Michael Plechtchinski

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Vigilantes hold Mexico town, tenuously, after driving out cartel

MEXICO UNDER SIEGE<p>Vigilantes hold Mexico town, tenuously, after driving out cartel<p>Days after ragtag 'self-defense' fighters chased the Knights Templar drug gang from Nueva Italia in Michoacan state, many residents are grateful, hopeful and worried about what might happen next.<p>January 19, 2014|By …

Mexico vigilantes clash with Knights Templar cartel in Michoacan

<b>A group of vigilantes in Mexico has seized the small town of Nueva Italia after clashing with alleged members of the Knights Templar drug cartel.</b><p>More than 100 men entered the town in western Michoacan state on Sunday morning and disarmed local police.<p>There were exchanges of fire with alleged gang …

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Super Creative iPhone Photos

Brock Davis is a very talented designer who likes to use his creativity and his iphone camera to work together. In 2013 he took some awesome photos …

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Bankruptcy Casts Shadow Over Detroit's Plan To Fix Streetlights

Many neighborhoods in Detroit are in the dark — not because of a power outage but because fewer than half of the city's 88,000 streetlights actually work.<p>In some parts of town, city block after city block is filled with streetlights that never come on.<p>"At nighttime, man, this look like a ghost …

Police Recover Heroin Packets Stamped 'Obamacare'

Police in Massachusetts on Friday pulled over a suspicious automobile and after conducting a search, recovered more than a thousand small packets of heroin stamped "Obamacare" and "Kurt Cobain."<p>Four people were arrested after the traffic stop in Northampton in which 1,250 of the packets were …

Chinese billionaire killed in helicopter crash as he tours newly-acquired French vineyard

Businessman had been pictured outside a French vineyard he had bought hours before the helicopter he was travelling in crashed<p>A Chinese billionaire and a French wine maker have been killed in a helicopter crash after going on a flight to celebrate the sale of an historic Bordeaux chateau.<p>Lam Kok, …

Message in a bottle found 54 years later in Arctic

A message in a bottle, buried 54 years ago under a rock cairn in a remote Arctic valley on Canada’s northernmost island, could well be the last written words from a promising young glaciologist and explorer from Pasadena.<p>The words from Paul T. Walker, penciled on July 10, 1959, were a simple …

The Man Who Duped Millionaires Into Paying Big Bucks For Fake Wine

He was the man with "the nose of a blood hound," as one wine critic once put it.<p>Rudy Kurniawan was once the toast of the fine-wine world, renowned for his ability to find some of the rarest — and priciest — wines in the world.<p>He was also, prosecutors alleged, a fraud who duped some of the country's …

US and Chinese warships narrowly avoid collision in South China Sea

Incident which saw USS Cowpens have to take evasive action arose with the US ship operating near China's only aircraft carrier at a time of heightened tensions in the region<p>A U.S. guided missile cruiser operating in international waters in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action last …

George H.W. Bush wears the wackiest socks

Former President George H.W. Bush is known to wear some wacky socks — but he may have outdone himself this time. During an event in Houston on Tuesday, Bush was photographed wearing red and white socks that featured a picture of his own face.<p>His granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager noted the interesting …

Xbox One Game Gets Breast Physics Comically Wrong

What the? I don’t even… A new game for the Xbox One gets breast physics comically wrong.<p>There’s a scene in Judd Apatow’s 2005 romantic comedy <i>The 40-Year-Old-Virgin</i> in which Steve Carrell, the titular virgin, tries to bluff his friends about his lack of sexual experience by describing breasts as …

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An Eagle Steals a Camera, Flies Around 70 Miles of Australia with It

"Does this selfie make my talons look big?"<p><b>Perhaps taking a page from our own</b> human culture's desire -- and ability -- to document our every move, a photographically inclined sea eagle with kleptomaniacal tendencies helped itself to a ranger's video camera and documented a 70-mile journey, even …

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China is Cheating the World Student Rankings System

The results from a global exam that evaluates students’ reading, science and math skills are in and, once again, Chinese students appear to be …

Nigerian man rescued from sunken boat after three days at bottom of Atlantic – video

Harrison Odjegba Okene, a Nigerian cook, is found by divers after surviving for three days in an air pocket on a sunken tugboat at the bottom of the Atlantic. Divers from the Dutch company DCN Diving are looking for dead bodies when Okene grabs one of the divers' hands. The diver uses hot water to …

Riomaggiore, Italy Is The Most Beautiful Place In The World Right Now

You've heard of the Cinque Terre, those five Italian fishing villages that tourists often hike through one at a time. The one that starts the chain is called Riomaggiore, and if it were up to us, we might stop there and never continue to the rest.<p>There are many reasons to love Riomaggiore. Firstly, …

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Michael Carter-Williams Defying All Expectations as 76ers Start 3-0

It wasn't supposed to be this way. The Philadelphia 76ers, consigned to laughingstock status in the preseason, weren't even supposed to win three games per month, let alone their first three games of the season. Michael Carter-Williams wasn't supposed to be this good. At least not yet.<p>It was …

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What will we call the next generation of astronauts? Holidaymakers…

The commercialisation of space travel will lead to the next giant step for mankind<p>My personal quest for space began at the age of three and it was all because of the magic of <i>The Clangers</i>. These small, wonderful, knitted creatures and their animated adventures captured my heart and my imagination, …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …

Powerful Present-Day Photographs Of World War 2 Veterans

With daily life evolving at breakneck speed, it's very easy to overlook and simply forget our past.<p>The focus is on the present and now more than …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

How an insecure, acid-dropping hippie kid reinvented himself as a technological visionary - and changed the world<p>When I first met Steve Jobs, I …

Iran's secret New York City skyscraper seized by US government

The Iranian government has secretly owned and controlled an office building in the middle of New York City for years. Set on Fifth Avenue and close to Rockefeller Center, the 36-story skyscraper houses a number of businesses across its floors. The US government has won a judgement to seize the …

Cornel West: It's "Grounds For Impeachment" If Obama Bombs Syria Without Congressional Approval

Smiley and West agree: A strike would be "dictatorial."<p>One of President Obama's most prominent critics on the black left said Sunday that a strike on Syria in the face of congressional disapproval would be "dictatorial" — and grounds for impeachment.<p>"It doesn't make sense to commit more war …

Bashar al-Assad: A Tyrant in Full

Per­haps it’s the mourn­ful gaze, or the starched West­ern suits, or the quiet reti­cence of a middle son who grew up in the shad­ow of a more …

Ukraine's Anatoliy Tymoshchuk stands in the way of England progress

The midfield warrior with 130 caps behind him knows that victory in Kiev is virtually a passport to the World Cup in Brazil<p>Pep Guardiola looked round the Allianz Arena, surveying his expensively assembled Bayern Munich squad. It was 27 June and the Spaniard was overseeing one of his first training …

Iran to teach drone-hunting to school students

Iran has claimed its airspace is being constantly infiltrated by foreign drones as it announced a programme to train school students to spot and report aerial surveillance.<p>Gen Ali Fazli, acting commander of the Basij militia, told the Fars news agency the new programme would be taught as part of a …