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Pipeline protest at Sacred Stone encampment now a city of 4,000 with a growing infrastructure

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As several of us from Chicago approached the camp here that is known now around the world we saw the flags of many Native tribes, tents, tepees, makeshift buildings, horses and motor vehicles spread across a valley near where the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers come together.

The Sacred Stone encampment, as it is called by the thousands protesting here on any given day, is near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

It is a place where Native tribes from all over the continent have come to join the Standing Rock Sioux in their battle against the Dakota Access pipeline. They fight to protect sacred sites but they fight also to protect water - the Missouri River alone provides all the water needs for millions of Americans.

This struggle has become much more than just another massive civil disobedience action, however. The "water protectors," as they call themselves (preferring that term to 'protesters'), have literally constructed what looks like an almost permanent new settlement in North Dakota. With the population each day averaging 4,000, the Sacred Stone Camp is already twice the size of the average North Dakota town.

Comment: The Sacred Stone Camp has almost double in size since the following article was carried back in late August: People power: 2,500 Native Americans successfully block oil pipeline construction — state of emergency declared


Suspected killer of two cops arrested in Palm Springs, Ca., third cop injured

© Gus Ruelas / Reuters
Police have arrested the suspected killer of two officers after an hours-long manhunt in in Palm Springs, California. The officers were killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call. A third officer was reported injured by the gunman.

Comment: See also: Police State Roundup: History and current events indicate the police are a danger to themselves and the public

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Former pastor accused of raping 8yo girl was ordered to buy father beer as punishment, pastor's wife claimed girl 'seduced' him

© Daniel Becerril / Reuters
A former pastor accused of raping an eight-year-old girl in Mexico was ordered to buy two crates of beer for the victim's father as punishment.

Jerome Cirilo Cruz, 55, was handed down the 'fine' after the young girl's family brought the alleged September 12 attack to the attention of their local authority in Santiago Quetzalapa, a remote, indigenous town with neither road access nor cellular coverage.

Angered by the lack of justice, the child's outraged family went to the pastor's home where they confronted his wife who argued her husband was "seduced" by the girl, according to a local report from Ruta135.

On September 21, nine days after the incident, the girl's mother became concerned over the child's deteriorating health and took her to San Pedro Sochiapam health clinic, three hours away in Oaxaca state.

Medical staff determined that the child had been sexually assaulted and transferred her to Cuicatlan hospital for further evaluation. From there, the victim's parents asked for help from local Oaxaca authorities who arrested the pastor on suspicion of aggravated rape on Friday.

Comment: Behind the Headlines: Predators Among Us - Interview With Dr. Anna Salter


Venezuela delivers 600 tons of aid to hurricane ravaged Haiti

Venezuela has sent 660 tons of humanitarian aid to Haiti to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew hit the country and left over 800 people dead there, Venezuelan media report.

The aid includes food, medicine, tents and blankets as well as equipment to remove debris and reconstruct bridges and roads, El Universal said on Friday citing Venezuela's Minister of the Interior, Justice and Peace, Nestor Reverol.

Comment: See: Worst disaster in Haiti since 2010 earthquake: Hurricane Matthew leaves 340 dead as it approaches US (PHOTOS)

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'Karoshi': 20% of Japanese employees risk death from overwork, survey shows

© Yuya Shino / Reuters
A new Japanese government poll has shown that a fifth of the country's employees face the risk of death from overwork.

The survey was part of the first research into what the Japanese call 'karoshi,' which literally translates to 'death from overwork.' The study, which has been endorsed by the cabinet of the country's premier, Shinzo Abe, was published on Friday.

The research targeted some 10,000 companies and 20,000 workers, of which 1,743 companies and 19,583 workers responded over two months, between December 2015 and January 2016.



Passenger train derails in Long Island; dozens injured

© Eduardo Munoz / Reuters
Emergency responders work near a train that sits derailed near the community of New Hyde Park on Long Island in New York, U.S, October 9, 2016.
At least 29 people were taken to hospital after a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) commuter train with about 600 passengers on board derailed in New Hyde Park in Nassau County on Saturday night after it collided with a railroad work train and set it ablaze.

The accident took place about a half-mile (less than a kilometer) east of the New Hyde Park station around 9 pm local time, according to Nassau County police. Upon collision, the work train caught fire when the first three of 12-car passenger cars were thrown off the tracks.

Train service has been suspended in the area.


Grand Rapids: 1 killed, 8 injured in multiple shooting incident

© Robert Sorbo/Reuters
Police in Grand Rapids, Michigan have confirmed that one person has been killed during a shooting at a clearance outlet on 28th Street.

The male victim was killed inside the store, and at least eight other people were reportedly injured, according to police.

The victim of the fatal shooting is reported to be an African American man in his early 20s, police said. The condition of the injured is unknown.

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Death toll nears 400 after Saudis bomb funeral in Yemen

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Human rights campaigners protest against Farnborough International arms fair on July 11, 2016.
On October 8, the Royal Saudi Air Force hit carried out air strikes on a crowded funeral ceremony in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, killing at least 140 people, according to UN sources. Over 500 people were reported injured.

At least nine air strikes were made on Khamis street in the southern part of Sana'a, excluding the fact that the incident could be described as a mistake. Pro-Houthi sources say that Saudi Arabia massivelly bombs Yemeni civilian objects in order to "counter" constant loses on the ground and de-facto failure of the intervention into the country.

The funeral was for the father of the interior minister in the Yemeni government, Jalal al-Roweishan.

Comment: No surprise that there's no outcry after the Saudis deliver 9 airstrikes on a funeral in Yemen - but when Russia attacks al Qaeda the Western media is up in arms!

Further reading: Yemen: Saudi airstrikes kills 82 during funeral while Houthi rebels carry out ballistic missile attack against Saudi Arabia


Iceland's Supreme Court does what the U.S. doesn't: It finds bankers guilty

© Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson
Bank CEO Sigurjón Þ. Árnason Yesterday three top Landsbankinn managers were sentenced to prison by the Supreme Court of Iceland.
On Thursday, Iceland's Supreme Court found nine bankers guilty of market manipulation, affirming the conviction of the seven defendants found in a June 2015 decision by the Reykjavik District Court, and handing down a guilty verdict to two defendants previously acquitted in district court.

The Supreme Court decision found that "[b]y fully financing share purchases with no other surety than the shares themselves, the bankers were accused of giving a false and misleading impression of demand for Kaupthing shares by means of deception and pretense," according to the Iceland Monitor.

The bankers were found guilty of crimes relating to deceitfully financing share purchases - essentially the bank lent money for the purchase of the shares while using its own shares as collateral for the loans.


Two police officers killed, one injured in Palm Springs shooting, manhunt underway

© Omar Ornelas/The Desert Sun
Peace officers point to a home on Cypress Road after gunshots where fired wounding at least one. Palm Springs, California on October 8, 2016.
Two police officers were killed and one was wounded in a shooting in Palm Springs on Saturday, according to a source familiar with the incident.

Dozens of police massed outside a house where a suspect appeared to be holed up. Officers took defensive positions behind a patrol car and a concrete wall.

Police were searching for a shooter or shooters in the area of Cypress and Del Lago roads, and encouraged residents to stay indoors.

At 3:15 p.m., multiple officers in tactical gear were taking cover behind a four-foot wall. Several other officers stood close by an armored vehicle parked on Cypress Road a block south of Francis Road.

Witnesses said they heard between 10 and 20 gunshots from what sounded like machine guns. Over a dozen patrol cars, three fire engines and a SWAT truck were at the scene of the incident at 2 p.m.

Palm Springs police and San Jacinto police were on scene.