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27 Jan

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FBI officials say they arrested the leader of the armed militia occupying the Malheur wildlife refuge and several others, and one person was killed during a shootout with federal agents

The FBI have arrested Ammon Bundy, the leader of an armed occupation at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, on Tuesday after a confrontation during a traffic stop. According to the FBI, shots were fired during the arrest and one person was killed. The protesters had been occupying the remote Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon since early January in a dispute over the use of federal land

An associate of the armed Oregon militia occupying a wildlife refuge was shot dead on Tuesday after a shootout with federal agents that resulted in the arrest of the group’s leader Ammon Bundy and a group of protesters.

The shootout appears to have taken place on a highway in rural Oregon – away from the federal refuge the armed militia have been occupying.

FBI officials said they arrested Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy, Bryan Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan Payne on Tuesday afternoon after they stopped them along the highway.

The agency described the shootout and arrests as resulting from “an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge” that occurred at 4.25pm PST.

It is was not clear how many rounds were exchanged during the incident.

The man who died was identified by his daughter as Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, one of the main spokesmen for the group. Police did not confirm his identity, but said the person killed was “a subject of a federal probable cause arrest”. One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment, the FBI said in its statement. He was arrested and is currently in custody………………….

Police hunt two suspects in connection with attack that also wounded three others on Tuesday night

Five people have been shot, two fatally, in an attack on a camp for homeless people in Seattle.

Five people have been shot, two fatally, in an attack on a camp for homeless people in Seattle. Photograph: Guardian Graphics for the Guardian

Two people were killed and three others wounded as shooting erupted on Tuesday night at a Seattle encampment for homeless people, in what police said was a “very targeted” attack.

Police responded to reports of shots fired at the camp – known as the jungle – about 7.15pm near Airport Way South and South Atlantic Street, south of downtown.

They did a search of the wooded area and found five victims, police said.

Assistant Seattle police chief Bob Merner said at a news conference the victims lived at the encampment. He said of the shooting that police “have reason to believe it was very targeted”………………….

2015 index of perceived corruption, which ranked Somalia as the worst offender, says more than 6 billion people live in countries where corruption is rife

Lido beach, north of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu

Lido beach, north of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. It is the world’s most corrupt country, according to the annual Transparency International index of perceived corruption. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters

More than 6 billion people live in countries where serious levels of public sector corruption are fuelling inequality and exploitation and locking millions of men, women and children into poverty, according to the annual index of perceived corruption.

Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index 2015 – which ranked 168 countries on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) – is once again topped by Denmark, which scored 91. Close behind are Finland (90), Sweden (89), New Zealand (88) and the Netherlands (87)…………..

Netanyahu says Ban giving ‘tailwind to terror’ as UN chief says violence born of Palestinians’ despair after ‘half-century of occupation and paralysis of peace’

       Palestinian Bedouin boys climb on the remains of their makeshift homes near al-Azariya, on the West Bank. The Israeli army said it demolished the homes as they were built illegally. The illegal Jewish settlement of Maale Adumin is seen in the background.

Palestinian Bedouin boys climb on the remains of their makeshift homes near al-Azariya, on the West Bank. The Israeli army said it demolished the homes as they were built illegally. The illegal Jewish settlement of Maale Adumin is seen in the background. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty

Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has accused UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, of giving a “tailwind to terror” after the UN head criticised Israel for continuing to build settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and describing it as an affront to the Palestinian people and the international community.

In unusually strong language, Ban also questioned Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution, claiming Palestinian violence was the result of “frustration”.

“Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half-century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process,” Ban told a UN security council meeting on Tuesday. He called the settlement building “an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community”.

He also rejected the prospect of Israeli security measures on the West Bank bringing an end to the latest cycle of violence, which began in October……………….

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Sanders “a bright and shiny object”, this has got to be one of the stupidest remarks Obama has made. Stupid and arrogant.

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