Thursday, May 12, 2016

Western Officials Inaugurate Missile Defense System in Romania Thursday May 12th, 2016 at 10:54 AM

Western Officials Inaugurate Missile Defense System in Romania

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The U.S. officially activated a new advanced radar in Romania, a milestone in making a European missile-defense system operational that was immediately denounced by Moscow.

No-confidence vote for French government

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The French parliament is to vote on a no-confidence motion to try to block controversial labour reforms, as protesters take to the streets.

Syrian opposition says it wants 'actions, not just words' 

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Duration: 00:59

The representative of the main Syrian opposition, Riyad Hijab, asked for "actions, not just words" from supporters of the rebel forces, calling the joint US-Russia statement vowing to redouble efforts to end the war insufficient and akin to a "green light" for the regime "to continue the violence".

Uncovered! The CIA's Secret Love of Art 

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The newest addition to the CIA's private art collection is a still-life painting called "A Contingency for Every Action." It's one of 21 works housed at the agency's headquarters in Virginia. Not surprisingly, it isn't open to the public. PHOTO: Central Intelligence Agency

Across the world, luxury-home sales get a reality check

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The global luxury housing market lost some of its sheen last year as financial markets became unsettled and many wealthy buyers began to look for less expensive homes....

Vehicle explodes near barracks in Turkey's Istanbul, five wounded -broadcasters

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vehicle exploded near a military barracks in Turkey's biggest city of Istanbul on Thursday, CNN Turk reported, the latest in a spate of bombings to hit the country this year.
  
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IS Imposing New Dress Codes on Women

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Islamic State has imposed new dress codes in areas it controls in Syria, forcing women to wear only black clothes and punishing those who don't obey, according to residents and activist groups. For IS, any women's clothing that is not black is considered seductive. "They [IS] arrested me because my wife and mother had colorful clothes on," Abu Hassan, a resident from the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, told a Syrian opposition website, All4Syria. He disguised his...

The Presumptive Nominee, the Speaker and the Chasm Between Them - New York Times

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The Presumptive Nominee, the Speaker and the Chasm Between Them
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Speaker Paul D. Ryan in Washington on Wednesday. He will meet with Donald J. Trump on Thursday, the first of several meetings Mr. Trump will have with Republican leaders. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times. WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump faces ... 
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Charges Filed After a Branded Disinfectant Is Linked to at Least 70 Deaths in South Korea 

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South Korean prosecutors have filed charges against four executives involved in the development and sale of a humidifier disinfectant solution that proved to be toxic, the Korea Herald reported on Wednesday.
Dozens of people have died since 2011 after coming into contact with the solution manufactured by Oxy, the South Korean division of the British conglomerate Reckitt Benckiser, whose portfolio of consumer goods includes French’s Mustard and Lysol. Prosecutors accuse Oxy of evading the necessary toxicity tests before introducing the product to the South Korean market in 2001, and say that it was falsely marketed as being safe for children.
Charges were filed against the CEO of the South Korean operation, Shin Hyun-woo, two members of the product’s research team, and a businessman who sold a different disinfectant product containing the same lethal compound.
The South Korean government says that of 221 individuals suffering from lung damage, 177 had been in contact with the product, called Oxy Ssak Ssak. The government has also linked at least 70 deaths to the product, though the Herald places that figure at 140.
Family members of victims have called for a South Korean boycott of products manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser.

US, NATO Activate Missile Defense Site in Romania

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The U.S. has switched on an $800 million (700 million euro) missile defense site in southern Romania Thursday, a move that has infuriated Moscow. "Both the U.S. and NATO have made it clear the system is not designed for or capable of undermining Russia's strategic deterrence capability," U.S. assistant secretary of state Frank Rose told a news conference in Bucharest Wednesday. "Russia has repeatedly raised concerns that the U.S. and NATO defense are directed against...

EU extends border controls in Austria, Germany, Scandinavia

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The European Union has decided with immediate effect to allow Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway to keep border controls in place for up to six months to deal with the migrant influx.





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Russia-Backed Authorities Block Access To RFE/RL's Crimea Website 

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Pro-Russian authorities in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula have blocked access to RFE/RL's Crimea news website, Krym.Realii.

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Saudi Arabia’s Reform Plan Is Bold, Modern and Likely Doomed

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This is a moment of high anxiety in Saudi Arabia. Oil prices are half the level the Saudi government needs in order to balance its books, and it is burning through cash reserves. Global oversupply ensures no rebound for the foreseeable future. Rival Iran is on the rise. Traditional Saudi allies, including the U.S., are keeping their distance. Finally, the kingdom stands on the verge of a generational change in leadership, and there’s a risk of a succession fight when King Salman dies. There is nothing the Saudis need more than comprehensive economic reform. The kingdom must end its deep dependence on oil revenue and build a dynamic 21st century economy. The current path can’t be sustained much longer.
That’s why the kingdom has launched Vision 2030. Led by the king’s 31-year-old son Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the project aims to lower the unemployment rate, bring more women into the workforce and more than triple the share of nonoil exports. This is the plan the Saudis need, acknowledging the kingdom’s true weaknesses and challenges ahead. It deserves the support of Saudis and outsiders alike. But it probably won’t work.
Marginal spending cuts and adjustments might be achievable, but the Saudi bureaucracy has never before accepted such a comprehensive reform plan. More important, the Saudi system is built on an understanding that government provides for citizens in exchange for political obedience. Serious reform would require citizens to work harder and receive less financial support from the government. Fundamental changes in education are also required if young Saudis are to compete for 21st century jobs.
Further, Mohammed bin Salman will face serious pushback from the powerful conservatives who provide the royal family its religious legitimacy and who suspect this project is designed mainly to boost the prince’s chances of succeeding his father. They’re probably right, and Mohammed’s commitment to the plan will be an open question in the face of resistance. He’s far from a lock to take the throne, with many older relatives still in the picture, and the cultural changes required to make this plan work are probably beyond him even if he does.
Vision 2030 isn’t designed to restore the economic and cultural dynamism the kingdom has lost. It’s a plan to create it from scratch, which is why it’s likely too little too late.

This appears in the May 23, 2016 issue of TIME.
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Chinese response to royal rudeness row: British media are narcissistic, mannerless barbarians 

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Ties won't be hurt by the incident, Global Times newspaper argues, but British media need to learn some manners.





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US Missile Shield In Romania Switched On, Kremlin Calls It 'Threat To Russia's Security' - International Business Times

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US Missile Shield In Romania Switched On, Kremlin Calls It 'Threat To Russia's Security'
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missile defense facility A Romanian soldier attends the official ground breaking ceremony of the site for the U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense facility, located in a former airbase on Deveselu that will form part of a shield to protect Europe, next to ...
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Judge Rules Planned Parenthood Shooter Incompetent for Trial

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A judge in the western U.S. state of Colorado has ruled a man charged with killing three people and wounding nine others in a shooting spree at a Planned Parenthood clinic last year is mentally incompetent to stand trial. Robert Lewis Dear has admitted guilt in the shootings, referring to himself in court as a "warrior for babies." Judge Gilbert Martinez said Wednesday that Dear will be sent to a mental health facility with his trial put on hold until he is able to understand the proceedings and contribute to his defense. The ruling followed evaluations by two psychologists who said Dear is delusional and has issues with trusting people. Dear has accused his lawyers of drugging him and pursuing a mental health defense that would diminish his anti-abortion message.

Former Senator: Americans 'Fully Capable' of Evaluating Secret 9/11 Documents 

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Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham says Americans are "fully capable" of making up their own minds about 28 classified pages that discuss possible foreign support for those who carried out the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The pages are from a joint congressional committee report that came out 14 years ago, but then-President George W. Bush ordered that chapter not be included in the public release of 800 other pages.  Some officials with access to the chapter have made comments alluding to Saudi Arabia, but without being able to offer details the exact connections suggested remain a mystery to most of the country. "My oath of confidentiality forbids me from discussing the specifics of that material.  But while I cannot reveal those details, I strongly believe the American people deserve to know why this issue is so important," Graham wrote in an op-ed published late Wednesday by the Washington Post. He has been a strong advocate in the push to have the pages released to the public.  He said a White House official told him President Barack Obama would make a decision by June and that he viewed that as a "step in the right direction." Graham wrote that his optimism from that conversation faded after seeing an interview CIA Director John Brennan gave on NBC's Meet The Press on May 1.  Brennan said the information in the 28 pages "was not corroborated, not vetted and not deemed to be accurate."  He said the work of the congressional committee was only a first step, with its leads followed up by the later, more extensive 9/11 Commission Report that determined there was no evidence indicating links between the Saudi government or Saudi individuals and al-Qaida. "I think some people may seize upon that uncorroborated, unvetted information that was in there, that was basically just a collation of this information that came out of FBI files, and to point to Saudi involvement, which I think would be very inaccurate," Brennan said. Graham called that comment an affront to the American people and those whose family members and friends were killed in the attacks in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The 9/11 Commission Report, released in July 2004, said there was no evidence of any official foreign funding for the terror group.  It did not, however, rule out "the likelihood that charities with significant Saudi government sponsorship diverted funds to al-Qaida." Graham wrote that releasing the classified pages would allow Americans to evaluate whether the hijackers of four passenger planes who killed nearly 3,000 people had help, and if so, from whom.  He said they would also be able to weigh whether the delay in the release had any effect on national security, delayed justice for the families of the victims or undermined people's confidence in the government. White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said last month he expects Obama will order "some degree of classification that provides more information," but that the 9/11 Commission and the congressional committee have definitively determined Saudi Arabia had no intent to support al-Qaida.

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Ukraine Rep. to UN accuses Russia of promoting "Russian world" - Ukraine Today

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Ukraine Rep. to UN accuses Russia of promoting "Russian world"
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Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council on fighting terrorism, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, Volodymyr Yelchenko, accused Russia of financing terrorism in order to spread the ideology of the "Russian world.".

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Obama banana 'jokes' show Soviet-era racism remains alive in Russia 

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A chocolate bar named ‘Little Obama’ is the latest in a string of offensive images triggered by political tensions
At the Slavitsa ice cream factory in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan a decision has been made to discontinue one of its chocolate brands.
This ordinarily wouldn’t be news, except that these ice cream bars were named after Barack Obamaand their launch elicited allegations of racism and anti-Americanism from the international community.
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FBI considering civil rights investigation into death of mentally ill inmate - Virginian-Pilot

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FBI considering civil rights investigation into death of mentally ill inmate
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The FBI might conduct a civil rights investigation into the death of Jamycheal Mitchell at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail. "The FBI is aware of the situation involving Jamycheal Mitchell and our office is evaluating the information available to ...

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The FBI Is Keeping 80000 Secret Files on the Saudis and 9/11 - Daily Beast

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The FBI Is Keeping 80000 Secret Files on the Saudis and 9/11
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To be sure, not all of them concern the FBI's investigation of the Saudi family. The documents represent the entire case file of the 9/11 attacks at the Tampa field office. But some subset surely will reveal more about what the FBI knew, and when, and ...

Time to Put the Squeeze on Pakistan

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President Obama and his successor must decide on troop levels in Afghanistan and try to get neighboring Pakistan to get tough on terrorists.

The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI's Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare - WIRED

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The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI's Best Weapon—And Worst Nightmare
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Now he met with an FBI assistant legal attaché to present his passport and make final arrangements. A short time later, he plowed through the wintry cold of Grosvenor Square to a hotel room the embassy had secured for him. He opened both his laptop and ...

Saudi officials were 'supporting' 9/11 hijackers, commission member says 

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First serious public split revealed among commissioners over the release of the secret ‘28 pages’ that detail Saudi ties to 2001 terrorist attacks
A former Republican member of the 9/11 commission, breaking dramatically with the commission’s leaders, said Wednesday he believes there was clear evidence that Saudi government employees were part of a support network for the 9/11 hijackers and that the Obama administration should move quickly to declassify a long-secret congressional report on Saudi ties to the 2001 terrorist attack.
The comments by John F Lehman, an investment banker in New York who was Navy secretary in the Reagan administration, signal the first serious public split among the 10 commissioners since they issued a 2004 final report that was largely read as an exoneration of Saudi Arabia, which was home to 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11.
They may not have been indicted, but they were certainly implicated. There was an awful lot of circumstantial evidence
I think we were tough on the Saudis, but obviously not tough enough
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Ex-CIA analyst: Armenia may have stockpiles of highly radioactive materials (exclusive) - Trend News Agency

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Ex-CIA analyst: Armenia may have stockpiles of highly radioactive materials (exclusive)
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Even talking about nuclear things is dangerously destabilizing, the former analyst at the CIA and the US Department of State, publicist Paul Goble exclusively told Trend May 12. He was commenting on the statement earlier made by Armenia on possession ...

Former senator blasts CIA chief over secret 9/11 pages - The Hill

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Former senator blasts CIA chief over secret 9/11 pages
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A former senator and ex-chairman of the Intelligence Committee is taking issue with CIADirector John Brennan's resistance to releasing 28 missing pages from a congressional report into the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) ...

Republicans Want to Slash Obama’s Security Council 

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A senior Republican filed legislation on Wednesday seeking to rein in the White House’s National Security Council, saying it has grown too large and seeks to play too big a role in foreign policy.
Representative Mac Thornberry said his measure would increase oversight of the NSC, capping it at 400 people or allowing it to be larger but subjecting the National Security adviser to confirmation by the Senate.
Thornberry estimated the NSC currently has 400 staff.
“All of President (Barack) Obama’s former Defense Secretaries have complained about micromanagement by the NSC,” Thornberry, chairman of the powerful House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. “I have personally heard from troops on the frontlines who have received intimidating calls from junior White House staffers.
“Now we hear reports of NSC staffers running misinformation campaigns targeted at Congress and the press,” Thornberry said. He was referring to a recent New York Times profile in which a deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, discussed ways the administration had communicated about last year’s Iran nuclear deal to the Washington press corps.
Administration officials have dismissed proposals like Thornberry’s as political ploys.
Ned Price, a spokesman for the NSC, commented that the White House has already taken steps to trim staff and streamline procedures.
Thornberry introduced his legislation as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, a must-pass annual defense bill.
To become law, a version of the NDAA including Thornberry’s amendment would have to pass both the House and Senate and be signed into law by Obama.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Leslie Adler)

Politics|Hillary Clinton Email Inquiry Won't Be Rushed, FBI Chief Says - New York Times

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Politics|Hillary Clinton Email Inquiry Won't Be Rushed, FBI Chief Says
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WASHINGTON — The director of the F.B.I. said Wednesday that he would not be rushed into finishing his agency's investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails on an election timetable. And he would not say whether the inquiry would be wrapped up by the ...
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Debris in South Africa, Mauritius 'almost certainly' from missing MH370 - Reuters

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Debris in South Africa, Mauritius 'almost certainly' from missing MH370
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KUALA LUMPUR Two pieces of debris discovered in South Africa and the Mauritian island of Rodrigues are almost certainly from the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 jetliner, Malaysia's transport ministry said on Thursday. Flight MH370 disappeared in ...
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Politics|Paul Ryan Caught Between Desire for GOP Unity and Future Agenda - New York Times

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Politics|Paul Ryan Caught Between Desire for GOP Unity and Future Agenda
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Malaysia: 2 more pieces 'almost certainly' from Flight 370

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Malaysia's government says two more pieces of debris, discovered in South Africa and Rodrigues Island off Mauritius, are "almost certainly" from Flight 370.
     

3:05 PM 5/11/2016 - Headlines Review: ‘The U.S. can’t fix it’: James Clapper on America’s role in the Middle East - The Washington Post | Putin’s hydra: Inside Russia’s intelligence services | European Council on Foreign Relations - Mark Galeotti 

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M.N.: I believe that probably no one was more devastated by this tragedy than Hillary Clinton... | U.S. will not seek death penalty for accused ringleader in Benghazi attacks – The Washington Post | Obama still faces tough questions on Benghazi attack after debate | US news | The Guardian

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U.S. will not seek death penalty for accused ringleader in Benghazi attacks – The Washington Post


The decision clears the way for a terrorism trial in the nation’s capital.
Defense attorney Jeffrey D. Robinson added, “Mr. Abu Khattala agrees it was a tragic loss but disagrees he is the person responsible for it.”




Obama still faces tough questions on Benghazi attack after debate | US news | The Guardian


M.N.: I believe that probably no one was more devastated by this tragedy than Hillary Clinton (and the families of victims). Most likely, this attack was planned well in advance, meticulously (“professionally”) arranged and executed. Even the known, publicized unclassified descriptions of facts point, hypothetically, in the direction of ultimate responsible party. It was a tragic security and intelligence lapse, the act of war. Just like so many similar incidents before it. And just like them, it was a very hard lesson to learn.
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"The president may have sidestepped Mitt Romney, but he still hasn’t addressed key issues about security in the Middle East
Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, said the buck stops with her but said the actual decision lay with security officials. Obama responded to a Republican call to “man up” and accept responsibility by accepting responsibility at the debate. But he did not address how it was that Stevens was left so vulnerable to an attack.
The answer appears to lie in a mix of poor intelligence after a series of earlier relatively minor attacks, financial pressures caused by Republican cuts to the state department security budget and the reality that it’s almost impossible to be prepared everywhere. Look at the 1983 US marine barracks bombing in Beirut which killed 241 Americans or the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Kenya that left 223 dead…
While administration officials said the attack was spontaneous, Republicans argued that it was a planned al-Qaida plot. State department officials conceded that it was clear the assault was planned. But probably in hours to take advantage of a volatile situation in the region over the video, not over days and weeks. And, they noted, not all armed Islamists are al-Qaida. In fact, there is only tangental evidence of an al-Qaida connection.
Clinton has said the initial statements were the result of poor intelligence over what happened in a bloody and confusing night of fighting." 

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Video: Police pummel driver after 2-state high-speed pursuit

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NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- Helicopter video of a high-speed police pursuit from Massachusetts to New Hampshire shows a driver stepping slowly out of his truck, kneeling and putting his hands on the ground before several officers rush him and start pummeling him....

VIDEO: Protests over French labour reforms

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The French government is facing a vote of no confidence in parliament after it forced through a controversial bill designed to reform Labour laws.

F.B.I. Director Says ‘Viral Video Effect’ Blunts Police Work

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James Comey said he believed that “lots and lots of officers” were not engaging in confrontations with suspects out of fear of being videotaped.
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FBI Told Police To Hide Stingray Phone Tracking - Vocativ

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FBI Told Police To Hide Stingray Phone Tracking
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A 2013 Reuters report on the practice, for example, found that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency routinely receives intelligence from various intelligence services, including the NSA, about where to find a suspected criminal, and that the DEA would then ...

Cyber attacks on Islamic State use tools others also have: US defense chief - Reuters

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Cyber attacks on Islamic State use tools others also have: US defense chief
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SANTA CLARA Cyber attack techniques used by the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State could also be used by other countries, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Wednesday. Speaking in California ... "That is why good, strong cyber defenses
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Pentagon chief overhauls Silicon Valley office, will open similar unit in Boston

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will overhaul one of his signature efforts, placing new leadership in charge of the Pentagon's office in Silicon Valley just nine months after it opened and directing the staff there to report directly to him.
     

PBS NewsHour full episode May 11, 2016 

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Wednesday on the NewsHour, the GOP shows tentative signs of unity ahead of Donald Trump’s sitdown with House Speaker Paul Ryan. Also: Islamic extremism resurges in Afghanistan, a new form of transportation may be more than a pipe dream, transgender soldiers gain ground in a transitioning military, Uber hits major legal speed bumps across the country and a modern reinterpretation of Jane Austen.

FBI Chief: Islamic State Losing Attraction in US

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The number of Americans trying to travel overseas to join Islamic State militants has dropped since last year, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday. The FBI used to encounter "six, eight, 10'' such Americans per month in 2014 and the first half of 2015. But since then, agents have tracked an average of one person a month trying to travel, or actually traveling, to join the extremist group in the Middle East. "There's no doubt that something has happened that is...

Whistleblowers: We Could Have 'Saved Lives' During Benghazi Attack, State Dept Squashed Chances To Capture ... - Breitbart News

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Whistleblowers: We Could Have 'Saved Lives' During Benghazi Attack, State Dept Squashed Chances To Capture ...
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Two whistleblowers claimed that opportunities to “save lives” during the 2012 terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi Libya, and to capture the terrorists responsible for the attacks were missed, and the State Department squashed opportunities ...

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Ukraine recovers stolen masterpieces

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Ukraine says it has recovered 17 paintings - including works by Tintoretto and Rubens - stolen from an Italian museum and worth more than €16m (£13m; $18m).

Iraq Says Islamic State Now Holds Only 14 Percent Of Its Territory

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Iraq said it has retaken around two-thirds of the territory seized by the Islamic State in the militant group's lightning-fast sweep across the country's north and west in 2014.

Putin Orders Stepped Up Effort To Control Siberian Wildfires

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered firefighters do more to quell an early onset of uncontrolled wildfires raging in eastern Siberia.

Former Intelligence Official: North Korea Regime Stable

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Kim Jong Un's hold on power in North Korea appears more secure than many pundits suggest, a former South Korean intelligence official said. Dr. Suh Hoon, former deputy director for North Korean Intelligence at National Intelligence Service, South Korea's main intelligence agency, said the North Korean regime is currently stable and is likely to remain in power for the foreseeable future despite increased international sanctions against the country. Suh, a prominent North Korea...

Pew study sees a shrinking middle class in major US cities

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Ted Cruz built a brand on being the most hated man in Washington. Now what? - Washington Post

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Ted Cruz built a brand on being the most hated man in Washington. Now what?
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