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October 20, 2014 11:30
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Blast rocks chemical plant in Donetsk, claims of tactical missile
A huge blast has rocked a chemical factory in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, the city council says on its website. The blast wave reportedly shattered windows in houses in a radius of several kilometers.
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga troops  (Reuters / Azad Lashkari) Turkey to allow Iraqi Kurds to join battle vs IS in Kobani
Turkey will finally help Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reach the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani where their fellow Kurds have been fighting Islamic State militants for over a month, Ankara has said.
Submarine HNLMS Bruinvis (screenshot from youtube video) Mysterious ‘Russian sub’ off Sweden may be Dutch – Defense Ministry source
Swedish authorities reportedly searching for a Russian submarine in its waters are probably looking in the wrong direction. The sub is probably Dutch, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry told RT.
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Iranian TV reporter killed in Turkey car crash 1 day after 'spying accusations'
A Lebanese-American reporter working for Iranian channel, Press TV, Serena Shim has been killed in a car crash in Turkey, following her reports of accusations from Turkey’s intelligence agency that she had been “spying.”
AFP Photo / Ahmad AL-Rubaye ISIS teaches how to avoid NSA snooping in a tweet – report
The Islamic State has released a manual instructing its members how to avoid revealing location and other data when using Twitter, according to reports. The militant group hopes to protect its fighters from the US National Security Agency’s surveillance.
Bystanders read headlines saying "Ebola 1: USA 0" at the Daily Talk, a street side chalkboard newspaper, in Monrovia (Reuters / James Giahyue) US Army withheld promise from Germany that Ebola virus wouldn't be weaponized
The United States has withheld assurances from Germany that the Ebola virus - among other related diseases - would not be weaponized in the event of Germany exporting it to the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases.
A passenger sleeps on the floor as others queue for the Lufthansa check-in counters at Frankfurt airport October 20, 2014. (Reuters / Ralph Orlowski) Lufthansa pilots’ strike leaves 200,000 stranded after weekend train chaos
More than 2,150 flights operated by leading German air carrier Lufthansa have been affected by a 35-hour strike that began on Monday, just hours after a weekend of devastating rail strikes across the country.
AFP Photo / Robert MacPherson ‘Heinous crime’: Japanese man gets 2-year jail term for making 3D guns
A Japanese man was imprisoned for two years after being found guilty of manufacturing guns with a 3D printer and attempting to ‘emasculate’ the country’s strictly enforced gun laws.
Interior Ministry members detain artist Pyotr Pavlensky after he cut off a part of his earlobe while sitting on the wall enclosing the Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry during his protest action titled "Segregation" in Moscow October 19, 2014. (Reuters / Maxim Zmeyev) ​Naked protest artist cuts earlobe off on roof of psychiatric clinic
Pyotr Pavlensky, a controversial performance artist and activist best known for nailing his testicles to Red Square last year, hacked off a piece of his ear while naked on the roof of a psychiatric institute in Moscow.
image from www.giantmicrobes.com Ebola themed toys selling like hot cakes, supplies finished
A US toy maker specializing in stuffed versions of some of the deadliest microbes known to mankind has sold out of its stockpiles of Ebola virus, amid the worst recorded epidemic of the Ebola disease.
Reuters / Navesh Chitrakar Crazy knife-wielding clowns terrorize small French town
A small town in Northern France was left in panic after several people were attacked by clown, or clowns unknown. In one of the attacks a student was threatened with a knife. Police have reportedly arrested a man suspected of aggravated violence.
Reuters / Josephus Olu-Mammah Russian scientists working on fast-acting Ebola vaccine
Russian scientists are developing a technology to make monoclonal antibodies specific to the Ebola virus. If successful, the resulting medicine could be available as soon as December. Testing points to a positive effect within 24 hours of administering.
RIA Novosti / Vitaliy Belousov Lost the plot: Russian thief steals theater tickets, gets nabbed after taking wife to show
A Russian thief who made off with a woman’s wallet was pleased to find theater tickets inside. But rather than passing on the show, the high-brow low life lost the plot by deciding to take his wife to the theater, earning him a one way ticket to jail.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Reuters / Carolyn Kaster / Pool) US-Russian relations ‘close to bottom, to remain low a long time’ – Lavrov
Moscow does not expect its relations with Washington to get better anytime soon, but on the other hand they won’t plunge any deeper, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes.

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