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Dozens arrested as police & military clear DAPL protest camp

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Police detain a protester against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, North Dakota, U.S., February 23, 2017
Dozens of DAPL protesters were arrested after police raided and cleared the Oceti Sakowin camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Some activists refused to leave peacefully and set fire to their makeshift housing.

The Oceti Sakowin camp was completely emptied shortly after 2:00pm local time (8:00pm GMT), the Morton County Sheriff's Department said, as cited by Reuters.

About 50 police in riot gear, aided by members of the National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers, entered the site.

At least 47 people were arrested, department spokeswoman Maxine Herr said.

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Police form a line to push back protesters, North Dakota, U.S., February 23, 2017
On Thursday, military vehicles, bulldozers, and police in riot gear moved into the camp to clear out the remaining protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

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Eye 2

Indian mother walks in on son devouring boy he had murdered to eat

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Residents of Amariya in northern India's Uttar Pradesh are horrified after finding a junkie in his den with a half-eaten corpse of a seven year old boy who had gone missing from the area a few days ago.

Nazim Miyan, who had been thrown out of his home due to substance abuse, had been living in a shed the same locality. He was not social, so people seldom checked on him. However, a few days ago, his mother walked in on him while he was devouring the flesh of the boy he had apparently kidnapped and murdered.

Red Flag

Liberal hysteria: California city calls for Congress to investigate Trump for treason

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After just one month of President Donald Trump, the Richmond City Council in California has become the first city to officially call on Congress to investigate impeachment proceedings.

Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin, who proposed the resolution, cited Trump's business holdings as the reason for congressional investigation.

In her statement, McLaughlin says Congress should investigate the president, saying, "Due to the worldwide financial benefits of President Trump, he is in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution."

"Ordinarily, it would be odd to be talking about the—well, everything about this administration is odd," Councilmember Jael Myrick, who voted for the resolution, said, according to Democracy Now. "But it would be odd to be talking about the impeachment of a president only a month into his term. Unfortunately, with this president, it's oddly appropriate."

Bad Guys

British ISIS suicide bomber linked to Manchester jihadist network

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An Al Qaeda Fighter from the Islamic State.
Suicide bomber and former Guantanamo detainee Jamal al-Harith has been linked to a network of young jihadists in his native Manchester, some of whom died fighting for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

A report by the Times claims Al-Harith, originally named Ronald Fiddler, was part of an extensive network of radicals in Manchester.

He appears to have developed relationships with various young extremists between leaving Guantanamo Bay in 2004 and traveling to Syria in 2014.

He was killed on Monday, when he drove an explosives-packed pickup truck into an Iraqi army base south of Mosul, in northern Iraq.


Anti-immigrant demonstrators clash with South African police - violence erupts

A South African police forces during a stand off between members of the Somali community and anti immigrant demonstrators, February 24, 2017.
Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse anti-immigrant protests in Pretoria, South Africa, after street clashes broke out among opposing groups armed with sticks, knives, and other weapons.

Residents of the township of Atteridgeville were blocked from going to work after protesters threw rocks and burned tires, News24 reported. Police spokesperson Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said they had received reports of several shops being looted, but had yet to confirm the incidents.

People 2

Shock findings! Millennials are not as selfish as you might think when it comes to jobs

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Millennials are less likely to switch jobs from year to year than the previous generation, and are missing out on the financial gains that come with high job mobility.

A report by the Resolution Foundation has found that only four percent of those who reached working age at the start of the 2000s have frequently changed jobs.

In comparison, workers from Generation X - those who were born in the early 1970s - changed jobs twice as frequently in their youth.

The study also found that millennials are considerably more likely to remain with a single employer for more than five years than the previous generation.

The high level of job loyalty displayed by millennials debunks the myth that they are job-hoppers who only care about making a quick buck.

The findings are all the more surprising because loyalty comes at a considerable cost.

The current level of inflation has led to a drop in real wages for the long-term employed.

Comment: See more on Millennials:
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  • Study finds millennials the most narcissistic generation


Witches' spells vs. Christian's prayers in showdown over Trump's fate

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U.S. President Donald Trump pauses during an an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 23, 2017.
What will you tell your grandchildren when they ask you whose side you were on in the great spiritual war of 2017? It might be time to start picking sides: On Friday, witches worldwide reportedly plan to "cast a spell that would bind Trump to all who abet him," and the folks at ChristianNationalism.com plan to fight back with "a Day of Prayer" to protect the president.

The witches are instructed by "writer, speaker, and magical thinker" Michael M. Hughes to cast their binding spell on every night of the waning crescent moon, such as the one tomorrow, using "an unflattering photo of Trump," the Tower card of a tarot deck, a pin or nail, a white candle, a feather, bowls of water and salt, matches, and a dish of sand. For anyone worried about their karma, Hughes writes that binding "seeks to restrain someone from doing harm" and is "differentiated from cursing or hexing, which is meant to inflict harm on the target(s)." The more you know!

In the other corner, ChristianNationalism.com commands "Christian soldiers" to counter the witchcraft by reading from Psalm 23. "We ask you to join us in praying for the strength of our nation, our elected representatives, and for the souls of the lost who would take up Satanic arms against us," the author writes.

Comment: Magical thinking: Witches to cast 'binding spell' on Trump today

Star of David

Five children who got longer sentences for throwing stones than Israeli soldier who shot Palestinian dead

An 18-month jail sentence handed down to an Israel Defence Force (IDF) recruit for the killing of a wounded Palestinian has prompted widespread criticism for its apparent leniency in light of the severity of his crime.

Then 19-year-old medic Elor Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter for fatally shooting 21-year-old Palestinian knife attacker Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in the head after the assailant had already been disarmed and injured in an incident in Hebron last year.

The killing was recorded by an onlooker using a mobile phone in footage that was widely shared by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.

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Star of David

Protesters disrupt Netanyahu's visit to Australia with cries of 'fascist' & 'war criminal'

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's historic trip to Australia was marred by controversy, after protesters decried him a 'war criminal.' The Sydney protests featured depictions of Netanyahu as Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, along with Palestinian and Hezbollah flags.

A large banner, depicting Netanyahu with Hitler's iconic toothbrush mustache and the word "Fascist" written underneath, garnered attention as an estimated 650-1,000 demonstrators attempted to march on Netanyahu's hotel. Sydney police cut them off well short of their goal.

The demonstration was organized by the Palestine Action Group, who describe themselves as an "organisation committed to supporting Palestine and opposing Israeli Apartheid. We... put pressure on those like the Australian Government who are complicit in Israel's ongoing genocide."


Naked woman storms Connecticut chapel, smashes walls and doors looking for a 'bomb'

Celina Kelly
A Stamford, Connecticut chapel was the site of a bizarre crime this week, when police said a naked woman broke through a window and started smashing down doors and walls.

As CBS2's Tony Aiello reported, the pastor was taking it all in a day later.

"Yesterday was my first anniversary here!" said the Rev. Carlos Rodrigues, "What a gift, right?"

Rodrigues can laugh a day later. But the damage is significant and the scare was real during the Wednesday incident.

A naked woman was seen wildly swinging a fire extinguisher in the basement chapel of the Rectory of the church of St. Clement. "She was like a human tornado — just ripped through the place very fast!" Rodrigues said.

Stamford police said Celina Kelly, 32, was high on drugs Wednesday when she broke a window to gain access to the chapel. Marks were left on the door, which police said she broke down with the fire extinguisher. Kelly went on to kick and punch holes in the drywall of the boiler room behind the chapel, police said.