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Poll: More than two-thirds of Russians oppose ban on abortions

Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, petition signer
An overwhelming majority of Russians are against an initiative by Christian pro-life activists promoting a total ban on abortions, a nationwide public opinion poll conducted soon after the plan's launch reveals. According to the results of the research conducted by state-owned VTSIOM, 72 percent of Russian citizens are currently against a total legislative ban on abortions. Only 4 percent of respondents said they considered the procedure unacceptable under any circumstances.

In addition, 70 percent of the Russian public opposes the proposal to exclude abortions from the list of operations covered by state healthcare insurance, while 21 percent said that they would support such move.

When researchers asked Russians what negative consequences could emerge from an abortion ban, respondents named a sharp rise in illegal abortions, an increase in the number of orphans, higher infant mortality rate and poverty. Among those polled, 57 percent said that they knew people who had had abortions. One in 10 women who answered the questions said that she had personally undergone the procedure. The poll was conducted in mid-October, about two weeks after the 'For Life' public movement backed by the Russian Orthodox Church claimed that its petition for a complete ban on abortions in the country had been signed by over 300,000 people.
© Pavel Lisitsyn / Sputnik
Protest against abortion, silhouette of 12-week fetus in the womb.


'Extremely dangerous' murder suspect broadcasts crime spree on Facebook Live

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A man suspected of gunning down two family members and injuring two Oklahoma police officers broadcast part of his crime spree online using Facebook Live. Oklahoma County police are still hunting 38-year-old Michael Vance, who has been named as the chief suspect in the shooting of Ronald Everett Wilkson, 55, and his wife Valerie, 54, on Sunday evening.

Facebook Live footage purportedly filmed during the spree has since emerged online showing Vance talking about stealing a car, showing off a gun and telling his sister to watch the local news channel. Vance is alleged to have shot two Lincoln County officers during his escape before stealing a police truck and then carjacking at least two other vehicles, according to investigators. "This is more intense than what I thought it was going to be, to say the least," the convicted felon can be heard to say in the Facebook footage. "This truck is about dead. I need it to get out of the road, which I hope it does because I'm about to steal another car, like right now. This sh*t gonna be intense."

Comment: Convicted felon? Why is he on the loose?


OSCE to send more election observers to U.S. amid claims of vote fraud

Amid claims from both presidential campaigns of election interference, an international agency is planning to dramatically expand the number of observers deployed to U.S. polling locations - though they've had to scale back their original game plan since some states won't allow the foreign poll watchers.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, originally announced it would send 100 long-term election observers "to follow the electoral process countrywide" and 400 short-term observers "to follow election day proceedings." The 500 observers would mark a tenfold increase from 2012, when the group had just 44 observers in the United States. The OSCE is better known for sending observers into countries where democracy seems shaky, such as Ukraine.

The move comes as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has warned about a "rigged" election, and called for his supporters to act as citizen election observers as well. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and Obama administration officials, have said the Russian government is attempting to influence the U.S. election.

Comment: Grab your popcorn, because November 8 and its aftermath will be a show worth watching! There are already signs of vote switching in early voting stations, and guess who it benefits:

But there's nothing to worry about. This is just the result of Russian hackers making it look like Killary is stealing the election...


Tech takes over the economy: Workers will simply try to survive, rather than thrive

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An assumption was that new jobs in new industries would take up displaced workers — but that hasn't happened

For most people, a secure, well-paid job is the difference between a reasonable life and penury. Today, changes in the structure of the work force driven by globalization and technology make this objective increasingly elusive.

Technology has exacerbated declines in employment and incomes by eliminating tasks and "de-skilling" many jobs.

Robotics and complex computerized equipment has successfully replaced skilled labor. Computer software is now replacing journalists, synthesizing news items electronically by crawling the internet. Even traders in financial markets are being replaced by automated algorithms.

Comment: Read more about how 'Robotics and complex computerized equipment has successfully replaced skilled labor' : Automation, economic collapse, basic income slavery: Our dystopic future?


Study finds Ku Klux Klan underground cells currently active in Germany

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Members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK)
The KKK has four clandestine cells currently active in Germany, according to local media, citing a parliamentary inquiry. Despite being "marginal," the white supremacist group's influence on German far-right groups is not to be downplayed, an MP warned.

Klan members burn crosses, display swastika flags and sing "anti-constitutional songs," according to the government response to the Left Party's parliamentary inquiry seen by Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

The four secretive cells have "a very small number of members" and remain marginal within Germany's right-wing extremist scene, the government said in its response. Martina Renner, a Left Party MP, however, told the newspaper that the KKK's influence on the German far-right should not be underestimated.

"A small number of members cannot downplay the threat that emanates from such organizations," she said.


Mississippi NAACP urges federal probe of alleged racial attack on black student

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A black high school student claims he was attacked by white students who put a noose around his neck in Wiggins, Mississippi. No students were expelled and law enforcement was not notified, prompting the Mississippi NAACP to demand a federal probe.

The student claims that as many as four white students attacked him near a locker room on October 13 at Stone County High School during a break from football practice, Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson told reporters on Monday.

Johnson said the white students "yanked backward" on the noose after wrapping it around the black sophomore.

The NAACP president further noted that the accused students, whose names were not released, "earlier this year came to school brandishing Confederate flags in their vehicles." The student's parents, Hollis and Stacey Payton, were present at the news conference but did not speak.


Head-on train collision in South Africa kills 1, injures over 240 passengers

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A human error may have caused a horrifying head-on crash of two commuter trains northeast of Johannesburg, which resulted in one fatality and left more than 200 people injured.

Two Metrorail trains collided on Monday afternoon, on the track split between Tembisa and Kaalfontein.

"Both trains were travelling in the opposite directions on one lane," William Ntladi, a disaster and emergency management spokesman for the municipality of Ekurhuleni, told local media. Ntladi said it was unclear how this could have happened.

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Innocent victims: Aleppo cancer kids denied medicine, food due to EU & US sanctions against Assad

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No life-saving drugs, necessary equipment, or chance of survival - RT's Murad Gazdiev visited children in an Aleppo hospital who are suffering from cancer - some treatable - but vital medicine can't reach them due to EU and US sanctions.

Dozens of young cancer sufferers gathered at Cancer Care Syria, a small organization which helps cancer patients. Since the EU and US imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad, some of these children have almost lost all hope for recovery. The sanctions, which target the Syrian regime and its supporters, have deeply affected the economy, including the health care sector.

The center helps children with forms of cancer that can be easily treated with western medicine. Three-year-old Waffa could have had her eye cancer cured, but the sanctions made the medicine unavailable, and she had to have her eye amputated. On top of that, the only hospital in Aleppo that specialized in cancer was taken by rebels and destroyed in fighting.

Comment: The brutal sanctions are punishing all ordinary Syrians - they have made the delivery of humanitarian aid almost impossible while weapons pour in unabated. Similar barbaric sanctions against Iraq resulted in the deaths of at least half a million young Iraqi children, and their nightmare continues to this day. It's quite clear that the US and EU have no concern for the plight of children.


Uranium rock discovery in Austrian school lead to finding 38 more radioactive rocks in 11 schools across the region

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A science class meeting with an anti-nuclear activist at an Austrian school ended in an evacuation, after a radioactive uranium rock was found on display in the classroom. The incident led to a city-wide check which found at least 11 other schools had radioactive rocks.

The discovery was made as anti-nuclear campaigner Thomas Neff was giving a lecture at the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart School in Salzburg, the fourth-largest city in Austria, local media reported earlier in October.

Neff brought along a wristwatch from the 1960s with dials covered with a substance containing radium-226, which makes the numerals glow in the dark. He was planning to use the timepiece as an example of the dangers of radiation, of which little was known half a century ago.

"I brought the old watch from the 60s which lights up brightly at night because of the radiation," Neff said, as cited by Austrian media. He added that the watch was carefully sealed and didn't emit any radiation.

Even before Neff had got the watch out, however, his Geiger counter began to show that there was a source of radiation in the room. It displayed 1,200 counts per minute, some 20-25 times higher than the normal value.


Working until death: Retirement only a dream for low-income workers

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In this photo taken Oct. 18, 2016, Gwen Strowbridge, 71, poses for a photograph wearing her work uniform at her home in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Strowbridge works six days a week caring for a 100-year-old woman. She has worked all her life and plans to work until she can't physically work anymore.
It was a striking image. A photo of an 89-year-old man hunched over, struggling to push his cart with frozen treats. Fidencio Sanchez works long hours every day selling the treats because he couldn't afford to retire. The photo and his story went viral and thousands of people donated more than $384,000 for his retirement.

His story is a window into a dark reality: Many low-wage workers say they can't afford to retire.

With no money saved for retirement, home care worker Gwen Strowbridge, 71, of Deerfield, Florida, plans to stay on the job until she can't physically work anymore.

"I can't see it in the future. I'll stop working if my health won't allow me to keep working," said Strowbridge. Now 71, she works six days per week caring for a 100-year-old woman in Florida.