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Over 80 gravestones vandalized at Jewish cemetery in Denmark ahead of Kristallnacht anniversary

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A Jewish cemetery in Denmark was targeted by vandals who spray painted and destroyed over 80 headstones. The incident may have been an anti-Semitic attack, as it occured before the anniversary of the infamous Kristallnacht pogrom.

The ancient Jewish cemetery dates back to the early 19th century and is located in the central Danish city of Randers, which is home to a large Jewish community.

"More than 80 gravestones were daubed with green graffiti and some were overturned," local police said in a statement.

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Iran and Russia commence construction of second power unit at Bushehr nuclear facility

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The first power unit at the Bushehr nuclear power plant was plugged into the Iranian nation electric grid in September 2011 and became fully operational five years later. Russian state corporation Rosatom continues to service the unit under a deal agreed with Iran.

The construction of the second power unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran has begun with the assistance of Russian specialists, Mehr news agency reported.

The construction of power units for the Iranian nuclear facility is regarded as the biggest Russian-Iranian joint project. In November 2014, the two nations signed an agreement on the development of the second and the third units. The construction of Unit 2 began on 10 September 2016. The implementation of the project is expected to take at least 10 years.

Comment: While the US digs in its heels, it and it's lackey's lose out in the process, meanwhile much of the rest of the world is just getting on with things and reaping the rewards:


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'This is an utter disgrace': Outcry after Sri Lankan president pardons death row killer who brutally murdered Swedish teen girl

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In his final week in office, Sri Lanka's outgoing president has pardoned a death row killer who murdered a Swedish teenager in 2005. The girl's skull was smashed into 64 pieces during the horrific attack.

Yvonne Jonsson, who had dual Sri Lankan and Swedish nationality, was killed in the stairwell of the Colombo apartment building her family was living in at the time. The attack had come after an argument between the teenager and killer Jude Jayamaha, then aged 19, who reportedly hails from an influential family.

Jayamaha was initially sentenced to 12 years, but his appeal ended in him being sentenced to death. Confirming the decision to pardon and release him, President Maithripala Sirisena said Jayamaha was imprisoned "over an incident of impatience" and had served his term with good behavior.

In a Facebook post, Jonsson's sister wrote in detail about her family's heartbreak over news of the killer's pardon and release, rejecting any claims the murder was an accident or minor incident. Instead she insisted Jayamaha had planned the attack, waiting outside the apartment for his victim and chasing her down in the brutal assault.

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Texas teacher filmed punching female teen student repeatedly then stomping on her head

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A substitute teacher in Texas, who had taught classes for less than two months, has been fired after footage emerged of her allegedly assaulting a pupil.

The violent incident recorded on a cell phone and shared on social media shows other students at Lehman High School in Hays County looking on stunned as Tiffani Shadell Lankford, 32, approaches the teenaged sophomore during a language lesson and throws punches at her on Friday.

The teenager is dragged to the floor and Lankford then stomps on her head before walking away, the footage shows. The victim was taken to hospital for assessment. The school district reported her age as 16, while police stated the victim was 15 years old.

Lankford had only worked in the classroom 18 times since she started employment on August 30, according to the Hays Consolidated Independent School District (CISD). Her tenure started with orientation training and she taught her first class on September 13.

Comment: Footage that shows the moments leading up to the incident:




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All remaining belugas from Russian 'whale jail' released into wild

Beluga whale
The operation to release hundreds of marine animals from the so-called Russian whale jail, which began in the summer, is completed as environmental experts have released the last belugas into the wild in Russia's Far East, the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography press service said on Sunday.

"The operation to release marine mammals into the natural habitat has been completed. All remaining Beluga whales were released in the Bay of Uspeniya Lazovsky district of Primorsky Territory on Sunday November 10," the statement read.

Eighteen belugas were released from the Professor Kaganovsky vessel and 13 from the Zodiac research ship earlier on Sunday.

The spokesman for VNIRO, Alexey Smorodov, told Sputnik that despite the complexity of organizing the operation, everything went well thanks to the professionalism, colossal efforts and responsible attitude of all participants of the mission.

Oil Well

So much for sanctions: Iran finds massive new oil reserve - boosts proven supply by a third

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Iranian oil installation
The National Iranian Oil Company Exploration Directorate (NIOCEXP) has discovered a huge oil reserve with more than 50 billion barrels of crude, said President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday.

The workers of the National Iranian Oil Company Exploration Directorate, after years of efforts, particularly since 3 years ago, have managed to discover a giant oil field, President Rouhani said this morning, while addressing people who welcomed his visit to the desert city of Yazd in central Iran.

"I inform the White House that, in the days that you have imposed sanctions on Iran's oil exports, workers and engineers of the country have discovered 53 billion barrels of in-place oil reserves," Rouhani added.

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The only thing clear about the new internet Transparency Act is that digital giants will continue manipulating their users

Social Media Giants, Transparency Act

The new 'transparency' act leaves control of what users see in the hands of Google and other digital giants.
In June, whistleblower Zach Vorhies dumped internal Google documents exposing the company's shady practices and political agenda. Rather than investigate, US lawmakers are offering Big Tech political cover and a legislative decoy.

Internal documents and secret recordings continue to make abundantly clear what many already knew and others strongly suspected about Google and other digital goliaths; that Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and others manipulate their content and their users.

Stepping into the fray, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) has boasted that his new bill - the Filter Bubble Transparency Act - is the silver bullet for bursting user information filter bubbles, the predictable information dead ends that reinforce users' pre-existing perspectives. He would have us believe that the use of personal user data by search engine algorithms is the real problem with the internet.

But this issue is the least of the problems that users face online. The bill's co-sponsors hope we've forgotten - or never knew - that Google and the rest are not the unbiased, politically neutral information sources or social media platforms that they (so poorly) pretend to be. Far from it.

Comment: The 'powers that be' in the US want to maintain control over social media to shape public perception, and as tech giants are part of the US government hydra they will be given free rein to continue their mission. The bill is more likely a ruse to placate the sheeple while nothing of substance changes.


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Packed Boeing 737-800's landing gear bursts into ball of flame after touching ground in Egypt

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A SkyUp Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Airport maintenance staff rushed to put out a fire on a passenger plane's landing gear shortly after it arrived in Egypt.

The aircraft, belonging to Ukrainian low-cost SkyUp Airlines, had some trouble while landing in Sharm El Sheikh, a popular Red Sea resort.

Just as the plane finished taxiing on the tarmac, the landing gear on its left side suddenly burst into flames. The bright fire raged for about a minute before airport staff put it out with fire extinguishers.

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150kg of 'diamond' cocaine washes up on French beaches, locals urged against 'treasure hunting'

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Beach and coast at Plage des Chênes Lièges, Département Landes, Atlantic Coast, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, France, Europe
Dozens of cocaine-containing packets labelled 'diamante' have washed ashore on beaches along France's Atlantic coastline, and more are likely to come, with police now warning residents against helping themselves.

Small one-pound packages wrapped in several layers of black plastic and cellophane have become a regular sight on the French Atlantic coast since late October. The 'bricks' sport 'diamante' or 'brilliante' labels, but while their contents are precious, they are not filled with gemstones - rather, with 80-90 percent pure cocaine, as several tests have shown.

The first package was discovered in Saint-Jean-de-Monts on October 18. Since then, things have escalated, with Le Parisien reporting Saturday, citing police sources, that new packages with the drug are now being discovered almost every hour.

In total, nearly 150kg (330 pounds) worth millions of dollars have been recovered on the beaches so far, including 36kg found scattered on a stretch of 10km in just one day, a find with an estimated street value of €3mn.

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TV viewer prompts host to check her thyroid over suspect lump and 'saves' her career

Antoinette Lattouf

The journalist, Antoinette Lattouf, discovered that she had a huge cyst that needed urgent surgery after a viewer spotted a lump on her neck during a TV appearance and emailed the station
An Australian reporter is full of praise for a viewer whose message of concern prompted her to seek medical attention, after the journalist appeared on TV with what looked like a large lump protruding from her throat.

"Has Antoinette Lattouf had her thyroid checked? I am not being smart or trolling just concerned with what I saw on TV today," a viewer called Wendy McCoy wrote on Facebook to the 10 daily show.

Lattouf said she was initially taken aback when her editor passed on the message, particularly when it transpired McCoy isn't a doctor but was simply reminded of something a friend had suffered when she saw Lattouf on-screen. However, the journalist decided to err on the side of caution and watch back over the clip - and what she saw left her "shocked."