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Title: ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas defies history to capture end-of-year title (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473674-atp-final-stefanos-tsitsipas-wins/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 21:00:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Stefanos Tsitsipas tore up the history book to capture the ATP Final in London after a superb come-from-behind performance against Dominic Thiem at The O2 Arena.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas tore up the history book to capture the ATP Final in London after a superb come-from-behind performance against Dominic Thiem at The O2 Arena.

The player who takes the first set has won the ATP Finals tournament every year since 2006, but Greek star Tsitsipas put a stop to that stat as he came from one set down to defeat Thiem and win the prestigious end-of-year tournament.

The tournament features the world's top eight players and, after a series of shock results saw the "Big Three" of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer exit the tournament.

And in the final between two of the unfancied stars of the lineup, it was Tsitsipas – who stunned Federer in the semis – whose form held at the crucial moments as he came from a set down to claim the title and in the process become the first Greek player to win the tournament.

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Austria's Thiem grabbed the early advantage after a slugfest of an opening set that saw the players go virtually shot-for-shot.

Both players delivered entertaining, aggressive tennis through the first set as the action went all the way to a first-set tiebreak.

Thiem saved a Tsitsipas set point before turning the tables on the Greek star by taking advantage of a short second serve to convert a set point of his own and claim the first set 7-6.

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Tsitsipas came storming back in the second set and broke Thiem in the first game. Then he doubled up to put himself in a strong position to close out the set which he duly did, as he ran out the second set winner, 6-2.

And, after the deciding set went all the way to another nail-biting tiebreak, it looked like Tsitsipas had a clear run to victory after surging into a 4-1 lead. But Thiem battled back to 4-4 only to hit a routine forehand long and hand the Greek a chance to serve out the match.

Tsitsipas kept his nerve and finished the job to win the tiebreak 7-4 and claim the come-from-behind victory 6-7, 6-2, 7-6.

The youngest #NittoATPFinals champion since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001 🙌

Well played, @StefTsitsipas 👏 pic.twitter.com/eRYQOLVRRE

— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 17, 2019
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Title: Bloomberg blasted for apology & U-turn on NYC's ‘stop & frisk’ policy ahead of presidential nomination bid

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473673-bloomberg-stop-and-frisk-apologize/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 19:56:07 +0000

Desc: Preview What better time than an election campaign start to repent sins? Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg probably thought so as he apologized at a black church for the controversial ‘stop and frisk’ policy, but few were buying it.
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What better time than an election campaign start to repent sins? Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg probably thought so as he apologized at a black church for the controversial ‘stop and frisk’ policy, but few were buying it.

A billionaire media mogul and a former New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg has suddenly backtracked on his longstanding support for the controversial ‘stop and frisk’ police policy he adamantly backed during his time as mayor.

The questionable practice involving police briefly detaining, questioning and sometimes searching random people on the streets for weapons or other illegal possessions was particularly robust during the times when Bloomberg was mayor. Between 2003 and 2013, over 100,000 stops were made each year on average, with that number peaking in 2011 up to more than 685,000.

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The program was criticized over racial profiling as it predominantly targeted African Americans and Hispanic Americans while many of those stopped were later found to be innocent. Such practices have hardly earned Bloomberg many friends among those communities but the billionaire seemingly could not care less about this fact – until right now.

Bloomberg who is mulling his entrance to  an already tight race for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination – supposedly out of concern that “progressives” like Bernie Sanders would not provide sufficient competition to Donald Trump – has suddenly seen the light.

“I was wrong,” Bloomberg told a black church in Brooklyn, lamenting the fact that he “can’t change history.” “I apologize,” he added.

In January, he still argued that the policy he backed and expanded as mayor, helped reduce the murder rate in New York, although these claims were disputed by some NGOs like the Equal Justice Initiative fighting against mass incarceration.

Stop-and-frisk under Bloomberg was a failed policy by any conceivable metric. Crime in every major category continued to plummet even as the number of stop-and-frisks was drastically reduced, rendering the logic Bloomberg used to justify the policy during his tenure 100% wrong pic.twitter.com/sMh4FNhfDA

— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) November 17, 2019

So not many people actually bought into his emotional repentance on Sunday, turning to social media to remind the billionaire that he had plenty of time to admit his mistakes.

So Bloomberg is NOW apologizing for his defense of stop-and-frisk, in time for his likely presidential run? Nah, bruh. We see through this. You could have done this two years ago, one year ago. But now? Don’t try to play us. https://t.co/xt8LtkfzzF

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) November 17, 2019

This walk back by Bloomberg, who was defending stop-and-frisk as late as last fall, is one of the fakest things I’ve ever seen in politics. https://t.co/TOASYGkdie

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 17, 2019

Others simply linked his sudden change of heart to his plans to run for president and an apparent need to sway black voters.

Oh, now @MikeBloomberg apologizes. For years, he has defended ”stop-and-frisk,” the racially discriminatory and ineffective police tactic that he backed and expanded as NYC’s mayor. Now that he is running for president and needs black votes, he’s sorry. https://t.co/Sgf6RlXwCx

— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 17, 2019

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Title: ‘Occupation of consumption temple’: Galeries Lafayette in Paris CLOSED due to Yellow Vests protests (VIDEOS)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473671-paris-galeries-lafayette-yellow-vests/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 19:30:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Galeries Lafayette – an iconic Paris department store and a major tourist attraction – has been closed after Yellow Vest protests inside. Police and the store's security were filmed aggressively pushing protesters and media.
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Galeries Lafayette – an iconic Paris department store and a major tourist attraction – has been closed after Yellow Vest protests inside. Police and the store's security were filmed aggressively pushing protesters and media.

Videos taken at the scene show crowds of protesters chanting slogans and waving their iconic Yellow Vest garments roaming through the storeys of the historical late 19th century building and walking amongst the fashion boutiques and stands with luxury brands.

The demonstrators crowded together on the balconies where they were whistling, chanting slogans and throwing confetti they apparently found inside the building which had already been richly decorated ahead of Christmas.

Action des #GiletsJaunes dans les Galeries Lafayette pour dénoncer la société de consommation à l’occasion des 1 an du mouvement. pic.twitter.com/IVIWQ6YeXd

— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) November 17, 2019

Le fameux "On est là" ..
Les #GiletsJaunes au sein des #galerieslafayette ce dimanche#acte53 pic.twitter.com/R4H7Nq3sgL

— NicolasP (@NicolasP___) November 17, 2019

Protesters unfolded several banners decrying modern consumerism and reading “All together, let's destroy what destroys us” as part of an action dubbed by some people on the internet as “Occupation of the Temple of Consumption.” There was no property damage reported.

⚡️le consumérisme détruit le vivant et notre planète. Et les temples de la consommation ont une responsabilité. Aujourd'hui aux #GaleriesLafayette avec les #GiletsJaunes on retrouve la même demande que le 5 octobre au centre commercial #Italie2 avec #ExtinctionRebelion @xrFrance pic.twitter.com/jn2trulUkI

— Franck XR (@XrFranck) November 17, 2019

The store’s security guards started forcibly pushing people outside, with some journalists reportedly having to face off with the shopping mall’s security.

Opération des #GiletsJaunes aux #GaleriesLafayette marquée par des violences des agents de sécurité envers les journalistes. Au moins 1 camera TV endommagée #Acte53 #1anDeColere pic.twitter.com/30P42fXXoL

— Matthieu Brandely (@m_brandely) November 17, 2019

Large police forces were also deployed to Galeries Lafayette. Yet, they stayed outside controlling the “evacuation” of usual customers and tourists as well as preventing more protesters from sneaking into the building.

Police wearing riot gear were also seen brutally detaining some demonstrators, who apparently sought to get into the shopping center. According to some social media reports, Yellow Vest protesters who invaded the Galeries Lafayette’s premises could face a €135 ($149) fine.

🔴Quelques arrestations en cours devant les Galeries Lafayette. Les forces de l’ordre font tomber des balles de LBD au sol durant l’interpellation. #GiletsJaunes #Acte53 #Paris #ActeLIII #YellowVests #France pic.twitter.com/f16Zm6sXsM

— Charles Baudry (@CharlesBaudry) November 17, 2019

#Paris #GiletsJaunes #Macron #Yellowvests #Acte53 #France

pic.twitter.com/6NzRHxFXPR

— nonouzi (@Gerrrty) November 17, 2019

Le Parisien reported that the protesters were in the store for about an hour for a “symbolic action.” Most of them later left the building peacefully around 2pm local time. Yet, Galeries Lafayette is set to stay closed until Monday.

The Sunday action follows hundreds of rallies across France marking one year since the nationwide movement – which was initially brought to life by protests over fuel price hikes last November – came into existence.

On Saturday, thousands of people demonstrated in Paris alone. The protests were marred by violence, clashes between demonstrators and police, as well as property damage. A total of 41 people were arrested on the streets of Paris, police said.

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Title: UK charges man who arrived from Turkey with Syria-related terrorism offense

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/473672-uk-charges-briton-terrorism-syria-turkey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 19:11:19 +0000

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A 26-year-old man arrested at Heathrow Airport after disembarking an inbound flight from Turkey on Thursday has been charged with a terrorism offense.

The Metropolitan Police said Mamun Rashid, originally from east London, has been charged with preparation of terrorist acts and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday. The Met Police’s Counter Terrorism Command conducted the investigation and said the case was related to Syria.

Turkish officials said last week that a suspected British member of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) had been deported although they didn’t give names. It’s unclear how many UK nationals who helped Islamic State were detained in Turkey. One of the so-called IS’ “Beatles” who beheaded hostages in Syria, 35-year-old Aine Davis, is serving seven and a half years in jail there. Ankara also deported a US national and several Germans last week.



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Title: ‘Get out! Un-American loser’: Colin Kaepernick’s workout met with mixed reaction from NFL fans

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473669-colin-kaepernick-workout-fans-reaction/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 17:49:00 +0000

Desc: Preview While former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is bidding to return to the NFL, not all of the fans are happy about the news, remembering his kneeling protests which engulfed the league in controversy.
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While former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is bidding to return to the NFL, not all of the fans are happy about the news, remembering his kneeling protests which engulfed the league in controversy.

Unsigned free agent Kaepernick made headlines on Saturday after staging a workout which was aimed to pave the way for his NFL return following a three-year absence.

READ MORE: 'It’s a sham': Kaepernick handed chance to end NFL exile with open workout, but fans claim he shouldn't have to prove anything

The league had arranged the tryout at the Atlanta Falcons training facility, but Kaepernick’s representatives moved the highly-anticipated showcase to a high school stadium after the NFL reportedly denied media access.

The player’s desire to resume his NFL career was met with mixed reaction from fans, some of whom even brought banners to the Atlanta venue to make a statement on the quarterback’s possible return.

Sign outside of the entrance to the facility. pic.twitter.com/QDNpCFwWlE

— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) November 16, 2019

A man with a self-made banner reading ‘Colin Kaepernick, un-American loser get out of my town’ was spotted next to the facility entrance where the workout had initially been planned to take place.

After scrapping NFL workout for his own, Colin Kaepernick speaks: 'I've been ready for three years, I've been denied for three years' ..dude just self emolated. A Jonah to NFL. No fan base wants your knee buddy. Protest in appropriate venues,” a fan wrote on Twitter.

After scrapping NFL workout for his own, Colin Kaepernick speaks: 'I've been ready for three years, I've been denied for three years' ..dude just self emolated. A Jonah to NFL. No fan base wants your knee buddy. Protest in appropriate venues.

— David Sikorski (@humansponge52) November 17, 2019

“He’s done! Go away! You disrespected our national anthem!” another comment read.

He’s done! Go away! You disrespected our national anthem!

— J Jimenez (@mrjjimenez) November 13, 2019

The organization of the Colin Kaepernick workout from start-to-finish. pic.twitter.com/eT8Okqzika

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 16, 2019

Others offered support, insisting that he has deserved a spot on an NFL team after a lengthy hiatus.

“Why come Kaepernick workout on a Saturday when no NFL GMs or head coaches can attend?”

NFL: pic.twitter.com/FAUtoaZ8eg

— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) November 16, 2019

Supporters are also sharing their thoughts on Kaep. pic.twitter.com/fMs0Bfha70

— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) November 16, 2019

The NFL did punish him, he has not played in a while because of how he went about it protesting with kneeling,” another wrote.

The NFL did punish him, he has not played in a while because of how he went about it protesting with kneeling

— John Parsons (@SeahwkFanJohn65) November 16, 2019

I am with Kap because the essence of America and of Democracy is the hope based on the belief that the American people and government listen to individuals with grievances against their government. Protest is one of the most patriotic things an American can do for that reason,” one more commentator added.

I am with Kap because the essence of America and of Democracy is the hope based on the belief that the American people and government listen to individuals with grievances against their government. Protest is one of the most patriotic things an American can do for that reason.

— Nathan Bonsal (@ThreeRingSam) November 16, 2019

Kaepernick’s representatives said that the footage of the workout will be sent to all 32 NFL teams within a week.

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Title: Morales supporters grieve for those killed in march against interim government & met with ‘disproportionate’ force

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473670-bolivia-protest-morales-supporters-death/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 17:38:42 +0000

Desc: Preview Bolivia is laying to rest Morales supporters killed in clashes, as the UN warns the crisis may spin out of control and human rights groups sound alarm after military is allowed to use “all means possible” to deal with protesters.
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Bolivia is laying to rest Morales supporters killed in clashes, as the UN warns the crisis may spin out of control and human rights groups sound alarm after military is allowed to use “all means possible” to deal with protesters.

Nine people were killed on Friday in a confrontation with security forces, when thousands of demonstrators supporting the ousted president Evo Morales – mostly indigenous coca growers like he was – attempted to march into the central city of Cochabamba, a Morales political stronghold. Some 115 people were injured, local media said.

Coca growers and supporters of former President Morales run away from tear gas during clashes with riot police in Sacaba © Reuters / Danilo Balderrama

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemned what it called a disproportionate use of force against the protesters. It also denounced the government decree signed on Friday that exempts “personnel from Bolivia's armed forces who participated in the operations of restoration and stability of the internal order” from criminal responsibility and authorizes them to use “all available means” to control the demonstrations.

La @CIDH alerta para el Decreto Supremo No. 4078 sobre actuación de FF.AA. en #Bolivia, de fecha 15 de nov 2019. El Decreto pretende eximir de responsabilidad penal al personal de FF.AA. que participe en los operativos para reestablecimiento y estabilidad del orden interno. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/297pEsNTVd

— CIDH - Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (@CIDH) November 16, 2019

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed concern that the situation is “spinning out of control.”

“The country is split and people on both sides of the political divide are extremely angry. In a situation like this, repressive actions by the authorities will simply stoke that anger even further and are likely to jeopardize any possible avenue for dialogue,” she said.

Clashes between supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales and the security forces, in La Paz © Reuters / Henry Romero

The supporters of Morales, who resigned last Sunday and fled to Mexico after what he dubbed a military-backed coup, are predominantly indigenous people from rural areas who saw their interests prioritized for the first time in decades during his three presidential terms. His opponents are mostly middle class and urban populations who disapprove of his socialist reforms and accused his government of corruption. Morales’ re-election in October prompted protests in several large cities with activists harassing the former president’s supporters.

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Jeanine Anez, a conservative lawmaker, proclaimed herself interim president, but her right-wing government has been struggling with discontent. The interim cabinet acknowledged the use of military force in Friday’s clashes, but the authorities blamed the protesters for starting violence and disrupting supplies to the cities.

Clashes between supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales and the security forces, in La Paz © Reuters / Marco Bello

Morales, who sought asylum in Mexico, tweeted describing the events as a “massacre,” and called Anez a dictator. His vice-president Alvaro Garcia Linera warned that racial and class hatred is driving the attack against Morales’ supporters.

A woman reacts near the coffin of a supporter of former Bolivian President Morales in Cochabamba © Reuters / Danilo Balderrama



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Title: Counter-extremism unit raid MARTIAL ARTS event in Moscow held by Antifa in honor of slain leader Bonebreaker (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/russia/473665-antifa-championship-moscow-police/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 16:59:50 +0000

Desc: Preview Russian Antifa fighters who teamed up for a martial arts championship in Moscow found themselves rounded up by counter-extremism officers right in the midst of the tournament, it has been reported.
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Russian Antifa fighters who teamed up for a martial arts championship in Moscow found themselves rounded up by counter-extremism officers right in the midst of the tournament, it has been reported.

The gathering was meant to honor the memory of Ivan Khutorskoy, a legendary Antifa organizer better known under his nickname ‘Bonebreaker’, who was killed by radical right goons ten years ago.

However, it took an unexpected turn for the fighters and the fans alike as officers from Russia’s department for countering extremism raided the premises taking people for identification and questioning.

A security source told TASS that up to 25 people were detained. A video published on Twitter by a Telegram channel Baza showed black-clad police officers lining Antifa activists, some of them bare-chested and ready for sparring, next to a wall.

В Москве сотрудники центра «Э» МВД России нагрянули на турнир по единоборствам. У этих соревнований есть одна особенность – они антифашисткие.

Полиция задержали уже больше 20 участников. Причина задержания пока никому неизвестна. Людей доставляют в отделы на Соколе и Аэропорте. pic.twitter.com/WmBruzYc48

— baza (@bazabazon) November 17, 2019

Pictures surfacing on social media, and apparently showing the raid, feature weapons, including knives and what looked like pneumatic guns.

В Москве снесли турнир по единоборствам организованный «Антифа». Место его проведения тщательно скрывалось, однако силовики пришли когда их никто не ждал.👍👍👍 pic.twitter.com/OimWqh0foC

— Елена (@zevtKNVJlPePjTB) November 17, 2019

According to the Telegram channel ‘Antifa jokes,’ the cops wanted to know if any of Antifa members took part in mass riots in Moscow this summer. The Russian capital saw tens of thousands of people taking to the streets, after authorities banned a number of candidates from running in a local election over violations during registration process.

Although many rallies were peaceful, some unauthorized protests ended up in clashes with police and resulted in over 2,000 detentions in late July and early August. Most of the detainees were promptly released, but some people were charged with attacking police and disturbing public safety.

One of the Antifa movement’s leaders, Vladislav Barabanov, who was reportedly among those detained on Sunday, was earlier suspected of taking part in the riots, but charges against him were eventually dropped.

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Khutorskoy, an anarchist and leader of the Russian branch of the international network called Red & Anarchist Skinheads, was gunned down near his Moscow home on November 16, 2009. He was one of several Antifa figures whose deaths were pinned on a radical Russian nationalist group called BORN.

The same gang was also behind the high-profile murder of human rights defender Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova in January 2009. The group’s ringleader stood trial in 2015 and was sentenced to life in prison.

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Title: Bare knuckle behemoth: 390-pound 'Iranian Hulk' signs for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473668-iranian-hulk-signs-for-bare-knuckle-fc/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 16:09:00 +0000

Desc: Preview American bare-knuckle boxing organization BKFC has teased their latest attention-grabbing new signing, the 390-pound giant Sajad Gharibi, who is better known to the internet as the "Iranian Hulk".
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American bare-knuckle boxing organization BKFC has teased their latest attention-grabbing new signing, the 390-pound giant Sajad Gharibi, who is better known to the internet as the "Iranian Hulk".

The humungous powerlifter, who stands at six foot two and weighs in at a hefty 390 pounds, was linked with a move into MMA earlier this year, but a mooted fight with fellow super-sized powerhouse Martyn Ford never came to fruition.

But now BKFC has announced the imminent arrival of the "Iranian Hulk", via a quick teaser video at the end of their preliminary card stream of their BKFC 9 event in Biloxi, Mississippi this weekend (check the final seconds of the video below).

Gharibi's signing is the latest gambit from the bare-knuckle promotion to stay in the headlines after a high-profile year.

The promotion found new traction when former UFC stars Artem Lobov and Jason Knight faced off at BKFC 5 earlier this year, with Lobov taking the spoils, then moving on to face former two-division boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi in a heated clash at BKFC 6.

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Most recently, Lobov and Knight faced off in a rematch at BKFC 9 on Saturday night, with Knight taking the victory via fifth-round stoppage.

And now, with Gharibi seemingly set to step into BKFC's "squared circle" in 2020, the big question now is who on earth will the promotion will find to face him?

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Title: Officer killed, police stations STORMED by protesters amid anti-fuel hike rallies in Iran

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473667-iran-police-officer-killed-protests/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 15:58:33 +0000

Desc: Preview A police officer has died in a hospital after being critically injured during unrest in western Iran. He attempted to defend a city police command that was invaded by an angry mob, local media report.
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A police officer has died in a hospital after being critically injured during unrest in western Iran. He attempted to defend a city police command that was invaded by an angry mob, local media report.

The incident took place in the city of Kermanshah – a capital of a western Iranian province bordering Iraq – which saw major demonstrations on Saturday. One such rally spiraled into violent clashes between the protesters and the police, and ended up with an armed mob storming the police station.

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The officer identified as Major Iraj Javaheri was inside the building and sought to stop the attackers but received a gunshot wound, Police Information Center spokesman, Commander Ali Akbar Javidan, told the local media. He was then rushed to a hospital, but succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night.

The attack on the police station in Kermanshah was not an isolated incident, as the protests sparked by a surprise gasoline price hike apparently grew increasingly violent. A footage obtained by RT Arabic shows a transport police headquarters in the city of Karaj, located just west of Tehran, burning, after it was supposedly stormed by violent protesters.

هجوم على مقر شرطة المرور في مدينة كرج غرب طهران يوم أمس

تشهد العاصمة طهران ومدن أخرى هدوءا حذرا، يوم الأحد، وسط انقطاع خدمة الإنترنيت بمعظم أنحاء إيران بعد موجة الاحتجاجات العنيفة التي اندلعت.
للمزيد: https://t.co/V9U4V5JVuE#شاهد #اسأل_أكثر #أخبار #إيران #فيديو#RT_Arabic pic.twitter.com/Dq2WvIvC6J

— RT Arabic (@RTarabic) November 17, 2019

The video also shows some people hurling stones at the building, with its entrance blocked by boulders and litter. Public outrage was provoked by the government’s decision to raise gasoline price from 10,000 rials per liter to 15,000, which translates into about $0.13 a liter, or about $0.50 a gallon. Those who would like to buy more than 60 liters in a month, would also have to pay double price.

The move announced on Thursday was criticized by some Iranian clerics and secular officials and gave rise to demonstrations on Friday. The rallies were initially largely peaceful, but the public anger soon escalated into vandalism and clashes between demonstrators and police.

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Iranian protesters gather around a burning motorcycle during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices. ©AFP
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On Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei blamed violence during the rallies on criminal and foreign influence, while backing the government’s decision. He also confirmed that some people died in the protests. Earlier, the Iranian authorities said that one person was killed in the southeastern city of Sirjan.

Sirjan’s acting Governor Mohammad Mahmoudabadi also told journalists that some violent elements within a largely “calm gathering” damaged public property, including fuel stations, sought access to a local oil company’s major fuel depots and even set them on fire.

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Title: ‘Opponent must always be respected’: Italian youth football coach sacked for inflicting humiliating 27-0 defeat

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473666-football-italian-coach-fired-disrespectful-win/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 15:20:18 +0000

Desc: Preview Italian youth football coach Massimiliano Riccini has been fired for disrespecting opponents, after his team Invictasauro beat fellow rivals Marina Calcio with a crushing score of 27-0.
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Italian youth football coach Massimiliano Riccini has been fired for disrespecting opponents, after his team Invictasauro beat fellow rivals Marina Calcio with a crushing score of 27-0.

The team’s president Paolo Brogelli slammed the coach and the footballers for the on-pitch, drubbing underlining that football values “are antithetical to such a thing.”

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We were stunned and deeply regretful when hearing that our junior team had beaten Marina Calcio 27-0,”  Brogelli said.

“The values of youth team football are antithetical to such a thing. The opponent must always be respected.”

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The team’s president delivered his apologized to the opponents, announcing that their directors board unanimously voted to fire the disrespectful coach.

As President, I sincerely apologize to the Marina club. I announce that our directors decided, unanimously, to sack coach Riccini,” Brogelli added.

Our coaches have the duty to train young players, but above all to educate them. That did not happen today.”



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Title: No playing around: US Army’s new card decks feature Russian, Chinese & Iranian weapons ‘to learn more about adversaries’

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473664-us-army-playing-cards/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 15:11:59 +0000

Desc: Preview The Russian-made S-400 air defense system – the one that triggers US threats of sanctions for nations if they decide to buy it – can actually help an American soldier to win a battle... in a card game.
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The Russian-made S-400 air defense system – the one that triggers US threats of sanctions for nations if they decide to buy it – can actually help an American soldier to win a battle... in a card game.

The S-400 [or SA-21 Growler in NATO nomenclature] is a joker in a new line of card decks for the US army, an all-mighty card of many faces capable of incinerating an enemy.

The second joker in the Russia-themed deck is the Iskander tactical missile system [SS-26 Stone in NATO nomenclature] with its 9M729 missile that was used by Washington as a pretext for quitting the INF Treaty, despite Russia’s assurances that it did not violate the agreement.

©  US Army

Playing cards has historically been popular among US troops, especially in missions with limited access to devices or an internet connection. So in order to give soldiers some playing range and keep them away from boredom, the themes of the decks also include Iran and China, in addition to Russia.

The three countries have been identified as potential threats by the Pentagon. And that leads to the second mission of the cards – to help US soldiers identify adversaries’ weapons and vehicles.

The cards are so in demand that more than 70,000 decks have been distributed among US soldiers since the first ones were printed this summer, the US Army said in a statement this week. An initial release of 9,800 packs of cards featuring Chinese vehicles and weapons were picked up like hotcakes with supplies running out in three weeks. Fred Batchelor, a director in the US Army Training and Doctrine Command’s intelligence branch and military veteran, says that was the point when the cards gained fame: “That’s when I think it just went viral.”

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Batchelor points out no security clearance is required to play solitaire or poker with those cards: “The thing that’s great about these cards is anybody can have them. You don’t have to have a security clearance, you don’t have to be assigned to a special unit. Everybody has access to these cards and I think that’s what really sold them.”

It is not the first time the US army has used a strategy of educational games for its soldiers. In 2003, coalition forces in Iraq printed decks to show the 55 “most wanted” Iraqi officials. Saddam Hussein was featured on the ace of spades.

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Title: ‘Morons, bullies & thugs’: French interior minister hits back at ‘ultras’ at Yellow Vests after Saturday mayhem in Paris

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473661-castaner-yellow-vests-bullies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 15:11:24 +0000

Desc: Preview Interior Minister Christophe Castaner argued that the “original” Yellow Vest movement was overtaken by the violent ‘ultra-yellow’ protesters, as the massive anti-government rallies across France reached their first anniversary.
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Interior Minister Christophe Castaner argued that the “original” Yellow Vest movement was overtaken by the violent ‘ultra-yellow’ protesters, as the massive anti-government rallies across France reached their first anniversary.

The minister's statement followed a tweet by left-wing lawmaker Jean-Luc Melenchon, who blamed police for behaving like “a government militia” and causing chaos on the streets during the protest rallies.

Castaner, in turn, blasted “barbaric” Yellow Vests for attacking police officers and preventing firefighters from putting out the fires started by the demonstrators on the makeshift barricades and parked vehicles in downtown Paris on Saturday.

We saw few protesters… but also morons, bullies and thugs.

Appearing on French TV, he said that the protesters have been voicing “legitimate demands for democratic and social justice,” but their rallies became regularly marred by violence carried out by the “ultra-left and ultra-yellow radicals.”

“The original Yellow Vest movement is an expression of deep anger that we have to hear and answer to. At the same time, there is this violence that has become connected with the movement,” Castaner told reporters.

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Sunday marked a year since the start of the nationwide anti-government protests in France. The demonstrations were initially launched against government-planned fuel price hikes. Authorities later dropped their plans but people on the streets rallied further, calling for broader social reforms.

The rallies frequently descended into fierce clashes with police and rioting in Paris, as well as other major cities. While the government condemned the acts of vandalism, the protesters have slammed police brutality, as many of them were injured and dozens lost eyesight from rubber bullets.

Castaner’s belligerent tone will likely add fuel to the Yellow Vests’ longtime complaints that the government officials have been condescending and dismissive towards them.

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Last week, Prime Minister Eduard Philippe drew criticism after calling gang-related rioters in a commune outside Paris a “small gang of imbeciles.”

The opposition politicians argued that the government uses this type of rhetoric to downplay its failure to maintain law and order crime-infested areas.

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Title: Do we now topple governments to keep access to Instagram? Lee Camp digs into Bolivia coup

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473663-bolivia-coup-lithium-resources/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 14:20:13 +0000

Desc: Preview Sitting on top of vast amounts of lithium, an element essential for electric cars and mobile phones, may be a bad thing. Just ask Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was forced flee from a US-backed military coup, Lee Camp says.
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Sitting on top of vast amounts of lithium, an element essential for electric cars and mobile phones, may be a bad thing. Just ask Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was forced flee from a US-backed military coup, Lee Camp says.

There is a well-established trend for heads of state in Latin America, Camp argued in the latest installment of “Redacted Tonight”. If your profits from extracting mineral riches to reduce poverty and curb the influence of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, you get ousted. And the people who replace you are often right-wing, corporate friendly and have training form the US Army’s School of Americas.

Morales fits the pattern perfectly, and his fate may have something to do with Bolivia having vast amounts of lithium, the material crucial for production of electric batteries, the host said. In fact, just before his ouster, a major joint project with a German firm to develop Bolivian lithium was canceled due to public protest.

The theory is not without its critics, but seeing Washington stage a coup over batteries his hardly a stretch, Camp jokes.

I knew that one day we would be at war because of Instagram. ‘My battery died and now I can’t look at pictures I took of my breakfast!’ Well, I guess we should just invade Bolivia then.

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Title: ICYMI: Yellow Vests’ anniversary marked with barricades, militarized police & furious protesters

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473660-icymi-yellow-vests-anniversary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 14:06:09 +0000

Desc: Preview Exactly a year since the Yellow Vest protests first broke out in France and spread across the nation to become a regular weekend tradition, the anniversary was marked by clashes and tear gas.
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Exactly a year since the Yellow Vest protests first broke out in France and spread across the nation to become a regular weekend tradition, the anniversary was marked by clashes and tear gas.

The boutiques and brasseries of central Paris remained largely untouched, although there was a clear nervousness that protesters would make it to the center of the city, and streets were barricaded and traffic blocked off from any likely targets.

The main area of confrontation on Saturday was in Place d’Italie with angry protesters, now largely without their signature gilets jaunes, facing off against heavily armored police who have developed their tactics over the last 12 months to try and contain the confrontation.

ICYMI’s Polly Boiko traveled to Paris to chart the rise of the gilets jaunes, and see exactly how their anniversary would be marked.

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Title: Turkey’s Russian-made S-400s on combat duty ‘by spring’, Moscow confirms

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473659-russia-turkey-s400-april/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 13:58:49 +0000

Desc: Preview Despite many attempts by the US to derail Turkey’s plan to acquire the S-400 air defense missile systems, the state-of-the-art weapons will be fully active next year.
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Despite many attempts by the US to derail Turkey’s plan to acquire the S-400 air defense missile systems, the state-of-the-art weapons will be fully active next year.

The contract is being carried out “normally” and according to the initial plan, Dmitry Shugayev, the head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), which is responsible for arms trade, told reporters at an expo in Dubai on Sunday.

We will finish training the Turkish personnel by the end of this year. The system will be placed on combat duty by spring.

The delivery of the S-400s to Ankara began in July. Turkish officials said that the weapon system will be fully operational next April.

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The country chose to stick with the contract despite being under constant pressure from the US to scrap the deal, or at least not to place the S-400s on combat duty – as Washington fears it will undermine the security of NATO.

Turkey flatly refused to bow down to the US demands. “We told them that we didn’t buy these systems as a prop,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier.

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Title: Accused US spy Whelan tracked since first Russia visit, built contacts using autographed book of disgraced KGB officer – reports

Link: https://www.rt.com/russia/473658-us-spy-case-details/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:59:37 +0000

Desc: Preview Paul Whelan, a former US marine currently waiting for trial in Russia on espionage charges became a person of interest for Russian counter-intelligence as early as his first visit in 2007, the daily Kommersant claims.
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Paul Whelan, a former US marine currently waiting for trial in Russia on espionage charges became a person of interest for Russian counter-intelligence as early as his first visit in 2007, the daily Kommersant claims.

The 49-year-old corporate security director, who was arrested in Russia last December, is far from being the innocent victim of entrapment that his defense team says he is, the newspaper reported, citing anonymous sources. In fact Whelan was considered suspicious by the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia’s intelligence agency, more than a decade ago.

Once on Russian soil, the man, who was serving in the US Marine Corps at the time, sought contacts with active and former employees of FSB, the report said. One of his contacts was even given a book by Oleg Kalugin, a disgraced former KGB general, who now lives in exile in the United States. The autobiography was signed by the author.

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Whelan’s interest in the Russian intelligence community made him a target for surveillance by the FSB. Kommersant sources said the American joked with Russian acquaintances that he too had ties with intelligence services and thus had an acute interest in state secrets.

The trial of Whelan is being held behind closed doors due to national security concerns, so few details are known about the underlying evidence. According to his lawyer, Vladimir Zherebenkov, his client was arrested after a friend gave him a USB-stick with classified documents. The lawyer says Whelan thought he was getting photos from a holiday trip he and his friend made together and suggested that he had been framed.

Kommersant sources said that narrative is false and there is a recording made on the day prior to his detention, in which Whelan is heard discussing with the friend what information he wanted to receive. The friend is a serving FSB agent, the newspaper said, and the flash drive had a classified personnel list of one of the agency’s units.

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Earlier media reports said that in 2008 Whelan was discharged from the marines by a court martial over allegations of insurance fraud. As a civilian he found a job as a security director at BorgWarner, a big Michigan-based car parts manufacturer. The Canadian-born son of British parents also holds citizenship of at least four countries – the US, the UK, Ireland and Canada.

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Title: ‘Completely insane’: Watch gigantic blue whale weaving through surfers in Pacific coast waters (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473657-blue-whale-surfers-california/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:30:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A group of surfers who were riding the waves next to Dana Point in California had a breathtaking encounter with a mammoth blue whale who was calmly passing through the lineup.
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A group of surfers who were riding the waves next to Dana Point in California had a breathtaking encounter with a mammoth blue whale who was calmly passing through the lineup.

The giant mammal was swimming very close to a dozen surfers who were patiently waiting for a big wave without noticing the arrival of the sea creature.

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The incredible moment was captured by a drone flying above the sea coast.

It was completely surreal and so insane,” said 18-year-old Payton Landaas who was operating the drone.

The whale is seen flicking its tail and weaving through the surf riders, who were more concentrated on catching a big swell in the Pacific waters.

One surfer is seen swimming away, narrowly avoiding being hit by the whale’s huge tail, while the others seemed undisturbed by the presence of the sea guest.



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Title: Sri Lanka’s former defense chief Rajapaksa becomes country’s new leader

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/473654-sri-lankas-former-defense-chief-president/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:56:01 +0000

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Sri Lanka’s former wartime defense minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa is set to become the country’s new president, winning in an election held months after terrorist attacks plunged the country into political crisis.

Rajapaksa and his brother, a former president of the island nation Mahinda, are credited with bringing an end to the country's quarter century-long civil war in 2009, when government troops defeated Tamil separatists.

Seventy-year-old Rajapaksa, the candidate for the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party, got more than half of the votes, compared to roughly 42 percent in favor of his main rival Sajith Premadasa, who was supported by Tamil and Muslim minorities. 

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In his first comments, Rajapaksa promised to be a leader of all Sri Lankans, regardless of their ethnic and religious identities. “As we usher in a new journey for Sri Lanka, we must remember that all Sri Lankans are part of this journey. Let us rejoice peacefully, with dignity and discipline in the same manner in which we campaigned,” Rajapaksa tweeted.

A series of bombings ripped through hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21 this year, killing more than 250 people. Following the blasts, authorities declared a state of emergency and arrested over 100 people countrywide in counter-terrorist raids.

The country’s president Maithripala Sirisena who faced criticism over the government's handling of an intelligence report warning of the terrorist threat prior to the attacks, decided not to run in the current election.

A wave of anti-Muslim sentiment has swept the country in the wake of the attacks resulting in a number of mosques and Muslim shops targeted across the island. Another attack was reported on election day when unidentified gunmen fired on a convoy of some 100 buses carrying mostly Muslim voters near the northern town of Thanthirimale. Police said three buses were damaged but no one was injured as a result of the incident.

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Title: Jazz on my mind: Italian musician played piano while surgeons operated on his brain

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473656-italy-jazz-musician-surgery/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:27:03 +0000

Desc: Preview The doctors in Italy could enjoy some refined jazz tunes at work, when a patient whose brain they were operating on played the piano in real time.
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The doctors in Italy could enjoy some refined jazz tunes at work, when a patient whose brain they were operating on played the piano in real time.

The technique dubbed ‘awake brain surgery’ helps doctors treat brain tumors and epileptic seizures without accidentally damaging the areas responsible for vision, speech or movement. The patients stay conscious during the operation and can respond to questions – which allows the surgeons to know that they are treating the correct part of the brain.

One particular patient of the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena, central Italy, did more than just talking, though. A music teacher and jazz lover, he performed several melodies on the piano while having a cancerous tumor removed from his brain.

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The head of the clinic’s neurological department, Doctor Luigino Tosatto, said that the complex and “exceptional” surgery was a success. The chosen method was the best option to save the person’s life, at the same time ensuring that he preserves all of his “artistic and musical skills,” he added.

Neurological operations on conscious patients become more popular in various parts of the world. Last year, South African jazz musician Musa Manzini played guitar through his brain surgery. He chose to stay awake in order to preserve and restore his finger movements.

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Title: Jamal Yusupov: Russian kickboxing champ knocks out Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai in stunning ONE Championship upset (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473652-jamal-yusupov-ko-yodsanklai-one-championship/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:20:34 +0000

Desc: Preview Unheralded Russian kickboxer Jamal Yusupov scored one of the biggest martial arts shocks of the year as he knocked out Muay Thai superstar Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex at ONE: Age of Dragons on in Beijing.
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Unheralded Russian kickboxer Jamal Yusupov scored one of the biggest martial arts shocks of the year as he knocked out Muay Thai superstar Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex at ONE: Age of Dragons on in Beijing.

Yodansklai headed into the Muay Thai contest in China looking to claim the 202nd win of his glittering Muay Thai career and extend his decade-long unbeaten run in the sport, but Russian kickboxing champion Yusupov had other ideas.

Despite stepping in on just a few days' notice – and despite competing under Muay Thai rules rather than his preferred kickboxing ruleset – Yusupov used his striking skills to take Yodsanklai by surprise as he weathered an early storm from the Thai legend before knocking him out in stunning fashion in the second round.

© ONE Championship

With Yodsanklai looking to push the pace in the second round, Yusupov fired straight punches straight through the Thai's guard, rocking the man known as "The Boxing Computer" and sending him staggering backwards.

Yusupov then moved in and shocked the arena when he dropped the Thai to the canvas with a powerful left hand. 

The shock victory was there for the taking, and Yusupov closed the deal with another huge left hand that sent Yodsanklai crashing to the mat for the KO.

It prompted commentator Michael Schiavello to exclaim: "He put the malware in 'The Boxing Computer!'" as Yusupov scored one of the biggest shocks of the year.

Yusupov's stunning victory sets him up for even bigger fights in ONE Championship, whose "ONE Super Series" fights pit the very best strikers in the world against each other in Muay Thai and kickboxing contests to determine the world's best.

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Title: ‘I wonder which place I will take in men’s event’: Figure skating starlet Alexandra Trusova wants to compete against male athletes

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473653-alexandra-trusova-compete-against-men/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:15:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Russian figure skating sensation Alexandra Trusova has expressed willingness to compete against male skaters, stressing that she wants to know what place she might win in a men’s event with her brilliant quad jumps.
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Russian figure skating sensation Alexandra Trusova has expressed willingness to compete against male skaters, stressing that she wants to know what place she might win in a men’s event with her brilliant quad jumps.

The 15-year-old who won the Rostelecom Cup on Saturday, outscoring the two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva, said that she is pleased with her performance where she flawlessly landed three quads in a free program.

READ MORE: ‘Grandmother of figure skating’: European champion on 22-year-old Elizaveta Tuktamysheva

Talking at the press conference, the world junior champion regretted that, under ISU rules, female skaters are not allowed to jump quads in short program, expressing hope that the strict rule will be changed in the near future.

Why do I want to compete against men? Because they are allowed to make quads in short programs,” she said.

I can’t say what place I can take if take part in men’s competition, because they have different scores grade, their components are calculated differently. So, that’s why I want to compete against male skaters to see what place I will take there.”

Trusova made the so-called “quad revolution” in women’s skating, becoming the first athlete to successfully land two quadruple jumps at an international event.

But It's Trusova who takes the title in Moscow! 🤩
Ladies podium
🥇Alexandra TRUSOVA 🇷🇺
🥈Evgenia MEDVEDEVA 🇷🇺
🥉Mariah BELL 🇺🇸

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— ISU Figure Skating (@ISU_Figure) November 16, 2019

The first year-senior has already booked a spot in the ISU Grand Prix final, confidently winning two events she participated in.



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Title: Major US-South Korea air exercise postponed, described by US as an 'act of goodwill' to Pyongyang

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473646-us-south-korea-air-exercises-postponed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:09:14 +0000

Desc: Preview The United States and South Korea shelved aerial drills that were set to kick off later in November and were earlier described by Pyongyang as provocative, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Sunday.
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The United States and South Korea shelved aerial drills that were set to kick off later in November and were earlier described by Pyongyang as provocative, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced on Sunday.

At a press briefing with his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo in Bangkok, Esper insisted the move was not “a concession” to his partner country’s neighbor and argued the postponement was rather a diplomatic gesture in a hope to bring new life into the gridlocked denuclearization talks. “We have made this decision as an act of goodwill to contribute to an environment conducive to diplomacy and the advancement of peace,” Esper said.

No new date for the training has been set. Previously, Seoul and Washington had scaled down the exercise from the grandiose Vigilant Ace drills to a more modest Combined Flying Training Event, for the second year in a row.

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US Defense Secretary urged Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table and hinted the delay with the exercise could be considered a part of a deal, term frequently used by Trump’s administration for diplomatic talks. “I see this as a good-faith effort by the United States and the Republic of Korea to enable peace, to facilitate a political agreement, a deal if you will,” he said.

Last month, North Korea walked away from the formal denuclearization talks with the United States in Sweden. Country’s foreign ministry added that it had “no intention to hold such sickening negotiations before the U.S. takes a substantial step to completely and irreversibly abandon the hostile policy” against North Korea.

A less obvious sign of softening of the US policy towards North Korea played out on Thursday in the United Nations, when the assembly adopted a resolution condemning human rights violations in North Korea. The document was sponsored by the European Union and joined by the United States and others. However, South Korea decided to withdraw from the list of sponsors, for the first time since 2008, the period of Seoul’s Sunshine Policy towards North Korea. North Korea dubbed the resolution as “a political provocation” of the US.

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Title: BKFC 9: Jason Knight evens the score with Artem Lobov in Bare Knuckle rematch (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473650-bkfc-9-jason-knight-artem-lobov/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 10:34:00 +0000

Desc: Preview In an eagerly-anticipated rematch between former UFC featherweights, Jason "The Kid" Knight claimed victory over Russia's Artem Lobov with a fifth-round TKO in Biloxi, Mississippi.
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In an eagerly-anticipated rematch between former UFC featherweights, Jason "The Kid" Knight claimed victory over Russia's Artem Lobov with a fifth-round TKO in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Lobov took the victory on the scorecards in their first meeting, but Knight came back with an excellent performance in the rematch as he claimed the decisive finish after damaging Lobov's eye with repeated shots that eventually forced the finish in the fifth round.

"I stayed strategic. I knew exactly what I was supposed to do," Knight said in his post-fight interview.

Lobov vs Knight Highlights! pic.twitter.com/DTXglUy7Mp

— Bare Knuckle FC (@bareknucklefc) November 17, 2019

"I came here the last fight, I was prepared. I was technically sound, and I was prepared for the fight the correct way. And I got hit one time and it all went out the window.

"I told myself this whole training camp that ain't gonna happen again. I'm not gonna fight the way I shouldn't fight.  I'm gonna get in there, I'm gonna do exactly what I wanna do, exactly how I'm supposed to do it."

It set the record between the pair at 1-1 in Bare Knuckle competition, and opened the door for a potential trilogy fight further down the line. And Knight said he'd be happy to dance for a third time with the man who has become his friend, if the Irish-based fighter fancied a third meeting.

"Oh, of course, if he wants it," he said.

"He had a lot of respect for me (and) I've got the same respect for him. I love that man. Any time that he's not fighting me, I'm gonna be rooting him on. And anytime he gets in here and wants to do it a third time, I’m down."

Lobov admitted his spirits had dropped after his rare stoppage defeat, but said he'd consider his next move after letting the dust settle on this performance.

"Of course, I have to go back now," he said.

"Always the emotions are very low after a loss – especially this is a stoppage loss, which hurts double-bad for me – but you know, it is what it is. You can't change it. You just have to accept it and move forward.

"I don't really know what else is in store for me. I'll have to talk to David Feldman  and see what the story is and see what happens."

"After a loss it's never a good time to plan your future. Everything feels like sh*t, you don't want to do anything, so it's not a good time. It's very emotional.

"Your future and your future career, especially when you're a father and you have responsibility like that, it's not something you should take lightly. It's something I want to plan and think about properly."



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Title: Saudi Aramco IPO: Company valued at up to $1.71 trillion, may top Alibaba’s 2014 record

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/473649-saudi-aramco-ipo-details/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 09:52:28 +0000

Desc: Preview The price range for Saudi Aramco shares published on Sunday ahead of an IPO indicates that the value of the oil giant is between $1.6 trillion to $1.7 trillion, which falls short of the initial $2 trillion target.
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The price range for Saudi Aramco shares published on Sunday ahead of an IPO indicates that the value of the oil giant is between $1.6 trillion to $1.7 trillion, which falls short of the initial $2 trillion target.

The indicative price range for about 3 billion shares that Saudi Aramco offers is between 30 riyals ($8) and 32 riyals ($8.53) per share. This would bring anywhere between $24 billion and 25.6 billion into its coffers, depending on the final price that is to be announced on December 5. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. raised $25 billion in its 2014 IPO.

The range indicates an assessment of between $1.6 trillion and $1.71 trillion for Saudi Aramco. The value falls short of the $2 trillion figure floated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2016, when the IPO was first proposed.

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The offering made at Tadawul, the national Saudi stock exchange, will allocate a third of the sold shares to Saudi citizens. The company is not planning to market the IPO abroad and counts on domestic and regional investors for subscription. Retail investors will have until November 28 to jump in, while institutional investors can subscribe as late as December 4.

The IPO is meant to raise money for the crown prince’s ambitious goal of diversifying Saudi economy away from oil export. Investors are likely to be reassured by Aramco’s status, as the world’s most profitable company that plans to distribute $75 billion in dividends next year, which is five times more than Apple.

Among the negative factors is a lack of financial and operational transparency that makes valuation harder, uncertainty over global demand for oil in upcoming years and regional tension, as indicated by a missile and drone attack on Aramco’s infrastructure in September.

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Title: 'That highlight's going viral!' Former UFC star Ross Pearson knocked out by spectacular 'rolling thunder' heel kick (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473648-mma-rolling-thunder-ko-ross-pearson-ufc/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 09:07:39 +0000

Desc: Preview British MMA star Ross Pearson's return from retirement ended in disaster as he was spectacularly knocked out in a UK MMA event in Brentwood, Essex.
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British MMA star Ross Pearson's return from retirement ended in disaster as he was spectacularly knocked out in a UK MMA event in Brentwood, Essex.

Pearson, who found fame as the second British fighter to win The Ultimate Fighter, enjoyed a long career in the UFC and fought 25 times in the octagon following his victory in The Ultimate Fighter Finale back in June 2009.

A run of poor form saw him lose six of his last seven fights inside the octagon as he announced his retirement following a first-round TKO loss to Desmond Green in March this year, but the lure of competition soon had Pearson thinking about a potential return.

That comeback came on Saturday night in the main event of Probellum London in Brentwood, but it did not go to plan for the Australia-based Brit as he was knocked out by Davy Gallon with one of the most spectacular techniques you'll ever see inside an MMA cage, a "rolling thunder" heel kick.

Davy Gallon KOs Ross Pearson with a ROLLING THUNDER in R3 at Probellum 1 in London. OH MY GOD #Probellum1 pic.twitter.com/Uza57ScMmH

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 16, 2019

The technique left the commentators stunned, with one exclaiming "Oh sh*t!" while the other shouted: "OH. MY. GOODNESS!"

It was a jaw-dropping finish that produced one of the most incredible knockouts of the year, and consigned Pearson to a shock knockout defeat on his return to MMA.

WOW! @DavyGallon def. @RossTheRealDeal via a Rolling Thunder Kick KO in the 3rd round! 🔥🔥🔥

Davy Gallon take a bow! 👀👌 pic.twitter.com/EsxFKfCeJB

— Probellum MMA (@probellum) November 16, 2019



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Title: Foreign-backed ‘hooligans’ behind protest violence: Iran’s Khamenei condemns ‘sabotage’, endorses fuel price hike

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473647-iran-leader-fuel-hike/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 09:00:07 +0000

Desc: Preview The Iranian government’s surprise decision to raise gasoline prices, which caused protests around the country, should be implemented, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said, blaming the violence amid demonstrations on criminals.
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The Iranian government’s surprise decision to raise gasoline prices, which caused protests around the country, should be implemented, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said, blaming the violence amid demonstrations on criminals.

The divisive decision, announced this week, has caused protests in several Iranian cities. Khamenei was cited by the Iranian media on Sunday as saying that, while he was no expert in petrol industry, he still believed the government’s decision should be implemented. The Iranian leader also confirmed that there have been deaths related to the protests caused by the hike, blaming them on foreign influence.

“Sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people. The counter-revolution and Iran's enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so," he said as quoted by state TV.

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The demonstrations that started on Friday have been largely peaceful, but on some occasions the public anger escalated into vandalism and clashes. Iranian authorities confirmed that one person was killed in the southeastern city of Sirjan. There were also reports of protesters vandalizing cars, setting banks on fire and otherwise causing property damage.

The surprise decision announced on Thursday night increased gasoline price from 10,000 rials per liter to 15,000, which translates into about $0.13 a liter, or about $0.50 a gallon. There is also a monthly ration of 60 liters for private cars. Car owners wishing to buy more fuel will have to pay double the price.

The measure was criticized by some Iranian clerics and secular officials. For instance, Hamidreza Hajibabayi, who seats at the Iranian parliament’s budget commission, said the hike was illegal since it would bring state budget profits over the threshold set in the yearly budget. The government says the extra money would go on cash handouts and subsidies for the less-wealthy Iranians.

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Title: Hong Kong protesters hurl PETROL BOMBS at volunteers trying to clear roadblocks and shoot ARROWS at police

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Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 08:05:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Demonstrators in Hong Kong attacked common citizens who attempted to free the roads from barricades amid a new round of clashes with police.
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Demonstrators in Hong Kong attacked common citizens who attempted to free the roads from barricades amid a new round of clashes with police.

A fierce street battle erupted outside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) on Sunday, as protesters threw bricks at police, which responded with tear gas and water cannons. The officers were trying to remove the barricades erected by the demonstrators earlier this week, and urged them to stop placing metal spikes on the roads in hopes of piercing the police vehicles’ tires.

Polytechnic University in #HongKong has been like this for the most of the day. Moves like this by the police - water cannon and stringing blue dye - aren’t doing much. pic.twitter.com/I6EEu1RR0P

— Bill Birtles (@billbirtles) 17 ноября 2019 г.

A sergeant with police media liaison office was shot in the leg with an arrow during the standoff. The protesters have been previously filmed using bows and arrows against the law enforcement, as well as javelins, homemade catapults and slingshots.

Protesters are hurling rocks at police officers from the rooftop of a Polytechnic University building with a catapult they built.

Video: SCMP/Albert Han pic.twitter.com/Te0lHIZs3o

— SCMP Hong Kong (@SCMPHongKong) 17 ноября 2019 г.

The protesters earlier attacked a group of citizens who were clearing the roadblocks and debris outside the PolyU. A man and a woman were hospitalized with head injuries in result of the attack.

Similar scuffles occurred near the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), where black-clad, masked rioters threw bricks and petrol bombs at the volunteers, who were removing the makeshift barricades.

Protesters throw bricks at people clearing the road outside Polytechnic University

Video: SCMP/Phila Siu pic.twitter.com/0lGWseR2Oi

— SCMP Hong Kong (@SCMPHongKong) 17 ноября 2019 г.

The residents, many of whom are alumnae of these universities, have answered online calls from pro-government politicians to help clean the streets. Some of them told the South China Morning Post that protesters have gone “too far” when they switched from rioting downtown to seizing campuses and blocking major roads, including the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, which connects the Hong Kong Island with the rest of the city.

Around 50 Chinese army soldiers joined the volunteers to dismantle the barricades near the Hong Kong Baptist University, marking the first time when Beijing’s troops have left their barracks since the start of the protests this summer. The soldiers were unarmed and wore no protective gear.

Chinese army personnel have helped to clear debris left by protesters at Hong Kong Baptist University in Kowloon Tong. Full story: https://t.co/StX8AJhWzA pic.twitter.com/3vtVzxgNKq

— Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) 16 ноября 2019 г.

Opposition lawmakers quickly claimed that China violated Hong Kong laws, which bar Beijing from deploying its military in the city unless local authorities request help. Hong Kong’s Security Secretary John Lee, however, said that the move was legal, since the soldiers were not on a military mission, but performing voluntary community service instead.

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Title: Leonid meteor shower lights up night sky with spectacular shooting stars

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Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 04:16:00 +0000

Desc: Preview One of the most famous annual meteor displays, the Leonid shower, is peaking this weekend and even though this year’s show could be a downer, stargazers will still be treated to occasional spectacular fireballs and shooting stars.
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One of the most famous annual meteor displays, the Leonid shower, is peaking this weekend and even though this year’s show could be a downer, stargazers will still be treated to occasional spectacular fireballs and shooting stars.

The Leonid is expected to be most visible in the early hours of the morning on Monday, between 2am and 4am.

This Sunday, there was no need for telescopes as the shower was perfectly visible to the naked eye – providing clouds stay away, that is.

The Leonid Meteor shower peaks tonight! This time-lapse is from the 2009 Leonids. pic.twitter.com/PYxrZqI1xb

— Jeff Sullivan Photo (@JeffSullPhoto) November 17, 2019

The Leonid meteor shower is named after the constellation Leo (the Lion), and takes place every year when the Earth passes through the debris field left in the wake of the Temple-Tuttle Comet creating shooting stars, streaks of light in the night sky lasting less than a second, as the cosmic debris burns up in our atmosphere.

PASS IT ON: The Leonid meteor shower peaks this Sunday night through the predawn hours of November 18th. Around 15 meteors will be possible per hour! #MeteorShower #Space pic.twitter.com/6bv949wUNw

— Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) November 17, 2019

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Title: India’s test launch of nuclear-capable ballistic missile caught on VIDEO

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Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 02:59:00 +0000

Desc: Preview India has successfully test-launched a nuclear-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-II. For the first time its test was conducted at night, yet was still captured by witnesses.
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India has successfully test-launched a nuclear-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile Agni-II. For the first time its test was conducted at night, yet was still captured by witnesses.

The latest test on India’s main strategic deterrence weapon took place on Saturday, from launching complex IV of the Integrated Test Range on the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast, local media report, showing a video of the rocket ascending in the night sky.

ରାତିରେ ପରୀକ୍ଷା ହେଲା ଅଗ୍ନି-୨ ମିସାଇଲ । ଅବଦୁଲ କଲାମ ଦ୍ୱୀପର ୪ ନମ୍ବର ଲଂଚପ୍ୟାଡରୁ ସଫଳ ହେଲା ଉତକ୍ଷେପଣ #AgniII pic.twitter.com/vB3b5TrXKF

— Kanak News (@kanak_news) November 16, 2019

Agni-II is a 21-meter-long, two-stage ballistic missile with a range of up to3,500 kilometers that can carry a payload of 1,000 kg. It was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation and is produced domestically.

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India’s defense minister warned recently, amid escalating tensions with Pakistan, that while New Delhi has been carefully following its ‘no first use’ policy on nuclear weapons – it “depends on the circumstances” if that will continue. India and Pakistan both have sizeable strategic nuclear forces, and could devastate each other if an all-out war breaks out.

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Title: Prince Andrew’s ‘I don’t sweat’ & ‘Pizza Express’ excuses trigger avalanche of memes as he denies Epstein sex scandal links

Link: https://www.rt.com/uk/473635-prince-andrew-epstein-pizza-sweat-memes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2019 01:33:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The Duke of York’s appearance on the BBC, in which he “categorically” denied allegations of sex abuse against a minor and “explained” his ties with Jeffrey Epstein, was a total train wreck according to skeptical online community.
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The Duke of York’s appearance on the BBC, in which he “categorically” denied allegations of sex abuse against a minor and “explained” his ties with Jeffrey Epstein, was a total train wreck according to skeptical online community.

“I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” Prince Andrew told BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis, addressing the accusations by Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was forced into sex with Andrew between 1999 and 2002, during the time, she says, Epstein kept her as a “slave.”

“ Prince Andrew did not have sexual relations with that woman” #PrinceAndrew pic.twitter.com/XtEu7tmTHa

— KateHurdman (@katehurdy) November 16, 2019

Despite a widely circulated photo that appears to show Andrew with Giuffre, arm wrapped around her bare waist, the prince insisted that he has “no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

https://t.co/1c6xbqTJkF

— Billy Nomad (@RealBillyNomad) November 16, 2019

At the same time he remembers “weirdly distinctly” how he took his daughter to Pizza Express and spent rest of the night at home on the day the accuser claims they had sex.

Perfect alibi. #PrinceAndrew #Epstein pic.twitter.com/emJOCfShHO

— Touareg (@Touaregtweet) November 16, 2019

Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do... I remember it weirdly distinctly.

#PrinceAndrew

The @PizzaExpress PR team right now pic.twitter.com/Vqe6oocJQI

— Saavik (@SaaviksBistro) November 16, 2019

#PizzaExpress #Woking going through all their old security footage....#PrinceAndrew pic.twitter.com/OefZEG3GA1

— maisiecat (@maisiethetortie) November 16, 2019

MI5 releases CCTV footage to confirm the #PrinceAndrew story. 🤣😂🤣🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/9cTDonk4W6

— Ronny Corrie #DissolveTheUKUnion 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@RonCorrie) November 16, 2019

Such a selective memory triggered much skepticism online, especially when he went on to challenge very specific details of the accuser’s claims, who recalled him “profusely sweating” and “pouring with perspiration” when they danced one night.

I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don't sweat.

The PR Team are sweating now, even if Andrew doesn't #PrinceAndrew pic.twitter.com/DCsiRMpUFt

— A b b i e ●○● (@Life_as_abbie) November 16, 2019

“Or I didn't sweat at the time,” he said, somewhat ironically adding that he had only started to be able to sweat again “in the recent past.”

pic.twitter.com/h98Fa6BCYD

— flickathebluejay (@flickathebluej1) November 16, 2019

As for the photo of him with Giuffre, Prince Andrew had an investigation carried out to prove it was fake, but the results were inconclusive. Only his anonymous supporters had thus far claimed the image was doctored, while Giuffre insists the photo is absolutely real, and that even the FBI never contested this fact.

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Prince Andrew refused disavow his relationship with Epstein, noting its “seriously beneficial outcomes,” but said it was a “stretch” to call it a close friendship. He admitted to staying on Epstein’s private island, visiting his home in Florida, travelling on his private plane and even inviting him to Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday at Windsor Castle in July 2006 – but he “certainly” was unaware of a warrant already issued for Epstein arrest for sex crimes at the time.

This is one of the most astonishing interviews I’ve ever watched. Brilliant forensic dissection by @maitlis - desperate, toe-curling bullsh*t from Prince Andrew. Why on earth did he do this? Insane. pic.twitter.com/cF0UBBAlvG

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) November 16, 2019

After Epstein’s first 2008 conviction, for which he only served about 13 months in luxury that average people could only imagine, Andrew famously visited him at a "convenient" to stay in New York mansion – but only to tell him they could not see each other anymore.

I went there with the sole purpose of saying to him that because he had been convicted, it was inappropriate for us to be seen together.

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In another cringing episode, the prince said that he does “regret the fact that [Epstein] has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming,” before the interviewer wondered if those were the proper words to describe a convicted sex offender.

Meanwhile at Buckingham Palace's PR office...#PrinceAndrew pic.twitter.com/7LmKHRvy2O

— Juha Keskinen (@MacFinn44) November 16, 2019

“Yeah, I'm sorry, I'm being polite,” Andrew replied, emphasizing that Epstein's arrest had become an absolute shock to him and a “constant sore” to the wider Royal Family, which “couldn't be more supportive.”

https://t.co/w5O7M0ncRE

— Scott Spalding (@MusicbyScott) November 16, 2019

We all knew him and I think that if we have a conversation about it, it’s...we are all left with the same thing, what on earth happened or how did he get to where he was, what did he do, how did he do it?

#PrinceAndrew: “We all knew him.”

The Royal Family: ... pic.twitter.com/GMVUIyceSd

— Alex Watson (@imAlexWatson) November 16, 2019

Live reaction from Buckingham Palace watching #PrinceAndrew interview... pic.twitter.com/Ba2M9kmNQZ

— Neil Mortimore 🕷🔶#FBPE #PeoplesVote (@NeilMortimore1) November 16, 2019

The guy that suicided Epstein probably wasn't that good looking...

— Anna Gerarda (@Gherardeska) November 17, 2019

How’s the interview going #PrinceAndrew ? pic.twitter.com/1Bq03xcIKY

— Sparky (@topdogsparky) November 16, 2019

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Title: ‘I should not be impeached!’ Trump says Kiev confirmed Ukrainegate is a non-story, and here’s what he’s referring to (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473634-trump-says-impeachment-ended-ukraine/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 23:16:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The impeachment drive against President Donald Trump is in full swing – but he believes that the inquiry should’ve already ended, saying both Ukraine and phone calls released by the White House have ruled out any “quid pro quo.”
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The impeachment drive against President Donald Trump is in full swing – but he believes that the inquiry should’ve already ended, saying both Ukraine and phone calls released by the White House have ruled out any “quid pro quo.”

Responding to a reporter’s question on impeachment, Trump bluntly said that he “should not be” impeached, and that the whole story effectively ended on Friday. The reason for that, he said, was a statement by Kiev denying any quid pro quo during Trump’s conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky.

“Ukraine – they came out loud and clear that there was no linkage whatsoever, not even a little bit,” Trump said, slamming the media for not reporting on Ukraine’s statement. “That was a major statement put out last night by the Foreign Minister of Ukraine and also by the President of Ukraine, and you don’t even report it. It’s a disgrace, because it said: There was absolutely no linkage. We had a perfect conversation.”

Trump’s grudge with the media could be justified here, as the mainstream coverage was consumed by the impeachment testimonies, while ignoring what the “victimized” Ukrainian side had to say.

On Friday, the White House released a tweet citing Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko supposedly disproving Ukrainegate’s cornerstone charge of quid pro quo.

The original source for the article cited was Prystaiko’s Thursday briefing in Kiev, where he addressed allegations that Trump pressured the Ukrainian leader into opening a probe into his political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who had been on the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings’ board of directors – all this in return for US military aid.

I have never seen a direct link between investigations and security assistance. Yes, investigations were mentioned, you know, in a presidential conversation. But there was no clear connection between these events.

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This is not the first time Kiev officials rejected the idea of quid pro quo, including Zelensky himself – but it has hardly convinced the Democrats trying to impeach the president that the latest anti-Trump saga is falling apart.

Trump meanwhile lambasted the impeachment hearings as a “disgrace”, arguing that Republicans were “not allowed to do anything.”

“It’s totally – nobody has ever had such horrible due process. There was no due process,” he said, branding the inquiry “a political process.”

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Title: Israel & NATO penetrate Russia’s S-400 air defenses… ‘simulated’ by US Patriots?

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473633-israel-nato-drills-s-400/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 23:10:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Israel, together with the US and some European NATO allies, have wrapped up massive war games, which in part focused on countering advanced air defenses, such as Russia’s S-400, that Washington has been so worried about recently.
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Israel, together with the US and some European NATO allies, have wrapped up massive war games, which in part focused on countering advanced air defenses, such as Russia’s S-400, that Washington has been so worried about recently.

The Israeli Air Force hosted American, German, Italian and Greek fighter jets at its Uvda airbase in the Negev Desert located in southern Israel for nearly two weeks, between November 3 and 14. A total of 800 servicemen and around 100 aircraft took part in the ‘Blue Flag’ drills, including the stealthy F-35 fighter jets, which took part in this exercise for the first time.

This is the most advanced international Air Force exercise in Israel’s history.

🇮🇱 🇺🇲 🇩🇪 🇮🇹 🇬🇷

This is Blue Flag 2019.@IAFsite + @usairforce + @bundeswehrInfo + @ItalianAirForce + @HAFspokesman = Squad(ron) Goals pic.twitter.com/bjQmMtU9NG

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 15, 2019

Israel’s customized F-35I Adir aircraft even flew several missions as a simulated aggressor squadron, providing a “significant challenge” to the good guys, yet, it was not the only peculiar detail about the drills, described by the Israeli media as the IAF’s “most advanced” exercise.

⚠️🇮🇱🕵️‍♂️🇯🇴 It appears that JORDANIAN (RJAF) F-16AM and F-16BM (ex-RNLAF) fighter jets have been flying over both Israel and Jordan over the past four days (3-6 Nov) using "#NASHMI" (Arabic for "fragrance") callsigns.

Here's how I know.

(thread)#potn #avgeek #NASHMI1 #NASHMI2 pic.twitter.com/reIrW4IE6M

— Gerjon | חריון (@Gerjon_) November 6, 2019

Israeli and NATO pilots honed their skills in penetrating the enemy airspace and countering Russian-made S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft systems, according to IAF press release and the Breaking Defense military blog.

A plane takes off from Ovda afb Israel’s Blue Flag exercise has been taking place for weeks with 🇬🇷 🇺🇸 🇩🇪 🇮🇹 My video from Israel’s southern air base #airforce @ItaMilRadar @bundeswehrInfo; which warplane is this? pic.twitter.com/NOodI3Hf3b

— Seth Frantzman (@sfrantzman) November 14, 2019

Moscow has previously deployed such systems to Syria to defend its Khmeimim air base in Latakia, supplied them to NATO member Turkey and even offered them to Saudi Arabia. Washington applies extreme political and economic pressure on its ‘partners’ to force them abandon the deals with Moscow in favor of American arms.

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Israel, however, has no easy access to real S-400, that’s why its role during the drills was played by the US-made Patriot missile batteries, “modified” to mimic the Russian-made systems.

Whether they were up to the task is another question though, as the Patriot’s characteristics do not exactly match up those of S-400. The Russian system can hit a target flying at twice the speed of a target that can be shot down by the US rival, and it can do that at a longer distance and higher altitude, depending on the interceptor missile.

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The Patriot also demonstrated questionable real combat effectiveness just recently, when these systems spectacularly failed to defend Washington’s Saudi allies against a drone attack on its oil facilities. The embarrassing episode forced the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to amend the sales pitch, saying that even the world’s “finest” air defense systems sometimes simply do not “pick things up.”

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Title: WATCH hundreds of drones create dreamlike spectral PLANES at Chinese air show

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473632-chinese-drones-imitate-plane/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 22:16:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Visitors of the annual aviation show in China’s Nanchang were treated to a light display worthy of Gandalf’s fireworks. Hundreds of drones took the shape of giant glowing aircraft: a propeller plane, an airliner and a fighter jet.
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Visitors of the annual aviation show in China’s Nanchang were treated to a light display worthy of Gandalf’s fireworks. Hundreds of drones took the shape of giant glowing aircraft: a propeller plane, an airliner and a fighter jet.

As many as 800 drones equipped with large shining lamps lit up the night skies during the 2019 Nanchang Flight Convention – an exhibition demonstrating China’s latest developments in aviation, space and drone technologies.

Flying in tight formation and in perfect synchronicity, the drones formed luminescent figures resembling an old propeller-driven airplane, a passenger jet and even a military fighter jet and attack helicopter.

Stunning! 800 drones fly in the shape of a giant airplane in Nanchang, China pic.twitter.com/0gjsFZYw5z

— China Xinhua Sci-Tech (@XHscitech) November 16, 2019

Footage posted by Xinhua on Saturday showed the "ghostly" airliner reflecting in the water, making it appear as if another plane was flying upside-down. The colorful show was part of the convention’s closing ceremony.

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The exhibition, featuring more than 100 aircraft from China and other countries, including both civilian and military aircraft, was held for two days in early November.

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Title: Putin’s bikers invade Antarctica, occupy abandoned base… all just to unfurl a GIANT Russian flag

Link: https://www.rt.com/russia/473630-night-wolves-antarctica-russian-flag/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:58:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The Night Wolves bikers, known for their association with the Russian president, have joined with another patriotic group to bring a huge national flag to Antarctica – a mission that saw them sheltering at an abandoned polar base.
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The Night Wolves bikers, known for their association with the Russian president, have joined with another patriotic group to bring a huge national flag to Antarctica – a mission that saw them sheltering at an abandoned polar base.

Photos show the massive Russian tricolor, measuring a whopping 1,423 square meters unfurled, amid the desolate Antarctic desert. The tiny human figurines seen in the shots are members of the notorious motorcycle club and the ‘All Worlds’ patriotic organization.

©  "All worlds"

Russian media learned of the mission’s success on Saturday from Yury Volkov, the head of All Worlds.

“There are 10 people who came to Antarctica, it took us several days to get there,” Volkov told RIA Novosti. He added that they’d had to spend a night on the frozen shore and, for that, they’d sought shelter “at an abandoned base.”

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This is only the latest remote place that the huge flag has been to, as the group has brought it to such sites as Mount Elbrus – the highest point of Europe in Russia’s Caucasus – and to Lake Baikal in Siberia (the world’s deepest) as well as to the Crimean Peninsula and Moscow. Their most ambitious stunt to date saw the flag unfurled at the North Pole ice sheet.

The Night Wolves, once known in Russia as an outlaw motorcycle club, have taken on a patriotic slant a few years ago, joining President Vladimir Putin on a number of celebratory occasions and initiating much-publicized European rides timed with V-Day and deemed provocative in the West. The group’s members have been banned by several Western countries and placed on a US sanction list.

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Title: 5 people, including children, brutally killed in San Diego shooting

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473631-san-diego-shooting-children/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:16:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A brutal case of domestic violence had fatal results in California on Saturday, with five family members shot dead and one more child fighting for his life in hospital after an apparent murder-suicide, San Diego police have said.
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A brutal case of domestic violence had fatal results in California on Saturday, with five family members shot dead and one more child fighting for his life in hospital after an apparent murder-suicide, San Diego police have said.

Police arrived at a home in Paradise Hills after several 911 calls. Local media report that the first call was likely made from inside the house, with no speech but the sounds of an argument heard in the background. Neighbors later reported sounds suggesting violence.

However, when the officers entered the house they were apparently too late, discovering several bodies, including those of children, covered in blood. Two adults, a 31-year-old man and a woman, 29, as well as a three-year-old child were pronounced dead at the scene. Three more children were taken to hospital, but two of them succumbed to their wounds there. The surviving 11-year-old boy has had to undergo surgery.

Horrific family tragedy in Paradise Hills. One woman, a man, and three children, all boys under the age of 10 are shot dead. One 11-year-old boy is still in surgery at a local hospital. San Diego Police are investigating. @nbcsandiego #paradisehills pic.twitter.com/L6JUCJC7Ch

— Danica McAdam (@DanicaTVNews) November 16, 2019

San Diego police representative, Lt. Matt Dobbs, told reporters there were “no outstanding suspects at this time,” but did neither disclose which family member was the shooter, nor their names. A gun of unspecified type was found at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.

BREAKING: San Diego Police are investigating a shooting off Flintridge Drive that left 5 people dead, 3 of them children. One person is said to be in the hospital fighting for their lives. pic.twitter.com/O5DEbVMl5Q

— Merrilee Moore (@mmooreofficial) November 16, 2019

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Title: Lights out: Non-league goalkeeper spectacularly misses penalty, breaks floodlight (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473628-nuneaton-penalty-breaks-light/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 19:03:00 +0000

Desc: Preview There's a reason why it is rare to see a goalkeeper venture out of his own penalty area and this is a lesson well and truly learned by fans of English non-league football team Nuneaton Borough after this amazing spot-kick blunder.
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There's a reason why it is rare to see a goalkeeper venture out of his own penalty area and this is a lesson well and truly learned by fans of English non-league football team Nuneaton Borough after this amazing spot-kick blunder.

Football fans of a certain vintage will no doubt remember the goalscoring heroics of goalkeepers such as Jose Luis Chilavert and Peter Schmeichel but for every shot-stopper who found luck in front of the opposition goal there are a thousand who didn't. 

Here is one more to add to that list.

I don’t think the Nuneaton’s keeper will be allowed to take a penalty again!😲

Not only did he miss, he also broke a light!💡pic.twitter.com/l0Y87dsDia

— Ollie Bayliss (@Ollie_Bayliss) November 16, 2019

61‘ He’s missed and has broke the lights in the terrace. What have I just witnessed🤦🏻‍♂️

Boro 0-0 Stratford#BackTheBoro

— Nuneaton Borough F.C. (@NuneatonBoroFC) November 16, 2019

With the score deadlocked at 0-0 in Nuneaton's non-league fixture against Stratford Town on Saturday, goalkeeper Tony Breeden took it upon himself to answer the call after his side won a penalty.

However, instead of giving his team the foundation of a one-goal lead, the penalty was thundered over the crossbar and directly into a floodlight behind the goal, which came loose from the roof of the stand and appeared to hang by an electrical cable just above the heads of several fans.

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The miss didn't prove too costly as Nuneaton wound up winning the game 2-0 but one suspects that the next time Breeden puts his hand up to take a spot kick there might be a few objections from his teammates - and from whoever it was who had to fix the floodlight which now dangles above the terrace behind the goal. 



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Title: Flying way under the radar: MILITARY DRONE crashes in a backyard in a tiny Russian town (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/russia/473629-drone-crash-ryazan-town/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 18:48:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Residents of a tiny town in central Russia were shaken up on Saturday afternoon when a military-grade drone crash-landed a few dozen meters away from their homes. Luckily, no-one was injured on the ground.
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Residents of a tiny town in central Russia were shaken up on Saturday afternoon when a military-grade drone crash-landed a few dozen meters away from their homes. Luckily, no-one was injured on the ground.

The 'Orion' Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) went down in the town of Listvyanka near the central Russian city of Ryazan. Video filmed by a baffled local resident from his window shoes the hefty drone, about the size of a light airplane, splayed out a stone’s throw away from apartment blocks at the edge of town.

©  Oleg Kondratov

“A drone fell right into the garden. I went on a walk with my daughter there yesterday,” the man comments.

The vehicle was performing a test flight, according to the regional transport investigative committee. The local governor’s spokesman told TASS the drone was supposed to land at the nearby airport, where “special service members” were expecting its arrival. The drone doesn’t belong to the Russian Defense Ministry, however – the military is only scheduled to receive its first ‘Orion’ UAV (hopefully better tested than this one) sometime later this year.

The crash was likely caused by a “systems failure", according to the investigators’ earliest assessment. The UAV development company, Kronshtadt Group, has promised its help in the investigation, and unnamed sources cited by Russian media say the Listvyanka incident won’t hamper the scheduled delivery of the drone to the army.The 'Orion' is classified as a medim-long-duration UAV, capable of flying autonomously for 24 hours at a time. It weighs about a ton with a 200kg payload capacity. Reports from earlier this year indicate the drone was being tested as an attack craft, armed with bombs of an unspecified type.

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Title: ATP Finals: Greek ace Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Roger Federer to reach London final (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473627-atp-finals-stefanos-tsitsipas-roger-federer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 17:08:00 +0000

Desc: Preview In a tournament that has seen the biggest names in tennis usurped by the younger generation, the one remaining superstar in the final four, Roger Federer, was dumped out of the tournament by Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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In a tournament that has seen the biggest names in tennis usurped by the younger generation, the one remaining superstar in the final four, Roger Federer, was dumped out of the tournament by Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas ran out a relatively comfortable victor at The O2 Arena in London as he defeated the six-time ATP Finals champion in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

The 21-year-old already made history for his nation by becoming the first player from Greece to reach the ATP Finals in 50 years. But now, after a superb week in London, he finds himself in the final itself after ousting Swiss legend Federer in the semis.

The youngest finalist at the season-ending event since Del Potro in 2009!

Seriously impressive from @StefTsitsipas 👏

🎥: @TennisTV | #NittoATPFinals pic.twitter.com/5brsDQ7xLf

— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 16, 2019

Federer missed a host of chances to break Tsitsipas, as he blew his first 10 break points of the match, while his own serve was under constant threat after Tsitsipas broke him in his first service game of the match.

With Federer missing chances and wasting opportunities, Tsitsipas played strong, determined tennis as he took full advantage. And when he closed out the ninth game after a 13-minute battle, it felt like the Greek young gun may have broken Federer's usually steely resolve.

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Clearly struggling, Federer lost his serve to love early in the second set to put Tsitsipas firmly in the driving seat, but offered his fans a glimmer of hope when he broke straight back in the next game for his first break of the match.

But Tsitsipas could see the finish line, and would not be denied as he went for his shots with gusto to eventually take the second set 6-4 and claim a huge scalp in the process.

Tsitsipas will face the winner of the second semi-final between defending ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev and Austrian star Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final. 

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Title: Self-described ‘moderate Republican’ Obama tells Democrats not to wade TOO FAR LEFT, or else…

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473626-obama-tells-democrats-not-far-left/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 17:05:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Who’s that guy telling the Democratic Party to be conservative about what they wish for from their next president? Wait, isn’t that Barack ‘Yes, we can’ Obama, the media darling that led the country before Trump ‘ruined it all?’
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Who’s that guy telling the Democratic Party to be conservative about what they wish for from their next president? Wait, isn’t that Barack ‘Yes, we can’ Obama, the media darling that led the country before Trump ‘ruined it all?’

The cold shower poured on Friday by the former US president in front of a room full of wealthy donors in Washington was obviously directed at Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the progressive contenders in the Democratic primary race. The two senators have proposed a number of policies to radically change the way America functions economically and politically – for the benefit of the common people.

On the day Warren released the next phase in her Medicare for all plan, Mr. Obama specifically singled out health care and immigration as issues where some of the candidates might be moving too far to the left. https://t.co/P5te3d1c0d

— Lisa Lerer (@llerer) November 16, 2019

But according to Obama, Democratic voters don’t really want a candidate that would “completely tear down the system and remake it.”

There are a lot of persuadable voters and there are a lot of Democrats out there who just want to see things make sense. They just don’t want to see crazy stuff. They want to see things a little more fair, they want to see things a little more just. And how we approach that I think will be important.

Yep, the guy who got elected on a message of hope that America could achieve its dreams is now telling it to be rooted in reality. The bold vision that the party nominee should offer to the divided nation should presumably involve a little less bankruptcies over medical bills, a little fewer ICE raids on immigrants and a lot less concerns from the corporate elites about their sustained profits in the foreseeable future. Yes, we can!

Come for the crushing of hopes, stay for the doing so in front of a room of rich donors. https://t.co/ZxM7M9V0ro

— Krystal Ball (@krystalball) November 16, 2019

Of course, the hope for change that Obama evoked on the campaign trail was in contrast to his actual policies. And frankly, the gauge that shows how left would be too far left in modern America is quite off. The president himself admitted that in the 1980s he would be considered a moderate Republican.

It’s no surprise that his advice to a moderate-right party that pretends to be left is to play center. After all, it has the same constituency to answer to as the Republican, and don’t mistake it for the regular voters. Democrats may put forward a candidate that cannot always remember Obama’s name or which state he is currently speaking in. Or a latecomer billionaire with a habit of flip-flopping between parties. Even a top-tier candidate” with single digits in the polls will do.

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But a candidate supported by a genuine public movement who dares to threaten the super-rich is a no-go, regardless of how electable he or she actually is. Even Donald Trump’s second term would apparently be deemed better by the blue establishment.

By Alexandre Antonov, RT 

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Title: 'I’m not at the end of my story': NBA star LeBron James plans to play until he 'can't walk no more'

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473622-lebron-james-retirement-promise/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 16:45:00 +0000

Desc: Preview LeBron James, one of the finest basketball players of all time, plans on emulating the NFL's GOAT Tom Brady by continuing to play well into his forties – so long as his body allows him to do so.
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LeBron James, one of the finest basketball players of all time, plans on emulating the NFL's GOAT Tom Brady by continuing to play well into his forties – so long as his body allows him to do so.

Multiple-time MVP winner James has already won three NBA Championships during his storybook career to date, but the Los Angeles Lakers superstar says that there is plenty of room remaining in his trophy cabinet for more silverware.

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When asked by reporters if the idea of retirement had begun to cross his mind, the 34-year-old said that he isn't even close to achieving all he wants to before he finally steps away from the court for good.

"I’m not at the end of my story," James said, prior to the Lakers game with the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 

"So no, not the way I feel right now. Me and Tom Brady are one and the same. We’re going to keep playing until we can’t walk no more."

Brady, the 42-year-old New England Patriots quarterback is widely regarded as the most dominant player in NFL history at his position and continues to add championships to his collection long after several of his peers have stepped away from professional sports.

Such is Brady's competitive edge, he has said that he wants to continue to play at the highest level until he is 45 - a sentiment which James can understand.

"As long as I still feel great and as long as I can still play at a high level ... I will play this game until I physically can’t or ... mentally I’m a little checked out," he said.

"Then you could start looking at that. I have no idea when that happens but I’m not there."

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James' first season with the Lakers was considered a disappointment by his own high standards. He had reached eight consecutive NBA Finals dating back to his time with the Miami Heat and his second spell with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But a return to basketball's showcase game seems possible this year after a refocused Lakers side began their season with a 9-2 record to sit at the summit of the Western Conference.



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Title: ‘Kick out Black Pete!’ Anti-blackface paranoia comes after Dutch children’s festival tradition

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473621-netherlands-black-pete-racist-controversy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 16:04:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A century-old Dutch holiday tradition involving St. Nicholas and his companion – Black Pete – has found itself at the center of yet another anti-racist campaign, all because Pete is a now nothing more than a blackface character!
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A century-old Dutch holiday tradition involving St. Nicholas and his companion – Black Pete – has found itself at the center of yet another anti-racist campaign, all because Pete is a now nothing more than a blackface character!

The Netherlands traditionally celebrates the Arrival of Sinterklaas – or St. Nicholas –with annual street parades in early December. However, it isn’t just cheerful, colorfully dressed festival-goers that will be taking to the streets this weekend, as dozens of protests take place across the country against what was once a children’s holiday tradition.

A traditional parade in Scheveningen, Netherlands, on November 16, 2019. ©  Reuters / Piroschka van de Wouw

It is not that the Dutch suddenly became disgruntled over a Christian saint with a long white beard greeting children ahead of Christmas. It is his companion that has been sparking uproar in some parts of society. Zwarte Piet – or Black Pete – is usually portrayed by people wearing full blackface, red lipstick, curly wigs and dressed in colorful costumes.

Black Pete hasn’t always been all that warm and fuzzy. St. Nicholas’ companion has come a long way from being a much more menacing character punishing poorly behaved children. He has been associated with Moors and even demons, according to some reports. Some also claim that he is nothing more than the legacy of the Dutch colonial past.

People protest against the arrival of Saint Nicholas and his assistants called "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete) in The Hague, Netherlands, on November 16, 2019. ©  Reuters / Piroschka van de Wouw

But it isn’t his somewhat murky history that is of concern for most anti-racist campaigners and all sorts of social justice warriors, as he has long been depicted as a positive character tasked mainly with amusing children and distributing special festival sweets. It is the sheer fact that the character is associated with blackface that draws the ire of all those who call him a “racist caricature,” adding that the tradition is “hurtful” to black people and “damaging” to children.

#Sinterklaas #ZwartePiet pic.twitter.com/PJOhHEKOS9

— Sander Paulus (@SanderRTLNieuws) November 16, 2019

The “Kick Out Black Pete” movement that has been active in the Netherlands for several years, and has organized protests against the tradition on the sidelines of street parades in about a dozen Dutch cities, including The Hague.

Weg met Zwarte Piet! Donder op Zwarte Piet! No more black face! pic.twitter.com/gFy2gdXGZr

— Zouhair Hammana (@EmceeZu) November 16, 2019

Weg met Zwarte Piet! Spreekkoren op de Koekamp bij demonstratie #KOZP geen tegendemonstranten, wel veel politie die arriverende mensen vraagt of ze 'voor of tegen' zijn. Beetje raar. pic.twitter.com/pn5N1qjIrp

— Den Haag Centraal (@DenHaagCentraal) November 16, 2019

The protesters held banners and placards that read “Racism is not children’s holiday” and “Black Pete is racism.” Some rallies were attended by hundreds of people, while others saw only a handful of protesters.

Al deze DOMME GANZEN kunnen mij geen enkele goed onderbouwde reden geven waarom zwarte piet racisme zou zijn. GEEN ENKELE!

Ze maken alleen maar zichzelf belachelijk. pic.twitter.com/UEVQPZ45r9

— Dutch Joker🚜🚧🏗👨‍🏫👩‍⚕️🚨 (@Dutch_Joker1) November 16, 2019

Demonstranten tegen Zwarte Piet staan op het Raadhuisplein. #Emmen pic.twitter.com/PVjdjfjyoR

— Frank Jeuring (@frankjeuring) November 16, 2019

Dutch authorities and the media have seemingly also grown uncomfortable with a topic that sparks such controversy these days. Dutch TV has decided to drop characters wearing full blackface in favor of ones with a few dark smudges representing soot from all the chimneys they are supposed to climb down while delivering presents. Some towns and cities, including the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, as well as Apeldoorn, which hosts the nationally televised Arrival of St. Nicholas, also adopted Sooty Petes for their parades.

Saint Nicholas is escorted by his assistants called "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete) during a traditional parade in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on November 18, 2018. ©  Reuters / Eva Plevier

The Dutch public, however, appears to be in no rush to follow yet another woke trend. The street parades across the Netherlands have certainly seen their fair share of blackface-wearing Petes this weekend. According to a recent opinion poll cited by Reuters, almost 60 percent of Dutch people still want to keep Black Pete as he is – with blackface – while only slightly more than a quarter of them said that the tradition needs to be changed.

The Netherlands, in 2019 pic.twitter.com/7r1Wu7iBdD

— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) November 16, 2019

Super. Een echt traditioneel feest!!! #Nieuwkoop #ZwartePiet pic.twitter.com/u6f2POf5DY

— Phaedra (@HelpHandsHellas) November 16, 2019

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Title: Water cannon deployed & cars flipped as tensions run high during Yellow Vests protests (VIDEOS)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473615-yellow-vests-paris-clashes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 14:32:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Yellow Vest protesters were doused with water during clashes with police and rioting in downtown Paris, ahead of the first anniversary of their nationwide anti-government demonstrations.
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Yellow Vest protesters were doused with water during clashes with police and rioting in downtown Paris, ahead of the first anniversary of their nationwide anti-government demonstrations.

The Place d’Italie circle in the city’s 13th arrondissement descended into chaos as protesters erected makeshift barricades and threw stones at police officers, which responded with tear gas and water cannon.

Police fire water cannon at #YellowVests protestors in Paris#YellowVests1YearOn pic.twitter.com/NOhdFpp4mt

— RT (@RT_com) November 16, 2019

Tear gas & bonfires: Scuffles with police as #YellowVests block roads in #Paris

LIVE UPDATES: https://t.co/x65Kyyx1CR pic.twitter.com/zQxmeC3qKE

— RT (@RT_com) November 16, 2019

The protesters overturned several parked cars and set vehicles on fire. A group of Yellow Vests attempted to block a fire truck from getting through to the barricades, which were also set ablaze.

Incendies, dégradations, violences, la Place d'Italie sombre dans le chaos #GilletsJaunes #Paris pic.twitter.com/unPAyTLEC0

— Lucas Léger (@lucas_rtfrance) November 16, 2019

Manifestations à Paris: des casseurs aux abords de la place d'Italie pic.twitter.com/cApnIfTIYc

— BFMTV (@BFMTV) November 16, 2019

A shopping mall and several bus stops were vandalized when the protesters vented their anger over what they deem as government inaction towards their demands, made throughout a full year of weekly demonstrations.

Situation tendue autour du centre commercial Italie 2, la police affronte des casseurs #GilletsJaunes #Paris pic.twitter.com/7HkbrAKc4E

— Lucas Léger (@lucas_rtfrance) November 16, 2019

The windows of a bank were smashed during the rioting. The protester groups on social media had earlier called on their colleagues to occupy and block several stores, including the Ikea and Apple stores.

Place d’Italie des casseurs tentent de défoncer les vitres d’une banque. #GILETS_JAUNES pic.twitter.com/tTDWBuTAj1

— Juliette Lamy (@LamyJuliette3) November 16, 2019

Police were also called in to disperse protesters who were blocking traffic along the Boulevard Peripherique, the city’s main ring ‘beltway’ road.

The authorities revoked their permit to stage a rally at the Place d’Italie, after the protests turned violent. Police had arrested 61 protesters by 3pm, Prefect of Paris Didier Lallement confirmed, adding that some officers were injured in the clashes.

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Tear gas & bonfires: Scuffles with police as Yellow Vests block roads in Paris ahead of 1st anniversary of protests (VIDEOS)

The Yellow Vests first hit the streets of major French cities in November last year. The protesters were initially enraged by the planned fuel tax hikes but since grew to make other demands, such as the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron and improving the living standards.

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Title: India should not be ‘bullied’ on world stage: Iran’s FM Zarif calls on New Delhi to resist US pressure

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473618-zarif-india-us-sanctions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:51:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged India to be tougher when faced with US pressure, at the same time applauding New Delhi's general stance against sanctions.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged India to be tougher when faced with US pressure, at the same time applauding New Delhi's general stance against sanctions.

Zarif shared his thoughts during a meeting with a group of visiting journalists from New Delhi earlier this week, the Hindu Business Line reported. “India has certainly taken a stance against the sanctions… so that’s been encouraging, [but] of course, we expected our friends to be more resilient vis-a-vis US pressure,” Zarif said.

India stopped buying Iranian oil in May, after the US refused to renew waivers it had previously granted the country. The Iranian diplomat noted that he understood why India “did not want to agitate” the US, but warned that, by bowing down to Washington’s pressure, New Delhi placed itself “at the receiving end.”

You’re already being bullied by the US because they’re telling you not to buy oil from us… If you can’t lift oil from us, we won’t be able to buy Indian rice.

India “can’t become the subject of bullying as China is,” he stressed.

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Washington has employed a mix of threats and sweet talk, trying to convince its partners to join sanctions against Iranian oil trade. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin flew to New Delhi earlier this month, hoping to pit the country against Tehran. Indian officials, however, firmly maintained that good relations with Iran are crucial for ensuring a land-based access to Afghanistan if India’s rival Pakistan chooses to close the border.

The European Union has also been reluctant to cut its own trade deal with Iran, while Turkey flatly rejected the call to stop buying Iranian oil and natural gas.

The sanctions against Iran are not the only issue where India has stood its ground against the US in recent months. Indian officials refused to scrap a major deal to buy the S-400 air defense missile system from Russia, arguing that the contract serves India’s vital interests.

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Title: Activists in UK inflate GIANT BREAST in front of Facebook HQ to protest nipple censorship

Link: https://www.rt.com/uk/473617-giant-breast-protest-facebook/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:30:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Dozens of women showed up in front of Facebook’s London HQ to inflate a giant breast featuring a realistic nipple. It was in protest of the social network’s censorship of photos of breast cancer survivors with nipple tattoos.
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Dozens of women showed up in front of Facebook’s London HQ to inflate a giant breast featuring a realistic nipple. It was in protest of the social network’s censorship of photos of breast cancer survivors with nipple tattoos.

The protest was spearheaded by tattoo artist Vicky Martin, who specializes in 3D tattoos of areolas. Women who underwent a mastectomy as part of breast cancer treatment are her primary customers. However, Facebook’s content policy, which forbids images of naked female breasts, disallows Martin’s clients to share the results of her work on the social network.

At least that’s the signal that Martin got after Facebook took down her own page, which was the reason she and her supporters gathered in Brock Street on Friday. Facebook has since reversed its decision and told BBC news that it was done in error. This, however, didn’t stop the breast-inflating demonstration.

The network technically has exceptions from its no-nudity policy for educational, cultural or political images showing female breasts. But Facebook uses automatic algorithms to filter content and has repeatedly failed to correctly identify which photos should and should not be considered pornographic. The network has also been accused of being too slow and rigid in responding to complaints over improper takedowns.

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Among the victims of Facebook’s overcautious nudity filters was the iconic ‘Napalm Girl’ photo from the Vietnam War, a Swedish firefighter who’d survived disfiguring face burns, numerous classical works of art, a Led Zeppelin album cover image and even a Christmas card featuring a robin redbreast.

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Title: 'Bazooka arms' MMA fighter Kirill Tereshin to undergo surgery to remove potentially deadly bicep enhancements

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473614-kirill-tereshin-arms-surgery/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:25:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Kirill Tereshin, an MMA fighter whose artificially enhanced biceps have earned him the nickname 'Popeye', has begun receiving treatment to remove his fake muscles amid doctors' warnings that they could kill him.
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Kirill Tereshin, an MMA fighter whose artificially enhanced biceps have earned him the nickname 'Popeye', has begun receiving treatment to remove his fake muscles amid doctors' warnings that they could kill him.

Tereshin, also known as 'Bazooka Arms', became something of a viral sensation this year after footage of the 23-year-old's outrageously swollen arms traversed the internet, but the former army recruit's 15 minutes of fame look to be coming to an end after he has heeded medical advice to remove the vaseline jelly-like substance from his upper arms or else risk amputation, or even death.

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Surgeon Dmitry Melnikov revealed that Tereshin had injected up to three liters of the substance - and not synthol as previously claimed - to achieve the illusion of giant biceps but was urged by botched plastic surgery campaigner Alana Mamaeva to seek treatment.

Mamaeva raised funds for the procedure and was present for the first stages of it.

"I am ready, I am even not afraid," Tereshin told Mamaeva, per The Mirror, but outlined that he did not have the necessary funds required but Mamaeva pleaded with online donators that "we are going to try and help this young man."

Dr. Melnikov outlined that the surgery is a difficult one but that significant inroads had been made in their initial treatment.

"For now I have removed the damaged tissues from one arm only," he said. "Petroleum jelly saturates the muscles, under skin tissues and the skin itself. All that has to be removed, but we need to keep the vein, nerves and other functions of the limb.

"Petroleum jelly is not designed for injection, only external application. Kirill injected about three liters into each arm. It saturated the muscle tissues, blocked blood flow.

"As a result the tissue dies and gets replaced with a scar which is as tough as a tree, you can even knock on it and hear the usual sound. We have removed all this.

"He had high fever, strong pain, and weakness."

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Dr. Melnikov also found that the damage was isolated to his arms and luckily hadn't spread to other areas of his body and said that Tereshin wasn't aware of the harm he was doing to himself. He faces several more surgeries before he can be given a clean bill of health.

Tereshin's online notoriety grew once images of his arms were spread online, leading to a spate of bizarre appearances in which he was easily defeated in an MMA match as well as being floored by Russian slapping champion Vasiliy 'The Dumpling' Kamotskiy.

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Title: Iran-Iraq border crossing reportedly closed due to ongoing protests in both countries

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Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:05:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The Shalamcheh border crossing between Iraq and Iran was shut down on Saturday, Reuters has reported. The move was made at Tehran’s request and in response to the ongoing mass protests in both countries.
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The Shalamcheh border crossing between Iraq and Iran was shut down on Saturday, Reuters has reported. The move was made at Tehran’s request and in response to the ongoing mass protests in both countries.

The crossing will remain closed for travel in either direction, the news agency said, citing an Iraqi security source and an Iranian diplomat, without naming either. However, goods will be allowed to travel through.

Iraq has been gripped for weeks by violent street protests against the government’s policies. Over 300 people have been killed. The wave of public anger spread from the capital Baghdad to the south of the country, where the Shalamcheh crossing is located.

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Iran is experiencing its own wave of public discontent over economic problems, albeit far less intense. Government-ordered gasoline rationing and a hike in fuel prices triggered protests in the northeastern part of the country on Friday.

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Title: 'He told me to shut my mouth': Lionel Messi and Brazil coach Tite exchange heated words during Argentina-Brazil clash

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473612-messi-tite-last-laugh/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 12:15:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Brazil head coach Tite exchanged words on the sideline during Argentina's 1-0 win over their South American rivals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday
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Argentina captain Lionel Messi and Brazil head coach Tite exchanged words on the sideline during Argentina's 1-0 win over their South American rivals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Friday

Apparently angered by comments that were coming from the Brazil dugout, Messi raised his finger to his own lips in a mime for Tite to be quiet and also making another hand sign to suggest that the Brazilian was very overly-vocal.

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Speaking to reporters after the game, Tite admitted that he had been complaining to the referee about aspects of the game during the first half, which prompted Messi to tell him to be quiet.

"I complained because he (Messi) should have been shown a yellow card and he told me to shut my mouth and I told him to shut his mouth," Tite said. "And that was it."

However, Tite was keen to not make too much of the situation and praised the performance of Argentina's number ten, who was outstanding throughout the game after making his comeback from suspension.

The Barcelona ace scored the game's only goal on 14 minutes, burying a rebound after his initial penalty was saved by Liverpool shot-stopper Alisson. His performance could, and probably should, have merited another goal but he was frustrated by a robust Brazilian rearguard.

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"From the very start we tried to play. We had a couple of misses and they had their chances," Messi said after the game. "But in the second half we were much better.

"When you win, it puts you more at ease and that is very positive for what lies ahead. I ended the match well, we all ran quite a bit. And that is what we were there to do."



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Title: ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal finishes 2019 as the top player in men's tennis, despite tournament exit (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473613-atp-finals-rafael-nadal-tennis-number-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:57:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Despite his exit from the ATP Finals tournament, Spanish powerhouse Rafael Nadal celebrated his tennis year on court in London as he was crowned the ATP's World Number 1 for 2019.
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Despite his exit from the ATP Finals tournament, Spanish powerhouse Rafael Nadal celebrated his tennis year on court in London as he was crowned the ATP's World Number 1 for 2019.

Nadal won his final group match at the ATP Finals at The O2 Arena to give himself a glimmer of a semi-final place, only for defending champion Alexander Zverev's win over Daniil Medvedev to consign the Spanish superstar to an early exit.

But Nadal's year overall saw him finish his campaign on a high, as he was confirmed as the ATP's end-of-year world number 1 and presented with the huge trophy on the court in front of an appreciative London crowd.

It's official.@RafaelNadal will end 2019 as the year-end No. 1. pic.twitter.com/t2RaNtIE4N

— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 14, 2019

Ironically, it was his longtime rival Roger Federer who effectively secured the number 1 spot for Nadal by defeating Novak Djokovic on Thursday night.

But there was doubt that 33-year-old deserved his  place at the top of the standings after another stellar year.

Nadal captured his 12th French Open title at Roland Garros, and added the US Open title later in the year to move to within one Grand Slam tournament of Federer's Grand Slam record.

He also performed strongly in the year's other Grand Slam tournaments, reaching the final of the Australian Open at the start of the year, and the semi-finals at Wimbledon in the summer.

He had hoped to finish his year with victory in London, but headed into the tournament with nagging injury doubts following an abdominal injury that had prevented him from completing a tournament since the US Open in September.

Nadal's end-of-year No. 1 title puts him on the same tally as his longtime rivals Federer and Djokovic, with all three superstars claiming five year-end ATP top spot crowns.

"I think this trophy is the work of the whole year, a great year in all terms," said Nadal.

"This trophy with me is a big personal satisfaction.

"There have been some demoralizing moments this year in terms of physical issues. But super happy for everything.

"The big gap between the first until today, 11 years, is a big thing. I don't know if somebody did it or not, but is something difficult."

Nadal said that he was happy to match the marks set by Djokovic and Federer, but also suggested that he may have had even more No. 1 crowns to take him past all-time leader Pete Sampras (with six) if only he hadn't been plagued by injury at various points throughout his career

"I cannot complain, but at some point I feel that there is a couple of years out there that I have been in a position that I had chances to be the number one and I got injured and I could not fight for it," he said.

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Title: Car bomb kills at least 18 in Turkey-controlled Syrian city (VIDEOS)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473611-bomb-attack-in-syria/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:39:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A car bomb that blew up in the Turkey-controlled Syrian city of al-Bab has killed at least 18 people and left 28 others injured, Turkish media are reporting. Ankara is accusing Kurdish militias of being behind the attack.
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A car bomb that blew up in the Turkey-controlled Syrian city of al-Bab has killed at least 18 people and left 28 others injured, Turkish media are reporting. Ankara is accusing Kurdish militias of being behind the attack.

The deadly explosion went off near a bus terminal on Saturday, causing the deaths and significant damage in the area. A video published by an Al Jazeera correspondent showed a chaotic scene with multiple small fires and what appears to be a large pool of blood on the ground.

يا لطيف لطفك يا رب
12 شهيدا وعدد كبير من الجرحى في إنفجار سيارة مفخخة في #الباب بريف #حلب
الموت السوري الذي لا ينتهي.. pic.twitter.com/X4If2MGiOU

— Helweh Nader Faez (@KhalveNF) November 16, 2019

The Turkish Defense Ministry has accused the “inhumane and uncivilized” Kurdish YPG militias for the bombing, saying the tactics showed that they were not different from the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The ministry wouldn’t immediately explain how it attributed the responsibility.

Inhumane and uncivilised PKK/YPG terrorists continue to target innocent civilians using the same methods as DAESH. This time the terrorists detonated a car bomb in the Al-Bab bus terminal in the Op Euphrates Shield area, killing 10 civilians and injuring more than 15. pic.twitter.com/t6yPWGBaoX

— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) November 16, 2019

Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish militia terrorists and an extension of the PKK, the Turkey-based force that has fought a decades-long guerrilla war against the Turkish government.

عشرات الشهداء والجرحى في صفوف المدنيين إثر انفجار سيارة مفخخة بالقرب من كراجات مدينة #الباب شرقي #حلب pic.twitter.com/9YOjECP7Oi

— عمران الدوماني (@omranaldoumai) November 16, 2019

Al-Bab is located in the Aleppo governorate some 30 km south of Syria’s border with Turkey and has remained under Turkish control since late 2016. Ankara-backed militias seized the city after defeating IS jihadists, who had captured it in 2013.

A bomb attack killed 10 people in the northern Syrian town of Al-Bab near the Turkish border on Saturday, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said.pic.twitter.com/BLmnmHsjXw https://t.co/GthZmuD1Ic

— Atlantide (@Atlantide4world) November 16, 2019

That Turkish takeover denied the Kurdish militias a chance to seize the city for themselves, which would otherwise have connected Kurdish-controlled areas to the east and to the west of the city.

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Title: Why so serious?! UFC fighter Markus Perez dons Joker-inspired makeup at UFC Sao Paulo weigh-ins (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473610-ufc-markus-perez-joker/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:24:00 +0000

Desc: Preview We are a couple of weeks past Halloween but UFC fighter Markus Perez would have scored top marks for this costume as he pulled out all the stops in Sao Paulo by walking to the scales in full Heath Ledger-inspired Joker makeup.
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We are a couple of weeks past Halloween but UFC fighter Markus Perez would have scored top marks for this costume as he pulled out all the stops in Sao Paulo by walking to the scales in full Heath Ledger-inspired Joker makeup.

Perez kept his face obscured from the audience as he walked to the stage before turning to reveal an immaculate representation of the makeup worn by Ledger in the 2008 film 'The Dark Knight.'

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The impersonation didn't stop there. He mirrored Ledger's iconic mannerisms from the character for which he posthumously won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, swaying on the scales and licking his lips and when staring down his opponent, Wellington Turman, he had just one question.

"Why so serious?"

Fighters are often seen showing off their lighter side at weigh-ins but rarely is it committed-to in the same fashion as Perez, whose performance was praised on social media by a swathe of well-known names.

"Bro if he shows up to the fight like that it would be absolutely epic," wrote UFC champion Jon Jones in the comments section while former middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman commented: "Love this!"

Perez, an 11-2 middleweight, will no doubt be hoping that he can maintain a little bit of the Joker's dark side for Saturday's battle with Turman in Sao Paulo.

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Title: Tear gas & bonfires: Scuffles with police as Yellow Vests block roads in Paris ahead of 1st anniversary of protests (VIDEOS)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473609-yellow-vest-anniversary-france/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:13:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Police fired tear gas as Yellow Vest protesters blocked a major road and erected barricades in Paris, marking one year since the nationwide demonstration movement began sweeping the country.
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Police fired tear gas as Yellow Vest protesters blocked a major road and erected barricades in Paris, marking one year since the nationwide demonstration movement began sweeping the country.

Clashes broke out at Place d’Italie downtown and near Porte de Champerret on the city’s outskirts.

Place ditalie #Acte53 pic.twitter.com/aTWZHE4Ay8

— Lo boièr (@BoierLo) November 16, 2019

The protesters have also blocked traffic down the Boulevard Peripherique, the main ring road circling the capital. Riot police were deployed to disperse them.

#GiletsJaunes blocage en cours sur Le periph pic.twitter.com/G7sb0o9F4Y

— Mona_H_RTFrance (@Mona_RTFrance) November 16, 2019

Bugün #France'da Macron karşıtı
#YellowJackets in eyleme başlamalarının 1. yıl dönümü#Paris #YellowVests1YearOn #MacronDemission #Acte53 : Les #GiletsJaunes sont sur le périphérique à pied. Situation en cours. pic.twitter.com/l2qN91NJzl

— Devlet-i Aliyye🇹🇷 (@mehmetiletisim) November 16, 2019

Les forces de l'ordre sont rapidement arrivés sur place #GiletsJaunes pic.twitter.com/DRudtyCOvD

— Mona_H_RTFrance (@Mona_RTFrance) November 16, 2019

A total of 41 people were arrested on the streets of Paris, police said.

More than 270 protest events were planned to take place across France over the weekend. Thousands are expected to rally in Paris alone, celebrating a full year since the inception of the Yellow Vest movement last November.

The protesters are determined to show that the movement is “far from being dead” and called for a “grand national mobilization,” according to one group on social media.

Police, meanwhile, beefed up security in the capital. Local media reported that officers are on the lookout for hundreds of “yellow ultras and ultra-left militants.”

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Fizzled-out rebels or agents of change? France’s year of Yellow Vests protests

The Yellow Vest protests started as a grassroots campaign against government plans to hike fuel taxes. The hikes were scrapped after several weeks of protests but the rallies continued. They grew to encompass other demands, such as better living standards, government accountability, the fight against corruption and for more direct-ballot initiatives. Demonstrators have also demanded the resignation of President Emmanuel Macron.

Some of the Yellow Vest rallies remained peaceful and maintained a cheerful atmosphere. Others have spiraled into fierce clashes with police, widespread riots and vandalism. More than 8,400 protesters were detained, and at least two dozen of them lost their eyesight after being injured by riot gun fire.

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Title: Italian police launch investigation after Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte receives BULLET in the mail

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Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 09:58:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Internazionale boss Antonio Conte was the subject of threatening messages as he received an anonymous letter containing a bullet, according to Corriere della Sera in Italy.
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Internazionale boss Antonio Conte was the subject of threatening messages as he received an anonymous letter containing a bullet, according to Corriere della Sera in Italy.

Conte's immediate security has been stepped up in the wake of the developments, with the former Italian international boss's home, as well as Inter's training ground, receiving increased security, while video surveillance footage from the two venues are being closely watched and analyzed.

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Inter has made an excellent start to their domestic campaign, and after 12 league games sit just one point behind early pacesetter Juventus with more goals scored and a superior goal difference.

It means the likely sender of the mail is less likely to be a disgruntled Inter fan and more likely to be an angry fan from a rival club.

The police have launched an investigation and are testing the envelope and letter for fingerprints in an attempt to identify the sender.

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Title: Palestinian journalist loses an eye after being hit by Israeli rubber bullet at West Bank land seizure protest (GRAPHIC)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473607-journalist-eye-israeli-bullet/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 09:43:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A Palestinian journalist lost his eye after being hit by an Israeli rubber-coated bullet. Moath Amarneh was mutilated despite wearing a 'Press' vest while covering a protest in the West Bank’s Hebron governorate.
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A Palestinian journalist lost his eye after being hit by an Israeli rubber-coated bullet. Moath Amarneh was mutilated despite wearing a 'Press' vest while covering a protest in the West Bank’s Hebron governorate.

The incident happened on Friday near the town of Surif in Hebron, where dozens of Palestinians were protesting against the latest confiscation of land for the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied territory.

My Friend journalist Moath Amarneh, I am very sad about the bad news I got now, he lost his left Eye today, the army shot him today during his work to cover a peaceful protest in Hebron. pic.twitter.com/bZsw61iguM

— Issa Amro عيسى عمرو 🇵🇸 (@Issaamro) November 15, 2019

Amarneh, who was covering the protest, was rushed to a hospital in Hebron after sustaining the injury. But doctors could not save his left eye.

Speculation immediately erupted over whether the working member of the press corps was injured by accident or was deliberately targeted by the soldiers. The incident has been condemned by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), a global advocacy group aiming to safeguard media freedom.

“Once again, the IFJ deplores the attacks on Palestinian journalists by the Israeli military. The IFJ recalls that international law applies everywhere and that no government is above it,” the organization’s head Anthony Bellanger said in a statement.

“It is now time for the United Nations General Assembly to adopt the Convention for the Protection and Safety of Journalists, so that the impunity enjoyed by predators of press freedom and democracy can end in Israel, as elsewhere,” he added.

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Title: ATP Finals: Nadal edged out as defending champ Zverev powers into semi-finals in London (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473605-atp-finals-alexander-zverev-semifinals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 09:05:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev is on course to repeat his surprise success in London from 2018 after his victory over Daniil Medvedev put him into the semis – and eliminated Rafael Nadal in the process.
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Reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev is on course to repeat his surprise success in London from 2018 after his victory over Daniil Medvedev put him into the semis – and eliminated Rafael Nadal in the process.

Twenty-two-year-old Zverev defeated Medvedev 6-4, 7-6 late on Friday night in England to book his place in Saturday's semi-finals at The O2 Arena, where he will take on 26-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem in the final four.

The end-of-year tournament in London has proved to be a tough one for the game's biggest stars, with both Nadal and Novak Djokovic crashing out after the round-robin group stages of the competition.

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It leaves Swiss star Roger Federer as the highest-ranked remaining player in the tournament, and the world No. 3 will look to extend his incredible record in the ATP Finals as he seeks his SEVENTH tournament victory.

Federer will take on Stefanos Tsitsipas, despite the 21-year-old Greek ace's defeat to Nadal in a thrilling final group game. Nadal, along with countless longtime tennis fans, was hoping to set up a clash with his old sparring partner Federer in the semis, but needed Medvedev to defeat Zverev to secure his passage through to the final four.

But Zverev sealed victory with a strong performance against the Russian to ensure his place in the semis, leaving Nadal to face an early flight home.

"The young guys have been playing much better tennis than they were maybe last year," said Zverev.

"I think the biggest surprise is actually that Novak is out of the tournament, because ... this court, the conditions, is the best fit for his game.

"The other thing is obviously Rafa. Nobody expected him to be out from our group. Our group, for me and Stefanos to qualify, I don't think a lot of people would have picked that."

Zverev's record against Thiem isn't the best, with the German trailing 2-5 in head-to-head meetings between the pair, and the defending champion admitted he is expecting a tough matchup in what will be their first meeting in 2019.

"I hope it will be a back-to-back for me, but I have a very difficult semi-final," he said.

"He's been playing some unbelievable tennis, maybe the best tennis that we have ever seen from him."



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Title: Fizzled-out rebels or agents of change? France’s year of Yellow Vests protests

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473577-yellow-vests-one-year-france/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 09:01:00 +0000

Desc: Preview As the ‘Yellow Vests’ protests in France come full circle, some vow to keep fighting for a more just society, while others believe the movement has gone too far. Though rattled, the system they rose up against is still in power.
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As the ‘Yellow Vests’ protests in France come full circle, some vow to keep fighting for a more just society, while others believe the movement has gone too far. Though rattled, the system they rose up against is still in power.

Every Saturday for a year now, tens of thousands of people all over France have taken to the streets, fed up with not just the neoliberal and austerity policies of President Emmanuel Macron, but apparently the entire political system of the Fifth Republic. 

The government has gone after them in force, pushing the police to their breaking point. The mainstream media has demonized them as anti-Semites, homophobes, far-right. Nevertheless, the 'Yellow Vests' (Gilets Jaunes) have persisted.

How it all began 

A Frenchman marching through the streets of Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Dijon or any other city this Saturday might recall the very first protest, on November 17, 2018, with 300,000 across the country wearing the government-mandated safety vests as a protest symbol against that very government. 

While it is unclear which particular pebble started this avalanche, the general consensus points to that summer’s new speed limit of 80 km/h, ostensibly enacted to cut carbon emissions and fight climate change. That was followed by an “eco-tax.” Whether or not those had the ulterior motive of replenishing the empty French treasury, the people were having none of it.

Trucker Eric Drouet and businesswoman Priscillia Ludosky circulated a petition against the tax in October, which quickly snowballed. Then a resident of Brittany named Jacline Mouraud posted a video on Facebook that went viral. Someone called for a street protest. There has been one every Saturday, ever since.

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‘Repression is out in the open now’

Here and there, the protests turned violent. Rocks were thrown at the police. By week two, someone had vandalized the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and set cars on fire. Police responded as they do to riots in the banlieues – suburbs where many of France’s immigrants live in public housing: with overwhelming force. 

This kind of repression has been around for a long time, Yellow Vest activist turned journalist Maxime Nicolle tells RT France. Now it’s out in the open, for everyone to see.

Yellow Vests' Maxime Nicolle (right) speaks with RT France's Nadège Abderrazak ©  RT France

Exact numbers are difficult to come by, but French media estimate that over 10,000 people have been detained over the past year. Some 3,000 have been prosecuted and over 400 sentenced to jail time. The carnage on the street has been real as well: 11 people have died over the course of the protests, and over 500 were injured. Of those, 23 lost an eye to “flash-balls,” non-lethal police rounds that maim nonetheless.

Perhaps the most famous among them is Jérôme Rodrigues, a plumber who believes the police deliberately targeted him that January day. Wearing a prosthetic eye, Rodrigues tells RT France he struggles with anger issues and fears for his safety, but if he could turn back time, he would do it all over again.

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‘Upside-down world’

The 32-year-old Nicolle, also known as “Fly Rider,” lives in Dinan, Bretagne. His eyes light up with anger when he talks about his compatriots reduced to poverty in their twilight years and his generation sleeping in their cars because they can’t afford the rent and taxes. Meanwhile, he says, the elites are “eating caviar, drinking €500 bottles of wine, living in pretty Paris apartments.”

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He rejects the argument that France’s national debt is 98 percent of its GDP and that there is simply no money for social services. Nicolle points out the government takes out loans from private banks, then has to pay steep interest. Why not nationalize the banks, he wonders.

Hundreds of kilometers away, in Paris, the one-eyed Rodrigues argues the same thing. He describes the debt as “numbers in a computer,” and scoffs that somehow there is always money for the wealthy, yet never any for the common man. Corporations have their subsidies and tax havens, yet the working poor have to pay the tax to clean up their pollution. What gives?

Yellow Vests' Jérôme Rodrigues speaks with RT France ©  RT France

“Today, if you make €1,500 [a month] in France, you can’t afford rent, you have to sleep in your car. That’s not normal. A working person has the right to live decently,” says Rodrigues."It’s an upside-down world."

In separate interviews, both Rodrigues and Nicolle argue that the system itself is unjust, as it thinks nothing of humanity, only of ones and zeroes on the balance sheets. The institutions that were supposed to serve the people have failed, and perhaps it’s time to create new ones. Could the Fifth Republic, around since 1968, be on its last legs?

Almost a revolution

That’s precisely what almost happened within the first month of the Yellow Vests protest, according to one Elysee Palace guard. A member of the special police unit specializing in crowd control (CRS) said this week that the handful of them could not have resisted the 3,000 or so protesters for long.

“If we had been attacked, where I was, we could not have held: the Elysee would fall. In retrospect, it's really scary," said the man, who gave his name as Stéphane. 

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The Yellow Vests did not attack. Macron’s presidency survived. Although the French president has since pledged some €17 billion in tax relief, one-time bonuses and subsidies, he remains determined to reject their demands for systemic reforms. While the protesters never quite numbered the original 300,000, they still turn out every Saturday. 

Protests have taken their toll on the police, too, with the rising number of suicides prompting a protest march of their own back in October. The thin blue line is still holding, for now, but it cannot stretch forever. 

Parallel to the police repression, the government has implemented a media one. The Yellow Vests were accused of anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism – just about every possible issue considered beyond the pale in modern liberal discourse. 

Nicolle says it was an attempt to label the movement and put it into a box, which failed. People who took a moment to think saw that there was nothing to it and that the Yellow Vests were not an instrument of any political party, whether on the far right or the far left. The smears did have a negative effect, however, fracturing the movement and sending some members running.

Gone too far?

One of them is Jacline Mouraud, the author of the Facebook video that helped kick-start the protests. She lives in Morbihan, Bretagne and still champions the movement’s social and economic justice values – but says they lost her when the Arc de Triomphe was vandalized in December, and “black bloc” anarchists were allowed to torch cars and loot stores in March.

Yellow Vests' Jacline Mouraud speaks to RT France ©  RT France

“Violence is counterproductive,” she tells RT France. “Bad dialogue is better than a good war.” At the start of the protests, 80 percent of the French supported the protests, but the tide has turned and now four fifths of the country want nothing to do with the Yellow Vests, she says.

One should know when to stop.

The March 16 riot in particular alienated many moderates, Mouraud argues. She had already turned political by that point, launching a political party in January 2019. Called The Risen (Les Émergents), it intends to run candidates in France's local elections in 2020. 

Even though she had split off from the 'Yellow Vests,' Mouraud’s party exemplifies their desire to bring more direct democracy to France, a country where the existing political establishment is increasingly seen as out of touch.

‘People will make you great’

President Macron “lives in another world," Rodrigues tells RT France. The one-eyed plumber described the French leader as isolated from reality, in an ivory tower guarded by police, working for the benefit of “his rich friends” – Macron became a millionaire working as an investment banker at Rothschild & Co after the 2008 financial crisis – rather than the “folks in the rafters.”

“You want to be a great man? It’s the people that make you great,” Rodrigues said, noting that the French history remembers the statesmen who served the nation well, rather than just themselves.

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Macron and the media have tried to paint the Yellow Vest as “far-right,” but their platform seems to have more in common with the left of yesteryear. They say they fight not just for their children – such as Nicolle’s 9-year-old daughter – but for the memory of  their grandparents’ generation, which fought for the rights the French of today take for granted; the 40-hour workweek, weekends and annual leave.

Not quite a revolution, but definitely not business as usual, the 'Yellow Vests' defy categorization. Though maybe not attracting the numbers they once did, the Gilets Jaunes are still going strong. For better or for worse, stopping is the last thing on their mind.

By Nebojsa Malic, senior writer at RT

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Title: Arkansas ‘Heisenberg’? Chemistry professor who praised ‘Breaking Bad’ for scientific accuracy arrested for cooking meth

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473602-real-breaking-bad-arkansas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 07:23:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A chemistry professor at Henderson State University in Arkansas, who once called ‘Breaking Bad’ one of his favorite shows, has been arrested for allegedly producing methamphetamine together with a partner.
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A chemistry professor at Henderson State University in Arkansas, who once called ‘Breaking Bad’ one of his favorite shows, has been arrested for allegedly producing methamphetamine together with a partner.

For the uninitiated, the hit TV series tells the story of a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher named Walter White, who recruits the help of a former student to kick-start a meth lab and eventually becomes a ruthless drug lord.

Well, this man may have taken the show as an instruction manual. Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, of Arkadelphia was arrested on Friday together with fellow chemistry professor Terry David Bateman, 45. Both men work at the city’s Henderson State University, but were put on administrative leave in October.

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Their suspension came in the wake of a chemical spill at the university’s Reynolds Science Center, according to KATV. Lab tests identified the spilled compound as benzyl chloride. This has various applications, including being a precursor for amphetamine-class drugs, which explains why its sale is closely monitored.

The pair are facing charges for the manufacture of methamphetamine and the use of drug paraphernalia, though it was not immediately clear if they are alleged to have used the university premises for this purpose.

The case is made even more unusual by an interview that Rowland gave a few years ago, when he had just transferred to Henderson, which was first spotted by Newsweek. In it, he said he was a fan of ‘Breaking Bad.’

“I thought it was a great show,” he told the university’s newspaper, the Oracle. “It was spot on and accurate when it came to the science, and, it has gotten a younger, newer generation interested in chemistry. I feel like it was a wonderful recruiting tool.”

The old report was even cheekily headlined “Henderson’s Heisenberg,” an apparent reference to the nickname that White picks as he starts on a path of crime. It seems it was God-damn right to reference the show.

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Title: Dance of avoidance: WATCH Neptune’s moon Naiad do crazy zigzag-like maneuvers to escape COLLISION

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473598-neptune-moons-naiad-thalassa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 07:16:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Neptune’s moon Naiad employs some slick choreographic moves to avoid crashing into its near partner Thalassa as the pair closely orbit the ice giant, new research by NASA shows.
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Neptune’s moon Naiad employs some slick choreographic moves to avoid crashing into its near partner Thalassa as the pair closely orbit the ice giant, new research by NASA shows.

Two of Neptune’s 14 confirmed moons, Thalassa and Naiad are only 60 miles (100km) wide. The tiny Tic-Tac-shaped objects orbit just 1,150 miles (1,850km) apart but never collide.

This happens because, unlike our Moon, which simply circles around Earth, Naiad swirls around Neptune in a zigzag-like pattern, perfectly timed to avoid crashing into its ‘partner’ Thalassa, NASA explained. Experts have dubbed this crazy choreography a “dance of avoidance.”

“There are many different types of ‘dances’ that planets, moons and asteroids can follow, but this one has never been seen before,” Marina Brozovic, a researcher at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said.

Brozovic noted that Naiad was likely “kicked” into its unusual orbit by an earlier “interaction” with one of Neptune’s other moons, after which it became locked in a perpetual dance with Thalassa.

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Title: MiG-29K fighter aircraft crashes after engine catches fire during training mission in Goa (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473601-mig-29k-fighter-aircraft-crashes-india/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 07:15:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A MiG-29K trainer jet crashed in a field near a church after experiencing an engine fire in India, with both pilots ejecting to safety.
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A MiG-29K trainer jet crashed in a field near a church after experiencing an engine fire in India, with both pilots ejecting to safety.

The plane suffered “an engine fire” after taking off from Dabolim air base in Goa, the Navy said. Both pilots ejected, and a search and rescue mission is underway.

A @indiannavy aircraft crashed on the #Margao. Both pilots ejecuted safely, Search and rescue operation initiated by navy. #Navy to give more details. pic.twitter.com/HUKvTBCQk8

— Newton Sequeira (@NewtonSTOI) November 16, 2019

The aircraft was carrying an external fuel tank, which was dropped from the plane, causing a fire on the runway. A similar incident happened in June, when an Indian Air Force Jaguar was hit by several birds shortly after takeoff. The pilot then chose to drop two of the external fuel tanks and managed to land the damaged jet.

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India has lost several military jets this year, including a Su-30 fighter, which crashed during a routine training flight in August.

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Title: Could Saudi Aramco IPO kill OPEC?

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/473559-saudi-aramco-ipo-opec/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 06:22:19 +0000

Desc: Preview The global oil market could be entering unchartered waters in the coming weeks. After the US shale revolution, which threatened OPEC’s hold on and the stability of the market, a new danger is lurking around the corner.
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The global oil market could be entering unchartered waters in the coming weeks. After the US shale revolution, which threatened OPEC’s hold on and the stability of the market, a new danger is lurking around the corner.

The Aramco IPO, the largest IPO in history, will not only impact OPEC but will also have repercussions for the Kingdom, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the entire GCC region.

Most analysts have pointed out that there are some major issues with the company’s financials, its valuation and possible returns for the Kingdom. International banks are presenting their own IPO valuations, indicating a wide range of price targets, leaving a lot of room for speculation. At the same time, Aramco’s IPO prospectus indicates some threats which seem not to have been included in most analyses, such as the impact of flattening oil demand growth, potential legal repercussions if listed on Western stock exchanges and the potential lack of interest from US and European institutional investors.

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And the financials are just one thing analysts are reviewing. Legal risks, including the 9/11 bill, the attitude of the US congress, and the NOPEC bill could pose a major threat to the future of Aramco.

The possibility of investing in an oil company that could be sued for so-called terrorism or violent actions taken by third parties may be new but oil companies have always been targets of legal cases.

In the recent past, we have seen several court cases and class action lawsuits against companies such as Shell, ENI, Total and BP. And, when listed, Aramco will be more of a “normal” company than it has ever been. Saudi Arabia is taking a risk that is not yet quantifiable but which presents a ‘clear and present danger’.

Aramco could also be facing the same scrutiny that other IOCs are currently facing from global warming activists. If climate cases are filed in the US, or some European countries, Aramco could find itself in trouble. Multi-billion-dollar claims should be expected as activists will see the world’s biggest oil company as a symbol against which their cause can rally.

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The success of the Aramco IPO, driven by Asian and non-Western institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds and even IOCs, has another non-environmental problem as well. As the main actor within OPEC, Aramco will have to act differently when addressing the market if it wants to be a real listed oil company. Shareholders, even from countries that are really inclined to address global warming issues, will still want to see rising profits and a steady dividend. In this increasingly difficult environment, Aramco will have to deliver to both the Saudi state and its new investors. 

Acting as a normal oil giant will require a serious change in attitude, management and goals. Even though the company is not officially directly owned or linked to the Saudi government, the company has always been an instrument of the Kingdom’s geopolitical and economic strategy. Aramco’s production and investments have always been clearly linked to the future of Saudi Arabia and the geopolitical stakeholders it represents.

A stock market listed Aramco would have to break with this strategy, putting the company on a collision course with OPEC’s agenda. Shareholders will not be very happy if Aramco’s production volumes are determined by the oil cartel’s members. On the other hand, if Aramco decides not to comply with OPEC, it will render the cartel powerless. At present Saudi officials are vehemently denying that OPEC is being threatened, so shareholders and potential investors should be aware of this major issue before investing in the company.

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While the risks are high, some positive things should be noted too. The Aramco IPO has already led to some unexpected positive changes in the GCC region. One could argue that thanks to the IPO circus, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are not yet at war. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have understood that risking a war would have not only have meant a bloody conflict, but also the end to most of the region’s economic and social diversification plans. Oil and money now seem to have prevented an all-out war with Iran. Next to this, Saudi Arabia’s ill-fated adventure in Yemen seems to be entering its final phase. More and more rumors show that the involved parties are negotiating a deal that could end the Saudi-UAE confrontation with the Houthis. At the same time, the anti-Qatar Arab coalition (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Egypt) have openly shown willingness to remove some of the sanctions they imposed on Qatar. Opening up may come with its risks, but there may also be some more unintended positive consequences.

This article was originally published on Oilprice.com



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Title: ‘Stop the massacre!’ Evo Morales appeals to Bolivian military as 5 killed in crackdown by ‘interim’ government (GRAPHIC)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473594-morales-massacre-coup-protesters/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 05:15:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Bolivia’s ousted leader Evo Morales pleaded with his country’s military to stop firing on unarmed demonstrators protesting the coup-imposed interim leadership, after several activists were killed in clashes with security forces.
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Bolivia’s ousted leader Evo Morales pleaded with his country’s military to stop firing on unarmed demonstrators protesting the coup-imposed interim leadership, after several activists were killed in clashes with security forces.

“We ask the armed forces and the Bolivian Police to stop the massacre,” Morales said in a tweet late on Friday. “The uniform of the institutions of the Homeland cannot be stained with the blood of our people.”

Pedimos a las FFAA y a la Policía Boliviana que paren la masacre. El uniforme de las instituciones de la Patria no puede mancharse con la sangre de nuestro pueblo.

— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) November 15, 2019

At least five protesters were killed and some 75 injured in the streets of Cochabamba on Friday during hectic skirmishes with police and military after thousands of indigenous Morales backers gathered to protest the socialist leader’s ouster. Though there was no violence at the rally in the morning, clashes broke out when the military blocked the march from crossing a nearby checkpoint.

Bienvenidos al régimen democrático que defienden Trump y sus subditos en el continente. Vean, hace un momento en Cochabamba. Difundamos, el pueblo boliviano se encuentra cercado comunicacionalmente.#15Nov pic.twitter.com/NbNxutavrc

— Marco Teruggi (@Marco_Teruggi) November 15, 2019

The aftermath was seen in a series of extremely graphic images posted on social media, some showing protesters with serious injuries and what appear to be bullet wounds.

This anti-coup protester appears to have been shot in the face. pic.twitter.com/8YokQSXwMG

— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) November 15, 2019

More footage of the Cochabamba massacre. This man appears to have been shot in the chest. pic.twitter.com/yWVqJj5jMM

— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) November 15, 2019

Four of the five activists killed in the Cochabamba incident have been named by local health officials, though one remains unidentified.

5 confirmed deaths in the #Cochabamba massacre
-Omar Calle
-Cesar Cipe
-Juan Lopez
-Emilio Colque
-Unknown identitypic.twitter.com/hzIPgQnsRG

— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) November 15, 2019

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an ostensibly independent branch of the Organization of American States (OAS), slammed the Bolivian security forces for “disproportionate” violence in a statement on Friday.

“IACHR condemns disproportionate use of police and military force in Cochabamba #Bolivia that have already resulted in 5 deaths and multiple injuries,” the NGO said in a tweet. “Firearms must be excluded from the devices used to control social protests.”

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While the unrest in Bolivia has only worsened since Morales’ removal from office, the new self-appointed “interim” government led by former opposition Senator Jeanine Áñez has deflected blamed on anyone but itself for the ongoing chaos, ordering Cuban and Venezuelan diplomats stationed in the country to return home under a cloud of accusations.

Apparently finding time between executing the power grab and suppressing the pro-Morales protest in the streets with live ammunition, the acting government announced that it would recognize Venezuela’s own self-declared ‘interim’ president, Juan Guaido.

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Title: Arizona border patrol SHOOTS Russian citizen ‘suspected’ of crossing from Mexico into US illegally

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473593-russian-citizen-shot-us-border/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 03:48:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A Russian citizen was shot and wounded by a US Border Patrol agent who claims he suspected the man of sneaking into the country illegally. The Russian consulate has confirmed his identity and requested access to the man.
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A Russian citizen was shot and wounded by a US Border Patrol agent who claims he suspected the man of sneaking into the country illegally. The Russian consulate has confirmed his identity and requested access to the man.

“A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent discharged his service-issued firearm in an incident near Lukeville, Arizona,” the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said in a statement on Friday, adding the wounded man was then transported to a hospital in Phoenix by helicopter for treatment of “non-life threatening injuries.”

BREAKING: @CBPArizona says an #Arizona border agent shot a Russian migrant during “physical altercation” on Thursday as they crossed the border illegally near Lukeville. Migrant was air lifted to #Phoenix hospital with non-life threatening injuries. pic.twitter.com/6wWr7r6O2o

— Rafael Carranza (@RafaelCarranza) November 15, 2019

The agent claims a “physical altercation” broke out as he tried to apprehend the suspect, in which he allegedly had no other choice but to fire his weapon. The man – identified to Sputnik as 37-year-old Evgeny Gluschenko by the Russian consulate general – remains in the hospital.

The incident is now under investigation by both the FBI and the border patrol’s Use of Force Incident Team.

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Title: 2 injured, fans flee in panic as shooting erupts at high school football game in Pleasantville, New Jersey (VIDEOS)

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473592-school-football-shooting-new-jersey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 02:10:00 +0000

Desc: Preview At least two people were shot during a high school football game in Pleasantville, New Jersey, sending fans and players fleeing for cover. The extent of the injuries is unclear.
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At least two people were shot during a high school football game in Pleasantville, New Jersey, sending fans and players fleeing for cover. The extent of the injuries is unclear.

Several shots were fired into the audience at the match at Pleasantville High School on Friday, striking at least one young boy sitting in the stands, local officials have confirmed. The boy was rushed to the hospital by an emergency crew, but his condition is still not known.

Breaking: As the shooting happens at the Camden/Pleasantville football game. People running, jumping fences, laying on the ground. @6abc pic.twitter.com/XzViuszadX

— Mike Nik (@6abcmike) November 16, 2019

A second person was also reportedly hit in the gunfire and brought off the field in an ambulance.

Pop, pop, pop. At least a half dozen shots in Pleasantville bleachers pic.twitter.com/P6TOmCAVb0

— Kevin Minnick 🏈🏀⚾️ (@kminnicksports) November 16, 2019

A reporter with a local newspaper present at the game said the shots were fired from the Pleasantville bleachers, but there is currently no indication police have identified a suspect or made any arrests.

Unbelievable. Just unbelievable pic.twitter.com/iYucRVVMSX

— Kevin Minnick 🏈🏀⚾️ (@kminnicksports) November 16, 2019

READ MORE: Two dead, multiple wounded in California high school shooting

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Title: Morales says US would send him to GITMO, wonders why Bolivian opposition fears him running in elections so much

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473586-morales-bolivia-elections-us-guantanamo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 01:47:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales says he will not take part in the next presidential vote if the people are truly against it. He also revealed that the US ominously offered him ‘help’ fleeing Bolivia.
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Ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales says he will not take part in the next presidential vote if the people are truly against it. He also revealed that the US ominously offered him ‘help’ fleeing Bolivia.

Morales, who resigned under pressure from top military officials after weeks of opposition protests, said that he does not mind if the fresh presidential elections are held without him on the ballot. “For the sake of democracy, if they don't want me to take part, I have no problem not taking part in new elections,” Morales told Reuters in an interview.

I just wonder why there is so much fear of Evo.

However, the veteran leftist said that he did not know another person who could represent the left-wing forces in a potential presidential poll.

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Opposition senator Jeanine Anez, who declared herself “interim president” this week, has said that she would like to mend relations with Morales’s Movement for Socialism (MAS) majority party, but would not welcome him as a presidential candidate again.
Morales, who was accused of election fraud by opposition unhappy with the results of October presidential vote and was eventually forced into political asylum in Mexico, said he just wanted to return to his home country as soon as his resignation is approved by the legislature.

Repression of indigenous pro-democracy protests in Cochabamba, Bolivia. #BoliviaCoup pic.twitter.com/djcDcZPW6o

— Brasil Wire (@BrasilWire) November 15, 2019

That might not be that easy for him, though, as Anez told journalists that although Morales is free to return, he would still face inquiry over alleged electoral fraud “in addition to many allegations of corruption.”

Meanwhile, thousands of supporters of the ousted president marched in support of him – and against the “interim” leader Anez – in La Paz. The demonstrations once again ended in fierce clashes between the demonstrators and the police that used tear gas.

Footage emerging from Cochabamba, Bolivia shows the aftermath of a massacre of indigenous protesters carried out by coup soldiers and police. This will be ignored by western media. pic.twitter.com/phGHgJPsea

— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) November 15, 2019

Speaking from Mexico City, Morales said he had nothing to do with these developments and did not organize any such rallies. What he did reveal was a peculiar role the US sought to play in his fate.

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“The United States had called the foreign minister (of Bolivia) to offer to send us a plane to take us where we wanted,” he said.

I was sure it would be Guantanamo.

This comes after his earlier remarks saying that he was forced out of his office in a coup and accusing the Organization of the American States (OAS) of acting “in the service of the North American empire.”

Supporters of former Bolivian President Evo Morales cover their mouths as an armored vehicle drives past them in La Paz, Bolivia, November 15, 2019 ©  Reuters / Marco Bello

His interview comes as the ‘interim’ Bolivian government plans to send away all Venezuelan diplomats for “violating diplomatic norms” and interfering into the nation’s internal affairs, after Caracas harshly condemned what it called a “coup d’état” in La Paz.

The newly appointed Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric criticized Mexico for the high-profile reception it gave to Morales, which she said was incompatible with his asylum status.

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Title: Twitter’s ‘ban’ on political ads has a gaping, legacy media-shaped loophole

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473590-twitter-political-ads-ban/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 01:34:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Trying to stay ahead of spurious allegations of enabling ‘Russian meddling’ into US elections, Twitter has outlawed all political advertising – but left an exemption most US legacy media, though partisan, will easily sail through.
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Trying to stay ahead of spurious allegations of enabling ‘Russian meddling’ into US elections, Twitter has outlawed all political advertising – but left an exemption most US legacy media, though partisan, will easily sail through.

“Twitter globally prohibits the promotion of political content. We have made this decision based on our belief that political message reach should be earned, not bought,” the company announced Friday, sharing the details of its ad ban.

Elaborating on the decision in a thread, Twitter’s head of legal, policy and Trust & Safety Vijaya Gadde effectively admitted that the ban was driven by concerns over digital advertising “driving political outcomes” – even though the effects of micro-targeted ads “are not yet fully understood.”

Digital advertising is incredibly effective. We must address the risk that brings when it comes to driving political outcomes. With that in mind, three beliefs guided the development of a policy that we think is the right one for Twitter and how our service is used:

— Vijaya Gadde (@vijaya) November 15, 2019

The ban is scheduled to go into effect on November 22. In addition to banning candidates, parties, and affiliated groups like political action committees (PACs) from advertising, Twitter is also ruling out ads that are about influencing votes, parties, ballot initiatives or elections. “Cause-based ads” will be allowed with certain restrictions, but again not when coming from candidates, parties or politicians.

If this sounds convoluted, banning both people and content, that’s because it is. However, the policy has a sizeable exemption for “news publishers” who can run ads referencing “political content and/or prohibited advertisers,” so long as there is no advocacy for or against. 

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To qualify, a publication’s website must have “a minimum of 200,000 monthly unique visitors in the US,” the ability to contact its editors and reporters online, have a searchable archive, and not be a user-generated platform or aggregator. Nor can the publication be dedicated to advocating on a single issue.

These parameters clearly skew the playing field in favor of US legacy media – despite its open partisanship over the past several years. Not only have the legacy media and Democrats blamed the social media for enabling the election of President Donald Trump, they have also led the charge in pressuring Twitter, Facebook and others to “deplatform” any alternative voices they might find unsavory. 

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Most recently, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) actually demanded Twitter suspend Trump’s account as part of her pitch for the 2020 presidential nomination – so far, without effect. 

In August, Twitter rolled out a ban on ads from “state-controlled news media entities,” using a convoluted definition that also carves out exemptions for well-established legacy outlets in the West. 

(Full disclosure: Twitter banned RT ads long before that, without explanation or process, following the initial 2017 congressional hearings into social media platforms, and the revelation that it proposed a multi-million dollar deal to RT during the 2016 election, which was declined.)

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The vast majority – about 86 percent – of Twitter’s revenue comes from advertising, with data licensing and other sources accounting for the rest. The company turned an annual profit for the first time in 2018, five years after going public. 

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Title: Make Americans exceptional again? Trump trumps Pentagon, pardons 2 soldiers charged with war crimes

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473591-trump-pardons-officers-war-crimes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2019 00:40:00 +0000

Desc: Preview President Donald Trump has pardoned two soldiers charged for war crimes in Afghanistan, suggesting that US troops are immune even in the face of their own military justice system, let alone the International Criminal Court.
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President Donald Trump has pardoned two soldiers charged for war crimes in Afghanistan, suggesting that US troops are immune even in the face of their own military justice system, let alone the International Criminal Court.

The president signed a clemency order on Friday granting full pardons to two Army officers facing war crimes charges – one awaiting trial and the other already behind bars – and reinstating the rank of a Navy Seal demoted earlier this year over similar war crimes accusations.

Can't overstate how damaging this is. Trump tells troops, & allies/enemies, that committing war crimes doesn't have to be a serious problem. This weakens the rule of law, chews at US soft power and credibility, and emboldens the bad guys. Of all Trump's idiocies, one of the worst https://t.co/q8xGmGXTpn

— Thomas Juneau (@thomasjuneau) November 16, 2019

Former Army 1st Lieutenant Clint Lorance was convicted of second-degree murder in 2013, after ordering his platoon to open fire on two civilians in Afghanistan. In addition to being dismissed from the Army, Lorance was sentenced to 19 years in the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, where he remained up until the pardon.

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The second pardon was granted to Army Major Mathew Golsteyn, who faced court-martial after admitting – on national television, no less – to killing a freed Afghan prisoner, even though he acknowledged the man was unarmed at the time. He would later admit to disposing of the body in a burn pit along with two other servicemen.

Though acquitted of murder charges filed after he stabbed a wounded enemy fighter with a hunting knife – reportedly telling fellow soldiers “he’s mine” before the act – Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher was sentenced for the lesser crime of posing with a corpse in July, and was demoted from Chief Petty Officer to Petty Officer First Class. President Trump has now reversed that demotion, reinstating Gallagher’s previous rank.

A President who reveres Mohammed bin Salman is obviously going to act to protect his own monsters, murderers and psychopaths.

The grand American tradition of immunizing its war criminals - while preaching morality to the world - continues with these vile pardons by Trump: https://t.co/HiRYmZSJzp

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 16, 2019

In its statement on Friday, the White House said it was giving a “swift resolution” to Golsteyn’s case solely “in the interests of justice,” and hailed the broader move as giving “second chances” to “deserving individuals.” President Trump himself added: “when our soldiers have to fight for our country, I want to give them the confidence to fight.”

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There is indeed good reason for confidence among American troops when it comes to war crimes allegations, as Washington regularly fights tooth-and-nail to insulate US servicemen from any such charges. Apparently displeased by an International Criminal Court (ICC) war crimes probe targeting US troops launched in 2017, earlier this year Washington blocked the entry visa of the body’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, barring her from investigating in the US.

Many smart people have said a lot of smart things about the pardons. Just want to echo:

the VAST majority of post-9/11 servicemembers went abroad to insanely ambiguous wars + maintained their honor. Normalizing war crimes like this is a disservice to everyone who held that line.

— Matt Gallagher (@MattGallagher0) November 16, 2019

Less than a month prior, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted Washington would not allow American soldiers to live in “fear of unjust prosecutions,” despite the fact that he opposes any impartial investigation that could establish whether particular charges have merit, preferring “internal” probes which reliably clear all personnel of wrongdoing.

The President has the unquestioned constitutional power to issue these pardons.

But they send a truly terrible message about accountability for war crimes to our men and women in uniform—and there's a reason this only came out late on a Friday afternoon.https://t.co/lX1JaN5I2I

— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) November 15, 2019

Perhaps sensing the bad optics of the decision, however, current and former military officials have questioned whether the pardons would send a “bad message” to both US soldiers and the rest of the world. In May, retired General Martin Dempsey suggested the pardons could signal “that we don't take the Law of Armed Conflict seriously.”

Despite the apparent concern, the Army said it would nonetheless go through with the pardons in a statement on Friday, acknowledging “the president has the power to grant pardons for federal offenders” under the US Constitution.

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Title: ‘No recollection meeting this lady’: Prince Andrew denies link to Epstein accuser he was pictured with

Link: https://www.rt.com/uk/473587-prince-andrew-denies-epstein-accuser/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 22:53:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The UK’s Prince Andrew says he has no memory of meeting an accuser of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein who says she was coerced into sex with him while underage, despite seemingly appearing alongside her in a 2001 photo.
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The UK’s Prince Andrew says he has no memory of meeting an accuser of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein who says she was coerced into sex with him while underage, despite seemingly appearing alongside her in a 2001 photo.

While Andrew says he regrets spending time with the New York financier after he had been implicated in sex trafficking, the prince insisted in an interview with the BBC he did not recall ever meeting Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was forced into sex with Andrew between 1999 and 2002, during the time she says Epstein kept her as a “slave.”

I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.

Saying "I don't remember meeting her" and "I never met her." is two different things. In other words, he met her, he doesn't remember when or where. Stop Prince Andrew while you're ahead. Epstein had a safe filled with tapes and ledgers in that 72nd Street apartment.

— Robin Samuels (@robinsamuels525) November 15, 2019

In spite of the denial, a photo reportedly taken in 2001 appears to show the prince with Giuffre, arm wrapped around her bare waist, inside the London home of Epstein’s then-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

headlines of "I don't recall meeting this lady" and "I let down the site" running above this picture of Prince Andrew and a picture of him with his arm around the waist of then-17 y/o Virginia Giuffre is probably not what Buckingham Palace was hoping for from this interview pic.twitter.com/Vv288lfHyR

— a strange shrill to die on (@theshrillest) November 15, 2019

Though the royal palace was in no hurry to officially address the photo, anonymous supporters of Andrew told the Telegraph in August that the image is “a fake,” however Giuffre insists that is merely an excuse.

“This photo has been verified as an original and it’s been since given to the FBI and they’ve never contested that it’s a fake,” she told ‘60 Minutes’ earlier this month. “This is a real photo. That’s the very first time I met him.”

He needs to stop with all of these lame excuses. We’re sick of hearing it.

On his decision to stay with Epstein even after his sex trafficking conviction in 2008, Andrew says he now sees it was a poor choice, not befitting of royalty.

I stayed with him and that's...that's...that's the bit that...that...that, as it were, I kick myself for on a daily basis because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down, simple as that.

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Title: Ex-Ukraine envoy’s feelings that Trump ‘threatened’ her & his ‘real-time attacks’ on Twitter are IMPEACHABLE, Democrats say

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473583-yovanovitch-impeachment-intimidation-trump/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 22:50:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Ex-ambassador Marie Yovanovitch feeling “threatened” by President Donald Trump and his tweet criticizing her “in real-time” during her testimony amount to new grounds for impeachment, Democrats and their media proxies claimed.
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Ex-ambassador Marie Yovanovitch feeling “threatened” by President Donald Trump and his tweet criticizing her “in real-time” during her testimony amount to new grounds for impeachment, Democrats and their media proxies claimed.

During Friday’s impeachment hearing, Yovanovitch complained that she’s been the victim of a “smear campaign” by the Trump administration, carried out particularly by the president’s personal counsel Rudy Giuliani – and Trump himself.

The former ambassador recalled her reaction to the transcript of the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a testimony that the New York Times called “powerful and personal.”

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Quoting a third-person account for some reason, Yovanovitch said that “a person who saw me actually reading the transcript said that the color drained from my face.”

“I think I even had a physical reaction. I think, you know, even now, words kind of fail me,” she went on.

Yovanovitch reacts to the July 25 call where Trump called her "bad news."

"The color drained from my face ... I even had a physical reaction. Even now, words kind of fail me."

She added that she was "shocked, appalled, devastated" that Trump would say that about any ambassador.

— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) November 15, 2019

House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-California) interrupted the questions from Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman to read a tweet Trump had posted “in real time” during her testimony and solicit Yovanovitch’s reaction.

“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," the tweet began.

Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019

Yovanovitch said she felt “very intimidated” by what Trump had to say. Schiff applauded Yovanovitch’s “courage” for testifying. In a huddle with reporters after the hearing, he later called Trump’s tweeting “witness intimidation,” deeming it “part of the pattern to obstruct justice.”

What could become key moment in #ImpeachmentHearing: as ex US ambassador to Ukraine gives evidence In Congress, #Trump tweets criticism of her. “It’s very intimidating” she says. @RepAdamSchiff says “committee takes witness intimidation very seriously”.pic.twitter.com/Ls1BfdM3HL

— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) November 15, 2019

The drama of it all proved just too much for the Democratic side of the aisle to handle.

“Witness intimidation is a federal crime. It is also an impeachable offense #AbuseOfPower. Consider yourself warned. No. One. Is. Above. The. Law" wrote Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York).

Many more vented their outrage at what they said was a "crime" or “felony" – which would surely see Trump toppled if everything else fails.

Witness intimidation is a federal crime.

It is also an impeachable offense #AbuseOfPower.

Consider yourself warned.

No. One. Is. Above. The. Law. https://t.co/NEWIsbvy44

— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) November 15, 2019

In criminal proceedings, intimidating a witness to prevent or influence testimony is a felony.

In impeachment proceedings, obstruction of justice was an article of impeachment against Nixon.

Both facts are relevant to the President smearing Marie Yovanovitch as she testifies. https://t.co/WTe3QpXRlm

— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) November 15, 2019

Meanwhile, Trump supporters scoffed that Yovanovitch’s feelings were being used as evidence. Several pointed out that with her high-pitched voice and emotionally-charged suggestions of being traumatized, Yovanovitch sounded like Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony in the Kavanaugh hearings.

Seeing several pundits claiming they're "moved" by Ambassador Yovanovitch's testimony.

Folks, we're not here to talk about whether you're "moved." We're here to get the facts—and they haven't changed. There has been no link shown between aid & political investigations. Period.

— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 15, 2019

Sure, Yovanovitch might do some well-rehearsed theatrics today. But by now we’re used to it. We’ve seen the Menendez brothers, Christine Blasey Ford. We’ve seen this play before!

— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) November 15, 2019

Still lacking evidence against Trump for impeachment, the Democrats repeatedly condemned the “character assassination,” “smear campaign,” and “defamation” that Yovanovitch supposedly endured at the hands of the Trump administration – namely, the allegation from Ukrainian prosecutor Yury Lutsenko that she had handed him a “do not prosecute” list on their first meeting.

Republicans, on the other hand, mocked the proceedings, asked pointed questions, and challenged the legitimacy of the inquiry itself. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) asked whether Yovanovitch was aware of “any crime” the president had committed – to which the ex-ambassador answered “no” – while Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-New York) ridiculed Schiff for blocking access to the mysterious whistleblower.

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The Democrats continue their search for the grounds of impeachment – “in real time” – as they go along. Those grounds have shifted from the alleged quid pro quo in the Trump-Zelensky phone call, to alleged bribery during that same call, to “witness intimidation” that they claim happened during the hearing itself. 

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Title: Here’s what happens to a car in a nuclear-force blast (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473581-russia-military-robots-nuclear-explosion/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 22:18:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A nuclear strike is the ultimate attack, annihilating all in its path. Yet modern military hardware must be able to survive this force and it turns out Russia has the perfect place to test if its latest gear meets this challenge.
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A nuclear strike is the ultimate attack, annihilating all in its path. Yet modern military hardware must be able to survive this force and it turns out Russia has the perfect place to test if its latest gear meets this challenge.

Russia’s Zvezda TV has pulled back the shroud of secrecy over one of the Russian military’s unique test facilities, which helps test modern equipment for its durability in the face of various damages, including a nuclear explosion.

And no, Russia does not conduct secret undetected nuclear blasts just to see if its tanks and howitzers live through them. What the high-security facility creates is a near-perfect modelling of the effects of a nuclear explosion – from the avalanching blast wave to thermal radiation and a blast’s electromagnetic pulse. Apart from that, the military research institute also helps make sure that newly-developed equipment survives things like lightning strikes.

This time, in the limelight is a new ‘family’ of military KUNGAS unmanned ground vehicles that includes five models ranging from a tiny 12-kilo unarmed reconnaissance robot to an armored personnel carrier-sized 13-ton monster, which can vary between carrying troops and a human driver and laying down fire support while controlled by a remote operator.

It was not just the robots that were tested, though, as the specialists at the facility – known as the Russian Defense Ministry’s 12th Central Research Institute – also put the command post that hosts the robots’ operators through some of the trials associated with a nuclear blast impact.

One of the most impressive-looking tests is the one where a blast wave is simulated using a special blast tube, which is almost 113 meters long. An explosive charge at one end of the tube is used to create a focused shockwave rivalling what happens in a nuclear blast, albeit at a distance from the epicenter – but still enough to send a seven-ton Soviet BMD-1 infantry fighting vehicle tumbling like a papier-maché model.

Includes some interesting archive footage of a BMD-1 test from another site pic.twitter.com/I8eV1VepV2

— Joseph Dempsey (@JosephHDempsey) November 10, 2019

Unsurprisingly, civilian vehicles don't fare in the tests very well. In Zvezda’s video, the shockwave was enough to crush a civilian car flat. Yet, the command post, mounted on a truck, can apparently withstand the Armageddon-force blast as it hardly moved an inch despite being right at the receiving end of the tube.

Other tests – not as impressive-looking, but no less important – involve checking if the new remotely-controlled vehicles can endure an electromagnetic pulse and other forms of disturbance. Such pulses could knock out any insufficiently hardened electronics, which could be fatal in the case of robots controlled from afar.

The Russian testing facility might be unique due to the fact that it has more than 50 testing ranges used to check if Russian weapons and equipment are up to almost any challenge. Yet, it is not the only one of its kind in the world – the US, for one, has its own blast tube. Operated by the US Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories, the tube can generate different magnitudes of force – just like the Russian one.

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Title: Ecuador cuts off RT Spanish broadcast without explanation following minister’s complaint about protest coverage

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473584-ecuador-cut-off-broadcast-rt/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 22:14:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Ecuador's public television provider, the National Telecommunications Corporation, has cut off its broadcast of RT Spanish. The move comes weeks after Ecuador’s interior minister complained about RT covering local protests.
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Ecuador's public television provider, the National Telecommunications Corporation, has cut off its broadcast of RT Spanish. The move comes weeks after Ecuador’s interior minister complained about RT covering local protests.

The broadcast was cut off on Thursday without any prior notice or explanation. The NTC's only comment was to tell its customers that the channel 778, which was the one carrying RT Spanish, is not included in the package anymore, and offer three sports channels instead.

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US-oriented IMF & its austerity package guilty of chaos in Ecuador – ex-Central Bank official to RT

RT has still not received any comment from the NTC and its reasons remain unclear. Last month, Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo blamed RT for the increased level of “violence” President Lenin Moreno faced in the media field during the massive protests that gripped the Latin American nation.

Romo slammed the “attacks in social media” that allegedly targeted Moreno, adding that he faced almost the same level of hatred in the media as in the streets. She also spoke about large amounts of “false information” in the media field, and singled out “a public channel of the Russian government” for broadcasting live the protests that had been raging in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito for almost two weeks and made some parts of the city look like a war zone.

The minister called RT’s coverage “striking”, but admitted that the channel did cover “everything that was happening in the streets.”

Despite the minister's close attention to RT’s line of work, the channel was far from alone in covering the biggest protests in the last 15 years of Ecuador’s history. The likes of Spanish EFE, El País, La Vanguardia alongside with Columbia’s El Tiempo and Argentinian Infobae were broadcasting the demonstrations live as well.

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The protests were sparked by Moreno’s government austerity decree that canceled fuel subsidies. The IMF-approved measure particularly drew the ire of indigenous communities, who led the protests.

Riots that saw protesters storming government buildings even forced Moreno out of the capital for a short while and eventually made the government scrap the controversial measure. Meanwhile, Moreno directly accused his predecessor Rafael Correa and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of an attempt to “destabilize” his country.

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Title: Assad likens ‘suicide’ of White Helmets founder to EPSTEIN & other high-profile mystery deaths

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473579-assad-epstein-white-helmets-deaths/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 21:38:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Syrian President Bashar Assad has scorned the official story of wealthy sex predator Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide, suggesting that people like him, or the late White Helmets founder, knew too much for the rich and powerful.
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Syrian President Bashar Assad has scorned the official story of wealthy sex predator Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide, suggesting that people like him, or the late White Helmets founder, knew too much for the rich and powerful.

Epstein “was killed because he knew a lot of vital secrets connected with very important people in the British and American regimes, and possibly in other countries as well,” Assad told Russian channel Rossiya-24 in an interview Thursday. 

Assad suggested that the convicted sex offender’s death was analogous to the unusual demise earlier this week of White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier, who allegedly jumped out of a window at his home in Turkey. Turkish police are treating Le Mesurier’s death as suicide.

They turned into a burden once they had played out their roles. A dire need to do away with them surfaced after they had fulfilled their roles.

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Assad was referring not just to Epstein and Le Mesurier, but also to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden – originally trained by the CIA to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan – and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who spent time in American custody in the notorious Camp Bucca and Abu Ghraib prisons in Iraq. All these “had been killed chiefly because they knew major secrets,” the Syrian leader argued.

While Epstein’s death was officially declared a suicide, celebrity medical examiner Michael Baden threw a wrench into the machine when he declared that the deceased pedophile’s broken hyoid bones likely came from strangulation. Le Mesurier’s death, tentatively ruled a suicide, proved too suspicious for Assad, who believes it is the “work of the secret services.”

Possibly, the founder of the White Helmets had been working on his memoirs and on the biography of his life, and this was unacceptable. This is an assumption, but a very serious one, since other options don’t sound convincing to me at the moment.

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Le Mesurier was tagged as a “former agent of MI6” by the Russian Foreign Ministry just three days before his death, with “connections to terrorist groups” in Kosovo. His White Helmets group, Assad said, “are naturally part of Al-Qaeda” and have been caught staging “gas attacks” such as the phony event in Douma, used by the US as rationale for a strike on Damascus.

READ MORE: White Helmets plotting to stage new chemical weapons incidents in Syria – Russian Foreign Ministry

Epstein’s own links with intelligence agencies have been subject to much speculation, especially after Alex Acosta, the former Florida prosecutor who sentenced Epstein to an open-door prison sentence of just 13 months despite allegations he’d trafficked and abused dozens of girls, said he was told to “leave it alone” because Epstein “belonged to intelligence.” Former Israeli military intel officer Ari Ben-Menashe has claimed Epstein worked with Israeli intelligence as well, introduced to the business through his “girlfriend” Ghislaine Maxwell’s father Robert – a known Mossad agent. 

Syrian president Assad connects the dots between the deaths of Jeffrey Epstein, the White Helmets co-founder, bin Laden and al-Baghdadi.

'They had important secrets, had become a burden and their role was over' pic.twitter.com/u0EJdGwLs3

— RT (@RT_com) 16 ноября 2019 г.

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Title: Roger Stone conviction: Trump attacks double-standards on LYING while media repurposes a disproved ‘WikiLeaks insider’ connection

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473580-roger-stone-guilty-seven-felonies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 21:21:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Former Donald Trump campaign strategist Roger Stone has been found guilty of all felony charges over his false claim of having an inside contact at WikiLeaks (he didn’t). Trump said those who lied under oath against him walk free.
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Former Donald Trump campaign strategist Roger Stone has been found guilty of all felony charges over his false claim of having an inside contact at WikiLeaks (he didn’t). Trump said those who lied under oath against him walk free.

Stone was convicted of lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction, all charges centered around misrepresenting the nature of his contacts with WikiLeaks during intelligence committee hearings related to the special counsel’s ‘Russian collusion’ inquiry. Not only did Stone falsely claim comedian and former friend Randy Credico was the “intermediary” discussed in emails with Trump campaign officials, but he repeatedly begged Credico to lie as well, prosecutors claimed – and threatened him if he wouldn’t.

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The actual “intermediary,” prosecutors asserted, was conservative author Jerome Corsi, who was also questioned in the course of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation but did not testify in Stone’s trial. Corsi sued Mueller and several federal agencies last year for allegedly attempting to coerce him into confirming he was in fact a go-between for the Trump team and WikiLeaks, and while that case was dismissed, it was brought before an appeals court earlier this week.

President Trump was quick to react to the verdict, lambasting the “double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country.” He brought up a whole list of Democrats and anti-Trump figures, suggesting they might have to answer for some lies, too.

....A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019

While the Stone verdict actually shows the Trump campaign strategist didn’t have insider contact with WikiLeaks – and thereby, according to the tortured Russiagate narrative, with Moscow – collusion enthusiasts celebrated the jury’s decision anyway. Stone may have tried to obtain the emails WikiLeaks possessed from the Democratic National Committee, but there is no evidence that he was successful, and thus no evidence the Trump campaign had any inside contact with WikiLeaks at all – a major point of the collusion theory. Nevertheless, prosecutors blamed Stone for lawmakers’ failure to “pursue promising leads” and said it was Stone’s falsehoods that caused them to come to the wrong conclusion in their final Russiagate report.

Nor were prosecutors the only ones convinced that Stone’s transgressions amounted to proof of the elusive Russian collusion. CNN’s Dana Bash rapturously claimed that “the Mueller team, his report, could not prove collusion, but this is maybe – one person removed – collusion! That’s what WikiLeaks is!

Declaring WikiLeaks “is an arm of the Russian government” – yes, someone actually said that – she misread Stone’s guilty verdict as proof he had been “talking to the WikiLeaks people.” And Bash was far from the only pundit to declare victory over a defeat.

Roger Stone is going to prison for lying to Congress and tampering with witnesses.

Because of this, we now know Trump lied to Mueller in his written statements about Stone and Wikileaks.

We also know the Trump campaign was directly coordinating with Russian Intelligence.

— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) November 15, 2019

Key point. Remember Roger Stone and other Trump allies pushed variants of the Russians-didn't-do-it conspiracy theory. https://t.co/NVRWzXJd1s

— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) November 15, 2019

Stone was arrested in a theatrical FBI raid in January after repeatedly pleading the fifth and refusing to produce documents requested by the House and Senate investigations into the alleged election interference. Even in his own trial, which lasted just a week, he did not take the stand, dismissing the case as politically motivated. The charges he has been convicted of carry as many as 20 years in prison, though he is expected to receive a more lenient sentence.

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Title: High anxiety: American Airlines staff ‘begging’ not to fly on 737 MAX

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/473568-american-airlines-fear-max-737/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 20:42:50 +0000

Desc: Preview Some flight attendants with American Airlines remain fearful of flying the Boeing 737 MAX, despite the plane-maker nearing regulatory approval for a software update. The jet has been grounded after two fatal crashes left 346 dead.
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Some flight attendants with American Airlines remain fearful of flying the Boeing 737 MAX, despite the plane-maker nearing regulatory approval for a software update. The jet has been grounded after two fatal crashes left 346 dead.

According to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), they want to be fully versed on what has happened and why the plane is safe to fly now. The union said it will consider information from Boeing, US regulators, American Airlines, the carrier’s pilots and others before making a final decision.

“I hear from some flight attendants every day and they are begging me to not make them go back up in that airplane,” APFA President Lori Bassani told reporters. “We want to know without a doubt that it’s safe to fly.”

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Boeing, which has been striving to end the MAX’s worldwide grounding, said this week the US Federal Aviation Administration is on track to certify its redesigned flight-control software by mid-December. The manufacturer could then start delivering new MAX jets to the world’s airlines.

American Airlines said last week it will keep Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft off its schedules until next March. The company previously said it would resume the flights by January, cancelling around 140 flights each day in the meantime.

To demonstrate the safety of the aircraft to future passengers, American plans to make “exhibition flights” with executives, workers and reporters before the plane resumes commercial service.

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American’s employees must be comfortable with the MAX before it will fly again, the company’s President Robert Isom said.

“After the FAA has given their sign of approval, after our pilots have said ‘Yes we’re ready to go,’ we intend to fly that aircraft so that our team is comfortable,” he said, adding: “So our pilots, our flight attendants, our partners, media – you name it – all of us as executives; we intend to fly that aircraft before it goes into commercial service.”

The union for flight attendants at United Airlines said it wants a global consensus on the plane’s safety before its members will work again on the MAX.

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Title: Wrong Abu? IDF ‘investigating’ after wiping out Gaza family of EIGHT, incl. 5 kids, in raid on presumed Islamic Jihad commander

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473571-israel-bombs-family-mistaken-identity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:19:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The Israeli Defense Force is investigating whether it killed eight innocent Palestinian family members, including five children, while targeting a militant leader in Gaza. It insists the building they lived in was thought empty.
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The Israeli Defense Force is investigating whether it killed eight innocent Palestinian family members, including five children, while targeting a militant leader in Gaza. It insists the building they lived in was thought empty.

Israel bombed a family home in Deir al-Balah in the early hours of Thursday morning, killing Rasmi Abu Malhous, his wife, his brother’s wife, and five of their children. While the IDF claimed Abu Malhous was an Islamic Jihad rocket squadron commander and acknowledged he was the target of the strike, the family’s neighbors say the photo the IDF published of Abu Malhous is a different man than the one killed in the strike – an apparent tragic case of mistaken identity.

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Israel bombed a family home in Deir al-Balah in the early hours of Thursday morning, killing Rasmi Abu Malhous, his wife, his brother’s wife, and five of their children. While the IDF claimed Abu Malhous was an Islamic Jihad rocket squadron commander and acknowledged he was the target of the strike, the family’s neighbors say the photo the IDF published of Abu Malhous is a different man than the one killed in the strike – an apparent tragic case of mistaken identity.

We undertake great intelligence and operational efforts not to harm non-combatants over the course of thwarting terror activities,” the IDF said in a statement on Thursday, adding that it is investigating the “claim” that innocent civilians were harmed during the strike in central Gaza in the early hours of the day. Military sources told Israeli news outlet Haaretz that the strike had targeted “infrastructure,” insisting they were unaware anyone was inside the building and that Islamic Jihad commanders often hide “ammunition and military infrastructure” in their homes. 

But the family merely shared the same name as the Islamic Jihad commander, neighbors told the Israeli outlet, adding that they “lived off herding sheep and were known as simple, poor people,” while an Islamic Jihad commander would certainly live in better surroundings. “The story that [the IDF] attacked a senior jihadist seems disconnected from reality.”

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Abu Malhous’ brother and 11 other family members – mostly children, according to al-Jazeera – were left in critical condition by the bombing, which took place just hours before an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire took effect.

A total of 34 Palestinians were killed during two days of IDF air raids on Gaza while Islamic Jihad fired scores of rockets into southern Israel. The violence was triggered by Israel’s assassination of Islamic Jihad leader Bahaa Abu al-Atta and his wife by firing a missile into their home in Gaza, and by the attempted assassination of another Islamic Jihad leader, Akram al-Ajouri, in Damascus.

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Title: When sports stars go crazy: From Cantona to Khabib, 10 moments when sports heroes lost the plot

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473570-when-sports-stars-go-crazy-cantona-mcgregor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:19:00 +0000

Desc: Preview As NFL fans react with shock at the incident involving Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph on Thursday night, RT Sport takes a look at 10 unforgettable moments when sports stars succumbed to the red mist.
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As NFL fans react with shock at the incident involving Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph on Thursday night, RT Sport takes a look at 10 unforgettable moments when sports stars succumbed to the red mist.

Eric Cantona kicks off at Crystal Palace – January 26, 1995

Eric Cantona’s indelible impact on the Premier League is forever immortalized by the night at Selhurst Park when the striker showed the incendiary personality of the poet he has since become.

Four minutes after the break in a match that would finish 1-1, Crystal Palace defender Richard Shaw’s close marking of the Manchester United magician caused Cantona to lose his cool in violent fashion and lash out at the defender in close quarters to the assistant referee, resulting in a red card.

As he strutted towards the tunnel, Cantona was offered choice words by a 20-year-old Palace fan who had raced down a stand, and his reaction – described by one newspaper as “nitro-glycerine in human form” – was to leap feet-first across a hoarding towards his taunting adversary.

Cantona’s leap was labeled a kung-fu move, but in truth it was too primally unconstrained to honor the discipline. He received a nine-month ban from the sport and 120 hours of community service.

Conor McGregor throws cans at the Diaz brothers – August 17, 2006

If Nate Diaz’s response to Conor McGregor’s sharp tongue ahead of UFC 202 – launching a plastic bottle at his rival as he angrily exited a press conference – was intended as a petty parting shot, it provoked a rippling response from the sport’s fiercest figure.

“You’ll do nothin’,” McGregor’s initial repeated barb into the microphone, has become a fixture of memes and mockery, but the former champion earned the reaction he really wanted in the form of a harmlessly lobbed receptacle.

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Apparently incensed by the chuck, he leaped to his feet, grabbed drinks from the press table and began furiously launching them into the darkness, where Diaz and his mob were goading his team in kind.

One of the impromptu weapons was a Monster energy can which was reported to have struck a young viewer on its flight towards team Diaz.

“He shouldn’t have been throwing cans like that,” said featherweight Chris Avila, who revealed the identity of the luckless can victim.

Ayrton Senna trashes Alain Prost’s car to win the F1 World Championship – October 21, 1990

Brazilian Formula 1 great Ayrton Senna entered the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix in pole position, knowing that the only man who could deny him the World Championship was familiar foe Alain Prost, who had beaten him to the title the previous season.

Starting the day seven points ahead of Ferrari’s Prost, Senna was ruthless and reckless in knocking the Frenchman off the circuit at the first corner in a crash at around 130mph that savaged the right wing of his McLaren Honda before he had even achieved impact.

Understandably, Prost was disgusted by the precarious ploy, and the danger involved was underlined when Formula 3000 driver Hitoshi Ogawa was killed in a crash on the same corner two years later.

Conor McGregor's bus attack at UFC 223 media day – April 5, 2018

If the water bottle wobbly at UFC 202 was a warm-up, McGregor’s violent attack on a minibus in Brooklyn – which contained future opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov and several other fighters – was an outbreak of unbridled menace.

Following a hotel confrontation involving Nurmagomedov and McGregor teammate Artem Lobov, McGregor and his team hopped on a private plane to New York and attempted to exact revenge by attacking the bus containing the Russian star.

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Steel dollies, garbage cans and railings were a few of the weapons said to have been rained on the buses in the loading docks at the Barclays Centre, where McGregor and his cronies had stormed the innards and reached the mini-convoy.

All of which unwittingly gave Nurmagomedov ample motivation for his eventual encounter in the Octagon with McGregor, scoring a shock fourth-round win at UFC 229 to usurp the lightweight champion and secure his position as a name not to be messed with. More on that later.

Nick Kyrgios hurling a chair across a court at the Italian Open – May 16, 2019

Where do we start with Nick Kyrgios? Let’s take a recent flashpoint in the Australian showman’s histrionic history, when he reacted to being docked a game for swearing in typically reasonable fashion at the Italian Open, hurling a chair aside before packing his bag, marching off and defaulting the match.

He accrued more fines for a string of misdemeanors at Queen’s in London the following month, including lampooning an official’s headwear, but those incidents were only the latest in a litany of incidents that have been equal parts distasteful, disturbing and entertaining.

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One of the earliest, when he made abusive remarks to Stan Wawrinka about new girlfriend and fellow pro Donna Vekic in 2015, left the multiple Grand Slam winner publicly appalled by remarks he called “disrespectful in a way I could never even imagine.”

Since then, Kyrgios has stropped out of Wimbledon, faced sanctions for apparently throwing a match, been at the center of a BBC apology for seeming to simulate a sex act with a bottle and annoyed Rafael Nadal by serving underhand - although Judy Murray praised that unorthodox tactic as “genius”.

The underarm serve. 💕 The whole point of tennis competition is to disrupt ur opponents game by applying pressure through changing the speed, spin, direction, depth or height of the ball. And that includes the serve. Kyrgios is a genius. I’m surprised more players don’t do it. pic.twitter.com/lBfI8XM7MN

— judy murray (@JudyMurray) March 25, 2019

Mike Tyson is disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear – June 28, 1997

Heavyweight Holyfield had inflicted the first defeat of Tyson’s fearsome career since a wake-up loss to Buster Douglas six years earlier, so it was forgivable that the rematch of their 1996 contest, in Nevada in 1997, was a source of anger for the dethroned WBA champion.

Less forgivable - and comprehensible - was Tyson’s increasing tendency to target Holyfield’s head and ears with his teeth as he grappled to regain his crown in the early stages of their second fight.

The fight has been viewed in a funnier light in the years that have followed, but it’s hard to forget how appallingly gruesome the animalistic assault seemed at the time, with Tyson gobbing part of Holyfield’s lobe onto the canvas before it was carried away in a bag by officials.

Holyfield said a prayer for his disqualified opponent in his dressing room, and Tyson has offered a variety of explanations since that night, which caused his boxing license to be revoked in a move that kept him out of the ring for 18 months.

Luis Suarez bites an opponent at the 2014 World Cup – June 24, 2014

One of the abiding memories of the 2014 World Cup group stages came in the moments after a bizarre incident in which Luis Suarez, Uruguay’s mercurial striker and playmaker who was about to join Barcelona from Liverpool, appeared to bite Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

Most fans squinted at their screens in an attempt to deduce whether their eyes were deceiving them at the sight of an inexplicable act that was later shown to have left visible teeth marks on the shoulder area of the Juventus defender.

Suarez received a retrospective ban from even entering football stadiums until October, with a panel rejecting his defense and finding him guilty after viewing the collision from 34 different camera angles.

Many were unaware that Suarez had first been banned for biting while at Ajax in 2010. A year later, he was found guilty by the English FA of racially abusing Patrice Evra, and he also sat out ten matches for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic while with Liverpool in 2013.

Serena Williams smashing rackets at Wimbledon – July 8, 2019

No-one could accuse Serena Williams of lacking passion and will to win, although her most recent racket-smashing wrangle came in a non-competitive setting

“Maybe I’m super-strong - I don’t know,” said the tennis great, asking reporters to help her understand how she had caused $10,000 dollars in damage to a practice court the day before this year’s Wimbledon began.

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Williams was docked the same amount by the All England Club for battering her racket during a seemingly innocuous second-round win at Wimbledon in 2016 - an earlier example of her repeated incapacity to conceal her frustration on court.

During last year’s US Open final defeat to Naomi Osaka, Williams was deducted a point as part of a code violation partly enacted by racket abuse in a match-long feud during which she called umpire Carlos Ramos a “thief”.

Khabib jumping the cage at UFC 229 – October 6, 2018

Khabib’s victory over McGregor was never going to pass quietly, but few could have foreseen the chaotic scenes that would follow the headline fight of UFC 229 in Las Vegas.

With emotions running stratospherically high on both sides of the Octagon, the newborn star sparked ferociously unedifying scenes by leaving the cage and attacking the dethroned champion’s coach, Dillon Danis.

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A stunned McGregor, who had lost his lightweight title, attempted to follow Khabib out of the cage before taking a swipe at the winner’s brother, Magomed.

UFC boss Dana White said three of Khabib’s entourage were arrested as both sides tangled in a mass brawl, creating a deeply hostile crowd. It marked an ugly end to a sensational contest, although the night remains momentous in the history of the sport.

Andrew Golota disqualified for low blows to Riddick Bowe, December 14, 1996

Heavyweight Pole Andrew Golota would probably have ended his slugfests against American Riddick Bowe victorious had he not bafflingly sent in a succession of low blows to effectively beat himself.

The nature of his seventh-round disqualification in their first meeting, at Madison Square Garden in July 1996, caused a riot. Five months later, Golota embarrassed Bowe again, but also repeated his failing by targeting his opponent’s groin in spite of the advice of his corner and the warnings and sanctions of referee Eddie Cotton.

With just two seconds left in round nine, the cruising Golota gave Cotton no choice but to call the scrap off in front of an incredulous worldwide audience, as unable to understand his tactics as the fighter apparently was at comprehending instructions to switch to his jab.

The "what-could-have-been" feel of Golota’s near-victories ended when he was knocked out inside a round by Lennox Lewis the following year, by which time Bowe had retired from boxing.



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Title: 'Unprecedented penalties': NFL issues mammoth fines and suspensions following Browns-Steelers melee

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473575-browns-steelers-garrett-suspension/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 17:52:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Several players, including Myles Garrett, have been hit with fines and lengthy suspensions from the NFL after the on-field brawl which marred Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Several players, including Myles Garrett, have been hit with fines and lengthy suspensions from the NFL after the on-field brawl which marred Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Both the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers organizations were hit with the fines following the incident which occurred with just eight seconds remaining in the game in First Energy Stadium late on Thursday.

The chaos saw Browns' Pro Bowl edge rusher Myles Garrett remove the helmet of opposition quarterback Mason Rudolph and swing it at his head following a physical confrontation between the two players. 

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Garrett has been suspended indefinitely without pay until at least the end of the season, and must meet with the league commissioner's office before he is cleared to return to the team.

Meanwhile, Garrett's teammate Larry Ogunjobi has been banned for one game after footage showed him pushing Rudolph to the ground as players from both teams engaged in a brawl.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has been suspended for three games, also without pay, after he punched and kicked Garrett in the head while the player was on the ground. 

In addition to the above, the NFL also announced that they will launch additional disciplinary proceedings against several players from both teams who left the bench to join in in the melee. 

Myles Garrett ripped off Mason Ruldoph’s helmet and swung it at him 😳 pic.twitter.com/dPBbRRcfz6

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) November 15, 2019

Steelers, Browns organizations each fined $250,000.

Browns' Garrett, Ogunjobi & Steelers' Pouncey suspended. pic.twitter.com/HJ4Qnc4xsY

— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) November 15, 2019

In the end, unprecedented penalties levied by the NFL: 10 total games of suspensions for 3 players at least. $500,000 total against two teams. Plus every player who left the bench area to participate will be fined. There could be more.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 15, 2019

Under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, the fines and suspensions levied against the players can be appealed within three business days, which may be a line of inquiry for Ogunjobi and Pouncey. But one suspects that the sheer magnitude of Garrett's suspension means that any appeal would still rule him out for the remainder of the season.

The loss of the Browns' influential defensive end is a cruel, and entirely avoidable, blow to a team who had begun to find their form after a stop-start opening to the season.

Garrett is considered to be one of the most dominant defensive players in the league and was a top contender for Defensive Player of the Year honors. But those chances have almost certainly evaporated following his actions during Thursday night's game.

Statement from Myles Garrett: pic.twitter.com/txVA970CmW

— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 15, 2019

He released a statement in the wake of the suspension being announced in which he apologized for the incident.

"Last night, I made a terrible mistake," Garrett said. "I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward.

"I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and to the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so."

Dee and Jimmy Haslam, owners of the Cleveland Browns, also released a statement in the wake of the suspension announcement in which they deemed Garrett's actions "completely unacceptable". 

DE Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely and DT Larry Ogunjobi has been suspended for one game.

Statement from Dee and Jimmy Haslam » https://t.co/6ZXPyWOh8L pic.twitter.com/ElqKVHJdf7

— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 15, 2019

"We are extremely disappointed at what transpired at the end of last evening's game," their joint statement read.

"There is no place for that in football and that is not reflective of the core values we strive for as an organization.

"We sincerely apologize to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Myles Garrett has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for the last three years but his actions last night were completely unacceptable. We understand the consequences from the league for his actions."

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Both teams have a long and storied rivalry in the AFC North but rarely does it come to a fore in the extent that it did on Thursday, but given the furor which has followed this game all eyes will surely be on Heinz Field when the sides meet again in just a few weeks' time.

One suspects that the Steelers won't just have last night's 21-7 defeat as a source of motivation when they take to the field. 



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Title: 'In a street fight, I'd win': UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell says he'd KO 'Iron' Mike Tyson on the streets

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473563-mike-tyson-chuck-liddell/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 17:38:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Former UFC champion Chuck Liddell says that Mike Tyson would have little chance against him in a street fight if the two superstars of their respective sports ever tangled on the streets.
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Former UFC champion Chuck Liddell says that Mike Tyson would have little chance against him in a street fight if the two superstars of their respective sports ever tangled on the streets.

Liddell's UFC run was littered with spectacular knockouts against the likes of Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture and the iron-fisted, mohawked slugger predicts that Tyson would suffer a similar fate if the two strikers ever squared up to each other with tempers frayed.

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'The Iceman', who turns 50 next month, last fought a year ago when he was TKO'd in the first round in his third meeting with old rival Ortiz after he came out of retirement to face his arch-rival more than eight years after his last fight but despite having not won a professional bout since a decision win against Wanderlei Silva in December 2007, Liddell forecasts a quick night in any hypothetical match-up with Tyson.

"In a street fight, I'd win," Tyson predicted to Ed Mylett on his popular YouTube channel.

"I mean, he’s got a puncher’s chance. He’s got a chance to catch me coming in. But other than that, it’s over."

Tyson, now 53, last fought in 2005 when he was beaten by Irish heavyweight Kevin McBride but has remained in the public eye by launching a number of businesses as well as hosting the popular podcast Hotboxin'.

The former world heavyweight champion is a noted mixed martial arts enthusiast and is frequently spotted in the company of UFC president Dana White at fight cards in Las Vegas.

His enthusiasm for mixed martial arts and its competitors was again apparent recently when heavyweight fighter Francis Ngannou claimed that Tyson had offered to train him should he ever move into professional boxing.

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"My grandpa when I was a kid, 19 years old, [would say]: 'hey, you know that Mike Tyson guy, I know you can beat him,' Liddell elaborated further.

"To me, it’s just funny. Nowadays it would be nice to see that’s a serious question."



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Title: La Liga plans to stage December game in Miami blocked following court ruling

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473551-villarreal-atletico-court-ruling/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 17:34:00 +0000

Desc: Preview La Liga have been forced to abandon plans for a December showcase league game between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid in Miami after the league's plans were blocked by the Spanish Football Association.
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La Liga have been forced to abandon plans for a December showcase league game between Villarreal and Atletico Madrid in Miami after the league's plans were blocked by the Spanish Football Association.

A Spanish court opted against providing "interim measures" to allow the league to stage the December 6 game between the two sides in Miami, noting that a final decision on the proposal to hold La Liga fixtures outside of the Spanish border will be made next year.

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The idea is part of La Liga's attempts to expand interest in their domestic league in a foreign market which is currently enjoying a surge of interest in the sport.

Barcelona were denied a similar opportunity last year after it was deemed that holding their game against Girona in Miami had received a "lack of consensus".

In that particular case, objections were observed by both the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) and the player's union (AFE).

However, clarity on the issue is expected in February when a court will determine if the RFEF has legal grounds to block La Liga's intentions to hold games overseas. The reasoning for December's game being blocked is that the court didn't want to make determinations which may impede their judgment next year.

"La Liga respects this decision, which does not prejudge the substance of the matter, which will be permanently settled in February 2020," the league said in a statement.

"We hope that from February forth La Liga will be able to organize an official match beyond Spanish borders."

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NFL franchise Miami Dolphins had agreed to host the game at their Hard Rock Stadium but the RFEF hadn't consented to the request, despite La Liga committing to playing one game per season in the United States as part of a 15-year deal with media company Relevent, which was inked last year.



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Title: Pope Francis says politicians who attack Jews, gypsies & gays remind him of Hitler

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473565-pope-persecution-gays-nazism/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:24:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Pope Francis has condemned an apparent resurgence of Nazism by slamming politicians who rage against “Jews, gypsies and people of homosexual orientation.”
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Pope Francis has condemned an apparent resurgence of Nazism by slamming politicians who rage against “Jews, gypsies and people of homosexual orientation.”

During a wide-ranging discussion at the World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis decried what he saw as a resurgence of Nazism in the modern era.

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“It is no coincidence that in these times, emblems and actions typical of Nazism reappear, which, with its persecutions against Jews, gypsies and people of homosexual orientation, represents the negative model par excellence of a culture of waste and hatred,” he said at the internationl conference on criminal law.

“And I must confess to you that when I hear a speech [by] someone responsible for order or for a government, I think of speeches by Hitler in 1934, 1936,” he added, in comments that departed from his prepared address. 

Speaking with participants at the World Congress of the International Association of Penal Law, Pope Francis delivers a lengthy and wide-ranging speech.
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— Catholic Sat (@CatholicSat) November 15, 2019

Francis did not name any particular politicians, movements or countries as the targets of his remarks.

The pontiff has been speaking out publicly against intolerance this week, describing the persecution of Jews as "neither human or Christian," when he went off script during his weekly papal audience in Rome.

“In the last century we saw so many brutalities against the Jewish people, and we were all convinced that this was over. But today the habit of persecuting the Jews, brothers and sisters, is here reborn. This is neither human nor Christian.”

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Title: Trump to stress US allies’ defense spending at NATO summit next month – White House

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/473572-trump-spending-nato-summit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:59:00 +0000

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President Donald Trump will try to convince US allies that they should increase defense spending, when he attends a meeting of NATO leaders next month in London, the White House said on Friday.

Trump will attend the NATO meeting from December 2 to December 4, and will also stress NATO’s readiness to respond to terrorist threats and cyber-attacks that target infrastructure and telecommunications networks, his press secretary Stephanie Grisham said. The president and first lady Melania Trump will also attend a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

This week, Trump met at the White House with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. The US president has long pushed allies to reduce their reliance on the United States for security assistance.

“We are making real progress,” Stoltenberg told AP. “Before allies were cutting defense budgets. Now, they are adding billions to their budgets and, by the end of next year, NATO allies in Europe and Canada will have added $100 billion or, actually, more than $100 billion to their defense spending” since 2016, he said.



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Title: Lebanese protesters angered by announced designation of new PM – report

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/473552-lebanon-protests-pm-reform/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:10:00 +0000

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Protesters in Lebanon who have been demanding radical reform have reacted with anger to the reported designation of a new prime minister they regard as emblematic of a failed political system, AFP reported.

Ex-finance minister Mohammad Safadi has agreed to be Lebanon’s next PM if he wins the support of its major parties and the process to name him should begin on Monday, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil told broadcaster MTV on Friday.

Demonstrators in his hometown of Tripoli rejected Safadi, and reportedly gathered in front of one of his properties to protest the nomination. Second city Tripoli has been one of the main hubs of the month-old protest movement, with nightly rallies in its main squares.

Outgoing PM Saad Hariri resigned on October 29, nearly two weeks into the unprecedented nationwide protests demanding the wholesale removal of a ruling elite seen as corrupt and incompetent.



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Title: With no alternative, NASA spent nearly $4 BILLION to fly astronauts aboard Russian Soyuz to ISS & 'overpaid' Boeing for no reason

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473566-nasa-soyuz-money-spent/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:48:00 +0000

Desc: Preview US space explorers have added up exactly how much money has gone to buy ‘seats’ on Soyuz vehicles, as its partners SpaceX and “overpaid” Boeing failed to meet the deadlines on NASA’s manned spaceflight programs.
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US space explorers have added up exactly how much money has gone to buy ‘seats’ on Soyuz vehicles, as its partners SpaceX and “overpaid” Boeing failed to meet the deadlines on NASA’s manned spaceflight programs.

Over the past two decades, NASA spent $3.9 billion transporting 70 astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz spacecraft, the agency revealed in its audit report, published on Thursday.

The US also previously used the Space Shuttle to deliver crews to the ISS but the program was terminated in 2011, after two of the orbiters exploded mid-flight, killing a total of 14 people. The Russian-made Soyuz vehicles have since remained the only means of transportation for NASA.

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The agency, meanwhile, remains determined to switch to conducting its own manned flights without the help of Moscow sometime in the future. However, the promising projects in partnership with Boeing and Elon Musk’s SpaceX proved to be “several years behind its planned operational date,” NASA said.

“Both contractors have a variety of technical and safety issues to address before they are cleared to provide crew transportation to the ISS,” the agency’s Office of Inspector General wrote, arguing that NASA had actually “overpaid” Boeing $287 million to prepare manned missions to the ISS.

The US corporation received this hefty sum for “additional flexibilities” to speed up the manufacturing of its Starliner crew vehicle as NASA hoped to avoid an 18-month gap in flights to the space station. Now, however, the agency’s inspector general has called such expenses “unreasonable.”

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The official said that NASA could have saved as much as $144 million instead by making “simple changes” to the Starliner’s launch schedule, and by buying more seats on board Russian space ships.

Boeing and SpaceX have received a combined total of almost $7 billion from the US space agency since 2014 in a bid to end its reliance on Russia’s spacecraft. However, there has been little success as both firms have encountered testing mishaps that have greatly set back their progress.

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Title: USSR ‘driver-in-chief’ almost killed Nixon when he took the wheel, but was never fined in his life

Link: https://www.rt.com/russia/473561-brezhnev-driving-license-sold/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:37:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Documents celebrating Leonid Brezhnev’s lifelong love for posh cars and reckless driving have been sold at auction in Moscow. The big man’s tastes were a nightmare for his guards and a driveway to his heart for foreign leaders.
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Documents celebrating Leonid Brezhnev’s lifelong love for posh cars and reckless driving have been sold at auction in Moscow. The big man’s tastes were a nightmare for his guards and a driveway to his heart for foreign leaders.

Brezhnev’s driving documents have changed ownership between two unidentified private collectors this week. What is known is that in exchange the buyer paid about $24,000. The laminated papers include a driver’s license in Brezhnev’s name – which also authorized him to take the wheel of pretty much any commercial ground transport – and a punch-through card that every Soviet driver had to carry.

The card was for a sort of three-strike system, in which a certain number of violations of the traffic code resulted in a revocation of the license, but Brezhnev’s was obviously not meant for any street cop to lay hands on. In fact, the two documents had been a jokey gift from his protégé and friend, Interior Minister Nikolay Shchelokov, and were made in December 1976, shortly before Brezhnev’s 70th birthday.

Brezhnev was an avid driver and loved fast cars and his status as the undisputed Soviet leader gave him ample opportunities to satisfy both cravings.

“Brezhnev started driving during World War II. After it ended, he soon became part of the top bureaucracy, so he didn’t need a license to drive,” Igor Okhlopov, a historian who confirmed the authenticity of the lots before they were sold, told RT.

Brezhnev’s de facto personal collection of cars had included anything between 40 and 500 vehicles, depending on who you ask. Foreign leaders or heads of corporations seeking contracts with the Soviet government were eager to win favor with the secretary general with a fast-racing present or two. Some cars were procured by top Soviet officials trying to win favor with their boss.

A portrait of Leonid Brezhnev sits on the dashboard of his Mercedes-500 during the opening of the Retro and Exotic Motor Show in Kiev. AFP / Sergei Supinsky

One of the foreign gift-bearers was US President Richard Nixon, who probably risked his life for it. In 1973 Nixon hosted Brezhnev at Camp David and personally presented his guest with the keys to a brand new Lincoln Continental. Brezhnev naturally wanted to try his new expensive toy, so he jumped in and had Nixon join him.

Secret Service security detail probably recited a lot of prayers as Brezhnev rushed across the mountains of western Maryland, buzzing along the narrow curvy roads. The driver-in-chief didn’t care that he knew nothing about his route or that they could well encounter an armored vehicle next to a military base – he just sped at 50 miles per hour on an adrenaline rush. Thankfully, Brezhnev was actually a skilled driver, so the leaders of the two superpowers didn’t end up in a ditch or wrapped around a tree.

At Camp David, Nixon presents Leonid Brezhnev with gift of Lincoln Continental, June 1973: #NARA pic.twitter.com/R7WCgd9OhD

— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) June 17, 2017

Brezhnev’s taste for reckless driving was less dangerous back in the USSR, where his guards simply cleared all traffic from the road when he was racing between the Kremlin and his residence near Moscow. But this was not always enough. In at least three road incidents the Soviet leader risked his life, although accounts differ on how big those risks were.

Arguably the most publicized case is enshrined in an automobile museum in Riga, Latvia. It features one of Brezhnev’s Rolls-Royce limos, its front smashed and the high-profile driver’s wax figure expressing profound surprise on its face.

Brezhnev's Rolls-Royce limo at the Riga Motor Museum. ©Sputnik / V. Kalinin

The urban legend says it recreates an incident that occurred in 1980, when Brezhnev was severely ill. Conflicting reports say it never happened and that this particular vehicle got damaged by a runaway truck carrying a load or when a driver working for the Kremlin’s garage moved it.

Another potentially fatal road incident happened in Crimea. The somewhat salacious version of events says Brezhnev escaped his security detail and picked up a pair of female medics on the road. He wanted to have a joyride with the attractive women screaming in excitement form the back seat and almost threw the car off the cliff.

A 1973 Nissan President from Brezhnev’s collection shown at the Retro and Exotic Motor Show in Moscow. ©Sputnik / Dmitry Korobeinikov

The not so larger-than-life account says an ailing Brezhnev told his chauffeur to free up the wheel and then drove around, but suffered some medical complication and almost fainted. The regular driver managed to take control and steered long enough for Brezhnev to take over. That urban legend says the chauffeur thanked the man for driving them safely to their destination, to which Brezhnev reportedly responded: “Now, who drove whom here is a question.”

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Title: Turkey sends 6,000 Syrians from Istanbul to temporary centers – governor

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/473562-turkey-syrians-istanbul-centers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:16:00 +0000

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Turkey has sent more than 6,000 Syrian migrants in Istanbul to temporary housing centers in other provinces since early July, the local governor’s office said on Friday. His statement came two weeks after a deadline for Syrians not registered in the city to leave.

Authorities had given undocumented Syrians in Istanbul until October 30 to move to another province or face forced removal from the city. The Istanbul governor’s office said 6,416 unregistered Syrians were removed from Istanbul since July 12.

Turkey hosts more than 3.6 million Syrians, the largest population of Syrians displaced by an eight-year civil war. The number of Syrians in Istanbul, a city of some 15 million, has swelled to more than half a million, Reuters said.

Sentiment towards Syrian refugees in Turkey has soured in recent years. Ankara wants to settle part of them in a swathe of land it now controls in northeast Syria, as its offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia there continues.



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Title: White House releases text of 1st phone call between Trump & Zelensky

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473564-trump-zelensky-phone-call-released/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:15:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The White House has released a memo of the first phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Although it details a predictably throwaway exchange, the search for the hidden meanings is on.
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The White House has released a memo of the first phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Although it details a predictably throwaway exchange, the search for the hidden meanings is on.

The call, made just a few hours after Zelensky was elected in Ukraine, is little more than a brief exchange of pleasantries, with Trump congratulating Zelensky on his presidency and the two heads of state talking about how great their respective countries are. Zelensky invites Trump to his inauguration, and Trump says they’ll meet soon, whether at the inauguration or elsewhere.

NEW 🚨... as the second impeachment hearing is about to gavel in, the White House released the first convo between trump and Zelensky. Here it is pic.twitter.com/El8dg4EIvU

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) November 15, 2019

But with an impeachment inquiry in full swing, Trump’s nemeses in the Democratic Party have pounced on the conversation anyway. While former vice president Joe Biden, said to be the focus of the corruption investigation in Trump’s alleged quid pro quo, doesn’t make an appearance at all, that hasn’t stopped #Resistance stalwarts from trying to find a connection in the bare-bones protocol call.

BREAK: White House releases notes of the first call between President Trump and then President-elect Zelensky. Transcript is brief, and in it President Trump invites Zelensky for a WH meeting, sometime that witnesses say was later withheld to pressure Biden investigation. pic.twitter.com/8hUGuNaaFA

— Harry Horton (@harry_horton) November 15, 2019

Twitter was abuzz with speculation about the transcript - surely some parts were missing?

And once again just a memo, not a full transcript. This is complete BS and we need the full transcripts!!!!

— Tyler Keever (@ChiefKeev13) November 15, 2019

The fact that the White House had mentioned a discussion of “rooting out corruption,” yet the word “corruption” did not appear in the transcript, was held up as proof of a conspiracy to suppress the “truth.”

NOTABLE: The 4/21 transcript just released by WH does not include TRUMP committing to work with ZELENSKY "to implement reforms that strengthen democracy, increase prosperity, and root out corruption."

*The WH's contemporaneous readout included a reference to corruption, etc. pic.twitter.com/J4AFEfgrI7

— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) November 15, 2019

Others scorned the whole process of releasing the transcript, suggesting that Trump’s belief that his words were innocent was just more proof of his guilt.

Nunes reading the friendly phone call between Zelensky and Trump from April is equivalent to a defense lawyer saying:

There are many weeks when my client visited the bank without robbing it.

— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) November 15, 2019

The congratulatory call is the second Trump-Zelensky phone transcript to be released, after the text of the call that triggered the impeachment frenzy – when a whistleblower who hadn’t heard the conversation deemed it proof of a quid pro quo – failed to satisfy the president’s enemies in Washington. Trump has defended the summaries as “perfect” phone calls – which only makes his opponents double down on trying to read dirt into them.

Impeachable!!!!!!

— Gordie (@RileyhBFG) November 15, 2019

Trump’s defenders pointed out that the transcript shows Trump eager to meet with Zelensky – far from the version depicted in the impeachment narrative, where he refuses to do so until Ukraine opens an investigation into the company that hired Biden’s son.

Part of this whole charade has been the assertion that a White House visit was purposefully withheld as part of an orchestrated and calculated quid pro quo

The transcript shows President Trump offering a White House visit to Zelensky back in April, completely blowing this up pic.twitter.com/Jv1cnt7ZDV

— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) November 15, 2019

Stuck with a relatively lackluster transcript, House intel committee chair Adam Schiff demanded Trump release the “thousands” of documents the impeachment committee has requested as well. Others demanded transcripts of Trump's calls with...other world leaders.

And once again just a memo, not a full transcript. This is complete BS and we need the full transcripts!!!!

— Tyler Keever (@ChiefKeev13) November 15, 2019

Which is exactly the precedent Trump had said he was afraid of setting by releasing the original Zelensky call.

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Title: Taylor Swift fans begin doxxing music execs after star’s Twitter call-to-arms

Link: https://www.rt.com/usa/473547-taylor-swift-doxxing-rivals-call/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:08:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Taylor Swift may have inadvertently (or not) set her horde of fans on two “tyrannical” music executives she accuses of holding her back catalogue hostage. Her devotees have already begun doxxing the pair on social media.
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Taylor Swift may have inadvertently (or not) set her horde of fans on two “tyrannical” music executives she accuses of holding her back catalogue hostage. Her devotees have already begun doxxing the pair on social media.

“Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this,” Swift wrote on Twitter. Soon after, Braun and Borchetta’s private contact information, including their phone numbers and home addresses, began appearing online.

Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019

Swift argues that music industry talent manager Scooter Braun and former label boss Scott Borchetta are preventing her from performing some of her old hits at the American Music Awards and from using them in an upcoming Netflix documentary. 

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“The message being sent to me is very clear,” Swift wrote. “Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished. This is WRONG…”

The star, who does not have the rights to the master recordings of her first six albums, also published the call-to-action in her Instagram stories.

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Both Twitter and Instagram have policies prohibiting doxxing, though the star’s tweet remains online at the time of writing. Instagram claims that posts detailing the two men’s personal information will be automatically deleted from the platform, while the company claims that Swift’s initial post does not violate the company’s policies. 

At the time of writing, the hashtag #IStandWithTaylor has been trending worldwide for several hours.

The singer alleges that the two men are holding her old songs hostage, in what she previously described as her “worst-case scenario,” and that she can only fulfil her desire to perform her old hits live and have them featured in the Netflix documentary if she agrees not to re-record them, which she declared she was “looking forward to.”

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Braun’s Ithaca Holdings acquired Big Machine Label Group from founder Borchetta in late June in a deal reportedly worth roughly $300 million, meaning Braun’s company holds the rights to Swift’s first six albums, from which Big Machine reportedly derived as much 80 percent of its revenue.

A petition to “Let Taylor Swift perform/use HER art” has already garnered 64,000 signatures while stars such as Lily Allen have expressed their solidarity with Swift.

Solidarity with Taylor here, this sounds awful, and people wonder why music hasn’t had its #MeToo moment ? https://t.co/lqfRVfhDYK

— LILY ALLEN 2.0 (@lilyallen) November 15, 2019

However, Justin Bieber, who is managed by Braun, criticized Swift’s handling of the situation in an Instagram post. 

I’m sure Scooter and I would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed.

“What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? Seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully Scooter,” he said.

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Title: Blockchain ‘to challenge American hegemony over world finance’ in next 5-7 years, analyst tells Boom Bust

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/473558-blockchain-to-challenge-us-hegemony/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:55:35 +0000

Desc: Preview Chinese blockchain firm OneConnect has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States, seeking to raise $100 million. The company deals with financial technology, including artificial intelligence.
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Chinese blockchain firm OneConnect has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States, seeking to raise $100 million. The company deals with financial technology, including artificial intelligence.

RT’s Boom Bust is joined by Jeffrey Tucker from the American Institute for Economic Research, who says the news is “very exciting.”

“We’re living at a time when blockchain technology is going mainstream, and with that come good things and bad things,” says Tucker.

According to him, blockchain technology is “awesome” as it provides “50,000 transactions per second with ‘permissionless,’ effortless results.”

However, he warns that this will be accompanied by “all kinds of hysterias, bubbles, frenzies and wild speculation.”

The expert says: “Out of this is going to come many things which, I think, are going to challenge the American hegemony over world finance…”

Tucker goes on, pointing out that “right now, the US is sitting of course on its usual hegemonic relationship with the world; but we are going to see it slip away over the next five to seven years, thanks to blockchain technology. And that is very exciting.”

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Title: ‘Broadband communism?’ Labour’s ‘free internet for all’ plan enflares passions as election promises ramp up

Link: https://www.rt.com/uk/473556-labour-free-broadband-plan-debate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:38:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A brilliant idea that will be a boon to the entire UK or a wild and expensive fantasy that will leave consumers with no choice? The Labour Party’s election promise to roll out free broadband has sparked a fierce debate.
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A brilliant idea that will be a boon to the entire UK or a wild and expensive fantasy that will leave consumers with no choice? The Labour Party’s election promise to roll out free broadband has sparked a fierce debate.

In an eye-catching election gambit, Jeremy Corbyn’s party pledged to provide free full-fiber broadband to every home and business in the UK by 2030 if it wins December’s vote.

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The plan includes part-nationalizing BT and introducing a tax on tech giants to help pay for the proposal. Labour says it would cost around £20 billion ($25.8 billion) but critics claim the real cost would be twice as much.

Only 8-10% of premises in the UK are connected to full-fibre broadband. It's 97% in Japan.

8 in 10 of us experienced internet problems in the last year.

So we'll make the very fastest full-fibre broadband free to everybody, in every home in our country.

That's real change.

— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 14, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson dismissed the idea as “a crackpot scheme” but Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said the “visionary” plan would “ensure that broadband reaches the whole of the country.”

Unsurprisingly, Labour’s political opponents and private companies who currently sell broadband in the UK were quick to attack the plan but it also raised the hackles of many in the Twittering class.

Free broadband? “Free”?
It’s all about priorities. Money that Labour promises to spend on such goodies is money that can’t be spent on the NHS, roads or as tax relief. It’s your choice but I’d rather government focused on doing a few things well and not on a massive power grab.

— Tim Montgomerie (@montie) November 14, 2019

“Why should I pay for my broadband through my taxes? It makes no sense,” John Rentoul, the Independent’s chief political commentator, asked. “Free broadband – because it’s a necessity of modern, Labour says. But you’ll still have to pay for water, food, electricity and gas. Because, y’know... luxuries,” TalkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer added.

Others even alleged that the plan had dark intentions, suggesting it is a Marxist plot to control information. The BBC attracted criticism for running a graphic reading “Broadband communism?” in its coverage of the proposal. 

What the hell!

Broadband Communism? as a strapline whilst Rebecca Long Bailey is interviewed! Justification? One person high up in BT used it but they're keeping it up for ages

Is it communism to have free roads or hospitals?

I'm phoning the BBC to complain!

03700 100 222 pic.twitter.com/pDw5vLKQvo

— Chelley Ryan 🖐️ #VoteLabour (@chelleryn99) November 15, 2019

However, the plan also has many enthusiastic supporters, with some heralding it as "electoral genius". Guardian writer Ellie Mae O'Hagan said: “So let me get this straight, the right wing arguments against free broadband for everyone are: 1) the country of the NHS can’t produce a free publicly owned service for everyone; 2) this violates my right to pay for broadband. OK then.”

Labour's broadband policy is going down a storm.

And here's an interesting fact: having one infrastructure provider is cheaper than the Tory's approach of having several. By some £12bn.

Says who? Says the research the government itself has published... https://t.co/bsJhBiaqQ6

— Andrew Towers (@_andrewtowers) November 14, 2019

Make no mistake free broadband to all households and businesses will be positively transformative for our economy! This is the sort of move that will put Britain ahead and resuscitate our fledging economy.
So exciting!!!!!!!! #ge2019 #VoteLabour https://t.co/7rjNC9UyUx

— Faiza Shaheen (@faizashaheen) November 14, 2019

Naturally, as is the case in any polarizing debate, many people just decided to crack jokes from the sidelines. “Don’t know how Boris Johnson can top Labour’s free broadband pledge – except, perhaps, giving everyone his login and password for Netflix,” historian and Daily Telegraph writer, Tim Stanley, quipped.

I thought we could bring together Labour's pledges and offer free broadband that only works four days a week.

— Daniel Finkelstein (@Dannythefink) November 14, 2019

A report from the Office of Communications (Ofcom) earlier this year revealed that only seven percent of the UK has access to full-fiber broadband.

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Title: Russia, Norway & Lithuania conduct exchange of spies

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/473557-russia-norway-lithuania-spy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:27:00 +0000

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Lithuania, Russia and Norway conducted an exchange of spies on Friday, the head of Lithuanian counter intelligence said. The three states each secured the return of several captured agents to their home countries, Reuters reported.

Earlier in the day, Lithuania’s president pardoned two Russians jailed for espionage, and Moscow said it would reciprocate by releasing two Lithuanians. The moves paved the way for a three-way spy swap also involving Norway.

Lithuanian media said last month that discussions were under way on exchanging two Russians jailed in Lithuania, two Lithuanians sentenced for spying in Russia and a Norwegian jailed in Russia for spying.



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Title: Bullish on bullion: Serbia joins global gold-buying spree, adding more of the precious metal to its coffers

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/473535-serbia-central-bank-gold-purchases/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:16:52 +0000

Desc: Preview The Central Bank of Serbia has announced it purchased nine tons of gold in October, following the lead of regulators across the world, including Russia and China. Serbia's gold holdings now make up ten percent of total reserves.
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The Central Bank of Serbia has announced it purchased nine tons of gold in October, following the lead of regulators across the world, including Russia and China. Serbia's gold holdings now make up ten percent of total reserves.

“We have completed gold purchase transactions and Serbia is safer today, with 30.4 tons of gold worth around €1.3 billion ($1.4 billion),” the Central Bank Governor Jorgovanka Tabakovic told reporters. “For now, we have no plans to buy more.”

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According to Tabakovic, the acquisition is the latest in a series of moves by the country to shore up its financial stability by changing the structure of its foreign debt and increasing the share of dinars and euros. The central bank paid €395 million ($434.3 million) for the gold, or $1,503-an-ounce, she said.

The bank has recently upgraded its 2019 economic growth forecast to 3.6 percent from 3.5 percent. It cited higher domestic demand, which is counterbalancing a slowdown in most of the European Union.

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Heightened global tensions, currency wars and the course of de-dollarization have been pushing global central banks to boost their gold purchases. Global purchases of the precious metal totaled 547.5 tons in the third quarter of 2019 and the booming trend is likely to continue in the coming years. Russia, China and Turkey saw the largest increases, according to World Gold Council (WGC) data.

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Title: ‘What’s a girl seeking, alone at night?’ German mayor’s ‘victim-blaming’ blasted as immigrants accused of gang-raping teenager

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473553-germany-ulm-outrage-refugees/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:15:00 +0000

Desc: Preview The mayor of a German city was forced to apologize for his comments about a shocking gang rape case, which has drawn a new wave of criticism toward the country’s lax immigration laws.
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The mayor of a German city was forced to apologize for his comments about a shocking gang rape case, which has drawn a new wave of criticism toward the country’s lax immigration laws.

The crime occurred in the city of Ulm in the southwestern Baden-Wurttemberg state on Halloween but police only reported it this week. The 14-year-old victim was walking late and met with a group of teenage boys and men in their early 20s, one of whom she knew. She agreed to go to the home of one of the suspects and was gang-raped there.

Three suspects were subsequently arrested, while two more remain at large. At least two of them were confirmed by police to be asylum-seekers but their nationality or country of origin was not revealed.

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Mayor Gunter Czisch was “shocked” by the crime, telling Sudwest Presse that “Ulm is a safe city but there is no such thing as absolute security.” The official then quickly made something of a detour, to ostensibly chastise the girl’s parents.

I wonder, however, what a 14-year-old-girl would want in Ulm at night. Parents have a duty to ensure that an underage girl does not walk around the city alone. I want to be clear: we all have to take our duties seriously if we want to prevent cases like this one.

His words immediately raised many eyebrows on social media, as commenters accused the mayor of being tone-deaf and engaging in victim-blaming. “The gentleman’s empathy is just cold,” one person said. “Unbelievable… who elects such people?” asked another.

Czisch quickly apologized, insisting he was misunderstood. “Of course, the girl is not at fault. The blame for this act lies solemnly and clearly on the suspected perpetrators,” he said.

Some critics felt that the official’s attitude reflects the government’s lax immigration laws and controversial ‘open doors’ policy with regards to asylum-seekers from the Middle East and Africa, which have flooded Germany since the mid-2010s. “Mayor Czisch wants to distract us from viewing crimes as being tied to irresponsible immigration and asylum policies. Quite pathetic,” one Twitter user said.

One lawmaker, from the anti-immigration ‘Alternative for Germany’ (AfD) party, Martin Reichardt, argued that Czisch’s words exposed the “deceptive” rhetoric of the government. “Their failed asylum policy created thousands of such ‘isolated’ crimes,” he said.

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An AfD politician from Ulm, Markus Moessle said that the authorities should focus on making the city safer for locals, rather than “a safe heaven” for asylum-seekers from abroad.

Migration remains a hot-button issue in German politics, as a number of terrorist attacks, rapes and other high-profile crimes were committed by asylum-seekers and refugees in recent years. In November, a failed asylum seeker murdered an 87-year-old-woman during a robbery attempt. In January, a refugee from Afghanistan stabbed a pregnant woman in a hospital, causing her to lose her baby.

During the 2015-2016 New Year’s Eve celebrations, hundreds of women in Cologne and other cities reported being sexually assaulted by gangs of migrants.

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Title: 'The boos were on another level': Fans lash out at ex-New York Knick Kristaps Porzingis on return to Madison Square Garden (VIDEO)

Link: https://www.rt.com/sport/473527-kristaps-porzingis-knicks-boo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:07:04 +0000

Desc: Preview The New York Knicks fanbase made sure former player Kristaps Porzingis was aware of their displeasure as he laced up his shoes for the Dallas Mavericks for the first time in MSG after ending a four-year stint in the Big Apple.
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The New York Knicks fanbase made sure former player Kristaps Porzingis was aware of their displeasure as he laced up his shoes for the Dallas Mavericks for the first time in MSG after ending a four-year stint in the Big Apple.

New York sports fans bring with them a reputation for extreme loyalty. But if they feel that this isn't being paid back? Well, you'll know all about it, as Latvian giant Porzingis found out on Thursday while representing his new team in the home of his last. 

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The 7ft 3in center and power forward, who was the fourth selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, was mercilessly booed throughout the Knicks' tight win against Dallas and was met with chants of 'KP sucks!', 'Traitor' and 'Go Back To Latvia'.

This sentiment stems from Porzingis asking for a trade from the team in January, despite the franchise appearing to stick by the player as the fan-favorite recovered from a serious knee injury.

He opted to sign a five-year, $158 million deal with the Mavericks, making his first appearance on the court for 20 months at the genesis of the season.

And while his comeback this season has delighted hoops fans in Texas, the same can't quite be said for those in New York. 

Knicks fans booing Kristaps Porzingis in his return to MSG pic.twitter.com/EGyKzJf7vV

— Master (@MasterTes) November 15, 2019

Knicks fans are chanting “KP sucks!” during the TV timeout pic.twitter.com/2vXufII2cJ

— Master (@MasterTes) November 15, 2019

Let it go, Knicks fans. Let it go. pic.twitter.com/eBuKEFfqrm

— Master (@MasterTes) November 15, 2019

I mean they booed him when he was drafted, so not really fair to boo him when he leaves. He never had a chance.

— You’ve_Got_No_Fans (@YouveGotNoFans_) November 15, 2019

then they wonder why no super star wants to play with the knicks

— RogerM (@Roger_Marquez) November 15, 2019

Typical New York fans! Boo the player who didn't want to stay with the worst and most dysfunctional laughing stock of a franchise in all professional sports. pic.twitter.com/BzOWuOczGf

— Jamie Bautch (@Non_ProdigalSon) November 15, 2019

Since the Kristaps Porzingis trade on January 31, 2019, every team in the NBA has won at least 10 games except for one.

The New York Knicks. pic.twitter.com/kDpuNpxswm

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 14, 2019

Marcus Morris described the boos at Madison Square Garden tonight for Kristaps Porzingis as on ‘another level.’ He thought all the noise rattled the ex-Knick, particularly early in the game.

— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 15, 2019

"I don't know if it is fair or not — it’s what they know," Porzingis said post-game of his reception. "It’s what they've heard. They’re fans."

His disappointment will be doubled by the game's result, particularly given the Knicks' less-than-stellar opening to the season but Porzingis reserved some very diplomatic words for the venomous welcome he received.

"It was pretty loud," Porzingis said. "It sucks that we didn’t get the win. Their fans are really passionate and it was no different tonight."

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Title: Major defense technology leak? Israeli missile interceptor reportedly falls in Gaza Strip and is intact

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473550-iron-dome-interceptor-lost/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:31:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A crucial part of Israel’s Tamir interceptor, which is used in the middle-range Iron Dome air defense system, seems to have fallen intact in the Gaza Strip, potentially creating a major leak of secret rocket technology.
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A crucial part of Israel’s Tamir interceptor, which is used in the middle-range Iron Dome air defense system, seems to have fallen intact in the Gaza Strip, potentially creating a major leak of secret rocket technology.

Like many other interceptors, the Tamir missile destroys enemy projectiles by approaching them mid-course and detonating its warhead to send out an expanding ring of shrapnel. The tricky part is correctly identifying the right time for the detonation and executing the defensive explosion exactly when needed.

The timing must be perfect, considering the astounding speeds at which both the targeted projectile and the interceptor travel. So, it’s no surprise that the components responsible for it, the active radar seeker and the fuse section, are highly classified (and sought-after by anyone wishing to reverse engineer the Israeli technology). Usually an interceptor that fails to hit its target self-destructs to protect its secrets.

But one Tamir missile seems to have been recovered by someone in the Gaza Strip with this highly-sensitive part still intact, defense news website The Drive reports. The evidence of the possible technology loss was published on Twitter by Joe Truzman, an Israeli defense expert and author of the GroundBrief newsletter.

Part of an Iron Dome Tamir interceptor fell in the #Gaza Strip. pic.twitter.com/6Xj30m1JMW

— Joe Truzman (@Jtruzmah) November 14, 2019

The Tamir missile is produced by Rafael, a major Israeli state-owned defense contractor also involved in production of the longer-range David’s Sling air defense system. The interceptors are estimated to cost between $40,000 and $100,000 a-piece and are usually fired from launchers carrying 20 missiles each. Two interceptors are launched against an enemy projectile deemed a threat, to ensure a kill.

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The Iron Dome systems have been used extensively this week amid hostilities between Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad and Israel after the latter killed Bahaa Abu al-Atta, a senior militant commander, and reportedly tried to kill an Islamic Jijad political operative in Syria.

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Title: 55 not out: Cristiano Ronaldo notches 55th hat-trick in Portugal's 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania (VIDEO)

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Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:31:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo produced another virtuoso performance for his country as he netted his 55th career hat-trick to help his side to a comfortable 6-0 win over Lithuania.
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Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo produced another virtuoso performance for his country as he netted his 55th career hat-trick to help his side to a comfortable 6-0 win over Lithuania.

Ronaldo's treble in his side's Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday night also took his tally of international goals for his country to 98 as he closes in on another remarkable career milestone.

If Ronaldo makes it to 100 goals, he'll become only the second player in football history to register a century of international goals for his country, joining Iran's Ali Daei.

Ronaldo's performance came in the wake of a turbulent week with his club, after he recently stormed off after being substituted to help rest his knee injury. But there were no such doubts in Portugal coach Fernando Santos' mind when it came to his star man's ability to play.

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"I asked him if he was okay to play, it was just a case of having a conversation with him," he said.

"I never had any doubts about his condition, it was other people who had them. Nothing surprises me about Cristiano."

Ronaldo won, then scored, a penalty after just seven minutes to get his night off and underway. Then, 15 minutes later, he added a second from outside the box with a powerfully-struck swerving effort. His third came with 25 minutes to go with a simple finish as he moved to within just two goals of his century.

The victory puts Portugal one win away from qualification for the Euro 2020 finals, with victory in Luxembourg on Sunday punching their ticket to the tournament. Ukraine have already secured their spot in the finals, while Serbia are hoping for a Portugal slip-up in order to pip them to the second qualification spot.

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Title: German MPs vote to enshrine climate protection in law

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/473532-germany-climate-protection-law/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:23:00 +0000

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Germany’s lower house of parliament on Friday voted to enshrine climate protection in law, setting specific targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its energy, transport and housing sectors.

The aim is to ensure Germany, Europe’s largest economy, reaches its goal of cutting German greenhouse gas emissions to 55 percent of their 1990 level by 2030, Reuters said.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday the EU should increase its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions if it wants to lead in the fight against climate change.

“Europe must lead, because only then other countries such as China or India will stay the course too,” the minister told diplomats and scientists in Berlin.



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Title: Iraq ‘will never be the same’ after recent protests, top Shiite cleric Sistani says

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Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:54:00 +0000

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Iraq will be deeply marked by the recent weeks of demonstrations demanding sweeping reforms, Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani said on Friday, in some of his strongest remarks yet on the protest movement.

In his weekly sermon delivered by a representative in Karbala, the country’s top Shiite cleric piled pressure on authorities to enact sweeping reforms in response to the deadly rallies, AFP reports.

“If those in power think that they can evade the benefits of real reform by stalling and procrastination, they are delusional,” Sistani said. “What comes after these protests will not be the same as before.”

Sistani also called for a new election law that would restore public confidence in the system and give voters the opportunity to bring “new faces” to power, according to Reuters.



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Title: ‘Go Boris’: Tommy Robinson endorses UK PM, saying ‘if we believe in democracy, we have to have Brexit’ (VIDEO)

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Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:53:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson has voiced his support for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and believes that attaining Brexit is crucial for British democracy.
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Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson has voiced his support for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and believes that attaining Brexit is crucial for British democracy.

Speaking outside a London courthouse, Robinson told Ruptly that he supported Nigel Farage's decision not to run Brexit Party candidates against Tory MPs and backed Farage and Johnson in their efforts to see Britain exit the European Union. 

“If we want Brexit, if we believe in democracy, we have to have Brexit. So, yeah, go Boris,” Robinson said with a wink.

He also urged the Conservatives and the Brexit Party to “attack the Labour heartland” in the upcoming general election. 

Robinson was appearing in court for a defamation case over comments he made online about a Syrian teenager who appeared in a viral bullying video.

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Title: 'Being in Quebec is something extraordinary': Thierry Henry aims to forget Monaco nightmare after taking charge at Montreal Impact

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Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:23:52 +0000

Desc: Preview After a disastrous brief reign at Monaco, Thierry Henry is hoping for a fresh start and improved fortunes when he takes over as manager of mid-table MLS side Montreal Impact.
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After a disastrous brief reign at Monaco, Thierry Henry is hoping for a fresh start and improved fortunes when he takes over as manager of mid-table MLS side Montreal Impact.

Former France striker Henry will attempt to repair his reputation as a head coach at Montreal Impact, where the 42-year-old has agreed to resume his career in January, one year after he was sacked as manager of French side Monaco.

Henry won four and lost 11 of his 20 matches in charge of the Ligue 1 side, where his methods – including apparently lambasting his players in a style more becoming of a tempestuous teammate – came into question during a reign lasting little more than three months.

© Reuters / Eric Gaillard

Henry, who finished his playing career with a four-year spell at New York Red Bulls, will return to the US five years after his retirement as a player, having agreed a two-year deal that will commence when the MLS season restarts in 2020.

“We’ll start at the beginning, slowly, and lay a good foundation,” said Henry, speaking after he was announced as the replacement for another former France international, Remi Garde, who had been in charge at Impact for almost two years.

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“It’s important to try to create a good connection with the community. For me, it’s super important that people are happy to come to the stadium and see the Impact play.

“We’re going to try to have our style, our philosophy. After, it’s all about work, rigor, and professionalism. Hopefully we’ll all be on the same page quickly to get back into the playoffs first and foremost, which is very important.”

Monaco were winless in their final five matches under Henry, culminating in a 5-1 home defeat to Strasbourg at the end of a tumultuous period in which Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer was criticized for his tactics and man-management.

He became the highest-paid player in the MLS when he joined the Bulls on an annual salary of $5 million ahead of the 2012 season, and said his first visit to Montreal, for a pre-season friendly in 2011, allowed him to “truly feel” the city’s football culture.

Speaking about his enduring relationship with Impact, Henry said: “I’ve always kept an eye on this club.

“I spoke often with [former midfielder] Patrice Bernier, and people always told me good things. I noticed, especially when I would play here, that people were very warm and friendly.

“Being in Quebec, in Montreal, a place with a great multicultural heritage, is something extraordinary.

“I thought the stadium was very welcoming. When there’s noise, people, and everyone is really behind the team, it’s really impressive. That’s why when I knew they wanted me here, it fell into place naturally. I’m very, very happy.”

Henry will be reunited with former teammate Bojan Krkic, who he combined with during his prolific spell at Barcelona between 2010 and 2013.

Il était une fois au FC Barcelone…

Once upon a time at @FCBarcelona...@ThierryHenry assisted @bokrkic’s first goal at Camp Nou#IMFC #AllezMTL pic.twitter.com/f5FKACYxuN

— Impact de Montréal (@impactmontreal) November 14, 2019

Following his $24 million move to Camp Nou in 2007, Henry provided Spaniard Krkic with his debut goal for the club.

The pair will hope for a better season than Impact endured last season, which ended last month with the club 18th in the overall table, suffering a 7-1 setback against Sporting Kansas City in March and a 6-3 defeat against Colorado Rapids in August.



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Title: Indians irate at Amazon for selling capsules of ‘blood’ so women could fake their virginity

Link: https://www.rt.com/news/473526-amazon-fake-virginity-blood-outrage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:07:00 +0000

Desc: Preview Amazon found itself at the receiving end of a wave of backlash from irate customers in India after it emerged that the online retailer was selling capsules of fake blood as an “alternative” for women facing virginity tests.
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Amazon found itself at the receiving end of a wave of backlash from irate customers in India after it emerged that the online retailer was selling capsules of fake blood as an “alternative” for women facing virginity tests.

‘Blood for the First Night’, sold by ‘i-Virgin’ is a small capsule containing fake, soluble ‘blood’ powder that is designed to be inserted into a woman's vagina on her wedding night should she need to fake virginity and pass the still-somewhat-common “character test.”

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The company claims there are no “No side effects. No needles,” and that the powder is “not toxic.” For some sections of Indian society, the hymen is still associated with purity and a woman’s virginity often determines her ‘worth’ in marital arrangements, despite the fact that vigorous activities like gymnastics, horse riding or even just the use of tampons can all degrade the thin tissue, which some women are even born without.

© Amazon.in

Needless to say, when word about the niche product spread online, many were frothing with rage, with Twitter users describing it as “misogynist” and “patriarchal” while calling Amazon “irresponsible.”

Wow. Didn't believe the RT, so had to check. This really exists. I can only say wow. Bloody WTF wow. pic.twitter.com/ce6oI7ODc1

— Anamika- Don't @ me- See pinned tweet. (@NameFieldmt) November 12, 2019

This is just ew. We haven't progressed as a society at all!

— Whiskey totaller (@Wazwanzee) November 14, 2019

Billed as an “alternative for hymenoplasty,” which also came in for criticism as both sexist and unnecessary, the product that caused such offense has now been removed from the website following the backlash.

Systemically this it's terrible that something like this exists. But for a lot of women, I'm sure this is also a boon.
Not every woman has the space or safety to fight for autonomy. Feeling very conflicted rn. https://t.co/0CZ7fIcYQh

— Magali Vaz 🇮🇳 (@magali_c) November 14, 2019

Some made light of the product but were by far in the minority.

This is "bloody" genius man

— Raggedy Man (@RageMonk) November 12, 2019

Virginity or “character” tests are still carried out in India in certain communities, in which a white sheet is placed on the bride and groom's bed on their wedding night, with the blood stain confirming the virginity and thus the character of the wife. If she fails, the marriage can be annulled or compensation sought by the family of the groom.

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Title: Global debt on track to exceed $250 TRILLION this year

Link: https://www.rt.com/business/473528-global-debt-surges-us-china/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:51:00 +0000

Desc: Preview A new report by the International Institute of Finance (IIF) shows the world’s debt climbed by $7.5 trillion in the first six months of 2019 to a record high of over $250 trillion. It was driven by borrowings in the US and China.
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A new report by the International Institute of Finance (IIF) shows the world’s debt climbed by $7.5 trillion in the first six months of 2019 to a record high of over $250 trillion. It was driven by borrowings in the US and China.

The IIF said that “China and the US accounted for over 60 percent of the increase. Similarly, EM [Emerging Market] debt also hit a new record of $71.4 trillion (220 percent of GDP).”

WATCH: Follow the increase of global #debt over two decades.

Latest IIF Global Debt Monitor finds global debt has now surpassed a record $250T & is projected to reach $255T by the end of 2019. pic.twitter.com/D001VVzZmD

— IIF (@IIF) November 14, 2019

According to the report, rising debt across the world has been a big concern for investors and economists. Record-low interest rates make it extremely easy for corporates and sovereigns to borrow more money.

“However, with diminishing scope for further monetary easing in many parts of the world, countries with high levels of government debt (Italy, Lebanon) – as well as those where government debt is growing rapidly (Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Greece) – may find it harder to turn to fiscal stimulus,” the IIF said.

The financial institute has also projected the global government debt to top $70 trillion, driven higher by the surge in US federal debt.

Global debt surged $7.5T in H1 2019 to a new record-high total of over $250T, with debt accumulated by the US 🇺🇸 & China 🇨🇳 accounting for 60% of the increase.

More in just-released IIF Global Debt Monitor: https://t.co/fX01vkFb5X pic.twitter.com/r6HXR0MsSK

— IIF (@IIF) November 14, 2019

“The big increase in global debt over the past decade – over $70 trillion – has been driven mainly by governments and the non-financial corporate sector (each up by some $27 trillion). For mature markets, the rise has mainly been in general government debt (up $17 trillion to over $52 trillion). However, for emerging markets the bulk of the rise has been in non-financial corporate debt (up $20 trillion to over $30 trillion).”

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Title: Bangladesh coastguard rescues 122 Rohingya refugees from sinking boat

Link: https://www.rt.com/newsline/473525-bangladesh-coastguard-rohingya-refugees/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:45:00 +0000

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Bangladesh coastguard rescued 122 Rohingya Muslim refugees from the Bay of Bengal on Thursday as the boat they had boarded to illegally flee to Malaysia started sinking due to a mechanical problem, Reuters reports.

“Our patrol team rushed there after being informed by the fishermen out at sea that a boat was sinking due to engine failure,” Lieutenant Commander Saiful Islam said on Friday. The coastguard rescued 58 women, 47 men and 17 children from the floundering boat.

So far this year Bangladesh police and coastguard have prevented more than 500 Rohingya refugees from being trafficked to Malaysia.

The refugees had risked the perilous voyage in order to seek a better life than the overcrowded camps in Bangladesh offer. More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh due to a crackdown by Myanmar’s military in 2017.