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China overtakes US and France as Germany's biggest trading partner

China for the first time became Germany's most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday. German imports from and exports to China rose to 170 billion euros ($180 billion) last year, Federal Statistics Office figures reviewed by Reuters showed.

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Drug gangs take back control of slums in financially crippled post-Olympic Rio

Six months after Rio de Janeiro hosted the Olympic Games and poured tens of millions of dollars into security to make the streets safer, the turf war between police and organized criminal gangs for control of the city's slums appears to be over. The cash-strapped police have ceded power to the drug-trafficking gangs who operate unfettered in some areas and enforce their own rules in the favelas.

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Armed Man With A Knife Rams Car Into Pedestrians In Heidelberg; Attacker Shot By Police

In what may be the second vehicle-based terrorist attack in Germany in as many months, moments ago the German police reported that a man rammed his car into a pedestrian area in a central square in the city of Heidelberg, injuring three people - one seriously - then fled armed with a knife, and was subsequently shot after being tracked down by officers.

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Dick Cheney Poisoned Hundreds Of US Troops In Iraq. Now They’re Dying, And The Media Is Silent

The legacy of death and misery from the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan continues today, and, once again, Dick Cheney plays a central role. A new book by Joseph Hickman, a former U.S. Marine and Army sergeant, titled The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers, details how soldiers and local civilian populations were exposed to constant streams of toxic smoke from the burning of waste.

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Trump Administration Unveils First Step In Building Border Wall

In the first tangible step toward delivering on Trump's campaign promise to halt unauthorized immigration from Mexico, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Friday released plans for picking vendors for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, issuing a preliminary request for proposals saying it plans to release a formal solicitation around March 6 “for the design and build of several prototype wall structures in the vicinity of the United States border with Mexico.”

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Former Director of IMF Gets Prison Time for Fraud

Rodrigo Rato, former Director of the International Monetary Fund, was sentenced to four years and six months in prison last Thursday by a Spanish Court.

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The White House Blocked CNN, BBC, New York Times, & LA Times From Media Briefing

White House Press Secretary Spicer on Friday chose to hand select what news outlets would be allowed to participate in the off-camera briefing with reporters inside his West Wing office as opposed to the James S Brady Press Briefing Room. Who got barred from attending? The outlets that Trump has often criticized: CNN, BBC, The New York Times, LA Times, New York Daily News, Daily Mail, and a few others.

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Uber, Fitbit, OkCupid info exposed by massive data breach

A serious data breach impacting nearly 3,400 websites and apps including Uber and FitBit may have leaked sensitive data across the internet for months.

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Hate crime hoax alert: Capital University student admits to fabricating several incidents

A Capital University student has confessed to concocting several hate crime incidents at the school as a way “to get attention.” Senior Jalen Mitchell confessed to “submitting multiple false reports to campus police” after campus police asked him at the end of January if he had written a hate-filled note that was taped to his residence’s door. “It was a way to try to get attention, to say ‘Someone notice me, I’m dying on the inside,’” Mitchell told the Chimes, the student newspaper.

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The U.S. Carried Out Regime Change In Syria In 1949 … and Tried Again In 1957, 1986, 1991 and 2011-Today

As early as 1949, this newly independent Arab republic was an important staging ground for the CIA’s earliest experiments in covert action. The CIA secretly encouraged a right-wing military coup in 1949.

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The Road to Hell Was Paved With Obama Cronyism

President Donald Trump’s naïve (or willfully blind) notion that Wall Street will work better at raising capital if it is unleashed from strident Federal regulation is unhinged from the facts on the ground. Those facts, as illustrated above, are that the Boards of two of the largest banks in the U.S. are utterly spineless when it comes to holding their CEOs and employees accountable in the face of a tsunami of crimes.

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It Gets Ugly in Brazil

In a stunning deterioration, the unemployment rate in Brazil spiked to 12.6% in the rolling three-month period through January, a record in the new data series going back to 2012, according to Brazil’s statistical agency IBGE. Up from 11.8% in the three-month period through October. Up from an already terribly high 9.5% a year ago. And more than double the 6.2% in December 2013.

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GE, Intel, AT&T team up to put cameras, mics in San Diego

General Electric will put cameras, microphones and sensors on 3,200 street lights in San Diego this year, marking the first large-scale use of “smart city” tools GE says can help monitor traffic and pinpoint crime, but raising potential privacy concerns.

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In sweeping move, Trump puts regulation monitors in U.S. agencies

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place “regulatory reform” task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades.

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Trump’s Policies Are Authoritarian, Not Populist

I’m not new to writing about political issues. I spent pretty much the entirety of the Obama administration pointing out his disdain of transparency, his refusal to challenge the rich and powerful even after they inflicted significant harm on the American public, and his dangerous expansion of militarism across the globe. Over the course of those eight years, I solidified and refined my views on a wide variety of issues that are important to me. Though I’ve been extremely troubled by the people Trump has decided to surround himself with, and the fact he’s essentially outsourced his economic policy to the boys at vampire squid Goldman Sachs, I’ve held off on my harshest criticism while waiting to see where he comes down on a wider variety of issues. At this point, I think I’ve seen enough.

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Syrian Rebels Worried CIA Might Stop Sending Them Arms

Since at least 2012, the United States has been supporting armed rebels trying to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad. It has always been a difficult alliance because many of the rebel groups have ties to Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. The program has principally been run by the CIA. In 2013, President Barack Obama waived a provision of the Arms Export Control Act that prevented arming terrorist organizations in order to arm Syrian rebels. Nonetheless, the weapons fell into Al Qaeda’s hands, first by accident, then on purpose after some marketing.

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Mardi Gras and Bourborn Street have been turned into America's largest spying network

Bourborn Street/Mardi Gras will never be the same as police state America uses our fears of terrorism to turn 20 neighborhoods into a giant surveillance network! As you'll see, no one is safe from New Orleans spying surveillance cameras. Police are spending $40 million dollars to install over a hundred new license plate readers, remote sensing technology, roadblocks, High Defintion thermal cameras equipped with night vision and much more. Police have also spent $12.6 million on a new spying command center.

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Florida man pleads guilty in attempted hacking of Clinton Foundation

NEW YORK A Florida man pleaded guilty in a case stemming from an attempted hacking of the Clinton Foundation on Thursday, months after he was sentenced to 42 years in prison in the wake of child pornography discovered on his computers during the probe. Timothy Sedlak, 43, pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan to attempting to access protected computers without authorization. Prosecutors accused him of trying to gain access to an unnamed New York-based charitable organization's network.

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Law Enforcement Using Facebook and Apple to Data-Mine Accounts of Trump Protest Arrestees

Law enforcement is compelling Apple and Facebook to hand over the personal information of users who were mass arrested at protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., AlterNet has confirmed. The tech giants appear to be complying with the data-mining requests, amid mounting concerns over the heavy-handed crackdown against the more than 200 people detained on January 20, among them journalists, legal observers and medics.

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German secret service spied on journalists at the BBC, The New York Times and Reuters for more than a DECADE

Germany's foreign intelligence service BND long spied on journalists of the BBC, The New York Times, Reuters and other media, news weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday.

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