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Getting Nasty: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit Record High in US

September 28th, 2017
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Link: https://sputniknews.com/us/201709271057740185-us-stds-record-rates/

New figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 2016 show a disturbing rise in sexually transmitted diseases, including record rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, particularly among young and pregnant women, gay and bisexual men.

Colombia’s FARC leader warns government against violation of peace deal

September 27th, 2017
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Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/26/536589/Colombia-FARC-peace-deal

In a letter published by FARC on its website on Monday, Rodrigo Londono accused the government of breaching the "minimum guarantees" of the Havana peace accords and called on President Juan Miguel Santos to fully comply with the pact inked last November to put an end to Latin America's oldest conflict.

Londono noted that the government has failed to release all FARC inmates and suspend arrest warrants for FARC members.

"There are thousands of ex-combatants...who do not receive the monthly payment of 90 percent of the minimum wage" which had been agreed under the pact, and they still have no access to health care, he said.

Russia to Focus on Blockchain in Future - Deputy Minister

September 27th, 2017
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Link: https://sputniknews.com/russia/201709261057703030-russia-finance-ministry-blockchain/

Russian authorities have decided not yet to introduce the regulation of cryptocurrencies, but will instead focus on legalizing the blockchain technology, Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev.

Over 439,000 people were arrested in the US last year for simple possession of marijuana

September 27th, 2017
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Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Over_439%2C000_people_were_arrested_in_the_US_last_year_for_simple_possession_of_marijuana/60997/0/38/38/Y/M.html

One person gets arrested for marijuana possession every 71 seconds in the United States, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Crime In the United States (CIUS) report. There are currently eight states that regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol for adults, four of which voted to do so in November 2016. Marijuana possession is also legal for adults in the District of Columbia. Twenty-three states and D.C. considered legislation in 2017 to regulate marijuana, including in Vermont where the legislature approved such a measure before the governor vetoed it.

Surging oil prices keep Russian ruble world’s strongest currency

September 27th, 2017
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Link: https://www.rt.com/business/404623-russian-ruble-strongest-currency-oil/

Brent crude prices hit a 26-month high on the news Turkey has threatened to cut oil supplies from Iraqi Kurdistan. This gave a boost to the Russian ruble, which remains the world's strongest currency against the US dollar in the last 12 months. The ruble has surged over ten percent against the dollar in the last 52 weeks, trading at 57.4 against the greenback and 67.8 against the euro.

Saudi King issues decree allowing women to drive

September 27th, 2017
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Link: https://www.rt.com/news/404687-saudi-women-decree-drive/

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has issued a decree ordering that women be allowed to drive, Saudi state media has reported. Under the conservative kingdom’s previous laws, women were banned from driving.

The decree orders the Saudi interior minister to draft and adopt necessary amendments to the traffic regulations and to form a special commission consisting of the ministers of interior, finance, labor and development to “study the necessary arrangements” needed for the implementation of the new rules, as reported by the state SPA news agency.

Defiant Catalans Block Spain's Military Boats From Landing; Spain Seizes ".CAT" Domain

September 24th, 2017
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Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Defiant_Catalans_Block_Spain%27s_Military_Boats_From_Landing%3B_Spain_Seizes_%22.CAT%22_Domain/60955/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Spain’s plan to send boatloads of military police to Catalonia to prevent its independence referendum has backfired with dockers in two ports staging a boycott and a third refusing access.

The Assembly of Stevedores of the Port of Barcelona announced that workers would not provide any services to boats carrying security forces, a decision it said was taken “in defence of civil rights”.

Angela Merkel wins fourth term

September 24th, 2017
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Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Angela_Merkel_wins_fourth_term/60969/0/38/38/Y/M.html

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term in federal elections, exit polls suggest.

Her conservative CDU/CSU alliance has won 32.5% of the vote, remaining the largest party in Germany's parliament, according to the ARD poll.

Its coalition partner, the social democratic SPD, has gained 20%.

Meanwhile, the AfD, a nationalist, anti-Islam party, was on track to win 13.5%, emerging as Germany's third-strongest party.

Bitcoin sinking on concerns over Chinese cryptocurrency crackdown

September 24th, 2017
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Link: https://www.rt.com/business/404184-bitcoin-price-slide-china/

Bitcoin plunged over five percent on Friday under pressure of a nationwide Chinese ban on local bitcoin exchanges and trading platforms. The world's most popular cryptocurrency traded at $3,686 on Friday, down more than 25 percent from its record high of $5,000 earlier this month. However, the current price is still higher than after the first sell-off wave, when the value of the cryptocurrency dropped nearly $1,000, to below $3,000. Bitcoin is still up more than 400 percent this year. Bitcoin rival ethereum sank over seven percent to $263.

Up to 35,000 evacuated as Bali on high alert for volcanic eruption (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

September 24th, 2017
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Link: https://www.rt.com/news/404399-evacuation-bali-volcanic-eruption/

Up to 35,000 people have fled a looming volcanic eruption on the island of Bali after some 300 tremors, increasing in both frequency and intensity, registered between midnight and 6am Sunday.

The Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency has set up temporary shelters for evacuees and provided 14 tons of aid including food, water, tents, blankets and mattresses.

UK to Supply Qatar With 24 Fighter Jets in New Billion-Dollar Arms Deal

September 20th, 2017
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Link: http://theantimedia.org/uk-qatar-fighter-jets-billion-dollar-arms-deal/

The British government and defence giant BAE Systems have agreed a major new deal to supply Qatar with Eurofighter Typhoon jets, despite fears of regional instability. The wealthy Gulf state is at the heart of a regional dispute over the funding of terrorism; Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt have since June imposed sanctions on Qatar, accusing it of financing extremist groups and allying with Iran, arch-foe of the Gulf Arab states

Over 40 million living in slavery worldwide: Study

September 20th, 2017
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Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/09/19/535693/Slave-Report-2017

According to a report by International Labor Office (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, approximately 40.3 million men, women and children were victims of “modern slavery” in 2016. The study, Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, is based on surveys by the two groups in 48 countries; interviews with more than 71,000 people. Three out of every four slaves were women and girls, one in four was a child, children account for 10 million mostly in Africa, followed by Asia and the Pacific. Nearly five million people in the world were sex slaves

Eiffel Tower goes bulletproof: France ups security at iconic site (PHOTOS)

September 20th, 2017
Categories: Past News

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/403779-eiffel-tower-bulletproof-wall/

Work has begun on a bulletproof wall of glass along the base of the Eiffel Tower. The measure is part of a multi-million euro effort to improve security at the Paris tourist attraction amid the country’s ongoing state of emergency.

After a spate of terrorist attacks in France in recent years, including co-ordinated Islamist gun and suicide bomb attacks at the center of Paris in November 2015 and the Nice truck attack last year, France is currently in a state of emergency.

In August, French police apprehended a man trying to push past an Eiffel Tower security checkpoint while brandishing a knife.

Trump: US may have no choice but to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea

September 20th, 2017
Categories: Past News

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/403810-trump-first-speech-unga/

In his first address to United Nations, US President Donald Trump has threatened North Korea with total destruction if it attacks the US or its allies. He also blasted Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and Syria.

If forced to defend itself and its allies, the US “will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said in his remarks at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. He also called North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a “Rocket Man” on a suicide mission. North Korea warned Monday that the more sanctions imposed on it, the more quickly it will complete its nuclear force, official state news agency KCNA reports

Russia’s e-commerce up 22% in 2017 More: http://tass.com/economy/965166

September 20th, 2017
Categories: Past News

Link: http://tass.com/economy/965166

Russia’s e-commerce market amounted to 498 bln rubles ($8.6 bln) in the first half of this year, a 22% increase; Russian Post and the Association of Internet Trade Companies (AITC) said in a joint statement on Tuesday. The segment of cross-border trade increased 34% in the first half of 2017 year-on-year to 178 bln rubles ($3 bln. biggest share of foreign goods ordered by Russian customers arrive from China - 90%, followed by the European Union (4%), the United States (2%).

Russia Becomes World Top Oil Producer for 7th Consecutive Month – JODI

September 20th, 2017
Categories: Past News

Link: https://sputniknews.com/russia/201709181057488362-russia-oil-production-statistcs/

Russia became the world’s top crude oil producer in July for the seventh consecutive month, producing an average of 10,322 million barrels per day, the data of the Joint Oil Data Initiative (JODI) showed on Monday.

According to JODI, Russia’s oil production slightly increased, with data for June showing 10,274 million barrels a day. Saudi Arabia came in second with 10,010 million barrels per day,

Putin orders to end trade in US dollars at Russian seaports

September 20th, 2017
Categories: Past News

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/403804-russian-sea-ports-ruble-settlements/

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to approve legislation making the ruble the main currency of exchange at all Russian seaports by next year, according to the Kremlin website. To protect the interests of stevedoring companies with foreign currency obligations, the government was instructed to set a transition period before switching to ruble settlements.

Mexico, Colombia & Laos want Russian grain

September 20th, 2017
Categories: Past News

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/403813-russia-wheat-new-exports/

Russia's food and safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor:“New markets are opening, like Laos and Colombia, which have never before purchased grain from us. Mexico also began buying; we have already supplied 300,000 tons of grain.” Russia recently boosted wheat export contracts on expectations of a record grain harvest. Last year, the country became the world’s leading exporter of grain, shipping 34 million tons out of its 119 million ton harvest. Russia has resumed exports to Egypt, one of its biggest customers. China's largest food processor COFCO has purchased 4,000 tons of Russian spring wheat and said is ready to import up to two million tons.

More than 200 dead after 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Mexico

September 20th, 2017
Categories: Past News

Link: http://abcnews.go.com/International/powerful-71-magnitude-earthquake-strikes-central-mexico/story?id=49958650

226 people are dead after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked central Mexico Tuesday afternoon, hitting on the 32nd anniversary of the biggest earthquake to ever strike the country's capital. More than half of the fatalities are in Mexico City, the country's civil defense agency said.

US Sanctions Backfire: China Opens $10 Billion Credit Line For Iran

September 19th, 2017
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Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/US_Sanctions_Backfire%3A_China_Opens_%2410_Billion_Credit_Line_For_Iran/60870/0/38/38/Y/M.html

China has opened a $10 billion line of credit intended to finance energy, transportation, water and other key Iranian infrastructure projects. The significant credit line will primarily use euros and yuan to bypass the US sanctions.

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