Thousands of people have held rallies across Russia protesting against what they describe as the government’s mismanagement of the economy.

The biggest demonstration took place in the eastern city of Vladivostok, where protesters demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. In the capital Moscow, police arrested a number of people at an unauthorised gathering by a radical party.

Protests on such a large scale were unthinkable just a few months ago as the economy boomed with record high oil prices and as the Kremlin tightened its grip over almost all aspects of society, the BBC’s Richard Galpin in Moscow says. But now with the economy in deep trouble, there is real fear amongst ordinary people about what the future will hold, he says.

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A senior family planning official in China has noted an alarming rise in the number of babies with birth defects, a Chinese media report says. Jiang Fan, from China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, said environmental pollution was the cause of the problem.

He said a child was born with physical defects every 30 seconds because of the degrading environment. The commission blamed emissions from the region’s large chemical industry for the problems there.

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South Africa – An anti-rape device which chops off the tip of a rapist’s penis has been invented by a retired anaesthetist in the Free State, South Africa.

Japp Haumann, 72, who now farms near the small town of Clocolan, has designed a “mutilator tampon” designed to lop off the end of a rapist’s penis.

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Pride. Envy. Wrath, Gluttony and Lust. Sloth and Greed. The seven deadly sins. Countless souls have been eternally damned for succumbing to them. If you are bound for hell, discover what sin will send you there. Answer the questions below honestly and learn your sin. You may be surprised. You might just learn something new about yourself — hopefully before it’s too late…

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Resource-poor Japan just discovered a new source of mineral wealth — sewage. A sewage treatment facility in central Japan has recorded a higher gold yield from sludge than can be found at some of the world’s best mines. An official in Nagano prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, said the high percentage of gold found at the Suwa facility was probably due to the large number of precision equipment manufacturers in the vicinity that use the yellow metal.

The facility recently recorded finding 1,890 grammes of gold per tonne of ash from incinerated sludge. That is a far higher gold content than Japan’s Hishikari Mine, one of the world’s top gold mines, owned by Sumitomo Metal Mining Co Ltd, which contains 20-40 grammes of the precious metal per tonne of ore.

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PHOENIX (Reuters) – A judge in Arizona sentenced rapper DMX to 90 days in jail on Friday on drug, theft and animal cruelty charges. The 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has been in custody since December.

In May, he was arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges after sheriff’s deputies raided his home. Authorities found dog carcasses and malnourished pit bulls. He also was charged with assuming someone’s identity and giving false information during a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, in a suspected attempt to avoid paying the bill. Simmons had pleaded guilty to the charges to settle three criminal cases against him and agreed not to own animals or possess firearms.

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The Kenyan half-brother of President Barack Obama has been arrested
for alleged marijuana possession.

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George Obama was arrested in Nairobi with one joint of marijuana, police chief Joshua Omokulongolo said. “He is not a drug peddler. But it is illegal, it is a banned substance,” he said. Mr Obama has denied the allegations.

The US president and George Obama share the same father, but are thought to have only met each other briefly.

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Layoff notices don’t care what color your skin is, but the Obama Administration sure does. See what this revealing video shows about where your hard earned tax dollars will be going. Why does the Obama administration discriminate against anybody? Why are they discriminating against hard working white male construction workers?

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The number of unemployed is increasing in every state. The ‘government’ reports the national average is 7.2%.  The rate is being under reported. Factor in the underemployed which includes a vast number of those in business for themselves and it’s anybody’s guess how many people are idle at any given moment. Most of the figures are based upon those receiving unemployment benefits, some 6.5 million, which is at an all time high since records have been kept.

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Under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler, German Wehrmacht officers and soldiers as well as civil servants pledged personal loyalty to the Führer, not the German constitution. It appears Obama has taken a page from Hitler’s authoritarian playbook, according to Michele Chang. “A spokesman for General James Cartwright, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, states that the Obama Administration wants to have soldiers and officers pledge a loyalty oath directly to the office of the President, and no longer to the Constitution,” Chang writes.

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