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Landslide triggered by rain kills at least 3 in Tanzania, several injured

Landslide triggered by rain kills at least 3 in Tanzania, several injured

A landslide triggered by rains killed at least three people at a mine in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha on Tuesday and left several people injured, a senior police official said. Two people were pulled out alive after boulders and earth loosened by rain trapped workers at a quarry for construction material on the outskirts of the tourist town. "Three people died in this incident, but we managed to rescue two people who were rushed to hospital for emergency medical attention," Arusha regional police commander Jonathan Shana told journalists.

More than 50 believed killed when mound of tailings collapses at Myanmar jade mine

More than 50 believed killed when mound of tailings collapses at Myanmar jade mine

More than 50 people were feared to have been killed in Myanmar when jade miners and machinery were buried under a mound of tailings late on Monday, a member of parliament and a rescue worker said. Three bodies had been pulled from the debris, Tin Soe, a lawmaker representing the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state in the north, said on Tuesday. Deadly landslides and other accidents are common in the poorly regulated mines of Hpakant. A total of 54 workers for two mining companies, along with 40 machines and vehicles including backhoes and trucks, were trapped when the large refuse pile collapsed late at night on Monday, he said.

US spy plane spotted snooping near Russian maritime border in Black Sea, again

US spy plane spotted snooping near Russian maritime border in Black Sea, again

Wednesday's flight was the third time a US recon aircraft was spotted near Russia's southern borders in less than 24 hours. A US Air Force Boeing RC-135V large reconnaissance aircraft based in Crete, Greece made its way into the Black Sea this morning, coasting along the Russian maritime border in the Krasnodar region before making its way around the Crimean peninsula, online aircraft monitoring resource PlaneRadar has reported, citing the plane's transponder data. Prior to making its way to the Russian maritime border, the aircraft was joined by a Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker for refueling in the southwestern Black Sea. The plane was the third US aircraft to be spotted carrying out reconnaissance operations around southern Russia in less than a day's time. On Tuesday afternoon, a USAF RQ-4B-40 Global Hawk took off from a base in Sicily, Italy, flying near Russia's borders in Crimea, Krasnodar, and eastern Ukraine's Donbass region.

Cornell scientists create 'living' machines that eat, grow, and evolve

Cornell scientists create 'living' machines that eat, grow, and evolve

The field of robotics is going through a renaissance thanks to advances in machine learning and sensor technology. Each generation of robot is engineered with greater mechanical complexity and smarter operating software than the last. But what if, instead of painstakingly designing and engineering a robot, you could just tear open a packet of primordial soup, toss it in the microwave on high for two minutes, and then grow your own 'lifelike' robot? If you're a Cornell research team, you'd grow a bunch and make them race. Scientists from Cornell University have successfully constructed DNA-based machines with incredibly life-like capabilities. These human-engineered organic machines are capable of locomotion, consuming resources for energy, growing and decaying, and evolving. Eventually they die.

13 killed, 40 injured by hailstorm in Uganda

13 killed, 40 injured by hailstorm in Uganda

13 people have been killed and 40 others injured following a rainstorm in Buyende district. The storm ravaged the villages of Kabugudo, Nabweyo, and Nakabembe in Kidera town council during the heavy rains which begun at 8:00 pm on Sunday night till 10:30 pm. The storm swept away 300 homes and residents have resorted to seeking refuge at Kidera health centre IV. Survivors have been transferred to Kidera health centre IV and Kamuli general hospital respectively. Fatuma Ndibaisa who is nursing wounds at Kidera health centre IV says that the collapsing rooftop hit her on the head. "The rains were characterised with a heavy storm and I decided to lock myself in the house, however, in no time, I saw my rooftop shaking and on my way out, it hit me on the head," she says.

Israeli PM Netanyahu says he'll name illegal Golan settlement after Trump

Israeli PM Netanyahu says he'll name illegal Golan settlement after Trump

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will name a settlement in the Golan Heights after Donald Trump, in a show of gratitude for the US president's decision to recognize the region as Israeli territory. "In honor of President Trump, who recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan, [Israel] will soon call for a settlement in the Golan Heights in his name. Happy holiday!" a message posted from Netanyahu's Twitter account said on Tuesday. Trump announced he was recognizing the Golan Heights as being part of Israel late last month, in the run up to Israel's election in April.

Time is running out for the UK's fracking industry

Time is running out for the UK's fracking industry

You have to have a scintilla of sympathy for the shale gas industry. It cannot be easy winning round a sceptical populace when you routinely have to drop the phrase "Richter scale" into public statements. But at least the frackers have been able to count on the support of the British government. Or at least they thought they could. Of late, even business-minded ministers seem rather lukewarm. The industry is being throttled by regulations which ministers celebrate as the "toughest in the world", even as insiders admit that the reasons for not easing the rules are more political than scientific. In other circumstances this might not matter, but the UK's shale experiment is running out of friends and out of road. With the Conservatives the only party not ideologically opposed to fracking and their enthusiasm dimming, the shale gas revolution is petering out. This may be the last government prepared even to support shale gas drilling - and its hold on power is pretty tenuous. Without...

Shocking: Vegan feminist cafe that imposed 18% "gender surcharge" on men closes down

Shocking: Vegan feminist cafe that imposed 18% "gender surcharge" on men closes down

A vegan feminist cafe in Australia that imposed an 18 per cent "gender surcharge" on men and gave women priority seating has closed down. The Handsome Her cafe, which only opened a few years ago and was located in inner city Melbourne, described itself as "by women, for women". The venue attracted headlines in 2017 for challenging the "gender pay gap" (which doesn't exist) by charging men extra. At the time, the cafe's management claimed the attention left them "jam-packed with customers showing their support".

Choline deficiency can trigger fatty liver disease

Choline deficiency can trigger fatty liver disease

When most people think of liver disease, the first thing that pops into their heads is that a few too many alcoholic drinks is the culprit. But there are countless everyday habits that put stress on your liver function. Apart from drinking, eating processed foods like fructose, high fructose corn syrup, refined flours, and fried foods, not to mention taking certain supplements or prescriptions can all add up to an unhealthy liver. Luckily, you can do much to help support your liver health. Many nutrients such as vitamins C and E, selenium, magnesium, and zinc can contribute to maintaining proper liver function. But one nutrient that often goes unrecognized can play a major role in supporting a healthy liver. Not only does the evidence show it can help prevent fatty liver disease, it might play an important role in preventing cancer. The nutrient? Choline!

Even celebrities can return to sanity: Going back to meat after eating vegan made Anne Hathaway feel 'like a computer rebooting'

Even celebrities can return to sanity: Going back to meat after eating vegan made Anne Hathaway feel 'like a computer rebooting'

Anne Hathaway used to be all about following a vegan diet - she ditched the animal products nearly a decade ago to lose weight for her Academy Award-winning role in Les Miserables, and kept it up to fit into her slinky Catwoman suit for Dark Knight Rises. The actress even had a vegan spread at her 2012 wedding to husband Adam Shulman. But a taste of fish two years later completely changed her mind. Hathaway, 36, revealed that a little peer pressure from Matt Damon, her Interstellar costar, is what turned her back into a meat-eater. Hathaway and Damon, along with Shulman, were out to dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant while shooting the movie in Reykjavik, Iceland. Damon told the waiter he would have whatever the chef wanted to serve him, while Hathaway wondered how she could maintain her veganism without causing problems.

Iron overload symptoms in men

Iron overload symptoms in men

One of the primary causes of high iron levels in men is due to the genetic condition Hemochromatosis. Also known as Iron Overload, this hereditary disorder causes too much iron to be absorbed during digestion. Over time, iron levels can build up in the body and result in the development of symptoms and complications with health. Hemochromatosis Symptoms in Men When it comes to Hemochromatosis, there is a stereotype that too much iron in the blood is a symptom that is primarily seen in men. And while this presumption ignores how many women are affected by iron overload, there are quite a number of symptoms of iron overload unique to men. The most common symptoms men experience when they have high iron are: FatigueJoint painsWeaknessWeight lossStomach pains

Bernie Sanders slams Netanyahu government as racist

Bernie Sanders slams Netanyahu government as racist

US Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) on Tuesday called the Netanyahu government "racist," at a CNN Town Hall on Tuesday. The comments were made in response to a question of how he would maintain the strong relations between the United States and Israel, despite his criticism. The senator claimed that he is not anti-Israel, and noted that some members of his family live there and that he volunteered on a kibbutz decades ago. "As a young man I spent a number of months in Israel, [and] worked on a kibbutz for while. I have family in Israel. I am not anti-Israel. But the fact of the matter is that Netanyahu is a right-wing politician who I think is treating the Palestinian people extremely unfairly," he said.

Brothers involved in Smollett 'hoax attack' sue Jussie's attorneys for defamation

Brothers involved in Smollett 'hoax attack' sue Jussie's attorneys for defamation

Ola and Abel Osundairo, the brothers who were involved in the alleged hoax attack on Jussie Smollett, are suing two of the "Empire" actor's attorneys for defamation, accusing Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian of falsely accusing them of an actual hate crime. Last month, Cook County prosecutors dropped disorderly conduct charges against Smollett, who had been accused of paying the Osundairo brothers $3,500 to stage a homophobic and racist attack on him on Jan. 29. Although prosecutors insisted they do not believe Smollett is innocent, Glandian and Geragos have maintained the Osundairo brothers actually attacked Smollett.

What is the 'New IRA'? Brexit & the uptick in Northern Ireland violence

What is the 'New IRA'? Brexit & the uptick in Northern Ireland violence

The murder of journalist Lyra McKee and a spate of recent incidents of violence attributed to the 'New IRA', have sparked fresh worries about social unrest in Northern Ireland - but how great is the threat, and is Brexit to blame? The dissident republican group calling itself the 'New IRA' has admitted responsibility for the killing of McKee last week during riots with police forces in the border city of Derry. The group was also blamed for a car bomb attack outside a Derry courthouse in January and six nights of rioting in the city last summer, the worst violence the region had seen in years. Many have suggested that Brexit tensions are to blame for the recent uptick in violence, but that reasoning is "too simplistic," Irish journalist Danielle Ryan said. While Brexit has acted as somewhat of a "catalyst" for the recent unrest, "the tense political and social situation in the north far precedes Brexit - and the history is much too complicated to boil this new wave of violence down...

Saudi Arabia executes 37 nationals on charges of terrorism

Saudi Arabia executes 37 nationals on charges of terrorism

According to the ministry, as cited by the Saudi Press Agency, the individuals were charged with forming terrorist cells, adopting terrorist ideology, attacking security officers, using explosives and incitement to sectarian strife. The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry has carried out the execution of 37 Saudi nationals charged with terrorism, Al Jazeera reported on Tuesday, citing the ministry. The sentences were carried out in Riyadh, the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, central Qassim province, and Eastern Province, home to the country's Shia minority, Al Jazeera reports.

Pakistani FM claims India sponsors terrorism in Balochistan province

Pakistani FM claims India sponsors terrorism in Balochistan province

New Delhi sponsors terrorism in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, the nation's foreign minister claims, in line with a long history of the two states trading accusations of using militant groups against each other. India is involved in the terrorist attacks in Balochistan, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi told local media on Tuesday, adding that terrorists use the territories of Iran and Afghanistan to conduct raids against the country. The reports didn't specify whether the minister provided any evidence of these allegations. Officials in New Delhi, meanwhile, have been accusing Islamabad of having "a direct hand" in terrorist attacks on Indian soil and of "inaction"when it comes to combating Pakistan-based militants. The tension in the region escalated dramatically in February after India ordered an airstrike against Pakistan. The flare-up then led to cross-border shelling and open air combat between the neighbors.

US backtracks on threat to penalize doing business with Iran's IRGC

US backtracks on threat to penalize doing business with Iran's IRGC

The US has backtracked on its earlier threat to penalize anyone engaged in business with Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps after blacklisting the IRGC as a terrorist organization, sources have told Reuters. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has granted exceptions to foreign governments, firms and NGOs who have dealings with the IRGC, Reuters reported late Sunday, citing three current and three former US officials. The exceptions would allow partner governments like Iraq and Oman as well as humanitarian groups in the region such as the ones in northern Syria and Yemen, to maintain their relations with the IRGC without fear of repercussions.

WaPo headline linking anger at Sri Lanka terrorist attacks to 'far right' draws Twitter's ire

WaPo headline linking anger at Sri Lanka terrorist attacks to 'far right' draws Twitter's ire

The Washington Post is under fire for printing a story with a contentious headline, implying that anger over the recent spate of bombings in Sri Lanka is unique to the "far right." Titled "Christianity under attack? Sri Lanka church bombings stoke far-right anger in the West," the piece drew outrage online far and wide for its recklessly phrased headline.

Strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Arunachal Pradesh, India

Strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Arunachal Pradesh, India

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh early Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the shallow quake was about 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Along, and 180 kilometres southwest of the state capital Itanagar. It struck at 1.45 am (2015 GMT Tuesday). Arunachal Pradesh is India's least densely populated state, but is still home to more than 1.2 million people, according to the state government's website. China's official state news agency Xinhua said the quake was felt in Tibet, which neighbors the Indian state. New Delhi and Beijing for decades have disputed control of Arunachal Pradesh -- a dispute that remains unresolved. India considers Arunachal Pradesh one of its northeastern states, while China claims about 90,000 square kilometres (34,750 square miles) of the territory. Arunachal Pradesh also borders Myanmar and Bhutan. USGS estimated there was a "low likelihood" of casualties and damage from the...

'Marsquake' detected on Red Planet for very first time

'Marsquake' detected on Red Planet for very first time

The first ever seismic tremor was registered on Mars, proving that the so-far hypothetical "marsquakes" are a real deal, and the Red Planet is far from being dead - in a geological sense at least. The quake was detected by the French made SEIS module, that was placed on the planet back in December 2018 by NASA's InSight lander probe. Audio of the Mars tremor, accompanied with footage of the cupola-like probe has been released by French space agency CNES. The quake is the very first tremor, recorded on Mars, that came from the inside of the planet and was not caused by wind, impact of some stray space rock, or anything else. While humankind has tried to explore the depths of Mars with a seismometer since the 1970s, the SEIS module is the first one to succeed.

Labour & 'anti-Semitism': Real goal of establishment smear campaign is to deny socialists power

Labour & 'anti-Semitism': Real goal of establishment smear campaign is to deny socialists power

After three years of screaming headlines, the truth about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is finally revealed. There have been 673 allegations of anti-Semitism by Labour Party members and, since the new general secretary started a crackdown on this issue back in April 2018, 296 members have either been expelled, sanctioned, or have resigned. Some 227 have been cleared of these accusations, and 150 cases are still under investigation, according to the Guardian. Even if all of those 150 turn out to be guilty of anti-Semitism, it will still mean that just 0.08 percent of Labour's half-a-million members have said or tweeted something anti-Semitic. This clearly shows the allegations that Labour is institutionally anti-Semitic are just not true. So, how did this all come about? Following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour's leader, I was doing interviews about whether we could win the next general election, as I was one of the few members prepared to defend Jeremy. Until February...

Arctic blast in Russia brings record breaking low temperatures

Arctic blast in Russia brings record breaking low temperatures

Over the last few nights, temperatures in Southwest Russia have hit new record lows for the time of year. While a slice of Northern and Western Europe basked in warm African air dragged up from the south, much of Eastern and Southern regions of the continent were descend upon by a brutal Arctic air mass from the north - this contrast serving as yet more evidence of the weak and wavy meridional jet stream associated with low solar activity. For more on that, click here. Below I've compiled a list of a few of the all-time cold records that tumbled in SW Russia over the Easter weekend (data courtesy of www.hmn.ru):

America's dirty little secret - Sex with children has become big business

America's dirty little secret - Sex with children has become big business

"Children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day."-John Ryan, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Children, young girls-some as young as 9 years old-are being bought and sold for sex in America. The average age for a young woman being sold for sex is now 13 years old. This is America's dirty little secret. Sex trafficking-especially when it comes to the buying and selling of young girls-has become big business in America, the fastest growing business in organized crime and the second most-lucrative commodity traded illegally after drugs and guns. As investigative journalist Amy Fine Collins notes, "It's become more lucrative and much safer to sell malleable teens than drugs or guns. A pound of heroin or an AK-47 can be retailed once, but a young girl can be sold 10 to 15 times a day-and a 'righteous' pimp confiscates 100 percent of her earnings." Consider this: every two minutes, a child is exploited in the sex industry. According to USA Today,...

Haftar vows to ramp up LNA offensive on GNA-held Tripoli

Haftar vows to ramp up LNA offensive on GNA-held Tripoli

On April 22nd, the spokesperson of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Major General Ahmed al-Mismari said that the "final decisive battle" in Tripoli is nearing during a briefing in Benghazi. He said that the offensive will be ramped up to push the forces of the Government of National Accord to a complete defeat. Despite reports that pro-GNA forces had driven the LNA back in recent days at the southern suburb of Ain Zara, the main scene of fighting, al-Mismari said there had been no LNA retreat.

Ice Age Farmer Report: Crop losses, retail shortages - Media covers up - Grow biointensive - Grand Solar Minimum

Ice Age Farmer Report: Crop losses, retail shortages - Media covers up - Grow biointensive - Grand Solar Minimum

As Spring frosts damage orchards and delay planting, and early snow falls in Australia, the growing season is shortening appreciably -- and as a result, food shortages and price increases are going global. Meanwhile, the media blames this on distractions. Time to start growing your own food today! Christian breaks it down. Sources

Duterte threatens to 'declare war' on Canada for long-standing trash dumping dispute

Duterte threatens to 'declare war' on Canada for long-standing trash dumping dispute

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to declare war with Canada amid a long-standing diplomatic dispute between the two nations over Canadian waste that was illegally dumped in his country five years ago. "I want a boat prepared. I'll give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that thing out or I will set sail [there]," Duterte said, railing against the North American nation, following a briefing to discuss a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Luzon on Monday. "We'll declare war against them... We'll fight with Canada. We can take them down. I'll return their trash just wait and see," he added, alleging that Canada was treating his country like a "dumpsite." Some 103 shipping containers of household waste, plastic bottles and bags, and used adult diapers were shipped to the Philippines between 2013 and 2014, under the presidency of Benigno Aquino III, by the private company Chronic Plastics Inc who reportedly mislabelled the waste shipments as...

Sri Lanka church bomber caught on CCTV, Prime Minister claims there are links to ISIS retaliating for New Zealand mosque massacre

Sri Lanka church bomber caught on CCTV, Prime Minister claims there are links to ISIS retaliating for New Zealand mosque massacre

CCTV footage from Sri Lankan media shows the man suspected of bombing a Catholic Church in Negombo arriving at the scene shortly before the deadly explosion - one of a string of attacks that left hundreds dead on Easter Sunday. In the video, a bearded man carrying a seemingly heavy backpack is seen making his way towards the crowded Easter service in Negombo, a city on the country's west coast. As he crosses a courtyard, he stops to gently pat a little girl on the head.

Going by recent events, shadowy forces want to spark a 'clash of civilizations'

Going by recent events, shadowy forces want to spark a 'clash of civilizations'

The recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand and Sri Lanka strongly suggest that there are shadowy forces that want to spark a "Clash of Civilizations" between Christianity and Islam, but the the diverse and civilizationally experienced Great Powers of Russia and Pakistan prove that this scenario is far from inevitable in the Silk Road Century. Catalyzing A "Clash Of Civilizations" The one thing that the New Zealand and Sri Lankan terrorist attacks have in common other than the large number of worshipping civilians that were killed is that the perpetrators tried way too hard to have their attacks spark a "Clash of Civilizations" between Christianity and Islam. The Australian terrorist responsible for the New Zealand attacks scrawled the names of famous Balkan figures and battles associated with the wars against the Ottoman Empire onto his guns and gear before gunning down dozens of Muslims, while the Sri Lankan terrorist network specifically targeted Christians and luxury hotels...

Is Kolomoisky the puppet master of Ukraine's new president, or just an overhyped bogeyman?

Is Kolomoisky the puppet master of Ukraine's new president, or just an overhyped bogeyman?

It doesn't actually matter if Ukrainian-Israeli billionaire Igor Kolomoisky is the real power behind Volodymyr Zelensky - the president elect has to get rid of the oligarch if he is to make a break with the country's corrupt past. The plots, deceits and conflicts of interest in Ukrainian politics are so transparent and hyperbolic, that to say that novice politician Zelensky was a protégé of his long-time employer was not something that required months of local investigative journalism - it was just out there. Zelensky's comedy troupe has been on Kolomoisky's top-rated channel for the past eight years, and his media asset spent every possible resource promoting the contender against incumbent Petro Poroshenko, a personal enemy of the tycoon, who hasn't even risked entering Ukraine in the past months. Similarly, the millions and the nous needed to run a presidential campaign in a country of nearly 50 million people had to come from somewhere, and Kolomoisky's lieutenants were said to...

'Whole new phase of confrontation' as new IRGC commander shows Iran readying for conflict

'Whole new phase of confrontation' as new IRGC commander shows Iran readying for conflict

Tehran's appointment of a hardline new commander of its Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) could signal that Iran is preparing for conflict with the US, former Pentagon analyst Michael Maloof has told RT. Brigadier General Hossein Salami, 58, will replace Mohammad Ali Jafari as the elite unit's commander-in-chief, Iranian state media reported Sunday. Salami served as Jafari's deputy since 2009 and began his career in the Guards in 1981. He is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq War. "Salami is more of a hardline person," Michael Maloof, former senior security policy analyst at the US Department of Defense, told RT. "He's from the 'old guard,' if you will." Though Tehran has recently engaged in diplomacy to keep afloat the JCPOA nuclear deal after it was abandoned by the US, Salami's appointment could represent a dramatic shift in Iranian policy, Maloof believes. "It really suggests they're going to double down on confronting the US. I think we're about ready to enter a whole new phase of...

Sri Lankan authorities might have fallen into a trap set by a foreign power

Sri Lankan authorities might have fallen into a trap set by a foreign power

The entire world remains confronted with the horrors that unfolded yesterday throughout Sri Lanka. Whilst the country remains under curfew, the authorities have pinned the blame for the attack on an obscure group called National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ). NTJ is reportedly an Islamist terror group that as noted by Sri Lankan authorities, has multiple links to foreign countries. The links to foreign countries appears to hold the key to determining who is really behind the attacks. Notably, it has been reported by journalists that the group trains in Chennai in Tamil Nadu - the same location where LTTE had previously trained. Others yet claim that NTJ is such a small and obscure group that even if it wanted to pull off such an attack, it did not have the capacity to do so. As the Muslim population of Sri Lanka is less than 8% of the country's entire population, it is difficult to conceive that any genuine local Islamist group would seek to stage such massive attacks when the...

French envoy calls Israel 'apartheid state' as Trump's Palestine deal looks all but doomed

French envoy calls Israel 'apartheid state' as Trump's Palestine deal looks all but doomed

US President Donald Trump's "deal of the century," aimed at resolving the decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine, looks dead in the water, as speculation continues that the plan will be far more favorable to Israel. Gérard Araud, France's outgoing envoy to the US, dubbed Israel an "apartheid state" in a farewell interview with the Atlantic magazine on Friday and suggested that the secret plan is "very close to what the Israelis want" and 99 percent "doomed to fail." Still, Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, are exerting "immense pressure" on the Palestinians to accept Trump's deal, a senior Fatah official told Iran's Press TV on Monday. Those countries are "using all means, including political and financial blackmail" to force Palestinians into agreeing with the deal "despite all the dangers it poses to the Palestinian cause." Meanwhile, the Arab League pledged to pay $100 million per-month to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to fill...

As in RTS bombing, 'threatened' media cheers arrests of journalists on 'wrong' side

As in RTS bombing, 'threatened' media cheers arrests of journalists on 'wrong' side

Even as journalists in the West claim to be under attack, they mock and deride their jailed colleague Julian Assange - and forget they applauded the US bombing of their colleagues in Serbia exactly 20 years ago. Rather than apologize for years of frankly fraudulent "bombshell" reporting flogging the bogus 'Russiagate' conspiracy theory, the mainstream US media have chosen to claim they are the real victims here, citing a Reporters Without Borders (RSF) report pointing the finger at US President Donald Trump for creating a "climate of fear." "It's never been a more dangerous time to be a journalist, and press freedom has never been under greater attack than it is now," Rebecca Vincent, head of the UK bureau of RSF, told CNN. Where were these paladins of press freedom when a NATO missile destroyed the building of Radio-Television Serbia (RTS) on April 23, 1999, killing 16 staff members and injuring another 16? Funny you should ask.

Stray polar bear found roaming Russian village hundreds of kilometres away from its usual habitat

Stray polar bear found roaming Russian village hundreds of kilometres away from its usual habitat

Bear apparently travelled on an ice floe 700 kilometres south of Chukotka region to eastern Russia village A polar bear that was found roaming around a village in eastern Russia, hundreds of kilometres away from its usual habitat, has been airlifted back home. The exhausted-looking animal apparently travelled on an ice floe from the remote, sparsely populated Chukotka region to a village on Kamchatka, about 700 kilometres south, when it was found.

IRA group responsible for the murder of journalist Lyra McKee apologizes

IRA group responsible for the murder of journalist Lyra McKee apologizes

The group responsible for the murder of Lyra McKee in Derry on Thursday has apologised to her family and friends. In a statement that was issued to 'The Irish News' in Belfast the group said: "In the course of attacking the enemy Lyra McKee was tragically killed while standing beside enemy forces. Comment: Young journalist shot and killed during riot in Derry, Northern Ireland "The IRA offer our full and sincere apologies to the partner, family and friends of Lyra McKee for her death." The organisation however, claimed that the gunman who shot Miss McKee had been deployed only after an "incursion on the Creggan by heavily armed British Crown Forces which provoked rioting". It continued: "We have instructed out volunteers to take the utmost care in future when engaging the enemy and put in place measures to help ensure this."

Mexican police detain hundreds of new Central American migrants in Chiapas

Mexican police detain hundreds of new Central American migrants in Chiapas

Mexican police and immigration agents detained hundreds of Central American migrants Monday in the largest single raid on a migrant caravan since the groups started moving through the country last year. Police targeted isolated groups at the tail end of a caravan of about 3,000 migrants who were making their way through the southern state of Chiapas with hopes of reaching the U.S. border. As migrants gathered under spots of shade in the burning heat outside the city of Pijijiapan, federal police and agents passed by in patrol trucks and vans and forcibly wrestled women, men and children into the vehicles.

Arson investigation opened in the Easter Sunday Notre-Dame de Grâce fire

Arson investigation opened in the Easter Sunday Notre-Dame de Grâce fire

Police have confirmed that a fire in the French church of Notre-Dame de Grâce on Easter Sunday appears to have been intentionally set, making it the latest in a string of desecrations of Christian churches in the country. The fire was started in a large, wooden confessional around 4:30pm and proceeded to consume a dais in the presbytery of the eighteenth-century church located in the southern French town of Eyguières, near Provence. "Flames several meters high were coming out of the church," said the mayor of Eyguières, Henri Pons, before a team of 30 firefighters with six vehicles arrived and managed to contain the blaze. An area of some 20 square meters in the church was destroyed but observers have noted that the damage would have been far worse had it not been it not for the bold intervention of a local inhabitant.

Two Lynchburg, Va. cops charged after entering a man's home and shooting him in the leg

Two Lynchburg, Va. cops charged after entering a man's home and shooting him in the leg

New video footage released following the Link Road incident where two Lynchburg officer's shot a man in the leg. Below is the footage released by the special prosecutor. Two Lynchburg Police officers were charged in that officer-involved shooting. Walker Sigler was shot in the leg after police said they were investigating an open door at his home on Link Road around 1:15 a.m. Saturday, February 17, 2018. Officers with the Lynchburg Police Department said they approached the home and announced that they were there to investigate suspicious activity. One of the officers attorney's, Chuck Felmlee, said the officers then heard yelling and heavy foot steps as though someone was running toward them. They say it was Sigler who then slammed the door which made a loud clanging sound they believed to be a gun shot at the time. The officers fired four shots. One bullet hit Sigler and shattered his leg.

Treating Parkinson's with electrical spinal implant 'transforms lives'

Treating Parkinson's with electrical spinal implant 'transforms lives'

A treatment that has restored the movement of patients with chronic Parkinson's disease has been developed by Canadian researchers. Previously housebound patients are now able to walk more freely as a result of electrical stimulation to their spines. A quarter of patients have difficulty walking as the disease wears on, often freezing on the spot and falling. Parkinson's UK hailed its potential impact on an aspect of the disease where there is currently no treatment.

Scientists have identified almost 2 million 'hidden' earthquakes shaking California

Scientists have identified almost 2 million 'hidden' earthquakes shaking California

California is notorious for its earthquakes, but a stunning new discovery reveals for the first time just how much we've underestimated its omnipresent earth-shaking potential. By the time you just about finish reading this story, in fact, Southern California will probably have experienced another quake - based off a new, unprecedented deep dive into 10 years' worth of seismic data, which isolated almost 2 million 'hidden' tremors in the region that scientists had never identified before. For decades, scientists suspected these invisible, smaller quakes existed, but had no way of singling them out from other random vibrations created by things like vehicle traffic, construction projects, weather events, and more. "It's not that we didn't know these small earthquakes were occurring," says geophysicist Zachary Ross from Caltech. "The problem is that they can be very difficult to spot amid all of the noise."

Massive blaze erupts in French city of Versailles

Massive blaze erupts in French city of Versailles

A massive fire broke out at the Rue du Parc in the French city of Versailles, the city Commissariat announced. According to videos emerging on social media, a huge column of smoke can be seen rising from the area. Police have cordoned off the perimeter and urged passersby to avoid the area. The fire started at "a car dealership," a local fire brigade said, releasing photos of the street engulfed in thick grey smoke on Twitter. A total of 86 firefighters and 24 vehicles have been deployed to battle the blaze, the prefecture of Yvelines department, where Versailles is located, said.

Trump threatens EU with retaliation after Harley-Davidson claims tariffs hurt profits

Trump threatens EU with retaliation after Harley-Davidson claims tariffs hurt profits

President Trump vowed on Tuesday to reciprocate against "unfair" European Union tariffs that are hitting Harley-Davidson after the company posted a first-quarter profit that dropped 26.7 percent. The U.S. motorcycle company blamed its slumped profits on falling U.S. sales and European import tariffs. However, Harley topped Wall Street's expectations by more than 30 cents, sending its shares higher. "So unfair to the U.S.," Trump wrote in a tweet. "We will Reciprocate!"

Bernie Sanders urges Congress to take back war powers - override Trump veto on Yemen

Bernie Sanders urges Congress to take back war powers - override Trump veto on Yemen

US Senator Bernie Sanders in a letter to fellow lawmakers said that it is critical for Congress to reaffirm its power to declare war and overturn President Donald Trump's veto of a resolution to end America's involvement in the conflict in Yemen. Trump last week vetoed a bipartisan resolution directing the White House to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The House passed the resolution by a 274-175 vote in early April, less than a month after it was approved by the Senate 54-46. US Congress would need two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate to override Trump's veto.

Russia to ratify Paris climate accord in 2019

Russia to ratify Paris climate accord in 2019

Russia plans to join global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by finally ratifying the Paris climate agreement before the end of 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Alexey Gordeev said. "We're are preparing ratification of the document in accordance to our internal legislative proceedings. We plan to complete this work ... by the end of 2019," Gordeev told journalists. Gordeev also praised the Paris climate deal as a "sustainable international legal base" for long-term climate regulation. According to the vice PM, Russia has an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 75 percent of 1990 levels by 2019. Russia also aims to keep gas emissions at the same level for the next 35 years.

Famous German bodyguard: Arab street gangs are 'godfathers' now

Famous German bodyguard: Arab street gangs are 'godfathers' now

Famed bodyguard, who protected the likes of Hollywood A-lister Sean Penn, took RT Deutsch on a tour of Berlin neighborhoods plagued by powerful Arab street gangs that pull off daring heists in broad daylight. The ruthless Arab street gangs gained momentum in the 1990s, "pushing aside local German groups and taking Berlin's nightlife under control," Michael Kuhr told RT Deutsch as he strolled down a working-class neighborhood with many migrant residents. They're godfathers now, totally controlling [crime in Berlin], including drugs, prostitution, and shadow money. The Arab clans are extremely dangerous and, given their close-knit nature, they "can bring together 40 to 50 people in just half an hour," he stated. A former world kickboxing champion and one of the most well-known bodyguards in Germany, Kuhr said he is a "fan" of multiculturalism. However, many migrants resorted to crime because the government failed to integrate them into society, and later made the grave mistake of...

Gorillas pose with anti-poaching rangers in truly lovely selfies

Gorillas pose with anti-poaching rangers in truly lovely selfies

Selfies are a matter of skill. Finding the right angle, getting the light right, working the pose correctly: all of these come together to capture the perfect selfie. Over the years we've seen several famous persons work the selfie like no one else ever could. Checking all the right boxes, they have always been considered as setting the bar in clicking selfies. But get over them Kardashians! We now have the very handsome gorillas of Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, who are pushing all barriers in the department of taking selfies! The Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the lush forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The past few years of military turmoil in the region has left the site in danger of being open to damage from the war as wells as poaching activities. However, over 600 rangers have come together to save this Heritage Site and protect the gorillas inhabiting it. Virunga's website presents more such information. It...

Barbarism: Israeli military shoots blindfolded, handcuffed 16-year-old Palestinian boy at 'point-blank' range in West Bank

Barbarism: Israeli military shoots blindfolded, handcuffed 16-year-old Palestinian boy at 'point-blank' range in West Bank

The Israeli military is coming under criticism after its forces opened live fire on a bound and blindfolded Palestinian teenager as he ran away from a group of soldiers attempting to detain him. The shooting took place on Thursday in the Bethlehem-area village of Tuqu, in the southern occupied West Bank, following funeral processions for a local teacher who was killed earlier in the week when an Israeli settler rammed into her with their vehicle. Maan News Agency reported that after the funeral and subsequent protests, Israeli forces clashed with local youth in the area. The victim, 16-year-old Tuqu resident Osama Hajahjeh, who has been hospitalized in a Palestinian hospital since last week, told AP journalists on Monday that he had been let out of school early to attend the funeral. During the commotion, he says he was tackled, handcuffed, and blindfolded by the armed soldiers.

Putin to meet Kim Jung-un for the first time on Thursday

Putin to meet Kim Jung-un for the first time on Thursday

Vladimir Putin and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un will meet in Vladivostok, in Russia's Far East, on April 25. It will be the first meeting of the two heads of state. The leaders will hold talks on Thursday, Putin's foreign policy aide, Yuri Ushakov, confirmed. He called Kim's visit to Russia "the key event" in the recent history of Moscow-Pyongyang relations. It is crucial in terms of assisting the political and diplomatic efforts to resolve the [North Korean] nuclear issue.

Samsung retrieves all Galaxy Fold samples after multiple reviewers report defects

Samsung retrieves all Galaxy Fold samples after multiple reviewers report defects

Samsung Electronics is retrieving all Galaxy Fold samples distributed to reviewers, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday, as the firm smarts from the reputational blow of postponing the launch of its first foldable smartphone. The South Korean tech giant met with embarrassment ahead of the device's U.S. release on April 26, with a handful of technology journalists reporting breaks, bulges and blinking screens after just a day's use. However, the setback for the $1,980 niche device is trivial compared to the Galaxy Note 7 debacle of 2016, when exploding batteries forced Samsung to scrap the flagship model at huge cost. Galaxy Fold shipments this year are likely to make up less than half a percent of Samsung's annual total, analysts and investors said.

PM Khan takes heat after acknowledging that Pakistan-based groups led attacks on Iran

PM Khan takes heat after acknowledging that Pakistan-based groups led attacks on Iran

Opposition MPs in Pakistan's National Assembly were in an uproar Tuesday over PM Imran Khan's "unprecedented" act of admitting that terrorist attacks against Iran had been carried out by groups based in Pakistan. Comment: What a novel concept: a politician who tells the truth and takes responsibility. Maybe we need more leaders like Khan in this regard. During a joint press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani following their talks on Monday, Khan made an admission that did not go down well with a number of Pakistani politicians. I know Iran has suffered from terrorism [perpetrated] by groups operating from Pakistan. ...we [need to] have trust in each other that both countries will not allow any terrorist activity from their soil. We hope this will build confidence between us. Khurram Dastagir Khan of Pakistan's opposition party, the National Assembly, was particularly vocal in his outrage over the statement. "No prime minister has ever made such a confession on foreign...