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Deadly Chile Quake, Croatia-Bound Refugees, Trump Trampled

Deadly Chile Quake, Croatia-Bound Refugees, Trump Trampled


Chile has been walloped yet again, this time by an "8.4-magnitude earthquake in the central-north zone" of the country, Santiago daily La Tercera reported this morning. It happened last night near the city of Illapel. The government's National Emergency Office (ONEMI) has so far confirmed five deaths, three from heart attacks and two from fallen debris. Another person is reported missing. ONEMI estimates that a million people evacuated coastal areas in response to a tsunami alert that authorities issued for the entire length of Chile's extensive Pacific shoreline. Read more in our Extra! feature.


A representative of Burkina Faso's rebel military announced this morning on national television that the government had been overtaken in a coup and that the interim president, Michel Kafando, had been overthrown and detained. A National Council for Democracy is set to replace the transitional authorities, a report published by Burkina24 says. "We are working on forming a government ... to reach inclusive and peaceful elections," the representative said. The military announced that Gilbert Diendéré, the former chief deputy of Blaise Compaoré, the country's president who was ousted in October 2014, would become leader of the National Council for Democracy,Le Monde reports.


Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shared the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize after the Camp David Accords reached 37 years ago today led to the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. That and more in your daily shot of history.


A day after violent clashes with the Hungarian police along the border in northern Serbia, hundreds of refugees have left for Croatia by bus, emptying makeshift camps created after Hungary closed its border, Reuters reports. Hungarian riot police fired water cannons and tear gas on asylum seekers attempting to cross the border into the EU, and some refugees were reported to have pelted police with stones. Hungarian authorities said they detained 29 people, among them an "identified terrorist," state television M1 reports.


Photo: Armando Arorizo/Prensa Internacional/ZUMA

Last night's second Republican presidential debate saw party frontrunner Donald Trump come under attack by most of the other 10 candidates on stage. During the three-hour debate at California's Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Carly Fiorina captured the biggest applause of the night with her response to Trump's published criticism of her appearance. Jeb Bush demanded that the real estate mogul apologize to his wife, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told him, "We don't need an apprentice in the White House." Read more from CNN.


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that Russia had proposed talks between its military and the U.S. over the situation in Syria, and that the Obama administration was considering it, The New York Times reports. This comes a day after Washington expressed concerns about a Russian military buildup in war-torn Syria. "It is vital to avoid misunderstandings," Kerry said. The talks could aim to minimize the risk of military confrontation in Syria, where Russia is reportedly backing Bashar al-Assad's regime, while the U.S. wants to support moderate anti-government rebels.


Gadgets that make it possible to spy on spouses, children, clients and bosses are more popular than ever, but as L'Obs reports, they are rarely legal. "For private individuals, these devices are proliferating in specialized shops that are flourishing in France," the newspaper writes. "There are GPS trackers used under vehicles to follow them in real time (starting at 100 euros), microphones that can be hidden in a room or a bag for remote listening (from 50 euros), miniature cameras to hide in lamps or coat racks to record and watch able to watch comings and goings (from 30 euros). More impressive still are USB keys that make it possible to recover automatically any deleted files and conversations on any instant messaging service, on a computer or a smartphone (from 95 euros), or even crack any password (from 170 euros). The paradox is that while this material is sold over the counter, it is mostly illegal.

Read the full article, Spy At Your Own Risk, Why Most Amateur Espionage Is Illegal.


The burnt remains of a second Mexican student, part of a group of 43 that disappeared in the town of Iguala last year while on their way to a demonstration, have been identified, El Universal reports. Austrian forensics who made the identification confirmed that the remains of Jhosivani Guerrero de la Cruz were found in a trash dump outside the city. The remains of a first student, Alexander Mora Venancio, had been identified last December. While the Mexican government says corrupt police officers handed over the students to local drug gangs, relatives of the victims accuse authorities of covering up possible involvement of high-ranking officials.


The last known landmine in Mozambique, located at the base of a bridge in the center of the country, was destroyed yesterday after more than two decades of combined work between the government and NGOs to get rid of the explosives. Albert Augusto, director of Mozambique's National Demining Institute, told The Guardian that "many people thought Mozambique would take a hundred years to demine the whole country. We ended up demining in less than 30." He added that the government's commitment to a clear plan and the generosity of donors enabled them to do so. Mozambique, which more than 20 years ago had close to 171,000 mines, is the first large mine-contaminated country to be completely cleared of the explosive devices.



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Legalizing Moonshine, A Winning Political Stand In Poland

Moonshine, typically known as “bimber” in Poland, may soon be legalized by the incoming government. There is a mix of tradition, politics and economics that makes homemade booze a popular issue to campaign on.

Photo of an empty vodka bottle on the ground in Poland

Bottle of vodka laying on the ground in Poland

Leszek Kostrzewski

WARSAWIt's a question of freedom — and quality. Poland's incoming coalition government is busy negotiating a platform for the coming years. Though there is much that still divides the Left, the liberal-centrist Civic Koalition, and the centrist Third Way partners, there is one area where Poland’s new ruling coalition is nearly unanimous: moonshine.

The slogan for the legalization of moonshine (known in Poland as "bimber") was initially presented by Michał Kołodziejczak, the leader of Agrounia, a left-wing socialist political movement in Poland that has qualified to be part of the incoming Parliament.

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”Formerly so-called moonshine was an important element of our cultural landscape, associated with mystery, breaking norms, and freedom from the state," Kołodziejczak said. "It was a reason to be proud, just like the liqueurs that Poles were famous for in the past.”

The president of Agrounia considered the right to make moonshine as a symbol of "subjectivity" that farmers could enjoy, and admitted with regret that in recent years it had been taken away from citizens. “It's also about a certain kind of freedom, to do whatever you want on your farm," Kołodziejczak adds. "This is subjectivity for the farmer. Therefore, I am in favor of providing farmers with the freedom to consume this alcohol for their own use.”

A similar viewpoint was aired by another Parliament member. “We will stop pretending that Polish farmers do not produce moonshine for their own use, such as for weddings,” the representative said, pointing out the benefits of controlling the quality. “Just like they produce slivovitz, which Poland is famous for. It's high time they did it legally.”

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