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Alcohol-free, vegetarian apartment complex springs up in St. Petersburg

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No meat, booze or cigarettes - welcome to a vegetarian apartment complex, which unites people with a shared lifestyle and similar principles under the same roof.

The pioneering building is called Veda Village, and is located in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. The village's developers claim that the complex is the first of its kind in Russia.

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Miko Peled: Son of an IDF General - and a silenced critic of Israel's policy towards Palestinians

Although the U.S. news media's fancies itself the world's "gold standard," it operates with stunning hypocrisy and huge blind spots, none bigger than its fawning coverage of Israel that ignores critics like Miko Peled.

Despite the U.S. media's extensive coverage of Israel, what Miko Peled says is seldom heard by Americans, although he was born in Jerusalem and comes from a famous Israeli family. Peled's grandfather was one of the signers of the Israeli founding documents. His father was a soldier in the war which led to the creation of Israel and later a senior army general during the 1967 war. And one of Peled's nieces was killed in a suicide bombing attack.

However, in contrast to what one might expect, Miko Peled is a voice of sharp criticism of Israel and Israeli policies. He does not mince his words. Israel is a "settler colonial state" and Israel does NOT have a "right to exist" as an apartheid state with preferential treatment based on ethnicity.

Comment: Voices like Peled's are among the most "dangerous" for the Israel narrative; he underscores the conscience that is inherently missing from those who would continue the slow-motion ethnic cleansing of Palestinians under the guise of defense, or other such lies.


On my sixth yearly visit, I've never seen Gaza so devastated

Sewage in Gaza. It poisons the sea but Gazans have no choice but to go down to the sea.
I've visited the Gaza Strip for each of the past six years, including in 2014 a few months after Israel's devastating military assault. And yet, I've never seen Gaza like I did when I had the privilege of visiting this summer.

I call it a privilege because, due to the blockade of Gaza imposed by Israel (with the support of Egypt), which is part of Israel's now 50-year-old military rule over Palestinians in the occupied territories, internationals allowed in and out of Gaza are few, and Palestinians even fewer. This illegal land, air, and sea blockade, which has just entered its tenth year and amounts to collective punishment, as has been noted by the UN and human rights groups, has decimated the economy of Gaza and allowed for the near complete destruction of critical infrastructure. Experts use the term "de-development" to describe this once-bustling Mediterranean coastal enclave of two million Palestinians.

Nearly half the population are now unemployed and 80% rely on humanitarian assistance from organizations like UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. Nearly one million refugees require UNRWA food assistance now, up from 80,000 people in 2000, before the blockade was in place. At its heart, UNRWA is a human development agency, running the largest and one of the best performing public school system in the entire Middle East, 10 times the size of DC Public Schools. But due to decades of Israel's dispossession, occupation, and systematic oppression of Palestinians, UNRWA is forced to prioritize emergency interventions like food assistance and emergency protection. It's an affront to humanity.


Las Vegas mass shooting, version 3.0 - Now gunman unleashed 200 rounds on security guard a full 6 minutes BEFORE opening fire on concert - UPDATES

Police have dramatically changed their account of how the Las Vegas massacre began on Oct. 1, revealing Monday that the gunman shot a hotel security guard six minutes before opening fire on a country music concert - raising new questions about why police weren't able to pinpoint the gunman's location sooner.

Officials had previously said that gunman Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos after Paddock had unleashed his deadly volley at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, an assault that began at 10:05 p.m. and left 58 people dead, with hundreds more injured.

They had credited Campos, who was shot in the leg, with stopping the 10-minute assault on the concert crowd by turning the gunman's attention to the hotel hallway, where Campos was checking an alert for an open door in another guest's room.

But Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Monday that Paddock shot Campos before his mass shooting - at 9:59 p.m. - and they now didn't know why Paddock stopped his attack on the crowd.

Comment: The questions continue to pile up and all the police can do is blame 'poor hotel security'. There's obviously something more going on than that.

For previous updates, see: More than 50 dead, 500 wounded in Las Vegas concert shooting - UPDATES.

Oct. 10 Updates

In the original story, Campos was drawn to Paddock's room because he noticed the door was ajar. Now, in this one, he was on the floor investigating a different open door, which set off a hotel alarm. Were they both open?

Is Campos a reliable source? Right-wing source GotNews.com asserts that an ATF source told them Campos may have been an accomplice - a large amount of gunpowder residue was found on his hands: "They believe he killed Paddock, shot holes through the door and his own arm to produce physical evidence for his cover story, then went and lay next to the elevator." That ATF denies that, however. That said, here's the rumors:
"Paddock also had an electronic signal jamming device active and that is why the cameras were all out on the floor," the ATF official explained.

Moreover, it appears the 64-year-old multimillionaire also plotted his attack well in advance: "Paddock at a minimum scouted out two separate music concerts, one being the EDC [Electric Daisy Carnival] and the other held at the Life is Beautiful venue plaza by Fremont, but didn't pull the trigger," the ATF senior official told GotNews. "Paddock had big plans, and didn't plan on dying in the hotel room." ABC News recently reported that Paddock had previously booked a hotel room overlooking Lollapalooza, and visited other musical festivals, presumably to scout for potential targets.

"Paddock also bought 60 guns total from at least 20 different gun stores, and he only visited them each once," the official said. The ATF is looking into the real estate investor's mysterious background, and so far has yet to reach a conclusion. A source familiar with the investigation told GotNews he "believes [Paddock] was an illegal gun broker or possibly working for a three letter agency to catch real criminals who are trying to buy illegal guns."

Speculation that Paddock may have been an arms dealer has increased in recent days, in part due to a bizarre television interview his younger brother Eric gave, in which he discussed his brother's background:

"People are saying 'oh, he must've had help.' Steve had no help. Steve didn't take help. It did not take a village for Steve. Steve was an arm-," Eric Paddock says in the strange clip, before awkwardly pausing, apparently catching himself. "I'm sorry. Please, don't..."
What has Paddock's escape plan? As we reported in a previous update, officer Newton, who was part of the team that breached the room, could only speculate based on what he saw that Paddock planned to shoot it out with them, and could have held out for hours based on the number of guns and ammo. But Sheriff Lombardo says the shots fired at the jet fuel tanks may have been intended to cause a distraction.
"We know that he attempted to shoot at the fuel tanks. We know that he had some personal protection equipment in the room. We know that the car that was down in the parking garage still contained binary explosives," Lombardo said. "Depending on the 'splash' he made during the shooting, would it enable the first responders to be directing their attention to other locations, which would enable Mr. Paddock to just leave the hotel."

Lombardo said that the explosives were not set up to detonate with a trigger, but added that police do not know "whether he had planned to cause additional harm outside of what occurred at Mandalay Bay."
When asked about the "note" found in Paddock's room, Lombardo responded: "There was not a note in the suspect's room. We recovered a document that had numbers associated to it," adding that he was not able to make a guess as to why it was found in his room. This somewhat contradicts the accounts of the officers who breached the room, who say the note contained specific angles and elevations to maximize his shooting accuracy.

Police and FBI have reportedly sorted through "a thousand leads" and haven't found anything: no motive, no connections, no accomplices, nothing. Former FBI profiler David Gomez told AP: "It's his actual normalcy that makes him a fascinating study".
Experts say it is extremely unusual to have so few clues more than a week after a mass shooting. In past mass killings or terrorist attacks, killers left notes, social media postings and information on a computer, or even phoned police.

In this case, there was no suicide note, no manifesto, no evidence the gunman was motivated by any ideology and Paddock has no clear presence on social media, police said.

The FBI is working around-the-clock and a "comprehensive picture is being drawn as to the suspect's mental state," the sheriff said. Though at this point, they haven't found any one particular event in Paddock's life that triggered the shooting, he said.
October 11 Updates

Laura Loomer has another scoop from Mandalay Bay. She has acquired a screenshot from the hotel's employee database, Workday, that shows security guard Jesus Campos is not currently listed as an employee. This may suggest he has either resigned, was fired, or perhaps was never even officially employed or entered into the system by the hotel.
The media have already pointed out the strangeness of Paddock not having any social media profile. But despite his reclusive nature, they still managed to obtain photographs of him. Isn't it strange that we know practically nothing about Jesus Campos?

As for the revised timeline, even MGM is saying that the police version "may not be accurate":
"As evidenced by law enforcement briefings over the past week, many facts are still unverified and continue to change as events are under review. We cannot be certain about the most recent timeline that has been communicated publicly, and we believe what is currently being expressed may not be accurate."

DeShong added, "We understand the public's desire for information and the importance of getting our community and the public at large the information they deserve, and we are doing everything we can to support law enforcement's efforts to do so. Therefor, it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time on what remains an open matter for law enforcement."
YouTube user M34T has synced several videos of the shooting below:

Notice the shots heard in the cabbie's video at 4:39, which aren't audible in the crowd footage. Since the cabbie was directly next to the hotel, it's plausible her camera was picking up shots fired within the hotel room, which were not audible farther away. These come around 5 minutes after the shooting started, i.e. right in the middle of the 10 minutes of gunfire. What were these shots? Was this when shots were fired through the door of the hotel room? Police have not suggested shots were fired within the room at any other time than at the very end (according to the first timeline) or 6 minutes before the shooting began (according to the second timeline). Remember, Paddock was supposed to have fired off up to 200 rounds at either time. So what are these shots?

Police are saying that Campos actually called in the shots fired at him soon after he was shot, and before the shooting began, "possibly using a hallway phone to contact hotel security. He manually called down and he used his radio to call." Some details that may possibly become relevant as more information comes forward:
Some police officers had already been inside the Mandalay Bay building responding to another, unrelated call when the attack happened, Roberts said.

There are no hotel surveillance cameras in the hotel hallway, only on the floor's elevator banks, and the timestamps on the hotel's communications systems have in some cases been inaccurate, hampering investigators' ability to build an accurate timeline while they try to find a motive behind the attack, Roberts said.
As to how Paddock and/or an accomplice managed to get all that weaponry into the hotel room, it has emerged that he was allowed access to the hotel's service elevator - an alleged perk for high rollers. This news was preempted when the CEO of Wynn resorts on Sunday apparently slipped by saying this:
"You'd never stop a man like this (Paddock) from coming in the building," Wynn told FOX News on Sunday. "However," he continued, "nobody in this company's history, no public person, has ever walked in the service elevator unless they were accompanied by security. Uh, that wouldn't happen."

This tidbit of information was offered up randomly as they were not talking about elevator use at all. When Chris Wallace heard Wynn say this, however, he immediately asked for clarification.

"Did he (Paddock) go in the service elevator, Steve?" asked Wallace.

Wynn then proceeds to fumble his response, seemingly knowing he'd just revealed information the public was not given.

"Uh, Uh, Uh, I'm just saying, anything like that...I'm not sure if he did. But nobody ever goes in the back of the house unaccompanied by security," replies Wynn.
So was Paddock accompanied by security? If so, who specifically? And again, wouldn't any of this have been captured on camera?

In related news, an autopsy has found no abnormalities in Paddock's brain. Marilou Danley had "no concerns" over Paddock's mental health. And Sheriff Lombardo says we may never know Paddock's motive. Lombardo also contradicted two previous pieces of reporting:
Lombardo said his team had reviewed hours of CCTV footage, and were not aware of any evidence to suggest he went into the desert to practice shooting in the days before the massacre, or that he hired a prostitute...

A bellboy did help Paddock move several bags up to his room, Lombardo revealed, adding that the killer traveled back and forth to his hometown of Mesquite several times before the massacre.
FBI returned to Paddock's place in Reno after someone told local police that the house had been broken into. A neighbor saw lights on in the home. Police discovered someone had broken in through the front door, but they are "not sure exactly how they gained entry. Police are not aware of any damages or anything that was stolen." There are no suspects at this time or any descriptions of a suspect.

October 12 Updates

The maintenance guy who was warned off by Jesus Campos spoke to NBC. Stephen Schuck was called to the 32nd floor to check on the stairwell door near Paddock's room which had been jammed shut (according to the police who breached the room, a piece of metal had been screwed into the door and frame). Walking down the hallway, he heard shots. Campos, who was taking cover in one of the hotel-room door alcoves by this time, warned Schuck to take cover. More shots were fired as Schuck too ducked into an alcove. After waiting for the gunfire to stop Schuck immediately told hotel dispatchers to call police.

The audio of Schuck radioing in the shooting was broadcast:

Laura Loomer went to Jesus Campos's house. An armed security guard working for On Scene, Troy Goff, was standing in front of the home. (On Scene's business license apparently expired in January, and they have a virtual address.)

Some are claiming that those extra 6 minutes should have been enough time for police to have intervened earlier:
Pressure mounted Wednesday for Las Vegas police to explain how quickly they reacted to what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history after two hotel employees reported a gunman spraying a hallway with bullets six minutes before he opened fire on a crowd at a musical performance.
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The six minutes wouldn't have been enough time for officers to stop the attack, said Ron Hosko, a former FBI assistant director who has worked on SWAT teams.

Rather than rush in without a game plan, police would have been formulating the best response to the barricaded gunman, he said.

"Maybe that's enough time to get the first patrolman onto the floor but the first patrolman is not going to go knock on that customer's door and say 'What's going on with 200 holes in the door?'" Hosko said.
It took 10-15 minutes for the first police officers to make it to the 32nd floor. Whether or not that response is considered fast enough would depend on whether there were any policeman in the area close enough to make it there in less time.

A Clark County DA insider allegedly told True Pundit that Sheriff Lombardo is lying to the public.
"Lombardo is a politician and that is all he is," the DA insider said. "He's doing and saying what the FBI is telling him and the majority of it makes no sense to anyone who has conducted criminal investigations for any length of time.

"You have to understand the FBI in Las Vegas only takes, they never give anything and this includes information. It is the same with the way they treat the DA's office and Metro (Las Vegas Police)."

Las Vegas is the county seat of Clark County. Its court system and law enforcement investigations are normally separate from federal court and the FBI.

The DA insider said Aaron Rouse who heads the FBI in Las Vegas reports directly to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe who is running point on the Las Vegas shooting probe. Rouse, who for years worked under McCabe in the Bureau's Counterintelligence Division in D.C., was appointed to the Las Vegas post by ex-FBI director James Comey in 2016.

According to the Las Vegas source, Rouse's FBI has discounted most of the intelligence and evidence found by investigators outside the bureau, including LVMPD as well as solid evidence pinpointed by investigators working with the county DA's office.

Some of this evidence deals with forensic proof that a second shooter may have opened fire on the concert goers, the law enforcement source said.

When pressed for details on what specifically Lombardo and the FBI are covering up, the DA insider said local investigators, as well as retired law enforcement officers who have volunteered their expertise since the shootings, uncovered fairly impressive forensic evidence that an additional shooter was likely firing from a location closer to the concert crowd than shooter Stephen Paddock's deadly perch at the Mandalay Bay.

Paddock, the DA insider said, was firing rounds from approximately 400 yards away from the concert from the 32nd floor on Mandalay Bay. The law enforcement source said investigators turned over proof to the FBI that a second shooter was firing from inside a perimeter of approximately 215 yards.
October 13 Updates

More oddities surrounding Jesus Campos have come to light in the last day. First, he was scheduled for 5 network interviews (apparently set up by his union president), but didn't show up for any of them. This included an interview with Sean Hannity. When he was nowhere to be found, Hannity tweeted "He cancelled." Journalist Stephanie Wash tweeted "We were in a room & we came out & he was gone". After all this, Laura Loomer paid a second visit to his home. She says a "female family member of Campos answered the door and ... clearly said 'I can't talk about this, I was told not to talk about this.' " As Loomer writes, who is preventing the family from talking?

In addition to Campos not showing up on the Mandalay Bay employee software, he's apparently not even registered as a security guard in the state of Nevada. All security guards are supposed to register as armed or unarmed guards with the Private Investigator's Licensing Board, but there's not Jesus Campos listed with the PILB.

And here's another eyewitness who insists there was more than one shooter:

October 14 Updates

Cops have revised the shooting timeline again. Now, Campos is shot by Paddock at 10:05, not six minutes earlier:
The latest account came a day after MGM Resorts, which owns Mandalay Bay, disputed the police department's timeline, saying in a statement that the time of 9:59 had come from a hotel report "manually created after the fact" and was not accurate.

The sheriff did not say on Friday whether Mr. Paddock had already begun shooting at the crowd from the window of his 32nd-floor suite when he wounded Mr. Campos, or turned to the concert immediately after. MGM said in its statement that the gunman was firing at the concert grounds "at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after" the time Mr. Campos first reported shots over his radio.
Don't worry, though. Sheriff Lombardo assured everyone, "there is no conspiracy." "Nobody is attempting to hide anything in reference to this investigation. The dynamics and the size of this investigation requires us to go through voluminous amounts of information in order to draw an accurate picture," he added. Lombardo cited Campos's cell phone call about his encounter as verification for the new timing.

For their part, MGM Resorts has hired a crisis management firm, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, "to assist in responding to inquiries from media and investors".

LVMPD and the FBI denied journalists Laura Loomer and Mike Tokes access to yesterday's press conference. Guess they've been asking real questions... Media also attacked Michael Snyder (now a Republican candidate for Congress) for asking tough questions.

The boyfriend of Marilou Danley's sister has revealed more detail about the man. Apparently Paddock told him he had a huge "gun room" in his Mesquite, Nevada, home, and owned at least one made-to-order weapon worth thousands of dollars. He called Paddock "highly intelligent and strategic."
He and his girlfriend, who was the sister of Marilou Danley, had also spent some time at their home Mesquite, Nevada where Paddock mentioned his 'gun room'.

'His comments were that it's a substantial hobby that needs to be protected: 'a gun room',' the man said.

Paddock had reportedly experienced significant weight loss in the lead up to the shooting. He also developed an obsession with his girlfriend's ex-husband, Geary Danley, with whom she had been married to for more than 20 years before they finalized their divorce in 2015.

The gunman's brother, Eric Paddock, told Reuters in a series of text messages that Danley was sympathetic in dealing with Paddock's allergy-driven quirks.

Paddock often wore brown cloth gardening gloves to prevent rashes from contact with cleaning chemical residues, the brother wrote.

He was also allergic to many pills and was unable to renew his pilot's license - he had flown planes since he was a teenager - because he could not take the pills needed to reduce his blood pressure. At casinos where he was a regular, he was such a valued customer that staff obliged his requests to wash his room's carpet with plain water.

'The reason Mary Lou looks so plain in that picture they keep posting of her is because for him she would not wear perfumes or hair sprays or anything with scents in it because it affected him,' Eric wrote, referring to the passport-style photo of Danley that has been widely circulated by news outlets.
Paddock certainly seemed less open with his Reno neighbors; Page describes him as 'a reclusive weirdo' and says she 'never once got as much as a smile out of him.'

'I never heard music, conversation and never once saw them have friends over.

'He would keep his face down, avoid all conversation and was just very unfriendly and strange.'
October 15 Updates

See: Laura Loomer also reports that Campos only started working for Mandalay Bay on June 30 of this year. He'd only been working there for 3 months.

An interesting factoid: The Saudi Royal Family owns 45% of the Four Seasons, which owns the top six floors of Mandalay Bay (above the 32nd floor).

October 16 Updates

Laura Loomer interviewed survivors and eyewitnesses Stephanie and Anthony, who insist there were multiple shooters:

Stephanie and Anthony, the survivors, told Loomer they recall two different sounds that night: automatic gunfire coming from one source - presumably Paddock - and single-shot gunfire coming from somewhere else.
Loomer noted that these two individuals feel the mainstream media has ignored them. "It's shameful that eyewitnesses and victims of the Las Vegas shooting feel as though mainstream and local Las Vegas media don't want to listen to their accounts of what happened the night of the shooting," Loomer told GotNews. "Like many of the people I met in Las Vegas, the eyewitnesses I spoke with expressed their frustrations with the direction of the investigation, the lack of answers, and the inconsistencies with the ever-changing timeline."
"Given the fact that the LVMPD and FBI are still unsure of the facts of the shooting and the timeline of the attack, it seems reckless for them to dismiss the idea of multiple shooters, especially given the fact that multiple eyewitnesses claimed that they were chased on the ground and heard multiple shooters," Loomer explained.
Stephen Paddock's body has been transferred to Stanford University where neuropathologists will further examine his brain. Chances are they won't find anything more than the autopsy: i.e., nothing.


Harvard study uses Guardian data - Determines that US police killings undercounted by half

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The study is the latest to reveal government databases undercounting the number of people killed by police.
Harvard study finds over half of deaths wrongly classified, in latest example of databases greatly undercounting police killings

Over half of all police killings in 2015 were wrongly classified as not having been the result of interactions with officers, a new Harvard study based on Guardian data has found.

The finding is just the latest to show government databases seriously undercounting the number of people killed by police.

"Right now the data quality is bad and unacceptable," said lead researcher Justin Feldman. "To effectively address the problem of law enforcement-related deaths, the public needs better data about who is being killed, where, and under what circumstances."

Feldman used data from the Guardian's 2015 investigation into police killings, The Counted, and compared it with data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS). That dataset, which is kept by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was found to have misclassified 55.2% of all police killings, with the errors occurring disproportionately in low-income jurisdictions.


Just the beginning: Detroit mother sentenced to jail for not vaccinating her son - UPDATE: Mom loses primary custody of son

In a seemingly unprecedented violation of rights, a case out of Detroit, Michigan should worry even the most stringent pro-vaccine advocates. A mother has been sentenced to jail for failing to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated.

While the Free Thought Project has reported on instances of children being denied public services, like school, for not vaccinating their children, the idea that someone is now being thrown in jail for choosing to abstain from vaccination is chilling.

"I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don't believe in," said Rebecca Bredow last week when given the ultimatum-vaccinate your son or go to jail.

Comment: Read more on health risks and vaccinations: Update (Oct. 12): While the mother was in prison, a judge ruled the child's father would be given primary custody of the child. The child was also vaccinated while she was in prison, a clear violation of the mother's wishes. This is a terrible precedent to set.

Update (Oct. 14): The mother, understandably upset by the fact that her child was vaccinated against her wishes expressed her outrage:
"It was the worst five days of my life, except for the fact that I just found out that he was vaccinated and I'm not going to get him back today," Bredow said, via the Detroit Free Press. "It's been a rough few days to say the least."

Following Bredow's release, Judge McDonald approved a recommendation to have the mother and Mr. Horne share custody of the child on a 50/50 basis. "She's devastated," Bredow's attorney Steven Vitale said. Vitale added that he and his client were given 21 days to challenge the new ruling, which they reportedly plan to do.

Bredow's husband and the boy's stepfather, Gary Bredow, also disagrees with the judge's decision.

"I think it's horrific; to me it's a worst case scenario," he said, per CBS Detroit. "For a mother who has done and followed all of the state exemption laws, never had her voice truly heard in this court...I think it's absolutely horrible."


Two bomb blasts strike Mogadishu, Somalia; 22 people killed

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Two car bombs hit Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, police say, adding that 22 people were killed. The first blast was reportedly followed by gunfire.

The incident took place in the center of the city where government offices, hotels, restaurants, and shops are located, police say. At least 15 people were injured, police Capt. Mohamed Hussein said, AP reports.

"It was a truck bomb. It exploded at the K5 Junction," Hussein told Reuters adding that "the scene is still burning."

"We know that at least 20 civilians are dead while dozens of others are wounded," Abdullahi Nur, a police officer told Reuters.

"The death toll will surely rise. We are still busy transporting casualties," he said.

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Trump the populist? Most Americans support the Iran nuclear deal

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U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to outline his stance on Iran today or tomorrow amid speculation he is poised to decertify the 2015 nuclear deal. Such a move would go against warnings from inside and outside his administration, isolating the U.S. and potentially leading to a second nuclear crisis, this time in the Middle East. Trump has labeled the accord "an embarrassment" and "the worst deal ever negotiated".

While de-certifying would not withdraw the U.S. from the deal, it would give Congress 60 days to decide whether or not to reimpose the sanctions on Iran that were suspended by it. According to a new poll from YouGov, Americans are at odds with the president's stance with most of the public supporting the nuclear deal. The research found that 56 percent of the public approve of the agreement, of which 31 percent strongly approve and 25 percent somewhat approve. Only 19 percent of those polled said they disapprove of it.

Broken down by party, 68 percent of Democrats support the deal while a surprisingly large 22 percent share have no opinion on the matter. A slight 51 percent majority of Republicans are also in favor of the agreement while 23 percent are against it. YouGov also found that support for the nuclear deal doesn't necessarily mean Americans like or trust Iran with 44 percent regarding the country as a U.S. enemy.

Comment: Israel first. Saudia Arabia second. Americans? They don't seem to be on the list. Trump decertified the deal, which pushes the issue to Congress. The total list of people happy about this includes: Trump, Nikki Haley, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Great company to keep!


Fresh Ferguson arrests as #SLVerdict protest reaches one month mark in the fatal shooting of a black man

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Five people have been arrested in front of the Ferguson police station in ongoing protests following the acquittal of a former St. Louis police officer in the fatal shooting of a black driver.

The individuals arrested were part of a larger group of about 50 demonstrators who gathered on south Florissant Road, according to the St Louis Dispatch.

A police officer told the local news outlet that the five were expected to be charged with impeding traffic. The individuals were reportedly released later Friday night.

A new wave of protests ignited on September 15 after former police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted in the fatal shooting of black man Anthony Lamar Smith.

Comment: See also: More than 100 St. Louis protesters arrested after blocking highway

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UK court deems segregation by sex in Islamic-faith school unlawful

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The policy of segregating girls and boys at an Islamic-faith school has been deemed unlawful in a landmark ruling by the Court of Appeal in the UK.

Judges ruled on Friday that the separation of boys from girls constituted sex discrimination. The decision could have huge ramifications across the country.

Al-Hijrah School in Birmingham had challenged a critical report by schools watchdog, Ofsted.

However, the High Court upheld the regulator's findings.