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N. Korean soldier shot while defecting to S. Korea

A North Korean soldier was shot and injured by his own side Monday while defecting to South Korea at the border truce village of Panmunjom, the South’s military said.

The soldier, thought to be low ranking, was shot in the shoulder and elbow and was picked up bleeding on the South side of a portion of the border known as the Joint Security Area (JSA).

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The 5 Most Jaw-dropping Swimming Holes in the United States

It’s easy to assume that travelers need to trek to Thailand or some undiscovered South American waterfall to find the perfect swimming hole. But, many of the world’s most stunning lagoons are located right in the Lower 48. Here are five of the most jaw-dropping swimming holes in the contiguous United States.

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Bitcoin Proves The Libertarian Idea Of Paradise Would Be Hell On Earth

Libertarians love Bitcoin.

About 44% of the online crypto-currency’s users self-identify as Libertarians.

They love the fact that it’s not controlled by a government or central bank — so no online Fed can “print” more of it and inflate our way out of trouble. They love that it’s decentralized; it’s the currency of The People, not The Man. They love that it’s “mined,” a bit like gold, because that makes it a bit like the gold standard, which libertarians think real currencies ought to be tied to. They love that Bitcoin isn’t taxed, so you can hide your income from the government if you want to. They love the way its value reflects pure supply and demand, and not a value forced into the system by regulation or monopoly. And they love that it’s fairly lawless — it’s difficult to enforce rules (other than the rules of the market) when everyone in the market is anonymous.

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The 5 Most Jaw-dropping Swimming Holes in the United States

It’s easy to assume that travelers need to trek to Thailand or some undiscovered South American waterfall to find the perfect swimming hole. But, many of the world’s most stunning lagoons are located right in the Lower 48. Here are five of the most jaw-dropping swimming holes in the contiguous United States.

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House intelligence chiefs: we have seen no evidence for Trump’s wiretap claim

The top Republican and Democrat on the House intelligence committee said they have still not seen any evidence to support Donald Trump’s extraordinary claim that Barack Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower.

“We don’t have any evidence that that took place and in fact I don’t believe – just in the last week of time, the people we’ve talked to – I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower,” the committee chairman, Devin Nunes, a Republican from California and a supporter of Trump’s campaign, said during a joint press conference with the panel’s top Democrat on Wednesday.

The committee has asked that the justice department provide information by 20 March.

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Civil Society Intimidation In Hungary

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. (File)

The United States is concerned about an apparent campaign of intimidation directed toward civil society and independent media in Hungary.

The United States is concerned about an apparent campaign of intimidation directed toward civil society and independent media in Hungary.

The harassment began in April 2014 when the Hungarian government accused organizations that conduct legitimate work in human rights, transparency and gender equality of serving so-called foreign interests. 

 

The Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office alleged that non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, that monitor and evaluate grant proposals for the European Economic Area, or EEA, -Norway NGO fund were tied to an opposition party.

Members of the media in Hungary report that they practice self-censorship because they fear retaliation for articles critical of the government.

Treatment of the media overall shows a disturbing willingness to use pressure to undermine media pluralism, from an independent radio station’s long legal battle to finally win a broadcasting license, to a new advertising tax that apparently targets the largest independently owned television station.

Most recently, on September 8th, Hungary’s National Bureau of Investigation initiated a series of police raids on two NGOs responsible for the EEA-Norway NGO grant program in Hungary.

With no prior warning, and in a show of intimidation, over 30 officers entered the NGO facilities and seized the organizations’ documents and computers.

These police raids, said U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Kaye Byrnes, “Appear to be aimed at suppressing critical voices and restricting the space for civil society to operate freely.  The United States again reminds Hungary of its OSCE commitments to human rights and fundamental freedoms, democracy, and the rule of law.”

Több helyszínen is tartották házkutatást

The United States continues to encourage the government of Hungary to observe its human rights commitments and to allow NGOs and the independent media to operate without further harassment, interference, or intimidation.

Upholding these values will help Hungary become a more prosperous, robust, and inclusive democracy.

Russia Offers To Help Resupply The International Space Station

Moscow (AFP) – Russia on Wednesday offered to help the United States with deliveries to the International Space Station after an unmanned American supply rocket exploded on lift-off.

“If a request is made for the urgent delivery of any American supplies to the ISS with the help of our vessels then we will fulfill the request,” Russian space agency official Alexei Krasnov told state-run RIA Novosti news agency, adding that NASA had not yet asked for assistance.

An unmanned rocket owned by private firm Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded Tuesday in a giant fireball and plummeted back to Earth just seconds after a launch from Wallops Island, Virginia on what was to be a resupply mission.

Orbital’s Cygnus cargo ship was carrying 5,000 pounds (2,200 kilograms) of supplies for the six astronauts living at the research outpost, a US-led multi-national collaboration.

Officials said the cost of the rocket and supplies was over $200 million, not including the damage caused on the ground.

A NASA video image shows an Orbital Sciences Corporation unmanned spacecraft exploding on October 28, 2014 at Wallops Island, Virginia, six seconds after launch

Europe stopped delivering supplies to the ISS this summer, and the outpost is now resupplied by Russia and two NASA-contracted private American firms — Space X and Orbital Sciences.

Russia on Wednesday successfully launched its own supply mission from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan.

The Russian cargo ship Progress took off for the ISS on a planned mission to replace a sister vessel.

Krasnov said that the impact of the loss of the rocket on Russian operations at the space station would be “minimal.”