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Apr 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from The Guardian: Pro-Russian groups occupying a string of public buildings across eastern Ukraine have insisted that they would not end their occupation until a referendum to decide the status of the region had taken place. There was no sign of separatist groups pulling out from their positions at city halls and in town ...

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Apr 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: Young Christian women are facing a greater risk of being kidnapped by extremists, tortured, and even forced to convert to Islam since the Arab Spring ended in 2011. This year already has seen a spike in the incidents, according to a report by the non-profit advocacy group International Christian Concern. It has ...

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Apr 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

April 18, 2014: Denis Pushilin, foreground center, spokesman of the self-appointed Donetsk Peoples Republic, speaks to reporters inside the regional administration building seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine.AP Excerpted from FOX NEWS: A pro-Russian official initially thought to be behind flyers telling Ukrainian Jews to register vehemently denied any involvement on Friday, telling Fox News the leaflets ...

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Apr 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from Ukraine: Diplomats from the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have agreed to a framework plan designed to end violence in Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry said the framework hashed out by foreign ministers meeting in Geneva would disarm separatist militants in eastern Ukraine and have them vacate the government buildings, ...

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Apr 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

With Obama as President, he could have it if he wanted it. During an annual Q&A session, a Russian pensioner asked Vladimir Putin about his plans to annex Alaska. “Are there any plans to annex Alaska to Russia? We would be very happy [about that],” said Faina Ivanovna.

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Apr 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from USA Today: Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to "register" with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets ...

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Apr 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Washington Post: Ukraine was prepared to offer a level of autonomy to its eastern regions Thursday in exchange for Russia’s agreement to withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian border and end its efforts to destabilize the east. That pledge, to be made at diplomatic talks here aimed at calming the increasingly volatile Ukrainian ...

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Apr 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

(Reuters) - Separatists attacked a Ukrainian national guard base overnight and Kiev said three of them were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising, accompanied by tough words from Vladimir Putin that overshadowed crisis talks. Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats arrived for the emergency meeting in Geneva, but there was little hope of ...

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Apr 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Politico: NSA leaker Edward Snowden asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about whether Russia uses its own mass surveillance system, in a video during a question-and-answer session on Russian television. “Does Russia, intercept, store or analyze, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals?” Snowden asked, according to a video clip posted by Russia ...

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Apr 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Kiev (AFP) - The humiliation Wednesday of the Ukrainian army in its much-vaunted "anti-terrorist" push into separatist eastern territory makes an embarrassing string of failures even worse. Allowing pro-Russian rebels to seize six of its armoured personnel carriers and disarm its servicemen was evidence of a poorly planned and executed operation, analysts said. They pointed out that ...

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Apr 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

Kano, Nigeria (CNN) -- As many as 200 girls were abducted from their boarding school in northeastern Nigeria by heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists who arrived in trucks, vans and buses, officials and witnesses said. The group has recently stepped up attacks in the region, and its leader released a video last month threatening to kidnap ...

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Apr 16, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from THE BLAZE: A riot broke out Wednesday on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, when hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks and firecrackers at Israeli police who had opened the site for Jewish worshipers marking the Passover holiday. Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that violence began when the Mughrabi Gate entrance was opened at about ...

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Apr 16, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

KIEV (Reuters) – Pro-Russia separatists on Wednesday seized six armored personnel carriers from the Ukrainian armed forces with the help of Russian agents, Ukraine’s defense ministry said. “A column was blocked by a crowd of local people in Kramatorsk with members of a Russian diversionary-terrorist group among them,” the statement said. “As a result of the ...

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Apr 15, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) -- In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, special forces on Tuesday recaptured a small airport that had been occupied by militiamen, the government said.Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, had earlier announced an "anti-terrorist operation" against the insurgents who have seized control of numerous buildings in ...

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Apr 15, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

LONDON (Reuters) - Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war. They would signal a further internationalization of the conflict, with new rockets suspected from Russia and drones from Iran also spotted in the forces of President Bashar ...

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Apr 15, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

They're calling these people "rebels" and "separatists" but they are de-facto Russian forces and many-to-most are likely literally Russian forces... (Reuters) - Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armored personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern ...

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Apr 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Fusion: Vice has come up with a new gonzo stunt to attract some eyeballs. This time a Vice correspondent managed to casually smoke a joint as he interviewed the president of Uruguay. The scene, which would probably be impossible to replicate with the president of any other country, is part of a trailer for Vice´s ...

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Apr 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FREE BEACON: Russia’s military carried out a flight test of a new multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile on Monday amid growing tensions with the United States over the crisis in Ukraine. The SS-27 Mod 2 road-mobile ICBM was launched around 2:40 a.m. EST from Russia’s Plesetsk launch facility, located about 500 miles north of Moscow. “The ...

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Apr 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FREE BEACON: The Iranian regime is slated to hang on Tuesday a 26-year-old woman charged with fatally stabbing her accused rapist, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. Rayhaneh Jabbari, a 26-year-old former interior designer, is scheduled to be hanged this week after serving the last seven years in prison for stabbing a doctor who ...

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Apr 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

USS Donald Cook WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the officials said the Russian Fencer made 12 passes, ...

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Apr 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Atlanta Blackstar: The terrorist group Boko Haram apparently has struck again, this time setting off a Monday morning rush-hour bomb in a bus station on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital of Abuja, killing at least 71 people and wounding at least 124. It was the deadliest attack ever on Abuja, the federal capital, ...

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Apr 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

(Reuters) - Israel described as "unacceptable" on Monday remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability. "In the past, and also recently, what we heard from the Americans, including publicly, and from the Europeans and even ...

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Apr 13, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Ankara (AFP) - Turkey's prime minister said Saturday he will "go after" Twitter, accusing the site of tax-evasion, after it was used to spread damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption claims. In a televised speech, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also launched a tirade against the nation's highest court for ruling against a ban on Twitter, ...

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Apr 13, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- Turning to force to try to restore its authority in the vital industrial east, Ukraine's government announced Sunday it was sending in troops to try to quash an increasingly brazen pro-Russian insurgency, despite repeated warnings from the Kremlin. Accusing Moscow of fomenting the unrest, Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said in a televised ...

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Apr 13, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow. Angered by the death of a state security officer and the wounding of two comrades near the flashpoint eastern city of Slaviansk, ...

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