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Africa North
Tunisia president slices salary
[MAGHAREBIA] Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Friday (April 18th) voluntarily took a two-thirds pay cut, AFP reported.

"We are facing a financial and economic crisis. The state must be a model... That is why I have decided to lower the legal salary of the president of the republic to a third" of its current level, Marzouki said in a statement.

According to presidential front man Adnan Mansar, Marzouki earned a gross monthly wage of 30,000 dinars (around 13,600 euros), and a net income of 20,000 dinars (9,100 euros).
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [11 views] Top||

Two expats die of Mers in Jeddah
Two foreigners died of Mers in the Saudi city of Jeddah, the health ministry said on Saturday, as fears rise over the spreading respiratory virus in the kingdom's commercial hub. The ministry said five more people were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in the western city, including two foreign medics aged 54.

The latest deaths of a 64-year-old and 44-year-old, whose nationalities were undisclosed, bring to 76 the overall number of people to have died of Mers in Saudi Arabia, from a total of 231 infections.

Panic over the spread of Mers among medical staff in Jeddah this month forced the temporary closure of a hospital emergency room, prompting Health Minister Abdullah Al Rabiah to visit the facility in a bid to calm the public. On Wednesday, at least four doctors at the King Fahd hospital reportedly resigned after refusing to treat Mers patients, apparently out of fear of infection.

Mers was initially concentrated in eastern Saudi Arabia but it now affects other areas.

The World Health Organisation said on Thursday it had been told of 243 laboratory-confirmed cases of Mers infections worldwide, of which 93 have proved fatal. The virus is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the Sars virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine per cent of whom died.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/20/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top||

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Obama Imposes Sanctions on Vladimir Putin¬'s Dog
After Russia¬'s president ignored and mocked a first round of U.S. sanctions against his wealthy political cronies, President Obama today announced he¬'ll hit Vladimir Putin where it hurts. Not only did he announce new sanctions, he actually carried them out on live TV.
¬"With the full support of the international community,¬" Mr. Obama said, ¬"I¬'m announcing today several crippling sanctions on Vladimir Putin¬'s dog ¬-- limiting his travel, seizing his assets, and shaming him before the global community.¬"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/20/2014 01:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top||

#1  you know it's Scrappleface, right?
Posted by: Frank G || 04/20/2014 2:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Scrappleface

I fear it is no longer possible to reliably distinguish Scrappleface news from news news.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/20/2014 2:35 Comments || Top||

Ukraine rabbi calls anti-semitic leaflet a political hoax
Chief rabbi of Donetsk says while anti-Semitic leaflet was initially shocking, he now believes it was fake. "I'm asking those behind this not to make us tools in this game."
I wonder who could be behind something this---maybe we should ask Cliven Bundi?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/20/2014 01:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [13 views] Top||

Kiev's Orthodox patriarch Says 'Enemy' Russia Doomed to Fail in Ukraine
[An Nahar]
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [29 views] Top||

#1  Ukrainian Orthodox Church ¬-- Kyiv Patriarchate (Ukrainian: Українська Православна Церква Київського Патрiархату, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, UOC-KP) is one of the three major Orthodox churches in Ukraine, alongside the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The church is unrecognized by other canonical Eastern Orthodox churches, including the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).
The UOC-KP's Mother Church is in the St. Volodymyr's Cathedral in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The head of the church is Patriarch Filaret (Denysenko), who was enthroned in 1995. Patriarch Filaret was excommunicated by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1997, but the Synod and Sobor of the UOC-KP do not recognize this action. According to a poll conducted by the Razumkov Centre in 2006, 14.9% of the Ukrainian population responded as belonging to the UOC-KP.[5]
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/20/2014 1:10 Comments || Top||

Russian Patriarch Says Ukraine, Russia United in Orthodox Faith
[An Nahar]
Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top||

Beatings, Arson Target pro-Kiev Journalists in Ukraine's Rebel East
[An Nahar]
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U.S. Ground Troops Going To Poland, Defense Minister Says
[[WashingtonPost] Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland's defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday.

Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, "under U.S. patronage," he said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [19 views] Top||

Scalia to students on high taxes: At a certain point, 'perhaps you should revolt'
[WASHINGTONTIMES] The longest-serving justice currently on the bench answered the student by saying that the government has the constitutional right to implement the tax, "but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt."

Justice Scalia continued to tell the students that they have every right to express criticism of the government.

"You're entitled to criticize the government, and you can use words, you can use symbols, you can use telegraph, you can use Morse code, you can burn a flag," he said, according to the News Sentinel.

Posted by: Fred || 04/20/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [16 views] Top||

Israel's Natural Gas Ambitions Could Face Russian Opposition
[Ynet] Turkey's endorsement of Russian pipeline could create political conflict with new-found Israeli gas interests in Europe. Are Israel and Russia on an economic collision course?
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/20/2014 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [52 views] Top||

#1  If the Turkish govt wanted to hedge, they would get pipelines going from both Israel and Russia. On the other hand, Europe would do well to stay away from Pootie Poot. The other fly in the ointment is how confident is Israel that the Turkish govt will honor its commitments.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/20/2014 0:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually, Russia's Gazprom is a partner in Israeli/Cypriot gas fields.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/20/2014 1:22 Comments || Top||

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