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Venezuela: Congress votes to censure food czar amid shortages

April 28, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress has voted to censure the country's food minister amid widespread shortages. Lawmakers voted Thursday to censure Food Minister Rodolfo Marco Torres after he failed to show up for a congressional hearing. Critics of President Nicolas Maduro's socialist administration said they took the vote for the good of the Venezuelan people in light of what has become a nutritional emergency." (04/28/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuela-congress-votes-censure-food-czar-amid-shortages-38746119  

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Lawmakers urge more US naval operations in South China Sea

April 28, 2016
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Willoughby News-Herald    

"Members of Congress urged the Obama administration on Wednesday to order more naval operations close to disputed islands in the South China Sea. The State Department said Beijing risks conflict and isolation through its assertive behavior in those waters. Twice since the fall, the U.S. Navy has sailed by artificial islands built by China, and Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that such operations will take place regularly." (04/28/16)

http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20160427/lawmaker-urge-more-us-naval-operations-in-south-china-sea  

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Anti-drug McCain’s fundraiser caught operating meth lab, dealing heroin & cocaine

April 28, 2016
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The Free Thought Project    

"United States Senator John McCain is conducting damage control after a staff member of his re-election fundraising campaign was arrested Tuesday. Emily Pitha, 34 was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of drug charges after Maricopa County sheriff's deputies raided her home and found an active meth lab along with other illicit drugs. Immediately following the bust, McCain's campaign fired Pitha and issued a statement decrying her actions." [editor's note: Maricopa is Sheriff Joe Arpaio's county, so the arrest is immediately suspect. I wonder if he or an ally is planning to challenge McCain for Senate? - TLK] (04/27/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/anti-drug-sen-john-mccains-fundraiser-caught-operating-meth-lab-dealing-heroin-cocaine/  

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Iran: Khamenei says US lifted sanctions only on paper

April 28, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Iran's Supreme Leader accused the United States on Wednesday of scaring businesses away from Tehran and undermining a deal to lift international sanctions. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told hundreds of workers that a global deal, signed between Iran and world powers, had lifted financial sanctions, but U.S. obstruction was stopping Iran getting the full economic fruits of the agreement." (04/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-economy-khamenei-idUSKCN0XO0RK  

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Venezuela: Protests as government orders two-day workweek to save power

April 28, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts. In Caracas, hundreds of angry voters lined up to sign a petition beginning the process of recalling the deeply unpopular President Nicolas Maduro. The socialist administration began imposing a four-hour daily blackout around the country this week to save electricity." (04/27/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/protests-venezuela-starts-day-workweek-save-power-38703270  

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Germany: Berlin confirms the replacement of their spy agency chief

April 28, 2016
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Cincinnati Sun    

"The German government has confirmed the termination of Gerhard Schindler, who headed the country’s spy agency. Reports claimed that he would be replaced by the head of the Finance Ministry Bruno Kahl. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Peter Altmaier said in an official statement that Schindler, who has run the BND since 2012 and is not due to retire until 2018, would be replaced on July 1 by Bruno Kahl, an official in the finance ministry responsible for privatisations and government real estate." (04/28/16)

http://www.cincinnatisun.com/index.php/sid/243573041  

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North Korea declares May 6 as the date for party congress

April 28, 2016
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Hawaii Telegraph    

"North Korea has announced that its ruling Workers’ Party will be holding the much awaited congress starting May 6. North Korea will be holding the first such conference in 36 years as the last party congress in the country was held in 1980, even before the current leader Kim Jong Un was born." (04/27/16)

http://www.hawaiitelegraph.com/index.php/sid/243557319  

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McCain: F-35 program has been a “scandal”

April 27, 2016
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Veterans Today    

"The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s record on cost, schedule and performance has been a scandal and a tragedy, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee told senior Pentagon officials Tuesday during a withering critique of the most expensive weapons program in U.S. military history. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said during an oversight hearing held by the committee that the aircraft’s development schedule has stretched to 15 years, deliveries of the F-35 have been delayed, and costs have skyrocketed." (04/27/16)

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/04/27/john-mccain-f-35-program-has-been-a-scandal/  

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May 2: World Naked Gardening Day

April 27, 2016
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Trending Mail    

"If there ever was a day to plant your seed, it’s May 2. That’s because it’s World Naked Gardening Day, an annual event where people are supposed to drop their drawers and get down and dirty. Now in its 10th year, World Naked Gardening Day is traditionally celebrated the first Saturday in May. (04/27/16)

http://www.trendingmail.com/2016/04/annual-holiday-celebrating-world-naked.html  

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Policing aggression

April 27, 2016
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Mary Ruwart Ruwart.com
by Mary J Ruwart  

"Prosecutors rarely go after law enforcement when they raid the wrong house. Instead, they try, convict and imprison, victims who have defended themselves, believing they were being attacked by a gang instead of police. Defending yourself against police officers is a crime, even when those officers are at the wrong house! Instead of getting an apology and restitution from the local government, these innocent victims are treated like criminals!" (04/26/16)

http://www.ruwart.com/blog/policing-aggression-from-the-cliff-notes-version-of-healing-our-world.html  

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Venezuela paves way for petition to recall Maduro

April 27, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Venezuela's electoral council on Tuesday took steps to allow opponents of President Nicolas Maduro to try and initiate a recall referendum against the socialist leader. The electoral authority delivered to opposition representatives the petition sheets needed to collect around 200,000 signatures to schedule a formal petition drive. The decision would normally draw scant attention except that the process had been mired by administrative hurdles that the opposition sees as an attempt by the government-stacked institution to protect Maduro." (04/26/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuela-paves-petition-recall-maduro-38687146  

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Egypt: Cairo protests turn violent, hundreds arrested

April 27, 2016
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Tucson Post    

"International advocacy group, Amnesty International has condemned the arrests in Cairo after protests broke out against the government’s decision to surrender control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Reports quoted an Egyptian coalition of rights groups as saying that the police had arrested at least 237 people during protests in Cairo on April 25." (04/27/16)

http://www.tucsonpost.com/index.php/sid/243536423  

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Iraq: Parliament approves partial cabinet reshuffle

April 27, 2016
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Tuscaloosa News    

"Iraq's parliament has endorsed a partial Cabinet reshuffle proposed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, bowing to mounting public pressure for reform, including mass protests led by an influential Shiite cleric. Parliament spokesman Emad al-Khafaji says lawmakers approved nominees for six ministries: health, labor and social affairs; water resources; electricity; higher education and culture." (04/26/16)

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20160426/API/304269801  

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KS: Brownback regime withdraws from Syrian refugee program

April 27, 2016
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DNA India [India]    

"Kansas is withdrawing from plans to resettle Syrian refugees in the state after the federal government failed to provide security information and files on the refugees, Republican Governor Sam Brownback said on Monday. Brownback said in a statement that he repeatedly asked the administration of President Barack Obama for documentation on the screening of refugees that would be relocated from Syria to Kansas." (04/26/16)

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-kansas-governor-withdraws-from-syrian-refugee-program-2206540  

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Spain: King says no party has enough support to form government

April 27, 2016
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Lompoc Record    

"Spain's King Felipe VI decided Tuesday that none of the country's political parties has enough support to form a government, setting the stage for an unprecedented repeat election in June, six months after voters ended the nation's traditional two-party system. Felipe announced his decision in a statement after spending two days meeting with party leaders — including those in charge of the conservative Popular Party, the center-left Socialists, the far-left Podemos party and the business-friendly Ciudadanos party." (04/26/16)

http://lompocrecord.com/news/world/spain-s-king-says-no-party-has-enough-support-to/article_4a123b07-5304-5dac-931b-dde8907a0b7e.html  

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Save the Libertarian Party and keep educating Texans

April 27, 2016
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Certainly LP members and supporters will not let The Establishment Parties silence the voice of 'Minimum Government and Maximum Freedom.' Mark Miller, according to his campaign manager Lauren Daugherty, has the best chance of getting that 5% requirement for the LP in Election 2016. Yet many people in the libertarian community who firmly believe in those sentiments refuse to take part in elections because voting – the act of participating in an inherently corrupt institution called 'government' -- just gives legitimacy to that institution." (04/26/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/save-the-libertarian-party-and-keep-educating-texans  

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Burundi: General assassinated in attack in capital

April 26, 2016
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Idaho Press-Tribune    

"A military general in Burundi who was an adviser to the country's vice president and two others were shot dead in the capital, a military official said Monday. It is the latest killing in an upsurge of violence including tortures and increased disappearances that have created a climate of fear and led more than 250,000 people to flee to neighboring countries. The ambush of Brig. Gen. Athanase Kararuza came on the day that the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced the opening of a preliminary probe into atrocities in Burundi over the last year, saying violence in the African nation has reportedly left more than 430 people dead." (04/25/16)

http://www.idahopress.com/ap_news/international/burundi-general-assassinated-in-attack-in-capital/article_67c526d8-5397-5abb-9c8f-7af03c4150f5.html  

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The cruelty and carnage of the minimum wage: The case of Tad

April 26, 2016
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Jeffrey Tucker Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker  

"If your goal is to ruin the lives of young and marginalized population groups, raising the wage floor to $15 an hour is a good plan. Already, much of the current problem with youth unemployment is due to the high minimum wage increases we've seen over the last eight years. After all, the original purpose of the minimum wage was to disemploy undesirables. Not having a job means not participating in the fullness of life. It's a big deal." (04/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/the-cruelty-and-carnage-of-the-minimum-wage-the-case-of-tad/  

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Gary Johson: “Majority of Americans are libertarians”

April 26, 2016
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Russia Today [Russian state media]    

"Most Americans are libertarians, which means fiscally conservative and socially liberal, but they don't realize there is a party that represents that philosophy, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson told RT America’s Lindsay France. The Libertarians are expected to get more votes than previously estimated. The party is already on the ballots in about 2/3 of states. For third parties it takes tens of thousands of signatures and plenty of money to get presidential ballot access." (04/24/16)

https://www.rt.com/op-edge/340766-libertarians-gary-johnson-presidential-race/  

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Egypt: Police stifle plans for mass protest over islands

April 26, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Thousands of Egyptian riot police on Monday stifled plans for mass demonstrations against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's rule, using tear gas, birdshot and beating up young activists to quickly disperse flash protests by hundreds in what evolved into a day of cat-and-mouse games across parts of Cairo. With overwhelming numbers, police took over Cairo locations designated by organizers as gathering points, checking IDs and turning potential protesters away under the threat of arrest." (04/25/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/police-deployed-egypts-capital-ahead-protests-38645238  

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Mexico: Gunmen in Acapulco attack police at headquarters, hotel

April 25, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Armed men launched near-simultaneous assaults on police in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, leaving one attacker dead and an officer wounded and terrifying residents in what has become one of the world's deadliest cities. The attacks Sunday night targeted local federal police headquarters in a beachside tourist quarter and a hotel across town where many of its agents are lodged." (04/25/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/gunmen-acapulco-attack-police-headquarters-hotel-38654439  

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Up to 250 US military personnel headed to Syria

April 25, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"President Barack Obama has decided to send up to 250 military personnel to Syria to help local forces fighting the Islamic State group. That's the word from a senior administration official who says Obama would announce his decision during a speech Monday in Germany at the close of a weeklong foreign trip. Countering the Islamic State group was a focus of Obama's talks with leaders in Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and Germany." (04/24/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/administration-250-military-personnel-headed-syria-38640013  

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Serbia: Pro-EU populists win vote

April 25, 2016
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Arizona Daily Star    

"Preliminary unofficial results showed that the incumbent pro-EU populists have swept Serbia's parliamentary election on Sunday, leaving pro-Russia nationalists far behind. The apparent triumph by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's Progressive Party means Serbia will continue on its path toward European Union membership despite opposition from right-wing parties, which sought close ties with Russia instead." (04/24/16)

http://tucson.com/news/world/serbia-s-pro-eu-populists-win-vote-initial-projections-show/article_bb7ed49c-ed30-51b8-bac4-738e86be734d.html  

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Panama: Second raid made at law firm at new address linked to Mossack Fonseca

April 25, 2016
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New York Telegraph    

"Authorities in Panama reportedly launched a second raid into Mossack Fonseca, the law firm that is at the centre of one of the world's biggest data leaks, the Panama Papers. According to reports in the La Prensa newspaper, prosecutors said, they 'carried out a raid on a storage property belonging to the firm Mossack Fonseca.' The company on the other hand said in a statement that it was 'ready to cooperate with investigations under way.'" (04/24/16)

http://www.newyorktelegraph.com/index.php/sid/243464043  

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Turkey: Dutch journalist Ebru Umar arrested

April 25, 2016
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The Independent [UK]    

"A Dutch journalist has been detained for questioning in Turkey after allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ebru Umar, a columnist for the Dutch Metro newspaper was arrested on Saturday soon after posting a tweet saying police were at her door at around 11pm Turkish time. She later tweeted that she was being taken to a police station in Kusadasi." (04/24/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/dutch-metro-journalist-ebru-umar-arrested-in-turkey-a6998286.html  

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