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Statue of Confederate president removed from UT Austin http://b4in.org/cMUB

One of the nation’s largest public universities has removed from prominent display on campus a statue of Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederate States of America. The move comes amid a national uproar over Confederate symbols since the Charleston massacre.

Wrapped in plastic, the limestone statue that rested on the University of Texas-Austin’s Main Mall was loaded onto a flatbed trailer on Sunday, along with a statue of former US President Woodrow Wilson. The statues were erected 82 years ago, according to the Austin-American Statesman.

Removal of the Davis statue was mainly prompted by a Student Government resolution, in addition to an outbreak of scrutiny applied to Confederate symbols since the June shooting of nine black parishioners of a Charleston, South Carolina, church by a Confederate sympathizer.

University president Gregory L. Fenves announced the decision to remove the statue this month, saying the school should no longer venerate the leader of the Confederate states, which seceded from the United States largely due to its defense of slavery. The Confederacy’s break from the Union led to the American Civil War that lasted from 1861 to 1865.

Within 18 months, the Davis statue will be installed at the university’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. The fate of the Wilson statue is undecided, university officials said.

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‘Never again!’ Japanese hold massive rally to protest Abe’s foreign wars bill (Photo, Video)

Tens of thousands of people gathered outside Japan’s parliament building on Sunday to protest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial bill, which authorizes Japanese armed forces to join foreign military operations. Some also called for the PM’s resignation.

Masses of people in Tokyo flooded the street in front of the parliament’s main entrance and surrounded the building. A nearby park was also swarming with demonstrators. Despite being present in heavy numbers, the police were unable to restrict the demonstrators to the sidewalks because of the size of the crowd, Reuters reports.

Protesters of all ages, raging from young people to the elderly who had witnessed WWII, braved the rain to participate in the rally. Many people arrived with their children. The demonstrators were singing songs, shouting slogans and waving banners and placards as they demanded that the bill be defeated and Shinzo Abe leave office.

“War is over!” “No War!” “No to war, yes to peace!”“Peace not war” and “Stop the security bills,” as well as “Abe, quit!” and “Stop Abe!” were among the slogans featured on the posters, with some placards depicting the Prime Minister as a warmonger, or even Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

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UK to be EU’s most populous country in just three decades, due to immigration http://b4in.org/gTCA

If current immigration and birth rate patterns continue, the United Kingdom will overtake Germany to accommodate a population of over 75 million people by 2050, which will continue soaring, while the rest of Europe stabilizes. The projections have been published by the official EU body Eurostat.

In total Eurostat expects Europe’s population to grow by just 11 million people to 520 million by 2080, a figure that will be driven by immigration, as the population of the UK will increase to 85 million, while other states empty out, or fall victim to the lower birth rates of the native population

Immigration from the rest of the world has been responsible for over half the population growth throughout the continent for the past decade, and in 2013, 95 percent of all population growth was fueled by immigration.

In turn, the UK has had the fastest-growing population in the EU or the last ten years, and in 2014 welcomed over 600,000 legal immigrants, while only about 300,000 left the country. The trend began with increased immigration from former colonies, following the election of the Labour Party in 1997, and was accelerated when the UK was obliged to open its doors to new Eastern European members after the turn of the millennium.

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Hands off Mephistopheles! Hundreds protest destruction of demon statue in St. Petersburg http://b4in.org/cMU4

Up to 500 people gathered in a St. Petersburg street where a statue of the demon Mephistopheles had been smashed earlier in the week under suspicious circumstances, to object to what they believe is the willful destruction of the city’s cultural heritage.

“This is our city! This is our building!” chanted the demonstrators, who were encircled by police cars, with multiple cameras looking on.

The bas relief of the smirking demon was built as an adornment for a modernist guest house completed in 1914, and had become a city landmark. On Wednesday, a group of workmen, who refused to identify themselves, drove up to the sculpture, knocked it down, smashed it to pieces, and carted the fragments off to a dump. The statue cannot be restored.

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Mount McKinley’s Alaska name Denali is restored by Obama http://b4in.org/rTIk

After decades of controversy, the name of Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, has been changed back to its original native Alaskan, Denali.

Denali translates to High One and is used widely by locals.

The 20,237ft (6,168m) peak was named by a gold prospector in 1896 after he heard that William McKinley had been nominated to become the US president.

US President Barack Obama announced the change ahead of a three-day visit to Alaska to highlight climate change.

“With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska,” US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement announcing the change.

The statement went on to note that McKinley had never set foot in Alaska.

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NATO kicks off naval drills in Black Sea with Ukraine http://b4in.org/fSyV

Ukraine is hosting naval military exercise in the Black Sea with NATO forces, involving 2,500 troops and some 150 military vehicles, from warships and helicopters to armored cars.

The host nation of Sea Breeze 2015 has deployed 1,000 troops, nine warships and eight aircraft for the drill. The US has sent 1,000 troops as well as five warships, two submarines and six aircraft.

The remaining 500 troops, six warships, three submarines and 6six aircraft were provided by Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Turkey, the UK and the non-NATO nations Moldova and Sweden.

“The exercise is meant to boost trust and security in the region, [and to increase] the compatibility between the Ukrainian Navy and the navies of NATO members and partner countries,” the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Sea Breeze is held in Ukraine’s Odessa and Nikolaevsk region not far from Russia’s Crimea, which Kiev and its foreign sponsors consider to be Ukrainian. It will last till mid-September. Ukraine will participating in a total of 11 NATO drills in 2015.

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US to slap Chinese ‘cyber-plunderers’ with economic sanctions – report http://b4in.org/rTIa

The US is to impose economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals they believe to have profited from cyberespionage against America, reports the Washington Post. The sanctions may come shortly after President Xi Jinping’s visit next month.

The sanctions are reportedly being prepared under an authority issued by President Barack Obama in an April executive order that allows asset freeze and block of trade interactions with perpetrators of cyber espionage.

“It sends a signal to Beijing that the administration is going to start fighting back on economic espionage, and it sends a signal to the private sector that we’re on your team. It tells China, enough is enough,” a US government official told the newspaper.

The companies affected would likely see difficulties similar to those the entire Iranian oil sector had when the US hit it with the sanctions club. Those are problems with international bank transfers, getting foreign credits and others. The companies “will effectively be put out of business,” said Zachary Goldman, a former policy adviser at the Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

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24 year old black man with mental issues dies in prison after minor grocery theft http://b4in.org/rTIu

A Virginia family is looking for justice after their 24-year old son’s death in prison. Accused of stealing approximately $5 worth of snacks, Jamycheal Mitchell has seen no trial since April as a judge described him as “incompetent” to stay it due to mental issues.

Mitchell was found dead at Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, VA, on August 19, local WAVY-TV news channel reported. Now Mitchell’s family and their attorney have more questions than answers about what happened to Jamycheal.

“I think it’s twofold,” attorney Mark Krudys said. “It’s the death of her son [Mitchell’s mother Sonia Adams], obviously, but it’s also the circumstance surrounding his death.”

The medical examiner’s report has been released yet.

Mitchell was arrested on April 22 for allegedly stealing some snacks a local convenience store. According to court’s documents he took a Mountain Dew, a Snickers and a Zebra cake at 7-Eleven on George Washington Highway in Portsmouth.

Having spent almost four months in prison, Mitchell has not been brought to trial as the judge said the inmate was incompetent to stay the hearing because of mental issues. The judge then ruled that Mitchell had to be transferred to Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg. However, at the time, there were no beds available there, according to a general district court clerk.

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By Bradlee Dean

“Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” John F. Kennedy

Ever since I can remember, there has been war after war and talk of another war: Vietnam, Iran, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. As a matter of fact, the United States has been at war almost continually since 1776. America has been in some sort of conflict 214 of the 236 years of its existence. That’s 90 percent of our history we’ve been at war!

There is the Lord’s wars and there is man’s war. People, more often than not, cannot discern the difference between good and evil, right and wrong, righteous and unrighteous, when it comes to war?

“All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.” -Noah Webster

I am humored when world leaders talk much of war and, in many cases, have never been to war. I suggest that the people, on a global scale, begin to demand that their representatives who desire war be the first to be sent to war if it is such a noble cause. This is the way the noble men did in the days of old. Furthermore, if it is a noble cause, you can rest assured that the people will rally around to deal with the evil at hand.

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Paid to poo: Combating open defecation in India http://b4in.org/bMN5

Around 590m people defecate in the open in India

Using a toilet is something most people take for granted – but about 1.1 billion people around the world defecate in the open because they do not have access to proper sanitation. Now a scheme in India is aiming to instil better toilet habits in children by “paying them to poo”.

Open defecation is a practice where people relieve themselves in fields, bushes, open spaces and into open bodies of water.

It poses a serious threat to the health of children. Hundreds of thousands of children die every year because of diseases transmitted through human waste.

In India, nearly half of the population – more than 590m people – relieve themselves in the open.

For many it’s a daily ritual and often something they do even when public facilities are available.

Now a state council in the Gujarati city of Ahmedabad has come up with a scheme where children are being paid to use public toilets. Campaigners hope it will improve the situation in a country where diseases such as diarrhoea kill about 200,000 children every year.

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ISIS partially destroys 2,000 year old Bel temple in Palmyra, Syria – monitor http://b4in.org/iTIN

Islamic State partially destroyed a second ancient temple in Palmyra, just days after blowing up another historic site, a Syrian monitor says. The 2,000-year-old Bel temple, northeast of Damascus, is considered one of the world’s greatest ancient relics.

The temple was constructed in honor of the Semitic god Bel, and was part of a series of three temples, with the others dedicated to the lunar god Algibol and the sun god Yarhibol. They were built in the year 32 AD and were at the center of Palmyra’s religious life.

The extent of the current damage to the Bel temple is unknown, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. More than 30 tons of explosives were reportedly used for the job, according to a report by Al Jazeera. Bel’s central shrine was regarded as well-preserved until the demolition started Sunday.

News of Bel’s destruction comes less than a week after Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) released images purporting to show the destruction of Baal Shamin, a temple dedicated to worshiping the Phoenician god of storms and rainfall. Baal Shamin was known as the ‘Pearl of the Desert,’ located some 210km to the northeast of Damascus, where ISIS jihadists are currently clashing with another extremist group.

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Breakthrough in 3D-printing? MIT unveils device molding 10 materials at once http://b4in.org/fSyS

A group of MIT scientists says they have developed the world’s first 3D-printer capable of making ready-to-use objects from 10 different materials at once. The new device, supplied with powerful software, boasts nearly human-free operation.

A research team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has devised what they call a better, cheaper and more user-friendly 3D-printer – MultiFab. The name is due to the unusually high number of materials that it can simultaneously utilize in the manufacturing process – other existing multi-printers are limited to only three at once.

In their study, presented at the August 9-13 SIGGRAPH 2015 conference, the researchers stressed that MultiFab is also much cheaper, while providing a “better” quality of product. The invention also requires significantly less human intervention than traditional 3-D printers, thanks to 3D-scanning software called “computer vision” that the team developed for the device.

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