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Poland to Send Troops to Help Train Ukrainian Army

Poland is to send ‘several dozen’ troops to Ukraine to help train the army there in their de facto war with Russia—but a Russian news portal says ‘nothing new’. Defence ministry advisor Bogusław Pacek has confirmed that Poland will follow the example of the United Kingdom, which this week said it would send 75 army trainers.
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Why is Congress Turning over Public Lands to Foreign Copper Mine Companies?

Nearly 2,500 acres of public lands in Arizona has been handed over to two foreign mining companies that plan to excavate $130 billion in copper from an area considered sacred to Native Americans. Oak Flat, part of the Tonto National Forest about 100 miles north of Tucson, is the site where Resolution Copper Mining, a British-Australian partnership, intends to develop an enormous copper mine.
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Assad meets with French lawmakers in Damascus

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has met with a delegation of French parliamentarians in the capital Damascus. The delegation was headed by French Senator Jean-Pierre Vial, Chairman of the Syrian-French friendship Committee, the Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA, reported on Wednesday. The two sides discussed the Syrian-French relations, the regional and international developments and challenges facing the Arab and European regions, particularly those related to terrorism.
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UK: Call GM food something else to ease public fears, say MPs: Report says label is 'lightning rod' for fears of designer crops

The term ‘GM food’ should be abandoned, say politicians who are calling for an extraordinary rebranding exercise. MPs on the science and technology select committee has demanded a ‘reframing of the public conversation’ about genetically modified food.
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Scottish plans for central identity database spark privacy criticism

NHS identity details are to be shared on a central register under Scottish government plans. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/for the Guardian Privacy and civil rights campaigners have urged the Scottish government to drop plans for a new identity database which could allow public bodies, including tax authorities, to share every adult’s private data.
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Argentina Congress votes to dissolve intelligence agency and to create new federal intelligence agency

Argentina's Congress has approved a bill to scrap the country's intelligence agency. The Intelligence Secretariat will be replaced with a new federal agency that will be accountable to Congress. The proposal was drafted last month by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, following the death of special prosecutor Alberto Nisman.
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Report: Saudi Arabia Would Lend Israel Air Space for Strike on Iran

Saudi Arabian officials told European lawmakers during private talks that they may be willing to cooperate with Israel on the Iranian nuclear issue, and could even allow the Israeli Air Force to use its air space for a possible air strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.
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German domestic security agency finds Russia reverting to KGB measures

he tactics of Russia's former Soviet KGB intelligence agency have been employed again, said Hans-Georg Maaßen, President of the BfV, on Wednesday (25 February) at the European Police Conference in Berlin. Aside from espionage, this included targeted misinformation, influencing decisions and supporting extremist groups with the goal of destabilising a state, Maaßen indicated. As Russia’s neighbours, Eastern European states were especially affected by this, he said.
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How Instagram data exposed a Congressman’s expensive travel budget

Gov. Chris Christie isn’t the only person who can use metadata against a politician. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Il.) has “spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors.” It discovered this, in part, because of data from Schock’s Instagram.
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Chinese spies responsible for break-ins at African nuclear site: leaked documents

hinese industrial spies were responsible for a series of mysterious break-ins by armed robbers at a South African nuclear research site, a leaked intelligence document says. It is the latest revelation from hundreds of leaked “spy cables” obtained by Al Jazeera and released in daily batches this week. The new documents on Wednesday expose how Africa has become a happy hunting ground for Chinese and Russian spies seeking technological and geopolitical advantage.
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British Politicians for Sale—and They Say They’ve Done Nothing Wrong

Two former ministers were caught on tape saying they would use their political influence in exchange for payouts. But somehow they’re claiming it was all aboveboard.
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Interventionism Kills: Post-Coup Ukraine One Year Later

It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by US and EU governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation.
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Johnson & Johnson Loses Trial Over Risperdal And Male Breasts

In a setback to Johnson & Johnson JNJ +0.51%, a Philadelphia jury decided the health care giant must pay $2.5 million in damages for failing to warn that its Risperdal antipsychotic could cause gynecomastia, which is abnormal development of breasts in males. The lawsuit was brought by the family of an autistic boy who took the drug in 2002 and later developed size 46 DD breasts, according to a lawyer for the family.
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China Is Creating a New Economic World Order Right Under the West’s Nose

From new “silk roads” to 40,000 miles of high-speed rail, China is poised to dominate the global economy in the twenty-first century.
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Feds Threaten D.C. Officials with Prison If they Go Through with Pot Legalization on Thursday

n a letter to D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, two Republican congressmen Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the appropriations subcommittee that handles D.C.’s budget, ominously warned not to move forward with legalization in the District, claiming that to do so would be a violation of federal law.
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FBI employee faced retaliation after blowing the whistle inside Bureau about agents stealing items from Ground Zero

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report on whistleblower retaliation complaints at the FBI. The results are pretty alarming. Unlike employees of other executive branch agencies, FBI employees do not have a process to seek corrective action if they experience retaliation based on a disclosure of wrongdoingto their supervisors or others in their chain of command who are not designated officials.
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Putin Slams Ukraine Decision To Cut-Off Gas To East As "Genocidal"

Ukrainian authorities decision to halt gas supplies to Donetsk amid the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe occurring there "bear the hallmarks of genocide," blasted Russia's Vladimir Putin during an awkward press conference with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades (who he had just agreed bilateral military and trade deals with). "Apparently, some responsible leaders of the modern-day Ukraine are unable to understand the importance of humanitarian issues,"Sputnik News reports Putin concluded. In an attempt to gain leverage and force Ukraine's hand however, Russia'sGazprom has indicated it intends to suspend gas deliveries to Ukraine (and thus Europe via pipelines) unless Kiev makes a further prepayment.
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New Bill Would Add “None of the Above” Option To Election Ballots

State Senator Branden Petersen of Minnesota has recently proposed a bill that would place a “None of the Above” option on the state’s election ballots. “This would give people an opportunity to really make a strong statement in rebuke of the present dynamic. It would be an honest check on the two-party system. This gives people a chance to legitimately voice their opinion,” Petersen said in a statement.
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Russia, Cyprus Sign Military Port Deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades signed an agreement on Wednesday to give Russian military ships access to Cypriot ports. "We signed a number of documents regarding our military cooperation. For example regarding the entrance of our ships to Cypriot ports," Putin told journalists.
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Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are cashed strapped this winter because Israel is withholding $240 million in tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority as punishment for joining the ICC. This is radical, though it’s not unusual and something we’ve come to expect. But turning off the electricity in the middle of winter as blizzards sweep across the Middle East is nothing short of sadistic
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