‘F***ing b***h’: Passenger swears at stewardess over ‘Turkey ham’ sandwich (VIDEO)

By ethan / June 19, 2018

The contents of a sandwich sparked a heated debate onboard a Wizz Air flight, with footage capturing a Muslim passenger branding a flight attendant a “stupid f***ing b***h” because he thought he was served ham.

The bizarre exchange reportedly occurred on a flight from London Luton Airport to Skopje in Macedonia. A video obtained by Viral Press reveals how the passenger got into a heated debate with airline staff after he ate part of a baguette that, he believed, contained ham. The incident was filmed by another person on the plane.

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The male passenger repeatedly insisted that the sandwich contained pork despite reassurances from staff that it did not. The sandwich was reportedly labelled “Turkey ham,” which is a product made from cooked turkey and water that is cut into slices.

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“Listen to me, I’ve worked in restaurants I know what ham is. Turkey is not ham, beef is not ham, chicken is not ham. Ham is pork. It tastes like ham. I can’t eat this, just give me my money back please,” the angered man says.

“This is not right, you should tell people. I’m a Muslim,” he added.

The situation continued for several minutes as one of the flight attendants attempted to inform the man that the sandwich did not contain pork. At one stage, a crew member says the airline has previously tested the meat to ensure the sandwich has no traces of pork.

RT.com has contacted Wizz Air for comment.

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The big cheese: Russia coach Cherchesov gets tasty takeaway tribute (PHOTO)

By ethan / June 19, 2018

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov has been honored in the form of a pizza topping after the World Cup hosts put in a tasty performance in their 5-0 opening game trouncing of Saudi Arabia last week.

The mustachioed manager’s image has appeared on a margarita pizza in Krasnodar, southern Russia.

Russians were in raptures at their team’s opening game result – which means their team top Group A – and gave Cherchesov some respite from the criticism he had received going into the tournament.

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Russia headed into their home World Cup on a run of seven games without a win and as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, meaning cheesed-off critics were keen to take a bite out of 54-year-old Cherchesov

However, fans rallied round in support of the mustachioed manager – and began sprouting facial hair of their own in a show of solidarity.

Now Cherchesov has been backed with a tasty takeaway option for fans to support the team – which could bring them a slice of luck.     

Russia will look to build on their opening game win at Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday night, when they take on Egypt. 

The Egyptians will be hoping star striker Mohamed Salah is fit to start his first World Cup game, after sitting on the bench for The Pharaohs’ opening game loss against Uruguay.

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Russia & India ditching US dollar in defense deals

By ethan / June 19, 2018

Moscow and Delhi are seeking to bypass US sanctions by using the rupee and the ruble in facilitating military deals, according to Indian daily, the Economic Times.

The paper reports that US sanctions are hampering $ 2 billion in defense deals between Russia and India, as payments are getting stuck. The countries are seeking to avoid this by switching to settlements in domestic currencies and ditching the greenback.

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India is one of the largest buyers of military equipment from Russia. Since the 1960s, the countries have signed military contracts worth $ 65 billion.

Now, trade deals between the countries are estimated at $ 12 billion. India is ready to purchase Russia’s S400 air-defense system in a $ 5-billion deal. However, the sale is being heavily opposed by the United States, which is also trying to stop a similar deal between Russia and Turkey.

Defense deals between Russia and India are currently denominated in US dollars. The countries have discussed various ways of bypassing US sanctions, including payment in third currencies like the Singapore dollar. Talks are being conducted between Vijaya Bank and Indian Bank on the Indian side and Russia’s top creditor Sberbank.

An option that is now ruled out is paying in US dollars to non-sanctioned Russian entities. “This option was decided against as it would have opened up a lot of legal and audit issues, especially as defense deals are looked at very closely. No one wanted to take a chance,” a top official involved in the talks told the Indian daily.

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Russian navy unveils plan for specialized military police

By ethan / June 19, 2018

Russian Defense ministry has revealed plans to set up dedicated navy police that would replace marines in maintaining order on ships and coast facilities and preventing provocations in foreign ports.

Unnamed sources in the Main Command of the Russian Navy told popular Russian daily Izvestia that the first navy police unit will start its service as of next year, but many future officers are currently undergoing training on the North Fleet ships, in particular on the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.

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Sources also said that unlike ordinary marines, who currently enforce order and security on the navy ships, navy police officers will be trained in investigation and operative work that would allow them to solve crimes and prevent criminal plans coming to fruition.

Sources also said that the ministry used the experience of similar agencies from over 40 developed countries when preparing the documents ordering the foundation and functioning of the Navy Police. In particular, the command has paid special attention to joint exercises of future navy cops with other Russian military units, like recent war games held in North Russia’s Murmansk Region jointly by the Russian Navy, Air Force, anti-aircraft defense units, armored formations and units of chemical and radiation defense.

Also, Izvestia’s interlocutors emphasized that navy policemen would be much better prepared for preventing various provocations in foreign ports.

Russia set up a special military police in March 2015 and the strength of the agency is estimated at about 6500 active personnel. In 2017 Russian military policemen took part in peacekeeping operations in several the de-escalation zones in Syria, near the cities of Ghouta and Khoms. The military police will also oversaw the deliveries of humanitarian aid to the war-hit regions of Syria and the evacuation of those needing medical treatment.

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Quilliam receives multi-million-dollar compensation for ‘anti-Muslim extremist’ claim by US group

By ethan / June 19, 2018

The Southern Poverty Law Center issued an apology on Monday to a UK-based think tank that it previously described as “anti-Muslim extremists.” The Quilliam Foundation will also receive a $ 3.375-million settlement from the center.

Offering its “sincerest apology,” the SPLC said in a statement that it was sorry to the Quilliam Foundation and its founder Maajid Nawaz for including them in its publication ‘A Journalist’s Manual: Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.’

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The center said that it was their “opinion at the time that the Field Guide was published that their inclusion was warranted.”

“But after getting a deeper understanding of their views and after hearing from others for whom we have great respect, we realize that we were simply wrong to have included Mr Nawaz and Quilliam in the Field Guide in the first place,” the statement added.

Set up by former Islamist Maajid Nawaz in 2008, Quilliam looks to counter extremist ideology, particularly Islamism. It also ostensibly aims to advise government policy on the matter, advocating nuanced policies on Muslims living in Britain and empowering moderate Muslims, while countering far-right narratives.

Set up in 1971, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a non-profit legal advocacy group based in the United States. In the late 1970s, it backed cases seeking compensation for those who suffered violence at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. It also keeps lists on hate groups and extremist groups believed to attack and malign minorities.

In April, Nawaz threatened to sue the SPLC after finding himself and his group on the list, which also included Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalia-born critic of radical Islam and genital-mutilation victim.

Speaking in a video apology, SPLC President Richard Cohen praised the work that Nawaz and Quilliam have done to fight against radicalization and Islamophobia. “Since we published the Field Guide, we have taken the time to do more research and have consulted with human rights advocates we respect.

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“We’ve found that Mr Nawaz and Quilliam have made valuable and important contributions to public discourse, including by promoting pluralism and condemning both anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism,” Cohen said.

The SPLC have also agreed to pay $ 3.375 million in compensation to Quilliam, which the anti-extremism group said it would use to help fight both anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism.

Commenting on the result, Nawaz said: “With the help of everyone who contributed to our litigation fund, we were able to fight back against the regressive Left and show them that moderate Muslims will not be silenced.  

“We will continue to combat extremists by defying Muslim stereotypes, calling out fundamentalism in our own communities, and speaking out against anti-Muslim hate.”

Prior to the SPLC case, Nawaz had previously been given a “terrorism” designation in a confidential Thomson Reuters databank, citing his past with radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

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Israeli arrested for selling fireworks to East Jerusalem man for use against police

By ethan / June 19, 2018

A 70-year-old Jewish Israeli business owner was arrested for selling 20,700 fireworks to a man in East Jerusalem in an alleged plot against Israeli security forces.

A business owner from Kiryat Ono, a town just outside Tel-Aviv, was arrested after selling $ 28,400 worth of fireworks to the client. The vendor was accused of being aware that 690 packs of fireworks would likely be used against Israelis as a makeshift weapon during protests.

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Accused of collaborating with the buyer and an intermediary, also from East Jerusalem, the shop’s owner was stripped of his business license by the Ministry of Labour.

Authorities say it’s not the first time that the arrested client has purchased fireworks from a Jewish business to deliberately use them against Israelis.

While the intermediary in the sale was also taken into custody, his attorney, Yehuda Shushan, said that the case “has been blown out of proportion,” as his client was a man with no prior criminal record. “My client bought the fireworks legally for personal use. The accusation that he allegedly was involved in an illegal explosives trade are unfounded,” Shushan said.

The three suspects are currently under house arrest awaiting trial.

Israel police have been cracking down on fireworks use against security forces in East Jerusalem, leading to a wave of arrests. The penalty for illegal use of fireworks is 10 years behind bars, but they are still often used by Palestinian protesters. They can cause serious injury if aimed directly and fired at close range.

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Iran looks to veto Saudi, Russian oil production proposal

By ethan / June 19, 2018

In the latest signal that the upcoming OPEC+ meeting in Vienna could end in disaster, Iran’s OPEC representative said the country will veto any proposal for a production increase with the support of Venezuela and Iraq.

Saudi Arabia and Russia will propose an increase in production beginning from July 1, with the range of the suggested increase at between 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) and 1.5 million bpd. However, “Three OPEC founders are going to stop it,” Hossein Kazempour Ardebili told Bloomberg, adding “If the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Russia want to increase production, this requires unanimity. If the two want to act alone, that’s a breach of the cooperation agreement.”

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The warning comes on the heels of an announcement by Russia’s Alexander Novak that Moscow and Riyadh had agreed to make their oil market partnership permanent, with a clause in their bilateral agreement stipulating that they could intervene to raise or lower production as they see fit.

Yet it is easier for Saudi Arabia and Russia to start pumping more since they are now producing below capacity. Venezuela, however, is already struggling with an inexorable decline in its oil production, which to a significant extent drove the over-compliance of the OPEC+ bloc with the agreed production cuts.

Iran will also find it difficult to increase production, especially in the face of renewed US sanctions. Iraq, for its part, is eager to expand its production capacity but it will take time to do so.

So, right now these three OPEC members are at a clear disadvantage to those capable of quickly restoring pre-agreement production levels. Since any decision by OPEC needs to be unanimous, and the chances of that happening are slim, what we are increasingly likely to see on Friday is what Ardebili referred to as “a breach of the cooperation agreement.”

This article was originally published on Oilprice.com

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Over half of all Russians want Vladimir Putin to remain president after 2024, poll shows

By ethan / June 19, 2018

Over half of respondents in a Russian poll said that they would prefer Vladimir Putin to remain in power after his current term expires in 2024, regardless of the direct constitutional ban on such move.

According to the research, conducted by the independent public opinion think tank Levada, the share of Russians who say that they would prefer to see Putin as president after his current term expires in 2024 is 51 percent. 27 percent of respondents described such scenario as ‘undesirable’.

The Russian Constitution does not allow the same person to assume the presidential post for more than two terms in a row and Putin has repeatedly told the press that he had no intention to violate or change this rule.

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A poll conducted last August revealed that the share of Russians who wanted Putin to win in the March 2018 presidential elections was 67 percent and 18 percent of respondents said that they would not favor such result. But in 2018 Putin was running for the second consecutive term, albeit fourth altogether, which is not prohibited.

The latest Levada research also showed that the share of Russians who say that they desire large-scale changes in the country increased from 42 percent in August last year to 57 percent today. At the same time, only 24 percent of Russians agreed with the thesis that radical changes in the government could lead to an increase in living standards and 30 percent told researchers that in their view the Cabinet reshuffle would not change anything.

In April this year the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, called for changes to the Russian Constitution that would allow Vladimir Putin to be re-elected president after 2024.

We should not even ask Putin about this! The people, the Federation Council, the State Duma [Russian parliament], other state institutions, must initiate and pass this decision, collect signatures and hold a nationwide referendum,” Kadyrov told reporters.

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I am confident that everyone would support this,” he said.

In mid-May, the legislative assembly of the Chechen Republic drafted a bill in the federal parliament which allows Putin and all future Russian presidents to remain in office for three consecutive terms instead of the current two. When presenting the motion the chairman of the assembly, Magomed Daudov, emphasized that it did not diminish the democratic foundations of the Russian state but allowed citizens to better determine their future.

Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov commented on the initiative saying that president did not have the issue on his agenda and added that the leader had repeatedly expressed a negative position over changes to the constitution.

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Sex robot ‘try before you buy’ firm fined for not having license

By ethan / June 19, 2018

A sex robot firm offering a “first hand experience” of its dolls has been fined for having a bed on its premises. Authorities said the penalty was given as the company failed to obtain the required license.

Under the “try before you buy” scheme, potential customers could spend £50 a pop testing out the £2,000 doll, using a bedroom located at the company’s Gateshead factory.

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LD Europe Ltd, trading as the more titillating-sounding Lovedoll UK, came under scrutiny earlier this year, after Gateshead Council opened an investigation as to whether the company’s scheme warranted the possession of a sex establishment license.

The license covers business selling sex toys, books or videos, venues where explicit films are shown to members of the public, and those where sexual entertainment such as pole dancing and strip shows take place. Inspectors visited the factory in January after receiving a tip that a “sex doll brothel” was being run from the premises in Felling, and were taken to a showroom and a “try before you buy” bedroom.

Deeming that the company’s owner Graeme Tulip did indeed need the required license to continue offering the scheme, which had neither been sought nor granted, Tulip was fined £10,000 at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court.

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Neither Tulip, nor his legal representation, were present at the verdict.

The judgement comes as the ongoing debate around the legality of sex robots and their effect on people’s health continues both in the US and UK. Earlier this month, the US House of Representatives passed the Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots (CREEPER) Act, banning the importation and transportation of child sex dolls.

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Often labeled as ‘mannequins’ or ‘models,’ such dolls could be found on Chinese equivalent of online marketplace EBay, AliExpress, where they are on sale from as little as $ 100 dollars, with prices running into thousands of dollars. Scientists in the UK, meanwhile, have advocated the gathering of “robust research” into sexual intercourse with robots, and the health implications they may have on users.

The report published earlier in June on the implications of sex robots on people’s health said that neither of the arguments for or against the use of sex robots are based on any real research, and no “primary data relating to health aspects of the use of sex robots” has been produced. But it did warn that the budding sex-robot industry may actually do more harm than good if the machines are used in the “treatment” of various sex-related issues.

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Sex robots will soon be able to reject raunchy romps with humans (VIDEO)

By ethan / June 19, 2018

Created to satisfy the sexual desires of their owners, sex robots could soon be able to turn down unwanted advances, according to a trailblazing inventor designing the lovemaking machines.

Spanish engineer Sergi Santos is behind one of latest sex doll models to capitalize on the niche market. Earlier this year he told RT.com about how future iterations of his love robot, Samantha, could allow people to “have sex whenever [they] like” and then enable users to order their shopping.

Samantha comes equipped with “family,” “romantic” and “sex” settings and even has an “extra naughty” mode for when her owner is in a particularly raunchy mood.

However, it appears the designer has changed his mind, with reports suggesting the robot has been fitted with a “dummy mode” that will allow her to let her owners know when she is bored with their attentions.

According to the British media, the sex robot will soon be able to say ‘no’ if she is touched in an unwanted or aggressive way.

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Samantha’s new mode was demonstrated at a recent presentation at the Life Science Center in Newcastle, according to the Mirror. It means that the shop-bought AI lovers will be given the chance to reject romps with their partners.

However, the display of Samantha’s new features did not go down well with another speaker at the event, Prof Kathleen Richardson, who founded the Campaign Against Sex Robots.

“This development is just an extension of pornography and prostitution and a waste of money which could be spent on better things,” Richardson said.

Speaking to RT.com in March, Santo explained how his dolls Kira, Maya, Simone and Samantha are “capable of enjoying sex.” He predicted that in the future everyone will have a robot sex companion.

“You will be able to have a doll that you have sex with whenever you like and then you will be able to say ‘make sure I get the right shopping tomorrow.’ All these digital things will happen. In five to 10 years, these should be really cheap,” he said.

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