Sunday, December 21, 2014

Obama: Putin Has Not Outmaneuvered West | Russia sees harsh crackdown on independent media | Russia is buying weapons - a lot of them | US seeks China's help against North Korean cyberattacks - CNN | Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's son mugged outside family home - Fox News | White House 'pleased' Sony is looking for ways to distribute movie after cyberattack - Fox News | Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system - Businessweek | Police: Man in elf costume charged with DWI - Fox 28

Obama: Putin Has Not Outmaneuvered West 

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U.S. President Barack Obama says Russia's economic troubles show Russian President Vladimir Putin has not managed to outmaneuver him or the United States. In an interview broadcast by CNN Sunday, Obama rejected the notion that Putin is a "chess master" who has outmaneuvered the United States and the West in the current standoff over Ukraine. Obama said Putin is facing "the collapse of his currency, a major financial crisis, and a huge economic...

Mayor Bill de Blasio weathers police storm after two NYPD officers shot dead 

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  • Mayor attends mass as cardinal calls for ‘the peace only our lord can give’
  • Ex-NYPD commissioner says mayor’s comments ‘set off this firestorm’
It was a cold, cloudy and quiet morning in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, but from blocks away in many directions the flashing lights of a cop car could be seen. The car was stationed on a corner opposite the spot where two New York Police Department officers were killed on Saturday afternoon.
A makeshift memorial of candles and flowers had appeared where officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot while sitting in their parked patrol car. Some cried as they laid flowers; others shook hands with police officers stationed nearby.
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Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer - seattlepi.com

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Christie to Obama: Demand Cuba return cop killer
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie disagrees with President Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba and wants the president to demand the immediate return of a convicted cop killer from the country "before any further ...

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Facebook takes down Russia page calling for mass protest in support of Putin's ... - The Independent

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Facebook takes down Russia page calling for mass protest in support of Putin's ...
The Independent
Facebook was accused of giving in to political censorship tonight after it apparently blocked access to a protest page on its site under pressure from the Kremlin. In what was described by the former US Ambassador to Russia as a “horrible precedent,” the ... 
Facebook Blocks Russian Rally Page for Navalny, Per Internet RegulatorsBizTek Mojo
Facebook page supporting Putin's biggest critic gets blocked in Russiagulfnews.com
Russia makes Facebook block page of Putin's top critic
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Sir Elton John marries partner David Furnish - ABC Online

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Sir Elton John marries partner David Furnish
ABC Online
British singer Sir Elton John has married his long-term partner David Furnish following the introduction of gay marriage laws in the United Kingdom earlier this year. Sir Elton, one of Britain's most prominent musicians and gay celebrities, announced the ...
Elton and david furnish tie knotDaily Mail
Elton John tying the knot today - and you're invitedUSA TODAY
'Rocket Man' is a married man: Elton John weds longtime partner, David FurnishWashington Post (blog)
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Man Shouting 'Allahu Akbar' Drives Into Crowd

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A man heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great") has driven into a crowd of people in the eastern French city of Dijon.
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Man Dressed as an Elf Found Passed Out Behind the Wheel of a Van With ... - TheBlaze.com

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Man Dressed as an Elf Found Passed Out Behind the Wheel of a Van With ...
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Man Dressed as an Elf Found Passed Out Behind the Wheel of a Van With Engine Running, Music Blaring. So Cops Ran Sobriety Tests… Dec. 20, 2014 3:55pm Dave Urbanski. 192. Shares. Share This; Tweet This. Email this story to a friend. RIVERDALE ...

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#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Shut Down Part Of Mall Of America - Huffington Post

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#BlackLivesMatter Protesters Shut Down Part Of Mall Of America
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What appeared to be hundreds of demonstrators occupied part of the Mall of America on Saturday to protest police killings of unarmed African-Americans. "While you are on your shopping spree, black people cannot breathe," they chanted. "That's why we're ...

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Latest developments on the US-Cuba story - Washington Times

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Latest developments on the US-Cuba story
Washington Times
Cuban President Raul Castro told his National Assembly Saturday that detente with U.S. President Barack Obama doesn't mean Cuba will bend to U.S. efforts to change his communist government. “No one should pretend that in order to improve its relations ...

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Mall of America protest attracts thousands on busy shopping day - Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Mall of America protest attracts thousands on busy shopping day
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Protestors at the Mall of America Saturday. Organizers, who are calling for a protest as part of the national Black Lives Matter movement . Photo: Aaron Lavinsky. decrease font size resize text increase font size; print · buy reprints. Share0 ...
Hundreds at Mall of America protest police brutalityUSA TODAY
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Two NYPD Officers Killed In Patrol Car Ambush

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Two New York City police officers have been killed by a lone gunman as they sat in their parked patrol car.

CDC: Listeria Outbreak In 10 States Linked To Caramel Apples - CBS Local

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CDC: Listeria Outbreak In 10 States Linked To Caramel Apples
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ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked the recent listeria outbreak occurring across the country to pre-packaged caramel apples, Live Science reports. The outbreak has infected 28 people and is also ...

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Police: Man in elf costume charged with DWI - Fox 28

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Police: Man in elf costume charged with DWI
Fox 28
RIVERDALE, N.J. (AP) -- Police say an elf on the sauce is facing drunken driving charges in New Jersey. Riverdale police tell NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1wX1laR ) that 23-year-old Brian Chellis was found passed out in a car early Friday morning wearing an Elf on ...
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Cuba says US must respect its communist system

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HAVANA — President Raul Castro demanded on Saturday that the United States respect Cuba's communist rule as the two countries work to restore diplomatic ties, and warned that Cuban-American exiles might try to sabotage the rapprochement.

US seeks China help against North Korea cyberattacks after Sony hack – report 

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  • Officials tell New York Times approach is part of ‘proportional response’
  • US-China relations have been strained over cybersecurity issues
The US government has reportedly asked China to help block North Korea’s ability to launch cyberattacks, in the wake of the massive hack of Sony Pictures.
Administration officials told the New York Times the sought-for cooperation was one of the first steps toward the “proportional response” President Barack Obama promised on Friday in his first comments on the fiasco.
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Saudi police kill 4 'terrorists' in Shia village - Daily Times

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Saudi police kill 4 'terrorists' in Shia village
Daily Times
RIYADH – Saudi police killed four terrorists on Saturday in a Shia village in an operation to arrest the people who shot dead a soldier there on Sunday, the spokesman for the interior ministry said. “The primary suspect” in the Sunday shooting of the soldier ... 
4 'terrorists' killed in eastern Saudi Arabia: MinistryTurkish Press

Saudi says security forces kill four militants in Shi'ite village Zee News

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“Many Pakistanis have acquired the Taliban mindset” - The News on Sunday

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The News on Sunday

“Many Pakistanis have acquired the Taliban mindset”
The News on Sunday
The News on Sunday: Do you have any hope that we would learn something from the tragic incident in Peshawar? Pervez Hoodbhoy: There's much talk about this gut-wrenching tragedy miraculously uniting all Pakistanis. Every public figure is saying this, ...

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North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking - Chron.com

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North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had ...
North Korea wants joint inquiry with US into Sony hackingIrish Times
Children of Elderly Couple Say a Meatloaf Killed Their ParentsTIME

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Chicago Mayor's Teenage Son Mugged Near Home - New York Times

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Chicago Mayor's Teenage Son Mugged Near Home
New York Times
CHICAGO — A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor's 17-year-old son was mugged near the family's home. Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Saturday that the mayor's son, Zach, had "injuries that required medical treatment, but ...

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Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system - Businessweek

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Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system
Businessweek
HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don't expect detente to do away with the communist system. Castro's ... 
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Latest developments on the US-Cuba storySTLtoday.com
U.N.'s Ban hails Obama for "courageous" Cuba moveDaily Mail

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Cairns stabbings: police piece together circumstances around children's murder 

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Police expect to lay charges against 37-year-old woman over the killing of seven of her own children and a teenage niece
Queensland police have said a “much clearer picture” has emerged of circumstances around thekilling of eight children in Cairns as the mother of seven of them remains under police guard in hospital on suspicion of their murder.
The woman, 37, has not been charged but is under arrest after seven of her own children and a teenage niece were found on Friday stabbed to death.
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PETER HITCHENS: Forget 'evil' Putin - we are the bloodthirsty warmongers

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Stupid, ill-informed people like to compare Mr Putin with Hitler, writes PETER HITCHENS. He warns that, if we succeed in overthrowing Mr Putin, we may find out what a Russian Hitler is really like.

U.S. asks China to help combat North Korean hacking after attack on Sony 

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HONOLULU — The Obama administration has asked China for help in countering the North Korean cyberattacks as the United States seeks to respond to the financially costly assault on Sony Pictures.But Kim Jong Un’s regime insisted Saturday there was no proof that it was behind the hack. It called for an investigation of the case to be conducted jointly by North Korea and the U.S. government, saying that Washington “will face serious consequences” if it rejects the idea.Read full article >>






NY police commissioner: Officers 'assassinated' in shooting attack - FOX6 WBRC - MyFoxAL.com

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NY police commissioner: Officers 'assassinated' in shooting attack
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Two NYPD police officers were shot fatally in the line of duty after a gunman ambushed them Saturday. (Source: MGN Online). NYPD officers are shown on the scene of a fatal shooting that involved two other officers. (Source: WABC/CNN). NY police ...
Bratton: Cop killer made anti-police online postsWWSB ABC 7
Two NYPD cops 'assassinated' in Brooklyn 'revenge' killingNew York Daily News
Police officers turn their backs on New York Mayor Bill at press conference on ...Daily Mail

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North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

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SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.
  

Cuban Exiles at Miami Rally Denounce Obama for Rapprochement 

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Hundreds of protesters in Miami excoriated the president for moving to normalize relations with Cuba, which they say will only shore up the Communist regime’s power.

Witness the Aftermath of Police Shooting in Brooklyn

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Two New York Police Department officers were shot and killed Saturday afternoon, unprovoked, by a gunman who later killed himself. 

Chicago mayor's teenage son mugged near home - STLtoday.com

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Chicago mayor's teenage son mugged near home
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CHICAGO (AP) — A spokeswoman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the mayor's 17-year-old son was mugged near the family's home. Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Saturday that the mayor's son, Zach, had "injuries that required medical treatment, ...

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Two New York police officers shot in Brooklyn

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Two NYPD officers have been shot in Brooklyn, according to reports. Both officers are thought to have been taken to Woodhull Hospital after the attack (file photo).

White House 'pleased' Sony is looking for ways to distribute movie after cyberattack - Fox News

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White House 'pleased' Sony is looking for ways to distribute movie after cyberattack
Fox News
The White House on Saturday said it was “pleased” that Sony is looking at ways to distribute the movie “The Interview,” after company executives cancelled cinema showings in the wake of a massive and damaging cyberattack. "We are pleased to hear that ...
Lawsuits say Sony Pictures should have expected security breachCNN
Sony Hack Reveals US Can't Protect Business From AttackBusinessweek
North Korea calls for joint inquiry over Sony Pictures filmBBC News
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Ambush Attack: Two NYPD Officers Fatally Shot in Brooklyn - NBCNews.com

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Ambush Attack: Two NYPD Officers Fatally Shot in Brooklyn
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Marijuana has never had a year like 2014. The first aboveboard just-for-fun cannabis markets rose in Colorado and Washington. Voters in Oregon and Alaska passed ballot initiatives to create the same. And a consistent majority of Americans said they ... 
Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of potAkron Beacon Journal

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson statement on Oklahoma and ...Enumclaw Courier-Herald
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Ambush Attack: Two NYPD Officers Fatally Shot in Brooklyn - NBCNews.com

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Ambush Attack: Two NYPD Officers Fatally Shot in Brooklyn
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Marijuana has never had a year like 2014. The first aboveboard just-for-fun cannabis markets rose in Colorado and Washington. Voters in Oregon and Alaska passed ballot initiatives to create the same. And a consistent majority of Americans said they ...

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Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers - Reuters

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Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers
Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black ...

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Australian defense minister out in cabinet reshuffle

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Defense Minister David Johnston was thrown out of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's cabinet on Sunday, a month after he embarrassed the government with comments critical of government-owned ship builder ASC.






  

Why must we tolerate police spies in our midst? 

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There can be no such thing as free speech when the police demand to know the names of dissenters
When you are in a radical movement, it’s wise to assume that the person arguing for the most extreme action is an agent provocateur. The question for opponents of fracking is on whose behalf are the agents provocateurs provoking.
Nato and the Romanian and Lithuanian governments have alleged that Russia is urging on opponents of the new technology. Not because Putin gives a damn about global warming, but because he wants Europe to remain dependent on Russian gas. They have no conclusive proof. But the prominence the Kremlin’s apparatchik journalists on RT, the state-funded television channel, give to fracking protests suggests Russian agents may be seeking to manipulate the green movement.
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Australia Sacks Defense Minister in Reshuffle

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Facing poor polling and at risk of losing power after one term, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced a ministry reshuffle that includes the sacking of his defense minister and elevates a second woman to cabinet.

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Australian mother charged with murder of eight children

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian mother has been charged with the murder of eight children, seven of them hers, two days after their bodies were found in a home in the city of Cairns.
  

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's son mugged outside family home - Fox News

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's son mugged outside family home
Fox News
The teenage son of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was attacked and robbed outside his family's home on the city's North Side late Friday, according to police. Police told MyFoxChicago.com that Zach Emanuel, 17, was walking outside the house shortly after ... 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 17-year-old son robbed near North Side homeChicago Sun-Times
Rahm Emanuel's son robbed near family's Chicago homeUSA TODAY

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U.S. Rejects North Korean Call For Joint Probe On Hacking Attacks

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The United States has repeated its claim that North Korea was responsible for hacking attacks on the movie studio Sony Pictures.

U.S. drone strike kills 5 - Philly.com

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U.S. drone strike kills 5
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A U.S. drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said. In a separate operation, the military said Pakistani security forces killed five ...

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Israel presses ahead with crackdown on Jewish extremist group, arrests 4 activists - Fox News

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Israel presses ahead with crackdown on Jewish extremist group, arrests 4 activists
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JERUSALEM – Israeli police have arrested four Jewish activists from the extremist Lehava group opposed to Arab-Jewish coexistence. The arrests are part of a clampdown on the fringe organization, which has become a symbol of rising anti-Arab sentiment.
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Muhammad Ali taken to hospital with pneumonia

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Three-time world heavyweight champion, who has Parkinson’s disease, in stable condition, says spokesman
Boxing great Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with pneumonia.
The three-time world heavyweight champion, who has Parkinson’s disease, was being treated by his team of doctors and was in a stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob Gunnell.
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Russia growls across the border as Lithuania readies for euro

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KYBARTAI, Lithuania (Reuters) - Geopolitics plague Lithuanians at this frozen Russian border post, where a return trip by car can mean 48 hours of queuing. It is a reminder for some of why the former Soviet republic will cement its move to the West by joining the euro zone next month.






  

US seeks China's help against North Korean cyberattacks - CNN

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US seeks China's help against North Korean cyberattacks
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FBI is the BEST in the world. You will find the gift for FBI at the following address. Enjoy!" The link provided in the message leads to a YouTube video titled "You Are An Idiot." The FBI declined comment on the message. FBI says North Korea responsible.
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Kim Jong-un: why the world has stopped laughing at North Korea's figure of funTelegraph.co.uk 
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Russia sees harsh crackdown on independent media 

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MOSCOW (AP) -- Among the five TV journalists interviewing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the odd one out was easy to spot. Mikhail Zygar's questions were sharper than those of the others, who headed back to spacious television studios while Zygar broadcast his piece from a Moscow living room....

New leadership seeks to rebuild EU self-confidence

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Short, snappy and focused on two priorities - reviving sagging investment in Europe and standing firm towards Russia, the first European Union summit under new leadership was a demonstrative break with the past.
  

Russia is buying weapons - a lot of them

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LONDON (CNNMoney)
Russian defense companies boosted sales by more than 20% last year, driven by demand from the country's military, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
That compares with a 2% decline in sales globally, largely due to a weaker performance by American companies, which account for more than half of the world's arms trade.
Russia has begun investing heavily in upgrades to its military capabilities. President Vladimir Putin plans to spend more than 20 trillion rubles ($700 billion) bringing equipment up to date by 2025.
The modernization program is continuing despite an economic crisis that has already forced Russia to adopt an austerity budget for next year.
Defense and national security were the only departments to escape cuts of at least 5%. Spending on the military is set to rise by 85% between 2012 and 2017.
Russia's defense budget is now the third largest in the world, behind the U.S. and China.
Airfields, hundreds of fighter jets and a new fleet of battle tanks are in the works. Russia is also developing new long-range missiles, has acquired an advanced nuclear submarine and is working on eight new vessels for the navy, due for delivery by 2020.
Russia's relations with the West are the most strained they've been since the end of the Cold War. The U.S. and Europe have imposed sanctions against Russian companies and officials for annexing Crimea and providing support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.
The crisis in Ukraine could provide another boost to Russian arms sales.
"It is too early to say, but the conflict is likely to have an impact on some specific orders -- especially conventional ammunition," said Aude Fleurant, research director at the Stockholm institute.
Sanctions are unlikely to put much of a dent in sales at Russian defense companies, because they largely supply the domestic markets, or countries such as China and India.
But they have killed one $3 billion strategic deal, at least for now. France has halted the delivery oftwo Mistral warships until further notice.

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