Daily Archives: September 10, 2018

Consular visits as proof of guilt? Russian embassy dismayed at Butina prosecutors

The Russian embassy has called “absurd” US claims that frequent visits of its officials to jailed gun activist Maria Butina mean she is a valuable Kremlin asset. The embassy says it treats all Russian citizens like that. Butina, a Russian gun activist who studied in Washington, was arrested in July and charged with failing to register as a foreign agent ...

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Pretend jihadist execution art denounced in the Netherlands

You too can get beheaded by an Islamic State jihadist – at least as part of an installation at a Dutch art festival, which has been denounced by local politicians. The photo-op is part of an exhibition at the Gogbot art and music festival in Enschede, a city near the Dutch-German border. It includes a life-sized photo of the haunting ...

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Key antidepressant ingredient contributing to antibiotic-resistant superbug

Scientists have discovered a key ingredient in the most widely used antidepressants may be contributing to the antibiotic resistant superbug that has spread through hospitals across the world. Bacteria has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics in recent years, which is generally thought to be down to overusing of the drugs. However, it seems other medications may be contributing to the ...

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DeSantis quits Congress amid claims of racism-by-association

Florida’s Republican gubernatorial candidate is being accused of racism again, over past appearances at a conference hosted by a prominent anti-Islam activist. Ron DeSantis has resigned from the House to focus on the campaign. DeSantis, who represented Florida’s 6th congressional district since 2013, spoke at the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s annual ‘Restoration Weekend’ conferences in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017. ...

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'Shameful smear': Anti-Semitism mailer targets New York Democrat in contentious primary

Ahead of New York’s Democratic primary, someone within the party has paid for a mailer accusing progressive gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon of anti-Semitism. Approved and paid for by the New York State Democratic Committee, the mailer accuses Nixon of remaining “silent on the rise of anti-Semitism,” and supporting BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), a worldwide movement to boycott Israeli goods. ...

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Facebook Lite adds additional crisis response tools

Facebook Lite, the social network’s product for people in areas with low connectivity or limited internet, is making Community Help available to people in more than 100 countries. Facebook Lite uses less data, and installs and loads faster than the standard Facebook app. Facebook Lite also works on lower-end devices and slower internet networks. Facebook first launched Community Help last ...

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Samsung launches an LTE-enabled Tile competitor

Samsung, naturally, would never be content to launch a regular old Tile competitor. The company just doesn’t roll like that. While the basic foundation of the SmartThings Tracker is similar to what Tile and a number of other startups offer, Samsung’s packed all it can into the product. The device tracker utilizes a combination of GPS to help locate lost ...

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Recognizing Ukrainian Church would bring schism to Orthodox Christianity – Moscow

Russian clergy have urged the Patriarch of Constantinople against establishing an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, warning it will result in “dramatic deterioration” of situation in Ukraine as regular worshippers oppose it. “The president of that country has said that, since Ukraine is an independent state, the church should be independent as well. However, ordinary believers do not want the unity ...

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Pence denies authoring NYT op-ed, offers to take lie detector test to prove it

US Vice President Mike Pence says he would take a lie detector test “in a heartbeat” to prove that he did not pen the notorious New York Times op-ed that sent Washington, DC into a frenzy. Pence remained adamant in an interview on Fox News Sunday that he was not the senior government official behind the editorial which claimed there ...

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Netherlands ends support to Syrian militants & White Helmets since Assad ‘will soon win’

The Netherlands has decided to end its support to militants in Syria, since the program did not yield “expected” results. The move comes as journalists found one of the groups had been labeled as terrorists by the country itself. “The opportunity to quickly change the situation [in Syria] is extremely small,” reads the letter the lower house of the parliament ...

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