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Gravestone Of Hillary Clinton's Dad Toppled

Written By nana jamaika on Rabu, 15 April 2015 | 20.18

By Sky News US Team

The gravestone of Hillary Clinton's father has been found toppled over at a Pennsylvania cemetery in what police believe is likely to be an act of vandalism.

Hugh Rodham's gravestone is at Washburn Street Cemetery in Scranton.

The stone was reported tipped over on Tuesday, two days after Mrs Clinton announced she was running for president.

Police Chief Carl Graziano told The Times-Tribune that it is unclear how the stone fell but he suspected vandals were responsible.

"I'm not sure how else it would have fallen over," he was quoted as saying.

According to the caretaker, the stone was intact on Friday.

There has been no public comment from Mrs Clinton, who had her first campaign event in Iowa on Tuesday.

Mr Rodham grew up in Scranton, a city about 120 miles north of Philadelphia.

He owned a small textiles business in Chicago, and died in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1993 at age 82.


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Protester Attacks Draghi At News Conference

The president of the European Central Bank has been interrupted at a news conference by a protester shouting "end ECB dictatorship."

Mario Draghi was outlining the bank's latest monetary policy thinking when a lone woman wearing a black t-shirt jumped onto the desk above Mr Draghi and showered him with items including what looked like confetti.

As she was dragged away, the bank suspended the video feed of the news conference though Mr Draghi returned shortly afterwards, looking shocked, but apparently unhurt.

It is not yet known who the woman was or what lay behind her protest but early speculation could focus on the renewed financial troubles in Greece which is yet to secure additional bailout funds from its creditors, including the ECB.

Some activists accuse the bank of trying to enforce budget austerity measures on eurozone countries, such as Greece, that are under financial bailout programmes.

There is likely to be an investigation into how she managed to get in to the news conference.

The bank's Governing Council had earlier left the ECB' benchmark interest rates on hold following signs its policy tools, including quantitative easing, were having a positive effect on demand in the eurozone economy.

But Mr Draghi sought to play down market speculation the ECB would scale back its QE plans as a response.

He insisted the bank expected to fully implement its €1tn government bond-buying programme until September 2016, as previously announced.

"Our focus will be on the full implementation of our policy measures," he said but added that the programme was "flexible enough" to be adjusted if necessary.

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EU Charges Google With Abusing Market Position

The EU has formally charged Google with abusing its search market position in Europe, leaving it open to a fine of more than $6bn (£4bn).

The European Commission has been examining whether Google, which holds about 90% of the search market in Europe, has been illegally rigging its search results to favour its own services.

Tech rivals such as Microsoft, who urged the EU to bring the case, want more competition in areas like online maps, search and shopping.

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google has given "an unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service".

Rivals object to the firm placing adverts for its Google Shopping service ahead of other links in relevant searches.

The EU has issued a statement of objections which Google has 10 weeks to respond to before action can be taken.

Ms Vestager said that a separate antitrust investigation has been ordered into Google's mobile operating system Android.

She said: "In the case of Google I am concerned that the company has given an unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service, in breach of EU antitrust rules.

"Google now has the opportunity to convince the Commission to the contrary. However, if the investigation confirmed our concerns, Google would have to face the legal consequences and change the way it does business in Europe."

An internal Google memo informed staff that the company believes it has a "strong case". In a blog post the tech giant used a series of graphs to show that competition continues to thrive.

The company has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. It could face an eventual fine of up to 10% of its worldwide turnover, which reached $66bn (£44.7bn) in 2014.

The filing of charges may increase pressure on Google to settle, to avoid a potentially damaging case and massive fine resulting from the allegations.


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Pro-Putin Biker Gang Spark Anger Over Ride

Pro-Putin Biker Gang Spark Anger Over Ride

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A Russian biker gang loyal to President Vladimir Putin is planning to ride through Europe to mark the end of the Second World War, triggering anger in Poland.

Plans by the ultra-nationalistic Night Wolves motorcycle club to retrace the westward route taken by Soviet troops to Berlin have been branded a "provocation" by Warsaw.

The rally comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine, which have fuelled fears of Moscow's wider territorial ambitions.

The two-week, 3,728 mile ride will pass through Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and finish in the German capital on 9 May.

The biker gang's website states "To Berlin" - a reference to the Red Army's famous battle cry.

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  1. Gallery: Vladimir Putin: Moscow's Action Man

    In deeping with his image as a manage of action, Russia's PM Vladimir Putin makes an archaelogical 'find' on a dive in the Black Sea

Russian PM Vladimir Putin scales a climbing wall during his visit to a pro-Kremlin summer camp

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Pro-Putin Biker Gang Spark Anger Over Ride

We use cookies to give you the best experience. If you do nothing we'll assume that it's ok.

A Russian biker gang loyal to President Vladimir Putin is planning to ride through Europe to mark the end of the Second World War, triggering anger in Poland.

Plans by the ultra-nationalistic Night Wolves motorcycle club to retrace the westward route taken by Soviet troops to Berlin have been branded a "provocation" by Warsaw.

The rally comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine, which have fuelled fears of Moscow's wider territorial ambitions.

The two-week, 3,728 mile ride will pass through Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and finish in the German capital on 9 May.

The biker gang's website states "To Berlin" - a reference to the Red Army's famous battle cry.

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  1. Gallery: Vladimir Putin: Moscow's Action Man

    In deeping with his image as a manage of action, Russia's PM Vladimir Putin makes an archaelogical 'find' on a dive in the Black Sea

Russian PM Vladimir Putin scales a climbing wall during his visit to a pro-Kremlin summer camp

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Mr Putin proved himself a natural climber...

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...but he had less success bending a pan

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Mr Putin (c) refereed an arm wrestling during his visit...

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Watch: Chimpanzee Brings Down A Drone

Written By nana jamaika on Selasa, 14 April 2015 | 20.18

A chimpanzee has been caught on camera knocking a drone to the ground by swatting the aircraft with a stick.

The drone was sent into the skies above the chimpanzee enclosure at Royal Burgers' Zoo, in Arnhem, the Netherlands, to take footage for a TV programme.

The animal is seen perched on a branch as the drone approaches. It then lashes out with the stick and scores a direct hit.

The aircraft falls to the ground and the chimpanzee wanders over for a closer look.

Footage from the drone shows the chimp picking up the craft and turning it around in its hands.

A statement from the zoo said: "The intelligent primates immediately discovered the spying little plane and right away armed themselves with long sticks against this inquisitive electronic intruder.

"One of the chimpanzees was high up in a tree with a long branch.

"Apparently very calm and satisfied, half asleep in the morning sun, the primate let the drone make its curious images, until the drone got just a bit too close.

"Like a flash the chimpanzee struck out with the long stick she had held hidden behind her body.

"With a direct hit the animal knocked the drone to the ground, where the group of primates quickly overpowered the 'prey'."

Last year an angry ram in New Zealand slammed into a drone after it got too close to him.

The quadcopter is seen hovering in front of the animal, dubbed "Rambro".

But the ram then lowers his head and charges the drone, sending it tumbling into a nearby bush.


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Kidnapped Nigeria Girls Still Missing A Year On

By Alex Crawford, Sky News Special Correspondent

It is 12 months since the kidnap of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls captured the world's attention - they remain unaccounted for and it is increasingly clear Boko Haram is still abducting hundreds more women.

Campaign group BringBackOurGirls says it has evidence some of the group were seen in the town of Gwoza in northeast Nigeria, until recently the main operational base of the militant terror group.

Nothing concrete has been heard of them since.

Even after the Nigerian military entered the town and claimed to have retaken it - a week before the country went to the polls - there has been little news of exactly what was found there.

Nigeria's new president told Sky News last month - in his first interview after it became clear he was going to be the country's next leader- that cracking down on Boko Haram and recovering the schoolgirls was his top priority.

But he warned parents not to be overly optimistic.

"We will do our best," President-elect Muhammadu Buhari told us from his Abuja residence.

A report by human rights group Amnesty International says at least 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram since the start of 2014.

Many of them are forced into sexual slavery - and also trained to fight.

One young woman who was kidnapped then forced into marriage told Amnesty she was repeatedly raped and sexually abused.

She said she had been taught how to use weapons and forced to take part in Boko Haram battles - even one against her own village.

Amnesty has documented what it calls multiple war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the extremist group, which recently pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

It commissioned new satellite images, including that of the town of Bama, which showed the level of destruction wrought by Boko Haram as it retreated.

Nearly 6,000 structures can be seen damaged or destroyed - about 70% of the town.

There is more hope than at anytime over the last five years that with the election of a new president there will be fresh impetus and the will to take on the militants - and to try to find some answers for the hundreds of parents still hoping their daughters will be returned.


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Robot Reveals Inside Of Wrecked Nuclear Plant

Robot Reveals Inside Of Wrecked Nuclear Plant

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A specially-designed robot has become stranded after capturing the first grainy images from inside one of the melted reactors at Japan's doomed Fukushima nuclear plant.

It withstood the deadly radioactive environment but then became stuck two-thirds of the way through its mission and had to be abandoned.

Pictures lit by a lamp on the robot showed steam wafting around the chamber and debris that looked like small rocks and metal parts.

The video also showed numerous white spots believed to be caused by gamma rays.

Despite the glitch, officials said the images were a success and showed it was possible to send in more sophisticated robots as they embark on a 40-year mission to make the plant safe.

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  1. Gallery: Robot's Pictures Inside Fukushima

    A still image of a video taken by a small cord-controlled robot shows inside the reactor vessel of the No. 1 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

The robot was used to film inside one of the reactors that melted down at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant last week, but the robot itself lost control and become disconnected

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The 60cm Hitachi robot entered the disaster zone through a pipe and then morphed into a crawler device, collecting radiation and temperature data as it crept along. Continue through for more pictures

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Robot Reveals Inside Of Wrecked Nuclear Plant

We use cookies to give you the best experience. If you do nothing we'll assume that it's ok.

A specially-designed robot has become stranded after capturing the first grainy images from inside one of the melted reactors at Japan's doomed Fukushima nuclear plant.

It withstood the deadly radioactive environment but then became stuck two-thirds of the way through its mission and had to be abandoned.

Pictures lit by a lamp on the robot showed steam wafting around the chamber and debris that looked like small rocks and metal parts.

The video also showed numerous white spots believed to be caused by gamma rays.

Despite the glitch, officials said the images were a success and showed it was possible to send in more sophisticated robots as they embark on a 40-year mission to make the plant safe.

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  1. Gallery: Robot's Pictures Inside Fukushima

    A still image of a video taken by a small cord-controlled robot shows inside the reactor vessel of the No. 1 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

The robot was used to film inside one of the reactors that melted down at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant last week, but the robot itself lost control and become disconnected

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The 60cm Hitachi robot entered the disaster zone through a pipe and then morphed into a crawler device, collecting radiation and temperature data as it crept along. Continue through for more pictures

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Deadly Al Shabaab Attack On Somali Ministry

At least five people were killed and ten injured in an attack on Somalia's higher education ministry in the capital Mogadishu, police have said.

Officers said there were two blasts at the entrance to a complex of government buildings.

They said the explosions opened the way for gunmen to enter the site where they are thought to have taken some of the ministry's employees hostage.

"First two blasts occurred, a bike blast and a car blast, outside the building, then armed fighters stormed in," Major Ali Nur, a police officer, told Reuters.

Smoke could be seen rising over the compound and gunfire was heard from inside.

The building houses the Higher Education Ministry and the Petroleum and Minerals Ministry.

Police Colonel Hussein Ibrahim said at least five people had been killed, including an African Union and a government soldier. The other three were civilians.

But other initial estimates of the number killed varied, with some saying as many as eight dead.

About half an hour after the blast happened, police said the complex had been brought under control.

A spokesman for the armed Islamist group al Shabaab said it was responsible.

It is the latest in a series of raids in Mogadishu by the group, which wants to topple the government and impose its own strict version of Islamic law.

It also comes days after an attack by militants on a Kenya university campus in which 148 people were killed.


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Families Who Refuse Jabs In Oz Face Benefits Ban

Written By nana jamaika on Senin, 13 April 2015 | 20.18

Families who refuse to vaccinate their children will be barred from accessing some benefits under tightened "no jab, no pay" laws in Australia.

The policy change comes amid a debate over immunisation for children, with some parents concerned vaccines against deadly diseases are dangerous.

The anti-vaccination movement has coincided with the resurgence of measles, a preventable disease, in some European countries as well as in parts of the United States.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said: "It's essentially a 'no jab, no pay' policy from this government.

"It's a very important public health announcement. It's a very important measure to keep our children and our families as safe as possible."

Under current Australian laws, parents who have "conscientious objections" about immunisation can claim childcare and welfare payments.

If the measures are passed those parents would be denied the payments - which include childcare rebates, benefits and family tax benefit supplements - potentially missing out on almost £8,000 (Aus$15,000) per child annually.

Parents unwilling to vaccinate the children on medical or religious grounds will still be allowed to access some benefits, although under tighter eligibility requirements.

Social Services Minister Scott Morrison said no mainstream religions had registered vaccination objections with the government.

The new measures have to be passed by parliament but are supported by the Labor opposition. They are set to come into force at the start of 2016.

Australia has vaccination rates of over 90% for children aged one to five years.

But the government said more than 39,000 children aged under seven were not vaccinated because their parents objected - an increase of more than 24,000 children over the past decade.

Mr Abbott said his government was "extremely concerned" about the risks such actions posed to the rest of the population.

In a joint statement with Mr Morrison, he said: "The choice made by families not to immunise their children is not supported by public policy or medical research nor should such action be supported by taxpayers in the form of child care payments."

Many people who do not vaccinate their children say they fear a triple vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella is responsible for increasing cases of autism - a theory repeatedly disproven by various studies.

The controversy dates back to the publication of a now discredited article in the Lancet medical journal in 1998.


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Protests As Turkish Mine Disaster Trial Begins

Mining executives have gone on trial in Turkey over the deaths of 301 miners in the country's worst industrial disaster.

But the proceedings were swiftly adjourned to allow the main eight suspects to appear in person before the specially created court in Akhisar, about 30 miles (48km) from the scene of the tragedy in Soma.

The underground fire last May, which led to the release of deadly toxic gases underground, exposed Turkey's appalling industrial safety record and led to an angry public backlash fuelled by the government's cold response to the tragedy.

A total of 45 people are standing trial, including the eight former top managers from the Soma Komur group that ran the mine, who are charged with murder.

The judge had ruled the eight being held in custody would give evidence via videolink amid security concerns.

However, lawyers for the victims argued they should be brought to the court.

Following angry protests by bereaved relatives, the judge agreed to their demands and adjourned the trial until Wednesday to allow the main accused to appear in person.

Prosecutors have requested they be sentenced to 25 years in prison for every single one of the 301 victims.

Other company officials have been charged with homicide by conscious negligence or reckless homicide, and also face lengthy jail terms.

A report into the disaster found a long list of faults at the mine, including a lack of carbon monoxide detectors, gas masks in poor condition and bad ventilation.

Lawyers for the families of the victims say the owners of the mine had sought over-exploitation in pursuit of profit, resulting in "working conditions worthy of slavery".

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  1. Gallery: 2014: Protests Over Mine Deaths

    A protester runs away from tear gas fired by riot police during a demonstration blaming the ruling AK Party (AKP) government for the mining disaster in western Turkey.

A protester holds a sign that reads, "It is a murder not an accident".

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