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Philippines’ Duterte winds down drug war to please ‘bleeding hearts & media’

By ethan / October 14, 2017

President Duterte says he’ll no longer lead the crusade against drugs after suspending the Philippine National Police operations against narcotraffic earlier this week. The country’s Drug Enforcement Agency will now singlehandedly lead the ‘War on Drugs’. On Tuesday, Duterte signed a memorandum, tasking the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to be the “sole agency” to […]

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Erdogan says Turkish forces have ‘own game plan’ in Idlib, Syria

By ethan / October 14, 2017

Turkish military forces have been deployed to Syria’s Idlib province to monitor one of four de-escalations zones in the war-torn country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. He emphasized however that they are “not bounded by just resistance or defense.” “We implement our own game plan, step by step… We are not bounded by just resistance […]

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French agent accidentally texts radical Islamist he was spying on

By ethan / October 14, 2017

Published time: 14 Oct, 2017 00:06 Sending a text to the wrong person can be embarrassing in any circumstances, but imagine how one French operative felt when he realized he’d mistakenly sent a message to a suspected Islamist radical he was collecting data on. The incident, described in the French media as an “epic fail,” […]

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Ant queens’ bizarre burial ritual helps prevent deadly disease contamination

By ethan / October 13, 2017

Published time: 13 Oct, 2017 22:39 Ant queens who set up their colonies in partnership with one another stand a greater chance of avoiding fatal disease if they bite, dismantle and bury their counterpart after they die. Researchers studying colony foundation at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria made the discovery while monitoring the […]

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Attack & defense: China holds military drills (VIDEO)

By ethan / October 13, 2017

Published time: 13 Oct, 2017 11:58 Chinese servicemen from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have held combat drills in the southwest of the country, local media reported. Troops from the 75th Group Army conducted the military exercises in Yunnan–Guizhou Plateau, a highland region in southwest China, on Thursday, CCTV said, releasing a video of the […]

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Alcohol-free, vegetarian apartment complex springs up in St. Petersburg

By ethan / October 13, 2017

Published time: 13 Oct, 2017 09:31 No meat, booze or cigarettes – welcome to a vegetarian apartment complex, which unites people with a shared lifestyle and similar principles under the same roof. The pioneering building is called Veda Village, and is located in the suburbs of St. Petersburg. The village’s developers claim that the complex […]

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No problem in buying Russian S-400s, Erdogan says, hints at S-500 talks

By ethan / October 13, 2017

Published time: 13 Oct, 2017 07:04 Edited time: 13 Oct, 2017 07:57 Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said there was no problem with the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft systems, adding that Ankara also held talks on the S-500, a THAAD-type system, currently under development. “In our talks with [Russia President Vladimir] Putin we are not […]

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