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15,000 Russian Troops Reportedly Reach Ukrainian Border

July 26, 2014 by legitgov

15,000 Russian Troops Reportedly Reach Ukrainian Border 25 July 2014 Reuters has reported that Russia has now amassed 15,000 troops along the Ukrainian border, according to information supplied by a U.S. ambassador to NATO. EuroMaidan offered this photograph from the scene...

Gaza death toll soars above 1,000 as ceasefire reveals horrors

July 26, 2014 by legitgov

Gaza death toll soars above 1,000 as ceasefire reveals horrors 26 July 2014 The people of Nazaz street in Gaza City returned home during the 12 hour ceasefire in hostilities not to resume their lives but to bury their dead and pick over the remains of their possessions. The homes that once lined this street in the eastern suburb of Shejaiya have been pulverised beyond recognition. Where once there were crowded apartment blocks, three or four storeys high, now there are fetid heaps of rubble...The Gaza health ministry said that over 100 corpses had been recovered in this period, bringing the total Palestinian death toll since the onset of Israel’s offensive to more than 1,000.

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce

July 26, 2014 by legitgov

Israel, Gaza militants agree to a 12-hour truce 26 July 2014 A 12-hour humanitarian truce went into effect on Saturday after Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a U.N. request for a pause in fighting, and efforts to secure a long-term ceasefire moved ahead. Israel's military said it would hold fire starting at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) but would pursue its search for tunnels used by militants. A spokesman for the militant group Hamas, which is dominant in the Gaza Strip, said all Palestinian factions would abide by the brief truce. Fighting had continued overnight as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on a visit to the region, spearheaded international efforts to end 19 days of conflict in which 883 Palestinians, many of them civilians, have been killed.

Fukushima monkeys' blood shows signs of radiation exposure

July 26, 2014 by legitgov

Fukushima monkeys' blood shows signs of radiation exposure 25 July 2014 Wild monkeys living in forests of Fukushima the Japanese city that was the site of a nuclear power plant meltdown in 2011 have lower blood cell counts than monkeys from northern Japan, and carry detectable levels of cesium in their bodies, researchers have found. The researchers studied blood changes and signs of radiation exposure in 61 monkeys living 43 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, about one year after [March 2011]. The results showed Fukushima monkeys had lower counts of red and white blood cells, and other blood parts compared with 31 monkeys from Shimokita Peninsula in northern Japan.

1.1 trillion becquerels of radioactivity leaked during Fukushima cleanup

July 26, 2014 by legitgov

1.1 trillion becquerels of radioactivity leaked during Fukushima cleanup 24 July 2014 More than 1 trillion becquerels of radioactive substances were released into the environment during debris-clearing work at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant last year, according to estimates by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Although TEPCO's stricken facility is estimated to currently emit about 10 million becquerels per hour, the utility said that cleanup efforts at the plant's No. 3 reactor on Aug. 19, 2013, resulted in the release of a maximum 1.1 trillion becquerels of radioactive materials over a period of four hours. The figure was presented at a meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority on July 23.

'He had a gun to my head': Released RT stringer Graham Phillips tells of 3-day Ukraine captivity

July 26, 2014 by legitgov

'He had a gun to my head': Released RT stringer Graham Phillips tells of 3-day Ukraine captivity 25 Jul 2014 RT has managed to re-establish contact with Graham Phillips, a news contributor who was captured at Donetsk airport on Tuesday night while covering the Ukrainian conflict. Philips shared firsthand details of his three days in captivity with RT. Phillips said he was deported from Ukraine and banned for three years on the grounds that he works for RT.

Ukraine's Far-Right Leader Yarosh Wanted by Interpol

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

US-backed Nazis, terrorists, and thugs in Ukraine's illegitimate regime: Ukraine's Far-Right Leader Yarosh Wanted by Interpol 25 July 2014 Interpol has put the leader of Ukraine's ultranationalist group Right Sector, Dmytro Yarosh, on an international wanted list at Russia's request. Yarosh is wanted for inciting terrorism and extremism through mass media, according to Interpol's website. Right Sector is widely seen as having been instrumental in the deposition of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February. This did not, however, translate into mainstream popularity for Yarosh, who scored a mere 0.7 percent at the presidential polls in May.

Ukrainian Air Defense Exercises Might be Behind Malaysian Aircraft Crash - Source

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Ukrainian Air Defense Exercises Might be Behind Malaysian Aircraft Crash - Source 25 Jul 2014 A system mix up during a Ukrainian air defense units’ rocket launch exercise could be the cause of the Malaysia Airlines crash in southeast Ukraine, a source from one of the Ukrainian defense departments told RIA Novosti. "On July 17 the commanding officer of 156th Anti-Aircraft Regiment was instructed to conduct a training exercise of ground troops stationed near Donetsk, which involved deploying the troops, and carrying out a routine tracking and destroying of targets with the Buk-M1 missile," the source said. The source added that the actual launch of the rockets was not intended.

International Gaza Officials Accuse Israel of War Crimes at ICC

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Gaza Officials Accuse Israel of War Crimes at ICC --Officials accuse Israel of "crime of apartheid," "attacks against civilians," "excessive loss of human life" and "crime of colonization" 25 July 2014 Top Palestinian officials have accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, filing a complaint Friday to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Ismail Jabr, the Gaza court public prosecutor, started legal proceedings via a Paris-based lawyer over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas fighters and Israeli ground forces that's left 800 Palestinians dead -- including hundreds of civilians. Thirty seven Israelis have been killed, 35 of them soldiers.

French lawyer sues Israel at ICC over alleged war crimes in Gaza

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

French lawyer sues Israel at ICC over alleged war crimes in Gaza 25 July 2014 A prominent French lawyer says he has filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on behalf of the Palestinian government against the Israeli army. Gilles Devers said that the complaint covers war crimes committed by the Israeli army in June and July 2014 in Palestine...The challenge against the Israeli army at The Hague comes two days after the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for an independent probe into Israel's war crimes in Gaza.

Israel rejects Kerry Gaza ceasefire proposal: Israeli TV

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Israel rejects Kerry Gaza ceasefire proposal: Israeli TV 25 July 2014 Israel on Friday rejected a Gaza ceasefire proposal presented by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli public television reported. "The security cabinet has unanimously rejected the ceasefire proposal of Kerry, as it stands," Channel 1 said, adding that ministers would continue discussing it.

Five Palestinians Killed Amid Prayer Lockdown

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Five Palestinians Killed Amid Prayer Lockdown --Israelis are blamed for the deaths on a "day of rage" in the West Bank, as only men over 50 are allowed into a Jerusalem mosque. 25 July 2014 Five Palestinians have reportedly been killed in the West Bank - four shot by Israeli troops and the other by a female settler. Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinians in the village of Beit Ummar, near Hebron, medics said. In a separate shooting, Israeli settlers fired on a group of Palestinians near the northern city of Nablus, killing 18-year-old Khaled Oudeh and wounding four others after they threw stones at their car, security officials said.

IDF determines Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, previously considered missing, is dead

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

IDF determines Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, previously considered missing, is dead 25 Jul 2014 The IDF determined on Friday that Givati Brigade soldier Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul died in battle, and defined him as "a soldier killed in action whose burial site is unknown." In the case of Staff Sergeant Oron Shaul, the evidence was collected from the APC that was attacked last Sunday.

Israel bans radio ad listing dead children's names

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Israel bans radio ad listing dead children's names 25 July 2014 It is the radio advertisement Israeli authorities do not want their citizens to hear. In a quiet voice, a woman speaking in Hebrew reads the names and ages of just a few of the more than 190 Palestinian children killed in Gaza in the last two weeks of intensive Israeli air strikes. Describing the ad's content as "politically controversial", the Israeli Broadcasting Authority banned the 1 minute, 25-second spot produced by local human rights group B'Tselem.

Australian soldiers to back up police in securing Ukrainian site of MH17 crash

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Australian soldiers to back up police in securing Ukrainian site of MH17 crash --As well as backing up police, ADF personnel will help liaise with military elements from partner countries 25 July 2014 A small number of Australian soldiers will be deployed to back up police charged with 'securing' the crash site of MH-17 in Ukraine. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to make the announcement at a press conference on Friday afternoon, Fairfax Media has learnt. The announcement follows the revelation on Thursday afternoon that 50 Australian Federal Police officers have flown to London awaiting deployment to Ukraine as part of an international force to secure the site...The number of Australian Defence Force soldiers is expected to be fewer than the number of police because of the sensitivity of placing military personnel so close to the border with Russia.

190 Australian troops on standby for deployment in Eastern Ukraine

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Australian deployment to Ukraine imminent --190 Australian troops on standby for deployment in Eastern Ukraine 25 July 2014 The federal government is close to finalising an agreement with the Ukrainian government, to deploy federal police officers to the MH17 crash site. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the deployment would include Australian Defence Force personnel alongside AFP officers. Some of the police officers may be armed and a further 100 are set to travel to Europe to join 90 who have already arrived in Europe.

Norway: Terrorism Warning Announced

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Norway: Terrorism Warning Announced 24 July 2014 Norway's intelligence service said Thursday that it had received information about an imminent "concrete threat" against Norway from people with links to Islamic fighters in Syria. Benedicte Bjoernland, the chief of the Norwegian police security service, said the agency had received "reliable information" from a foreign partner about some kind of attack "within days."

Court Censures Poland Over C.I.A. Renditions, Torture

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Court Censures Poland Over C.I.A. Renditions, Torture 24 July 2014 The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that Poland had violated the rights of two terrorism suspects by allowing their transfer to a secret detention center run by the C.I.A. in Poland, where the two men were tortured. The ruling says Poland failed to prevent the two men -- Abu Zubaydah, born in Saudi Arabia, and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi citizen -- from being subjected to "torture and inhuman or degrading treatment" after they were brought to the prison in northeast Poland. It ordered Poland to pay 100,000 euros, about $135,000, to Mr. Nashiri and $175,000 to Abu Zubaydah. Both are now being held at the American detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Shelling of Gaza school kills at least 15; toll nears 800 25 July 2014 Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school, killing at least 15 people, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict reached 796 and attempts at a truce remained elusive. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed horror at the Thursday attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. "Many have been killed – including women and children, as well as U.N. staff," he said in a statement. "Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act."

Wreckage From Algerian Jetliner Found in Mali

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Wreckage From Algerian Jetliner Found in Mali 25 July 2014 The wreckage of an Algerian airliner that disappeared from radar today was found in Mali near the border of Burkina Faso, according to a statement from the office of the French president...The Air Algerie jetliner had 110 passengers and six crew members on board when it took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, en route to Algiers, the airline said. Air navigation services lost track of the plane, an MD-83 model, about 50 minutes after it took off.

Israelis kill Palestinian protesters in West Bank

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Israelis kill Palestinian protesters in West Bank --Witnesses: Israeli forces used live rounds, tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters 24 July 2014 Israeli forces have killed several Palestinians in the occupied West Bank during a deadly crackdown on a massive protest rally against the ongoing Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip. The violent clashes erupted during a protest rally in the village of Qalandiya near Ramallah on Thursday night. Initial reports say at least four Palestinians were killed and more than 200 others injured in the fierce clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied region.

Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola

July 25, 2014 by legitgov

Liberian man in Lagos being tested for Ebola 24 Jul 2014 A Liberian man is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus after he collapsed on arrival at an airport in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. Ebola has killed 660 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in the region in February, straining their impoverished healthcare systems. The special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, Yewande Adeshina, said Lagos state authorities had requested the flight's manifest to contact the other passengers.

Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around Fallujah: medical official

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around Fallujah: medical official 22 July 2014 [US-backed] Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Fallujah on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said...Ahmed al-Shami, a spokesman for the Fallujah health office - the local arm of the health ministry - said the 19 dead included women and children and that Fallujah hospital had also received 38 wounded people since Monday evening. Residents of Fallujah and the nearby town of Garma said helicopters fired artillery and dropped three barrel bombs on Fallujah and two on Garma.

At least 15 die in Israeli shelling of Gaza school as toll exceeds 750

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

At least 15 die in Israeli shelling of Gaza school as toll exceeds 760 24 July 2014 [Updated: Death toll over 760] Gazan authorities said Israeli forces shelled a shelter at a U.N.-run school on Thursday, killing at least 15 people as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict climbed over 760 and attempts at a truce remained elusive. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his horror at the attack on the school at Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza strip. "Many have been killed – including women and children, as well as U.N. staff," he said in a statement. "Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act."

U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

U.S. House panel votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama 24 July 2014 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took another step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, likely setting it up for consideration by the full House next week. The Republican initiative already has spawned a bitter debate with Democrats less than four months before elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. [LOL! The same hypocritical GOP scum-bags were *silent* when unelected dictator George W. Sociopath was *waterboarding* people. --LRP]

Newington PD Acquires Armored Vehicle Used for Afghanistan Combat

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Newington PD Acquires Armored Vehicle Used for Afghanistan Combat 23 July 2014 (CT) The BAE Caiman is a six-wheeled, all-terrain, roadside-bomb-proof armored vehicle designed to carry troops into combat in Afghanistan. The Newington Police Department recently acquired a Caiman from the military at no cost through a surplus equipment program, Police Chief Richard C. Mulhall told the town council Tuesday. Town Manager John Salomone added that the Caiman, which can carry up to 12, is significantly bigger than the three armored vehicles the town shares with about 28 area municipalities.

Fidel Castro's Niece Reportedly Aboard Missing Air Algerie Plane

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Fidel Castro's Niece Reportedly Aboard Missing Air Algerie Plane 24 July 2014 An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people, reportedly including Fidel Castro's niece, has vanished from the radar in a desert area of Mali, authorities said today. Air navigation services lost track of the plane, an MD-83 model, about 50 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, en route to Algiers. French forces, which are stationed in Mali to combat al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] and tribal separatists, sent two planes searching for the airliner.

UK issues 400 arms licenses to Israel

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

UK issues 400 arms licenses to Israel 24 July 2014 A report by British arms export controls parliamentary committee shows that Israel received around £8bn in the form of 400 arms licenses from the UK in 2013. The report shows that the arms Israel received included combat drones, F-16, Apache fighter jets, spare parts for tanks, crowd-control ammunition, military support vehicles, assault rifles, pistols and parts for "all-wheel drive vehicles with ballistic protection." According to the report, over 3,000 arms and military equipment export licenses worth more than £12bn were approved for 27 countries classified by the Foreign Office as "of concern" due to their so-called poor human rights record, but no actions have been taken to withdraw the said contracts.

Doncaster's Yorkshire Wildlife Park to get England's first polar bear

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Doncaster's Yorkshire Wildlife Park to get England's first polar bear 23 July 2014 Yorkshire Wildlife Park is getting ready to welcome its latest and coolest creature yet. Polar bear Victor is set to become the first resident in the Doncaster-based wildlife park's purpose-built polar bear centre. The 15-year-old polar bear is due to arrive at the park from his home at Rhenen Zoo in Holland next month - and will be the only one in England...The park is also in the process of attempting to rescue another polar bear, named Yupi, who is trapped in soaring temperatures and a concrete enclosure in a Mexican zoo.

Mourners pay respects to man who died in NYPD custody

July 24, 2014 by legitgov

Mourners pay respects to man who died in NYPD custody 23 July 2014 Friends and supporters gathered Wednesday night at a church in Brooklyn, N.Y., to mourn for a man who died last Thursday after being placed in a banned chokehold by police. Cell phone video of Eric Garner's altercation with police in Staten Island has gone viral over the last few days, and includes a scene in which Garner says "I can't breathe" at least eight times as police press his head into the sidewalk. Police said they suspected Garner, a 350-pound asthmatic, of selling untaxed cigarettes.

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