January 31, 2015

Who sabotaged Minsk talks on Ukraine?

One of the most important rounds of talks on Ukraine's crisis took place today in Minsk. The meeting took place after hostilities resumed in Donbass.

The meeting was attended by the former president of Ukraine,.. Read more.

Vestnik Kavkaza

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- Ukraine: Minsk talks crumble, battles in Debaltseve - DW
- No breakthrough as Ukraine peace talk parties meet in Minsk amid worsening crisis - RT

Ukraine peace talks collapse, Kiev and separatists trade blame - Reuters

Tbilisi Legalises Georgians Right to Fight in Ukraine: Around 100 Georgians fight in east Ukraine



Approximately 100 fighters of Georgian citizenship are fighting in east Ukraine on a voluntary basis and according to the Georgian authorities they are now officially allowed to participate.

Ukraine Today

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Georgia and Ukraine: The End of the Special Relationship? - Reconsidering Russia

'What do we need this war for?' Ukrainians flee from 100k army draft



With the heavy fighting taking its toll on the Ukrainian army, another military draft is underway - the fourth within less than a year. It's the largest one to date - set to get 100k people into the military.

This includes everyone up to the age of 60, with a voluntary mobilization for women. Fleeing the draft some are getting shelter in refugee camps in Russia.

RT

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Frankie goes to Hollywood - War


Lyric

Report: CIA-Mossad operation killed Hezbollah figure

Washington Post newspaper says US and Israel were behind plot to assassinate senior commander in 2008 car bomb in Syria.

The CIA and Israel's spy agency Mossad were behind an elaborate plot to kill Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh in a 2008 car bomb attack in Syria, the Washington Post has reported. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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Who was Imad Mughniyah, a senior Hezbollah figure killed in joint CIA-Mossad operation? (video) - Washington Post

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Report: Joint Mossad-CIA operation killed key Hezbollah leader Mughniyeh in 2008 - JPost

1.500 demonstranten in Utrecht vragen om 'echte banen'

Naar schatting vijftienhonderd mensen liepen zaterdagmiddag in het centrum van Utrecht mee in een mars tegen het "verdwijnen van echte banen". De optocht is georganiseerd door vakbeweging FNV.

FNV-voorzitter Ton Heerts zei van tevoren in een toespraak dat.. Lees meer.

NU

Spaniards hold mass rally for leftist Podemos ahead of elections

Tens of thousands of Spaniards have taken to the streets of central Madrid in support of Podemos, a leftist political party campaigning on an anti-austerity platform. The party’s popularity has soared in the wake of the Syriza victory in Greece.

Tens of thousands of Spaniards have taken to the streets of central Madrid in support of Podemos,.. Read more + video.

RT

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Ukraine Chief of Staff Admits No Russian Troops in Donetsk

Ukraine’s military Chief of Staff Viktor Muzhenko admitted Russian troops have not been taking part in combat operations in the country’s east during news briefing in Kiev, Ukraine Channel 5 television reports.

MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik) — The chief of Ukraine’s General Military Staff Viktor Muzhenko acknowledged that.. Read more.

Sputnik

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Ukraine chief of staff ‘thwarts Western allegations’ by admitting no combat with Russian troops - RT
General Staff of Ukraine: Regular units of the Russian army is not in Ukraine (video) - YT

Ukrainian defense minister insists Russian troops fighting in Donbas - Kyiv Post
Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: Participation of Russian troops in the hostilities in the East of Ukraine is documented - Government Portal.ua

Exclusive: CIA Interrogations Took Place on British Territory of Diego Garcia, Senior Bush Administration Official Says

Interrogations of US prisoners took place at a CIA black site on the British overseas territory of Diego Garcia, a senior Bush administration official has told VICE News.

The island was used as a "transit location" for the US government's "nefarious activities" post-9/11 when other places were too full,.. Read more.

Vice News

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At least 61 people killed in bomb blast at Shia mosque in Pakistan



The death toll from a bomb blast in Pakistan keeps rising. At least 61 people have been killed in the powerful explosion targeting a Shia mosque in Sindh province.

PressTV

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Sazanikos (Dönmeh)



French documentary about the history and life of the Sazanikos (Dönmeh), a group of Jews who fled Spain in 1492 and ended up after many wanderings in Turkey.

Thousands of Ukrainian troops thought to be trapped in Donbass

At least 7,000 Ukrainian troops are believed to be surrounded near the village of Debaltsevo in Donbass, as militia units cut off the only road linking the pocket to Kiev-held territory. The servicemen have been offered the chance to surrender.

The forces of the People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) have stormed and captured the town of Uglegorsk,.. Read more + video.

RT

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Ukrainian army reports fighting near Vuhlehirsk - Interfax
Separatists gain stranglehold over Debaltseve as evacuation continues - Kyiv Post

At least 14 civilians killed in Donbas as peace talks go nowhere - Kyiv Post
Seven people killed in two attacks in Donetsk - Unian

Moscow, Washington discuss possible Kerry visit to Russia: sources - Reuters
Kerry to visit Ukraine next week: State Department - Reuters

Het Grote Geldcreatie Debat



In deze aflevering een debat tussen econoom Robin Fransman, die het huidige systeem verdedigt, Luuk de Waal Malefijt en Edgar Wortmann van Ons Geld die het burgerinitiatief om de overheid schuldvrij geld te laten drukken bepleiten en Paul Buitink, die het voor de vrije markt voor geldcreatie opneemt. 

Moderatie door Aaron van Wirdum van Coincourant.nl. Op FTM.nl zijn verschillende artikelen hierover gepubliceerd door de auteurs.

'Laten we alerter zijn op verwarde mensen'

De gezondheidszorg moet extra alert worden op verwarde mensen. Die oproep doet psychiater en hoogleraar Hjalmar van Marle naar aanleiding van het incident in het NOS-gebouw.

Van Marle, die is verbonden aan de Erasmus Universiteit, maakt zich zorgen over het gevaar dat van zogenoemde lone wolves uitgaat. Lees meer + video.

NOS

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Eindelijk eens iets op TV! Mensen met andere meningen, complotters, levensgevaarlijk! - Bovendien

Complotdenkers: Journaalkaper was gestuurd (audio) - Radio 1
The conspiracy theorists are right. Research shows nations really do go to war over oil - Washington Post

Network - We're In A Lot Of Trouble! (video) - YT

January 30, 2015

Het onbekende slavernijverleden

Dankzij de inspanning van vooral zwarte activisten is er de afgelopen jaren meer aandacht voor het slavernijverleden; de rol van Nederland en Nederlanders in de transatlantische slavenhandel en de slavernij in ‘de West’ (met name in Suriname en op Curaçao). Een recent boek van Reggie Baay laat zien dat er ook in Azië door Nederlanders en met name door de Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) op grote schaal slaven werden gehouden en verhandeld. Een vrijwel vergeten hoofdstuk uit de koloniale geschiedenis.

Qua omvang lijkt de Nederlandse rol in de slavernij in Azië niet onder te doen voor.. Lees meer.

Grenzeloos

Nederland helpt multinationals om Derde Wereld nog armer te maken

30 januari 2015 - Nederlandse bilaterale handelsverdragen spelen een sleutelrol in zaken die multinationals aanspannen tegen ontwikkelingslanden, wanneer nieuwe wetten hun ongebreidelde winsten inperken. Tien procent van die zaken worden aangespannen door brievenbusfirma's vanuit Nederland.

Dat blijkt uit het rapport Socializing Losses, Privatising Gains dat de Nederlandse organisaties SOMO, TNI, Both ENDS en Milieudefensie op 29 januari hebben uitgebracht. Lees meer.

De Waarheid

Poland Open to Arms Sales to Ukraine

Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna stated that Poland is open to selling weapons to Ukraine.

WARSAW, January 30 (Sputnik) – Poland is open to selling weapons to Ukraine, Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna said Friday. Read more.

Sputnik

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Delegations of Donetsk and Luhansk republics leave Minsk after Ukraine talks fail

The Contact Group for Ukraine was supposed to have met in Minsk on Friday but Ukraine’s representative at the talks didn't come

MINSK, January 30. /TASS/. Delegations of the self-proclaimed unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics have left Minsk where a meeting of the Contact Group.. Read more.

TASS

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Talks in Minsk can be held on Saturday - Kuchma - Ukrinform
Donetsk, Luhansk Ready Only for Mutual Heavy Weaponry Pullback, Ceasefire - Sputnik

Thousands of Ukrainian troops thought to be trapped in Donbass (video) - RT

Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine as Minsk peace talks are called off - DW
- Militias encircle Kiev troops near Debaltsevo — Donetsk republic defense ministry - TASS

- Donetsk and Luhansk militia to continue offensive against Kiev troops - Pravda

US started Ukraine civil war

It has been over a year of blood, tears and destruction in Ukraine especially in SE Ukraine. The new country now called Novorossia, has been fighting the puppet government in Kiev, USA who is committing genocide in the Donbass region. America's new addition to its Empire is funded with billions and millions supported by NATO and other mercenaries. Yet, Kiev still cannot complete its mission the US trained it for.

Oleg Tsarov warned about the impish activities the US was performing before the protests began in Kiev. America started the war in Ukraine but like Goliath was slain by little David. Read more + video.

Pravda

Bulgaria Still Hopeful of South Stream Pipeline

Bulgaria still hopes that the South Stream gas pipeline project will be implemented.

PRAGUE, January 30 (Sputnik) – Bulgaria still hopes that the South Stream gas pipeline project will be implemented, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said Friday. Read more.

Sputnik

Greek FinMin to Eurogroup President: We Won’t Cooperate with the Troika

The President of Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem and the Greek Finance Minister, Giannis Varoufakis, proceeded to joint statements, after their meeting just moments ago. Mr. Varoufakis welcomed the European Official “with great joy,” declaring that this was only an introductory meeting. “We started a first meeting process which will be the basis for a fruitful and effective cooperation, as required in the interests of Greece, the Eurozone and the European Union,” he added.

The starter pleasantries, however, were soon to be replaced by differing views.. Read more.

Greek Reporter

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- Greece warned against reversing bailout deals - eKathimerini

Greece to cancel gas utility sale, opposes Canadian gold mine - eKathimerini
SYRIZA must come up with ‘pragmatic solutions,’ Schulz tells Kathimerini -eKathimerini

Restructure or Exit: Greeks Pose Painful Dilemma for Germany - Sputnik
Griekenland zet de trojka overboord - Trouw

'Workers across EU should support Syriza & refuse to pay bankers' debts'



The new Greek government is seeking to be let off from some of its bailout debt - something the rest of the EU is not eager to approve. In Italy, the idea of breaking away from the bloc is gathering momentum.

Leaving the EU is also now up for discussion in Hungary, where the speaker of parliament has been contemplating an exit. Paul Murphy, who's an Irish anti-austerity MP, says the bloc's leaders have brought this upon themselves.

RT

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Spain's newcomer political party

The new left-wing Spanish party Podemos (We Can) is shaking up establishment politics.

After Syriza's victory in Greece, the party sees a chance at reshaping the Spain's political landscape. More video.

DW

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Euro area unemployment rate at 11.4%

The euro area (EA18) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.4% in December 2014, down from 11.5% in November 2014, and from 11.8% in December 2013. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since August 2012.

The EU28 unemployment rate was 9.9% in December 2014, down from 10.0% in November 2014 and from 10.6% in December 2013. This is the first time the rate for the EU28 has fallen below 10.0% since October 2011. Read more (pdf).

Eurostat

Draghi's Dangerous Bet: The Perils of a Weak Euro

The recent decision by the European Central Bank to open the monetary floodgates has weakened the euro and is boosting the German economy. But the move increases the threat of turbulence on the financial markets and could trigger a currency war.

The concern could be felt everywhere at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, the annual meeting of the rich and powerful. Read more.

Spiegel

Veroordeelde journalist Barret Brown blijft luis in de pels voor Amerikaanse regering

“Wens me geluk!” Dit schreef journalist en activist Barrett Brown nadat hem een celstraf van vijf jaar en drie maanden was opgelegd. Brown belooft dat hij misstappen van de Amerikaanse regering blijft onderzoeken.

Brown deed zijn belofte in een satirisch stukje na afloop van de zitting: “Goed nieuws! De Amerikaanse regering heeft vandaag besloten dat ik het industrieel gevangeniscomplex voor haar mag onderzoeken. Lees meer.

De Wereld Morgen

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German spy agency saves millions of phone records, says report

The German government was quick to announce plans to widen data retention against terrorism in response to this month's attacks in Paris. But Berlin already collects far more telecom metadata than many suspected.

According to a journalist at German weekly "Die Zeit," writing with reference to "classified files," the German Intelligence Agency (BND) currently collects.. Read more.

DW

Nasrallah: Hezbollah doesn't want war with Israel - but isn't afraid of one

Leader of Hezbollah says group has right to respond to Israeli 'aggression,' two days after border attack that killed two Israeli soldiers.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a TV speech on Friday that Hezbollah has the right to respond to Israeli 'aggression' in any place,.. Read more.

Haaretz

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Erekat: Recognizing 'Palestine' as a state is best response to 450 new settlement homes

PLO chief negotiator calls on international community to ban settlement products.

PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat called on the international community to recognize Palestine as a state in response to a Lands Authority publication on Friday morning of tenders for 450 new homes in West Bank settlements. Read more.

JPost

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Israel decides to reduce electricity supplies to Palestinians



Israel has decided to reduce electricity supplies to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, citing a debt of more than 450-million dollars.

The move comes weeks after Israel froze the Palestinian Authority's tax revenues in retaliation for joining the International Criminal Court. Private Palestinian firm JDEC, which distributes energy in the occupied territories, has condemned the Israeli move as collective punishment. Israel Electric Corporation says supply to the West Bank will be cut for an hour each morning and another hour at night.

It said the measure will remain in place until the Palestinian Authority begins to settle its debts. Back in 2012, Tel Aviv again delayed payments to Palestinians following a UN vote acknowledging Palestine as a non-member state.

PressTV

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Watch John McCain Blow Up At Protesters Heckling Henry Kissinger — 'Get Out Of Here, You Low-Life Scum'



Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain kicked protesters out of his budget hearing Thursday, calling them "low-life scum.

" The upheaval came after members of an anti-war group calling itself Code Pink approached the witness table,.. Read more.

Business Insider

‘EU Council vote is evidence of real split’ – Neil Clark on extended sanctions against Russia



The European Union has decided to extend sanctions against Russian officials and Ukrainian rebels until September this year.

Journalist Neil Clark told RT that the lack of extremely harsh measures reveals a division within EU ranks.

RT

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U.S. Senate panel advances Iran sanctions bill

(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee voted 18-4 on Thursday to advance a bill that would toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators fail to reach an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program by the end of June.

However, the bill is not expected to come up for a vote in the full Senate until at least March 24. Read more.

Reuters

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Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline bill despite Obama promise to veto

The Senate approved legislation Thursday mandating construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, setting the stage for a veto showdown with President Obama.

In a 62-to-36 vote, 53 Republicans and nine Democrats approved a bill seeking to force completion of the 840-mile pipeline.. Read more + video.

Washington Post

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At least 26 killed, more than 100 wounded in North Sinai rocket attack

At least 26 people, including civilians, were killed Thursday when a series of militant attacks, involving "car bombs" and mortar rounds, struck several army and police positions in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula, medical and security sources told Aswat Masriya.

A source in the local ambulance services revealed that 105 have been injured in the attacks in the town of Al-Arish,.. Read more.

Ahram

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King Salman dismisses Prince Bandar from National Security Council

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has dismissed Prince Bandar bin Sultan from the National Security Council.

King Salman on Thursday issued a number of royal decrees that removed or changed a number of top Saudi officials. Read more.

PressTV

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January 29, 2015

Armed man enters NOS building demanding airtime, has been arrested

The headquarters of Dutch national broadcaster Nos were evacuated on Thursday evening after an armed man forced his way into the editorial department, demanding access to airtime.

The man was overpowered shortly afterwards. Read more.

DutchNews

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Hé hé, eindenlijk onze eigen Gladio grap ? .. NL boeren klompen, YES! - Zaplog

Sascha (4 Jahre) aus #Donetsk starb durch Bomben


(Warning: Graphic Images)

Sascha (4 Jahre) aus #Donetsk starb durch Bomben (In Kooperation von "Keep a close eye on" und KT.Vision media)

General Staff: Ukrainian soldiers move 1.5 km back from Donetsk airport

The Ukrainian armed forces have moved back 1.5 kilometers from Donetsk airport Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko said on Thursday, according to Ukrainian television’s 112 Ukraine channel.

"Ukrainian soldiers managed to stabilize the situation near the villages of.. Read more.

Unian

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Talks in Minsk on Donbas conflict to be held on Friday, says Belarus foreign ministry - Unian

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CSE tracks millions of downloads daily: Snowden documents

Global sites for sharing movies, photos, music targeted in mass anti-terror surveillance

Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned. Read more.

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‘We are willing to defend Israel, not to continue occupation and repression’



43 Israeli intelligence soldiers sacked after writing an open letter to PM Netanyahu and refusing to serve

RT

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Greece on collision course with its EU partners



The new Greek leaders are hitting the ground running with their campaign promises - having already rolled back some of the crippling austerity measures, but the pledge to cancel a chunk of the country's enormous debt might prove harder to keep.

The European Commission's President is ruling out forgiving Greece's debt, because other Eurozone countries just won't stand for it. As Murad Gazdiev reports, Germany has made its position clear.

RT

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Russia extends term of sojourn for Ukrainian citizens of recruitment age

There are 1.172 million Ukrainian men of recruitment age currently staying in Russia

MOSCOW, January 28. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Migration Service said on Wednesday it has extended the period of sojourn in Russia for Ukrainian citizens of the recruitment age for more than 90 days. Read more.

TASS

PACE suspends Russia's voting rights until April over conflict in Ukraine



The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has extended a block on Russia's voting rights until April over the conflict in Ukraine. The move prompted Moscow to quit the organization until next year.

Political analyst Martin McCauley thinks that sidelining Russia will not help solve the Ukraine crisis. Read more.

RT

Startling revelations: IS operative confesses to getting funds via US

ISLAMABAD: Yousaf al Salafi – allegedly the Pakistan commander of Islamic State (IS) or Daish – has confessed during investigations that he has been receiving funds through the United States.

Law enforcing agencies on January 22 claimed that they arrested al Salafi, along with his two companions, during a joint raid in Lahore. Read more.

Tribune

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US Resumes Drone Strikes in Yemen Despite Political Leadership Vacuum



Scholar and journalist Waalid Al-Saqaf says continued US drone strikes and foreign involvement will push Yemen towards a civil war and do nothing to address the growing humanitarian catastrophe.

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January 28, 2015

Raúl Castro demands that US return Guantánamo base to Cuba

‘If these problems aren’t resolved, rapprochement wouldn’t make sense’ Cuban leader demands end to US propaganda broadcasts

Cuba’s President Raúl Castro has demanded that the United States return the US base at Guantánamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and.. Read more.

Guardian

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Exclusive Interview With Dr. John Wright: Is There Oil And Gas In Curaçao?

One of the most discussed topics on the island for years now has been the possibility of oil and gas in our territorial waters.

This topic was also used by the first Prime Minster of Curaçao after the new constitutional structure of October 10, 2010, to accuse those who brought down his government in 2012. Read more.

Curaçao Chronicle

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US moves into the Caribbean to replace Venezuela as cheap gas supplier

The United States Monday rolled out a new initiative for Caribbean countries to ensure energy security in a move widely seen as distancing the Caribbean from Venezuela for their oil and energy needs.

United States Vice President Joe Biden, addressing the first ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit,.. Read more.

MercoPress

Are crude conspiracies right? Research shows nations really do go to war over oil

The “thirst for oil” is often put forward as a near self-evident explanation behind military interventions in Libya, for instance, or Sudan. Oil, or the lack of oil, is also said to be behind the absence of intervention in Syria now and in Rwanda in 1994.

This of course clashes with the rhetoric around intervention, or its stated goal. Read more.

The Conversation

Pentagon commands the Ukrainian army

Putin called the Ukrainian army the "NATO legion". "In fact it is no longer an army, it is a foreign legion, in this case a foreign NATO legion that of course does not pursue national interests of Ukraine," President said. "It has completely different goals that are related to achieving geopolitical goals of deterring Russia, which is absolutely not in line with national interests of the Ukrainian people." Expert on international security Viktoria Legranova agreed to comment this statement in an interview to Pravda.Ru.

"I absolutely agree with the president's opinion. Aside from representatives of private military companies, there is an active recruitment of members of radical, nationalist organizations of the Right Sector, in European countries, American private military companies also operate within Ukraine,.. Read more.

Pravda

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Money Pump: US to give $2bn to Ukraine by year end



The US Treasury Secretary is in Kiev, where he's signed off another two-billion-dollar loan to Ukraine. The country will get the money this year.

RT

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PEGIDA suffers further setback with spokeswoman Oertel's resignation

Five members of the PEGIDA organization's leadership have stepped down in the face of backlash stemming from a controversy surrounding the group's founder. Among those to resign is PEGIDA's press spokeswoman.

In a post to the official PEGIDA Facebook page on Wednesday,.. Read more.

DW

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Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn becomes 3rd biggest party



As Syriza are celebrating their massive win in pulling voters to the left in Greece. The sun is rising for far-right "Golden Dawn" party. The extreme nationalists used to be the fifth largest in parliament. It's now the third biggest party in Greece after Sunday's election.

The Nation magazine's Maria Margaronis is In the NOW from Athens.

RT

Tsipras calls for 'fair' renegotiation of debt

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has ruled out a rift with international lenders, saying his new Cabinet wants only a "fair" solution. His team has stopped the privatization of Piraeus, Greece's biggest port.

Tsipras convened the first meeting of his anti-austerity Cabinet on Wednesday,.. Read more + video.

DW

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New FinMin slams bailout deals as 'toxic mistake,' sees chance to 'reboot Europe' - eKatimerini

Athens may veto further EU sanctions against Russia

The new Greek government is considering whether to veto further sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine, sources told Kathimerini Tuesday, after Athens voiced objections to a joint statement from European Union leaders calling for such action.

Athens said that it did not consent to the statement put out Tuesday.. Read more.

eKathimerini

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Russia’s PM signs multibillion dollar anti-crisis plan



Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a one-year anti-crisis plan designed to stabilize the economy. The document includes 60 measures and will cost at least $35 billion (2.3 trillion rubles). Read more.

RT

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Potential Russian disconnection from SWIFT can be suicidal for EU economy — expert - TASS

Potential Russian disconnection from SWIFT can be suicidal for EU economy — expert

Rumors appeared last summer that the Western sanctions could go as far as disconnection of Russia from SWIFT

MOSCOW, January 28. /TASS/. Potential disconnection of Russia from the SWIFT system could be a "harakiri" for the EU economy,.. Read more.

TASS

B’Tselem: PM culpable for Gaza war Palestinian civilian deaths; NGO Monitor demurs

NGO Monitor: False chorus against IDF; Discrepancies between report, Amnesty’s account

A B’Tselem report to be published early Wednesday blasts the country’s civilian leadership, and specifically Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his cabinet,.. Read more.

JPost

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Two soldiers killed, 7 wounded in Hezbollah attack near Lebanon border

IDF responds with artillery fire • Lieberman: Israel should respond in a 'forceful and disproportionate manner' • Force was driving an unarmored vehicle on border fence • UNIFIL soldier killed by Israeli response strike.

Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded on Wednesday morning, after an anti-tank missile struck an Israel Defense Forces.. Read more.

Haaretz

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Zionist Entity Shells Border Area in South Lebanon: UNIFIL Soldier Killed - Al Manar
Israel Attacks Southern Lebanon After Hezbollah Targets Army Convoy - Al Akhbar

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Battle Within: IDF suicides double, Israel claims no connect to war



The Israeli army is worried over an increase in the number of soldiers taking their own lives. The number doubled last year. Our Middle East correspondent Paula Slier examines why.

RT

January 27, 2015

Doomsday Clock moves two minutes closer to midnight



Jan 22, 2015 - A group of prominent scientists and Nobel laureates say climate change and the danger of nuclear war pose an ever-growing threat to civilization and are bringing the world closer to doomsday.

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'Oil price drop hitting budget hard' - Alaska Gov Bill Walker



New Alaska governor Bill Walker has cut his state budget, as the oil rich state deals with a drastic drop in the price of the black stuff. He tells RT what’s behind his decision

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UK GDP slows in final quarter but annual pace is fastest since 2007

A slowdown to 0.5% from 0.7% in third quarter disappoints City analysts but George Osborne insists recovery is on track

Britain’s economic recovery slowed in the fourth quarter of 2014, but annual growth was the fastest since the financial crisis of 2007. Read more.

Guardian

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ICC backers defy Israeli call to cut funding to war crimes court

Many of the biggest financial contributors said they would maintain their funding.

THE HAGUE - Many leading backers of the International Criminal Court will ignore Israel's call for them to cut funding.. Read more.

JPost

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Israel 'systematically mistreats' Palestinian children in custody

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Some 700 Palestinian children per year are arrested and face "ill-treatment" by Israeli forces, according to a new report by a children's rights group.

In the report, Child Rights International Network said that "during 2014, an average of 197 children were held in military detention every month, 13 per cent of whom are under the age of 16." Read more.

Ma'an

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UN halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up

GAZA CITY (AFP) -- The UN agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.

"The agency has exhausted all funding to support repairs and rental subsidies," the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a statement. Read more.

Ma'an

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Gunmen storm luxury hotel in Libyan capital

Officials say at least eight killed as attackers assault government and diplomatic hub before detonating suicide belts.

Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya's capital, killing at least three guards and five foreigners, before blowing themselves up after being surrounded by security, officials said. Read more.

Al Jazeera

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United States reiterates it does not recognize GNC and its Tripoli Hassi government - Libya Herald

Fidel Castro appears to lend support to Cuba talks with U.S.

(Reuters) - Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday appeared to lend his support to talks with the United States in his first comments about his longtime adversary since both countries agreed last month to restore diplomatic ties.

But Castro stopped short of an enthusiastic endorsement of the rapprochement,.. Read more.

Reuters

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PM warns Spaniards “not to play Russian roulette” with Podemos

Popular Party convention focuses on attacking the anti-austerity group

The weekend’s Popular Party (PP) convention served to confirm that the conservatives no longer view the Socialists as their main opposition, as has been the case throughout recent Spanish history. Read more.

El País

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Thousands Of Spaniards Protest Proposed Security Law

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of protesters are marching in Spanish cities to express their opposition to a proposed law that would set hefty fines for offenses like demonstrating outside parliament buildings or strategic installations.

Parliament approved the Public Security Law last month.. Read more.

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TRNN Replay: Saudi Arabia and the al-Qaeda Monster



Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia helped create a network of terrorism to achieve political aims, and while it does come back to bite them at times, they promote a similar ideology and continue to these alliances - Part 3/5 - April 3, 2014

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Tens of thousands at anti-xenophobia concert in Dresden

Huge crowds have gathered in Dresden for a free concert promoting tolerance and diversity. The event seeks to provide a counternarrative to the anti-Islamization PEGIDA group.

So many thousands of people gathered in front of Dresden's Frauenkirche,.. Read more.

DW

Weak euro fuels German business confidence to 6-month high

Business confidence in Germany has perked up to a 6 month high, as weak oil prices have increased exports and created more spending power. The more positive outlook follows the ECB decision to inject €1.14 trn into the money supply over the next 2 years.

Germany’s Ifo Business Climate index, which looks at the confidence of 7,000 firms,.. Read more.

RT

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