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N. Italy referenda: Richest regions of Veneto & Lombardy go to polls over autonomy

Veneto and Lombardy, the two wealthiest regions of Italy, are voting today in a bid for greater autonomy from the center. While non-binding, the twin referenda send a strong message to Rome after the landmark independence vote in Catalonia. Veneto and Lombardy voters are to decide on Sunday whether to grant regional authorities more control over their taxes, administration, immigration ...

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Banged up for a ‘what’s up?’: Israelis arrest Palestinian man over mistranslated FB greeting

Published time: 22 Oct, 2017 07:16 An erroneous automatic translation has triggered Israeli police in the West Bank, leading them to believe that an innocuous Facebook greeting written in Arabic by a Palestinian man was a call to launch an attack. The man was briefly arrested. The bizarre incident occurred last week in the West Bank settlement of Beitar Ilit, ...

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Victory through annihilation: Ruin, death & discord left after US-led coalition takes Raqqa

The capture of Syria’s Raqqa by US-backed militias from jihadists came at the high cost of the virtual annihilation of the city itself. This victory, reminiscent of the one in Mosul, northern Iraq, could now pit the militias against the Syrian army. Raqqa, the Syrian stronghold of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has now been declared “liberated” ...

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Thousands protest in Portugal against govt's failure to tackle deadly wildfires (PHOTOS)

Published time: 22 Oct, 2017 03:51 Edited time: 22 Oct, 2017 03:51 Thousands of people descended on downtown Lisbon on Saturday to vent their anger at the government’s lackluster response to devastating forest blazes ahead of a no-confidence vote. Raging in Portugal since June, the fires have claimed 108 lives so far. Several thousand people filled Comercio Square in central ...

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‘Report listing RT’s guests is designed to intimidate'

A new report by a US-funded Czech think tank that targeted RT’s on-air guests is an attempt to stifle any views that go outside the accepted US neocon foreign policy of interventionism, Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, told RT. The group, called “European Values Think-Tank,” released a supposedly damning report about RT, criticizing over 2,300 experts ...

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Catalan leader: Madrid’s steps toward direct rule are 'worst attacks' since Franco’s dictatorship

Published time: 21 Oct, 2017 19:05 Edited time: 21 Oct, 2017 19:47 Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has slammed Madrid’s decision to impose direct rule on Barcelona as “the worst attack against the institutions and the people of Catalonia since the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco.” Puigdemont announced that he had asked the regional parliament to hold a debate on the ...

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Giving up on moral & ethical values ‘more dangerous than nuclear bomb’ – Putin

Humanity is entering a new stage in its development when abandoning moral and ethical values may cause a larger catastrophe than a nuclear war, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the guests of the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi. The moral and ethical component is an “important circumstance” for any type of activity in modern society, Putin ...

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‘A college campus’: Facebook security chief slams company’s safeguards in leaked call

Published time: 21 Oct, 2017 16:29 Facebook faces the same cyber threats as a large defense contractor but runs its own security “like a college campus” – that’s the judgement of the company’s top security chief, according to a leaked internal phone call. READ MORE: Yahoo: All 3bn accounts breached in 2013 Alex Stamos, the social media giant’s chief security ...

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