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The Western bloc has a long record of promises to Russia made and broken, from a commitment not to expand east, to a pledge to support the 2015 Minsk peace deal to end the Ukrainian crisis. Now, a new set of records reveals that NATO vowed not to meddle in Russia’s backyard – a commitment broken in subsequent decades through color revolutions.

The US National Security Archive dropped a fresh trove of documents this week on previously classified conversations between senior Russian officials and their US and NATO counterparts in the period between 1992 and 1995, detailing what at the time seemed like rosy prospects for cooperation, and featuring a key pledge related to the internal affairs of the new post-Soviet republics.

A transcript of a meeting between then-chairman of the Russian parliament Ruslan Khasbulatov and NATO secretary general Manfred Woerner dated February 25, 1992, exactly two months after Mikhail Gorbachev declared the USSR defunct and resigned from office, features an unmistakably blunt commitment by Woerner that the alliance will not meddle in the internal political affairs of Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev has accused leaders of NATO member countries, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, of helping to carry out the terrorist attack on a concert hall outside Moscow.

Medvedev said in a Telegram post that "senior officials in NATO countries" including Macron can be regarded as accomplices in the attack on the Crocus City Hall. He said the reasons to make the conclusion are Macron’s "rhetoric, his actions, and mostly his authorization of clandestine operations with the Banderist regime."

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At least 14,350 minors have died in the Gaza Strip since the start of a new round of escalation in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on October 7 last year, accounting for about 44% of the total number of victims, according to data released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics to mark the annual Palestinian Child's Day on April 5.

According to statistics cited by Al Jazeera television, about four children die every hour because of the actions of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the Gaza Strip. Women and minors account for at least 70% of the total number of missing persons, which has reached 7,000. As many as 117 children were killed and 724 injured in the West Bank, where Israeli forces regularly carry out operations accompanied by clashes.

More than 816,000 children in Palestine require the help of specialists "due to the consequences of the Israeli aggression, which led to psychological trauma, caused fear, anxiety, depression," the report emphasizes.

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Who is helping the Ukrainian army bomb Russian oil sites? According to confidential information, the drone attacks could be linked to a strategy adopted by MI6, the British secret service. It would not be new and the possible involvement of British intelligence did not take the Russian secret services by surprise. They expect this and more from London. This is demonstrated by a statement by Sergei Naryshkin, director of the Russian Foreign Secret Service. Just under three months ago Naryshkin stated in an interview with RIA Novosti (quickly forgotten by the media mainstream) that “Western intelligence agencies are training Ukrainian saboteurs to carry out provocations against Russian nuclear power plants”.

To better explain his suspicions, the head of foreign intelligence in Moscow claimed that

“I can give examples when Western intelligence services, primarily the British MI6, are training Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups whose plans include carrying out provocations at nuclear power plants in the Russian Federation”.

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ISIS cells in central Syria launched late on April 7 a large attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) in the northwestern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

The attack reportedly targeted several military positions between the towns of Madan and al-Tabni, along a key highway that links Deir Ezzor with the neighboring governorate of Raqqa. Government troops launched flares and clashes with ISIS cells well into the morning of April 6.

The terrorists were not apparently to make any gains. However, they inflicted some losses. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a soldier from the SAA’s 17th Division and two fighters from the NDF were killed in the attack.

The attack came less than a day after the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria announced airstrikes against terrorists who moved into central Syria from the southeastern area of al-Tanf, which is controlled by the United States-led coalition and its proxies.

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The Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI), an umbrella group of Iranian-backed armed factions, announced that it had carried out three more attacks against Israel in response to the war on the Gaza Strip.

In three separate statements, the group said that it had struck two Israeli targets, including a military site in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, on April 4 as well as oil refineries in the northern city of Haifa on April 6. The last attack was carried out using a drone that is thought to be made in Iran and is commonly known as Shahed-101.

The attacks were carried out in response to Israel’s “massacres” against Palestinian civilians in Gaza, according to the group.

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With the recent Crocus City terror attack in Moscow, MI6’s BBC outlet has again revealed itself as chief cheerleader, if not chief co-conspirator for indiscriminate mass murder. No sooner had MI6’s little helpers carried out this outrage than the BBC was busy covering their tracks by attempting to verify if the attacks in fact took place. On Tuesday 26th March, four full days after the massacre, the BBC’s Verify unit were still trying to discredit Russia’s investigation and to clear MI6, the CIA and their Ukrainian puppets of any and all involvement in this atrocity.

Let me put MI6 right on a couple of things. It is the job of the Russian police force to investigate such crimes and to bring to justice in this world, if not the next, all of those involved in this and related massacres. It is not the job of the BBC or similarly tainted outlets to play amateur detective. Their job is to report the facts as they know them and not to try to concoct fictions that suit MI6’s war aims or their own career ambitions.

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The Conservative Party is investigating former minister Alan Duncan after he said it was time to "flush out" senior leaders in the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) group after Israeli forces killed seven aid workers in Gaza. 

Duncan, in an interview with LBC, said senior figures from the CFI, including Stuart Polak, Eric Pickles, and Security Minister Tom Tugendhat, spent their time in parliament "doing the bidding of [Benjamin] Netanyahu in parliament". 

The former minister also called on Britain to end all arms sales to Israel after campaigners raised concerned that an Israeli drone powered by British components was used to kill the aid workers. 

"I think the time has come to flush out those extremists in our own parliamentary politics and around it," Duncan said on Wednesday. 

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In two public performances of less than two minutes apiece, Chrystia Freeland (lead images), Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister, and leader of Canada’s war against Russia, has demonstrated bizarre facial and upper torso symptoms.

Political analysts and psychiatrists have been asked if they believe Freeland is suffering from a clinical pathology or drug abuse. Cocaine use has been ruled out. According to a medical psychiatrist, “the display [of symptoms] is remarkable. And just as remarkable, they disappear when [Freeland] takes the tribune from the prime minister and starts to make a speech herself. The control of torso, eyes, and speech she shows then is not consistent with chronic cocaine use.” The source, who specializes in treating drug addiction, says that Freeland’s display of symptoms does not reveal the twitches, tics, or other involuntary muscular movements usually seen with cocaine users.

“What can I make of the relentless movements,” the source commented. “[They] are more or less non-stop and they serve to draw attention away from everybody but herself. In her speech, there was no restlessness.  It was fluent and clear. But she was the centre of attention then. It seems to me that with all her restless movements taking so many different forms she could still be the centre of attention…In some ways she was like the child who must always have attention.”

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In the wake of the deadly strike on the World Central Kitchen convoy and US President Joe Biden’s tense conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s security cabinet decided to take immediate steps to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza, the Prime Minister’s Office announced early Friday.

Israel will temporarily open up Ashdod Port for humanitarian deliveries and will open Erez Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip for the first time since it was significantly damaged, and many Israelis were killed and abducted there, during the Hamas-led October 7 terror onslaught that sparked the ongoing war.

Israel will also increase the amount of aid from Jordan moving through the Kerem Shalom crossing.

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The collective net worth of Russia’s richest persons has soared by $72 billion over the past year to $577 billion, despite unprecedented sanctions pressure, according to Forbes annual World’s Billionaires List.

Vagit Alekperov, former president of Russian oil giant Lukoil, leads the latest ranking as the richest Russian businessman on the list. The 73-year-old’s fortune has reportedly risen from $20.5 billion to $28.6 billion over the past year.

In 2022, Alekperov stepped down as chief executive officer of Russia’s second-largest oil producer, a post he’d held for nearly three decades. The move came after the billionaire was hit by UK and Australian sanctions as part of the West’s Ukraine-related penalties on Moscow.

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Tesla on Tuesday said it delivered 386,810 electric vehicles over the first three months of 2024, falling wildly short of Wall Street’s expectations. Last week, after a first quarter that one analyst called a “nightmare,” many analysts lowered their estimates. But the sales figures Tesla reported Tuesday fell far below even the revised estimates. Wall Street had estimated deliveries of 457,000 EVs for the first quarter, according to a consensus tracked by FactSet.
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Despite making pledges to cut down on plastic packaging, a new report from the nonprofit conservation organization Oceana estimates that Amazon’s plastic waste has continued to grow in the US.

The company created 208 million pounds of plastic waste from its packaging in the US in 2022 alone, which Oceana says is enough trash to circle Earth more than 200 times in the form of plastic air pillows. That’s a nearly 10 percent jump from the amount of plastic waste it generated the year before, according to the report. 

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The first three F-16 Fighting Falcons that will be loaded with self-flying technology have arrived at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the Air Force said Tuesday. The arrival of the F-16s marks the service’s biggest step forward yet in standing up the program known as Venom, which stands for Viper Experimentation and Next-gen Operations Model-Autonomy Flying Testbed and aims to speed up the testing of autonomous technology on both crewed and uncrewed aircraft. The Air Force hopes the autonomous technology tested under Venom could help it more quickly shape plans to create a fleet of self-flying drones that team up with crewed fighters in battle, known as collaborative combat aircraft.
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 Google prohibits using its tech for “immediate harm,” but Israel is harnessing its facial recognition to set up a dragnet of Palestinians. 

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Give your phone some glasses, too.
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A shocking story was promoted on the "front page" or main feed of Elon Musk's X on Thursday: "Iran Strikes Tel Aviv with Heavy Missiles," read the headline. This would certainly be a worrying world news development. Earlier that week, Israel had conducted an airstrike on Iran's embassy in Syria, killing two generals as well as other officers. Retaliation from Iran seemed like a plausible occurrence. But, there was one major problem: Iran did not attack Israel. The headline was fake. Even more concerning, the fake headline was apparently generated by X's own official AI chatbot, Grok, and then promoted by X's trending news product, Explore, on the very first day of an updated version of the feature.
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The nation's first outdoor test to limit global warming by increasing cloud cover launched Tuesday from the deck of a decommissioned aircraft carrier in the San Francisco Bay. The experiment, which organizers didn't widely announce to avoid public backlash, marks the acceleration of a contentious field of research known as solar radiation modification. The concept involves shooting substances such as aerosols into the sky to reflect sunlight away from the Earth. The move led by researchers at the University of Washington has renewed questions about how to effectively and ethically study promising climate technologies that could also harm communities and ecosystems in unexpected ways.
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An explosion followed by a severe fire has been reported on the “Akal Bravo” maritime oil platform, part of the Catarell production complex in the Campeche Sound, Mexico.
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Thousands of people have taken to the streets with clashes between demonstrators and police, according to media reports.

The Times of Israel has reported that at least one person was arrested by officers, but protesters then attempted to block their car.

Two women were also knocked down during the chaos, with images shared online which appear to show them on the ground being tended to by paramedics.

Some of the people on the march waved Israeli flags while others raised placards reading "Free Israel from..." with images of Netanyahu and other politicians.

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A recent study conducted by Pfizer has sparked controversy as it suggests a highly likely link between mRNA COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy and spontaneous abortions.
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Prostate cancer screening is likely to do more harm than good, experts have warned, after a 15-year trial showed one in six flagged cases was wrong. The largest study to date investigating the PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) blood test, which is used as a screening tool in some European countries, found it had a small impact on reducing deaths, but also led to a worrying level of overdiagnosis. In some cases, it missed early detection of some aggressive cancers.
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This story, of what the moments after a nuclear missile launch could look like, is based on facts sourced from exclusive interviews with presidential advisers, cabinet members, nuclear weapons engineers, scientists, soldiers, airmen, special operators, Secret Service, emergency management experts, intelligence analysts, civil servants and others who have worked on these macabre scenarios over decades. As the plans for General Nuclear War are among the most classified secrets held by the US government, the scenario postulated here takes the reader up to the razor’s edge of what can legally be known. Declassified documents, obfuscated for decades, fill in the details with terrifying clarity.
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U.S. Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, casts long shadows over the prospect of a secure retirement. According to the latest financial report released by the United States government, Social Security and Medicare face a staggering underfunding of $175 trillion. To put that into perspective, that amounts to approximately $1.4 million per household, dwarfing the median household net worth in the U.S., which stands at a mere fraction of this figure.
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