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On the verge of collapse: EU provides 'no clear answers' to mistakes it admits

45 min 58 sec ago
Despite the signing of a declaration on post-Brexit priorities at a celebratory EU summit late last week, most experts warn that the supranational organization faces its gravest challenge yet and that its most highly-touted accomplishments of the last several decades are in jeopardy. On Saturday, a new declaration honoring the 1957 Treaty of Rome, which led to the EU's foundation, was signed by 27 EU member states during a celebratory summit in the Italian capital.

Police discover 7 kilos of cocaine hidden inside fake bananas

45 min 59 sec ago
Spanish police have found 57 pieces of artificial fruit containing seven kilograms of cocaine mixed among real bananas, with another 10 kilos packed in cardboard boxes. The video obtained by Ruptly video agency shows how officers smash the bananas open using screwdrivers and hammers. One banana is cracked open to reveal the white powder "filling" it. The fake bananas were found during an operation in the coastal cities of Malaga and Valencia on Sunday. The footage of the haul was shot in Valencia, the Ruptly news agency said. Two people were detained on charges of drug trafficking, and a third person is now under investigation as a result of the operation, according to the police.

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rattles Darwin, Australia after striking 600 km away in Banda Sea

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An earthquake that struck this morning in the Banda Sea has rattled parts of Darwin but is unlikely to have caused any damage. The magnitude 5.3 quake hit in the Banda Sea at a depth of 96 kilometres, about 600 kilometres north of Darwin. Many people were asleep when it rattled parts of the city at 4:44am (ACST), but several people contacted ABC Radio Darwin to say they felt it. Australia was a long way from the zone where damage was expected from the quake, according to information from Geoscience Australia. Geoscience Australia seismologist Eddie Leask said quakes in the Banda Sea were often felt in Darwin. "We had about 50 in that area over the last year and about 15 of those were felt in Darwin," Mr Leask told ABC Radio Darwin.

Parental rejection: Being rejected by your father does more damage to a child's long-term development

46 min 1 sec ago
Both parents affect your personality, but rejection by one parent could be more critical for long-term development. Being rejected by your father can do greater, long-lasting emotional damage than being rejected by your mother, research finds. While rejection by either parent is traumatising for children, fathers often have higher prestige and/or power. Therefore, children can take their father's rejection harder. Professor Ronald Rohner, co-author of the study, said: "In our half-century of international research, we've not found any other class of experience that has as strong and consistent effect on personality and personality development as does the experience of rejection, especially by parents in childhood. Children and adults everywhere — regardless of differences in race, culture, and gender — tend to respond in exactly the same way when they perceived themselves to be rejected by their caregivers and other attachment figures." Rejection by either parent, or both, has a huge effect on children's personality.

Russia distributes 1.7 metric tons of aid to Syrians past 24 hours

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Russian center for Syrian reconciliation carried out six humanitarian events in Aleppo and Latakia Province, distributing 1.7 metric tons of humanitarian aid to civilians, the statement released by the Center said on Monday. "Within last 24 hours, 2,850 citizens have received humanitarian aid. Total weight of humanitarian aid provided to the Syrian population has reached 1.7 [metric] tons," the statement reads, adding that a total of five humanitarian events were held in Aleppo and one more in Darmina settlement in the Latakia province.

Japan issues eruption warning for undersea volcano off Aogashima Island

46 min 3 sec ago
The Meteorological Agency on Friday warned that an underwater volcano about 400 km south of Tokyo could erupt soon, spurring the Japan Coast Guard to issue an alert to ships in the area. Coast guard aircraft found that the color of the ocean surface recently changed apparently due to volcanic activity in the Beyonesu Rocks about 65 km south-southeast of Aogashima Island, part of the Izu Island chain off Tokyo, the agency said. But an eruption is unlikely to seriously affect any of the inhabited islands, including Aogashima, the agency said. If the eruption occurs around the Beyonesu Rocks, it will be the first since 1970, where a change of color in the ocean was last observed in 1988, the agency said. In 1952, an eruption in the area killed 31 crew members of a coast guard ship.

Trump urged Germany to pay $375bn NATO debt: Report

1 hour 5 min ago
US President Donald Trump has reportedly called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to pay hundreds of billions of dollars Berlin owes to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a German minister says, calling the request “outrageous.” Trump handed the bill – thought to be for more than £300 billionns (US$375 billions) —to Merkel during their […]

Belgium’s Interior Minister: A substantial portion of Muslims celebrate when terrorist attacks happen

1 hour 5 min ago
SpeisaMarch 24, 2017 In an interview with the Belgium newspaper De Standaard, Belgium’s Interior Minister Jan Jambon said that the country is hit by a cancer of extremism, and that a substantial portion of Muslims in the country celebrate when terrorist attacks happen. Speaking to the Flemish-language newspaper, Jan Jambon did not specifically refer to the […]

Video: ‘The worst is yet to come in Mosul exodus’ – UNHCR representative in Iraq

1 hour 5 min ago
The western mainstream media are turning a blind eye to the plight of civilians suffering as a result of US-led coalition air strikes in Iraq, according to Russian … Via Youtube

World countries to start talks on nuclear weapons ban

1 hour 5 min ago
World countries are set to launch talks on a global nuclear weapons ban despite objections from major nuclear powers. Some 123 member states of the United Nations (UN) had announced in October last year that they would launch a UN conference to negotiate a legally-binding nuclear ban treaty. The initiative is scheduled to be launched […]

RESIST DAY #66: What You Can Do Today

2 hours 21 min ago
Common Dreams staff Resistance in your community, across the country, and around the globe Via Common Dreams. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.

Video: Russian FSB arrests arms smugglers who use postal service to deliver weapons from US

2 hours 21 min ago
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has arrested alleged arms smugglers in nationwide raids, saying the suspects have used international postal services to … Via Youtube

The Power of Ordinary People Facing Totalitarianism

2 hours 21 min ago
In the weeks since the election of President Donald J. Trump, sales of George Orwell’s “1984” have skyrocketed. But so have those of a lesser-known title, “The Origins of Totalitarianism,” by a German Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt. “The Origins of Totalitarianism” discusses the rise of the totalitarian movements of Nazism and Stalinism to power […]

Manbij crossfire: Liberated from IS, Kurdish-controlled city now fears Turkish invasion

3 hours 26 min ago
Months after Kurdish-led forces kicked Islamic State out of Syria's Manbij, change is in the air with IS-imposed burqas replaced by a women's council. Now, however, the city finds itself on the edge of the Turkish-Kurdish conflict, RT's Lizzie Phelan reports. The US-backed, Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated Manbij, some 135 kilometers (84 miles) from the Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) stronghold of Raqqa in August 2016. While many of the buildings still lie in ruins, the city's bustling hum is apparent, Phelan reports from Manbij.

String of Dead Russians Continues As Witness and Putin Critic Executed: “Typical Show Execution”

3 hours 36 min ago
Mac SlavoSHTFplan.comMarch 24, 2017 What can you tell about the state of relations from a string of deaths? At home in the U.S., the rhetoric against Putin has never been stronger. The hacking narrative continues to be in use, and behind the scenes, tensions are boiling up in every respect. Flynn was axed from Trump’s […]

Video: Massive fire breaks out at Ukraine’s largest military depot

3 hours 36 min ago
A fire broke out at Ukraine’s largest ammunition depot, near Balakleya in the Kharkov Region, following an explosion in the early hours of the morning. Via Youtube

Inventing Enemies

3 hours 36 min ago
On February 22, Adam Purinton of Olathe, Kansas, was at Austin’s Bar and Grill. He saw two men, both from India, and began to argue with them. “Get out of my country,” Purinton said to the two men, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and Alok Madasani, 32, both tech workers at the multinational technology firm Garmin. Purinton […]

UK activists call for end to Saudi war on Yemen

3 hours 36 min ago
A large group of people have gathered in Britain’s capital London to mark the second anniversary of Saudi Arabia’s ruthless invasion of Yemen, calling for an end to the deadly war. The kingdom’s unprovoked war against its impoverished southern neighbor, which began on March 26, 2015, has killed and injured over 30,000 Yemeni civilians, according […]

Top 10 Best and Worst Places

3 hours 36 min ago
Sputnik News March 27, 2017 Mercer, the world’s largest human resources consulting company, has recently published its 19th annual rankings, naming the world’s best and the worst cities to live in. For the eighth year in a row, Vienna took the top spot on Mercer’s chart of 230 cities. In fact, most of the best cities on the list can […]

Americans hold protest in Washington against Zionist lobby

3 hours 36 min ago
Pro-Palestinian activists have demonstrated outside of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, DC to protest against the most powerful pro-Israel lobbying group in the United States. The demonstration, which was largely attended by members of the left-wing Jewish Resistance group, on Sunday came a day ahead of the annual AIPAC conference […]

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