Monday, January 19, 2015

Argentina special prosecutor found fatally shot at his home: Alberto Nisman, who was set to testify Monday in a closed-door hearing, was found in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment late Sunday. | Iran Confirms Its General Was Killed in Israeli Airstrike in Syria: Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed in Sunday’s strike in the Golan Heights



Prosecutor in Argentine Terror Probe Found Dead

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An Argentine prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center has been found dead, hours before he was scheduled to testify before the country's congress. A gun was reportedly found near the body of Alberto Nisman at his apartment in the capital. Nisman last week accused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez of covering up Iran's role in the blast that killed 85 people at the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in exchange for a trade...

Argentina special prosecutor found fatally shot at his home

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Alberto Nisman, who was set to testify Monday in a closed-door hearing, was found in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment late Sunday.

Iran Confirms Its General Was Killed in Israeli Airstrike in Syria

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TEHRAN, Iran — Tehran has confirmed that an Iranian general was among the seven killed in what the Lebanese militant Hizballah group has described as an Israeli airstrike in Syria.
The confirmation came in a statement published on Monday on the website of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
It says Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi was killed in Sunday’s strike in the Golan Heights, which also killed six Hizballah fighters — including the son of a top Hizballah operative assassinated in 2008 in Damascus.
The statement says Gen. Allahdadi was on assignment in Syria, giving “crucial advice” to Syrians fighting terrorists, a reference to Sunni rebels and Islamic extremists.
It says Allahdadi will be buried in the coming days.

On gay marriage, Supreme Court to weigh equal rights and states' rights - CTNow

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On gay marriage, Supreme Court to weigh equal rights and states' rights
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When Justice Anthony M. Kennedy spoke for the Supreme Court in 2013 in striking down part of a federal law that denied benefits to legally married gay couples, he cited two reasons: states' rights and equal rights. Throughout American history, Kennedy said, ...

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German leaders regret terror threat curbs PEGIDA's right to protest

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German political leaders said it was regrettable that a terror threat had led to the cancellation of a planned march by the anti-Islam movement PEGIDA in Dresden on Monday night, regardless of how one views the group itself.






  

IS Evades Russian Bans To Spread Propaganda On Social Media

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Months after the Russian authorities moved to ban pro-Islamic State (IS) group accounts on Russia's VKontakte social network, Russian-speaking IS militants and their sympathizers have returned in force to create a large pro-IS network on the site.

Wealthiest 1% will soon own more than rest of us combined

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Turns out, the rich really are getting richer. And they'll soon own more than the rest of us put together.
    
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Inequality isn’t inevitable, it’s engineered. That’s how the 1% have taken over 

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Unless we wake up to the fact that wild inequality isn’t just an unavoidable byproduct of growth, the gap will keep on widening

• Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1%
Who will look after the super-rich and think about their needs? It’s not easy for them: the 1% of the world’s population who by next year will own more global wealth than the 99%. Private security costs a fortune, and with the world becoming an increasingly unequal place a certain instability increases. It could be dangerous!
Very smartly, Oxfam International is raising such questions at the World Economic Forum at Davos, where the global elite gather to talk of big ideas and big money. Oxfam executive director, Winnie Byanyima, is arguing that this increasing concentration of wealth since the recession is “bad for growth and bad for governance”. What’s more, inequality is bad not just for the poor, but for the rich too. That’s why we have the likes of the IMF’s Christine Lagarde kicking off with warnings about rising inequality. Visceral inequality from foodbanks to empty luxury flats is still seen as somehow being in the eye of the beholder by the right – a narrative in which poverty is seen as an innate moral failure of the poor themselves has taken hold. This in turn sustains the idea that rich people deserve their incredible riches. Most wealth, though, is not earned: huge assets, often inherited, simply get bigger not because the individuals who own them are super talented, but because structures are in place to ensure this happens.
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US penetrated N. Korea computer systems in 2010

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The United States secretly penetrated North Korea's computer systems four years ago — a breach that allowed Washington to insist Pyongyang was to blame for the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the New York Times reported Monday.

Erdogan Holds First Meeting of Cabinet

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the first head of state in over a decade to chair a cabinet meeting, marking the latest attempt by the president to expand the powers of his office and transform the country’s political system.

Prosecutor in Jewish center bombing found dead

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Alberto Nisman, the Argentine prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, has been found dead in his apartment, Argentina's Ministry of Security said Monday.
    


Hundreds of thousands protest in Chechnya against Mohammad cartoons

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GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Russia's Chechnya region on Monday against what its Kremlin-backed leader called the "vulgar and immoral" cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad published by French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
  

Six-Month-Old Boy Wounded In Armenia Massacre Dies

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A 6-month-old boy who was stabbed last week in what authorities say was a brutal attack by a Russian soldier in Armenia last week has died. 

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Chechnya holds huge rally over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

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Tens of thousands of people rallied Monday at a state-sponsored protest in Russia's Muslim North Caucasus region of Chechnya against the publication of Prophet Mohammed cartoons in the wake...
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Argentine prosecutor who accused Kirchner found dead

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An Argentine prosecutor who accused President Cristina Kirchner of obstructing a probe into the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center reportedly died just hours before he was due at...
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Collectors rush for Cuban art after new US ties

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Long sought after both for quality and scarcity, Cuban art is drawing a growing number of potential collectors expecting a boom in sales following the reestablishment of diplomatic ties with...
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In Chechnya, Thousands Protest Against Charlie Hebdo Cartoons 

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Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Russia's Chechnya region on Monday against what its Kremlin-backed leader called  the “vulgar and immoral” cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad published by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Mixing pro-Islamic chants and anti-Western rhetoric, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov criticized Europe to chants of “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as the protesters stood along the main thoroughfare of Chechnya's capital, Grozny. Some...

Mystery DNA could lead to more terrorists in France

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Several terror attacks. Deadly counterterrorism raids. And a wave of suspected jihadist arrests from France to Greece to Belgium.
    
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Turkish police chief detained over Armenian editor's 2007 murder

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish police chief handed himself in to authorities on Monday in connection with the murder of a prominent ethnic Armenian journalist who was gunned down outside his newspaper offices in Istanbul eight years ago to the day.
  

U.S. Cracked North Korea’s Computer Systems

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Comments by top U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, that blamed North Korea for the Sony Pictures cyberattack were apparently rooted in a top-secret penetration of North Korea’s computer systems by the National Security Agency, according to The New York Times — a report independently confirmed by NBC News.
The Times reported that the penetration occurred before the hack of Sony, but U.S. intelligence officials would not discuss the report Sunday or confirm its details. But the Times report says the evidence gleaned from the U.S. penetration of North Korean government hackers’ activities persuaded Obama and other top officials that North Korea was behind the attack…

GCHQ intercepted emails of journalists from top international media 

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• Snowden files reveal emails of BBC, NY Times and more
• Agency includes investigative journalists on ‘threat’ list
• Editors call on Cameron to act against snooping on media
GCHQ’s bulk surveillance of electronic communications has scooped up emails to and from journalists working for some of the US and UK’s largest media organisations, analysis of documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.
Emails from the BBC, Reuters, the Guardian, the New York Times, Le Monde, the Sun, NBC and the Washington Post were saved by GCHQ and shared on the agency’s intranet as part of a test exercise by the signals intelligence agency.
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Afghan leader in cabinet setback as nominee quits, others in doubt

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KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan president's bid to form a cabinet nearly four months after taking office ran into fresh trouble on Monday after his candidate for finance minister withdrew and doubt was cast over as many as 11 nominees believed to hold dual citizenship.
  

Iranian General Killed Sunday in Rocket Strike in Syria

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A general in the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards force was killed on Sunday in a rocket strike in Syria near the border with the Israeli controlled Golan Heights

David Cameron tells Muslim leaders they 'have a problem'

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Prime Minister David Cameron makes a speech at Ransomes Jacobsen in Ipswich, Suffolk, where he set out the Tory path to full employment, promising to keep Britain the "jobs factory of Europe" by backing small business. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday January 19, 2015. Mr Cameron admitted it had been a "tough few years" for UK plc, but said the country was "coming out the other side" - and urged voters to stick with his plan. See PA story POLITICS Cameron. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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Iranians protest Prophet Muhammad cartoon at French embassy - Washington Post

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Iranians protest Prophet Muhammad cartoon at French embassy
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TEHRAN, Iran — Hundreds of Iranians have demonstrated outside the French Embassy in Tehran to protest against the publication of a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad on the cover of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Demonstrators, mainly ...
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Richest 1% 'will own half the world's wealth by 2016' 

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The richest 1% of people are on track to possess more of the world's wealth than the other 99% by next year, according to new research by Oxfam. Report by Sarah Kerr.
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Greek Tomb Contains Remains of 5 People

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A vast ancient tomb once thought to possibly house the remains of Alexander the Great contains bones of a woman, a newborn baby and two men and fragments of a cremated person, the Greek culture ministry said on Monday. Speculation that the limestone grave in the Amphipolis tomb site might belong to the legendary Alexander, to one of his generals or to family members reached fever pitch in recent months as archeologist kept unearthing tantalizing finds. The Amphipolis site, believed to...

Exclusive: Syria begins destruction of chemical weapons facilities - sources

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Syria has started the long-delayed destruction of a dozen underground bunkers and hangars that were used for the production and storage of chemical weapons, diplomatic sources told Reuters on Monday.
  

EU to Appeal Ruling That Hamas Should Be Off Terror List

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The European Union said on Monday it would appeal against an EU court ruling that the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the bloc's terrorist list. The move was criticized by Hamas but welcomed by Israel, which had condemned last month's decision by the bloc's second-highest tribunal that the executive had failed to make its case for blacklisting the movement that controls the Gaza Strip. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini noted in a statement...

To counter terror, Europe's police reconsider their arms

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PARIS (AP) -- Police in France are demanding more heavy weapons after three days of terror attacks around Paris that left three officers among the dead....
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Iranian Students Rally at French Embassy Against Charlie Hebdo - Bloomberg

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Iranian Students Rally at French Embassy Against Charlie Hebdo
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Thousands of Iranians chanted slogans near the French embassy in Tehran to protest the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo, which caricatured Prophet Muhammad on its cover. Security forces sealed off Neauphle-le-Château street leading to the mission, forcing ...
Iranians protest Prophet Muhammad cartoon at French EmbassyWashington Post
Charlie Hebdo: 45 Niger churches torched in protests against cartoons leaving ...Sydney Morning Herald
To counter terror, Europe's police reconsider their armsU-T San Diego
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