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1.25.2015 4:00 AM

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Ukraine separatist leader claims attack on city of Mariupol

Indiscriminate rocket fire has hit a market, two schools, homes and shops in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, killing at least 29 people. Ukraine’s top rebel leader said an offensive had begun on the strategically important port.

The attack came a day after the rebels rejected a peace deal and said they were going on a multi-prong offensive against the government in Kiev to vastly increase their territory.

The rebel stance is upending European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting in eastern Ukraine, which the UN said has killed nearly 5,100 people since April 2014.

Mariupol, which lies on the Azov Sea, is the major city between mainland Russia and the Russia-annexed Crimean Peninsula.

Heavy fighting in the region in the autumn raised fears that Russian-backed separatist forces would try to take over the government-held city to establish a land link between Russia and Crimea.

Ukrainian rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said an offensive had begun on Mariupol, the RIA Novosti news agency said.


Reports: ISIL video claims Japanese hostage beheaded

The Islamic State reportedly released a new video Saturday claiming one of the two Japanese captives had been beheaded and issuing new demands for the other hostage's release.

In the video, Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto holds a photo that purportedly shows the dead body of the second hostage, Haruna Yukawa. SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based organization that monitors extremist websites, said the video had been distributed across several Islamic State-linked Twitter accounts.

The Japanese government said it is seeking to verify the video.

"Fully aware of unbearable pain and sorrow that his family must be feeling, I am simply left speechless," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after a late-night Cabinet meeting. "Such act of terrorism is outrageous and impermissible, which causes me nothing but strong indignation. Thus I express resolute condemnation."

The video could not be independently verified. SITE has reported on several Islamic State videos in the past that proved authentic. Kyodo News agency reported the same video had been e-mailed to the wife of one of the hostages.


Andrew Klavan: Which Black Lives Matter?


 

 

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1.24.2015 4:00 AM

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Obama Presidency Now Redolent Of A Banana Republic

Leadership: Yemen's government fell and Saudi Arabia's king died. But President Obama busied himself with YouTube stars and some of the lowest characters on the Internet. Is this our descent to a banana republic? Another week has gone by in which the Free World could have used some leadership and President Obama was found wanting.

First, there were the events in Yemen, an ally that Obama had touted as one of our biggest successes in the war on terror but where the president was driven from office by tribal rebels. The commander in chief said virutally nothing.

There was also the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a major transition for a country near the center of both the war on terror and a crash in world oil prices in part engineered to undercut Iran. But instead of words of calm to friends or a warning to enemies not to take advantage, the White House put out an anodyne expression of condolence.

Fact is, the president's priority was the permanent campaign — playing Hollywood celebrity with three D-list Internet stars. They included a green-lipstick-wearing artiste called GloNell Green, whose stunts include sitting in a bathtub filled with Froot Loops and milk and scarfing down junk food to get attention.

As American Thinker's Thomas Lifson pointed out, the "interview" with Green was done from specially constructed sets, signaling a president with a lot of money and time for playthings and not much interest in anything else.


Early Speeches Reveal Lynch's Passion for Racial Justice

(Bloomberg) -- Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch stood before a Baptist church congregation and criticized a “morally lost” society where minorities were taking to the streets to protest injustice and police violence.

“There is a poverty of spirit afflicting America that is crippling it,” she said. “Los Angeles has been burning for a long time, but no one noticed it. New York City is burning right now. Chicago is burning. Atlanta is burning.”

“No one notices until the fire inside builds and strikes an outer match,” she added, “and the flames rise above the skyline.”

Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be U.S. attorney general, didn’t deliver those words after the recent unrest over the deaths of black men at the hands of white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, or New York. She was speaking in 1992 in South Carolina after Los Angeles was rocked by riots over the acquittal of policemen in the beating of another black man, Rodney King.

In the years since, Lynch has tempered her words as she has risen up the law-enforcement hierarchy to become the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn. But her early speeches reveal a prosecutor passionate about racial justice and other social issues who believes the government must address discrimination.


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