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At least one protester at McCloskey altercation was armed with firearm, sources say

Attorney has argued state's castle law shields couple from prosecution.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey made national headlines at the end of June when they confronted a mob of protesters outside of their home on Portland Place, a wealthy private street west of downtown St. Louis.

Photos and videos of the couple holding firearms and in some cases brandishing those firearms at the crowd went globally viral. St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner charged the pair on July 20 with "flourishing" their guns in an unlawful manner.

Yet sources in the St. Louis Police Department have told Just the News that video evidence from the altercation indicates that at least one member of the crowd of protesters was armed with a gun during the confrontation.

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Ethiopia rules out military conflict with Egypt over Renaissance Dam

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia
A worker goes down a construction ladder at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia, on 26 December 2019
The Ethiopian Ambassador in Russia, Alemayehu Tegenu Aargau, yesterday ruled out the outbreak of a military conflict between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Speaking to reporters in Moscow, the Ethiopian ambassador said: "Tripartite negotiations are currently taking place under the African Union auspices, and I think that all problems will be resolved very soon. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is not a cause of the conflict. The dam is a valuable facility for the region. It is a source of cooperation, not conflict."

He noted that "Egypt's request for the United Nations Security Council to interfere in the tripartite negotiations is meaningless and useless."

"The dam is a development issue, not a security issue, which is an Ethiopian issue, and a regional issue. It will benefit Africa and Ethiopia. The Security Council does not discuss these issues. The dam does not pose a security threat, and therefore, Ethiopia did not support the Egyptian request from the beginning," he said.

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Sweden unveils promising covid-19 data as new cases plunge

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As other countries face renewed outbreaks, Sweden's latest Covid-19 figures suggest it's rapidly bringing the virus under control.

"That Sweden has come down to these levels is very promising," state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told reporters in Stockholm on Tuesday.

The Health Agency of Sweden says that since hitting a peak in late June, the infection rate has fallen sharply. That's amid an increase in testing over the period. "The curves are going down and the curves for the seriously ill are beginning to approach zero," Tegnell said.

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Arizona train derailment and fire described as 'a scene from hell'

Arizona train fire

Plumes of smoke rise above fiery scene of train derailment Wednesday.
One person was treated for smoke inhalation after a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire on a bridge over Tempe Town Lake in Arizona, officials said Wednesday.

Plumes of black smoke could be seen Wednesday morning rising into the sky beneath a trail of flames on video and images from the site of the derailment, where part of the bridge collapsed.

The National Transportation Safety Board said via Twitter that it would investigate but that it was not traveling to the crash site at this time.The fire reached four alarms, which Tempe Fire Chief Greg Ruiz said was a "very, very large event."

"The focus of the initial operation was to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to additional cars," Ruiz told reporters. "The fire has been knocked down and the crews continue to address any hotspots along the bridge.

"Now, first responders were focused on containing leak of hazardous material from one of the cars, he said.Tempe police Chief Sylvia Moir urged residents via Twitter to stay away from the scene, which she described as very dangerous.


10 big fat lies you're being told about the Portland riots

BLM protests
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Democrats have fully pivoted on the nightly Portland riots. They've gone all-in on blaming the riots on President Trump thus allying themselves with the antifa and Black Lives Matter anarchist and communist mobs. Instead of black bloc balaclavas or masks, the politicians have donned the cloak of civil libertarianism. In doing so, they make a mockery of it.

Democrats, so far as I can find, have never denounced the violent mobs, though New York Governor Andrew Cuomo once wagged a finger at George Floyd rioters while simultaneously explaining that it wasn't really their fault because "income inequality" led to violence. Indeed, the only remonstrance issued was over people burning down black-owned businesses - their "own house" as he put it, because burning your own stuff "never makes sense." As denunciations go, it was a rambling nothing-burger. Atlanta's mayor voiced similar disgust with the arsonists and looters.

In fact, mayors, governors, and prosecutors have fallen all over themselves to support the violent mobs in Seattle, New York, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and, of course, Portland, often conflating the "mostly peaceful" protesters upset with the killing of George Floyd - remember him? - with the ones looting Louis Vuitton, tearing down statues of George Washington, and trying to burn down federal buildings.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan ceded a section of the fancy Capitol Hill neighborhood to the mob. She handed over a police precinct to the mob. Two murders, gunshot wounds, assaults, and rapes took place at her pet mob's little "summer of love" squat. She's never apologized.

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"Hate speech" is suppressed by Facebook before it's seen by anyone, admits Zuckerberg

Facebook censors almost 90 percent of 'hate speech' before it's allowed to circulate, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress at Wednesday's Big Tech hearing, responding to pressure from Democrats to submit to the advertiser boycott.
Zuckerberg Court
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Comment: Did you read that folks? 10 years ago you would have been labelled a conspiracy theorist for mentioning that intelligent agencies were watching you through social media platforms... And now it comes straight from Zuckerbarf's mouth.


New York police officers force protester into unmarked van, video shows: 'NYC is taking after Portland'

New York police officers force protester into unmarked van, video shows: 'NYC is taking after Portland'
New York police dressed in shorts and T-shirts grabbed a protester from a demonstration during an arrest Tuesday and put them in an unmarked minivan, video of the incident shared on social media shows.

The tactics were quickly compared to those of federal agents in Portland, where local officials have raised concerns over arrests they say are unlawful and without probable cause as videos there have similarly shown authorities seemingly swoop in and pull protesters from the streets into unmarked vehicles.

The New York Police Department said in a statement after video of the arrest was shared widely that the person taken into custody was wanted for allegedly damaging police cameras in five separate incidents. The department said it was its Warrant Squad that made the arrest Tuesday.

"The Warrant Squad uses unmarked vehicles to effectively locate wanted suspects," NYPD tweeted.

Comment: And the response from people angered over the arrest came quickly:
Angry protesters have swarmed the NYPD commissioner's home on West 73rd street in Manhattan, in response to the arrest of a protester who was bundled into an unmarked van on Tuesday.

Furious that one of their own had been arrested in such a way, the protest march, which the 'kidnapped' woman was part of, made its way to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea's home in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as eyewitness video from the scene purports to show.

Sirens wailed and strobe lights flickered as the mob grew restless outside the top cop's house. The clearly aggrieved group also began banging, jeering and whistling, creating as much noise as possible.

Video of the arrest went viral and generated outrage online, with commenters decrying the authoritarian tactics used against protesters. The NYPD claimed that the woman bundled into the van had been "wanted for damaging police cameras during five separate criminal incidents in and around City Hall Park."

The NYPD added that its warrant squad regularly uses unmarked vehicles to locate wanted suspects and that uniformed bicycle police were also on-scene while carrying out the arrest.

Shea also ordered the tearing down of the Occupy City Hall encampment last week, further invoking the ire of anti-police brutality protesters.

The commissioner on Monday decried the uptick in violence, particularly shootings, in his city, warning residents that the spike in shootings would likely continue for the rest of the summer.

"It's going to take some time to address the significant uptick in violence that we see," Shea said, citing the 15 shootings "just on Sunday" as an example.


Poland to leave European treaty on violence against women

Women's Strike

Protesters held banners reading "Let Us Live" and "Women's Strike" as they marched against the government's plans
Poland is to withdraw from a European treaty aimed at preventing violence against women.

The country's justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro said the treaty "contains elements of an ideological nature, which we consider harmful".

The right-wing cabinet says the treaty violates parents' rights by requiring schools to teach children about gender, according to reports.

Mr Ziobro said on Saturday that his ministry would ask the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy to begin the withdrawal process on Monday.

The convention is formally known as the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

Comment: A move to "legalize domestic violence" against women because the "right wing" Polish government doesn't care if women get abused - or a legitimate way for said government to address the ideological possession that's running rampant across the West?

See also: The socio-religious ideology behind Poland's Three Seas Initiative: "Make Europe Christian again"


Wait, what? White BLM activist tells black doctor at center of Covid-19 controversy: 'I'm more black than you on the inside'

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Masked white protester confronts Dr Stella Immanuel
Dr Stella Immanuel has enough skepticism to deal with regarding her controversial medical theories, but in the eyes of at least one Black Lives Matter activist, even her blackness is something to be challenged.

"You're not black on the inside, I'm more black than you on the inside," a masked white man yelled at Immanuel yesterday on the steps the Supreme Court in Washington, where she was part of a group of doctors staging a press conference to promote the use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a coronavirus cure. The man added that Immanuel was "betraying Black Lives Matter" and that "there were people during the time of slavery who enabled the slavers."


Pakistani man accused of blasphemy shot dead in court

Pakistani police officers

Pakistani police officers gather at a district court in Peshawar following the fatal shooting of a man accused of blasphemy on July 29.
A Pakistani Muslim who was on trial for blasphemy has been shot dead in a courtroom in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

It was not immediately clear how the young assailant, identified as Khalid Khan, managed to get into the court on July 29 amid tight security. The attacker was subsequently arrested.

The suspect told police the prophet Muhammad had ordered him to kill the man standing trial, Tahir Nasim, because he had belonged to the Ahmadi faith.

Ahmadis, a 4-million-strong minority group in Pakistan, have faced death, threats, intimidation and a sustained hate campaign for decades.