The European Union agreed on sanctions on Russia since the Cold War in response to the situation in Crimea, including bans on travel and asset freezes on certain people and firms. Move was stronger than many had expected, will target “an as-yet-undecided list of people and firms.
The financial world suffered another apparent suicide this week, as a New York City trader ended his life by throwing himself in front of an oncoming train. 47-year-old Edmund Reilly was struck by a Long Island Rail Road commuter train.
Australia has approved plans to buy several Triton drones to patrol the country’s borders at a cost of US$2.7 billion. The government believes the drones can help to prevent illegal immigration. Asia-Pacific tensions have stoked need for countries in the region to monitor commercial maritime interests closely.
Six Russian Sukhoi-27 fighter jets and three transport planes have been deployed at Bobruisk airfield in Belarus. Earlier this week Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko invited Russian forces to fend off potential NATO threat. Russian aircraft in Belarus will participate in a joint training exercise.
At least six Houthi fighters and two Yemeni soldiers have been killed in fighting near the capital Sana’a, tribal and security sources say, eight Houthi fighters were injured. Houthi leader condemned deadly US drone strikes in Yemen will continue to resist all types of foreign intervention.
Somali government forces with the help of African Union peacekeepers have captured several strategic towns from al-Shabab fighters in the central region of the war-ravaged country. Al-Shabab has also lost several key towns in south to government troops in the past few days.
Russia has started military exercises near Ukraine’s border as tensions escalate between Moscow and the West over the Ukrainian crisis. Russia's Defense Ministry announced that more than 8,000 of Russian troops in the regions of Rostov, Belgorod, Kursk and Tambov bordering Ukraine had begun the exercises.
sraeli warplanes have carried out fresh aerial attacks against Gaza Strip, a day after an airstrike against the enclave. At least three air raids, hit several locations. Palestinian resistance movement of Islamic Jihad responded to air raids Tuesday by a volley of rockets.
Obama promised in his 2007 campaign to label GMOs, has yet to follow through. Now, over 200 anti-GMO groups are pressuring Obama to act. 20 states considering GE labeling. FDA has ability to require food industry to label foods as genetically modified, but do not, require labeling of 3000 food ingredients.
industrial hemp in competition with petrochemical companies, textile and logging industries, pharmaceutical companies. Can be grown more easily than cotton with less water and less pesticide. Hemp isn’t marijuana; it comes from a different strain of the plant.
The Guardian: The West is planning a new push against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad through funding proxy war on the conflict-stricken country. The paper said information based on leaks from United States, Israel, Jordan and Persian Gulf Arab states.
Ukraine’s interim prime minister says the country will likely sign a long-awaited political accord with the European Union next week. Arseniy Yatsenyuk made the announcement on Wednesday, after talks with US President Barack Obama at the White House.
e United Nations says the number of civilian casualties from US drone strikes in Afghanistan has tripled in the past year. UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism Ben Emmerson warned on Wednesday that civilian deaths resulting from US drone attacks are intensifying in Afghanistan.
Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the Russian Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Wednesday that Moscow “would respond [to the EU move] with the same measures,", if the EU decides to freeze contacts with Moscow, Russia will simply build relations elsewhere.
Chad is struggling to manage the influx of refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) as its resources are limited. The Chadian government is sheltering more than 80,000 refugees from the CAR in transit centers across the country. Many suffering severe malnutrition with no shelter.
Egypt has demolished 1,370 underground tunnels between the country and the besieged Gaza Strip. Palestinians use the underground tunnels to transfer essential supplies, including food and fuel into Gaza, which has been blockaded by Israel since 2007.
Venezuelan police clash with students during a demonstration to mark a month of anti-government protests in the country. 3,000 students marched in Caracas demand release of their peers detained during earlier protests. Students threw rocks at police, who disperse them with tear gas and water cannon.
Press TV: The European Parliament has voted to suspend certain data-sharing agreements with the United States in light of the recent espionage by Washington. Dutch MEP Sophie in 't Veld: “They have no business monitoring millions of innocent citizens like a giant peeping Tom.
White House: President will direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” employees to avoid paying them overtime.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel should reoccupy Gaza resume military control of the Gaza Strip after a barrage of 41 rockets was fired from the Palestinian territory. No injuries or damage were reported. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel will respond “forcefully” to the rockets.
NSA has masqueraded as a fake Facebook server, using social media site as launching pad to infect a target’s computer, files from a hard drive, sentt spam emails malware, cancovertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots with its webcam.
Private Companies Are Using Automated License Plate Readers To Spy On You, Your Cell Phone Is Spying On You, Entire “Big Brother Housing Developments” Are Now Being Designed, Our “Smart Televisions” Are Spying On Us, Data Mining – Your Personal Information Is Big Business.
"Belarus will offer to host up to an additional 15 Russian Federation aircraft in connection with the activity of NATO. "Belarus is adequately reacting to the strengthen the forces of NATO near the borders of Belarus" - the president said.
Bachmann:donors on our side don't like to have their names vilified and that's what this is about, intimidating people from giving money to our cause, that's it," Democrats should be prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) for their intimidation of billionaires.
Support for Israel is weakening among evangelical Christians, prompting a new struggle for the hearts and minds of younger members of America’s largest pro-Israel demographic group. Many are seeking some form of evenhandedness when approaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinian resistance movement Islamic Jihad says it has fired a salvo of rockets into southern Israel in retaliation for recent deadly airstrike on Gaza Strip. Israel: 50 rockets from Gaza landed in southern towns of Sderot and Negev, Iron Dome missile system only intercepted three rockets.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has threatened Russia with new sanctions unless Moscow is engaged in talks to find a diplomatic solution to the political crisis in Ukraine. said that if no progress was made by March 17, EU foreign ministers would impose the measures, including visa bans and asset freezes.
US President Barack Obama and his economic team are discussing options on how to damage Russia’s economy, The New York Times reported. Obama’s sanctions plan against Russia has worried major American companies unwilling to lose business to competitors.
Wall Street's average cash bonus swelled last year to its highest since the financial crisis and the third largest on record, New York State's budget watchdog said on Wednesday. The cash bonus pool jumped 15 percent to $26.7 billion in 2013, pushing the average cash bonus was $164,530...
Edward Snowden interview Monday via teleconference to (SXSW) Austin, Texas; global mass surveillance occurring in all of these countries, are setting fire to the future of the Internet. Event itself was significant, a live broadcast to a US audience made by someone hunted by US government.
US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt declared that the United States would not recognize the results of the “so-called referendum” as it regards Crimea. threatened further steps against Russia. US and the EU were in complete agreement that harsher sanctions could follow the referendum.
Ukraine’s National Council on Television and Radio demand providers stop broadcasting five Russian channels to ensure informational security in compliance with the decree “About urgent measures on ensuring national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair supporter of government spying upset because she believes CIA may have spied on a congressional computer network. Feinstein said CIA may broken law, violated the Fourth Amendment of Constitution by searching the network.
Twenty-nine states have altered mandatory sentencing laws since 2000. Sentencing reforms focused on changing punishment for nonviolent drug offenders, give judges more discretion in deciding penalties. Even conservatives reconsidered laws, realized trimming budgets include shrinking fiscal demands of prisons.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food; current global food system needs to be "radically" and "democratically" changed to alleviate global hunger over profits of monopolized industrialization, pesticide-heavy agribusiness corporations. System led to loss in biodiversity, soil erosion, pollution.
BAE systems Q-Warrior high-tech headset to live-stream data to soldiers,showing multi-dimensional, full-color displays of battle zones outside their fields of vision. Ability to digitally track friendly and enemy locations, display 3D maps of battlefields, and watch live video from drones.
Libyan defense minister took over duties as prime minister this morning. The oil tanker The Morning Gloryhad had at least 234,000 barrels of oil aboard but is now said to be on fire after being hit by a missile.
State Utilities Commission will have final say on whether Duke’s 3.2 million customers will foot the bill for $1 billion effort, households to pay between 75 cents a month for 15 years. Coal ash is waste left after burning coal that contains over a dozen toxic heavy metals; arsenic, mercury, lead.
Colorado Department of Revenue: collected $1.4 million from a 10 percent sales tax on marijuana, as well as $416,690 from the state’s normal 2.9 percent sales tax. Another $195,318 came in through an excise tax. $14 million in total retail marijuana sales for January.
The parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has adopted an independence declaration from Ukraine which is necessary for holding a March 16 referendum. 78 of 100 members of the parliament voted in favor of the declaration.
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