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The worst tanker oil spill in decades is unfolding in the East China Sea

The worst tanker oil spill in decades is unfolding across hundreds of miles of the East China Sea after an Iranian oil tanker carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of toxic oil collided with a freighter and exploded, killing all 32 crew onboard. The ship burned, spewing its cargo, for more than a week before sinking in the waters between China, Japan and South Korea.

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Labour Official Tells Davos, ‘There’s an Anger Building Out There’

John McDonnell came to the World Economic Forum in Davos with an uncomfortable message for the global elite.

Czechs Vote for President as Ties With EU, Russia in Focus

The Czech Republic is voting in a presidential election pitting pro-Russian incumbent Milos Zeman against pro-European career academic Jiri Drahos in a vote that may play an important role in Europe’s divide between east and west.

ICE is about to start tracking license plates across the US

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians.

Flu Season Rages On, Hitting Baby Boomers Unusually Hard

This year's severe flu season is still pummeling the country from coast to coast. The respiratory illness appears to be unusually bad for baby boomers, federal health officials reported Friday.

U.S. EPA reverses policy on 'major sources' of pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it was withdrawing a provision of the Clean Air Act that requires a major source of pollution like a power plant to always be treated as a major source, even if it makes changes to reduce emissions.

Giulio Regeni murdered in Egypt 'over research' - Italian prosecutor

Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni, whose mutilated body was found in Cairo two years ago, was killed because of his research on Egypt's independent trade unions, a Rome prosecutor says.

Turkey's Erdogan vows to fight Kurdish forces as far as Iraq

Turkey is prepared to take its fight against Kurdish forces in northern Syria as far east as Iraq, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Syrian Kurds Ask Assad for Aid Against Turkish Aggression

Afrin's de facto autonomous government asked Assad to help them protect Syrian national sovereignty against Turkish attacks.

The Gerrymandering Fight Heats Up

It’s hard to fault Democrats for chafing when they look at North Carolina’s congressional election map.

Trump Sets High Price for Democrats on Immigration Deal

President Donald Trump offered Democrats a concession on immigration but at a price that so far they’ve been unwilling to accept.

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Lawmakers respond to misleading ICE reports on raid numbers

A new report reveals U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested nearly three times as many immigrants during raids in Austin last year than previously reported.

The U.S. Is About to Get Real Cold Again. Blame It on Global Warming

Less Arctic ice has been linked to more winter cold snaps.

Trump Ordered Mueller's Firing, Then Backed Off: New York Times

The U.S. president said the special counsel should be fired over conflict of interest but then backed off after his White House counsel threatened to quit.

Trump to reverse Obama’s ‘closure’ of still open Gitmo, yet another Washington leak suggests

A leaked cable suggests President Donald Trump will order the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to “remain open.” It is the third leak in a single day regarding the Trump administration, as the president arrives in Davos, Switzerland.

Putin Critics Are Advising the U.S. on Its New Oligarchs List

Some of Vladimir Putin’s longest-standing critics have found what they hope will be a new tool to pressure his regime: They’re giving the U.S. Treasury advice on whom to include in a new list of Kremlin-connected oligarchs to target for possible future sanctions.

A third of coral reefs 'entangled with plastic'

Plastic is one of the biggest threats to the future of coral reefs after ocean warming, say scientists.


Big Pharma Greets Hundreds Of Ex-Federal Workers At The ‘Revolving Door’

An update on one of the biggest users of DC revolving doors: health care industry executives.

The macro: what’s the big idea?


New Orleans City Council Caves to Pressure From Jewish Groups, Rescinds Human Rights Resolution

Human rights activists earlier this month celebrated the passage of a historic resolution pledging to take steps to avoid contracting with or investing in corporations complicit in human rights abuses — but their victory was short-lived. On Thursday, New Orleans withdrew the resolution after backlash from Jewish groups and pro-Israel politicians prompted city council members to reconsider their support.

A Chicago Cop’s Facebook Posts and a City’s Struggle With Racism


Can we start torching ADL offices yet?

A lot of News today.

Thanks NewsAnon!

this dude's a raving fucking luantic. What the fuck is the turkish military doing? I thought they were supposed to get rid of motherfuckers like this.

Good thing they're in NATO :,)

you can't make this shit up

Are Labour unironically the only hope for the Western left?

Only when they radicalize everyone when they publicly and inevitably fail, through sabotage.

that's not unique to germany
however you can get in prison for blasphemy too, so shit is pretty fucked up

amazing how erdogan is still threatening europe with immigrants and the europeans accept it

replace him with whatever Turk you want, they'd all move against the Kurds. The existence of a Kurdish state on their border is not allowable for them, so they're going to smash it and put it under the control of the "FSA" and hopefully gain concessions from Damascus to return it to them at the war's end


This and financial shit is going to bring him down since now they can argue he had intent for obstruction of justice. He'll probably be forced to step down in 2019, with the GOP laying the blame for all the unpopular bills they passed on him

what's wrong with you?

yeah, that's right, take cockraoches' side, well done you perfect anti-imperialist.


Well the image is sorta true
The SAA an Russia offered to protect Afrin if the over a dozen US military bases in Syria/SDF let them in but it was refused

yeah. Spurdo supposed to be like self-mockery or banal international banter, this guy is just fetishing people dying. something about keyboard warriors in the Syrian civil war, they know, rightfully, that the conflict is serious business with serious consequences to who wins, but they think that's an excuse for zero decency.

also, these pics are peppered with outright racism most people that aren't familiar with the middle east wont get.

Russia is literally helping a NATO invasion of Syria dude.


Seriously? Nobody talked about this?

Yeah, good luck with that buddy.

What a sellout, the only deal the bankers of Davos should get is at the end of a rope.


universities are testing humans with exhaust fumes, sponcored by car industries
you can't make this shit up