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    Today, 01:03 AM
    Armenia's prime minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Monday that he had sacked National Security Service chief Artur Vanetsyan, the first dismissal of a high-ranking official in his cabinet.Pashinyan told a news conference the decision was based on "bilateral consent". Vanetsyan, who became the National Security Service head after last year's revolution, sent Pashinyan a letter, also published in local media, in which he criticised the prime minister's working methods. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/armenian-pm-sacks-national-security-142846334.html
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    Today, 12:59 AM
    Trump Backs Bid To Strike Down New York City Gun Laws At Supreme Court Trump Pulls Out Of UN Arms Trade Treaty Over 2nd Amendment Concerns Trump to make it easier to export guns Trump Pushes to Allow Troops to Carry Personal Weapons on Bases
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    Today, 12:40 AM
    A Parliament member who is a senior pro-India politician in Indian-controlled Kashmir was arrested Monday under a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial.Farooq Abdullah, 81, who also was the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested at his residence in Srinagar, the summer capital and main city of the disputed Himalayan region. "We have arrested him, and a committee will decide how long the arrest will be," said Muneer Khan, a top police official. Abdullah is the first pro-India politician who has been arrested under the Public Safety Act, under which rights activists say more than 20,000 Kashmiris have been detained in the last two decades. Amnesty International has called the PSA a "lawless law," and rights groups say India has used the law to stifle dissent and circumvent the criminal justice system, undermining accountability, transparency, and respect for human rights. The PSA came into effect in 1978, under the government of Abdullah's father, who himself was a highly popular Kashmir leader. The law, in its early days, was supposedly meant to target timber smugglers in Kashmir. After an armed rebellion started in the region in 1989, the law was used against rebels and anti-India protesters. Abdullah's residence was declared a subsidiary jail and he was put under house arrest on Aug. 5 when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist-led government in New Delhi stripped Jammu and Kashmir of semi-autonomy and statehood, creating two federal territories. Thousands of additional Indian troops were sent to the Kashmir Valley, already one of the world's most militarized regions. Telephone communications, cellphone coverage, broadband internet and cable TV services were cut for the valley's 7 million people, although some communications have been gradually restored.
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    Today, 12:18 AM
    He has taken real life action in the pro-gun direction.
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    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    He has also made strong pro-gun statements, thus the wait and see logic for commenting on what he says.
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    Yesterday, 11:45 PM
    Past statements are not the same as a statement he hasn't made yet.
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    Yesterday, 11:28 PM
    Or they make it clear this is a deal he doesn't want because it is a bad deal.
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    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    No it isn't. Meanwhile it would have done nothing but make him a target of Epstein's friends and made it impossible for him to get where he needed to be to become President and really do something about it. Which would achieve nothing even if it were true that you would.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    No, she never existed and nobody could find any evidence that she ever did. That is not a crime. And been prosecuted for filing a frivolous police report? What would you do?
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    Yesterday, 10:46 PM
    U.S. crude export demand surges after attack on Saudi facilities
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    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership is under scrutiny after her Labour Party botched its handling of an alleged sexual assault on a 19-year-old party volunteer.Ardern has been forced to apologize to the woman and take control of an investigation into the allegations, including that she was attacked and groped by a Labour Party staffer in early 2018. The party decided earlier this year that no disciplinary action was necessary, prompting the woman to tell her story to the media. Since then, Labour Party President Nigel Haworth and the man at the center of the allegations, who worked in parliament and hasn’t been identified, have both resigned. “There are no excuses for the handling of the complaints by the Labour Party, and I will offer none,” Ardern said at a post-cabinet press conference in Wellington on Monday, a week after the sexual assault allegation was detailed by website The Spinoff. “We have a duty of care, and we failed in it.” A year out from a general election, the scandal has the potential to undermine support for Labour and Ardern, whose popularity has much to do with her image as a caring leader and champion of the disadvantaged, including women in the workplace. Questions are being asked not only about the culture of the Labour Party, which mishandled a separate sexual assault allegation last year, but also whether Ardern knew about the allegations sooner than she says she did. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/zealand-ardern-under-scrutiny-botched-053421756.html
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    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    A crowd in Pakistan ransacked a school and Hindu temple after a Hindu principal was accused of blasphemy, police said on Monday, the latest case to raise concern about the fate of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country.The violence erupted in the southern province of Sindh after a student accused the Hindu principal of blasphemy in comments about the Muslim Prophet Mohammad. The enraged crowd ransacked the school and damaged a nearby temple, a district police chief said. The principal had been taken into protective custody and police were investigating both the alleged blasphemy and the rioters, he added. "It seems the principal had not done anything intentionally," the district police chief, Furrukh Ali, told Reuters. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/blasphemy-accusation-pakistan-sparks-ransacking-073726239.html
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    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    A failure in Central America's electrical grid left millions of people without power for hours in at least four countries Monday.Honduras was the country hardest hit, with the entirety of its territory and its more than 9 million inhabitants affected. Traffic snarled as more than 600 stoplights went dark in the capital, Tegucigalpa. Leonardo Deras of Honduras' state electric company said at a news conference that the problem arose from an overload at a substation on the Caribbean coast. Salvador Mansell, president of Nicaragua's state power transmission company, Enatrel, said the blackout hit his country's capital, Managua, and its main departments, or provinces. There are about 600,000 paying customers for electricity in the country. Internet service and water distribution in parts of the capital, which relies on pumps, were also knocked out. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/blackout-hits-4-nations-central-223353218.html
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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    South Korea on Tuesday reported its first cases of African swine fever, becoming the latest country hit by the disease that has killed pigs from China to North Korea, pushing up pork prices worldwide. Five pigs found dead at a farm in Paju, a city near the inter-Korean border, were confirmed to have been infected with the virus, an official with Seoul's agriculture ministry told AFP. "At this point, it's too early to confirm if the case stemmed from the North," the official added. Seoul's agriculture minister Kim Hyun-soo said 3,950 pigs from three farms in Paju were to be culled. The confirmed cases in the South came around three months after Pyongyang told the World Organisation for Animal Health that dozens of pigs had died from the disease at a farm near the Chinese border, according to the South's agriculture ministry. In June, Seoul said the disease was "highly likely" to enter the country from the North and ordered fences to be erected at farms along the border to prevent possible contact between pigs and wild boar. There are around 6,700 pig farms across South Korea and pig farming accounts for 40 percent of the total livestock industry. In May, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization said pork prices had risen by up to 50 percent both in China and on the Chicago futures exchange as a result of the outbreak.
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    Yesterday, 10:23 PM
    You have already been presented with facts multiple times, the supposed rape victim was found to not even exist and Trump did not personally witness any sex crimes so he couldn't do anything more about it than he did. (which was more than anyone else connected to the problem according to the lawyer for some of the victims)
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    Yesterday, 10:08 PM
    You trolls would love nothing better than to have your lies go unopposed. Learn to deal with having your lies challenged, snowflake.
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    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    Trolls also spread lies and stir up controversy, like you. You seem to be the snowflake, you can dish out the lies but you can't handle opposition. I've never been there, you should go back to DU.
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    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    You trolls would love nothing better than to have your lies go unopposed.
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    Yesterday, 09:47 PM
    U.S. shale drillers saw their share prices surge on Monday, lifted by the nearly 15 percent jump in crude oil prices following the attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure. As of Monday, Saudi Aramco indicated that it would take weeks or months to fully restore operations at the Abqaiq facility, the largest oil processing complex in the world. Saudi production immediately plunged by 5.7 million barrels per day (mb/d), and while some was only sidelined for precautionary reasons, the latest assessments are that less than half of the disrupted capacity can come back online in the short run. The attack has rattled the oil market and once again raised the prospect of regional war. Oil prices spiked on Monday, and could remain elevated for some time. The longer the outage, the more significant the price increase. “Should the current level of outage be announced to last for more than six weeks, we expect Brent prices to quickly rally above $75/bbl, a level at which we believe an SPR release would likely be implemented, large enough to balance such a deficit for several months and cap prices at such levels,” Goldman Sachs analysts wrote in a note on September 15. “An extreme net outage of a 4 mb/d for more than three months would likely bring prices above $75/bbl to trigger both large shale supply and demand responses.” U.S. shale drillers were the beneficiaries of turmoil in the Middle East. Chesapeake Energy was up nearly 18 percent on Monday. SM Energy surged nearly 28 percent. EOG Resources rose by 7 percent. And so on.
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    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    He constantly calls for world government, he says there is no other solution to America's energy problem and he calls the occupation profitable (he didn't say for just a few). Quit digging when you are already in a hole. You want To fight with me so badly that you make a fool of yourself defending one of the worst trolls on the forum.
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    Yesterday, 09:37 PM
    A top Indian official has put Islamabad on notice, saying India's nuclear-armed neighbor “should be ready to lose Pakistani-occupied Kashmir,” in perhaps the most provocative statement yet since New Delhi's revoking its own administered Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) historic autonomy on August 5. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was quoted by local media as making the inflammatory statement, saying— “Now, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) too is ours ... For fulfilling the dream of united India, we are ready to move forward for PoK.” "Article 370 has been revoked. Now, Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) too is ours. Pakistan should be ready to lose PoK. For fulfilling the dream of united India, we are ready to move forward for PoK... Pakistan should stop supporting terrorism... India will not tolerate this," he asserted while speaking at a political rally, according to India Today. And further referencing the 1971 Indo-Pakistani war in which Bangladesh was liberated, the Chief Minister responded to recent statements by Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. "Pakistan was boasting of occupying Delhi in 1971 but they were about to lose Karachi. Bangladesh was partitioned. Their Army became our refugees," he said. This comes after Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi warned last week that the situation on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu and Kashmir region continues to deteriorate and risks sparking an "accidental war," as reported in the Hindustan Times. More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/it-ours-indian-minister-says-islamabad-about-lose-pakistani-occupied-kashmir
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    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    You have been educated on the worthlessness of those claims multiple times. You are nothing but a troll.
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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    Prospects for a bipartisan deal on gun control legislation have dimmed significantly as President Trump and Democratic leaders appear to be far apart on the key issue of expanding background checks. Republicans expect Trump to put forward a proposal addressing gun violence later this week, but Democrats predict it is likely to fall far short of what is needed and that they may not vote for it. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a key negotiator who has had discussions with Trump on gun control, told reporters that the president needed to give them an affirmative sign by the end of last week in order to keep momentum from dying in Congress. “My worry is that the forces inside the White House that are representing the gun lobby may be prevailing,” Murphy told reporters Monday. “I think that’s a shame.” “They told us we would hear back by Thursday and we didn’t hear anything on Thursday or Friday or Saturday or Sunday,” he added. “Silence is probably indicative that they’re not willing to move.” Manchin also sounded a pessimistic note. “I haven’t heard back from their staff,” said Manchin, who panned the idea of creating a new smartphone app to conduct background checks.
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    Yesterday, 09:17 PM
    He wants a globalist solution instead, that's half right by you? Just quit reflexively disagreeing with me and you won't make a fool of yourself like this.
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    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    Nobody deserted Rand and he is doing the right thing to court Trump supporters and try to guide them to improved positions.
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    Yesterday, 09:04 PM
    Get lost, you know nothing about anything.
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    Yesterday, 09:02 PM
    You are a fool who thinks his assertions are facts and that the world can't function as it did for all of history.
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