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Trump Pushing for Preliminary Nafta Deal by Mid-April, Sources Say

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:26

Trump Pushing for Preliminary Nafta Deal by Mid-April, Sources Say | 02 April 2018 | The Trump administration is pushing for a preliminary Nafta deal to announce at a summit in Peru next week, and will host cabinet ministers in Washington to try to achieve a breakthrough, according to three people familiar with the talks. The White House wants leaders from Canada and Mexico to join in unveiling the broad outlines of an updated pact at the Summit of the Americas that begins April 13, while technical talks to hammer out the finer details and legal text could continue, according to the people. They asked not to be identified because the talks are private.

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Trump suggested meeting with Putin in Washington, DC

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:11

Trump suggested meeting with Putin in Washington, DC | 02 April 2018 | US President Donald Trump has suggested meeting Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Washington, DC. Trump made the offer during a phone call between the two leaders, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov confirmed. "When the presidents talked on the phone, Trump suggested holding a meeting in Washington DC," Ushakov told reporters on Monday. He added that it was the US leader who had proposed the idea of the meeting. However, no preparations for a possible meeting have been discussed since the March 20 telephone call, Putin's aide said. The US and Russia have also been at loggerheads over the [Porton Down] poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal.

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Dozens of British teens are rushed to hospital with mystery illness after a pupil collapses during school trip to Washington, DC

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 06:23

Dozens of British teens are rushed to hospital with mystery illness after a pupil collapses during school trip to Washington, DC --Students are understood to be quarantined at the Harrington Hotel in DC | 03 April 2018 | What was meant to be a school trip of a lifetime to New York and Washington, DC, has turned into a nightmare after dozens of British teenagers were taken to hospital. A total of 48 pupils from Crookhorn College in Waterlooville, near Portsmouth, and three teachers were struck down with what was initially thought to be chronic food poisoning on the US field trip. Medics said some in the group began feeling ill while visiting New York but decided to push ahead with the next stage of their trip to DC before seeking medical attention. Vito Maggiolo, District of Columbia Fire and EMS spokesman, told the New York Daily News that the first call came in around 7pm from the Harrington Hotel, close to the White House...'Initially we thought it might be food poisoning, but we can't say that now. I can't confirm what it was.'

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Israel army given shoot orders ahead of Gaza border protest

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 06:35

Israel army given shoot orders ahead of Gaza border protest | 28 March 2018 | Israeli chief of staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot has warned the army has been given authorisation to open fire ahead of mass protests on the Gaza border planned for Friday. Eisenkot said reinforcements, including special forces snipers, had been deployed to the border to counter what he said was the most serious risk of conflict since he took up his post in 2015...Gazans are being urged to set up a string of protest camps along the Israeli border, each some 100 metres (yards) from the security fence, and the army is braced for attempts to break through. "We won't allow mass infiltration into Israel and to damage the fence, and certainly not to reach the communities," Eisenkot told the mass-circulation Yediot Aharonot newspaper. "We've deployed more than 100 snipers who have been drafted from all the army's units, mainly from the special units. In the event of mortal danger, there is authorisation to open fire."

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Trump declares 'NO MORE' DACA deal after report of caravan with Central Americans heading to US

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 06:22

Trump declares 'NO MORE' DACA deal after report of caravan with Central Americans heading to US | 01 April 2018 | President Trump declared on Sunday the deal for the Obama-era DACA program was "NO MORE" and called for "tough" immigration reform after a report stated a caravan carrying more than 1,000 people from Central America is traveling through Mexico and to the United States in hopes of entering the states illegally or by asking for asylum. Trump, who has vowed to end catch and release, tweeted Sunday morning that Republicans need to take the "nuclear option" when passing tougher immigration laws. The president had given Congress six months to pass legislation enshrining the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which protects about 800,000 young immigrants brought to country illegally as children from deportation.

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UK may have staged Skripal poisoning to rally people against Russia, Moscow believes

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 05:33

UK may have staged Skripal poisoning to rally people against Russia, Moscow believes | 01 April 2018 | London's reluctance to share information on the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal has led Moscow to strongly suspect that it was the actual perpetrator of the crime, the Russian ambassador to Britain said. The poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury triggered the worst diplomatic conflict between London and Moscow in years. The UK accused the Russian government of using a military grade nerve agent against the former spy and, according to Moscow, is stonewalling all attempts by Moscow to learn details of the ongoing investigation into the incident. Moscow is increasingly convinced that Britain is the real culprit behind the attack, according to Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko.

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Sessions rebuffs GOP calls for second special counsel to probe FBI

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 05:21

Sessions rebuffs GOP calls for second special counsel to probe FBI | 29 March 2018 | Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rebuffed -- at least for now -- a call from Republican leaders to appoint a second special counsel to look into the FBI's handling of its most high-profile probes and announced that he has asked the U.S. attorney in Utah to spearhead a broad review. Sessions made the revelation in a letter to three key GOP leaders in the House and Senate who have called on him to appoint a second special counsel, noting that Justice Department regulations call for such appointments only in "extraordinary circumstances..." He asserted that the department previously has tackled high-profile and resource-intensive probes and revealed he had named U.S. Attorney John Huber to lead a review of the topics that the legislators had requested he explore.

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LaCrosseSolutions spilled 400 gallons of radioactive water into Mississippi River last year; tritium discovered last month in groundwater in Genoa

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 05:03

LaCrosseSolutions spilled 400 gallons of radioactive water into Mississippi River last year; tritium discovered last month in groundwater in Genoa | 26 March 2018 | (WI) The tritium discovered last month in groundwater in Genoa was not the first radioactive material released in the decommissioning of the former Dairyland Power nuclear plant. LaCrosseSolutions, the company in charge of the $85 million project, accidentally [!] spilled 400 gallons of radioactive water into the Mississippi River last year, though the [liars at the] Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was little risk to public health. [Yeah, right!] An analysis found cesium-137 in water samples at concentrations of 0.000001 to 0.00000286 microcuries per milliliter, which exceed the federal limits for effluent.

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ISIS 'to target World Cup players and fans in Russia with drones equipped with bombs'

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 01:35

CIAciopaths are *determined* to destroy Russia's hosting of the World Cup with a big, fat false flag: ISIS 'to target World Cup players and fans in Russia with drones equipped with bombs' | 01 April 2018 | ISIS [I-CIA-SIS] is reportedly planning on dropping bombs on players and fans at the World Cup in Russia by using drones. Shocking photos and videos posted on encrypted app Telegram appear to detail the plans and explain how the terror group intend to carry the attacks out.The propaganda is believed to show extremists arming the drones with explosives, in preparation for unleashing them at the football tournament in June. One of the photos apparently shows a drone carrying anti-tank rockets with the collection also showing extremists returning from Syria and Iraq to work with the drones.

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Moscow confronts London with 14 questions on 'fabricated' Skripal case

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 20:37

Moscow confronts London with 14 questions on 'fabricated' Skripal case [It's about time!] | 31 March 2018 | Russia's Embassy in London has sent a list of 14 questions to the UK Foreign Ministry, demanding that it reveals details of the investigation into the nerve-agent poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The questions, provided in full below, include a demand to clarify whether samples of the nerve agent А-234 (also known as "Novichok") have ever been developed in the UK. The embassy's statement calls the incident that started the recent diplomatic row a "fabricated case against Russia." 1. Why has Russia been denied the right of consular access to the two Russian citizens, who came to harm on British territory? 2. What specific antidotes and in what form were the victims injected with? How did such antidotes come into the possession of British doctors at the scene of the incident? ... [Exactly!]

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UK Special Forces soldier killed in Syria bomb blast

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 06:06

UK Special Forces soldier killed in Syria bomb blast | 31 March 2018 | A British soldier died in a roadside bombing in northern Syria, which also killed an American soldier and injured five others. A British soldier has been killed in a bomb blast in Syria, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The soldier is understood to be a member of the Special Forces.

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Total Tally for Fukushima Decommission Is $75 Billion

Sat, 03/31/2018 - 03:46

Total Tally for Fukushima Decommission Is $75 Billion | 30 March 2018 | The decommissioning of the Fukushima nuclear power plant will cost an annual US$2 billion until 2021, an unnamed source told the Japan Times. Half of the money will be used to tackle the radioactive water buildup at the site of the plant and for removing radioactive fuel from the fuel pools. A small amount of funds will be used to research ways of retreating melted fuel from the reactors that got damaged during the 2011 tsunami disaster. The total decommissioning tally came in at US$75 billion, as estimated by the specially set up Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corp (NDF).

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Russia to close US consulate in St. Petersburg, expel 60 diplomats as Washington did - Lavrov

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 06:36

Russia to close US consulate in St. Petersburg, expel 60 diplomats as Washington did - Lavrov | 29 March 2018 | Russia will expel sixty US diplomats and close the US consulate in St. Petersburg, in a response mirroring the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats initiated by the US and UK, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. US ambassador to Moscow, Jon Huntsman, has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry and told the news by deputy FM Sergey Ryabkov, Lavrov said at the press conference following a meeting with the special UN envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura. On Monday, Washington expelled 48 Russian diplomats from the bilateral mission and 12 more from the UN mission, and shut down the Russian consulate in Seattle. Canada, Australia and a number of US allies in Europe have followed up by expelling over 90 Russian diplomats.

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Russia to Britain - Prove your own spies did not poison Skripal

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 06:16

Russia to Britain - Prove your own spies did not poison Skripal | 28 March 2018 | The Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday demanded London prove British spies did not poison a former double agent in England, saying in the absence of such proof it would regard the incident as an attempt on the lives of Russian citizens. Ties between London and Moscow are badly strained by the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. Britain alleges Russia was to blame, but Moscow says it had no involvement. "An analysis of all the circumstances...leads us to think of the possible involvement in it (the poisoning) of the British intelligence services," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

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Top DOJ watchdog to investigate FBI over FISA abuses

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 14:32

Top DOJ watchdog to investigate FBI over FISA abuses | 29 March 2018 | The Department of Justice inspector general has announced it will investigate the FBI over the use of a FISA court order to spy on a Trump campaign adviser, after the House Republican memo claimed the process was abused. The review will determine whether the FBI followed proper procedure when it obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant "relating to a certain US person," DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a statement on Wednesday. The OIG will also "review information that was known to the DOJ and the FBI...from or about an alleged FBI confidential source" and review the DOJ and FBI's "relationship and communications with the alleged source as they relate to the FISC applications."

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Spread of Wahhabism was done at request of West during Cold War - Saudi crown prince

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 14:19

Spread of Wahhabism was done at request of West during Cold War - Saudi crown prince | 29 March 2018 | The Saudi-funded spread of Wahhabism ["a source of global terrorism," inspiring the ideology of the Islamic State] began as a result of Western countries asking Riyadh to help counter the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the Washington Post. Speaking to the paper, bin Salman said that Saudi Arabia's Western allies urged the country to invest in mosques and madrassas overseas during the Cold War, in an effort to prevent encroachment in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union. The crown prince's 75-minute interview with the Washington Post took place on March 22, the final day of his US tour.

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11 packages containing explosives, letters sent to Washington, D.C., area before man's arrest

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 05:51

11 packages containing explosives, letters sent to Washington, D.C., area before man's arrest | 28 March 2018 | Within days, 11 suspicious packages containing explosives and a letter filled with "ramblings" about mind control and terrorism were sent to the White House and various military, law enforcement and intelligence facilities across the Washington, D.C., area. The FBI says they all came from Thanh Cong Phan, an Everett, Wash., man who they say for years has sent letters and emails to various government agencies. He was arrested before midnight Monday on charges of shipping explosive materials. On Wednesday, the FBI released more details about where the packages were sent, which included a number of military bases, defense and intelligence facilities, along with the NSA, CIA and FBI, according to the bureau's Washington field office. The White House was also sent one of the packages, but it was intercepted during screening by the Secret Service, according to a criminal complaint filed in Seattle federal court.

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US judge tosses Saudi Arabia's motion to dismiss 9/11 complicity lawsuits

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 04:32

US judge tosses Saudi Arabia's motion to dismiss 9/11 complicity lawsuits | 29 March 2018 | US District Judge George B. Daniels in Manhattan has dismissed the motion filed by Saudi Arabia to end long-running litigation over what those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks claim is Riyadh's complicity in the tragedy. The allegations put forward by the victims' relatives and those who were injured in the attack "narrowly articulate a reasonable basis for this Court to assume jurisdiction under JASTA (The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act) over Plaintiffs' claims against Saudi Arabia," Daniels stated in the court opinion. Taking this into account, "this Court will exercise its discretion to allow Plaintiffs limited jurisdictional discovery," it added before announcing the Saudi Arabian motion dismissed.

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Spy poisoning: Highest amount of nerve agent was on door

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 04:17

Spy poisoning: Highest amount of nerve agent was on door | 28 March 2018 | A Russian ex-spy and his daughter first came into contact with the nerve agent that poisoned them at their home, police have said. The highest concentration of the agent used against Sergei and Yulia Skripal was found on their front door. The pair were found collapsed on a bench in Salisbury on 4 March and remain in a critical condition...Traces of the nerve agent had been found at some of the other sites in the city, but they were at lower concentrations.

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Ecuador cuts off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's communications with the outside world from their London embassy where he has lived for more than five years

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 03:25

Ecuador cuts off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's communications with the outside world from their London embassy where he has lived for more than five years --Swedish authorities have dropped their investigation into Mr Assange --But he believes he will be extradited to the United States for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks if he leaves the building | 28 March 2018 | Ecuador's government is cutting off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's communications outside the nation's London embassy. Officials announced on Wednesday they were taking the measure in response to Mr Assange's recent activity on social media. As part of an agreement between Mr Assange and the Ecuadorean government, he is not permitted to send any messages that could interfere with the South American nation's relations with other countries.

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