ThatsMyFace.com, of Oregon, selling a Snowden doll for $99, on its website. Proceeds go to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a San Francisco-based non-profit that added Snowden to its board of directors. Foundation’s executive director Trevor Timm said the group never contacted about the toy.
Russian energy giant Gazprom provided a record share of 29.9% of gas supplies to the European and Turkish markets in 2013. The data is provided in a prospectus published due to a new Eurobond issue by Gazprom.
Seattle to become first US city to introduce cash machines that cater solely to crytocurrency bitcoin. Canada was the first to install bitcoin ATMs, plans to introduce cash points in London and Singapore this year. ATMs scanners recognize government-issued identity, such as passports, drivers’ licenses.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned Scottish people a vote for independence from the United Kingdom would mean losing their state pensions. accused the Scottish National Party (SNP) of failing to address how pensions would be paid after the country receives independenc.
Ban will outlaw underwear containing less than 6 percent cotton imported, made, sold in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan. 30 women protesters in Kazakhstan arrested wearing lace underwear on their heads shouting "Freedom to panties. $4 billion worth of underwear sold in Russia annually, 80 percent foreign made.
The biggest private bank in Iran is suing the UK government for $4 billion, according to a claim filed in London’s high court. The Brits imposed sanctions on the bank over alleged links to Iran’s controversial nuclear program, alleges UK government encouraging other authorities to place sanctions on the bank.
Brussels has frozen research grants for Swiss universities worth hundreds of millions of euros in retaliation after Switzerland voted to cap the number of immigrants entering the country in a nationwide referendum. More EU citizens moved to “Switzerland than anticipated, putting squeeze on national budget.
March 2nd through March 4th, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will hold its annual celebration of Zionist domination of American politics and media. The 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference at the Washington, DC Convention Center will attract thousands of fanatical Zionists, and angry protestors.
Former Georgian Prime Minister Ivane (Vano) Merabishvili sentenced to five years in prison on embezzlement charges, guilty of paying illegal money to over 1000 activists from his party in run-up to parliamentary elections in 2012. Accused of obtaining luxury villa from a company through blackmail.
French are preparing to restore a GMO maize ban in their country just before farmers prepare for Spring planting. A Senator of the currently ruling socialist party is calling for a ban to counteract an anticipated swell of activist upset over genetically modified organisms. France largest grower of crops in Europe,
Common interest in offshore mineral exploration areas throughout Eastern Mediterranean, Israel, Cyprus tightening defense air, naval exercises. relations between Israel, Cyprus, Greece warming. Israel’ relations with Turkey deteriorated since rise of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan power
Fifth Third National Bank refused to tell inquiring news agencies exactly what happened, nor how many of its customers the bank falsely reported were in bankruptcy proceedings; bankruptcy” status was sent to credit bureaus .Statement saying that it corrected the false information with the four credit bureaus.
Der Spiegel: Germany resumes counter-espionage of US, allies, response to NSA surveillance, US economic spying, deeply criticized. Tracking US, Britian. Merkel: build communication network in Europe, German intelligence stepped up. Mandate: Ministers use encryption, less rhetoric more action.
US President Barack Obama on Friday pledged $1 billion in loan guarantees for Middle East ally Jordan and the renewal of a five-year aid package. Jordan, one of the United States' closest allies in the Middle East, is a regional player in diplomatic effort.
Jamaica, politicians discuss easeing marijuana laws. Mexico City, lawmakers proposed new plan to let stores sell cannabis. From the Americas to Europe to North Africa and beyond, the marijuana legalization movement is gaining unprecedented traction. Some see a potentially lucrative industry in regulation.
People with serious pre-existing diseases, paying for expensive drug treatments no help from health care exchanges.If medicine needed isn't on list, not covered. doesn't count against your deductible. Have to pay completely out of pocket. MS patient could be expected to pay $62,000 just for one medication.
Protest rally in Montenegro against government's tough austerity measures and high unemployment turned violent after police clash with demonstrators. Demonstrators blame government for high unemployment, economic mismanagement and alleged corruption, calling for its resignation.
Egyptian army demolished ten more tunnels under border with Gaza Strip under Israeli blockade. Has destroyed hundreds. Lifeline for Gazans living under the Israeli siege. Palestinians use the tunnels to bring essential supplies, such as food, cooking gas, medicines, petrol, and livestock, into the Gaza Strip.
Better Markets, a non-profit Wall Street watchdog, filed a lawsuit Monday against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) alleging that its $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase over the bank’s sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis was an illegal cover-up.
U.S. regulators on Friday told banks they can allow marijuana dealers to open accounts, as states around the country begin to legalize the drug for medical and recreational use. US Treasury spelled out how banks could have dealings with the vendors without being hit with money laundering or other charges.
Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank geting out of trading supplies of raw uranium. Banks amassed stockpiles of the nuclear fuel ingredient larger than those held by Iran. Other banks lining up to take their place. Can be bought and sold without significant international controls.
Digital Recognition Network supplies machines that quickly read license plate numbers as drivers pass by, new Utah law bans license plate collection by private companies. Company arguing that collecting license plate numbers is free speech. Law intended to protect drivers’ privacy.
The Obama administration released on Friday new rules that aim to ease relationships between banks and legal marijuana shops. Banks have been reluctant to allow pot businesses to open accounts given the contradictions between federal and state laws. New guidelines created by the US Department of Justice.
Managing a site with links to freely available copyrighted content does not amount to online piracy, an EU court has ruled. The justices advised their Swedish colleagues, who are reviewing a journalists’ lawsuit against link-hosting website Retriever Sverige provides users with clickable links to online publications.
Corrections Corporation of America o pay $1 million to state of Idaho for falsifying thousands of staff hours records to boost its profit margins at one of its prisons. Idaho announced it would not renew its $29 million contract with CCA. Little oversight, under-staffed. Financial incentive to continue mass incarceration.
500 million citizens personal savings could fund investments to boost economy plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis. EU document says will be on involuntary basis at discretion of the “union, best described as confiscation. Possible law “to use personal pension savings for long-term financing
The Colombian government has seized nearly five tons of marijuana held by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) amid ongoing peace talks between Bogota and the rebel group which are currently focused on illegal drugs. 12 acres marijuana discovered, destroyed.
More than 1,000 protesters clashed with police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, over rise in public transportation fares. Clashes broke out in train station, police used batons, tear gas to disperse angry crowd that hurled rocks at officers. Protesters vandalized ticket machines set barricade on fire.
Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico have signed a treaty to eliminate tariffs on 92 percent of goods and services. The Pacific Alliance is free trade area of some 210 million people, accounting for more than a third of all Latin American and Caribbean GDP.
61 workers will receive $1.28 million from Domino’s, winning a case proving that the company was stealing wages, employees working through lunch breaks without pay, not meeting the minimum wage of $8 an hour. Fired for asking for pay. Department of Labor, took no action, Legal Aid Society represented workers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin: against turning Sochi into a gambling resort after the Olympics, city would lose its traditional holidaymakers – middle-class families with children, Turning Sochi into a gambling zone “would create atmosphere that would prevent citizens spending holiday here with families.”
Netanyahu said said he and Obama would discuss the Iranian nuclear program, discuss the ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, promote Israel's economy, primarily in the technology sector. Would reinforce Israel's stance on the issue. "We stand by our demands.
Sources have blamed restrictive tax laws that adversely impact US persons living abroad. they must also continue to file taxes in the US even though they are paying taxes in the country where they live.” Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Bob Casey (D-PA) proposed doubling the exit tax to 30 percent.
Men independently sold hundreds of dollars’ worth of the digital cryptocurrency to undercover officers since last December, taken into custody on Thursday, February 6 after they agreed to make in-person transactions involving the transfer of thousands of dollars’ worth of bitcoins.
European Union foreign ministers insist on peaceful solution to Ukraine's crisis, warning prospect of sanctions. The bloc's 28 foreign ministers met in Brussels Monday issued a joint statement, alarmed by human rights situation, including violence, cases of missing persons, torture and intimidation.
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops on Thursday accompanied bulldozers to Bethlehem village of Wadi Fukin where bulldozers destroyed 300 newly planted olive trees, despite locals' attempts to stop them. Clashes broke out between Israel forces and locals as they tried to defend their lands.
One of Miami Beach’s most notorious pieces of real estate is back on the block: the asking price is almost $8.5 million. 10,000-square-foot mansion built in 1922 by Clarence Busch, a member of the Anheuser-Busch brewing family. Capone, made vast fortune selling liquor during prohibition.
Thousands across Bosnia set fire to government buildings, clashed with police. Hundreds injured in three days of protests. 40 per cent of population out of work. Unrest over closure of several state-owned companies sold off, collapsed under private ownership. Rubber bullets, water cannon, tear gas.
The manufacturer of a blood-thinning drug tried to hide results of an internal study that the manufacturer feared would hurt sales of the widely-advertised medication, according to recently-unsealed court documents. Manufacturer of Pradaxa, being sued by patients and their families.
Any use of Bitcoin will be considered "potentially suspicious," as the Russian government has linked Bitcoin usage to illicit activities. "Introduction of other monetary units and money substitutes is prohibited. Illegal there to trade with money substitutes.
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