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Russian parliament submits draft bill to help eradicate bride abduction 'tradition'

If implemented, the new legislation might help eradicate the bride abduction "tradition" which still exists in some regions of Russia.

On Wednesday, the parliament of Russia's Republic of Ingushetia submitted a draft bill to the State Duma, suggesting a three-year imprisonment penalty for kidnapping women and forcing them into marriage.

Russia's Criminal Code includes an article regarding human abduction, which carries a prison sentence of up to fifteen years, depending the consequences and if it was committed by more than one man. The article, however, states that if the abductor releases the abductee voluntarily, and there were not any other offences committed, no criminal charges would be pressed.

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United Airlines' PR nightmare continues as giant bunny dies on flight

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Another day, another public relations nightmare for United Airlines.

A U.K. rabbit, on track to become the world's largest, died on an international flight, according to the U.K. Sun.

Simon, a continental giant rabbit, in the cargo hold of a Boeing 767 flying from London's Heathrow airport, was found dead upon arrival at O'Hare in Chicago.

The rabbit was healthy, according to its owner Annette Edwards of Stoulton, Worcestershire.

"Simon had a vet's check-up three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle," Edwards told the U.K. Sun. "Something very strange has happened and I want to know what. I've sent rabbits all around the world and nothing like this has happened before."

Comment: Update: United has so far failed to return rabbit to the breeder for a post mortem and now claims the giant rabbit was alive when taken off the flight:
THE owner of the 3ft ­rabbit that died on a United Airlines jet demanded: "Where is his body?"

Annette Edwards, 65, is fighting to get Simon's corpse returned from America for a post mortem.

But the mystery deepened as a spokesman for the airline claimed the continental giant rabbit was alive when taken off the plane.

He said Simon died at a holding facility at Chicago O'Hare airport.

Annette had been told the bunny was put in a freezer after he died during a flight from Heathrow.

The breeder, who was sending Simon to a US buyer, said: "Where is his body? I can't get any answers. I want compensation. If I can get his body back I'll have a vet examine him to get answers."


Venezuela opposition 'national sit-in' unleashes fresh wave of violence leaving 4 dead

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Jesus Leonardo Sulbaran, 42, was shot in the head in an alleged sniper attack.
Four people were killed across Venezuela Monday in the latest round of violent anti-government protests convened by the opposition.

Protesters took to the streets to block roads and highways throughout the South American country in a "great national sit-in" organized by the right-wing opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD).

According to National Assembly Vice-President and hard-right Popular Will party leader Freddy Guevara, the goals of the mobilization were to "unmask the true face of the dictatorship" and "create ungovernability". The opposition coalition called on its supporters to take to the streets indefinitely at the beginning of April in a bid to force early presidential elections among other demands.

While turnout was significantly smaller than previous mobilizations last week, the day was punctuated by deadly violence.


Federal officials indict fifteen for illegal protected bird trafficking

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South Dakota U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler discusses the details of indictments in an eagle trafficking case in Rapid City, S.D., Monday, April 24, 2017. Over a dozen people have been indicted for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds after a two-year undercover operation.
Federal officials in South Dakota said Monday that 15 people have been indicted for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds after a two-year undercover operation potentially involving hundreds of birds.

U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler said that officials expect "significant" additional federal charges in the case, which focused on trafficking of eagles and eagle parts and feathers for profit. Authorities said the case involves more than 100 eagles, a number that could climb as high as 250.

Seiler described one operation as basically a "chop-shop for eagles" in which eagle feathers were stuffed into garbage bags. He said it was clear that it was a moneymaking operation and that the feathers and eagle parts such as talons and beaks were treated as merchandise.

"There was no cultural sensitivity. There was no spirituality," Seiler said. "There was no tradition in the manner in which these defendants handled these birds."

Comment: If only this much effort was expended to break up human trafficking rings...


Teenage cyberhacker-for-hire jailed for masterminding global attacks on Sony and Microsoft

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Adam Mudd
A British teenager has been jailed for masterminding a cyber-hacking business that carried out more than 1.7 million attacks on websites including Sony and Microsoft, wreaking havoc worldwide.

Adam Mudd was 16 when he created the Titanium Stresser malware program, which lets users crash websites and computers by flooding them with data. The attacks were carried out against more than 650,000 victims, including websites such as Minecraft, XBox Live, and TeamSpeak, a chat tool for gamers.

Mudd, now 20, developed the distributed denial of services (DDoS) software from his bedroom in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, according to the Daily Mail. He earned the equivalent of more than £386,000 ($495,000) in US dollars and bitcoins selling the program to cybercriminals.

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Men who live-streamed Facebook rape sentenced to prison in Sweden

Two men who participated in the rape of a Swedish woman which was live-streamed on Facebook have been sentenced to prison. A third man has also been put behind bars for publishing the video online and failing to report the violent incident.

The Upsalla District Court sentenced one of the men, a 21-year-old Afghan national, to 27 months behind bars for rape and assistance to rape on Monday.

The second man, an 18-year-old Afghan national, was given one year, which was halved because he was a minor at the time of the attack.

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Italian police arrest ISIS recruiter who taught how to become 'invisible in Europe'

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Italian police have arrested an "extremely dangerous" Moroccan man who had reportedly planned terrorist attacks in Italy and used social media to recruit accomplices, according to media reports.

Mouner El Aoual, 29, was arrested in Turin on Monday in an operation which included Italy's Special Operations Group. It followed seven months of surveillance after an FBI tip-off.

According to media reports, the man used the app Zello to discuss plans to carry out attacks in Italy.

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Chaos in the West: Maybe 'Preparedness' Isn't Such a Bad Idea

It only takes a small pinprick to deflate a balloon
The first course of the French election has been served, and I think it safe to say that it went entirely as expected.

Gold bulls snatched their little ingots off the table and equities traders plowed back in to the markets with vigor.... Same old, same old, so nice to be back in the 'comfort zone'. Now all the markets need is for Macron to be elected president of France and the EU can breathe easier with a new oxygen bottle plugged into its ICU.

There should be no further misadventures — just ask Hillary.

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11yo amputee dies after 'numerous beatings' at Islamic school in Malaysia

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A Malaysian boy who had both legs amputated after allegedly being repeatedly beaten by an assistant warden at a private religious school has died.

The boy's mother, Felda Wani Ahmad, claimed that her 11-year-old-son, Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi, was beaten numerous times by a warden at the Islamic 'Tahfiz' boarding school he attended during separate incidents in March, according to The Straits Times.


Antifa goons assault journalist in DC, get arrested immediately (VIDEO)

Instant justice was served up Sunday in Washington DC after an antifa goon punched Rebel Media reporter Jack Posobiec in an unprovoked assault.

Despite police appearing to be nowhere in sight, their sirens were heard blaring almost immediately after Posobiec was struck and the tattooed vagrant, whom police identified as 24-year-old Sydney Ramsey-LaRee, was swiftly placed under arrest.