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Mar 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

Reuters: Any connection between present Crimea tensions and Putin's desire to have a fighting-fit population are of course coincidental Vladimir Putin wants to improve the physical fitness of Russians of all ages, and to achieve that he has turned to the era of brutal dictator Joseph Stalin for inspiration. On Monday, he announced that a Stalinist fitness ...

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Mar 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Although it has been slow, difficult and frustrating so far, the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is nowhere near the point of being scaled back, Australia’s prime minister said. The three-week hunt for Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the Boeing 777, which vanished March 8 with 239 ...

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Mar 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

KIEV, Ukraine — The first crack of a sniper’s round in Kiev’s Independence Square came shortly after nine o’clock on the morning of February 20 and the last about seven hours later at around four o’clock in the afternoon drawing to a close the bloodiest day in what had been a months-long struggle to oust ...

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Mar 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from The Daily Mail: A terror suspect who trained the ringleader of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London has been allowed to set up an Islamic primary school, teaching children as young as three, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. As a member of a banned extremist group, Sajeel Shahid, 38, called for violence against ...

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Mar 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

PARIS (AP) -- France's government resigned Monday and President Francois Hollande was expected to name a new prime minister, just 24 hours after his Socialists suffered heavy losses in nationwide municipal elections. Disappointment with the Socialists' handling of the economy drove many voters to conservative or anti-immigrant far-right candidates in the elections Sunday and Hollande ...

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Mar 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

(CNN) - In a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, Russian President Vladmir Putin said he had ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from his country's border area with Ukraine, according to Merkel's office. A Kremlin press release about the call did not mention a withdrawal, but said Putin and Merkel discussed Ukraine, ...

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Mar 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

PERTH, Australia – A cluster of orange objects spotted by a search plane was just fishing equipment and not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, officials said Monday, in the latest disappointment in the three-week hunt that Australia's prime minister said will continue indefinitely. The crew of an Australian P-3 Orion saw at least ...

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Mar 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Korematsu with Clinton Anti-immiagration activist Cesar Chavez Related: The Dark Truth About Cesar Chavez (CNSNews.com) - March 31 is Cesar Chavez Day. It's an official state holiday in California, but it's not a federal holiday -- not yet. But the U.S. Civil Rights Commission wants to change that. Chairman Martin Castro announced on Monday that the U.S. Civil Rights ...

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Mar 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from IBTIMES: One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest ex-advisers has claimed that the ex-KGB agent ultimately wants to reclaim Finland for Russia. Andrej Illiaronov, Putin's economic adviser between 2000 and 2005 and now senior member of the Cato Institute think tank, said that "parts of Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States and Finland are ...

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Mar 30, 2014 No Comments ›› iResist

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Monday returned fire into North Korean waters after shells from a North Korean live-fire drill fell south of the rivals' disputed western sea boundary, a South Korean military official said. Residents on a front-line South Korean island said they were evacuated to shelters during the exchange. No shells ...

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Mar 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

So Kerry met with Lavrov, and came out talking about everything except what really happened in the meeting. Far from backing down, Russia held a gun to his head (40 to 100 thousand troops on the border) and demanded more, calling for parts of Ukraine to have "autonomous powers", which is really a demand for ...

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Mar 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Bloomberg: Iran has named a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days to be its next ambassador to the United Nations. The Iranian government has applied for a U.S. visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran’s former ambassador to Belgium and Italy, who was a member of the ...

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Mar 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi authorities have arrested three citizens who posted YouTube videos urging the oil-rich kingdom to improve their living standards and criticizing "corruption", activists said on Sunday. The arrests were made on Saturday, the day US President Barack Obama flew home from Saudi Arabia under fire for not having done more to raise human ...

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Mar 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior U.S. lawmakers on Sunday said investigators had found no evidence thus far pointing to terrorism in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 three weeks ago, and that it was critical to find the plane to understand what happened on board. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman ...

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Mar 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

(CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday after four hours of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Russia had reaffirmed its commitment to finding a diplomatic solution in Ukraine but had not agreed to move Russian troops from the Ukraine border. "We both made suggestions as to how that will be ...

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Mar 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Niki Monroe

Excerpted from News.com.au: CHINA is considering a plan to cover the entire world with a network of surveillance satellites. If it went ahead the plan could see more than 50 observation satellites in orbit within two years, The South China Morning Post reported. This would put the country’s satellite surveillance capabilities on a par, or greater ...

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Mar 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

PARIS (Reuters) - France's anti-immigrant National Front were set to win a record number of town halls as early results showed a rout for President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists in local elections on Sunday. The mainstream right also made gains. Partial tallies and exit polls showed the anti-EU party of Marine Le Pen on track to ...

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Mar 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Telegraph: British troops will take part in wargames in the Baltics in order to reassure Ukraine in the face of a potential Russian invasion, the Defence Secretary said today. Philip Hammond said Britain would stand by its Nato allies as he warned Russia may attempt to seize more territory. He said claims from senior ...

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Mar 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

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Mar 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from CBS News: Following the Russian takeover of Crimea this month, a lot of residents of Crimea are being asked to switch sides -- but not all of those residents are human. Crimea -- formerly a part of Ukraine -- was formally annexed by Russian President Vladimir Putin after Russian troops took control of military ...

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Mar 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from The Wall Street Journal: Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, a gambit that could determine the trajectory of the biggest European security crisis in decades. Both sides released descriptions of the call that differed on the details but agreed that ...

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Mar 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from The New York Times: The Taliban assailants apparently thought they were attacking an unprotected Christian-run day care center. But they mistakenly burst into the compound next door, where an American government contractor’s employees were heavily armed and ready, according to accounts that the contractor and the Afghan police gave on Friday of ...

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Mar 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from The Daily Mail: Three objects retrieved by a Chinese ship in the search for missing flight MH370 are pieces of floating rubbish, it has emerged. The items were recovered from the Southern Indian Ocean as the operation to locate the Malaysia Airlines jet, which vanished on March 8, entered its fourth week. Sources said two ...

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Mar 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

A photo taken off a computer monitor onboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion, shows an object floating in an area within the search zone of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia, Friday, March 28, 2014. PERTH, Australia (AP) - A Chinese ...

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Mar 28, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Washington (AFP) - Nearly 100,000 Russian forces have massed on Ukraine's border, a top Ukrainian defense official told an American audience Thursday, giving a number far higher than US military estimates. "Almost 100,000 soldiers are stationed on the borders of Ukraine and in the direction ... of Kharkiv, Donetsk, " Andriy Parubiy, chairman of Ukraine's national ...

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