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Putin threatens crackdown on currency speculators (Kathrin Hille, Financial Times)  Hat tip to Rob Carter.  Since most of the active players against the rouble have been Russian banks does this mean Putin would nationalize the banking system?

Launch of Orion Paves the Way for NASA’s Return to Human Spaceflight (ClaraMoskowitz, Scientific American)  The world's largest rocket, The Delta IV Hearvy launched a new generation of spacecraft Friday (05 December 2014).  The unmanned Orion capsule, which is planned to attempt manned spacefights to moon orbit and then possibly to an asteroid and even to Mars, was scheduled to do two massive earth orbits on its maiden voyage, reaching a distance from earth of 5,800 liometers (3,600 miles), the highest altitude reached by a human-rated spacecraft since Apollo 17 which was launched in December 1972.  The orbit was 15x more distant from the earth than that of the Space Station.  The capsule was scheduled to be returned to an old-style Pacific Ocean splashdown later in the day Friday.  It is olanned to be used for a U.S. return man to space by 2021, using a new launch vehicle being developed with four times the thrust of the super rocket used this time.

Articles about events, conflicts and disease around the world

Ferguson and Related News

Outrage grows in New York after officer cleared in chokehold death (Reuters)

Why the media, unlike in Ferguson, are united over Staten Island man’s death (Fox News)

Eric Garner, the ‘American problem’ and a chance to unite (The Conversation)

Phoenix police officer shoots dead unarmed black man during scuffle (Reuters)

Ferguson marchers arrive at Missouri Capitol (Associated Press, Yahoo! News)

Ferguson 'march for justice' met with display of a melon, fried chicken, a 40oz beer and 200 racist protesters in rural Missouri (Daily Mail)

Grand jury to weigh police shooting of unarmed black man in stairwell: WSJ (Reuters)


UN Peacekeeper in Liberia Tests Positive for Ebola (abc News)

World's Slow Response To Ebola Leaves Sierra Leone Villages Scrambling (NPR)

Sierra Leone Seeing 80-100 New Ebola Cases Daily (abc News)


Court tells France to pay damages to Somali pirates (BBC News)

Somalia suicide bombs kill seven in Baidoa (BBC News)



In Setback For U.S. Efforts, Consensus Grows That ISIS Launched Attack From Turkey (Huffington Post)


Two British men jailed after Syria terror trip (BBC News)


France conducts ‘major’ raids on ISIS in Iraq (Al Arabiya)

Iran confirms it carried out air strikes against Islamic State extremists in Iraq (The Guardian)


Ukraine's Poroshenko tells army not to give up Donetsk airport (Reuters)

Putin defies West over Ukraine and ‘sacred Crimea’ (euronews)


Dreams deferred:  Georgia is frittering away the gains of liberal reforms (The Economist)


​West behind falling ruble, oil prices - Russian spy chief (RT)

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