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Feb 16 10:35

Russia to bring up the issue of Turkey shelling Syria at UNSC session — diplomat

According to the diplomat from a country member of the UN Security Council, no separate meeting was planned. Instead, the issue will be discussed within the framework of general discussion. Turkish armed forces shelled on Monday positions of the Kurdish forces of self-defense in Syria, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said. He said the fire was opened in retaliation for an attack on a Turkish border point from the territory of the neighboring country. Western media note that positions of Syrian Kurds have been shelled for a third day running.

Feb 16 10:31

Proton pump inhibitor heartburn drugs linked to dementia risk

A popular class of heartburn medications might raise a senior's risk of dementia, a new study suggests.

Called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), this group of drugs includes omeprazole (Prilosec), esomeprazole (Nexium) and lansoprazole (Prevacid.) They work by lowering the amount of acid produced by the stomach.

But German researchers found that people 75 or older who regularly take the medications had a 44 per cent increased risk of dementia, compared with seniors not using the drugs. The study only found an association, however, and not a cause-and-effect link.

Feb 16 10:31

Russia submits to UN SC "express review" of gross violations of UN Charter by US, UK

Russia has presented at the UN Security Council on Monday an "express review" of the most flagrant cases of disregard for international law by the United States and the UK. The list covering events from the mid-20th century to the present day has been read out by Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN Pyotr Ilyichev in response to accusations against Moscow over developments in Ukraine and Crimea’s reunification with Russia... drew attention, in particular, to Britain’s bombing of the Yemeni city of Harib in 1946, noting that the UN Security Council condemned these actions in its Resolution 188 "pointing to the incompatibility of reprisals with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter." "In 1983, the United States carried out an armed invasion of Grenada.

Feb 16 10:30

Teens, 17, with no medical training taking life and death calls at scandal-hit NHS 111 service

TEENAGERS are being employed to answer urgent medical calls at a 111 call centre even though they aren’t trained on how to assess patients properly.

The 17-year-olds had just done their GCSEs when they started work last year – allegedly in a bid to hit call-answering targets.

Feb 16 10:17

Turkish artillery shelled Syrian border settlements — Russian Defense Ministry

"Turkey has been delivering massive artillery strikes from large-caliber guns since the end of last week against Syrian government troops and patriotic opposition forces in border areas. Objective control means have registered more than 100 salvos fired by the Turkish artillery on border settlements in the province of Aleppo," the spokesman said. Turkey has also launched an aggressive information campaign against Russia, he added. "Ankara has started an aggressive information campaign in the world’s leading media outlets against Russia to prevent the loss of its control over the northern and the northwestern parts of Syria where the Turkish authorities have been de-facto absolute masters in recent years," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

Feb 16 10:15

Brent falls below $33 per barrel on Moscow Exchange

The price of Brent crude oil futures contract for April delivery falls by 1.77% on London’s ICE to $32.8 per barrel. The ruble started to decline following the oil prices after the reports about the talks between Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and representatives of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) member-states in Doha (Qatar capital) that resulted in an agreement to freeze oil production at the level as of January 11.

Feb 16 10:09

Russian aircraft attack almost 1,600 terrorist facilities in Syria over past week

Aircraft of Russia’s aviation group in Syria have made 444 sorties in the period from February 10 to 16, delivering strikes on almost 1,600 terrorist facilities in the country, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told journalists on Tuesday.

Feb 16 10:09

MISS AUSTRALIA LEFT DISFIGURED BECAUSE POLICE THREW A FLASHBANG GRENADE INTO HER BED AS SHE SLEPT

While sleeping in bed with her fiancé, a former Miss Australia awoke to a police flashbang grenade disfiguring her face and melting her hand. Although she required immediate medical attention, paramedics did not arrive at the scene until 40 minutes later.

Crowned Miss International Australia in 2013, Felicia Djamirze was asleep in bed with her fiancé, Dean O’Donnell last week, when a police flashbang grenade landed in their bedroom. Accused of drug trafficking, the former Miss Australia was placed under arrest as police waited 40 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. The cops refused to allow Djamirze to see her injuries even though she suffered third-degree burns to her face and right hand.

Feb 16 10:05

Obama: We’re Not ‘Wildly Overspending,’ A Lot of Stuff People Put On Internet and News Is ‘Factually Inaccurate’

Webmaster addition: I am going to go with the people who did NOT tell us Saddam had nuclear weapons.

Feb 16 10:02

THE NSA’S SKYNET PROGRAM MAY BE KILLING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE

In 2014, the former director of both the CIA and NSA proclaimed that “we kill people based on metadata.” Now, a new examination of previously published Snowden documents suggests that many of those people may have been innocent. Last year, The Intercept published documents detailing the NSA’s SKYNET programme. According to the documents, SKYNET engages in mass surveillance of Pakistan’s mobile phone network, and then uses a machine learning algorithm on the cellular network metadata of 55 million people to try and rate each person’s likelihood of being a terrorist.

Feb 16 09:53

SOUTH AFRICA WANTS IT'S MONEY

South Africa Wants Its Money After Aircraft Detained in Zimbabwe

The South African Reserve Bank said rand notes found on a cargo plane impounded in Zimbabwe this week after a dead body was discovered on board should be returned home.

“The aircraft currently detained at Harare Airport is carrying a consignment of South African banknotes that was produced overseas as part of the SARB’s annual production plan,” the Pretoria-based central bank said in a statement on its website https://www.resbank.co.za/Publications/Detail-Item-View/Pages/Publicat... on Tuesday. The bank is working with authorities to ensure the shipment will be released and delivered to South Africa, according to the statement.

Feb 16 09:43

Eagles Of Death Metal fans set for an emotional reunion with the band tonight as the US rockers return to Paris to finish their Bataclan gig cut short by terrorist gunmen

Meanwhile, Hughes has claimed the Bataclan massacre proved everyone should carry firearms - and that it may not have occurred if the audience was armed.

The American singer, 43, said France's strict gun control laws 'had nothing to do with' the jihadist attack, adding: 'Until nobody has guns, everybody has to have them.'

Feb 16 09:37

US SHRUGS OFF YET ANOTHER REPORT OF CLUSTER BOMBS LAUNCHED BY SAUDIS IN YEMEN

Following a new report from Human Rights Watch on the use of banned cluster bombs by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, the United States State Department has once again given a statement so the government may appear as if it is concerned. But there have been consistent cluster bomb reports since the U.S.-backed intervention was launched in March 2015, and each time business as usual has resumed with no regard for the civilians killed by these explosives. On February 14, HRW reported, “Recently transferred U.S.-manufactured cluster munitions are being used in civilian areas contrary to U.S. export requirements and also appear to be failing to meet the reliability standard required for U.S. export of the weapons.”

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