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Aeroflot plane searched for explosives after would-be passenger calls in bomb threat on Moscow-Geneva flight

© Maxim Shemetov / Reuters
A passenger plane belonging to Russia's largest air carrier, Aeroflot, is being checked by bomb disposal experts in Geneva, Switzerland after a bomb threat was reportedly received.

The threat was made at an airline ticket counter, Reuters reported citing the Geneva prosecutor's office. Russia's RIA news agency reported that a call with a threat had been received, citing an Aeroflot representative.

According to both sources, a man who claimed there was a bomb on board, has been arrested. He is now being interrogated by police, with the Geneva prosecutor's spokesman saying the suspect is of Russian nationality, according to Reuters.

There have been other reports that suggest the suspect is an Indian citizen. He reportedly wanted to board the Russian plane without a ticket, but after being denied, he allegedly called the police from the airport terminal and claimed there was a bomb, Interfax reported.

Comment: Some people are idiots. But at least this guy isn't as bad as those that call in bomb threats because they're late for their flights: Interesting that some sources are saying the suspect is Indian, given the recent Pakistan-Indian conflict, and Russia being caught in the middle. See: Is the Russian power structure divided over India/Pakistan?

Bad Guys

Daesh was well informed on historic sites to destroy in Palmyra

© Sputnik/ Mikhail Voskresensky
Daesh extremists who destroyed historic sights in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, liberated in spring, had been consulted on what sites were most significant for science, Russia's Culture Ministry official said Thursday, following a mission of Russian scientists to the city.

He added that different assumptions could be made on what side had consulted the extremists, but noted that the fact was a matter of concern and "a signal that there were, unfortunately, knowledgeable people, in other words, specialists, who were not ready to accept the fundamentals of modern science, culture and society."

"We should note the fact that only the symbols of Palmyra, its best items that were interesting from a scientific and cognitive points of view, were destroyed. It seems that it was not anger that guided those who destroyed the memorials. It is very likely that they had been very well informed, in other words, consulted on the issue," Deputy Director of the Cultural Heritage Department of the ministry Dmitry Sergeev said.

Bad Guys

Czech terror suspect admits plans to kill US, Russian soldiers fighting Daesh in Syria

© Sputnik/ Andrey Stenin
A Czech mechanic, arrested on his way to Syria in winter, wanted to join the Daesh terror group to kill US and Russian soldiers, a Czech broadcaster said Thursday.

The man, identified only as Jan S., was detained in Turkey last February after buying a ticket to a border city near Syria and was handed over to Czech authorities. In August, he was charged with attempted terrorism by a Plzen court.


FDNY employees file $150 million racial discrimination complaint

© Carlo Allegri / Reuters
Ten former and current employees filed a racial discrimination complaint against the New York Fire Department (FDNY) claiming they were unfairly discriminated against over pay and advancement.

Employees announced on Wednesday they had filed a complaint against both FDNY and the city via the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and plan to file a $150 million federal anti-discrimination class action lawsuit against the FDNY and the City of New York.

The latest complaint comes two years after FDNY settled a nearly $100 million lawsuit over racial discrimination charges over its lack of hiring black and Latino firefighters.


Police and protesters clash in Oregon over new union contract that glosses over officer accountability

The approval of a new police union contract by the city council in Portland, Oregon, has angered activists in the area after it failed to address police brutality. Protesters with Don't Shoot Portland gathered at City Hall and have been detained and pepper sprayed.

Protests erupted after a meeting between the City of Portland and the Portland Police Association (PPA) took place on Wednesday to approve the contract for the police union. Various groups, including Don't Shoot Portland and Black Lives Matter, decried the approved contract for a lack of police accountability. As a result, protesters began gathering at City Hall on Tuesday and stayed the night.

Black Lives Matter and Don't Shoot Portland aren't the only groups unhappy with the police union contract. The Portland City Auditor Independent Police Review (IPR) was also opposed to the contract. In a press release Auditor Mary Hull Caballero and Director Constantin Severe said the contract "fails to address a number of issues related to police accountability that may undermine the public's trust in the City's ability to hold officers accountable."

Heart - Black

Criminal apathy: 911 operator caught hanging up on thousands of emergency calls, faces charges

In a glaring dereliction of duty, a former 911 operator faces criminal charges after reportedly admitting to hanging up on thousands of callers requesting emergency assistance. Due to her incompetence, a robbery victim died after the 911 dispatcher immediately hung up on a witness reporting the crime.

On March 1, Buster Pendley called 911 after his wife collapsed and lost consciousness due to a blood clot in her lungs. While trying to perform CPR with one hand, Pendley dialed 911 with his other hand.

"The 911 operator answered the phone, and she said, 'This is Crenshanda, may I help you?' Wife's passed out I need an ambulance," Pendley told KPRC2. "She said OK, and she hangs up on me."

After making a second call to 911, Pendley was able to request an ambulance to save his wife. Still enraged due to the fact that a lazy and incompetent 911 operator nearly killed her, Pendley's wife, Sharon Stephens, recalled, "I was furious cause he didn't tell me what happened, cause I would have, I mean I would have gotten from my hospital bed and gone to 911 and find out who did that to me."

Comment: Speechless.


Damage control? Project Veritas Founder & President James O'Keefe no longer allowed access to his Twitter account

After releasing two viral videos over the last two days, Project Veritas Founder and President James O'Keefe is no longer allowed to access his Twitter account. According to Twitter, he is blocked from accessing his account for twelve hours, at which point they reserve the right to make him pass additional hurdles to access his account.

On Tuesday, O'Keefe released a video which shows Manhattan Democratic Election Commissioner Alan Schulkin admitting that voter fraud does indeed exist.

On Wednesday, O'Keefe released a video which shows a male Hillary Clinton staffer stating: "To be fired I would have to grab Emma's [female coworker] ass twice and she would have to complain about it, I would have to sexually harass someone."

The second video also showed the campaign worker stating that he could rip up Republican voter registration forms and not be reprimanded.


Detective investigating rape allegations of NBA star found dead in possible suicide - or homicide

© CBS Los angeles
Police vehicles outside the Whittier, California home where Nadine Hernandez, a 44-year-old detective who had previously acknowledged investigating rape allegations against NBA star Derrick Rose, was found dead on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.
A Los Angeles detective who recently acknowledged a criminal investigation into claims of rape by NBA star Derrick Rose died after she was found shot in a California home Tuesday night, reports CBS Los Angeles.

Nadine Hernandez, 44, was found around 2:45 p.m., after police responded to reports of a shooting. Paramedics transported Hernandez to a hospital where she later died. A firearm was recovered at the scene, police said.

Whittier police said in a statement that the incident is being investigated as a suicide.

"However, this is an ongoing investigation and we will continue to collaborate with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office as part of our investigation," the department said.

Comment: Was Detective Hernandez's death a suicide - or was she 'suicided' by someone paid to kill her - in order to stifle the investigation of rape allegations by NBA star Derrick Rose?


'Disaster capitalism': Why Haitians prefer local NGOs over American Red Cross

© Carlos Garcia Rawins / Reuters
Destroyed houses are seen in a village after Hurricane Matthew passes Corail, Haiti
Hurricane Matthew has left hundreds dead in Haiti and thousands in need of immediate relief. However, Haitians have not been making calls for American Red Cross donations. Former Haiti development worker France Francois explained why to RT.

In a report, ProPublica revealed that the American Red Cross basically raised half a billion dollars to aid Haiti after it was devastated by a monster 7.0 earthquake in 2010. It had only built six houses out of the promised 700 by 2013.

People 2

Poll finds Russians' trust in government falls to five-year low

© Vladimir Astapkovich / Sputnik
According to the latest poll, only about a quarter of Russians express definite trust in state structures and public institutions. However, citizens' trust in military and security services remains high.

The Levada independent public opinion research center released the results of its latest poll on Thursday saying that after the mid-September parliamentary polls the Russians' trust in government fell to the lowest level in five years, 26 percent, with 70 percent saying that the cabinet "not entirely deserves" or "completely doesn't deserve" their trust.

The positive attitude to the State Duma fell from 40 to 22 percent in five years and the trust in the upper house, the Federation Council, was down from 40 to 24 percent.

The president topped the citizens' trust rating with 74 percent, albeit it was down from record-high 80 percent in 2015. Sixty percent of respondents said they had strong trust in Russia's military forces and 46 percent said they trusted the state security services.