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Feb 03 08:50

FEDS HELPED HIDE INVESTIGATION INTO BIG BANK’S MONEY LAUNDERING FOR DRUG CARTELS

A federal judge ruled last week that the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) will be forced to share a report on its business practices with the public — a decision both the bank and the Department of Justice (DOJ) fought in court to prevent. The report is based on the findings of an ongoing government audit of the bank initiated amid revelations in 2012, that it laundered money for drug cartels and terrorist organizations.

Feb 03 08:47

JUDGE CONVICTED AFTER HE ADMITTED TO TORTURING MAN IN COURT WITH 50,000 VOLTS TO SHUT HIM UP

A man representing himself in a Maryland court was shocked with 50,000 volts of electricity by the judge because he continued to speak when the judge ordered him to stop. Judge Robert Nalley pleaded guilty on Monday to depriving the defendant of his civil rights. The charge stems from an encounter between the judge and victim Delvon King in July of 2014, when King was appearing before Judge Nalley to face gun charges. King had a shocker anklet attached to him, which was supposed to be used in case of an emergency situation, or if King were to attempt to escape or hurt anyone.

Feb 03 08:46

Roger Waters tells France: ‘Supporters of BDS, attacked by your judiciary, have my unequivocal respect and love’

Two days ago we posted about the brave pushback in France against legislation that makes it a crime to advocate for boycott of Israel. We were then informed that Roger Waters had sent a letter to the French people, via a French news agency, on this very subject some weeks ago that has never been published. We are publishing it here.

Feb 03 08:46

While Flint Water Filters Are Failing, The Snyder Administration Has Kept Its Own Secrets

By Chiqui Perez

Despite the outpour of aid by concerned citizens all over the United States, the people of Flint still continue to face one problem after another amid the deadly water crisis. It appears that new problems surface as each day passes.

Firstly, the water filters which officials have handed out to the residents and businesses in Flint were not especially designed to handle water with extremely high toxicity levels...

Feb 03 08:46

Windows 10 is now a 'recommended update' that starts automatically

Operating system upgrade will download automatically if automatic updates are turned on

Feb 03 08:45

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ANNOUNCES HOW HE'LL WASTE $582 BILLION

You hear that? It’s the sound of 582 billion dollar bills falling down an infinitely deep hole, as narrated by your Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter. Yes, his name’s Ash. And yes, he’s going to spend a couple billion defending outer space from ISIS. In a speech delivered and published today, Carter outlined some of the ways in which our great and war-craving nation will squander over half a trillion dollars in Fiscal Year 2017. It ain’t good:

Feb 03 08:42

DOCUMENTS REVEAL DRUG FIRMS’ SCHEMES TO MAXIMIZE PROFITS ON CANCER, AIDS AND HEART DRUGS

Two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions including heart disease, AIDS and cancer, according to excerpts from thousands of documents released by federal lawmakers. A congressional review of more than 300,000 pages from Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals reveals how executives planned to maximize profits while fending off negative publicity over the price hikes.

Feb 03 08:31

Who Owns the Zika Virus?

Rockefeller medicine

Feb 03 08:30

Ted Cruz ADMITS his staff spread 'shameless' whisper campaign that Ben Carson was quitting presidential contest just before Iowa caucus voting began – but blames CNN for starting the rumor

Ted Cruz admitted on Tuesday that his presidential campaign spread a false rumor, just hours before Monday's Iowa caucuses began, that conservative rival Ben Carson was dropping pout of the presidential race.

Carson finished a distant fourth in the nation's first nominating contest, and observers at two caucus precincts told DailyMail.com that he lost supporters to the Cruz camp when Republicans speaking on behalf of Cruz said Carson was suspending his campaign.

It turned out not to be true, however, and Carson himself complained Tuesday about 'shameless tactics and dirty political plays' that pushed Cruz to victory on the strength of political sabotage.

Cruz won the caucuses by a total of 6,239 votes over Donald Trump, less than four Republicans in each of the state's 1,681 precincts – representing the number Cruz's forces would have had to 'flip' at each caucus location in order to overcome what had been a strong Trump polling lead going into Monday night.

Feb 03 08:28

Talks on Syrian settlement in Geneva ‘back to zero’

The contradictions of sides related to terrorism and humanitarian issues have become clearer in the delegations’ statements. Their positions have been unchanged since the third attempt began to launch the peaceful settlement in the country torn by the five-year civil war.
Part of Syrian opposition boycotting Geneva talks as Kurds are not involved in the talks: More than 20 representatives of the Syrian opposition among the supporters of co-chairman of the opposition Syrian Democratic Council Haytham Manna are boycotting the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva due to failure to include Kurds in the talks. Currently, two delegations of the Syrian opposition are represented at the talks in Geneva. One of them was formed after a meeting in Riyadh, and the other - following meetings in Cairo and Moscow. http://tass.ru/en/world/854143

Feb 03 08:27

'Blood was flowing like a river.' Key O.J. Simpson murder trial witness tells of stumbling upon the corpse of Nicole Brown Simpson after hearing the wails of her Akita and blasts the new TV miniseries as 'ghouish'

The woman who discovered Nicole Brown Simpson's bloodied body on the night of June 12 1994 has hit out at the new dramatized account of the O.J Simpson trial – dubbing it 'ghoulish'.

Along with her then husband, Sukru Boztepe, 49, Bettina Rasmussen, 46, was one of the first on the scene and later testified to seeing blood flowing down the drive 'like a river'.

Now Rasmussen has lashed out at new TV drama The People vs. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story saying it 'won't bring her [Nicole] back' and risks turning Simpson 'into a celebrity again'.

Feb 03 08:24

German journalist claims the government tells its media what it can and cannot report on following outcry over Cologne sex attack news blackout

A former news boss in Germany has claimed the country's media is told what to report on by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

His admission comes as the country grapples with accusations media ignored hundreds of sex attacks committed by migrants during Cologne's New Year celebrations.

Dr Wolfgang Herles, the former head of a public broadcaster Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), said journalists are instructed to write news reports that are to 'Ms Merkel's liking'.

Feb 03 08:19

“How was your water? Was it clean?” Gov Snyder Chased Out Of Restaurant By Angry Residents

By John Vibes

Governor Rick Snyder is surely one of the most hated people in Flint, if not the entire state of Michigan, and it is a surprise that he can actually go out anywhere in public without being heckled. In fact, there was just an incident reported last week where he was chased out of a restaurant with residents who were angry about the part he played in the city’s current water crisis.

At the Old Town Tavern on Liberty Street, which is just down the street from the governor’s new condo, Snyder was unable to finish his meal because of his public infamy.

According to Ann Arbor resident, Laura Tanner, someone in the restaurant yelled “Snyder, you f*** up!” which alerted everyone else in the bar that the governor was there...

Feb 03 08:19

Europe in difficult position due to poor protection of outer boundaries — German official

According to the official, the German government is obliged to cut refugee flows under the German constitution. If it fails, the authorities will face a lawsuit at the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. About 1.1 million asylum seekers arrived in Germany in 2015... Earlier, Udo Di Fabio, a former judge of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, concluded that Berlin was violating constitutional norms by allowing unlimited numbers of refugees to enter the country. According to him, the best thing under the current circumstances would be to shut the borders legally and restrict the number of migrants. Seehofer said the global community currently has to address such tasks as the migration crisis and counteraction to terrorism. "I am convinced that these challenges require joint action. And without Russia this is impossible.

Feb 03 08:15

Traffic warden receives death threats and told to stay off work after being pictured giving a ticket to a broken down driver

The warden issued the fine when the driver had walked to the nearest garage, leaving her passenger to be handed the penalty.

Motorist Tony Williams, 49. said: 'It's incredible that a stranded motorist was given a parking ticket instead of the help they needed.

'It's not the first time this jobsworth traffic warden has picked on drivers like this.

Feb 03 08:14

Washington has ‘no comment’ on Russia’s decision to blacklist five Americans

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday five Americans linked to the US law enforcement system have been barred from entry. The move comes in retaliation for the recent US expansion of the so-called Magnitsky list of sanctions against Russian officials. The Russian blacklist includes former US attorney general Alberto Gonzales, former US undersecretary of defense Douglas Feith, former senior counsel at the CIA John Rizzo, former assistant attorney general Jay Scott Bybee and former general counsel of the department of defense William James Haynes II. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the expansion of the Magnitsky list that has been used for "groundless accusations against Russian officials" is dealing another blow to bilateral ties.

Feb 03 08:12

Senior Russian legislator: US uses UN, Security Council for propaganda

"The United Nations and the UN Security Council still remain optional agencies in the US scheme of things. The US turns to them exclusively in cases when they can be used for propaganda purposes," Klishas wrote in his blog on the official website of the upper house of parliament. "Possibly, the United States may soon start bombing other counties and will not even bother to explain the reasons behind its actions or provide some grounds for its own policies," Klishas said. He also pointed to the Western countries’ refusal to provide any proof of their speculations as a new trend in public behavior. "Denying for no apparent reason the hard facts, such as oil caravans towards Turkey from Syria or refusing to provide any proof to back up their speculations is a new style of civilized Western countries’ policies in communicating with the mass media, the public in their countries and the whole world," he said.

Feb 03 08:10

Ministers under fire after Amazon boss is appointed to Work and Pensions department board, despite internet giant paying just £11.9 million in tax

Doug Gurr, president of Amazon China, is expected to be announced as a new non-executive director of the department's board next week, the latest in a growing number of business leaders appointed to the boards of government departments.

Feb 03 08:10

Foreigners leaving government is a negative signal for Poroshenko from West — expert

The decision of Ukraine’s Minister of Economy and Trade Aivaras Abromavicius to leave his post is a sign of a conflict with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, and a signal from the West about the deterioration of relations, Andrei Zolotarev head of the Kiev-based analytical Third Sector Centre, said Wednesday... The Ukrainian government has several foreign nationals holding the posts of ministers. Before his appointment, Abromavicius was a Lithuanian businessman. Ukraine’s Minister of Healthcare Alexander Kvitashvili is from Georgia, who had also tried to resign earlier, but the Verkhovna Rada did not support his decision. American-born Natalie Jaresko holds the post of Ukraine's Minister of Finance.
"Today I have decided to resign from the post due to a sharp activation of blocking important systemic reforms in the country," Abromavicius said at a press conference in Kiev. http://tass.ru/en/world/854174

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