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Officials: Islamic State tightens grip on capital of Iraq’s Anbar province

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An Iraqi fighter aims his gun to protect the military headquarters from an attack by Islamic State extremists in Ramadi. (AP)
BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants tightened their grip on Ramadi on Saturday as officials, police and residents accused the Sunni extremists of executing dozens of civilians and blowing up homes in the capital of Iraq’s largest province.
On Thursday, the insurgent group launched a brutal offensive involving car bombings and heavy shelling to seize Ramadi, which is about 80 miles west of Baghdad. The militants controlled most of the city by Friday afternoon, hoisting the group’s black flag over government buildings as pro-government forces retreated.
“They blew up the houses of the officers and [tribal] sheiks who fought them,” said Hamid Shandoukh, a Ramadi police colonel, speaking by telephone from the city’s Malaab area.
The attack is a significant setback to Iraq’s U.S.-backed government, which is waging a military campaign to retake territory that the Islamic State seized in sweeping advances last summer. The United States has assumed a prominent role in that effort, leading an international coalition that is conducting airstrikes against the extremist group in Iraq as well as in Syria.
Dozens of residents across Ramadi have been executed by Islamic State fighters, including women and children, according to residents and pro-government forces. “We don’t have precise figures, but we can say that dozens of them were shot by Daesh,” Shandoukh said, using the Arabic term for the group.
Iraqi family members prepare to leave their hometown of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. Islamic State militants seized the center of Ramadi in western Iraq and raised their black flag over the government compound, local officials said. (Uncredited/AP)
Police, counterterrorism forces and tribal fighters have retreated to Malaab and a nearby military command hub, where hundreds of them are surrounded by Islamic State fighters. Police and local officials say that supply lines to the facility have been cut and that those on the inside are in desperate need of food as well as military reinforcements to defend against shelling and car bombings.
“We are calling on the government to provide food as well as military reinforcements to these areas that are besieged by Daesh,” said Suleiman Kubaysi, head of media relations for ­Anbar’s provincial council. He spoke by telephone from ­Baghdad.
Anbar capital is a key prize
Ramadi, capital of the largely Sunni province of Anbar, has been a stronghold of opposition to the Islamic State and its al-Qaeda precursor. A little less than a decade ago, the city’s residents were at the forefront of a U.S.-backed revolt by Sunni tribesmen against al-Qaeda.
Ramadi’s apparent fall is a major blow to U.S.-supported efforts by the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to form another Sunni force against the Islamic State, said Hassan Hassan, an Abu Dhabi-based Middle East analyst and co-author of “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.” ISIS and ISIL are acronyms for the Islamic State.
“This is a heavy blow to the idea of getting Iraq’s Sunnis to rise up to fight ISIS,” he said, adding that Ramadi is “vital” to such an effort. Despite capturing most of Anbar last summer, the Islamic State had been unable to conquer Ramadi in repeated attempts that included an attack last month. In that assault, militants gained control of northern areas of the city.
Now, with its capture of most of the city, the Islamic State has received a major morale boost after losing significant territory recently to Iraqi forces, including the city of Tikrit, Hassan said. “This is important for ISIS in terms of bouncing back and reclaiming momentum,” he said.
During a telephone call Friday that highlights concern in Washington about the Ramadi attacks, Vice President Biden promised Abadi deliveries of heavy weapons, the White House said.
During a television interview Saturday morning, an Iraqi military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, said that troop reinforcements had been sent to the city. “Painful” airstrikes from the U.S.-managed coalition also inflicted damage on the Islamic State, he said, without giving details of the military support.
Kubaysi, the provincial councilman, said a convoy of several dozen military vehicles carrying soldiers and counterterrorism forces arrived at the Malaab area from Baghdad on Saturday afternoon. But the additional troops have not engaged in fighting, he said.
“They are waiting for more reinforcements to arrive from Baghdad before they fight,” he said.
Falih al-Essawi, deputy head of Anbar’s provincial council, said that several members of Iraq’s SWAT team arrived Friday night but that the city is still waiting for special forces units to join the fight.
Coalition airstrikes were targeting militants in the city, Essawi said. He added that officials put the preliminary death toll from recent fighting in Ramadi at more than 500 people, including police, soldiers and civilians.
Unconfirmed video posted on social media by the Islamic State shows the group’s fighters capturing the main hospital in downtown Ramadi. In photographs posted online, the group also claims to have seized rocket-propelled grenades, boxes of ammunition and vehicles from police and military installations in the city. The group also posted pictures of what it says are executions in the city.
Informants in ‘sleeper cells’
Col. Eissa al-Alwani of the Ramadi police said the pro-
government forces besieged in the city’s military operations compound were quickly running out of ammunition. The Islamic State is targeting the compound, where three of Alwani’s brothers are trapped, with heavy shelling and car bombs, he said.
In other parts of the city, he said, Islamic State “sleeper cells” have begun informing the group’s fighters about residents who joined the police and military. Those who were identified as government collaborators, including families, are being executed and their homes are being blown up, Alwani said.
“Yesterday, they killed 20 of my cousins, and they blew up my house in Albu Alwan,” he said by telephone from the Malaab area.
He added: “There will be a massacre if there is no help.”
In the battle for Tikrit, about 120 miles north of Baghdad, pro-Iran Shiite militias proved decisive in overwhelming Islamic State forces.
But those militias have not participated in the fight in Anbar, in part over fear of stoking sectarian tensions with the area’s largely Sunni residents. The Islamic State took control of most of Anbar by capitalizing on Sunni grievances with the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.

Hugh Naylor is a Beirut-based correspondent for The Post. He has reported from over a dozen countries in the Middle East for such publications as The National, an Abu Dhabi-based newspaper, and The New York Times.
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U.S. conducts raid in Syria, says it kills senior Islamic State leader

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WASHINGTON American special operations forces killed a senior Islamic State leader in a raid inSyria, U.S. officials said on Saturday, an operation that marked a departure from Washington's strategy of relying primarily on air strikes to target militants there.

Delta Force commandos used UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to punch deep into eastern Syria from Iraq. They engaged in a firefight and hand-to-hand combat with Islamic State fighters, killed a key figure in the group named as Abu Sayyaf and captured his wife, U.S. officials said.

The officials described Sayyaf, a Tunisian, as an Islamic State commander who helped manage the group's black-market sales of oil and gas to raise funds. The officials said President Barack Obama ordered the overnight operation, which killed about a dozen Islamic State fighters and had been planned for several weeks.

It marked the first known U.S. special forces operation inside Syria apart from a failed mission last year to rescue U.S. and other foreign hostages held by Islamic State in northeastern Syria.

Wary of the United States getting pulled deeper into Middle East conflicts, Obama has promised not to commit major ground forces in the fight against Islamic State, which has seized swathes of Syria and Iraq. But he has left open the prospect of special forces raids.

It was not immediately clear if this one marked the start of a new chapter in Syria.

U.S. and Arab forces have carried out almost daily air raids against hardline Islamist militant groups in Syria including Islamic State since last September, and U.S.-led forces are also targeting the group in Iraq.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the operation was intended to capture Abu Sayyaf but he was killed "when he engaged U.S. forces." His wife, Umm Sayyaf, was captured, then placed in U.S. military detention in Iraq and was being questioned about Islamic State operations and hostages held by the group.

No U.S. forces were killed or wounded during the operation, Carter said.

"The operation represents another significant blow to ISIL, and it is a reminder that the United States will never waver in denying safe haven to terrorists who threaten our citizens, and those of our friends and allies," Carter said, using an acronym for the Islamic State organization.

Local Syrian sources contacted by Reuters said two other senior Islamic State operatives, a Syrian and a Saudi, were also killed alongside Abu Sayyaf. The raid lasted no more than half an hour, according to the sources.

The accounts could not be independently verified. U.S. officials had no immediate comment on whether other senior Islamic State militants were killed in the raid.

The raid in Syria came at a time when Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in areas it controls and has carried out beheadings and massacres, has scored high-profile gains in Iraq and made advances in Syria.

Islamic State militants raised their black flag over the local government headquarters in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday and claimed victory after overrunning most of the provincial capital.

If Ramadi were to fall it would be the first major city seized by the Sunni insurgents in Iraq since security forces and paramilitary groups began pushing them back last year.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said he extended his "gratitude and continued support" for the U.S. troops involved in the Syria raid. But Boehner, a Republican, said he was "gravely concerned" by Islamic State's advances in Ramadi, which he said "threatens the stability and sovereignty of Iraq, which is vital to America’s interests."

Hawkish Republican critics of Obama, a Democrat, say he has not acted forcefully enough to rein in the rise of Islamic State.

GREEN LIGHT FROM OBAMA

White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said the Syria raid was conducted "with the full consent of Iraqi authorities." She said the United States did not give any advance warning or coordinate with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who Washington opposes.

"The president authorized this operation upon the unanimous recommendation of his national security team and as soon as we had developed sufficient intelligence and were confident the mission could be carried out successfully," Meehan said.

Meehan said U.S. forces freed a young Yezidi woman "who appears to have been held as a slave" by Abu Sayyaf and his wife. His wife was suspected of playing "an important role in ISIL’s terrorist activities," Meehan said.

The U.S. military last summer carried out a failed mission in Syria to rescue journalist James Foley, held hostage by Islamic State. Foley was later beheaded by the group in August 2014.

In December, al Qaeda militants shot and fatally wounded American photo journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie during a failed rescue attempt led by U.S. commandos in Yemen.

Saturday's raid followed a summit Obama held at Camp David earlier this week with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab allies who have pressed the United States to be more militarily assertive in Syria, especially in support of moderate rebels seeking to oust Assad.

(Additional reporting by Phil StewartDavid Alexander and Mark Hosenball; Editing by David Clarke,Dominic EvansFrances Kerry and Meredith Mazzilli)
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Senior ISIS leader killed in U.S. raid in Syria

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The United States says its Special Operations forces carried out a raid inside Syria, killing senior Islamic State leader Abu Sayyaf, who helped direct the group’s oil, gas and financial operations. (Reuters)
U.S. Special Operations forces staged an overnight ground raid in Syria early Saturday, killing what the Obama administration said was a senior Islamic State official and capturing his wife.
Delta Force troops, flying from Iraq aboard Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Ospreys, encountered almost immediate fire from militant forces when they touched down in al-Amr, near eastern Syrian oil fields that the Islamic State has tapped to generate income with black-market fuel sales.
In what a U.S. Defense official described as “close-quarters combat” against militants using women and children as human shields, about a dozen militants were killed. They included the target of what was originally designed as a capture operation, identified by the White House and the Pentagon as Abu Sayyaf, a Tunisian.
His wife, identified only as Umm Sayyaf, was said to have been captured and brought back to Iraq in one of the bullet-riddled U.S. aircraft that landed at dawn. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said that no U.S. forces were killed or injured during the operation. No civilians were reported injured.
U.S. forces recovered laptops, cellphones, files and a number of archaeological artifacts and historic items, including an Assyrian Bible and antique coins, the Defense official said.
The soldiers also rescued a young woman, an Iraqi from the minority Yazidi sect, who was being held by the couple as a slave, according to statements issued by the White House and the Defense Department. Countless Yazidis have been executed or enslaved by the Islamic State as it has moved through their homeland in northern Iraq. Officials said they hope to reunite her with her family.
The raid was only the second time U.S. Special Operations forces are known to have operated on the ground in Syria, and the first “direct action” mission by U.S. forces there. Special operators conducted an unsuccessful mission last summer to rescue American hostages being held by the militants, who later executed them.
President Obama has said that U.S. forces, who have been conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and neighboring Iraq, will not enter either of those countries in a ground combat role. Although several thousand U.S. troops are in Iraq training and assisting Iraqi forces, the administration has said there are none in Syria.
The raid in Syria came as Islamic State forces in Iraq tightened their grip on the city of Ramadi, in a significant setback to Iraq’s U.S.-backed government. Residents and police reached inside the city, the capital of Iraq’s largest province, said the militants were executing dozens of civilians and blowing up homes.
In Washington, the Defense official described Abu Sayyaf as “fairly high up” in the Islamic State hierarchy but not among the four most senior militants tracked by the United States. In addition to directing oil and gas operations in Syria, Abu Sayyaf was also “involved with the group’s military operation” and likely in contact with Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the White House said.
Many of the U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria have targeted oil and gas refinery and storage sites, and the administration has said it has significantly reduced Islamic State revenue from that source. Al-Amr is located southeast of Deir al-Zour, the largest city in eastern Syria.
The U.S. expectation was that Abu Sayyaf’s removal will lead to further disruption in the Islamic State’s “revenue-generating network and command and control of ISIL operations,” according to a senior administration official. ISIL is another term for the Islamic State.
Beyond statements issued by the White House and Defense Department early Saturday, senior officials spoke on the condition of anonymity about still-secret details of the raid.
Officials said that the building targeted in the operation had been under surveillance for several weeks before the raid. The White House statement said that Obama authorized the operation “with full consent of Iraqi authorities” and upon “the unanimous recommendation of his national security team.”
Senior lawmakers, including the leaders of intelligence committees in the House and Senate, were briefed on the mission Friday and were to be given details of the operation in further briefings this week.
The attempt to capture Abu Sayyaf was made not only because of the positions he held but also to obtain information about the Islamic State and possible hostages who are still being held by the militants, officials said.
Although there are no public reports of Americans being held in Syria, the senior administration official said: “We are aware of reports that other U.S. citizens have gone missing in Syria. But due to privacy concerns, we have no further comment.”
Other officials said that the intelligence community and the FBI continue to gather information and evidence in connection with previous hostages.
The last known U.S. ground raid inside Syria took place in July, when Special Operations forces landed outside the north-central city of Raqqa, which serves as Islamic State headquarters in that country, to rescue journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. When they arrived, they found the hostages had been moved. Foley, Sotloff and several European hostages were subsequently beheaded by the militants, and an American woman held with them, Kayla Mueller, was also later killed.
The White House statement on the most recent raid said that U.S. forces were working “to determine an ultimate disposition” for Umm Sayyaf, who it said was currently being held in “U.S. military detention in Iraq.”
The Defense official said she was being debriefed and described her as a “player” in the Islamic State and an active participant in her husband’s activities. The senior administration official said that Umm Sayyaf was being debriefed “to obtain intelligence about ISIL operations” and “to determine any information she may have regarding hostages — including American citizens who were held by ISIL.”
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Karen DeYoung is associate editor and senior national security correspondent for the Washington Post.
Missy Ryan writes about the Pentagon, military issues, and national security for The Washington Post.
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Special Report: The middle-class Islamists behind Tunisia's museum attack

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SBIBA, Tunisia One of the young men was a high school literature student who helped his father tend the family olive trees in their isolated farming community near the Algerian border.

The other lived in the capital Tunis, had a taste for fashion and worked as a travel agent.

Jabeur Khachnaoui and Yassine el-Abidi came from stable, middle-class families and were well educated.

On March 18, they came together to attack Tunisia's Bardo Museum, shooting foreign tourists as they filed off buses outside the museum, and then taking more tourists hostage inside.

Over three hours they killed 22 people in all, including French, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish visitors. Security forces eventually stormed the building and shot and killed the hostage-takers.

To their families, the two young men seemed to lead normal lives. But according to Tunisia's interior ministry, they both spent time in militant camps in Libya late last year before returning to Tunisia, their ideologies fine-tuned and basic military training completed.

Their stories show how difficult it will be for Tunisia to stop others making similar journeys. The country and region are full of young men like Khachnaoui and Abidi, and Islamist groups are increasingly targeting middle-class recruits.      

The Bardo massacre has also reopened debate on the country's delicate balance between the need for security, and the rare freedoms enjoyed by both secular Tunisians and conservative Islamists.

Tunisia is one of the Arab world's most secular nations and has won praise for its democratic progress since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, which began there. It has mostly escaped the violence and upheaval afflicting Libya and Egypt. And it has a new constitution, free elections and a political balance that have helped keep the country stable.

At the same time, Tunisia supplies the largest contingent of foreign fighters to extremist group Islamic State, according to the Tunisian government. Tunisians also take a leading role in jihadist ranks in neighboring Libya, carrying out beheadings and running training camps. In all, more than 3,000 Tunisians now fight for militant groups in Iraq, Syria and Libya, according to Tunisian officials.

A senior Tunisian security source said the two young attackers were the product of profound political shifts in Tunisia since the Arab Spring allowed long-oppressed ultra-conservative Islamists to come into the open. "It was like a pressure cooker that was closed and burst open," he said. Young men go abroad for training or to fight, and return like ticking bombs. "The ones that come back, they can explode at any time."

Khachnaoui's father Ezzdine said he still cannot fathom why his son embraced such a violent ideology.

"I lost my son, but my son took their lives, and I don't know why," he said at the family's farmhouse in rural Kasserine province. "Was it extremist recruiters? Was it the mosque? All I know is I brought him up right."

Half a dozen other Tunisian families told Reuters similar stories. They all have had family members, including students, recent graduates and professionals, leave to fight abroad. Most of the families are middle class.

One family in the city of Sousse, a popular tourist resort, say they lost their son, a professional soccer player, to an Islamist group fighting in Syria. Another family – husband, wife, four children and two relatives – left the island resort of Djerba to travel through Turkey and live under Islamic State in Syria, local officials in Djerba say.

In Ouslatia, near the historic mosque town of Kairouen, more than 20 young men have left, residents say. One family there lost two brothers: One was killed fighting in Libya, the other became a commander in Islamic State in Syria, according to messages on social media. He was killed in March.

Many young Tunisians praise the country's democratic progress since the 2011 revolution, but also say a series of governments has failed to deliver promised economic opportunities. In recent weeks hundreds of unemployed youth, including university graduates, have begun hunger strikes and taken to the streets in southern towns to demand jobs. The growing sense of disappointment in the country, say experts on Islamic militancy, is fertile ground for extremist recruiters.

SCHOOL YARD RECRUITERS

Jabeur Khachnaoui's family home sits on a plain of olive trees and fruit plantations near the town of Sbiba. The community of 6,000 people has long been known for its prized apples. The region's roads also sport signs of another source of income: stalls that hawk contraband gasoline and fuel, smuggled across the nearby border with Algeria, Tunisia's wealthy oil-producing neighbor.

Isolated and with few opportunities for its young, Sbiba seems just the place to breed discontent. It was in a similar town some 80 km (50 miles) to the south in late 2010 that an impoverished street vendor set himself alight in protest after police confiscated his wares, triggering protests that spread and erupted into the Arab Spring.

Khachnaoui, 21, was not uneducated, unemployed or poor. His family is relatively well off, with a large house and land. Khachnaoui's uncles are teachers; his sister studied literature at university.

Khachnaoui's relatives all say nothing obvious changed in the young man who was raised to be moderate in his religious beliefs. He traveled 18 km to his school by bus every day. He helped on the farm and spent his free time collecting apples.

Only his mild upset over images of Iraq and Syria or of immodestly clad women in television commercials offered a clue to his shifting ideas, his father, Ezzdine, said. Jabeur would turn off the television or leave the room.

But if his life at home appeared normal, things had changed at school in recent years, officials and fellow students say.

The local mosque was already under the control of a hard-line imam, Sbiba's mayor Abd Elatif Kechini said. By early 2013, Salafists had set up a tent on wasteland outside the Sbiba school and began to proselytize.

It was a time of flux in Tunisia. Before the revolution that ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, Tunisia's religious conservatives mostly kept out of politics. Islamist groups were banned and Islamists regularly arrested.

But in the vacuum that followed, fierce argument erupted over the role of Islam in politics. New political groups flourished. Some, such as the country's licensed Salafi party, Hezb Ettahrir, renounced violence. Others such as Ansar al-Sharia, which had links to al-Qaeda, were more militant and attacked art shows, theaters and even Sufi Muslim shrines.

In May 2013, Tunisia's then Islamist-led government banned Ansar al-Sharia, forcing its leadership and members underground. Security forces began a low-level war against Islamist militants.

But conservative imams continued to control some mosques and attract followers. That was the case with the Salafists in the tent outside Khachnaoui's school.

"They were always trying to get us to talk about prayers, the headscarf and jihad," said Amine, a student at a kiosk near the dusty wasteland outside the school.

Kechini, the mayor, who is also one of the school's teachers, said Khachnaoui slowly drifted into the hands of the extremists. Before 2014 he had been an average student focusing on science. He switched to literature. In the middle of last year he grew more radical, Kechini said. He led prayer sessions at school, and even aggressively demanded to hold them during class times. At times he would wear the traditional long robes favored by Salafists.

Kechini recalls a class debate over Islam and politics just before Khachnaoui disappeared to Libya. The young man moved to the back of the class when the teacher tried to engage him and sat smirking, refusing to join in the discussion.

Tunisian authorities put him on a watch list of young men associating with hard-liners, but did not see him as a particular threat, a security source said.

Khachnaoui left home without notice last December. He called the family from a Libyan mobile number saying that he was going to Iraq. In February, during his last call home, he said he would not return, his father said. "We tried to persuade him, we tried to bring him back, but he just said everything was fine and he was staying."

More than 20 residents of Sbiba, including students and professionals, have left to fight for militant groups outside Tunisia, said Kechini. Authorities in Sbiba have now banned the Salafist tents from near the school, while the imam at the mosque, who could not be reached for comment, has been pressured into changing his rhetoric, the mayor said.

"There is really nothing here, but the cafe or the mosque," he said. "This town was always marginalized, but now it's a black mark as we will always be associated with terrorism."

BREAKFAST, WORK, ATTACK

Khachnaoui's fellow attacker Yassine el-Abidi also came from a middle-class family. Relatives say the 27-year-old was a bon-vivant interested in fashion. He enjoyed dancing at weddings and had no qualms about occasionally drinking alcohol, they said. He showed no dramatic change in his ideology and never criticized others for behaving in ways strict Salafists would frown upon.

Beginning in 2014, though, he started to spend more time at the Tawba mosque, which serves his Tunis neighborhood and which was taken over by Salafists following the 2011 revolution. Residents say ultra-conservative imams gave sermons at night there and Salafists sometimes clashed with police who wanted to take back control of the mosque.

In December 2014, Abidi left home, his uncle said, telling his family he was on a two-month business trip on Tunisia's coast. Authorities say they believe he traveled to Libya where he received training in basic weapon skills at a jihadist camp.

When Abidi returned home, he continued to work at the travel agency. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary, even on the day of the attack. He had shared a breakfast of dates and olive oil with his family, and later asked for a break at work.

It was then that he joined Khachnaoui and attacked the Bardo. 

"He was always well dressed and always joking around," said his uncle Mohammed. "I told his family, you are victims of terrorism too."

(Edited by Simon Robinson)
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In Alberto Nisman Case, a Body, a Pistol and Few Answers in Argentina

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BUENOS AIRES—Early in the morning of Jan. 19, a phone rang in Sandra Arroyo Salgado’s room at the Saint Dominique Hotel in Paris. It was the bodyguard of Alberto Nisman, Argentina’s best-known prosecutor and the father of her two children. Mr. Nisman, he told her, had been found dead in his apartment of a gunshot to the head.
The horror had scarcely sunk in before she frantically began phoning Argentine officials. As a federal judge in that country, Ms. Arroyo Salgado was well acquainted with what could go wrong with police investigations. She wanted to stop the autopsy from happening before she got back to Buenos Aires.
The judge had every reason to be suspicious. Mr. Nisman, her former longtime companion, was hours away from going before Congress to accuse Argentina’s president of conspiring to cover up Iran’s alleged role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center that killed 85 people. Mr. Nisman had received numerous death threats.
Judge Arroyo Salgado was wary of leaving it to authorities to figure out what had happened. So she launched her own probe.
“I need to know the truth to explain this to my daughters,” she said in a recent interview.
The rival investigative teams have helped turn the case into a whodunit that has gripped the nation. They have failed to agree even on such basic facts as the time of death. Nor has there been any resolution to the most important question: Was Mr. Nisman assassinated or did he commit suicide?
Judge Arroyo Salgado didn’t succeed in postponing the autopsy. The lead government investigator said almost immediately that the autopsy report was “categorical” in determining that Mr. Nisman took his own life with a borrowed .22 caliber Bersa pistol. Two tests, however, showed Mr. Nisman’s supposed trigger hand didn’t bear traces of gunpowder.
Judge Arroyo Salgado’s team didn’t buy the suicide scenario. It suggested in a 93-page report that Mr. Nisman was murdered, shot from behind while he was on one knee by his bathtub. The report, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, said chemical testing showed someone may have washed away blood from a faucet near Mr. Nisman’s body, although a repeat test by the judge’s team later cast doubt on that.
Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, the former longtime companion of Mr. Nisman, in April before she met with authorities investigating his death. ENLARGE
Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, the former longtime companion of Mr. Nisman, in April before she met with authorities investigating his death. Photo: Xinhua/Zuma Press
The judge says authorities wouldn’t let her team test for blood elsewhere or test the pistol that killed him. She also claims authorities bungled the case from the start, allowing scores of people, including journalists and a top government security official, to taint the scene by walking around without protective gear. At one point, she says, Mr. Nisman’s distraught mother was even asked to tidy up by doing some dishes.
Nearly four months after Mr. Nisman’s death at the age of 51, there still are more questions than answers. Polls show most Argentines believe he was murdered, but few believe the case will ever be solved.
“If the investigation ends up determining this was a murder, people won’t believe it. If it says he committed suicide, nobody will believe that either, because all of this has been so messed up—and continues to be so messed up,” says Luis Kvitko, an Argentine forensic doctor and international crime-scene consultant who isn’t involved in the case.
Public reaction has moved from shock and outrage about Mr. Nisman’s death to disgust and cynicism about the nation’s judicial system. While Argentine courts have long been political, under PresidentCristina Kirchner they have become a polarized battleground. Her critics accuse her of packing courthouses and prosecutors’ offices with loyalists. The president, who is scheduled to leave office in December, has said the judiciary needed to be purged of vested interests.
Last month, a prosecutor shelved the investigation into Mr. Nisman’s allegations that Mrs. Kirchner had conspired to cover up Iran’s alleged role in the 1994 bombing, the worst anti-Semitic attack since World War II. The prosecutor, Javier De Luca, is a member of Legitimate Justice, a pro-Kirchner group of lawyers and judges.
Mr. De Luca made the decision, which he said was based strictly on the letter of the law, despite calls from two other prosecutors and a judge to start a formal investigation. Legal experts said that, barring an unprecedented appeal to the Supreme Court, the move likely is the end of the road for Mr. Nisman’s allegations.
The investigation of his death, however, grinds on. A panel of experts appointed by the lead investigator is evaluating the murder and suicide theories and trying to settle the question once and for all.
The roots of the saga reach back to a July morning in 1994, when a suicide bomber parked a Renault truck outside the Argentine Jewish Mutual Aid Association and detonated it, leveling the six-story community center. The probe dragged on for a decade. In 2004, then-President Néstor Kirchner, who preceded his wife, Cristina, in office, put Mr. Nisman, a descendant of Holocaust survivors and victims, in charge of the probe.
Mr. Nisman built a case that Hezbollah agents, in league with Iran, were responsible. Argentina was chosen, he concluded, because it was a “soft” target with a large Jewish community.
In 2006, Mr. Nisman and another prosecutor brought formal charges against Iran’s former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, four other top ministers and three officials from the Iranian embassy in Argentina. Iran has denied responsibility, as has Hezbollah.
Mr. Nisman also came to believe—although he didn’t say so publicly for many months—that Mrs. Kirchner spearheaded a coverup of Iran’s alleged role as part of a never-realized grain-and-beef-for-oil deal with the revolutionary Islamic regime.
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By that time, a movement had begun to change the makeup of the nation’s judiciary. Legitimate Justice, the pro-Kirchner legal group, believed the courts were too subservient to a conservative Argentine establishment that opposes Mrs. Kirchner’s legislative agenda. About 30% of the nation’s prosecutors and 10% to 15% of its judges are members or are sympathetic to the group, according to the group’s president, Judge María Laura Garrigós.
Mrs. Kirchner pushed through legislation making it easier to appoint and impeach judges. The Supreme Court subsequently struck down one of her laws as an infringement of judicial independence. Still, Argentina ranks 127 out of 144 countries in the World Economic Forum ratings on judicial independence.
This year, on Jan. 14, Mr. Nisman went public with his explosive claims, filing a criminal complaint accusing Mrs. Kirchner, her foreign minister and others of obstruction of justice.
Mr. Nisman said thousands of intercepted phone calls involving associates of the president and a suspect in the bombing had implicated her in a coverup. The government’s motive, he alleged, was to align itself with countries resistant to U.S. power, such as Venezuela and Iran, and to gain access to Iranian oil.
“It’s as if Bush negotiated with bin Laden impunity for al Qaeda,” Mr. Nisman wrote to one acquaintance in a Jan. 14 WhatsApp message.
Argentina’s government strongly denied the charges. Héctor Timerman, Argentina’s foreign minister, said in an interview he believes Iran was responsible for the bombing but that there was no coverup.
Four days after Mr. Nisman dropped his bombshell, on the night before he was scheduled to elaborate on his allegations before Congress, his body was found in a pool of blood in his bathroom, with the Bersa pistol nearby.
At first, Mrs. Kirchner echoed the early suggestion by the lead investigator that Mr. Nisman had killed himself. But three days later, she reversed herself, writing on her Facebook page that she thought the prosecutor was murdered in a plot to discredit her government.
The lead investigator, Viviana Fein, backed away from her suicide suggestion and said she was open to all hypotheses. She has said little in public lately, except to defend herself from Judge Arroyo Salgado’s accusations of incompetence and mendacity. Ms. Fein declined to comment for this article, as did the prosecutor, Mr. De Luca, and Mrs. Kirchner.
Judge Arroyo Salgado, an energetic woman who lived with Mr. Nisman for 17 years before they separated in 2011, was allowed under Argentine law to open her own investigation on behalf of their daughters. The probe has no legal weight, but can make nonbinding suggestions to the official investigator.
“From the moment I found out about Alberto’s death, it never occurred to me that he could have killed himself,” Judge Arroyo Salgado said in an interview at her office. “He was a person that took great care of his health. He was also kind of a narcissist.”
On a nearby table were photos of the couple’s daughters, ages 15 and 8, and a statue of Justice blindfolded—whose scales keep falling off.
“We are in this situation because from day one, when they found Alberto dead, they have been doing things badly,” she said. “The investigators did not work based on the hypothesis that this was the worst-possible scenario—that this was a homicide.”
In Argentina’s polarized political environment, Judge Arroyo Salgado’s motives have come under scrutiny. A pro-Kirchner lawmaker, Carlos Kunkel, said she was conducting her investigation to ensure she would collect insurance money for her daughters, an accusation Judge Arroyo Salgado calls “offensive.”
To probe Mr. Nisman’s death, Judge Arroyo Salgado put together her own team of forensic experts, including 84-year-old Osvaldo Raffo, who has performed more than 20,000 autopsies and whom she describes as the Lionel Messi of Argentine forensic science.
Their report says the lack of gunpowder on Mr. Nisman’s fingers and unusual bloodstains on his hand, shirt and around the bathroom indicate he was killed and his body moved before investigators arrived.
“I have no doubt that this wasn’t a suicide,’’ says Judge Arroyo Salgado. “Not because I’m capricious, but because the two forensic doctors told me that this was a homicide.”
Argentine authorities remove the body of Mr. Nisman from his apartment in  Buenos Aires on Jan. 19.ENLARGE
Argentine authorities remove the body of Mr. Nisman from his apartment in Buenos Aires on Jan. 19.Photo: Claudio Fanchi/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Judge Arroyo Salgado also has raised questions about the conduct of government investigators, whose work she is entitled to view under Argentine law. Official investigators still haven’t fully examined Mr. Nisman’s computers and cellphones to determine whom he contacted or what might have been on his mind in the moments before he died, she says. Nor, she adds, have they viewed videotapes from his apartment building that could show who visited him during his last hours.
“I initially thought that the bungling of this investigation was due to mere inattention to details,” she says. “But given all that has happened, I think it goes beyond that.”
Ms. Fein, the lead government investigator, has said her sole interest is in determining the truth.
The Kirchner administration has worked to undercut Mr. Nisman’s image, taking out newspaper ads in Argentina and abroad accusing him of trying to destabilize the country.
In March, photos surfaced on the Internet—believed to have come from Mr. Nisman’s phone—showing him vacationing in Cancún with a female friend and cavorting at a party with skimpily dressed young women wielding sex toys. Mrs. Kirchner’s cabinet chief branded the dead prosecutor “shameless” and said he had squandered taxpayers’ money to indulge in a libertine lifestyle.
“They are saying a lot of things about him to hurt his reputation, as if questions about his personal life reduced the value and seriousness of his work,” says Judge Arroyo Salgado.
“The truth is, we’re going through a terrible, horrible time,” she says. “Most of my career I defended the poor in court, and I had an authentic vocation for justice and the law. Now, what I’m realizing is that when you’re trying to investigate things related to those who are politically and economically powerful, you can’t always apply the law and resolve things by the books. I have seen this before, but now I am experiencing it in a different way.”
Judge Arroyo Salgado says she and her daughters have been living in fear. She has been hearing strange noises in her home, where she has installed 11 video cameras. “My younger daughter no longer sleeps alone,” she says.
She says she will pursue her investigation for as long as it takes. Her forensic experts are preparing additional reports and a video presentation detailing how they think Mr. Nisman may have been killed.
At his funeral, the judge read aloud emotional letters written by his daughters. The rabbi who led it says no one who attended believed he committed suicide, which Jewish tradition regards as an offense against the sacredness of life.
In La Tablada, the Jewish cemetery in Buenos Aires, his body now rests a few yards from victims of the 1994 attack.
—María Eugenia Duffard contributed to this article.
Write to Taos Turner at taos.turner@wsj.com and Reed Johnson at Reed.Johnson@wsj.com
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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

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These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages.
1. Some continents have more languages than others
Not all continents are equally diverse in the number of spoken languages. Whereas Asia leads thestatistics with 2,301 languages, Africa follows closely with 2,138.
There are about 1,300 languages in the Pacific, and 1,064 in South and North America. Europe, despite its many nation-states, is at the bottom of the pack with just 286.
2. These are some of the languages with the most native speakers
Chinese has more native speakers than any other language, followed by Hindi and Urdu, which have the same linguistic origins in northern India. English comes next with 527 million native speakers. Arabic is used by nearly 100 million more native speakers than Spanish.
The numbers are fascinating because they reflect the fact that two-thirds of the world's population share only 12 native languages. Those numbers were recently published by the University of Düsseldorf's Ulrich Ammon, who conducted a 15-year-long study.
His numbers are surprising, compared with the ones featured in the CIA's Factbook. According to the CIA, Spanish is spoken by 4.85 percent of the world's population and its use is even more widespread than English, which is spoken by 4.83 percent. However, the CIA numbers include only first native languages. Many people are bilingual, and whereas Spanish might be their first native language, English could be their second one. Ammon counts both first and second native language speakers.
The number for Portuguese is smaller than other sources suggest because not all Brazilians are native speakers. Some might also be surprised that Korean or Punjabi do not show up on the list: Indeed, both are nearly as widely spoken as Italian.
3. This map shows the countries with the most and least diversity of languages 
As our visualization of Greenberg's diversity index shows, the United States is not as linguistically diverse as many other nations.
If you randomly select two people in Cameroon, for instance, there is a 97 percent likelihood that they will have different mother tongues. In the United States, there is only a 33 percent likelihood that this is going to happen. You can click on the various countries shown in the map above to find out how the United States compares with other countries.
4. Many popular languages are spoken in more than just one country
The reason why English, French and Spanish are among the world's most widespread languages has its roots in the imperial past of the nations where they originate.
5. English is widely used as an official language
However, whether a country has English as its official language says little about how its citizens really communicate with one another. In some of the nations highlighted above, only a tiny minority learned English as a native language.
6. Nevertheless, most languages are spoken only by a handful of people. That's why about half of the world's languages will disappear by the end of the century
About 3 percent of the world's population accounts for 96 percent of all languages spoken today. Out of all languages in the world, 2,000 have fewer than 1,000 native speakers.
Hence, according to UNESCO estimates, which we visualized in the map above, about half of the world's spoken languages will disappear by the end of the century. You can click on the map to enlarge it.
Linguistic extinction will hit some countries and regions harder than others. In the United States, endangered languages are primarily located along the West coast, as well as in reservations of indigenous people in the Midwest.
Globally,the Amazon rain forest, sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, Australia and Southeast Asia are about to lose the most languages.
7. This chart shows how many people learn a language all over the world
Whereas English lags behind in the number of native speakers, it is by far the world's most commonly studied language. Overall, more people learn English than French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German and Chinese combined.
Some languages have only recently gained attention: The number of U.S. colleges that teach Chinese has risen by 110 percent between 1990 and 2013, making the language more accessible. During the same time, the number of offered Russian college courses decreased by 30 percent.
Some language skills could be more rewarding than others. If you are able to speak German, Americans could earn $128,000 extra throughout their career, according to MIT scientist Albert Saiz. At least financially, German is worth twice as much as French and nearly three times as much as Spanish, for instance.
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Rick Noack writes about foreign affairs. He is an Arthur F. Burns Fellow at The Washington Post.

Lazaro Gamio makes interactive graphics for The Washington Post. Before coming to the Post, he worked for The Miami Herald, and interned for The Seattle Times and National Geographic.
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ISIS terrorists are being smuggled into Europe by posing as refugees

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  • Islamic State (IS) commanders are profiting from the grim trade in refugees
  • Once ashore in countries such as Italy and Greece, fears that militants could evade detection by the authorities – and try to plot violent attacks
  • Claims have been made by a Libyan security adviser, Abdul Basit Haroun 
  • This year, 1,600 people believed to have drowned crossing Mediterranean 
Published: 17:38 EST, 16 May 2015 Updated: 06:46 EST, 17 May 2015
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Islamic State terrorists who are hell-bent on committing atrocities in Britain are being smuggled into Europe by posing as refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean, it is claimed today.
Intelligence analysts fear that would-be jihadis are exploiting the growing crisis of desperate migrants fleeing war-torn North Africa by joining them on risky boat crossings.
Once ashore in countries such as Italy and Greece, there are fears that militants could evade detection by the authorities – and try to plot violent attacks.
Islamic State terrorists who are hell-bent on committing atrocities in Britain are being smuggled into Europe by posing as refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean, it is claimed
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Islamic State terrorists who are hell-bent on committing atrocities in Britain are being smuggled into Europe by posing as refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean, it is claimed
Islamic State (IS) commanders are also profiting from the grim trade in refugees making the perilous voyage by demanding half of the money taken by the traffickers.
Meanwhile, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that British Special Forces divers are poised to launch a series of daring operations along the Libyan coastline to destroy the ships used by traffickers.
Claims that IS terrorists are posing as refugees are made by a Libyan security adviser, Abdul Basit Haroun, who used to live in Britain.
He tells a Radio 5 live Investigates programme to be broadcast today: 'They use the boats for their people who they want to send to Europe as the European police don't know who is from IS and who is a normal refugee. The boat owners have a list of who to take but some people come suddenly and they're told, 'Take them with you.' They sit down separately, and in the boat they are not scared at all.
'They are for IS – 100 per cent. I think they do something for planning in future, not for today or tomorrow.'
A double agent who betrayed Al Qaeda secrets to MI5 says IS is now running its own small, but well-organised people-trafficking operation. Aimen Dean, now a security consultant, also tells the programme that he knows of two Egyptian brothers who reached Italy from the Libyan port city of Sirte. 
They were reportedly given a week of religious education to 'safeguard' them against temptations of the West before being accompanied on their journey by men who were 'deeply religious and fluent in Italian and French'.
Mr Dean says: 'The fact that IS started this venture to smuggle Egyptians, Algerians, Tunisians and Syrians shows how the group is utilising their strategic position in Sirte to generate income.'
The claims come ahead of a crucial meeting tomorrow at which European Ministers will consider plans for air and naval strikes against the Libyan people-smugglers, subject to UN approval.
This year alone, 1,600 people are believed to have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean
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The lead prosecutor investigating trafficking organisations in Italy – Palermo-based Geri Ferrara – confirmed that the traffickers pay a fee to local Islamist groups. He said: 'They pay whoever is in control of the territory in which they are established – that is IS or whichever Islamist or other militia is controlling the area.'
He revealed that he was 'investigating the possibility' that there were foreign fighters hidden among migrants but that part of the investigation was classified.
The fears raised in the BBC programme echo those made in a series of recent reports.
The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime wrote last week that human trafficking in Libya has 'strengthened groups with a terrorist agenda like Islamic State', and that terrorists are even attacking refugee camps in order to create more migrants.
Dr Jamie Shea, Nato's Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, told a London conference last month: 'IS is using this [migrant flow] to infiltrate terrorist operatives into Europe. We need to be on our guard.' 
Raffaello Pantucci, director of International Security Studies at the think-tank Rusi, said: 'I have heard some other people say that this is potentially happening, so I can't totally discount it. But I am still very sceptical – why would they bother trying such a risky route?'
They can put mines on the ships and sneak out 
Last night, it emerged that frogmen from the Special Boat Service are expected to deploy from an Astute class UK submarine, approach in small teams and attach sophisticated limpet mines to the traffickers' ships which can then be detonated remotely. Defence sources said that these missions would be 'in play' in three to four weeks, by which time the UN is expected to have passed a resolution authorising military force to stamp out human trafficking.
This year alone, 1,600 people are believed to have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean. Traffickers charge up to £6,000 for passage from North Africa to Europe.
Former head of the Royal Navy, Admiral Lord West, said last night: 'There are waters off Libya deep enough for a British submarine to loiter unseen and these Special Forces divers could go in there, put mines on the ships, and sneak out again very easily without the traffickers knowing anything about it.
'Once the UN resolution is in place we should work with the Libyan governments to mount a blockade of the ports. We'll need a command ship such as HMS Bulwark which is down there, helicopters and escort ships. We can make the trafficking ships unusable and once they're at sea there are lots of ways to stop the ships and get the people off.'
Special Forces sources described last night how British divers could stop the traffickers' ships by targeting their propellers.
One said: 'There are some very small underwater craft, such as the Torpedo Seal, which can release divers through the Torpedo hatch of a submarine and take them ten nautical miles to and from a target. They could set the mines in place and withdraw before the explosives are detonated. Once the ships are rendered inoperable, British sailors could then rescue the refugees.'
BBC Radio 5 live Investigates is on at 11am today.

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mikenova shared this story from ThereAreNoSunglasses. Tanker engaged by Iranian vessels liable for $300mn in damages to oil rig – Tehran Iranian naval ships (Reuters/Jamejamonline/Ebrahim Norouzi) A Singapore-flagged tanker which, owner ...
» ARMOR: The Polish-Ukrainian Consortium
16/05/15 10:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from StrategyPage.com. None
» CHINA: The Ultimate Nightmare
16/05/15 10:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from StrategyPage.com. None
» Obama greets new Israeli govt with push for Palestinian state
16/05/15 10:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. Shortly after Binyamin Netanyahu’s new government was confirmed Thursday night, President Barack Obama said Israel's long-term security would be best served by reaching an agreement to liv...
» Russia's Moskva missile cruiser passes Black Sea straits for joint drills with China
16/05/15 10:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. The Black Sea Fleet's Moskva guided missile cruiser has started passing through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits for joint drills with the Chinese navy in the Mediterranean Sea, Ru...
» Afghan aviation wings clipped under US
16/05/15 10:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. The US has poured more than $500 million into the Afghan civil aviation since 2002 but the sector is unable to operate independently, an American audit has found.
» Latvia Installs NATO Air Defense Radar System
16/05/15 10:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. A long-range air surveillance radar has been installed in northwestern Latvia as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) air defense system, local media reported Friday.
» U.S. Marines train with Jordanian, British forces
16/05/15 10:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. United States Marines with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, kicked off Exercise Eager Lion 15 with three days of training from May 5-7 at Al Quweyrah, Jordan.
» Strategy to Defeat ISIL is Working, Military Official Says
16/05/15 10:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. The coalition and Iraqi security forces strategy to defeat and dismantle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremist group is clear and on track, the chief of staff of Combined J...
» US Coast Guard Lacks Funds to Buy Needed Ships, Planes
16/05/15 10:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. The US Coast Guard's plans to buy more ships and aircraft outstrip the available funds that are needed to purchase them, according to new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
» ISIL Seizes Iraqi City of Ramadi 110 Km From Baghdad
16/05/15 10:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Islamic State militants have seized the government compound in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, raising their black and white flag in the city center on Friday afternoon, AFP reports, citing g...
» Moscow Says No Objective Reasons for Keeping US Nuclear Arms in Europe
16/05/15 10:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Russia's envoy to NATO, Alexander Grushko said that there are not objective reasons for the United States to keep tactical nuclear arms in Europe.
» Russia to Strengthen Crimea's Defense Amid NATO Expansion Plans – Envoy
16/05/15 10:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Everything that we do in Crimea is fully in line with Russia's obligations under international treaties, according to Russia's envoy to NATO.
» Islamic State Raises Flag Over Ramadi
16/05/15 10:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Islamic State militants took over the local government compound in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday, raising their black flag in the Anbar province capital, after months of protracted...
» FBI probing whether doomed Amtrak train hit by object
16/05/15 10:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. The Amtrak train disaster in which 8 people were killed may have been caused by a gunshot or a rock hitting the train before it crashed last Wednesday, according to investigators. The FBI is exa...
» Белковский: «Керри прибыл в Сочи, чтобы успокоить Путина и погладить его по голове» - Телеканал ДОЖДЬ (подписка)
16/05/15 10:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Станислав Белковский - Google News. Телеканал ДОЖДЬ (подписка) Белковский : «Керри прибыл в Сочи, чтобы успокоить Путина и погладить его по голове» Телеканал ДОЖДЬ (подписка) Станислав , как вы оцениваете ...
» Кадыров проинспектировал строительство крупнейшей мечети мира - ГОСНОВОСТИ
16/05/15 09:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Рамзан Кадыров - Google News. Кадыров проинспектировал строительство крупнейшей мечети мира ГОСНОВОСТИ В городе Шали Чеченской Республики идет строительство мечети вместимостью свыше 20 тысяч человек. Посл...
» Top Detective Removed From Nemtsov Case - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
16/05/15 09:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Ramzan Kadyrov - Google News. RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Top Detective Removed From Nemtsov Case RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty The Kremlin-backed head Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov , defended Dadayev in a stat...
» Яшин: Уход Краснова из дела Немцова фактически свидетельствует, что главным силовиком в России стал Кадыров - GORDONUA.COM
16/05/15 09:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Рамзан Кадыров - Google News. GORDONUA.COM Яшин: Уход Краснова из дела Немцова фактически свидетельствует, что главным силовиком в России стал Кадыров GORDONUA.COM Уход Краснова из дела Немцова фактически ...
» Boris Nemtsov's last act of courage - Washington Post
16/05/15 09:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from vladislav surkov - Google News. Times of India Boris Nemtsov's last act of courage Washington Post ... have been killed in Ukraine; that Russian authorities marshaled mercenaries by taking part in the recr...
» The Report "Putin. War". Key Theses - Ukraine Today
16/05/15 09:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from vladislav surkov - Google News. Ukraine Today The Report "Putin. War". Key Theses Ukraine Today In fact, the DPR and LPR are under external control of Moscow, and the key decisions in these count...
» Последний мужественный поступок Бориса Немцова - inoСМИ.Ru
16/05/15 09:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Владислав Сурков - Google News. inoСМИ.Ru Последний мужественный поступок Бориса Немцова inoСМИ.Ru ... российских солдат, что российские власти засылали наемников, принимая участие в их вербовке, вооружени...
» В Донбассе игнорируют Суркова: ДНР и ЛНР больше не будут в правовом поле Украины - Накануне.RU
16/05/15 09:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Владислав Сурков - Google News. Обозреватель В Донбассе игнорируют Суркова : ДНР и ЛНР больше не будут в правовом поле Украины Накануне.RU Донбасские политические деятели Денис Пушилин и Влад Дайнего заяви...
» Что стало с «майскими указами» Путина - Snob.ru
16/05/15 09:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Владислав Сурков - Google News. Snob.ru Что стало с «майскими указами» Путина Snob.ru Сразу после этого Владислав Сурков подал в отставку с поста вице-премьера и вскоре был назначен помощником главы госуда...
» Президент России Владимир Путин проводит встречу с главой Абхазии Раулем Хаджимбой - Российский Диалог
16/05/15 09:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Владислав Сурков - Google News. Российский Диалог Президент России Владимир Путин проводит встречу с главой Абхазии Раулем Хаджимбой Российский Диалог Ранее Владислав Сурков подтвердил обязательства России...
» EU and Nato to step up cooperation to counter Russian 'hybrid warfare' - International Business Times UK
16/05/15 09:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from russia nato - Google News. International Business Times UK EU and Nato to step up cooperation to counter Russian 'hybrid warfare' International Business Times UK Nato and the EU are to increase cooperation...
» Putin's lapdog? Zuckerberg questioned over quisling claims - The Register
16/05/15 09:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Putin - Google News. The Register Putin's lapdog? Zuckerberg questioned over quisling claims The Register Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has publicly denied that he is Vladimir Putin's stooge, after Ukrain...
» Fearing Russian expansion, Baltic nations step up military exercises
16/05/15 09:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. TAPA, Estonia — A year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula because he said he feared NAT...
» Train May Have Been Hit By Object Before Crash
16/05/15 09:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The FBI is investigating suggestions that the train which derailed killing eight people was struck by something before the crash.
» Eye Opener: The FBI gets involved in the Amtrak crash investigation
16/05/15 09:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Home - CBSNews.com. Your world in 90 seconds
» Reporter’s Notebook: Ex-CIA Official Talks Bin Laden, Drones, Intel
16/05/15 09:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Former Deputy CIA director Michael Morell was a willing witness to some of the greatest events in my generation, and an unwilling participant in others. He stood next to President Bush on...
» Official: Cyber Crime Must Be Seen as Foreign Policy Priority
16/05/15 09:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The U.S. State Department's point person on computer security issues says progress is being made in fighting cyber crime worldwide but that the international community is only starting to...
» Projectile May Have Hit Train That Derailed, Agency Says
16/05/15 09:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday in Philadelphia may have been hit by some kind of projectile, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. Board member Robert Sumwalt said...
» US plays down IS militants' gains in Iraq
15/05/15 21:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 7:08 p.m. EDT. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite major new setbacks in Iraq, the U.S. military command leading the fight against Islamic State militants insisted Friday that its strategy is wo...
» Russian Tycoon Taps Ex-Swedish Foreign Minister And Kremlin Critic As Adviser
15/05/15 21:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman's LetterOne Group has named former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, as an adviser t...
» House Blocks Chance at Military Service for ‘Dreamers’
15/05/15 21:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The U.S. House of Representatives has moved to block the Pentagon from allowing young immigrants who are in the United States illegally — but have been given temporary legal status under ...
» Tehran's Friday Prayer Leader Calls On Saudis To Rise Up
15/05/15 21:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Tehran's temporary Friday Prayers leader, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani, has called on Saudi citizens to rise up against their country's rulers and to speak out...
» FBI probe damage to Amtrak crash train
15/05/15 21:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News. Investigators examine whether cab was struck by an object before leaving rails
» Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck Before It Derailed, Officials Say
15/05/15 21:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . PHILADELPHIA — An assistant conductor on the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday believes she heard the engineer tell another regional train operator in a radio transmission that the train had been st...
» Bosnia Arrests 12 Linked to Islamic State
15/05/15 20:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Authorities in Bosnia have leveled terror charges against arrested 12 people suspected of fighting for the Islamic State militant group. A statement Friday from the prosecutor’s office sa...
» Kosovo Police Launch House Raids
15/05/15 20:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Kosovo police say they raided several houses across the country, including the families of ethnic Albanians accused of taking part in deadly clashes with police in neighb...
» Визит Керри в Сочи довел Яценюка до истерики - Утро.Ru
15/05/15 20:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Утро.Ru Визит Керри в Сочи довел Яценюка до истерики Утро.Ru Встреча госсекретаря США Джона Керри в Сочи с президентом России Владимиром Путиным и министром иностранных дел РФ Серг...
» Russia Wants Over $1 Billion From France in Mistral Warship Compensation
15/05/15 20:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Moscow Times Top Stories. Russia and France are wrangling over a compensation package for Moscow after Paris The saga of France's suspended delivery of two Mistral-class warships to the Russian navy ov...
» Russia To Boost Military Presence In Crimea
15/05/15 20:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russia's envoy to NATO says his country will boost its military presence in Crimea given the alliance's plans to expand in Eastern Europe.
» Russia Update: May 15, 2015
15/05/15 20:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The InterpreterThe Interpreter. The prosecutor has been changed in the murder investigation of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Welcome to our column, Russia Update , where we will be closely followi...
» Performance of Dmitry Shostakovich's pro-Stalin cantatas causes outrage
15/05/15 20:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia | The Guardian. Conductor Paavo Järvi is forced to hire a bodyguard after his controversial decision to perform the pro-Soviet pieces as Shostakovich originally wrote them He is one of the greatest ...
» Russian Bill Would Allow Closure of 'Undesirable' Organizations
15/05/15 20:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The Russian parliament has given preliminary approval to legislation that would allow prosecutors to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable'' in Russia and shut them...
» Top Russian Detective Removed From Nemtsov Murder Case
15/05/15 20:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russian authorities have replaced the lead detective in the killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, whose allies say they fear the move may be aimed at stifling a...
» Fugitive Russian Businessman Polonsky Arrested In Cambodia
15/05/15 20:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russian fugitive Sergei Polonsky has been arrested in Cambodia. A senior Cambodian immigration police official, Ouk Hey Sela, said Polonsky was arrested on May 15 because...
» Lebanese LGBT Group Makes Stand Amid Regional Persecution
15/05/15 20:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Activists in Lebanon are joining a global call for LGBT equality. On Sunday, Beirut will host a day of events promoting acceptance as part of the International Day Against Homophobia and ...
» Obama Honors Police Officers Killed in Line of Duty
15/05/15 20:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. U.S. President Barack Obama has honored police officers killed in the line of duty, saying they must be remembered as "heroes because that's what they are." In a speech Friday to law enfo...
» Luxembourg Premier Is First E.U. Leader to Marry Same-Sex Partner
15/05/15 20:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Europe. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel’s wedding to a Belgian architect took place less than a year after Luxembourg legalized same-sex marriages.
» Poroshenko Signs Legislation Banning Communist, Nazi Propaganda
15/05/15 20:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. President Petro Poroshenko has signed into law legislation banning Soviet symbols and communist-era propaganda in Ukraine.
» Mapped: Just how many incursions into Nato airspace has Russian military made?
15/05/15 20:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russian news, all the latest and breaking Russia news. The number of Russian military flights probing Nato airspace has increased. In this map, the Telegraph maps the latest provocative operations, click o...
» News Analysis: A Diplomatic Victory, and Affirmation, for Putin
15/05/15 20:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Europe. A visit by Secretary of State John Kerry was seen as an olive branch and an acknowledgment that Russia is too important to ignore.
» Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death
15/05/15 20:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Moscow Times Top Stories. BOSTON - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by a U.S. jury on Friday for helping carry out the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded 26...
» Review: Art for the Planet’s Sake at the Venice Biennale
15/05/15 20:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Europe. This year’s Biennale brings out into the open the limiting belief that art is not doing its job unless it has loud and clear social concerns.
» A Diplomatic Victory, and Affirmation, for Putin
15/05/15 20:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Russia. A visit by Secretary of State John Kerry was seen as an olive branch and an acknowledgment that Russia is too important to ignore.
» Hacking the United States Postal Service (Kinda) - Hackaday
15/05/15 20:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. Hacking the United States Postal Service (Kinda) Hackaday The United States Postal Service (USPS) is fixture of American life with its roots going back to colonial times. It op...
» NATO and EU cooperate to counter 'hybrid' warfare - SC Magazine UK
15/05/15 20:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CyberWar - Google News. NATO and EU cooperate to counter 'hybrid' warfare SC Magazine UK Mogherini said: "What is extremely important for us is a strong coordination... in particular when it comes to ...
» Hackers Attack German Parliament's Internal Data System - ABC News
15/05/15 20:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Information & Cyber Security - Google News. Reuters Hackers Attack German Parliament's Internal Data System ABC News Authorities say hackers have tried to break into the internal data system of the Ger...
» Pentagon head: Russian goals 'not clear'... - The Hill
15/05/15 20:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CyberWar - Google News. Pentagon head: Russian goals 'not clear'... The Hill “They see this as a broader quest to get the information they need to portray themselves and their efforts in the best light in ...
» Investigators in New York say they halted identity theft scheme that operated ... - Fox News
15/05/15 20:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Information & Cyber Security - Google News. CBS Local Investigators in New York say they halted identity theft scheme that operated ... Fox News MINEOLA, N.Y. – A New York arrest has halted a scheme th...
» Penn State Engineering School Cuts Off Internet After Hacking Attacks - Re/code
15/05/15 20:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. Re/code Penn State Engineering School Cuts Off Internet After Hacking Attacks Re/code The College of Engineering at Penn State University has cut its connection to the Internet...
» The Government Is Trying to Get Serious About Cyber as a Foreign Policy Issue - Nextgov
15/05/15 20:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CyberWar - Google News. Nextgov The Government Is Trying to Get Serious About Cyber as a Foreign Policy Issue Nextgov After a string of high-profile Internet attacks directed at the U.S. government and pri...
» Ted Lewis: Skilled cyber-security workforce needed - Knoxville News Sentinel
15/05/15 20:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyberwar - Google News. Knoxville News Sentinel Ted Lewis: Skilled cyber-security workforce needed Knoxville News Sentinel ... BSides Knoxville, an event developed by and for the information security commu...
» Chinese hackers hit Penn State computer system - USA TODAY
15/05/15 20:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Computer Security - Google News. USA TODAY Chinese hackers hit Penn State computer system USA TODAY The attack was conducted by two groups, at least one of which was based in China, according to Mandiant ,...
» Kremlin Disinformation and Propaganda [VIDEO]
15/05/15 20:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The XX Committee. I recently was honored to participate at the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) conference in Washington, DC, where I took part in a discussion of Kremlin disinformation and...
» Nato to counter 'hybrid warfare' - BBC News
15/05/15 20:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. BBC News Nato to counter 'hybrid warfare' BBC News The alliance said it must adapt to the mixture of conventional military tactics, subversive campaigns and cyber-warfare that Russia ...
» China, Russia celebrate the dawn of the Un-American Century - New York Post
15/05/15 20:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. New York Post China, Russia celebrate the dawn of the Un-American Century New York Post Supposedly “isolated” Russia's bromance with China flourishes. No wonder: Both countries apprec...
» Russia targets 'undesirable' foreign organisations - BBC News
15/05/15 20:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. BBC News Russia targets to prosecute 'undesirable' foreign organisations BBC News Russia plans is expected to introduce new powers to prosecute foreigners whose activities are seen as...
» Russia to France: We'll take $1.32 billion instead of those warships - Business Insider
15/05/15 20:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Business Insider Russia to France: We'll take $1.32 billion instead of those warships Business Insider French Mistral Carrier For Russia Stephan Mahe/ReutersThe Mistral-class helicopt...
» Russia wants 1.163 billion euros from France for ending Mistral deal: source - Yahoo News
15/05/15 20:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Yahoo News Russia wants 1.163 billion euros from France for ending Mistral deal: source Yahoo News MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia wants 1.163 billion euros ($1.32 billion) from France in c...
» "Human rights" @ UN: Iran, North Korea lecture the U.S. - YouTube
15/05/15 13:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on May 13, 2015
» Video: Iran, North Korea, Cuba Slam U.S. at UN Human Rights Council
15/05/15 13:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Comments on: Video: Iran, North Korea, Cuba Slam U.S. at UN Human Rights Council. Anne Bayefsky, a veteran diplomat, human rights lawyer, and director of  Human Rights Voices , compiled the lowli...
» U.N. Criticizes U.S. on Torture and Array of Human Rights Issues
15/05/15 13:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . The United Nations Committee Against Torture released a report Friday that deeply criticized the U.S. for its responses and investigations — or lack thereof — into counter-terrorism methods, polic...
» UN Grills US on Police Brutality, Racial Bias
15/05/15 13:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. GENEVA— The United States has mounted a vigorous defense of Washington’s pursuit of justice for all its citizens at a United Nations public hearing to examine the U.S.'s human...
» 117 Countries Slam American Police Brutality At UN Human Rights Council
15/05/15 13:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from MintPress News. Critics across the board urged improvements in training methods and legislation and included goals to eliminate racism and end excessive force. A police officer throws an object at protesto...
» Obama Complains to UN About America's 'Human Rights' Violations
15/05/15 13:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Comments on: Obama Complains to UN About America’s ‘Human Rights’ Violations. The State Department report , released Monday as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council, re...
» US Faces Scathing UN Review on Human Rights Record
15/05/15 13:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Al Jazeera America. The United States was slammed over its rights record Monday at the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with member nations criticizing the country for police violence and r...
» UN “Human Rights” Report and US police - Google Search
15/05/15 13:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Search Results US Faces Scathing UN Review on Human Rights Record ... america.aljazeera.com/.../ us -faces-scathing- un -review-on- hum ... Cached Al Jazeera Loading... 4 days ago - US ' second review before ...
» Iraqi Who Worked for the U.S. Military Is Arrested in Texas in Link to Islamic State
15/05/15 13:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces. Bilal Abood, 37, a naturalized American citizen, was charged with lying to an F.B.I. agent after he denied that he had pledged loyalty to the head of the...
» House Passes Military Spending Bill After Fight on Cuts
15/05/15 13:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces. Democrats took issue with Republican moves to exempt the military from the across-the-board government cuts known as sequestration.
» Missing U.S. Marine Helicopter Is Found in Nepal, Official Says
15/05/15 13:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces. Nepal’s defense chief said that three charred bodies had been found in the wreckage of the helicopter, which vanished Tuesday with six Marines and two Ne...
» Ancient Ruins at Palmyra Are Endangered by ISIS Advance in Syria
15/05/15 13:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The city, with its grand 2,000-year-old ruins, is seen as the crossroad of Greek, Roman, Persian and Islamic cultures.
» ISIS Fighters Seize Government Headquarters in Ramadi, Iraq
15/05/15 13:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It was premature to say that the city, capital of Anbar Province, had fallen to the Islamic State, but the advance appeared to represent a significant shift.
» Baltimore Riots Fueled in Part by Disastrous Government Welfare Programs
15/05/15 13:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from rss. Perhaps one reason for the alienation in cities such as Baltimore is decades of big government programs that have been driving the destruction of the American family.    
» Bush Mum on "Gay Rights" in His Defense of Religious Liberty
15/05/15 13:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from rss. Jeb Bush made no reference to the onslaught of “gay rights” in his discussion of threats to religious liberty in the commencement address he delivered Saturday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virg...
» UN Dictators Club Attacks U.S. Police, “Human Rights” Record
15/05/15 12:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from rss. While United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon was in Moscow schmoozing with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Communist Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, autocrats and UN bureaucrats were attacking the United ...
» Boston U. Professor: White Males a “Problem Population”
15/05/15 12:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from rss. That “white masculinity is THE problem for America’s colleges” wasn't the only anti-white comment made by Boston University professor Saida Grundy. Despite this, the school defended her, saying that s...
» Freedom Act Passes House, 338-88; Senate Likely to Ignore it
15/05/15 12:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from rss. Some say the Freedom Act is serving nicely as a distraction from the Surveillance State Repeal Act, which has real teeth. 
» Obama Plays Class-warfare Card — Calls Wealthy “Society’s Lottery Winners”
15/05/15 12:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from rss. Resurrecting his “You didn’t build that; somebody else made that happen” theme, Barack Obama called for higher taxes on people whom he characterized as “society’s lottery winners."
» Bulgarian Communist Is Now “Frontrunner” to Lead UN
15/05/15 12:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from rss. With an apparent nod from the Obama administration, Bulgarian Communist Party operative and current UNESCO boss Irina Bokova is reportedly the “frontrunner” to become the next secretary-general of the...
» 2,790,3392,790,3392015-05-12Christians drop, 'nones' soar in new religion portrait | Human Rights
15/05/15 12:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Mike Nova - Google+. 2,790,339 2,790,339 2015-05-12 Christians drop, 'nones' soar in new religion portrait | Human Rights Watch details abuse of mentally disabled prisoners | Iran Rapidly Building Cyber Wa...
» Syrian spy chief placed under house arrest by Assad, say sources
15/05/15 12:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from intelNews.org. Citing sources inside Syria’s presidential palace, a leading British newspaper has alleged that the director of Syria’s national intelligence agency has fallen out with the regime and is now...
» Iran Has Many Reasons to Serve at the Forefront of Anti-ISIL War
15/05/15 12:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Infowars. Tehran's many reasons for serving as a key player in the war against ISIL extremism.
» You’ll Never Guess Who Just Boarded the DHS Bus
15/05/15 12:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Infowars. U.S. importing MORE illegals.
» Remarks by Secretary Carter on Personnel Nominations in the Pentagon Briefing Room
15/05/15 12:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
» US House Passes Surveillance Reform Bill to Rein In NSA
15/05/15 12:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed legislation that both extends the Patriot Act passed after the September 11th terrorist attacks and ends the bulk collection ...
» US to Deploy Strategic Bombers in Australia as Chinese Concern Grows
15/05/15 12:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. The United States announced that it will deploy nuclear-capable strategic bombers in Australia as China becomes increasingly concerned about US interference at its borders.
» Poroshenko Snubs Minsk Accords, Vows to Fight 'Till Last Drop of Blood'
15/05/15 12:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of increasing its military presence in his country, something Moscow firmly denies, and said that Ukraine would fight "Russian ag...
» Russia's sole aircraft carrier goes under repairs
15/05/15 12:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Russia's sole aircraft carrier, The Admiral Kuznetsov, went into the dock of a shipyard in north Russia for repairs, the Northern Fleet's press office reported on Thursday, giving no ti...
» Russia Holds Talks With Brazil on Transfer of Air Defense Technologies
15/05/15 12:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. According to Rosoboronexport, Russia is holding talks with Brazil on the transfer of air defense technologies.
» NATO, EU Work To Tighten Cooperation Against 'New Threats'
15/05/15 12:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. NATO and the European Union say that they want to improve their cooperation in response to 'new threats' posed by Russia's assertive policies, by Islamic State militants in Syria and Ir...
» Obama Updates Gulf Leaders on Iran Nuclear Deal
15/05/15 12:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. President Barack Obama has updated the U.S. position on the Iran nuclear talks to Arab Gulf leaders taking part in a Camp David summit, in an effort to ease their concerns over the pote...
» DoD Outlines Strategies to Counter Chinese Aggression
15/05/15 12:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. While China's land reclamation and maritime disputes in the South China Sea are troubling, they are nothing new, the assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affair...
» NATO Focuses on Combatting Hybrid Warfare
15/05/15 12:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. NATO foreign ministers have agreed on steps to combat hybrid warfare –- the type Russia has used against Ukraine -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters today in...
» Baltic States Hope NATO Will Establish Permanent Troop Presence in Region
15/05/15 12:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, will call for a permanent NATO presence in the Baltic region, said the Lithuanian army's spokesman, citing the security threat posed by Russia's 'omnipres...
» NATO Not to Renew Interaction With Russia Regardless of ISIL Threat
15/05/15 12:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the number of military exercises and patrols on NATO's eastern border will be increased.
» Baltic Military Chiefs To Call For Permanent NATO Presence
15/05/15 12:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Lithuania's military says the Baltic states will seek a permanent presence of NATO troops on their territory to counter increased Russian air and naval activity.
» N. Korea Holds Live-Fire Drill in Yellow Sea
15/05/15 12:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. North Korea carried out a live-fire drill near the disputed sea border with South Korea Thursday for the second consecutive day, snubbing calls from Seoul not to escalate cross-border ...
» Iranians Fire Warning Shots at Ship In Gulf
15/05/15 12:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. Iranians Fire Warning Shots At Commercial Ship In Gulf             
» US, Gulf States To Deepen Military Ties
15/05/15 12:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. The United States and its Gulf allies on Thursday agreed to deepen their military partnership and jointly counter external threats, in the face of Iran's growing role in the region. &#...
» NATO, EU To Work Against 'Hybrid Warfare'
15/05/15 11:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Agence France-Presse 7:19 p.m. EDT May 14, 2015 Federica Mogherini, right, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and US Ambassador Douglas Lute participate in a May 14 se...
» Russia Rebuilding Foreign Currency Reserves
15/05/15 11:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russia's central bank says it will buy $100 million to $200 million a day in the market to replenish its foreign currency reserves.
» Кадыров напомнил о браке Пугачевой критикам свадьбы 17-летней чеченки - РБК
15/05/15 11:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РБК Кадыров напомнил о браке Пугачевой критикам свадьбы 17-летней чеченки РБК ​Касательно разницы в возрасте новобрачных глава Чечни ответил фразой «Любви все возрасты покорны…» из...
» Changing Course, Russia Will Sell Rubles Instead of Buying - New York Times
15/05/15 11:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. New York Times Changing Course, Russia Will Sell Rubles Instead of Buying New York Times Last year, the central bank spent billions defending the currency, which sank to a post-Soviet...
» Russian HIV-Aids epidemic worsening under Kremlin policies, says expert - The Guardian
15/05/15 11:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. The Guardian Russian HIV-Aids epidemic worsening under Kremlin policies, says expert The Guardian President Vladimir Putin, who enjoys unstinting support from the Russian Orthodox chu...
» Горбачев назвал ошибкой антиалкогольную кампанию 80-х - BBC Russian
15/05/15 11:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Правда.Ру Горбачев назвал ошибкой антиалкогольную кампанию 80-х BBC Russian Бывший президент СССР Михаил Горбачев заявил, что антиалкогольная кампания в конце 1980-х годов была оши...
» Facebook блокирует публикации украинских пользователей за агрессию - РИА Новости
15/05/15 11:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РИА Новости Facebook блокирует публикации украинских пользователей за агрессию РИА Новости Основатель и генеральный директор Facebook Марк Цукерберг провел конференцию, где ответил...
» Комитет Сената США утвердил военную помощь Украине в размере $300 млн - СЕГОДНЯ
15/05/15 11:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. СЕГОДНЯ Комитет Сената США утвердил военную помощь Украине в размере $300 млн СЕГОДНЯ Комитет по вопросам вооруженных сил Сената США утвердил законопроект, которым определяет оборо...
» Российским морякам предложили познакомиться с геями
15/05/15 11:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from SvobodaRadio's YouTube Videos. From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 00:41 Активисты "Шведского общества мира и разрешения конфликтов" опустили в воды Балтийского моря неоновый щит с изображением гей-моряка и н...
» Бизнесмен Сергей Полонский арестован на своем острове в Камбодже - Коммерсантъ
15/05/15 11:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Коммерсантъ Бизнесмен Сергей Полонский арестован на своем острове в Камбодже Коммерсантъ Адвокат Александр Добровинский сообщил об аресте Сергея Полонского на его острове Кох-Дек-К...
» Премьер-министр Люксембурга вступит в однополый брак - Вести.Ru
15/05/15 10:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Вести.Ru Премьер-министр Люксембурга вступит в однополый брак Вести.Ru Премьер-министр Люксембурга Ксавье Беттель станет первым в Евросоюзе лидером, вступившим в однополый брак. Св...
» Russia to prosecute 'undesirable' foreign organisations - BBC News
15/05/15 10:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. BBC News Russia to prosecute 'undesirable' foreign organisations BBC News Russia is expected to introduce new powers to prosecute foreigners whose activities are seen as "undesir...
» Russia Ready To Take Cash From France Instead Of Warships
15/05/15 10:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russia says it is ready to take cash from France instead of two warships.
» В Симферополе активист Майдана Александр Костенко приговорен к четырем годам колонии - Первый канал
15/05/15 10:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Первый канал В Симферополе активист Майдана Александр Костенко приговорен к четырем годам колонии Первый канал В Симферополе идет громкий судебный процесс. К реальному сроку пригов...
» Is Moscow changing for better or worse?
15/05/15 10:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia | The Guardian. Russia’s capital has begun a ‘liveable city’ transformation – pedestrianisation, new parks, cycle lanes. But how has life in the city really changed for you? And how do you feel abou...
» Russian Government Confirms Degradation of Russian Health Care Since Putin Invaded Ukraine
15/05/15 10:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The InterpreterThe Interpreter. Staunton, May 15 – When Russians complain that their health care has deteriorated in recent years, the defenders of Vladimir Putin east and west typically dismiss such cries...
» Russian Daily Denies Investigative Journalist Fled Chechnya After Threats To Life
15/05/15 10:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. ​The Russian daily Novaya Gazeta has denied reports that one of its journalists fled Chechnya after receiving threats to her life related to her investigative reporting i...
» ISIL recording suggests leader al-Baghdadi is not dead - YouTube
15/05/15 10:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on May 15, 2015 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has only been seen in public once and has not been heard from in months, with some reports suggesting he had died. But now an audio recording has emerged purport...
» Joker's song for The Batman - YouTube
15/05/15 10:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on Dec 14, 2013 For my next Joker Themed video, go here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPDqR... i know i did this song couple times before but this time it is going with what its supose to go with....
» NATO foreign ministers sing 'We Are The World' at dinner - YouTube
15/05/15 10:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on May 14, 2015 ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION SCRIPT: Setting aside for a moment all the world's major problems, NATO foreign ministers let their hair down at the end of a meeting in Antalya, Tu...
» Open Source: NATO Officials Sing ‘We Are the World’ at Summit in Turkey
15/05/15 10:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. A group of NATO foreign ministers and European officials performed a rousing, after-dinner version of “We Are the World.”
» NATO Officials Sing 'We Are the World' at Summit in Turkey - New York Times
15/05/15 10:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from world - Google News. New York Times NATO Officials Sing 'We Are the World ' at Summit in Turkey New York Times In a scene captured on video by a Turkish news agency, a group of NATO foreign ministers and E...
» China, Russia Seek New Internet World Order - U.S. News & World Report
15/05/15 10:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from world - Google News. U.S. News & World Report China, Russia Seek New Internet World Order U.S. News & World Report Economically, the two have designs on gaining a greater foothold in the world marketplace,...
» Islamic State's Baghdadi calls on supporters to join him: audio
15/05/15 10:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of the Islamic State militant group that controls swathes of Syria and Iraq issued an audio statement on Thursday in which he called on supporters to join...
» ISIS Releases Recording Said to Be by Its Reclusive Leader
15/05/15 10:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The speaker’s identity is unconfirmed, but the militant leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had been reported killed or injured in recent weeks.
» IS Group Releases Message Purportedly From Leader
15/05/15 10:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has released an audio message it says is from its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
» Obama Meets Persian Gulf Leaders At Camp David
15/05/15 10:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. President Barack Obama is meeting Persian Gulf allies, seeking to reassure them that the United States is committed to their security.
» Senate puts Obama-supported trade bill back on track, after deal with Dems - Fox News
15/05/15 10:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Fox News Senate puts Obama-supported trade bill back on track, after deal with Dems Fox News In a burst of bipartisanship, the Republican-controlled Senate put President Obama's ...
» U.S. House passes Iran nuclear review legislation
15/05/15 10:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass legislation giving Congress the right to review, and possibly reject, an international...
» U.S. House Passes Iran Nuclear Bill
15/05/15 10:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The U.S. House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill giving Congress the power to review and potentially reject an international nuclear agreement wi...
» Russian Official Stirs Scandal With Underage Marriage And 'Shriveled' Women Remarks
15/05/15 10:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russian children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov has incensed his critics by condoning marriages between adults and minors and saying some women are "shriveled" by the ...
» Russia-US Dialogue Elevated, But Ukraine Tensions Remain
15/05/15 10:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Political analysts agree the four-hour meeting this week between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin was a step up in contact between the two countries...
» The Arabs and Turkey align to topple Assad - The Daily Star
15/05/15 10:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. The Arabs and Turkey align to topple Assad The Daily Star As Arab leaders and President Barack Obama have met this week to discuss Middle East security, developments in Syria could bol...
» Netanyahu forms new cabinet in Israel
15/05/15 10:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. JERUSALEM — JERUSALEM -- After his big win at the polls two months ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may not have imagin...
» Nato foreign ministers sing 'We are the World' after Ukraine and Libya talks
15/05/15 10:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Like a group of embarrassing in-laws at a wedding, Nato foreign ministers have locked hands and arms to sing a cringeworthy rendition of 'We are the World'.
» Police detective Paul Greaves 'stole £113k seized from suspected drug dealer'
15/05/15 10:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Paul Greaves, 56, of Nottingham, is accused of stealing £113,000 from a locked exhibit store in the old wine cellar at Warwickshire Police's old base in Leek Wootton.
» Blue Bell signs agreement with health officials to take steps to prevent future ... - Tulsa World
15/05/15 10:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. TIME Blue Bell signs agreement with health officials to take steps to prevent future ... Tulsa World On Thursday, Blue Bell Creameries signed agreements with health officials in ...
» Early men and women were equal, say scientists
15/05/15 10:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Study shows that modern hunter-gatherer tribes operate on egalitarian basis, suggesting inequality was an aberration that came with the advent of agriculture Our prehistoric f...
» House passes Iran review bill, sending it to Obama's desk for signature - Washington Post
15/05/15 10:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. House passes Iran review bill, sending it to Obama's desk for signature Washington Post The House gave overwhelming approval Thursday to create a congressional review of the potential ...
» House Passes Bill To Let Congress Review Iran Nuclear Deal
15/05/15 10:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. In a rare show of bipartisanship, the U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would let Congress review any potential deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program ...
» Top commander in Assad army killed - ARA News
15/05/15 10:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. The Hindu Top commander in Assad army killed ARA News Aleppo, Syria – Over the past few days, the Syrian regime military forces intensified offensive on the city of Jis al-Shughour, in...
» Tension rising in South China Sea - The Globe and Mail
15/05/15 10:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. The Globe and Mail Tension rising in South China Sea The Globe and Mail As China continues to develop reefs in the disputed waters, the U.S. is taking tough, reports Paul Koring. Obama...
» Obama Hosts Gulf Leaders at Camp David
15/05/15 10:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. US president met with Gulf Cooperation Council officials at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, near Washington
» snow white and the seven gnomes - Google Search
15/05/15 10:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Watch How And Why Disney Recycled Some Of Its Animation ... UPROXX (press release) (blog) - 19 hours ago This newsreel from 1938 explored the process behind Disney's first full-length feature Snow White and t...
» Looming Over US-Gulf Allies Talks: A Choice of ‘Poison Pills’
15/05/15 10:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. More than two weeks before Saudi Arabia sent two of its princes to meet with President Barack Obama at Thursday's Camp David summit, the kingdom announced the arrests of 93 people, all su...
» Tide Goes Out in Europe's Oil Capital
15/05/15 10:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Aberdeen, Scotland, is in a double bind. Not only has the price of oil plummeted, but supplies in the North Sea are running out.
» ISIS leader calls on Muslims to 'fight for the caliphate'
15/05/15 10:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The message is said to be from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (pictured) who has not been heard from since November. Meanwhile ISIS fighters are barely a mile from the Palmyra world heritage site.
» Barack Obama wins support from Gulf leaders for nuclear deal with Iran
15/05/15 10:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Qatar welcomes ‘key factor for stability in region’ and Saudis voice growing acceptance of deal at end of Camp David summit Barack Obama has secured support from Gulf leaders ...
» Obama Pledges To Stand By Gulf Allies Against Iran
15/05/15 10:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. U.S. President Barack Obama pledged May 14 to stand by Persian Gulf allies, defending them against external attacks and helping them deal with "destabilizing activities" ...
» Benefits Supervisor Resting by Lucian Freud sells at auction for £35.8m
15/05/15 10:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The 1994 painting, showing 280-pound Sue Tilley (right) sitting naked on a sofa, was sold to a London art dealer at Christie's in New York on behalf of an anonymous buyer.
» World Briefing: Yemen: Al Qaeda Outlaws a Stimulant
15/05/15 10:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. l Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, which seized control over the port of Al Mukalla nearly a month ago, has barred residents from trading or chewing khat.
» FBI arrests ex-military translator for lies about Islamic State ties - Reuters
15/05/15 10:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. FBI arrests ex-military translator for lies about Islamic State ties Reuters WASHINGTON An Iraqi immigrant who has been described as a former U.S. military translator was arreste...
» Eight Amtrak Passengers' Deaths Echo Across the Region and the World - New York Times
15/05/15 10:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from world - Google News. New York Times Eight Amtrak Passengers' Deaths Echo Across the Region and the World New York Times Boarding the train in Washington, a commercial real estate broker texted her mother: ...
» Obama Reassures Nervous Gulf Partners
15/05/15 10:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. President Obama has told Gulf Arab partners at a Washington summit that the United States will stand by them against external attacks and will deepen security cooperation against threats ...
» Obama Reassures Nervous Gulf Partners - YouTube
15/05/15 10:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on May 14, 2015 President Obama has told Gulf Arab partners at a Washington summit that the United States will stand by them against external attacks and will deepen security cooperation against thr...
» U.S. and Cuba to hold another round of talks next week
15/05/15 09:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and Cuban negotiators will meet next week to discuss the reopening of embassies in each other's capitals as part of efforts to restore diplomatic ties, the ...
» Obama Offers Gulf Nations ‘Ironclad’ Security Cooperation
15/05/15 09:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. (CAMP DAVID, Md.) — President Barack Obama pledged America’s “ironclad commitment” to anxious Persian Gulf nations Thursday to help protect their security, pointedly mentionin...
» Protests in Seattle greet Shell oil rig destined for Arctic drilling
15/05/15 09:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Environmental groups plan days of protests in Seattle where oil company is basing its renewed exploration activities The first of two Royal Dutch Shell drilling rigs slated fo...
» Russian HIV-Aids epidemic worsening under Kremlin policies, says expert
15/05/15 09:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Head of state Aids centre says ‘conservative’ policies have failed to halt spread of HIV virus and at least two million Russians are likely to have disease in five years Russi...
» Islamic State issues audio of Baghdadi calling supporters to join him - Hindustan Times
15/05/15 09:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Hindustan Times Islamic State issues audio of Baghdadi calling supporters to join him Hindustan Times An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-F...
» Russian Reporter Flees Chechnya Citing Safety Concerns
15/05/15 09:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Prize-winning journalist Elena Milashina May 14 fled Chechnya amid fears for her safety, after writing that a teenage girl was being forced to marry a police commander mu...
» Obama Pledges More Military Aid to Reassure Persian Gulf Allies on Iran Deal - New York Times
15/05/15 09:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. New York Times Obama Pledges More Military Aid to Reassure Persian Gulf Allies on Iran Deal New York Times CAMP DAVID, Md. — President Obama on Thursday offered Saudi Arabia and ...
» FBI: Felonious US Police Deaths Up 89 Percent Last Year
15/05/15 09:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Law enforcement officers gather on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington Friday for a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony in honor of fellow officers killed in the line of...
» Son of Saul review: an outstanding, excoriating look at evil in Auschwitz
15/05/15 09:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. This astonishing debut film, about a prisoner in the concentration camp employed in the industrial processes of body disposal, body-disposal, is a horror movie of extraordinar...
» US House passes bill for Congress to review Iran nuclear deal - Ynetnews
15/05/15 09:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Ynetnews US House passes bill for Congress to review Iran nuclear deal Ynetnews Obama expected to sign bill into law after House passes it in 400-25 vote; legislation 'now inject...
» What we know about Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian
15/05/15 09:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Home - CBSNews.com. Man Engineer at the controls of Train 188 appears to have been concerned about Amtrak's safety technology technology, long before Philadelphia derailment
» The Islamic State threatens to capture massive Iraqi oil refinery
15/05/15 09:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. BAGHDAD — Six months after the government triumphantly announced that Islamic State militants had retreated from Iraq’s large...
» Missing U.S. military helicopter found in Nepal with no survivors
15/05/15 09:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. NEW DELHI— The remains of a missing U.S. military helicopter that apparently crashed on a humanitarian aid mission after Nepa...
» Hackers Dip Into Accounts Using Starbucks App
15/05/15 09:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. Hackers have found a way to use the Starbucks smartphone payment app to syphon money from customer accounts.
» Wreckage of U.S. Marine Helicopter Found in Nepal
15/05/15 09:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. An official in Nepal’s defense ministry said Friday that Nepalese forces had found wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that went missing this week while flying relief materials to ear...
» U.S. helicopter destroyed, no survivors: Nepal defense ministry
15/05/15 09:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A U.S. Marines helicopter that crashed on a mountainside in Nepal was completely destroyed and there were no survivors among the eight on board, the country's top...
» Missing U.S. Marine Helicopter Found Crashed Near Nepal’s Border With China
15/05/15 09:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. The wreckage of a U.S. marine chopper on an aid mission in Nepal that was reported missing hours after the Himalayan nation was hit by a 7.3 magnitude temblor on Tuesday has been found near the count...
» A&E is no place for suicidal patients – so why do so many end up there?
15/05/15 09:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. People come to emergency departments like mine because they don’t know where else to go but the demand is overwhelming and we are not set up to cope A&E is no place for a ...
» See the New and Monumental Panama Canal From Above
15/05/15 09:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. When photographer George Steinmetz first gazed at Panama’s new canal, he was reminded of Margaret Bourke-White’s pictures of Fort Peck Dam, which graced the cover of LIFE magazine in Nove...
» Islamic State Closes On Ancient City Of Palmyra
15/05/15 09:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The jihadist advance raises fears for towering colonnades and temples dating to the 1st century AD.
» Karimov -- Bold And Nasty
15/05/15 09:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Uzbek President Islam Karimov seemed to have problems articulating his thoughts at his April 10 inauguration ceremony. In the interest of balance, it should now be pointe...
» Wreckage of US military helicopter found in Nepal
15/05/15 09:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Helicopter carrying six Americans and two Nepalese was delivering post-quake aid when contact was lost on Tuesday The wreckage of a US Marine Corps helicopter that went missin...
» Network Rail workers set to strike on bank holiday Monday
15/05/15 09:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Members of RMT union vote by Members of the RMT union voted by a huge 80% for strike action and plan on a 60% turnout to stage 24-hour walkout strike in a row over pay on 25 M...
» South China Sea Dispute Likely Focus of Kerry China Visit
15/05/15 09:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Beijing Saturday for a two-day visit with civilian and military leaders. The key focus of the trip is preparing for upcoming high-level talks...
» Beijing says Philippines, U.S. 'exaggerate China threat' in sea dispute
15/05/15 09:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry accused the Philippines on Friday of working together with the United States to "exaggerate the China threat" over a disputed shoal in the ...
» San Francisco police under fire for racist texts - San Francisco Chronicle (subscription)
15/05/15 09:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. San Francisco Chronicle (subscription) San Francisco police under fire for racist texts San Francisco Chronicle (subscription) FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2014 file photo, San Franci...
» San Francisco police under fire for racist texts - Chron.com
15/05/15 09:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Chron.com San Francisco police under fire for racist texts Chron.com SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — jussThe original charges were shocking: Six San Francisco police officers were accused o...
» San Francisco police corruption investigation uncovers racism, - Fox News
15/05/15 09:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Fox News San Francisco police corruption investigation uncovers racism, Fox News FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2014 file photo, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr speaks during a new...
» US Asserts Role in South China Sea
15/05/15 09:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. U.S. officials say the Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military ships and aircraft to assert freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, in a direct challenge to China as it manufa...
» Obama Vows To Protect Arab Allies From 'Attack'
15/05/15 09:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The US President aims to assuage Persian Gulf nation concerns about a resurgent Iran ahead of a deal on its nuclear programme.
» New drugs test can detect cocaine use from a simple FINGERPRINT
15/05/15 09:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Scientists at the University of Surrey discovered their new non-invasive test can determine whether cocaine has been ingested, rather than just touched.
» Poland makes payout to alleged victims of CIA renditions
15/05/15 09:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 7:49 a.m. EDT. WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland is paying a quarter of a million dollars to two terror suspects allegedly tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in this country - prompti...
» Crocodile farming boosts Zimbabwe's struggling economy
15/05/15 09:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AFP's YouTube Videos. From: AFP Duration: 02:03 Keep up-to-date with the latest news, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/AFP-subscribe Crocodile farming in Zimbabwe is boosting the struggling economy throug...
» 2 girls shot riding school bus home in Florida; no arrests - Miami Herald
15/05/15 09:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. 2 girls shot riding school bus home in Florida; no arrests Miami Herald Two students are recovering from injuries suffered in a shooting on their school bus in Jacksonville. Jack...
» Poland Makes Payout to Alleged Victims of CIA Renditions - New York Times
15/05/15 09:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. seattlepi.com Poland Makes Payout to Alleged Victims of CIA Renditions New York Times WARSAW, Poland — Poland is paying a quarter of a million dollars to two terror suspects alle...
» Poland pays quarter million dollars to alleged victims of CIA renditions, triggering ... - Fox News
15/05/15 09:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Fox News Poland pays quarter million dollars to alleged victims of CIA renditions, triggering ... Fox News FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000 file photo, investigators in a spe...
» FBI had internal concerns over licence plate readers, documents reveal
15/05/15 09:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Agency deployed mass tracking devices across US that could record up to 1,800 license plates a minute, according to internal documents obtained by the ACLU The FBI has deploye...
» Washington Post mobile website hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
15/05/15 09:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Messages such as ‘the media is always lying’ delivered to visitors The Washington Post’s mobile website was brought down on Thursday evening, with the Syrian Mobile Army claim...
» McCain Turns Down Ukraine Post
15/05/15 09:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. U.S. Senator John McCain has said, 'Thanks, but no thanks,' to a job offer from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
» Islamic State attacks west Iraq city with six car bombs
15/05/15 09:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State militants attacked a provincial capital in western Iraq on Friday using six car bombs to reach the center of Ramadi, police said.
» ISIS' wide-scale attack
15/05/15 09:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - World. ISIS has launched a wide-scale attack on Iraqi security forces in Ramadi in an apparent attempt to take the rest of the key central Iraqi city, the governor of Ramadi said Friday. CNN's Ni...
» South Korean Leader Voices Alarm at Kim Jong-un’s ‘Reign of Terror’
15/05/15 09:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. President Park Geun-hye said that North Korea’s conduct was raising uncertainty, after reports of a top general’s execution and artillery drills near disputed waters.
» Colombia Defies U.S. and Halts Spraying of Cocaine Crops
15/05/15 09:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. Colombia’s government ordered a halt Thursday to the use of a herbicide that has formed a major part of U.S.-backed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops in the country, the Times reports. The coun...
» 3 bodies found with Marine helicopter in Nepal
15/05/15 09:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from CNN.com - World. Three bodies were found along with the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter missing in Nepal. It was spotted on the slopes of a mountain east of Kathmandu, a local army official said Frida...
» Eye Opener: Remains of missing U.S. helicopter in Nepal located
15/05/15 09:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Home - CBSNews.com. Your world in 90 seconds
» Obama Attended Wedding With Terrorist Bill Ayers
15/05/15 09:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Comments on: Report: Obama Attended 2014 Wedding With Bill Ayers. MSNBC personality Alex Wagner’s wedding occurred back in August of 2014, but news has just emerged that at least two of her guests we...
» Baltimore Is Just the Latest Target in Obama’s Civil-Rights Crusade against Police Departments
15/05/15 09:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Accuracy In Media. Home » Guest Columns » Baltimore Is Just the Latest Target in Obama’s Civil-Rights Crusade against Police Departments Baltimore Is Just the Latest Target in Obama’s...
» Obama Secretly Partied With Bill Ayers Last Summer
15/05/15 09:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Gawker. On Aug. 30, 2014, MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner and former White House chef Sam Kass got married at a private wedding north of New York City. It was widely reported at the time that President Obama, a l...
» bill ayers and obama - Google Search
15/05/15 08:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Bill Ayers 2008 presidential election controversy - Wikipedia ... en.wikipedia.org/.../ Bill _ Ayers _2008_presidential_election_co... Cached Similar Wikipedia Loading... Jump to Interaction between Obama and...
» Flashback: Stephanopoulos Pressed Obama on Ayers in '08 Dem Debate
15/05/15 08:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Comments on: Flashback: Stephanopoulos Pressed Obama on Ayers in ’08 Dem Debate. On April 16, 2008, on ABC at the Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate between the two remaining candidates...
» US offers Gulf allies help over Iran
14/05/15 23:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News. Camp David pledge of military assistance to deal with potential missile attacks


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