The Chinese government has banned its officials from smoking in public as part of an effort to limit smoking throughout the country. China has the largest number of smokers in the world. "Smoking by some party officials endangers public health, also damages the image of the party and the government."
For the first time, the two-year budget for 2014/2015 prohibits the city-state of Berlin from taking on new loans. The state government has €63 billion of debt. Each year, Berlin transfers around €2 billion to the banks for interest payments.
At least 16 people were killed in a blast at a railway station in the city of Volgograd, southern Russia. A suicide bomber is suspected to have carried out the attack, says the National Anti-terrorism Committee. At least 44 people were injured, thought to have been carried out by a female suicide bomber."
The United States consumes more than 50 tons of antibiotics a day—80% of which is not used for humans. About 40 tons goes to promote agricultural production, such as giving antibiotics to cattle and chickens.
If a proposed ballot measure succeeds, California may become the third state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. By the state’s estimate, legalization would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars each year and generate about the same amount in new tax revenue.
The Los Angeles Police Department has announced plans to ramp up use of a portable tool that checks for drug use, beginning with a New Year’s Eve crackdown on intoxicated drivers. Officials cited increased medical marijuana use as a main justification. State supplied LAPD with swab testing tool.
A large explosion has shaken the downtown area of the Lebanese capital, killing 5 people, former government minister Mohammed Shattah. Lebanese television showed footage of dead bodies lying near the wreckage. Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation: blast was caused by a booby-trapped car.
Three people died after a car exploded in the city of Pyatigorsk in Russia’s Stavropol region, Itar-Tass reported, citing the Interior Ministry. ing the Interior Ministry. Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee: homemade explosive device caused the blast, victims of the blast were passersby.
Recommending Americans prepare a “bug-out bag” that includes food, gun, ammo. many fear end-of-the-world scenario. He doesn’t agree with that outcome, but does with much of what has people worried.
Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Turkey demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid a widening corruption scandal rattling his government. There are reports of tear gas and clashes with police in Istanbul.
Britain Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne: announced another £3 billion of public spending cuts, state pension age will increase to 68, 69 and 70. Poor, sick and unemployed pay for the greed and recklessness of wealthy elites."
“We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go.“A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They'll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. CIA director Woolsey: Snowden should be hanged
His personal information is not in particular government data bases. So healthcare.gov could not actually verify his identity. How he can be president without verifying his data.
Argentina’s anti-drug czar Juan Carlos Molina has called for a public discussion in his country about emulating the measure. Many Latin American countries already permit — or at least do not punish — possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.
Food companies who use genetically modified (GMO) ingredients want permission from government to stamp their products with the word “natural.” Grocery Manufacturers Association asked Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve plan, any food containing GMO could be sold as “natural.”
Egyptian security forces have raided al-Azhar University in the capital, Cairo, as the army-backed interim government continues to crack down on student activists. Fired tear gas at students, dozens arrested. new constitution consolidates power of the army, can prosecute civilians in military courts.
Denis MacShane, former Labour Member of British Parliamentsentenced to six months of imprisonment for fraudulently claiming parliamentary expenses amounting to £12,900. Ordered to pay £1,500 costs. Only a fifth of the British public trust MPs to "tell the truth."
Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR) have taken to streets of the capital Bangui to demand the departure of French troops from the violence-hit country. Many believe French troops, known as the Sangaris, target Muslims. Many mineral resources, gold,diamond, in CAR.
White House: no change regarding Jonathan Pollard, former American intelligence analyst imprisoned three decades over spying for Israel. Israeli media: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would condition additional “peace talks” with the Palestinians on his freedom. Israel granted Pollard citizenship.
Affordable Care Act is supposed to help people that have pre-existing medical conditions, there are at least 22 people in Indiana with kidney failure that are not going to be able to get supplemental insurance coverage due to their pre-existing condition.
Citizens criticized the acquisition as excessive, as well as a sign of the militarization of law enforcement. “That vehicle is made for war. Truck built to withstand rifle fire and minefield explosions.
United States expressed fury at Israel's decision to sell military equipment to China. US insisted that the fact that equipment eventually made its way to China at all presents a security risk to the Middle East. US and Israel have clashed over weapons and air force transfers before
) Senior Israeli officials on Sunday demanded an end to U.S. spying on Israel, following revelations that the National Security Agency intercepted emails from the offices of the country's top former leaders. Israeli officials reacted with uncharacteristic anger toward the U.S., Israel's closest, most important ally.
Governments, judges, cops and politicians are continuing to lobby Google to tear down online material critical of their operations received 3,846 demands from public officials to remove 24,737 personal blog posts, YouTube videos and other pieces of content it hosts.
White House review panel on NSA surveillance “absolutely” surprised when discovered the agency’s lack of evidence that the bulk collection of telephone call records had thwarted any terrorist attacks. The panel concluding that the program was “not essential in preventing attacks.”
Obama administration suddenly moved to allow hundreds of thousands of people who’ve lost their insurance due to Obamacare to sign up for bare-bone “catastrophic” plans. It’s at least the 14th unilateral change to Obamacar. Fix is supposed to last only a year.
Turkish police have shot tear gas and water cannon at thousands of demonstrators swarming onto Istanbul’s streets to protest the government after a corruption probe prompted the PM to purge the police force and allege ‘dark’ international plots
Canada’s intelligence agency bypassed the law in order to outsource its spying on Canadian citizens abroad to foreign security agencies, put Canadian citizens abroad at risk as they “may be detained or otherwise harmed as a result of intercepted communications by the foreign agencies.”
22 officers number of protesters injured in violent clashes triggered by planned closure of a leftist culture center in Hamburg. Shop fronts were smashed cars and garbage bins set on fire. Police armed with pepper spray, batons, water cannons. Protesters: rocks, bottles, fireworks.
Google revealedrise in requests from governments asking for political content to be removed from the web. January to June received 3,846 government requests to remove content from its services 68% increase over the second half of 2012.. Judges, police departments town councils.
Majority of Americans want President Barack Obama to pull US troops out of Afghanistan. 57 percent of Americans: war in Afghanistan the “wrong thing to do.Thousands of Afghan civilians, killed in night raids by foreign forces, CIA assassination drone strikes. U S, invaded Afghanistan for “war on terror.
People have taken to streets of a Yemeni northwestern city to protest against interference by the United States and Israel. Slammed Washington for launching assassination drone strikes in the country. Protest followed drone attack against wedding convoy on December 12, left 17 dead near Rada.
US National Security Agency targeted, intercepted email communications of former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, number of European officials. Snowden: NSA, (GCHQ) spied on Olmert and European Union officials between 2008 and 2011.
Obama administration announced individuals who suffered a cancellation of health care coverage due to Affordable Care Act’s new requirements will be “temporarily” exempted from the individual mandate. Americans whose coverage was cancelled qualify for individual mandate’s “hardship exemption.”
In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489. over 40,000 military style police raids a year. Police turned into a military with a clearly defined enemy, anyone who questions the establishment.
Douglas Zerby was watering his lawn, neighbors, completely brainwashed by the police state, called the cops because they saw Zerby holding what they thought was a gun. was actually a water hose nozzle. Officers approached, without any warning whatsoever, fired fatally wounding him with 12 rounds.
Brazil is preparing to legalize genetically modified seeds that are said to prevent proliferation of GMOs by making the second generation of them sterile. If the second generation of seeds is infertile, farmers are forced to buy more at each planting, making them even more dependent on the seed giants.
The US Congress has authorized $284 million to fund Israel’s missile systems program, triple the amount the Obama administration had requested. House on Wednesday passed 399-0 a bill that would enhance the US commitment to Israel’s “qualitative military edge” in the region.
Putin:“I envy Obama because he can spy on his allies without any consequences,” Putin praised Edward Snowden’s actions, he worked for a “noble cause.” He accepted importance of espionage programs in fight against global terrorism, said NSA needed guidelines to limit its powers.
Canada Post suggest seniors benefit from eliminating door-to-door delivery, would get exercise walking to community mailboxes. Canada Post president: must implement plan immediately or lose millions of dollars a day. “We have no time to waste, we must act now, act with a sense of urgency.
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