Security forces storm extremist HQ to foil attacks in Moscow (VIDEO)

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has released a video showing the operation when members of an extremist group that planned to carry out high-profile violent acts in the Russian capital were captured. Weapons, bomb components were also found in their apartments.

The footage shows FSB Special Forces units storming apartments belonging to suspected members of an extremist group in Moscow Friday, November 3. The operation was carried out ahead of Russia’s National Unity Day, when the terrorists planned to carry out their attacks, according to FSB.

Following the search and seize action Friday, the FSB announced it had “curbed the illegal activities of a covert cell of the Artpodgotovka movement in the Moscow Region.”

The detained members of the cell “planned to commit high-profile extremist acts on November 4-5, 2017 in the form of arson attacks on administrative buildings… and attacks on police officers in order to provoke mass riots.” Artpodgotovka (Artillery bombardment) was ruled an extremist group by a Krasnoyarsk court which banned its activities in October.

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During the raid on one of the group members’ apartments, FSB officers found various weapons such as knives and small firearms. They also discovered numerous components used to construct improvised explosive devices including chemicals for making explosives as well as remotely controlled electronic detonators.

In another apartment, the FSB discovered 15 petrol bombs and a canister of gasoline. Artpodgotovka cells were also shut down in the cities of Krasnoyarsk, Krasnodar, Kazan, Samara, and Saratov. The group members detained in Moscow could eventually be charged with planning a terrorist attack, FSB said in a statement.

The identities and exact number of those detained has not been disclosed by police.
Ahead of National Unity Day, the leader of the Artpodgotovka movement, Vyacheslav Maltsev, who is currently in hiding abroad, called on his supporters to take to the streets and protest against the government.

On November 5, police detained more than 260 people over breach of public order offenses. Some of the detainees were members of nationalist groups, according to some media outlets citing police sources.

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‘Weapons of mass destruction:’ AI experts urge govts to ban ‘killer robots’ in apocalyptic message

Hundreds of artificial intelligence (AI) specialists from Austria and Canada urge their governments to “stand against weaponizing AI.” The experts warn that a lack of action in this field would allow machines – not people – to decide who lives or dies.

Hundreds of members of the Austrian and Canadian AI communities signed open letters to their governments, urging them to join the campaign against what they called “killer robots” ahead of a UN meeting on weapons scheduled to take place later this month. The open letter addressed to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been signed by 122 AI scientists. The letter sent to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has as many as 216 signatories.

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The AI experts called on their respective governments “to announce support for the call to ban lethal autonomous weapons systems at the upcoming United Nations Conference on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).” They also encouraged the state officials to “commit to working with other states to conclude a new international agreement” on this issue.

“Lethal autonomous weapons systems that remove meaningful human control from determining the legitimacy of targets and deploying lethal force sit on the wrong side of a clear moral line,” both letters argued. The experts went on to say that machines “lack morality and mortality” so they should not be granted “life and death powers over humans.”

They also called the development of autonomous weapon systems “the third revolution in warfare” that demands “heightened moral attention.”“If developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever before, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,” the experts warned.

Scientia Professor of AI at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Toby Walsh, who was one of the activists behind the open letter to the Australian government, said that the weapons that the experts are warning against are not some sci-fi themed “terminators” but much simpler, if not less deadly, equipment that is already under development in many countries but still escapes the attention of the international community. He also warned that their development could provoke a new arms race.

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“These will be weapons of mass destruction. One programmer will be able to control a whole army. Every other weapon of mass destruction has been banned: chemical weapons, biological weapons, even nuclear weapons. We must add autonomous weapons to the list of weapons that are morally unacceptable to use,” he said, as cited by the UNSW press release.

The letters were sent to the Canadian and Australian governments on November 2, a day after the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking warned that robots could one day become “a new form of life” capable of replicating itself. “If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans,” he said at that time, warning that “AI may replace humans.”

It is not the first time the physicist has made apocalyptic prognoses concerning AI. In March he also urged world leaders to keep technology under control before it destroys humanity. “A super intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours, we’re in trouble,” he said at that time.

In August, more than a hundred of the world’s leading experts in the fields of AI and robotics addressed the UN in an open letter that also called for the ban on the use of lethal autonomous weapons. They also justified the necessity of such a ban by specifically likening “killer robots” to weapons of mass destruction.

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The list of signatories to that letter included Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX as well as Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman. The letter warned the autonomous weapons could fall into the hands of “despots and terrorists” and eventually be used against innocent people. “Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close,” the letter states.

Notably, soon after the experts’ letter to the UN was published, the UK said it would oppose a preemptive ban on “killer robots.” A spokesman for the British Ministry of Defence said that the UK would abstain from the ban, adding that all its weapons would “always remain under human control,” even if “they become increasingly high-tech.”

In December 2016, formal discussions on autonomous lethal weapons were agreed to by 123 UN member nations, 19 of whom have already called for a ban. However, the UN delayed a meeting to discuss the issue scheduled for August 21, due to insufficient funding.

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Cruiser Aurora fires at Winter Palace 100 years ago, signals peak of Russian Revolution

The mighty Aurora battleship has moments ago fired a deafening warning shot, marking the climax of the October Revolution and the Bolshevik storm of the Winter Palace where members of Russia’s provisional government are holed up.

These events had happened exactly 100 years ago at 21:40 and signaled the culmination of the provisional government’s catastrophic loss of sway over the Russian nation.

Vladimir Lenin had by then amassed a countrywide following of workers, soldiers and the entire Russian working class. The capital, Petrograd, was theirs for the taking. RT and its #1917LIVE re-enactment project takes readers back 100 years, offering an opportunity to be in the heart of the action.

For two days now, the government has been summoning the city’s Junkers – the remaining loyal forces it would use to repel Lenin’s Red Guards, soldiers and sailors.

Lenin himself is now in Smolny – the Bolshevik headquarters, having returned to Petrograd under cover of night to coordinate the rebellion.

On the 6th, small battles played out over key crossings, government buildings and bridges of modern-day St.Petersburg. The Bolsheviks needed to control the city. The Aurora’s job now is to keep the Nikolayevsky Bridge down, keeping up an imposing presence on the Neva River. If the Bolsheviks fail to take the Winter Palace, its instructions are to shell it with everything it’s got.

Earlier today, the Military-Revolutionary Committee’s (MRC) ultimatum to the provisional government yielded no response; and the decision was taken to act. On the opposing side, in the absence of any concrete orders from the government, the Junkers had began abandoning their posts. Only a handful stayed behind to set up machine gun firing points to repel the Bolsheviks. By 9PM, major government buildings, as well as train terminals, were already taken by the Bolsheviks.

The forecastle cannon of the Aurora also signals the arrival of five Baltic Fleet destroyers and a patrol boat, whilst the firefight at the Winter Palace is reportedly underway.

Kerensky, having earlier left the capital to summon frontline troops, is nowhere to be seen. The government is using all available phone lines it still controls to connect to the outside.

Later that evening, Lenin will deliver a historic speech at the Congress of the Soviets, and by nightfall of the 7th, all state power will officially pass into the hands of the Soviets. Their first orders of business will be maintaining revolutionary order in Russia and a fair peace on the front lines. The next task is resolving the food and land issues, and guaranteeing a timely Constituent Assembly.

By 11pm, the Winter Palace will still be under siege, with the Aurora menacingly standing watch with floodlights trained squarely on the building. However, before the clock strikes midnight, the majority of Junkers, as well as the female death squad volunteers tasked with guarding the government, will have abandoned their positions. The Revolutionary Red Guards will then enter the palace to search for members of the provisional government. They will be hunted down and placed under arrest before long.

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Paradise Papers: ‘Sensationalist media making mountain out of molehill’

Certain media outlets are trying to blow the so-called “Paradise Papers” story out of proportion for their own ends and get very excited over what they discern to be connections with Russia, says Keith Boyfield, research fellow at the Center for Political Studies.

The “Paradise Papers,” a series of financial files were leaked on Sunday. It exposed where the world’s richest people and institutions are hiding their vast fortunes, neatly sidestepping their domestic tax systems in the process. 

Famous individuals, such as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and billionaire George Soros are included in the list. Joining them are music superstars Bono and Madonna who apparently made investments through companies in Malta and Bermuda.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has a stake in Navigator Holdings, which is a transportation partner of Russian petrochemical company Sibur, according to the papers. The businessman has rejected any illegal actions on his part.

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RT asked Boyfield why many media outlets are meticulously scanning the files, desperate for a political scoop.

This is sensationalist media – this is appearing in newspapers like The Guardian. And there was a tremendous amount of coverage on the BBC about this so-called Paradise Papers. It amazes me in many ways, because I have a lot of dealings with private equity companies and other international investors. These offshore centers are entirely legitimate operations.Private equity companies often base their operations out of places like Jersey or Bermuda, because it is a tax neutral location, and it avoids investors getting embroiled with lots and lots of tax authorities. So they are making a mountain out of a molehill,” he said.

US Democrats are meanwhile clamoring for an inquiry into Ross’s business.
According to Boyfield, “newspapers like The New York Times and I suspect some of the national networks in America have already made their mind up about Mr. Trump.” In his view, the newspapers are determined to try and “see Trump kicked out of office” and “are spending their waking days and nights trying to work on various strategies” to achieve that goal. These Paradise Papers, he said, is just the latest example of such attempts.
A major investor in Twitter and Facebook, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, has financial ties to two Russian government-owned firms, according to the leaked files.

Boyfield argues that some media outlets “look on the Russians as a sort of boogeyman”.
They’ve kind of made their own conclusion before any of these so-called revelations came out about the Paradise Papers. They are trying to – you could argue – stich up a case against, for example, this Russian businessman, who is based in California who have been operating entirely legitimately from what I can see, as has Mr. [Wilbur] Ross,” he said.

In fact, he has made a point of saying that he has disclosed all his financial dealings to Congress and he divested those companies, where it was felt that it would be appropriate. His investments with companies operating in Russia, as he pointed out today, there will be no sanctions applied against them. It is entirely legitimate operation. But I think certain newspapers and media outlets are trying to blow this story out of proportion for their own ends,” he added.

They get very anxious about what they discern to be connections with Russia and they are keen to jump to certain conclusions,” Boyfield told RT.

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‘Splendid isolationism not best – Trump’s going to learn hard lesson on Asia trip’

Donald Trump prefers splendid isolation, but in a world of dynamic engagement, there is nothing best done alone anymore, business and leadership speaker Rene Carayol told RT.

US President Donald Trump has welcomed Seoul’s plans to purchase billions of dollars’ worth of American military hardware. On Tuesday on the third day of his Asia tour, he arrived in South Korea. At a joint media conference with President Moon Jae-in, Trump warned Pyongyang he is prepared to use the “full range” of US military power to stop any attack.

“I think we’re showing great strength. We sent three of the largest aircraft carriers in the world… and we have a nuclear submarine positioned,” he said, adding that “we hope to God we never have to use them.”

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He then toned down the rhetoric, adding that he “really believes it makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and to make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and the people of the world.”

During his 13-day Asia trip, Trump is visiting five countries: Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, and The Philippines.

But where will America’s focus be? RT asked Rene Carayol, business and leadership speaker, broadcaster and author.

“Every one of those countries is important in the region and important to America. But this is about China – China is super important,” he said. “America is fighting on so many fronts. Trump has got so many things grabbing his attention. But China should be the center of its focus. It is just got to be.”

Commenting on how the North Korea crisis might influence US relations with the countries on Trump’s Asia tour, Carayol was rather skeptical:

“If it were the previous president, it would be an opportunity. At the moment it is the opposite of opportunity,” he said. “We’ve seen Trump tone down his language, which is great. But who knows what tomorrow holds. What is really interesting with the Trans-Pacific Partnership that is there – that he decided to pull out off – that it is vital to every one of those nations. It is not just about North Korea – the South China Sea as well,” he explained.

The political analyst said that “in a world of dynamic engagement,” President Trump “prefers splendid isolation.” But “nothing is best on alone anymore,” Carayol said.

According to the analyst, Trump “is going to learn that lesson the hard way on this trip.”

Trump, Carayol says, needs friends and partners. However, the US president has always wanted to break out of the big partnerships and pick people with bilateral agreements.

“But everyone sort of worked that out: America’s muscle is not the place you want to be on in a one-to-one bilateral agreement. You want lots of people around you. Bring them down a little bit, and there is win-win for everyone. I think this is about North Korea, but let’s not ignore the South China crisis as well,” Carayol said.

It wasn’t just the TPP that Trump has pulled out of; he also did it for the Paris climate accord, the analyst recalled.

“There is no club he wants to be part of. But for all of the bellicose rhetoric, for all of the aggressive world, he is no one’s fool. He needs those deals. He believes in culpability also on a one-to-one basis. But I think they will be pushing him gently, cajoling him to stay close to the TPP. America can’t do it on its own – we’ve proven that,” he said.

During his first stopover in Japan, Donald Trump asked Congress to allocate an extra $ 4 billion for missile defense enhancements to counter the North Korean threat, and another $ 2 billion to support his plans for the wider region.

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RT asked Sourabh Gupta, Asia-Pacific strategic and economic policy specialist if the request was based solely on the perceived North Korean threat.

Gupta said the US president asked not only for an increase in the missile defense budget, but he might also have “lumped it with some other items, which will be used for other contingencies and other scenarios.”

“The missile defense component, as well as refurbishing US vessels” might be among them in addition to the North Korean threat, he explained.

North Korea is not a serious opponent for Washington, considering the level of their technology and lack of money, Gupta said.

“There is no question about that. But the fact of the matter is that there is a fair possibility the US might wish to initiate a first strike on North Korea sometime within the next six to eight months,” he added.

He went on to say that “in that situation, the Trump administration is trying to take all measures necessary at its end to be able to protect itself.”

“We should view this not from a strategic deterrence perspective and more from a warfighting perspective, where the US can suffer the minimum amount of damage as a result of its first strike on North Korean targets,” Gupta continued.

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Mentally ill knifeman in Russia slaughters 2 women, dies after epileptic fit (VIDEO)

A man in Russia’s Urals with mental health issues brutally murdered two women, then had an epileptic fit and died, police have said. A video released by local media shows the suspect attacking a passing car with a knife.

The incident took place in the small village of Kedrovka in the Urals region on Saturday, local police said in a statement, calling the events a “terrible massacre.” The suspect, a mentally ill man in his 40s rushed into a local shop, where he repeatedly and fatally stabbed a saleswoman. The body of the second woman, apparently a witness, was found 8 meters from the first victim. 

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The man then dashed into the street, swinging his knife. Some passers-by attempted to stop the attacker, before he was detained by two traffic police officers who happened to be in the area. After the suspect was handcuffed, he suddenly experienced an epileptic seizure, police said. The man died on the spot before the ambulance arrived.

The suspect’s mother told police that her son had behaved aggressively on Saturday morning, which led her to call her daughter asking her to take the man to hospital. “However, the relatives couldn’t protect themselves and others,” the statement said.

‘He took off her scalp’

A local news online portal released graphic footage from a car video recorder, allegedly showing the attacker on killing spree. The video captures the man violently attacking someone on the ground. He then notices the approaching vehicle and attacks its windshield with his knife, almost breaking the glass, as the driver races past the scene.

“The attacker was stabbing a woman with a knife. Her body was terribly mutilated: he took off her scalp,” a local resident, identified as Aleksandr Snegiryov, told the outlet. 

When the suspect started attacking a driver in another vehicle, Snegiryov says he knocked him over with his car, whereupon two other men grabbed the attacker and pinned him to the ground. “He was roaring like a wild beast,” Snegiryov added.
Other witnesses also shared the details of the tragedy on

Russian social media network VKontakte. One woman released a video of the alleged attack aftermath which shows police surrounding what appears to be a human body covered by a blanket.

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Park 'n' ride: Motorist tries to drive into metro (PHOTO)

A motorist in the French city of Toulouse became the center of attention on Monday, when she drove her vehicle down the steps of a metro station, instead of an underground parking lot.

The incident happened on Boulevard de Strasbourg at a pedestrian opening for the Jeanne d’Arc metro station. According to the local Haute-Garonne fire department, the driver “confused the entrance to the subway station with a parking lot.

It appears the driver might have mixed up the transport hub with a nearby parking lot on Place Jeanne D’arc. The underground parking lot is situated about 220 meters from the scene of the accident and is similarly named.

Firefighters say they were able to extract the motorist and her car from the tricky situation. Local reports suggest nobody was injured in the bizarre incident. However, the stricken motorist’s ego may have taken a bruising, with some passersby taking time out to capture the moment on camera.

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Mid-air affair: Enraged woman forces plane to land after ‘discovering her husband cheated’

Being tens of thousands of kilometers above the ground didn’t stop an “intoxicated” Iranian woman from creating uproar aboard a plane and forcing it to divert after she discovered that her husband was cheating on her, Indian media reported.

The incident took place on a Doha-Bali Qatar Airways flight on Sunday, an officer of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) told the Hindustan Times newspaper on condition of anonymity. 

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The Iranian couple were on a trip to the Indonesian beach resort of Bali with their child when they were on the flight. The woman checked her sleeping husband’s phone after unlocking it with his fingerprint and learned the unpleasant truth. She immediately became furious and began making a scene.

The crew reportedly tried to calm the woman but that only made matters worse. The flight was to last 10 hours but the pilot decided to make an unscheduled stop as the situation spiralled out of control.

“The [flight] was diverted to [the Indian city of] Chennai after the pilot requested for it, citing an unruly passenger on board as the reason. The woman and her husband, along with their child, were offloaded and the flight departed for Bali,” the officer told HT. The family spent the day at Chennai Airport and were later sent to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he added.

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Another CISF official told the Times of India newspaper that the Iranian couple headed back home without ever reaching Bali. They were transported to Malaysia and were subsequently sent to Doha. 

“A lady, along with her husband and a child – all Iranian nationals – were offloaded by Qatar [Airways] as the lady passenger, who was intoxicated, misbehaved with crew members on the flight. They were sent to Kuala Lumpur by Batik Air flight 6019 for further travel to Doha,” he said.

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What’s bubbling beneath surface of Saturn moon’s giant ocean?

Scientists believe ongoing hydrothermal activity is heating the ocean that envelopes Saturn’s sixth moon. The activity is thought to occur beneath the ice crust on Enceladus, which was discovered in 1789.

The moon is one of the brightest objects in the solar system, due to reflections from ice and snow. The existence of a global ocean has led NASA to describe the moon as a “promising lead” in the search for worlds where alien life could exist. The theory is that a ‘space-sea’ could sustain plant species, or even life-forms which have an earth-like potential to evolve.

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Now a team of researchers probing the moon’s potential for life has determined that the prevalence of salts and silica dust means something is bubbling under the ice, keeping the ocean from freezing entirely. The team believes the moon has a porous core that pushes plumes of hot water and material through the ocean. It could explain the thinning of Enceladus’ ice shell in certain areas.

The observations have been published in Nature Astronomy, with scientists from Europe and the US poring over data obtained by NASA spacecraft Cassini.

The vessel was retired this year with NASA operators deliberately plunging it into Saturn. But prior to its demise Cassini garnered valuable information. This included details on varying ice patterns above the Enceladus ocean and geyser-like jets spewing water vapor.

Using models to explain these occurrences, researchers have concluded that the ocean must be heated by something more than tidal activity. “In order to explain these observations, an abnormally high heat power is required, as well as a mechanism to focus endogenic activity at the south pole,” the study states.

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Lead author Gael Choblet, of the University of Nantes, said a permeable center is the likely cause of water flows around 90 degrees Celsius. “Where Enceladus gets the sustained power to remain active has always been a bit of a mystery, but we’ve now considered in greater detail how the structure and composition of the moon’s rocky core could play a key role in generating the necessary energy,” Choblet said.

“Our simulations can simultaneously explain the existence of an ocean at a global scale due to large-scale heat transport between the deep interior and ice shell, and the concentration of activity in a relatively narrow region around the south pole,” he added.

The European Space Agency is due try ground-penetrating radar on Jupiter soon. It’s hoped the technology could one day prove the Encedulus heating theory beyond doubt, and pave the way for extra-terrestrial oceans to be explored in greater detail.

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Japan to hang ‘Black Widow’ who dated rich men & poisoned them with cyanide

A Japanese court has sentenced a “Black Widow” who met wealthy partners via dating agencies and poisoned them with cyanide. She kept the poison in a plant pot, and revealed she had killed her husband for spending “millions of yen” on other women.

Chisako Kakehi, 70, was sentenced to death for the murder of three men, including her husband, and the attempted murder of another. The men were all in their 70s, Kyoto District Court said on Tuesday, as cited by the local media. “The accused made the victims drink a cyanide compound, with a murderous intention in all four cases,” Judge Ayako Nakagawa told the court, NHK reported, as cited by AFP. 

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Kakehi, also known as “the Poison Lady,” killed the men after they made her the beneficiary of life insurance policies, prosecutors said. She chose her future partners on dating agencies, the main criterion being their annual income – it had to be more than 10 million yen ($ 87,900). 

The 70-year-old married or partnered at least 10 men and inherited about 1 billion yen. However, the one-time millionairess went bankrupt and was debt-ridden.

The serial killer kept some of her cyanide in a plant pot which she later threw out, according to prosecutors. She tricked her victims into drinking the poison, telling them that the drink was a health cocktail.
Kakehi was arrested in November 2014 and later charged with killing her fourth husband in December 2013. Later the prosecution indicted her for the deaths of the two other men.

The woman later admitted that she had indeed killed her husband back in 2013 “I killed him… because he gave other women tens of millions of yen but did not give me even a penny,” she told the court, as reported by AFP citing Jiji Press. She said she was ready to be hanged. “Even if I were executed tomorrow, I would die smiling,” the accused told judges.

Kakehi’s defense lawyers claim that she can’t be criminally liable, as she had developed dementia at the time of the murders. That argument, however, was rejected by the court.

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