Khabib: ‘Sometimes I go easy on my opponents, I don’t want to hurt them’ (VIDEO)

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most dominant forces in the history of MMA, but has ominously suggested he has sometimes gone easy on his opponents to avoid doing even more damage.

Khabib stands 28-0 in professional MMA and has rarely looked troubled inside the cage.

But despite his dominance, the Dagestani grappling phenom has suggested that on occasion he has held back.

I had fights in  my career where I understood that I could hurt my opponent more, but I’d talk to him, tell him to give up so that I don’t beat him too hard,” Khabib told a group of schoolchildren in Russia.

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“For example, if I had a painful hold where I could break something, I wouldn’t tighten it all the way, it’d just fix it so that the opponent would tap out.

“Because I have no aim to hurt anyone in this sport. Yes, we compete in a very brutal sport.”

Khabib had earlier been asked which of his 28 victories had brought him the most pleasure –leading him to suggest, somewhat unsurprisingly, that it had been his fourth-round submission of Irish nemesis Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in Las Vegas in 2018.

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“At the beginning, when you’re just starting out and winning fights, it brings you some sort of pleasure. You enjoy it,” Khabib said.

“Recently I haven’t had that. In the last couple of years I’ve gone out there and won and it doesn’t bring me any real joy to be honest.

“Well, with the exception of one fight, let’s say. In that fight I beat that guy with pleasure, I’ll tell you. In that fight, I beat that man with pleasure,” Khabib added.

Child prison & death in a blaze: Mother commits suicide after kids she kept in lockup for 10 years escape

No school, no IDs and constant CCTV surveillance. Nobody in town knew that they existed. Three kids were locked up behind the fence of a private home for a decade, as their mother tried to protect them from the ‘cruel world.’

A week ago, a phone rang at the police station in the town of Ust-Katav in the industrial Chelyabinsk Region in Russia’s Urals. A panicked woman was calling, claiming that her three children – two girls aged 20 and 11, and 15 year-old-boy – were kidnapped.

The police acted fast and found the trio only a few hours later, but they opted against returning them home, as the story the kids told stunned even the experienced operatives. The shaken children revealed that there was no abduction and that they themselves escaped from their mother, who kept them under hatches for a whopping 10 years. They did nothing wrong, but were basically forced to serve a prison term that could be handed to murder in Russia.

When social workers contacted their mother, Dina A., she reportedly rebuffed them by shouting: “If you want to put me in prison, you’re free to do so, but I only wanted the best for my children.”

What happened the next morning became another shock for the small town as the woman set the hut where she kept her children on fire, and took her own life. Her body was later discovered by the firefighters, who were called on site by the neighbors.

The blaze went out all by itself, leaving the house mostly intact and allowing for a glimpse into the daily graft of the three inmates. The conditions they had to endure were miserable. The photos reveled that they were held in a tight, dark and dirty room with wooden walls, deprived of any wallpaper. The hut was littered and furnished with old and broken sofas and cupboards. An outdated TV set with a picture tube, connected to a DVD player, seemed to be the only entertainment available to the children.

A video by Russian broadcaster showed the exterior of the house and the aftermath of the blaze at the ‘child prison.’

The runaways told the social worker that their mother strictly forbade them from leaving the premises of their home, which was located in a quiet spot on the outskirts of town and surrounded by a tall solid fence. The woman put CCTV cameras atop that fence, as well as inside the house in order to always keep an eye on their children. The yard was also guarded by a huge dog.

Internet and any contacts with the outside world were banned. The eldest sister, Darina, owned a smartphone, but it was a little consolation, since she could only use it under mom’s supervision.

Dina might’ve been a tyrant, but she was surely a loving one. She really tried carrying about her kids and went outside to buy food, clothes and all other necessities for them. She was actually well known in town due to being a skillful tailor and made her living out of it. But the 55-year-old never invited her clients into her home.

One of the items she purchased in large quantities was hair dye, which the woman used to turn her daughters into blonds like herself.

With the children skipping school, the mother also had to become a teacher. “My youngest sister could count till 100 and new the alphabet by heart when she was three,” Darina said in an interview with the local media. The social workers confirmed that the girls and the boy could read and write, but still lagged behind their peers significantly.

It seems really unbelievable that neither the authorities, nor the neighbors knew about the cruel treatment of the siblings taking place right under their noses. But Dina turned out to be a truly great conspirator: she didn’t hide her kids when the family arrived in in Ust-Katav in late 2000s, but a few years later the woman just told everybody that they returned back to the neighboring Republic of Bashkortostan to live with their elder sister. That was the moment when the unprovoked imprisonment for the trio began.

Even their father, who divorced Dina years ago, was fooled. When the man called his children they always told him about the good marks they got in school and the theatre plays they took part in – just like the mother instructed.

The reasons for the woman’s actions may never be known, but some locals speculate that the bizarre behavior could’ve been provoked by what happened to her first daughter. She had a normal life, but made some bad acquaintances in her teenage years, and ended up getting involved in manslaughter. After serving her time, the girl moved to Bashkortostan and settled there.

The mother apparently wanted to protect her other children from the same fate, but her love brought her in the wrong place. They said she persuaded them that “the outside world is cruel; that it will spoil them” and that she was the one to provide them with everything they needed. / Dina Azizova

But the siblings were suffocating from the exaggerated care and planned an escape, which was eventually realized thanks to Darina’s smartphone. The girl was somehow able to use the device without Dina knowing.

The children fled when their mother went to the store and found shelter in the home of a young man, whom Darina met on social media. They remained there until the police picked them up.

“Morally, we just couldn’t withstand staying indoors all the time and fearing that our mom will catch us with the smartphone,” Darina explained. The prosecutors said there are traces of physical violence on the kids, which may serve as an explanation to why they were so afraid of their mother.

The siblings currently remain in hospital, where psychologists are trying to help them overcome traumatic experience. It’s yet to be decided if they will move to live with their father or their elder sister. The children may also stay in Ust-Katav. After all, they are the legal inheritors of the house and local authorities vowed to provide them money to rebuild after the fire.

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Google wades into banking even as it faces new federal probe into shady medical data collection

Google wants you to trust it with your money, even as its latest privacy scandal, where millions of Americans’ medical records were covertly slurped up to power a secret AI project, has triggered another federal investigation.

Google is rolling out a consumer finance division, currently codenamed Cache, in partnership with Citigroup and a Stanford University credit union, the Wall Street Journal revealed on Wednesday. The search behemoth will begin offering checking accounts to customers next year, muscling into yet another market, despite a mounting stack of federal investigations targeting potential antitrust abuses.

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And the number of federal probes is growing, thanks to the revelation that Google had secretly obtained millions of Americans’ medical records through its partnership with healthcare giant Ascension. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has opened a probe into whether Google respected federal privacy law in collecting the massive trove of healthcare data from 21 states without patients’ permission for its top-secret Project Nightingale. A loophole in the law allows healthcare providers to share patient records without an individual’s consent – so long as the sharing “helps” the provider “carry out its healthcare functions.

With Project Nightingale, Google says, it hopes to use data on tens of millions of Americans to program machine-learning AI capable of tracking patients and prescribing treatments. But given Google’s history of using everything from search terms to email content for targeted marketing, the project unsettled many after it was revealed earlier this week – especially combined with Google’s purchase of wearable device maker Fitbit, which monitors vital signs like pulse.

Google tried asking patients for their health data over a decade ago with Google Health, only to close up shop when patients balked at handing their records to the insatiable data-miner. Users seem far less reluctant to hand over their financial data, though – 58 percent of respondents in a recent survey said they’d trust Google for financial products. That’s higher than either Apple or Facebook, other Big Tech behemoths who have already made similarly direct moves for their customers’ wallets.

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Also like Google, both of those are being probed by the Justice Department for potential antitrust violations. Facebook’s ambitions to launch a cryptocurrency are being met with strident resistance from world governments, causing some of its corporate partners to drop out, and Apple’s Goldman Sachs-backed credit card is in hot water for what appears to be sexist assignment of credit limits. And even if people don’t rush to open checking accounts with Google, there’s no guarantee the company will not whip up an AI algorithm to help “normal” banks manage their funds – which will require bank customers’ financial information to program.

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Election chances dashed with a splash of milk? British PM mocked on social media for TEA-MAKING faux pas

British social media gasped in disbelief after watching Conservative PM Boris Johnson’s election campaign video… in which he committed a cardinal sin while attempting to casually make a cup of tea.

There is probably nothing more quintessentially British than a lovely cup of tea. However, Brits can be pretty uncompromising when it comes to how you make that perfect cuppa. It’s widely recognised that the order is: tea bag in – hot water – tea bag out – milk – stir.

So when Johnson posted a video on Tuesday, showing him adding milk before taking the tea bag out, all hell broke loose on social media.

One person summed up the overall mood: “Our actual Prime Minister doesn’t know how to make a cup of tea.” While another appeared to be so incensed by Johnson’s tea-making etiquette that they even questioned whether they could ever “vote for someone who does that.”

“I know, bag out before milk in!!!” one person replied. “Needs to get rid of that filthy habit…..Take the bag out first….” wrote someone else.

However, luckily for the PM there were others who leapt to his defence and questioned what all the furore was all about. “Nope. I always do that!” said one, while another agreed: “It’s how we make ours. Scalds the milk.”

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Only time will tell as to whether this faux pas will have damaging consequences on Johnson’s general election prospects.

It comes as Johnson came under fire from a number of angry victims of severe floods in South Yorkshire during a walkabout to see how the recovery operation was progressing. Residents of Stainforth voiced their displeasure at the PM, with many insisting he and his Tory government had been too slow to respond to the crisis.

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‘There’s no denying it, he choked’: Tennis world reacts as Daniil Medvedev throws away lead to hand Rafael Nadal ATP Finals win

Russian star Daniil Medvedev is facing an early exit from the ATP Finals in London after throwing away a decisive lead in the final set of his match with world number one Rafael Nadal, prompting fans to accuse him of ‘choking’.

Medvedev’s challenge of the world’s top player looked set to be on course for what would have been a memorable victory for the 23-year-old before he slumped to a three set defeat 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-7 (4-7) – despite being 5-1 to the good in the final set.

Spaniard Nadal showed characteristic determination even as he survived a match point before mounting his comeback as Medvedev faded, with Nadal eventually winning via tie-break after the final set finished six games apiece. 

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As the scoreline suggests, Medvedev was in control for much of the match and appeared close to claiming his first win against the world number one before errors began to creep into his game.

Unfortunately for the Moscow native, his downturn coincided with Nadal rediscovering his deft touch. He came off second best in the majority of the baseline rallies – and even got assistance from the Hawkeye technology after officials determined that a Medvedev backhand which was called in was actually marginally wide. 

It was one of those days for the Russian star and while the vast majority of his performance was admirable, he and his fans will undoubtedly be disappointed by the manner of his implosion towards the end, a sentiment which has flooded Twitter in the aftermath of the match.

Medvedev now faces an anxious wait to determine if he will advance to the next stage of the ATP Finals as he will next face Alexander Zverev and will need other matches to go in his favour if his goal of tournament victory in London is to be realized.

Nadal, meanwhile, meets Stefanos Tsitsipas ahead of a potential semi-final spot in the tournament which will keep him at the summit of the world rankings – so long as rival Novak Djokovic doesn’t win the event.

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‘NATO will be soiling its pants’ – Ukrainian tycoon seen as power behind president calls for ‘new Warsaw Pact’ with Moscow

A tycoon who spent millions of dollars arming anti-Russian fighters in Ukraine has emerged from the shadows to blast the Europe he once idolized. The oligarch now sees alliance with Russia as the only option for his country.

Igor Kolomoysky, the oligarch seen by many as the shadow power behind Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has changed his tune sharply from the days of the 2014 Maidan rebellion.

Back then he was an ally of pro-European President Petro Poroshenko, who even appointed him governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region. Once installed there, Kolomoysky placed a bounty on captured fighters from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics, who fought against the new authorities in Kiev, and spent a reported $10 million per month fielding his own private militia, also funding ultranationalist volunteer units, like the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion.

“We’ll just have to kill them,” he said of the rebels at the time.

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He now believes an alliance with Russia is the best bet for Kiev, he told the New York Times in an interview.

“They’re stronger anyway. We have to improve our relations,” he said. “People want peace, a good life, they don’t want to be at war. And you [America] are forcing us to be at war, and not even giving us the money for it,” he added, referring to reports that the International Monetary Fund is holding up an aid package to Ukraine until the government pursues money missing from Kolomoysky’s Privatbank – money Kolomoyasky is accused of embezzling.

“You all won’t take us,” the oligarch said of the EU and NATO. “There’s no use in wasting time on empty talk. Whereas Russia would love to bring us into a new Warsaw Pact.”

The IMF, he said, could easily be replaced by loans from Russia. “We’ll take $100 billion from the Russians. I think they’d love to give it to us today,” Kolomoisky said. “What’s the fastest way to resolve issues and restore the relationship? Only money.”

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Progress towards EU and NATO membership, coveted by the government in Kiev, has been slow at best. Despite the signing of the Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement in 2017 (which the electorate rejected in the Netherlands), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said at the time that it would take at least 20 years for Ukraine to become a full-fledged member state.

Kolomoysky’s referencing of the Cold War military alliance is likely to raise eyebrows in Washington, especially given his closeness to Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelensky. Kolomoysky used to be Zelensky’s employer back when the president was a comedian, and is reported to have bankrolled his election campaign. In addition, Western leaders have expressed concern that the billionaire could play puppet-master to Zelensky, prompting the new leader to publicly declare that his wealthy backer would hold no sway over his administration.

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Though Zelensky has maintained dialogue with European leaders on resolving the war in Ukraine, he has also held phone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on mending ties and simmering down the conflict.

US President Donald Trump has expressed hope that Zelensky and Putin can “get together and solve” their problems. However, for most lawmakers in Washington the prospect of a Moscow-Kiev pact is a no-go.

Kolomoysky is undaunted by the prospects of a Democrat taking office next year and cracking down.

“If they get smart with us, we’ll go to Russia,” he told the Times. “Russian tanks will be stationed near Krakow and Warsaw. Your NATO will be soiling its pants and buying Pampers.”

Though described by Putin as a “swindler” and “one of a kind chancer,” Kolomoysky is certain that Kiev will drift towards Russia. 

“I’m describing, objectively, what I’m seeing and where things are heading,” he said.

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‘We freed ourselves of IMF & had big plans on exports’: Exiled Bolivian president Morales blasts coup & hints at US role in it

Ousted Bolivian President Evo Morales has accused the US-headquartered Organization of American States of making a political decision in backing the right-wing opposition, saying the coup continues to wreak havoc after his exile.

Speaking from Mexico a day after he fled Bolivia, Morales said: “The OAS is in the service of the North American empire.”

Morales said he “could not understand” how his military commanders could show such “disloyalty.”

“That confirms that my great crime is to be indigenous. It’s a class problem,” he said.

The exiled president said that after freeing itself from the International Monetary Fund, the Bolivian economy was doing better.

We had big plans in the field of exports.

Yet, the coup plotters “do not accept the nationalization of natural resources,” Morales said.

He also said the appointment of Jeanine Añez as “interim president” confirms the coup and called for a national dialogue to end violence in his country.

Morales also claimed that a mechanical failure on a helicopter he was traveling on in early November was “not accidental” and said he wants the incident to be investigated. The helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing just after takeoff due to a “mechanical fault in the tail rotor.”

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Medvedev melts down as Nadal storms back to win ATP Finals clash

Daniil Medvedev suffered a third-set meltdown as he lost to Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals in London, leaving the Russian staring at an early exit from the tournament.

Medvedev was leading 5-1 in the decisive third set but threw away after the match as Nadal rattled off five successive games to take the match to a decisive tie-break, which he won to take the contest 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).  

The match was a re-run of the pair’s epic US Open final which Nadal won, although in London both went into the meeting knowing it was likely make-or-break having lost their opening group encounters, with Nadal being beaten by German youngster Alexander Zverev and Medvedev falling to Greek rival Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier in the week.      

A tight first set at the O2 Arena went with serve before fourth seed Medvedev took the initiative in the tie-break, winning it 7-3.

But world number one Nadal fought back to immediately break the Russian at the first opportunity in the second set, going on to take the set 6-3.


It was the 23-year-old Medvedev who seized the first break in the decider as his powerful serving proved increasingly decisive. The 6ft 6in Russian broke Nadal again to set himself up to serve for the match at 5-2, but Nadal showed characteristic grit to break back and keep himself in the game.

Medvedev continued to appear agitated, giving frequent sarcastic thumbs-up gestures to his team, and the Russian went into full meltdown mode as Nadal incredibly broke again to level the set at 5-5. 

Nadal took the next game to edge 6-5 in front, although Medvedev finally regained his composure to steady the ship at 6-6 and take the match to a decisive tie-break. 

However, Nadal completed his comeback by winning the breaker 7-4 to keep his hopes of a maiden ATP Finals title alive. 


Ancient aliens? NASA’s Mars 2020 mission landing site could contain fossilized signs of life

The landing site selected for NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 rover could well be one of the best chances we have of discovering whether the Red Planet was once home to life and whether it could be again.

The 28-mile (45km) wide Jezero crater was selected as the landing site for the new rover in late 2018, and has been found to contain vast deposits of hydrated silica and minerals called carbonates, according to a newly published study

Once the site of a lake more than 3.5 billion years ago, scientists now believe that Jezero, thanks to its carbonate supplies, will likely contain structures that can survive for billions of years, such as shells, coral and certain types of rock formed by microbial life.

Deltas here on Earth are known to be hubs for preserved biomarkers and signs of life, and the presence of the hydrated silica suggests Mars is likely to be even better in this regard.

“Using a technique we developed that helps us find rare, hard-to-detect mineral phases in data taken from orbiting spacecraft, we found two outcrops of hydrated silica within Jezero crater,” said the study’s lead author, Jesse Tarnas, a PhD student at Brown University in Rhode Island, US.

We know from Earth that this mineral phase is exceptional at preserving microfossils and other biosignatures, so that makes these outcrops exciting targets for the rover to explore.

The intel about the site, and the surrounding delta, replete with mineral deposits, was provided by data from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. 

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“The material that forms the bottom layer of a delta is sometimes the most productive in terms of preserving biosignatures,” explained Jack Mustard, professor at Brown and study co-author.

“So if you can find that bottomset layer, and that layer has a lot of silica in it, that’s a double bonus,” he added.

The rover will land on Mars on February 18, 2021 when it will begin taking rock core samples that will be deposited in metal tubes on the Martian surface, waiting to be shipped back to Earth for analysis during a later mission.

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While Greta Thunberg hitches another top-dollar yacht ride to Europe, plebs will live with ‘flight shame’

Swedish eco-activist Greta Thunberg has managed to find a ride across the Atlantic with a pair of sailing YouTubers. Once again, the activist will make her journey on a yacht far beyond the means of the ordinary working Joe.

After hitching a ride from Europe to New York aboard a €4 million racing yacht in August, Thunberg embarked on a whirlwind tour of climate change summits and street-level protests. However, when the UN’s COP25 climate summit in Chile was moved to Spain due to political unrest, the Swedish activist was left marooned in the US.

Avoiding combustion-powered planes and boats, Thunberg’s options were limited. However, she announced on Tuesday that she had been offered a seat on board the ‘La Vagabonde,’ an ultra-sleek catamaran owned by a couple of Australian YouTubers who make a living sailing around the world chasing the sun.

The boat is not quite as high tech as the €4 million ‘Malizia II’ that bore her outwards. Nevertheless it comes with a bevy of environmentally-conscious technologies alongside its backup diesel engine, like solar panels and a hydro-generator – to keep the trip as low-impact as possible.

Just like the ‘Malizia II’ though, it offers no practical solutions for Thunberg’s legion of devotees. The world envisioned by Thunberg is one completely free of fossil fuels, and her vision is shared by the most environmentally conscious lawmakers in the US. 104 members of Congress there have endorsed the ‘Green New Deal,’ a piece of environmental legislation that would abolish air travel.

The rich, to paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, “are different from you and me.” Though Thunberg may rail against the fossil fuel titans and the governments beholden to them, giving up hydrocarbons is simply not possible for the common man. The owners of ‘La Vagabonde’ are a pair of Australian vloggers who bought and kitted out a single-hulled yacht in 2014 at a cost of more than $130,000 AUD ($88,700). 

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Working for several years to afford the vessel, the pair then switched to documenting their journeys around the world, amassing more than a million subscribers on YouTube, and keeping the vacation going through ad sales and Patreon donations. Their latest vessel was given to them in a deal with yacht-builder Outremer, but has a list price of $757,000.

By contrast, a flight from Virginia to Madrid – the location of the COP 25 summit – can be taken for as little as $250. True, air travel emits massive amounts of carbon, but the most modern airliners are considerably more efficient than automobiles. Fully loaded, Airbus’ behemoth A380 produces 75g of CO2 per passenger per kilometer, while most cars produce 130g.

Gone too are the days of Concorde crossing the Atlantic in three hours. Nowadays, airlines prioritize fuel efficiency over speed, and manufacturers trumpet their new, low-emissions jets, mindful of future carbon levies.

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Still, Thunberg’s devotees in Sweden have coined the term “flygskam” or “flight shame,” to vilify fuel-burners who still dare to cross the oceans in anything but a million-dollar racing yacht. Apparently, it’s working. The BBC reported in September that almost a quarter of Swedes have changed their flying behavior since the term entered the national vocabulary.

For those of us who can live with the guilt of taking the most time-efficient method of transport ever devised, Thunberg’s struggles are not relatable. For those who can’t, the answer is simple. Befriend a pair of famous yachting influencers (or stump up nearly a million dollars for a yacht of your own), take three weeks off work to make a journey that a plane can do in six hours, and enjoy the satisfaction of practicing the environmentalism you preach.

By Graham Dockery, RT

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