Friday, January 16, 2015

Cameron and Obama announce joint UK and US anti-terror push | Saudi Arabia postpones lashing sentence for blogger Raif Badawi | Supreme Court to Decide Whether Gays Nationwide Can Marry - New York Times

Mexican troops arrest an alleged cartel gun man over student disappearances 

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MEXICO CITY — It was the latest of nearly 100 arrests in the investigation into the abduction, and suspected killing, of 43 students in September.

Cameron and Obama announce joint UK and US anti-terror push 

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David Cameron and Barack Obama have announced that Britain and the US are to establish a new joint group to counter violent extremism. Report by Lauren Hampshire.
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Saudi Arabia postpones lashing sentence for blogger Raif Badawi - Sydney Morning Herald

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Saudi Arabia postpones lashing sentence for blogger Raif Badawi
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Supreme Court to Decide Whether Gays Nationwide Can Marry - New York Times

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Supreme Court to Decide Whether Gays Nationwide Can Marry
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. The court's announcement made it likely that it would resolve one of the great civil rights questions of the age before its ...
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Obama, Cameron vow to take on 'poisonous ideology' of radical Islam

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to take on "the poisonous ideology" of Islamic extremists and said intelligence agencies must be allowed to track militants online despite privacy concerns.


Путин собрал Совбез по ситуации в Украине - СЕГОДНЯ

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Путин собрал Совбез по ситуации в Украине
Президент России Владимир Путин провел оперативное совещание с постоянными членами Совета безопасности, сообщил в пятницу пресс-секретарь главы государства Дмитрий Песков. По его словам, на совещании обсуждались "обострение ситуации на юго-востоке Украины и ход ...
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Pregnant Istanbul suicide bomber was Russian citizen

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More details are emerging about the life of Diana Ramazov, who attacked a police station in Istanbul last week
More details have emerged about the life and possible Islamic State affiliations of Diana Ramazova, the Russian citizen identified by Turkish media as the suicide bomber who attacked a police station in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet quarter last week, killing one officer and wounding another.
According to the daily newspaper Hürriyet, 18-year-old Ramazova changed her life after meeting Abu Aluevitsj Edelbijev, a Norwegian citizen of Chechen origin, on an online forum. The paper says she started wearing an Islamic veil and led a religiously conservative lifestyle. The couple allegedly met in Turkey, and were later married by a religious official in Turkey or Syria.
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Saudi Arabia Delays Activist’s Flogging

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Saudi Arabia has postponed Friday's public flogging of activist and blogger Raif Badawi on medical grounds, a source familiar with matter told Reuters. Rights watchdog Amnesty International also reported the postponement on its Twitter account. Badawi received the first 50 lashes after last Friday’s prayers and he was due for another round of flogging this week. The flogging is to continue weekly until the total is reached. Badawi, who set up the Free Saudi Liberals website, was arrested in June 2012 for offenses including cybercrime and disobeying his father. He was sentenced last year to 10 years in jail, a fine of 1 million riyals ($266,666) and 1,000 lashes. The U.S. State Department has asked Saudi authorities to review Badawi’s case and his sentence, calling the flogging an "inhumane punishment."  "The United States strongly opposes laws, including apostasy laws, that restrict the exercise" of freedom of expression and religion, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said last week.

Cat saves Russian baby abandoned in hallway by keeping him warm - Daily Mail

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Cat saves Russian baby abandoned in hallway by keeping him warm
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An abandoned newborn baby was saved from freezing to death by the unlikeliest of hero - a stray cat. The tabby named Marsha climbed into the box the infant had been dumped in and kept the child warm for several hours as the mercury plunged below zero.
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In Kyrgyzstan, Syria 'Jihad' Recruiters Changing Tactics

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Rakhat Sulaimanov, the spokesman for Kyrgyzstan's State Committee for National Security (GKNB), has noted a change in where Kyrgyz nationals are being recruited to fight in Syria.

Russian-Backed Rebels Claim to Have Control of Strategic Donetsk Airport

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Central government officials, however, deny that the long-sought prize in the continuing battle in eastern Ukraine has fallen.

Königsberg ‘Cries Out’ For Independence From Moscow, Activist Says 

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Staunton, January 12 – Kaliningrad — or Königsberg as it was historically called and is known to many of its residents — because of its geographic situation as an exclave and the current economic and political situation “simply cries out for the need for separation from [Moscow], for independence and the setting up of a sovereign republic, Anton Chadsky says.
In a comment on, the journalist and activist who has been following developments there since 2011 and who last year moved to the exclave says that the current sad state of the region is a reflection of “the barbaric approach of the Muscovites to culture” and to the life of the people there.
But despite what the center has done, he says, “Kaliningrad region has not lost its severe and upright as the walls of ancient churches its romantic nature. Despite the destruction and ineffective use of its territory, the region appears to be a place full of prospects for the construction of a new republic.”
It certainly has the economic basis for independence, including its tourism industry, machine-building factors, shipping facilities, fishing and agriculture, and amber. But it will only be able to develop them after it escapes from the Russian yoke of taxes, repression, and invasive and corrupt bureaucracy.
“The future republic,” Chadsky says, “must be developed jointly with businessmen, cultural and artistic figures from Europe and the world without any visa obstacles.” If so, it can be a territory “where the interests of the republic, Poland, Lithuania and Germany [can] coincide and move forward together.”
It must be demilitarized with “Russian bases gradually shipped from the region to other regions of Russia,” the activist journalist argues, and it can become “an ideal place for the introduction of the mechanisms of electronic referenda and voting on all issues which are important for society.”
Obviously, he acknowledges, the path for the creation of a fully independent Königsberg faces many obstacles, not least of which is “Moscow’s lack of desire to lose its colony and the economic destruction (itself thanks to Moscow by the way) and the political degradation of society,” something that has left the region without the leaders or political culture it needs.
“But the region has a choice,” Chadsky says. It can either sit and wait on events or it can recognize what is necessary and “take responsibility for the fate of its land and its future.” At present, “while Russia has not weakened to the point where the region could simply calmly declare its independence,” people there must overcome the imperial legacy of the past.
They need to think about what they want and to call for a referendum on their future. If a referendum does not happen – which would be the case “if Russia simply yet again falls apart” – that would be “a negative scenario for Kaliningrad” because of the chaos that would arise and because “international trust in the future republic would not be as high as it could be.”
But first of all, the suppers of an independent Königsberg Republic need to deal with opponents within the population of the exclave. “At present,” he concedes, they form “an absolute majority,” not because they have considered the possibility of a republic and rejected it but because they do not have sufficient information to judge.
Such people, he says, operate on the basis of perverse notions about reality and “a logical argue alone will not convince them.” They will say “our grandfathers fought here and shed blood, who needs you in that Europe … Moscow will send tanks … we can’t earn our own way [and] Lithuania/Poland/Germany/the US/Mars/Genghiz Khan will immediately conquer us.”
Such views and such people now exist “across the entire post-Soviet space.” What is necessary, Chadsky says, is to face up to that and begin the “enormous” amount of work necessary to overcome that Soviet Russian legacy at least in Königsberg.
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Oscar-nominated Leviathan upsets officials in native Russia

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Minister criticises film’s ‘existential despair’, Orthodox activist brands it ‘filthy libel’ and media ignores Golden Globes triumph
Leviathan may have been the first Russian film to win a Golden Globe since War and Peace in 1969, it may have been nominated for an Oscar and received five-star reviews in many western publications, but back in the motherland all this counts for little. The director, Andrei Zvyagintsev, is being given the cold shoulder due to his film’s uncompromising take on contemporary Russian society.
Made partly with money from Russia’s culture ministry and yet to be released in the country, the film has been criticised by the culture minister himself and widely denounced as anti-Russian. When it is released, due early next month, it will be in a sanitised form more in accordance with a new Russian law banning swearing in films.
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Moscow Preparing To Ban Any Film Which Threatens Russia’s ‘National Unity’ 

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Staunton, January 15 – The Russian ministry of culture has prepared a draft decree that would ban the showing of any film that its officials viewed as denigrating the country’s national culture, threatening its national unity and undermining the foundations of the constitutional system.
The decree was supposed to enter into force today, but news agencies are reporting that not all of the relevant ministries have yet had time to file their comments and so a meeting will be held to consider possible modifications of the terms of the decree.
Cultural figures are outraged about this proposal. Daniil Dondurey – the editor of Iskusstvo Kino – said he was very concerned about the introduction of “national unity” as a legal term. “What is this national unity? This is a completely new term which didn’t exist [and] it is an unprecedented attack on good sense.”
Andrey Proshkin, the president of the Movie Union, said that the ministry’s proposal opens the way to other kinds of prohibitions. It means that a bunch of officials can decide what Russians will see and what they will not and that those who produce films or other forms of art “will not have any means of defending themselves.”
And Sem Klebanov, head of the Film Without Borders company, said he wanted to know who would be making these decisions. At present, he suggested, “no one knows,” nor can anyone be sure how such arrangements would apply to films produced abroad which Russians might want to see.
But there is at least one group that is enthusiastic about having the culture ministry take such a step. That is the Association of Orthodox Experts who have sent a letter to Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky calling for the establishment of what they call “an Orthodox Hollywood” to produce good Russian films.
Some of their number apparently would like to see new laws that would allow the authorities to ban films like “Leviathan” which they say slander the Russian people and the Russian state. But others believe the best course is to use the state’s economic leverage and ensure that no such film gets state financing in the future.
The Moscow Patriarchate has not taken a position. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, one of the Patriarchate’s senior officials, said only that Orthodox citizens like all others have the right to appeal to the state without the sanction of the church. Another prominent Orthodox figure, Deacon and blogger Andrey Kurayev, however, was more cautious.
He told Izvestiya that “when the clergy interferes in the affairs of state administration, this is called clericalism. Clericalism is prohibited by the Russian Constitution, and anti-clericalist positions are not only contained in the laws but are even in the interests of the church itself.”
But Kurayev, who is known for his outspoken views, added that there is a real problem when films distort Russian realities and lead people either in the Russian Federation or abroad to draw incorrect views about the country. Definite steps must be taken, he said, so that such films are not allowed to define the views of either.
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For Armenia, Is Turkey's Gallipoli Invite Good-Hearted Or Backhanded? 

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Turkey has included Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian among a list of world leaders it hopes will attend a special World War I commemoration in the spring. There's just one problem -- the date.

Russia says Mohammed cartoon publication illegal - Yahoo News

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Russia says Mohammed cartoon publication illegal
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Obama Warns Congress Not To Impose Fresh Sanctions On Iran

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President Barack Obama has asked the U.S. Congress to refrain from imposing fresh sanctions against Iran while negotiations on a permanent nuclear deal are underway.

Преданная модернизация 

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Преданная модернизация России. Почему путинский режим предпочел войну с Украиной развитию страны? Обсужд...
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French Town Struggles Over Departures for Jihad

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In the wake of attacks in Paris, the southern town of Lunel, population 25,700, is trying to fathom how it became a source of recruits for fighting in Syria.

Barack Obama and David Cameron fail to see eye to eye on surveillance 

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British prime minister takes tougher line on internet companies than US president at White House talks on Islamist threats
Barack Obama and David Cameron struck different notes on surveillance powers after the president conceded that there is an important balance to be struck between monitoring terror suspects and protecting civil liberties.
As Cameron warned the internet giants that they must do more to ensure they do not become platforms for terrorist communications, the US president said he welcomed the way in which civil liberties groups hold them to account by tapping them on the shoulder.
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Paris attacks leave Europe on high alert

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Anxiety about possible new jihadist attacks deepened across Europe, as police in Belgium, France and Germany arrested more than 20 terrorist suspects.

Prince Andrew, Back in the News, Faces a Familiar Challenge

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The resurgence of allegations that the prince had sex with a minor has raised anew the problem of carving out a life as a “spare” in Britain’s royal family.

США-Россия-Украина: прогноз на 2015 год 

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Hollande Vows to Protect All Faiths; Muslims Protest Hebdo Reprinting 

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French President Francois Hollande promises his country will protect all religions, and says Muslims are the main victims of fanaticism. But as copies of the controversial satirical magazine fly off the shelves in France and elsewhere in Europe, Muslim leaders around the world say the magazine’s reprinting and widespread circulation are offensive to Muslims worldwide. Hollande said Islam and democracy are compatible. Speaking Thursday at the Arab World Institute in Paris, he thanked Arabs for their solidarity over the terrorism attacks last week in Paris.   His comments come as the widespread circulation of Charlie Hebdo causes fresh controversy, however, drawing criticism from many in the Muslim world and from global religious leaders.     Pope Francis said Thursday there should be limits to freedom of speech, and that it’s wrong to insult people’s faith. In Egypt, the president has issued a decree allowing the prime minister to ban any foreign publications that are “offensive to religion.” And in Turkey, a court banned some web pages featuring the Charlie Hebdo cover. Global protests   The cover shows a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad carrying a sign that reads “Je Suis Charlie” below the headline “All is forgiven.”   On Wednesday, Muslims in countries around the world held protests against the cover.   One demonstration was outside the Turkish newspaper that has published Charlie Hebdo cartoons.   One protester said the paper has insulted Muslims. The infidels working at this newspaper, he said, will pay for what they did.   Nihad Awad, founder of CAIR -- or the Council on American-Islamic Relations -- said Muslims largely reject any image, whether it be positive or negative, of the Prophet Muhammad.   “Many voices in the Muslim world expressed the feeling that they have been offended by the republishing of that mag -- that is a healthy and rightful position to take,” he said.   Fresh divisions Awad said no one is calling for harmful action against the magazine, however, and that only a tiny minority has taken that position. Charlie Hebdo’s distribution company said about 1 million copies were released on Thursday and another 1 million will be printed for Friday. In total 5 million copies are expected to be published. Carool Kersten, a scholar of Islam and the Muslim World at King’s College London, said the magazine’s reprinting is offensive to many Muslims, and is causing fresh divisions in Europe and elsewhere.   “Muslims probably have a tendency to interpret the very fact of running such a large print roll as a collective act of defiance, if you can view it in that way. That, to a large extent, is an explanation for why we saw demonstrations in the Muslim world,” said Kersten.   He said a real debate is needed on where to draw the line when it comes to free speech. He said this is an unresolved issue that remains at play, but one for which it is still too early to be fully addressed.

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US Groups Fight Bigotry Without Blasphemy Laws

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Last week’s killings in Paris were carried out by militants professing to avenge the Prophet Mohammad. When they attacked the office of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store, they slaughtered iconoclastic cartoonists and Jews shopping for kosher food, shot dead a Muslim policeman in the line of duty, and unleashed an emotional debate about blasphemy, bigotry and the limits of free speech. France, like other European countries, has laws against anti-Semitism and xenophobia. And many majority Muslim countries outlaw depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, or criticism of Islam. The United States has no such laws. Most Muslim and Jewish civil rights organizations in America argue that such measures don’t work to prevent racial or religious attacks. “We think, as a rule, expression is something that is enriching society, even when it is ugly expressions,” said David Friedman of the Anti-Defamation League. As ADL’s law enforcement coordinator, he works with American police departments to help them identify when anti-Semitism is a motivating factor in so-called hate crimes. Friedman says that just because people may have the right to offend Muslims, does not mean they should. “In a world in which people’s sensitivities are very great, rubbing salt in their wounds or rubbing their nose in that, ‘We can do this,’ is not necessarily helping us to be a more kind, compassionate, understanding world,” he said. In 2010, protests erupted in the U.S. against the proposed construction of a mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and also over a Florida pastor’s threat to burn a copy of the Quran, Islam's holy book. In response, a group of multi-faith clergy in Washington formed a group called Shoulder to Shoulder, aimed at stopping Islamophobia. Haris Tarin of the Muslim Public Affairs Council says Shoulder to Shoulder and other campaigns have persuaded American journalists that caricatures of Muhammad, like those that have appeared in Charlie Hebdo as well as the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten a decade ago, were offensive. “Although we do not have any laws that prohibit newspapers from reprinting the cartoons, we have seen in the past that when the cartoons were published, American newspapers did not publish those cartoons,” he said. By contrast, Tarin said outright bans on insulting Islam, as exist in many majority Muslim countries, are rarely just. “In places like Pakistan, in Indonesia, in Egypt, when we have government which has laws against blasphemy, it is used for political reasons generally,” he said. “It is used against minority groups, it is used against people who do not have the power and who are not the majority.”

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Russia moves first troops to Arctic base near Finnish border - Alaska Dispatch News

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Russia moves first troops to Arctic base near Finnish border
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The troops are stationed at Alakurtti Air Base -- a naval air base in Murmansk Oblast, Russia, located less than two miles northwest of the Russian municipality of Alakurtti, north of the Arctic Circle. It is 37 miles from the border city of Salla in ...

Russia Abandons PetroDollar By Opening Reserve Fund -

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Russia Abandons PetroDollar By Opening Reserve Fund
2015 has not been good to Russia; the spread between Brent and WTI is gone in anticipation of US exports and both benchmarks have flirted with sub $45 prices. A hostage to such prices, the ruble has yet to begin its turnaround and the state's finances ... 
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Russias Trans Driving Ban Doesnt Really Target LGBT Community. It Actually ... - Daily Beast

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“On 6 January the Russian government issued a decree that approved a list of medical conditions and diagnoses leading to full or partial limitation of the right to drive a vehicle,” emailed Anastasia Smirnova, former Project Manager of the Russian LGBT ...

World Briefing: Russia: Opposition Protesters Are Arrested After Clash 

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Opposition protesters were arrested in Moscow on Thursday evening after scuffles broke out between supporters of President Vladimir V. Putin and Aleksei A. Navalny.

Law Enforcement Takes On Role of Youth Educator to Deter Crime 

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No matter how hard they try or how many of them there are, the police can't be everywhere. So some deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are looking for new ways to keep people safe in historically dangerous neighborhoods. At 14 years old, Bryan Fuentes has experienced first-hand what many Americans only see on TV. “You’re exposed to drugs. You’re exposed to gang violence. You’re exposed to homicides. You’re exposed to all sorts of dangers,” said Fuentes. Fuentes is from South Los Angeles, an area plagued by poverty and crime. But there is a safe haven here in an old police station that has been turned into an after-school youth center for students. It's called a Youth Activities League, and is the result of a partnership between law enforcement and non-profit group the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. Whether it’s school work, a game of basketball, or advice, students can get help there from staff, volunteers and deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Seventeen-year-old Andrea Duran used to distrust law enforcement. “I used to think they’re just the bad guys catching the bad guys,” she said. But that negative image of law enforcement quickly changed when Duran started coming to the Youth Activities League and got to know the deputies personally. “They can feel like family - that’s what they are to me now,” said Duran. This type of non-traditional policing helps break down preconceived stereotypes. Among many immigrants, that means showing them police in the U.S. are different from law enforcement in their home countries, said Deputy Alma Gonzalez, whose parents are immigrants. “In Mexico, unfortunately, you do hear a lot of corruption; there is a lot of corruption and then coming to this country, whatever contact they have to law enforcement it wasn’t very positive because of either immigration or the uniform - it’s intimating,” said Gonzalez. Working with the youth is one way to change that perception, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. “Getting to a family through their children allows us to be able to have an opportunity to really take our relationships to another level,” said McDonnell. McDonnell said community outreach is one reason why violent crimes have been decreasing countywide. But gangs and crime still exist here, and having places like the Youth Activities League in urban neighborhoods throughout the county gives young people another option, said Deputy Bruce McCall. “I try to do things to educate youth, to encourage youth and expose youth to new and exciting things that they don’t limit themselves to what may be going on in their community,” said McCall. Most students who attend this after school program for at least six months have improved self-esteem and are more confident in school. Brian Fuentes said he wants to go to college and pursue a career in law enforcement, so he, too, can help those in need.

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State of the Union Address to be Light on Foreign Policy

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With his popularity ratings starting to improve as a result of an improving economy and lower unemployment, President Barack Obama is preparing to focus on his domestic accomplishments in his upcoming State of the Union address. But analysts say the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Americans’ uneasiness about threats by extremists will be reason for him to speak about his foreign policy as well. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

Germany's Merkel Says No Chance of Putin Being Invited to G7 Summit 

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There is no chance that Russian President Vladimir Putin will be invited to the next meeting of G7 leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will host the summit, has said.

Obama, Cameron Meet at White House

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President Barack Obama held a working dinner with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House Thursday night, a week after Europe was shaken by terror in Paris. The two leaders wrote a joint editorial this week in the Times of London newspaper, vowing a united front against Islamic extremists. Britain has long been the closest ally of the United States in the fight against terrorism both in the West and in the Middle East. White House officials say Obama and Cameron will meet Friday to discuss a range of issues including terrorism, Ebola and Russia's actions in Ukraine. The British leader has said he plans to ask President Obama to press U.S. technology companies like Google and Facebook to allow governments to snoop on encrypted communications.  The subject is a sensitive one in the U.S. following widespread public outrage at revelations the U.S. National Security Agency was scooping up phone records of millions of Americans. Disclosures by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden also showed that several U.S. Internet businesses were giving NSA access to customer data.

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Russia May Resort to Currency Restrictions If Outflows Continue to Mount - Bloomberg

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Russia May Resort to Currency Restrictions If Outflows Continue to Mount
“We now think that Russia is willing to tap more intensively one of the dearest reserves it still has: central bank credibility,” said Wolf-Fabian Hungerland, an economist at Berenberg Bank in Hamburg. “Should capital outflows not decline, the last ...
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US Troops to Train Syrian Rebels

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The United States is planning to deploy more than 400 troops to train moderate Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State group. The training is expected to begin in March. The Defense One website said Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have agreed to host the training sessions.    The U.S. has not yet identified where it will draw its forces from for the training mission. The training program is part of President Barack Obama's multi-year plan to field local forces in Syria to halt and eventually roll back Islamic State fighters while pounding them with U.S.-led airstrikes.

Moscow Police Detain 13 Protesters at Rally in Support of Navalny 

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Police have detained more than a dozen demonstrators who gathered in central Moscow to protest the recent sentencing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother,
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Kerry Begins Visit to Paris After Terrorist Attacks

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Secretary of State John Kerry started a day of high-level meetings and wreath-layings to commemorate France’s struggle against terrorism.

French turn to tranquilisers in wake of Paris terror attacks

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In the wake of the Paris terror attacks French people are apparently turning to tranquilisers in record numbers.

Бориса Пастернака поддерживало ЦРУ - Дни.Ру

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Бориса Пастернака поддерживало ЦРУ
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4 arrested, 2 dead after Fla. crime spree, manhunt

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Four suspects were arrested Friday for a crime spree that launched a massive police manhunt and left a mother, 72, and daughter dead.
More than 100 officers searched for the men overnight after they allegedly robbed a pawn shop, led a car chase and shot at police and after one allegedly killed two women.
Michael Gordon, 34, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He, Devonere McCune, 22, Jovan Lamb, 25, and Terrell Williams, 29, were charged with armed robbery and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
Detectives are working to determine if Gordon knew the murder victims previously.
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Patricia Moran, 72, and daughter Deborah Royal, 51, "viciously murdered" in a way "much to graphic to describe" in their house, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, according to ABC News.
The mayhem began when the suspects robbed the Cash America pawn shop in Auburndale at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, police said. The men, three of which were armed, sped off in a GMC SUV toward Haines City, according to WTSP 10.
Police later spotted the vehicle and chased it down U.S. 17/U.S. 92 as the suspects opened fire through the windows. The car crashed, forcing three suspects run as suspect Devonere (Devon) McCune was apprehended by a canine team.
Deborah Royal of Haines City, Fla. Royal and her mother Patricia Moran were found shot to death in their home Thursday.
Patricia Moran of Haines City, Fla. was "viciously murdered."
Later, authorities surrounded a house after receiving a tip from a neighbor. A car barreled through the garage door, flying toward police who shot at it. The car soon crashed, allowing police and K-9's to pick up the driver, Michael Gordon who had gunshot wounds and canine bites.
The slain mother and daughter were found inside the same home.
Jovan Lamb, 29, and Terrell Williams, 29, were captured separately Friday morning.
No police were injured, despite multiple shootouts.
Before the suspects were apprehended, authorities urged nearby residents to stay inside, lock all doors and call 911 if they are unsure about answering the door.
"Don't start shooting through your door," Judd said Thursday night. "That wouldn't be good."
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There Are 7 Types of English Surnames — Which One Is Yours?

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Posted by Ancestry Team on July 1, 2014 in Surnames
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Many of us have surnames passed down to us from ancestors in 
. Last names weren’t widely used until after the Norman conquest in 1066, but as the country’s population grew, people found it necessary to be more specific when they were talking about somebody else. Thus arose descriptions like Thomas the Baker, Norman son of Richard, Henry the Whitehead, Elizabeth of the Field, and Joan of York that, ultimately, led to many of our current surnames.
english surnamesThere are perhaps 45,000 different English surnames, but most had their origins as one of these seven types.
Occupational names identified people based on their job or position in society. Calling a man “Thomas Carpenter” indicated that he worked with wood for a living, while someone named Knight bore a sword. Other occupational names include Archer, Baker, Brewer, Butcher, Carter, Clark, Cooper, Cook, Dyer, Farmer, Faulkner, Fisher, Fuller, Gardener, Glover, Head, Hunt or Hunter, Judge, Mason, Page, Parker, Potter, Sawyer, Slater, Smith, Taylor, Thatcher, Turner, Weaver, Woodman, and Wright (or variations such as Cartwright and Wainwright) — and there are many more.
This kind of name also gave a clue about whom a servant worked for. Someone named Vickers might have been a servant to Mr. Vicker, and someone named Williams might either have served a William or been adopted by him.
From the obscure fact department: In medieval England, before the time of professional theater, craft guilds put on “mystery plays” (“mystery” meaning “miracle”), which told Bible stories and had a call-and-response style of singing. A participant’s surname — such as King, Lord, Virgin, or Death — may have reflected his or her role, which some people played for life and passed down to their eldest son.
Describing a personal characteristic
Some names, often adjectives, were based on nicknames that described a person. They may have described a person’s size (Short, Long, Little), coloring (Black, White, Green, or Red, which could have evolved into “Reed”), or another character trait (Stern, Strong, Swift). Someone named Peacock might have been considered vain.
A last name may have pointed to where a person was born, lived, worked, or owned land. It might be from the name of a house, farm, hamlet, town, or county. Some examples: Bedford, Burton, Hamilton, Hampshire, Sutton. Writer Jack London’s stepfather may have hailed from London.
From the name of an estate
Those descended from landowners may have taken as their surname the name of their holdings, castle, manor, or estate, such as Ernle or Staunton. Windsor is a famous example — it was the surname George V adopted for the British royal family.
From a geographical feature of the landscape
Some examples are Bridge, Brooks, Bush, Camp, Fields, Forest, Greenwood, Grove, Hill, Knolles, Lake, Moore, Perry, Stone, Wold, Wood, and Woodruff. Author Margaret Atwood is probably descended from someone who lived “at the wood.”
Patronymic, matronymic, or ancestral
Patronymic surnames (those that come from a male given name) include Benson (“the son of Ben”), Davis, Dawson, Evans, Harris, Harrison, Jackson, Jones (Welsh for John), Nicholson, Richardson, Robinson, Rogers, Simpson, Stephenson, Thompson, Watson, and Wilson.
Matronymic ones, surnames derived from a female given name, include Molson (from Moll, for Mary), Madison (from Maud), Emmott (from Emma), and Marriott (from Mary).
Scottish clan names make up one set of ancestral surnames. These include Armstrong, Cameron, Campbell, Crawford, Douglas, Forbes, Grant, Henderson, Hunter, MacDonald, and Stewart.
Signifying patronage
Some surnames honored a patron. Hickman was Hick’s man (Hick being a nickname for Richard). Kilpatrick was a follower of Patrick.
Wondering whether your family name is English? Try plugging your surname into the Ancestry Last Names Meanings and Origins widget. Type in the surname “Duffield,” and you’ll see it’s English, a “habitational name from places in Derbyshire and East Yorkshire, so named from Old English Dufe ‘dove’ + feld ‘open country.’”
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Mother and daughter killed by Polk County robbery suspects, deputies say

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Four suspected pawn-shop robbers are accused of killing a woman and her adult daughter in their home late Thursday after crashing an SUV into their Polk County subdivision during a gun battle with authorities.
The four suspects – including one who was wounded by officers' bullets – are in custody.
The manhunt for the last suspect ended this morning after Terrell Williams, 29, of Haines City, was found under a tarp in a shed in the backyard of a home in Haines City, officials said.
Judd had said at press conference early in the day that he wanted Williams to surrender peacefully but his officers were ready for "a gunfight — one they'll never forget."
The victims were identified as Deborah Royal, 51, and her mother Patricia Moran, 72, both of Haines City.
They lived in the Chanler Ridge community, where residents were asked to stay indoors while the search for Williams continued, Judd said.
"These are our neighbors who were doing nothing more than having a normal evening after work," Judd said this morning. "These two victims were viciously murdered — much too graphic to describe."
The incident began when the four men met at 3 p.m. Thursday and then changed into different clothing.
At 5:45 p.m., the four men robbed a Cash America Pawn on Havedale Boulevard in Auburndale, officials said.
"We know this was a well thought-out, well-organized armed robbery and it was designed to create the maximum terrorism of the people in the store," Judd said. "It was created to obtain not only their cooperation but take away any chance that they might fight back."
His agency released pictures and surveillance footage of the assailants pointing rifles at people in the shop.
The other suspects are Devon McCune, 22, of Haines City and Michael Gordon, 34, of Lakeland who were appended last night and Jovan Lamb, 29, who was caught by officials around 9 a.m. this morning.
The foursome fled Thursday from the pawnshop in a burgundy SUV heading toward Haines City.
An officer soon spotted the vehicle and the suspects fired shots in his direction from the car's back window, Judd said.
Minutes later, another officer pursued the vehicle and shots were also fired in his direction, Judd added.
Neither officer was injured.
One of the bullets nearly struck the second officer's police dog.
The vehicle eventually crashed in the Chanler Ridge community.
"This vehicle becomes lost. They don't know where they are. They're trying to get away from the police officers," Judd said.
Officers soon received a 911 call from a neighbor who had gone to check on the victims after hearing sirens.
The neighbor told officers she heard the women screaming "no" repeatedly from inside, Judd said.
Shortly after officials peered through a window and noticed the deceased, a blue car busted through the home's garage, straight in the direction of the officers, Judd said.
Multiple shots were fired. Four hit Gordon.
He was also bitten by a police dog.
Gordon sustained non-life-threatening injuries and has been released from the hospital, Judd said.
A $5,000 reward was being offered for Williams' capture.
McCune, Lamb and Williams are charged with three counts of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, among other charges. Gordon was charged with two counts of first degree murder.
All men have lengthy rap sheets spanning years.
"Everyone of these folks was a very experienced criminal; theyre bad. Theyre really bad people," said Judd at a second press conference.
McCune was on probation for robbery charges and has been arrested five times for robbery-related charges since 2004.
Lamb had eight charges ranging from burglary to armed robbery and larceny. Since 2003, Williams had one larceny charge along with several assault and battery and drug possession charges.
Gordon's criminal records date back to 1994 for a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon. He racked up over twenty charges throughout the years from numerous counts of battery and drug possession to grand theft.
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Mother, Daughter Dead Following Violent Armed Robbery Spree in Central Florida

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Hundreds of officers, including SWAT teams, scoured a Central Florida neighborhood for armed and dangerous men after a suspected robbery, high-speed chase and double homicide overnight.
All four suspects are now in custody, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said this morning.
The two people killed in the house invaded by one suspect were a mother and daughter, who, Judd said, were “viciously murdered” in a manner “much too graphic to describe.”
PHOTO: A suspect aims a rifle as he robs a pawn shop, Jan, 15, 2015, in Haines City, Fla., in this security camera video grab.
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PHOTO: A suspect aims a rifle as he robs a pawn shop, Jan, 15, 2015, in Haines City, Fla., in this security camera video grab.
Police had warned residents this morning to lock their doors as they went door-to-door clearing homes and escorting people who wanted to go to work to their cars.
The violence began at about 5:45 p.m. Thursday, when four suspects conducted what Sheriff Judd describes as a "well organized" robbery of a pawn shop in Auburndale, Florida.
Police recognized the getaway vehicle and chased it – the suspected robbers shooting out of the windows at them, police say. Finally, the driver crashed the car at the Chandler Ridge neighborhood in Haines City, where schools were closed.
While authorities apprehended one suspect, the other three scattered.
A tip from a neighbor helped police apprehend a second suspect at a home. After surrounding the home, police say a car burst out of the garage charging them. Officers fired shots and the car crashed. They unleashed K-9’s that attacked a suspect who was also wounded by a bullet.
When they entered the home they made a grim discovery: the bodies of two adults, with both deaths deemed homicides.
This morning officials announced the capture of the third, then fourth suspect. The last suspect, who was captured without incident, was allegedly found in a shed in the neighborhood.
Only one suspect will be charged with murder, the Sheriff's Office said.
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Putin's Tunnel Vision on Defense Sharpens Russia's Economic Crisis 

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President Vladimir Putin's insistence on huge defense spending makes it hard to see how a government plan to make deep budget cuts will see Russia through a deepening economic crisis.

German Police Arrest 2 Suspected of Supporting Islamic State

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German police say they have arrested two men in Berlin on suspicion they were recruiting fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria. Police say the men were detained Friday in a series of raids by more than 200 police officers on 11 properties in the German capital.   The group's leader, identified only as 41-year-old Ismet D in accordance with privacy laws, is suspected of organizing the group of largely Turkish and Russian nationals to fight against so-called "infidels" in Syria. The other man, identified as 43-year-old Emin F, is suspected of being in charge of finances. Police say there is no evidence the men were planning attacks inside Germany.

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