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One 'identified terrorist' detained on border, Hungarian Prime Minister admits: "We demonized Assad."

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Refugees cover their faces from tear gas during clashes with Hungarian riot police at the Hungarian border with Serbia near the town of Horgos.
Hungary detained 29 asylum seekers in clashes at the Hungarian-Serbian border on Wednesday. Among them was "an identified terrorist," according to a PM security aide.

Gyorgy Bakondi, a security adviser to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, said that 20 police officers were injured in the violence after refugees and migrants broke through a razor wire fence on the border between the Hungarian town of Roszke and Horgos in Serbia on Wednesday.

Twenty-nine people were detained, said Bakondi who added that "police also captured an identified terrorist."


Comment: Hungarian media highlights:


Heart - Black

Police chief forced to resign after Black Lives Matter rant calling for officers to shoot first and ask questions later

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Former Surf City, NC Police Chief Mike Halstead
The police chief of Surf City, North Carolina was abruptly forced into retirement on Tuesday after an emergency meeting with city commissioners regarding an angry Facebook rant the chief posted about the Black Lives Matter movement.

According to WECT Channel 6, Chief Mike Halstead wrote that BLM is "nothing more than an American born terrorist group" that was "brought on by the government, the President and his cronies Al Sharpton, who is a criminal tax evader (but has the support of our so called President), Jessi Jackson, Eric Holder and that ignorant S.O.B. Farrakhan who should be charged with solicitation for murder."

Surf City Mayor Zander Guy called Tuesday's emergency meeting after Halstead posted the densely-typed, erratically punctuated and spelled screed to Facebook on Sep. 3.

Halstead, like many people who watch Fox News, is laboring under the false impression that there is a "War on Cops" happening in the U.S. because Black Lives Matter and other activists have spoken up over the last several months about police slayings of unarmed black civilians.

Alarm Clock

People fighting back? Officer finds Black Lives Matter message written on restroom door, unreported by business

An police officer was taking a report at a convenience store in south Austin, Texas, on Tuesday and discovered a message written on the store's bathroom door:

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"Shoot the Cops/Oink Oink Bang Bang/Black Lives Matter," the message read.

"I'm pretty disappointed that it was not reported by the actual business itself, and it's unfortunate to have an officer uncover that," Austin Police Association President Ken Casady told KXAN-TV. "People are certainly allowed to give their opinion, but when you call for the death of people, that is absolutely not acceptable." A criminal mischief report has now been filed, KXAN reported.

A photo of the message was posted to the Austin Police Association's Facebook page on Tuesday with a cautionary caption: "Found in south Austin. Watch your backs."

"Sometimes police departments do deserve criticism," Casady added. "I'm not saying we're perfect, but you should never, ever call for someone's death or assassination."

Snakes in Suits

Two married Minnesota lawmakers admit to smearing ranger who caught them cheating

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Minnesota State Reps. Tim Kelly (R) and Tara Mack (R)
Two more married midwestern Republicans have apologized for sneaking around behind their spouses' backs and having a fling, with both lawmakers being forced to step down from spots on the Ethics Committee, according to the Killeeen Daily Herald.

Minnesota State Reps. Tara Mack and Tim Kelly apologized to "law enforcement" but not the park ranger they claimed lied about them making out in a car in Lebanon Hills Regional Park, where Kelly was discovered with his pants unzipped and pulled down three weeks ago.

Initially, the two asserted they met to swap documents — and not spit — relating to a health insurance company at the park and vowed to lodge a formal complaint against the ranger.

"Last week, I received a citation for a nuisance. Subsequently, I have been told the officer wrote in his notes — information that I've requested, but has not yet been made public to me — statements that are completely false and inappropriate (and apparently were obtained illegally). I will be filing a complaint with the sheriff's office regarding the officer's egregious and false statements," Mack said in a statement.

Sheriff

Cop fired for arresting elderly man using golf club as a crutch

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70-year-old William Wingate shortly before his arrest for allegedly threatening an officer with his golf club in July 2014
A Seattle police officer was fired on Tuesday over her arrest of an elderly black man last year who refused to drop a golf club he was using as a cane to help him walk, the police department announced.

"Officer Cynthia Whitlatch was served today with a termination notice for sustained policy violations involving bias, abuse of police discretion, and escalation of a contact on July 9, 2014," Seattle police said in a statement.

Whitlatch stopped William Wingate, now 70, as he walked down a city sidewalk leaning on the golf club, according to court documents.

In dashboard video of the incident, Wingate can be seen standing on a sidewalk, casually leaning on the club before the officer approaches and yells at him to drop his weapon. He refused for several minutes before he was arrested.

Arrow Up

So much for sanctions: Russia sees increased production of dairy, meat and fish products

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed the import substitution in dairy, meat and fish production a success. The government allocated $4 billion to support domestic agriculture.

"We already have serious achievements. This year, we have seen an increase in the production of dairy, meat and fish products - by 26 percent, five percent and six percent respectively. Russia is ready for cooperation in import substitution with Kazakhstan and other countries from the Eurasian Economic Union," said Putin at the Russia-Kazakhstan Interregional Cooperation Forum.

Comment: Western sanctions against Russia have been having a few unintended consequences, at least for EU states:


Che Guevara

Elton John will meet with Putin to discuss gay rights in Russia


Comment: It turns out that Elton John was pranked by two well-known Russian phone pranksters. See below for details.


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Sir Elton John delivers a speech about tolerance and equal rights for all during 12th Yalta European Strategy forum (YES) in Kiev on Sept. 12, 2015
Elton John thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for reaching out to him to talk about LGBT rights.

The legendary artist posted on his Instagram Tuesday that Putin called him by telephone and they will meet in Russia to talk about LGBT equality.

"Thank-you to President Vladimir Putin for reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today," he posted. "I look forward to meeting with you face-to-face to discuss LGBT equality in Russia."

Putin's call came after Elton John did an interview with the BBC saying he wanted to meet with the Russian leader over his "ridiculous" attitude to gay rights.

"It's probably pie in the sky... He may laugh behind my back when he shuts the door, and call me an absolute idiot, but at least I can think I have the conscience to say I tried," he told BBC.

Elton John is currently in Ukraine and met with President Petro Poroshenko about the country supporting LGBT rights.

Attention

Explosion rocks ammunition room of police station in Turkey

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An explosion rocked an ammunition depot in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province on Wednesday, causing a fire, local media report.

Firefighters and more than 100 ambulances have been dispatched to the scene, Haber Turk reports. The depot belongs to the Diyarbakir police Special Operations Department, it added.

There have been no casualties or injuries, according to NTV.

Comment: Although the cause of the explosion is unknown, it is rather suspect that it occurred at the police 'special operations' department. Perhaps this was not an accidental explosion?

Turkey experiences 'unprecedented' series of terrorist attacks as war against Syria continues to heat up


Heart - Black

The NATO gift that keeps on giving: Refugees seeking new routes forced through old Croatian minefields

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A warning sign in front of a minefield in the Bosnian town of Modrica, near the Croatian border
The country has scrambled teams of minesweepers

Thousands of desperate refugees who have been turned away at the Hungarian border may be forced to try and cross deadly Croatian minefields in search of safety in Europe.

Left over in the aftermath of the 1990s Balkan wars, there are thought to be between 60,000 and 100,000 landmines covering a 310 square mile area across Croatia.

Efforts to clear them were halted by extensive flooding in 2014, and it is unknown how many remain or are still active.

It makes for a potentially deadly prospect for refugees who, as of Wednesday morning, have begun arriving in Croatia on their way north towards Austria and Germany.

Minesweeping teams have been scrambled to the border area with Serbia, officials said. A spokesperson for the Croatian Demining Centre told Reuters: "Police have contacted us and we sent a team to the border area in eastern Croatia."

Volunteer groups on social media dedicated to helping refugees in Croatia have been publishing guidelines on how to avoid mines and maps showing where the main minefields are.

And while officials said active minefields were clearly marked with warning signs, hundreds have been killed and many more injured by mines since the end of the civil war in 1995.

Comment: It's not enough that these poor people have had to flee their homes because of western-backed violence, they have to contend with the horrors of previous western-backed violence


Bell

Bus breaks down on German rail crossing, driver saves some 60 children

Sixty pupils have escaped a bus-versus-train nightmare in Germany with only seconds to spare. All of them got off after quick thinking by the bus driver. Police put the vehicle damage at 300,000 euros.
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A bus driver's quick thinking, rushing dozens of children off the vehicle after it stopped on a level crossing, averted a tragedy in northern Germany on Wednesday.

Shortly after the bus broke down, a commuter train slammed into it on the crossing, as shaken pupils watched.

After bringing the children and herself to safety, the driver had also tried to alert rail staff by phone, but could not prevent the collision.

The crossing at Buxtehude southwest of Hamburg was reopened late on Wednesday afternoon after repairs.

Comment: Here is a video of the incident: