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France 24 :  Saudis host first Muslim anti-terror summit – but without Qatar, Iran

Saudis host first Muslim anti-terror summit – but without Qatar, Iran

Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Sunday an attack on an Egyptian mosque that killed more than 300 worshippers would galvanise an Islamic military coalition that aimed to counter “terrorism and extremism”.


Top defence officials from 40 Muslim-majority nation’s met in Riyadh on Sunday. They are part of an alliance gathered together two years ago by Prince Mohammed, who is also Saudi defence minister.
The crown prince has said he would encourage a more moderate and tolerant version of Islam in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
Prince Mohamed told delegates that Friday’s attack in Egypt “was a very painful occurrence and must make us contemplate in an international and powerful way the role of this terrorism and extremism”.
Gunmen carrying the flag of Islamic Stateattacked the mosque in North Sinai.
The group of Muslim nations, called the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, has yet to take any decisive action.
Officials say the group would allow members to request or offer assistance to each other to fight militants. This could include military help, financial aid, equipment or security expertise. The group, which will have a permanent base in Riyadh, would also help combat terrorist financing and ideology.
“The biggest threat from terrorism and extremism is not only killing innocent people and spreading hate, but tarnishing the reputation of our religion and distorting our belief,” Prince Mohammed told officials from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Iraq and Syria, at the forefront of the battle against Islamic State, are not members, nor is mainly Shi’ite Muslim Iran, the regional rival to mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia.
Qatar, originally part of the alliance, was not invited to Sunday’s meeting after Riyadh led a group of states seeking to isolate Doha, saying it supported terrorism. Doha denies this.
Abdulelah al-Saleh, a Saudi lieutenant general and the coalition’s secretary general, said Qatar was excluded to help build a consensus for launching operations. He also said the group was not aimed at creating a Sunni bloc to counter Iran.
“The enemy is terrorism. It’s not sects or religions or races, its terrorism,” Saleh told reporters.
Saleh said military initiatives had been proposed to the group’s ministerial council, but he did not elaborate.
Despite agreement on principles, members voiced different priorities at the meeting. Yemen’s delegation said the focus should be Iran, al Qaeda and Islamic State, while Turkey called for “support from our friends” against Kurdish separatists.
Critics say the coalition could become a means for Saudi Arabia to implement an even more assertive foreign policy by winning the backing of poorer African and Asian nations with offers of financial and military aid.
Alongside leading a diplomatic charge against Qatar, Saudi Arabia is also leading a war against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in its neighbour Yemen,
Saleh said Riyadh would pay the 400 million riyal ($107 million) bill for the coalition’s new centre, but said other nations could offer financial support for specific initiatives.


BBC News: Why America’s drinking water crisis goes beyond Flint

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Why America’s drinking water crisis goes beyond Flint – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42141519

BREAKING NEWS Departamentul de Stat al SUA indeamna Parlamentul sa renunte la modificarea legilor justitiei, care afecteaza lupta anticoruptie si independenta judiciara – Hotnews Mobile


BREAKING NEWS Departamentul de Stat al SUA indeamna Parlamentul sa renunte la modificarea legilor justitiei, care afecteaza lupta anticoruptie si independenta judiciara

de Alina Neagu Luni, 27 noiembrie 2017, 21:50


Departamentul de Stat al SUA a postat luni pe site-ul institutiei o declaratie oficiala prin care indeamna Romania sa renunte la modificarea legilor justitiei, care, atrag atentia oficialii americani, “afecteaza lupta anticoruptie si independenta judiciara si slabeste statul de drept”.

“Statele Unite constata cu ingrijorare ca Parlamentul Romaniei are in vedere modificari legislative care ar putea submina lupta impotriva coruptiei si ar putea slabi independenta judiciara in Romania. Aceasta legislatie, propusa initial de Ministerul Justitiei, ameninta progresul pe care Romania l-a facut in ultimii ani de a construi institutii judiciare puternice, protejate de interventia politica. Indemnam Parlamentul Romaniei sa respinga propunerile care slabesc statul de drept si pun in pericol lupta impotriva coruptiei”, se arata in comunicatul Departamentului de Stat american, transmis de Heather Nauert, purtator de cuvant al institutiei.

Si ambasadorul Statelor Unite in Romania, Hans Klemm, a afirmat, luni, intr-un interviu pentru ziarul Express de Banat , referitor la modificarea legilor justitiei, ca “Urmarim indeaproape evolutia si asteptam sa vedem ce modificari vor aparea in Parlament si care va fi forma finala rezultata din Comisiei. Avem ingrijorari foarte serioase, cel putin cu privire la propunerile initiale ale ministrului Justitiei.”

Hans Klemm a adaugat ca “Motivul ingrijorarii noastre e ca in ultimii aproximativ 15 ani Romania a dus o lupta tot mai credibila impotriva coruptiei de nivel inalt si mediu. A creat independenta judiciara, a creat institutii care se ocupa de descoperirea infractiunilor si a coruptiei, ma refer in principal la DNA. Cand ne uitam la intreaga regiune, SUA cred ca Romania e tara cu cea mai credibila lupta anticoruptie, desigur se mai pot face multe lucruri in ce priveste preventia si educatia, dar Romania are rezultate exceptionale in privinta pedepsirii celor care fura din banii publici.”

Cymbopogon – Wikipedia


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Genus of plants

Cymbopogon, better known as lemongrass(UK: /ˈlɛmənˌɡrɑːs/US: /ˈlɛmənˌɡræs/), is a genus of AsianAfricanAustralian, and tropical island plants in the grass family.[5][6][7][8]

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Cymbopogon citratus
Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Supertribe: Andropogonodae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Subtribe: Anthristiriinae
Genus: Cymbopogon
Type species
Cymbopogon schoenanthus
  • Andropogon sect. Cymbopogon (Spreng.) Steud.
  • Andropogon subg. Cymbopogon (Spreng.) Nees
  • Gymnanthelia Andersson

Some species (particularly Cymbopogon citratus) are commonly cultivated as culinary and medicinal herbs because of their scent, resembling that of lemons (Citrus limon). Common names include lemon grasslemongrassbarbed wire grasssilky headscitronella grasscha de Dartigalonguefever grasstangladhierba Luisa, or gavati chahapati, amongst many others.


Lemongrass is widely used as a culinary herbin Asian cuisines and also as medicinal herb in India. It has a subtle citrus flavor and can be dried and powdered, or used fresh. It is commonly used in teassoups, and curries. It is also suitable for use with poultry, fish, beef, and seafood. It is often used as a tea in African countries such as Togo, south eastern Ghana Volta Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Latin American countries such as Mexico. Lemongrass oil is used as a pesticide and a preservative. Research shows that lemongrass oil has antifungal properties.[9]Despite its ability to repel some insects, such as mosquitoes, its oil is commonly used as a “lure” to attract honey bees. “Lemongrass works conveniently as well as the pheromone created by the honeybee’s Nasonov gland, also known as attractant pheromones. Because of this, lemongrass oil can be used as a lure when trapping swarms or attempting to draw the attention of hived bees.”[10]

C. citratus from the Philippines, where it is locally known as tanglad

Citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus and Cymbopogon winterianus) grow to about 2 m (6.6 ft) and have magenta-colored base stems. These species are used for the production of citronella oil, which is used in soaps, as an insect repellent (especially mosquitoes) in insect sprays and candles, and in aromatherapy. The principal chemical constituents of citronella, geraniol and citronellol, are antiseptics, hence their use in household disinfectants and soaps. Besides oil production, citronella grass is also used for culinary purposes, as a flavoring.

Citronella is usually planted in home gardens to ward off insects such as whitefly adults. Its cultivation enables growing some vegetables (e.g. tomatoes and broccoli) without applying pesticidesIntercropping should include physical barriers, for citronella roots can take over the field.[11]

Lemongrass oil, used as a pesticide and preservative, is put on the ancient palm-leaf manuscripts found in India as a preservative. It is used at the Oriental Research Institute Mysore, the French Institute of Pondicherry, the Association for the Preservation of the Saint Thomas Christian Heritage in Kerala, and many other manuscript collections in India. The oil also injects natural fluidity into the brittle palm leaves, and the hydrophobicnature of the oil keeps the manuscripts dry so the text is not lost to decay due to humidity.[citation needed]

East Indian lemon grass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), also called Cochin grass or Malabar grass, is native to CambodiaVietnamLaosIndiaSri LankaBurma, and Thailand, while West Indian lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) is native to South Asiaand maritime Southeast Asia. While both can be used interchangeably, C. citratus is more suitable for cooking. In India, C. citratus is used both as a medical herb and in perfumes. C. citratus is consumed as a tea for anxiety in Brazilian folk medicine,[12] but a study in humans found no effect.[13] The tea caused a recurrence of contact dermatitis in one case.[14]

Lemon grass is also used as an addition to tea, and in preparations such as kadha, which is a traditional herbal brew used in Ayurvedic medicine.[citation needed]




Phyllanthus niruri – Wikipedia


Phyllanthus Niruri

Phyllanthus Niruri

Phyllanthus niruri

Species of plant

Phyllanthus niruri is a widespread tropicalplant commonly found in coastal areas, known by the common names gale of the wind, stonebreaker or seed-under-leaf. It is a relative of the spurges, belonging to the Phyllanthus genus of the family Phyllanthaceae.

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Scientific classificatione
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Phyllanthaceae
Genus: Phyllanthus
Species: P. niruri
Binomial name
Phyllanthus niruri

  • Diasperus chlorophaeus (Baill.) Kuntze
  • Diasperus lathyroides (Kunth) Kuntze
  • Diasperus microphyllus (Mart.) Kuntze
  • Diasperus niruri (L.) Kuntze
  • Diasperus rosellus (Müll.Arg.) Kuntze
  • Niruris annua Raf.
  • Niruris indica Raf.
  • Nymphanthus niruri (L.) Lour.
  • Phyllanthus carolinianus Blanco
  • Phyllanthus chlorophaeus Baill.
  • Phyllanthus ellipticus Buckley nom. illeg.
  • Phyllanthus erectus (Medik.) M.R.Almeida
  • Phyllanthus filiformis Pav. ex Baill.
  • Phyllanthus humilis Salisb.
  • Phyllanthus kirganelia Blanco
  • Phyllanthus lathyroides Kunth
  • Phyllanthus microphyllus Mart. nom. illeg.
  • Phyllanthus mimosoides Lodd. nom. illeg.
  • Phyllanthus moeroris Oken
  • Phyllanthus parvifolius Steud.
  • Phyllanthus purpurascens Kunth
  • Phyllanthus rosellus (Müll.Arg.) Müll.Arg.
  • Phyllanthus williamsii Standl.
  • Urinaria erecta Medik.


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Val de plangeri la adresa Facebook dupa protestele de duminica: numeroase conturi blocate cel putin partial, dupa distribuirea de materiale referitoare la manifestatiile din Bucuresti – Hotnews Mobile


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Waves of complaints to Facebook after Sunday’s protests: many accounts blocked at least partially, after distributing materials related to the demonstrations in Bucharest
by Red. News Monday, November 27, 2017, 12:35

Val de plangeri la adresa Facebook dupa protestele de duminica

A lot of complaints have been gathered on Dragos Stanca, the head of Thinkdigital, who works with Facebook in advertising campaigns and social media communication projects. Dragos Stanca asked people to sign blocked accounts “automatically and apparently abusive by massive reporting,” on Sunday, saying he will try to find out “whether or not a coordinated phenomenon.”

Among those who have completely or partially blocked accounts are bloggers, vloggers, journalists and other influential people in various Facebook communities.

They show that they were blocked during the day, most of the times in the reported cases, they may comment or react to other messages but do not publish their own materials or distribute. Screenshots include screenshots:
people with blocked or limited access for / shortly after they have distributed the “Bucharest-Stop Justice Laws” event page. They could not publish or distribute photos from the protest or other materials on the grounds that the posts were “suspected of spamming and non-compliant with Community Standards”

persoane blocate partial (nu pot publica, ci doar comenta sau reactiona) ca au incercat sa distribuie in mai multe grupuri imagini de la proteste
persoane care au fost blocate partial pentru ca au distribuit articole de presa referitoare la participarea filosofului Mihai Sora la proteste


persoane care au distribuit materiale de presa referitoare la proteste (inclusiv de pe Stirile ProTV)
persoane care au distribuit live-uri de la proteste
persoane care au publicat versuri de protest la adresa lui Liviu Dragnea si Calin Popescu Tariceanu
persoane care au distribuit un mesaj publicat pe Facebook de Dacian Ciolos
persoane care au distribuit clipuri publicate de Malin Bot, cel care i-a abordat, la Gaudeamus, pe Dan Voiculescu si Adrian Nastase si le-a cerut pozitii in calitatea lor de “infractori”


people who claim that they are not being shown in feed what others have published about protests
Some of those who complained about the partial blocking of the accounts came back after a few hours and said they can post again on Facebook. Others, contacted by HotNews.ro, said at noon on Monday that they could not publish anything in the social network.

France 24 :  ​The decision makes renewal more difficult for the product, which the UN health agency (WHO) concluded was “probably carcinogenic”.

The decision makes renewal more difficult for the product, which the UN health agency (WHO) concluded was “probably carcinogenic”.

“The Commission will put one single proposition on the table on Monday: renewing glyphosate (licence) for five years. In view of the risks, France will oppose this proposition and vote against it,” Brune Poirson said in an editorial in French Sunday newspaper Journal du Dimanche.

Since its introduction in the US in 1974 by pesticides and seed maker Monsanto as Roundup, the use of glyphosate has soared across the globe.

It is sprayed on food crops but also used widely outside of agriculture, such as on public lawns and in forestry.

The EU‘s 28 countries, in an appeal committee, will vote on whether to renew the herbicide’s licence for five years. But a member state could also table an amendment to reduce the renewal period.

Without support from EU heavyweights, a way out of the stalemate could prove difficult.

Divisions over the weedkiller within the EU have dragged on since June 2016, when its previous 15-year licence expired and an 18-month extension was granted.

The European Commission had originally recommended approving the herbicide’s use for another decade.

However, faced with an uproar over the alleged dangers of glyphosate use, experts balked last month at a renewal and the commission then proposed reducing the timeframe from 10 years to five years.

But earlier this month the European Commission failed to gain the majority needed to extend the licence until 2022.

It said 14 states voted in favour, including Denmark, Britain and the Netherlands but nine were against, including Belgium, France and Italy, and five abstained, including Bulgaria, Poland and Portugal.

‘They can’t have their cake and eat it’

The commission then passed the decision to the appeal committee.

Environmental campaigners Greenpeace and other critics are calling for an outright ban of glyphosate in Europe.

“They (the commission) complain there is too much responsibility on their shoulders and that European governments are hiding behind them,” Franziska Achterberg, from Greenpeace Europe, told AFP.

“They can’t have their cake and eat it. They don’t want to be blamed for decisions that are unpopular. But at the same time they’re not ready to listen to people’s concerns.”

If no agreement is reached, the decision will be passed back to the commission which will have to make a ruling before the current licence expires on December 15.

The European Parliament, the EU’s only elected body, last month said glyphosate should be renewed only until 2022 and banned thereafter.

Activists point to a 2015 study by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer that concluded it was “probably carcinogenic”.  

But the European Food Safety Authority and the European Chemicals Agency both say glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans, in line with a 2016 review carried out by WHO experts and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.  

Monsanto insists glyphosate meets the standards required to renew its European licence.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

Today’s Holiday:Zwiebelmarkt

Today’s Holiday:

Zwiebelmarkt is a great celebration of onions in Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The onion market is said to date back to the great fire of 1405, after which farmers of Fribourg were given the right to sell their products in Bern because they helped rebuild the city (though the first documented mention of onions came in the middle of the 19th century). Farmers at hundreds of stalls offer for sale more than 100 tons of strings of onions, as well as other winter vegetables and nuts. There are confetti battles, people dressed in disguises, and jesters doing satires of the year’s events. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Anders Celsius (1701)

Today’s Birthday:
Anders Celsius (1701)

Celsius was a Swedish astronomer who published observations of the aurora borealis and supervised the building of an observatory at Uppsala, Sweden, where he pioneered the measurement of the brightness of stars. Today, however, he is better known for an invention that has been adopted by almost the entire world—the centigrade, or Celsius, thermometer. Originally, his temperature scale had 0 as its boiling point and 100 as its freezing point. Who reversed the numbers after Celsius died? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Alger Hiss Is Released from Prison (1954)

This Day in History:
Alger Hiss Is Released from Prison (1954)

Though Hiss maintained his innocence until his death in 1996, the controversy surrounding his case persists today. Once a US government official, Hiss was accused before the House Un-American Activities Committee of spying for Russia. Though he could not be tried for espionage under the statute of limitations, he was convicted of perjury and served 44 months in prison. Many believed he had been wrongly convicted. However, Soviet files released in 1996 seem to implicate him. Who was his accuser? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Miguel de Cervantes

Quote of the Day:
Miguel de Cervantes

I never thrust my nose into other men’s porridge. It is no bread and butter of mine; every man for himself, and God for us all. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Amish Woodworking

Article of the Day:
Amish Woodworking

In Amish culture, furniture making is a skill passed down from generation to generation, and many families are known for their distinct detail work. Made primarily by the Amish of Ohio and Indiana, the all-wood furniture is recognized for its quality and workmanship. Amish woodworkers, who view their products as both functional objects and works of art, hand-pick each piece of wood to match the specific item being crafted. What alternative energy sources are sometimes used by the woodworkers? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:the keys to the kingdom

Idiom of the Day:
the keys to the kingdom

A resource that will give the possessor access to the most complete or profound knowledge or power possible in a given area or pursuit. A reference to Matthew 16:19, when Jesus said to Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:immutable

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Not subject or susceptible to change.
Synonyms: changeless
Usage: Destiny was too potent, and her immutable laws had decreed my utter and terrible destruction.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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