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Mar 17 05:30

Ukraine’s presidential administration expects PM’s resignation next week

Lawmakers may consider the issue of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s resignation at an extraordinary session of the parliament next week, a source in the presidential administration told the Ukrayinska Pravda newspaper on Thursday. Over the past several weeks, teams of the president and the premier have been holding talks behind closed doors on replacing Yatsenyuk and forming a new cabinet of ministers. Ukraine’s presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko said three scenarios were possible. First, a technocratic government led by American-born Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko could be set up if all pro-European factions support such a cabinet. Second, a government headed by Lvov Mayor Andrei Sadovy could be formed. Third, other candidates could be also suggested by the parliamentary forces if there is necessary support in the Rada.

Mar 17 05:27

Kerry to fly to Moscow for talks on Tuesday - diplomatic source

Kerry told reporters on Tuesday that he will go to Moscow next week "to discuss how we can effectively move the political process forward and try to take advantage of this moment." He said the cessation of hostilities brokered by Russia and the United States is largely holding and now Syria has the best opportunity in years to put an end to the conflict by resolving it at the negotiating table. "We have reached a very important phase in this process," Kerry stressed. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Kerry held a telephone conversation on Wednesday at the initiative of the US side. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said "following a request of the US Secretary of State, an agreement has been reached that John Kerry will make a working visit to Moscow next week to continue negotiations on pressing issues on the Russian-US agenda."

Mar 17 05:26

Oil market balance may be achieved 9 months after output freeze decision is made

An oil market balance may be achieved in nine months after the production freeze decision is made, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Wednesday. "If such [oil production freeze] arrangements are achieved, we estimate [market] rebalancing will be reduced to somewhat from six to nine months. The balance of supply and demand and oil market stabilization might be achieved late in 2016 - early in 2017," the minister said. At the same time, the minister predicts the average global shale oil production will drop 500-600 thousand barrels daily in 2016. "Shale oil production will decline by at least 500-600 thousand barrels daily this year," the minister said.

Mar 17 05:20

Syria Hmeimim group calls on Riyadh group supporters to lay down arms, hold dialogue

Discussions with opposition members from the Riyadh group (the High Negotiations Committee - HNC) are possible if their supporters agree to lay down arms, Ilian Masaad who heads the delegation of the internal Syrian opposition in Geneva that came to be known as the Hmeimim group has told TASS. "If they say that we stop here and that it is necessary to lay down arms," he said when asked whether the Hmeimim group was ready for contacts with the HNC. "I cannot talk with someone who puts a pistol to my head." When asked whether the HNC controlled armed groups on the ground, he said, "No, it doesn't. Terrorist and other groups opposed to the state are controlled by people funded by Qataris, Turks and Saudis. There are people in Riyadh’s delegation who work for this project. That’s their job. However, if one day Turkey says, ‘Enough!’, the next day the Turkish border will be closed and the delivery of weapons and ammunition still be stopped.

Mar 17 05:15

Diplomat: Russia sees no reason to invite PACE observers to parliamentary election

Moscow does not see any reason to invite observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to parliamentary election, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov told reporters on Thursday. "The Russian delegation does not participate in PACE. That is why there are other respectable parliamentary structures that, I am confident, will be invited by us," Meshkov said. "I do not see any reason to invite the structure where Russia is not working for now," he added. Meshkov said that at first the powers of the Russian delegation in PACE should be restored, and "only after that issues like that would be considered."

Mar 17 02:16

Bergdahl Explains Why He Walked Off Base

He wanted to draw attention to bad leadership

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said he left a post in Afghanistan in 2009 to draw attention to what he saw as bad decisions by officers above him, according to documents released Wednesday that also show he was diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder. Bergdahl told a general who investigated the case that he hoped to cause an alarm by leaving his post, then walk to a larger base in Afghanistan so he could have an audience with a top commander. "It was a self-sacrifice thing," Bergdahl said, according to the transcript of a 2014 interview with Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl. He said he planned to turn up at the larger base within days and refuse to talk to anybody but a general. Instead, he wound up in enemy captivity for years and now faces charges including desertion.

In the interview, Bergdahl expressed misgivings about how he and other soldiers were sent to help retrieve a disabled armored vehicle before encountering explosives and enemy fire that turned a six-hour mission into one lasting several days.>>>

Mar 16 20:02

Zionism and Campaigns of Delegitimization: a Very Rich History Indeed

Even former US Presidents are not immune from organized Zionist campaigns of delegitimization

An organized Zionist campaign of delegitimization that culminated in his being, at least to my knowledge, the first living ex-president to be forcibly barred from speaking to the assembled delegates of his own party’s presidential nominating convention

Mar 16 19:54

#Budget2016: Osborne’s Generation Y Package ‘Unfair To Core’

The full scale of financial hardship facing millennials was unveiled on Wednesday as Tory Chancellor George Osborne delivered his eighth budget, promising to “put the next generation first.”

Mar 16 19:51

Zionist Media Seeks To Destroy Trump Presidential Candidacy: Analyst

Pro-Israel political forces in the United States have launched a massive media campaign against Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump to destroy his candidacy because he has proposed ending US wars in the Middle East, an American analyst says.

Mar 16 19:48

Let Them Drink Arsenic: Texas Keeps Insisting Tainted Water Is Safe – Report

Drinking water systems in 34 Texas communities have tested positive for excessive levels of the carcinogen arsenic for more than a decade, yet the state continues to claim there is no emergency or need for an alternative, a new report says.

Mar 16 19:16

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Mar 16 18:59

Sadistic Sexual Assaults Ignored By Church Of England – Report

Senior figures in the Church of England failed to act after hearing about a sadistic assault, prompting the church to make sweeping reforms in the way sex abuse cases are dealt with.

An independent review, commissioned by the church, found “deeply disturbing” failures by those in positions of power who failed to act after hearing reports of sexual assault.

Mar 16 18:48

US Founders Would Be ‘Appalled’ By US Government Request

Apple Inc says the US government officials can do anything they “dream up” and have requests that would appall the country’s founders.

Mar 16 18:48

DOJ Steps Up Bid To Combat "Criminalization Of Poverty" Highlighted By Ferguson Abuses

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is calling for a crackdown on local courts that bog down defendants with steep fines and fees that often lead to jail time.

Mar 16 18:16

Former American Prisoner Calls On Congress To Lift Cuba Embargo

Alan Phillip Gross, a former American prisoner in Cuba, has urged the US Congress to lift bans on the Caribbean island nation following a historic thaw in bilateral ties.

Mar 16 17:45

President Vladimir Putin: An Enigma

Winston Churchill once described the Soviet Union as a ‘puzzle wrapped inside an enigma’. The same could be said for Russian President Vladimir Putin today.

Mar 16 17:41

Why Is The Media So Afraid Of This Woman’s Work?

One of the most important books in the history of psychiatry and natural medicine has been published by HarperCollins, who unique among their mainstream publishing competitors, had the guts to release it completely uncensored.

Mar 16 17:39

Sucralose Study Highlights Errors Of Industry Tests For Chemicals, Additives And Pesticides

What’s wrong with industry safety tests for chemicals, food additives and pesticides? The honorary president of Italy’s Ramazzini Institute speaks out after industry backlash against his institute’s study that found link between sucralose (Splenda) and cancer

Mar 16 17:39

Philip at a Nazi funeral and the day his sister had lunch with Hitler: TV documentary reopens painful chapter of duke's family past

The remarkable photograph from 1937 shows Prince Philip, then just 16, in a funeral procession for his older sister Cecile, who was killed in an air crash.

The young prince is flanked by grieving relatives, all wearing distinctive Nazi uniforms. One is clad in the uniform of the Brownshirts; another wears full SS regalia. The street in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, is lined with crowds – many giving the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute.

In another extraordinary photograph Prince Philip’s youngest sister Sophie – elegantly dressed with a fur hanging on the back of her chair – is seen sitting opposite Hitler at the wedding of Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goering and his bride Emmy.