Tuesday, January 20, 2015

“Rise up and leave!”

Мавзолей облили святой водой

Published on Jan 19, 2015
Активисты арт-движения "Синий всадник" Олег Басов и Евгений Авилов провели у Мавзолея акцию "Изгоняющие дьявола. Осквернение Мавзолея". С криком "Встань и уйди!" активисты облили двери здания святой водой. Видео Андрея Новичкова.
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Two Russian artists jailed for 10 days for holy water stunt at Lenin mausoleum 

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  • Performance artists shouted ‘Rise up and leave!’ as they threw holy water
  • Act intended to ‘confront two myths’ of Lenin and Christian resurrection
Two Russian performance artists have been jailed for 10 days after throwing holy water at the Lenin Mausoleum on Red Square and shouting, “Rise up and leave!”
The men were sentenced to 10 days in police cells for petty hooliganism after the protest they carried out on Monday, an Orthodox holiday, a member of their art group, Irina Dumitskaya told AFP.
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Beauty, Pie and Sniper: why Hollywood loves making things American 

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American Sniper’s huge taking on its opening weekend has shown once again that Stateside cinemagoers are nothing if not patriotic
American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of Chris Kyle’s bestselling autobiography, exceeded all expectations last week by earning an obscene amount of money at the US box office: $105m over the Martin Luther King long weekend. Americans went in their droves to watch a film that US conservatives, and red state audiences in particular, have already claimed as their own. “Hollywood leftists,” wrote Sarah Palin on Facebook, “just realise the rest of America knows you’re not fit to shine Chris Kyle’s combat boots.”
Clearly, patriotism has significantly contributed to the film’s success, and the presence of “American” in its title will have helped tremendously. American filmmakers have been using the power of the word since the birth of cinema in 1896. Between then and 1970, according to the American Film Institute, 191 of the country’s films had “American” in the title, while a further 63 had “America”. It began with travelogues boasting footage of the Niagara Falls (such as the 1896 opus American Falls from Incline Railroad), while 1903’s short silent movie Life of an American Fireman, made for the Edison Manufacturing Company, treated viewers to a woman and child being rescued from a burning building.
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Record award for family of Turkish boy whose circumcision was botched 

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Boy who was taken to mass circumcision ceremony for disadvantaged children lost large portion of his penis and health ministry ordered $255,000 payment
A Turkish court has approved a record compensation payment for the family of a boy who had a large portion of his penis removed and burnt off in a botched circumcision operation, media reported.
The boy, who is now six, underwent the operation when he was one year old in a mass circumcision ceremony for boys from disadvantaged families in the south-eastern city of Batman.
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Footage shows Italian police breaking up major mafia drug ring

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Italian police have broken up a major Calabrian mafia drug trafficking ring in Rome. Report by Claire Lomas.
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Military cyborg biker presented to Putin - YouTube

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Published on Jan 20, 2015
Russia's military is busy building autonomous tanks, unmanned vehicles and other weapons one won't be ashamed of in the 21st century. Vladimir Putin visited a Research Institute outside Moscow and was shown a combat robot. Here's what he saw.

Watch the Russian Military Present Putin With a Cyborg Biker

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The Terminator exists.
Or at least a primitive version of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous cyborg creation does. In an RT video posted Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is shown at a research institute outside Moscow, where he’s presented a combat robot driving an ATV bike on a controlled course. Details on the cyborg are slim, but it seems to be driving very slowly and carefully, and looks a bit like a Star Wars Stormtrooper.
The Russian military has been testing a wide variety of combat robots, a program that the U.S. has largely eschewed in favor of bomb-defusing and reconnaissance robots only. A Russian tank the size of a small car, for instance, comes equipped with a heavy machine gun and can act semi autonomously, according to Popular Mechanics.
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Who Are the Houthis of Yemen? 

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The Houthis, the militiamen fighting in Sana on Tuesday, are part of a Shiite rebel group from northwestern Yemen that has been seeking a greater say in government.

Coming to Terms With the New Oil Reality

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The effect of the sharp drop in oil prices will last years past the moment prices have recovered.

Russia may send S-300 missile system to Iran - Ynetnews

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Russia may send S-300 missile system to Iran
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Original contract for sale of system was canceled in 2010 after strong pressure from the West and UN sanctions imposed on Iran. Reuters. Published: 01.20.15, 20:16 / Israel News. Russia might deliver a long-overdue S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, ...

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Or at least a primitive version of Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous cyborg creation does. In an RT video posted Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is shown at a research institute outside Moscow, where he's presented a combat robot driving an ATV ...
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Paris Mayor Plans to Sue Fox News Over Inaccurate Reports

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Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said in an interview Tuesday that she plans to sue the American network Fox News after it broadcast inaccurate reports on Muslim “no-go zones” in the French capital, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks.
Her comments, which aired on CNN, come in the wake of multiple Fox News reports that describe areas of Paris as off-limits to non-Muslims and governed by Sharia law, reports that were untrue and which the network later apologized for.
“When we’re insulted, and when we’ve had an image, then I think we’ll have to sue, I think we’ll have to go to court, in order to have these words removed,” Hidalgo told Amanpour in an interview. “The image of Paris has been prejudiced, and the honor of Paris has been prejudiced.”
Fox’s coverage of no-go zones was widely mocked by Parisian comedy programs. The network has since retracted its reports.

Iran's IRGC Warns Israel Following Air Strike That Killed Iranian Commander 

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​The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) warned on January 20 that Israel should expect "devastating thunderbolts" in response to the January 18 air strike in Syria that killed an IRGC general and several members of the Lebanese Hizballah militia.


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Why IS Ransom Demand Is Not About Money

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Islamic State has daily oil revenues of $1m on top of other funding, so it's not the cash the group is after, writes Sam Kiley.

Poll: Majority of Russians Say Stalin Played 'Positive Role'

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More than half the respondents to a survey published Tuesday by an independent Russian polling agency said Soviet dictator Josef Stalin played a positive role in the life of the country. Sixteen percent of the respondents in the poll carried out by the independent Levada-Center last November 21-24, said Stalin played an "undoubtedly positive" role, while 36 percent said his role was "rather positive." Twenty-one percent of those polled said the Soviet dictator...

Japan’s Abe Faces Great Risk, Little Reward in ISIS Hostage Crisis 

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to do all he can to secure the safe release of two Japanese citizens facing death threats at the hands of Islamist extremists in Syria. But experts say there’s little he can do — and he faces great risks in doing it.
Abe was winding up a six-day trip to the Middle East when militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) released a video Tuesday threatening to kill two Japanese men captured last year unless the government pays $200 million in ransom.
Militants said the demands were in retaliation for $200 million in aid that Abe had pledged just days earlier to countries opposing ISIS forces fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Abe likes to present himself as strong on defense, having taken office two years ago promising to boost military spending, ease long-standing restraints on Japan’s military and promote “proactive contributions to peace” overseas. Even before the Syria crisis, his administration was reportedly considering plans to beef up a Japanese anti-piracy base in Djibouti for rescue and other military missions in the Middle East region.
But polls show that Japanese remain deeply divided by Abe’s defense agenda. The hostage drama presents Abe with “a rather tricky balancing act,” says Koichi Nakano, a professor of political science at Sophia University in Tokyo.
“Abe needs to appear to be both tough on terrorist intimidation and deeply concerned about the plight of the hostages,” says Nakano. “If he appears soft and unable to cope with the pressure, he might start losing support. But if he appears uninterested in the lives of the Japanese hostages, he might also fall out of favor.”
Abe emphasized that his government would work to secure the hostages’ safety at a press conference late Tuesday in Jerusalem. “The international community needs to cooperate and take action without yielding to terrorism,” he said.
Even so, the crisis is certain to polarize the Japanese public. Polls show a majority remain deeply committed to Japan’s pacifist Constitution, despite a swing to the right by political leaders. Conservative rhetoric about patriotism is unlikely to sway them, says Nakano. “Their reaction is more likely to be that postwar pacifism provides a better means to protect the Japanese from such threats than Abe’s ‘pro-active’ approach.”
Perhaps ironically, Abe’s move towards a more robust defense agenda was inspired, in part, by a similar hostage crisis in the Middle East in January 2013 when ten Japanese nationals were killed by Islamist militants at a gas complex in Algeria.
In that crisis, Japan was forbidden by law from attempting a rescue operation, or even sending troops to escort survivors or bodies of the deceased out of the country. That rankled Abe – a staunch nationalist who had been in office less than a month — and almost certainly contributed to a more aggressive defense policy than he had signaled during his election campaign.
Since then, Abe has overseen three consecutive increases in annual defense spending – after 10 straight years of decline – and has unilaterally dropped a ban on collective self-defense.
He has also established a new National Security Council, which concentrates decision-making in the Prime Minister’s office, and has authorized Japan’s armed forces to form a new amphibious warfare unit to help defend Japan’s thousands of remote islands.
But for all that, Abe has precisely no military options in Syria, says Grant Newsham, senior research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, in Tokyo.
“Japan lacks the necessary forces for an overseas rescue. They aren’t organized or equipped or trained for such missions, even if they were ordered to undertake them. That requires a lot resources in terms of manpower, equipment, transportation and intelligence resources. It’s not that easy,” says Newsham, a former U.S. Marine Corps liaison to Japan’s Ground Self Defense Force.
Nakano says it is almost certain that Abe will not pay the ransom for the freelance journalist and self-styled mercenary who were captured separately by ISIS last year. With few options remaining and time running out, the odds of the prime minister being able to keep his pledge seem low indeed.
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Five Chechens suspected of planning terror attack are arrested in France

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Five Chechens have been arrested in France on suspicion of plotting a terror attack amid rising anger in Chechnya over the Charlie Hebdo magazine's depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.

Russia: Our forces didn't enter Ukraine

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Ukraine's latest allegations that Russian troops have been deployed into Ukraine are "complete rubbish," the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
    


Yemen militia clash with army 

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Shiite militia clashed with Yemen's army and fired on a convoy carrying the prime minister on Monday as pressure mounted on the embattled government of President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi. Duration: ...
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Bletchley Park ‘girls’ break code of secrecy for book launch

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Women who worked together throughout war meet
– some for the first time – to mark publication of new book featuring their memories
For years Betty Webb and Mary Every worked a few yards apart, often through the night, in Block F among the codebreakers of Bletchley Park. Now, both aged 92, they have met for the first time.
Although thousands of women worked there cheek by jowl throughout the war years, billeted among curious local families or sharing accommodation eight double bunks to a hut, absolute secrecy ruled. It was decades before the outside world learned anything of what went on in the warren of dilapidated huts surrounding the ugly Edwardian mansion in
Buckinghamshire, but the bright young women recruited from secretarial colleges, the armed forces, or straight from school, scarcely knew any more.
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Ukraine Reports Attack By Russian Troops On Eve Of Talks

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A military spokesman says Ukrainian soldiers on January 20 came under attack from Russian regular forces in the north of the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.

Coroner identifies worker killed in Ohio overpass collapse - FoxReno.com

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Coroner identifies worker killed in Ohio overpass collapse
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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A worker killed when an overpass collapsed onto Interstate 75 in Cincinnati has been identified. A Hamilton County coroner's spokesman says the worker was 35-year-old Brandon William Carl, of Augusta, Kentucky. The spokesman, Terry ...

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Activists Arrested After Dousing Lenin's Tomb With Holy Water

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Two performance artists were arrested after pouring holy water on the Red Square tomb of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and shouting “Rise and be gone!”, Russian media reported. The stunt, filmed on Monday and posted on the Internet, was cut short after two men detained the artists, who had passed through barriers cordoning off the red granite mausoleum where Bolshevik revolutionary leader lies embalmed. The video showed them taking water out of a church on Jan. 19, a day when Russian...

The State(s) of the Union | Obama State of the Union 2015 Address | The New York Times 

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Beginning with his 2009 address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama has focused on several themes that remain hallmarks of his State of the Union speeches. Produced by: A.J. Chavar...
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Saudi Arabia's rights crackdown linked to war on terror - New Zealand Herald

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Saudi Arabia's rights crackdown linked to war on terror
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) " A man is given 50 lashes in a public square for "insulting Islam" on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman's public beheading. Two females are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter ...
UK minister says deplores Saudi activist's flogging, plans to raise matterReuters
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Francis: Catholics Needn't 'Breed Like Rabbits' - Voice of America

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Francis: Catholics Needn't 'Breed Like Rabbits'
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Pope Francis says that just because the Catholic Church bans artificial contraceptives, it does not mean Catholics have to "breed like rabbits." Flying back to Rome Monday from his weeklong visit to Asia, Francis, in an airborne news conference, said the ...
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Pope Francis: Stop Breeding 'Like Rabbits'Boston.com
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New Police Radars Can See Through Walls - The New American

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New Police Radars Can See Through Walls
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It has come to light that law enforcement agencies across the country have, for over two years, been using radar devices that allow officers to look through the walls of homes to learn whether anyone is inside — raising serious concerns about privacy ...

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Coroner identifies worker killed in Ohio overpass collapse - Chron.com

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Coroner identifies worker killed in Ohio overpass collapse
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio transportation authorities say that the overpass demolition work that resulted in a fatal collapse onto Interstate 75 is part of a three-year, nearly $91 million project. The Ohio Department of Transportation says that Westerville, ...

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Why Vladimir Putin should be at the Auschwitz memorial ceremony 

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We should forget neither the Soviet Union’s role in liberating the camps nor its antisemitic blind spots
On 27 January 1945 a reconnaissance patrol from the Soviet 107th Rifle Division emerged from the snow-laden forest 70km west of Kraków. The soldiers were mounted on shaggy ponies, their submachine guns slung across their backs. In front of them stood Auschwitz-Birkenau, the grimmest symbol of modern history. Officers gazed around in disbelief, then called in medical teams to care for the 3,000 sick prisoners left behind.
It is a great shame that Vladimir Putin, having not been invited, won’t be present at a memorial ceremony next week to mark the 70th anniversary – at the very least, it would have reminded the world that the advance of Stalin’s Red Army forced the SS to abandon the extermination camps in the east. And yet the muted row over the Russian president’s absence is a reminder that this particular chapter in Russia’s second world war history was, and remains, full of contradictions.
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Q&A: The reality of ransoms

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Ransom is as old as kidnappings, bad guys and money. But it never gets old enough not to demand again, as the Japanese government now knows all too well.
    


The Guardian view on counter-terror cooperation: walking the line 

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After the Paris attacks, Europe needs to engage afresh with Muslim nations, but not at the expense of basic rights
Ten days after the Paris attacks, the security repercussions continue. Yesterday Sir John Sawers, recently retired as head of MI6, called for renewed cooperation between intelligence agencies and internet companies. Meanwhile, European foreign ministers met to strengthen anti-terrorism coordination within the EU, and called for a stronger alliance with Arab states in combating jihadi networks. The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said: “The threat is not only the one we faced in Paris, but it is spreading in other parts of the world, starting from Muslim countries.”
Better coordination is undoubtedly needed to foil further attacks in Europe, where Islamist terrorists have struck in three capitals – Madrid, London and now Paris. Anti-terrorism raids in France and Belgium confirm that the threat continues. The Paris killers had links with networks across the Middle East, including in Yemen. So the need to share intelligence to counter groups that themselves operate and communicate easily across borders cannot be disputed. A further illustration of this came when an Algerian national appeared before a Greek prosecutor on Monday over a possible link to a foiled Islamist plot to attack police in Belgium.
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Argentines protest prosecutor's death

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Turkish Police Launch Wiretapping Raids on Erdogan Foes

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Turkish police detained 23 people suspected of a role in illegal wiretapping on Tuesday in a move local media said was aimed at supporters of President Tayyip Erdogan's ally-turned-foe, U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Ankara prosecutors are investigating claims of wiretapping targeting Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the head of the armed forces and other top officials. The prosecutor's office was not available for comment. Separately, the interior ministry replaced...

Billy Crystal is wrong. There is nowhere near enough gayness on screen 

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Crystal might not want gay sex ‘shoved in his face’. But after hundreds of years of straight white guys telling straight white guy stories, I say bring on the disabled black lesbians


Comedian, actor and – apparently – bewildered Victorian time-traveller Billy Crystal disappointed millions of fans and general conscience-havers this week when, in an interview with the Television Critics Association, he said that he thinks gay characters on TV are “pushing it a little too far”.
“I hope people don’t abuse it and shove it in our face,” Crystal continued, referring to gay sex scenes, “to the point where it feels like an everyday kind of thing.” He later attempted a half-hearted backpedal, telling the Hollywood Reporter that, don’t worry, he totally thinks straight people are gross, too: “What I meant was that whenever sex or graphic nudity of any kind (gay or straight) is gratuitous to the plot or story, it becomes a little too much for my taste.”
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Russian spy ship docks in Cuba

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Could al Qaeda benefit from Yemen turmoil?

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Becky Anderson interviews pro-Houthi activist Hussain Al-Bukhaiti, who is currently in Sana'a.
    


Palestinian Authority Gives Partial Salaries to Employees

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The authority said it had taken out loans to cover a shortfall caused by Israel’s withholding tax revenue it collects on the Palestinians’ behalf.
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Our ‘impartial’ broadcasters have become mouthpieces of the elite 

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If you think the news is balanced, think again. Journalists who should challenge power are doing its dirty work
When people say they have no politics, it means that their politics aligns with the status quo. None of us are unbiased, none removed from the question of power. We are social creatures who absorb the outlook and opinions of those with whom we associate, and unconciously echo them. Objectivity is impossible.
The illusion of neutrality is one of the reasons for the rotten state of journalism, as those who might have been expected to hold power to account drift thoughtlessly into its arms. But until I came across the scandal currently erupting in Canada, I hadn’t understood just how quickly standards are falling.
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Saudi Arabia's rights crackdown linked to war on terror - Wink News

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Saudi Arabia's rights crackdown linked to war on terror
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A man is given 50 lashes in a public square for “insulting Islam” on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman's public beheading. Two females are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter ...

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Yemen coup: Houthi rebels seize presidential palace and attack Hadi's official residence

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US-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was unhurt in the attack, which came just hours after he had met with the rebel Houthis to try to negotiate changes to the constitution and national authority.

Mystery deepens in prosecutor's death

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The furor in Argentina over the puzzling death of a prosecutor investigating a high-profile terror attack looked unlikely to recede as the first forensic results in the case were released Tuesday.
    


Orthodox Christians in Donetsk take icy dip for Epiphany

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Orthodox Christians in war-torn Ukraine celebrate the feast of the Epiphany by taking a swim in freezing cold water. Duration: 00:56.
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Pakistan Minister: Saudis Destabilizing Muslim World

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A Pakistani Cabinet minister has accused the Saudi government of creating instability across the Muslim world, including Pakistan, through funding aimed at "promoting its ideology." Federal Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination, Riaz Hussain Pirzada, speaking Tuesday in Islamabad, said that it is time to stop the influx of Saudi money. Pirzada is the highest level Pakistani official to accuse Saudi Arabia of interfering in other countries' affairs by giving loans and...

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Silk Road 2.0 founder's 'right hand man' Brian Farrell arrested in Washington 

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The 26-year-old was arrested on Friday on a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine in connection with his alleged role as a staff member for the Silk Road 2.0 website
US authorities announced charges on Tuesday against a Washington state man, Brian Farrell, who they say assisted in the management of the successor website to Silk Road, an online black marketplace where drugs and other illicit goods could be bought with Bitcoin, the digital currency.
Farrell, 26, was arrested late on Friday on a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine in connection with a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Seattle that outlined his alleged role as a staff member for the Silk Road 2.0 website.
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Yemeni Rebel Leader Vows Escalation If Reforms Stall

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(SANAA, Yemen) — The leader of the Shiite rebels who control Yemen’s capital and seized the presidential palace on Tuesday warned of a further escalation if President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi stands in the way of political reform.
In a lengthy speech aired by the group’s TV network, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said “all options are open” and that escalation “has no ceiling” if the president does not “speed up” implementation of a U.N.-brokered peace deal.
That deal would grant the Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, greater power and shake up a committee tasked with drafting a new constitution.
Houthi also voiced defiance to the U.N. Security Council, which held a closed-door meeting on the Yemeni crisis on Tuesday, saying “any measure you take to force this country to succumb … will not benefit you.”

Analysis: Obama barrels into final act of presidency unbowed

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's not just the State of the Union speech that President Barack Obama is turning on its head. It's the whole notion of a lame-duck president....

More than 100000 Air Force UFO files land on the Internet - Fox 59

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More than 100000 Air Force UFO files land on the Internet
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Nearly 130,000 pages of declassified Air Force files on UFO investigations and sightings are now available online. The Project Blue Book Collection consists of files from Project Blue Book, Project Sign and Project Grudge, the names given to official ...
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Five Florida football players charged with gang-raping fellow student 

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  • Girl says she was raped in woods and captured part of incident on video
  • Two of the accused teens will be charged as adults and three as juveniles
Five football players were charged on Tuesday with gang-raping a fellow student near their central Florida high school, and investigators say the 16-year-old captured part of the encounter on video.
Two of the Winter Springs high school students will be charged as adults and the remaining three as juveniles, state attorney Phil Archer said.
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Not gloom for all amid long queues and scarcities in Venezuela

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Galloping inflation and struggling economy have caused long queues at Venezuelan supermarkets amid scarcities. But those with an eye for an opportunity are making money off the crisis, queuing...
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Why the Muslim 'No-Go-Zone' Myth Won't Die - The Atlantic

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Why the Muslim 'No-Go-Zone' Myth Won't Die
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Back to The Wire What is The Wire? The Wire features the latest news coverage from The Atlantic. Why the Muslim 'No-Go-Zone' Myth Won't Die. There's no evidence of extremist takeover of areas in Europe or the United States. So why do the claims continue ...

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Nine-month-old boy shot dead by five-year-old brother - Sydney Morning Herald

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Nine-month-old boy shot dead by five-year-old brother
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A nine-month-old baby boy died on Monday after he was shot in the head by his five-year-old brother in their grandfather's home in the US state of Missouri, police said. The five-year-old found his grandfather's .22-calibre revolver in the bedroom and was ...

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EU Commissioner Opens Door To Armenian Association Agreement 

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The EU's Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, has opened up the possibility of the European Union and Armenia signing an association agreement without its free-trade component.

Nearly half of Japanese adults are not having sex

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New police radar can see inside homes, but it's controversial - whnt.com

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New police radar can see inside homes, but it's controversial
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – USA Today reports some U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with a radar that allows them to see through walls of house to determine if anyone is inside. The radar devices are raising concerns over too ...
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See how the police radar can 'see' through your homeLivingston Daily
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German Rabbit Breeders Miffed by Pope's Reproduction Remarks 

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German rabbit breeders have expressed dismay over Pope Francis' recent comment that Catholics do not have to breed “like rabbits.” On his flight back to Rome Monday from his trip to the Philippines, Francis reminded his followers that they should practice "responsible parenthood and natural methods of birth control." The pope elaborated by saying that new life was "part of the sacrament of marriage." While in Manila, the pontiff had strongly defended the...

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Afghan Officials Say Dozens Of Militants Killed In Operations

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Afghan authorities say dozens of Taliban fighters and other militants have been killed in military operations across the country over the past several days.

WorldViews: What’s happening in Yemen’s potential coup

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Yemen is rapidly falling
under the control of a rebel group after its forces stormed the presidential palace
Tuesday.Read: Rebels storm presidential palace in YemenThis moment comes after years of violence among various factions in Yemen took an even more violent turn in recent months, causing many to wonder if the country could turn into a failed state. Here is a brief rundown of what has been happening in Yemen since 2011, when the Arab Spring caused major unrest in the country.Read full article >>






Russian LGBT Leader To Challenge Antigay Activist For Seat

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One of Russia's leading gay activists has announced he will run against a well-known antigay politician for a seat in St. Petersburg's legislative assembly.

Erdogan Set for Win in Overcoming Graft Scandal

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Turkey’s parliament was set to reject corruption allegations against four former cabinet members, signaling President Recap Tayyip Erdogan’s triumph over a year-old scandal.

State of the Union address: Obama to deliver annual speech – live 

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  • President to call for economic recovery ‘for everybody’
  • Tax reform plan expected to be night’s biggest policy proposal
  • National security, race relations and climate change up for discussion
  • Speech begins at 9pm ET
Does it matter what the president says?
A quick glance at States of the Union past raises the question of whether the big speech really does anything, apart from attract 30-some million television viewers and create awkward scenes for the Internet to make fun of.
Don't expect much out of tonight's #SOTU - Just 2 of Obama's 18 proposals got through Congresshttp://t.co/gGojM0yZY7 pic.twitter.com/eq5DnxCSz0
Amid all this talk of what the president will talk about, it stands to note that the executive has the power to make certain things happen unilaterally, such as granting federal employees six months’ paid maternity leave or getting the director of NSA in a meeting with Google to talk cybersecurity. Other proposals, such as rewriting the tax code, are just words, without the support of Congress.
One prominent outstanding question for tonight is how the president will address security concerns following the terror attacks in Paris earlier this month and the raids and patrols across Europe that followed. A recent Pew Research report found that “terrorism” ranked as the public’s top policy priority for 2015:
#SOTU prep: what Americans see as top 2015 priorities http://t.co/ZReFRHCCdqpic.twitter.com/Z3ozDg0uSL via @pewresearch #PewSOTU
What will the president say tonight?
The State of the Union is a notoriously overstuffed speech, containing policy prescriptions on every topic the administration wants in the national conversation. The economic recovery and middle-class mobility will take top billing this year, to hear the White House tell it.
Hello and welcome to our live blog coverage of the 2015 State of the Union address, which President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver in the House chamber beginning at 9pm ET.
In the taxonomy of big political speeches – inaugurals, convention keynotes, campaign climaxes – the State of the Union remains its own gloriously unique bird: squawky, large, funky-feathered – and usually flightless.
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Mysterious bombs are exploding in Ukraine — and not in the war-torn east 

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KYIV — More often than not, the attacks appear to be targeted at pro-Ukrainian political and social organizations, causing injuries but no deaths.