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Car hits Russian… conspiracy theorists go into ‘Putin did it’ overdrive

2 hours 16 min ago

Preview News that a Russian scientist linked to the development of the nerve agent A-234 (‘Novichok’) was hit by a car has sent Western conspiracy theorists into total meltdown mode.

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France, US & allies to ‘build Syria of tomorrow’ - Macron

2 hours 43 min ago

Preview Paris is seeking to bridge the moribund Geneva talks with the Russian-led Astana process in order to build peace in Syria, French President Emmanuel Macron said on his last day of a state visit to Washington.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta Schools Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and Opioids

4 hours 6 min ago

By Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze In the latest demonstration that free access to marijuana in a supposedly free society is an idea whose time has come, none other than CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, the...

Macron: It doesn't look like Trump will stay in Iran nuclear deal

4 hours 57 min ago

Preview French President Emmanuel Macron believes US President Donald Trump is leaning towards getting the US out of the Iran nuclear deal. The US leader is not ready to go back on his pre-election promise, Macron told media.
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‘Syrian strike was risk without benefit for US, as Russia got American weapon samples’

6 hours 10 sec ago

Preview By striking Syria, the US and its allies basically sacrificed their advanced arms to Russia without receiving any actual benefit on the ground, Charles Shoebridge, a security analyst and former UK army officer, told RT.
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Ukrainian neo-Nazis demolish Roma camp in Kiev, brag on FB – and even the US begins to notice

6 hours 20 min ago

Preview A group of Ukrainian neo-Nazis has forcibly evicted Roma from a camp in Kiev, bragging about the violent pogrom on Facebook. The move was slammed by Amnesty International as Congress voiced concern over Nazism glorification.
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Cameroon media operating in climate of fear and self-censorship - RSF report

6 hours 25 min ago

Cameroon is not an ideal place for journalists to thrive in the line of duty due to laws that constantly threaten their freedom and independence, a recent report by a media rights group has said.

The 2018 Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders said Cameroonian authorities have imposed a climate of fear and self-censorship on media practitioners.

The index showed that the central African country had made a slight progress from 2017 moving from 130th spot to 129th this year. That notwithstanding, journalists face huge hurdles some of which led to exorbitant fines and in some cases jail terms.

What RSF said about Cameroon: Constant threat to media outlets

The communication minister said in September 2017 that press freedom was guaranteed in Cameroon “as long as it is consonant with the defense of institutions.” The authorities have imposed a climate of fear and self-censorship.

At the same time, the government has withheld final legal certification from many radio stations in order to keep them under permanent threat of closure.

Another commonly implemented practice is bringing defamation prosecutions against journalists without notifying them. This often leads to exorbitant fines or lengthy prison terms without the ability defend oneself in court.

The 2014 terrorism law that provides for trial by military court has been used to keep a Radio France Internationale correspondent in detention for nearly two and a half years.

Other journalists were arrested during the crackdown on protests in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions, where the Internet was disconnected for several months from January 2017 onwards.

African outlook for 2018 RSF Index

Africa failed to make the top twenty of the annual ranking with the continent’s freest nation being Ghana at 23rd spot of the 180 country ranking. The country beat Namibia who until now were the best.

Namibia came in 26th, South Africa came in 28th followed in 29th spot by Cape Verde. Burkina Faso completed the top 5 spot for Africa at 43rd spot.

Unfortunately, the continent also made a strong showing at the tail of the list. Eritrea had the worst media freedom placing 179th only behind North Korea. Africa had three other countries in the last 10. Equatorial Guinea at 171st.

Djibouti and Sudan at the 173rd and 174th spots respectively. Other worst performing African nations included Burundi, Egypt, Libya and Somalia at the 159th, 161st, 162nd and 168th slots respectively.

‘Kanye is over’: Fury after rapper tweets support for Trump

6 hours 36 min ago

Preview Rapper Kanye West lost 10 million Twitter followers and is being accused of “siding with the oppressor” after tweeting his support for President Donald Trump, including a signed ‘Make America Great Again’ hat.
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Seriously, Homeland? Latest episode of US spy drama goes to ‘Moscow’

25 April, 2018 - 22:42

Preview Hollywood has always drawn viewers in with Russian villains and scary plots of Kremlin deception. House of Cards, Scandal, Blacklist, Allegiance — you name it, they’ve all delighted their audiences with scary Russian villains.
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City beneath city: RT films massive network of militant-built tunnels under Syria’s Douma (VIDEO)

25 April, 2018 - 22:35

Preview The Syrian military has been combing through a vast network of tunnels built by jihadists in Douma, not far from Damascus. RT Arabic filmed vehicles easily fitting in the passages and asked locals how the militants treated them.
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‘Golden State Killer’ reportedly arrested after 40+ years, identified as ex-cop

25 April, 2018 - 22:27

Preview Police in California have arrested a man believed to be the notorious “Golden State Killer,” who was allegedly responsible for 12 homicides, 45 rapes and 120 home invasions in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Plane swept over by raging sandstorm at Saudi Arabian airport (VIDEO)

25 April, 2018 - 21:19

Preview Cockpit footage shot at Saudi Arabia’s Jizan Airport showed a pilot struggling to control a commercial plane in almost zero-visibility conditions after landing straight into a sandstorm engulfing the runway.

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MSNBC pulls a Sinclair, compares corporate owner Comcast to Nelson Mandela

25 April, 2018 - 21:07

Preview After bashing Sinclair Broadcasting for having its news anchors read a corporate script praising the group’s journalistic standards, MSNBC did the same on Friday,as its journalists extolled the virtues of MSNBC’s owner, Comcast.

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Escalate to de-escalate? NATO think-tank expert claims Russia is 'comfortable' using nuclear weapons

25 April, 2018 - 20:34

Preview Russia is more willing to run the risk of nuclear war than the West and NATO must pour more money into developing new capabilities to deter Moscow's nuclear aggression, according to Atlantic Council analysts.
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US violating intl law by breaking into Russian consulate in Seattle – embassy

25 April, 2018 - 19:50

Preview The US government is violating international law with its decision to break into Russia’s locked consulate in Seattle, the Russian embassy in Washington said in a statement.
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Gold bars & guitars: The Peter Schmeichel Show heads to World Cup host city Ekaterinburg

25 April, 2018 - 19:34

Preview In the latest installment of The Peter Schmeichel Show, the Great Dane visits Ekaterinburg, a city that stands right on the geographical border of Europe and Asia.
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CIA agrees to partially declassify Haspel documents

25 April, 2018 - 19:29

Preview The CIA announced Tuesday that it will allow senators mulling the nomination of Gina Haspel as director to review classified information from her long and controversial career with the agency.

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