Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hundreds of workers are paid £500 a month to work exhausting 12-hour shifts from a modern office building in St Petersburg, Russia, flooding the internet with pro-Krelim messages.

How Russia's 'troll factory' runs thousands of fake Twitter and Facebook accounts to flood social media with pro-Putin propaganda

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Hundreds of workers are paid £500 a month to work exhausting 12-hour shifts from a modern office building in St Petersburg, Russia, flooding the internet with pro-Krelim messages.

Tennessee sterilisations in plea deals for women evoke dark time in America 

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Nashville district attorney bans staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip, but critics suggest the practice may not be as rare as people think
Nashville prosecutors have made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years, and the district attorney has banned his staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip after the latest case.
In the most recent case, first reported by The Tennessean, a woman with a 20-year history of mental illness had been charged with neglect after her five-day-old baby mysteriously died. Her defense attorney says the prosecutor assigned to the case wouldn’t go forward with a plea deal to keep the woman out of prison unless she had the surgery.
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Saudi Arabia Pulled Diplomats From Yemen

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Saudi Arabia’s navy evacuated diplomats from Aden in Yemen before Houthi rebels—who took control of the government in the capital last month—descended on the southern port city, the Saudi Press Agency said.

Bird flu kills 22,000 Minnesota turkeys and infects tens of thousands more 

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H5N2 strain, which has appeared in several states, prompts countries to ban Minnesota poultry imports as disease hits key bird migration route
An outbreak of a bird flu strain that’s deadly to poultry deepened Saturday when state and federal officials confirmed a third Minnesota turkey farm has been infected, this time in one of the state’s top poultry-producing counties.
The federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said a commercial flock of 39,000 turkeys in Stearns County of central Minnesota has been infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza, which also killed tens of thousands of turkeys at two other farms in Pope and Lac qui Parle counties of western Minnesota.
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Don't ignore threat Iran poses to global security - U-T San Diego

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Don't ignore threat Iran poses to global security
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For months, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have repeated a mantra about nuclear negotiations with Iran: “no deal is better then a bad deal.” But when Obama is asking rhetorically “what's the alternative,” he contradicts the mantra, ...

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Insurgents Seize Much of Key Syrian City - New York Times

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Insurgents Seize Much of Key Syrian City
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BEIRUT, Lebanon — A coalition of Islamist insurgents, including a branch of Al Qaeda, seized most of the northern Syrian city of Idlib on Saturday after four days of heavy fighting. It was an unusually dramatic front-line shift in a four-year war that has long ... 
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100,000 tweets A DAY from ISIS: How jihadist's social media terror network is the 'most significant challenge' to Europe's security

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Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol and ex-MI5 officer, urged social media firms to help authorities stem the terrorist threat - revealing ISIS controls about 50,000 Twitter accounts.

Iran Blamed For Yemen's Conflict As Saudi Arabia Targets Shi'ite Rebels

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A Saudi-led coalition of 10 Sunni Arab states continued to launch air strikes early on March 29 against Shi’ite rebels in Yemen that allegedly are backed by Iran.

'Open the goddamn door!': Desperate final pleas of Germanwings captain emerge as black box transcript reveals Lubitz's repeated attempts to coax pilot into toilet

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According to transcripts in German newspaper Bild, captain Patrick Sondheimer screamed ‘Open the goddamn door!’ as his co-pilot (pictured) deliberately flew the aircraft into the Alps.

Plane Comes Off Runway At Canadian Airport

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Air Canada says a plane has come off the runway at Halifax airport after making an "abrupt" landing.

Struggle to explain what motivated co-pilot in doomed flight

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LONDON (AP) -- A disgruntled worker shoots up a workplace. A student opens fire at a high school. A pilot crashes a planeload of people into a mountainside....

Crash pilot was psychiatric patient, planned big gesture: paper

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing an airliner, killing 150 people, had told his girlfriend he was planning a spectacular gesture so "everyone will know my name", a German daily said on Saturday.






  
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Iran nuclear talks go down to wire as Israel lashes out - Daily Mail

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Iran nuclear talks go down to wire as Israel lashes out
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High-stakes negotiations to rein in Iran's suspect nuclear programme looked set to go down to the wire Sunday with only three days left until a midnight deadline for the outlines of a deal. In a sign that the complex talks were coming to a head, top US diplomat ...

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Cowards who dodge Russian Army Drafting Bared from Politics and Justice 

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An Upper House lawmaker says very soon Russia will introduce a law banning draft dodgers from becoming government ministers, judges and prosecutors.
Senator Viktor Ozerov (Khabarovsk Region), who shared this forecast with reporters, currently chairs the Defense and Security Committee in the Federation Council.
“Very soon we will pass the law that would preclude draft dodgers from assuming high posts in the government in the future. These are posts of ministers and also judges and prosecutors. All candidates for such positions would be strictly required to have military service in their CVs,” Ozerov said.
In early 2014, Russia introduced amendments that forbid all state and municipal bodies from employing people convicted of illegally evading military service. However, the law was contested by lawmakers from the Chechen Republic and in October 2014 the Constitutional Court ruled to overturn it and ordered the Federal Parliament get rid of several legal contradictions.
Earlier this month the State Duma Committee for Defense approved the bill that, if passed, would ban persistent draft dodgers from any work in civil service for five years. The same bill bans such people from leaving Russia for the same period of time.
Within the framework of the ongoing military reform Russia has moved from two years to one year of compulsory conscription and took other steps to make military service more attractive to young people, such as setting up special “science companies” that allowed gifted soldiers to perform scientific work for the defense sector.
However, the problem of draft dodging remains and the military are still in great need of new conscripts. In late 2012 Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that the under-manning in some units had reached from 40 to 60 percent. And in December 2014, Chief of General Staff General Valery Gerasimov told reporters that the average under-manning in the forces was about 10 percent.
This week President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on new military draft according to which conscription offices throughout the country must summon about 150,000 people to military service.
All male citizens aged 18-27 are subject to military service, but exemptions are provided for health and family reasons. Members of federal and regional legislatures receive official deferment from the draft. Ideological or religious pacifists can take alternative civilian service, but that term is twice as long as regular military service. Deliberate evading of the draft is a criminal offence punishable by up to two years in prison.
        
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Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared - Netanyahu - Daily Mail

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Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared - Netanyahu
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JERUSALEM, March 29 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared. Israel has ...

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LA light rail train hits car, partially derails; 21 hurt - seattlepi.com

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LA light rail train hits car, partially derails; 21 hurt
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A light rail train slammed into a car at a crossing in front of the University of Southern California, seriously injuring the driver and the train's operator. Nineteen passengers on the train suffered lesser injuries. The Metro Expo Line train ...

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'These images will never go out of my head' says forensics expert of the hellish job of identifying 600 body parts through scanning, photos and DNA: But Lubitz's body has already been found

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French investigators talk together outside a Gendarmerie mobile forensic van in Seynes-les-Alpes near the crash site of a Germanwings Airbus A320, in French Alps March 27, 2015. A young German co-pilot barricaded himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and apparently set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself, French prosecutors said on Thursday. The pilot Andreas Lubitz, 27, who crashed a plane in the French Alps had received a sick note from doctors showing he suffered a health condition that would have prevented him flying the day of the crash, which he apparently hid from his employer, German prosecutors said. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

US Laser Test That Destroyed Germanwings, Next Plunges Holland Into Darkness 

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A new Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today claims that the failed 24 March US Air Force test of its High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System (HELLADS) that was attempting to shoot down a simulated Federation nuclear warhead, which resulted in the downing of Germanwings Flight 9525 killing all 150 aboard, was attempted again on Friday, 27 March, but this time resulted in the catastrophic shutdown of the electrical grid in Northern Holland, including Amsterdam.
According to this report, Friday’s HELLADS test that blacked out Northern Holland was the third of its kind performed by NATO over the past nearly 24 months, the other two having the consequence of (1.) the near catastrophic crash of Lufthansa Flight LH1172 over France in May, 2013, and (2.) theobliteration of Germanwings Flight 9525 on 24 March, again over France.
In the May, 2013, near disaster of Lufthansa Flight LH1172, this report continues, pre-HELLADS testing by NATO in preparation for the 22 May 2013 launching of an ICBM from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California was determined by the MoD to be the cause of this near catastrophic incident where this airliner suddenly plunged towards the ground.
Likewise, this report says, the 23 March ICBM launching for the following days HELLADS test that destroyed Germanwings Flight 9525 was then followed by Friday’s (27 March) ICBM launching that crippled Northern Holland.
To exactly how these ICBM-HELLADS tests are conducted, this report explains, a LGM-30G Minuteman-III ICBM is fired to an altitude of 1,120 kilometers (700 miles) at a speed of nearly Mach 24 (approximately 15,000 mph) after which it deploys an Advanced Maneuverable Reentry Vehicle(AMaRV) into Polar orbit and the body of the craft falls into the Pacific Ocean.
The AMaRV, which simulates multiple nuclear warheads, MoD experts in this report say, is then fired upon by the high-energy lasers of the HELLADS in an effort to destroy them as they attempt reentry towards their target(s).
The “critical failure” of the HELLADS, however, this report says, has been their use upon the B-1 bomber platform, as was done in all of these tests, which aside from having to be continually tested in the days/weeks leading up to these tests, is notorious for its continued aiming failures.
To why NATO conducted their Friday HELLADS test just 3 days after they downed Germanwings Flight 9525, this report says, was in retaliation for the Federations successful test-firing of an RS-26 Rubezh ballistic missile on Thursday.
And as to why the Western people aren’t being told the truth about NATO’s HELLADS being the cause of the Germanwings Flight 9525 shootdown, the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) hadpreviously reported on detailing the massive cover-up operation now being implemented by Western intelligence agencies accusing this airliners co-pilot as being responsible for this disaster.
However, this MoD report points out, the recovered audio from Germanwings Flight 9525 clearly shows the opposite of what the Western propaganda media have been reporting in that the “screams of passengers” are heard first, then they go silent and the noise that follows is of “crunching metal”, cockpit alarms, and indecipherable radio chatter before all goes silent…all indications, experts in this report point out, that this airliner suffered a catastrophic failure killing all passengers and crews first, after which the airliner exploding in air…and as the debris field proves it did.
As has been proven in other such disasters as Germanwings Flight 9525, this report concludes, there is no likelihood of the Western governments ever telling their people the truth about what happened as evidenced by their continued cover-up of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft shot down by a Ukrainian fighter last year…and which Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned again on 19 Marchthat the Western media have ignored officially documented information from eyewitnesses, previously obtained by Russian media and investigators, including those indicating the presence of a Ukrainian military jet in the vicinity of the doomed flight, and still to this date the American CIA is still refusing to release their data proving this is true.
        
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Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared: Netanyahu

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared.
  

Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.
  

Arab Leaders Agree To Create Joint Military Force

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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says Arab leaders have agreed in principle to create a joint military force.

Arab summit agrees on unified military force for crises

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (Reuters) - Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt announced the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya, and as regional heavyweights Saudi Arabia and Iran engage in sectarian proxy wars.
  

Binyamin Netanyahu denounces Iran nuclear negotiations - The Guardian

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Binyamin Netanyahu denounces Iran nuclear negotiations
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US secretary of state, John Kerry, far left, at a meeting with Iranian officials in Lausanne. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images. Julian Borger in Lausanne. Sunday 29 March 2015 09.09 EDT Last modified on Sunday 29 March 2015 15.56 EDT.
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Leading Suspect in Tunisia Museum Attack Is Killed

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(TUNIS, Tunisia) — Tunisia’s prime minister said Sunday a leading suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations, as tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital to denounce extremist violence.
State news agency TAP cites Prime Minister Habib Essid as saying that Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, was one of nine terror suspects killed overnight in an operation near the Algerian border. ne people were killed in the operationds of people
Chaieb is believed a prominent Algerian militant in al-Qaida’s North African arm, and suspected of leading or helping lead the March 18 attack on the National Bardo Museum.
Twenty-two people, mainly foreigners, and two gunmen were killed in the March 18 attack on the National Bardo Museum.
French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and several foreign ministers and legislators from other countries are joining an anti-terrorism ceremony in Tunis after the march.
The Tunisian government called on all major political parties to join the march from the seat of government at Bab Es-Saadoun to the museum.
The international visitors are showing solidarity with Tunisia, whose fragile new democracy was deeply shaken by the museum attack, for which the Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
Tunisian protesters unleashed revolts across the region known as the Arab Spring, and Tunisia is the only country to have built a democratic system as a result.
Authorities are struggling with scattered extremist violence linked to various radical Islamic groups, largely linked to neighboring countries Algeria or Libya.
Interior Ministry spokesman Ali Aroui said Sunday that nine suspected “terrorists” were killed when security forces clashed with the suspects in the southwest region of Sidi Aich, near the Algerian border. He said several extremists were wounded in another clash in the northwest region of Kef, as part of security operations around the country ahead of the march.
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Saudi Arabia hopeful for nuclear deal with Iran as tensions in region rise - Los Angeles Times

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Saudi Arabia hopeful for nuclear deal with Iran as tensions in region rise
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As U.S. negotiators raced to reach an agreement on Iran's nuclear program before this week's Tuesday deadline, Saudi Arabian ambassador Adel al-Jubeir expressed hope that a deal would be reached that would ensure regional stability. lRelated More ...

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Arab states plan joint military force to combat common Middle East threats 

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Egyptian president Abdul Fatah al-Sisi announces initiative at an Arab League summit, primarily aimed at countering the threat posed by Isis
Arab states have said they will try to assemble a unified military force to combat common threats across the Middle East, which regional leaders say is now more volatile and polarised than at any point in at least 35 years.
The mooted force would be 40,000 strong, based in Cairo or Riyadh and would be deployed to counter threats anywhere from Libya to Yemen.
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Fiorina likely GOP presidential candidate, attacks Clinton - Washington Post

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Fiorina likely GOP presidential candidate, attacks Clinton
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WASHINGTON — Former technology executive Carly Fiorina says she is more than 90 percent likely to seek the Republican presidential nomination. And she is questioning the confidence people can have in likely Democratic contender Hillary Rodham ...
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Air Canada Accident Injures 23

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Air Canada Flight 624 experienced “an incident upon landing” at the Nova Scotia provincial capital Halifax on Sunday. Twenty-three passengers and crew members of the 138 people aboard sustained non-life-threatening injuries, the airline said.

Plane crash reported in southeastern Pennsylvania - WHP Harrisburg

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Plane crash reported in southeastern Pennsylvania
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WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the reported crash of a small plane near a southeastern Pennsylvania airport. Emergency officials in Chester County said the crash was reported near Brandywine Airport in West Goshen Township at ...

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2 dead after small plane crashes near Pennsylvania airport - Vallejo Times Herald

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2 dead after small plane crashes near Pennsylvania airport
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WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane crash near a southeastern Pennsylvania airport has left two people dead. Emergency officials say the crash was reported near Brandywine Airport just after 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Dispatchers said two ...

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Saudi response to Swedish criticism tests Europe's reach

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Sweden's foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but when she used the word "dictatorship" in a speech last month she crossed a red line for the kingdom at a time of intense regional turmoil, igniting a diplomatic crisis....

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Saudi response to Swedish criticism tests Europe's reach
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but when she used the word "dictatorship" in a speech last month she crossed a red line for the kingdom at ...
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For Iran, boosting its economy is the real incentive to cut a nuclear deal - Washington Post

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For Iran, boosting its economy is the real incentive to cut a nuclear deal
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The headlines in Tehran have been trumpeting some good news for Iran's economy lately. In the first 11 months of the Iranian fiscal year, car production climbed 58 percent and pistachio exports shot up 71 percent. Inflation is high but easing, and after a sharp ...
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For Iran, boosting its economy is the real incentive to cut a nuclear deal - Washington Post

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For Iran, boosting its economy is the real incentive to cut a nuclear deal
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Middle East tensions heighten over Yemen

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Arab leaders announce joint military force as Tehran nuclear talks go down to wire

So much for Iranian plans - Arab News

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So much for Iranian plans
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There is nothing strange in Iran and its allies being the only ones who are standing with the Houthis, while it is the rest of the world that is standing against their rebellion and coup in Yemen. Those who fall within Tehran's sphere of influence — whether ...
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Despite significant obstacles, Iran negotiations could see success (+video) - Christian Science Monitor

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Despite significant obstacles, Iran negotiations could see success (+video)
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Two officials involved in the nuclear negotiations with Iran say the talks have a chance of succeeding by Tuesday, the target date for a preliminary agreement. Iran has indicated a greater willingness to accept constraints to its uranium enrichment program.
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Islamic State beheads 8, led to death by teens - USA TODAY

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Islamic State beheads 8, led to death by teens
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The Islamic State group released a new video Sunday showing its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men described as Shiite Muslims, who were led to their execution by teenage boys. The eight men were said to beheaded in the central Syrian province of ...
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Coney Island's famed Cyclone strands riders on season's first run - CBS News

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Coney Island's famed Cyclone strands riders on season's first run
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NEW YORK -- Roller coaster season is underway at New York's Coney Island, but its most famous coaster apparently didn't get the memo. The iconic Cyclone, on its first run of the season at Luna Park in Brooklyn, got stuck on the tracks Sunday about 10 feet ...
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Czechs rally against US military convoy’s parade

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Demonstrators march in the Czech capital of Prague in protest against a US military convoy passing through the country on March 28, 2015.
Hundreds of demonstrators have staged an anti-NATO rally in the Czech capital of Prague to protest a planned parade by a US military convoy through the East European republic.
The protesters held the rally on Saturday on the eve of a parade by roughly 120 US military vehicles that are to enter the country as part of the Western military alliance’s “Operation Dragon Ride” parading through six NATO member states in Europe.
“This definitely won’t contribute to peace in Europe because the situation is very, very dangerous and very tense. We’re of the opinion that steps like this definitely don’t help,” said Lubomir Ledl, a protest organizer and lawyer from Prague.
Demonstrators waved the Czech national flag and carried placards reading “Tanks? No Thanks!” and “Stop US Army.”
The anti-war protesters were met by a group of pro-NATO demonstrators. Minor clashes broke out between the two groups.
The convoy, consisting mostly of armored personnel carriers, began the parade on March 21 in Estonia and passed through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, before entering the Czech Republic on Sunday.
The convoy will stay in the country until April 1 when the vehicles will cross into neighboring Germany to return to a military base in the city of Vilseck.
According to Lieutenant colonel Craig Childs, a spokesman for the US Army in Europe (USAREUR), the military march is aimed at testing “unit maintenance and leadership capabilities while simultaneously providing a highly visible demonstration of US commitment to its NATO allies and demonstrating NATO’s ability to move military forces freely across allied borders in close cooperation.”
Throughout the march, security forces from the six European governments have offered to escort the convoy to fend off opposition as the US military convoy crosses the countries filled with people protesting the move.
The convoy comes as NATO plans to expand its military presence in Eastern Europe amid deteriorating ties with Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.
In 2014, NATO forces held some 200 military exercises, with the alliance’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg having promised that such drills would continue.
In addition, the defense ministers of NATO’s 28 member states agreed on February 5 to establish six new command and control posts in the Eastern European nations of Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
Moscow has repeatedly condemned NATO’s exercises and military buildup toward its borders. Russia has also repeatedly accused the US of fueling unrest throughout the world by interfering in other countries and pursuing global hegemony and its expansionist policy.
Russia ended on March 21 nationwide military exercises in the Baltic Sea, Black Sea, the Arctic and the Far East.
More than 80,000 Russian troops with over 10,000 military vehicles, 65 warships, 16 support vessels, 15 submarines and 200 jet fighters and helicopter gunships took part in the maneuvers.
        
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Bodies pulled from site of East Village explosion - New York Daily News

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Germanwings Flight’s Final Moments Heard on Cockpit Recordings 

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The pilot of the doomed Germanwings plane desperately struggled to get into the cockpit that the co-pilot had locked him out of before the plane crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board, a German newspaper reported Sunday.
“For God’s sake, open the door,” the captain, Patrick Sonderheimer, can be heard demanding in cockpit voice recordings salvaged by investigators probing Tuesday’s crash, according to the German publication Bild am Sonntag.
The 27-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, doesn’t reply, even as the pilot’s pleas are accompanied by screams of terrified passengers, Bild am Sonntag reported. Lubitz also ignored bangs on …
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Op-Ed Contributor: Share the Pork, Be President for Life

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African voters won't tolerate the strongmen of the past, but they'll bend the rules for leaders who bring prosperity.

Putin Letter to Arab Summit Triggers Strong Saudi Attack

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Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fueling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. In a rare move, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi announced that a letter from Putin would be read out to the gathering in Egypt, where Arab leaders discussed an array of regional crises, including conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya. "We support the...

Martial Law Undercover Special Forces sweep US Southwest

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As elite branches of the US military prepare to hold military training in seven southwest states, with some troops operating incognito among civilians, some Americans fear the training is actually preparation for imposing martial law.
Operation Jade Helm, which is scheduled to kick off in July and run for eight weeks, will involve the participation of 1,200 troops from the US military’s most elite fighting forces, including Green Berets, Navy SEALS and Special Operations from the Air Force and Marines.
The troops will be participating in what has been called Realistic Military Training in towns in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas and Utah.
In an effort to simulate the type of battlefield conditions soldiers may face in foreign countries, the US military has designated the remote training areas where they will operate as “hostile” territory, a description that has irked some residents.
Meanwhile, Texans living in close proximity to the operation will be asked to report any “suspicious activity” during the exercise, a request that seems to contradict the belief laid out in the US military training document, leaked by The Houston Chronicle, that Texans are “historically supportive” of military efforts to “fight the enemies of the United States.”
The training exercise, according to Shadow Spear, a publication of USASOC, “will be conducted on private and public land with the permission of the private landowners, and from state and local authorities.”
“The most noticeable effect the exercise may have on the local communities is an increase in vehicle and military air traffic and its associated noise,” Shadow Spear said.
Map showing 7 states where US military forces will participate in domestic training (Image from the US Army Special Operations Command)
Army Special Operation Command spokesman Mark Lastoria attempted to allay fears that the training is a actually an effort on the part of the military to practice “covert warfare tactics and martial law.” He said the domestic military operations are designed to develop “emerging concepts in special operations warfare,” and were not part of some kind of dark plans to take over the United States.
“That notion was proposed by a few individuals who are unfamiliar with how and why USASOC conducts training exercises,” he told Stripes, a US Army publication. “This exercise is routine training to maintain a high level of readiness for Army Special Operations Forces because they must be ready to support potential missions anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice.”
Paul Pape, a Bastrop County judge, also downplayed fears that the domestic military training was in reality rehearsal for full-blown martial law on the streets of America following some sort of major catastrophe.
“What I see here is an opportunity for a portion of our military to be better prepared and better trained to do work that has to be done to secure America’s interests around the world and here at home,” Pape told KEYE television in Austin, Texas.
The explanations given for the training, however, has not stopped fierce speculation among a number of citizen groups and alternative media sites as to why the entire states of Texas and Utah, as well as a section of southern California, have been declared “hostile,” while portions of the military detachment will be operating in the shadows of communities.
“They’re having Delta Force, Navy SEALS with the Army trained to basically take over,” Info Wars’ Alex Jones railed Sunday. “Texas is listed as a hostile sector, and of course, we are… here defending the republic.”
This is not the first time that American urban areas have served as the training areas for US forces.
In December 2014, Americans were unsettled by the spectacle of US Special Forces black helicopters buzzing the skylines of major US cities, including Dallas and Los Angeles, part of what it described as training in “realistic urban sites.”
Now, the Special Forces boots will be on the ground in cities and towns across the country, and that has some people asking a lot of questions.
        
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Coney Island Cyclone stalls, forcing riders to walk down roller coaster - amNY

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Coney Island Cyclone stalls, forcing riders to walk down roller coaster
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The first Cyclone ride at Coney Island to welcome a new season instead kicked off a rescue when the rollercoaster got stuck. People marched down staircases on the iconic Coney Island ride when the rollercoaster stopped working just as it inched up to the ...

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