ISIL claims massacre of Ethiopian Christians in Libya - Al Jazeera English

 new video from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) purportedly shows the group killing captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
The 29-minute video released online on Sunday shows two groups of dark-skinned captives. It says one group is held by an ISIL affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south.

A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot to death and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach.

The footage released online shows one group of about 12 men being beheaded
by armed men on a beach and another group of at least 16 being shot in the head in a desert area.
It was not immediately clear who the captives were.


Weedkiller likely cause of Nigeria 'mystery disease' - WHO

GENEVA, Switzerland - Pesticide poisoning was the likely cause of the mysterious deaths of at least 18 people in a southwestern Nigerian town earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday, April 19.

The "current hypothesis is cause of the event is herbicides," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in a Tweet.

"Tests done so far are negative for viral and bacterial infection," he added.

The victims began showing symptoms early last week in what Ondo state spokesman Kayode Akinmade called a "mysterious disease," prompting fears of a new infectious disease outbreak in a region ravaged by Ebola.

The victims, whose symptoms included headache, weight loss, blurred vision and loss of consciousness, died within a day of falling ill in the town of Ode-Irele, in southwestern Ondo state.

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You've Heard Crazy Stories About Flakka - Here's What You Don't Know

A spur of drug-related arrests in Florida has drawn panicked media reports like flies to honey. By now you may have heard about "flakka," a cheap designer drug being sold in the Sunshine State that has been linked to numerous incidents of property damage, violence and public nudity.

Relying heavily on law enforcement sources and the hint of mass civil disorder, reporting on flakka often resembles previous moral panics about drugs like krokodil and jenkem. Words like "superhuman strength" are thrown around rather carelessly.

Here's a sampling of some of the odder stories to flood out of Florida concerning this supposed flakka epidemic:


Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials :: TheHill

U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war.
Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships - some with weapons - toward Yemen in a potential attempt to resupply the Shia Houthi rebels, according to two U.S. defense officials.

Officials fear the move could lead to a showdown with the U.S. or other members of a Saudi-led coalition, which is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen and is conducting its fourth week of airstrikes against the Houthis.

Iran sent a destroyer and another vessel to waters near Yemen last week but said it was part of a routine counter-piracy mission.

What's unusual about the new deployment, which set out this week, is that the Iranians are not trying to conceal it, officials said. Instead, they appear to be trying to "communicate it" to the U.S. and its allies in the Gulf.


Is The Global Financial System On The Brink Of Collapse? :: Investment Research Dynamics

The financial news spin-doctors are attributing today' abrupt sell-off to a report of a Bloomberg terminal outage and to a report that China has expanded its list of stocks available for shorting.   This explanation for the plunge in stocks globally is so absurd it almost leaves me speechless.

I have been postulating since mid-December that the strange volatility we've been experiencing in the markets - combined with the most intensive effort I've ever seen by the Plunge Protection Team (the Fed   the Treasury' Working Group on Financial Markets) to prop up the stock market and keep a manipulative cap on gold - is occurring because there' is a massive derivatives melt-down going on behind the scenes.  The volatility reflects the turmoil and the market intervention in stocks and precious metals reflects the effort to keep the problem covered up.


Greece Might Allow Russia to Use Its Military Bases - Greek Defense Analyst :: Global Research

In an interview for Russia' RIA Novosti, Greek defense analyst Ilias Iliopoulos noted that in the interests of closer military-technical cooperation with Russia, Greece could allow the country to use its military bases, and that this possibility may well be discussed during the Greek Defense Minister' visit to Moscow later this week.


Exclusive: William Shatner' $30 Billion Kickstarter Campaign to Save California

We'll post more of that interview shortly, but this bit couldn't wait: "You're gonna get a scoop here," Shatner told me. This is it.

"California' in the midst of a 4-year-old drought," he said. "They tell us there' a year' supply of water left. If it doesn't rain next year, what do 20 million people in the breadbasket of the world do? In a place that' the fifth-largest GDP - if California were a country, it'd be fifth in line - we're about to be arid! What do you do about it?"

Here' the plan:

"So I'm starting a Kickstarter campaign. I want $30 billion . to build a pipeline like the Alaska pipeline. Say, from Seattle - a place where there' a lot of water. There' too much water. How bad would it be to get a large, 4-foot pipeline, keep it aboveground - because if it leaks, you're irrigating!"

And where would this water pipeline go?

"Bring it down here and fill one of our lakes! Lake Mead!"

I was a little skeptical. It didn't sound doable. The political hassles, the fights with local towns, the environmental impact.

"No, it' simple," Shatner replied. "They did it in Alaska - why can't they do it along Highway 5? This whole area' about to go under!"



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