Ordered that meetings be shortened, over-the-top welcoming ceremonies ditched and wordy, meaningless speeches be abandoned. Aimed at cutting down bureaucracy and excessive ceremony. Graft and inappropriate law enforcement by local officials led to farmers taking part in violent protests.
Ukrainian demonstrators have launched a general strike in protest against the government’s refusal to sign a political and trade agreement with the European Union. 1,000 protesters blocked off government’s main headquarters Monday in the capital, Kiev, also barricaded the streets with objects.
Pressure mounting on Britain to revise its anti-terror laws after watchdog says police should no longer be able to detain people at British borders without suspicion of wrongdoing. Currently under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, a person can be detained for up to nine hours at UK borders, without any grounds.
US-China Economic and Security Review Commission: concerns over China’s massive increase in military spending, spying on American interests, cyber espionage, theft. Suggest sanctions against China, banning imports, travel to the U. S. Restricting access to American banks.
Nonprofit organization Testbiotech: GMOs spreading throughout the world no controls in place to stop them. Escaped their intended areas, moving into the environment, infringing on wild plant populations. This is happening everywhere. USDA: GMO contamination “normal”.
Incredible numbers of anchovies, hundreds of sea lions chasing an unexplained explosion of anchovies in the bay. Killer whales showed up to hunt the sea lions. 100 to 200 whales in Monterey Bay. Why we are seeing these incredible numbers of anchovies isn’t completely clear.
The autonomous drones would fly directly from one of Amazon’s 96 fulfillment centers to the address of the recipient, carrying packages under five pounds, drop your package on your doorstep in half an hour.
First time China has sent a spacecraft to the surface of an extraterrestrial body. The rover is expected to soft-land on the moon in mid-December to conduct surveys. If the mission is successful, China will become the third country to have landed on the moon, after the US and Russia.
Indian spacecraft bound for the Red Planet has left the Earth’s atmosphere, set for a 300-day mission to Mars. The probe will cost $72 million, and the spacecraft should reach its destination on September 24, 2014.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the United States of not providing the country with military supplies, fuel, support services in an attempt to pressure him to sign a security deal. Washington, denied this, said it will withdraw its troops from country if pact is not signed promptly.
“The whole world knows this was not a grassroots insurgency by freedom fighters, but terrorists trained by the United States and Israel. Public relations disaster for America, Israel. Syria “will be able to contain this ‘insurgency.’
This comes three days after the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described Tel Aviv’s illegal settlement activities as “a cause for grave concern. Since March 2012, the Israel has boycotted the UNHRC sessions, cut ties to protest probe of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
100,000 demonstrators, waving Ukrainian and EU flags, gathered in Kiev in defiance of a ban on rallies in the city center. Protesters demand early elections, resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych. Government said Ukraine cannot afford to sacrifice trade with Russia for closer ties with the EU.
United Nations has warned of growing execution-style killings in Iraq, raising fears of a return of the death squads in the country that killed thousands of people following the US-led invasion in 2003.
One in four people in United Kingdom skipped meals over past year to feed their families. Only a quarter able to purchase same amount of food as a year ago, two thirds cutting back on heating in order to provide food for their families. U. K. facing "destitution, hardship and hunger on a large scale."
Massachusetts Statehouse approved 10-year ban on fracking for natural gas to protect state’s drinking water from possible contamination, ensure health and prosperity of communities. Earthquakes in Texas raised concerns over the controversial drilling technique. Anti-fracking sentiment grows among Texans.
Riot police forcefully dispersed demonstrators demanding ouster of President Yanukovych. 10,000 protesters, took to the streets. Security guards swinging batons, beating with truncheons. Dozens wounded, arrested. Massive protests in the country.
US labor groups, businesses clash on Black Friday, regarded as beginning of Christmas shopping season, Walmart workers protesting for higher wages. support for demonstrations has grown 1,500 protests held across the country on busiest shopping day of the year. Critics downplay the protests.
Demonstrators condemned the recent killing of a woman by regime forces in the village of A’ali. Calling for political reforms ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests. scores killed, hundreds arrested.
Israeli troops have clashed with Palestinians protesting the regime’s plan to force tens of thousands of Bedouins out of the southern Negev desert. Plan would expel 70,000 people, destroy 35 Bedouin villages. Palestinian women of the besieged Gaza Strip also rallied in solidarity with the Bedouins.
U.S. scientists have developed a camera that can take photographs of objects and people that are only very dimly lit. Works by reconstructing 3D images from photons reflected from barely visible objects. Could be used in next generation spy cameras.
Gunshots in Thai capital, clashes between thousands of protesters. Anti-government activists call for removal of Prime Minister, proponents took to the streets to protect democracy. One shot dead, 10 wounded .Five injured by knives, rocks. Two badly beaten 3,000 troops deployed to reinforce security.
Russian secret service agents have recently advised regional government officials across the country to stay away from foreign webmail services such as Google’s Gmail and instead use domestic ones. Local administrations in Russian southern Rostov region immediately followed the order.
Thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets of the Caribbean nation’s capital to protest against US meddling in the country’s internal affairs, demanding departure of President Michel Martelly, set fire to discarded tires and pelted police with rocks. Denouncing stranglehold of America” on Haiti.
The international “Day of Rage” rallies have been held all across the UK as well as in the occupied Palestinian territories in the Gaza Strip, east Jerusalem (al-Quds) and elsewhere to denounce the Israeli regime’s schemes to resettle tens of thousands of Bedouins, media reports say.
Egyptian committee drafting a new constitution approved an article that forbids formation of religious parties, or parties based on religious grounds. Ban was in force during Mubarak's 30-year rein. Criticized by legal experts, say this would give military more power than president.
Labeling GMOs won’t cost consumers a single penny. food companies change their labels all the time. Costs are minimal for labeling foods GMO, or otherwise, it would actually cost them more to print a new price tag. They spend even more on marketing campaigns to get us to buy their products.
State officials will use minors in marijuana buying stings next year when Washington's new legal pot stores open, especially because federal officials want to make sure Washington restricts minors' access. State Liquor Control Board already uses minors in "controlled buys" of alcohol at retail stores.
Chinese fighter jets chased US, Japanese military aircraft inside China’s new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in East China Sea. Chinese Air Force spokesman, Col. Shen Jinke: warplanes scrambled to identify US surveillance aircraft, Japanese planes crossing through the zone.
Attack targeting historical Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, day after 11 killed, others injured in similar attack by foreign-backed militants in city of Aleppo. Many casualties in recent weeks. Mortar shells fired into Idlib University, killing two, Russian Embassy, one killed, nine security guards injured.
Egypt's constitution-drafting committee agreed to an article that grants immunity to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). New constitution would grant more powers to the SCAF, could ban Islamic parties completely. The constitution will be put to a referendum in December.
Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, a protege of Treasury Secretaries Rubin and Summers, has received his reward for continuing the Rubin-Summers-Paulson policy of supporting the “banks too big to fail” at the expense of the economy and American people.
Former Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kerns arrested for rape of an unconscious person, possession of a controlled substance. Assault allegedly so violent it caused severe genital injuries, other injuries to multiple parts of her body. Charged with 19 criminal counts
Already has about 450 troops in CAR and is planning to send around a thousand more. Many mineral resources, including gold and diamond, in the Central African Republic. Unstable since independence from France in 1960. Seleka fighters blamed for much chaos in the country, killings, etc.
US drone strikes are causing outrage in Pakistan where thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the latest show of public anger at the attacks. Demanded an end to the drone strikes which they say violate their country’s sovereignty, challenge to the rule of international law.
Encouraging shoppers to report suspicious activity on social media outlets like Twitter. Spying on Americans has reached malls & movie theaters, how long before it reaches supermarkets and our homes? DHS partners with shopping centers, Mall of America, Walmart, Simon Property Group.
Demonstrations in Bangkok aimed at bringing down the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra intensified this week as protesters targeted buildings containing the country’s 19 state ministries and sought to paralyse their operations.
Britain has embarked on its biggest charity food drive since the Second World War, with the aim to feed poor families over Christmas season. response to rising food poverty in Britain. nvolves British Red Cross, Neighborhood Food Collection, Trussell Trust food bank network, charity Fare Share, TESCO.
Yemeni tribesmen blown up part of the country’s main oil export pipeline. Not immediately clear whether the oil flow stopped by the explosion. Motive behind the attack remained unclear but tribal sources said it meant to force the central government to pay the tribesmen compensation.
20 people injured in clashes in Argentina between union members and environmental activists, who were protesting construction of a plant by Monsanto. Activists are concerned the plant would process Monsanto-made genetically modified corn, ending up in the local market.
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