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Mexico: Chilling video allegedly shows agents held by cartel

A chilling video apparently shows two kneeling, bound Mexican intelligence agents confessing supposed rights violations while surrounded by five masked gunmen pointing machine pistols and assault rifles at them.

A federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said Monday the two men in the video are apparently the two agents of the federal Attorney General’s Office who went missing Feb. 5 in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit.

The gunmen bear no identifying marks on their clothes, but Nayarit is dominated by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

One of the two reads from an apparently prepared script in which he claims agents and military personnel committed rapes, torture and theft.

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A Secret Service agent tackled a Chinese security official over the nuclear football when Trump visited China

I can’t believe this story hasn’t gotten out, and neither can the very very few people who know about it.

On Thursday Nov. 9, when President Trump and his team visited Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, Chief of Staff John Kelly and a U.S. Secret Service agent skirmished with Chinese security officials over the nuclear football.

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I’ve spoken to five sources familiar with the events. Here’s what happened, as they describe it:

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Mueller charges 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities with interfering in the 2016 election

  • Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office charged an infamous Russian troll factory and 13 Russian nationals with violating US law and interfering in the 2016 election.
  • The 13 Russian nationals who were charged were indicted for working in “various capacities to carry out” the troll factory’s “interference operations targeting the United States.”
  • In particular, the indictment said, the operation was intended to denigrate candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton and others, while supporting Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has charged three Russian entities and 13 Russian nationals with “violating US criminal laws in order to interfere with US elections and political processes.”

The charges were directed primarily toward the Internet Research Agency (IRA), an infamous Russian “troll factory” which focused on sowing political discord during the 2016 race by using Russian bots to spread fake news and pro-President Donald Trump propaganda on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.

The 13 Russian nationals who were charged were indicted for working in “various capacities to carry out” the IRA’s “interference operations targeting the United States.”

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‘100,000 orangutans’ killed in 16 years

More than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, research has revealed.

Scientists who carried out a 16-year survey on the island described the figure as “mind-boggling”.

Deforestation, driven by logging, oil palm, mining and paper mills, continues to be the main culprit.

But the research, published in the journal Current Biology, also revealed that animals were “disappearing” from areas that remained forested.

This implied large numbers of orangutans were simply being slaughtered, said lead researcher Maria Voigt of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany.

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4 Best Travel Gear Brands with Lifetime Warranties

There’s a reason cheap gear is often so, well, cheap. At The Manual, we believe in paying a little more once for a well-built product, rather than saving a few bucks at a time only to have to replace your gear every few years. With that in mind, here are four of our favorite travel brands with near-bulletproof lifetime warranties. Buy one backpack, hat, or pair of pants from these trusted manufacturers, and it’s likely to be the last one you’ll ever pay for.

Eagle Creek

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We’ve been huge fans of Eagle Creek’s entire line of travel products — especially their hybrid rolling backpacks and clever packing organizers — for years now. Everything in their catalog is durable and well-made, meaning it’s all destined to outlast you. But, if something does break, they offer one of the industry’s best warranties. Appropriately dubbed the “No Matter What Warranty,” it’s exactly what it sounds like. If, during the lifetime of your gear, any part should fail due to a manufacturer’s defect, they’ll replace or repair it. Period.

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Thought-Provoking Series on Social Media

La série Antisocial de Mike Campau, un artiste numérique du Michigan, est un commentaire sur les médias sociaux et ses inconvénients.

Campau montre Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter et d’autres applications comme des enseignes lumineuses au nĂ©on placĂ©es dans

des parcs de stationnement vides — un symbole de notre isolement du monde rĂ©el, et notre disponibilitĂ© constante dans le monde virtuel.

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Here’s what we know about Nikolas Cruz, the suspected 19-year-old gunman in the Florida high school shooting

  • Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz has been identified as the suspect in the high school shooting that killed at least 17 people on Wednesday.
  • Cruz was previously expelled from the high school and was described as “quiet and strange” by his peers.
  • Comments and photos on social media accounts believed to have belonged to Cruz revealed threats and several firearms.

Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz has been identified as the suspect in the shooting that killed at least 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.

Cruz was reportedly armed with an AR-15-styled semiautomatic rifle and “countless magazines,” the Broward Sheriff’s Office said. Law enforcement officials familiar with the shooting said Cruz also possessed a gas mask and smoke grenades, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida said on CNN.

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