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April 17, 2009

Morning Coffee: Russian cops face irony crackdown

RUSSIAN COPS FACE IRONY CRACKDOWN
Russian cop shows may never be the same, thanks to new rules issued by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs. In addition to usual no-nos like taking bribes, the new rules forbid "indiscriminate sex" as well as "gross jokes and wicked irony."

EURO MERCENARY PLOT TO KILL MORALES
Bolivian president Evo Morales is having a good week, he passed election reform, ended his hunger strike, and apparently survived a bizarre assassination plot featuring European mercenaries. Three attackers were killed in a half-hour shootout outside a hotel in Santa Cruz after detonating a grenade in the lobby. The three were part of a group that allegedly included Irish, Croatian, and Hungarian assailants. The same group is thought to be responsible for a dynamite attack on the home of a Bolivian cardinal.

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Alas, just because you're a communist dictator doesn't mean all your opponents are democrats.

I'm guessing "wicked irony" is a bad translation.

The idea is probably that cops should be courteous instead of making cruel remarks.

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