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Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus'

Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus' | GIS World News | Scoop.it
The Syrian army accuses Israel of air strikes on areas near Damascus, but there is no confirmation from Israel.
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Airstrikes of unknown origin have hit Syrian government installations near the Syrian capital of Damascus. The Syrian government (or whats left with it) claims that the airstrikes were conducted by the Israeli air force but Israel denies these claims. Even if it was Israeli who bombed the locations why does it matter? The Syrian government is currently holding on to its power by a thread, ISIS controls a third of the country, anti-government rebels control another third, and now the Kurds are taking territory in north eastern Syria. Israel is also still technically at war with Syria so they are not doing anything illegal. But in reality its just more problems going on in Syria that will come back to bite us in the but if we don't do more then bomb the place. 

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North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed' - BBC News

North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed' - BBC News | GIS World News | Scoop.it
North Korea's Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol has been executed by anti-aircraft fire for disloyalty, South Korea's spy agency tells MPs.
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North Korea's Defense Chief Hyon Yongchol has been executed by the North Korean government for disloyalty. Now the death itself is not all that surprising, as executions in North Korea happen frequently, but the real kicker out of it is the way he died: an anti-aircraft gun at close range. Was that really necessary?  

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Shell gets 'conditional' US Arctic drilling approval - BBC News

Shell gets 'conditional' US Arctic drilling approval - BBC News | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Royal Dutch Shell wins approval from the US Department of Interior to explore for oil in the Arctic.
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The gas company Shell has just received permission by the U.S government to start looking for oil reserves in the arctic. this could be good for the economy because the oil will be from America and not the Middle East or Russia. However it could also cause environmental issues as the oil will contribute to habitat loss.

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Nigeria oil firm overpaid Goodluck Jonathan's government - BBC News

Nigeria oil firm overpaid Goodluck Jonathan's government - BBC News | GIS World News | Scoop.it
An audit finds that Nigeria's embattled state oil company overpaid the government $750m, but also says it has not properly accounted for $1.48bn.
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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), a state ran oil firm, has been discovered transferring money into current Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. Investigations also found that around $2bn  has gone missing. Goodluck Jonathan is now being forced to order an independent audit to find what happened to the money. In this chaos, newly elected Muhammadu Buhari promises to cut down corruption in Nigeria when he is elected. 

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IS releases new 'killing' video of Ethiopian Christians

IS releases new 'killing' video of Ethiopian Christians | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Islamic State militants release a video purportedly showing the killing of up to 30 Ethiopian Christians seized in Libya.
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Colombia lifts bombing truce after Farc attack in Cauca

Colombia lifts bombing truce after Farc attack in Cauca | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Colombia lifts a suspension of its bombardments against left-wing Farc, following a deadly rebel attack on soldiers in the west of the country.
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The Colombian government has just called off a ceasefire against the Farc rebels which they have been at peace for a few month. This is bad as this conflict has caused too many lives already.

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China’s one-child policy achieved nothing. So would a two-child policy

China’s one-child policy achieved nothing. So would a two-child policy | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Coercing people to have more children is hardly better then coercing them to have fewer – and it almost never works.
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China's one child policy has started to backfire on the country as China's ageing population will make it harder for the government to enforce it. I think in order for China to save themselves from such a crisis, they should introduce a two child policy and focus population growth into rural areas.

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IS claims Yemen mosque bombings

IS claims Yemen mosque bombings | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Islamic State says its militants carried out suicide bombings on two mosques in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, that killed at least 137 people.
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ISIS has just claimed responsibility for the mosque bombings carried out in Yemen earlier today. This is worrying because not only do we have Al-Qaeda, Houthi, and the Yemeni government fighting each other but now we have ISIS thrown into the fray. Three of the worlds most dangerous terror groups all in one place. The only thing that could make this worse is if Boko Huram and the Taliban decide to come in as well.   

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'Cyanide letter' sent to White House

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The US Secret Service says it is conducting further tests on an envelope posted to the White House which may contain cyanide.
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Earlier today, the Secret Service discovered a letter sent to the White House containing high levels of cyanide. This just shows how under prepared the Secret Service is in the event of a terrorist attack, expecaly with ISIS ruining around it might be a problem in the future.

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Nemtsov murder confession 'forced'

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Zaur Dadayev, a suspect charged with killing Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, confessed under duress, a member of Russia's human rights council says.
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Following the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, the leader of the anti-Putin Republican Party of Russia (RPR), two Chechen men Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev were arrested for possible links to the assassination. After a week in prison Dadayev confessed to conspiracy. However after further investigations by Andrei Babushkin, a member of Russia’s Human Rights Council, reviled that Dadayev might have been tortured into confessing conspiracy. Dadayev also has yet to be assigned a trial for his case. If this is so it is completely against the Russian constitution and Russia’s government could be finned accordingly. However further evidence is being evaluated to see if this claim by Babushkin is true.   

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Allies begin push against Boko Haram

Allies begin push against Boko Haram | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Niger and Chad launch an offensive against Nigeria's Boko Haram militants, as officials dismiss the group's pledge to IS as a sign of weakness.
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Following Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance to ISIS, a coalition of Nigerian, Cameroonian,  and Chadian troops have started attacking militant positions in Nigeria's Borno state. This is the largest assault on Boko Haram's holdings with 8,000 coalition troops involved in the operation. The Nigerian government states that they do not recognize Boko Haram's sudden allegiance to ISIS to be official and will continue to fight Boko Haram as if it was any other terrorist organization. It is good to see military progress be done to one of these extremist groups especially after ISIS' involvement in Libya and Houthi's takeover of the Yemen government. Maybe other nations will see this colition as a sign of progress and contribute more to the fight against militants. In other news this is the first full week of Scoopit I have done in three months :D         

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Outcry as IS 'wrecks' Assyrian site

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Archaeologists and officials express outrage about the reported bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants.
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Archaeological sites located  in ISIS controlled territory has been reportedly destroyed by jihadists who believe that the Assyrian-Babylonian ruins promote idol worship. Videos were released on YouTube a few days ago of ISIS solders smashing Assyrian statues in the ruins of Nimrud. Artifacts that were not destroyed by ISIS have been sold on the black market. This is just another reason why ISIS needs to be taken more seriously. The only nation that is actually dedicating ground troops (Iraq) is struggling to gain back their own territory and if we don't help ISIS will continue to destroy historical land marks, commit ethnic genocide, and send thousands of people fleeing from their homes.        

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Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl

Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.
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For the last three weeks, a 6ft wingspan European eagle owl has been randomly attacking citizens in the Dutch town of Purmerend. The town has declared a state of emergency and citizens are advised to bring an umbrella with them to fend off the owl if they need to go outside. It is frighting to see that one owl can cause an entire town to go into a state of emergency. 

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Amazon warns US over drone rules

Amazon warns US over drone rules | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Amazon has said it may take its drone delivery research outside the US because of strict regulation of the unmanned aircraft.
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Early this year Amazon announced their new Amazon Prime Air division, a  division of the company dedicated to delivering packages to your door via unmanned drones. However due to U.S airspace policy the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has refused Amazon from being allowed to test Prime Air in America. In response to this Amazon is now testing Prime Air in the U.K. This is one of those things that you wonder why would anyone not want this? A robot that will automatically take your delivery and fly it to your house, thats amazing. But due to the slow and anti-innovative FAA this will probably never happen in the near future.

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Nato's 'Dynamic Mongoose': Hunting for submarines - BBC News

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The BBC's Jonathan Beale reports on 'Dynamic Mongoose', Nato's largest ever anti-submarine warfare exercise in the North Sea.
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With the growth of Russian naval power in the Baltic Sea, NATO has developed and are now testing a new 'submarine hunter;' a robotic submarine designed detect the presence of unidentified vessels and  equipment.  

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Hundreds found dead as details of fresh attack by Boko Haram emerge in Nigeria

Hundreds found dead as details of fresh attack by Boko Haram emerge in Nigeria | GIS World News | Scoop.it
President elect, Muhammadu Buhari, vows a hard line on Islamist insurgents after renewed violence in Damasak in the country’s north-east
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Nigerian troops have discovered the dead bodies of hundreds of people from the north-eastern town of Damasak. They were apparently murdered my members of the Boko Haram Islamist group in protest of newly elected President Muhammadu Bahri’s denunciation of the group. Boko Haram has been on the retreat in the past few weeks as the anti-Boko Haram coalition have been launching counter attacks into the group’s territory making this the first Boko Haram attack this month. 

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China's Xi Jinping agrees $46bn superhighway to Pakistan

China's Xi Jinping agrees $46bn superhighway to Pakistan | GIS World News | Scoop.it
China's President Xi Jinping has signed a deal with Pakistan promising $46bn (£30.7bn) of investment.
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China and Pakistan plan to build a highway connecting China and Pakistan. This road should give China a presence in the Persian Golf. This shows how much China is dedicated to dominating everyone economically 

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Saddam aide Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri 'killed' in Iraq

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Fugitive Iraqi militant leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, a former right-hand man to Saddam Hussein, has been killed, Iraqi media say.
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Izzat Ibrhim al-Douri, right hand man to Saddam Hussein was killed today in a battle with Iraqi troops. This is great because we finally got rid of the oppressive leaders under Saddam's leadership/

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Boston Marathon bomber found guilty

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Boston Marathon bomber found guilty | GIS World News | Scoop.it
The man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been found guilty and now waits to hear if he will face the death penalty.
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 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two Boston Bombers has been found guilty of all 30 of his charges. He is now pending trial to go on death row. This is a good thing as if Tsarnaev, the man responsible in the worst terrorist attack in America since 9/11, does not get prosecuted it would let other people see it as a opportunity to join the fey too . 

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'IS online threat' to US military

'IS online threat' to US military | GIS World News | Scoop.it
The US military calls for "vigilance" after an online threat was allegedly made by Islamic State to 100 personnel whose details were posted online.
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Members of the U.S military have been receiving online threats allegedly from ISIS. Although no incidents have occurred involving ISIS in the United States, DoD officials recommend that people start to privatize their online footprint. The fact that we can't track the source of these emails shows how under developed the United States' cyber security is, the internet is getting more important every day yet the government  puts little attention into it. The government should put more money into cyber security.

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Tunisia in 'war against terror'

Tunisia in 'war against terror' | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Tunisia's president vows to fight terrorism "without mercy" following a gun attack in Tunis that killed 19 people, most of them tourists.
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Tunisia, the birth of the Arab Spring, just suffered one of the country's worst terrorist attacks. In the middle of the day, ISIS fighters attacked the Bardo Museum in Tunisia's capital of Tunis. In fact the Bardo Museum was literally next door to Tunisia's parliament.  This shows how unprepared some counties are when fighting ISIS, countries need to prepare to fight ISIS or they will suffer at their hand. I doubt anyone would want to be at the mercy of ISIS.   

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Netanyahu vows no Palestinian state

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will not allow the creation of a Palestinian state if he is re-elected on Tuesday.
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Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netenayo stated in a press report that if he was re-elected then he would not allow Palestine to become a independent state. This is bad new for Palestinians as odds are Netanyahu will be reelected limiting the chances of Palestinian independence for another 4 years. 

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Ukraine confirms rebel arms pullback

Ukraine confirms rebel arms pullback | GIS World News | Scoop.it
The Ukrainian president confirms that pro-Russian rebels in the east have withdrawn a "significant" amount of heavy weapons under a ceasefire plan.
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The Ukrainian Government has confirmed that pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have moved most of their heavy weapons from the front lines honoring their side of the ceasefire treaty. Despite minor skirmishes along the front line most of the ceasefire agreement has been honored by both sides. This is great as one of the many bloody conflicts going on the world right now is about to come to a peaceful close. That is if Russia doesn't start messing with Ukraine again...

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Boko Haram pledge to Islamic State

Boko Haram pledge to Islamic State | GIS World News | Scoop.it
Boko Haram militants pledge allegiance to Islamic State, in a message apparently from the Nigerian group's leader Abubakar Shekau.
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Boko Haram, a Nigerian Islamist terror group, has just pledged allegiance to ISIS. Through a list of messages released by Boko Haram they it was found that they would renounce their version of Sharia law in favor of ISIS' version. This is frighting seeing that the two largest terror groups in the world are now allied.

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Chile's Villarrica volcano erupts

Chile's Villarrica volcano erupts | GIS World News | Scoop.it
The Villarrica volcano, one of the most active in South America, erupts in southern Chile, spewing ash and lava into the air.
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A volcano  just erupted in southern Chile killing 100 people and displacing 3,000. This is the largest volcano in the Americas and will disrupt air travel. This shows the need for governments to invest more money in watching volcanos. In a mater of time a volcano will erupt in a hevely populated place like Italy and kill millions of people.  

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Nigeria postpones presidential vote

Nigeria postpones presidential vote | GIS World News | Scoop.it
“The electoral commission in Nigeria delays the 14 February presidential election by six weeks in a move criticised by the opposition.”
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With the growth of Islamic Extremists in northern Nigeria, the 2015 presidential election has been postponed. Nigerian officials say that this is to allow people displaced in the wars to vote when the threat is dealt with.
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