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'Not open for renegotiation': EU stands by Brexit deal, May receives vague assurances on backstop

'Not open for renegotiation': EU stands by Brexit deal, May receives vague assurances on backstop

British Prime Minister Theresa May has failed to secure any tangible "reassurances" from Brussels that she can take back to her Parliament, with EU leaders refusing to renegotiate the divorce agreement with the UK. Before Brussels delivered its verdict, May told EU leaders that the Brexit deal is "at risk" if British lawmakers' concerns are not addressed, and urged her European counterparts to "change the perception" of the controversial Irish border backstop clause. Yet she has received only vague assurances that the backstop, if triggered, would only be a temporary measure - with no particular timeframe - and that the bloc will "work speedily" and do its best to negotiate, in time, a new trade agreement. The EU has made clear that the backstop was their "insurance policy" to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland and to preserve the "integrity" of the single market. "It is the Union's firm determination to work speedily on a subsequent agreement that establishes by 31...

Tormented into a guilty plea? Experts denounce US "miscarriage of justice" in Butina case

Tormented into a guilty plea? Experts denounce US "miscarriage of justice" in Butina case

Maria Butina's only crime is that she is Russian, legal analysts told RT, attacking the US justice system for keeping her in solitary confinement until she admitted guilt to at least one of the many charges brought against her. "This is an utter and total miscarriage of justice," retired CIA agent and whistleblower John Kiriakou told RT after Butina pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to register with the Justice Department as an agent of the Russian government. "You can see clearly, this is not about justice, this is not about criminal activity. This is about making a political point. This is about identifying Russia and Russians as the enemy of the United States, and punishing them." "We arrested this young woman because we need dirt on Trump and Russia. And she is Russian, political and pro-Trump," US legal analyst Jennifer Breedon explained. "We are seeing [the Foreign Agents Registration Act - FARA] being used specifically as it relates to undermining the Donald Trump...

Canada suffers US bidding: 2 nationals arrested and stock plunge as China retaliates

Canada suffers US bidding: 2 nationals arrested and stock plunge as China retaliates

The wars of words between Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau may have grabbed headlines, but Canada has always remained a faithful US ally, apparently believing it's a safe bet. The strategy, however, has backfired. Trump's presidency has been marked by a continued row with Canada's 'liberal' Trudeau, which was fueled by a US trade dispute with its Western allies and incompatible views on climate change, for example. The war of words between the two neighbors apparently culminated during the G7 summit in June. But do not be deceived by what you see. All this time Canada actually dutifully followed the US lead and even copied some of its trendiest policies. Be it following Russophobic hysteria or making billions worth of deals with some Middle Eastern autocrats, Canada was here to march in lockstep with its powerful neighbor. Its response to the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Washington's key Middle Eastern ally - the Saudis - was also conspicuously...

Time's 'Person of the Year' hypocrisy

Time's 'Person of the Year' hypocrisy

On Tuesday, Time magazine announced its annual Person of the Year Award, honoring what it called "Guardians...who have taken great risks in pursuit of greater truths." Time's editors ignored the most highly deserving investigative, muckraking, truth-telling journalists of our time, focusing on major issues mattering most - polar opposite establishment reporting Time and other major Western media feature exclusively, suppressing what's most important to report. The late William Blum was excluded from consideration. His books, Empire Report, and other writings documented US high crimes throughout the post WW II period - hard truths Time and other establishment media suppress. Nor was WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange a candidate for person of the year. He's a virtual prisoner inside Ecuador's London embassy, unable to leave its confines for over six years, fearing arrest and extradition to the US for the crime of truth-telling journalism the way it's supposed to be, taking an...

Clinton Whistleblowers: Thursday's public hearing will reveal 'explosive' information

Clinton Whistleblowers: Thursday's public hearing will reveal 'explosive' information

A trove of documents on the Clinton Foundation alleging possible pay for play and tax evasion have been turned over to the FBI and IRS by several investigative whistleblowers, who will be testifying in an open hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday, according to the committee and lawmakers. Roughly 6,000 documents that are expected to reveal the nearly two-year investigation by the whistleblowers with a private firm called MDA Analytics LLC, which allegedly turned over the documents more than a year and a half ago to the IRS, according to John Solomon, who first published the report last week in The Hill. The whistleblowers are former federal criminal investigators, who allege that the Clinton Foundation was "engaged in illegal activities and may be liable for millions of dollars in delinquent taxes and penalties," according to Solomon.

Bomb hoax at Columbine High sends 24 Jefferson County schools into hours-long "lockout"

Bomb hoax at Columbine High sends 24 Jefferson County schools into hours-long "lockout"

An anonymous caller who claimed bombs had been planted inside Columbine High School on Thursday morning led to an aggressive police response and a decision to place more than 20 schools in the Jefferson County area on "lockout" status. No evidence of explosives or any other threat was found following a search of Columbine, officials said. Three hours after the threat was called in, Jefferson County Public Schools announced that all lockouts had been lifted except the one at Columbine, which would remain in place the rest of the school day.

Fake news 'fact-checkers' abandoning Facebook after 'losing trust' in the platform

Fake news 'fact-checkers' abandoning Facebook after 'losing trust' in the platform

Journalists working as factcheckers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership with the social network, saying the company has ignored their concerns and failed to use their expertise to combat misinformation. Current and former Facebook factcheckers told the Guardian that the tech platform's collaboration with outside reporters has produced minimal results and that they've lost trust in Facebook, which has repeatedly refused to release meaningful data about the impacts of their work. Some said Facebook's hiring of a PR firm that used an antisemitic narrative to discredit critics - fueling the same kind of propaganda factcheckers regularly debunk - should be a deal-breaker. "They've essentially used us for crisis PR," said Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor of Snopes, a factchecking site that has partnered with Facebook for two years. "They're not taking anything seriously. They are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck ......

Four Palestinians & two Israeli soldiers dead after day of violence in the West Bank

Four Palestinians & two Israeli soldiers dead after day of violence in the West Bank

Four Palestinians and two Israelis were killed between Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon in a series of attacks and search and arrest operations in the central occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. In the late hours of Wednesday night, Israeli special forces raided the Ramallah-area town of Surda to detain 29-year-old Saleh Omar Barghouthi, who the Israelis claim was responsible for a shooting attack on Sunday near the Ofra settlement that left seven Israelis injured. Barghouthi was reportedly injured while attempting to flee, and later succumbed to his wounds. His body has yet to be returned to his family.

Salvini claims "whoever wants peace, needs to support Israel" while on two day tour of region

Salvini claims "whoever wants peace, needs to support Israel" while on two day tour of region

The European Union has treated Israel unfairly, Italy's far-right Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said Tuesday in Jerusalem, while also indicating that Rome would not be shifting its stance toward the country. "The EU has in recent years been entirely unbalanced, it has condemned and sanctioned Israel left and right, for every step it took," he said at a press conference Tuesday evening. Salvini, the controversial head of the far-right Lega party, arrived earlier on Tuesday for a two-day trip, during which he will also visit the Western Wall, the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The trade war distraction: Huawei and linchpin theory

The trade war distraction: Huawei and linchpin theory

Since the beginning of this year, I have been warning that trade tariffs initiated by Donald Trump would develop into a full-blown trade war with China, and perhaps other nations, and that the timing of this trade war is rather suspicious. Suspicious how? Almost every instance of further escalation was made by Trump around the exact time that the Federal Reserve was also making a large cut to its balance sheet or raising interest rates. Instead of focusing on the fact that extreme volatility has returned to markets because central banks are pulling the plug on life support, the mainstream media is holding up the trade war as the ultimate culprit behind the accelerating crash. In other words, Trump's trade war is acting as a perfect distraction from the crisis which the banking establishment has now deliberately triggered. The initial response to my suggestion by a minority of liberty movement activists and skeptics was outright denial. Some people argued that the trade war would be...

FLASHBACK: Robert Epstein: Google bias against conservative news is 'much more dangerous' than China's attempts to control its citizens

FLASHBACK: Robert Epstein: Google bias against conservative news is 'much more dangerous' than China's attempts to control its citizens

On Thursday, the Daily Caller's Peter Hasson reported leaked emails showing Google executives scheming to isolate conservative news sites in the wake of the 2016 election. Dr. Robert Epstein, a Ph.D. psychologist who focuses on search engine manipulation, warned that Google's attempts to manipulate public opinion are more terrifying than the Chinese government's attempts to control its citizens. China's government seems intent to implement George Orwell's "1984" with facial recognition, data mining, a social credit system, and roving electronic "doves" to watch over citizens. Yet Epstein finds Google more terrifying, partially due to the recent leak. "To me. [China's manipulation] is scary, but people are aware of it. It's done openly by the government. I think what is happening elsewhere in the world that's being driven mostly by Google I think is much more dangerous, because it's mostly invisible," Epstein, whose research features prominently in the recent film "The Creepy Line,"...

Church of England guidance instructs clergy how to hold sex change 'celebration' ceremonies to mark their 'transition'

Church of England guidance instructs clergy how to hold sex change 'celebration' ceremonies to mark their 'transition'

New Church of England (CofE) guidance instructs parishes on how they should hold "celebratory" ceremonies to mark a person's "transition" to the opposite sex. Approved by the House of Bishops on Monday night, the pastoral guidance advises clergy to be "sensitive and creative" in incorporating the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith into church services which celebrate individuals embracing a new sexual identity. "The Church of England welcomes and encourages the unconditional affirmation of trans people, equally with all people, within the body of Christ, and rejoices in the diversity of that body into which all Christians have been baptized by one Spirit," asserts a statement published by the church Tuesday. Transgender vicar Dr Rev Tina Beardsley hailed the move as a positive step, claiming that "many families are affected nowadays; a family member, a friend or a work colleague has undergone a transition."

Fireball that exploded over Greenland shook Earth, triggering seismic sensors

Fireball that exploded over Greenland shook Earth, triggering seismic sensors

When a blazing fireball from space exploded over Earth on July 25, scientists captured the first-ever seismic recordings of a meteor impact on ice in Greenland. At approximately 8 p.m. local time on that day, residents of the town of Qaanaaq on Greenland's northwestern coast reported seeing a bright light in the sky and feeling the ground shake as a meteor combusted over the nearby Thule Air Base. But the fleeting event was detected by more than just human observers, according to unpublished research presented Dec. 12 here at the annual conference of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Seismographic equipment, which had been installed near Qaanaaq just a few months earlier to monitor how ground shaking affected the ice, also recorded the fiery meteor blast. The Qaanaaq fireball provided scientists with the first evidence of how an icy environment - and, possibly, a distant ice-covered world - could respond to a meteor impact. The first sign of the meteor was a brilliant flash in...

Financial bounty hunters testify: Clinton Foundation operated as foreign agent

Financial bounty hunters testify: Clinton Foundation operated as foreign agent

The Clinton Foundation operated as a foreign agent 'early in its life' and 'throughout it's existence' and did not operate as a 501c3 charitable foundation as required by its and is not entitled to its status as a nonprofit, alleged two highly qualified forensic investigators, accompanied by three other investigators, said in explosive testimony Thursday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. John Moynihan and Lawerence W. Doyle, both graduates of the Catholic Jesuit College of the Holy Cross and former expert forensic government investigators, gave their shocking testimony before congress based on a nearly two year investigation into the foundation's work both nationally and internationally. They were assisted by three other highly trained experts in taxation law and financial forensic investigations. The forensic investigators stressed that they obtained all the documentation on the foundation legally and through Freedom of Information Request Acts from the IRS...

Social media firms slammed for baby ads after stillbirth

Social media firms slammed for baby ads after stillbirth

A woman whose child was stillborn has slammed the targeted advertising of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram after she returned home from the hospital and kept getting baby-related sales pitches. Gillian Brockell, a journalist with The Washington Post, said that if those social media giants were clever enough to know she was pregnant they should also have figured out she'd lost the baby. She shared the bad news last month in a tweet. "I know you knew I was pregnant," Brockell wrote to the companies in a letter posted Wednesday on The Washington Post and Twitter. "It's my fault, I just couldn't resist those Instagram hashtags - #30weekspregnant, #babybump. And, silly me! I even clicked once or twice on the maternity wear ads Facebook served up." "But didn't you also see me googling 'braxton hicks vs. pre-term labor' and 'baby not moving'?", Brockell added. "Did you not see my three days of social media silence, uncommon for a high-frequency user like me? "And then the announcement post...

Police snag thieves using Amazon packages as bait

Police snag thieves using Amazon packages as bait

Police in Jersey City have been placing fake Amazon packages outside people's homes to catch thieves, reports the Associated Press. Using GPS trackers and doorbells cameras provided by Amazon, police are able to track and apprehend would-be thieves. The sting operation targets the most at-risk areas in the city identified from a combination of crime data and Amazon's own theft reports. The operation appears to have found some success. One package spent just three minutes on someone's front porch Tuesday before it was swiped and the suspect caught by police. It's unclear, however, what crime the person was charged with. Nevertheless, the mere existence of the program might be deterrent enough once word gets out.

Middle school student named Joshua Trump forced to change last name after being bullied relentlessly

Middle school student named Joshua Trump forced to change last name after being bullied relentlessly

The daily torment of an 11-year-old boy at Delaware's Talley Middle School has gotten so bad the child's parents changed his last name to thwart his bullies. "He said he hates himself, and he hates his last name, and he feels sad all the time, and he doesn't want to live feeling like that anymore, and as a parent that's scary," the boy's mother, Megan Trump, told WPVI. Joshua Trump's problems started in elementary school, when the 45th president announced his candidacy, but the boy's parents thought things might be different in middle school. "He was being ridiculed and bullied for the fact that his last name was Trump," said Bobby Berto, Joshua's father. "I pulled him out of school and homeschooled him for a year."

William Blum, anti-imperial advocate, dies at age 85

William Blum, anti-imperial advocate, dies at age 85

Comment: The New York Times just can't bear to pay their respects to William Blum, which is no surprise considering they have no journalistic integrity and he did. He called out the machinations of covert intelligence and hammered repeatedly on the long history of US sponsored coups all around the world and their disastrous effects. Since the NYT is a propaganda outlet, his efforts were in direct conflict with their work, which is likely why they chose to smear him by tenuously connecting him with bin Laden. Yes, really. William Blum, who raged against United States foreign policy in relative obscurity for decades until one of his published anti-imperialist broadsides received a surge in sales thanks to a surprise public tribute from Osama bin Laden, died on Sunday in Arlington, Va. He was 85. His son, Alexander, said the cause was kidney failure. Mr. Blum had been hospitalized after being injured in a fall in his apartment in October. Mr. Blum (pronounced "bloom") was a computer...

New York's incoming attorney general unveils 'huge' plan to investigate Trump and his family

New York's incoming attorney general unveils 'huge' plan to investigate Trump and his family

The New York attorney general-elect has unveiled plans to launch a large-scale investigation into President Donald Trump. Letitia James, who will replace Barbara Underwood on January 1, 2019, vowed to probe not only Trump but also his family and any of his associates who might have violated the law. Her plans include an investigation over the meeting between a Russian official and three senior members of the Trump campaign-Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort-held at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Strasbourg Christmas market shooter killed by police

Strasbourg Christmas market shooter killed by police

French police have killed the main suspect in the Strasbourg Christmas market shooting, Cherif Chekat, following a dramatic, helicopter-assisted police raid in a city-center district, the country's Interior Minister confirmed. The French police mounted a massive operation in Strasbourg on Thursday, involving armed officers from the elite RAID police unit and the helicopter. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner confirmed that the suspect was "neutralized" in the raid.

Natalie Portman says it like it is: Israel nation-state law is 'racist'

Natalie Portman says it like it is: Israel nation-state law is 'racist'

Hollywood actress Natalie Portman has called Israel's nation state law "racist" in an interview with London-based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi. "The Nation-State law is racist," the Israeli-American actress said in the interview published in Arabic yesterday. "It is a mistake and I don't agree with it." In July, Israel adopted the so-called Nation State Law, declaring that "Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it." The controversial law also stripped Arabic of its designation as an official language alongside Hebrew, downgrading it to "special status" despite its use by almost two million Palestinian citizens of Israel who live in the country, one-fifth of the population. The law was lambasted by many inside Israel, with Israel's minority Druze community calling the law a "betrayal" and several Palestinian MKs resigning. Prominent Israeli figures also condemned the law, with best-selling author Yuval...

BEST OF THE WEB FLASHBACK: Cornell professor: Vast biosphere exists deep under Earth's crust (and it's where oil comes from)

BEST OF THE WEB FLASHBACK: Cornell professor: Vast biosphere exists deep under Earth's crust (and it's where oil comes from)

The ideas come crowding in: Deep within the Earth's crust is a vast ecosystem of primitive bacteria nurtured by a reservoir of hydrocarbons of unimaginable size, much of it untapped. Even more: The microbes predate all of the planet's other life forms, existing even before photosynthesis became the preferred life-giving form. In a new book, The Deep Hot Biosphere (Copernicus/Springer-Verlag, $27), Cornell professor emeritus of astronomy Thomas Gold argues that subterranean bugs are us -- or at least they started the whole evolutionary process, and that there's no looming energy shortage because oil reserves are far greater than predicted. In the hands of anyone other than Gold, the reaction to all this might be a skeptical raised eyebrow. But Gold, as ever the Cornellian gadfly, makes his argument with erudition and conviction. Founder and director of Cornell's Center for Radiophysics and Space Research for two decades, Gold is hardly a stranger to sticking his neck out. He has...

"Astonishing fraud": Pentagon stashes billions, spends it later to avoid accountability

"Astonishing fraud": Pentagon stashes billions, spends it later to avoid accountability

Congress gives the Pentagon money if they report they've spent the budget while, in fact, they stash it away in secret places to use without any accountability at all, investigative journalist David Lindorff told RT. US President Donald Trump has reportedly agreed to a Pentagon request to increase next year's military budget to $750 billion. However, just last week he slammed this year's defense budget as 'crazy'. Comment: So you know who's running the show. RT spoke to David Lindorff, investigative journalist, and columnist for the Nation, who said that US military budget is now "larger than all the US debt in the history of the country."

SOTT FOCUS: Revisiting Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Warnings to The West

SOTT FOCUS: Revisiting Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Warnings to The West

Comment: December 11th 2018 marked the birth of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian thinker, writer and activist. He's famous in the West for exposing the horrors of Soviet repression. He's less well-known for his Warnings to The West... The Russian author thought it was no coincidence that Soviet Russia shared certain common problems with the West, for he saw socialism and liberalism as kindred ideologies With tensions between America and Russia running high, it is worth reconsidering a figure who once cast a long shadow across both lands: Nobel Prize-winning author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. As a writer, Solzhenitsyn acquired renown through works such as One Day In The Life of Ivan Denisovitch and Gulag Archipelago, whereby he not only exposed the follies, pretensions, and crimes of Marxist-Leninism but also testified to the power infused into the human spirit by its Maker. As a dissident, Solzhenitsyn proved such a nuisance to Soviet authorities that they deported him in...

"I am not ready": How Putin rejected Yeltsin's suggestion to run for President

"I am not ready": How Putin rejected Yeltsin's suggestion to run for President

When offered support from then-President Yeltsin for a bid to lead Russia, Vladimir Putin said 'No,' much to the surprise of his boss. The anecdote was told by the Russian president to school students choosing their path in life. Putin recalled how he was offered a big career boost that eventually made him president of Russia during a forum on career opportunities for teenagers about to graduate from school. When asked how he chose the profession of the president, he assured them he did not. The story came with a moral. Putin said that, although he had plenty of experience as an official and "a big boy" by that stage, he didn't feel ready to fill Yeltsin's shoes. He said he hopes young people in the audience will be better prepared for making key decisions in their lives than he had been. "The first President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, summoned me and said: 'I want to submit your candidacy to the parliament, so that you become Prime Minister, and later I suggest you run for...

FLASHBACK: Modern life is killing our children: Cancer rate in young people up 40% in 16 years

FLASHBACK: Modern life is killing our children: Cancer rate in young people up 40% in 16 years

Modern life is killing children with the number of youngsters diagnosed with cancer rising 40 per cent in the past 16 years because of air pollution, pesticides, poor diets and radiation, scientists have warned. New analysis of government statistics by researchers at the charity Children with Cancer UK found that there are now 1,300 more cancer cases a year compared with 1998, the first time all data sets were published. The rise is most apparent in teenagers and young adults aged between 15 and 24, where the incident rate has risen from around 10 cases in 100,000 to nearly 16. Researchers say that although some of the rise can be explained by improvements in cancer diagnoses and more screening, the majority is probably caused by environmental factors.

Sleepless no more in Seattle: Later school start times result in more sleep and better grades for students

Sleepless no more in Seattle: Later school start times result in more sleep and better grades for students

Many American teenagers try to put in a full day of school, homework, after-school activities, sports and college prep on too little sleep. As evidence grows that chronic sleep deprivation puts teens at risk for physical and mental health problems, there is increasing pressure on school districts around the country to consider a later start time. In Seattle, school and city officials recently made the shift. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the district moved the official start times for middle and high schools nearly an hour later, from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. This was no easy feat; it meant rescheduling extracurricular activities and bus routes. But the bottom line goal was met: Teenagers used the extra time to sleep in. Researchers at the University of Washington studied the high school students both before and after the start-time change. Their findings appear in a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. They found students got 34 minutes more sleep...

Combat marginalization or expel troublemakers? MEPs offer solutions to 'keep Europe safe' in wake of Strasbourg attack

Combat marginalization or expel troublemakers? MEPs offer solutions to 'keep Europe safe' in wake of Strasbourg attack

The Strasbourg Christmas market shooting has fanned the flames of a debate about how to keep Europe safe, with MEPs from opposite sides of the aisle providing RT with radically different views about what must be done. The deadly attack in the northeast French city, which killed two people and left more than a dozen wounded, seems to have had a profound effect on EU parliamentarians - many of whom were present when their Strasbourg-based headquarters was put on lockdown following the shooting. However, serious disagreement remains over how to move forward, with conflicting views on immigration, terrorism, and borders dominating the security debate.

'Sounds like someone shaking metal': Strange sounds heard in Houston, Texas sky

'Sounds like someone shaking metal': Strange sounds heard in Houston, Texas sky

YouTube user 'Ana Marin' shared video footage of strange sounds she heard in the Houston, Texas sky on December 5, 2018: We live near 288 in Houston Texas, As my kids and i got home, at around 1:30 am, we heard some really loud sounds coming from the sky, it sounded as someone was shaking giant metal sheets, we do have companies and all but they are closed at night, and the only sound that we recognize is earlier in the afternoon, but its NOT close to what is in the video...

Reports say Russia has established new base in Syria near US-occupied Al-Tanaf

Reports say Russia has established new base in Syria near US-occupied Al-Tanaf

Russian forces have established a base in the area of Zaza right on the 55km de-escalation zone line around the US-led coalition base in the town of al-Tanaf on the Syrian-Iraqi border, Syrian pro-government activists revealed on December 12. A source, who is familiar with the situation, told SouthFront that several advanced air-defense systems and other military equipment were deployed in the new Russian base. More weapons, including heavy rocket launchers, are expected to arrive in the base in the upcoming few days.

Activist detained by police and deported over RT sex-trafficking documentary about Cambodia, now faces jail

Activist detained by police and deported over RT sex-trafficking documentary about Cambodia, now faces jail

A Cambodian activist has been deported from Thailand and is now facing jail for helping RT make a documentary about the sex-trafficking of children. Cambodian authorities insist it included fake accounts to "defame" the country. Rath Rott Mony, 47, helped shoot RT's viral documentary "My Mother Sold Me," which includes harrowing accounts of young women whose own parents forced them into prostitution to help feed the family. Mony was detained in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday as he was preparing for a trip to the Netherlands, his wife, Long Kimheang told RT. He was about to retrieve his passport from the Dutch embassy that day, she said, and the police refused to let her film the arrest. The labor activist, who is the president of the Cambodian construction workers union CCTUF, was first held in a Thai police station before eventually being deported to his home country on Wednesday. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has confirmed Mony's deportation to...

Bloodthirsty illegal Israeli settlers hang posters calling for assassination of Palestinian president

Bloodthirsty illegal Israeli settlers hang posters calling for assassination of Palestinian president

Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority's capital, has been subject to raids allegedly in search of the perpetrator of a drive-by shooting of Israeli settlers yesterday. Now some settlers are calling for the PA president's assassination - and Israeli soldiers are staying silent. Israeli extreme Jewish groups hung posters of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Huwwara crossroads in southern Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank, on Tuesday, calling for his assassination.

Good Samaritan comes to aid of car crash victims, cops detain him shortly after and impound his car

Good Samaritan comes to aid of car crash victims, cops detain him shortly after and impound his car

For stopping on the side of the road to help the occupants of a deadly car crash, a good Samaritan was detained and his car stolen by police. Benjamin Davis III was driving to work this week when he watched a car in front of him lose control and begin flipping off the road. Being the good Samaritan that he is, Davis stopped to help and could very well be the reason the passenger of the vehicle survived. "The guy is hanging out of the passenger side door. Unfortunately, his friend was crushed," Davis said. Davis was able to get one person out of the car and very well could've been responsible for saving his life. The other occupant of the vehicle, 21-year-old Kyree Payne of Northeast D.C., was crushed and died before Davis even got to him. After Davis saved the only person he could, he waited at the scene for police to show up. When the D.C. police arrived on the scene, Davis told them everything that he witnessed and what he did. He was then allowed to leave. As Davis pulled away...

Floods kill 13 in central Vietnam

Floods kill 13 in central Vietnam

Floods caused by heavy downpours have killed 13 people in central Vietnam, officials said on Thursday (Dec 13), as farmers scrambled to save crops and livestock ahead of more bad weather forecast for this week. Torrential rains have lashed six provinces in the centre of the country since last Saturday, killing thousands of cows and chickens and flooding several cities - including the coastal resort town of Danang. More than 50cm of rain hit some areas, with more downpours expected in the coming days, the disaster management office said on Thursday.

Alleged 'Russian agent' Butina finally worn down: Enters guilty plea to engaging in conspiracy against US

Alleged 'Russian agent' Butina finally worn down: Enters guilty plea to engaging in conspiracy against US

Maria Butina, the 30-year-old Russian woman arrested and charged earlier this year with acting as an unregistered agent of the Russian government in the U.S., pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court after previously entering a plea of not guilty. Butina admitted in the District Court for the District of Columbia that she and an American, known in court documents as "U.S. Person 1," conspired with and acted under the direction of a Russian government official to establish unofficial lines of communications with people able to influence U.S. politics leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Kenerson said Butina sought to use those unofficial lines of communication for the benefit of the Russian Federation.

Robot impales factory worker with 10 foot-long steel spikes after horrific malfunction (Warning: Graphic Images)

Robot impales factory worker with 10 foot-long steel spikes after horrific malfunction (Warning: Graphic Images)

A Chinese factory worker has survived being skewered with TEN metal spikes when a robot malfunctioned. The 49-year-old, named as Mr Zhou, was working on the night shift at a porcelain factory in Hunan province when he was struck by a falling robotic arm. The accident resulted in him being impaled with foot long, half-inch thick metal rods, the People's Daily reported. He was first taken to a local hospital before he was transferred to the Xiangya Hospital of Central South University due to the severity of his injuries. Six steel rods fixed on a steel plate pierced his right shoulder and chest, and four penetrated elsewhere in his body.

'Weird noises' heard in Florida skies

'Weird noises' heard in Florida skies

On November 24, 2018, YouTuber 'Don't forget Me now' posted a clip of 'weird noises' they heard in the Florida skies: Crazy sky and weird sounds.

Biological Annihilation: A Planet in Loss Mode

Biological Annihilation: A Planet in Loss Mode

On the great vanishing happening before our eyes If you've been paying attention to what's happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you've likely heard the term "the Sixth Extinction." If not, look it up. After all, a superb environmental reporter, Elizabeth Kolbert, has already gotten a Pulitzer Prize for writing a book with that title. Whether the sixth mass species extinction of Earth's history is already (or not quite yet) underway may still be debatable, but it's clear enough that something's going on, something that may prove even more devastating than a mass of species extinctions: the full-scale winnowing of vast populations of the planet's invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants. Think of it, to introduce an even broader term, as a wave of "biological annihilation" that includes possible species extinctions on a mass scale, but also massive species die-offs and various kinds of massacres. Someday, such a planetary winnowing may prove to be the...

4,500yo Mesopotamian pillar is first known record of a border dispute

4,500yo Mesopotamian pillar is first known record of a border dispute

The marble stele, held in the British Museum's collections for 150 years, also includes the first known use of the term "no man's land" A recently interpreted 4,500-year-old marble pillar from ancient Mesopotamia shows that even at the dawn of civilization, people were bickering about their borders. As James Pickford at The Financial Times reports, the pillar sat in British Museum for 150 years until Irving Finkel, a curator in the Middle East department, deciphered the Sumerian cuneiform writing on the cylinder this year. As it turns out, the object, now on view in an exhibit called "No Man's Land," was erected to establish a border between the warring city states of Lagash and Umma, located in present-day southern Iraq.

Austrian police question Russian biathlon team on suspicion of doping violations

Austrian police question Russian biathlon team on suspicion of doping violations

Austrian police officers have visited the Russian biathlon team's training camp in Hochfilzen to question athletes and coaches over alleged doping violations which supposedly took place two years ago. Russian biathletes are in Austria for the Biathlon World Cup, and talked to police regarding suspected doping manipulations during the 2017 World Championship, which was hosted in Hochfilzen. Dmitry Guberniev, a prominent Russian TV commentator and biathlon pundit, posted the news on Instagram, where he also published a list of the team members suspected by the Austrian authorities.

Second Canadian, Michael Spavor, detained in China as Huawei row continues

Second Canadian, Michael Spavor, detained in China as Huawei row continues

A second Canadian has been detained in China on accusations of harming national security, as tension continues between the two countries. It was confirmed on Thursday that Michael Spavor, a businessman, had been detained in addition to former diplomat Michael Kovrig. Canada drew Chinese protests after it arrested an executive at telecoms giant Huawei at the request of the US. Meng Wanzhou has been bailed but may face extradition for fraud.

Colombian hypocrisy: Hernandez criticizes Russian-Venezuelan military relations despite being US imperialist outpost

Colombian hypocrisy: Hernandez criticizes Russian-Venezuelan military relations despite being US imperialist outpost

For Cuban professor Roberto Henandez, Venezuela has the right to defend itself and it is hypocritical that Colombia is expressing concern about the joint military maneuvers between Venezuela and Russia. Hernandez's analysis comes in response to accusations made by Colombia on Wednesday through Colombian President Iván Duque. "[...] It is ironic that Colombia is concerned about joint Russian-Venezuelan maneuvers and the presence of Russian airplanes in the neighboring country, when in Colombia seven US military bases are maintained that are a real threat to the entire region," the retired professor at the University of Havana said.

World Snow Overview - Ski resort in Austria gets 140cms (55 inches) in 7 days

World Snow Overview - Ski resort in Austria gets 140cms (55 inches) in 7 days

SNOW NEWS UPDATED 13 DECEMBER 2018 It's been a remarkable week in the Alps with one of the biggest early December snowfalls in memory covering wide areas of the region. Resorts reported up to 80cm of snow falling in 24 hours in some cases and up to 1.4 metres of snow accumulating in others. Most of the snow fell between Saturday and Wednesday with the most intense period for many on Sunday and Monday. AUSTRIA It's been an incredible week for fresh snow in Austria with the little resort of Flachauwinkl (50/150cm) topping the 7-day snowfall table with a remarkable 140cm (a few inches under five feet) of snowfall. Much of that fell between Sunday and Tuesday too. Plenty of internationally better-known ski centres saw big accumulations as well Saalbach 50/60cm - it may need to update its depth totals) also reported 140cm, 90cm (three feet) of that arriving over three days. Zell am See (0/115cm) got 116cm. Most other Austrian resorts reported 50-100cm so it's not difficult to report the...

California mulls tax on text messaging, may lead to showdown with federal regulators

California mulls tax on text messaging, may lead to showdown with federal regulators

A California regulator's plan to tax texts in order to fund cellphones for the poor hit a snag Wednesday after a Federal Communications Commission ruled text messages aren't subject to the utility agency's authority. The decision by the FCC, which categorized text messages as "information services" on par with emails and not "telecommunications services," came in an effort to combat robo-texts and spam messages. The California Public Utilities Commission now faces an uphill battle ahead of a scheduled vote on the measure next month. Those opposed to the planned tax hailed the FCC decision a victory. "We hope that the CPUC recognizes that taxing text messages is bad for consumers," Jamie Hastings, senior vice president of external and state affairs for CTIA, which represents the U.S. wireless communications industry, told The Mercury News. "Taxing this service would burden those who rely on and use this service each and every day." The CPUC has not yet commented on the FCC's...

'Creepy sounds' recorded in Ohio's night sky

'Creepy sounds' recorded in Ohio's night sky

On November 27, 2018, YouTube user 'CJ Blaze' recorded video of 'creepy sounds' they heard in the skies of Ohio: U have to turn sound up, powers that be turned it down.

IDF surrounds Ramallah after deadly West Bank shooting

IDF surrounds Ramallah after deadly West Bank shooting

Earlier in the day, a knife-wielding man was shot after attacking two police officers in the walled historical centre of Jerusalem. According to an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) representative, Israeli troops blocked the de-facto Palestinian capital Ramallah on Thursday following the shooting incident near the settlement of Ofra in the West Bank. "As we understand, the car fled somewhere near Ramallah. So, we have blocked all entry points to Ramallah and all exit points. We are conducting searches there, and we'll be operating in this area in foreseeable future," the IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus told a briefing.

Moscow: Kiev preparing provocation in rebellious east 'within days'

Moscow: Kiev preparing provocation in rebellious east 'within days'

The Ukrainian government is reportedly preparing a provocation in the east, which will be used to launch a major offensive operation against rebel forces, Moscow said. It may happen in days and would affect the presidential poll. The Ukrainian military has amassed troops in Kiev-controlled eastern parts of the country, the spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday citing reports from international monitors. Moscow believes it to be a sign of a looming escalation between the Ukrainian government and rebel forces. "There are reports that within several days Kiev will stage an armed provocation on the contact line," Maria Zakharova said, referring to the border, which separates rebel-held parts of Ukraine from the rest of the country.

CBC puts Baby It's Cold Outside back on air after 'overwhelming' response from listeners

CBC puts Baby It's Cold Outside back on air after 'overwhelming' response from listeners

'The audience spoke, and we listened,' CBC said. Rogers is sticking by its decision not to play the 1944 Christmas classic this year The "overwhelming" desire of CBC Music listeners to be able to hear Baby It's Cold Outside has prompted the public broadcaster to resume playing the song after a week's hiatus. CBC had followed the lead of a number of Canadian and U.S. broadcasters by deciding last week to remove the 1944 Christmas classic from two playlists its programmers curated for the holiday season. At the time, a spokesperson said CBC had "no plans" to play Baby It's Cold Outside in the future in light of public condemnation of its lyrics.

Yellen and the Fed are afraid of a corporate debt bubble, but investors still aren't

Yellen and the Fed are afraid of a corporate debt bubble, but investors still aren't

The corporate debt scaring policy experts like former Fed Chair Janet Yellen isn't throwing too much of a fright into market participants. In fact, some of them are continuing to load up on lower-grade corporate debt because it's managed to be a better performer than some of the investments considered to be safer. "Offense is the best defense," Hans Mikkelsen, credit strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told clients in a note pointing out that BBB-rated companies are outperforming their A-rated counterparts. BBB is the last rung before junk, and the increasing level of company bonds going to that level is causing concern. Some investors worry that the companies whose debt is in danger of slipping into high-yield territory will have trouble meeting their obligations during the next economic downturn.

Russia remains main supplier of coal to Ukraine as coming bitter frost forces Kiev to boost imports

Russia remains main supplier of coal to Ukraine as coming bitter frost forces Kiev to boost imports

Ukraine won't buy Russian gas to keep warm, but two-thirds of its coal imports still come from Russia, according to the country's State Fiscal Service. Ukraine's purchases of hard coal grew to nearly $2.7 billion from January through November 2018, marking a year-on-year surge of more than 10 percent, according to official government data. The fiscal office noted that neighboring Russia accounted for nearly 62 percent of the country's total imports of anthracite. Russia exported $1.67 billion worth of coal, followed by the US, whose anthracite exports reached almost 30 percent of the Ukrainian market or $806.3 million. Canada is the third biggest supplier of coal to Ukraine, with exports worth $128.7 million, accounting for nearly five percent of Ukraine's purchases.