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Libya faces growing Islamist threat

Libya faces growing Islamist threat | Global politics | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Diplomats warn that militants squeezed out of Mali by western intervention are hitting targets in Tripoli
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Protest against restoring US-Cuba ties in Miami

Protest against restoring US-Cuba ties in Miami | Global politics | Scoop.it
Dozens took to the streets of Little Havana in Miami, Florida December 17 after the US president Barack Obama said Wednesday that the Washington is seeking to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.
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They prefer to see their families back in Cuba (those who still have any) to continue living under the embargo. Atreacherous bunch!

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​‘Impossible’ to cut oil production - Saudi oil minister

​‘Impossible’ to cut oil production - Saudi oil minister | Global politics | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia, home to the world’s second largest oil reserves, says it can’t afford cutting oil production, even despite the falling prices.
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Swiss central bank turns to negative interest rate amid ruble crisis

Swiss central bank turns to negative interest rate amid ruble crisis | Global politics | Scoop.it
The Swiss National Bank has switched to a negative deposit rate for some deposits, as it seeks to avoid excessive growth of the national currency. The ruble crisis and unrest in global financial markets have fuelled demand for the Swiss franc.
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Putin: Russian economy will inevitably bounce back, 2 years in worst case scenario

Putin: Russian economy will inevitably bounce back, 2 years in worst case scenario | Global politics | Scoop.it
The Russian economy is to start growing again in 2 years in the worst case scenario, President Vladimir Putin said at his annual press conference. Russia, which is facing recession, is ready to fight the impending crisis, as it did in 2008, he said.
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‘Cursed by God’: Far-right activist claims Liverpool FC punished for backing gay rights

‘Cursed by God’: Far-right activist claims Liverpool FC punished for backing gay rights | Global politics | Scoop.it
A far-right English Democrats activist has claimed Premier League football team Liverpool FC had performed less well last season because they openly ‘promoted’ homosexuality.
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Disgusting people aspiring to lead society. These ultrarightists should learn to leave alone everybody else, and stop using religion to support their ignorance. They sound like IS extremists with their twisted scriptures. Please grow!

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Obesity can be viewed as disability – EU court

Obesity can be viewed as disability – EU court | Global politics | Scoop.it
Obese people can be considered disabled if extra weight hinders their "full and effective participation in professional life," the EU Court of Justice has ruled. The decision could have dramatic consequences for employees across the continent.
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Psaki misspoke: Obama not yet signed new anti-Russian bill

Psaki misspoke: Obama not yet signed new anti-Russian bill | Global politics | Scoop.it
US President Barack Obama has not yet signed a bill clearing the way for more economic sanctions against Russia. The US State Department confirmed Jen Psaki misspoke during the press briefing.
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I love this lady. Were it not for her performances, life would be too dull!

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​‘Can’t stuff this bear’ & other Putin Q&A quotes

​‘Can’t stuff this bear’ & other Putin Q&A quotes | Global politics | Scoop.it
The range of answers at Vladimir Putin’s annual meeting with the media varied from purely practical to practically poetic and even personal. RT has compiled the most memorable quotes from the president.
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I wonder whether any US President could stand such a marathon before people and journalists like Putin...

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​Those craving ruble collapse aren’t immune from aftershocks

​Those craving ruble collapse aren’t immune from aftershocks | Global politics | Scoop.it
"If Russia opts for capital controls and/or imposes a holiday on repayment of larger debt tranches coming due in early 2015, the European financial system will receive another shock as much of Russian banks and corporate funding was underwritten in Europe," Dr Gurdgiev warns.
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"If Russia opts for capital controls and/or imposes a holiday on repayment of larger debt tranches coming due in early 2015, the European financial system will receive another shock as much of Russian banks and corporate funding was underwritten in Europe," Dr Gurdgiev warns.

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‘Terror has no religion’: MP urges ban on phrase ‘Islamic terrorist’ in mass media

‘Terror has no religion’: MP urges ban on phrase ‘Islamic terrorist’ in mass media | Global politics | Scoop.it
A Russian lawmaker proposes a ban on expressions such as ‘Islamic terrorist’ and ‘Islamist militant’ in the mass media, claiming they give people the wrong impression about Islam and put ordinary believers at risk.
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There are about 20 million Muslims among Russia’s 140-million-strong population. Islam is considered one of four ‘traditional religions’ in the country, along with Orthodox Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism.

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US servicemen in first ground battle with ISIS – Kurdish media

US servicemen in first ground battle with ISIS – Kurdish media | Global politics | Scoop.it
American forces were involved in their first ground battle with Islamic State fighters, according to Kurdish media outlet Shafaq News, near the Ain Al-Assad base in the Anbar province of Iraq early Sunday. The report could not be independently verified.
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Should the offensive prove successful, it could open a path to Sinjar mountain, where hundreds of Yazidis - an ethnic Kurdish minority - have been trapped by Islamic State since August.

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UN claims of asylum seekers’ ‘inhumane’ treatment provoke Dutch ire

UN claims of asylum seekers’ ‘inhumane’ treatment provoke Dutch ire | Global politics | Scoop.it
The Netherlands, in the throes of an immigration crisis, has accused the UN of publishing ‘one-sided information’ after its senior officials accused the government of “trying to score political points” by “forcing” failed asylum seekers into homelessness.
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How dares anyone to criticize the human rights record of any NATO state?!?

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Shopping frenzy, social media fuss and jokes in Russia as ruble collapses

Shopping frenzy, social media fuss and jokes in Russia as ruble collapses | Global politics | Scoop.it
Luxury cars, jewellery, fridges and TVs are selling like hot cakes. Russians are rushing to buy retail after 'Black Tuesday’ - the day the Ruble lost 20% of its value. And you can watch it on social media.
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Putin says US and key oil producers may be equally interested in lower oil

Putin says US and key oil producers may be equally interested in lower oil | Global politics | Scoop.it
The sharp drop in the oil price, which has lost more than 40 percent since its peak in the summer, may be because the US and some of other huge oil exporters are interested in that happening, President Putin said.
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If the price level remains low for a long time, companies will stop investing in difficult to develop deposits and new oil fields. He believes falling oil prices could eventually bounce back so hard that even industrialized countries would fully feel it. Putin believes many understand it.

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German-made ‘miracle’ machine turns water into gasoline

German-made ‘miracle’ machine turns water into gasoline | Global politics | Scoop.it
There is as yet no method to mimic Jesus Christ and turn water into wine, but German chemical engineers have proved they can perform miracles of alchemy. They are now finalizing the assembly of a rig that changes water into gasoline.
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1998 and 2014: Russian crisis in perspective

1998 and 2014: Russian crisis in perspective | Global politics | Scoop.it
Russian banks have warned against hysterically jumping to the conclusion that the current ruble crisis will follow the trajectory of 1998, when the country was forced to default.
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‘When you start thinking about ratings they start to fall’ – Putin

‘When you start thinking about ratings they start to fall’ – Putin | Global politics | Scoop.it
For President Putin its real work rather than the photo-op that’s putting him high in the opinion polls.
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The comment came on the same day the Associated Press together the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released the results of the latest poll showing about 80 percent of Russians still supported Putin and his policies. A similar poll conducted in 2012 showed that Putin enjoyed the support of 58% of the Russian population.

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Chinese villagers sign petition to isolate HIV-positive child

Chinese villagers sign petition to isolate HIV-positive child | Global politics | Scoop.it
A petition to isolate a small boy has attracted more than 200 signatories in a remote Chinese village requesting “preventative isolation measures by taking Kun Kun [the child] away from the village, and protect the health of the villagers and children.”
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Apocalyptic Donetsk airport video reveals aftermath of E. Ukraine standoff

Apocalyptic Donetsk airport video reveals aftermath of E. Ukraine standoff | Global politics | Scoop.it
Footage has emerged of Donetsk International Airport resembling an airplane graveyard. Strewn everywhere are torn parts, fuselages split in half and other debris – a remnant of months of fighting between the Kiev government and the Donetsk opposition.
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​UK oil industry ‘close to collapse’ as price plunges below $60 per barrel

​UK oil industry ‘close to collapse’ as price plunges below $60 per barrel | Global politics | Scoop.it
Britain’s oil industry is in a “crisis” and may be “close to collapse,” a senior oil industry expert has said, as the UK’s biggest oil and gas companies continue to cut staff and investment and the price of crude slumps.
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The ultimate wicked arm against Russia is turning against its sponsors. Now the UK, and also by now against the US asphalt business, tomorrow even the greatest and most arrogant of the US vassals, the Saudis, will start experience problems and will have to back off. Even the Western non-producers are beginning to see how their oil-taxes are diminishing and their already-impoverished budgets are geting more and more hungry. The oil weapon is like the nuclear weapon: nobody benefits, it harms everyone.

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Western nations want to chain 'the Russian bear' - Putin

Western nations want to chain 'the Russian bear' - Putin | Global politics | Scoop.it
Western nations want to chain “the Russian bear,” pull out its teeth and ultimately have it stuffed, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned. He said anti-Russian sanctions are the cost of being an independent nation.
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Not only Texas and other territoris from Mexico, the US stole the Philipinnes' independence for 50 years or so, and Puerto Rico's until now, not to speak of the military annexation of Hawaii... The US is in no position to lecture anybody.

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Terrorist child killers - enemies of humanity

Terrorist child killers - enemies of humanity | Global politics | Scoop.it
Peshawar school attack is the deadliest carried out in Pakistan. The 132 children killed in the siege, as with the 186 children who perished in the Russia’s Beslan massacre in 2004, are a grim reminder that evil does indeed exist in our world.
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The same day Islamist terrorists blew two car bombs at a school in Homs, Syria. Their attacks on schools and universities are frequent, but the Western media usually ignores them.

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​‘Keep 1 round for each other’: Brits fighting ISIS agree death pact, won’t submit to capture

​‘Keep 1 round for each other’: Brits fighting ISIS agree death pact, won’t submit to capture | Global politics | Scoop.it
Two ex-soldiers who travelled from Britain to Syria to join Kurdish troops fighting Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) said the battlefield “was like World War I.” They also revealed they had a plan to kill each other rather than face capture.
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Million mummy mystery: Egyptian cemetery with 1mn bodies stumps scientists

Million mummy mystery: Egyptian cemetery with 1mn bodies stumps scientists | Global politics | Scoop.it
An ancient cemetery in Egypt contains 1 million bodies, according to a team of archeologists who discovered the burial ground. What the site represents remains a mystery, as the scientists are still puzzled about where exactly all the people came from.
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Ancient Egyptians don't stop amazing us...

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Pope Francis unexpected hero of US-Cuba relations breakthrough

Pope Francis unexpected hero of US-Cuba relations breakthrough | Global politics | Scoop.it
Pope Francis has congratulated both the US and Cuba on restoring relations, as the Vatican together with Canada were confirmed to have played a significant role in the talks which broke 50 years of cold.
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