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Oct 06 13:33

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Oct 06 13:33

Lethbridge professor accused of anti-Semitism suspended

A professor alleged to be promoting conspiracy theories and denying the Holocaust has been suspended without pay by the University of Lethbridge.

Anthony Hall is suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation into possible violations of the Human Rights Act, university officials said in a statement.

B'nai Brith Canada called for Hall's termination after questions about an anti-Semitic Facebook post made on his page by a third party. The group also alleges the professor uses his academic credentials to deny the Holocaust and promote various conspiracy theories.

Oct 06 13:06

‘Impartial’ BBC Drops Show After Jokes About Queen’s Sex Life

The BBC has dropped a show following jokes about the Queen on her 90th birthday. David Baddiel’s Don’t Make Me Laugh was axed after it featured a segment in which comedians discussed the monarch’s sex life.

“I’m hoping maybe to pitch it again once we get past the 1960s. Oh no, wait a minute, it’s 2016,” Baddiel tweeted following the news.

Oct 06 12:59

IRGC Warns S. Arabia to Stay Away from Iran's Waters in Military Drills

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy in a statement on Wednesday warned Saudi Arabia against any move under the pretext of military drills which would endanger security and stir tension in the Persian Gulf. "We declare to all the vessels present in Saudi Arabia's stated wargames, including the Saudi navy's vessels and others, that the IRGC Navy believes that principally, these drills are a clear instance of stirring tensions and weakening sustainable security in the Persian Gulf," the statement said. The statement came a week after the Saudi navy said it plans to stage drills in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz in the near future. The IRGC statement cautioned that the military vessels participating in the wargames "will not at all be allowed to sail through Iran's territorial waters", and warned the Saudis to avoid sailing through the international waters that are near Iran's territorial waters.

Oct 06 12:56

Israel Arrests 36 Palestinians, including 16 from Eastern Jerusalem

Israel arrested 36 Palestinians in raids that reached Eastern Jerusalem and several West Bank cities, a press release by the Prisoner’s Society said on Thursday. A total of 16 teenagers were rounded up in Eastern Jerusalem, most of them from Issawieh neighborhood with four from al-Tur neighborhood, WAFA reported. The society said the Israeli army arrested eight Palestinians from various towns in the Ramallah district, six from the Tulkarm district, three minors aged 14 years from Deheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem and the rest from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, Toubas in the northern Jordan Valley and Samou in the Hebron area.

Oct 06 12:55

Iraq to Take Military Presence Dispute With Turkey to UNSC

Iraq's Foreign Ministry said Thursday it had requested the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss presence of Turkish troops in Northern Iraq, seen by Baghdad as violation of the country's sovereignty. "The Foreign Ministry has submitted a request for an emergency session for the United Nation's Security Council to discuss the Turkish violations on Iraqi territories and interference in its internal affairs," Iraq's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Jamal said as quoted in a statement, Rossiya Segodnya reported. Jamal added that Baghdad also called on the UN Security Council to uphold its responsibilities toward Iraq and to take a decision to put an end to Turkey's "violations" of Iraq's sovereignty. Relations between Iraq and Turkey has tensed up after the Turkish parliament last week extended a mandate allowing Turkish troops to be deployed in Iraq and Syria to combat terrorists for an additional year.

Oct 06 12:54

Yildirim: Turkish Troops Will Stay in Iraq

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday that Turkish troops will remain in the camp in the Northern Iraqi town of Bashiqa despite Baghdad's objections. "There are soldiers from 63 countries in Iraq. Claims toward Turkey about its military presence in Iraq are an unfriendly step. Turkey will maintain its presence in the country," Yildirim said at a meeting with businesspersons in Ankara, Rossiya Segodnya reported. Turkey claimes the deployment of troops and tanks is to help national forces reclaim the city of Mosul from ISIL on December 4, 2015, has caused a rift with Iraq. On Tuesday, the Iraqi parliament adopted a resolution voicing protest against Turkish military presence in Bashiqa, located about 19 miles northeast of Mosul. The lawmakers demand its government to take the necessary legal and diplomatic measures, including a review of the economic relations between the two countries. Ankara has condemned the resolution.

Oct 06 12:52

Lavrov: Russia 'Ready to Work on' France's Draft Syria Resolution

Russia is ready to work on the draft UN resolution France has submitted to the UN Security Council, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday. "We are ready to work on this text" provided it does not contradict the US-Russia ceasefire agreement or other UN resolutions, Lavrov said at a press conference with French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, The Daily Star reported. However, Lavrov stressed that Moscow was unlikely to soften its stance on separation of terrorists from militants in Syria. "Everybody knows well, that is written in the decision of the UN Security Council, that the regime of cessation of hostilities has never included and will never include ISIL and al-Nusra Front and those who merged with these terrorist organizations," Lavrov added, reffering to ISIL and Fatah al-Sham Front (also know as al-Nusra Front) terror groups.

Oct 06 12:51

Intel Suggests CIA, Pentagon behind Media Leaks about US Strikes on Syrian Army

Russian Defense Ministry said it believes that the leaks to the media about possible US strikes on the Syrian army could be a preface to real action, spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said. “Of particular concern is information that the initiators of such provocations are representatives of the CIA and the Pentagon, who in September reported to the US President on the alleged controllability of ‘opposition’ fighters, but today are lobbying for ‘kinetic’ scenarios in Syria. As history has shown, such "leaks" often prove to be a preface to real action. I point out to all the 'hotheads' that following the September 17 coalition airstrike on the Syrian Army in Deir Ezzur we took all necessary measures to exclude any similar 'accidents' happening to Russian forces in Syria". Konashenkov also said that any missile or air strike on the territories controlled by the Syrian government, would pose clear threat to Russian military personnel.

Oct 06 12:47

Denver PD Runs Out Of Storage For Confiscated Pot, Begs For More Shelves

The police force in Denver, Colorado, has too much weed, so much it runs out of space to keep it and asks the state for money to build more shelves and hire more people. Although pot was legalized in Colorado, its cultivation has many legal limits.

Marijuana was decriminalized in Colorado with Amendment 64, but that doesn’t mean that pot is completely consequence-free. Police have reported massive increases in the amount of marijuana confiscated since the amendment legalized pot under very specific rules.

Oct 06 12:41

RUSSIA THREATENS TO SHOOT DOWN US JETS

In a stark warning to the United States, a spokesman for the Russian defense ministry, Major-General Igor Konashekov, said Russia may shoot down US planes attempting to launch airstrikes in Syria. “I would recommend our colleagues in Washington to thoroughly consider the possible consequences of the realization of such plans,” Konashenkov said.

Oct 06 12:19

The Cops Can Still Kill You

“POLICE ARE SPECIALISTS IN VIOLENCE. THEY ARE ARMED, TRAINED, AND AUTHORIZED TO USE FORCE. WITH VARYING DEGREES OF SUBTLETY, THIS COLORS THEIR EVERY ACTION. LIKE THE POSSIBILITY OF ARREST, THE THREAT OF VIOLENCE IS IMPLICIT IN EVERY POLICE ENCOUNTER. VIOLENCE, AS WELL AS THE LAW, IS WHAT THEY REPRESENT.”—AUTHOR KRISTIAN WILLIAMS

How do you protect yourself from flying fists, choking hands, disabling electrified darts and killing bullets?

Oct 06 12:17

Tens of Saudi-Funded Mercenaries Killed in Yemeni Missile Attacks in Ma'rib

At least 120 Saudi-funded mercenaries have been killed or wounded in missile attacks by Yemen's army on several gatherings of the Saudi-led coalition in Central Ma'rib province in the last three days, security sources said. Yemeni army's missile units have been pounding the Saudi-led forces' gatherings in Serwah region in Ma'rib province, the sources said. Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March, 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 11,000 Yemeni people, including thousands of women and children. According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster. Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Oct 06 12:16

ISIL Sets Up Market for Trading Body Organs

The ISIL has set up a market in Turkey which sells human body organs stolen from the mutilated bodies of the Iraqi people who have been kidnapped by the terrorist groups. A media source said that the ISIL transfers the frozen body organs from the Iraqi city of Mosul to Tal Afar in Nineveh and then to Raqqa in Syria. The cargo then is sold to the Turkish mafia. According to the source, all types of body organ that could be transplanted are sold in the market, specially kidney and heart. Based on the report, kidney is sold at a price of 5,000 Iraqi dinars (4,000 US dollars) while a heart is worth 6,000 dollars in the Turkish market. Reports said earlier this month that the ISIL is mutilating and selling the body organs of Iraqi children to compensate for its financial loss and shortages.

Oct 06 12:15

US-Led Coalition Fighter Jets Kill Tens of Civilians in Aleppo

The US-led coalition's fighter jets killed at least 60 civilians in Salsana village in the Northeastern parts of Aleppo. According to the Arabic-language desk of Sputnik news agency, the US warplanes targeted the residential areas in the village, 50km Northeast of Aleppo city, and killed over 60 civilians, among them several children. Local sources said that a large number of civilians were also wounded in the attacks, some of them in critical conditions. Local sources in Deir Ezzur said on Monday that the US airstrikes had destroyed more bridges and supply routes in the province, adding that 50 civilians were killed in the attacks. "50 civilians, including women and children, were killed in the US-led coalition airstrikes on Deir Ezzur," the sources said.

Oct 06 12:13

Syrian Army to Reduce Airstrikes in Aleppo to Give Civilians Space to Leave

The Syrian Army General Command announced on Wednesday it will reduce airstrikes and shelling attacks on Eastern Aleppo to allow civilians to leave the city's besieged areas still controlled by militants groups. "The command of the army made a decision to reduce the number of aerial and artillery strikes against terrorists' positions to help the civilians trapped in the city to leave for safer regions," the Syrian Army's statement said, SANA reported. Aleppo has seen intense fighting over the past few months, with the Syrian army and popular forces managing to encircle large groups of militants in the Eastern districts of the city. Syrian Army also said in order to prevent bloodshed and avoid more destruction, it gives militants in Aleppo’s Eastern neighborhoods an additional opportunity to benefit from amnesty decree and settle their status, or hand over their weapons and leave with their families.

Oct 06 12:12

Prof. Sunaina Maira: Israel Is Facing Global Criticism Over its Policies and Massacres

The global movement of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel is gaining momentum as the Israeli leaders brand the proponents and advocates of this initiative as “anti-Semites”! Thus far, more than 1,200 prominent university professors in the United States have officially endorsed the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI)...

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