On the polonium trail: How Russian assassins poisoned ex-spy Litvinenko

On the polonium trail: How Russian assassins poisoned ex-spy Litvinenko

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Three spies walk into a bar. Hours later, one of them falls ill. He begins vomiting, his hair falls out and blisters appear in his mouth. Twenty-two days after the meeting, he dies.

It’s part “walks into a bar” joke, part John le Carré spy novel. But this is the true story of the assassination of a Russian spy by two of his own.

The day was Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. By all accounts it was a gorgeous autumn day in London

Security cameras captured Alexander Litvinenko on his way to meet two fellow comrades from the shadowy world of Russian intelligence, read a high-profile report about the murder released on Thursday in Britain Read more…

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On the polonium trail: How Russian assassins poisoned ex-spy Litvinenko

Kremlin hilariously denies the ruble is crashing. Why, what have you heard?

Kremlin hilariously denies the ruble is crashing. Why, what have you heard?

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The Kremlin in Moscow has a firm, studied official response to the stunning crash of the ruble to levels not seen since the crash of 1998, to a paltry 85 rubles to the U.S. dollar. Slammed by falling oil prices, the ruble is now the worst-performing currency in the world

As an example, here is Bloomberg’s chart of how the US dollar is reaching new heights against the Russian ruble:

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The US dollar is spiking to new heights against the Russian ruble, Bloomberg data show

It’s so bad that Twitter wags — and even RT, widely seen as an organ of the Kremlin — mocked it in a series of pictures and GIFs. Read more…

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Want a deal on a Papa John's pizza in Russia? Enter promo code 'Josef Stalin'

Want a deal on a Papa John’s pizza in Russia? Enter promo code ‘Josef Stalin’

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A new offer from Papa John’s Pizza franchises in Russia is making some people sick, but it’s not the pies themselves.

As part of a new promotion, customers can save money on pizza by entering the name of the long-deceased former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

News of the promo code was first published on Facebook by Ilya Klishin, editor-in-chief at the independent TV Rain channel in Moscow

“Papa John’s Pizza has introduced a Josef Stalin promotion code. Enter the name of the dictator and get a Hawaiian or pepperoni pizza,” wrote Klishin, who said his great-grandfather was one of tens of millions of people repressed by the brutal dictator. Read more…

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11 unsolved mysteries that still need answers in 2016

11 unsolved mysteries that still need answers in 2016

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From the drug lord who pulled off an impossible escape to an extraterrestrial ocean containing clues to alien life, here are the baffling mysteries the world will try to solve this year.


WTF space junk: What was that debris?

A group of scientists in a plane caught sight of a mysterious piece of space junk right as it burned up in Earth’s atmosphere above the Indian Ocean in November

NASA and other space agencies around the world monitor a large percentage of the millions of bits of space debris that orbit the planet, and researchers had been expecting the object — appropriately named WT1190F — to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere when it was first spotted in October Read more…

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