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Norway confirms US to double troops on its soil for ‘increased allied training and exercises’

The US will double the number of its Marines stationed in Norway, Oslo has said. The news comes two months ahead of a massive NATO-led drill in the North Atlantic and the Baltic, which will involve thousands of troops. “I am pleased to announce that US and Norwegian authorities recently agreed to extend and increase the rotational training and exercises ...

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New German movement aims to stem migration & offer direction to ‘weak and split’ EU left

The leader of Germany’s Left Party Sahra Wagenknecht has launched a new political movement called ‘Stand Up,’ which aims to be a voice for workers and to unite a divided left across Europe. While left-wing and not against immigration on principle, the new ‘Aufstehen’ movement presents a case for limiting the number of migrants coming to Germany looking for work, ...

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Fake intercept? Russian MoD dismisses UK claims of chasing off six Su-24 bombers over Black Sea

Russia has denied British claims that the Royal Air Force intercepted six Russian military jets over the Black Sea, saying the incident was a lot less dramatic and didn’t feature a single Su-24 bomber mentioned in the reports. Four aircraft from the Russian Black Sea Fleet naval aviation group carried out routine exercises above the Black Sea on Monday, the ...

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Facebook restores Telesur page with vague explanation of controversial block

The English language page of the Latin American channel Telesur has reappeared on Facebook after two days. The social network offered a vague technical explanation for the move that sparked concerns of censorship worldwide. “The team informs me that there was instability on the platform, which caused this problem, but now everything should be in order,” Telesur quoted a support ...

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Five examples that show internet censorship is as much a threat to the left as the right

The banning of right wing controversialist Alex Jones from multiple social media platforms last week was a cause of celebration for many liberals, but should those on the left really be so complacent about creeping censorship? So far, the evidence suggest that there is indeed plenty for the left to worry about when it comes to corporations like Facebook and ...

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‘Shake it off’: Tonga PM touts weight-loss competition to Pacific leaders to tackle obesity

The Prime Minister of Tonga Akilisi Pohiva has called on fellow heads of state in the Pacific to slim down to set the right example for the region’s rotund residents. He even suggested they could set up a weight-loss competition. The Pacific is home to the world’s highest rates of obesity and non-communicable diseases, and Pohliva has proposed making the ...

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Despite legal threat, new anti-Facebook site launches to claim tech giant is ‘killing the internet’

A new anti-Facebook blog, giving small and mid-sized publishers a place to vent their frustrations over the tech giant’s censorship policies and algorithms hiding their content, has gone live despite legal threats. FacebookZoo, hosted on niche publishing platform Maven, went live on Tuesday. It aims to give disgruntled publishers an avenue to criticize the company’s censorship policy, as well as ...

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‘Elegant crap’: Paris urinal project turns into social media pissing contest

If you can’t beat them, join them. Paris has done just that by providing public urinators with a more sanitized place to whizz in the open. But not everyone is pleased with public urinals popping up around the City of Love. A war against street soilage has prompted Paris authorities to roll out a number of devices known as uritrottoirs, ...

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‘Baby driver’: Stunned passenger confronts teen-looking busman behind the wheel (VIDEO)

A fresh-faced bus driver was forced to show his driving license to the media to prove that he really was an adult after reports emerged that a school boy was driving passengers in Russia’s southern city of Rostov. Shakhboz Koziev, who drives bus the No 96 in Rostov-on-Don, made headlines earlier this week after one of his passengers uploaded a ...

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Tropical ticks threaten to bring Crimean-Congo fever to Germany

Crimean-Congo fever is not something German residents have ever had to worry about – but that may be about to change after the discovery of tropical ticks known to be carriers of the disease. READ MORE: WHO may declare international emergency as Ebola outbreak reaches major city in Congo Scientists at the University of Hohenheim and the Institute for Microbiology ...

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