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Yemen migrant boat sinks killing 70

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A boat carrying mostly Ethiopian migrants sinks off Yemen's western coast, killing 70 people, Yemeni officials say.
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A boat of 70 African migrants sunk off of Yemen's western coast. There were no survivors. This was most likely due to strong waves and winds. Many people try to cross the Red Sea each year and hundreds more die trying. Migrants view the Red Sea passage as a gateway into Europe and the Middle East. 

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US justice department to probe Baltimore police - BBC News

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The US justice department is to investigate Baltimore's police for routine bias or excessive force after the death of Freddie Gray, US media say.
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The US justice department is going to determine whether Baltimore's police every act in routine bias or with excessive force. The mayor said that the police and the community have a fractured relationship. The officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray are facing criminal charges. 

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Germanwings crash: Co-pilot Lubitz 'practised rapid descent' - BBC News

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The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps appears to have practised a rapid descent on a previous flight, investigators say.
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The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps in March had practiced a rapid descent on a previous flight. Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot, had set the same plane for unauthorized descent earlier that day. Lubitz had locked the flight captain out of the cockpit. On several occasions when the captain was out of the cockpit the altitude dial  was set 34,900 feet lower than what was recommended. Last month German prosecutors showed that Lubitz had been researching suicide methods and the security of cockpit doors. 

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Dallas Prophet cartoon attack: Suspected gunmen 'named' - BBC News

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US officials reportedly identify the gunmen who are said to have attacked a Texas event exhibiting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
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The nature of the world today seems to be on the rise with polar opposites clashing everywhere from Ukrainians and Russians, to Muslim militants and cartoonists. Personal interests are one thing, but insensitivity is another. The cruelty of action is obviously going to be much more overshadowing next to a few agitators, but that doesn't make the agitators any less guilty. What I mean is that the cartoonists of the world, while needing to be able to freely talk about certain issues, must be careful about how their actions will be viewed by others. Opinions can be just as dangerous as a gun. Though, they are usually more inciting than physically harmful. Militant Islamic extremists have been a problem worldwide, and their sensitivity towards any number of things is disturbing to say the very least. The cruelty and barbarity of their actions has been, for a long time, out of control. This is not to speak of new opinions or new ideas for these have existed in the minds of many for a long time. What can be done to stop them is to be more conservative, both if you are taking steps to agitate barbarous actions or are the barbarians themselves. 

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Freddie Gray protests in several US cities - BBC News

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Protests are taking place in several US cities over Freddie Gray, whose death from injuries sustained in police custody has stoked unrest in Baltimore.
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Protests over the death of Freddie Gray are taking place in several major cities, including NY, Washington DC, Boston and Minneapolis. A national debate over the use of police force has surfaced. The six officers who were involved in Gray's death have been suspended with pay. An investigation is being carried out in order to determine how Freddie Gray died. 

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Baltimore declares emergency as Freddie Gray riots erupt - BBC News

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A state of emergency is declared in the US city of Baltimore amid violent protests linked to the death of a black man fatally injured in police custody.
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Baltimore has declared a state of emergency and violent protests have erupted there. There could be as many as 5,000 National Guard troops deployed there. Multiple buildings and police vehicles have been set on fire. 15 officers have been injured. Six officers involved in the Freddie Gray case have been arrested. The city will not be put under martial law, but a massive force will be put out, according to National Guard commander Linda Singh. There has been a string of deaths, all unarmed black men, who were in police custody or attempting to evade it. Various gangs have entered into a partnership in order to target officers. 

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Armenia marks centenary of mass killings by Ottoman Turks - BBC News

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Ceremonies are under way in Armenia to mark the centenary of the start of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.
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Armenia has begun conducting a ceremony in order to pay respects to the many people who died there at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. They go so far as to call their attack genocidal, but the Turkish government denies this. They say the attacks did occur, but that there was no systematic killing of Armenians. Obama gave a speech that recognized the event, but dodged the word genocide. Some have critiqued him for not being totally straight-forward. 

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Migrants crisis: Northern Europe 'must do more' - BBC News

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A Greek minister tells the BBC that the "great powers of Europe" need to take more responsibility for the unfolding crisis in the Mediterranean.
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It is good that these governments are making an effort to stabilize the crises in Europe. Such a massive amount of migration needs to be controlled also to prevent death, disease, and disorder of the population. However, the countries where these people are coming from need to be dealt with equally as much. Now that the countries of Europe are banning together to control migration, they should take the next step and improve the countries where people migrate from. 

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Spain pupil with crossbow kills teacher in Barcelona

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A student armed with a makeshift crossbow and a knife kills a teacher at a school in Barcelona, Spain.
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The first documented case of a teacher killing a student in Spain has been committed by a 13 year old boy in Barcelona. A motive has not been released as of yet. Students report him threatening to kill teachers a week before, but did not think much of it. He had a list of names that he apparently planned to target. Four other individuals were injured. He is reportedly 13, and if confirmed will not be charged due to the age of criminal responsibility in Spain being 14.

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Putin condemns Kiev over 'blockade' of east Ukraine

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Russia's President Putin tells a live TV audience that Ukraine's government is deliberately cutting off rebel-held areas in the east of the country.
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The issues at hand here are between one whole Russia and one whole Kiev, when both countries need to find some common ground and a way to allow each other to exist without petty infringement on one another's sovereignty's. Putin has it in his agenda to protect the Russian people, but at times this can be at the expense of Ukraine and it's existence as a country. However, as this article shows, there are other times in which Kiev shows a disrespect for areas of the Ukraine occupied by Russians, regardless of them being rebels. Trust is a difficult thing, and not one that takes anything but time to develop. That is what these two countries need. 

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Iraq 'retakes over quarter of Islamic State territory'

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Islamic State (IS) has lost more than a quarter of its territory in Iraq since US-led coalition air strikes began in August, the Pentagon says.
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It is difficult to decide what course of action the US should take between being criticized for not getting involved enough and being too involved. Many would say the US is very much a "world police force" that interacts to much with the rest of the world in solving disputes that are not their disputes to solve. Eradication of terror, however, is the concern of more than one country and the US has undoubtedly helped in turning the tide. One could arguably say that terror has become fervorous due to the US' presence, but nothing is certain. The US has pushed forward just as terrorists have pushed forward. War continues only because no side has truly won. 

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South Carolina police release Walter Scott dash cam video

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South Carolina officials have released a new video showing the moments before a US police officer shot dead an unarmed black man in the back.
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The insensitivity of the police in many cases has become a routine problem. As of last year there are numerous cases in which the police have been called into question for an overuse of force. The abilities of the police need to be called into question as a whole, and dealt with in order to undermine actions like these before the issue further escalates. It is terrifying to imagine and witness these events. Of course there is always a matter of being able to exert a certain amount of necessary force, but the officers of today seem to only know how to exert the maximum amount of force, instead of the maximum amount of fair judgment. This may not be all officers but it is enough where it has cost the lives of too many. As it continues to explode it comes into question as to the limit of these events. I fear for the safety of a state protected by a force that eliminates morality over simplicity. There is no question I am unaware of the experience and will it takes to be an officer, but for a group of people to be charged with protecting every citizen, it is almost an oxymoron when they do so in this manner.

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South Carolina police charged after black man shot dead

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A white South Carolina police officer is charged with murder over the shooting death of a black man who appeared to be fleeing from him.
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Racially charged murder in the US is a very sensitive issue, but as of late it has been proving one that must be discussed. It is undecided if all recent crimes involving altercations between white officers and black arrestees made front page stories are potentially linked to racial bias, but what is clear is that many people think that they are. Riots and protests have run rampant in areas like Ferguson, Missouri, where the police have been charged with racial bias against African-Americans both in the force and in the court system, while on duty. There needs to be preventative action that targets the actions of cops, which focus so much on brute force and "last stand" tactics to quell issues. Many of the riots in Ferguson have been put down with armed police officers in full body armor and accompanied by armored cars. This show of force coupled with all the recent violence against African-Americans in the news is making the issue a greater and greater threat to both people who see it as one and wish to fight back, and the cops who must meet those people on the streets. Cops have been killed and threatened more actively in recent years. It is a war on the streets and the continual inaction of individuals to stop it is a direct threat to the very tenants of either their role as an officer to create peace, or as a citizen to maintain civility. 

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Greece Nazi occupation: Athens asks Germany for 279bn euros

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Athens says Germany owes Greece nearly 279bn euros in war reparations for the Nazi occupation in World War Two.
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In the midst of Greece's struggle to meet massive debt repayment deadlines, it has announced that Germany owes it 279bn euros. This includes part of an occupation loan the Nazis forced the Bank of Greece to give them, and other quantities based on the Nazi invasion of Greece. These costs mainly include those for infrastructure, forced loans and war crimes. Germany says the issue was settled in 1990 and had already paid a fraction of the debt. 

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Pirate Capt Kidd's treasure 'found' in Madagascar - BBC News

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Archaeologists in Madagascar say they have found what is thought to be the treasure of notorious Scottish pirate William Kidd.
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Archaeologists in Madagascar say they have found the treasure of Scottish pirate, William Kidd. The treasure is being guarded at Sainte Marie Island and is a 50kg bar of silver. The treasure has been gifted to Madagascar's president and the UK and US diplomats. Underwater explorer Barry Clifford believes the bar is from the wreckage of the pirate's ship. 

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Climate drives 'new era' in Arctic Ocean - BBC News

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Changes in the Arctic Ocean are so profound that the region is entering what amounts to "a new era", according to Norwegian scientists.
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Scientists believe the Arctic Ocean is entering a new era. The Norwegian Polar Institute has been mounting an expedition to the Arctic Ocean during the coldest month's of the year for study. Thick ice has begun to turn to thin ice that disappears in the summer. Animals living under the ice have lost biodiversity and abundance as ice shrinks in size. These animals are important prey for marine animals and birds. 

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Tesla unveils batteries to power homes - BBC News

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US electric carmaker Tesla Motors unveils batteries that can power homes and businesses in a bid to expand beyond its vehicle business.
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The future of technology will be with those inventions that will sustain human life for many centuries to come, and the lives of all other species on this planet. The old technologies and power cells of the past that threaten humanity's one and only home and all the other creatures that live here need to be looked at and controlled and systematically removed. The major costs cannot be considered and ignored until it is too late. This Tesla battery could be the forefront of great new machines that make power supplies around the globe more accessible and less connected, so that if there are major power surges or power losses, no entire section of any one area will be without power. Instead, homes can retain power by themselves. And, of course, it will be renewable energy so that it does not burn any kind of fossil fuels or release any sort of toxins into the air. This is a device that could be as revolutionary as the Internet, in that it will become a necessity for homes to have purely out of a want to maintain their very own power without a third party. In this way, it works to attract buyers who are not sold simply by the idea of a personal, renewable energy source. 

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Japan PM Abe offers 'deep repentance' over war with US - BBC News

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe expresses "deep repentance" over Japan's role in World War Two during an historic address to the US Congress.
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This is a very respectful and honorable gesture by the Japanese PM. It is an important to helping relieve stress between the two states, and forming a strong alliance. It also helps Japan's relationship with many of the asian countries it threatened as well. Many critics find that his actions do not measure up with those of the war, and in no way can they do that. Japan must receive forgiveness for the generations born into the country who deserve no blame to begin with, as new generations clearly had no part in what was the past. Mr Abe must speak for the reformed Japan and that he is. The US should return with respect, for it too has changed in that time. 

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Freddie Gray: Gangs make 'credible threat' to police - BBC News

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Baltimore police say rival gangs have formed alliances to "take-out" officers, as thousands pay tribute to a man who died in police custody.
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America's police force is the implementation of the law of the land, and it has become lazy in maintaining this primary direction. The number of fatalities that have occurred due to police officers and the number of people raging against them, is a cycle that will continue until only something devastating happens that deters all action to begin with. Fear is building due to inaction. Police need to take the steps towards protecting their community, rather than making moves that stir controversy. People are reacting how they would be expected to react, though their actions, when violent, are most certainly inappropriate in every way. However, it is the actions of the government and the civilized institutions of this country that are expected to change for the benefit of the citizens, and not the other way around. 

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France 'foils five terror attacks' - PM Valls - BBC News

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French police have foiled five recent terror plots, Prime Minister Manuel Valls says, amid tightened security in the wake of deadly attacks in January.
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Terrorist attacks in France have been at an all time high for the country. Never before have they had so many said their Prime Minister. So, what should they and other countries be doing now? The security and integrity of these countries are at risk, especially since many spies are easily working between the home country (Syria) and France. This makes terrorism highly accessible with orders coming straight from the top to be delivered to terrorists anywhere across the country. Therefore, countries involved in these terrorist crises need to crack down on the source and on targeting those who would pose a potential threat. This is not an individual problem either. Other countries must have a role to play in Syria to protect their fellow man and answer to recent human rights' violations. No one country should become a police entity, but there are many crimes of terrorist organizations there that have not been answered. 

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to threat to kill

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Phil Rudd, drummer with Australian hard rock group AC/DC, unexpectedly pleads guilty at a New Zealand court to making a threat to kill.
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Phil Rudd, drummer of the band AC/DC, has been charged with threatening to kill a former employee. He has changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. He had been unhappy about his album's launch part and asked for the former employee to be "taken out." Mr. Rudd had just recently released a new album. He had apparently fired a number of employees after the launch party. Mr. Rudd faces up to seven years in prison. 

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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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The fugitive Iraqi militant leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who was the closest man to Saddam Hussein, has died. He was killed fighting north of Baghdad. He led the Naqshbandi Order insurgent group, which is a key force behind IS. He was considered the highest-profile official to evade capture after Hussein's death. 

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EU accuses Google Shopping of search 'abuse'

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The European Union's competition commissioner has announced details of its case against Google over its search engine.
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On one hand Google is a business and is not entirely working in the wrong by doing what they can to benefit that aspect, but Google is not like most other businesses. It has the power to heavily monopolize consumer choices, as it is being accused of doing. This is where Google has no right to benefit itself. Personally, this seems similar to net neutrality in that the Internet is being constricted of its openness for the sake of the businesses that run it. It seems perfectly fair that businesses be able to do this due to the fact that they are indeed the ONES WHO RUN IT, but once again, this is the Internet and not like anything else. The consumers are the reason the Internet is so big, and therefore they have a right to decide how its landscape is painted and accessed. Unappeased consumers will not abide by the rules of a product that does not suit their needs. 

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Russia lifts ban on S-300 missile system delivery to Iran

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Russia lifts a ban on supplying Iran with an advanced air defence missile system, after Tehran struck an interim deal to curb its nuclear activities.
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It is good that western powers can create good relations with countries such as Iran in the Middle East, where those relations are often strained by ideological differences. The controversial nature of trading arms is where the issue lies. Countries in the west (and Russia since it is technically in the east but still has strong first-world ties) need to build these relations with these countries in order to create peace and order. Manipulation and corruption need not be factors in the equation of countries in the west and east making deals with one another. However, the controversial nature of arms may be a difficult first step as even many countries in the east do not agree with one another, and will question the decision due to potential dislike of Iran (Israel). 

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Yemen crisis: Kerry warns Iran over Houthi rebel 'support'

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US Secretary of State John Kerry warns Iran over its alleged support for Houthi rebels in Yemen as fighting intensifies in the city of Aden.
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John Kerry warns Iran that support for the Houthi rebels in Yemen will lead to incursions with the US-backed Saudi coalition. Kerry continues by saying they would support any nation in the Middle East, which felt destabilized or threatened by Iran. Iran denies providing aid, but clear signs have shown them air-dropping supplies and dispatching navy vessels in the Gulf of Aden. Meanwhile, the Iranian president has publicly detested the war and says to all nations involved "Let us think about a ceasefire." 

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UN demands access to Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus

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The UN demands humanitarian access to "desperate" Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, amid an assault by Islamic State.
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The UN Security Council is demanding access to Yarmouk in Damascus. There is believed to be about 18000 refugees still living in the camp. The situation has gotten worse as IS launched its offensive. Syrian Army Fighters and Palestinian militiamen are currently opposing IS. People are denied access to food and water and with very little medicine in Yarmouk while fighting carries on. The Syrian government has reportedly been dropping bombs on the area. This is to deter the rebels who are also fighting the Syrian government and al-Assad's regime. 

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