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Toulouse hunt: AK-armed ‘scooter-shooter’ trapped in house

The Toulouse gunman suspected of murdering seven people, including three children at a Jewish school, remains barricaded in his house. He admits to the killings and has agreed to surrender “late this evening,” according to the French prosecutor. Prosecutor Francois Molins admitted that the initial raid on the suspect house had been a failure. The […]

Reports Toulouse ‘serial killer’ held denied by French police

Conflicting reports are coming in about the reported arrest of the gunman suspected of murdering three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in France. Earlier BFM TV reported that Mohammad Merah, 23, was arrested during a raid on his home. Interior Minister Claude Guéant now denies that the suspect has been arrested. Toulouse […]

Hubbard ban: Scientology books officially extremist in Russia (again)

If next time celebrity Scientologist Tom Cruise comes to Moscow for a premiere he gives someone one of his religious texts, he will be spreading extremism. At least according to the Moscow Regional Court. ­The court upheld a district court decision from last year to recognize Scientology literature as extremist. The court ruling states that […]

Unidentified space object falls from the sky (VIDEO)

A mysterious cylinder has fallen on a tiny village in Siberia, causing widespread speculation as to what it is. ­Russian media have identified it as a piece of space debris, while others say it is the fuel tank of a ballistic rocket. Tests show that the object is not radioactive, and it appears to be […]

Assault begins on French ‘scooter-shooter’ flat

Toulouse’s deputy mayor has confirmed that the assault on school shooting suspect’s flat has begun. ­The man remained barricaded in his house for over 20 hours, armed with an Uzi machine gun, Kalashnikov assault rifle and other weapons. He was identified as Mohammed Merah, a French national of Algerian descent. He had earlier admitted to […]

Infamous Abu Ghraib guard has no regrets

One of the guards involved in the 2004 Abu Ghraib abuse scandal says she does not regret her actions. The revelation comes in the wake of the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier, further tarnishing the image of the American military. “Their lives are better. They got the better end of the […]

WikiLeaked: Ex-Blackwater ‘helps regime change’ in Syria

A US government-contracted private security firm is helping the Syrian opposition to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad regime, leaked Stratfor emails indicate. The same firm earlier operated extensively in Libya. The private military company SCG International had been contracted to engage the Turkey-based Syrian opposition, according to correspondence released by WikiLeaks. Their assignment was called a […]

‘West to launch package war in Middle East’

The West will launch a package war against Iran, Syria and Hezbollah as soon as they decide what to do with the Iranian nuclear program, Abdel Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of a London-based Arabic newspaper told RT in an interview. Atwan also believes the West is not intervening in Syria because they are waiting to decide […]

Toulouse hunt: Kalashnikov-armed ‘scooter-shooter’ trapped in house

The suspected serial killer behind Monday’s murder of three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school, is trapped inside his home by French RAID special forces. ­The suspect, identified as Mohammed Merah, has barricaded himself in and has so far has refused to give himself up. Two policemen were wounded in an attempt to […]

NYC cops attack OWS protesters (PHOTOS)

Police rushed a crowd of OWS protesters near Union Square Park in Manhattan early on Wednesday, shoving and attacking people. Activists report a woman was badly injured after officers grabbed and threw her to the ground. The officers, some in riot gear, were trying to force out Occupy protesters and homeless from the sidewalk after […]

US top secret AMD info ‘crapping useless’ for Russia

The data on the planned US antimissile system in Europe handed over to Russia is “useless and irrelevant” according to reports. After the failure to strike a deal with Washington, Moscow plans to expose details of the row to the general public. The United States handed out info on capabilities of the interceptor missiles it […]

Toulouse drama: LIVE updates

GMT1325: Mohammed Merah was arrested in police raid after hours of staying in his apartment in Toulouse – BFM TV GMT 1320: Mohammed Merah was radicalized in a Salafist ideological group after making two trips to Afghanistan and Pakistan – Reuters GMT 1311 : The Kandahar governor’s office has reaffirmed its previous statement saying that “based […]

Buildings collapse as 800 homes damaged by violent Mexico quake (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake shook Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, destroying hundreds of homes and causing people to flee their offices in panic. Despite the quake’s destructive power, no deaths have been reported. The quake, which centered in the country’s south, reportedly injured nine people in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and two more in the […]

EU sets deadline for Google over privacy policy

A European regulator is pressuring Google over the change in the way it handles private user data. The US internet search giant has to provide explanations on 69 questions by April 6. The company has pledged to comply. The French national information commission (CNIL) is probing Google on behalf of the EU’s 27 member states. […]

Over a barrel: UK clings to Falklands colony

As the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War nears, the dispute over the islands is being fueled by British plans for oil exploration in the region. The end of the conflict seems even farther as Argentina claims the UK is militarizing the islands. ­The British exploration companies, inspired with their initial successes, are boosting efforts […]

War with Iran to cause 30% oil price shock – IMF

A sudden cut of oil flow from Iran may cause a surge of crude prices of up to 30 per cent, dealing a blow to the world economy, warns IMF chief Christine Lagarde. ­The continuing standoff between Iran and the West may result in “serious consequences” for the world Lagarde, executive director of the International […]

Suspected Toulouse serial killer arrested

The suspected serial killer behind the murder of three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school has been arrested during a raid on his home, BFM TV reports. ­Earlier reports suggested that the man, who was identified as Mohammed Merah, was armed with an Uzi machine gun, Kalashnikov assault rifle and other weapons. Police […]

‘Opposition gets instruction from abroad’

The Syrian opposition is acting with instructions from “decision makers” abroad, Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari claims in exclusive interview with RT. He says the instructions come from Doha, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France and Washington. Ja’afari insists that Syrian opposition is not homogenous, composed of various forces. “The opposition in Syria is about […]

Blacklisted: UK workers find they are banned from job market

After years of unsuccessful attempts to find jobs, thousands of UK construction workers have found out why. Skilled engineers have discovered their names were on an “employment blacklist” – an illegal document which shattered their lives. ­In 2004, former union organiser Steve Hedley was mysteriously sacked, and for the next four years, he wondered why […]

7.4 earthquake hits Mexico near Acapulco (PHOTOS)

A strong earthquake has rocked Mexico shaking buildings and forcing people out into the streets. The US Geological Survey says the quake happened 193 kilometers east of Acapulco on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Initial reports suggested that the quake was 7.6 magnitude. Later, however, the USGS downgraded the figures to 7.4, also saying that the epicenter […]

UK teenager to stand trial for ‘grossly offensive’ Afghan war post on Facebook

19 year old Azhar Ahmed will be tried later this year. The teenager pleaded not guilty and denied posting a comment on Facebook about six British soldiers killed in Afghanistan last week. He has been released on bail until the next hearing in July. ­Ahmed was arrested and charged with “racially aggravated public order offences” […]

Moscow: US-NATO coalition must finish its job in Afghanistan

Russia’s envoy to the UN says that the US-led coalition in Afghanistan should not be pulling out as its job is not even remotely complete. Moscow believes that fighting the country’s drug industry must be among the priorities. ­Speaking at the UN Security Council’s meeting on Tuesday, Vitaly Churkin pointed to the fact that the […]

Greece may not reach debt goal despite new cash infusion

The Greek Parliament has approved the country’s latest international bailout deal overnight. The second instalment of rescue cash for Athens from eurozone countries and the IMF exceeds €172 billion in loans. ­But the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission say the country might fail to lower its debt burden to the specified targets and […]

Dozens killed as terror blasts hit Iraqi cities (VIDEO)

At least 51 people have been killed in a string of explosions targeting police in more than 10 Iraqi cities, government and hospital sources told Reuters news agency. Nearly 250 people have also been injured in the attacks, which hit the Iraqi capital Baghdad and other cities in the country’s north and south.   There was […]

Missile test tug-of-war in North Korea?

North Korea has made advances towards defusing tension in the region, agreeing to allow the return of UN nuclear inspectors. But Pyongyang’s plan to launch a space satellite has put itself and the whole new deal in peril. ­The formal invitation came three years after North Korea blocked the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from […]

Pakistan: US drone attacks must stop!

A Pakistani parliamentary commission has demanded an end to American drone strikes on the country’s territory as a condition for renewing Pakistani relations with the US. The demand was announced on Tuesday, as Pakistan’s lawmakers discussed how Islamabad should proceed in mending its relations with Washington. Ties between the long-time partners soured in 2011 over […]

UN team begins Syrian monitoring mission

A five-member UN team, mandated by Kofi Annan, the special envoy to Syria for the UN and Arab League, is in Syria attempting to launch a monitoring operation to help end the country’s crisis and establish a ceasefire. ­The former UN secretary-general’s spokesman said that the team, with expertise on political, peacekeeping and mediation issues, […]

HRW: Syrian opposition kidnapped, tortured, executed loyalists

Syria’s armed opposition is involved in abductions, both for ransom and for political reasons, and the torture and execution of prisoners, Human Rights Watch said in a statement. The group calls on the opposition to stop such atrocities. The rights group condemned the tactics used by groups pledging alliance to the antigovernment movement in the […]

Mexican drug cartel ‘honors’ Pope with truce

Notorious Mexican drug cartel the Knights Templar has announced a short truce to welcome Pope Benedict XVI arriving in Mexico later in the week. The cartel has put up at least 11 signs in several towns across the country, announcing the ceasefire in their battle with “competitors” – other drug cartels, and with law enforcers. […]

Hundreds die: Pentagon secret war game runs Israeli strike on Iran

An Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites may quickly spiral out of control and result in a large regional war, a Pentagon war game predicts. American casualties would be counted in hundreds at least. The two-week game held by Central Command called Internal Look played on a scenario in which Israel carried out an air […]

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