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  • IS MASSOB A NONVIOLENT MOVEMENT?

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    IS MASSOB A NONVIOLENT MOVEMENT?

    Nonviolent resistance or action has said to be the practice of achieving goals such as social change through symbolic protest, civil disobedience, economic or political noncooperation or other methods, without using violence. The movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) led by an Indian trained Lawyer Ralph Uwazuruike claimed that the movement is a nonviolent movement contrary to the defunct Biafra state violent struggle which resulted to three years civil war in Nigeria in the past.
    The Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria hitherto their violent movement which pitch the country in to a civil war from 1967 to 1970 were known to be the committed patriotic Nigerian citizens, they settle in large numbers outside their home town because everywhere in Nigeria then, there was a feeling of common purpose and common destiny comparable to the anti-colonial movement of the past.
    They were known to be very hard working people especially those in Diaspora were always thrusting ahead and setting the pace for the economic development of Nigeria, and those at home were also diligently exploiting the human and material resources of their homeland. They accepted modern ideas and techniques which brought them to the forefront of economic and political activities. Democratic by tradition, they championed democratic ideals and at the same time advocated for one united Nigeria. It was unfortunate that the immediate existing unity between the diverse ethnic groups of Nigeria after some few years of independence has become evanescent, it could not continue due to the glaring promotion of the belligerent and antagonistic atmosphere within the already existing different ideology, culture, religion and ethnicity in the mind of both an average Nigerian, politicians and service men especially in the military where coup and counter coup becomes the order of the day. There was a clannishly jockeying of power among the Nigerian elites (divide and rule) in which some other parts of the country felt marginalized. This is all because the British due to their leech tendencies have, without any circumspection, forcefully conflate a disparate people together. Popular wisdom holds that most of “the insurgency was direct result of the increasing despondency felt by the poor or a group of people that are socially marginalized in the country. I believe the violent Biafra agitation in the 1960s and the present MASSOB movement which calls the Igbo people to take up the cudgel for their right is only a reaction to the many injustices, exclusion, and second class citizenship, born to rule philosophy, marginalization and other forms of inequality that characterize the present Nigerian state. The question begging for an answer, is the MASSOB movement a nonviolent as claimed by its leadership?

    According to the traditional founding fathers and the scholars of the nonviolent civil resistance movement, one core objective of unarmed movement should be to undermine the repression of the loyalties and obedience of a regime’s police, military and other essential pillars of support. Been a group or movement which claims that its philosophy hinged on the principle of nonviolence as propagated by Mahatma Gandhi, they are expected to remain nonviolent in their movement no matter what. I have been observing the activities of the Movement for the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) via media with keen interest for quite some years now whenever they come out for their mass protest. It is unfortunate to note that the movement lack nonviolent discipline because of the nature of their aggressiveness whenever the security men confronted them.
    MASSOB clash with the police men in Asaba which led to the death of seven people and many injuries on Monday the 30th of May, 2016 at about 5:24 pm reported by NAN and some other often violent showdown between them and securities, have question the veracity of the movement and rescind its claim of nonviolent position in the eyes of both the people and the nonviolent civil resistance activist across the globe. As a movement that is chaired by somebody who purposely took interest in Mahatma Gandhi’s style of nonviolent civil resistance and went to India in order to learn more from the Gandhi method of nonviolent, the movement is expected to exhibits a practical gamut “Satyagraha”, that is the passive resistance of the doctrine of nonviolent resistance originated by Mahatma Gandhi who used it in opposing the British rule in India. But it was unfortunate that the MASSOB could not live up to its claimed of the nonviolent position against the Nigerian government.
    I can be partially agree with Ralph Uwazuruike that the movements is nonviolent because they are armless and they also carry flags and posters which is part of the nonviolent resistance method. But I still don’t understand why the movement is full of violent “flanks” if is truly a nonviolent as claimed.

    There is ample evidence from historical examples that nonviolent action can be an effective method of social action than violent, and I will like to advice the leadership of MASSOB to use the genuine nonviolent method in order to circumvent the security restrictions. Examples of the successful nonviolent civil resistance from recent decades include the toppling of Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 through "people power," the collapse of communist regimes in Eastern Europe in 1989, the thwarting of a coup in the Soviet Union in 1991, the ending of apartheid in South Africa in the early 1990s, the resignation of President Suharto due to popular pressure in Indonesia in 1998, and the overthrow of Serbian ruler Milosevic in 2000.
    There is need for the absolute commitment to nonviolent discipline by the MASSOB movement, because been discipline and remaining unprovoked or been polite was one of the backbone of many activist of nonviolent success. Polite dialogue with the opponent was a key part of Gandhi’s method. He considered the opponent to be partner in his quest for “truth”. Maintaining nonviolent discipline should be one of the priority of the MASOAB movement in their everyday rallies whenever they are face with violent provocation from the government security because nonviolent discipline is a key to successful civil resistance.

    I will also like to advise the movement to focus on one thing especially on how they can cajole the government to make them also felt a sense of belonging by given them an equal treatment both in political power sharing, resource inclusion and environmental development which is part of their reason for agitation.
    Be it nonviolent movement or violent movement agitating for a self-government will not be possible. Most of the movement for national self-government or determination that succeeded in the past, trace their history far back as part of their national stories (Nationalism) of which Nigeria as an entity is one of them, an artificial geographical entity created by imperial powers.
    <ref>REFERENCES: Ackerman, P, Kruegler, C., 1994. STRATEGIC Nonviolent Conflict. Praeger, Westport. Organization Otpor. Analytics Directorate. Ministry of Interior, Belgrade www.wendymcelroy.com/articles/socialboycott.html Gene Sharp’s 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action Global Freedom… https://globalfree.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/198-methods SHARP, Gene. From dictatorship to democracy: a conceptual framework for liberation. Fourth US Edition. Boston: Albert Einstein Institute, 05/2010. Participation is everything- a conversation with Erica Chenoweth… wagingnonviolence.org/.../participation-is-everything-a-conversation-with-erica-chen... Mary Elizabeth King /Waging Nonviolence- People-Powered… wagingnonviolence.org/author/maryelizabethking/page/2 How we made the media pay attention- Waging Nonviolence. wagingnonviolence.org/...we-made-the-media-pay-attention McRoberts, Kenneth. 2001. Catalonia: Nation building without a state . Oxford University Press. Ackerman, Peter and Jack DuVall. 2001. A force more powerful: a century of nonviolent Conflict.New York: Palgrave Macmillan.</ref>


  • White House excludes New York Times, CNN, others from news briefing

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    {{date|February 26, 2017}}
    {{United States}}

    On Friday [[White House]] Press Secretary {{w|Sean Spicer}} held an informal "gaggle" press briefing but made a point of excluding certain news outlets. The White House's decision has drawn even ire from news organizations that were included, such as {{w|Fox News}} and ''{{w|The Wall Street Journal}}''.

    ''The New York Times'' and CNN, as well as the [[BBC]], ''{{w|The New York Daily News}}'', ''[[Al Jazeera]]''<!--Al Jazeera, others from I-->, the ''{{w|LA Times}}'', {{w|BuzzFeed}}, ''{{w|The Hill}}'', and ''[[The Daily Mail]]'', were all barred from attending the meeting,<!--Independent--> while [[Reuters]], [[NBC]], [[ABC]], [[CBS]], Fox News, {{w|Bloomberg News|Bloomberg}}, and the heavily conservative news outlets {{w|Breitbart News}}, {{w|One America News Network}} and ''{{W|The Washington Times}}'' were admitted. ''{{w|Time magazine|Time}}'', the [[Associated Press]] and some other outlets were invited to the briefing but {{w|boycott|boycotted}}.<!--Independent-->

    The meeting took place in Spicer's office rather than the usual briefing room.<!--Independent--> Spicer told the press that the smaller gathering was because Trump had already made a large speech earlier in the day. "We want to make sure we answer your questions, but we don't need to do everything on camera every day."<!--Al Jazeera--> However, he also criticized media coverage of the Trump administration, which President Trump has cited as unfair. "We're going to aggressively push back," one reporter recorded him saying at the gaggle. "We’re just not going to sit back and let, you know, false narratives, false stories, inaccurate facts get out there."<!--NYTimes-->

    This meeting took place the day after CNN issued a report claiming that the White House had asked high-level employees at the U.S. [[Federal Bureau of Investigation]] to rebut a story in ''The New York Times'' about the Trump administration's alleged ties with [[Russia]] and [[Vladimir Putin]].<!--NYTimes-->

    "Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don't like. We'll keep reporting regardless," said CNN in a statement.<!--Al Jazeera-->

    "Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties," said ''New York Times'' executive editor Dean Baquet. "We strongly protest the exclusion of ''The New York Times'' and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest."<!--Independent, NYTimes for spelling of "organizations"-->

    "While we strongly object to the White House's apparent attempt to punish news outlets whose coverage it does not like," said Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, "we won't let these latest antics distract us from the work of continuing to cover this administration fairly and aggressively."<!--Independent-->

    BBC bureau chief Paul Denahar was more formal: "We understand there may be occasions when, due to space or circumstances, the White House restricts press events to the established pool. However, what happened today did not fit into that pattern. On this occasion selected media were allowed to attend the briefing and the selected media, including the BBC, were not."<!--Independent-->

    ''{{w|National Review}}'' contributor David French also criticized the decision: "The only reason to exclude a news organization from a press briefing should be space available, with space allocated on a viewpoint-neutral basis. [...] It's one thing to bash the press. It's another thing entirely to take steps to deny access to disfavored outlets. When it comes to access, Trump needs to be better than Obama, not worse." He went on to discuss the [[Barack Obama|Obama]] administration's relationship with Fox News.<!--National Review-->

    Some of the news organizations that were invited to Spicer's meeting also opposed the exclusion of their peers:

    "Some at CNN and ''New York Times'' stood with Fox News when the [[Barack Obama|Obama]] admin attacked us and tried to exclude us," said Fox anchor {{w|Bret Baier}} via [[Twitter]], "a White House gaggle should be open to all credentialed orgs."<!--Independent-->

    "''The Wall Street Journal'' strongly objects to the White House's decision to bar certain media outlets from today's gaggle," added a representative for the newspaper. "Had we known at the time, we would not have participated and we will not participate in such closed briefings in the future."<!--Independent-->

    The {{w|White House Correspondents' Association}} took a calmer view: "We're not happy with how things went today," said association president Jeff Mason. "I don't think that people should rush to judgment to suggest that this is the start of a big crackdown on media access."<!--NYTimes-->

    Donald Trump has stated the mainstream media portrayed the first month of his presidency unfairly, calling some of their reports "fake news" and the press themselves the "enemy of the people" and insisted that they refrain from using anonymous sources. "I'm against the people that make up stories and make up sources," he told the Conservative Political Action Committee in Washington D.C.<!--Independent-->

    "President Trump's calls for an end to anonymous sources was alarming. It is not the job of political leaders to determine how journalists should conduct their work, and sets a terrible example for the rest of the world, where sources often must remain anonymous to preserve their own lives," wrote Joel Simon of the {{w|Committee to Protect Journalists}}.<!--Independent-->

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    ==Related news==
    *{{wikinews|U.S. responds to Russian election hacking with expulsions, sanctions|December 31, 2016}}

    ==External links==
    *[https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/24/press-gaggle-press-secretary-sean-spicer-2242017 Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/24/2017]
    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/white-house-blocks-news-outlets-from-media-briefing-a7598641.html
    |title=White House blocks CNN, BBC, New York Times, LA Times from media briefing
    |author=Justin Carissimo
    |pub=The Independent
    |date=February 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/445235/when-it-comes-press-access-trump-needs-be-better-obama-not-worse|pub=National Review|author=David French|title=When It Comes to Press Access, Trump Needs To Be Better than Obama, Not Worse|date=February 24, 2017}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/us/politics/white-house-sean-spicer-briefing.html?_r=0
    |title=Trump Intensifies His Attacks on Journalists and Condemns F.B.I. ‘Leakers’
    |author= Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael M. Grynbaum
    |pub=The New York Times
    |date=February 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/white-house-excludes-several-outlets-press-gaggle-n725366
    |title=White House Excludes Several Outlets From Press Gaggle
    |author=Ali Vitali
    |pub=NBC
    |date=February 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/white-house-media-briefing-170224230534805.html|title=White House bars outlets from Sean Spicer media gaggle|pub=Al Jazeera|author=|date=February 24, 2017}}

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  • NASA in eldoret

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    NASA members today spent their day in eldoret champaign ing for the upcoming elections.
    As they blamed the jubilee party for the falling of the country's economy.


  • Pioneering Contemporaries Karnataka

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    At the time I passed out from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat School of Art in the early sevneties, there was hardly any concerted movement in the contemporary art scene in Karnataka.The scenario was more or less the same in other parts of India , too.

    Apart from a few small groups and individuals working here and there, there was no focussed approach by artists together, like what was happening in Tamilnadu or Andhrapradesh.Though art was 'happening' all over the country, there was no organised movementas such and even if someone wanted to create a movemnt it would have been difficult for them becauase art was yet to emerge as a "trade" in the country.In that scenario , Karnataka was no exception either.

    An exception to this was a young contemporary artists group called "Samyojita" which was working towards a movement , which had the intention to championing the cause of contemporary art scene in the state.

    In the late seventies a group of -mostly senior - artists joined together and formed a group called Karnataka Painters.This group worked towards a movement that aimed at fostering contemporary art.Karnataka Painters showcased the works of several artists outside the state in organiszed shows, perhaps for the first time.Notable among those shows isa n exhibition that was held in Madras Lalitkala Akademi Regional Centre , which was well accepted by artists, critics and connoisseurs alike.

    Though Karnataka Painters became defunct after a few years it certainly has served a great cause in promoting contemprary art on a national level from Karnataka.It has to be observed that at that time there was a number of individual artists who were also working in the same direction that has contributed to build a platform that became a ground for the younger generation to come.The arrival of K.K.Hebbar as thechairmen of the Karnataka Lalitkala Akademi further boosted that drive and immensely contributed to discover young talents and nurture them.

    Despite these efforts, which gave a standing for the younger generations, these veterans are conveniently pushed into obilivion, as they are not part of any equationsruling the art scene in the country.And it is this element of oblivion that provoked this group to bring their works back to the limelight again, because they deserve more than what they got.

    The promininent names of artists who were responsible to build a place for contemporary art in Karnataka are V.G.Andani , Late Appukuttan Achary , Balan Nambiar , Late Yusuf Arakkal , Bhaskar Rao, Chandranath Acharya, C.Chandrashekara , Late.R.M.Hadapad, Jasu Rawal, Krishna Setty, P.S.Kumar, J.M.S.Mani, Late . N.Marisham Achar, Milind Nayak, S.S.Munoli, Peter Lewis , Pushpa Dravid, Ramdas Adyantaya , Ramesh Rao, Late G.S.Shenoy , S.G.Vasudev .

    K.K.Hebbar's contribution to the Karnataka artists was immense and cannot be ignored.

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    == Sources ==

    * {{source|url=|title=Pioneering Contemporaries Karnataka|author=Excerpts from the concept note by Yusuf Arakkal on Pioneering Contemporaries Karnataka|pub=Eng|date=22.02.2011}}
    * {{source|url=|title=Pioneering Contemporaries Karnataka|author="The inspiration called soul" by P.Sudhakaran, Art Critic|pub=|date=22.02.2011}}


  • Trump administration disregarded memo that advised halting the Dakota Access Pipeline

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    {{United States}}
    {{date|February 24, 2017}}

    According to court documents revealed this week, the [[Donald Trump|Trump administration]] was supplied with and then rejected a memo concluding there was "ample legal reason" to halt construction of the {{w|Dakota Access Pipeline}}. This 35-page analysis of the environmental and legal concerns associated with construction of the pipeline through the {{w|Standing Rock Sioux}} reservation was pulled by the {{w|U.S. Department of the Interior}} two days before President Trump ordered the {{w|U.S. Army Corps of Engineers}} to issue an {{wikt|easement}} allowing {{w|Energy Transfer Partners}} to resume construction.<!--ABC--> According to Acting Secretary of the Interior {{w|K. Jack Haugrud}}, the memo was suspended February 6 so that it could be reviewed.
    {{QuoteLeft|The government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Tribes calls for enhanced engagement and sensitivity to the Tribes' concerns,|source=Hilary C. Tompkins of the U.S. Department of the Interior}}
    "The government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Tribes calls for enhanced engagement and sensitivity to the Tribes' concerns," wrote [[Barack Obama|Obama]] appointee and then-Interior Department Solicitor {{w|Hilary C. Tompkins}} in the memo, which is dated December 4. "The Corps is accordingly justified should it choose to deny the proposed easement." The same day, then-U.S. President Barack Obama issued an order denying the easement and ordering an investigation of the pipeline project's environmental impact.
    {{QuoteRight|I believe that construction and operation of lawfully permitted pipeline infrastructure serve the national interest,|source=U.S. President Donald J. Trump}}
    Both decisions were reversed by President Trump during his first week in office. "I believe that construction and operation of lawfully permitted pipeline infrastructure serve the national interest," he wrote at the time.<!--ABC-->

    Energy Transfer Partners CEO, Kelsey Warren dismissed concerns about cultural and environmental damage, stressing that the company had conducted many archeological analyses in with South Dakota historical preservation offices and found "no sacred items along the route."<!--ABC-->

    The Dakota Access Pipeline has inspired protests going back to 2014<!--Time--> by the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies who believe that placing a pipeline underneath Lake Oahe will put their land and water in danger of contamination. <!--ABC--> Many of the protesters were forcibly evacuated earlier this week, and dozens were arrested.<!--InForum-->

    The Dakota Access Pipeline is plotted to run about 1200 miles and carry oil collected from North Dakota's {{w|Bakken shale}} reserves, which have become exploitable due to the development of {{w|fracking}} technology, through Illinois to refineries. It must cross the {{w|Missouri River}}, an interstate waterway to do so, which places the project under the U.S. federal government's jurisdiction rather than state jurisdiction<!--Time-->. Unlike the {{w|Keystone XL pipeline}}, the Dakota Access Pipeline does not involve [[Canada]]. An earlier plan would have placed its path just north of {{w|Bismarck, North Dakota}}, but this route was rejected because of potential danger to the city's water supply.<!--ABC-->


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    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=http://www.inforum.com/news/4224688-25-dakota-access-arrestees-sent-grand-forks-jail
    |title=25 Dakota Access arrestees sent to Grand Forks jail
    |author=April Baumgarten
    |pub=InForum
    |date=February 24, 2016
    }}
    *{{source|title=Trump administration withdrew legal memo that found 'ample legal justification' to halt Dakota Access pipeline
    |url=http://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-administration-withdraws-legal-memo-found-ample-legal/story?id=45696135
    |author=James Hill
    |pub=ABC News
    |date=February 23, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.mintpressnews.com/dakota-access-pipeline-memo-supporting-tribal-rights-buried-by-trump-administration/225144/
    |title=Dakota Access Pipeline Memo Supporting Tribal Rights Buried By Trump Administration
    |author=Kevin Gosztola
    |pub=MintPress
    |date=February 22, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://time.com/4548566/dakota-access-pipeline-standing-rock-sioux/
    |title=What to Know About the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests
    |author=Justin Worland
    |pub=Time
    |date=October 16, 2016
    }}
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  • Syrian peace talks begin in Geneva

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    {{date|February 26, 2017}}

    On Thursday, peace talks between the [[Syria|Syrian]] government and its opposition officially began in [[Geneva]], [[Switzerland]]. The talks, organized by the [[United Nations]], aim toward a political solution to the [[Syrian Civil War]] that has lasted for more than five years.
    {{QuoteLeft|I ask you to work together. I know it's not going to be easy<!-- to end this horrible conflict and lay the foundation for a country at peace with itself, sovereign and unified -->|source=Staffan de Mistura, coordinator for the Syrian peace talks}}
    [[File:Staffan de Mistura in Astana.png|thumb|left|260px|From file, Staffan de Mistura at related talks last month in Astana, [[Kazakhstan]]. {{image|[[VOA]]}}]]
    The peace conference is being held at the {{w|United Nations Office at Geneva|foreign=suppress}}. After an opening ceremony which the opposition delegation nearly missed due to internal disagreements, the UN envoy to Syria {{w|Staffan de Mistura}} formally announced the start of the first day of talks. The government and opposition delegations sat opposite each other with a UN assembly serving as a mediator.

    The two sides, however, failed to directly talk to the other and no negotiations took place on the first day. Staffan de Mistura separately spoke to the opposing representatives. "I ask you to work together. I know it's not going to be easy to end this horrible conflict and lay the foundation for a country at peace with itself, sovereign and unified", he told the assembly.

    The Syrian government delegation was led by {{w|Bashar Jaafari}}, the Syrian representative to the UN. He attended several previous Syrian peace talks.

    The opposition delegation mainly consisted of the {{w|High Negotiations Committee}} (HNC), led by {{w|Naser al-Hariri}}. "Today, the real opposition that represents the Syrian people is the HNC. This delegation and the HNC, extends its hand to any national partner that adopts the will of the Syrian people", he said. The HNC is based in [[Saudi Arabia]]. However, two other opposition groups also attended the conference, supported by [[Russia]], which is also a major supporter of the Syrian government.

    In addition to the two political delegations, a group of several Syrian women were also in Geneva. Some of them had relatives arrested, abducted, or otherwise missing during the war.

    The talks are held on the basis of {{w|United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254}}, adopted in December 2015, which called for a ceasefire and a political transition in Syria.

    This conference takes place nearly a year after the previous round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva collapsed in 2016. "We do know what will happen if we fail once again &mdash; more deaths, more suffering, more terrorism, more refugees", said de Mistura.

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    {{sisters|w|Geneva peace talks on Syria (2017)}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/syria-talks-geneva-170223213801586.html
    |title=Syria talks hit snag before opening ceremony in Geneva
    |author=Dylan Collins and Zena Tahhan
    |pub=Al Jazeera
    |date=February 24, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56232#.WK_s0vmGPIU
    |title=UN chief Guterres urges Syrians at Geneva negotiations to seek political solution; Envoy to meet with parties on work plan
    |author=
    |pub=United Nations
    |date=February 23, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39037609
    |title=Syria peace talks: Sides fail to meet on first day in Geneva
    |author-
    |pub=BBC News Online
    |date=February 23, 2017
    }}

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  • Google performs successful collision attack on SHA-1 the first time in history

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    {{date|February 25, 2017}}
    {{Internet}}
    This Thursday, [[Google]] announced that it had performed a successful {{w|Cryptographic hash collision|collision attack}} on the popular {{w|SHA-1}} {{w|cryptographic hash function}} for the first time &mdash; that they know of. The collision attack demonstrated an algorithm for making two distinct inputs map to the same hash output, putting at risk the usage of SHA-1 for verifying data integrity. Google published a blog post and made a website about the collision attack.
    [[File:Sha-family.png|thumb|left|260px|An unofficial icon for group SHA1, SHA2, SHA3 family. {{image|[[w:User:Krauss|Krauss]]}}]]
    A successful attacker would be able to add a malicious file to the system to damage a backup relying on SHA-1 for checking data integrity, deliver a malicious update to clients using SHA-1 to verify the update file, attack and decrypt an encrypted connection to a website where the user's browser is using SHA-1 to identify the connection certificate, replace a file revision history using SHA-1 to identify commits, and perform other actions that would substitute for valuable files with something seemingly identical but misleading or malicious in practice. Similar systems not using SHA-1 would not be affected.

    To demonstrate the success of the algorithm, Google published two distinct {{w|Portable Document Format}} (PDF) files with identical SHA-1 hash. Google recommended everyone who uses SHA-1 to switch to {{w|SHA-256}} or {{w|SHA-3}}, stronger cryptographic hash functions.

    The group started with a paper published by Marc Stevens in 2013 in which the authors proposed a theoretical algorithm for the collision attack. They chose PDF files as the basis for their attack. They wrote a PDF file prefix on both files and PDF contents which hashed to the same SHA-1 digest. Then they used the Google computing infrastructure to perform more than nine quintillion (upwards of 9,223,372,036,854,775,808) SHA1 computations. They described this as 6,500 years of CPU time distributed in the first phase, then 110 years of {{W|graphics processing unit}} (GPU) time total in the second phase of the attack to reach full collision. They said this new algorithm was 100,000 times faster than the {{w|brute-force attack}} and 50 times faster than a {{w|collision attack}} algorithm proposed in 2005.

    The cryptology group at the {{w|Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica}} (CWI) institute, [[Netherlands]], collaborated with the Google Research Security, Privacy and Anti-abuse Group to achieve the collision. According to a press release, {{w|Marc Stevens (cryptology)|Marc Stevens}} and {{w|Elie Bursztein}} were the initial leaders of the initiative, Ange Albertini developed the PDF attack code, Pierre Karpman developed the cryptoanalysis, Yarik Markov and Pierre Karpman developed the distributed graphical processing unit (GPU) code, and Clement Baisse checked the reliability of the programs.

    Google also provided a collision detector online, where users can upload a PDF file to test whether it was tampered with for reaching a collision. Alex Petit Bianco developed the online file collision detector. Following its security policy, Google set a 90 day delay before release of the source code for the attack.

    Operating systems and software rely on SHA-1 for verifying the file integrity when distributing updates to its users and in ISO checksums. Developers use SHA-1 in their {{w|version control system|file revision control systems}}, such as {{w|git}}, to verify the files' integrity. Many people install programs that use SHA-1 for detecting duplicate files in storage media and for verifying backups' integrity. People surfing the web see SHA-1 used for verifying the integrity of {{w|HTTPS}} certificates to verify the users' connection with the website is not subject to a {{w|man-in-the-middle attack}}. People also use SHA-1 in email {{w|Pretty Good Privacy|PGP}}/{{w|GNU Privacy Guard|GPG}} signatures.

    Since January, {{w|Google Chrome}} does not trust SHA-1 certificates. {{w|Mozilla Firefox}} stopped trusting them yesterday<!-- on Friday -->.

    SHA-1 was introduced more than twenty years ago.

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    == Sources ==
    *{{Source
    |url=https://shattered.it/
    |title=SHAttered
    |date=February 25, 2017 (date of access)
    |publisher=Google
    }}
    *{{Source
    |url=https://security.googleblog.com/2017/02/announcing-first-sha1-collision.html
    |title=Announcing the first SHA1 collision
    |publisher=Google
    |date=February 23, 2017
    }}
    *{{Source
    |url=https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/23/security-researchers-announce-first-practical-sha-1-collision-attack/
    |title=Security researchers announce “first practical” SHA-1 collision attack
    |date=February 23, 2017
    |publisher=TechCrunch
    }}

    == External links ==
    *{{Source
    |url=https://blog.mozilla.org/security/2016/10/18/phasing-out-sha-1-on-the-public-web/
    |title=Phasing Out SHA-1 on the Public Web
    |date=October 18, 2016
    |publisher=Mozilla
    }}
    *{{Source
    |url=http://www.securityweek.com/mozilla-re-enables-support-sha-1-firefox
    |title=Mozilla Re-Enables Support for SHA-1 in Firefox
    |date=January 7, 2016
    |publisher=SecurityWeek
    }}

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  • Camo leopard buffet awareness day

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    {{tasks|news|src|re-review}}
    '''Friday, February 24, 2017'''

    Camo leopard buffet awareness day is the brainchild of a group of PR professionals based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

    Inspired by a long-winded and somewhat confusing conversation, combined with their love of sausage rolls and general finger food, the first annual Camo leopard buffet awareness day is taking place on Friday 24th February 2017.

    It was launched on 17th February 2017, with the following message, which was shared with all the staff in their work studio:

    "In celebration/desperate need of a distraction from the enduring seasonal affective disorder of January and February, the PR team has invented a whole new awareness day. In these turbulent times, many people aren’t getting anywhere near their recommended intake of buffet food. A recent poll has also found that some don’t actually own a single item of clothing that is either camo or animal print. To raise awareness of these tragic facts, and to do what we can to address the issues, next Friday, 24 February, is camo leopard buffet awareness day. Help us to mark CLBAD, by wearing something camo or animal print and (most importantly) bringing in some food for a GR buffet. See you there in solidarity, comrades! (Basically, let’s all bring in buffet food on Friday and stuff our faces for the day.)"

    Team members not able to attend the main event are still encouraged to take part, sharing their camo leopard buffet antics on social media, using the hashtag #CamoLeoBuffet


  • Joan of Arc Church Robbery

    MarHM:


    {{develop}}
    {{date|February 22, 2017}}

    On February 21, Evesham Township police issued a call for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed St. Joan of Arc Church on Willowbend Road in Marlton, New Jersey on February 13.

    Police say that the suspect entered the church around 6:15 pm and hid in a guest room on the second floor of the church until around 11 pm, when he proceeded to go room to room taking money and gift cards. They believe he subsequently took a taxi cab to the Philadelphia International Airport.

    According to police, the suspect is a black male in his 40s, believed to be stocky with a thin mustache, based on security camera footage.

    People with information regarding this incident are requested to contact the Evesham Police Department at 856-983-1116, or call the confidential tip line at 856-983-4699.

    {{haveyoursay}}
    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Robber-Steals-New-Jersey-Church-Police-414375823.html
    |title=Robber Steals Cash, Gift Cards From South Jersey Church: Police
    |author=Anastasia Weckerly
    |pub=NBC News
    |date=February 21, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.nj.com/burlington/index.ssf/2017/02/man_allegedly_stole_cash_from_church_took_cab_to_a.html
    |title=Man allegedly hid in church, stole cash, caught cab to airport
    |author=Greg Adomaitis
    |pub=NJ.com
    |date=February 21, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://6abc.com/news/police-thief-hid-inside-marlton-nj-church/1765648/
    |title=POLICE: THIEF HID INSIDE MARLTON, NJ CHURCH
    |pub=ABC News
    |date=February 21, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.facebook.com/319370858258/photos/a.326958373258.150400.319370858258/10155090400273259/?type=3&theater
    |title=Evesham Township Police (NJ)
    |author=
    |pub=Evesham Township Police Department
    |date=February 21, 2017
    }}

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  • Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

    Pi zero: pipe


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  • Contemplating $2mln revenue from India for No Rinse

    Federhalter: Fixed typos


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    No Rinse - a US-based waterless showering brand, which entered India not long ago, is suspecting a turnover of USD 2 million by March 2017.
    "India is a really huge market. We have a request pipeline of USD 2 million, which is relied upon to close by March 2017. We are focusing on USD 20 million in next half a decade. India ought to contribute more than 20 % of worldwide deals in next 5 years," No Rinse US-India Founder and CEO Puneet Gupta told.
    The organization, which counts US Military, NASA, Lockheed Martin as its customers, is concentrating on the defense industry, healthcare sector, homecare (post surgery) and the over the counter (OTC) space in India.
    No Rinse accomplices with specialists in every sector to showcase and circulate its items and the organization is in chats with a main pharma organization to disseminate its items in the OTC space.
    The organization has tied-up with Wockhardt Hospitals, Hinduja Hospital, Ganga Ram Hospital among others in India.
    With an item portfolio incorporates waterless body wash, waterless cleanser, body wipes and shampoo tops. No Rinse plans to have pan-India presence by 2018 however presently is concentrating on the level I urban communities at first.
    Presently the organization produces each of its items in the US and fares it to more than 15 nations including India, yet it plans to set-up an assembling unit in the nation in the following three years.
    "In the primary stage we are bringing every one of the merchandise from US since we have an assembling set-up in US. In second stage we will repack in India and in third stage we will fabricate in India. Within three years we have plans to have our own particular assembling plant in India," he said.
    No Rinse likewise has items for the pet care industry however Gupta said they would wait for no less than a year prior to launching it in India.

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  • Moses Gondwa

    Pi zero: tag


    {{notnews}}

    On Monday December 24, 1995, a child named Moses Gondwa was born at Mhangura Mine Hospital, the first child of Shadreck Gondwe and Stembile Makangeni. He was named after the biblical Moses "drown out," a reference to drowning out barrenness. His parents later divorced for reasons that they did not choose to make public. Moses was left in the custody of his mother, who eventually became unable to take proper care of him due to the hospitality work she was engaged in at his former birthplace. She later left him at her family's home in a minor town, Karoi in Hurungwe.

    The child lived with his grandmother, playing with aunts and uncles. His mother later married again, to Venter Rwodzi, giving Moses a brother and sister, Venter and Angeline, respectively.


  • Minneapolis Highway 169 Bridge Construction Project 2017

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    {{tasks|mos|re-review}}{{date|February 21, 2017}}

    One of the major highways in the {{w|Minneapolis-Saint Paul}} area is being taken down and will eventually be rebuilt. The {{w|Nine Mile Bridge}} between the Bren Road and Excelsior Boulevard in {{w|Edina, Minnesota|Edina}} is currently under construction. On Monday, February 20th, one construction workers working on the project was killed while unloading a 2,500 pound pipe. David Earl Hyde from Fulton, Missouri was crushed on Monday at about 2:30 PM local time. He was injured and rushed to the HCMC where he later died due to his injures. The construction workers have been working long hours from early mornings to well past dark to complete this project. This project start date was pushed back multiple times.

    The traffic the normally transverses Highway 169 has been pushed through to nearby Highway 100 and Highway 494. Both of these highways had road projects of their own completed last year.

    Other problems caused from this project include large amount of traffic going through otherwise normally quiet residential streets. The people in these neighborhoods have complained to police about constant traffic going through their neighborhoods. Police have put up artificial one-way areas where traffic from opposite direction have to take turns going through these areas. This is in an effort to curb unnecessary traffic in these neighborhoods.

    This road project was started in January and is expected to last until October 2017.

    Below are some original pictures and a video of this construction project:

    <gallery>
    Minneapolis Highway 169 Bridge Construction Project 2017 - Picture 1 of 3.jpg|169 Partially Taken Down View 1
    Minneapolis Highway 169 Bridge Construction Project 2017 - Picture 2 of 3.jpg|169 Partially Taken Down View 2
    Minneapolis Highway 169 Bridge Construction Project 2017 - Picture 3 of 3.jpg|169 Partially Taken Down View 3
    Minneapolis Highway 169 Bridge Construction Project 2017.webm|Minneapolis Highway 169 Bridge Construction At Night
    </gallery>

    {{haveyoursay}}
    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/02/20/169-construction-accident/
    |title=Construction Worker Fatally Crushed By 2,500-Pound Metal Pipe In Edina
    |author=
    |pub=WCCO News
    |date=February 20, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.kare11.com/news/1-dead-after-hwy-169-construction-accident/410167429
    |title=1 dead after Hwy. 169 construction accident
    |author=Jay Knoll, KARE
    |pub=KARE 11 News
    |date=February 20, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hwy169hopkins/
    |title=Hwy 169 - MnDot
    |author=Minnesota Department of Transportation
    |pub=Official Minnesota Department of Transportation Web Site
    |date=2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.kare11.com/traffic/highway-169-traffic-floods-neighborhoods/391627767
    |title=Highway 169 traffic floods neighborhoods
    |author=Boyd Huppert, KARE
    |pub=KARE 11 News
    |date=January 23, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.startribune.com/part-of-hwy-169-to-be-closed-for-up-to-a-year-get-your-questions-answered-at-mndot-open-house/365408041/
    |title=Part of Hwy. 169 to be shut for up to a year; MnDOT to brief motorists
    |author=Tim Harlow - Star Tribune Reporter
    |pub=Star Tribune
    |date=January 15, 2016
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.fox9.com/news/225974701-story
    |title=Construction on Highway 169 begins Jan. 10
    |author=Fox 9 News - Local Minneapolis TV Station
    |pub=Fox 9 News Website
    |date=December 28, 2016
    }}


  • Mir rahim uddin an football player on a journy to make india proud studed in all saints

    Pi zero: tag


    {{notnews}}

    Mir Rahim Uddin football player of India studied in All Saints high school. Under the guidance of former national football player Syed Faheem Uddin has reached till state level. His goal is to make India a proud country. He is the present football caption for state team.


  • Undercover agents arrest South Carolina white supremacist purchasing weapon for mass shooting

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    {{tasks|news|re-review}}{{United States}}
    {{date|February 18, 2017}}

    On Wednesday, agents from the [[U.S.]] [[Federal Bureau of Investigation]] (FBI) arrested 29-year-old [[South Carolina]] man Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell in {{w|Myrtle Beach}} for illegally buying a pistol from an undercover agent. The FBI alleged he said he was planning a mass shooting<!--Independent--> "in the spirit of {{w|Dylann Roof}}," who fired into the {{w|Charleston, South Carolina|Charleston}}'s {{w|Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church}} in 2015<!--NYTimes-->, killing nine.<!--NPR-->

    According to the FBI, McDowell, now 29, has served time in prison, eighteen months for {{w|burglary}} starting in 2011 and thirty days for {{w|misdemeanor}} {{w|assault and battery}} in 2013. Local police said this is where he developed [[white supremacy|white supremacist]] leanings. According to an affidavit filed by the FBI in U.S. federal court, McDowell made a series threatening online posts about {{w|synagogue|synagogues}} and [[Jews]]<!--NPR-->. "We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet," reads one post. Some time later, he said he was looking for "iron," his term for a gun.

    McDowell then arranged to meet with an undercover agent whom he believed worked for the {{w|Aryan Nation}}. According to the FBI, he told this agent, "I seen what Dylann Roof did and in my heart I reckon I got a little bit of hatred and [...] I want to do that s---" and that he wanted to escape without being returned to prison. He then paid the agent $109 for a .40 caliber Glock with ammunition.

    Court documents said McDowell had not yet selected where or when to attack.<!--NPR-->

    McDowell was charged with illegal possession of a firearm but not {{w|Anti-terrorism legislation|terrorism}}.<!--Independent--> His detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

    {{haveyoursay}}
    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/us/charleston-shooting-terrorism-or-hate-crime.html?_r=0
    |pub=The New York Times
    |title=Many Ask, Why Not Call Church Shooting Terrorism?
    |author=Rick Gladstone
    |date=June 18, 2015
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/17/515748869/s-c-man-is-accused-of-trying-to-emulate-attack-on-charleston-church?sc=17&f=1001
    |title=S.C. Man Is Accused of Trying to Emulate Attack on Charleston Church
    |author=Bill Chappell
    |pub=NPR
    |date=February 17, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/white-supremacist-benjamin-thomas-samuel-mcdowell-dylann-roof-massacre-jews-not-charged-under-a7586126.html
    |title=White supremacist who 'planned racist Dylann Roof-style massacre' not charged under terrorism laws
    |author=May Bulman
    |pub=The Independent
    |date=February 17, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/s-man-allegedly-planned-attack-temple-dylann-roof-article-1.2974465|pub=New York Daily News|date=February 16, 2017|author=Joan Silverstein|title=S.C. man allegedly planned shooting in 'spirit of Dylann Roof'}}
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  • Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader, murdered in Malaysia

    Pi zero: added Category:Kim Jong Nam using HotCat


    {{North Korea}}
    {{date|February 19, 2017}}

    [[Malaysia|Malaysian]] authorities on Friday arrested [[North Korean|North Korean]] man Ri Jong Chol, 46, on suspicion of involvement in the murder of {{w|Kim Jong Nam}},<!--BBC--> the half-brother to [[Kim Jong Un]], leader of North Korea. He died in Malaysia on Monday morning<!--CNN 2more-->. According to [[South Korea|South Korean]] officials, he was killed by a fast-acting poison administered by two women who approached him in [[Kuala Lumpur]] {{W|Kuala Lumpur International Airport|International Airport}}<!--CNN DNA-->.

    Ri is now the fourth subject in custody. On Wednesday, Malaysian authorities said, they arrested 26-year-old<!--CNN 2more--> taxi driver<!--NPR--> Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin<!--Guardian-->, whom they believed was the boyfriend of one of the women who approached Kim Jong Nam in the airport on Monday.<!--CNN 2more--> [[Indonesia]]'s Minister of Foreign affairs confirmed one of the women, Siti Aishah,<!--Guardian--> is an Indonesian citizen<!--Guardian-->, but confirmation was not then available on whether her counterpart, whose name was given as Doan Thi Huong, is actually [[Vietnam|Vietnamese]] or was merely carrying a Vietnamese passport<!--Guardian-->.<!--CNN 2more--> {{w|Selangor}} State Police Chief Abdul Samah Mat told ''CNN'' Jalaluddin helped the police find Aishah. The two women are to be held for seven days.<!--Guardian-->

    In findings published in the ''{{w|New Straits Times}}'', CCTV footage from the airport showed two women, ostensibly Aishah and Doan, walking up to Kim near the self-check-in stand. One of them distracted him while the other grabbed his face or neck and administered the poison,<!--Guardian--> though reports differ as to whether she used a needle, spray or impregnated cloth. Kim Jong Nam fell sick and went to the airport clinic, from which he was sent to the hospital by ambulance.<!--CNN DNA--> He died before reaching the hospital. One of the two women was wearing a T-shirt reading "LOL" when she approached Kim.<!--Guardian--> Aishah allegedly told police she thought she had been hired to perform a prank<!--BBC--> for a television show and that she had been hired to spray people with liquid before.<!--CNN arrested-->

    Kim had been traveling under the alias Kim Chol and was returning to [[Macau]] where he has lived with his family since leaving North Korea.<!--Guardian--><!--CNN DNA-->

    Kim Jong Nam, 45<!--NPR-->, was the oldest son of North Korean leader [[Kim Jong Il]]. His mother was Kim Jong Il's mistress {{w|Song Hye Rim}} and he was raised separately from his half-brothers. He was considered the elder Kim's heir apparent but lost favor after an incident in 2001 when he used a fake passport in an attempt to visit [[Japan]].<!--CNN 2more and NPR--> Kim has lived outside of North Korea for many years and did not attend his father's funeral in 2011. He favored more economic reform for North Korea and once told Japanese writer {{w|Yoji Gomi}} he did not believe Kim Jong Un would be a good leader<!--CNN 2more and NPR combination-->:

    "The Kim Jong-un regime will not last long," said Kim to Gomi in 2012. "Without reforms, North Korea will collapse, and when such changes take place, the regime will collapse."<!--Guardian-->

    South Korea's national intelligence agency accused the North Korean government of having Kim killed<!--BBC-->. The Korean Institute for Defense Analyses's Kim Chang-su stated Kim Jong Un may have felt his brother was a threat to his position.<!--NPR--> In the years since Kim Jong Un became leader, many people so perceived, including his uncle and advisor {{w|Jang Song Thaek}}, have ended up dead. Jang was executed for treason. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister {{w|Ahmad Zahid Hamidi}} dismissed allegations North Korea arranged Kim's death as "only speculation."<!--CNN 2more-->

    Malaysian authorities completed the autopsy of Kim Jong Nam earlier this week over objections from the North Korean government but announced Thursday they would not release the body to North Korea or disclose the results without a Kim family {{w|DNA}} sample. The North Korean government already said it won't accept the validity of an autopsy done without its permission or oversight.<!--BBC-->

    {{haveyoursay}}
    ==Related news==
    *{{wikinews|title=North Korea reportedly names successor to leader Kim Jong-il|date=June 3, 2009}}

    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/18/asia/kim-jong-nam-murder-suspects-arrests/|pub=CNN|author=Kathy Quiano|date=February 18, 2017|title=North Korean man arrested in Kim Jong Nam's death }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39013871|pub=BBC|title=North Korean Man Arrested over the Killing of Kim Jong Nam|date=February 18, 2017|author=}}
    *{{source|url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-kim-jong-un-brother-kim-jong-nam-murder-assasination-posion-body-dna-a7584986.html|pub=The Independent|title=Kim Jong-nam's body will not be released to North Korea without family DNA sample, says Malaysia|author=May Bulman|date=February 17, 2017}}
    *{{source|url=http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/17/asia/kim-jong-nam-murder-questions/|pub=CNN|date=February 17, 2017|title=Give us Kim family's DNA or no body, Malaysian police tell North Korea|author=Ben Westcott}}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/16/north-korea-killing-second-woman-held-over-death-of-kim-jong-nam|pub=The Guardian|date=February 16, 2017|title=Kim Jong-nam killing: two more held as details emerge of airport attack |author=Justin McCurry and Oliver Holmes}}
    *{{source|title=Third Suspect In Custody After Mysterious Death Of Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother
    |url=http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/16/515568280/third-suspect-in-custody-after-mysterious-death-of-kim-jong-uns-half-brother
    |author=Merrit Kennedy
    |pub=National Public Radio
    |date=February 16, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/asia/kim-jong-nam-arrests-autopsy/
    |title=2 more people arrested in mysterious death of Kim Jong Un's half-brother
    |author=Ben Westcott and Joshua Berlinger
    |pub=CNN
    |date=February 16, 2017
    }}

    {{Publish}}

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  • Former Lieutenant General Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Advisor to Trump Administration

    69.114.55.48: Typo


    {{United States}}
    {{date|February 15, 2017}}
    On Monday night, {{w|U.S.}} retired Lieutenant General {{w|Michael T. Flynn|Michael Flynn}} resigned from his position as {{w|National Security Advisor (United States)|National Security Advisor}} at the request of President [[Donald Trump]] in response to a {{w|US Justice Department|Justice Department}} report indicating the [[Russia|Russian]] government could blackmail Flynn over untrue statements he'd made to Vice President {{w|Mike Pence|Pence}}.<!--NBC-->
    [[File:Defense.gov photo essay 120724-D-BW835-236.jpg|thumb|left|260px|File photo of Michael T. Flynn, 2012. {{image|Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo}}]]
    Specifically, Flynn told Pence he had not discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Russian Ambassador {{w|Sergei Kislyak}}. Pence later went on television and relayed this to the public. However, U.S. intelligence officials had recorded Flynn and Kislyak's conversations. According to one such official, Flynn insinuated to Kislyak then-President-elect Trump would be pleased if Russia did not retaliate for the [[Barack Obama|Obama administration]]'s December 29 order sanctioning Russian spy agencies and expelling 35 suspected Russian spies from U.S. territory.<!--Reuters--> In his resignation letter, Flynn referred to his statements as "incomplete information" and said he'd apologized to Pence.

    Under the 1799 {{w|Logan Act}}, individual U.S. citizens are not allowed to negotiate with foreign governments without permission, and Flynn may have violated it,<!--NBC--> but {{w|University of Texas at Austin|University of Texas}} law professor {{w|Stephen Vladeck}} said the real issue is whether Flynn lied to the {{w|Federal Bureau of Investigation}}.<!--Reuters--> In remarks to {{w|NBC News}} a senior intelligence official said Flynn had not been shown to have done anything illegal. {{w|Executive Office of the President of the United States|White House}} Press Secretary {{w|Sean Spicer}} said the resignation was due to a "trust issue" rather than any legal concern.<!--NBC-->

    According to White House spokespeople, President Trump was informed Flynn had misled Pence last month by then-acting Attorney General {{W|Sally Yates}}<!--NBC-->, while Vice President Pence did not learn of this until news reports surfaced earlier this week<!--Reuters-->. {{w|U.S. Democratic Party|Democratic}} {{w|US House of Representatives|Representative}} {{w|Adam Schiff}} claimed Trump asked Flynn to resign because of the media response and not because of the conversation with Pence itself<!--Reuters-->. There is significant opposition in the {{w|U.S. Congress}} to lifting sanctions against Russia. Several Democrats and some {{w|U.S. Republican Party|Republicans}} have called for investigation of the Trump administration's ties with the country.<!--Reuters-->

    Retired general {{W|Keith Kellogg}}, who served as an advisor to Trump during his presidential campaign, was selected as Flynn's acting replacement.

    {{haveyoursay}}

    ==Related news==
    *{{wikinews|U.S. responds to Russian election hacking with expulsions, sanctions|December 31, 2016}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/justice-department-warned-administration-michael-flynn-could-be-blackmailed-official-n720476
    |title=Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser Over Talks With Russia
    |author=Richard Greenberg, Alex Johnson, Kristen Welker and Alastair Jamieson
    |pub=NBC News
    |date=February 14, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-flynn-idUSKBN15T226
    |title=Trump knew for weeks that aide was being misleading over Russia: White House
    |author=Steve Holland and Richard Cowan
    |pub=Reuters
    |date=February 14, 2017
    }}

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  • 2017 Tignes Ski Resort Avalanche

    Blood Red Sandman: Statues tags


    {{sources}}{{stale}}
    The [[2017 Tignes Ski Resort Avalanche]] was an [[Avalanche]] that hit Tignes Ski Resort, killing 4 people. Two of the confirmed [[deceased]] was teenage boys.
    On [[Monday]] the 13th of [[February]] at around 10:30 French Time, an instructor was leading three snowboarders when a big wall of snow swept through a Tignes Ski Resort in an off-piste area.

    According to Local Police, the four people that died was a 48-year-old man, his 15 year old son and the son's half brother, who is 19, as well as the experienced instructor. All four of them are French National.


  • Adele and David Bowie wins five Grammy

    Agastya: space related edits.


    {{date|February 15, 2017}}
    {{Music}}
    On Sunday, [[UK|British]] singer {{W|Adele}} won five {{w|Grammy Award|Grammy Awards}} at the 59th Grammy Awards event in [[Los Angeles]]. {{W|David Bowie}} posthumously won five Grammys.

    Adele won Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo and Record of the Year for her song ''{{W|Hello (Adele song)|Hello}}'', and Album of the Year for her album ''{{W|25 (Adele album)|25}}'', becoming the first singer to win the Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year twice.

    David Bowie was nominated in five categories &mdash; three for his album ''{{W|Blackstar (album)|Blackstar}}'' in Best Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and Best Rock Performance; and two for his song ''{{W|Blackstar (song)|Blackstar}}'', Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. Days after releasing his 25th album, ''Blackstar'', Bowie passed away in January 2016, due to cancer. Before ''Blackstar'', Bowie won a Grammy for his music video ''{{W|Jazzin' for Blue Jean}}'', and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, never winning the award in a major category before.<!-- nytimes, spin -->

    In the event, singer {{W|Bruno Mars}} paid tribute to music icon {{w|Prince (musician)|Prince}}, replicating style, costumes, and guitar of Prince's. {{W|Minneapolis}}-based funk band {{W|The Time (band)|The Time}}, who had performed with Prince, paid tribute to the singer who passed away in April at the age of 57.<!-- nytimes, and prince's obituary --> Adele, in her performance, paid tribute to {{w|George Michael}}. While performing, Adele stopped, swore, and restarted. She later apologised, saying "I am sorry for swearing and I am sorry for starting again, I can't mess this up for him[...] I am sorry, I can't." <!-- the guardian source --> British pop singer George Michael died on {{w|Christmas Day}} of heart failure at the age of 53.<!-- wikinews obituary -->

    Adele was in tears while receiving Grammy for the Album of the Year. In her acceptance speech, she said, "But I can't possibly accept this award. And I'm very humbled and I'm very grateful and gracious. But my artist of my life is {{w|Beyoncé}}. And this album to me, the '{{W|Lemonade (Beyoncé album)|Lemonade}}' album, is just so monumental. Beyoncé, it's so monumental. And so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul-baring and we all got to see another side to you that you don't always let us see. And we appreciate that. And all us artists here, we fucking adore you. You are our light. And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel, is empowering. And you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you."<!-- youtube, last but one --> Other albums in the pool, besides ''25'' and ''Lemonade'', were {{w|Justin Bieber}}'s ''{{w|Purpose (Justin Bieber album)|Purpose}}'', {{w|Drake (musician)|Drake}}'s ''{{w|Views (album)|Views}}'', and ''{{w|A Sailor's Guide To Earth}}'' by {{w|Sturgill Simpson}}.

    Earlier, while receiving award for the Record of the Year, Adele said, "My dream and my idol is Queen Bee [Beyoncé], and I adore you and you move my soul every single day and you have done for nearly seventeen years".<!-- youtube, last source --> Other songs nominated in the category were Beyoncé's ''{{W|Formation (song)|Formation}}'', ''{{w|Work (Rihanna song)|Work}}'' by {{w|Rihanna}}, ''{{w|7 Years (Lukas Graham song)|7 Years}}'' by {{w|Lukas Graham}}, and ''{{w|Stressed Out}}'' by {{W|TWENTY ØNE PILØTS}}.

    {{W|Beyoncé}} received the largest number of nominations for the event &mdash; nine &mdash; but she won only two. Her album ''Lemonade'' won Best Urban Contemporary Album and her song Formation won Best Music Video.<!-- nytimes -->

    {{W|Chance The Rapper}} won Best New Artist, and claimed Best Rap Performance for ''{{W|No Problem (Chance the Rapper song)|No Problem}}'' and Best Rap Album for ''{{W|Coloring Book (mixtape)|Coloring Book}}''. Chance's songs were never sold, and were available for free on streaming services.<!-- nytimes chicago tribune -->

    The new host {{w|James Corden}} took a {{wikt|pratfall}} on the stairs while entering. The duo TWENTY ØNE PILØTS won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song ''Stressed Out''. Upon announcement, they removed their pants to accept the award. Sharing an incident of watching Grammys before the duo was famous, {{w|Tyler Joseph}} said {{w|Josh Dun}} proposed if they were to receive a Grammy, they would receive it in their underpants as they were in underpants watching the award ceremony at the time. In his acceptance speech, he said, "I want everyone who's watching at home to know that you could be next. So watch out, because anyone from anywhere can do anything."
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    == Related news ==
    *{{wikinews|title=British singer George Michael, 53, dies|date=December 28, 2016}}
    *{{wikinews|title=Musician Prince dies aged 57|date=April 22, 2016}}

    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=https://www.grammy.com/nominees
    |title=59th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees
    |author=
    |pub=Grammys
    |date=February 15, 2017 (date of access)
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-grammy-awards-2017-cbs-20170212-story.html
    |title= Grammy Awards: Adele's '25' wins top honors, Chance the Rapper makes history
    |author=Greg Kot
    |pub=Chicago Tribune
    |date=February 13, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.spin.com/2017/02/grammys-2017-david-bowie-gets-his-first-real-grammys-wins-all-5-awards-he-was-nominated-for/
    |title=Grammys 2017: David Bowie Won His First Real Grammys
    |author=Winston Cook-Wilson
    |pub=Spin (magazine)
    |date=February 13, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/feb/12/adele-george-michael-tribute-grammys
    |title='I can't mess this up for him': Adele stops George Michael Grammys tribute
    |author=Amanda Holpuch
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=February 13, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxBERcE5yl8
    |title=Twenty One Pilots Wins Best Pop Duo / Group Performance | Acceptance Speech | 59th GRAMMYs
    |author=GRAMMYs
    |pub=YouTube
    |date=February 13, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctuggqUSITM
    |title=Adele Wins Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech | 59th GRAMMYs
    |author=GRAMMYs
    |pub=YouTube
    |date=February 13, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyOQM5UEPAs
    |title=Adele Wins Record Of The Year | Acceptance Speech | 59th GRAMMYs
    |author=GRAMMYs
    |pub=YouTube
    |date=February 13, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/12/arts/music/grammy-awards.html?_r=0
    |title=Adele Dominates the Grammys; Beyoncé Stops the Show
    |author=Ben Sisario
    |pub=The New York Times
    |date=February 12, 2017
    }}
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  • DJ Bomer Releases New Hit Single

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    The hit songs from Australia's newest DJ continue. Over the weekend, DJ Bomer, the Brisbane based producer and vocal artist released his first single from his upcoming album, Silence Por Favor - It's called Zanahorias, and it's already become a sensation. Overnight, the single climbed the Australia Hip-Hop ARIA Charts to reach number 72, higher than any of his previous tracks. The single features vocal work from DJ Nugget that includes the repeated refrain: “El melocoton y la, Zanahorias.” Meanwhile, Bomer provides a verse that includes a reference to the his past relationships. "There really is nothing, That I wouldn't do for you. I hope that you get this message too, so that before you leave, you will know the truth." The artwork for the track features DJ Bomer on a recent trip to Colombia, where he visited poverty-stricken areas of the north of the country over the Christmas holidays.


  • Wikipedia Bans Daily Mail due to Fabrication and Sensationalism

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    {{Wikimedia Foundation}}
    {{w|Katherine Maher}}, the executive director of the [[Wikimedia Foundation]], finally gave her comments after Wikipedia's ban of Daily Mail as a 'reliable source'. She seemed relaxed about the process that led to the decision, and the possibility that it could be reversed. 'It's my understanding that in this instance they were looking at how well the Daily Mail adheres to those standards of reliability. I presume that should circumstances change, Wikimedians would be very open to reconsidering the usage of the Daily Mail as a source they can use as widely as in the past. There's nothing to stop it being used again.'

    The Wikimedia Foundation said that volunteer editors on English Wikipedia had discussed the reliability of the ''Mail'' since at least early 2015 and have come to a consensus that the ''Daily Mail'' is 'generally unreliable and its use as a reference is to be generally prohibited, especially when other more reliable sources exist'.

    Those who opposed the move said ''The Daily Mail'' was sometimes reliable, that historically its record may have been better, and that there were other publications that were also unreliable. Some of those who opposed the ban also pointed to inaccurate stories in highly respected publications and suggested the proposed ban was driven by a dislike of the publication rather than an objective assessment of its reliability.

    Of the more than 90 editors who contributed to the discussion, 58 expressed support for the ban, however, the final decision was taken by editors designated as 'closers', who are authorised to enact consensus decisions.

    The move is likely to stop short of prohibiting linking to ''The Daily Mail'', as there will be instances, such as when the newspaper or one of its writers is the subject of a Wikipedia entry rather than a source of information on others, in which case the editors often believe a link is necessary. Instead, a system for flagging any uses of the newspaper as a source will be introduced, asking editors not to use it and to find alternatives.

    The editors have also asked for volunteers to review about 12,000 links to ''The Daily Mail'' already on Wikipedia and replace them with alternative sources wherever possible.

    This decision is related to the debate over the rise of fake news, which has widened to include concerns about misleading information in traditional publications.

    A spokesman for Mail Newspapers said that only a tiny portion of Wikipedia's millions of anonymous editors had been involved in the decision, adding: 'It is hard to know whether to laugh or cry at this move by Wikipedia. For the record, the Daily Mail banned all its journalists from using Wikipedia as a sole source in 2014 because of its unreliability.'

    The spokesman also questioned the politically motivated attempt to stifle the free press and cited that ''The Daily Mail'' and Mail Online had published more than half a million stories in 2016 and only received two upheld adjudications for inaccuracy.

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    ==Sister links==

    {{sister|Wikipedia:Reliable_sources/Noticeboard#Daily_Mail_RfC}}

    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/12/wikipedia-daily-mail-reliability-ban-katherine-maher
    |title='We always look for reliability': why Wikipedia's editors cut out the Daily Mail
    |author=Jasper Jackson
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=February 12, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/feb/08/wikipedia-bans-daily-mail-as-unreliable-source-for-website
    |title=Wikipedia bans Daily Mail as 'unreliable' source
    |author=Jasper Jackson
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=February 8, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://observer.com/2017/02/wikipedia-bans-the-daily-mail-as-a-source-because-its-unreliable/
    |title=Wikipedia Bans the Daily Mail as a Source Because It’s ‘Unreliable’
    |author=John Bonazzo
    |pub=New York Observer
    |date=February 9, 2017
    }}


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  • UK Parliamentary report: homophobia in sport worse than racism

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    {{LGBT}}
    According to a report produced by the {{w|Culture, Media and Sport Committee|Culture, Media and Sport}} {{w|select committee}} of the {{w|UK House of Commons|House of Commons}} in the {{w|United Kingdom}} on Friday, discrimination against {{w|homosexuality}} is now a worse problem in sports than racism and sports governing bodies have failed to effectively respond to the problem.

    The wide-ranging report from the select committee was sparked in part by controversy around comments by professional boxer {{w|Tyson Fury}} that the Committee's report described as "violently homophobic". The subsequent inclusion of Fury on a shortlist for the {{w|BBC}}'s {{w|Sports Personality of the Year Award}} was, according to the report, "symptomatic of homophobia not being taken seriously enough" and "an example of how homophobic abuse is allowed to pass unchallenged too often".

    The report praised the inclusion of 44 lesbian, gay or bisexual athletes in the team sent by the United Kingdom to the {{w|2016 Olympics|2016 Olympics in Rio}}, as well as the visibility of a number of top openly gay athletes including diver {{w|Tom Daley}} and {{w|Wales|Welsh}} international {{w|rugby}} player {{w|Gareth Thomas}}, but noted sport still lags behind wider society in acceptance, visibility and respect afforded to lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The authors of the report cited numerous examples of discrimination across different sports including the controversy around Tyson Fury's comments; comments by boxing champion {{w|Manny Pacquiao}}, with subsequent termination of a sponsorship contract Pacquaio had with {{w|Nike, Inc.|Nike}}; verbal abuse faced by British race walker {{w|Tom Bosworth}}; alleged discriminatory comments by {{w|Russia|Russian}} Olympic athlete {{w|Yelena Isinbayeva}}; and the "extensive homophobic backlash" faced by the now-retired {{w|basketball}} player {{w|John Amaechi}} when he came out as the first openly gay player in the {{w|National Basketball Association|NBA}}.

    Discrimination is responsible, according to the report, for many lesbian, gay and bisexual people dropping out of participation in sporting activity. The report cited a study, "Out on the Fields", which found 30% of gay men surveyed said they had been discouraged from pursuing sport due to experiences from physical education classes in school. The report recommended sports governing bodies "extend their work in schools explicitly to address the problem of homophobia", and warned the exclusion of lesbian, gay and bisexual people has negative effects for both the individuals concerned and for the sports which potentially miss out on talent when players do not feel they are made welcome.

    The report recommended football clubs need to apply a zero-tolerance policy on anti-homosexual abuse from fans and issue "immediate bans" of one to two years. The report called on corporate sponsors to make it clear to players they won't risk losing sponsorship deals if they come out, citing as a positive change the reform to sponsorship contracts by {{w|Adidas}}. The report also cited the need for visible campaigns against anti-homosexual discrimination in sports to parallel earlier efforts to fight against racism, such as the {{w|Kick It Out (organisation)|Kick It Out}} and {{w|Show Racism the Red Card}} campaigns, and urged sports governing bodies make a sustained commitment to such campaigns.

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    == Sources ==

    *{{source|url=http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/culture-media-and-sport-committee/news-parliament-2015/homophobia-in-sport-report-published-16-17/
    |title=Sport authorities must show 'zero tolerance' to homophobic abuse
    |pub=Parliament.uk
    |date=February 12, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/38942441
    |title=Sport must do more to fight homophobia, says report
    |pub=BBC Sport
    |date=February 12, 2017
    }}

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    == External links ==
    * [https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmcumeds/113/11302.htm The full report]

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  • Week of 'targeted enforcement actions' leave U.S. immigrant community reeling from changes in enforcement

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    {{date|February 11, 2017}}

    In a program that began last Monday and ended Friday at noon<!--Friday-->, {{w|U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement}} detained hundreds of people across the United States under an {{w|executive order}} from [[Donald Trump|President Donald J. Trump]], who pledged to deport 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records as part of his presidential campaign. Though officials claim that these are routine operations and not a change in policy, they have left the U.S. immigrant community in confusion.<!--Dallas-->

    "We cannot understate the level of panic and terror that is running through many immigrant communities," said Walter Barrientos of {{w|Make the Road New York}}.

    "This is clearly the first wave of attacks under the Trump administration, and we know this isn't going to be the only one," said Cristina Jiminez of the immigrant youth organization {{w|United We Dream}}.

    Immigration officials cited the cities of {{w|Atlanta}}, [[Chicago]], [[New York City|New York]], and [[Los Angeles]] and its environs and the states of [[North Carolina|North]] and [[South Carolina]] as the sites of these actions, though immigration activists say there were many more, in places, such as the states of [[Texas]], [[Kansas]], and [[Florida]].<!--Dallas-->

    While the [[Barack Obama|Obama administration]]'s policy toward undocumented immigrants was initially, as ''Dallas News'' puts it, "more aggressive than under any previous president," Obama shifted focus to convicted criminals after intense public outcry regarding the treatment of women and children. While immigration advocates and immigration officials dispute many of the details of the past week's events, they generally agree that most of those detained were adult men.<!--Dallas--> Department of Homeland Security spokesperson {{w|Gillian Christensen}}, who prefers the term "targeted enforcement actions" to "raids," said that most of the people detained had committed serious, often violent crimes.<!--Dallas--> {{w|David Marin}}, director of ICE field operations for Los Angeles, said about 75 percent of the 160 detainees had been convicted of {{w|felony|felonies}}.<!--Dallas--> The ''Dallas News'' noted that many of those rounded up had no criminal records<!--Dallas-->. The deportation of {{w|Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos}} from Arizona despite a years-long history of checking in with immigration officials sparked protests.<!--CNN-->.

    It is not clear how many of those detained would have been disregarded under previous enforcement policies.<!--Dallas--><!--CNN--> The Mexican consulate in {{w|Austin}}, Texas confirmed that 30 Mexican citizens had been detained by {{w|U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement}} on Thursday and 14 more on Friday. The daily average over the past few years has been four or five.<!--Dallas-->

    Another difference between these actions and those performed under the Obama administration is they took place predominantly during the day rather than at night. ''Dallas News'' reports teachers making plans for what to do if immigration officials come to schools and workers asking for rides home instead of walking for fear of being stopped and questioned.

    "This is new," said Susannah Volpe, an attorney for the immigrant legal service group Ayuda ("Help"), citing the tactic of ICE agents entering suspected undocumented immigrants' workplaces and apartment buildings. One of her clients was arrested at a construction site in Washington.<!--Dallas-->

    Austin city councilman Greg Casar said these actions might be an attempt to punish {{w|sanctuary cities}}<!--CNN, that Casar said this-->, districts within the U.S. where officials have deliberately decided not to enforce federal immigration law, for defying President Trump<!--NBC Chicago, what a sanctuary city is-->. One government employee said these actions might be an attempt to "send a message to the community that the Trump deportation force is in effect."<!--Dallas-->

    An executive order is a set of instructions that the President of the United States may issue without ratification from Congress,<!--CNBC--> though, as has been the case with President Trump's recent executive order concerning the admission of refugees and individuals from seven specific Muslim-majority countries, federal courts can order an executive order halted.<!--Guardian-->

    There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.<!--Dallas-->

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    ==Related news==
    *{{wikinews|Travel to U.S. resumes after federal judge blocks executive order|February 6, 2017}}
    *{{wikinews|Donald Trump elected US president|November 11, 2016}}
    *{{wikinews|On the campaign trail in the USA, August 2016|September 23, 2016}}
    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/10/politics/democrats-question-ice-enforcement-raids/
    |title=Democrats, advocates question ICE enforcement raids after hundreds of arrests
    |author=Tal Kopan
    |pub=CNN
    |date=February 11, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.dallasnews.com/news/immigration/2017/02/10/trump-order-immigration-agents-raid-target-rich-communities-texas-elsewhere
    |title=Under Trump order, immigration agents raid 'target-rich' communities in Texas, elsewhere
    |author=Dianne Solis and others
    |pub=Dallas News
    |date=February 10, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/federal-agents-conduct-sweeping-immigration-enforcement-raids-in-at-least-6-states/2017/02/10/4b9f443a-efc8-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html?utm_term=.f7da6ed715e5
    |title=Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states
    |author=Lisa Rein, Abigail Hauslohner, and Sandhya Somashekhar
    |pub=The Washington Post
    |date=February 10, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/Sanctuary-Cities-Explained-Immigration-413206773.html
    |title=What Is a 'Sanctuary City'?
    |author= Suzanne Ciechalski
    |pub=NBC Chicago
    |date=February 10, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/05/travel-ban-white-house-files-appeal-against-ruling-as-trump-says-well-win
    |title=US appeals court rejects White House request to reinstate travel ban
    |author=Martin Farrer
    |pub=The Guardian
    |date=February 5, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.cnbc.com/2014/01/28/executive-orders-what-they-are-and-how-they-work.html
    |title=Executive orders coming? Here's how they work
    |author=Mark Koba
    |pub=CNBC
    |date=January 26, 2014}}

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  • Theodor Bastard have released music video 'Selva' under Creative Commons

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    [[File:Theodor Bastard - Selva (Official video; vorb).ogv|thumb|left|260px|<center>Theodor Bastard — Selva (Official video)<br />
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    On Wednesday, [[Russia|Russian]] {{W|world music}} band {{W|Theodor Bastard}} have released their {{W|animation|animated}} {{W|music video}} "Selva" under {{W|Creative Commons}} Attribution 3.0 license. This is a re-release. Previously it was released in 2008 in {{w|DVD}} quality. Now, this new version has {{W|1080p}} resolution and such advantage as {{W|high frame rate}} of 50 frames per second, resulting in smoother playback.

    {{W|Theodor Bastard}} are {{W|Independent music|independent}} from commercial record labels; that's why licensing the music video under Creative Commons wasn't so complicated for them. The band has highlighted in the description: "Creative Commons build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world powered by collaboration and gratitude."

    As we can see examining {{W|Wikimedia Commons}}, Theodor Bastard is the second Russian musical group in the history (after {{W|Na Na (boy band)|Na-Na}}) whose collaboration with {{W|Wikimedia Foundation}} is reflected in uploading music videos to the online repository {{W|Wikimedia Commons}} and the only Russian band who have uploaded animation video to it. It's sad that such important social phenomenon as {{W|Wikimedia Foundation|Wikimedia}} stay {{W|Terra incognita}} in such a big country as Russia. Theodor Bastard attempts to break this stereotype that Russia is a barbarian country.

    The band was founded 21 years ago; its style is a combination of {{W|world music}}, {{W|neofolk}} and {{W|trip hop}}.
    The themes of Theodor Bastard's songs are usually based on {{W|mythology}} and {{W|fantasy}}. This music video "Selva" focuses on different aspects of {{W|Slavic mythology}} and the lyrics are written in an {{W|Idioglossia|idiosyncratic language}}.

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    == Sources ==
    *{{source|url=https://www.facebook.com/TheodorBastard/posts/10154924975572225
    |title=New release of official Theodor Bastard music video ''Selva''
    |author=Theodor Bastard
    |pub=Facebook
    |date=February 8, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.fulldozer.org/news/39/
    |title=Selva by Theodor Bastard now under free license
    |author=Fulldozer Association
    |pub=Fulldozer
    |date=February 11, 2017
    }}

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  • U.S. 9th circuit court rules against reinstating Trump travel ban

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    {{date|February 10, 2017}}

    Thursday night, the {{w|United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit}} ruled unanimously against reinstating an {{w|executive order}} by [[Donald Trump|U.S. President Donald J. Trump]] barring entry to the United States by refugees and residents of seven Muslim-majority countries.

    "The government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the Order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States," read the findings of the three-judge panel.<!--U.S. Court of Appeals--><!--BBC-->

    The travel ban was given an emergency stay the day after its enactment by Brooklyn federal judge {{w|Ann Donnelly}} on the grounds that some of the individuals subject to the order were in danger of harm if deported.<!--Washington Times--> Last Friday, in response to lawsuits from the U.S. states of [[Washington (state)|Washington]] and [[Minnesota]]<!--Guardian-->, federal district judge James Robart ruled that there was "no urgent need" for the executive order to remain in force. Although a separate set of legal proceedings meant to determine whether the travel ban violates the {{w|U.S. Constitution}} is currently under way in Robart's court<!--Guardian-->, the specific question before the Court of Appeals this week was whether Judge Robart's decision was correct. The court upheld Robart's ruling. While they did not rule on whether the ban amounted to religious discrimination they did say previous statements made by President Trump while campaigning that promised a "Muslim ban" could be taken into account in any future proceedings.<!--U.S. Court of Appeals--><!--Guardian-->

    President Trump's lawyers argued that the U.S. President has the sole authority to determine immigration policy and the administration was therefore under no obligation to defend or explain the executive order. The court disagreed on both points.<!--BBC--> "It is beyond question," read the order, which was unsigned and issued jointly, "that the federal judiciary retains the authority to adjudicate constitutional challenges to executive action."<!--NYTimes--> One of the three judges was appointed by [[U.S. Republican Party|Republican]] president [[George W. Bush]] and the other two by {{w|U.S. Democratic Party|Democrats}} [[Barack Obama]] and [[Jimmy Carter]].<!--NYTimes-->.

    The Trump administration can either wait for the next set of rulings by this court in March or file an emergency appeal with the {{w|U.S. Supreme Court}}. This court usually has nine judges but has been working with eight since the death of {{w|Justice Antonin Scalia}}<!--CBS News-->. Trump's nominee to replace him {{w|Neil Gorsuch}} has yet to be confirmed. In the case of a 4-4 tie in the Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit Court's ruling would remain in place<!--NYTimes-->.

    President Trump expressed his preferences, as is his custom, via [[Twitter|Tweet]]: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"<!--Guardian-->

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    ==Related news==
    *{{wikinews|Travel to U.S. resumes after federal judge blocks executive order|February 6, 2017}}
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    |date=February 9, 2017
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    |date=January 28, 2017
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  • Russian activist Navalny found guilty

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  • World Cup winner Philipp Lahm to hang up his boots

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    {{date|February 9, 2017}}
    {{Football}}
    On Tuesday, [[Germany|German]] ex-[[football (soccer)|football]] captain and 2014 {{w|FIFA World Cup}} winner [[Philipp Lahm]] announced he will retire as a football player at the end of this season. Lahm's current contract is to expire in 2018.
    [[File:Philipp Lahm, Germany national football team (06).jpg|thumb|left|260px|File photo of Philipp Lahm, 2011. {{image|[[Commons:User:Steindy|Steindy]]}}]]
    {{translated quote|de|German language|Ich habe den Verantwortlichen Bescheid gesagt, dass ich am Ende der Saison aufhören werde Fußball zu spielen|I have told the club officials that at the end of the season I'm going to stop playing football}}, the 33-year-old defender said. Lahm also declined to fill FC Bayern's sporting director vacancy; {{Translated quote|de|German language|<!-- Es gab Gespräche. Am Ende der Gespräche --> habe ich für mich entschlossen, dass jetzt nicht der richtige Zeitpunkt ist, beim FC Bayern einzusteigen.|<!-- There were talks. At the end of the discussions, -->I decided for myself that now is not the right time to join FC Bayern.}} Matthias Sammer, left the post in July.

    Philipp Lahm has been at [[Munich]] since the age of eleven. Lahm has played 501 matches in the Bavarian colours, the latest a 1–0 win over {{W|VfL Wolfsburg}}. The Bayern Munich captain lifted the [[Bundesliga]] title on seven occasions with the current defending champions Bayern.

    Lahm played 113 international matches for ''Die Mannschaft'', and guided Germany to the World Cup victory in [[Brazil]]. Apart from the World Cup gold medal and seven league titles, Lahm has also won the UEFA Champions League in 2013 against Bayern's arch rivals [[Borussia Dortmund]] 2&ndash;1 at the {{w|Wembley Stadium}}, six {{W|DFB-Pokal}} and a {{W|FIFA Club World Cup}} trophy.

    Lahm retired internationally in 2014 after the successful World Cup tournament.

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    *{{wikinews|title=Robben signs contract extension with Bayern|date=January 17, 2017}}
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    *{{source|url=http://www.dw.com/en/bayern-munich-captain-philipp-lahm-to-retire-at-end-of-season/a-37450875
    |title=Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm to retire at end of season
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    |pub=Deutsche Welle
    |date=February 8, 2017
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    *{{source|url=http://www.bundesliga.de/de/liga/news/philipp-lahm-ab-sommer-bin-ich-privatier-fc-bayern-muenchen-blmd20v.jsp
    |title=Philipp Lahm: "Ab Sommer bin ich Privatier"
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    |pub=Bundesliga
    |date=February 8, 2017
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    *{{source|url=https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/07/philipp-lahm-bayern-munich-captain-retire-end-season
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  • Joan of Arc Releases new Album

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    The indie band {{w|Joan of Arc (band)|Joan of Arc}} released its latest album, "He's Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands" on January 20, its first album since 2011.

    The album is the result of the band's improvisational sessions at various locations in Chicago, which were recorded and then pared down to a few songs. The final product consists of music without any definite structure, other than a general musical theme which is then elaborated upon. This style has long been a signature of this band, which evolved from the earlier "Cap'n Jazz" group which, as its name implies, borrowed jazz's improvisational nature.

    Recording sessions took place at the Open House Contemporary Gallery, Silent Funny arts space, the Chicago Athletic Association, and other locations in Chicago, and many of the songs likewise deal with that city, the hometown of the band's founding members.

    Songs on the album include "This Must Be the Placenta", "Cha Cha Cha Chakra", "Grange Hex Stream", "Two-Toothed Troll", "Full Moon and Rainbo Repair", and others. The random names are typical of the band's usual song titles.

    Joan of Arc is scheduled to perform at the Vera Project in Seattle on February 14.

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    *{{source|url=http://www.northwestmusicscene.net/joan-arc-coming-vera-project-february-14th-headlining-performance/
    |title=Joan of Arc Coming to Vera Project on February 14th for Headlining Performance
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    |pub=NorthWest Music Scene
    |date=February 3, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.clatl.com/music/article/20849872/joan-of-arc-embraces-lifes-weird-little-surprises
    |title=Tim Kinsella and Co. take on a whole new approach to writing music
    |author=Ben Salmon
    |pub=Creating Loafing
    |date=January 23, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.popmatters.com/review/joan-of-arc-hes-got-the-whole-this-land-is-your-land-in-his-hands/
    |title=He's Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands
    |pub=Pop Matters
    |author=Ian King
    |date=18 January 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.avclub.com/review/joan-arcs-new-album-achieves-its-grand-experiment--248354
    |title=Joan Of Arc’s new album achieves its grand experiment, for better or worse
    |author=David Anthony
    |pub=A.V. Club
    |date=January 20, 2017
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  • Reasons for demonetisation

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    '''''Probable reasons:
    1.To hit Maoists: This step actually made money with Maoists worthless. As per reports Maoists had stashed over Rs.7000 crore at their dumps in Bastar region. Now all of that is nothing but a bundle of papers.
    2.To make Corrupts burn cash: This is the biggest reason behind Demonetization. The corrupt people, who had stashed un-accounted cash in huge amounts, are made spend their nights burning cash;)
    3.To make municipalities record recoveries: Pre-demonetization was like authorities running behind people to get their taxes but now people are running behind authorities to pay the same;)
    4.Huge opportunities for mobile wallets: Demonetization's moto was to encourage cashless/digital economy
    5.To hit the fake currency rackets: The fake currency racketeers have been left with trash, and with high security features in the new Indian currency notes; making a counterfeit is impossible.

    There are many more reasons on why demonetization came into effect, but the above one’s seemed to be important for me.'''''


  • Frank Lampard announces retirement from football

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    {{date|February 5, 2017}}
    {{football}}
    On Thursday, former [[England|English]] midfielder [[Frank Lampard]] announced retirement from [[football (soccer)|football]] via {{w|Instagram}}, finishing a 21-year professional football career.
    [[File:Frank Lampard'13-14.JPG|thumb|left|260px|Frank Lampard, from file, 2014. {{image|[[Commons:Special:Contributions/Ultraslansi|Ultraslansi]]}}]]
    Lampard said, "After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer. [...] at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life."

    The 38-year-old midfielder made his debut in the mid-1990s and played for {{w|West Ham United}} and {{w|Swansea City}} before he joined [[London]]-based football club [[Chelsea F.C.]] in 2001 for {{w|pound sterling|£}}11million. Spending thirteen seasons with ''The Blues'', Lampard scored 211 goals in all competitions for Chelsea, a club record, in nearly 650 appearances for the club. Lampard won three {{w|Premier League}} titles, four {{w|The FA Cup|FA Cups}}, two {{w|Football League Cups}}, and one each of [[UEFA Champions League]] and {{w|UEFA Europa League}}.

    Lampard spent one season with [[Manchester City F.C.]] before moving to {{w|Major League Soccer}} club {{w|New York City Football Club}}. Lampard played 29 matches with the [[New York]] club scoring fifteen goals. Lampard has scored goals against 39 different Premier League clubs.

    Lampard won 106 international caps for England, scoring 29 goals and featuring in three {{w|FIFA World Cup|FIFA World Cups}} &mdash; 2006, 2010 and 2014 &mdash; before retiring from the national team in 2014. He made his international debut in 1999 against [[Belgium]].

    Lampard said he is to study for coaching qualifications. Lampard wore a blue coloured jersey for most of his career.<!-- Chelsea F.C. - Blue; Manchester City - Blue; New York City FC - Blue -->

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    *{{source|url=http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/02/02/former-new-york-city-fc-midfielder-frank-lampard-announces-retirement
    |title=Former New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard announces retirement
    |author=Franco Panizo
    |pub=Major League Soccer
    |date=February 2, 2017
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    |pub=Frank Lampard Retires from Soccer
    |title=New York City Football Club
    |author=Mark Booth
    |date=February 2, 2017
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    *{{source|url=http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/37985587
    |title=Frank Lampard: Former Chelsea & England midfielder retires
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    |pub=BBC Sports
    |date=February 2, 2017
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  • DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi dies

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    {{date|February 3, 2017}}
    {{Obituaries}}
    {{w|Etienne Tshisekedi}}, leader of the [[Democratic Republic of the Congo]] (DRC)'s opposition {{w|Union for Democracy and Social Progress}} (UDSP), has died, according to an announcement on Wednesday by the party. He was 84.
    [[File:Étienne Tshisekedi 2011 Presidential campaign.jpg|thumb|290px|left|Tshisekedi's supporters during his 2011 election campaign.{{image credit|Vote Tshisekedi Presidential Campaign <small>(Flickr)</small>}}]]
    Tshisekedi was in [[Brussels]], [[Belgium]] for medical treatment. He recently spent two years there for health issues, returning in July to DRC capital {{w|Kinshasa}}. He went back to Brussels last week.

    Tshisekedi was due to oversee a power-sharing deal aimed at ending political stalemate with President {{w|Joseph Kabila}}. Kabila is due to stand down under the deal, brokered by the {{w|Roman Catholicism|Catholic Church}}. Kabila's most recent electoral victory is disputed, with international observers alleging election fraud and Tshisekedi supporters calling him the "elected president".

    A founding UDSP member, Tshisekedi helped found the party when elections scheduled in the 1980s failed to materialise. At that point the nation was ruled by {{w|Mobutu Sese Seko}}; Seko appointed Tshisekedi his Prime Minister four times but they quarrelled and Tshisekedi only managed to stay in the role for months at a time.

    Since then, he led the opposition to Joseph Kabila's father {{w|Laurent Kabila|Laurent}}, who became President in 1997 after leading a rebellion. His son, President from 2001, was declared winner of the 2011 election with Tshisekedi declared runner-up. Tshisekedi was exiled to {{w|Kasai}} under Kabila sr. Locals nicknamed him the Sphinx of Limete, a reference to the longevity of the mythical {{w|sphinx}} and the Kinshasa district in which he made his home.

    Albert Moleka, who was Tshisekei's chief of staff for the 2011 presidential election, told [[Reuters]] "A {{w|baobab}} [tree] has fallen [...] The baobab protects you from the rain and the sun [...] people like that can't be replaced." UDSP said their leader was in Brussels for a checkup following his earlier treatment.

    The government has promised a state funeral.

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    *{{source|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-38839498
    |title=Etienne Tshisekedi: DR Congo mourns opposition leader
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    |date=February 2, 2017
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    *{{source|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-tshisekedi-idUSKBN15G5D1|title=Congo's main opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, dies at 84|author= Aaron Ross, Benoit Nyemba, David Lewis, Andrew Roche, Dominic Evans|pub=Reuters|date=February 2, 2017}}
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    |title=Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi dies in Brussels
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  • Black Sabbath ex-keyboardist Geoff Nicholls dies

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    {{date|January 29, 2017}}
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    [[United Kingdom|British]] [[heavy metal|metal]] musician {{w|Geoff Nicholls}}, keyboardist for {{w|Black Sabbath}} from 1979 to 2004, died yesterday<!-- on Saturday --> after battling lung [[cancer]]. He was 68.

    Prior to Sabbath<!--Normal short name/nickname for Black Sabbath-->, Nicholls performed with {{w|New Wave of British Heavy Metal}} band {{w|Quartz (band)|Quartz}}. Quartz's 1977 début album was produced by {{w|Tony Iommi}}, founding guitarist of Black Sabbath.

    Iommi broke the news of Nicholls's death to fans, writing he was "so saddened to hear the loss of one of my dearest and closest friends Geoff Nicholls. He's been suffering for a while now with lung cancer and he lost his battle this morning. Geoff and I have always been very close and he has been a real true friend to me and supported me all the way for nearly 40 years. I will miss him dearly and he will live in my heart until we meet again."

    Hailing from {{w|Birmingham}}, [[England]], the origin of both bands Quartz and Sabbath, Nicholls appeared on numerous Sabbath albums starting with ''{{w|Heaven and Hell}}'' in 1980. Nicholls was caught up in turmoil within the band, with ''Heaven and Hell'' released shortly after the firing of frontman {{w|Ozzy Osbourne}} and his replacement with {{w|Ronnie James Dio}}, who died in 2010<!--Dio's death is the only item from the related story-->.

    Nicholls was not always considered a full band member; despite achieving this status in 1986 when ''{{w|Seventh Star}}'' was released, he often played offstage or from the side during concerts. In 1992 he was demoted when Sabbath reunited with Dio to release ''{{w|Dehumanizer}}'' and he was again demoted when Osbourne rejoined in 1997. In 2004 Osbourne's solo band keyboardist, {{w|Adam Wakeman}}, joined the band leaving Nicholls without a role.

    Nicholls thereafter joined another ex-Sabbath musician, {{w|Tony Martin}}, and performed in Martin's band {{w|Tony Martin's Headless Cross|Headless Cross}}. Headless Cross was named after {{w|Headless Cross|a 1989 Black Sabbath album}}. "Saddened to hear of the passing of Geoff Nicholls", Martin said, adding "Safe journey, mate."

    Osbourne said Nicholls "was a great friend of mine for a long time. He will be greatly missed. I'm very saddened at the news." Sabbath bassist {{w|Geezer Butler}} said he was "Very sad to hear of old friend and Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls passing."

    Nicholls further appears on two Tony Martin solo albums, and played in 1960s band {{w|Johnny Neal and the Starliners}}. He played occasional {{w|rhythm guitar}} at Black Sabbath live shows.

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    *{{wikinews|title=Metal singer Ronnie James Dio dies aged 67|date=May 16, 2010}}
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    *{{source|url=http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-black-sabbath-keyboardist-geoff-nicholls-dies-after-battle-with-lung-cancer/
    |title=Former BLACK SABBATH Keyboardist GEOFF NICHOLLS Dies After Battle With Lung Cancer
    |author=
    |pub=Blabbermouth.net
    |date=January 28, 2017
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    *{{source|url=http://ultimateclassicrock.com/geoff-nicholls-black-sabbath-dies/
    |title=Black Sabbath Keyboardist Geoff Nicholls Dies
    |author=Dave Lifton
    |pub=Ultimate Classic Rock
    |date=January 28, 2017
    }}
    *{{source|url=http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/01/28/512175669/geoff-nicholls-longtime-keyboardist-for-black-sabbath-dies-aged-68|title=Geoff Nicholls, Longtime Keyboardist For Black Sabbath, Dies Aged 68|author=Andrew Flanagan|pub=National Public Radio|date=January 28, 2017}}

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