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Glimmers of hope seen at talks as Russia’s onslaught goes on

A volunteer of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces stands next to his APC in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 16, 2022. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made it clear Tuesday that the 30-nation military alliance is set to radically change its security stance in Europe in response to Russia's war on Ukraine. (AP Photo/Andrew Marienko)
A volunteer of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces stands next to his APC in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 16, 2022. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made it clear Tuesday that the 30-nation military alliance is set to radically change its security stance in Europe in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine. (AP Photo/Andrew Marienko)

Wednesday. After Tuesday’s negotiations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said a neutral military status for Ukraine was being “seriously discussed” by the two sides, while Zelenskyy said Russia’s demands for ending the war were becoming “more realistic.”

Hopes for diplomatic progress to end the war rose after Zelenskyy acknowledged Tuesday in the most explicit terms yet that Ukraine is unlikely to realize its goal of joining NATO. Putin has long depicted Ukraine’s NATO aspirations as a threat to Russia.

Lavrov welcomed Zelenskyy’s comment and said “the businesslike spirit” starting to surface in the talks “gives hope that we can agree on this issue.”

“A neutral status is being seriously discussed in connection with security guarantees,” Lavrov said on Russian TV. “There are concrete formulations that in my view are close to being agreed.”

Bomb-threatened Black schools eligible for security grants

 (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
 (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

Awards typically range from $50,000 to $150,000 and the money can be used to hire mental health professionals, improve campus security and provide training for security staff.

At least 36 historically Black colleges and universities, more than one-third of the 101 HBCUs in the United States, have been targeted with bomb threats since January 2022, according to the House Oversight Committee, which has scheduled a hearing for Thursday on the matter.

More than a dozen of these schools were targeted in February, which is Black History Month. No devices were found at the institutions that were threatened.

Disney employees busted in child trafficking sting just days after corporation opposed anti-grooming law

The Sheriff of Polk County held a press conference on Wednesday talking about the culmination of a massive sting operation which lead to 108 arrests being made, including four Disney employees.

This announcement comes after on March 9, just days ago, the CEO of Disney loudly and publicly opposed Florida’s new “anti-grooming” law, which, according to polls, is supported by over 60 percent of Americans.

According to local area news, people included among those 108 who have been arrested “include a retired judge from Illinois, a few restaurant managers, a man who works at FunSpot and several who work at Disney.”

U.S. exempts Russia from JCPOA-related sanctions; Iran demands IRGC FTO removal TV7Israel News 16.03

1) IDF Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi stresses that the Israeli military is working unceasingly on six separate areas of responsibility in order to guarantee the eternal security of the Jewish State.

2) The U.S. Administration has granted Moscow assurances that it will not sanction Russia’s participation in nuclear projects that are part of reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement.

3) The Islamic Republic of Iran remains unyielding on its demand that the United States remove the IRGC from its designated-list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

U.S. General WARNS Israel: Iran Has Over 3,000 MISSILES; Tel Aviv in Range | Watchman Newscast

“The greatest threat to the region’s security.” On today’s Watchman Newscast, host Erick Stakelbeck weighs in on the bone-chilling intelligence revelation by a top U.S. general concerning Iran’s ballistic missile program and it’s growing threat to Israel.

In addition, as negotiations resume, “written guarantees” from the United States that Western sanctions on Russia related to Ukraine will not affect Russia’s role in the Iran nuclear deal.

How will these developments will have a significant impact on Israel?

Japan: Suicides by Women Up for Second Year in a Row

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Junko Kimura/Getty Images

A total of 7,068 women in Japan took their own lives in 2021. The figure represented an increase of 42 compared to the 7,026 female suicides documented across Japan in 2020.

Male suicides in Japan, by contrast, decreased for the 12th consecutive year in 2021 to 13,939. The tally marked a drop of 116 from the 14,055 suicides recorded among Japanese men in 2020.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry used data from the National Police Agency to compile the country’s suicide statistics for 2021 and published the results on March 15.

Joe Biden announces further aid to Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has announced an additional $US1.1 billion of military aid to Ukraine after the country’s president called on America to do more to help in its fight against Russia.

President Biden heeded the calls, vowed to have the backs of the Ukrainian people, and to do anything to put an end to the devastating war.

The package will include drones, ammunition and 800 anti-aircraft systems in addition to $18.7 billion in aid.

But the Biden administration insists the no fly is off the table – saying it would not help Ukraine and would risk a direct conflict between the United States and Russia.

Sen. Kennedy: Biden needs to stand up to the ‘wokers’

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., joined ‘Fox & Friends’ to discuss Zelenskyy’s virtual address to Congress and negotiations for a new Iran Deal.

PHOTOS: Ancient Tombs Unearthed at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral

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JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images

The burial sites “of remarkable scientific quality” were unearthed during preparatory work for rebuilding the ancient church’s spire at the central spot where the transept crosses the nave, the culture ministry announced late Monday.

Among the tombs was the “completely preserved, human-shaped sarcophagus made of lead”.

It is thought the coffin was made for a senior dignitary in the 1300s — the century following the cathedral’s construction.

As well as the tombs, elements of painted sculptures were found just beneath the current floor level of the cathedral, identified as parts of the original 13th-century rood screen — an architectural element separating the altar area from the nave.

Frontline Flash™ Daily Dose: ‘Vax Death: Insurance Payout Denied’ with Dr. Peterson Pierre

 ‘Death Caused by Vaccine is Deemed Suicide – No Life Insurance Payout’.

Florida Is Putting a Renewed Emphasize on Civics

Governor DeSantis announces $289 million to improve student achievement and close learning gaps in schools across Florida.

Iran Navy Gets ‘Smart’ Submarine and Yet More Ski Boats

Iranian Presidency Office via AP
Iranian Presidency Office via AP

Alongside the submarines that were unveiled during a ceremony in Bandar Abbas – a southern Iranian port city – the IRGC also announced the addition of new missiles and modified ski boats  that have a claimed maximum speed of up to 95 knots (roughly 109 miles).

Iranian media outlined its updated missile arsenal includes those that are manoeuvrable with an extended range, AP reports, fulfilling a boast of invincibility previously made by an angry General Salami.

These vessels are used by Iranian forces – who believe in a missile boat doctrine of “mobility over defense and firepower” – to harass larger boats sailing through crowded Middle East waterways, in a bizarre effort to assert dominance in the region.

Biden administration TikTok ploy ‘reeks of complete desperation’

A recent Biden administration ploy involving TikTok influencers “reeks of complete desperation,” according to Sky News contributor Erin Molan.

It comes as the administration has turned to the power of TikTok, with influencers discussing topical issues such as the price of petrol in the nation.

“It just seems like a complete waste of time,” Ms Molan told Sky News Australia host Paul Murray.

President Biden’s ‘cognitive decline’ is ‘obvious and clear’

US President Joe Biden’s “cognitive decline” is obvious and clear, says Sky News host Cory Bernardi.

“It is a progress of his aging,” Mr Bernardi told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

“The world is at a critical juncture and Joe Biden is the leader we don’t need right now.”

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Embrace Freedom, Remove Mask Mandates on Flights

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Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Britain’s second-largest airline firm announced on Tuesday that they will no longer require passengers to wear masks on board their planes and will instead allow people to “make a personal choice” on the matter.

Yet, British Airways did note that there will be an exception for flights to countries with their own “restrictions and legal requirements,” which currently includes nations such as the United States.

Virgin Atlantic also announced that they will be dropping mask requirements, albeit with a more graduated approach, by starting with removing mask requirements for passengers travelling between London or Manchester and the Caribbean from Wednesday.

INSIDE The Convoy: Trucker Explains Why He’s Protesting With The People’s Convoy

The Daily Caller speaks to Cliff, a truck driver that joined the People’s Convoy in Arizona, about his story and motivations for joining the convoy to the Washington, D.C., area.

Dashcam and Bodycam Videos Capture Gunfight Between Suspect and Dallas Police

On March 12, 2022, Dallas officers recognized a known wanted felon at the Vina Game Room located at 12809 Audelia Road.

When an officer passed by the suspect’s vehicle, the suspect rammed his squad car.

The suspect also struck another squad car, injuring the officer. The suspect fled and a vehicle pursuit ensued through the apartment complex.

Green Germany Weighs Reopening Coal Power Plants amid Energy Crisis

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INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images

The reopening of shuttered plants is seen as an option as the country struggles to ween itself off of its addiction to Russian fossil fuels.

While authorities have already rejected plans of delaying the decommissioning of the remainder of its nuclear power stations, a new plan involving either delaying the shut down of coal fire plants that are still in operation, or the re-opening of plants that have previously been terminated, is now on the cards.

According to the publication Die Zeit, the German government is considering the two moves alongside energy company RWO, with the group’s CEO Markus Krebber saying that the organisation is ready to act if needs be.

Taiwan military releases video of drills near Chinese coast

In the video, soldiers are seen firing shells at a floating red cross in the water, meant to represent advancing enemy forces. Close combat drills are also conducted.

5-Year-Old Boy Found Unaccompanied in Large Group of Migrants at Border in Texas

U.S. Border Patrol/Del Rio Sector
U.S. Border Patrol/Del Rio Sector

Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens tweeted a photo of a five-year-old boy found this week by Eagle Pass Station agents. Owens reported the boy only carried a birth certificate.

The agents found the little boy with a group of 83 migrants near Eagle Pass, Owens stated. No parents accompanied the child and he did not have any contact information for family members on his person or clothing — an otherwise common practice.

Breitbart Texas visited the border in Eagle Pass last week and witnessed a steady stream of migrants crossing the Rio Grande from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, into Texas. Many of the groups had small children in the mix. Nearly 100 migrants crossed during the 12-hour visit to a mile-long section of the border.

Gas theft is on the rise

Ingraham: False flags

Laura Ingraham sounds off in her ‘Ingraham Angle’ commentary.

Texas Border Women Get Prison Time for Reselling 75 Tons of Food Stamp Items

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Getty Images

Late last week, 51-year-old Ana Rioja, the owner of a local meat market and 55-year-old Maria Consuelo Ureno, a legal permanent resident from Mexico, were sentenced to 30 months and 37 months in prison respectively.

The court also ordered that each woman pay approximately $1 million in restitution. The women pleaded guilty to one count apiece of conspiring to defraud a government assistance program in May 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Since Ureno is a legal permanent resident, she could face deportation after her sentence.

J.D. Vance Snubs Chamber of Commerce as Other Senate GOP Candidates Vie for Support

AP Photo/Jeff Dean, File
AP Photo/Jeff Dean, File

Currently, the Chamber is lobbying lawmakers in Washington, D.C. and President Joe Biden’s administration to artificially inflate the U.S. labor market by doubling legal immigration levels — providing big business with a never-ending flow of cheaper, foreign workers to hire rather than pulling millions of jobless Americans off the sidelines.

Such flooded labor markets from mass legal immigration to the U.S. have had a devastating impact on the nation’s working and middle class, while redistributing billions in wealth to the highest earners, big businesses, real estate investors, and Wall Street, as well as driving capital out of small communities to the coasts.

Vance is campaigning on reducing legal immigration levels to boost U.S. wages and job opportunities for Americans, cracking down on illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, and opposing amnesty for illegal aliens.

School system is ‘overrun’ by leftist radicals: Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh discusses how schools have become ‘indoctrination camps’ on ‘Jesse Watters Primetime.’

Senate Votes To Repeal Federal Mask Mandates On Public Transit

Eight Democrats joined Republicans in passing the measure, but the bill isn’t expected to gain approval from the Democrat-controlled House.

6 Republicans Join Dems To Prevent Passage Of Rand Paul Amendment Eliminating Fauci’s Job

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) amendment to eliminate Dr. Fauci’s job failed in a Senate Health Committee hearing on Tuesday.

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LGBTQIA+ Disney Employees Plan Walkout over Company’s Response to Florida’s Don’t-Groom-Kids Bill

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DAVID MCNEW/AFP via Getty Images

The planned walkout is set to occur at 3 p.m. on the 22nd, according to The Wrap. But it isn’t clear how much support the walkout actually has, or how many employees might participate.

The group claims it intends to sponsor several such events throughout the rest of the month but no details were released.

Organizers launched the Twitter account @DisneyWalkout and a webpage in anticipation of the protest and shared a letter to the company insisting that the effort aims to force the company to “regain the trust” of LGBTQIA+ employees.

Biden using TikTok teenagers to do his job for him: Hawley

Sen. Josh Hawley says the president should not be promoting this app.

7.3 magnitude quake hits north Japan, tsunami risk receding

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima in northern Japan on Wednesday evening, triggering a tsunami advisory and plunging more than 2 million homes in the Tokyo area into darkness.

The region is part of northern Japan that was devastated by a deadly 9.0 quake and tsunami 11 years ago that also triggered nuclear plant meltdowns.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no longer a tsunami threat though the Japan Meteorological Agency kept its low risk advisory in place. NHK national television said tsunami waves of 20 centimeters (8 inches) already reached shore in Ishinomaki, about 390 kilometers (242 miles) northeast of Tokyo.

Russia’s state TV hit by stream of resignations

ALAMY/TASS Lilia Gildeyeva revealed on Tuesday she had left Russia and resigned
ALAMY/TASS Lilia Gildeyeva revealed on Tuesday she had left Russia and resigned

It is not just journalists who have disappeared from state TV.

One of Russia’s biggest talk show hosts, Ivan Urgant, has taken a break from his prime-time Evening Urgant show on Russia’s second biggest channel, Channel One, the same station as Marina Ovsyannikova.

He reacted to the war by posting a black square on his Instagram account with the simple message: “Fear and pain. No War.” He has since told his followers not to panic, and that he’s taken a holiday and will be back soon.

Russia’s number one celebrity couple Alla Pugacheva and Maxim Galkin are among a number of other showbiz figures who have also gone on holiday. Galkin said on Instagram: “There can be no justification for war! No War!”