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“The decisions taken here are positive and concrete. What is important is that everything voiced here was implemented in the interests of the Ukrainian people and the entire Ukraine. What Ukraine needs now is common sense and a survival instinct,” said Evgeny Savchenko, Governor of Russia’s Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine, commenting on the Kharkov gathering.

He added that the turmoil in Ukraine has already hurt residents of his region, who are reluctant to travel to its western neighbor and do business there.

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The gathering in Kharkov was attended by about 3,000 representatives of local governments, according to the governor of the Kharkov region, Mikhail Dobkin, one of the key sponsors of the event.

Russia sent several officials in the capacity of observers to the gathering, including Aleksey Pushkov, the head of the Russian parliamentary commission on foreign affairs, Mikhail Markelov, Pushkov’s counterpart in the Council of Federation, the upper chamber of the parliament, and several governors from regions in western Russia.

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“The territorial integrity of Ukraine is at risk,” the gathering stated in the resolution.

It added that instability in Ukraine is highly dangerous and may cause unpredictable consequences, considering that the country hosts five nuclear power plants with 15 reactors in total, which some extremists have threatened to attack.

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Signs That America Is Rapidly Becoming More Like Nazi Germany, EDUCATE!


IT PAINS me to blog this list, and while many will dismiss, many will read, many will ignore, many will be worried. I am worried. I have said for MONTHS what is happening in the USA, Hitler did to his people. Check just the headlines of each issue and ask “IS THIS SO?” Forget your political leanings and JUST FOCUS ON BEING HUMAN and being yourself and be clever and open your mind a little to understand the real and dangerous path the USA is on. I am almost done here, you guys MUST read this and ask “Are we Sheeple” Please. History has warned you. JFK warned you and died for it. The video at the bottom got that man fired. I am not saying “100% this is true” I am placing before the American people the FACTS.
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#1 Nazi Germany was a totalitarian Big Brother police state that constantly monitored everything that German citizens did.
Today, the bureaucrats that run things in the United States are also absolutely obsessed with constantly trying to monitor us. For example, there are now control freaks that inspect the lunches of preschool students in certain areas of the country in order to make sure that they contain the “right” foods….

A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because the school told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.

The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the person who was inspecting all lunch boxes in the More at Four classroom that day.

The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs – including in-home day care centers – to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.

#2 Nazi officials often used their positions of power to force others to do dehumanizing things.

This is exactly what the TSA is doing today. It would be really easy to imagine some Nazi military officers forcing a young woman to walk back and forth in front of them several times so that they could admire her form. Well, that is what TSA agents are doing to American women today. The following comes from a recent Wired article….

TSA agents in Dallas singled out female passengers to undergo screening in a body scanner, according to complaints filed by several women who said they felt the screeners intentionally targeted them to view their bodies.

One woman who flew out of Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport several months ago said a female agent sent her through a body scanner three times after the agent commented on her “cute” body.

#3 In Nazi Germany, even women and children were treated like dehumanized cattle.
Well, today schoolchildren are being strip-searched all over the United States. Down in Georgia, one student was recently strip-searched by public school officials after another student falsely accused him of having marijuana.

Another student down in Albuquerque was recently forced to strip down to his underwear while five adults watched because he had $200 in his pocket. The student was never formally charged with doing anything wrong.

#4 In Nazi Germany, authorities could stop you and search you at any time and for any reason.
In America that is not supposed to happen, but it is happening. Last year, TSA “VIPR teams” conducted approximately 8,000 “unannounced security screenings” at subway stations, bus terminals, seaports and highway rest stops.

If you are not able to produce “your papers”, there is a good chance that you will get thrown into prison in America. For example, a 21-year-old college student named Samantha Zucker was recently arrested and put in a New York City jail for 36 hours just because she could not produce any identification for police.

#5 Under Adolf Hitler, there were massive increases in government spending.
According to eyewitness Kitty Werthmann, just about everyone was getting some sort of a handout from the German government….

Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

Of course, as I have written about so many times before, this is the exact same thing that we are seeing in the United States today.

#6 Under Hitler, taxes were raised dramatically in order to pay for all of these social programs.

Kitty Werthmann says that “our tax rates went up to 80% of our income.”

In the United States our tax rates have not gotten that bad yet, but when you total up all federal taxes, all state taxes, all local taxes, all property taxes and all sales taxes, there are a significant number of Americans that do pay more than 50% of their incomes in taxes.

#7 The economy of Nazi Germany was very highly socialized.

As Ludwig Von Mises once correctly observed, the German economy under Hitler was not capitalist at all….

What Mises identified was that private ownership of the means of production existed in name only under the Nazis and that the actual substance of ownership of the means of production resided in the German government. For it was the German government and not the nominal private owners that exercised all of the substantive powers of ownership: it, not the nominal private owners, decided what was to be produced, in what quantity, by what methods, and to whom it was to be distributed, as well as what prices would be charged and what wages would be paid, and what dividends or other income the nominal private owners would be permitted to receive. The position of the alleged private owners, Mises showed, was reduced essentially to that of government pensioners.

The United States has not gotten to the level of Nazi Germany yet, but we do have a socialist president and back in 2009 the cover of Newsweek boldly proclaimed that “We Are All Socialists Now“.

#8 In Nazi Germany, if you conducted business outside of the socialist paradigm you were heavily punished.

Well, the same thing is happening in the United States today. For example, the FDA has been running elaborate entrapment schemes that are designed to entrap producers of raw milk. Any “unauthorized commerce” is dealt with very strictly by the U.S. government these days.

#9 In Nazi Germany, government regulation of business got wildly out of control.
The following is eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann….

My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables. Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn’t meet all the demands. Soon, he went out of business.

If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.

We had consumer protection. We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the live-stock, then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.

Of course we all know about all of the ridiculous regulations that the U.S. government is burdening businesses with today. In every day and age control freaks love to stick it to business people that are just trying to make a living.

#10 Under Hitler, free market capitalism was absolutely hated.
National Socialist theologian Gregor Strasser once stated the following….

We National Socialists are enemies, deadly enemies, of the present capitalist system with its exploitation of the economically weak … and we are resolved under all circumstances to destroy this system.

And as I have written about previously, a lot of Barack Obama’s strongest supporters are socialists and communists, and an increasing number of Americans are showing disdain for capitalism. In fact, some recent polls show that young adults in America actually have a more favorable view of socialism than they do of capitalism.

#11 In Nazi Germany, the health care system was taken over by the government.
The following is more eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann….

Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna . After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.

Of course we all know what is going on in America today. The government spends nearly half of all health care dollars and Obamacare is going to mean more government control over the health care system than ever before.

#12 Under Adolf Hitler, abortion was made “safe and legal” in Germany.

It turns out that Hitler was a huge fan of the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger. And as I wrote about recently, it was Sanger that once said the following….

“The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

Hitler echoed this sentiment when he wrote the following in Mein Kampf….

“The demand that defective people be prevented from propagating equally defective offspring. . . represents the most humane act of mankind.”

After the Nazis came to power in 1933, abortion was very quickly legalized. By 1935 there were approximately 500,000 abortions being performed in Germany every single year.

Yes, Hitler very much encouraged Aryan women to have as many children as possible. But he also very much viewed abortion as a way to reduce “undesirable” populations.

Unfortunately, something very similar is happening today. Abortion clinics are often located in the “poor” part of town, and a staggering 72 percent of Planned Parenthood’s “customers” have incomes that are either equal to or beneath 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

#13 In Nazi Germany, killing the “defective”, the “weak” and the “disabled” was considered to be a good thing because it made the German people “stronger”.
Unfortunately, many in America today have fully embraced the eugenics principles which were so dominant in Nazi Germany.

A 3 year old girl named Amelia was recently denied a kidney transplant because she is considered to be “mentally retarded”, and we all remember what happened to Terri Schiavo.

Not only that, the editorial page editor of the Detroit News recently proposed putting contraceptives into the drinking water in Michigan because the state has become a “breeding ground for poverty“.

This kind of sick thinking is rapidly spreading in America, and that is a very frightening thing.

#14 In Nazi Germany, education was nationalized and God was kicked out of the schools.
The following is more eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann….

Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles, and had physical education.

Unfortunately, the exact same thing is happening to U.S. public schools.

#15 Under Adolf Hitler, God was mocked and religion was pushed out of every corner of public life.
Just check out the following information uncovered by author Bruce Walker….

The Nazi tract Gott und Volk was distributed in 1941, and it describes the life cycle of German youth in the future, who would: “With parties and gifts the youth will be led painlessly from one faith to the other and will grow up without ever having heard of the Sermon on the Mount or the Golden Rule, to say nothing of the Ten Commandments… The education of the youth is to be confined primarily by the teacher, the officer, and the leaders of the party. The priests will die out. They have estranged the youth from the Volk. Into their places will step the leaders. Not deputies of God. But anyway the best Germans. And how shall we train our children? Thus, as though they had never heard of Christianity!”

Once again, this parallels what we are seeing happen in America today. Last year, a high school student in Southern California was suspended for two days because he had private conversations with his classmates during which he discussed Christianity. He was also banned from bringing his Bible to school ever again.

For many more examples of this phenomenon, please see this article: “18 Examples Of How Christians Are Being Specifically Targeted By Big Brother“.

#16 Adolf Hitler fully embraced the theory of evolution, and Darwinism provided the intellectual foundation for much of Nazism.
At a Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg in 1933, Hitler declared that “higher race subjects to itself a lower race . . .a right which we see in nature and which can be regarded as the sole conceivable right“.

Hitler was obsessed with the “survival of the fittest” and he took this theory to its logical extremes. The following is how one author put it….

“Hitler was influenced above all by the theories of the nineteenth-century social Darwinist school, whose conception of man as biological material was bound up with impulses towards a planned society. He was convinced that the race was disintegrating, deteriorating through faulty breeding as a result of a liberally tinged promiscuity that was vitiating the nation’s blood. And this led to the establishment of a catalogue of ‘positive’ curative measures: racial hygiene, eugenic choice of marriage partners, the breeding of human beings by the methods of selection on the one hand and extirpation on the other”

But of course we have no problem with teaching this flawed theory to our children in the public schools of America today.

Haven’t we learned anything from history?

#17 Under Adolf Hitler, the state started taking over the job of child care.
The following is more eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann….

When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers. You could take your children ages 4 weeks to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, 7 days a week, under the total care of the government. The state raised a whole generation of children. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology.

Of course this is exactly what is happening in America today. Children are raised by day care centers and public schools, and most parents spend very little time with their own children.

#18 In Nazi Germany, it became fashionable to mock Christians and the Christian faith.
The following is more from author Bruce Walker….

By 1935, the virulently anti-Christian leader of the Hitler Youth, Baldur von Shirach issued a regulation that prohibited any child from belonging simultaneously to a church youth group and the Hitler Youth, and gradually membership in the Hitler Youth became almost obligatory – parents were told that their children would not get jobs in the civil service unless they belonged to the Hitler Youth and employers were told not to hire children who did not belong to the Hitler Youth. Christian schoolchildren who did not belong to the Hitler Youth or its female counterpart were routinely beaten up by young Nazi thugs.

Boys inducted into the Hitler Youth were required to explicitly reject Christianity by oaths like this: “German blood and Christian baptismal water are completely incompatible.” At Hitler Youth center at Halle, was the following prominent statement: “The Faith fanatics, who still to-day slide down on their knees with faces uplifted to heaven, waste their time in churchgoing and prayers, and have not yet understood that they are living on the earth and that therefore their task is of a thoroughly earthly kind. All we Hitler people can still only look with the greatest contempt on those young people who still run to their silly Evangelical or Catholic Churches in order to vent their quite superstitious religious feelings.”

Those that believe that the Nazis embraced Christianity are delusional. The following are direct quotes out of Hitler Youth training manuals….

“Christianity is a religion of slaves and fools.”

“How did Christ die? Whining at the Cross!”

“The Ten Commandments represent the lowest instincts of man.”

“Christianity is merely a cloak for Judaism.”

This is definitely where things are going in America today. Our television shows and our movies regularly mock Christians and they are always portrayed as the “bad guys”.

In addition, the name of Jesus is rapidly becoming a forbidden word. Some U.S. courts have even ruled that it is unconstitutional to use the name of “Jesus Christ” during any official government meeting. The following comes from a recent WorldNetDaily article….

But the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are standing by their victory in a U.S. circuit court decision that states even “a solitary reference to Jesus Christ” in invocations before the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners’ meetings could do “violence to the pluralistic and inclusive values that are a defining feature of American public life.”

#19 Under Adolf Hitler, sexual promiscuity was actually encouraged.
The following is more eyewitness testimony from Kitty Werthmann….

My mother was very unhappy. When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn’t do that and she told me that someday when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun no sports, and no political indoctrination. I hated it at first but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing. Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler. It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.

Of course the exact same thing is happening in America today. If you doubt that your tax dollars are going to promote sexual promiscuity, then I have a video for you to watch. It is a video from the American Life League, and you can view it right here. DO NOT let any children watch this video. It is done by a pro-life organization but it is very graphic. I have posted a link to it because it is imperative that parents understand what is really going on out there. But please be warned that it is very, very graphic.

#20 Once the Nazis took power, they rapidly implemented gun control legislation and later on they took all of the guns away from the populace.
Kitty Werthmann remembers very well what happened in Austria under the Nazis….

Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long after-wards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

Last year, more than 10 million guns were sold in the United States, but gun control legislation continues to become even more strict, and it is only a matter of time before the federal government tries to disarm the U.S. population completely.

#21 Under the Nazis, large numbers of children were taken away from good families.
The following is more from author Bruce Walker….

Parents who resisted Nazi anti-Christian indoctrination too strongly simply had their children taken away from them. The Nazis even forbade parents to give their children Christian names and ordered babies instead to be given names like Dietrich, Otto or Siegfried. The home teaching of Christianity by parents in the home was forbidden. Not content with simply driving Christianity out of public schools, Himmler banned all Confessing Church seminaries and instruction in 1937 and he closed all private religious schools two years later.

Doesn’t this sound exactly like where America is headed?

In many states, CPS (“child protective services”) has become one of the most feared government agencies. All over the nation, thousands upon thousands of children have been removed from good homes because the parents were not raising them “correctly”.

You can read about one particularly bad CPS horror story right here.

#22 Under Adolf Hitler, society became very highly militarized.
Of course we are seeing the same thing in the U.S. right now.

Sadly, this is even happening to our public schools. According to blogger Alexander Higgins, students in kindergarten and the 1st grade in the state of New Jersey are now required by law to participate “in monthly anti-terrorism drills”. The following is an excerpt from a letter that he recently received from the school where his child attends….

Each month a school must conduct one fire drill and one security drill which may be a lockdown, bomb threat, evacuation, active shooter, or shelter-in place drill. All schools are now required by law to implement this procedure.

This is the kind of thing that a sicko like Adolf Hitler would try to do, and it is not good for our children.

#23 In Nazi Germany, the prisons were absolutely packed.
Right now, the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world by far and the largest total prison population on the entire globe by far.

Even children are being arrested in alarming numbers. In a previous article, I described how one 12-year-old girl down in Texas was recently arrested for spraying herself with perfume and how police were recently sent out to collect an overdue library book from a 5-year-old girl in Massachusetts.

#24 Under Adolf Hitler, there was basically no freedom of speech.
In the United States today we are told that we still have freedom of speech, but that freedom is being “chilled” in thousands of different ways.

For example, the FBI is now admittedly recording Internet talk radio programs all over the United States. The following comes from a recent article by Mark Weaver of WMAL.com….

If you call a radio talk show and get on the air, you might be recorded by the FBI.

The FBI has awarded a $524,927 contract to a Virginia company to record as much radio news and talk programming as it can find on the Internet.

The FBI says it is not playing big brother by policing the airwaves, but rather seeking access to what airs as potential evidence.

So please speak freely on talk radio. Just realize that the feds will be recording every single word.

#25 Under Adolf Hitler, paranoia was standard operating procedure.
In Nazi Germany, every citizen was a potential threat and everyone had to be constantly watched for suspicious activity.

Of course the exact same thing is happening in America today. Just about anything you do can get you labeled as a “potential terrorist” by the government.

According to a new DHS report, the following are some of the beliefs and ideologies of potential terrorists….

-”fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

-”anti-global”

-”suspicious of centralized federal authority”

-”reverent of individual liberty”

-”believe in conspiracy theories”

-”a belief that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack”

-”a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

-”impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

-”insert religion into the political sphere”

-”those who seek to politicize religion”

-”supported political movements for autonomy”

-”anti-abortion”

-”anti-Catholic”

-”anti-nuclear”

And the definition of “suspicious activity” has become so broad in America that it pretty much covers 100% of us. In 2012, the following activities are considered to be “suspicious” by the FBI….

-shielding your computer screen from others

-paying with cash

-acting “nervous”

-using multiple cell phones

-requesting a specific room at a hotel

-traveling with a large amount of luggage

-refusing maid service at a hotel

-staying in your room for too long

-changing your appearance

In addition, the U.S. government has decided that it would be a really good idea for all of us to spy on one another. The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign looks like it could have been pulled right out of a Gestapo security handbook.

But America is not supposed to be about spying on one another and reporting each other to the secret police.

America is supposed to be about liberty and freedom.

Recently, Fox News made a really bad decision by cancelling Freedom Watch. Judge Andrew Napolitano was one of the few voices on television that was still standing up for individual liberty.

As we think about how the Nazification of America has progressed, let the things that Judge Napolitano said on his last show echo in our minds. Video from that show is posted below….

http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/?s=FEMA

Goverment Researchers To Be Placed in U.S. Newsrooms.


The FCC Plan To Police The Newsrooms

If proof was EVER needed the USA is turning into a police state, well this is it, it CAN’T be denied. Forget left, right, blue, red, this is WRONG. First Amendment: The FCC has cooked up a plan to place “researchers” in U.S. newsrooms, supposedly to learn all about how editorial decisions are made. Any questions as to why the U.S. is falling in the free press rankings?
As if illegal seizures of Associated Press phone records and the shadowy tailing of the mother of a Fox News reporter weren’t menacing enough, the Obama administration is going out of its way to institute a new intrusive surveillance of the press, as if the press wasn’t supine enough.
Ajit Pai, a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission, warned this week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that a plan to dispatch researchers into radio, television and even newspaper newsrooms called the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” is still going forward, despite the grave danger it presented to the First Amendment.US-President-Barack-Obama-looks-through-binoculars-towards-North-Korea-from-Observation-Post-Ouellette-in-South-Korea-772222
Pai warned that under the rationale of increasing minority representation in newsrooms, the FCC, which has the power to issue or not issue broadcasting licenses, would dispatch its “researchers” to newsrooms across America to seek their “voluntary” compliance about how news stories are decided, as well as “wade into office politics” looking for angry reporters whose story ideas were rejected as evidence of a shutout of minority views.
Pai questioned if such a study could really be voluntary, given FCC’s conflict of interest (and, he might have added, the Obama record of going after political opponents).
The origin of the idea is a recrudescence of the Fairness Doctrine, inoperative since 1987 or so, to provide equal time to leftist points of view in broadcasting and other media that otherwise wouldn’t have a willing audience in a free market.
190214newsIt’s an idea so fraught with potential for abuse it ought to have news agencies screaming bloody murder. The very idea of Obama hipsters showing up in newsrooms, asking questions and judging if newspapers (over which they have no jurisdiction), radio and TV are sufficiently diverse is nothing short of thought control.
But the reaction from the National Association of Broadcasters was mealy-mouthed. The FCC “should reconsider” “qualitative” sections of its study, it wrote.
The FCC now says it will be “closely reviewing the proposed research design to determine if an alternative approach is merited,” as a result of Pai’s warning. Adweek actually reported that as a “retreat.”
It’s because of this don’t-rock-the-boat attitude that Reporters Without Borders said the U.S. had “one of the most significant declines” in press freedom in the world last year, dropping 13 places to a wretched 46th in its newly released global ranking. If the FCC has its way, it can drop even further. A FCC plan to police the newsrooms ? monitoring-news-oulets

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The United States and the European Union are discussing the possibility of imposing sanctions on Ukraine “to try create conditions for compromise,” Reuters reports citing US Secretary of State John Kerry.

15:45 GMT:
Nearly 800 people have been injured in violent clashes in Kiev, including 392 law enforcement officers, the deputy chief investigator of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Oleg Tatarov, told foreign ambassadors at a Wednesday meeting. He added that 83 of the injured officers have been hospitalized with serious gunshot wounds.

15:29 GMT:
The US imposed sanctions on Ukraine on Wednesday, having canceled visas for several officials, who supposedly were connected with the use of force in central Kiev, according to the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt.

15:29 GMT:
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski says he is heading to Ukraine on Wednesday on behalf of the European Union.

14:33 GMT:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the imminent threat of sanctions against the Ukrainian government was meant to show Kiev that the European Union is serious about the need for a return to political dialogue.

“When (EU) foreign ministers meet tomorrow in Brussels they must talk about which specific sanctions should be imposed to show we are serious that the political process must resume…,” she told a news conference with French leader Francois Hollande, adding that it was necessary to talk to both the opposition and Viktor Yanukovich’s government to help bring peace to Ukraine. (Reuters)

14:23 GMT:

The responsibility for the deadly riots in Ukraine lies not with extremists alone, but also with the leaders of the Ukrainian opposition and some Western politicians, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

14:12 GMT:

Rioters have captured and beaten the governor of the western Volyn Oblast, Aleksandr Bashkalenko, and are demanding that he resigns. According to reports in Ukrainian media, Bashkalenko was handcuffed to a stage in front of a crowd of about 10,000 people and was doused with cold water but refused to sign his resignation. Earlier, he was beaten for refusing to kneel before the people, but a group of organized rioters averted a lynching by the angry mob by taking the governor into a police station.

14:04 GMT:

Ukraine’s security service has announced it is launching a counter-terror operation, RIA Novosti reports. The service that said radicals have seized over 1,500 firing arms and 100,000 bullets in the last 24 hours.

13:56 GMT:
In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, people are lighting candles to commemorate the victims of the deadly clashes in Kiev.

13:45 GMT:

Smoke is covering no man’s land between the crowd of protesters on Independence Square (Maidan) and the police cordons. Protesters are burning tires as riot police constantly regroup behind the lines of interior troops surrounding the square. A spurt of water can be seen firing in the direction of the barricades.

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13:20 GMT:
The European Investment Bank (EIB) said on Wednesday it had frozen its activities in Ukraine after at least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence. “For the time being the situation is so cruel that it would be politically the wrong signal, but also irresponsible vis-a-vis the people we asked to do the job, to be active on business in Ukraine,” EIB President Werner Hoyer told a news conference. [REUTERS]

13:03 GMT:
All sides in the Ukrainian conflict must exercise maximum restraint, UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, said on Wednesday.

“I reiterate my call for respect for the right to peaceful assembly, as provided under international human rights law, to be respected. I also call for an urgent and independent investigation to establish facts and responsibilities, including the possible use of excessive force, and to ensure accountability for these deadly clashes,” Pillay said in a statement.

13:00 GMT:
At least 751 people have been injured in the latest surge of violence in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, Itar-Tass quotes Interior Ministry officials as saying. Since Tuesday, 26 people have been killed in clashes, including 10 police officers, with many of the victims perishing from gunshot wounds.

12:39 GMT:
Forty criminal cases have been launched and 58 people detained all in all following the latest violence that’s gripped Kiev, according to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

12:34 GMT:
Crimean MPs are considering bringing up the question of returning the peninsula to Russia if the escalation of violence in the country continues.

The local deputy of the ruling Party of Regions, Nikolay Kolisnichenko, has addressed the Supreme Council of the autonomous republic saying that “if the situation in Ukraine is not resolved, we as deputies must raise the issue of returning Crimea to Russia,” local media quotes the MP as saying.

The Crimean peninsula was transferred from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia continued to lease part of the ex-Soviet naval base in Sevastopol for its Black Sea Fleet. According to the latest 2001 survey, 58.5 percent of the Crimean population is Russian.

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Up the hill from the Kiev’s Independence Square, the protesters receive medical treatment and are given shelter at St. Michael’s Cathedral, which has been turned into a makeshift hospital and refuge.

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Israeli soldiers shoot 10 Palestinians at West Bank demo – reports

Israeli soldiers have shot and wounded 10 Palestinians near the West Bank town of Ramallah on Friday, Palestinian medics and security sources said. The Palestinians were hit by live rounds on the outskirts of Jalazun refugee camp when hundreds protested over the killing of a teenager, AFP reported. The wounded were hospitalized in Ramallah, one with serious injuries. Many of protesters hurled rocks at the soldiers. The Israeli Army said Mohammed Mubarak, 19, who was working on a project funded by USAID, was shot dead on Wednesday near a Jewish settlement outside Ramallah after having opened fire at them.

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More than 800,000 Malians starving – humanitarian groups

More than 800,000 Malians are desperate for food while another 3 million risk going without meals, 11 humanitarian groups warned Friday. “The number of vulnerable people facing a new food crisis is likely to double if the needs identified are not met quickly,” said Franck Vannetelle, director of Action Against Hunger in Mali. An Islamist insurgency and the after-effects of a food crisis in 2012, combined with poor recent harvests have limited access to basic supplies for the most vulnerable, AFP said.

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Al-Qaeda militants kill 15 soldiers in Yemen – reports

Suspected Al-Qaeda militants attacked a military checkpoint in the city of Shibam in southeastern Yemen and killed 15 soldiers Friday, a security source told AFP.“Unknown armed men suspected to be from Al-Qaeda attacked an army checkpoint in Shibam, killing 15 soldiers and wounding several others,” the official said. Casualties among the attackers were also reported.

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Cameron praises Hollande’s new economic policies

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday praised President Francois Hollande’s moves to boost the struggling French economy. The two met at Brize Norton Royal Air Force base in Britain. The plans Hollande recently announced to cut taxes on business, reduce employment costs and remove unnecessary regulation are “the right way to boost investment and create jobs,” AFP quoted Cameron as saying after the summit.

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Nearly 1,900 killed in Syria since talks in Switzerland began – Observatory

Nearly 1,900 people have been killed in Syria since peace talks opened in Switzerland on January 22, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said on Friday that at least 498 civilians were among those killed in the fighting. The group said 646 mainstream or Islamist rebels had been killed in fighting with government forces or the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Geneva 2 talks between the government and opposition delegations are due to wrap up later Friday after a first round produced no visible signs of progress.

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Maine court says school violated rights of transgender student

School officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they would not allow a transgender fifth-grader to use the girls’ bathroom, AP reported, citing Maine’s highest court’s ruling. The family of student Nicole Maines and the Maine Human Rights Commission sued in 2009 after school officials required her to use a staff, not student, restroom. The court said the Orono school district‘s actions violated the Maine Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A lower court’s ruling that the district acted within its discretion was overturned.

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Child soldiers among 53 rebels killed by Philippines troops

Three child soldiers recruited by hard-line Muslim rebels were among 53 people killed in a week of fighting with the Philippines Army, the military said on Friday. The offensive against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) group in the southern island of Mindanao had resulted in the deaths of 52 rebels, including the children, and one soldier, AFP quoted regional spokesman Colonel Dickson Hermoso as saying. “They are employing child soldiers with guns and camouflage uniforms. When we encounter them, we cannot discriminate if they are children or not,” he said.

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June deadline to destroy Syrian chem weapons realistic – Russian diplomat

The June 30 deadline for the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal remains “completely realistic” despite delays, Interfax quoted Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry‘s security and disarmament department, as saying on Friday. He blamed delays on security issues on the road to the port of Latakia and said there had been “insufficient” technical support from the international community.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif talks with European Union foreign policy chief Ashton after a ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva09:43

Iran nuclear talks with 6 powers set for Feb. 18 in New York – Moscow

Talks between Iran and six world powers on a deal for Tehran to curb parts of its nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions will be held in New York on February 18, Mikhail Ulyanov, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s security and disarmament department, said Friday. “The next meeting at the level of ‘political directors’ will take place Feb. 18 in New York,” Interfax quoted the diplomat as saying.

 

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Up to 17,000 smuggled into US annually to work in sex trade or as forced labor – report

Some 14,000 to 17,000 people are smuggled illegally into the US every year to work in the sex trade or in factories, farms and bars as forced labour, according to the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking. The group is calling for greater government controls on the recruiters who lure vulnerable people to the US, AFP reported. The House of Representatives is preparing to consider legislation seeking to require foreign hirers to be registered with the Labor Department. Foreign labor contractors will also have to provide the names of the employers and recruiters and a signed contract.

08:59

3 wounded in northern Lebanon by rocket fire from Syria

Three people were wounded in the northern Lebanese border town of Mashta Hammoud by rocket fire from Syria on Friday, according to security sources. At least four rockets launched from across the border struck the outskirts of Mashta Hammoud in the northern province of Akkar at 6am, the Daily Star newspaper reported. The spillover from Syria’s war has raised tensions in Lebanon.

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Afghan policeman killed as Taliban attack 3 checkpoints

The Taliban have attacked three police checkpoints overnight in the southern province of Helmand, killing one officer, AP reported. At least 13 insurgent fighters were killed in the gun battles that followed the checkpoint attacks, police chief of Marjah district, Zamaria Zarak, said on Friday.

06:27

US cancels funds for Afghan opinion polls as election nears

The US has cancelled funding for opinion polls in the run-up to Afghanistan’s presidential election, Reuters reported. In December, initial poll triggered accusations of US attempts to manipulate the outcome. The US-funded group Democracy International said it and other similar organizations had planned to carry out opinion polls as Afghanistan prepares for the April 5 election. Some electoral authorities and candidates’ camps “suggested that there was… a perception that the polling results were somehow biased,” a US embassy spokesman in Kabul said. In order to avoid any “baseless perception” of US interference, a decision was taken to forgo additional US-funded polling.

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​Over a third of world’s school-age children cannot read – UN report

At least 250 million of the world’s 650 million primary-school-age children cannot read, write or perform basic mathematics, according to a new UN report released Wednesday. The report found about 130 million in primary school have not reached basic learning levels, and around 120 million have spent little or no time in a classroom, including 57 million children who do not attend school at all. The cost of a lack of learning for 250 million children around the world costs governments around US$129 billion per year. The report was conducted by an independent research team for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

 

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EU will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba09:36

EU to begin talks with Cuba on cooperation accord

The EU will agree the next month to deepen relations with Cuba in the most significant overture to the communist island since the bloc lifted diplomatic sanctions in 2008, Reuters reported, citing its sources. On February 10, foreign ministers from EU countries will give the go-ahead to launch talks with Havana on a special cooperation accord. The pact, aimed at increasing trade, investment and dialogue on human rights, could be agreed by the end of 2015. “Cuba wants capital and the EU wants influence,” said one source involved in the talks.

Cleric who supported the Afghan Taliban has been shot dead in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta,08:51

Gunmen shoot dead influential pro-Taliban cleric in Pakistan

An influential cleric who supported the Afghan Taliban has been shot dead in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, officials said Thursday. “Two unknown gunmen on a motorcycle” shot dead Maulana Abdullah Zakiri as he was on his way to a mosque Wednesday night,” senior police official Abdul Razzaq told AFP. Zakiri had lived in Quetta for a long time and had no known disputes with anyone. However, his family has accused Afghan intelligence services of his murder.

Saudi Arabia is expected to give Egypt up to $4 billion08:26

Egypt to receive up to $4bn more aid from Saudi Arabia – report

Saudi Arabia is expected to give Egypt up to $4 billion in additional aid in the form of central bank deposits and petroleum products, Reuters said. State-run Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported Thursday that the package would be worked out during a visit next week to Riyadh by Egypt’s interim prime minister, Hazem el-Beblawi. Funds from Gulf Arab states have kept Egypt’s economy afloat during the recent political turmoil, which has hit investment and tourism hard.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that his country will accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees07:49

UK to accept vulnerable Syrian refugees – Hague

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday that his country will accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees this year. Hague said in the Philippine capital, Manila, that the details were still being worked out, did not specify a number of the refugees, AP reported. However, he said that Britain would prioritize displaced Syrians who have been exposed to the horrors of the conflict, including victims of sexual violence.

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Bangladesh court sentences top Islamist, 13 others to death for arms smuggling

A Bangladesh court on Thursday sentenced 14 people to death over an arms smuggling racket 10 years ago, AFP reported. Those convicted include the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami party. “The judge sentenced 14 people including Motiur Rahman Nizami, to death on smuggling charges,”prosecutor Kamal Uddin Ahmed said.

10 killed as mob attacks India village in land dispute06:52

10 killed as mob attacks India village in land dispute

A mob armed with shotguns attacked a remote village in northeast India, killing at least 10 people in a land dispute, police said Thursday. The attackers fired indiscriminately Wednesday evening in Chauldhua village in the densely forested area in northern Assam state, AP reported, citing witnesses. The gunmen came from neighboring Arunachal Pradesh state, police said. The dispute dates back to 1987, when Arunachal Pradesh state was created and the village was declared to be in Assam.

Suicide car bomber kills 2 officers in east Afghanistan06:21

Suicide car bomber kills 2 officers in east Afghanistan

A suicide car bomber has attacked a police facility in the country’s east, killing two officers, AP reported. The attacker targeted a police and intelligence compound in the Nangarhar province’s Pachir Wagam district early on Thursday morning, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman in the province. Three members of the security forces were injured in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an emailed statement.

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​Johansson breaks with humanitarian group Oxfam over Israeli settlement boycott

Actress Scarlett Johansson has decided to end her eight-year tenure as ambassador for Oxfam International, a prominent group fighting against poverty and injustice, saying she does not endorse the group’s boycott of Israeli settlements in occupied territories. Oxfam opposes all trade with the settlements, saying their existence is illegal and violates Palestinians’ rights. Johansson recently came under fire for signing on as the first global brand ambassador of SodaStream, a company maintaining a large factory in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

​Latin America and Caribbean to become ‘zone of peace’01:27

​Latin America and Caribbean to become ‘zone of peace’

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States bloc has signed a resolution declaring the region a “zone of peace”. The 33 nations thus pledged to resolve regional disputes without the use of force in respect to another. The measure was approved on the final day of a summit of Western Hemisphere nations, minus the United States and Canada.

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​EU agrees on accord to normalize relations with Cuba – source

EU states have agreed on the “whole package” for a new accord with Cuba aimed at normalizing relations with the communist state and encourage reforms and strengthen the human rights in the country, an EU source told AFP. The text of the agreement will be discussed among EU foreign Ministers next month. The bloc suspended ties with Cuba in 2003 after a crackdown on 75 dissidents, which have all now been released from jail.

 

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3 members of Pakistan security forces killed in separate Karachi attacks

Three members of Pakistan’s security forces have been killed in separate attacks in the southern city of Karachi, AP reported. Assailants threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying paramilitary rangers in the Nazimabad neighborhood of Karachi on Wednesday, killing one of them, senior police officer Amir Farooqi said. Minutes later, a roadside bomb wounded three security personnel in the same area. A suicide bomber blew himself up about an hour later, outside the headquarters of the paramilitary rangers, killing one ranger and a private guard.

Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is still being kept in a medically-induced coma,

Schumacher put into phase of ‘gradual awakening’ – reports

Formula One championMichael Schumacher is still being kept in a medically induced coma, the BBC reported, citing his manager. He remains in a stable condition after a skiing accident on December 29, and a leading British neurosurgeon suggested Schumacher could still make a full recovery. Meanwhile, doctors at the Neurosurgery Department at a hospital in Grenoble cited positive changes in Schumacher’s condition. L’Equipe newspaper reported that Schumacher was placed into the phase of “gradual awakening.” Doctors say it is too early to diagnose his recovery at this stage.

37 hardline Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents, a Philippine military official

Philippine military says 37 rebels killed in offensive

At least 37 hardline Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents, a Philippine military official said Wednesday. The militants are opposed to a new peace deal between the government and the main Muslim rebel group. Regional military spokesman Col. Dickson Hermoso said that 12 of the slain rebels of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement have been identified in a village in southern Maguindanao province, AP reported. However, rebel spokesman Abu Misry disputed the military report, saying that no one was killed and only seven of fighters have been wounded in army shelling and helicopter rocket fire. One soldier died and several were wounded Tuesday by home-made bombs hidden around a mosque.

Beijing court convicted two anti-graft campaigners on Wednesday

2 anti-graft activists convicted in China

A Beijing court convicted two anti-graft campaigners on Wednesday for their roles in a protest urging officials to reveal their assets. Hou Xin and Yuan Dong were convicted on a charge of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order.” Yuan was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison, but Hou escaped a jail term, Reuters said. The ruling is part of the government’s 10-month drive on the ‘New Citizens’ Movement’, which advocates working within the system to press for change. The new convictions came three days after movement founder Xu Zhiyong, one of China’s most prominent rights activists, was sentenced to four years in prison.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits Iran

​Turkish PM visits Iran to talk trade, Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Iran in a bid to mend relations strained by the Syrian civil war, in which Ankara and Tehran have been supporting opposing parties. The PM has arrived on Tuesday evening accompanied by his foreign, energy and economy ministers, marking what Iranian government described as a new phase of contact. He will meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

 

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A policeman detains a squatter during clashes at a squatter district in Quezon city08:10

Shots fired at Thai army facility where PM Shinawatra holds meeting

Shots were fired at a Thai army facility in north Bangkok on Tuesday where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was holding meetings, Reuters reported. Two people were injured, said Chumpol Jumsai, an anti-government protest leader. “Someone fired shots. One protester was hurt and the man who fired the shots was hurt, too,”Chumpol said. Yingluck was meeting members of the country’s Election Commission on Tuesday. The commission says the country is too unstable to hold an election on February 2.

Authorities in eastern China announced a ban Tuesday on live poultry sales07:21

Poultry trading halted in eastern China after new H7N9 cases

Authorities in eastern China announced a ban Tuesday on live poultry sales. The move followed an increase in the number of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu. The virus has killed 19 people in China so far this year out of 96 infections, AP quoted Feng Zijian, the deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying. More than 50 cases had been reported a week ago, and most cases have been linked to contact with poultry. The jump in cases comes during the 40-day travel period around Chinese New Year.

Japanese Government to Review Terrirtorial Waters Rights with South Korea06:30

Japan revising teaching manuals to emphasize territorial claims

The Japanese government is revising official teaching manuals to emphasize territorial rights to the islands disputed with China and South Korea, AP reported. Tuesday’s decision is to reflect the government’s official view on the territorial claims, according to the Education Ministry. The revision affects ministry-issued teaching manuals for junior high and high school social classes, but the manuals are not legally binding. The manuals currently in use do not mention the Japan-claimed East China Sea islands, which are also claimed by China. Officials also say and the reference to the Japan-claimed islands held by South Korea in the Sea of Japan is “too soft.”

Senate Agriculture committees announced Monday a bipartisan deal on a new farm bill02:39

​US farm bill deal proposes 1% cut to food stamps, continues big subsidies

After a two-year fight, the US House and Senate Agriculture committees announced Monday a bipartisan deal on a new farm bill that proposes a one percent cut to funding for food stamps while continuing to heavily subsidize major crops. The legislation is expected to cost around $100 billion a year over five years, a cut of around $2.3 billion a year from current spending levels, AP reported. The measure would cut $800 million per year, or one percent, from the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program – a decrease from House legislation that proposed a five percent decrease, yet more than the Senate’s $400 million cut. The bill released Monday also proposes a work-requirement test program for food stamp recipients in 10 states. The farm bill also continues generous subsidies for major crops like corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, and cotton, though many subsidies will shift to an insurance program, requiring farmers to take losses before any payout. Powerful meat and poultry groups said they will not support the legislation, given that the bill’s language does not delay a country-of-origin labeling program they have opposed. House GOP leaders have said they will support the deal made with the Democratic-led Senate.

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19 people die from H7N9 virus in China as infections rise

The H7N9 bird flu virus has killed 19 people in China this year. The total number of human infections now stands at 96, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced. China has also banned live fowl trading in some areas, following more reports of the H7N9 infection in several provinces, Xinhua reported. On Monday evening, Hong Kong’s health authority confirmed a H7N9 case at a local market. It plans to slaughter about 20,000 birds to curb the infection from spreading.

 

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Syria sides to continue Geneva talks despite diplomatic deadlock

The sides in the Syrian conflict will continue their talks in Geneva despite different approaches to the discussion agenda, AFP said. The government delegation earlier proposed the basic principles of the negotiations. The opposition insisted they contradicted the main goals of Geneva 2, which they said included the creation of a transitional government. Despite the deadlock, both sides do not intend to leave Switzerland. However, Rima Fleyhane, a representative of the opposition, said its delegation will insist on transitional governance.

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Egypt’s top military council approves Sisi running for president – reports

Egypt’s top military council has given the army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a green light to run for president, Reuters reported, citing a security source. “The top army officials all endorsed Sisi running for the presidency,” according to the source. Sisi could announce his candidacy within days.

Extremists kill 52 in northeast Nigeria attack14:21

Extremists kill 52 in northeast Nigeria attack – officials

Suspected Islamic extremists used explosives to attack a village in Nigeria’s northeast, killing 52 people and destroying more than 300 homes, AP said, citing security officials. The attackers reportedly planted several explosives at a market near Kawuri village on Sunday. Witnesses say there were more than 50 attackers. Officials blame the Islamic terrorist network Boko Haram, which has killed thousands over four years in Nigeria’s northeast. Since May, Northeast Nigeria has been under a military state of emergency.

The Chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, Aleksey Pushkov, was elected on Monday14:09

Russian MP heads conservative caucus at PACE

The Chairman of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, Aleksey Pushkov, was elected on Monday the head of the faction of European Democrats in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “It unites more than 80 deputies from Britain, Turkey, and Norway,” Pushkov wrote on his Twitter account. Pushkov earlier assumed the functions of acting head of the European Democrat Group. He is also the head of the Russian delegation in the PACE.

13:40

Tunisia president signs new constitution

President Moncef Marzouki and the head of the National Assembly signed Tunisia’s new constitution on Monday, Reuters reported. The constitution was approved by assembly deputies on Sunday evening, which ended months of deadlock. The country’s transition got back on track when ruling Islamist party, Ennahda, agreed to compromise late last year and step down to make way for a technocrat government. It will govern until the vote later this year.

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US urges Syria to allow aid convoy into Homs

The US called on the Syrian government on Monday to allow aid convoys into the old city of Homs, where “people are starving,” Reuters reported. All civilians must be allowed to leave the besieged area freely as the situation is “desperate,” US State Department spokesman, Edgar Vasquez, said in Geneva. The evacuation of women and children from rebel-held Homs, as proposed by the Damascus delegation at peace talks, is “not sufficient,” Vasquez said.

Iran and the Lifting of Sanctions12:46

‘Significant sanctions’ still in place against Iran – US official

David Cohen, the top US Treasury official dealing with sanctions, has told companies interested in doing business in Iran to “hold off,” AP said. Speaking in Turkey, Cohen warned that there are still significant sanctions in place against Iran. “The day may come when Iran is open for business but the day is not today,”the official said. Ankara is looking to expand business opportunities with its neighbor. Last week, Washington and the EU partially lifted economic sanctions on Tehran. The move came after Iran unplugged banks of centrifuges involved in its most sensitive uranium enrichment.

Syria Opposition Refuses to Take Part at Geneva212:28

Opposition rejects Syria govt terms for Geneva talks – report

Syria’s government delegation at peace talks in Geneva presented a declaration of basic principles for negotiations which did not mention a transition of power, Syrian television said on Monday. The proposal was rejected by the opposition, Reuters reported. The declaration said Syrians would choose a political system without “imposed formulas” from abroad. The West and regional state demand that President Bashar Assad step down and hand power to a transitional government.

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour has promoted the country's powerful army chief to the top military rank of marshal,11:19

Egypt’s interim president promotes army chief to rank of marshal

Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour has promoted the country’s powerful army chief to the top military rank of marshal, state television said. Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, who led the July 3 coup that ousted the nation’s Islamist president, is expected to step down to become a candidate in Egypt’s coming presidential elections, AP said. As the elections are set to take place before the end of April, al-Sisi has yet to publicly announce his intentions.

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Afghanistan to free 37 prisoners despite US protests

Afghanistan announced Monday that within two weeks it will release the first batch of alleged Taliban prisoners whom the US says are responsible for dozens of NATO and Afghan deaths, AFP said. Earlier Kabul said that a total of 72 detainees held at Bagram Prison near the Afghan capital would be freed due to lack of evidence. The US military force in Afghanistan condemned the news, saying the prisoners were “dangerous insurgents.” US-Afghan relations are strained over a number of issues including President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a pact on Washington’s future military role in the country.

 

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Cambodia police disperse demonstrators in TV channel protest

Cambodian military police used smoke grenades and batons on Monday to quell a protest by demonstrators demanding that a new television channel be allowed to broadcast, Reuters said. At least eight people were wounded, according to witnesses. The demonstration near the Information Ministry breached a ban on public gatherings imposed by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen. The ministry earlier refused to grant a broadcast license to a new television channel run by a staunch government critic.

Cambodia Demonstations09:02

Thai protesters won’t negotiate over freeing up access to ministries

Protesters seeking to overthrow Thailand’s government will not negotiate over freeing up access to ministries and state agencies that they have blockaded, Reuters reported protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, as saying on Monday. The protesters have blockaded seven big intersections in the capital of Bangkok. Many ministries and other bodies such as the central bank were forced to close their doors, with staff working from home or back-up facilities.

Thailand Protests 08:45

Hackers attack Israeli defense computer – expert

Hackers attacked Israeli computers including one used by the Defense Ministry, an Israeli data protection expert said on Monday. “At the beginning of this month a number of mails were sent to a number of companies in Israel, including security organizations,” AFP quoted Aviv Raff, chief technology officer at Israeli cyber security firm Seculert, as saying on army radio. An attachment that was in the email was infected with a virus, a Trojan Horse, which allowed the attackers to control the computers, Raff said. One of the computers belonged to the Defense Ministry department dealing with civilians in the occupied West Bank. The radio said the attack was “apparently from Gaza” and added that 15 Israeli computers were targeted.

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At least 20 killed in Congo arms depot blasts

Explosions from an arms depot near the diamond-mining hub of Mbuji-Mayi have killed more than 20 people, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo announced. The explosions injured 50 people and destroyed many houses, causing “desolation” in the heart of Congo’s third largest city, AP said, citing the statement. A lightning bolt on Friday reportedly hit the munitions depot of an army barracks outside Mbuji-Mayi and exploding shells hit homes some 6km away.

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China ships sail off Tokyo-controlled islands after Abe’s WWI claim

Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands on Monday, AFP reported. Around 9am (00:00 GMT), Chinese coastguard vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters of one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, according to Japan’s coastguard. The move came days after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe compared Sino-Japanese tense relations with the run-up to World War I.

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Magnitude 4.9 earthquake hits southeastern Iran

A moderate earthquake has struck southeastern Iran, and no injuries or damage were immediately reported, AP said. An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 struck at 6:16am local time Monday (02:46 GMT), some 100km southwest of Zahedan, Iran, according to the US Geological Survey. That area is near Iran’s eastern border with Pakistan.

Iran Hit by Earthquake06:12

S. Korea proposes family reunions in February

Seoul on Monday proposed that the rival Koreas restart arranging reunions next month for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, AP reported. North Korea last week agreed to resume the reunions and let South Korea choose dates for the humanitarian program, the latest move in a recent series of conciliatory gestures Pyongyang has taken. Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Monday that it sent a message proposing that the reunions to take place from February 17-22 at a North Korean mountain. About 22,000 North and South Koreans briefly met with their relatives during a period of détente, but family reunions have not been held since October 2010.

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Libyan militias release kidnapped Egyptian diplomats

Libya’s deputy foreign minister said Sunday that five Egyptian diplomats and an embassy employee kidnapped by militias in Tripoli have been released. They were abducted by armed gunmen as retaliation to Egypt for the arrest of Shaban Hadia, commander of the Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries, a powerful militia. The kidnappings forced Egypt to evacuate its embassy and Benghazi consulate on Friday, prompting it to once again stress the Libyan central government’s inability to reign in armed groups operating around the country. Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Razak Al-Grady told Reuters that three of the released are already back home, while another three are on their way back to Tripoli. He did not provide any further details on their release.

 

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​Israeli woman jailed for espionage released after 26 months

Former Israeli soldier, Anat Kam, went free after serving 26 months of a four-and-a-half year prison sentence. She was convicted of spying and leaking classified military documents to the media in October 2011. In move to expose the army’s policies in the occupied Palestinian territories she leaked information to the Haaretz newspaper that troops were ordered to carry out targeted killings of Palestinian militants in violation of a Supreme Court order.

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​At least 49 killed in clashes during anniversary of Egypt revolution

The death toll from clashes during protests, dedicated to the third anniversary of the Egyptian military coup on Saturday, rose to nearly 50, a health ministry official said on Sunday. Over 245 people were wounded in Cairo and several other provinces, according to the ministry. The fighting erupted between protesters, who opposed the military-backed government, and thousands, who supported army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi in July.

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​4 Egypt soldiers killed in attack on bus in Sinai

Four soldiers were killed and 13 wounded as gunmen attacked a military bus in the Egyptian part of the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, an army spokesperson said. The attack comes a day after a military helicopter crash in northern Sinai. The militant group, Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the strike.

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Iran says nuclear talks will resume in February

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that talks with the six world powers on reaching a long-term deal on Tehran’s nuclear program will resume the next month. A six-month agreement with the United States, Britain, Russia, France, and Germany – the P5+1 – was struck in November and took effect on Monday. The deal requires that Tehran curb its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for some sanctions relief while both sides attempt to reach a comprehensive agreement.

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Taliban suicide attack on army bus kills 3 in Afghanistan

Two Afghan soldiers and a civilian woman were killed in a suicide bombing on an army bus in Kabul, TOLO News reported. Nine others were wounded in the attack, most of them members of the Afghan National Army. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast.

 

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