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Van transporting radioactive material crashes in Bosnia

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A van transporting radioactive material - iridium-192 - and a passenger car collided on Friday morning, near the town of Modrica in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The driver of the car, a VW Polo, died in the accident.

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Plunging into the abyss: 83% of Syrian electricity wiped out

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The toll from the four-year civil war in Syria is clearly visible even from space, with satellite images revealing that 83 percent of the lights have gone out in the country since 2011.

The satellite data - which compares Syria's night landscape in 2011 to that of 2014, from 800 kilometers above earth - reflects a grim picture of the situation on the ground in Syria, according to researchers from China's Wuhan University.

"These satellite images help us understand the suffering and fear experienced by ordinary Syrians as their country is destroyed around them," the lead researcher on the project, Dr. Xi Li, said in a statement.

Comment: Such a terrible and tragic display of what humans can do to other humans.


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2 cops shot in apparent ambush at protest outside Ferguson, Missouri police station

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Police officers armed and relishing the idea of combat during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department on March 11th, 2015.
Two police officers shot and wounded while standing guard outside the Ferguson, Missouri, police department early Thursday were deliberately targeted in what a police official called an "ambush." Such ambush-style attacks were the leading method in the surging number of shooting deaths of law enforcement officers, according to the nonprofit, Washington-based National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.


Comment: When the police are killed it's an 'ambush', but what would you call killing a 7 year-old while she slept?


The shootings were a chilling low point in the nonstop protests in the city since a Ferguson police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August. The demonstrators were out again late Wednesday -- in response to the announcement hours earlier of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson's resignation -- when shots rang out from a hill about 125 yards from where the protesters had gathered, according to witnesses.


Comment: Seems as if the author's are trying to blame the protesters, does it not?


St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the shootings were an ambush intended "for whatever nefarious reason" to inflict harm on the officers. The officers -- one shot in the face, the other in the shoulder -- have been released from the hospital.

Comment: That's how you paint a whole group of people as 'bad guys'. Suddenly, peaceful protesters are associated with violent whackjobs and anyone who isn't paying close attention, or only gets their news from mainstream sources, thinks the protesters are to blame.
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A police officer keeps watch over protesters, armed with a sniper rifle. It'd be interesting to know what kind of rifle was responsible for shooting those officers.
It will be interesting to follow this story; the intent is clear, smearing the protesters by association. One thing is certain though, it's a jungle out there.


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Russia Insider's Charles Bausman: Germans are fed up with media lies

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Russia Insider has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds
A poll by German public broadcaster NDR has found out that 63 percent of Germans have little or no confidence in the Ukraine reporting by German media. Of these 63 percent almost every third thinks their reporting might be one-sided or not objective. No wonder given the principles which Germany's largest publishing house follows. Alex Springer SE - among its brands are Die Welt and BILD newspapers. So its media outlets have to uphold their policies which are further unification of the peoples of Europe, supporting the vital rights of the people of Israel and maintain solidarity with the United States of America. In other words Mainstream. Russia Insider editor Charles Bausman is In the NOW telling us how German outlets are reacting to people's criticism and how his new project is launching to change things.


"In the Now" with RT's Senior Political correspondent Anissa Naouai is the first dedicated nightly Primetime show to air live out of our Moscow headquarters. Host Anissa Naouai has worked in the field for almost a decade and has reported from over 80 cities across the globe. Now from Monday to Thursday viewers can enjoy fresh, honest, and hard-hitting news coverage on some of the world's most pressing issues with one of RT's most experienced journalists . We'll put the spotlight on stories you'll never hear on mainstream networks or even in RT's daily news bulletins. "In the Now" - 8pm Moscow, 5pm London, 12pm New York.

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30 people feared dead and 40 injured after shopping centre inferno in Kazan, Russia

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Firefighters extinguish a fire at a shopping mall in Kazan, 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, Russia
Five people are confirmed dead and 25 more are missing and presumed dead after a shopping center in the city of Kazan collapsed in a fire, Russian emergency officials said.

Officials said on Thursday that the toll of missing at the Admiral centre is based on reports from relatives and workers in the shopping center, 450 miles east of Moscow.

Forty people were injured in the blaze.

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The cause of the fire that began Wednesday has not been determined

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Took 'em long enough! USA Today finds Nazis in Ukraine

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© RIA Novosti / Alexandr Maksimenko
Azov battalion soldiers take an oath of allegiance to Ukraine in Kiev's Sophia Square before being sent to the Donbass region
An Azov Battalion sergeant has confessed to USA Today of praising Nazi ideology. He also pledged a march on the Ukrainian capital after the war. A spokesman for the pro-Kiev brigade insists this is a 'personal choice' of no more than a fifth of the unit.


Comment: "It's all right, guys, seriously. No more than 20% are Nazis! What's the big deal?"


USA Today visited the Azov Battalion stationed in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol and spoke to a number of servicemen of the unit, which is sponsored by Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoysky.


Comment: What the heck is a Jewish businessman doing sponsoring Nazis? Maybe someone should let him know...


A drill sergeant who identified himself as Alex told the newspaper that he supports Nazi-style strong leadership for Ukraine but does not share Nazis' genocide agenda against Jews, as long as minorities "don't demand special privileges."

Alex insisted that once the war is over, he and others from the Azov Battalion will go back to Kiev to oust the corrupt government and nationalize the property of wealthy oligarchs.

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French terror threat 'high': 10,000 troops to stay on streets

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As the threat of attacks by Islamist extremists remains high in France, President Francois Hollande has decided to continue the deployment of 10,000 troops on the streets across the country.

"The threat of terrorist attack against our country remains high. The head of state has decided to maintain the level of the army on the national territory at 10,000 troops in support of security forces from the Interior Ministry," Hollande's office said in a statement after a meeting of senior ministers, AFP reported.


Comment: How exactly do they determine these terrorist threat levels? Examining dead chicken livers? Examining the flight pattern of pigeons? Or is it high just because they say it's high?


A total of 7,000 troops will be monitoring and protecting religious buildings that are "particularly threatened," the statement added.

Among other sites that are being patrolled by the troops are stations, media buildings and various other possible targets for terrorists.

The move comes almost two months after deadly attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine's headquarters and a kosher shop in Paris left 17 people dead.

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The massive lie behind the U.S. unemployment numbers

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On Friday, we learned that the official "unemployment rate" has fallen to 5.5 percent. Since an unemployment rate of 5 percent is considered to be "full employment" by many economists, many in the mainstream media took this as a sign that the U.S. economy has almost fully "recovered" since the last recession. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, some Federal Reserve officials believe that "the U.S. economy is already at full employment". But how can this possibly be? It certainly does not square with reality. Personally, I know people that have been struggling with unemployment for years and that still cannot find a decent job. And I get emails from readers all the time that are heartbroken because they are suffering through extended periods of unemployment. So what in the world is going on? How can the government be telling us that we are nearly at "full employment" when so many people can't find work? Could it be possible that the government numbers are misleading?

It is my contention that the official "unemployment rate" has become so politicized and so manipulated that it is essentially meaningless at this point. The following are 10 reasons why...

#1 Since February 2008, the size of the U.S. population has grown by 16.8 million people, but the number of full-time jobs has actually decreased by 140,000.

#2 The percentage of working age Americans that have a job right now is still about the same as it was during the depths of the last recession. Posted below is a chart that shows how the employment-population ratio has changed since the beginning of the decade. Does this look like a full-blown "employment recovery" to you?...
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Comment: Should one prepare for a collapse or not?


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Florida woman checks into domestic violence shelter to protect son from court ordered circumcision

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Heather Hironimus
A Florida woman has fled with her 4-year-old son in a court battle to stop the boy's circumcision.

A judge signed an arrest warrant for Heather Hironimus after she failed to turn over the boy Tuesday and appear in court.

"I will allow her to avoid incarceration or get out of jail if she signs the consent to the procedure," said Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen.

Hironimus' attorney said her son is "terrified" to undergo the procedure, and she and the boy checked into a domestic violence shelter on Feb. 23 after her ex-husband won a court battle to have their son circumcised.

Dennis Nebus is not Jewish, but he testified that circumcision is "just the normal thing to do."

He decided two years ago the boy should be circumcised after he noticed he was urinating on his leg due to a condition that prevents retraction of the foreskin, which Hironimus disputes.

Nebus claims his ex-wife had filled their son with fear about circumcision, which the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends and a judge found was "very, very safe."

"My son has mentioned things to me that he's scared to have his penis cut off," Nebus testified.

Comment: It's stunning the lengths that parents have to go to in our society to protect their children from what is a traumatic, unnecessary mutilation.

More on the story here: Mom faces prison sentence for blocking son's circumcision

See also: Circumcision - Conditioning the Adult by Torturing the Child


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Parent calls 911 after school refuses to release child following dispute over Common Core testing

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A Florida parent was forced to take drastic measures when her public school refused to release her child during a dispute over standardized testing.

Jacqui Myers says another mother with a child at Winter Park's Brookshire Elementary School called her after she arrived at the school to opt her fifth-grade daughter out of standardized testing related to the Common Core national standards initiative.

"They're not giving me my child, can you help?" the mother told Myers.

Myers, the mother of a first grader, is active in a group working to opt children out of state tests and was at the school counseling parents.

She called 911 to report that the school wouldn't release the child.

The school told the mother they did not want to release the child because she was in the middle of testing. But when police arrived, the school relented and turned her over.

Myers tells the Orlando Sentinel that emails from school administrators stated that "releasing students during testing would be disruptive and not be allowed."

But after the incident, a school spokesman denied such a policy existed.

"We do not hold children if parents come to pick them up," Shari Bobinski says, according to the paper.

Comment: Sometimes mothers do know best: