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Putin Integrates Portion of Georgia Into Russia On Anniversary of Crimea Annexation

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On Wednesday (3/18), Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial treaty that calls for almost complete integration of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia into Russia. Under the terms of the agreement, South Ossetia’s economy and military will be incorporated into Russia’s. The treaty also makes it easier for people living in the region to become Russian citizens. A similar agreement was signed last year with Abkhazia, another breakaway region in Georgia. The move drew strong criticism from Georgian President Giorgi

The White House Just Officially Exempted Itself from Freedom of Information Requests

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When U.S. President Barack Obama was elected to his first term back in 2008, he promised the American people that his administration would be the most transparent administration ever. Since then, the Obama administration’s track record on transparency has been questionable, to say the least. “Obama is the sixth administration that’s been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work. … It’s kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six, this administration is

For the First Time In 40 Years, The Global Economy Grew But CO2 Emissions Didn’t

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The battle against climate change is far from over. 2014 marked the 18th straight year that temperatures in the United States were above the 20th century average. Back in September, Jessica Blunden — a scientist at the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center — told the Washington Post that the world had experienced a whopping 355 straight months (nearly 30 years) of temperatures above the 20th century average. But there was one bit of good climate news last year: 2014 was the first year in 40 years that the

Canadian Man Arrested for Refusing to Give Up His Phone Password to Border Guards

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38-year-old Alain Philippon is facing a fine and possible jail time after he refused to tell Canadian officials the password to his phone. The Quebec resident, who was returning home from a trip to the Dominican Republic, arrived at the Halifax International Airport in Canada on Wednesday, where he was selected for additional screening by Canada’s Border Services Agency. During the course of this search, Philippon was asked to give up the password to his cell phone – a request which he refused.

The Coolest Places on Earth: Mendenhall Ice Caves – Juneau, Alaska (Photos)

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The Mendenhall Glacier, located in the Mendenhall Valley about 12 miles outside of Juneau, is one of Alaska’s most impressive natural wonders. But to reach the actual ice caves, which are located inside Mendenhall Glacier, visitors have to kayak out to the glacier and then tackle an ice climb over its outer edges. But its hard to argue that the journey isn’t worth it. Check out some photos of the breathtaking ice caves below:

2015 World Press Freedom Index – Where Does the United States Rank?

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Every year, the group Reporters Without Borders releases a World Press Freedom Index, comparing press freedom and freedom of information in 180 countries around the world. To acommplish this, they examine a wide set of criteria, including, “…media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.”   This year’s Index indicated a worrisome global decline in press freedom over the past year. Of the 180 countries examined for the 2015 Index, approximately

Obama Asks Congress to Authorize Three-Year Military Campaign Against ISIS

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Earlier today, U.S. President Barack Obama submitted a formal proposal to Congress asking them to authorize a three-year military campaign against the terrorist group known as ISIS or ISIL. The President claims that his proposal, which would include some limited ground operations, would help the U.S. avoid a large-scale ground invasion and occupation. The request is somewhat symbolic however, when you consider that the United States has been carrying out airstrikes on ISIS positions since last August. In the five months since

Baghdad Residents Prepare to Enjoy Night Life Again As 2003 Curfew Is Finally Lifted

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When U.S. troops arrived in Baghdad at the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, they imposed a “dusk-to-dawn” curfew on the city in an effort to control widespread looting. On Saturday (2/7), after 12 long years, residents of Baghdad will finally be able to stay out all night. The good news was delivered by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in an announcement on Thursday (2/5). The end of the curfew is one of a number of new measures aimed at bringing life in Iraq’s capitol city

What’s Inside Obama’s $4 Trillion Federal Budget Proposal?

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This past Monday (2/2), President Barack Obama released his 2016 federal budget proposal. The President’s proposal called for $3.99 trillion dollars in federal spending, a 6.4% increase from this year’s budget. However, the budget forecasts $3.53 trillion in revenue, resulting in a budget deficit of just $474 billion – the lowest annual deficit since before the financial meltdown in 2008. The President defended the increased spending in his budget by citing the improving economy, saying that the country needs to move beyond

Draft of Arrest Warrant for Argentine President Found At the Home of Dead Prosecutor

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On July 18, 1994, a car bomb went off outside a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring around 300 more. The AMIA bombing was the worst terrorist attack in Argentina’s history, and came just two years after the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, in which 29 people died. Officials from Argentina, the United States and Israel all blamed the attacks on militant groups connected to Iran, but Iran denied the claims, calling them baseless. Many independent investigators

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