SNCF revives the myth of the Orient-Express

Luxury rail carriages that once belonged to the “Compagnie internationale des Wagons-Lits,” which operated the legendary Orient Express, are now on display at Gare de l’Est in Paris as part of an initiative called “Long live the train.” France’s national rail company SNCF found the abandoned wagons – including a lounge car never before displayed in public -on a siding on the border between Poland and Belarus. The SNCF then repatriated them to France and meticulously restored them, a process which took several years.

After spending winter in a fridge, Minsk bats return to the wild

In a rescue centre in ex-Soviet Belarus, a group of bats wake up and are released into the wild after spending the winter months hibernating inside a fridge. Volunteers at the centre tuck the bats up inside cloth bags in an ordinary domestic fridge — which gives them just the right amount of moisture and cold for a good winter’s sleep. The Kozhanopolis centre in the capital Minsk takes in bats that are found by members of the public after struggling to find a safe place to hibernate.

Army Games 2018: Kazakhstan, Belarus, China & Russia go through to tank biathlon final

The third and final semi-final of the International Army Games 2018 tank biathlon took place in Alabino, near Moscow, on Thursday.
Teams from Serbia, Belarus, India, and Kazakhstan battled for places in the final. Three different crews from each team performed four laps of the circuit and fired at a range of targets in the relay.

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International Army Games 2018: Tank biathlon (day 2)

The first stage of the individual tank biathlon contest in the International Army Games 2018 is taking place in Alabino near Moscow. Teams from Belarus, Syria, Tajikistan, Russia, Iran and Serbia are competing on the second day of the games. Teams from a total of 32 countries will participate in this year’s edition of the army games, which consist of 28 competitions including contests involving tanks and snipers, as well as different air and sea disciplines.

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Maradona arrives in Belarus to take up new job

Hotfoot from creating a stir at the World Cup Diego Maradona arrives in Belarus on Monday to begin the latest chapter in his colourful career. Argentina’s 1986 World Cup winner insisted that his new role as president of first division Dinamo Brest was “very serious” and said he hoped his presence would help the country’s sport “get better every day”.

70yo German football fan heads to World Cup by 82yo tractor

The retired Mercedes employee Gubert Wirt from Forchheim, Germany, has been travelling since mid-May on a 1936-year model Lanz Bulldog tractor to Russia through Poland and Belarus in order to join the international army of football fans during the FIFA World Cup.

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World Cup 2018 volunteers: Breaking records

This year`s World Cup In Russia has broken the previous record set by Brazil, for the number of those volunteering to help. More than 176 thousand applications have been received, after hours and hours of interviews, the hopefuls were whittled down to 17 thousand volunteers, who’ll be coming from 112 countries from not so far away in neighboring Belarus… all the way to Fiji and New Zealand.

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‘One of a kind’: Soviet WWII war machines restored by Belarusian ‘tank-hunters’

The Yakushev family from Belarus is in the business of restoring decade-old Soviet and German tanks, footage filmed in Minsk on Saturday shows. According to Vladimir Yakushev, 20 years ago he was working as a collective farm engineer and was asked to find and lift up a tank that had been stuck in the swamp since 1942.

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Model & her sex coach offer secrets of Russian elite in exchange for US asylum

A young woman from Belarus and her coach in the art of seduction have pleaded with the US to rescue them from a Thai jail and grant them political asylum. They’re offering dirty secrets on ‘the Russian elite’ in return. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9041

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RAW: World’s first ever tractor biathlon held in Belarus

15 ‘Belarus’ tractors participated in the biathlon, with 14 finishing the race.

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Belarus ‘real men’ run shirtless in sub-zero temperatures

Belarus celebrates its ‘Day of the Defender of the Fatherland’ with nearly 1,000 men taking part in the ‘Real Man Race’ in the center of Minsk. The participants run shirtless in temperatures of minus 10 Celsius, with a choice between 1km and 3km courses, and at the end of the race they all receive medals from the Belarusian Athletics Federation.

Russia’s Giant Military Exercise Wasn’t A Cover For War After All (HBO)

Russia’s biggest war games in years didn’t result in the “big invasion” a top NATO official had warned about, but there’s still suspicion in the West that the Zapad 2017 exercises involved many more troops than Moscow let on.

Zapad, which translates to “West” in Russian, took place in western Russia and Belarus between Sept. 14 and Sept. 20. NATO’s Military Committee Head General Petr Peval had said the exercises looked like “a serious preparation for [a] big war”. Russia said 12,700 military personnel were involved, though some western estimates put that number at 100,000.

NATO observers were allowed to watch the war games, though some complained their access was restricted. VICE News visited Zapad and found the Russian military was touchy about what we could see and where we could go.

The exercises were hit by bad weather and occasional military mis-steps, with an attack helicopter accidentally firing on a group of men, injuring three. Russian president Vladimir Putin watched parts of Zapad, which involved a scenario where a fictitious region of Belarus tried to break away with help from NATO.

Russia has been modernizing is military for the past decade, at a time when trust with its western neighbors is at its lowest point since the Cold War. Sweden is currently holding its biggest military exercises in 20 years, involving 19,000 troops, with support from other NATO countries.

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Ready, steady, fire! Polish troops test anti-aircraft missiles in NATO military exercise

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Polish troops fired anti-aircraft missiles during a major NATO military exercise in the country’s north, amid security concerns raised by war games recently held by neighboring Russia and Belarus.

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Kremlin War Games & New Eye On Hurricanes: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

September 21, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

VICE News examines a new satellite launched by NOAA in November, GOES-16. It has four times the resolution as the legacy satellites and five times the refresh rate of being able to take images, and it’s been used so far to track Harvey and Irma.

Russia and Belarus have have just wrapped large-scale joint military exercises known as Zapad which made NATO allies nervous.

Conventional western wisdom says that Russia is promoting the rise of far right populists across Europe with money, fake news and cyber attacks to undermine the liberal consensus. The idea being that a weakened EU would be less likely to challenge it with things like sanctions. In Germany, that movement is the AfD. But how far can the AfD’s rise be credited to Moscow? Is there any evidence Russia is providing money, spreading fake news or launching cyber attacks to undermine German democracy?

McConnell has announced that the Senate will vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill next week. States are due to have the decision on final premium increases by today.

Plus, a man who stakes out at to UN General Assemblies to get baseballs signed by world leaders.

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‘Zapad 2017’: Western officials call Russia-Belarus drills ‘invasion’

Joint military drills between Russia and Belarus are well underway. Some Western officials have expressed concern over what they see as a threat to European security. Journalist Neil Clark says it’s not Russia and Belarus that have acted aggressively.
RT’s Ruslan Imaev reports.

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Zapad 2017: 12K+ troops participate in the 2nd stage of Russia-Belarus military drills

The joint Russia-Belarus strategic Zapad 2017 drills kicked off Thursday in the two countries. Some 12,700 troops are taking part in the drills, 7,200 of them are from Belarus and 5,500 are from Russia. Some 70 military aircraft, 10 ships and 680 land vehicles, including 250 tanks, and 200 artillery pieces are also participating in the exercise. NATO & neighbouring countries have raised concerns over the safety of the exercises, but have said that the drills do not pose any imminent threat to the surrounding nations. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8nfu

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