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Russian lawmakers move to ban weapons & alcohol ads on children’s TV

The Lower House Committee for Information Policy has backed a motion banning advertisers from promoting alcohol, pharmaceuticals, gambling and weapons on kids’ radio and TV programs. Amendments drafted by parliamentary majority party United Russia state that children’s shows on radio and television must not contain commercials for alcohol products, medications and medical equipment, food supplements, weapons and military equipment or ...

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Traces of chemical weapons agent found in shrimp in Sweden

Traces of a chemical warfare agent were found in shrimp caught near the Swedish island of Maseskar, where 28 ships with chemical and other weapons were sunk by the allies after World War II, the Swedish National Water Agency said. “We’re talking about a very low concentration [of chemicals], which isn’t considered dangerous for consumers, but these are substances that ...

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IDF uses Gaza as a lab and showroom for new weapons and tech it plans to sell – report

Human rights campaigners claim that the Israeli army and defense corporations exploit the deadly Gaza protests to test and advertise hardware like drones, sniper rifles and ‘smart’ fences. “The Israeli military industry exploits the occupation of Palestine, and specifically the siege on Gaza, as an arena to battle-test, invest in, and innovate military technology to later be marketed to the ...

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Russian Army to get 6 unrivaled weapons in coming years – Moscow

The Russian Armed Forces are expected to get new state-of-the-art weapons systems, which have no equals anywhere in the world, a Russian government’s top official said. The new equipment is set to enter service within a decade. The Russian military is undergoing a large-scale rearmament, which will allow it to make use of some of the world’s most advanced weapon ...

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Iran will face 'wrath of entire world' if it tries to develop nuclear weapons – Pompeo

Iran will face the “wrath of the entire world” if it pursues nuclear weapons, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned, despite Washington standing rather alone in its decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. “I hope they understand that if they begin to ramp up their nuclear program, the wrath of the entire world will fall ...

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Tunisian man charged in Germany with producing ‘biological weapons’ – prosecutor

German police have arrested a Tunisian man, suspected of producing ricin and conspiring to commit a “serious act of violence,” prosecutors said. He is reportedly an ISIS sympathizer, who bought ingredients for the toxin online. The 29-year-old Tunisian citizen, identified as Sief Allah H., has been in police custody for two days after special police units raided his apartment late ...

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Google’s new ‘AI principles’ forbid its use in weapons and human rights violations

Google has published a set of fuzzy but otherwise admirable “AI principles” explaining the ways it will and won’t deploy its considerable clout in the domain. “These are not theoretical concepts; they are concrete standards that will actively govern our research and product development and will impact our business decisions,” wrote CEO Sundar Pichai. The principles follow several months of ...

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Budget amendments give Russia additional $1.57 billion for new weapons development

Amendments to the 2018 federal budget passed by the State Duma in the first reading on Thursday increase the financing of new weapons development by about $ 1.57 billion, a senior Russian MP has revealed. “We see is as positive news that the closed part of the budget allocates additional 97.4 billion rubles ($ 1.57 billion) for weapons development and ...

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Fear and loathing and nuclear weapons: US troops on missile base regularly used LSD

The security of the US’ nuclear arsenal once lay in the hands of a few young men warped on hallucinogenic drugs. Records obtained by AP show that troops at a high-security nuke base in Wyoming bought, distributed, and used LSD. After an airman made a social media post of himself smoking a joint, Air Force investigators were on the case, ...

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US arms ended up with Al-Nusra jihadists in Syria, says weapons dealmaker

Weapons sent by the Obama administration to so-called ‘moderate’ anti-government forces in Syria instead fell into Al-Nusra jihadists’ hands, according to a US-trained rebel and fixer in Aleppo. Major Anas Ibrahim Obaid, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Zayd, told Fox News that he gave pickup trucks and ammunition supplied by the US to Al-Nusra, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, ...

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