Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have responded to last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris by ratcheting up their efforts to strengthen the national-security apparatus and legitimize Canada’s participation in the new US-led war in the Middle East.
Just one day after two Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officers were charged with murder for the shooting of James Boyd, New Mexico’s largest city recorded its first fatal officer-involved shooting of the new year.
The drop in the price of oil has prompted oil companies to prepare mass layoffs in 2015 as sections of the industry become unprofitable. According to a variety of sources, hundreds of thousands of jobs in the US alone could disappear this year if oil prices remain low.
Russia’s banking system is stable today, Russian Central Bank will continue efforts to clean up the banking sector, including in the current economic conditions; Central Bank First Deputy Chairman Alexey Simanovsky.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is creating special squads at its largest regional centers to fight international corruption, chief of the FBI’s public corruption and civil rights section Jeffrey Sallet has said. The squads will operate in Washington, New York and Los Angeles.
Maduro :“We have arrived in Moscow so that we could discuss our bilateral relationship along with issues related to stabilization of our natural resources,” calling partnership with Russia most crucial for Venezuela. Putin: welcomed the opportunity to discuss bilateral agenda — current work and major long-term projects.
February futures for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude oil dropped to less than $49 per barrel after a brief revival to $50, caused by the revised forecast for 2015 global oil demand, published by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC.)
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and nonmembers of the organization, namely Russia, engaged in a "cold war" amid decreasing oil prices; Bahrain's National Oil and Gas Authority. Should OPEC members reduce oil prices further, nonmember countries could replace them in supplying oil and eat into OPEC's market share.
British kids aged between eight and 14 may apply to take part in Project Petra in order to become CBBC Intelligence Officers. Eight candidates will be chosen to pass special tests at a "spy school," aimed to reveal their analytical skills and physical abilities.
The adopted law stipulates that "Ukrainian male citizens who are physically qualified for military service, over 18 years old and older, but who have not reached the age of 27, and who have no right for exemption from military service" will be conscripted.
The barrier combines a fence and a ditch, and is meant to protect the Kingdom from the Islamic State fighters who have seized much of northern Iraq. The wall comprises "40 watchtowers, five layers of fence, sand embankments and radar and camera installations."
FDA approval of the ‘Maestro system,’ an electrical implant to ‘treat obesity’ by impairing the ability of certain nerves to do their job, jamming them with electrical pulses that block signals that your brain sends to your stomach to indicate that it needs food, shuts down your biological instinct to eat.
Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, caused energy crisis "within hours. Gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply. Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia, Turkey all reported halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine.
The franc soared against the euro and Swiss stocks plunged more than 13 percent by midday after the removal of the Swiss franc-euro floor was announced by the central bank. After appreciating more than 30 percent, by mid-afternoon the franc was nearing parity with the euro (valued at 1.02 francs) and rose as much as 14 percent against the US dollar.
World Bank: India on course to overtake China as world’s fastest growing, big economy in next two years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled plans to change how India’s economy is managed; cut red tape, raise infrastructure investment, deregulate key parts of economy, shrink role of government.
Russia in 2014 signed contracts to deliver a large batch of guns, rocket launchers and ammunition in the amount of one billion dollars to Iraq.
FARC: "As a result of the defensive response, we lament that eight military personnel lost their lives, unnecessarily," read the statement issued by the guerrilla group on Wednesday, adding, "These are all casualties that could have been avoided if the government had been less small-minded."
Jason Westcott, a young man with no criminal convictions whom a SWAT team killed during a drug raid that found just $2 worth of marijuana. A drug informant identified and accused Jason Westcott of dealing drugs for Tampa Bay Police despite Westcott’s having no previous criminal record. The informant has confessed to lying to the police after it was too late,
Secretary of State John Kerry: White House wants an expansive war in Iraq and Syria essentially limitless, authorization without geographic or time constraints. Pentagon did not want restrictions placed on its ability to send additional ground forces, including “combat troops,
Kiera, honor student, was going to try to make a baking soda and vinegar volcano, After putting two ounces of toilet bowl cleaner into a container, she dropped in a ball of aluminum foil, smoke started pouring out. She was charged with possession of a weapon and assembling a bomb on campus, escorted out in handcuffs. Charges dropped, criminal record remains.
Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Dean Heller (R-NV) proposing legislation to force the Obama administration to change longstanding US policy and move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Bill’s stated purpose is “to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Top academic publisher the Oxford University press has issued guidance that authors should avoid using pork-related words to avoid offending Muslims and Jews.
Calls by the Italian Prime Minister to set up a new European Union-wide intelligence agency that European superstate government, wants to enhance data-sharing in the EU by making sure its EU intelligence analysis centre (IntCen) works better with other EU agencies like Europol.
Tennessee man, committed no crime, files federal lawsuit to get back his property after police robbed him during traffic stop. Willis was a passenger in vehicle, driver changed lanes without a signal. Monroe County Sheriff had drug dog sniff the car and a money bag. 90% of U.S. paper money contains trace amounts of cocaine. No drugs found. Canadian government has issued a public service announcement warning citizens police may rob them upon entry into the US.
A classified Israeli foreign ministry document, leaked to the daily Yediot Ahronot: 2015 will see Israel’s standing on the world stage steadily deteriorating. Predicts “worsening drift in Europe toward Palestinian positions, more parliaments recognizing State of Palestine, fear of sanctions and labeling merchandise [to separate settlement products from tariff-free Israel-proper products] no certainty the United States will continue after Israel’s March elections to protect Israel with its veto.”
Pennsylvania’s newly elected Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, is preparing to press ahead with cuts to public education and other social programs and attack the pensions and health benefits of state workers, said “making sure we understand that we have a problem” was “the first step in the process of getting to a much better place for Pennsylvania.”
Police presence at airports, in front of embassies, government buildings, newspaper offices and public places, thousands of security forces in European capitals and major cities. Heavily armed and camouflaged military troops deployed throughout France.
NATO wishes to cooperate with Russia, and does not want to pursue anti-Russia policies, we desire political cooperation with [the] Russian Federation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.
Russia’s gas giant, Gazprom: if European Union needs Russian gas, it has no option but to link to a new pipeline Moscow plans to build through Turkey. European Union has a couple of years to build the necessary infrastructure, “otherwise, these volumes of gas could end up in other markets.”
Britons poorest citizens energy bills nearly double. 10 percent of lowest incomes households saw their electricity bills rise by 39.7 percent between 2010 and 2013, in contrast to 7.5 percent increase seen by UK’s richest 10 percent. Gas bills rose 53.3 percent for the poorest households in England and Wales, in comparison with 23.9 percent increase on UK’s richest 10 percent.
Travelling in a foreign country has often been a challenge – now technology comes to the rescue. Google has updated its Translate app to do voice and sign translations - just point your smartphone at signs, menus or whatever you want to understand.
African countries forced to pay a colonial tax to France – even today. France continues to thrive on the practice, extracts 500 billion dollars from African countries each year. When Guinea demanded independence from French colonial rule in 1958, the French destroyed anything that couldn't be taken; schools, books, medicine, food in warehouses burned or poisoned.
China is planning to build a mine on the Moon in order to search for a rare helium isotope scientists believe could be the key source of energy in the future. The moon is apparently rich with Helium 3. 40 tons of Helium 3; Cargo bays of two space shuttles can power U.S. for a whole year at current rate of energy consumption.
Petro Poroshenko and George Soros have discussed international instruments and opportunities of increasing the economic assistance for Ukraine. George Soros noted implementation of reforms required financial assistance. "Ukraine is struggling to protect not only itself, but also Europe. Thus, Europe should help Ukraine implement reforms necessary for the country.
Russia could make a windfall if it sold its currency reserves because the ruble is currently undervalued on the market, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.
“Since April 2015, Russia assumes the functions of BRICS president;” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov. The long-term aim of Russia and its partners is to transform BRICS from a “dialogue forum and tool of coordinating positions on a limited range of issues into a full-fledged mechanism of cooperation in the key issues of global economy and politics.”
France ordered prosecutors around the country to crack down on hate speech, anti-Semitism and glorifying terrorism and announced Wednesday it was sending an aircraft carrier to the Mideast to work more closely with the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says he would veto a proposed New York City Council bill that would make chokeholds illegal. The mayor's spokesman said Tuesday that Mr. de Blasio believes the NYPD internal policy is the best way to regulate the practice. Chokeholds are banned by the NYPD.
JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reported a 6.6 percent drop in quarterly profit as legal costs exceeded $1 billion in the wake of government probes, leading Chief Executive Jamie Dimon to claim banks were "under assault."
Monsanto’s Round Up in the same category for trash removal as paint, paint thinner, furniture polish, mercury, swimming pool chemicals, CFL and fluorescent light bulbs, and antifreeze. Did you know that you should not put a bottle of Round Up in your municipal trashcan for pick up? You should contact your local authorities when you are going to dispose of Round Up, even an empty bottle. But they keep spraying it on food.
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