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Headlines from around the world: 4/14/14

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Written by Ramiro Rodriguez

Posted on 13 April 2014

After the overturning of a 2013 court ruling, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will now be able to register as an official religion in Poland. The overturning was based on the parody religion not being given a requested extension to turn in documents which would have made the religion official in Poland. Polish Pastafarians, the term for followers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, greeted the announcement by shouting "pasta" repeatedly in unison in front of the Warsaw court.

Two UN staff workers were shot and killed on arrival at the Galkayo airport in Somalia by a man wearing what appeared to be some sort of uniform that has yet to be identified. According to the UN Office on Drug and Crime, the two men were in Somalia to give technical assistance to local authorities and help build local capacities in the field of illicit money flow. The attack has yet to be claimed by any of the local crime organizations, pirate groups, or local militias which have been in control of the country since the early 1990's.

NATO has released satellite imagery that shows Russian military hardware and Spetznaz, the Russian special forces, amassing near the Russian-Ukrainian border. General Phillip Breedlove has said that a possible counter to Russia's troop movement would be to send American troops into NATO-member states in Eastern Europe. The Russian foreign ministry, however, is claiming that the release of the satellite imagery is no more than an attempt to rally NATO against "an imaginary external threat to Nato members and to strengthen demand for the alliance".

CBS has announced via Twitter that David Letterman will be replaced by Stephen Colbert as host of "The Late Show." A formal timetable has not been announced as of yet; what is known is that Letterman plans to retire sometime during 2015 and that Colbert has sign a contract to host the talk show for five years. It has also been announced the Colbert will be hosting the show as himself, rather than the character he plays for his satirical news show, The Colbert Report. As Colbert himself said in last Thursday's release "Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career, I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth".

Jonathan Fleming, who has spent the last 25 years in prison on murder charges while he claimed he was on a family vacation, has been released from prison after a review of his case revealed that a receipt which would have exonerated him has been suppressed by police officials and the only evidence against had been a witness that would recant her statement a week after having made it. Fleming was in Florida when Darryl Rush was shot in a dispute over stolen money. The witness against Fleming was a woman who a week after her statement recanted in front of a judge and claims she was persuaded to testify in order to not to go to prison after being found in a stolen van while on probation.
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