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Tamerlan Tsarnaev believed he was being fed orders through 'majestic mind control'

Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
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Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Slain suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev said he heard voices in his head and believed in the concept of influencing others by way of "majestic mind control," according to a new report.

Journalists at The Boston Globe published this weekend the result of a five-month investigation into the Tsarnaev family, and their report reveals new, never-before-released information about the 26-year-old Chechen boxer who, along with his younger brother Dzhokhar, is accused of orchestrating a terror attack at last April's Boston Marathon race which killed three and left hundreds injured.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died during a shootout with police days after the event, and his brother is currently awaiting trial in federal court in Massachusetts. With the high-profile terrorist case likely a long way from being settled, little attention has been paid to the story in the months since the dust cleared after the event.

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Horsemeat fraud ring discovered in France

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Clearly labelled horsemeat.
Police arrested 21 people in raids on the horsemeat industry across southern France this morning on suspicion that horses used to develop medicines were sold fraudulently for food, police and industry officials said.

Marseille public prosecutor Brice Robin said about 200 horses unfit for human consumption had been given false veterinary certificates and slaughtered for meat by an organised ring, based in the southern town of Narbonne, involving cattle traders, vets and butchers.

"There is absolutely no evidence that these animals were toxic or posed a threat to public health," he told a news conference.

A spokesman for pharmaceutical company Sanofi said some of the horses had been used to incubate antibodies to manufacture serums for everything from rabies to snake bites, and while in good health were certified as fit for human consumption.

Spokesman Alain Bernal of the Sanofi Pasteur vaccine division said the firm was co-operating with investigators but did not know how long the fraud had been going on.

"Horses are a factory of antibodies," he said.

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ASA membership votes to boycott Israel by landslide

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The full membership of the American Studies Association (ASA) has voted by a two-to-one margin to endorse an academic boycott of Israel, it was announced today.

The referendum was called after the National Council, the ASA's governing body, endorsed the boycott itself on 4 December.

The vote is likely to be seen as an historic milestone in the Palestinian campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), particularly in the United States, where university administrations have forcefully opposed student and faculty initiatives of this kind.

The ASA describes itself as the "nation's oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history." It has 5,000 individual members along with 2,200 library and other institutional subscribers.

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Charges dropped for NY pair after a month in jail when 'cocaine' proves to be soap

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Authorities have dropped charges against a New York pair who spent nearly a month in jail after tests confirmed two kilograms of cocaine were, in fact, soap.

A state trooper pulled the couple over Nov. 13 on Interstate 78 in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, for driving 5 mph over the speed limit and hugging the side of the lane.

The trooper said he smelled marijuana, and the driver, 26-year-old Annadel Cruz, admitted that she'd smoked pot before leaving New York City.

Cruz consented to a search of the new Mercedes-Benz, and the trooper found two brick-size packages covered in clear plastic wrap and red tape in a bag stowed in the trunk.

The driver said the packages contained soap she'd made herself, but the trooper performed a field test that showed the presence of cocaine and arrested Cruz and her passenger, 30-year-old Alexander Bernstein.

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Al Jazeera interview with 78-year-old President of Uruguay, Jose Mujica (VIDEO)

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The man described as the world's 'poorest president' discusses his past, his motives, his philosophy, Uruguay's move to regulate marijuana, his role as peacemaker between US-backed Colombian forces and the ELN rebels, and why all you need is love!


Stormtrooper

Update: The 'mean' campus police officer who shot killed straight-A student, 23, who asked him: 'You gonna shoot me?'

Stormtrooper

Cpl. Chris Carter, an officer with the San Antonio university's 17-strong police force, shot dead Robert Cameron Redus early Friday following a traffic stop outside the student's apartment.
The campus policeman who shot dead a straight A student at the University of the Incarnate Word in Texas has been pictured for the first time.

Cpl. Chris Carter, an officer with the San Antonio university's 17-strong police force, shot dead Robert Cameron Redus early Friday following a traffic stop outside the student's apartment.

The news comes as one of Redus' neighbors, Mohammad Haidarasl, 22, described hearing the 23-year-old's last words before his life was tragically cut short.

'I heard (a man) say, "Oh, you're gonna shoot me?'" in a surprised voice,' Haidarasl said. Les than a minute later he said he heard four to six gunshots.

Carter was grabbing a burger for himself and his colleague when he spotted Redus' car speeding and then hit a curb, police said.

He sounded his siren and pulled the vehicle over as it drove into The Treehouse Apartments where Redus lived. Redus got out of the car and went to walk into his home.

Carter, who had nine law enforcement jobs within seven years, responded with his firearm after Redus apparently grabbed his baton and used it to strike him in the head and arm.

According to the Express-News, people who know the officer described him as 'mean.'

'He was mean,' Hugo Bustillos, a former neighbor, said. Bustillos lived above Carter's apartment for about a year. He said Carter also had run-ins with at least one other tenant over his dog before he moved away last year.

Comment: We used to live in a society where police officers were there to help members of the community whether they had been intoxicated or not. There are other ways to defend yourself against the belligerent, if that is even the case here. No human being deserves to be murdered in cold blood for 'resisting arrest'. Welcome to the Police State.


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Director to Raw Story: Exposé on brutal Christian school cost me my faith

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Katie Logan
Kate Logan, the director of "Kidnapped for Christ" a documentary exposé about a brutal offshore Christian reform school, said that she lost her Christian faith in the course of making the film.

In an interview with Raw Story, Logan opened up about how her initial intent was to make a documentary praising the school, but that the façade the Escuela Caribe presented to the world quickly crumbled when she began to interact with the students. She first became interested in the school and New Horizons Youth Ministries at the age of 18 in 2004. "I was a missionary working in the area," she said. Escuela Caribe is located in the Dominican Republic, one of the most impoverished areas of the world. "And I found out about the school because you tend to notice other Americans there."

When she first heard of the program, it sounded great. "They told me the school was a place for kids that would either end up in jail, on the streets or dead, kids that were really in trouble," Logan said, "And I thought to myself, what a great program, where kids can learn about another culture and get away from bad influences back home."

A few years later, Logan was in film school and thought, "Hey, that would be a good project, to go down and make a short, kind of heartwarming documentary about these rough-and-tumble kids learning about Dominican culture together and getting therapy." "I had no idea what the school was really like or what their history was," she said.

Eye 1

BREAKING NEWS: Harvard students urged to evacuate after 'explosives' reported at 4 campus buildings

  • Police are investigating unconfirmed reports of explosives at Harvard
  • Students have been urged to evacuate the Science Center, Sever Hall, Emerson Hall and Thayer Hall, which are all on the main campus
  • Final exams have begun and some have now been canceled
Students at Harvard University are evacuating four campus buildings after police received unconfirmed reports of explosives on Monday morning.

Authorities urged students at the Ivy League college in Cambridge, Masachusetts to leave the Science Center and three other buildings - Sever Hall, which contains classrooms for the humanities, Emerson Hall, the philosophy building, and a freshman dorm, Thayer Hall.

Harvard issued the emergency alert for students shortly after 9am on Monday. Its Twitter account noted that there have not been any reports of explosions.

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Evacuations: Students gather in the Science Center Plaza at Harvard University on Monday after police received unconfirmed reports that explosives had been planted at four campus buildings

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Caught on camera, the chilling moment girl, six, is led away hand-in-hand with the monster who raped and killed her

Filthy, disgusting animal

Hours after Cartoon's body was found, a music roadie called Nui was arrested 400 miles away.
Chilling CCTV footage of the moment a six-year-old girl was led away by the hand to be raped and violently murdered has been released in Thailand.

The grainy clip, which echoes that of British toddler James Bulger being walked to his death in 1993, shows the girl, nicknamed 'Nong Cartoon', strolling with a stranger through the lobby of Bearing skytrain station in Bangkok ten days ago.

Her disappearance sparked a massive police hunt that ended yesterday with the discovery of her strangled and decomposing body in a deserted area near the city's Suklhumvit Soi 501 motorway in a case that has shaken the nation.

Within hours of the grim find, detectives arrested a 32-year-old music roadie, named only as 'Nui', 400 miles away in the northern city of Nong Khai, following a tip-off from a member of public.

Cartoon' vanished from her father's pick-up truck where she had been sleeping while he watched the end of a folk music concert in Thailand's capital on November 6.

Road Cone

Philippines passengers die after bus plunges off elevated highway

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The aftermath of the bus crash in Manila.
At least 21 killed in suburban Manila as bus veers off highway in wet weather and crushes van


At least 21 people were killed and about 20 others injured when a passenger bus plunged from an elevated highway and fell onto a van in suburban Manila, police said.

Superintendent Elizabeth Velasquez said the bus veered off the highway and crashed onto a van passing below in suburban Paranaque city at dawn on Monday. Both drivers were killed.

TV footage showed a number of bodies strewn around the bus wreckage with police officers milling around.

The van was an unrecognizable pile of smashed white metal.