British actress Diana Rigg, known for her role in the famous artworks "The Avengers" and "Game of Thrones", passed away Thursday, at the age of 82, according to her agent.
"It is with great sorrow that we announce to you that Diana Rigg passed away peacefully this morning," Simon Beresford said in a statement, explaining that the actress passed away "in her home surrounded by her family," according to "AFP."
On her part, the late daughter, actress Rachel Stirling, said: “My beloved mother passed away peacefully in her sleep this morning. She died of cancer diagnosed in March, and she spent her last months contemplating joyfully about her wonderful life full of love and laughter and with deep pride in her profession,” adding "It is impossible to express how much we miss her."
Diana Rigg became famous internationally thanks to her performance as Emma Bell in the series "The Avengers" in the 1960s, and she also had a brilliant career in the theater.
The actress won several notable rewards for her performance as a media character from Greek mythology in the play that bears the same name by Euripides and the character of "Courageous Mother" by the German playwright Bertolt Brecht.
Diana Rigg has also achieved a strong presence for the new generation of followers thanks to her performance as Olena Terrell in the series "Game of Thrones" or "Game of Thrones".
On Thursday, Turkey condemned the statements of French President Emmanuel Macron in which he criticized Ankara's moves in the eastern Mediterranean, accusing him of "endangering" the interests of Europe.
And the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that "President Macron made rude remarks again," saying that the French head of state "endangers the interests of Europe and the European Union," as quoted by "AFP."
Macron had said Thursday that he would seek to adopt a unified European position towards the Turkish escalation in the eastern Mediterranean, and he called on European leaders to be more firm about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Macron expressed, during a press conference ahead of the European Mediterranean Summit, his solidarity with Greece, stressing that he would "seek to adopt a unified European position towards the Turkish escalation in the Eastern Mediterranean."
The French President added: "We want to avoid any escalation in the eastern Mediterranean crisis, but Turkey must make clear its intentions."
Macron called on Turkey to respect European sovereignty and international law, stressing that "the red lines are clear and Turkey must clarify its options."
Macron’s speech comes just before the summit hosted by the French island of Corsica, which is expected to be dominated by disputes in the eastern Mediterranean region between Greece and Turkey.
Relations between Turkey and the European Union have been severely strained due to a number of issues, including oil and gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean, where there are differences between Ankara on the one hand and Cyprus and Greece, members of the Union, on the other hand.
Russia announced today, Thursday, that it intends to export 100 million doses of the "Sputnik V" vaccine against the emerging corona virus, to Mexico and other countries in Latin America.
The head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, indicated that the fund concluded a contract yesterday with the Mexican company Landsteiner Scientific to export 32 million doses of the vaccine to Mexico, and said: "We will announce tomorrow the export of up to 100 million doses to other countries of Latin America." .
He added that the fund plans to produce about 200 million doses of the "Sputnik V" vaccine outside Russia until the end of this year, and more than 500 million doses next year, stressing that 40,000 people have registered as volunteers to test the vaccine on themselves in Russia.
The deal concluded yesterday with the Mexican company represents the second contract to export the Russian vaccine, as the first contract was concluded with Kazakhstan recently.
Last August, Russia became the first country in the world to officially register a vaccine against the Corona virus, and began producing it.
The chief executive of the British "AstraZeneca" company, Pascal Soriot, said that it was "possible" that the vaccine developed by the company could be approved with the University of Oxford at the end of this year.
Soriot's comments came after the company said on Tuesday that the trials of the third stage of vaccine development had been stopped until it was confirmed that there was no relationship between the vaccine and negative side effects that appeared on one of the participants.
A participant in the vaccine trials had neurological symptoms consistent with the rare but serious myelitis disorder called transverse myelitis.
It is noteworthy that the World Health Organization stated that the "AstraZeneca" vaccine is the most prominent in the world and the most advanced in terms of development to obtain a license and become an official vaccine to prevent the disease.
Source: British media
The US administration imposed sanctions on 3 Russian citizens and one Ukrainian citizen for accusing them of trying to "influence" the US elections.
In a statement issued by the US Treasury Department today, Thursday, the United States accused Russia of "using various proxies in an attempt to sow discord between political parties and stir up internal divisions to influence voters in the context of its broader efforts to undermine democratic states and institutions."
One of the targets of the sanctions is Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrei Dirkach, who "participated directly or indirectly in attempts to undermine the upcoming US presidential elections for the year 2020," through his "secret promotion campaign that focused on spreading false and unsupported stories of evidence targeting US officials in the context of the elections." The upcoming presidential elections, and encouraging the opening of corruption investigations in Ukraine and the United States. "
The sanctioned Russian citizens are Artyom Lifshitz, Anton Andreev and Daria Aslanova.
The US Treasury accused them of having links with the "Internet Research Agency", which is supposed to be affiliated with the Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who is subject to sanctions under a previous decision.
The head of economy and energy in the German parliament, Klaus Ernst, said that the possible suspension of work on the construction of the Russian gas transmission line "Northern Torrent-2" is a huge mistake.
He added in an interview to the press, that stopping work on building the line due to what happened with Alexei Navalny would lead to "ending energy cooperation between Germany and Russia, which is wrong and harmful."
Ernst warned that abandoning the construction of the gas pipeline "will harm the reputation of the German government, and the company operating the project may demand financial compensation for the damage."
According to him, such a move by Berlin would mean the end of energy cooperation with Russia. The parliamentarian stressed that "this behavior is wrong and harmful and does not meet German or European interests."
At the same time, Ernst, who represents the Left Party in the Bundestag, called on the Russian authorities to share and present the results of the Navalny investigation with Germany and Europe, noting that the German government should also exchange information "transparently".