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South Front's Syrian war report: Dozens of troops and civilians killed & injured in Idlib as Syrian army battles terrorists

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Syrian Forces
46 Syrian service members have been killed and 77 were wounded in recent clashes with radical militants in Greater Idlib in the period from January 16 to January 19, the Russian Reconciliation Center reported. According to the report, 57 civilians were killed and 116 others were injured as a result of attacks and shelling by militants.

On January 19, the Syrian Army repelled a large attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies on the town of Abu Dafn. According to pro-government sources, the army lost several armoured vehicles. The Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL), a key ally of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, militants damaged a battle tank and an infantry fighting vehicle, and destroyed an artillery piece belonging to the army. The NFL also claimed that dozens army troops were killed and injured. Earlier, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham recaptured the areas of Tell Khatrah, Mustayf Hill and Abu Jurayf from government forces and foiled army attempts to take them back.

Comment: See also: U.S. Didn't 'Withdraw' From Syria - It Redeployed, And Now Controls 75% of The Country's Oil


Bizarro Earth

How Ukraine's neo-Nazis are preparing to 'reintegrate' Donbass

Flame thrower
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Ever since the 2014 NATO-backed coup, Ukraine has been in a state of a perpetual downward spiral. In every way possible. Ukraine's economy has been experiencing a double-digit recession every year since 2014. According to some estimates, Ukraine lost a staggering sum of up to $80 billion due to the 2014 coup which stopped its trade with Russia, the country's main trading partner.

However, a far worse decline happened in parallel with economic hardships - an absolute moral bankruptcy, fostered by the most extremist groups, spilling over to other parts of Ukrainian society. Various armed Neo-Nazi paramilitary groups have been the main symptom of such developments. And such groups are still very much relevant and more than ready to kill the people of Donbass.

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Sex is for married heterosexual couples only - Church of England

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Clergy 'should not provide services of blessing for those who register a civil partnership', say bishops.
The Church of England has stated that sex belongs only within heterosexual marriage, and that sex in gay or straight civil partnerships "falls short of God's purpose for human beings".

Bishops have issued pastoral guidance in response to the recent introduction to mixed-sex civil partnerships, which says: "For Christians, marriage - that is, the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows - remains the proper context for sexual activity."

The church "seeks to uphold that standard" in its approach to civil partnerships, and "to affirm the value of committed, sexually abstinent friendships" within such partnerships.

Comment: So the CoE isn't barring homosexuals from participating, but it is reaffirming its stance that it won't sanctify relations it feels aren't in line with its values.

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Lab-made coronavirus triggers debate

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MERS coronavirus
Ralph Baric, an infectious-disease researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, last week (November 9) published a study on his team's efforts to engineer a virus with the surface protein of the SHC014 coronavirus, found in horseshoe bats in China, and the backbone of to one that causes human-like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in mice. The hybrid virus could infect human airway cells and caused disease in mice, according to the team's results, which were published in Nature Medicine.

The results demonstrate the ability of the SHC014 surface protein to bind and infect human cells, validating concerns that this virus — or other coronaviruses found in bat species — may be capable of making the leap to people without first evolving in an intermediate host, Nature reported. They also reignite a debate about whether that information justifies the risk of such work, known as gain-of-function research. "If the [new] virus escaped, nobody could predict the trajectory," Simon Wain-Hobson, a virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, told Nature.

Comment: Given the recent rise and spread of the coronavirus in China, and this recent headline from CNN, 'The Wuhan virus is the last thing China's economy needs right now', one has to wonder if one of these engineered viruses surreptitiously 'escaped' the lab. It's a horrible thought, but does anyone believe western agencies wouldn't resort to biological warfare in an attempt to economically cripple China?

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Attention

Executive at Portuguese bank co-owned by Isabel dos Santos is found dead

EuroBic
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EuroBic is a privately–owned lender whose largest shareholder is Dos Santos.
A senior manager at a Portuguese bank co-owned by Isabel dos Santos, the Angolan businesswoman at the centre of the Luanda Leaks scandal, has been found dead in Lisbon.

The death of Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, 45, was confirmed by police hours after the banker was named alongside Dos Santos and three other individuals as a suspect in a criminal investigation in Angola into alleged embezzlement at the state oil company, Sonangol.

The national director of Portugal's judicial police, Luis Neves, said preliminary reports indicated Ribeiro da Cunha's death was suicide and that nobody else was involved. He told reporters his staff were prepared to help with the Angolan corruption investigation whenever a formal request is made.

The banker held a senior role at EuroBic, a privately-owned lender whose largest shareholder is Dos Santos. He appears to have handled a number of transactions for companies controlled by Dos Santos, according to leaked files.

Dos Santos, the daughter of Angola's former president, José Eduardo dos Santos, has faced intense pressure this week after the Guardian and other media published stories based on the Luanda Leaks, a cache of 715,000 papers from the heart of her business empire.

Rocket

The empire's war on oppositional journalism continues to escalate

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Journalist Glenn Greenwald has been charged by the Bolsonaro government in Brazil with the same prosecutorial angle used by the US to target WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Per The New York Times:
Citing intercepted messages between Mr. Greenwald and the hackers, prosecutors say the journalist played a "clear role in facilitating the commission of a crime."

For instance, prosecutors contend that Mr. Greenwald encouraged the hackers to delete archives that had already been shared with The Intercept Brasil, in order to cover their tracks.

Prosecutors also say that Mr. Greenwald was communicating with the hackers while they were actively monitoring private chats on Telegram, a messaging app. The complaint charged six other individuals, including four who were detained last year in connection with the cellphone hacking.
This argument is essentially indistinguishable from the argument currently being used by the Trump administration in charging Assange with 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. The US Department of Justice alleges that Assange attempted to provide Private Manning with advice and assistance in covering her tracks while leaking documents she already had access to, therefore making Assange party to a conspiracy against the United States.

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Eye 1

Swipe left on Big Brother? Tinder adds user-tracking 'panic button,' because there's always a predator somewhere

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Dating app Tinder has added a 'panic button' feature that tracks the user through a 'date' and allows them to surreptitiously notify authorities if they're in trouble. The company insists users are fine with the loss of privacy.

The precision location tracking feature lets Tinder users store details about their dates and their planned itinerary so that authorities can be quickly and comprehensively notified at the touch of a button should anything go awry. Triggering the panic button results in a text from Noonlight, the company behind the technology. If the user doesn't respond with reassurance that all is well, the emergency services are alerted.

Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of Tinder parent Match Group, insists users are fine with sacrificing their privacy for a nebulous promise of safety. "You are opting in to make sure people can help you if you are in need," she told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, denying the location data would be used for marketing "or anything else." However, she also claimed the location data will stay with Noonlight, not Match, absolving the latter from responsibility for its ultimate uses.

Pirates

Two soldiers killed in roadside bomb attack in central Mali

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Soldiers of the Barkhane Force and the Malian army patrol in a street of Menaka, in the region of Liptako, March 21, 2019.
At least two Malian soldiers have been killed and two others wounded by a roadside bomb in the latest wave of violence to hit volatile central Mali.

Mali army colonel Diarran Kone said on Wednesday that the soldiers were travelling to the town of Douentza, in the central region of Mopti, on Tuesday when their vehicle struck the bomb.

"The route we took was mined. My life was saved because I was (sitting) behind," one of the wounded troops told AFP.

Since 2012, Mali has been in a persisting conflict after Takfiri terrorists hijacked an uprising by Tuareg people, a large Berber ethnic confederation living across the Sahara Desert, in the north.

Black Cat

The Gambia, a 'paedo paradise' where British perverts buy African children and toddlers to rape

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A tourist wades into the sea with a small African child in The Gambia - where child sex abuse is rife
Gambian children are being sold to British paedophiles for as little as £2-a-time by their desperate parents, Sun Online can reveal.

Huge numbers of predators are taking advantage of lax laws in the poverty stricken African country to embark on sick child abuse holidays where they openly target little boys and girls.

Sun Online saw first hand how poor Gambian children can be vulnerable to British paedos when we visited the beach resorts that dot Kololi on the country's picturesque Atlantic coastline.

Our reporter was constantly shocked by the number of unaccompanied African minors he saw being cared for by middle-aged, Western men who did not appear to be their biological fathers.

Star of David

BDS succeeds in foiling Israeli 'whitewashing' medical event

BDS protest
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Following pressure from BDS activists, several main speakers have canceled their appearance at the Israeli first-ever herbal-medicine conference, slated to take place in Poriya (which was built on the ruins of emptied Palestinian villages back in 1948) in Tiberias February 9-11.

The president of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), Bevin Clare, also withdrew from the conference.

Other speakers including 7Song from the US and Danny O'Rawe from Northern Ireland announced that they would not be attending the conference as well.

The event was supposed to host other speakers, including the extremist settler Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum, a native of Denmark, who is a founder and director of Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin: Holistic Torah for Women on the Land.

Siegelbaum, who is an illegal West Bank settler, has previously expressed extreme views, which claimed that the Palestinian people do not exist, the Palestinian refugees are a "myth", and that the West Bank is just a "major linguistic error" because it is not located exactly on the edge of the Jordan river, which makes it legal for Jews to build settlements there.