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Euro could collapse without ECB bond guarantee – Italy’s right-wing Northern League party

13 August, 2018 - 18:26

Preview Italy’s ruling Northern League party predicts the dismantling of the euro unless the European Central Bank (ECB) offers a guarantee to reduce yield spreads in the eurozone.
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Excess Vitamin D: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

13 August, 2018 - 18:05

By Rosanne Lindsay reprised from February 2016 Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin.” This is because 90 percent of our D requirements naturally comes from the sun. Bioavailable vitamin D3 is...

FBI fires Peter Strzok whose texts revealed anti-Trump bias amid Bureau's major probes

13 August, 2018 - 18:05

Preview FBI agent Peter Strzok, who became a central figure in controversy surrounding investigations into alleged Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton’s private email server, has been fired, his attorney has said.
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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa's party to respond to Chamisa's court challenge by Wednesday

13 August, 2018 - 17:59

The legal secretary of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party, Paul Mangwana has said its lawyers would respond to the opposition’s court challenge of the election results by Wednesday.

Mangwana who had previously said he was convinced the opposition ‘have no case’ spoke on Monday, when the country was celebrating Heroes Day.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, while officiating the national ceremony, urged Zimbabweans to unite to rebuild the economy.

In his first national address since being declared winner in a disputed presidential vote, Mnangagwa blamed the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) for the post-voting violence that saw six people being killed after the army stepped in to quell post-election protests this month.

“It is now time to put the election period behind us and embrace the future,” Mnangagwa said during Heroes Day commemorations in the capital Harare.

“We should never be deterred by temporary setbacks or regrettable events which we encounter in our cause to build an open, free and democratic, prosperous Zimbabwe.”

The July 30 election, the first since Robert Mugabe was forced to resign after a coup last November, was cast as a watershed vote that could pull a pariah state back into the international fold and spark an economic revival.

But the violence that erupted after Mnangagwa’s ruling ZANU-PF party won the national elections and the heavy-handed army response was another reminder that Zimbabwean society remains deeply divided even after Mugabe’s near four decades rule.

Opposition confident of legal win

MDC leader Nelson Chamisa and Mnangagwa’s main rival who has challenged the election result at the Constitutional Court said in a message to mark Heroes Day that Zimbabwe was a broken and divided nation that needed healing and reconciliation.

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The vote, he said, had been held in a “scandalous” way.

“We must resolutely do everything in our power under our constitution to say ‘No’ to fraud and repression either in our electoral politics or justice system,” Chamisa said.

The Constitutional Court, whose decision is final, can uphold the result, declare a new winner, order a fresh election within 60 days or make any other ruling it deems fit.

The court must rule within 14 days of an election challenge being lodged. The days do not include weekends and public holidays according to the court rules.

Farmers and Environmentalists Call on DOJ to Block Bayer-Monsanto Toxic Mega Merger

13 August, 2018 - 17:39

Farming, Food Safety, and Environmental Organizations Call on DOJ to Block Bayer-Monsanto Toxic Mega Merger  Groups deliver 97,325 comments to DOJ opposing the merger WASHINGTON – A coalition...

Ex-soldiers MP group demands inquiry into ‘UK involvement in US torture and rendition program’

13 August, 2018 - 17:33

Preview A public inquiry into Britain’s complicity in torture must be ordered by Prime Minister Theresa May, a cross-party group of ex-soldiers, including Andrew Mitchell, Dan Jarvis and Crispin Blunt, has demanded.
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Bayer Shares Plunge By 12.5 Billion After Monsanto Court Case

13 August, 2018 - 17:24

Bayer AG, the German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company, is in panic after a huge share sell off on Monday morning, following the decision from a landmark legal case in San...

Brazil legend Ronaldo expected to be released from hospital after health scare

13 August, 2018 - 17:06

Preview Retired footballer Ronaldo, who was admitted to intensive care on the Spanish island of Ibiza last week, has allayed fears about his health, saying he expects to be released on Monday.

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World’s only ‘prickly’ woolly mammoth hat goes on sale in Siberia for $10k

13 August, 2018 - 17:00

Preview Heads up, fashionistas! A man in Russia’s Yakutia region has made the world’s only wooly mammoth hair hat, and is reportedly selling the item for the hefty price of $10,000.
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Snr Russian senator warns US politicians about dangers of exceptionalism doctrine

13 August, 2018 - 16:50

Preview The head of the Russian Upper House Committee for International Relations has warned American politicians against using exceptionalism as national ideology, adding that there are enough historical examples proving his point.
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‘Hulking muscled guards’: CIA cable gives steamy description of ‘enhanced’ interrogation

13 August, 2018 - 16:38

Preview A declassified cable detailing torture at a CIA blacksite in Thailand operated by now-CIA Director Gina Haspel employed hokey language perhaps better suited for an erotic novel – as opposed to documenting the agency’s actions.

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Russian metal tycoons lose billions after govt proposes tax hike

13 August, 2018 - 16:30

Preview The wealth of some of Russia’s richest shrunk on Monday following a suggestion by presidential aide Andrey Belousov to raise taxes on the country's largest metals companies.

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Kim Dotcom says dump 'worthless' dollar in favor of gold & crypto as US debt spirals out of control

13 August, 2018 - 16:16

Preview Controversial internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has called for the ditching of the US dollar, which, he says, is doomed to depreciation, and investing into gold and cryptocurrencies.
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NASA launches first ever solar probe to 'touch the sun'

13 August, 2018 - 16:15

NASA on Sunday launched a probe that will head closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft before it. The Parker Solar Probe will endure wicked heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere that gives rise to the solar wind.

The Probe, a robotic spacecraft the size of a small car, was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, for its planned seven-year mission. It is set to fly into the Sun’s corona within 3.8 million miles or 6.1 million km from the solar surface, seven times closer than any other spacecraft.

The previous closest pass to the Sun was by a probe called Helios 2, which in 1976 came within 27 million miles or 43 million km. The average distance from the Sun for Earth is 93 million miles or 150 million km.

The corona gives rise to the solar wind, a continuous flow of charged particles that permeates the solar system.

Unpredictable solar winds cause disturbances in our planet’s magnetic field and can play havoc with communications technology on Earth. NASA hopes the findings will enable scientists to forecast changes in Earth’s space environment.

The project, with a $1.5 billion price tag, is the first major mission under NASA’s Living With a Star programme.

The probe is set to use seven Venus flybys over nearly seven years to steadily reduce its orbit around the Sun, using instruments designed to image the solar wind and study electric and magnetic fields, coronal plasma and energetic particles.

NASA aims to collect data about the inner workings of the highly magnetized corona. The probe, named after American solar astrophysicist Eugene Newman Parker, will have to survive difficult heat and radiation conditions.

It has been outfitted with a heat shield designed to keep its instruments at a tolerable 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 29 degrees Celsius even as the spacecraft faces temperatures reaching nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit or 1,370 degrees Celsius at its closest pass.


Is Your Popcorn Laced With Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals?

13 August, 2018 - 15:58

By Kathryn Alcantar & Jose Bravo, Buzzflash at Truthout No one should be exposed to toxic chemicals in their food, particularly children. But that’s exactly what the Center for...

‘Fascist pieces of sh*t!’ Antifa attack police during white supremacist rally in DC (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

13 August, 2018 - 15:33

Preview Radical counter-protesters assaulted and abused police, who were trying to stop them clashing with a white supremacist rally in Washington, DC. Furious Antifa members called officers “fascists” and “members of the KKK.”

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