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Mugabe empties his prisons because he can’t pay for them

Mugabe empties his prisons because he can’t pay for them | ReactNow - Latest News updated around the clock | Scoop.it

Almost all those who committed non-violent crimes will be released per the president's decree.

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Meet the woman jailed for 40 years for suffering a miscarriage

Meet the woman jailed for 40 years for suffering a miscarriage | ReactNow - Latest News updated around the clock | Scoop.it

Maria Teresa Rivera was sentenced to 40 years in jail for the “crime” of suffering a miscarriage. And yet in El Salvador, a nation with perhaps the most draconian situation in the world for reproductive rights, she is one of the lucky ones.

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When it comes to the legal system, corruption and gangs, the country shows all signs of a banana republic.

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Trump's San Diego rally draws more than 1,000 chanting protesters

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Donald Trump brought his message of walls and deportations to the doorstep of America’s busiest border crossing on Friday as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee greeted supporters in San Diego, amid one of the largest counter-protests organized against him.

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We are pleased to note that knowledgeable Americans realize that Trump poses a threat to freedom and democracy in the U.S. 

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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' appeals extradition to US

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' appeals extradition to US | ReactNow - Latest News updated around the clock | Scoop.it

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has appealed the government's decision to extradite him to the United States to face narcotics and murder charges, officials and his lawyers said Friday.

 

Court documents said the appeal was filed Thursday in Mexico City by two lawyers for Guzman, who is considered the world's most wanted drug boss as leader of the Sinaloa cartel.

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That guy should spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison with no possibility for parole.

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15 jailed for S.American dictatorships' atrocities

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An Argentine court jailed 15 South American ex-military officers for conspiring to torture and kill leftist dissidents during a US-backed crackdown by the region's dictatorships in the 1970s and '80s. The court was the first to try atrocities committed under Operation Condor, a coordinated plan a coordinated plan of repression launched at the height of the Cold War by the military regimes of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

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These scumbags should have been locked up ages ago. However, better late than never.

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WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved due to Zika

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by large outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil.

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Good news from Syria: Turkey says 104 IS militants killed in air and land strikes

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and Turkish artillery fire against the Islamic State group in Syria have killed 104 militants. Anadolu Agency says on Saturday said the strikes came late Friday, hours after rockets fired from Syria hit a southern Turkish town and wounded five people. It said the airstrikes and artillery fire also destroyed 7 buildings used as IS headquarters. The claim could not be independently verified, and Turkey has not explained how it can count casualties in Syria. Cross-border fire from Syria has claimed 21 lives and wounded dozens of others in the border town of Kilis this year. Authorities blame the attacks on IS which has a presence in northern Syria. Turkey typically responds by shelling IS positions.

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Good news from Falluja:  Commander in Falluja killed says US 

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The Islamic State group's commander in the besieged Iraqi city of Falluja is among 70 militants killed in coalition air strikes, the US military says.

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Putin says Romania, Poland may now be in Russia's cross-hairs

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.

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Islamic council proposes allowing men to 'lightly beat' their wives

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Islamic council proposes allowing men to 'lightly beat' their wives if they do not 'dress as he desires', refuse to have sex, or fail to take a bath after their period The Council of Islamic Ideology, led by Chairman Muhammad Khan Sheeran, is a constitutional body of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, but can only advise and not make laws.
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The next time the council is having a meeting we are looking forward to recommendations for women to beat their men whenever a man is wearing underwear. The man is supposed to be willing to have sex whenever the woman says so. Light beatings are also applicable if the man fails to take a bath after masturbation .

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SAS take the to the skies over London in anti-terror helicopters

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The SAS were spotted flying over landmarks such as Big Ben, the Shard and the London Eye in their £42million anti-terror choppers in what was thought to be a training exercise.

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Inside the hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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Intelligence officials have pieced together details of the recent movements of the world’s most wanted man.

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Uganda 2010 bombing: Life sentences for five convicted 

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Five people convicted of terrorism over the 2010 bomb attacks in Uganda's capital, Kampala, which killed 74 people, are given life sentences.

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‘Psychotic rampage’ feared after sheep eat cannabis plants

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Fears of a “psychotic sheep rampage” are at an all-time high in a small Welsh village after a load of drugs was dumped near a farm.

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Aren´t there any gyms for pothead sheep

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EU committing $645 million to Colombia's peacebuilding

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has committed to provide Colombia with a package of 575 million euros ($645 million) to help the nation recover from a half century of civil war. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Friday the EU "will continue to accompany Colombia in the post-conflict phase. Solid peace can only be built if the final peace agreement is effectively implemented and the EU has vast experience in peace building." Technical assistance, grants and loans will be released once a final peace agreement is signed. Colombia's government and the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have been working on a peace accord since 2012 that would end their more than 50-year war. They have yet to reach agreement on a cease-fire and the disarming and demobilizing of rebels.

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Signatures are not enough for release of technical assistance, grants and loans. They should NOT be released until peace is implemented.

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South Africa's Foetal Alcohol Syndrome problem

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Why are rates of the condition, resulting from exposure to alcohol in the womb, so high in South Africa?

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Louisiana man accused of making young boys smoke marijuana

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Police say a Louisiana man accused of making his 8- and 10-year-old relatives smoke marijuana faces cruelty charges. Baton Rouge police tell The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1U0csbQ) that Jason Louis Taylor rolled marijuana blunts and provided them to the young boys on several occasions, instructing the children to smoke it. The police report says the 8-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in February after being told to smoke weed. The child later tested positive for marijuana. Police say both children said the 29-year-old Taylor allegedly smoked marijuana in front of them on several occasions. Taylor was arrested Wednesday on two counts of cruelty to juveniles and one count of illegal use of a controlled substance in the presence of a juvenile. Online jail records do not list an attorney for Taylor. 

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The 'world's first cannabis-friendly gym' is opening in San Francisco

The 'world's first cannabis-friendly gym' is opening in San Francisco | ReactNow - Latest News updated around the clock | Scoop.it

A gym where members will be encouraged to use marijuana to enhance their performance is due to open in San Francisco.

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As we all know potheads become extremely active on marijuana...or? The local ambulance service will get lots of jobs when potheads drop weights on themselves and/or other people, that is if they manage to lift the weights at all.

 

A word of warning from a pothead "expert": Don’t push yourself too hard, too fast. You can get a major head rush that might knock you on your ass. 

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New Taliban leader vows violence, no peace talks with Afghanistan

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The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed there will be no peace talks with his country's government, and only more violence.

A source in the group reached through an intermediary told CNN that Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, the newly appointed leader of the terror group, also vowed to return to the militant ways adopted by late founder Mullah Omar.

 

Akhundzada will bring back the era of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Taliban commander who led the group from its creation in 1994 until his death in 2013 with a simple life, loyalty, and terror on enemies.

 

On Wednesday, Akhundzada replaced Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan over the weekend. The group then claimed responsibility for a Wednesday suicide bombing in Kabul that killed 10 people and injured four others.

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He seems to be an appropriate target for a drone attack - the sooner the better.

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Reanalysis reveals banned substances in 23 “A” samples from London 2012

Reanalysis reveals banned substances in 23 “A” samples from London 2012 | ReactNow - Latest News updated around the clock | Scoop.it

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today that reanalysis of the “A” samples from 23 athletes in five sports and from six National Olympic Committees (NOCs) who competed at the Olympic Games London 2012 has returned Adverse Analytical Findings. 

 

The athletes, NOCs and IFs concerned are already being informed, after which the proceedings against the athletes can begin. All athletes found to have infringed the anti-doping rules will be banned from competing at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

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Carl Bildt: Austria’s narrow election is a warning signal to all

Carl Bildt: Austria’s narrow election is a warning signal to all | ReactNow - Latest News updated around the clock | Scoop.it

As nationalism comes roaring back, leaders need to make the case for an open society.

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Final vote on impeachment could come 3 days before Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been upstaged by the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. And it could get worse. 

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The secret life of Kim Jong Un’s aunt, who has lived in the U.S. since 1998

The secret life of Kim Jong Un’s aunt, who has lived in the U.S. since 1998 | ReactNow - Latest News updated around the clock | Scoop.it

How one family went from the top in North Korea to the middle in America.

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Michael Howard: The EU is doomed, even if Britain votes to remain

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The former Conservative Party leader thinks voters across Europe feel ignored by political elites.

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Official: Beacon from Egypt crash detected, search narrows

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CAIRO (AP) — A French vessel that joined the search for the EgyptAir plane which crashed last week killing all 66 people on board arrived Friday in the crash area, as Egyptian officials said search teams in the Mediterranean have picked up a beacon believed to be from the doomed aircraft. According to Egyptian security officials, the French ship is carrying equipment that can find flight data and cockpit voice recorders — the so-called "black boxes." French officials could not be immediately reached to confirm the ship's whereabouts. Meanwhile, the chief investigator in Egypt said search teams in the Mediterranean have picked up a beacon believed to be from the EgyptAir Flight 804. Locating a beacon has narrowed the search to a 5 kilometer (3 mile) radius, said Ayman al-Moqadem, stressing that this doesn't mean the black boxes have been found, which he said requires highly sophisticated technology. The signal that was picked up came from one of the devices on the plane transmitting its location, said al-Moqadem, who spoke to reporters on Thursday. Eight days after the plane crashed off Egypt's northern coast on a Paris to Cairo flight, the cause of the tragedy still has not been determined. Ships and planes from Egypt, Greece, France, the United States and other nations have been searching the Mediterranean north of the Egyptian port of Alexandria for the jet's voice and flight data recorders, as well as more bodies and parts of the aircraft. Small pieces of the wreckage and human remains have already been recovered while the bulk of the plane and the bodies of the passengers are believed to be deep under the sea. A Cairo forensic team has received the human remains and is carrying DNA tests to identify the victims. Egypt's civil aviation minister Sherif Fathi has said he believes terrorism is a more likely explanation than equipment failure or some other catastrophic event. But no hard evidence has emerged on the cause, and no militant group has claimed to have downed the jet. Earlier, leaked flight data indicated a sensor detected smoke in a lavatory and a fault in two of the plane's cockpit windows in the final moments of the flight. The French air accident investigation agency, the BEA, said in a statement that the Laplace ship left Thursday from Corsica for the zone of the crash, with two BEA investigators aboard. The Laplace is equipped with three detectors made by the Alseamar company designed to detect and localize signals from the flight recorders, believed about 3,000 meters (3,280 yards) underwater. France may also send an unmanned submarine and deep-sea retrieval equipment, the statement said. The BEA is involved in the search because the crashed plane was an Airbus, manufactured in France. Because of the difficulties in finding the black boxes, Egypt has contracted two foreign companies to help locate the flight data recorders of the plane. One of the companies is Alseamar, which has equipment aboard the French vessel. Egyptian official have said the second company is called Deep Ocean Search. Also, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said earlier that a submarine would join the search for the plane's data recorders. However, al-Moqadem told reporters that the submarine is not equipped to detect signals from the black boxes. All Egyptian officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

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