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Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko on Sunday set a world record for total time spent in space, surpassing his compatriot Gennady Padalka who logged more than 878 days in orbit, Russia's space corporation said.

At 0830 GMT Kononenko broke the record, Roscosmos said. Kononenko is expected to reach a total of 1,000 days in space on June 5 and by late September he will have clocked 1,110 days.

"I fly into space to do my favourite thing, not to set records," Kononenko told TASS in an interview from the International Space Station (ISS) where he is orbiting about 263 miles (423 km) from the earth.

"I am proud of all my achievements, but I am more proud that the record for the total duration of human stay in space is still held by a Russian cosmonaut."

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A Michigan suburb with the largest Muslim population in the US has upped its security in fear of hate attacks after it was branded America's 'jihad capital.' 

The headline of a Wall Street Journal opinion piece published on Friday read 'Welcome to Dearborn, America's Jihad Capital' - a title given to the city by the publication because of its residents' pro-Palestine stances.

The contentious article was written by Steven Stalinsky, who is a commentator on terrorism and has served as executive director of the Middle East Media Research Institute, based in Washington DC, since 1999. 

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CNN is facing a backlash from its own staff over editorial policies they say have led to a regurgitation of Israeli propaganda and the censoring of Palestinian perspectives in the network’s coverage of the war in Gaza.

Journalists in CNN newsrooms in the US and overseas say broadcasts have been skewed by management edicts and a story-approval process that has resulted in highly partial coverage of the Hamas massacre on 7 October and Israel’s retaliatory attack on Gaza.

“The majority of news since the war began, regardless of how accurate the initial reporting, has been skewed by a systemic and institutional bias within the network toward Israel,” said one CNN staffer. “Ultimately, CNN’s coverage of the Israel-Gaza war amounts to journalistic malpractice.”

According to accounts from six CNN staffers in multiple newsrooms, and more than a dozen internal memos and emails obtained by the Guardian, daily news decisions are shaped by a flow of directives from the CNN headquarters in Atlanta that have set strict guidelines on coverage.

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Dementia is likely a 'modern disease' because there are so few mentions of severe memory loss in ancient Greek and Roman medical texts, researchers have claimed regarding a thought-provoking new study.

Experts scoured writings from 2,000-2,500 years ago – the times of Aristotle, Galen and Cicero.

Ancient Greeks recognised ageing commonly brought memory issues, which would today be diagnosed as 'mild cognitive impairment'.

But there was no evidence of anything approaching a major loss of memory, speech and reasoning as caused by Alzheimer's or other types of dementia suffered by millions worldwide today.

Gerontologist Professor Caleb Finch, from the University of Southern California, said his findings bolster the idea that dementia is a disease of modern environments and lifestyles.

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A new piece of legislation, named the "Defend Our Borders from Armed Invaders Act," was presented to Congress on Thursday by a group of Republican lawmakers.

The bill, if passed, would empower the National Guard to use lethal force against armed individuals attempting to cross the southern border into the United States.

The bill was introduced by freshman Representative Morgan Luttrell, a Republican from Texas, and has since been forwarded to the Committee on Armed Services for further review. The full text of the legislation has not yet been made public, but a brief description of the bill indicates that it would authorize the National Guard to take "such actions as may be necessary to repel persons attempting to enter the United States from Mexico who are carrying weapons, and for other purposes."

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The House will vote on a bill this week to provide $17.6 billion in new military aid to Israel to support the mass killing of Palestinians in Gaza.

The House previously passed a $14.3 billion resolution for Israel but cut funds to the Internal Revenue Service, so it didn’t receive support from Democrats and was never brought to the Senate floor for a vote.

The new bill adds over $3 billion for Israel and does not include spending cuts. Over in the Senate, negotiators reached a deal on border policy to advance a behemoth $110 spending bill that includes military aid for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan. However, many Republicans are unhappy with the deal, and Johnson criticized Senate leadership for not including the House in negotiations.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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So it turns out the IDF has been running a Telegram channel featuring homemade snuff films in which Gazans are brutally murdered by Israeli forces, captioned with celebrations of the gore and pain therein like “Burning their mother… You won’t believe the video we got! You can hear their bones crunch.” The IDF had previously denied any association with the channel, but Haaretz now reports that it was directly run by an IDF psychological warfare unit.

This is one of those many, many times where Israel is so awful that at first you’re not sure what you’re looking at. You think you must be misreading the report. Then you read it again and go “Oh wow, that’s SO much worse than I would have guessed.” 

However bad you think Israel is, you can always be sure that information will come out later that proves it’s even worse.

Tucker Carlson has been spotted in Moscow, generating speculation that he’s there to interview President Vladimir Putin, and the liberal commentariat are losing their minds about it. 

There’s no valid basis for westerners to object to Putin being interviewed by a western pundit. There’s no moral basis because Israeli officials have had unfettered access to a wildly sympathetic western press throughout four months of administering an active genocide. There’s no basis on the grounds that it hurts US information interests, because that would be admitting that US information interests depend on hiding information from the public about matters as basic as what a foreign leader thinks about his own actions, and essentially acknowledging that the western media are supposed to function as propaganda services for US military and intelligence agencies.

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The group that murdered 25,000 Palestinians in Gaza is not representative of Jews in general. It is the heir to an ideology that has been committing such crimes for a century. Thierry Meyssan traces the history of the "revisionist Zionists" from Vladimyr Ze’ev Jabotinsky to Benjamin Netanyahu.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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For us in Gaza City, enduring the daily struggles like staying safe, fighting hunger and protecting ourselves against the biting cold is a war in and of itself as Israel’s assault on Gaza grinds on past 120 days.

Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes at a time when that was all they had. Then after that came the loss of a simple place to shelter as Israel bombed them all: hospitals, schools, clinics, and any open space where civilians gathered.

The entire population of Gaza has been displaced. The entire population.

What does ‘home’ mean?

After our house was bombed, I was no longer just a witness to the thousands of people fleeing their homes to find safety wherever they could.

We went to the United Nations shelter in the north of Gaza, my family and I gathering whatever would help us survive and becoming displaced like our countrypeople.

There are about 600,000 people in north Gaza grappling with loss amid deprivation, starvation and disease because they do not want to leave their land.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The European Union (EU) supports the Russian opposition. This was stated against the background of the situation with the rock band "Bi-2" in Thailand by the official representative of the foreign policy service of the European Union Peter Stano, RIA Novosti reports.

According to the diplomat, the European Union stands in solidarity with the Russian group. "The EU is also trying not only to express solidarity, but also to provide practical support"

However, Oddly did not specify the details of this support, as well as which people and organizations it is provided to.

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CSI 1000: -8%
Star 50: -5%
Beijing 50: -4%
Shenzhen: -4%
Shanghai Composite: -3%

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In his appeal, he pointed out the regular violations of sanitary requirements by feed producers. In particular, he noted not only "the facts of falsification, but also the presence of dangerous components." Pavlov stressed that the brands' products are widely represented both in regular stores and on online platforms. This, in turn, creates serious risks for the pets of millions of consumers, he said.

Earlier it was reported that the Rosselkhoznadzor suspended the certification of all Italian and French manufacturers of cat and dog food from February 6. The reason for this decision was the violations that were found in the feed of these manufacturers. It is separately noted that arsenic was found in some of them. Petfood, La Normandise, Agranda Petfood, Hill's and Nestle Italiana Spa are among the brands whose certification will be suspended.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Former member of Russia’s State Duma, or lower house of parliament, Ilya Ponomarev (recognizes as a foreign agent) has been charged with high treason, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said.

"On the basis of the collected data, the FSB Investigative Directorate opened and consolidated into a single case criminal cases under article 275 (high treason in the form of siding with an enemy), part 2, article 205.5 (participation in the activities of an organization recognized as terrorist under Russian laws), part 2, article 205.2 (public calls in the internet for terrorist activities), provision ‘v’ of part 2, article 280.4 (public calls in the internet for activities aimed against Russia’s security) of the Russian Criminal Code," it said.

The investigation continues. "Actions by all those involved will be qualified under the Russian Criminal Code and accomplices of the Kiev regime will be strictly punished," the FSB added.

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No 10’s ostensible idea of sending NATO troops to Ukraine has nothing to do with reality, experts told Sputnik.

The UK has urged its NATO allies to consider sending the alliance's expeditionary force to Ukraine, an informed source told Sputnik. According to the source, the alleged move came "in connection with the unfavorable developments in the Ukrainian theater of military operations for Kiev".

The insider added that Britain also called on NATO to consider imposing a no-fly zone over the territory controlled by the Zelensky regime and to increase military aid to Ukraine.

''The UK’s reported plans about deploying NATO’s expeditionary corps to Ukraine is "a fantastical delusion on the part of the Brits and has no foundation in reality," retired CIA intelligence officer and State Department official Larry Johnson told Sputnik.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said recent retaliatory strikes are “just the beginning,” claiming the United States is prepared for the “contingency” of increased tensions with Iran.

“This was the beginning of our response, there will be more steps,” said US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan during an appearance on US television Sunday, claiming the United States was “prepared” for increased tension with Iran.

“Some of those steps will be seen, some may not be seen,” he added cryptically. “But there will be more action taken to respond to the tragic death of the three brave U.S. service members.”

Tags: IRAN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Germany and Ukraine may seal a security cooperation agreement at the Munich Security Conference, which will take place from February 16-18, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has reported. The German newspaper claimed that Berlin and Kiev had already drafted the deal.

The UK became the first nation to sign a bilateral security agreement with Ukraine on January 12, under which the two nations pledge to defend each other if attacked. Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron revealed plans to follow suit in February.

In its article on Friday, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing anonymous “government circles,” claimed the pact would be signed on the first day of the upcoming summit. The newspaper quoted Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Olga Stefanishyna, as saying that a Ukrainian delegation had worked out a “draft for an agreement on bilateral security guarantees” the previous day. She added that the text was “not decided on, but generally ready.”

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The British Royal Navy's largest military vessel, the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, will miss upcoming NATO war games that it was supposed to lead, after suffering an unexpected “issue” in one of its propeller shafts. The development was announced by London on Sunday, with the aircraft carrier’s sister ship, the HMS Prince of Wales, set to take its place in the military bloc's drills.

The “issue” was discovered during the final pre-sail check, with the carrier then assessed as unfit to take part in the exercise.

“Routine pre-sailing checks yesterday identified an issue with a coupling on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s starboard propeller shaft. As such, the ship will not sail on Sunday,” Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Andrew Burns said in a statement.

“HMS Prince of Wales will take her place on NATO duties and will set sail for Exercise Steadfast Defender as soon as possible,” he added.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — A far-right minister in Israel’s government has criticized President Joe Biden and said that having Donald Trump in power would allow more freedom to fight Hamas. The comments sparked outrage among other Israeli officials on Sunday and highlighted the sensitivity of relations as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visits the region again this week.

The Biden administration has skirted Congress to rush weapons to Israel and shielded it from international calls for a cease-fire in the four months since Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack. But the White House has urged Israel to take greater measures to avoid harming civilians and allow more aid to besieged Gaza.

Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s national security minister, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that Biden was hindering Israel’s war effort.

“Instead of giving us his full backing, Biden is busy with giving humanitarian aid and fuel (to Gaza), which goes to Hamas,” Ben-Gvir said. “If Trump was in power, the U.S. conduct would be completely different.”

Claire's Observations:  Yes,  I would hope for a "completely different" conduct and outcome, from President Trump, if he gets re-elected in November's election:  an immediate cease-fire, and the crafting of a viable nation-state of Palestine.

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The city of Krivyi Rih came under several Russian attacks in recent days. On the night of February 4, new wave of explosions was reported in the area. According to local reports, Russian strikes destroyed Ukrainian fuel depots, damaged the local power plant and a large industrial facility.

After one of the explosions, electricity supply was cut off in several districts of the city.

Residents of Krivyi Rih reported large explosion at one of the enterprises in this city. After the explosion, a fire broke out in the area, which lasted all night.

The local sources confirmed that one of the targets hit by Russian forces was Krivirizhstal, currently known as Arcelor Mittal Krivoi Rog, after it became part of international ArcelorMittal. The local authorities reported that some “crisis measures” were taken after the strike. The plant is the largest steel production facility in the territories under the Kiev’s control. Almost all Ukrainian industrial facilities are currently providing for the needs of the Ukrainian military. Industrial facilities in Krivyi Rih reportedly produce up to a third of the entire construction of military fortifications.

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 Kiev’s terrorist attack on Lisichansk’s residential areas was, according to preliminary reports, conducted with the weapons provided by Western countries, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement, posted on the ministry’s website.

"According to preliminary information, the strike was carried out with Western weapons," she said. "Another terrorist attack is a ‘thank you’ from Kiev extremists for the ‘generous’ financial support by the European Union countries."

Zakharova pointed out that EU citizens must know what their taxes are used for, as "they are used for purchasing lethal weapons systems and for sending them to the Kiev regime that uses them to kill civilians."

"This (the strike on Lisichansk - TASS) is new proof of the criminal nature of the Kiev regime, its kingpins on Bankovaya (a street in Kiev that houses Ukraine’s government institutions - TASS) and the fact that the Ukrainian armed forces, as Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated, have completely evolved into a terrorist organization," the diplomat said.

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