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    Today, 01:09 AM
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    The death toll from a fiery explosion in central Mexico rose to 85 on Sunday as authorities vowed to hold accountable those responsible for a deliberate fuel-line puncture that drew hundreds of people looking to gather gasoline before it ignited.The search for human remains at the site of the explosion in the state of Hidalgo ended late Saturday. While families began to bury the dead, officials indicated the death toll could still rise. Health Minister Jorge Alcocer said 85 deaths were confirmed and that another 58 people were hospitalized in Hidalgo, while others in worse conditions had been moved to Mexico City for specialized treatment. Family members of the victims have called on the government to continue looking for remains and to bring back forensic experts for that purpose. Funerals already have begun, but the handover of remains has been slow because many of the victims were burned beyond recognition. The Hidalgo state prosecutor said 54 of the dead could not be readily identified, and require DNA analysis. On Friday, when authorities heard that fuel traffickers had punctured the pipeline, about 25 soldiers arrived and attempted to block off the area, Defense Secretary Luis Crescencio Sandoval told reporters. But the soldiers were unable to contain the estimated 700 civilians -- including entire families -- who swarmed in to collect the spilled gasoline, witnesses said. The armed soldiers had been moved away from the pipeline to avoid any risk of confrontation with the crowd when the blast occurred, about two hours after the pipeline was first breached, Sandoval said.
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    Today, 01:05 AM
    Congo's election crisis deepened early Sunday when the Constitutional Court confirmed the win of Felix Tshisekedi, rejecting claims of fraud, and runner-up Martin Fayulu promptly declared himself the country's "only legitimate president."Fayulu's supporters have alleged an extraordinary backroom deal by outgoing President Joseph Kabila to rig the vote in favor of the opposition after the ruling party's candidate did so poorly that a Plan B was needed. Neither side has acknowledged the accusations. The court, however, said Fayulu offered no proof to back his assertions that he had won easily based on leaked data attributed to the electoral commission. Fayulu urged Congolese to take to the streets to peacefully protest what he called "constitutional coup d'etat," accusing the court of validating false results. "It's no secret ... that you have elected me president," he said. Neither Congolese nor the international community should recognize Tshisekedi, nor obey him, Fayulu added. Tshisekedi said early Sunday that the Constitutional Court's decision confirming him as the winner of the presidential election was a victory for the entire country. "It is Congo that won," said Tshisekedi, speaking to his supporters after the court decision. "It is not the victory of one camp against another. I am engaged in a campaign to reconcile all Congolese. ... The Congo that we are going to form will not be a Congo of division, hatred or tribalism. It will be a reconciled Congo, a strong Congo that will be focused on development, peace and security." The largely untested Tshisekedi, son of the late, charismatic opposition leader Etienne, is set to be inaugurated on Tuesday. His supporters who had gathered outside the court cheered. "It's a shame that Mr. Fayulu wants to stay isolated," Tshisekedi's spokesman, Vidiye Tshimanga, told The Associated Press. He said the two men once had been part of an opposition coalition demanding that Kabila step down. The new president will need everyone for the reconstruction of the country, Tshimanga said, as the Congolese people have "suffered a lot in recent years." The court's declaration came shortly after the African Union in an unprecedented move asked Congo to delay announcing the final election results, citing "serious doubts" about the vote. It planned to send a high-level delegation on Monday to find a way out of the crisis, fearing unrest spilling across borders of the vast Central African nation.
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    Today, 01:01 AM
    Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage has endorsed a new pro-Brexit party as he vowed a return to frontline politics if Britain doesn’t leave the EU on March 29. The MEP for the South East was approached last week by former activists for Ukip who have applied to register the Brexit Party with the Electoral Commission. Former Ukip economics spokeswoman Catherine Blaiklock has applied to register the new party, according to The Sun on Sunday. The paper said that Mr Farage had been sounded out as a possible leader. He told the paper: "This was Catherine's idea entirely - but she has done this with my full knowledge and my full support. "If the Government goes back on its word and betrays the millions of people who voted for Brexit then we need a party prepared to stand up and fight for it. "I'm fully prepared for Article 50 to be extended or revoked and if that happens, I will re-enter the fray." He added that there would be a "huge public backlash" should Prime Minister Theresa May look to extend Brexit beyond March and that people would "flock" to a "real pro-Brexit party".
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    Today, 12:45 AM
    They released the tech on purpose, now they can try to claim that real videos are deepfakes.
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    Today, 12:04 AM
    No, they might hit a small number of people harder but they wouldn't hit nearly as many people.
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    Yesterday, 11:56 PM
    You must spread some reputation around................
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    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    It's the first time that Israel has ever announced strikes against Iran inside Syria and in real time. Moments after a massive wave of rockets were fired on Damascus, activating Syrian anti-air defenses Sunday night, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced: "We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory. We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory." This is unprecedented given that in every other among the dozens of prior recent Israeli attacks on Syria, the IDF has never acknowledged responsibility so quickly and certainly not while they are ongoing, usually declining to confirm or deny after the event. We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory. We warn the Syrian Armed Forces against attempting to harm Israeli forces or territory. — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) January 20, 2019 Twelve hours prior the IDF said its Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted a Syrian rocket fired into the northern Golan Heights after Israel launched a prior rare daylight raid on Syria on the “international airport, southwest of Damascus,” according to Syrian military officials. In what marks a major escalation, it appears Damascus responded to that attack with what Israeli media has called an "intentionally fired offensive surface-to-surface attack." The Israeli intercept of that inbound Syrian surface-to-surface missile was caught on dramatic video, per The Times of Israel: The interception of the incoming Syrian projectile was seen over Mount Hermon, Israel’s tallest peak, which was full of visiting skiers, following a stormy period that dusted the mountain with snow. צפו: כיפת ברזל מיירטת רקטה שנורתה לחרמון - מנקודת מבטם של הגולשים | @guyvaron https://t.co/KREVHJMUKi pic.twitter.com/zCGhzEvKTB — החדשות (@NewsChannelIL) January 20, 2019 Israel's Sunday night attack has involved dozens of strikes reportedly from F-16 jets flying over Lebanon targeting locations in and around southern Damascus. Syria’s Pantsir and Buk air defense missile systems have reportedly shot down an unknown number of inbound Israeli rockets according to early unconfirmed video.
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    Yesterday, 11:48 PM
    All part of the coverup/propaganda. Lincoln was dying and they faked his death early. The Lincoln Assassination was a False Flag.
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    Yesterday, 11:44 PM
    That's because the parents and the children know to beware of the people they don't know, if the parents and children didn't then 99.9% would be by people not known to the victim without any reduction in the absolute numbers committed by people who know the victim. Weirdos are a much higher threat than straights.
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    Yesterday, 10:27 PM
    Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies elected a new leader Saturday, a change that offers Germany's center-right a chance to move past their persistent bickering over recent years.The 52-year-old Markus Soeder was elected unopposed in Munich with more than 87 percent of the votes to lead the Christian Social Union. The CSU is the Bavaria-only sister party to Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, an independent-minded and sometimes-awkward ally despite the fact that they have a joint group in Germany's national parliament. Soeder replaces 69-year-old Horst Seehofer, the CSU leader for the past decade and the most prominent domestic opponent of Merkel's welcoming approach to refugees in 2015. The friction between Merkel and Seehofer threatened at one point to bring down the chancellor's coalition government over Seehofer's insistence that some asylum-seekers should be turned away at the country's borders. Soeder already succeeded Seehofer, now Germany's interior minister, as Bavarian governor last year. With Seehofer now replaced as head of the CSU, Merkel's Cabinet now has no governing party leaders as ministers, including from the junior coalition Social Democratic Party. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/merkels-bavarian-allies-elect-head-ushering-era-115117506.html
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    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    The Fed causes the overheating in the first place. Booms and Busts should be left to market forces and then they wouldn't be so severe or last as long.
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    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    The number of drilled but uncompleted wells (DUCs) in the U.S. shale patch has skyrocketed by roughly 60 percent over the past two years. That leaves a rather large backlog that could add a wave of new supply, even if the pace of drilling begins to slow. The backlog of DUCs has continued to swell, essentially uninterrupted, for more than two years. The total number of DUCs hit 8,723 in November 2018, up 287 from a month earlier. That figure is also up sharply from the 5,271 from the same month in 2016, a 60 percent increase. The EIA will release new monthly DUC data on January 22, which will detail figures for December. Some level of DUCs is normal, but the ballooning number of uncompleted wells has repeatedly fueled speculation that a sudden rush of new supply might come if companies shift those wells into production. The latest crash in oil prices once again raises this prospect. The calculus on completing wells can cut two ways. On the one hand, lower oil prices – despite the recent rebound, prices are still down sharply from a few months ago – can cause some E&Ps to want to hold off on drilling new wells. That may lead them to decide to complete wells they already drilled as a way of keeping production aloft while husbanding scarce resources. Companies that are posting losses may be desperate for revenues, so they may accelerate the rate of completions from their DUC backlog. On the flip side, producers don’t exactly want to bring production online in a market that is subdued. “The lower oil price raises some questions about whether you go ahead with completing these wells,” Tom Petrie, head of oil and gas investment bank Petrie Partners, told S&P Global Platts. “Some companies want to get them in a producing mode; others say they won't get an adequate return right now, so they'll wait.” More at: https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/Huge-Backlog-Could-Trigger-New-Wave-Of-Shale-Oil.html
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    Yesterday, 09:40 PM
    You must spread some reputation around.................
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    Yesterday, 09:21 PM
    Or when taxes go up or when new laws and regulations put people out of work. :check:
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    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    And CNN's Jake Tapper admitted the media's error... .@reason: “Video footage strongly contradicts Native American veteran Nathan Phillips' claim that Covington Catholic High School boys harassed him. The media got this one completely wrong,” writes @robbysoave https://t.co/9Ki4iiTkQ9 — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 20, 2019 And even David Brooks flipped... Yesterday I had one impression of the maga kids from Kentucky. Now after seeing more videos I have a different more complicated impression. Makes all the hot takes seem silly. — David Brooks (@nytdavidbrooks) January 20, 2019 Finally, Rod Dreher wrote in The American Conservative: It is possible that the Catholic boys were complete asses. My initial judgment was that they certainly were that. You don’t treat a peaceful elderly person like this. Even if they thought he was wrong, those boys owed him respect. Yes, the old man approached them, but they could and should have handled him with respect. They come off as bullies. But then I watched more clips, showing the greater context of the incident. It is not as simple as it has been portrayed. Below is a more complete video account of what happened. In it, one of the Catholic boys is overheard asking, “Does anybody know what he’s doing? Does anybody know what’s going on here.” And, in it, one of the Indians with Phillips shouts: “White people, go back to Europe. This is not your land.” He curses the students with f-bombs (video is NSFW). He goes on: “You’re being a white man about it. That’s all you know how to do.” You didn’t see that in the news reporting, did you? Nope.
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    Yesterday, 09:14 PM
    800,000 government workers and an unknown (to me) number of government contractors aren't being paid, if it continues long enough many of them will quit and other departments will be affected. It may not be perfect but what isn't good about that?
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    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    China's annual GDP growth in 2018 was +6.6% - that is the weakest annual GDP growth since 1990... More at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-20/china
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    Popular crowdfunding website GoFundMe on Saturday launched its own campaign to raise money for the hundreds of thousands of federal workers harmed by the ongoing partial government shutdown. The fund will distribute donations to several nonprofit organizations across the country that are providing assistance to government employees who have been furloughed or, if deemed essential, continue to work without pay during the shutdown, according to a GoFundMe press release. “Government workers, through no fault of their own, can’t afford to put diapers on their newborns,” GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon said in a statement Saturday. “Employees of the most powerful nation in the world are being forced to work without pay and line up at diaper or food banks. It makes no sense.” As of Sunday morning, the fund had raised over $35,000 of its $50,000 goal. GoFundMe matched a $10,000 donation from author and speaker Deepak Chopra, according to the group’s press release. National Diaper Bank Network and celebrity chef José Andrés’ initiative to feed hungry federal workers will reportedly receive support from the fund. “I wish we did not have to start a GoFundMe to help federal workers,” Solomon said. “Unfortunately we do. And because we live in an imperfect world, we have a simple choice: We can feel helpless while tragedy unfolds, or we can take action.” He continued, “To all of the government workers out there furloughed or working without pay: We are with you. We hope this ends soon and your lives return to normal.” Over 1,500 GoFundMe campaigns have been launched by federal workers seeking money for food, rent and medical bills since the shutdown started.
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    Yesterday, 08:46 PM
    A drug company on Friday announced the recall of eight more lots of irbesartan blood pressure medication after testing revealed the drugs contained trace amounts of a carcinogen. Prinston Pharmaceuticals recalled one lot of irbesartan tablets and seven lots of irbesartan HCTZ tablets. The medication contained unacceptable levels of the probable carcinogen nitrosodiethylamine, or NDEA, the company said. The drugs ingredients were made by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, a factory in China that has been linked to several recalls of commonly prescribed blood pressure drugs since July. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter and halted all new drug shipments from Zhejiang Huahai since uncovering a series of problems at the factory. Another factory in India, Hetero Labs Limited, also has been tied to multiple recalls. The irbesartan recall is the latest involving a large class of blood pressure drugs called angiotensin II receptor blockers, which work by blocking the effects of a hormone that narrows blood vessels. Several versions of valsartan and losartan also have been recalled since July. Many of these commonly prescribed drugs are not part of the recall. Consumers can check the FDA's website for a full list of recalled drugs or ask their pharmacist. Prinston advised patients to check with their doctor or pharmacist before they stop taking their medications. Discontinuing a recalled drug could cause more immediate harm than staying on the medication. Prinston said the following irbesartan and irbesartan hydrochlorothiazide tablets have been recalled:
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    Yesterday, 08:43 PM
    Damage has been reported after a strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck near Coquimbo in central Chile, prompting a tsunami warning that was canceled a short time later, officials say. Damage has been reported at a number of locations. Two people reportedly died after suffering heart attacks, according to Reuters. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/breaking-6-7-magnitude-earthquake-023630089.html
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    Yesterday, 08:24 PM
    I just realized that the temporary DACA deal was a trap Trump set, if Congress passes a 3 year extension then by law it will end in 3 years and the courts can't try to keep it frozen in limbo forever.
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    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    A federal judge found four humanitarian aid volunteers guilty on some of the charges against them for dropping off water and food for migrants at a protected wilderness area along the Arizona-Mexico border, notorious for the number of human remains recovered each year.U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco found Natalie Hoffman, a volunteer with humanitarian aid group No More Deaths, guilty on all three charges against her. He also found three other volunteers — Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick — guilty of the two charges they each faced. Hoffman had been charged with operating a vehicle inside the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Arizona, entering without a permit, and leaving behind 1-gallon water jugs and cans of beans. The charges stemmed from an encounter with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer at Cabeza Prieta on Aug. 13, 2017. The court found her three co-defendants, all passengers in the truck Hoffman was driving inside the refuge, guilty of entering the area without a permit and abandoning personal property. "The Defendants did not get an access permit, they did not remain on the designated roads, and they left water, food, and crates in the Refuge. All of this, in addition to violating the law, erodes the national decision to maintain the Refuge in its pristine nature," Velasco wrote in his three-page order posted online Friday afternoon. More at: https://news.yahoo.com/four-aid-volunteers-found-guilty-205240702.html
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    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    I don't report things like this unless the OP agrees with my suggestion but it looks like the mods agree with me since they moved it.
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    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    Turkey is ready to take over security in Syria's Manbij, President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump in a telephone call on Sunday, the Turkish presidency said in a statement.Erdogan said an attack that left four Americans dead last week in Manbij was an act of provocation aimed at affecting Trump's decision last month to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Erdogan and Trump agreed to accelerate and continue discussions between their chiefs of staff regarding a safe zone in the area, the statement said. Last week, Trump suggested in a tweet creating a safe zone, without elaborating. The SDF said on Wednesday it was ready to help create the safe zone, as fears grow that the U.S. withdrawal will give Turkey the opportunity to mount a new assault. Turkey wants the safe zone to be cleared of the Kurdish group. "We said we won't let you be here," Prime Minister Fuat Oktay told broadcaster CNN Turk earlier on Sunday, addressing the PKK. "When we are talking about a safe zone, we talk about one in Turkey's control." More at: https://news.yahoo.com/erdogan-turkey-ready-over-syrias-manbij-210046245.html
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    If they turned out anything like you then the world should be very grateful.
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    Yesterday, 08:04 PM
    It still belongs in World News until there is some actual US involvement.
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    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    This should be in World News
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