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Russian lawmakers back bill to simplify early release of seriously ill prisoners

The Russian Upper House Committee for Constitutional Law has approved a bill that aims to simplify the procedure for the early release of prisoners suffering from serious illnesses. Once the new bill is passed into law, the Russian government will specify the formal procedure under which convicts should apply for the cancellation of their punishment because of poor health. It ...

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Otto co-founder Lior Ron is back at Uber

Lior Ron, the co-founder of the controversial self-driving technology company Otto, is returning to Uber to head up its trucking logistics company, Uber Freight, TechCrunch has confirmed. Both Ron and his co-founder and ex-Googler Anthony Levandowski went to Uber after it acquired Otto in August of 2016. However, Levandowski was fired from Uber after pleading the Fifth Amendment to his ...

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‘I want my daughter to have a future’: Returning Syrian refugees explain urge to come back home

As the Syrian Army moves closer to regaining control over the last remaining militant-occupied areas, a growing number of refugees are returning to begin rebuilding their lives. RT asked some of them why they are coming home. Between January and October of last year, 700,000 Syrians returned home from abroad, according to UN data. One man who’s already moved back ...

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Germany mulls bringing back conscription to boost falling army numbers

Seven years after abolishing conscription, Angela Merkel’s party has floated the idea of bringing back mandatory military service. The proposal, which doesn’t sit well with everyone in Germany, has stirred a nationwide debate. The discussion unfolded after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, secretary general of Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democratic (CDU) Party surprisingly proposed the reintroduction of national service. “I can promise now – ...

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‘At night I dreamt I was back home,’ says Russian climber rescued at 6300m after 6 days with no food

A Pakistani helicopter narrowly avoided an accident to airlift Alexander Gukov from an altitude of 6300m on Latok-1, six days after he was trapped, when his climbing partner fell to his death in a doomed never-done-before ascent. RT’s video news agency Ruptly became the first news outlet to speak to Gukov as he landed in Skardu, in northeast Pakistan. Asked ...

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Trump hits back at Cohen and ‘fake news’ over Tower meeting allegations

The US president has lashed out at his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, after the latter claimed that Donald Trump knew in advance about a meeting between his son and a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in 2016. “NO,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone ...

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They’re back! Worms unfrozen after 42,000 years are alive and eating

Two worms that have been frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years have come back to life, and are now considered the oldest living animals on the planet, in what is being described as a major scientific breakthrough. The ancient nematodes (aka roundworms) are “moving and eating” again for the first time since the Pleistocene age, after coming back ...

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No charges against cops who shot Latino man in the back after picking wrong house to serve warrant

A grand jury has failed to indict two Southaven Police officers who fatally shot a man and his dog after they picked the wrong house to serve an arrest warrant. The decision has outraged the family of the victim. The controversial altercation happened last July, when three police officers arrived at a mobile home park in Southaven, Mississippi, to serve ...

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Are cryptos back from the dead? Bitcoin jumps above $8,000 for first time since May

The cryptocurrency market has lost momentum in the past number of months, but recent weeks have seen a massive surge in the value of bitcoin and other digital money. Bitcoin was above $ 8,200, surging over 6 percent as of 20:00 GMT Tuesday. Ethereum, ripple, bitcoin cash and the other 10 largest cryptocurrencies were trading at a multi-month. The whole ...

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'Erdogan’s dark dictatorship': Netanyahu hits back at Turkish leader’s 'spirit of Hitler' jibe

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeled Turkey a dark dictatorship which massacres minorities after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan likened Israeli politicians to Adolf Hitler over the controversial ‘nation-state’ law. Turkey is turning into “a dark dictatorship” which “is massacring Syrians and Kurds and has jailed tens of thousands” of its citizens, Netanyahu said on Tuesday, responding to Erdogan’s attacks. The prime minister said that his ...

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