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2017 Random World News Thread
« on: December 26, 2016, 12:04:23 PM »
Need a thread for world news that doesn't fit anywhere, if they get enough responses I'll split them off, if it seems like BIG news then make a thread for it.

http://www.businessinsider.com/israel-suspends-ties-with-12-un-security-council-nations-2016-12

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Israel's Foreign Ministry has reportedly suspended all working ties with 12 of the UN Security Council countries that voted to pass a resolution urging Israel to halt building settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

The move came at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request, one day after he summoned 10 of the nations' ambassadors to Jerusalem to personally reprimand them for the vote.

Foreign ministers and ambassadors from Britain, France, Russia, China, Japan, Ukraine, Angola, Egypt, Uruguay, Spain, Senegal and New Zealand will not be received at Israel's Foreign Ministry amid the suspension, the Times of Israel reported. They will also not be granted an audience with Netanyahu.

The US abstained from the unexpected UN vote on Friday, which has further increased tensions between Netanyahu and President Obama stemming from the US-led nuclear negotiations with Iran and Obama's longstanding opposition to Israel's settlement policy.

Netanyahu called the US' refusal to veto the resolution "shameful" and "underhanded," and on Sunday held a public cabinet meeting where he accused Obama of conspiring with Palestine to craft the resolution and bring it to a vote at the UN.

"According to our information, we have no doubt the Obama administration initiated it (the resolution), stood behind it, coordinated the wording and demanded it be passed," Netanyahu said.

This is a pretty big break with traditional US policy as well as a strong reaction in return.

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Re: 2017 Random World News Thread
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2016, 09:56:40 PM »
Ugh, a politician I actually thought was decent, on this issue:

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Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement:

“One-sided resolutions in the UN Security Council that isolate Israel in the international community will not move us closer to a two-state solution and to peace. We need direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian people, and I urge the Administration do everything in its power to stop this resolution from moving forward.”

And lots of other shitty responses from Democratic Senators, including Senate Minority Leader Schumer and my Senator Mark Warner. Yuck.
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Re: 2017 Random World News Thread
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2017, 08:24:45 AM »
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/01/27/russian-parliament-decrimiinalizes-domestic-violence/97129912/?hootPostID=fc0f9bfc7a30272aea03dd9b534b5192

Russia's parliament voted 380-3 on Friday to decriminalize domestic violence in cases where it does not cause "substantial bodily harm" and does not occur more than once a year.

The move, which eliminates criminal liability in such cases, makes a violation punishable by a fine of roughly $500, or a 15-day arrest, provided there is no repeat within 12 months.
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https://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/park-employee-didnt-collect-admission-fees-from-160000-foreigners-over-2-12-years-because-one-scared-him

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A 71-year-old former employee at Shinjuku Gyoen park failed to collect admission fees to the park from at least 160,000 foreigners between April 2014 and December 2016, park officials said.

The man said he stopped asking foreign visitors for the 200-yen entrance fee at the ticket counter after one of them yelled at him, and he felt intimidated after that, Sankei Shimbun reported.
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http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/01/24/bangladesh-man-arrested-at-27th-wife-s-home-on-25th-wife-s-complaint



Speaking to bdnews24.com, Tania said she married Yasin in 2011.

After the birth of a daughter, she discovered she was not the only wife of her husband.

In fact, she was "his 25th wife!"

After she came to know of this, she managed to trace the name and addresses of 17 of her husband's spouses.
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I feel like once you get past like 4 or 5 secret wives you're probably just wanting to get caught.

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Re: 2017 Random World News Thread
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2017, 08:43:06 AM »
how the hell can you manage being married to 25 people?!

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Re: 2017 Random World News Thread
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2017, 08:29:06 AM »
As a further development on the story about Russia decriminalizing wife beating (only some forms! chill out ladies!) One of the major Russian papers took the time to give women the bright side of it all: https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-newspaper-tells-battered-women-to-cheer-up-because-abuse-increases-odds-of-having-sons-57028

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“For years, women who have been smacked around by their husbands have found solace in the rather hypocritical proverb, ‘If he beats you, it means he loves you!’” columnist Yaroslav Korobatov argued in Komsomolkaya Pravda. “However, a new scientific study is giving women with irascible husbands new grounds to be proud of their bruises, insofar as women who are beaten, biologists confirm, have a valuable advantage: they’re more likely to give birth to boys!”

Meanwhile in China they've been having problems with government officals being corrupt and lazy and they're cracking down on it. They may have a ways to go though: http://globalnews.ca/news/3240303/chinese-officials-punished-for-dozing-off-during-meeting-on-how-to-motivate-lazy-bureaucrats/

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Six officials in central China‘s Hubei province have been punished for dozing off in a meeting on how to motivate lazy bureaucrats, state media and the local government said.

Pictures of the sleeping officials have received widespread coverage in Chinese media over the past two days, amid President Xi Jinping‘s sweeping crackdown on corruption, extravagance and dereliction of duty.

And now a serious one:

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1320779/try-suffocating-kittens-indian-textbook-tells-kids/

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An Indian publisher has caused a furore with a school textbook that encourages children to suffocate kittens as part of a scientific experiment.

The book, which is used in hundreds of private schools in India, includes an experiment in which two kittens were placed in separate boxes — only one of which had airholes. “Put a small kitten in each box. Close the boxes. After some time open the boxes. What do you see? The kitten inside the box without holes has died,” read the text.

That's some quality private schoolin'

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Re: 2017 Random World News Thread
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2017, 05:14:36 PM »
http://www.businessinsider.com/r-mattress-on-cell-floor-toilet-in-the-corner-for-samsung-scion-2017-2

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SEOUL, South Korea — For Jay Y. Lee, the third-generation leader of South Korea's massive Samsung Group and scion of the country's wealthiest family, home is now a 71-square-foot detention cell with a toilet in the corner behind a partition.

He has no shower, only a washstand. His bed is a mattress on the floor.

The corruption scandal has gotten really gigantic when it's even taking down someone that damn rich like that. Considering how important an ally SK is the lack of attention the whole thing has been getting is, if not surprising then disappointing.

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Re: 2017 Random World News Thread
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2017, 09:52:25 AM »
http://www.dw.com/en/czech-republic-nuclear-power-station-hosts-bikini-contest-to-choose-interns/a-39404100

A Czech nuclear power plant decided a bikini contest would be a good way to choose its next round of interns. Facebook users were asked to rate school graduates who posed inside a cooling tower



All the models were offered an internship btw. So worked out for everyone!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/21/south-african-hunter-crushed-death-elephant/

A South African big game hunter died after being crushed by an elephant cow that had been shot on a game reserve in Zimbabwe at the weekend.



Just a shame that the Elephant got shot.


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Re: 2017 Random World News Thread
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2017, 08:57:06 AM »
http://techwireasia.com/2016/07/japans-first-vr-porn-festival-cancelled-many-attendees/#qXFXloYgp4riK0Dy.97

Arguably the festival‘s most awful and, yet, most fascinating display was one in which the user humps an inflatable doll which bizarrely has no arms, legs or head, while wearing the VR headset. So while he/she is visualizing having a great humping time with a virtual woman, everyone else just sees this:
http://giphy.com/gifs/japan-virtual-reality-vr-porn-kqvzgZEEgMsLK

Japan~

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Re: 2017 Random World News Thread
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2017, 06:11:08 AM »
good strategy tho
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Re: 2017 Random World News Thread
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2017, 10:56:24 AM »
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11906614&utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark


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If you were to take Australian law to the letter, then there would not be a single Australian citizen qualified to serve in that country's Parliament.

Amid the dual citizenship scandal involving a number of Australian MPs, a Sydney barrister has claimed that, a section of the federal constitution could arguably disqualify everyone from parliament... and New Zealand is to blame for that.

this is hilarious.


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Re: 2017 Random World News Thread
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2017, 06:33:46 AM »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-14/dubai-police-announce-star-wars-style-hoverbikes-for-officers/9049860

HOVERBIKES AND FIREFIGHTING WATER JETPACKS ARE REAL THINGS!

and THE MUSLIMS HAVE THEM IF YOU WANT TO BE FEAR MONGERY!!!! imagine donald pretending to pilot a hoverbike? He'd love that shit! Time to take America into the future.

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Re: 2017 Random World News Thread
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2017, 07:35:19 PM »
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-radiation-nuclear-radioactive-mayak-urals-southern-greenpeace-chernobyl-a8067386.html

Russia has finally confirmed that it measured increased levels of radioactive activity in the Urals, some weeks after French officials said it may have been due to an "accident" at a Russian or Kazakh nuclear facility.
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nothing to see here!