and holiday destinations as it prepares to reopen to visitors from some European countries. Frederiksen said Friday that Denmark will open its borders to tourists from Norway, Germany and Iceland on June 15. She said to…
 
Both New Delhi and Beijing have signaled a lack of interest in Donald Trump involving himself in their affairs, after the US president suggested he could help resolve a territorial dispute between the two nations. China and India have been engaged in a tense border dispute, with reports earlier this month of military build-up and clashes. Trump sai…
 
New Zealand's picturesque beaches resemble something from a horror film, after the sandy shorelines have taken on a reddish tint due to hordes of small lobsters perishing while attempting to breed. The bizarre sight occurred in Otago, in the south of the country, where millions of squat lobsters clung to the beach during high tide but then perished…
 
Carrying hundreds of barrels of much-needed gasoline, an Iran-flagged vessel crossed into Venezuelan waters, the South American country’s Navy confirmed. It comes days after other Iranian tankers moored at Venezuela’s ports. The Faxon has safely arrived in Venezuela following a long journey in rough seas, the Venezuelan Navy wrote on Twitter. A sho…
 
Tehran has dismissed the Trump administration’s “desperate attempt” to increase pressure on Iran by ending sanctions waivers that had allowed Russian, Chinese and European firms to keep working at civilian Iranian nuclear sites. Washington will give foreign governments 60 days to wind down operations on the facilities or face new sanctions of their…
 
A massive car bombing has been prevented in Kashmir, after Indian security forces successfully intercepted a vehicle carrying over 40 kilograms of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). A massive car bombing has been prevented in Kashmir, after Indian security forces successfully intercepted a vehicle carrying over 40 kilograms of improvised explosiv…
 
A municipal port in Norway is set to receive nuclear-powered submarines from NATO after the only naval base in the area was sold and decommissioned – but local politicians and environmental activists aren't on board with the plan. When the Olavsvern base in Tromso was sold to private investors in 2009, pressure mounted from NATO to find an alternat…
 
The Spanish health watchdog has said it sees no reason to stop the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), the potentially dangerous medicine touted as a Covid-19 treatment by the US president. Several European nations, including France, Italy and Belgium, have decided to suspend prescription of the anti-malaria drug, which came to international prominenc…
 
The Chinese parliament on Thursday passed a national security bill that ramps up security in Hong Kong. Anti-Beijing protests in the autonomous city were reignited by the draft’s introduction. The bill was approved by the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing and will now go to the country’s leadership to be enacted into law. The parliament s…
 
The US is giving foreign governments 60 days to wrap up work on Iranian nuclear facilities – 90 days for the civilian reactor in Bushehr – or face Washington’s sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced. Washington has offered waivers for its sanctions against Tehran in connection with several civilian facilities since President Donald…
 
Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, has lost a key argument in her fight against extradition to the US, after a Canadian judge ruled that the charges would be seen as a crime in Canada and the case can move forward. The British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver decided that the threshold of double criminality has been met in Meng’s ca…
 
The alleged murder of a young Iranian teen by her father for running away with her older boyfriend has sparked public anger and prompted President Hassan Rouhani to push for harsher punishments for so-called 'honor killings'. Five days after leaving with her 34-year-old boyfriend, Romina Ashrafi – who was aged 13 or 14, according to local media rep…
 
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared that Hong Kong can no longer be considered autonomous from mainland China, admitting that Washington had once hoped to use the city to change the system in Beijing, but failed. “I certified to Congress today that Hong Kong does not continue to warrant treatment under United States laws in the same mann…
 
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder brushed off criticism from the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin, calling him “a dwarf” in his personal podcast. The diplomat had accused him of being a ‘lobbyist’ for Moscow. The veteran politician, who is still deemed a talented orator in Germany, launched his own podcast this week. The otherwise calm conve…
 
The German government has voiced alarm over the threat from the far right, after new figures showed a dramatic increase in anti-Semitic and politically motivated crime. Anti-Semitic attacks rose by 13 percent in 2019, with more than 2,032 incidents recorded, and the number of politically motivated crimes surged 14 percent to 41,177. The statistics …
 
The European Commission has finally put forward its plans for post-pandemic economic recovery and is set to propose that hardest-hit Italy and Spain will receive the biggest chunks of the €750 billion set aside. The Commission said the package of measures would be worth €1.85 trillion in total “to help kick-start” the economy and “ensure Europe bou…
 
Officials are pleading with hundreds of attendees of an illegal football match held in Strasbourg to come forward and get tested for the coronavirus or risk undoing weeks of progress. Authorities insist it “isn’t a trap.” The match was played on Sunday between teams from the city’s districts of Neuhof and Hautepierre and was attended by an estimate…
 
Elon Musk’s SpaceX will launch its first manned mission into orbit on Wednesday – a feat already being hailed by some as ‘historic’. RT has asked veteran cosmonauts what it would mean for the US, Russia, and space exploration. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket, carrying its Crew Dragon capsule, will blast off into space from the Kennedy Space Center in…
 
Three people have reportedly been killed by a gunman at a radio station run by Thailand’s public broadcaster NBT. The shooter appears to be a disgruntled employee. The shooting attack happened on Wednesday morning at the office of NNT3, a radio station broadcasting from the city of Phitsanulok. According to local media, the station director and two…
 
US President Donald Trump said he was planning to do something about Beijing’s moves to limit the political autonomy of Hong Kong, but would not say what. Chinese media, meanwhile, called US threats a ‘nothingburger’ bluff. “We're doing something now. I think you'll find it very interesting. But I won't be talking about it today,” Trump told report…
 
SpaceX has agreed to let the US Army test out its Starlink satellite broadband network – made up of thousands of individual satellites in low-earth orbit – with the presumed aim of integrating it into existing military systems. The military has signed a deal with the billionaire’s spaceflight company to test out the Starlink network over the next t…
 
Swiss prostitutes determined to return to work after the Covid-19 lockdown have drawn up a reopening plan to maximize social distancing with recommended sex positions, while calling for strict time limits and endless cleaning. Sex workers’ association ProKoRe released an exhaustive list of hygienic guidelines earlier this month, hoping to secure th…
 
Kabul plans to set free as many as 900 Taliban prisoners in the biggest-ever release of its kind to date. The two sides are moving closer to launching intra-Afghan peace talks, scheduled as part of the US-brokered peace process. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has started the process of releasing up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners as a gesture of goodwill…
 
NATO has ignored Moscow’s proposal to jointly put military exercises on hold while the world is dealing with the deadly Covid-19 pandemic. Russia said it can’t afford “unilateral concessions” to the Western bloc. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had addressed NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, proposing to mutually halt military drills as a “constr…
 
Washington may celebrate a win in its tug-of-war with Beijing after the Israeli government awarded a huge contract, to build a massive facility for making saltwater drinkable, to a local company rather than to a Chinese bidder. A government panel selected IDE Technologies to build a large desalination plant about 15 km south of Tel Aviv. The Israel…
 
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has said Rome is working with its European partners on a plan to reopen tourism and likened June 15 – the day the EU’s borders are expected to fully reopen – to a “little D-Day” for the bloc. “We are working for us to all start over together in Europe on June 15,” Di Maio told RAI television on Tuesday, adding…
 
An environmentalist documentary produced by Oscar-winning director Michael Moore has been removed from YouTube. The filmmakers said that they have angered “green capitalists” who are in bed with Wall Street. The film ‘Planet of the Humans,’ produced by Michael Moore and directed by Jeff Gibbs, was pulled from YouTube due to a copyright claim after …
 
Scandinavian millennials have embraced robot bankers over their human peers amid the Covid-19 crisis, according to regional banks Nordea and Danske. But is this a sign of robotic success or human failure? Nordea's robotic banker named Nora brought in an impressive 40 percent more business in the last quarter than in the same period last year. The b…
 
Spanish authorities have revised the coronavirus statistics, weeding out duplicate cases and deaths not linked to the dreaded disease. As a result, the country’s death toll sharply dropped by nearly 2,000. The Covid-19 figures were revised downward on Monday, after health authorities rolled out a new counting system. The current sharp drop in the c…
 
A Chinese state media outlet has mocked Mike Pompeo, who is tasked with ‘certifying’ Hong Kong’s autonomy, depicting him dressed as a sheep, seducing protesters with cash into falling off a cliff into the fires of hell. The unflattering portrayal of the US Secretary of State comes from the CGTN, Beijing’s international broadcaster, which lampooned …
 
Vast hordes of locusts have overrun at least five states in India, showing no signs of slowing down and adding insult to injury as the country grapples with the twin evils of a pandemic and the aftermath of a super-cyclone. As if pandemics, earthquakes, explosions, shoot-outs, a typhoon and a super-cyclone weren’t enough for the world to be grappli…
 
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