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  • Irish passport holder in Waterford admits to funding Islamic State terrorists

    01/16/2018 7:53:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 12, 2018 03:13 PM | Frances Mulraney
    A British-born man living in Waterford for the past decade has pleaded guilty to charges of receiving or sending money intended for terrorist group Islamic State. Hassan Bal, who is an Irish and British passport holder, on Friday pleaded guilty to the two charges at Waterford Circuit Court. He has been in police custody since May 2017. Bal, 26, was charged with a number of offenses last year, appearing in court on Friday to face two charges relating to the providing of funding to the so-called Islamic State organization. On October 2, 2015, Bal allegedly sent €400 ($487) to Bosnia,...
  • EU chief urges Britain to change its mind over Brexit

    01/16/2018 7:12:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2018 6:49 AM EST | Lorne Cook and Raf Casert
    European Union Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday urged Britain to change its mind about leaving the bloc next year, as time to conclude a Brexit agreement runs short and EU leaders await more details on how the country sees their future ties. Britain is set to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, but the complex negotiations on its costly departure and future EU-U.K. relations must be concluded by October to leave parliaments time to ratify any agreement. […] “If the U.K. government sticks to its decision to leave, Brexit will become a reality, with all its negative consequences,...
  • ISIS propaganda found in Central Nebraska

    01/16/2018 6:41:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    KHGI via WOLF ^ | Friday, January 12th 2018 | Lauren Kummer
    Suspected ISIS propaganda was found in Central Nebraska not far from the small town of Elm Creek. Somewhere along an Eastbound off-ramp on I-80 and Hwy 183, a computer disc was found along with literature that appeared to be ISIS propaganda. “There’s a lot of vehicle traffic in that location,” said Captain Bob Anderson with Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office. The disc was found by a man Thursday afternoon sometime between 3 p.m. and 4:18 p.m. […] According to the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, the disc was logged into evidence and forwarded to the FBI. …
  • US embassy warns citizens over anti-Trump demos [Switzerland: World Economic Forum]

    01/15/2018 7:44:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies ^ | 15 January 2018 11:01 CET+01:00
    The United States embassy in Bern has issued a warning to its citizens in Switzerland to stay away from demonstrations ahead of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. A demonstration alert published on its website said protests were expected in Bern, Geneva, Zürich, Davos and possibly other places in the run-up to the WEF, which begins on January 23rd. The alert, published on January 12th, came a day before a planned demonstration in Bern against the WEF and the visit of US President Donald Trump. Several hundred anti-capitalists took part in a march through the center of Bern on...
  • US wants to cut money for Palestinian refugees [fakenews headline: UNRWA]

    01/15/2018 5:06:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2018 1:07 AM EST | Matthew Lee and Julie Pace
    The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the year’s first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely, and making additional donations contingent on major changes to the organization, according to U.S. officials. President Donald Trump hasn’t made a final decision, but appears more likely to send only $60 million of the planned $125 million first installment to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, said the officials, who weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. Future contributions would require the agency,...
  • Trust in news media takes a hit during Trump presidency

    01/15/2018 4:59:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2018 12:30 AM EST | Laurie Kellman and Jonathan Drew
    When truck driver Chris Gromek wants to know what’s really going on in Washington, he scans the internet and satellite radio. He no longer flips TV channels because networks such as Fox News and MSNBC deliver conflicting accounts tainted by politics, he says. “Where is the truth?” asks the 47-year-old North Carolina resident. Answering that question accurately is a cornerstone of any functioning democracy, according to none other than Thomas Jefferson. But a year into Donald Trump’s fact-bending, media-bashing presidency, Americans are increasingly confused about who can be trusted to tell them reliably what their government and their commander in...
  • Germany expands anti-terror squad GSG 9

    01/15/2018 4:27:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.15.2018 | Ben Knight
    The German federal police are expanding its anti-terrorism unit GSG 9 and installing a special squad in Berlin. The move is a reaction to ongoing terrorist threats in the capital. The federal police squad that deals with terrorist attacks is to become significantly larger, and will set up a second base in Berlin. “We’re talking about around a third of the current strength of the unit,” GSG 9 commander Jérome Fuchs told Berlin state broadcaster RBB on Monday, before adding that finding the right personnel would be a “big challenge,” and that “fitness, strength of character, and teamwork” were particular...
  • Flashback: Rolling Stone Defends Obama Calling Romney ‘Bulls****er’ in Its Magazine

    01/14/2018 4:01:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 12, 2018 | 11:58 AM EST | Craig Bannister
    President Trump is taking heat from liberal media for — reportedly — referring to some countries as “s***holes” — but, when Obama publicly called Republican rival Mitt Romney a “bulls****er” in 2012, Rolling Stone sprang to his defense. In its “A Brief History of Presidential Profanity,” Rolling Stone began by mocking the outrage at Obama’s vulgarity:“When President Obama called Mitt Romney a "bulls****er" in the pages of Rolling Stone earlier this year, it set off a brief firestorm. Defenders of the Republican candidate were shocked — shocked! — that the man holding the highest office in the land would resort...
  • Feds Collect Record Income Taxes Through December; Still Run $225 Billion Deficit

    01/14/2018 3:55:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 12, 2018 | 2:45 PM EST | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The federal government collected record individual-income-tax revenues through the first quarter of fiscal 2018 (October through December), according to the new Monthly Treasury Statement. This was the last quarter before the new tax-cut law signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22 took effect. Despite taking in record individual-income-tax revenues, the federal government ran a deficit of approximately $225 billion during the quarter. The Treasury collected a record $390,847,000,000 in individual income taxes in October through December, according to the Treasury statement. That was $30,568,380,000 more than the $360,278,620,000 that the Treasury collected (in constant December 2017 dollars) in individual...
  • Supreme court agrees to consider internet sales taxes

    01/14/2018 9:15:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    NBC News ^ | Jan 12 2018, 5:55 PM ET | Pete Williams
    The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide if states should be able to collect taxes on internet sales, which would generate billions in revenue for local governments, but also raise the cost of online shopping for consumers. Just over a quarter-century ago, the court ruled that a state could not force mail order catalog companies to collect sales taxes unless they had a physical presence in the state. Led by South Dakota, 36 states want the court to take another look at the issue, arguing that the 1992 decision was issued “before Amazon was even selling books out of Jeff...
  • Germany fears EU migration reforms will trigger refugee influx: report

    01/13/2018 9:51:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.13.2018 | Natalie Muller
    Berlin fears the European Parliament’s planned amendment to the so-called Dublin Regulation could see many more refugees settling in Germany, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday. The Dublin Regulation requires people seeking asylum to register in the first EU state they enter, and for that state to assume responsibility for processing their claim. But if the proposed reform is passed, responsibility could shift from the arrival state to the EU country where any of the applicant’s relatives live. Under such a change, “Germany would have to accommodate significantly more asylum seekers,” said an Interior Ministry memo, quoted by Der Spiegel....
  • Abe: Japan enters cooperation pact with Baltic countries

    01/13/2018 10:10:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2018 11:10 AM EST
    Japan’s prime minister says his country has entered into a pact with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to boost economic and political ties with the three former Soviet republics. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis said after meeting on Saturday that information technology, transportation and medicine are areas where Japan sees the most potential in the Baltic countries. …
  • Silvio Berlusconi promises flat rate for all Italian taxpayers [23%]

    01/12/2018 6:28:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies ^ | 12 January 2018 16:46 CET+01:00 | AFP
    A promise of a flat tax by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Friday sparked sharp reactions from opponents ahead of a general election and head-scratching among economists. Campaigning ahead of a general election on March 4th at the helm of the conservative Forza Italia movement, Berlusconi said on TV late on Thursday that such a tax would start at the current minimum rate of 23 percent, before being brought down to below 20 percent. The remarks by Berlusconi — who never sought to introduce a flat tax during his three terms as prime minister — immediately drew criticism from...
  • French trade union chief slams UK and US over lack of workers' rights

    01/12/2018 4:48:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies ^ | 12 January 2018 16:54 CET+01:00 | Evie Burrows-Taylor
    France does not want to treat its workers like the UK and US, with zero hours contracts and no protection for the unemployed, Philippe Martinez, the head of the hardline CGT, France’s biggest trade union, has said. Last year, Martinez and his leftist union fought an unsuccessful battle with President Emmanuel Macron over a raft of reforms aimed at freeing up France’s rigid jobs market. Those controversial reforms cut into the power of France’s trade unions and made it easier for firms to lay off staff. Martinez believes Macron is influenced by the “Anglo-Saxon” model but he does not want...
  • German-US relations after a year of Trump: what has changed?

    01/12/2018 4:39:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 11 January 2018 15:24 CET+01:00 | Jörg Luyken
    When Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the US last January, politicians in Berlin worried that it could have a dramatic impact on relations between the two allies. A year on, there are reasons for optimism, as well as continued concern. […] Top of the list of German concerns about a Trump administration were his insinuations that the US would no longer automatically come to the defense of Europe in the event of an attack on a NATO member. And the fact that he repeatedly barracked Germany for its trade surplus with the US in his...
  • Trump in 'excellent health' after physical exam, doctor says

    01/12/2018 4:15:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, January 12, 2018 | Dave Boyer
    President Trump’s doctor said Friday night after a full medical exam that the president is in “excellent” health. “The president’s physical exam today at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center went exceptionally well,” said Dr. Ronnie Jackson in a statement provided by the White House. “The president is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday.” […] Critics have been accusing Mr. Trump of faltering mental abilities. The presidential physical exams do not normally include mental health evaluations, and this one didn’t, either. …
  • Trump denies crude slur against migrant countries

    01/12/2018 6:52:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 131 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12 January 2018
    US President Donald Trump has denied using crude words attributed to him about Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. Reports that he had called them “s---hole countries” in an Oval Office meeting generated a backlash worldwide. One UN official called the remarks racist and said they opened “the door to humanity’s worst side”. But Mr. Trump has tweeted that “this was not the language” he used in a meeting about immigration. He wrote that the language he used was “tough, but this was not the language used”. The Washington Post, the New York Times, Politico and the Wall Street Journal...
  • Immigrant stripped of citizenship under federal initiative [NJ]

    01/11/2018 9:16:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 11, 2017 2:03 PM EST
    Officials stripped a New Jersey resident of his citizenship because they said he used a false name when he entered the United States more than 25 years ago. Baljinder Singh became the first person to be denaturalized under Operation Janus, a Homeland Security Department initiative that revokes citizenship of those who circumvented background checks during the naturalization process. A judge revoked his citizenship Friday, according to the U.S. Justice Department, which announced the ruling Tuesday. Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler said Singh “exploited” the U.S. immigration system, “which undermines both the nation’s security and our lawful immigration system.” Federal authorities...
  • Democratic lawmakers want to subpoena Trump Organization

    01/11/2018 9:03:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 11, 2018 3:09 PM EST | Tami Abdollah
    Democratic members of the House oversight committee asked the Republican chairman to begin a serious investigation into President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interests.They also sought a subpoena of the Trump Organization to produce documents that were requested months ago. The letter was sent to Chairman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina on Thursday, one year after a news conference held by Trump and his attorney announcing efforts to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest by handing over his businesses’ reins to his sons and putting his assets in a trust, among other measures. Ethics watchdogs and Democratic lawmakers have...
  • Facing critics, Facebook wants feeds to be more 'meaningful'

    01/11/2018 8:56:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 11, 2018 11:39 PM EST | Barbara Ortutay
    Facebook is tweaking what people see to make their time on it more “meaningful” in a move that could hurt publishers and news organizations that rely on it to spread their content. Facebook has said before that it will emphasize personal connections over business pages and celebrities that people follow. But the latest move represents a major shift, one intended to highlight the posts users are most likely to engage with rather than passively consume.The company says people will likely spend less time on Facebook as a result. The changes come as the company faces criticism that social media can...