Liberia confirms spread of ‘unprecedented’ Ebola epidemic

Liberia confirms spread of ‘unprecedented’ Ebola epidemic
Aid organisation Doctors Without Borders said an Ebola outbreak suspected of killing dozens in Guinea was an “unprecedented epidemic” as Liberia confirmed its first cases of the deadly contagion.

NSA Blows Its Own Top Secret Program in Order to Propagandize
The NSA engages in this fear-mongering not only publicly but also privately. As part of its efforts to persuade news organizations not to publish newsworthy stories from Snowden materials, its representatives constantly say the same thing: If you publish what we’re doing, it will endanger lives, including NSA personnel, by making people angry about what we’re doing in their countries and want to attack us.

NSA performed warrantless searches on Americans’ calls and emails – Clapper
US intelligence chiefs have confirmed that the National Security Agency has used a “back door” in surveillance law to perform warrantless searches on Americans’ communications.

The Kerry-Lavrov chess match
It’s hardly a match between equals – as one is playing Monopoly while the other plays chess. It’s as if Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has been postponing his checkmate, while US Secretary of State John Kerry increasingly realizes he’s facing the inevitable.

Ukraine agrees to host NATO war games

NATO to promote ties with Ukraine, boost military presence in Eastern Europe

Russia to pour funds into Crimea, prime minister says

Russian Military ‘Buildup’ Greatly Exaggerated, Putin Redeploys Troops
Little Evidence Hysteria over Eastern Ukraine Was Warranted

Optimistic IMF bets on third time lucky in Ukraine
The International Monetary Fund should be ready to hand Ukraine the first $3 billion of a new aid package next month, the Fund’s top European official said on Monday, drawing a line under two failed programs with the country in recent years.

NATO plans more support for east Europeans worried by Crimea

Abbas: Palestinians to seek further UN recognition

Report: FIFA threatens to expel Israel over restrictions on Palestinians
According to Inside World Football, FIFA has given Israel until the summer to improve travel and playing conditions for Palestinian soccer players.

US Rejected Israeli Demand for Iran Nuclear Confession
The Barack Obama administration appears to have rejected a deal-breaking demand by Israel for an Iranian confession to having had a covert nuclear weapons program as a condition for completing the comprehensive nuclear agreement.

North & South Korea fire nearly 1,000 rounds of artillary into neighbor’s waters as tensions mount
An official with South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said no shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations. Residents on a front-line South Korean island said they were evacuated to shelters during the exchange.

The US Is Paying the Cost of Supporting the House of Saud as Cracks Begin to Appear
It has helped to restore authoritarian rule in the Middle East, but the costs are becoming clear

Venezuela tackles food shortage with ID card system
Government says system will stop people overbuying groceries for resale – but critics say it’s the first step towards rationing

Venezuela clears protest city’s streets

Human Rights Breached by Continued Protest Violence, Venezuelan Ombudswoman Says
Ongoing protests in Venezuela are undermining human rights, according to Ombudswoman Gabriela Ramírez, who believes media inaccuracy contributes to the prolongation of these infringements. Meanwhile in Washington, U.S. senator Marco Rubio presented Congress with a mistaken photo while petitioning for sanctions against Venezuela.

Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents
Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch.

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