Saturday, April 30, 2016

Islamic State-linked hackers post target list of New Yorkers | Reuters by mikenova Saturday April 30th, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Islamic State-linked hackers post target list of New Yorkers | Reuters 

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A group of hackers linked to Islamic State has posted online a list of thousands of New York residents and urged followers of the militant group to target them, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

Huge coin stash from fourth century found in Spain – The Washington Post 

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1,300 pounds of coins found in clay pots buried in park near Seville

Review: In ‘Anna Akhmatova,’ a Magical Interlude Reconjured – The New York Times 

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This music and theater piece at BAM Fisher evokes the historic 1945 night on which the poet Akhmatova stayed up discussing literature and life with Isaiah Berlin.

Large Hadron Collider on paws after creature chews through wiring | Science | The Guardian 

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LHC expected to be out of action for a week while transformer connections are replaced following visit from hungry fouine

US Walks Thin Line with Russia Between Cooperating and Helping 

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Latest example of Washington’s quandary played out Friday as US, Russian officials worked to reinforce cease-fires in Latakia and Eastern Ghourta, including talks between US Secretary of State Kerry and Russian FM Lavrov

Russia challenges US after Baltic jet face-off – BBC News

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Russia accuses a US Air Force jet of switching off its transponder signal over the Baltic on Friday, leading its own jets to intercept it.
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Pentagon Details Chain of Errors in Strike on Afghan Hospital – The New York Times 

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A report more than 3,000 pages long describes the errors that led to the 2015 strike in Kunduz that killed 42 people. Sixteen American officers have been punished.

Вручение медалей «Герой Труда Российской Федерации» • Президент России 

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Moscow Cools Anti-Western Rhetoric at Security Conference

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Russia will maintain some level of tension with the West for domestic political reasons, one analyst notes, but it’s different from friction during the Soviet era

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Indigenous dancers compete at North America’s largest powwow
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Al Qaeda in Yemen confirms retreat from port city of Mukalla

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DOHA (Reuters) - Yemen's al Qaeda branch on Saturday confirmed it had withdrawn from the Yemeni seaport of Mukalla a week after government and Emirati soldiers seized the city used by Islamist militants to amass a fortune amid the chaos of civil war.
  

UK Labour Party figure sorry for furor caused by Hitler comment

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Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone says he's sorry for causing a disruption with his claim that Adolf Hitler supported Zionism early in his political career — but not sorry for saying so.
     
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Baghdad Protesters Storm Green Zone, Parliament Building

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Several hundred protesters have stormed into the secure Green Zone in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and some have entered the parliament building.

The Latest: Iraqi forces stand down amid protests

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local):...

Muslim’s Labour Candidacy Shapes London Mayoral Race

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With Britain struggling to integrate minorities, Sadiq Khan is favored to win election on Thursday, which would make him the first Muslim to lead the city and give a boost to his opposition party.

Herman Cain: Anti-Trump groups organizing 'violent riots'

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2012 GOP candidate says acts against the Republican frontrunner are not spontaneous protests

Sadr Supporters Storm Iraqi Parliament

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Supporters of Iraq’s mercurial Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have stormed the Iraqi parliament, after entering Baghdad’s government-controlled “Green Zone.” A Saturday session of parliament to approve members of a new government had been called off for lack of a quorum earlier in the day. Hundreds of mostly young Muqtada al-Sadr supporters chanted and waved Iraqi flags inside parliament after breaking through barriers and entering the government-controlled “Green Zone.” The action...

Iraq Protesters Storm Parliament, Demanding End to Corruption

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Protesters calling for an end to pervasive government corruption occupied the Iraqi Parliament on Saturday, having stormed the fortified Green Zone.
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'Too dangerous to take out explosives' - Russian police find, blow up bombs in illegal prayer hall 

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Duration: 00:52

Explosives found in an illegal Muslim prayer hall near the Russian city of Samara was eliminated right inside the building. Bomb disposal team deemed it too dangerous to take the explosives out.
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Brazil: Behind the Dilma Rousseff impeachment story - The Listening Post (Full) 

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From: AlJazeeraEnglish
Duration: 25:01

Audiences around the world have seen the images from the Brazilian streets - millions of demonstrators, for and against the president, in dozens of cities, in the biggest political protests in the country's history.
But is the story really about corruption, and the rampant money laundering of those involved in the Petrobras scandal, because if it is - then how is the main opposition party, many of whose own members have been implicated, in a position to impeach President Dilma Rousseff?
Or is this the story of a political power struggle? And how much of it is being driven by Brazilian media barons, who are conservative and whose ideological hostility to Rousseff's Workers' Party is no secret?
Brazil's most influential broadcast and print outlets - like Globo, Abril and Folha - are media powerhouses owned by a handful of the country's richest families.
Those outlets have been called out for their selective and strategic coverage of this impeachment story and accused of trying to use the corruption scandal to unseat a government that 50 million Brazilians voted for less than two years ago.
In an attempt to change the narrative, President Rousseff held a private media briefing with journalists from major international outlets - letting them know that there is more to this story - and its coverage - than meets the eye.
We analyse coverage of the impeachment vote against President Rousseff, the political power struggle behind it, and the media powerhouses shaping the Brazilian news narrative.
Talking us through the Brazil impeachment story are: Fabio Zanini, political editor, Folha de São Paulo; Alex Cuadros, journalist and author of Brazillionaires; Olga Bailey, lecturer, Nottingham Trent University; and Jairo Lugo-Ocando, professor of journalism, University of Sheffield.
Other stories on our radar this week: More murders in Bangladesh, an English language professor and the editor of a gay rights advocacy magazine are the latest victims; Dozens of journalists are arrested in Cairo as Egypt moves to quell protests; and days after the Panama Papers revelations two whistleblowers and a journalist responsible for the 2014 Luxembourg Leaks story are facing trial.
Messaging the news
More people are now using mobile messaging apps like Telegram, Whatsapp, WeChat and Kakao Talk than social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and Weibo. News outlets have cottoned on to the trend and are messaging headlines directly to your phone.
But there's more to look out for: rumours, propaganda and even some political discussions that you cannot have as easily on the web.
As amateur and rumour-mill applications work alongside 'official' news products and add-ons, concerns now manifest within the possibility for conversations, sharing and news-creation that were never possible online due to the power of censorship.
As stifled voices in places like China and Iran finally find an outlet for their views, we look at how this surge in messaging the news can affect government choices.
The Listening Post's Will Yong reports on three mobile messaging apps and what messaging means for the news business.
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В парламент Ирака ворвались сторонники лидера шиитов

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Duration: 00:46

Сотни сторонников одного из радикальных лидеров мусульман-шиитов Муктады ас-Садра ворвались в субботу в иракский парламент, расположенный в охраняемой "зеленой зоне" Багдада. Тысячи остаются у входа. Манифестанты собрались у парламента после того, как депутаты провалили голосование по вопросу о новом кабинете.
Протестующие скандировали "Трусы убегают!", наблюдая за тем, как парламентарии покидают здание.
Охрана сообщила, что ворвавшиеся в зону активисты не были досмотрены, хотя обычная процеду…
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Greek navy gunship chasing Turkish coastguard threatening Greek fisherman 

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From: RussiaToday
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Greek fisherman was stopped by Turkish coastguard requesting him to leave what they claimed to be Turkish territorial waters. The fisherman called Greek coastguard, who sent a navy gunship to resolve the situation
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Thousands of protesters break into Baghdad 'Green Zone' - YouTube

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Published on Apr 30, 2016
Thousands of protesters broke into Baghdad's heavily fortified "Green Zone" on Saturday and rampaged to parliament after lawmakers again failed to approve new cabinet ministers.

State of emergency in Baghdad as thousands of protesters enter green zine, storm parliament 

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Hundreds of supporters of influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who have been protesting corruption, have stormed Baghdad’s Green Zone. Some have entered the parliament buildings, according to Reuters.
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EDITORIAL: After Apple vs. FBI, more reasons to be wary in privacy fight. - Press-Enterprise

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EDITORIAL: After Apple vs. FBI, more reasons to be wary in privacy fight.
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Remember that in February a federal judge in Riverside sided with the FBI and ordered California-based Apple to aid the San Bernardino investigation by finding a way to unlock the phone of the terrorist who died with his wife and fellow mass murderer ...
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Islamic State claims responsibility for Baghdad bombing that killed 21 

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BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bombing Saturday east of Baghdad, according to a statement posted on an IS-affiliated website. The attack killed at least 21 people and wounded at least 42 others, according to Iraqi police and hospital officials. The IS statement described the ...

Navy asking residents to report if drones seen flying near Wash. naval base

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Sightings of unauthorized drones flying over Naval Base Kitsap have prompted a request from the Navy to local residents to say something if they see something flying over the base.
     

Iran media: Moderates win more than 30 more parliament seats

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's moderate-reformist bloc secured more than 30 additional seats in parliamentary runoff elections, according to a Saturday report on state TV.
The bloc, which supports President Hassan Rouhani and a nuclear deal the country reached with world powers last summer, will have to dominate the remaining ...

Wrecked helicopter fuselage raised from the sea in Norway

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Emergency crews pulled the wrecked fuselage of an Airbus EC-225 helicopter out of the sea Saturday off western Norway after a crash that killed all 13 people on board.
     

400 arrested as left wing protesters clash with far-right in Germany 

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Demonstrators burned tires on a motorway and threw fireworks and flares

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Body of Russian special forces officer who 'ordered air strike on himself' to kill Isis militants returned home 

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Senior Lieutenant Alexander Prokhorenko has been formally made a national hero

White House Hosts International Jazz Day Concert

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"Jazz is perhaps the most honest reflection of who we are as a nation. Because after all, has there ever been any greater improvisation than America itself?," said U.S. President Barack Obama, who with his wife Michelle, hosted the fifth annual International Jazz Day Concert at the White House. The concert Friday will be broadcast across America Saturday — International Jazz Day — as an ABC television network special and streamed around the world by the United Nations and UNESCO. "Jazz was born in the U.S. and traveled the world as a music of tolerance, freedom and human dignity. This is why UNESCO created International Jazz Day," said Irina Bokova, UNESCO director-general. Some of the artists performing at the 2016 All-Star Global Concert at the White House include: Aretha Franklin, Hugh Masekela, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Diana Krall, Sting, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chick Corea, Terrence Blanchard and Buddy Guy. On Saturday in Washington, many acclaimed musicians will participate in a day-long series of free jazz performances, master classes, improvisational workshops, roundtable discussions, education programs, jam sessions and community outreach initiatives at schools, embassies, arts centers, hospitals, museums, social service agencies, jazz clubs, senior centers, metro stations, recreation centers and parks. The programs in Washington will be among the thousands of International Jazz Day live performances, educational activities and community service programs taking place in all 50 U.S. states and in nearly every country. President Obama said about jazz: "From humble origins as the music of the black working class - largely invisible to the mainstream - it went on to become American's most significant artistic contribution to the world."

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Why Do Many Westerners Show Such Sympathy to Russia and Communism – But Not to Their Victims?

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            Staunton, April 30 – Those who study the post-Soviet world and especially its non-Russian parts are often struck by the fact that many who do so show an understanding or even sympathetic deference to Russia and Russian feelings while ignoring those of the peoples of living in countries near Russia and a tendency to forget or downplay the crimes of communism.

            There are many reasons for this pattern, of course; but two articles which have appeared this past week provide an important part of the answer for approaches that have distorted the world’s understanding of what is going on and has been going on in the former Soviet bloc and allowed some of the crimes of the past to continue into the present.

            In an article on the Euromaidanpress portal, Fabio Belafatti, an Italian specialist on Central Asia who now teaches at the University of Vilnius and earlier worked in Latvia and Tajikistan, argues that such sympathy and deference to Russia reflects a rebirth of Orientalism (euromaidanpress.com/2014/10/27/western-commentators-should-rid-themselves-of-old-prejudices-dating-back-from-the-age-of-colonialism-before-commenting-on-eastern-european-affairs/#arvlbdata).

                He says “pro-Russian commentators in many Western countries have been portraying the Ukrainian events using a mix of stereotypes that scarily resemble the rhetoric once typical of racist and imperialist ways of thinking [and]as a result … [they along with] Georgians, Moldovans, Poles, Lithuanians, Latvians, and Estonians have fallen victim to a new form of Orientalism.”

            That term was introduced and popularized by Edward W. Said in his 1978 book of that title, Belafatti continues, in which the Columbia University scholar argued that “Western commentators consistently looked (and look) at the Orient as an entity incapable of evolving, stuck in an endless past of decadence and backwardness.”

            Said, Belafatti points out, argued that those who follow this approach “constantly portray” the East “as an invariably passive subject, unable and unworthy of being an active subject in its own way,” with the West in contrast being presented as “the one and only entity worth the dignity of an active subject.” 
           
            “The Ukrainian crisis is revealing the existence of a strikingly similar prejudice” both among Moscow commentators and pro-Russian ones in the West, the Vilnius scholar argues.  There are two basic kinds of pro-Russian narratives, he suggests. One argues that Russia should be excused for its actions because the West has done something similar or worse elsewhere.

            The other, which Belafatti  calls the geopolitical, “defends Russia’s actions by accusing the West of ‘interfering’ in the business of a region where it does not have any right to operate, or expresses understanding for Moscow’s preoccupation about the enlargement of NATO, the erosion of its sphere of influence, the actions of EU and NATO in its ‘near abroad,’ and so on.”

            It is around this second theme that Orientalism is playing a role.  Indeed, Belafatti suggests, “practically all those who defend Russia in this debate fell into this trap [with] many of the articles [accusing] the West of “causing” the Ukrainian chaos by “provoking” Russia in its strategic interests and wounding its pride of great power.”

Such an argument demonstrates, the Vilnius specialist says that “the authors write from a distorted, hierarchical and, ultimately, orientalist (if not outright racist) perspective on the small countries of Eastern Europe,” one that takes as a given that Russia has “inalienable” rights to run this region and that “Eastern Europe [is] nothing but a tool to compensate Russia’s unresolved inferiority complexes.”

“The idea that Russian actions are legitimate reactions to the interference of “outsiders” in a region seen as “Russian” is nothing but a 2.0 expression of the same imperialist mentality with which Europeans empires split the Middle East. This is all the more surprising as it often comes from people who embrace ostensibly anti-imperialist positions in any other context,” Belafatti observes.

And this perspective spawns other “appalling ideas” such as the one that “Russia is right in interfering in Ukraine because it already ‘had to give up’ the Baltic States in the past and ‘the West’ really shouldn’t ‘deprive’ it of other countries,” regardless of what the peoples of these countries have experienced in the past and what they want for the future.
“For far too many Western experts what really matters is the Russian feelings,” Belafatti says. “What Ukrainians, Poles, Moldovans, Balts, Georgians, Armenians may think, is much less significant, because it’s just the feeling of “others,” subaltern subjects, unworthy of the dignity of actors, at best reacting victims of an orientalist interpretation of history that Westerners apply far too often to their Eastern European neighbors.”
“Pro-Russian commentators’ orientalist thinking emerges in the way they portray Ukraine as a country incapable of action on its own initiative. They invariably see Eastern European countries as objects manipulated by the West. [And] Former communist countries are seen as victims of an inclusion in Western security structures carried out against their will.”
“This is of course nonsense: the integration of Eastern Europe in Euro-Atlantic security structures happened” because the East Europeans campaigned for it, often in ways Western actors have often found far too pressing.” To write otherwise is “not just post-Soviet nostalgic thinking: it is outright racism” because it’s actually Russia who should be held responsible for destabilizing the region with its opposition to the desires” of its neighbors.”
“It is therefore racist to think that nobody east of the EU may want an order of things in which Russia doesn’t dominate, as if we “Westerners” were the only ones worth of, or capable of fighting for, things like rule of law, human rights and so on.” The peoples of the region are actors and should be recognized as such.

The second article by Christopher Szabo, a Hungarian commentator, explicitly asks “Why are we so understanding toward the crimes of Communism?” (mercatornet.com/articles/view/why-are-we-so-understanding-towards-the-crimes-of-communism/16545).
Part of the reason for this, Szabo says, is that what the West likes to call “the collapse of Communism” in fact was largely peaceful because those who had been in power became “the new political elite and the wealthiest stratum of society.” In short, the nomenklatura took advantage of the changes with the lesson being “’crime pays.’”
But another part and one that helps explain “the lack of justice for victims of communism” is “Western apathy toward [its] victims,” something “hard to understand for those … whose families were affected and very hurtful” and the product of the spread of “cultural Marxism and simple ignorance.”
Few in the West today talk about the crimes of communism, even when information about their horrors have become available and even when these horrors continue in places where communists are still in power, Szabo points out.  One of these is mass rape. The Red Army raped from three to four million East European women at the end of World War II. Today, the Chinese communist forces engage in similar actions in Tibet.
“One cannot help wondering,” Szabo says, “where the feminists are in all this” and what can be done. Obviously, more attention must be given to the crimes of communism via memorials and mass media. Unfortunately, the trend is going in the other direction at the present time.
Thus, the Hungarian journalist writes,  “there are some memorials to the victims of the Gulag in Ukraine and Russia, but since the rise of Vladimir Putin, some have been taken down and some have been ‘re-scripted’ to whitewash history.”
All too often, he says, “the liberal West and Putin’s regime are in agreement: all memory of communism’s crimes must be carefully edited out of all books, films and other media and quickly forgotten.” That needs to change because many of these crimes continue or at least continue to cast a shadow on the world.

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Air Raids On Aleppo Continue As Truce Holds In Other Parts Of Syria

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Syrian government forces continued air strikes on rebel-held neighborhoods of the northern city of Aleppo on April 30, a monitoring group said.

Sweden celebrates king's 70th with ABBA's 'Dancing Queen'

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The Latest: Iraq tightens security after Green Zone breach

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The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local):
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Protesters storm Baghdad parliament building - video

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Hundreds of supporters of the Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr tear down Baghdad’s Green Zone barrier to force their way into parliament. Supporters of Sadr, whose fighters once controlled swaths of Baghdad and helped defend the capital from Islamic State, have been demonstrating for weeks to pressure the government to reform
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Three Face Terrorism Charges in London Court

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British prosecutors said two men charged with terrorism gave thousands of pounds to a key suspect in the recent Paris and Brussels attacks.

U.S. Chides Five Economic Powers Over Policies

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The Obama administration delivered a shot across the bow to Asia’s leading exporters and Germany for their economic policies and warned that a number of major economies around the globe could face intense pressure to engage in currency interventions to counter slow growth.

Aleppo Battle Blunts Truce Effort

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Spiraling violence in and around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo has plunged the country back into a multi-sided war and frayed the international effort to fight Islamic State, even as the U.S. and Russia try to resurrect a cease-fire.

Beer Becomes the Latest Scarcity in Venezuela

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Empresas Polar SA, Venezuela’s largest private company and producer of 80% of the beer consumed by Venezuelans, began to shut down its last operating beer plant, creating the latest scarcity in a country already crippled by shortages of many products.

Colorado woman gets 100 years for cutting baby from womb

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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- A judge on Friday sentenced a Colorado woman who cut a baby from a stranger's womb to 100 years in prison, including the maximum penalties for attempted murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy....
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Colorado woman gets 100 years for cutting baby from womb - Daily Mail

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Colorado woman gets 100 years for cutting baby from womb
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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A judge on Friday sentenced a Colorado woman who cut a baby from a stranger's womb to 100 years in prison, including the maximum penalties for attempted murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Judge Maria ...

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Ted Cruz Makes His Last Stand in Indiana - Wall Street Journal

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Ted Cruz Makes His Last Stand in Indiana
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Sen. Ted Cruz, in a last-ditch effort to derail Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, is trying to marshal support from governors, former rivals and other anti-Trump Republicans in advance of the make-or-break primary in Indiana Tuesday.
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Why the country most poisoned by Chernobyl is going nuclear

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The country worst hit by Chernobyl gets its own reactor

Obama: Eight years, eight jokes (almost)

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Highlights from Obama's White House Correspondents' Dinners

North Korea's rare congress - what is it for?

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Why is North Korea's congress meeting after 40 years?

North Korea Congress: Kim Jong-un and the Workers Party - BBC News

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North Korea Congress: Kim Jong-un and the Workers Party
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North Korea has said its ruling Workers Party will hold its first congress in nearly 40 years next month. North Korea leadership expert Michael Madden looks at what such a rare gathering might actually do. 
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Largest North American powwow brings Indigenous dancer competition - YouTube

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On Friday, one of the largest powwow's in North America kicked off with a massive drum circle. Nearly 3,000 dancers representing hundreds of Native peoples competed in the powwow that brings dancers from across Canada and the United States. The dancers twisted their way from the top steps down into the well of University of New Mexico Arena, accompanied by drums and jingling bells. They culminated in a clockwise spiral on the jam-packed arena floor. A founder of Native Pride Arts, Larry Yazzie said that "A lot of these dancers — most of these dancers in fact — train year-round for this first event of the year, of the powwow season."

Indigenous dancers compete at North America's largest powwow 

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Nearly 3,000 indigenous dancers representing hundreds of tribes from across the United States, Canada and other parts of the world kicked off one of North America's most prominent powwows on Friday....

Pentagon Raises 'Concerns' About 'Unsafe' Russian Jet Maneuvers 

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The Pentagon raised concerns about a series of incidents where it said Russian jet fighters performed "unsafe and unprofessional" maneuvers near U.S. forces.