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'No way' nerve agent could escape UK lab? Russia demands info on Porton Down toxin research

'No way' nerve agent could escape UK lab? Russia demands info on Porton Down toxin research --The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) specializes in Chemical, Biological and Radiological warfare. | 25 March 2018 | Porton Down lab claims no toxins could have escaped its "four walls," but has never denied the possession of the nerve agent used on the Skripals, the Russian Embassy said, urging the UK to disclose its chemical warfare program. The origin of the mysterious nerve agent, used on March 4 to poison former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, has been the main point of contention in the unraveling international scandal. While Britain claims that the alleged A-234 nerve agent - also known as Novichok - was a Soviet development and thus could only have been used by Russia, Moscow contends that the chemical has since been studied by numerous parties and could have been re-engineered elsewhere, including in the UK itself. Last week, in an interview with the BBC, Russia's ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, noted that a secret military research lab at Porton Down, which is located roughly seven miles from the scene of the incident, could have manufactured the deadly agent.

Hamelin Bay: Nearly 150 beached whales die in Australia

Hamelin Bay: Nearly 150 beached whales die in Australia | 23 March 2018 | Only six whales have survived a mass stranding of pilot whales on the coast of Western Australia. About 150 of the animals were found beached at Hamelin Bay, about 300km (180 miles) south of Perth. Their discovery by a local fisherman on Friday prompted a major rescue effort to return them to deeper waters. However, by nightfall, more than 140 of the whales had died, with deteriorating weather conditions and the threat of frenzied sharks impeding efforts.

South Korea says North Korea agrees to hold high-level talks

South Korea says North Korea agrees to hold high-level talks | 23 March 2018 | South Korea said Saturday that North Korea has accepted its proposal to hold high-level inter-Korean talks next week. In a statement, South Korea's Unification Ministry said the talks are planned for Thursday. The talks were first proposed by South Korea to be held in the Panmunjom truce village in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. North Korea said it will be represented by a three-member delegation led by Ri Son Kwon, chairman of the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland Committee.

'Vote them out!' - Thousands register to vote at U.S. gun-control marches

'Vote them out!' - Thousands register to vote at U.S. gun-control marches | 24 March 2018 | Voter registration activists fanned out among young Americans who marched for tighter gun laws on Saturday, signing up thousands of first-time voters who vowed to eject lawmakers who oppose gun controls. With mid-term Congressional elections eight months away, the activists flocked to some 800 marches across the country to enroll young voters likely to back Democratic and independent candidates who tend to favour tougher firearms laws. In Washington, volunteers for the HeadCount voter-registration effort raised their fists and chanted "demonstration without registration leads to frustration" before heading out with clipboards to sign up some of the nation's newest voters.

Local students take part of nationwide 'March for our Lives' movement

Local students take part of nationwide 'March for our Lives' movement | 24 March 2018 | Thousands of students marched throughout Tampa Bay as part of the March for Our Lives movement on Saturday. The March for Our Lives movement took over the streets of Washington D.C. and several local areas -- one of them being Curtis Hixon Park. There has been a noticeable movement since February 14 when a gunman killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Parkland massacre survivor who champions the Second Amendment leads counter protests across the country against the March For Our Lives rally

Parkland massacre survivor who champions the Second Amendment leads counter protests across the country against the March For Our Lives rally --Small counter-protests were held by those who support Second Amendment | 24 March 2018 | While his schoolmates from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were leading the March for Our Lives and demanding stricter gun laws, Kyle Kashuv emerged as the voice of counter-demonstrators arguing for the Second Amendment. Kashuv, a survivor of the February 14 massacre in Parkland, Florida, went on Fox News on Saturday and criticized the demonstrations as 'anti-Republican.' 'I saw this [march] as extremely anti-GOP,' he told Fox News. 'One of the biggest causes of this march is to be anti-Republican.'

Russian envoy thanks 1st responder to 'reckless' Skripal poisoning, assures him Moscow not involved

Russian envoy thanks 1st responder to 'reckless' Skripal poisoning, assures him Moscow not involved | 24 March 2018 | The Russian ambassador to the UK has sent a letter to the police officer who was poisoned in the Sergey Skripal incident. He thanked the officer for being the first to respond and assured him Moscow wasn't behind the poisoning. Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko told Nick Bailey that he was relieved to learn that the officer was feeling well enough to be discharged from hospital and reunited with his loved ones. "I wish you a full recovery and hope that you will be able to return to your normal life as soon as possible," the letter reads. Yakovenko also expressed "sincere gratitude" to Bailey for his bravery while "reacting to the assault on two Russian nationals, Sergey and Yulia Skripal...who I hope will get well soon too."

Crowds gather in Washington, other US cities for anti-gun protests

Crowds gather in Washington, other US cities for anti-gun protests | 24 March 2018 | In a historic groundswell of [well-funded] youth activism, hundreds of thousands of teenagers and their supporters rallied across the U.S. against gun violence Saturday, vowing to transform fear and grief into a "vote-them-out" movement and tougher laws against guns and ammo. They took to the streets of the nation's capital and such cities as Boston, New York, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Los Angeles in the kind of numbers seen during the Vietnam era Iraq era, but the corporate-owned media chose not to cover those events, as they were not in the interest of the Deep State, sweeping up activists long frustrated by stalemate in the gun debate and bringing in lots of new, young voices.

Trump signs $1.3 trillion spending bill into law despite being 'unhappy' about it

Trump signs $1.3 trillion spending bill into law despite being 'unhappy' about it | 23 March 2018 | An "unhappy" President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill into law Friday, his second about-face in 24 hours on the measure to keep the government open. The president said he approved the legislation to fund the government through September for national security reasons, as it authorizes a major increase in military spending that he supports. But he stressed that he did so reluctantly. Trump slammed the rushed process to pass the more than 2,200-page bill released only Wednesday. Standing near the pile of documents, the president said he was "disappointed" in the legislation and would "never sign another bill like this again."

French cop who swapped himself for hostages has died, official says

French cop who swapped himself for hostages has died, official says | 24 March 2018 | A French police officer who offered himself up in a hostage swap Friday after an armed man reportedly yelling "Allahu Akbar" went on a rampage in southern France, has died, a report said early Saturday. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb wrote in a tweet early Saturday that Col. Arnaud Beltrame had "died for his country." The officer had offered himself  unarmed to the 25-year-old attacker in exchange for a female hostage. Beltrame was grievously injured, and his death raised the toll from the attack to four.

Gunman, 3 others dead in supermarket terror attack in France

Gunman, 3 others dead in supermarket terror attack in France | 23 March 2018 | A suspected terrorist set off a chain of chaotic events Friday, stealing a car, opening fire at police and then taking hostages at a supermarket before he was fatally shot, authorities in southern France said. Three others were killed and 16 wounded in the attack -- the latest to put France on edge after a string of deadly terrorist attacks in recent years. Police overpowered the assailant at a Super U store in Trèbes, about 8 miles southeast of Carcassonne and 60 miles north of the Spanish border...Prime Minister Edouard Philippe called the incident "a terrorist act," and the Paris prosecutors' office said an anti-terrorism investigation had been opened.

Terrorist is killed after driving through the gates of a California Air Force base, setting himself on fire and crashing as his vehicle packed with propane tanks burst into flames

No media coverage of this one: Terrorist is killed after driving through the gates of a California Air Force base, setting himself on fire and crashing as his vehicle packed with propane tanks burst into flames --A car filled with propane tanks breached the gates of Travis Air Force Base in California on Wednesday | 23 March 2018 | A motorist's vehicle burst into flames after it 'gained unauthorized access' to the main gate of a Northern California Air Force base. The incident is being considered an act of terror. Travis Air Force Base officials and the FBI said they are investigating the Wednesday night event in which the motorist died after crashing the vehicle at the military installation. The vehicle was loaded with propane tanks as it ran through the main gate of the base. CBS News reports that the incident is being considered an act of terror. The driver, whose identity is known by law enforcement but has not been released [And, why not?], ignited himself, causing the car to drive off the road and into a ditch.

Justice Department to ban bump stocks

Justice Department to ban bump stocks | 23 March 2018 | The Justice Department is proposing rule changes that will effectively ban bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like a machine gun, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Friday. "After the senseless attack in Las Vegas, this proposed rule is a critical step in our effort to reduce the threat of gun violence that is in keeping with the Constitution and the laws passed by Congress," Sessions said in a statement. Sessions has been a defender of the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which protects the right to bear arms.

Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving

Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving | 23 March 2018 | President Donald Trump is issuing an order to ban transgender people from serving in the military except under "limited circumstances," following up on his calls to ban transgender individuals from serving. The White House says retaining troops with a history or diagnosis of "gender dysphoria" - those who may require substantial medical treatment - "presents considerable risk to military effectiveness and lethality."

Florida man yelled 'Allah Akbar' as he 'shot dead his girlfriend, stabbed their 11-year-old daughter to death and wounded their eight-year-old son'

Florida man, 29, yelled 'Allah Akbar' as he 'shot dead his girlfriend, stabbed their 11-year-old daughter to death and wounded their eight-year-old son' | 23 March 2018 | A Florida man has been arrested for allegedly going on a murderous rampage that claimed the lives of his girlfriend and their 11-year-old daughter, during which he was heard screaming 'Allah Akbar' and ranting about 'demons.' Ronnie O'Neal III, 29, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, and one count each of attempted murder, arson and resisting arrest. According to a detailed incident reported released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, at around 11.43pm on Sunday, the county's emergency dispatch center received a 911 call from a woman, later identified as Kenyatta 'Keke' Barron, 33, repeatedly pleading for help and saying she had been shot.

France terror attack: Gunman kills three, takes hostages at supermarket

France terror attack: Gunman kills three, takes hostages at supermarket --The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the rampage near Carcassonne and the town of Trebes. | 24 March 2018 | A gun-wielding extremist unleashed bloodshed in a quiet corner of southern France, killing three people as he hijacked a car, opened fire on police and took hostages in a supermarket, where panicked shoppers hid in a meat freezer or ran through the aisles. The 26-year-old attacker was slain as police stormed the market with the help of a heroic officer who had switched places with a captive and suffered life-threatening wounds - one of 16 people injured in the day's violence. The attacker was identified as 26-year-old Redouane Lakdim, whom France's top counterterrorism prosecutor said cried "Allahu akbar" and claimed he was a "soldier of the Islamic State" as he stormed the supermarket with about 50 people inside.

Professor wants colleges to pay women extra for 'emotional labor'

Professor wants colleges to pay women extra for 'emotional labor' | 22 March 2018 | A communications professor at the University of San Francisco is urging colleges to pay female faculty members for their "emotional labor." Brandi Lawless, who teaches classes oriented towards social justice, argued in the March issue of Review of Communications that "emotional labor" is a form of academic work, just like teaching classes and grading homework is for professors. Emotional labor refers to "demonstrations of sympathy and empathy, one-on-one attention, supportive communication, counseling, general development of personal relationships, and making a person 'feel good,'" according to Lawless.

Massive DDoS attack on Russia's Defense Ministry website during vote on new arms names

Massive DDoS attack on Russia's Defense Ministry website during vote on new arms names | 22 March 2018 | Russia's Defense Ministry website suffered a massive DDoS attack during an online vote to select the names of new Russian military hardware, with all hacking attempts repelled by cyber security services, the ministry said. "Attempts to attack the website were performed from the territory of Western Europe -- the country is established, the North American continent and Ukraine," the Defense Ministry said in a statement. There was a total of seven attacks during the final day of voting on Thursday, with two of the most intensive of them coming in the closing hours.

H.R. McMaster replaced by John Bolton as national security adviser

H.R. McMaster replaced by John Bolton as national security adviser | 22 March 2018 | National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has been replaced by former Ambassador to the United Nations [Bush's Deep State warmonger] John Bolton as national security adviser, President Trump tweeted Thursday. "I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor," Mr. Trump wrote. "I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9."

Trump imposes $60bn in tariffs on Chinese imports, accusing Beijing of intellectual-property theft

Trump imposes $60bn in tariffs on Chinese imports, accusing Beijing of intellectual-property theft | 22 March 2018 | US President Donald Trump has announced a $60 billion package of tariffs against China. According to the White House, the move is aimed at curbing theft of intellectual property. Trump has signed a Section 301 trade action with China that could be about $60 billion in tariffs, he said adding that he asked China to reduce trade surplus immediately by $100 billion. "We have right now an $800 billion dollar trade deficit with the world," he said before signing a memorandum. "It is the largest deficit of any country in the history of our world. It's out of control."

Lobbyist almost killed by man he hired to help him investigate Seth Rich murder - report

Lobbyist almost killed by man he hired to help him investigate Seth Rich murder - report | 20 March 2018 | Lobbyist Jack Burkman, who began a private investigation into the murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich last year, says he was nearly killed after a man who joined the investigation attempted to murder him last week, according to a report. "It's a horror story," Burkman told the Washington Post Monday. Kevin Doherty, 46, shot Burkman multiple times and ran him over with an SUV, according to the Post. Conspiracy theories have circled around the death of Rich, who police have said was most likely shot during a 'random robbery.' Doherty worked for Burkman as he sought to profile who they thought could be Rich's true killer.

Florida School's New Security Measures: Students Forced to Wear Identification Badges, Carry Clear Backpacks

Florida School's New Security Measures: Students Forced to Wear Identification Badges, Carry Clear Backpacks | 21 March 2018 | The Florida high school [Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School] where a gunman killed 17 people last month will require students to carry only clear backpacks, school administrators announced on Wednesday, after the shooting suspect's brother was charged with trespassing on campus and two students were arrested on charges of carrying knives. Robert W. Runcie, the superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, sent a letter to the families of Stoneman Douglas High students imposing the new backpack rule, reminiscent of security measures at airports and professional sports venues. He said any student without a clear backpack would be provided one at no cost after spring break, which takes place next week. Students also will be issued identification badges, which they will be required to wear at all times while in school.

Miami Air International flight was chartered from Langley AFB to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, flight records indicate

Miami Air International flight was chartered from Langley AFB to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, flight records indicate --The question is: Who was on the flight? | 19 March 2018 | Miami International Air flight LL162 flew to Langley Air Force Base (LFI) during the wee hours on Sunday where, presumably, a prisoner under official military control was boarded onto the aircraft which was later bound for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Boeing 737-8Q8 was wheels up from Langley (LFI) by 6 a.m. and remained aloft for two hours and thirty-seven minutes before landing at its destination, the most notorious prison facility in the world, GTMO.

House expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon

House expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon | 21 March 2018 | House Republican leadership are planning to hold a vote on the omnibus spending bill between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. "Assuming all goes according to plan, we think we'll vote around 10:30 a.m. first series, procedural votes and then the omnibus, probably in the 12:30 to 1:30 window if all goes according to plan for tomorrow," a GOP leadership aide told The Hill Wednesday evening. The final text was released Wednesday evening after lawmakers struggled for days to reach an agreement on the measure.

Skripal was of 'zero value' to Russia after spy swap, so why poison him now? - Kremlin spokesman

Skripal was of 'zero value' to Russia after spy swap, so why poison him now? - Kremlin spokesman | 21 March 2018 | Poisoned double-agent Sergei Skripal was of zero value to Moscow after he was handed over by Russia to Britain, Dmitry Peskov, President Putin’s press-secretary, said in an exclusive interview with RT. The press-secretary also pointed out that Russia had no motive to target Skripal, who was found unconscious with his daughter in Salisbury earlier in March. Britain is accusing Russia of poisoning them with a Soviet-era nerve agent...Peskov also said that the UK authorities were too hasty in blaming Russia without carrying out any investigation into the attack.

Homemade explosives found in Austin bomb suspect's Pflugerville house, residents evacuated

Homemade explosives found in Austin bomb suspect's Pflugerville house, residents evacuated | 21 March 2018 | As authorities work to remove homemade explosives from the Pflugerville, Texas, home of the suspect behind Austin's recent explosions, authorities are forcing residents within a five-block radius of his home to evacuate and stay away until 9 p.m. March 21...Mark Conditt, 23, of Pflugerville was found at a Round Rock hotel. When officers started to approach his vehicle, Conditt detonated a bomb and killed himself March 21, police said. His death follows a series of explosions in the Austin area over the span of three weeks.

Police: Bombing suspect left taped 'confession'

Police: Bombing suspect left taped 'confession' | 21 March 2018 | (Pflugerville, TX) As a SWAT team closed in, the suspected bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for three weeks used one of his own devices to blow himself up. But police warned that he could have planted more bombs before his death, and they cautioned the city to stay on guard. Mark Anthony Conditt, an unemployed college dropout who bought bomb-making materials at Home Depot, was tracked down using store surveillance video, cellphone signals and witness accounts of a customer shipping packages in a disguise that included a blonde wig and gloves. His motive remained a mystery.

Austin bombing suspect dies as police close in, official says

Breaking: Austin bombing suspect dies as police close in, official says | 21 March 2018 | A man whom authorities were attempting to arrest early Wednesday in a string of bombing attacks in Austin killed himself with an explosive device as authorities closed in, a high-ranking law enforcement official told the American-Statesman early today. The official said authorities identified a suspect in the past 24 hours based largely on information gained after police said the suspect shipped an explosive device from a FedEx store in Southwest Austin. That evidence included security video.

Austin bombing suspect involved in shooting

Austin bombing suspect involved in shooting | 21 March 2018 | An officer-involved shooting on Interstate 35 in Round Rock, Texas is related to the Austin bombing suspect, a source tells NBC's Austin affiliate KXAN reporter Sally Hernandez. The source says the bomber blew up a device during the incident. Round Rock police say while northbound I-35 is open, Southbound I-35 will be closed for the next four to six hours due to the investigation.

Austin Bombing Suspect Dead - Report

Breaking: Suspect in Austin bombings is dead - reports --Large police presence on I-35 in Austin (wires) | 21 March 2018 | A suspect in the Austin bombings is dead, according to reports early Wednesday from KVUE and CBS Austin. Austin's police department had been responding to an officer-involved shooting, according to a report from KVUE, an ABC station in that Texas city.

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