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Feb 10 10:48

Opera Gets $1.2 Billion Buyout Offer From Chinese Consortium That Includes Qihoo 360

Opera confirmed Tuesday night it has received an acquisition offer from a consortium of Chinese Internet companies that values the browser maker at $1.2 billion. The offer, from Kunlun and Qihoo 360, backed by the investment funds Golden Brick and Yonglian, values Opera at about 10.4 billion Norwegian kroner, a premium of 53 percent above where it was trading prior to speculation of a buyout bid. Opera’s board is unanimously recommending shareholders approve the takeover.

Feb 10 10:45

German investigation against Blagoy foreign Minister regarded as pressure on the media

The reason for the investigation was the story made by Blagoy, telling that the 13-year-old Lisa was abducted and raped by migrants. It was named the incitement of ethnic hatred. On that charge the journalist (Blagoy) faces up to five years in prison. The German Prosecutor's office holds a different version of events: that Lisa was afraid of the upcoming conversation with her parents about school problems and hid from them at her friend's house, and she had no sexual contact with this friend. Allegedly before the disappearance she had an intimate relationship with several men. On this occasion, the Prosecutor's office opened a rape case in which two suspected immigrants from Turkey.

Feb 10 10:41

Met 'failed to tell Brittan family' of rape inquiry review publication

The Metropolitan police have been accused of failing to inform the family of Leon Brittan about the publication of a report which re-examined a rape investigation into the peer.

Lord Brittan’s widow and children were not told in advance of plans to make public a review of a Scotland Yard rape inquiry into the late peer, which emerged at the weekend. Instead, the family learned about its conclusions through the media, a friend said.

Feb 10 10:32

Cameron's PMQs plan: steal Rosie from Corbyn

The country has a new currency. Not the pound, not the euro, but the Rosie.

“I have a letter from a woman called Rosie,” said Jeremy Corbyn at prime minister’s questions. Rosie Winterton, Labour’s chief whip, looked up and smiled. Her leader had finally got round to reading something she had written. Corbyn was quick to disillusion her: “Rosie is in her 20s and wants to buy a house in London.” Winterton shrugged. In a good light.

Feb 10 10:28

Former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin on Running Against Sanders in ’86 & Endorsing Clinton in ’16

Voting has begun across New Hampshire for the first primary in the country. A half-million voters are expected to cast ballots.

Feb 10 10:27

What Happens When You Leave A Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal Out For 6 Years

An alarming photograph of a McDonald’s chicken McNuggets Happy Meal left to sit unrefrigerated and untouched for six years recently went viral on social media.

Feb 10 10:18

Every woman in Paris polled in survey has experienced sexual harassment on trains

Parisians are calling on the government to combat sexual harassment on public transport after a poll shows that 100 per cent of the women said they experienced at least one incident.

Feb 10 10:18

Talking Points For Doctor-Politicians Who Threaten Choice

By Rosanne Lindsay

Every day another politician decides to practice medicine without a license by proposing new medical mandates or the removal of vaccine exemptions that dictate healthcare choices for individuals, parents, and families.

Such maneuvers are attempts to test the resolve of the people. When that happens, its time to stand our sacred ground...

Feb 10 10:16

A smartphone application aimed at helping users avoid morality police units in Iran’s capital city, which became an instant hit just hours after its release yesterday, has been blocked in Iran.

The Gershad app allows users to mark spots on the Tehran city map where the Gasht-e-Ershad (or Guidance Patrol, commonly known as the “morality police”) units are located, in order to help potential targets avoid those areas.

Feb 10 10:15

LONDON'S DIRTY SECRET: UK CAPITAL 'GLOBAL CENTER' FOR MONEY LAUNDERING

London offers every possible service to individuals wanting to launder money, Peter Lilley, author of 'Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering,' told Sputnik. London and New York are both popular destinations for money laundering because they are major international financial centers that offer sophisticated financial products and well-versed legal and accountancy services, Peter Lilley, author of 'Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering,' told Sputnik.

Feb 10 10:14

HSBC SUED BY FAMILIES OF US CITIZENS KILLED BY MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS AFTER MONEY LAUNDERING PROBE

HSBC Holdings PLC has been sued by families of American citizens killed in Mexico, who alleged that the bank helped drug cartels launder money to run their businesses and thus, can be held responsible for the deaths, reports said Tuesday. The bank paid a $1.9 billion fine in 2012 to settle a criminal probe into whether it laundered at least $881 million on behalf of drug cartels.

Feb 10 10:09

Rosneft CEO: Decision on oil prices are made by robots on currency markets

"Today the financial technology implies that decisions are often made by robots on trading floors and by the software that manages them and impersonally responds to any instantaneous changes of the situation, which changes in the course of the trading, or information about the movement of oil reserves. We should admit that we underestimated the fact that financial participants of the market know no limitations in settlement of their own purely financial tasks and are ready to "test" any price levels - $27 in January and down to $10 per barrel, as it was recently announced by one respectable investor. This is nothing but an invitation to play an irresponsible game with an unlimited price decline?" - Sechin said. Taking into account that specific capital expenditures that increased manifold the current oil prices are the lowest since 1973, Sechin said. He added that he does not rule out further oil price fluctuations.

Feb 10 10:09

Hillary Clinton & the “Mass Incarceration Machine”: A Debate on Her Support of 1994 Crime Bill

Scholar Michelle Alexander made headlines last week when she wrote a critical post about Hillary Clinton’s record on criminal justice issues.

Feb 10 10:03

Washington to open Pandora’s box in case of deploying weapons in space — diplomat

"The United States expresses certain comments that the Russian-Chinese suggestions on refraining from being the first to deploy weapons into outer space do not stipulate verification measures. This is trickery," the diplomat said. "If the United States believes that verification is necessary, what prevents it from filling this gap? When such opportunities arise, the United States will not stop at nothing to deploy weapons in space. This will be something similar to the missile defense system in terms of its effects. This will be something that will change the rules of the game. This will open Pandora’s box, and other countries that have such capabilities will follow the same path. We will have an uncontrolled arms race".

Feb 10 10:00

NATO will continue deployment of Patriot batteries in Turkey — Stoltenberg

"At the end of last year, we agreed assurance measures for Turkey - with AWACS surveillance planes, air policing, an increased naval presence in the Mediterranean and in the Black Sea and we decided to continue the deployment of our Patriot batteries to augment the air defenses of Turkey," Stoltenberg said at the meeting of NATO defense ministers. NATO’s aviation and naval expansion in Turkey is taking place against the backdrop of sharp deterioration of relations between Moscow and Ankara.

Feb 10 09:58

Girl who cried UVa. gang rape pretended to be her rapist to win a boy, lawyers say: Three and a half years after an alleged brutal gang rape by fraternity members at the University of Virginia, detailed in Rolling Stone magazine, lawyers say a crush over

Readers were horrified by "A Rape on Campus" when it published online in November 2014, and the article created upheaval at the university.

The 9,000-word article -- with almost as many comments at the time it was taken offline -- described how an UVa first-year student named Jackie was sexually assaulted by seven attackers during a fraternity party, and how the university failed to adequately respond.

Feb 10 09:57

Syrian Kurds plan opening missions in US, EU

"Turkey continues warfare against its nationals, Kurds, punitive operations against civilians are carried out with extreme cruelty," Senam Mohamed said at the ceremony to unveil the mission of Syrian Kurdistan in Moscow. As an example she mentioned the developments in the Kurdish populated city of Jizra in Turkey. "Many civilians have died there, women and children among them," she said, urging reaction to the developments on the border. Syrian Kurds are planning to open missions in the United States and some European countries, Senam Mohamed said on Wednesday. "We are planning to open missions in the US, Germany, France and Sweden in the near future," she told an opening ceremony of the Moscow office.

Feb 10 09:54

Judge bars Chicago police from testifying after they claim to have lost all videos of arrest due to multiple technical difficulties

A motorist accused of drunk driving walked away after cops in Chicago, Illinois refused to hand over video evidence of the incident. In a ruling last month, the Illinois Appellate Court said Richard Moravec was entitled not just to any dashcam videos of his arrest, but also relevant footage from the city's network of surveillance devices known as "police observational devices" or POD cameras.

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