Wednesday, October 14, 2015

US defense chief: we will deter Russia's 'malign and destabilizing influence'

US defense chief: we will deter Russia's 'malign and destabilizing influence'

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Ash Carter says US will not cooperate as long as Russia pursues a ‘misguided strategy’ in Syria but Moscow says it has been rebuffed in calls for consultation
The US defense chief has vowed to take “all necessary steps” against a resurgent Russia which is challenging a frustrated Washington in eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Ash Carter, the US defense secretary, said the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, had wrapped his country in a “shroud of isolation” which only a drastic change in policy could reverse.
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Trump: Russia 'probably' behind downing of MH17 - The Hill

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Trump: Russia 'probably' behind downing of MH17
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Dutch officials confirmed on Tuesday that the jet was downed by a Russian-made missile, which Trump said makes him believe Russia was behind the attack on the commercial airplane. Malaysia Air Flight 17 was shot down over a disputed area of Ukraine ...
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Is the Middle Volga About to Become a Second North Caucasus?

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For the last several years, numerous Russian politicians, commentators and activists have repeatedly suggested that the ethnic and religious situation in Russia’s Middle Volga region—which includes the republics of Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Chuvashia, Mordvinia, Mari El and Udmurtia—is rapidly deteriorating. And they have argued that as a result, the region, long one of the most quiescent of the Russia’s non-Russian portions, is on its way to becoming a second North Caucasus.
An article this week by Rais Suleymanov, who has been the source of many such stories and who is widely viewed by Muslims and Tatars as a provocateur, is typical. He suggests that the Taliban and the Islamic State are now recruiting actively in the Middle Volga and setting the region’s indigenous Muslim population against the Russians with explosive consequences for both. And he urges, as he has before, that Moscow must take harsh measures not only against the population of the Middle Volga but also against the leaders of the republics there who, he says, are protecting the radicals or even promoting their growth (APN, October 8).
The Middle Volga’s overall population numbers more than 25 million. The region sits astride all the communications and transportation links between European Russia and Siberia, and it is the location of much of the country’s oil and natural gas reserves. Therefore, given Moscow’s current ideological concerns and taking into account the Middle Volga’s size as well as geographic and economic importance, it is not surprising that articles like Suleymanov’s inevitably attract so much attention in Russia. Were things to go in the direction he suggests, that development would represent a far greater challenge to Moscow than even the North Caucasus has demonstrated. And considering the fears of what that might mean, many have extrapolated from any ethnic or religious problems there to predict an apocalypse, certain that they will have an audience for such suggestions and that they will not be held to the same standards of evidence that might be required from others about other parts of the Russian Federation.
But such projections almost certainly are overblown or at least misdirected, given the reasons why so many Russians and others accept them. Specifically, these projections are alarmist precisely because the region is so central and therefore the object of tight control by Moscow. Moreover, the Middle Volga has for centuries been deliberately Russified and is located far from the Russian Federation’s external borders. For all these reasons, it is extremely unlikely that the region’s security situation is nearly as dire as Suleymanov and those who think as he does now suggest. Igor Barinov, the head of the new Federal Agency for Nationality Affairs, argued last week that the situation in Tatarstan, the largest and most politically important or the Middle Volga republics, is “one of the best in Russia” and that the authorities there have things well in hand (Nazaccent.ru, October 9).
At a meeting in Bolgar, on October 8, Barinov argued that “in Tatarstan, there is one of the best regional programs for strengthening the unity of the Russian nation and the ethno-cultural development of the peoples of Russia.” He also suggested that other regions in the Russian Federation should learn from Kazan’s actions. To that end, the Russian nationalities official signed a cooperation accord with Tatarstan’s President Rustam Minnikhanov.
While in Tatarstan, Barinov also took part in a Tatar conference entitled, “Muslim Theological Thought: National, Regional and Civilizational Dimensions.” He spoke approvingly about the opening of the Bulgar Islamic Academy and stressed that the measures Tatarstan’s Muslims were taking must be directed at responding to any radical or extremist ideology. He noted that there had been 50 extremist crimes in Tatarstan in 2014, but that 87.8 percent of the republic’s population said that inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations were good—a view that never finds expression in the works of those like Suleymanov.
It is clear that the Middle Volga does pose a challenge to Moscow and perhaps an increasing one. But it comes from an entirely different direction than what those like Suleymanov suggest. It is not so much ethnic or religious radicalism that is at issue, as has been the case in the North Caucasus since Moscow launched its wars against Chechnya. Instead, it is the demand of the leaders of the republics of the Middle Volga—especially those of Tatarstan—for greater autonomy and control. Those demands receive less attention than do the claims of radicals, but they are often more effective.
Tatarstan, despite having had to give up many of the attributes of sovereignty over the last decade, is the only republic in the Russian Federation that still has a “president,” a status that Vladimir Putin himself has recognized as being an issue for the people of Tatarstan to decide. That is real power, as is the fact that Tatarstan controls a larger share of its resources than do most other non-Russian republics; and its officials often rise to positions of power in Moscow itself. Given the hyper-centralization of Putin’s Russia, that kind of power is a far more real threat to Moscow than the supposed Islamic State and Taliban hordes in the region that do not, in fact, exist.
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Avar Clans Gradually Take Over Governmental Posts in Dagestan

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Dagestan’s clans have experienced significant shifts after the republic’s political leadership changed in 2013, when Moscow dispatched Ramazan Abdulatipov to rule the territory. The politics in the republic have remained quite fluid despite the removal of many political heavyweights. “Dagestan is one of the few regions of Russia where political competition has survived,” wrote Dagestani analyst Musa Musaev. “Instead of political parties, however, the powerful informal ethnic and political groups compete with each other. Such groups share no ideological views or professional interests, just family ties, common origin and sub-regional identity.” These clans are often politically organized within certain parties. Several clans often share the same party affiliation. For example, all powerful clans have to have their “share” of representation in the ruling United Russia party, in order to compete for government resources (Riaderbent.ru, October 8).
With the rise of Ramazan Abdulatipov, an ethnic Avar, to power in Dagestan, ethnic Dargins became marginalized in the republic. Avars are the single largest ethnic group in the republic, comprising about a third of the population. The Dargins are the second largest ethnic group, with approximately 17 percent of the republic’s population. One of Dagestan’s most powerful and longest-lasting politicians, Said Amirov, who was mayor of Makhachkala and an ethnic Dargin, was arrested, flown out of the republic and sentenced to a lengthy prison term. The Dargins have dominated political life in the republic for most of the years since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The main beneficiaries of this “Dargin rule,” however, were not the Dargins as such, but very specific groups of Dargins from Levashi district in the mountains of Dagestan. Dargins who originated from the Levashi district villages of Mekegi, Jangamakhi, Tsudakhar and Kupa formed a tight elite group that ruled the republic for years. Now, clans from the Avar-populated Charoda, Tlyarata, and Khunzakh districts have the upper hand in Dagestan and are steadily taking over lucrative government positions. The takeover is happening despite the system of ethnic quotas in the republic, under which certain government positions are informally reserved for specific ethnic groups. In a recent example of this takeover, an Avar from Charoda district, Bilal Jabkharov, was appointed Dagestan’s finance minister, a position reserved for ethnic Dargins. Three Avar clans and two Dargin clans are currently competing for the position of Makhachkala mayor, which has control over substantial resources (Riaderbent.ru, October 8).
Changes are also taking place within the Avar elites. Two Avar districts, Gunib and Khunzakh, accounted for most of the members of Dagestan’s elite for decades after the Russian Empire’s conquest of the region in the 19th century. Gunib was at the center of the Dagestani resistance to the Russian conquest and the tsar’s government willingly co-opted local nobility in order to control the area. Khunzakh, the cradle of the Avar literary language, was an alternative Avar center. The most famous Dagestani poet, Rasul Gamzatov, came from Khunzakh. The Russian government supported Khunzakh to balance out the influence of Gunib, which was considered somewhat more rebellious. Interestingly, Khunzakh and Gunib enjoyed the status of Dagestan’s most favored districts throughout the Soviet era until the 1980s, when the Dargin clans started to take over. Only with Ramzan Abdulatipov’s arrival did the situation start to change, with the other Avar districts starting to catch up with the old Avar elites (Onkavkaz.com, October 6).
The shifts in Dagestan’s political elites have come with shifts in the financial sector. The best known Moscow-based Avar billionaire, Ziyaudin Magomedov, has predictably increased his presence in the republic. Magomedov hails from Khunzakh district and belongs to the republic’s old Avar elites. Magomedov’s investment group, Summa, started to receive large government contracts for infrastructure projects in Dagestan. Analysts discerned political ambitions in Magomedov’s activities after he engaged in flashy public actions, such as a meeting with Dagestan’s creative youth last September. On September 25, his 47th birthday, Magomedov erected a tent and spoke about innovations in Dagestan that would increase the republic’s competitiveness. Ramazan Abdulatipov appears to have given Magomedov’s action his blessing, as he was present at the meeting (Riaderbent.ru, October 8).
By contrast, the Moscow-based ethnically Lezgin billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, who is much wealthier than Magomedov, has relatively little presence in Dagestan. Kerimov’s son, 20-year-old Said, has made an ambitious offer to become the sole owner of Polyus Gold, Russia’s largest gold mining company, which is also one of the largest in the world. The current capitalization of the company is estimated at $8.7 billion (Onkavkaz.com, October 9).
The shifts within the Avar clans have not destabilized the republic. However, the non-Avar elites appear to be sidelined, and signs have emerged that Lezgins in southern Dagestan are increasingly unhappy with what they regard as essentially Avar rule of Dagestan, while the Dargins are also starting to gather forces to challenge the republic’s new status quo.
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Obama Admin Accuses Israel of Terrorism As More Jews Murdered 

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As Palestinians assailants continue to murder Jews across Israel, the Obama administration on Wednesday accused the Jewish state of committing acts of “terrorism,” drawing outrage from many observers.
As the number of Israelis murdered during a streak of Palestinian terrorism continues to rise, the Obama administration sought to equate the sides and told reporters that, in its view, Israel is guilty of terrorism.
“Individuals on both sides of this divide are—have proven capable of, and in our view, are guilty of acts of terrorism,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters following questions about the spike in violence.
Kirby also said the administration has obtained “credible reports” of Israelis using excessive force as it deals with a rash of terrorist murders carried out by Palestinians seeking to cause havoc and spark an intifada.
“We’re always concerned about credible reports of excessive use of force against civilians, and we routinely raise our concerns about that.”
At least three Israelis have been killed and another 20 wounded as a result of attacks by Palestinian terrorists in recent days.
The violence has prompted pushback from the Obama administration, much of it aimed at Israeli itself.
Secretary of State John Kerry, for instance, said he sympathized with Palestinian “frustration” in astatement that accused Israel of boosting the construction of so-called “settlements,” or Jewish homes in historically Jewish areas of the country.
“There’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years,” Kerry said. “Now you have this violence because there’s a frustration that is growing, and a frustration among Israelis who don’t see any movement.”
Settlement growth has not actually increased in Israel, according to former White House national security adviser Elliott Abrams, who recently criticized Kerry for promoting false views of the Jewish state amid the sharp rise in terrorism.
Other insiders who work closely with the Israeli government called the administration’s push to equate Palestinian terrorism with Israeli policing measures a “disgrace.”
“The administration’s position is a disgrace,” said one senior official with a prominent pro-Israel organization. “Our democratic Israeli allies are on the front lines in an actual war against terrorists stabbing Jews in the street, and the White House is making up stories about Israeli malfeasance and blaming terror victims.”
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill struck a different tone from the Obama administration when discussing the spike in violence.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) blamed the Palestinian government for glorifying terrorism and urging its citizens to strike out at Jewish people.
Palestinian religious figures and other prominent individuals have taken to social media and televisionoutlets in recent days to celebrate the rash of stabbings and demand that more take place.
“These attacks have been incubated by the continued incitement and glorification of violence by the Palestinian leadership, most recently by President Mahmoud Abbas during his address at the United Nations General Assembly,” Cruz said in a statement.
“He still has yet to categorically condemn these attacks. It is long past time for the United States and the international community to hold the Palestinians accountable for their incitement and support for terrorism, including through the financial payment to Palestinian terrorists who are jailed in Israel for committing acts of terrorism.”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.) said the violence proves the Palestinians are not a viable partner for peace.
“I condemn the recent violence and murders against Israeli citizens but it reaffirms once again how Israel’s supposed partner for peace, the Palestinian Authority, has been engaged in a vicious campaign of incitement to violence,” Ros-Lehtinen said.
Ros-Lehtinen and Rep. Ted Deutch (D., Fla.) has authored a House resolution expressing concern over the rise in anti-Semitic violence and calling on the Palestinian Authority to cease its incitement.
“In order to help restore some peace and stability within the region, the Obama administration needs to do more to support Israel,” Ros-Lehtinen said.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) praised Israeli leaders for showing resilience and “restraint” amid the terror attacks.
“It is critical that the Obama administration and Congress press Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who regrettably used his speech before the United Nations General Assembly to worsen tensions, to act decisively to end the growing wave of Palestinian violence and return to bilateral peace negotiations with Israel,” Kirk said.
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Where in the world is Argentina's fugitive spymaster? In the U.S., some say. 

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Argentine President Cristina Kirchner says the Obama administration is sheltering Antonio "Jaime" Stiuso.















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Poll: Ukrainians Disappointed by Corruption, Incomplete Reforms 

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From: VOAvideo
Duration: 01:59

Ukrainians are unhappy with their current government according to a recent poll, which found few are satisfied with the pace of legal reforms and efforts to end corruption. VOA's Oleksandr Yanevskyy has more.
Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/poll-shows-ukrainians-frustrated-by-corruption-incomplete-reforms/3006069.html

Democratic Debate Focused on Issues 

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From: Bloomberg
Duration: 05:26

Oct. 14 -- Bloomberg Politics' John Heilemann and Bloomberg View's Al Hunt weigh in on CNN's Democratic debate. They speak on "Bloomberg ‹GO›." Hunt's opinions are his own.

White House holds daily press briefing 

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From: Washington Post
Duration: 00:00

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest answers questions from members of the media on Oct. 14.

Поиск погибших украинских военных в аэропорту Донецка - BBC Russian 

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From: BBCRussian
Duration: 03:18

В Донецке в течение последних недель сохраняется затишье. Это позволило добровольцам, занимающимся розыском и опознанием тел погибших, попасть на территорию донецкого аэропорта, где много месяцев шли ожесточенные перестрелки. Подписывайтесь:http://www.youtube.com/user/bbcrussian?sub_confirmation=1

Iran broadcasts footage of underground missile base 

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From: AFP
Duration: 00:39

Iranian state television broadcast unprecedented footage Wednesday of a deep underground tunnel packed with missiles and launcher units, which officials said could be used if "enemies make a mistake".

Russia says hit 40 IS targets in new Syria strikes 

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From: AFP
Duration: 00:38

Russian jets hit 40 Islamic State targets in new strikes in Syria over the past 24 hours, destroying several ammunition depots and training camps, the Russian defence ministry said on Wednesday.
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Ukraine marks Defenders of the Fatherland Day 

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From: AFP
Duration: 00:55

Ukraine marks Defenders of the Fatherland Day -- a sombre occasion that Kiev introduced after Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and the subsequent revolt in the eastern provinces of Lugansk and Donetsk.

Couple Accused of Beating Son to Death in Church

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From: AssociatedPress
Duration: 00:46

Bruce and Deborah Leonard have been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Lucas Leonard. Four other members of the Word of Life Church are also charged in connection with the man's death. (Oct. 14)
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Who Won and Who Lost at CNN's Debate 

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From: Bloomberg
Duration: 04:38

Oct. 14 -- Bloomberg's Phil Mattingly reports on CNN's Democratic presidential candidates debate. Mattingle reports on "Bloomberg Markets."

Will Clinton's debate performance keep Biden on sidelines?

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From: FoxNewsChannel
Duration: 05:55

Strategy Room: Joe Lestingi and Ashley Intartaglia on whether the vice president jumps into the race
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Did Biden miss his chance by skipping first Dem debate?

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Duration: 06:14

Some political analysts are saying the vice president has missed his moment; Reaction on 'Outnumbered'
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How did frontrunner Hillary Clinton fair in first debate?

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From: FoxNewsChannel
Duration: 05:08

Ed Henry reports from Henderson, Nevada
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Who Won the Democratic Debate? 

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From: Bloomberg
Duration: 04:38

Oct. 14 -- Bloomberg's Phil Mattingly reports on CNN's Democratic presidential candidates debate. Mattingle reports on "Bloomberg Markets."

Raw: Pianos Played On The Streets Of Madrid

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Duration: 01:10

Pianos were placed on the streets of Madrid on Wednesday as part of a yearly cultural event which organizers said was aiming to promote knowledge of classical music and showcase professional pianists. (Oct. 14)
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Deadly Attacks in Israel Cause Concern 

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From: CNN
Duration: 04:11

Mark Regev, Israeli Government Spokesman, speaks to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on the recent deadly attacks in Israel.

Israel Deploys Troops to Counter Attacks 

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Duration: 01:42

The Israeli military began deploying hundreds of troops in cities across the country on Wednesday to assist police forces in countering a wave of deadly Palestinian shooting and stabbing attacks that have created panic across the country. (Oct. 14)
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Biden: Debate Candidates 'All Did Well' 

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Duration: 00:22

As he continues to ponder his own White House bid, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he thinks all the candidates in Tuesday night's democratic presidential debate 'did well.' (Oct. 14)
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Sex workers in France decry proposed prostitution law

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Demonstrators campaign outside the French Senate in Paris against a proposed amendment to a law on prostitution which would penalise clients. Diane Hodges reports.
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Will Hillary's debate performance help her in the polls?

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From: FoxNewsChannel
Duration: 03:42

Former Mitt Romney debate coach discusses Sanders, Clinton performances
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AP Top Stories 14 P - YouTube

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Here are your top stories for Wednesday, Oct. 14th: Israeli military deployed to help with spate of violence; Lamar Odom remains in hospital; Two dead in Florida plane crash; Piano players delight on streets of Madrid.

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Here are your top stories for Wednesday, Oct. 14th: Israeli military deployed to help with spate of violence; Lamar Odom remains in hospital; Two dead in Florida plane crash; Piano players delight on streets of Madrid.
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Raw: Deadly South African Bridge Collapse 

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A temporary bridge that was part of a construction project collapsed onto one of South Africa's busiest highways on Wednesday, killing two people and injuring 21 others, South Africa media reported. (Oct. 14)
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Peru Military Fails to Stop Narco Flights 

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Duration: 02:53

Peru has become the world’s largest producer of cocaine as the South American nation’s government does little to impede the flow of the drugs on small planes to neighboring Bolivia where it is then distributed worldwide. (Oct. 14)
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Myanmar to sign ceasefire agreement with eight armed groups

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YANGON (Reuters) - A ceasefire agreement between eight of Myanmar's armed ethnic groups and the government is set to be signed on Thursday, the culmination of over two years of negotiations aimed at bringing an end to the majority of the country's long-running conflicts.
  
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Netflix sees 3.6m new subscribers

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The online TV company Netflix gained another 3.6m subscribers between July and September, but figures for the US were lower than expected.

Saving Syria's Refugee Children | The New York Times

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Did Juncker Say Britain Does Not Need The EU?

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That is the question after the potentially controversial comment by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

US Fact-checkers Find Errors Aplenty at Democratic Presidential Debate 

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Political fact-checkers in the U.S. say that numerous claims made by the Democratic presidential candidates at their debate Tuesday night are dubious at best and in many cases simply wrong.   Fact-checkers at The New York Times, The Washington Post and Politico agreed that the party's leading contender, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, misstated State Department policy when she said the agency she headed from 2009 to 2013 "allowed" her to use a private email...

South African police commissioner is suspended

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South African President Jacob Zuma has suspended the country’s police commissioner, who faces an inquiry into alleged misconduct during the police shooting deaths of 34 miners during labor unrest in 2012.









Russian cities discuss banning booze once a week

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Some Russian officials this week are daring to think the seemingly unthinkable in the land of vodka — banning the sale of alcohol once a week in the country’s two main cities.

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