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This weekend, Russia named the US and NATO as threats to its national security, and a British man was arrested in Kyrgyzstan after comparing a local delicacy to horse penis.
January 4, 2016, 6:00am

Middle East
SAUDI ARABIA EXECUTED 47 'TERRORISTS' INCLUDING A SHIA CLERIC
Iran's top Shi'ite leader predicted 'divine vengeance' for the killing

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Saudi Arabia carried out a mass execution of 47 "terrorists" this weekend, including Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was involved in anti-government protests.

The state killing was the largest in several decades and condemned in the strongest terms by Iran, Saudi Arabia's regional rival.

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Iran's religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that "divine vengeance will befall Saudi politicians", and protesters in Iran's capital Tehran stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy on Sunday, starting fires and smashing furniture before being evicted by police.

Most of the 47 men executed were Sunnis convicted of al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia ten years ago.

Deteriorating Relations
RUSSIA NAMED THE US AND NATO THREATS TO ITS NATIONAL SECURITY
The comment was made in a Russian national security strategy report

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A new Russian government report names the United States and NATO as a threat to Moscow's national security, it was revealed this weekend.

The United States and NATO were added to a list of threats to Russian security on New Year's Eve when Vladimir Putin signed off the updated version of Russia's "Strategy of National Security".

The 2009 version of the document signed by then president Dmitry Medvedev did not mention the United States nor NATO.

"The strengthening of Russia… [has led to] counteraction from the USA and its allies, which are striving to retain their dominance in global affairs," the report reads.

Westminster Scandals
SIMON DANCZUK SAID HE 'SEXTED' A TEEN GIRL BECAUSE OF ALCOHOL
The Labour MP also said that 'younger women are my Achilles heel'

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Labour MP Simon Danczuk said this weekend that an alcohol problem led him to send sexually explicit texts to a teenager.

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"I have a drink problem, and that is a major contributory reason why I sent the messages," Danczuk told The Sun on Sunday, adding, "Younger women are my Achilles heel… some men like older women, some like younger women, some like brunettes, some like blondes."

Danczuk was outed by The Sun newspaper on New Year's Eve as having sent sexually explicit text messages to a 17-year-old girl after she asked him for a job in his office.

The Labour Party suspended Danczuk on the 31st of December "pending an investigation into allegations published in the media today".

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A BRITISH MAN WAS ARRESTED IN KYRGYZSTAN FOR COMPARING A LOCAL DELICACY TO A HORSE'S PENIS
Michael Mcfeat is facing charges of racial hatred for making the comparison

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A British man working at a gold mine in Kyrgyzstan was arrested this weekend for comparing a local Kyrgyzstani delicacy to a horse's penis.

Michael Mcfeat wrote on Facebook that workers at the gold mine were eating a "special delicacy, the horse's penis", referring to traditional sausage made of horse meat.

Workers at the mine temporarily went on strike after his comment was circulated.

Mcfeat faces up to five years in prison if he is found guilty of the racial hatred charges he now faces.