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Russian plane crashes in Egypt

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A Russian plane crashed on Saturday in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, killing all 224 passengers and crew. The Airbus A321, operated by Metrojet, was flying from the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg, Russia. According to one of the security officials who was sent to investigate the crash, described that the plane was “completely destroyed” and believes that none were able to survive the crash.

The plane’s registry number was KGL-9268. One of the security officers who was sent on a rescue mission told in an interview with Reuters that they were able to hear sounds on the plane.

An officer who asked to remain anonymous during an interview commented that the scene was truly tragic, some bodies were found buckled in their seats.

The Egyptian rescue teams were able to uncover 100 corpses buried in the plane debris. One of the rescuers told in an interview that they are trying to enter small spaces of wreckage (where they heard voices) to uncover possible survivors. The officers were able to uncover a black box which contains all the plane’s credentials.

According to the aviation ministry, the plane was flying 9,450 meters above the ground, and then it suddenly disappeared from the radar screens. Most of the passengers were Russian citizens.



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Romanian nightclub fire kills over two dozen

Romanian nightclub fire kills over two dozen

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Officials said at least 27 people are dead and 155 injured after pyrotechnic effects used at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania reportedly malfunctioned yesterday, sparking a fire.

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The club was hosting an album launch party which attracted hundreds of attendees at the time of the fire. As of this morning, some people thought to be attending the nightclub were still unaccounted for.

A witness told local media that pyrotechnics used in the club ignited nearby objects. The Facebook page for the album launch event said “customized light show and pyrotechnic effects” were to be used at the scene.

A crush occurred as people flocked to exits in an attempt to flee from the nightclub. A witness interviewed by Reuters said “there was a stampede of people running out of the club.”

On the Facebook page for the album launch event, users who believed people they knew may have been attending the event posted questions asking about where their friends or family members were. Many victims of the fire did not carry any form of identification with them. The Government has set up a hotline for those whose friends or family members are believed to have been at the club.

President of Romania Klaus Iohannis said on Facebook he was “shocked and deeply saddened”((ro)) by the incident.


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United States to deploy troops in Syria

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The United States announced on Friday it will deploy ground troops in Syria in an effort to combat Islamic State (IS). The announcement came as diplomats from seventeen countries met in Vienna to discuss the Syrian crisis. It is the first time in four years external figures and allies to President Bashar al-Assad were in attendance.

Government officials have confirmed “less than 50” special operations forces will be sent to Northern Syria to advise Kurdish and Arab forces. In an address to the media senior administration official Josh Earnest stated, “They will help coordinate local ground forces and coalition efforts to counter ISIL.”

This decision to increase it’s presence in Syria is the first since the United States deployed airstrikes one year ago. In addition, A-10 ground-attack planes and F-15 tactical fighter jets will be sent to İncirlik, in Southern Turkey. The Northern Syrian area is currently held by Kurdish forces as they fight IS. Earnest stated “these forces do not have a combat mission”, and their role is to aid Kurdish forces with logistics and planning. To date the United States effort to train Arab forces has reportedly been unsuccessful.

A second meeting to further discuss the Syria conflict is set to be held in two weeks.



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You

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You are beautiful. Never forget that. You are enough.



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Exxon Mobil under fire for misleading the public about climate change

Exxon Mobil under fire for misleading the public about climate change

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On Friday, a coalition of civil rights and environmental leaders sent a letter to the Department of Justice, urging an investigation into ExxonMobil

to uncover weather they have been deliberately obscuring information on climate change for years. Such action has recently received the endorsement of several democratic presidential candidates. 

Reports allege that in the 1990s under a new chairman and chief executive, Lee R. Raymond, Exxon engaged in a disinformation campaign by funding and supporting right leaning organisations that perpetuated information that was in contradiction to the scientific consensus on climate change. Such reports also allege that Exxon made a concerted effort to block American participation in an international climate treaty, The Kyoto Protocol.

Exxon has denied suppressing climate research and publicly acknowledged the need to address the problem. The organization stated that they “have remained committed to pursuing climate change research and have worked closely alongside other top scientists on the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since its inception in 1988 – a collaboration that continues to this day.”

The movement started gaining momentum last month when Inside Climate News and The Los Angeles Times that Exxon scientists knew decades ago as early as 1977 of the dangers posed by climate change, but nerveless actively sowed the seeds of doubt as to the nature of anthological climate change.

“Given the damage that has already occurred from climate change — particularly in the poorest communities of our nation and our planet — and that will certainly occur going forward, these revelations should be viewed with the utmost apprehension,” they wrote. “They are reminiscent — though potentially much greater in scale — than similar revelations about the tobacco industry.”

A spokesman for the Justice Department, Wyn Hornbuckle, said the department was reviewing the letter from the advocacy groups, but had no additional comment on it.

The idea of DOJ investigation is not without precedent. Indeed anti- racketeering laws successfully used to prosecute tobacco companies for misleading the public about the dangers of cigarettes, those pressuring the DOJ are intending to employ similar such strategies.



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Russian Plane Crashes in Egypt\’s Sinia Peninsula

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Russian Plane Crashes in Egypt’s Sinia Peninsula

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A Russian plane carrying 224 passengers and flight attendants crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula today. According to one of the security officials who was sent to investigate the crash, says that the plane was “completely destroyed with all on board likely to have died”.

The Airbus A 321 was a plane belonging to a small Russian airline company called Kogalymavia (headquartered in western Siberia); the plane’s registry number was KGL-9268. It was flying from the Sinai Red Sea resort called Sharm el-Sheikh to Saint Petersburg, Russia. One of the security officers who was sent on a rescue mission told in an interview with Reuters that they were able to hear sounds on the plane.

An officer who asked to remain anonymous during an interview commented on the situation, “I now see a tragic scene. A lot of dead on the ground and many who died whilst strapped to their seats”.

The Egyptian rescue teams were able to uncover 100 corpses buried in the plane debris. One of the rescuers told in an interview that they are trying to enter small spaces of wreckage (where they heard voices) to uncover possible survivors. The officers were able to uncover a black box which contains all the plane’s credentials.

Knowing that the Sinai Peninsula is under tense pressure with Islamic militias waging a war against the Egyptian government, Russian government officials believe the plane was shot down. However, the Egyptian security officers claim otherwise. Regardless, the scene is still being investigated.

According to the aviation ministry, the plane was flying 9,450 meters above the ground, and then it suddenly disappeared from the radar screens. Most of the passengers were Russian citizens.



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Nine arrested for human trafficking in southeastern United States

Nine arrested for human trafficking in southeastern United States

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Nine people were arrested on Thursday at cities in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi and have been charged as part of a 32-court federal indictment in an interstate human trafficking case. According to William Thornton from AL.com “the indictment was announced by Christopher P. Canova, Acting United States Attorney from the Northern District of Florida.”

According to the indictment, between July 2015 and August of this year, the defendants transported, housed and marketed women for prostitution in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. They took the proceeds and wired them out of the country.

“Jose Juan Ruiz Prudencio, 40, and Emerson Corvera, 30, both of Montgomery, were arrested along with defendants in Florida, Mississippi and Georgia,” William Thornton reported.

The nine arrested were also charged with three counts of enticing individuals to travel to engage in prostitution, seven counts of transporting people to engage in prostitution, four counts of money laundering, six counts of harbouring an alien for the purpose of prostitution and illegal entry by a deported alien.

This case resulted from a 15-month investigation into human trafficking activities in the Northern District of Florida by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) – Panama City Resident Agent in Charge.

According to Kelsey Davis from Montgomery Advertiser, “The indictment also says at least 26 women were involved, who were sold for $30 per session. The price was later raised to $40 because the defendants allegedly stated they weren’t making enough of a profit at the former price.”

According to the FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation, the defendants are:

  • Edegardo Osorno Rodriguez, 37, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida;
  • Antonio Flores-Esparza, 31, Pensacola, Florida;
  • Jose Juan Ruiz Prudencio, 40, Montgomery, Alabama;
  • Jose Alvaro Trujillo-Santiz, 45, Panama City Beach, Florida;
  • Rosa Mirtha Cruz Vidal, 34, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida;
  • Mauro Gonzalez-Lira, 24, McComb, Mississippi;
  • Romon Tobon, 45, Starkville, Mississippi;
  • Lazaro Juarez-Juarez, 33, Atlanta, Georgia; and
  • Emerson Corvera, 30, Montgomery, Alabama.



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New abortion laws protect women from harassment

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New abortion laws protect women from harassment

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Yesterday, the ACT introduced new legislation which decrees there will be 50-metre exclusion zones around abortion clinics, preventing anti-abortion protesters from congregating and harassing women outside of ACT medical clinics.

The Health (Patient Privacy) Amendment Bill was introduced by Greens member Shane Rattenbury in July, who believes women should have access to abortion services without fear of abuse.

“This is fundamentally about a woman’s right to medical privacy,” he said, inviting would-be protesters to raise their concerns to the Legislative Assembly instead.

Anti-abortion protesters have been gathering outside abortion clinics for the past 16 years, according to Angela Carnovale of the Women’s Centre for Health Matters.

“Even silent vigils convey judgement,” she said.

The amendment is one step closer towards reproductive equality, as under current legislation, women do not have control over their own bodies. The NSW Criminal Code states that any person who obtains or assists with an unlawful abortion may be sentenced up to ten years imprisonment. The 1971 case of R v Wald set the precedent that an abortion is lawful if it was deemed necessary to protect a woman from serious danger to her life, self or mental health.

Basically, if a practitioner doesn’t believe a woman meets this criteria, she cannot get an abortion. This sets the dangerous precedent that women and their opinions do not matter—they are secondary to an unborn foetus, and therefore second-class citizens. End 12 is a Greens pro-choice campaign that has long fought for exclusion zones around clinics, as well as the decriminalisation of abortion. It believes women have the right to choose without fear of prosecution or harassment. A survey by the Greens indicated 86% of Australians believe abortion should legalised, while 76% did not know abortion is a criminal offence.

Greens senator Larissa Walters believes these laws are archaic, dangerous and regressive.

“They have no place in modern society where women should always have their own control over their bodies.”

Exclusion zones are set to come into force in six months.



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Nine arrested for Human Trafficking

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Nine arrested for Human Trafficking

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Nine people were arrested on Thursday at cities in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi and have been charged as part of a 32-court federal indictment in an interstate human trafficking case. According to William Thornton from AL.com “the indictment was announced by Christopher P. Canova, Acting United States Attorney from the Northern District of Florida.”

According to the indictment, between July 2015 and August of this year, the defendants transported, housed and marketed women for prostitution in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. They took the proceeds and wired them out of the country.

“Jose Juan Ruiz Prudencio, 40, and Emerson Corvera, 30, both of Montgomery, were arrested along with defendants in Florida, Mississippi and Georgia,” William Thornton reported.

The nine arrested were also charged with three counts of enticing individuals to travel to engage in prostitution, seven counts of transporting people to engage in prostitution, four counts of money laundering, six counts of harbouring an alien for the purpose of prostitution and illegal entry by a deported alien.

This case resulted from a 15-month investigation into human trafficking activities in the Northern District of Florida by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) – Panama City Resident Agent in Charge.

According to Kelsey Davis from Montgomery Advertiser, “The indictment also says at least 26 women were involved, who were sold for $30 per session. The price was later raised to $40 because the defendants allegedly stated they weren’t making enough of a profit at the former price.”

According to the FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation, the defendants are:

  • Edegardo Osorno Rodriguez, 37, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida;
  • Antonio Flores-Esparza, 31, Pensacola, Florida;
  • Jose Juan Ruiz Prudencio, 40, Montgomery, Alabama;
  • Jose Alvaro Trujillo-Santiz, 45, Panama City Beach, Florida;
  • Rosa Mirtha Cruz Vidal, 34, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida;
  • Mauro Gonzalez-Lira, 24, McComb, Mississippi;
  • Romon Tobon, 45, Starkville, Mississippi;
  • Lazaro Juarez-Juarez, 33, Atlanta, Georgia; and
  • Emerson Corvera, 30, Montgomery, Alabama.



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Culling Sharks makes climate change worse

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Culling Sharks makes climate change worse

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

According to lead researcher from the Australian Research Council Dr Peter Macreadie, the rise in shark culling to try to reduce the number of shark attacks has found the apex predators play a very important role in helping prevent climate change. Further down the food chain in the marine environment are mangroves, which are the most powerful carbon stores in the world. A process called biosequestration has brought the carbon that has been released into the airs atmosphere and sealed it deep into the earth’s soil around the mangroves.

With less sharks in the ocean it is now teeming with the predator’s prey, turtles, string rays and crabs. With an over abundance of these animals, the ecosystems surrounding are being eaten at an alarming rate. Causing the release of ancient carbon to be unleashed back into the atmosphere. The domino effect of removing an animal from a food web causes a detrimental effect on the environment, even if it is a predator.



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