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Mar 02 12:39

‘I Have New Cheat Box!’ Protester Interrupts Volkswagen Presentation In Geneva

A presentation at the Geneva Motor Show by a board member of the German carmaker Volkswagen was briefly interrupted by a lone protester on Tuesday.

Mar 02 12:38

POLICE SWAT TEAMS AND MILITARY SET TO USE LASER WEAPONS BY 2023

Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams, along with some military teams in the U.S. Army are scheduled to take to the streets and battlefield with laser weapons, according to a spokesperson for the military. Army for Research and Technology deputy assistant secretary Mary J. Miller said to a House of Representatives subcommittee, that there are currently tests “to determine the full capabilities” of this type of laser weaponry. He was optimistic that military and special police units could have these weapons deployed as soon as 2023.

Mar 02 12:33

FORMER COLOMBIA PRESIDENT ALVARO URIBE’S BROTHER ARRESTED FOR LINKS TO DEATH SQUADS

The brother of former Colombian President Alvro Uribe was arrested Monday accused of having ties with paramilitaries — also known as death squads — in the country as well as other crimes. Santiago Uribe Velez was arrested in the coastal city of Medellin by officials from the attorney general’s office, who have long been monitoring the former president’s brother. Velez is accused of forming and developing the paramilitary group known as “Los Doce Apostoles” (The Twelve Apostles) in the 1990s.

Mar 02 12:32

US, Israel Hold Ballistic Missile Defense Drill, Test Emergency Medical Response

US and Israeli armies held a joint military drill at an army base in Israel on Tuesday.

Mar 02 12:25

Three dozen journalists visit Syria’s Gnaymiya village recaptured from militants

The media were able to see for themselves the delivery of humanitarian aid to the village located 20 kilometers away from the border with Turkey. Before the beginning of hostilities Gnaymiya had a predominantly Armenian population. The local old church was strongly damaged during the conflict. "When truce was declared, no more than twenty five people remained in the village. These days we can see ever more people return to their homes. Three tonnes of relief aid has been delivered to the village and more will be brought, if need be," Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told the media. When humanitarian supplies were delivered to Gnaymiya, local residents already numbered 150. Most of them returned home when truce took effect.

Mar 02 12:22

Russia receives reports on artillery shelling from Turkish territory — defense official

"The Russian center continues receiving information from the Syrian General Staff and Kurdish units supporting the cessation of hostilities in Syria on the ongoing artillery shelling from the Turkish territory," Kuralenko said. "We regard Turkey’s actions as openly provocative and aimed at disrupting the ceasefire regime and the reconciliation process in the Syrian Arab Republic," Kuralenko stressed. He added that the Russian center had checked the information provided by the Geneva-based working group on incidents linked to the shelling of positions of opposition units. The general clarified that the Russian warplanes were not delivering air strikes at the armed units that had supported the cessation of hostilities and had informed the Russian or US center of their locations.

Mar 02 12:21

NHS Privatisation – Is Hunt Selling Department To Company His Cousin Is Chair Of?

Remember the scandalous disposal of Royal Mail? Both Michael Heseltine and Peter Mandelson had tried and failed to sell it off in 1994 and 2009 respectively, both driven by the Treasury’s need for cash. Vince Cable’s handling of the sale was disastrous.

Mar 02 12:19

PENTAGON OKS $683 MILLION SMART BOMB DEAL FOR TURKEY

As the Turkish government escalates tensions across the Middle East, the Pentagon has authorized a multimillion dollar deal to sell smart bombs to Ankara. Last December, the Turkish government deployed a battalion of 25 tanks and roughly 1560 troops into northern Iraq. Acting without Baghdad’s permission, the move was roundly condemned as a breach of sovereignty. Ankara has also been engaged its own internal war against Kurdish communities in the country’s southeast, with the death toll reaching some 5,000 people.

Mar 02 12:18

US to work through nuclear attacks at Russian borders

The US strategic bombers B-52 will work through nuclear strike attacks under the NATO drills Cold Response in Norway. Three bombers set off on 1 March from the Spanish airbase Moron, where they had been dispatched from the continental part of the US. Delegations of the exercises' member-countries will observe acts of the bombers. According to the local media, they should have arrived in the town of Namsos at 11a.m. London time. Noteworthy, that B-52 will carry out a range of flights from the airbase in Spain to conduct exercises in the territory of the Norwegian region Trøndelag. The American Air Force Times believes that involvement of bombers of such a level aims at the US support of its NATO allies to defend them from the Russian 'aggression'.

Mar 02 12:16

Early week comedy: NATO chief accuses Russia of helping ISIS infiltrate Europe

...it is funny to hear how, in Breedlove's opinion, the cause for such flow of immigrants is the Russian military campaign against ISIS; that's right, according to NATO's chief the airstrikes "nominally against Isis but largely against the various rebel groups arrayed against Assad, have allegedly killed more than 1,000 civilians, including children", adding that these indiscriminate attacks mean to terrorize Syrians and "get them on the road" toward neighboring countries and Europe. He also stated that "ISIS is "spreading like a cancer" among refugees. The group's members are "taking advantage of paths of least resistance, threatening European nations and our own". In few words, according to General Breedlove, ISIS would be benefiting from Russian airstrikes which would not be aimed at jihadists but rather at "rebel groups" and that is the main cause for the major refugee flow towards Europe that becomes a perfect "horse of troy" for potential terrorists.

Mar 02 12:13

Turkish citizens accused of Erdogan's insult 1845 times

1845 cases against the Turks who insult Erdogan have been put in the country since the beginning of his presidential mandate in 2014, Bekir Bozda?, Turkish Minister of Justice stated in the Parliament. Such a violation of law requires one to four years imprisonment, according to the Turkish criminal code. Opposition accuses Erdogan of forcing dissenting with his policy to silence. Thus, famous people, journalists, and even schoolchildren were prosecuted in such a way. Erdogan's policy is reported to have more clear signs of an authoritarian management style. The current head of the state considers even scathing criticism to be an "insult". Hilal Kalafat, a journalist from the Turkish city of Afyon, for example, told Pravda.Ru that she was sentenced to 28 months of imprisonment because of her critical messages in Twitter, which had been perceived as a public insult of the President of Turkey Erdogan.

Mar 02 12:13

‘Turkish Military Actions On Syrian Border Could Lead To Truce Disruption’ – Russian MoD

Turkey’s “provocative” military buildup on the border and shelling of the Syrian territory could thwart the truce and disrupt the peace process.

Mar 02 12:11

US to deliver Turkey bunker buster guided bombs $683 mln worth

The US Department of Defence signed an agreement with two American companies to produce bunker buster guided bombs BLU-109 and deliver them to the Armed Forces of Turkey. Exact volume of deliveries is not reported, however, it is known that total sum of concluded agreements makes up about $683 mln. Ellwood National Forge and General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems will act as weapon suppliers. The purchase will be carried out under the program of weaponry export. The Turkish party expects the supplies to be finished by 2020 at the very latest. By the way, Alastair Crooke, former member of the British Intelligence MI6 calimed, that the 'Syrian calm' may turn out to be just a harbinger of a storm, but not the end of the military actions. As he said, groups backed by the US, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia would probably make use of the gained time to rearm.

Mar 02 12:09

US pushes too tough Bulgarians to Russia

The day before 138th Anniversary of the Bulgarians' liberation from the 500-long Turkish slavery, the Battle of Shipka Pass, and restoration of the Bulgaria's independence, the country's authorities invited Erdogan, but not Putin... It happened because "there arrived a new US Ambassador Eric Rubin. Before taking the baton from Marcie Ries, he said clearly that he would annihilate all the Russophile media, non-government organizations, and any word in favour of Russia"... these words roused to action all the politicians, mass media representatives, and other public figures in Bulgaria. "And they have already started the annihilation campaign of the 3 March, diminishing the influence and role of Russia in this event". However, such acts against Russia just backfired. "People who did not have a clear stance on Russia, went over to it. According to some estimations, they make up about 80 per cent of the country's population.

Mar 02 12:03

Hillary Clinton’s Dark Drug War Legacy In Mexico

Mexico, John M. Ackerman wrote recently for Foreign Policy, “is not a functional democracy.” Instead, it’s a “repressive and corrupt” oligarchy propped up by a “blank check” from Washington.

Mar 02 12:01

USA needs more victims to recognize mass killings of Christians as genocide

The USA is not ready to recognize the systematic killings of Christians in Iraq and Syria by Islamic State militants as genocide, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Earnest, answering reporters' questions, said that the term "genocide" had a clear legal definition that, according to the administration of US President, could not be used in relation to the mass killings of Christians by ISIL... According to Fox News, the number of Christians in Iraq has declined from 1.5 million to 275K since 2003. On February 24, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that there was additional investigation conducted to clarify whether the killings of Christians in the region could be regarded as genocide. In January, the United Nations published a report, according to which the actions of the Islamic State against the civilian population on the occupied territories could be regarded as crimes against humanity and genocide.

Mar 02 11:59

US Intelligence: Genetic engineering becomes a weapon of mass destruction

James Clapper, Director of the US National intelligence claimed that genome editing with the help of the CRISPR technology is equal to the weapon of mass destruction, under the annual report of global threats. New genetic technologies of genome editing allow to carry out some changes in the cells at the DNA level. Genetic engineers can delete or replace DNA chains in the human body, that allows to reduce diseases which are spread at the genetic level. However, taking into account more wide spreading, quite low cost and quick rate of these technologies development, not only doctors can be interested in them. In particular, basic compounds for an effective CRISPR tool may be be bought through the Internet for $60. This creates a threat for economic and national security of the US, Clapper noted.

Mar 02 11:53

Toys & Flowers: Muscovites Commemorate Murdered 4yo Child

Moscow is in a state of shock after a woman dressed in black was seen walking around near a metro station with a ‘child’s severed head’ in her hand and shouting “I am a terrorist” and "Allahu Akbar."

Mar 02 11:34

Tenth Zika virus case confirmed in China

The tenth Zika virus cases has been confirmed in China’s southern Guangdong province, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Wednesday. A 40-year-old resident of the province was infected with the virus. Previously his two children were confirmed to have been infected with Zika. The man has been hospitalized, and his condition remains stable.

Mar 02 11:32

Ruble-yuan currency swap mechanism to be implemented after testing — Russia’s Central Bank

"The currency swap mechanism aimed at enhancing partnership between central banks of the two states, has been successfully tested on several transactions starting from October 2015 to allocate financing within a limited range of Russian and Chinese contract partners. Pilot deals enabled the Bank of Russia and the People's Bank of China to ensure availability of using swaps if needed in the future," the report said. The swapline agreed between the central banks of the two countries in October 2014 to ease export payments, totals 815 bln rubles ($11 bln) and 150 bln yuan ($22.8 bln). "The national currency swap agreement is aimed at triggering trade and investment cooperation between the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China and evidences rising financial cooperation level between the Bank of Russia and the People’s Bank of China," the Russian regulator said.

Mar 02 11:31

Spacecraft carrying 3 cosmonauts successfully lands in Kazakhstan

The Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft carrying Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, US astronaut Scott Kelly and spacecraft commander Sergey Volkov has successfully landed in Kazakhstan, Moscow-based Mission Control Center told TASS on Wednesday. "The spacecraft has landed," the center said. Russia’s Roscosmos state corporation earlier said Kelly and Kornienko, who spent 11 months at the International Space Station (ISS), would exit the capsule themselves thus imitating landing on Mars where no search and recovery teams will meet them, however they failed to leave it without any outside help. "Specialists of the search evacuation service helped the cosmonauts to get out of the capsule," the center said. "The Soyuz landing was as normal. The weather conditions were ideal and allow rescuers to work," Melekhov said.

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