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Mogadishu car bomb explodes near neighborhood tea shop; 11 dead

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© AP/Farah Abdi WarsamehRemains of a suicide car bomb strewn outside a restaurant, with the bodies of some of the victims laying near wall at back left, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
A car bomb blast Thursday in a normally quiet Mogadishu neighborhood blew the facade off a tea shop where intelligence officers are known to congregate, killing at least 11 people, police said.

A ball of smoke rose into the sky, as survivors ducked for cover. One man broke his arm when, startled by the blast, he jumped out of a moving car near the attack.

Police Capt. Mohammed Hussein said he saw 11 dead bodies. The tea shop is frequented by members of Somalia's intelligence unit but it wasn't immediately known how many of the victims were government employees.

The al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab has increased the frequency of attacks in Somalia's capital in recent weeks, raising the specter of a return to daily violence. Last week an al-Shabab team attacked the presidential palace with two car bombs and seven gunmen. A car bomb exploded near a U.N. convoy earlier this month.

Wreath

Flashback Putin interview with CNN that was never aired on CNN: Russian leader knows U.S. was behind 2008 provocation via Georgia

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This is a portion of a 30 minute interview Putin granted CNN shortly after the West's adventures in Georgia in 2008. Strangely, it never made it onto CNN itself, although Russia Today apparently aired it.


Snakes in Suits

Iraq: 'Devastating' dossier alleging British war crimes lodged with ICC

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© PA via IndependentTony Blair meets troops in Iraq in 2003.
A "devastating" two hundred and fifty page document: "The Responsibility of UK Officials for War Crimes Involving Systematic Detainee Abuse in Iraq from 2003-2008″, has been "presented to the International Criminal Court, and could result in some of Britain's leading defense figures facing prosecution for "systematic" war crimes" the (London) Independent on Sunday has revealed.

The dossier charges that: '"those who bear the greatest responsibility" for alleged war crimes "include individuals at the highest levels" of the British Army and political system.'

Among those named, states the Independent, are two former Defense Ministry supremos, Geoff Hoon and Adam Ingram, Defense Secretary and Minister of State for the Armed Forces, respectively, under Tony Blair's premiership, during the planning and invasion of Iraq and for most of the UK's occupation. General Sir Peter Wall, head of the British Army is also named.

Document

Reports of Russian troops landing in Crimea, Ukraine

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Soldiers, wearing no identifying insignia, declined to say whether they were Russian or Ukrainian.
US President Barack Obama has said he is "deeply concerned" about reports of military movements by Russia inside Ukraine.

Speaking at the White House Mr Obama said any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty would be deeply destabilising and he warned there would be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.

Earlier the US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power called for an urgent, international mediation mission to Crimea to de-escalate tensions in the region following an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council.

Ms Power said the mission would facilitate productive and peaceful dialogue among all Ukrainian parties.

It comes as Russian aircraft carrying nearly 2,000 suspected troops have landed at a military air base near the regional capital of the Crimean peninsula, a top Ukrainian official said accusing Moscow of an "armed invasion".

"Thirteen Russian aircraft landed at the airport of Gvardeyskoye (near Simferopol) with 150 people in each one," Sergiy Kunitsyn, the Ukrainian president's special representative in Crimea, told the local ATR television channel.

He said the air space had been closed.

Evil Rays

Ukraine nationalist leader calls on 'most wanted' terrorist Umarov to come to the rescue and 'to act against Russia'

Dmytro Yarosh, a leader of the Right Sector
© Reuters / David MdzinarishviliDmytro Yarosh (L), a leader of the Right Sector movement, addresses during a rally in central Independence Square in Kiev February 21, 2014
A leader of the Ukrainian radical group Pravy Sektor (Right Sector), Dmitry Yarosh, has called on Russia's most wanted terrorist Doku Umarov to act against Russia in an address posted on Right Sector's page in VKontakte social network.

The statement points out that "many Ukrainians with arms in the hands" supported Chechen militants in their fight against Russians and "it is time to support Ukraine now."

The message, signed "leader of Right Sector Dmitry Yarosh" then calls on Umarov "to activate his fight" and "take a unique chance to win" over Russia.

Yarosh, who is a self-proclaimed deputy secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, leads the far-right militant Right Sector group. He used to be a leader of radical nationalist group Trident, which became the core of Right Sector.

The radical leader has been consistently anti-Russian in his statements, calling for the destruction and division of the "Moscow Empire" and openly supporting Chechen militants and Georgian aggression. Yarosh believes Russia is Ukraine's "eternal foe" and has said that war between the two countries is "inevitable."

Wall Street

Billionaire George Soros is now betting big against the U.S. stock market - that should tell you something

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© CNNGeorge Soros
Soros is now betting against the U.S. stock market to the tune of 1.3 billion dollars.

We are not in a recovery. What we are witnessing right now is the creation of a speculative bubble of epic proportions and that bubble is going to burst. We've been saying this for some time now, but when a major player like George Soros, a billionaire investor known for positioning himself on the right side of a risky trade starts actively betting against the U.S. stock market trouble is brewing.

Soros has recently purchased 1.3 billion dollars worth of put options on the S&P 500. Some have tried to down play this as merely hedging, but putting everything on one single position (the decline of the S&P) looks more like a calculated gamble than a conservative hedging strategy.

Nuke

Nationalists up calls in Kiev to 'regain nuclear status in six months'

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© Reuters/Gleb A general view of the South Ukraine nuclear power station near Yuzhnoukrainsk as there are calls in Kiev to 'regain nuclear status in six months'
Unable to resolve tensions with the largely pro-Russian autonomous region of Crimea, Kiev is bombarding Moscow with accusations and warnings. Some politicians have even threatened to restock Ukraine's nuclear arsenal.

Throughout Friday, Russian diplomats and the military had to refute media speculation and explain that the armed people at the Crimean airports in Simferopol and Sevastopol weren't Russian troops.

"There are no troops whatsoever. No Russian troops, at least... Some civilians claiming to be representing groups of 'self-defense of Crimea' arrived at Simferopol airport overnight, but they retreated and nothing happened," Russian ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told Euronews.

The Russian Black Sea fleet has been stationed in Sevastopol since the 18th century. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union it remained there, according to an agreement between Russia and Ukraine.

Any movements of the Russian military within Crimea are in line with the existing arrangements with Ukraine on the deployment of military assets in the former Soviet republic, Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

"We have an arrangement with Ukraine about the stationing of the Russian Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol and we are acting within the framework of that agreement," Churkin told reporters.

Gold Bar

While the US is busy making enemies China becomes the biggest goods trading nation in 2013

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© UnknownChina surpasses the US to become the world’s largest goods trading nation in 2013.
Official figures show that China has surpassed the United States to become the world's largest goods trading country in 2013.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce cited data from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and said China was the world's biggest goods trading nation last year, Xinhua reported. The title previously belonged to Washington.

According to the statement, China's goods trade topped USD 4.16 trillion in 2013 overtaking that of the US. The country's exports totaled USD 2.21 trillion, while its imports stood at USD 1.95 trillion.

The figures have been confirmed by the World Trade Organization.
Yao Jian, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, praised the new figures as a "great achievement" and a "milestone" in China's foreign trade, saying his country is currently the largest trade partner for over 120 countries and regions.

Stormtrooper

German expert: Kiev events is coup organized by open Nazis who follow Bandera tradition

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Thousands of pro-Russian demonstrators across eastern Ukraine and Crimea are protesting against the new government. Helga Zepp LaRouche is a German journalist and politician, founder of the Schiller Institute said in an interview with the VoR that the current Ukrainian authority is a result of the Nationalist intervention, and has no legitimacy.

Ms. Larouche, how can you comment on the situation in Ukraine at the current time?

I think it is extremely important that the truth about the events be made internationally known because there is such an absolute discrepancy between what is happening or what has been happening and how the mainstream Western media have been portraying events.

I think that the press conference by President Yanukovych from yesterday, where he stated that he still is the legitimate president of Ukraine, is absolutely true because there was no impeachment procedure and what happened in Kiev was a coup by people who are predominantly openly Nazis. They are obviously back to the tradition of Stepan Bandera, who was a Nazi collaborator in the 1940 helping the invasion of the Nazis. And these are people who openly use the slogans, logos which are very clearly Nazi.

War Whore

War Whore: Kerry wants more war and money for elite: slams "new isolationism"

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© AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Budget cuts will reduce global clout, warns secretary of state, and hints that US would consider military strike on Iran


US secretary of state John Kerry decried what he called a "new isolationism" in the United States on Wednesday and suggested that the country was beginning to behave like a poor nation.

Speaking to reporters, Kerry inveighed against what he sees as a tendency within the United States to retreat from the world even as he defended the Obama administration's diplomatic efforts from Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"There's a new isolationism," Kerry said during a nearly one-hour discussion with a small group of reporters.

"We are beginning to behave like a poor nation," he added, saying some Americans do not perceive the connection between US engagement abroad and the US economy, their own jobs and wider US interests.

He also said that the US had an obligation to pursue nuclear negotiations with Iran before it considered going to war with Tehran to force it to give up its nuclear activities - a strong hint that the Obama administration would seriously consider a strike on Iran if the diplomatic talks fail.