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Russia’s 25,000-troop allowance & other facts you may not know about Crimea

Ukraine's statement at the UN that '16,000 Russian soldiers had been deployed' across Crimea sparked a MSM feeding frenzy that steadfastly ignored any hard facts that got in their way.

Especially unwelcome is the fact that the so-called 'invasion force' has been there for 15 years already.

The media many trust described in hysterical tones how the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was under a full-scale Russian invasion with headlines like: "Ukraine says Russia sent 16,000 troops to Crimea", "Ukraine crisis deepens as Russia sends more troops into Crimea," as well as "What can Obama do about Russia's invasion of Crimea?".

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David Cameron chokes back tears as he QUITS in the wake of the historic Brexit vote in referendum

The developments came after the Leave campaign stacked up 52 per cent of the votes - despite massive support for Remain in Scotland and major cities including London.

The Bank of England governor Mark Carney has attempted to reassure panicking markets this morning after the Pound nose-dived to its lowest level against the US dollar for 31 years, and the FTSE slumped by 8 per cent.

Flanked by wife Samantha in Downing Street, Mr Cameron said he had been 'proud' to serve as PM for the past six years.

But he said it would not be right for him to be the 'captain of the ship' while the UK negotiated its exit from the EU.

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More counterterrorism raids reportedly underway in Belgium after police thwart 'Belgian Charlie Hebdo' attack

More counterterrorism operations were reportedly underway in Belgium late Thursday, hours after police killed at least two in raids aimed at jihadists returning from Syria who were planning to launch a "Belgian Charlie Hebdo" attack, authorities said.

Belgian news site L'Avenir, as well as Le Soir and France24, reported that the government prosecutor's office said a dozen operations have been launched against suspects across Belgium, in Verviers, Brussels and Hal-Vilvoorde. Some of those targeted in the raids are known to have returned recently from Syria.

The Belgian news site reported that, based on phone intercepts in the homes and cars of the three individuals involved in a shootout in Verviers, authorities believed the three were in the process of carrying out imminent attacks inside Belgium. A shootout between the three and police has left two of the suspected terrorists dead and another wounded.

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French Jews removing their children from public schools for fear of anti-Semitism

In a recent video by VICE News, Robert Ejness, the head of the French Jewish community's umbrella organisation said that Jews "are very worried and they are questioning the future of their children in this country."

He explained that in 1970 only 7,000 French children attended Jewish schools. Today, there are 35,000 Jewish children in Jewish schools in France. On top of that, another 35,000 Jewish children attend private Christian schools, showing that the Christian school environment is safe and welcoming for Jewish children.

"One of the issues," Ejness explains "is the integration of the Muslim population, essentially the Muslim population that has arrived in France in the last 20 or 30 years, which has not been integrated, which has refused also to be integrated in the French system."

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'The darkest day of the history of the French press': 12 massacred in Paris newspaper attack

Masked gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people before escaping. It was France's deadliest terror attack in at least two decades.

With a manhunt on for three gunmen, French President Francois Hollande called the attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly, whose caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed have frequently drawn condemnation from Muslims, "a terrorist attack without a doubt." He said several other attacks have been thwarted in France "in recent weeks."

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Swedish politician says ISIS terrorists are the 'victims'

Muslims traveling from Sweden to the Middle East to commit mass murder and rape in the Islamic state, are "victims of violence", says the new Moderate leader Anna Kinberg Batra, to the newspaper Expressen.

It's in an interview during the international summit in Davos as Kinberg Batra is asked how she wants to meet the Swedes growing concern for acts of terrorism committed by returning IS-terrorists.

The important thing is that there must be fewer who can become victims of violence. To be enlisted as a warrior to exercise deadly force is actually being victims of violence and to contribute to the spread in the world, says the M-top to Expressen.

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NORTHERN IRELAND PASTOR SAYS HE'S READY TO GO TO JAIL FOR CALLING ISLAM 'SATANIC'

An evangelical Christian pastor has said he would rather go to prison than withdraw a comment calling Islam "satanic". Pastor James McConnell of the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is facing prosecution under the Communications Act 2003 for making the "grossly offensive" statement in a sermon streamed online.

However, he told the Belfast Telegraph that he intends to plead not guilty and will happily spend time in jail with "sex offenders, hoodlums, and paramilitaries" rather than back down.

"I am 78 years old and in ill health, but jail knows no fear for me," the pastor said, adding that he had no regrets about his words on "heathen" Muslims.

McConnell said: "I do not hate Muslims but I denounce Islam as a doctrine and I make no apologies for that. I will be pleading 'not guilty' when I stand in the dock in August."

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France church attack: Priest killed by two 'IS soldiers'

The attackers entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass, taking the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, and four other people hostage.

Police later surrounded the church and French TV said shots were fired. Both hostage-takers are now dead.

The Amaq news agency, linked to so-called Islamic State, said "two IS soldiers" had carried out the attack.

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'WannaCry' virus spreads to Asia, experts warn of new wave

LONDON -- The worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack spread to thousands more computers on Monday as people across Asia logged in at work, disrupting businesses, schools, hospitals and daily life. But no new large-scale outbreaks were reported, and British officials said a feared second wave of infections had not materialized.

The new infections were largely in Asia, which had been closed for business when the malware first struck. In Britain, whose health service was among the first high-profile targets of the online extortion scheme, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said "we have not seen a second wave of attacks."

He said "the level of criminal activity is at the lower end of the range that we had anticipated."

The malware, known as "WannaCry," paralyzed computers running factories, banks, government agencies and transport systems, hitting 200,000 victims in more than 150 countries. Among those hit were Russia's Interior Ministry and companies including Spain's Telefonica and FedEx Corp. in the U.S.

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Nice truck attack kills 84 people in France, leaving 77 more victims critically wounded: 'We are facing a war'

A Tunisian living in France drove a large truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day along Nice's beachfront, killing at least 84 people, many of them children, according to police and hospital officials. The slaughter ended only after police killed the armed attacker in a hail of bullets.

French leaders on Friday extended the country's nine-month-old state of emergency and vowed to deploy thousands of police reservists on the streets after Thursday night's massacre of pedestrians leaving a fireworks display for France's independence day. French prosecutors said Friday that 25 more victims are on life support, and 52 are in critical condition.

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No Negotiation: China and Russia Walk Out of UN Security Council Meeting: “This Isn’t An Exercise”

As Jerome Corsi warned earlier today, “this is one of the most serious moments that we’ve ever faced in world history.”

Events are happening quickly and as it stands, the United States, Britain and other western allies are preparing a missile strike on Syria.

Russia has been the most critical opponent of the possibility of mid east military action, but now China has also stepped in.

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Brussels terrorist attacks kill at least 31: Airport, Metro station bombed

Bombs struck the Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens, as a European capital was again locked down amid heightened security threats.

The two airport blasts, at least one of which was blamed on a suicide bomber, left behind a chaotic scene of splattered blood in the departure lounge as windows were blown out, ceilings collapsed and travellers streamed out of the smoky building.

About an hour later, another bomb exploded on a rush-hour subway train near the European Union headquarters. Terrified passengers had to evacuate through darkened tunnels to safety.

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PM Harper calls Thatcher 'a giant among leaders'

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper saluted former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher as "a giant among leaders," after learning of her death Monday.

"While many in positions of power are defined by the times in which they govern, Margaret Thatcher had that rarest of abilities to herself personify and define the age in which she served," Harper said in a statement. "Indeed, with the success of her economic policies, she defined contemporary conservatism itself."

Harper also credits Thatcher with helping to end the Cold War by contributing to the fall of the Soviet Union.

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While we fight over Trump, France closes 3 mosques, finds hundreds of weapons

The French have adopted what is clearly a no-nonsense attitude toward radical Islamist terrorism since the Paris attacks and they're not taking their foot off the gas. As the United States continues to debate over "tone" and how to balance religious liberty and tolerance against domestic security, Francois Hollande's forces have "cut a few corners" on those subjects and just begun shutting down mosques. At least three of the Muslim houses of worship have been closed already and law enforcement has found a trove of disturbing items among the haul.

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UPDATE: Germany Warns That Banks In Cyprus May Remain Closed Permanently

ATMs in Cyprus were drained over the weekend, electronic transfers were halted, and riots ensued following a decision by European Union chiefs to raid private savings accounts to help pay for the country’s $13 billion bailout. It was believed that there were plans to stretch a bank holiday to at least one week, while the exact measures were decided upon. However, yesterday the Cypriot parliament rejected the scheme outright, leading many to speculate that this would be the start of something even worse.

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16% of French Citizens Support ISIS, Poll Finds

One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.

The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS. This percentage increases among younger respondents, spiking at 27% for those aged 18-24.

A recent Ifop poll placed French president Francois Hollande's approval rating at just 18%.

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High-ranking priest caught in cocaine-fueled gay orgy in Vatican apartment

A high-ranking Vatican monsignor who is a secretary to one of Pope Francis’ closest collaborators was arrested by Vatican police after they caught him hosting a cocaine-fueled homosexual orgy in a building right next to St. Peter’s Basilica. 

Monsignor Luigi Capozzi, 49, was caught by Vatican gendarmerie in a raid some two months ago that took place in the former Palace of the Holy Office. 

While the top Vatican officials have been mute about the raid, Italian media broke the story last week after receiving inside information. 

Vatican police allegedly caught the monsignor, whom Italian media called an "ardent supporter of Pope Francis," after tenants in the building complained repeatedly about constant comings and goings of visitors to the building during all hours of the night. The building is currently being used by various high-ranking churchmen, including prefects, presidents, and secretaries to the Roman Curia. 

Capozzi, who on his LinkedIn page calls himself an "expert in canon law and dogmatic theology," managed to evade suspicion from Italian police by using a BMW luxury car with license plates of the Holy See, which made him practically immune to stops and searches. This privilege, usually reserved for high-ranking prelates, allowed the monsignor to transport cocaine for his frequent homosexual orgies without being stopped by the Italian police.

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Inside the theatre of terror: First picture from inside Bataclan shows aftermath of Jihadi attack as video emerges of the moment gunmen opened fire

A harrowing image has emerged from inside the Bataclan theatre where terrorists opened fire on concertgoers on Friday night - killing at least 89 people and injuring dozens, possibly hundreds, more.

The photograph, taken in the wake of the attack, details the blood stained interior of the concert hall where bodies remain lying on the ground and the floor is covered in debris.

It comes as new footage shows the moment the members of U.S. rock band Eagles of Death Metal stopped their performance midway through a song when gunfire broke out.

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UK Prime Minister won't help baby Charlie Gard, forced off life support against parents' wishes

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she's confident the hospital that has been fighting in court to remove 11-month-old Charlie Gard from life support against his parents' wishes is taking into consideration his "well-being."

Chris Gard and Connie Yates, Charlie's parents, have been fighting in European courts for their right to bring him to the U.S. for experimental treatment for his rare muscle and brain disease. They raised over $1 million to do this, but English courts sided with the hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, which wants to remove him from life support.

Then, the European Court of Human Rights also sided with the hospital. Charlie was scheduled to die on Friday, June 30, but his parents have been granted more time with him. Media around the world have been covering the case. Pope Francis and President Trump have both expressed their solidarity with Charlie's parents. Trump said he'd be "delighted" to help save Charlie. A Vatican hospital offered to treat Charlie, but then said Great Ormond Street Hospital refused this offer.

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'Isis' beheading: Man decapitated in France 'by attacker who tried to blow up factory'

France is in shock today after another alleged terrorist attack where a man was decapitated by a suspected Isis supporter who tried to blow up a factory.

The murdered man's head was found attached to a wire mesh fence surrounded by two Islamist flags near the entrance to the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, police said.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, the man's face was covered in Arabic writing and there was speculation that he may have been murdered elsewhere and the body then taken to Air Products for the gruesome display.

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France's Jewish Community: In a State of Fear

PARIS-- CENTER-RIGHTIST Emmanuel Macron, 39, who was voted in by 66% to 34% over the farright Marine Le Pen, is France’s youngest national leader since Napoleon Bonaparte more than 200 years ago.

Exit polls indicated that France’s half million Jews, Europe’s largest Jewish community, voted for Macron by about 90% to Le Pen’s 10%, but he was not their first choice. Their preferred candidate was former right-wing premier François Fillon, whose platform was especially strong against Islamic fundamentalism. However, Fillon, the initial favorite to win the election, became mired in a sudden corruption scandal that resulted in his elimination after the first of two rounds of voting.

Macron, who will be the European Union’s youngest head of state, has never held elected office before and only created his “En marche!” (Onwards) movement a year ago.

“His rise has been absolutely extraordinary,” marveled conservative politician Jean-François Copé, a son of Jewish immigrants from Romania and Tunisia, speaking on TV. “Every political figure has had to surmount obstacles, but what this man has accomplished is equivalent to having crossed the Red Sea dry-footed,” said Copé, jokingly comparing Macron’s achievements to those of the biblical prophet Moses.

But, for many French Jews, the vote took place under a new pall of uncertainty and anxiety after the murder in Paris on April 4 of an Orthodox-Jewish French physician, Dr. Sarah Halimi, 66.

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