Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: ‘Food Tampering Is Not a Joke’: Texas Police Bust Viral Video Ice-Cream Licker – Report

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Police officers from the city of Lufkin have identified a teenage girl who recorded herself licking a tub of ice-cream at a local WalMart prior to returning the container to its display case, the CBS News broadcaster reported Friday.

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Voice of America – English: 6.9 Magnitude Quake Strikes in Southern California

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A magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolted Southern California and was felt as far away as Mexico Friday night, but no major damage was reported.

The quake, which initially was reported as magnitude 7.1, would be the largest temblor in the region in 20 years and was centered in the same area as a 6.4 quake that hit a day earlier.

The shaker at 8:19 p.m. was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, a Mojave Desert town 150 miles (240 kilometers) away from Los Angeles that saw building damage, fires and several injuries from the earlier quake.

Officials in San Bernardino County reported homes shifting, foundation cracking and retaining walls coming down. One person suffered minor injuries and was being treated by firefighters, they said.  

Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the California Institute of Technology’s seismology lab, tweeted that the quake was part of the sequence that produced the earlier quake.

The new jolt was felt in downtown Los Angeles as a rolling motion that seemed to last at least a half-minute. Reports said the quake rocked chandeliers and rattled furniture as far away as Las Vegas, and the U.S. Geological Survey said it was felt in Mexico as well.

Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department told KNX-AM radio says more than 1,000 firefighters were mobilized, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The press box at Dodger Stadium lurched for several seconds, and fans in the upper deck appeared to be moving toward the exit. Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers was at-bat in the bottom of the fourth when the quake occurred. He stepped out of the batter’s box, but it wasn’t clear if that was because of the quake.

An NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas was stopped after the quake. Speakers over the court at the Thomas & Mack Center continued swaying more than 10 minutes after the quake.

The quake came as communities in the Mojave Desert tallied damage and made emergency repairs to cracked roads and broken pipes from the earlier quake.

Hours earlier, seismologists had said that quake had been followed by more than 1,700 aftershocks and that they might continue for years. However, that quake would now be considered a foreshock to the Friday night temblor.

Damage from Thursday’s quake appeared limited to desert areas, although the quake was felt widely. The largest aftershock, magnitude 5.4, was also felt in Los Angeles before dawn Friday.

At an afternoon news conference, a seismologist had said the odds of a quake of magnitude 6.0 or larger happening in the next few days was only 6 percent and dwindling.

Earlier Friday, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital remained closed as state inspectors assessed it, spokeswoman Jayde Glenn said. The hospital’s own review found no structural damage, but there were cracks in walls, broken water pipes and water damage.

The hospital was prepared to help women in labor and to give triage care to emergency patients. Fifteen patients were evacuated to other hospitals after the quake, Glenn said.

The quake did not appear to have caused major damage to roads and bridges in the area, but it did open three cracks across a short stretch of State Route 178 near the tiny town of Trona, said California Department of Transportation district spokeswoman Christine Knadler.
 

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Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: Russian Couple Falls Out of 9th Floor Apartment Window During Sex – Report

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Sadly, the woman did not survive the fall. Her partner’s whereabouts remain unknown, but he is believed to have survived the fall and fled the scene.

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“Right Cause party” – Google News: Coffey Park neighborhood throws belated holiday bash as small act of defiance – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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Coffey Park neighborhood throws belated holiday bash as small act of defiance  Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Party features bikes, trikes, patriotic port-a-potties and gratitude for strong bonds between new friends.

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Sputnik International – Breaking News & Analysis – Radio, Photos, Videos, Infographics: Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Hits Southern California – USGS (Videos)

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A third powerful quake has been recorded in Southern California over the past several days. According to the US Geological Survey, the latest tremor clocked in at a 7.1 magnitude, lasted for almost 40 seconds, and hit at a shockingly shallow depth of less than a kilometer.

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Voice of America – English: African Leaders Meet to Push Forward Free-Trade Deal

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Officials are gathering in Niger’s capital this weekend for an African Union summit that begins the “operational phase” of a long-sought continental free trade zone.

Some 50 heads of state were to arrive in Niamey on Friday, a day behind their foreign ministers, for Sunday’s summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). By integrating economies and reducing trade barriers such as tariffs, the pact aims to increase employment prospects, living standards and opportunities for the continent’s 1.2 billion people and to make Africans more competitive regionally and globally.

FILE – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in for a second four-year term in Africa’s most populous nation in Abuja, Nigeria, May 29, 2019.

The trade deal got a boost earlier this week when Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, committed to signing the deal this weekend. The West African nation of roughly 190 million people boasts Africa’s largest population and economy.  

Africa “needs not only a trade policy but also a continental manufacturing agenda,” the Nigerian president’s official Twitter account quoted Buhari as saying. He previously had resisted the deal, even skipping last year’s AU meeting.

Two other nations in the 54-member AU bloc, Benin and Eritrea, have withheld support for the pact.

Nigeria’s willingness to sign the pact, along with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) adoption of a common currency last week, will help boost trade throughout the continent, says Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the U.N. secretary-general’s special representative and head of the U.N. office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).

“The continental free trade area will to a large extent also reinforce regional free trade areas,” Chambas told VOA. “And this is where a common currency comes in. If you have a free trade area and it is matched also by a regional common currency, the impact of course will be to boost both free trade and easy commerce within the area.”

ECOWAS Executive Director, Mohamed Ibn Chambas

Regional common currency

ECOWAS plans to introduce the ECO currency in 2020, though its debut has been delayed repeatedly since 2000.

The African free trade zone has been under discussion since 2002, with a draft deal signed in early 2018. In May, it surpassed a threshold of ratification by at least 22 member countries’ legislatures.

“And now the process of free trade can start,” said Ibrahima Kane, a Senegal-based senior program adviser with the Open Society Foundations.

A date of next July 1 has been put forward for trading to begin, but “saying that this treaty will be operational in 2020 is not realistic,” said Kane, who focuses on African Union matters. “People are still negotiating on a number of critical issues,” including rules of origin, which determine whether a manufactured product gets taxed or not.

Challenges, disparities

Kane cited other challenges, including disparities among African countries’ connectivity, infrastructure, customs and regulatory enforcement, payment systems and more. 

“Many things will be done online,” he said. “How many countries have official borders? How many will be equipped with this kind of infrastructure? … African countries need to agree on standards. It’s a long, long, long process.”

AU and national leaders also are expected to decide Sunday where to locate the trade zone’s headquarters. Five countries are in the running for headquarters: Egypt, eSwatini, Ghana, Kenya and Madagascar. As Reuters points out, a country’s selection will bring it more prominence.

The pact is intended to improve circumstances for the whole AU bloc. Currently, intra-African trade accounts for 16% of exports, up from 5% in 1980 but “low compared to intra-regional trade in Europe and Asia,” according to the African Export-Import Bank

Tariffs on intra-African trade average 6.1%, more than those levied on non-African countries, the French news agency AFP reported. It also cited an International Monetary Fund report that said “improving trade logistics, such as customs services, and addressing poor infrastructure could be up to four times more effective in boosting trade than tariff reductions.”

Voice of America – English


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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Merkel Seeks To Reassure Western Balkans On EU, Stresses ‘Strategic Interest’

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to reassure Western Balkan nations that support for their membership in the European Union remains strong, stressing that it is in the bloc’s “strategic interest” to bring in the new members.

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty


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Blogs from Michael_Novakhov (21 sites): The FBI News Review: “house judiciary committee” – Google News: Dems train fire on administration’s handling of migrants – The Spokesman-Review

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“Right Cause party” – Google News: Report: Multnomah County GOP chair will represent Joey Gibson in $1 million lawsuit – OregonLive

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Report: Multnomah County GOP chair will represent Joey Gibson in $1 million lawsuit  OregonLive

Republican Party chair James Buchal will represent right-wing activist Joey Gibson in a civil lawsuit.

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“Russia Ukraine” – Google News: Biden Claims No Russian Election Interference ‘Under My Watch’ – PJ Media

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Biden Claims No Russian Election Interference ‘Under My Watch’  PJ Media

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Вести.Ru: Богатейший человек мира развелся с женой

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По данным агентства Bloomberg, глава компании Amazon Джефф Безос и его супруга Маккензи официально развелись. В пятницу оформляющий разрыв супружеских отношений документ был подписан судьей в округе Кинг в штате Вашингтон.

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РБК – Все материалы: Shell сообщила о новой приостановке немецким НПЗ приема нефти по «Дружбе»

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Спустя две недели после возобновления немецкими НПЗ приема нефти из России, поставки снова пришлось приостановить, выяснила газета Handelsblatt. Это подтвердили в Shell. «Транснефть» приостановку импорта в свою очередь отвергает

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РБК – Новости экономики: Shell сообщила о новой приостановке немецким НПЗ приема нефти по «Дружбе»

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Спустя две недели после возобновления немецкими НПЗ приема нефти из России, поставки снова пришлось приостановить, выяснила газета Handelsblatt. Это подтвердили в Shell. «Транснефть» приостановку импорта в свою очередь отвергает

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“Russia international behavior” – Google News: Replacing Kremlin’s ‘malign influence’ with Washington’s? US unveils new anti-Russia plan for Europe – RT

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Replacing Kremlin’s ‘malign influence’ with Washington’s? US unveils new anti-Russia plan for Europe  RT

The US Development Agency (USAID) has released a new strategy for freeing its European allies from Russia’s alleged grip. It involves showering local media …

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Voice of America – English: Iraq Celebrates Babylon Becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Iraq is celebrating the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s decision to name the historic city of Babylon a World Heritage Site in a vote in Azerbaijan.

Friday’s vote comes after Iraq bid for years for Babylon to be added to the list of World Heritage Sites.

The city on the Euphrates River is about 85 kilometers (55 miles) south of Baghdad.

The 4,300-year-old Babylon, now mainly an archaeological ruin and two important museums, is where dynasties have risen and have fallen since the earliest days of settled human civilization.

Parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi and Minister of Culture Abdul-Amir al-Hamadani congratulated the Iraqi people on the announcement.

The vote comes years after the Islamic State group damaged another Iraq World Heritage site in the country’s north, the ancient city of Hatra.
 

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“Opposition in Russia” – Google News: Beyond the rhetoric, an Iran-US war is far from certain – China.org.cn

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Beyond the rhetoric, an Iran-US war is far from certain  China.org.cn

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sits for an interview with in New York, New York, U.S. April 24, 2019. [Photo/VCG]. On July 1, Iran’s Foreign …

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Twitter Search / JohnsonRussiaLi: JRL NEWSWATCH: “Despite ‘thug hugs,’ Trump is tougher on despots than Obama” – New York Post/ Marc Thiessen https://russialist.org/jrl-newswatch-despite-thug-hugs-trump-is-tougher-on-despots-than-obama-new-york-post-marc-thiessen/ …pic.twitter.com/oua2BfGq75

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Despite ‘thug hugs,’ Trump is tougher on despots than Obama” – New York Post/ Marc Thiessen https://russialist.org/jrl-newswatch-despite-thug-hugs-trump-is-tougher-on-despots-than-obama-new-york-post-marc-thiessen/ …

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Johnson’s Russia List: JRL NEWSWATCH: “Despite ‘thug hugs,’ Trump is tougher on despots than Obama” – New York Post/ Marc Thiessen

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“During a single visit to Asia … Trump embraced not one, not two, but three dictators. He became the first American president to set foot in North Korea, where he praised his ‘great friendship’ with North Korea’s despotic leader, Kim Jong Un; he held another cringe-worthy press availability with … Putin, where Trump joked about Russia’s electoral interference; … he […]

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Twitter Search / JohnsonRussiaLi: Optimism for Improved U.S.-Russian Relations Is Necessary, But Should Remain Cautious https://russialist.org/optimism-for-improved-u-s-russian-relations-is-necessary-but-should-remain-cautious/ …pic.twitter.com/BfwaPk7B1Z

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Optimism for Improved U.S.-Russian Relations Is Necessary, But Should Remain Cautious https://russialist.org/optimism-for-improved-u-s-russian-relations-is-necessary-but-should-remain-cautious/ …

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