Secretary of State visits Kenya with initiatives on South Sudan and Somalia
Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Nairobi, Kenya on August 22 for meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta and foreign ministers from several regional countries in East Africa.
Washington's top envoy focused attention on the fractious political situation in neighboring South Sudan and Somalia.
In the Republic of South Sudan a split between President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar in December 2013 was never fully resolved. The agreement brokered by the regional Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) sought to create a coalition aimed at the re-integration of military forces from the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) headed by Kiir and the SPLM/A in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) led by Machar.
The former Vice-President Machar returned to the capital of Juba in April under the presumption that he would be placed back into his position held prior to the December 2013 fighting which took on the dimensions of an ethnic conflict between the Dinka and Nuer groups. The fighting over the last two-and-a-half years has worsened the humanitarian crisis inside South Sudan with reports of atrocities committed by the military forces of both factions and the displacement of two million people impacted by the conflict.
Despite the agreement for a coalition government, clashes erupted during mid-July after which Kiir appointed another Vice-President Taban Deng Gai prompting Machar to flee the capital and the country. Deng, a former negotiator for the SPLM/A-IO, has apparently broken ranks with Machar.
Source: U.S. imperialism on tour in East Africa - Kerry makes the rounds championing military interventions
The annual public transport and petrol rises are bad enough but now commuters have even more problems to worry about.
Commuting adds an average of more than 700 calories - the equivalent of more than three Big Macs or five cans of coke - to people's diets every week, according to a new report.
"For an increasing number of us commuting is having a damaging effect on our health and well-being." Shirley Cramer, RSPH Chief Executive The study by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) found that travelling to and from work by rail, bus or car is associated with stress, higher blood pressure and an increased body mass index as it reduces the time available for healthy activities such as exercising, cooking and sleeping.
Source: Stress inducing lengthy commutes are widening waistlines, potentially shortening lives
Police have arrested a serving member of the British Armed Forces on suspicion of Northern Ireland-related terrorist activities.
The 30-year-old man was remanded in custody at 12:20pm local time (11.20 GMT) on Wednesday during a joint operation involving the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism squad, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, and Devon and Cornwall police.
In a press statement, the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said the arrest was "pre-planned and intelligence led" as part of an investigation into Northern Ireland-related terrorism.
The suspect, from Somerset, has not been identified, but has been taken to an unnamed police station in the west of England.
Source: Police arrest British Armed Forces member on suspicion of terrorism in Northern Ireland
Leaked documents show Hungarian-born Jewish billionaire George Soros quietly dumped heaps of cash into the coffers of pro-abortion agitators in Ireland.
A foundation headed up by George Soros, one of the world's richest peopl...
Source: Leaked Docs Show George Soros Funding Pro-Abortion Groups in Ireland
Video from Villanovaforru, a small town in once peaceful Italy with only 709 residents, shows a massive group of African migrants flash rob one of their beautiful restaurants.
From Face of a Dying Nation:
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Source: Video Shows African Flash Mob 'Flash Rob' Restaurant in Italy
FBI secretly took over child porn site in 2015, distributing child porn and improving web site performance in 'Playpen' caseFBI secretly took over child porn site in 2015, distributing child porn and improving web site performance in 'Playpen' case
Membership on the largest "dark web" child pornography site rose by a third and it ran "much better" while it was operated secretly by the FBI, one defense lawyer in the "Playpen" case has argued, seeking to have the charges dismissed.
After taking control of "Playpen" in February 2015, the FBI continued to operate the child pornography site for two more weeks, seeking to infect users' computers with malware. Over 4,000 computers worldwide were hacked in this fashion, and 186 people were charged. A defense attorney for one of them is now saying the FBI did a better job of running the site.
Steven Chase, the original administrator of Playpen, is accused of participating in a "child exploitation enterprise." His attorney is seeking to have the case dismissed due to "outrageous government conduct," Motherboard reported.
"The FBI distributed child pornography to viewers and downloaders worldwide for nearly two weeks, until at least March 4, 2015, even working to improve the performance of the website beyond its original capability," wrote Peter Adolf, an assistant federal defender in the Western District of North Carolina, in a motion to dismiss the case filed Monday.
Source: FBI secretly took over child porn site in 2015, distributing child porn and improving web site performance in 'Playpen' case
Hundreds of thousands of fish turned up dead in a creek in New Jersey this week, prompting environmental officials to investigate.
The Department of Environmental Protection said the dead fish found in Waackcaack Creek in Keansburg are peanut bunker, which is a name used to describe Atlantic Menhaden when they are first developing after hatching. Officials believe they were likely chased into the creek by either bluefish or skates.
The peak of the dead fish appeared to be Saturday, said Bob Considine, a spokesman for the DEP.
"Although the water is tidal, the creek and other surrounding waters where the fish have washed up can get stagnant during certain tides and we believe at this point that the die off is due to dissolved oxygen levels in the water," Considine said.
See what the fish kill looked like from above, via NewsCopter 7:
Source: Hundreds of thousands of dead fish discovered in Waackcaack Creek, New Jersey
Prosecutors in southern Russia's Krasnodar Region have launched an investigation into claims of illegal land grabs by major holdings. The claims were made by a group of farmers who have begun a tractor rally to Moscow to draw attention to their cause.
A statement posted on the Krasnodar Prosecutors' Office website says the head of the agency, Leonid Korzhenik - together with the head of the regional administration, Veniamin Kondratyev, and several senior law enforcement officials - held a meeting with a group of farmers who earlier this week announced they were starting a 'tractor rally' to Moscow.
The farmers are seeking to deliver their complaints personally to the country's top authorities, and said about 100 people in 17 tractors and several cars are taking part in the protest.
At the meeting, the farmers expressed their grievances over a number of major deals in the region in which large land plots ended up being given to major agricultural holdings, including several cases in which the property rights had been awarded by courts.
Source: Russian prosecutors to investigate farmers' claims of land grabs by major agricultural holdings
The Clinton's dead pool list is growing. Three people who had direct connections to Bill and Hillary Clinton died of unusual circumstances over the last few weeks adding to an already long, suspicious list of accidents and supposed suicides.
Since the Democratic National Committee emails were released by Wikileaks a few weeks ago, three people associated with the DNC have all been found dead under questionable circumstances.
According to WND, when DNC staffer Seth Rich was gunned down near his affluent neighborhood in Washington, D.C., on July 10, theories exploded in the news media about Rich's possible involvement in the WikiLeaks dump of nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails - some of the messages suggesting that the Democratic Party favored nominee Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders from the start.
Source: 33 of the most intriguing cases on the Clinton Death List
An Armenian court has found a Russian soldier guilty of murder charges and sentenced him to life in prison for the 2015 massacre of seven members of an Armenian family.
The court in Armenia's northwestern city of Gyumri issued the verdict and sentence against Russian Army Private Valery Permyakov on August 23.
He was found guilty of all charges against him -- including the murder of seven people, a robbery attack, and an attempt to illegally cross the border.
The court did not specify where Permyakov would be imprisoned.
Source: Russian soldier sentenced to life for Armenian family massacre
Armed men attack American University in Kabul - hundreds trapped inside as authorities encircle campusArmed men attack American University in Kabul - hundreds trapped inside as authorities encircle campus
Armed men have attacked the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials have confirmed. Officials say "hundreds" of people, including foreign staff, are stuck inside, as government forces have encircled the campus.
"Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions," an interior ministry official told Reuters. "They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students."
Local network TOLOnews reported there was an initial explosion before the gunmen infiltrated the high-walled campus, located in a relatively secure and upmarket part of Kabul.
"Help we are stuck inside," tweeted Massoud Hossaini, an AP photographer. "These may be my last tweets."
Source: Armed men attack American University in Kabul - hundreds trapped inside as authorities encircle campus