Tuesday, February 17, 2015

US Federal Judge Blocks Obama Immigration Directives | Ukraine truce fades as sides refuse to withdraw big guns | Sissi Seeks UN Mandate on International Intervention in Libya

US Federal Judge Blocks Obama Immigration Directives

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A U.S. federal judge in Texas has issued a ruling that temporarily blocks President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.  District Judge Andrew Hanen announced the ruling Monday in favor of 26 states, including Texas, that had filed a lawsuit seeking to permanently stop Obama's order. The president announced in November that he was protecting as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The states had argued that the president had exceeded his...

Ukraine truce fades as sides refuse to withdraw big guns

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DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Government forces and pro-Russian separatists said they would not carry out an agreement to pull back heavy guns in east Ukraine on Tuesday, pushing a shaky peace deal closer to collapse.
  

Sissi Seeks UN Mandate on International Intervention in Libya

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said Tuesday the United Nations Security Council should adopt a resolution calling for international military intervention in Libya. Sissi's comments came in an interview with France's Europe 1 radio, a day after his forces carried out airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants in the eastern Libyan city of Darna. Those bombings were retaliation for the militants' beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. "There is no other... 

Creativity and culture not open to all, review finds

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United approach across government needed to achieve equal access, says Warwick Commission, as it warns against further cuts to arts spending
The UK has too many barriers and inequalities preventing fair access to the arts and opportunities for people to live a creative life, a report says.
The Warwick Commission report into culture, creativity and growth in the UK comes after a 12-month inquiry into all aspects of a sector which covers everything from film, music and theatre to fashion, architecture and video games.
There are barriers and inequalities in Britain today that prevent this from being a universal human right
Vast numbers of people in this country, if they feel anything at all about art, feel disenfranchised
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US shadow group 'has embedded spyware in foreign computer networks' - Fortune

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US shadow group 'has embedded spyware in foreign computer networks'
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This article is published in partnership with Time.com. The original version can be found here. The U.S. has succeeded in embedding virtually untouchable “implants” that are capable of spying on and even damaging foreign computer networks, according to a ...

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American Sniper Shooter Confesses On Tape

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The jury hears the ex-Marine who shot Chris Kyle say: "If I did not take down his soul, he was going to take down mine."

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Ukraine: Fierce Battle As Deadline Passes

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A fragile ceasefire breaks down as rebels declare they have a "moral responsibility" to fight for the strategic eastern town.

Jews ARE safe here and I will keep it that way: Cameron says the UK is 'a country Jewish people are proud to call home' after Netanyahu calls for 'mass emigration' to Israel

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Prime Minister David Cameron waits to greet the Sultan of Brunei, at Chequers, Buckinghamshire, to discuss action against Islamist extremists. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday February 16, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Libya. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Millionaire Charged With Murdering His Guard

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The businessman allegedly rammed his SUV into the security worker because the gates to his luxury home were opened too slowly.

The Daily Vertical: Putin's Hybrid War -- In Europe

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The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

White House resists calls to focus on Islamist terrorism at three-day extremism summit 

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White House officials are downplaying calls to focus on Islamist terrorism in a three-day summit aimed at preventing violent extremism, insisting that recent attacks should not lead to stereotyping of certain communities as higher risk.
The international conference, which begins on Tuesday in Washington and will seek ways of deterring home-grown terrorism, has been criticised by Republicans for failing to single out Islamistextremism for particular scrutiny despite having been convened by Barack Obama in the wake of theterrorist attacks in Paris and coming amid concern over radicalisation by the Islamic State, or Isis, and just days after a terrorist attack in Denmark.
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History Clouds U.S.-Japan Ties

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The relationship between the U.S. and Japan is healthy but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s view of history is raising concerns in Washington, according to U.S. lawmakers visiting Tokyo.

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Prison Warned Denmark Suspect 'At Risk'

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The Danish Security and Intelligence Service said it received an alert from prison officials last year that the gunman believed to have been responsible for this weekend’s killing spree might have been radicalized.

White House resists calls to focus on Islamic-inspired terror at three-day ... - The Guardian

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White House resists calls to focus on Islamic-inspired terror at three-day ...
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President Barack Obama delivers a statement on US efforts against Islamic State militants, flanked by Vice-President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry. Photograph: Aude Guerrucci/pool/Aude Guerrucci/pool/Corbis. Dan Roberts in Washington.

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Obama wants to 'counter violent extremism'. He should look beyond Muslims - The Guardian

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Obama wants to 'counter violent extremism'. He should look beyond Muslims
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After so many hate crimes against Muslim Americans, why is our government focusing exclusively on Muslim communities as the problem? chapel hill vigil. Whose violence should Americans fear? Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. Deepa Iyer and ...

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Multiple deaths reported as power line falls on Haiti carnival float - Fox News

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Multiple deaths reported as power line falls on Haiti carnival float
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A power line has fallen on a float during the annual Carnival celebration in the Haitian capital, killing multiple people. Witnesses say about 20 people may have been killed in the accident. It occurred before dawn Tuesday as ...
At least 18 dead by electrocution in Haiti Carnival accidentDaily Mail
18 electrocuted on Carnival floatIrish Independent
Witnesses say multiple deaths in Haiti Carnival accidentWBTV

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Copenhagen Attacks: Gunman Had 'Good Heart', Friend Says - NBCNews.com

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Copenhagen Attacks: Gunman Had 'Good Heart', Friend Says
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The gunman accused of killing two and injuring five in attacks at a freedom of speech event and a synagogue was "loyal" and had "a good heart," according to a friend. Omar Abdelhamid Hussein, who was named in a Danish ...

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Watch the Abuse This Jewish Man Gets as He Walks Through Paris 

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Zvika Klein, a journalist who works for the Israeli news outlet NRG, filmed himself walking the streets of Paris for ten hours one day while wearing a yarmulke. The video opens with Klein putting on the traditional Jewish skullcap in front of the Eiffel Tower, before walking around the city. Along the way, Klein experiences what he describes as “fear and loathing,” as the camera catches people spitting on the ground near him, shouting “Viva Palestine” or simply saying, “Jew” or “Juif.”
The video has been edited down into a minute and a half and Klein had to go to areas where he, or any outsider, was likely to arouse attention. Klein, who wore a tzitzit or tasseled prayer garment to emphasise his identity, told the BBC that filming took place earlier this month and that while few incidents took place in the central areas of Paris, the outskirts of the city were a different story. “As we went to the suburbs, or certain neighbourhoods in the city, the remarks became more violent,” he said. (Klein also told the BBC that some bystanders also spoke out against the abusive comments he received.)
Klein’s video, which has been viewed nearly a million times since it was posted on Sunday, reflects a threat felt by more and more Jewish people in Europe, where anti-Semitic incidents are being increasingly reported. That fear is more pronounced following terrorist attacks in both Copenhagen and Paris earlier this year.
The video also replicates the format of a similar clip that went viral last October, which saw awoman walking the streets the of New York and recording the sexist harassment she encountered.
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Fear and silence in Libya as divisions deepen

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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - On the surface life looks normal in the Libyan capital. Cafes are bustling with customers sipping cappuccino, while well-stocked shops sell anything from Italian underwear to French cheese.
  

David Messerschmitt - Google Search

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  • Mystery surrounds stabbing death of young attorney inside ...

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    David Messerschmitt, an associate with the international law firm DLA Piper, checked into the Donovan Hotel in downtown Washington ...
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  • Tri-State man stabbed to death in Washington, D.C.

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    Police said 30-year-old David Messerschmitt was found stabbed to death at the Donovan Hotel in downtown Washington Tuesday morning.
  • Wife of man found dead in hotel tells police he had been acting ...

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    D.C. lawyer David Messerschmitt texted his wife at 7:34 p.m. Monday, saying he'd be home in about an hour, according to police documents.
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