Thursday, August 6, 2015

Nobody Trusts Putin, Except Russia and Vietnam: Study

Nobody Trusts Putin, Except Russia and Vietnam: Study

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with members of the Russian team taking part in the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, July 24. Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
Vladimir Putin’s favorability rating in Russia stands at an impressive 88 percent. Unfortunately for the Russian president, this adoration ends at the country’s borders.
That’s according to a new study by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center, which found that Putin and Russia as a whole are not viewed very favorably across the world. In 39 countries across five continents—excluding Russia—only 30 percent of people polled had a favorable opinion of Russia, while 51 percent held an “unfavorable” view of the country. Putin’s image suffered a worse fate: Just 24 percent of those surveyed have confidence in the Russian leader to make the right decision in world affairs.
Pew polled 45,435 people in 40 countries, including Russia, between March 25 and May 27, asking them questions about how much confidence they had in Putin and Obama to do “the right thing” in world affairs.   
U.S. President Barack Obama is viewed in a more positive light in all regions polled. Africa has the most confidence in President Obama, according to Pew, with 77 percent of people saying they trust him to do the right thing in world affairs. At 32 percent, Africa also has the most confidence in Putin’s ability on the world stage.
In Jordan and Poland, 80 percent of people viewed Russia unfavorably, the largest percentage in the poll. “Public opinion in Jordan may be influenced by Moscow’s current support for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Jordan’s neighbor and the source of hundreds of thousands of refugees in Jordan,” the study says. More than four years after the start of the Syrian civil war,650,000 Syrian refugees now call Jordan home.    
Japan, Israel, Germany and France also have strong anti-Russian feelings, as does Ukraine, where 72 percent view Russia unfavorably, according to the study.
Putin’s approval rating hit 86 percent in Russia, according to a poll by a Russian research organization, although author Ben Judah told CNN that the number was more a result of fear of dissent than actual approval. In March 2015, one year after Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, celebrations were held across Russia to mark the event. Putin told crowds gathered in Moscow’s Red Square that Russia and its people “demonstrated an amazing focus and amazing patriotism by helping the people of Crimea and Sevastopol to return to their home shores.”
Nearly 70 percent of people in the U.S. view Russia unfavorably, although Americans aged 50 and older were more likely than to have a negative view of the country than those aged between 18 and 29. Americans’ view of Putin has dropped over the past 12 years, from 41 percent favorability in 2003 to 21 percent in 2015. Russians have returned the favor, with confidence in Obama at “Bush-era lows,” according to Pew. Only 11 percent of Russians have confidence in Obama today and 8 percent had confidence in President George W. Bush in 2003.
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US Trafficking Report Faces Congressional Scrutiny

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State Department officials faced sharp questions from U.S. lawmakers after allegations surfaced that the government's annual report on global human trafficking had been adjusted to further the Obama administration’s international agenda particularly regarding Malaysia and Cuba. Reflecting lawmakers' concerns, the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee demanded Thursday that the State Department hand over all documents it used to rank countries in the annual human trafficking...

Al-Qaida exploits Yemen chaos to seize 3 towns

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Yemen's al-Qaida branch has exploited the chaos in this embattled country to capture three towns near the southern port city of Aden, where pro-government forces have been advancing against Shiite rebels in recent weeks, officials said Thursday.
     

Kerry in Hanoi to mark 20th anniversary of US-Vietnam ties

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a Vietnam War veteran, is in the communist nation's capital to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Washington and Hanoi as he wraps up a five-nation tour of the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
     

Iran blocking access to nuclear personnel, U.N. inspector says

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Undermining one of President Obama's primary arguments for the nuclear deal with Iran, the head of the United Nation's nuclear watchdog agency said Iran has refused to allow U.N. inspectors to interview scientists and military officers to investigate allegations that Tehran operated a covert nuclear-weapons program.
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Why let former presidents cash in?

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President Harry Truman once said that he would never lend himself “to any transaction, however respectable, that would commercialize on the prestige and dignity of the office of the presidency.” His successors have not held themselves to the same standard.
     
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McConnell: Obama Administration ‘Misled’ Congress, Hid Evidence to Conceal IRS Targeting 

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) accused the Obama administration of misleading Congress and hiding evidence in order to conceal the effort by the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
The Hill reported that McConnell slammed the White House in a statement Wednesday following the release of a bipartisan Senate Finance Committee report that revealed the extent to which the “delinquent” IRS mismanaged applications from Tea Party groups.
The report makes clear that civic groups were harassed specifically because they identified as conservative,” McConnell declared. “It underlines the seething contempt partisan officials like Lois Lerner had for them. It also reveals that administration officials continually misled Congress and attempted to hide evidence that might have brought the truth to light sooner.”
Among the 142-page report’s key findings, it concluded that Lois Lerner, former head of the government agency’s Exempt Organizations Unit, “failed to adequately manage” members of her staff processing the applications in question for two years beginning in 2010.
“The Nixonian harassment of Americans with the gall to think differently than the president was outrageous enough when it first came to light,” McConnell added of the IRS targeting, to which Lerner admitted in 2013. “It’s even more outrageous today.”
The release of the congressional report comes as multiple lawmakers demand that President Obama fire current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for hindering the congressional investigation into the targeting scandal. 
Reps. Ron Desantis (R., Fla.) and Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), both members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week, “Commissioner Koskinen … has failed the American people by frustrating Congress’s attempts to ascertain the truth,” threatening to pursue impeachment should Obama refuse to act. 
Chairman of the House committee Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) authored a letter to Obama asking him to do the same by “work[ing] hand-in-hand with Congress to fix the problem.”
The IRS addressed the report in a statement Wednesday, alleging that it has “cooperated with Congress and other investigators.”
“We have already taken many steps to  make improvements in our processes and procedures, and we are pleased to have other suggestions from the committee to help us in our continuing effort,” the government agency said.
McConnell insisted that “the time for forthright answers and an actual, serious plan from the Obama administration to prevent this from ever happening again is now.”
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France seeking new buyers for Mistral warships

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BRUSSELS (AP) - If you're looking for a boat to carry 16 helicopter gunships, 700 troops and up to 50 armored vehicles, the French may be ready to make you a super deal.
After France reached agreement to cancel the sale of two warships it had been building for Russia, ...

FBI Releases Video Of Suspicious Man In Gardner Museum Hours Before $500 ... - Hartford Courant

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Henry on Clinton Email: FBI ‘Doesn’t Just Play Around’ With Investigations 

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After a report that the federal investigation into the security of Hillary Clinton’s private email server is a “criminal probe,” Fox News correspondent Ed Henry said Thursday that the FBI “doesn’t just play around” if it’s making an official inquiry.
The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unsecured email account is not just a fact-finding venture — it’s a criminal probe, sources told The Post on Wednesday.
The feds are investigatingto what extent Clinton relied on her home server and other private devices to send and store classified documents, according to a federal source with knowledge of the inquiry.
“It’s definitely a criminal probe,” said the source. “I’m not sure why they’re not calling it a criminal probe.
News broke this week that the FBI had launched an investigation into Clinton’s server, which violated Obama administration policy since it was not an official government account. Press outlets repeatedly saidClinton was not the target of the probe and “not accused of any wrongdoing.”
Henry said Clinton’s presidential campaign was “aggressively” trying to spin the coverage around the story to emphasize that point.
“This is Hillary Clinton’s email server, and she was the one who set it up,” Henry said. “So even if it technically is not a criminal investigation today, the FBI doesn’t just play around.
“A lot of people find that out when they have the FBI looking around, FBI agents trying to get information, and one would expect they’re going to try to get their hands on that server at some point. Look, if you’re a political campaign, and basically part of your defense is, she’s not under criminal investigation, that suggests at the very least you’re dealing with some serious political fallout.”

Iranian Terrorism Victims Ask Court to Block Release of Iranian Assets Under Nuclear Deal 

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Two dozen plaintiffs filed suit yesterday in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York to enjoin the Obama administration from releasing an estimated $100 billion in frozen Iranian assets as part of the nuclear deal with world powers and Tehran.
The plaintiffs, who are all families of terror victims, claim to hold more than a billion dollars in court judgments against the Islamic Republic for its sponsorship of terrorist attacks committed from 1995 through 2006. In their complaint, the families claim that releasing funds as required by the Iran Deal necessarily means that they will never collect on their judgments; and further that the President cannot lawfully release the funds without certifying first that Iran has ceased to fund international terrorism---which it continues to do. They accordingly ask for mandamus as well as injunctive relief.  The funds belong to the Central Bank of Iran and are primarily held in overseas bank accounts. 
A State Department spokesmanPooja Jhunjhunwala told Bloomberg "the U.S. does not hold or control any of this money" and that they would "continue to work with Congress, the Department of Justice and others to explore ways to compensate victims of Iran's past activities." She also stressed that there is no connection between the expected sanctions relief and the court judgments held by the plaintiffs. 
You can read the complaint below: 
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A Soldier of the Great War 

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By Michael Morell
Twelve/The Hachette Group (2015)
Reviewed by Gabriel Schoenfeld
When the history of United States in the 21st century is written, the role of the Central Intelligence Agency will loom large in its early chapters. Two of the spy agency’s mistakes had terrible consequences for the future of the country. First, it failed to detect the September 11 plot. Second, it issued a faulty estimate that Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction, which led to a major war. What went wrong?
Not long ago, Michael Morell hung up his trench coat after a 31-year career in the agency that took him from an entry level position to an array of high-level postings, ending up as CIA deputy director under Barack Obama. His memoir, The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism--From al Qa'ida to ISIS, offers a tour of agency successes and failures and also explores a number of other highly controversial matters, including the “enhanced interrogation” of terrorists, and the agency’s convoluted role in the 2012 Benghazi imbroglio.
Morell’s career exposed him to a diverse array of agency activities, especially the year he spent as the principal CIA briefer for President George W. Bush. In the summer of 2001, Morell found himself in the Oval Office telling the president that the “system was blinking red” with signals that a major terrorist strike was imminent. Not long after, he was with the president in Florida at the instant that word came through about a plane flying into the World Trade Center. Needless to say, Morell’s reconstruction of such moments makes for a gripping tale.
Morell traces the agency’s efforts to understand and counter the rising threat posed by Osama bin Laden in the 1990s. George Tenet was Bill Clinton’s pick as CIA director and Morell was his executive assistant who saw everything Tenet did up close. Counterterrorism in those years was not, as Morell writes, a “front-burner issue,” and al Qaeda was only a blip among many on the radar screen. Yet George Tenet had the problem  very much on his mind. In 1996, after the name of Osama bin Laden kept showing up in raw intelligence reporting as a terrorist financier and/or plotter, the agency created a unit called Alec Station to find out more  about him. Tenet was mobilized and “we were not sitting on our hands,” writes Morell, but unfortunately the agency as a whole, “with the exception of Alec Station, did not take al Qaeda as seriously as did its director.”
One sign of this lack of seriousness was the inappropriate background of the man selected to run Alec Station. “I couldn’t get over that the leader of Alec Station,” Morell writes, “an officer by the name of Michael Scheuer—was not a trained operations officer and that few operations officers played a significant role in the unit. “ Not only did Scheuer lack the requisite experience for the job, he was also “a zealot” who was “constantly getting into fights with the FBI, the NSA, and his own bosses.”
Part of this behavior stemmed from Scheuer’s justifiable frustration that his superiors were not taking the bin Laden threat with sufficient seriousness. But part of it was the fact that the CIA had placed someone with an unhinged personality—a man with a “penchant for angering anyone who didn’t see things exactly as he did”—into a critical job. Morell’s verdict is harsh. The inadequate work of Alec Station “significantly lowered the chances that we would detect an attack in preparation and disrupt it” and indeed the shortcomings of the unit “helped lead to the bombings of embassies in East Africa” in 1998. Matters only began to improve after the attacks, when Scheuer was removed from his post and Tenet put the agency on a war footing to meet the al Qaeda challenge. Unfortunately, the Clinton White House, preoccupied with the Monica Lewinsky drama in that critical year, then dropped the ball. Morell’s overly diplomatic judgment is that “much more could have been done on the military and paramilitary fronts” but President Clinton “faced constraints on how far he could go.”
The genesis of the Iraq WMD fiasco, like the 9/11 fiasco, has been explored in depth by a bipartisan government commission. Morell adds some insights and some color to existing analysis. He explains what he calls the “largest failure in agency history” by reference to a swarm of biases that fatally undermined the agency’s analytical product.
Analysts were prone to “hindsight bias”: having failed to discover Saddam’s nuclear program in the early 1990s before the first Gulf war, they did not want to make the same mistake twice. Because of “analytic creep,” mere assumptions about Saddam Hussein hardened into firm convictions. Saddam was known to possess chemical weapons, having employed them against the Kurds; thanks therefore to “historical bias,” analysts believed he still possessed them. Analysts also succumbed to “review bias,” which led them to ignore outlying possibilities in favor of the most likely finding. On top of that, there was “confirmation bias,” which Morell defines as “the tendency to accept facts as true if they support one’s view and reject them otherwise.” The worst lapse of all, recounts Morell, was a failure by analysts to “rigorously ask themselves how confident they were in their judgments.” If they had seriously pondered that question, they would have arrived at the answer: “not very” instead of the “slam dunk,” with which Tenet reassured the president that weapons of mass destruction were in Iraq.
In telling this story, Morell takes up the question of whether the Bush administration attempted inappropriately to shape the CIA’s intelligence reporting for ends of their own. He notes that Vice-President Cheney—accompanied by his aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby—made frequent visits to CIA headquarters. “The vice president was thorough and came armed with a lot of questions, but he did not push a particular line of argument” (emphasis in the original). There was nothing untoward about such visits; “Asking a lot of questions was his right—indeed, his responsibility.” On the other hand, Morell also recounts an episode in which Libby pressed the CIA hard to withdraw a paper asserting that there was “no working relationship” between al Qaeda and Iraq before, during, or after the 9/11 attacks. Morell calls Libby’s importuning “the most blatant attempt to politicize intelligence that I saw in thirty-three years in the business, and it would not be the last attempt by Libby to do so.”
Morell is a shrewd bureaucratic operator, with a wealth of experience in national security. How should we appraise his account? Overall, his book is thoroughly researched and carefully written, as one would expect from the work of a master briefer. I found myself persuaded by his treatment of some issues. He offers a thoughtful examination of the “enhanced interrogation” controversy, concluding that for Bush it was a “Lincoln moment,” a juncture where a president chose to violate basic principles “because he thought it necessary to save the Union.”
Especially cogent is Morell’s account of the Benghazi affair, in which CIA generated talking points seemed to give political cover to the White House following the murder of the American ambassador to Libya and three other American officials on September 11, 2012. Morell acknowledges his own mistakes and mistakes by the agency in the episode, but they appear to have stemmed more from sand in the bureaucratic gears than any effort to protect Team Obama as the electoral contest with Mitt Romney was drawing to a close. (White House and State Department manipulation of the CIA-generated talking points for political ends is, of course, another matter entirely.)
But not every aspect of Morell’s account is equally compelling. For one thing, George Tenet gets an unwarranted pass. Amid other glowing terms, Morell describes his boss as “brilliant in an unthreatening way.” Tenet may be that and more, but it remains difficult to credit Morell’s assertion that in the mid-1990s the CIA director was taking the al Qaeda threat “seriously,” that he was “focused on it, laser-like," and that “the terror threat was the single issue that would keep [him] up at night.” Even on the evidence that Morell himself presents this is hokum and bunkum.
Was it laser-like for Tenet to have allowed the CIA’s al Qaeda unit to languish for critical years under the ministrations of the ill-equipped Michael Scheuer? Among other things, Morell recounts that he himself suggested to Tenet—before the embassy bombings—that Scheuer should have been shifted away from responsibility. Tenet took no action on that suggestion until after Americans had died.
A more central indicator is the progression of National Intelligence Estimates about terrorism. NIEs are the most authoritative pronouncements of the intelligence community; when issued, they often have a major influence on the direction of national policy. In 1995, two years before Tenet assumed the directorship, the CIA issued a National Intelligence Estimate on terrorism that presciently mentioned both the Pentagon and the World Trade Center as possible future targets. The agency updated that NIE in 1997, adding six pages that mentioned Osama bin Laden, but only in passing. Neither the twin embassy bombings in Africa in 1998 nor the attack on the U.S. S. Cole in 2000 prompted Tenet to return to the problem. Only after 9/11 did the CIA issue a new NIE on terrorism. Tenet was not exactly shaking the trees on this critical subject. One can appreciate the fierce loyalty that Tenet inspired in the people with whom he worked, including quite evidently Morell, but as the man running the CIA when it committed what were perhaps its two most consequential lapses ever, his place in history does not look particularly heroic.
Regarding Morell’s allegation that Scooter Libby attempted to politicize intelligence, the story he tells is incomplete. However much the CIA regards itself as a paragon of deep and dispassionate expertise, that was not the view from all quarters within the Bush administration—and for good reason. Coming into office, President Bush himself found CIA reporting to be sub-par. Morell acknowledges that there were occasions when the president would read a particularly banal CIA brief and then sarcastically utter, “Duh, no shit.” As a result, Tenet had to “routinely pull pieces” from the president’s briefing book “either because they told him something he already knew or because the analysis was not insightful enough.”
But beyond superficiality, there was the long and familiar record of CIA analytical and collection failures. Among other things, the agency missed the first Soviet atomic bomb test in 1949, the outbreak of the Korea war in 1950, the first Soviet H-bomb in 1953, the outbreak of the Suez war in 1956, the Soviet placement of missiles in Cuba in 1962, the Egyptian attack that started the Yom Kippur war in 1973, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, and the Iranian revolution that same year. Understanding secretive adversaries is a very difficult challenge, and even the best spy agencies in the world regularly get even the most important questions  wrong. In the wake of the 9/11 lapse and all previous lapses, President Bush and his men would have been irresponsible if they did not look at CIA judgments sideways and upside down.
The dispute with Libby over the CIA’s appraisal of al Qaeda ties to Saddam Hussein must be understood in the context of this history. The CIA may be completely correct in maintaining now that the ties were minimal, buy that  is certainly not how things looked to some at the time, including to some in the CIA itself. Indeed, just months after the quarrel with Libby, Tenet himself wrote to Senator Bob Graham, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, offering a declassified summary of what the agency believed. The letter read, in part:
We have solid reporting of senior level contacts between Iraq and Al Qaeda going back a decade.
Credible information indicates that Iraq and Al Qaeda have discussed safe haven and reciprocal nonaggression.
Since Operation Enduring Freedom, we have solid evidence of the presence in Iraq of Al Qaeda members, including some that have been in Baghdad.
We have credible reporting that Al Qaeda leaders sought contacts in Iraq who could help them acquire WMD capabilities. The reporting also stated that Iraq has provided training to Al Qaeda members in the areas of poisons and gases and making conventional bombs.
Iraq's increasing support to extremist Palestinians coupled with growing indications of relationship with Al Qaeda suggest that Baghdad's links to terrorists will increase, even absent U.S. military action.
Morell does not take up this letter and the studies on which it was presumably based. If Libby and others were skeptical of CIA certitude and pressing hard for a change in a CIA judgment, they had no shortage of valid reasons for their stance.
While casting aspersions on agency outsiders, Morell conspicuously elides those episodes where insiders themselves appear to politicize intelligence. The most notorious recent example is the declaration in the unclassified summary of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program.”  This startling finding was reached, as a footnote reveals, by excluding from consideration "Iran's declared civil work related to uranium conversion and enrichment." In other words, relying on a preposterously narrow definition of a "nuclear weapons program," the NIE injected a profoundly misleading assertion into the bloodstream of national debate, thereby altering the direction of American policy.   
The charge of politicizing intelligence is a sword that can cut two ways. Between his soft-pedaling of George Tenet’s lapses,  his hard-pedaling of Libby’s alleged transgressions, and his non-pedaling of the CIA's own serious misdemeanors,  one puts down Morell’s engrossing volume with a feeling of regret that he does not seem in every instance to have called things as they actually were.
(Gabriel Schoenfeld, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, is the author of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law (W.W. Norton).)
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Palestinian vehicle runs down, injures three Israeli soldiers

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August 6, 2015, 7:09 PM (IDT)
Two soldiers were seriously injured when a Palestinian car crashed into them at the Shilo junction north of Ramallah Thursday. They are in intensive care in hospital.  A third soldier was hurt more slightly. Soldiers in the vicinity fired at the Palestinian driver trapping him in his vehicle. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. 

FBI Now Refers Some Potential Terror Suspects To Counseling - Daily Caller

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FBI Now Refers Some Potential Terror Suspects To Counseling
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The FBI is now referring some potential terror suspects to counseling in a new strategy to defeat homegrown Islamic State supporters. Rather than lock up everyone in the U.S. suspected of potential terrorist activity, the FBI will refer up to 10 ...

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After tense hearings, Senate approves military chiefs

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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed new uniformed leaders of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, completing a change in the lineup for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
     

U.S. should embed military advisers to fight Islamic State, think tank says 

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The U.S. should embed military advisers at the battalion level in Iraq and begin directly arming the nation's Kurdish militias and Sunni tribal fighters, according a policy brief issued Thursday by an influential Washington think tank that asserts the Obama administration's current efforts to counter the Islamic State are "not ...

Reporter's Notebook: In Cyber Security, All Eyes on Car Hacking - ABC News

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Reporter's Notebook: In Cyber Security, All Eyes on Car Hacking
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A few hundred people crowded into an expansive ballroom in Las Vegas are laughing and clapping at a joke I don't get. That happens a lot here. I'm at the Black Hat cyber security conference and a computer science minor has not prepared me for quips ...

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FBI Releases Surveillance Video Hoping to Solve Boston Art Heist - NBCNews.com

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FBI Releases Surveillance Video Hoping to Solve Boston Art Heist
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The FBI is hoping a jerky black-and-white surveillance video will lead to a break in one of America's major unsolved mysteries — who was behind the world's biggest art heist? A pair of men entered Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 18, ...
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FBI, US Marshal offer reward for capture of officer shooting suspect - FOX10 News

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FBI, US Marshal offer reward for capture of officer shooting suspect
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Grover Cannon, 27, identified as suspect in shooting death of Shreveport police officer Thomas LaValley. (Source: Shreveport Police Department). Shreveport Officer killed Wednesday night has been identified as Thomas LaValley. (Source: Shreveport ...

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Treasury says US can snap back sanctions if Iran reneges

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The Obama administration said the United States can reimpose sanctions against Iran "in a matter of days" if Iran violates terms of its nuclear accord, as Republicans sparred further with officials over the deal.
     

Black Hat USA 2015 Security Conference Kicks Off

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By Brett Daniel Shehadey
Special Correspondent for In Homeland Security
At the Mandalay Bay Hotel, the 2015 Black Hat USA Security Conference in Las Vegas kicked off the debate Aug. 6 with some 9,000 security executives.

Hollande: 'No Difficulty' For France To Find Mistral Buyers

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ISMAILIYA, Egypt — French President Francois Hollande said Thursday there would be "no difficulty" in finding new buyers for two Mistral warships that had been intended for Russia before Paris scrapped the deal.
       

White House: ‘We Don’t Need Congress to Approve’ Iran Nuclear Deal 

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House didn’t need Congress to approve the Iran nuclear agreement during Thursday’s press briefing.
NBC reporter Chris Jansing asked Earnest how important it was that Congress supports this deal. A recent poll showed 2-to-1 opposition among Americans to the agreement.
“How important is that final number, if it’s breathtakingly close… what kind of message does that send and how much do the numbers matter to the President and to the White House?” Jansing asked.
“Not at all,” Earnest said. “The fact is we don’t need Congress to approve this deal. We just need Congress not to screw it up.”
Earnest and Jansing had an exchange earlier in the day on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, when Jansing reminded Earnest to his face that President Obama had in fact directly compared Iranian hardlinersto the Republican caucus.

New York Post Launches Countdown to End of De Blasio Era

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The New York Post is literally counting down the seconds to the end of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term as mayor.
“The quality of life in this city has plummeted since Mayor de Blasio took office,” writes the Post. “Let’s count down the minutes until his disastrous term ends.”
According to the clock, which is placed in front of a background of a fat man passed out on a bench, de Blasio currently has 878 days, 22 hours, 53 minutes, and 5 seconds left in City Hall.
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The Post paints a sad picture of the current state of New York City.
“The city is swarming with panhandlers. Vagrants are peeing in the streets and taking over our parks. Crime is spiking,” it says.
Readers are also being asked to share their own stories of how the city has deteriorated under de Blasio.
The paper has set up a new email address, mail@deblasio.fail, to receive emails from residents furious with the mayor. Submissions will be published in the Post’s print edition.
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Informant in Twin Cities terrorism case paid $41000 by FBI - Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Informant in Twin Cities terrorism case paid $41000 by FBI
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The payments were disclosed in a motion filed Thursday by the defendants' attorneys, who allege the payments undermine the informant's credibility. The informant, code-named “Rover,” by FBI agents, is crucial in the government's case and was paid based ...

A Digest of DEBKAfile Round-the-Clock Exclusives in Week Ending Aug. 06, 2015

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August 6, 2015, 9:24 PM (IDT)
A Digest of debkafile Round-the-Clock Exclusives in Week Ending Aug. 06, 2015

Obama Won’t – or Can’t – Fight the Chinese Cyber Invasion of US Computers

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August 6, 2015, 9:24 PM (IDT)
Washington is hamstrung from retaliating for Chinese cyber aggression against US computer systems by a) not having a smoking gun, and b) lack of viable options.

US and Russia Head up New Grouping for Fighting ISIS, Sustaining Assad in Power

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August 6, 2015, 9:24 PM (IDT)
The US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf have lined up to fight ISIS, after each gives up on primary issues. Bashar Assad stays, by common consent, and the Houthis lose the Yemen war.

Finney: Probe Into Clinton’s Emails ‘Politically Motivated’

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Hillary Clinton spokeswoman Karen Finney called the continuing probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server “politically motivated” while simultaneously acknowledging there were “valid questions” in an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar Thursday.
Keilar called the ongoing saga of her email server a “stumbling block” for the campaign. The New York Post reported Wednesday that the federal investigation into the server’s security was a “criminal probe.” Finney shifted into an attack on Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) and the Benghazi Select Committee during her response.
“Let’s be realistic here, ok?” Finney said. “This is a politically motivated series of attacks that we’ve seen, and as you know, Chairman Gowdy and his committee, they’ve been dragging this out. They’re now saying they won’t be done until some time next year …  We’re not necessarily expecting that it’s going to end. We’re prepared to fight that fight as long as we need to.”
“Are you saying there are no valid questions?” Keilar asked. “That there aren’t valid questions about the emails?”
“Brianna, no. No, no, no,” she said. “That’s not what I’m saying. What I’m saying is part of what’s going on here is a politically motivated series of attacks.”

Senate confirms the next members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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The Senate recently confirmed the nominations of the next members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — Gen. Mark Milley to be chief of staff of the Army, Adm. John Richardson to be chief of Naval Operations, and Lt. Gen. Robert Neller to be general and commandant of the Marine ...
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Yesterday, President Obama continued his push for the Iran deal in a speech at American University---a site likely chosen in order to draw parallels to a speech President John F. Kennedy gave in the same location promoting the nuclear test-ban treaty with the Soviet Union in 1963. In remarks that the New York Times called “aggressive,”the president argued that detractors of the deal have no reasonable, peaceful alternative to offer: “the choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy and some sort of war — maybe not tomorrow, maybe not three months from now, but soon.” The text of the speech is available here, courtesy of the Washington Post.
Yesterday also saw the head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, testify privately before the Senate on the IAEA-Iran agreement supplementing the nuclear deal. The Post informs us that Amano confirmed the agreement’s confidential status, saying that “confidentiality is an essential building block to protect the safeguard regime.”
Yet some reports indicate that the IAEA may already be having problems in implementing that “safeguard regime.” The Wall Street Journal writes that Tehran has so far refused to allow the IAEA to interview key officials who may have been involved in an Iranian nuclear weapons program, causing serious problems for the IAEA investigation of Iran’s past nuclear activities.
Moreover, both the U.S. intelligence community and the Institute for Science and International Security, a think-tank that monitors nuclear nonproliferation, have pointed to satellite images showing crates and trucks outside a suspected Iranian nuclear military site---perhaps indicating that Iran has begun “sanitizing” the site prior to IAEA inspections. Administration officials stated that the IAEA will retain full technological ability to detect nuclear activity despite any “sanitation” efforts. The AP andBloomberg News have the story.
Bloomberg also notes that victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism are now asking a New York district court to block the unfreezing of Iranian assets, out of concern that releasing the assets will limit possibilities for compensation. U.S. officials stated that “the U.S. does not hold or control any of this money.”
As the news on Iran rolls in, Defense One reminds us that the Senate heads out for the August recess today---and so September will be the key month for Congress to debate and vote on the nuclear deal.
When Congress reconvenes in September, however, it will have a lot more on its plate than just the Iran deal. The Hill reports that trade groups backing major technology companies are urging Senate leaders to reject a proposal, included within the 2016 Intelligence Authorization Act, that would require social media and other tech companies to report “terrorist activity” on their services. The groups argue that “the provision will lead to reporting of items that are not of material concern to public safety, creating a ‘needle in the haystack’ problem for law enforcement.”
The United States has launched its first drone strike against ISIS from a Turkish airbase, the Journaltells us. The drone took off from a base in southern Turkey and conducted a strike against ISIS troops in northern Syria. Though the United States has long sought the use of Turkish airbases in the fight to launch airstrikes, Turkey only recently agreed to U.S. activity as part of newly aggressive Turkish efforts against ISIS.
But the Times writes that, within Turkey, those efforts are largely seen as a ploy by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to revitalize his slumping popularity. Turkish anti-ISIS efforts have included a robust---and to some, dismaying---military campaign against the Iraqi Kurdish PKK. The Timesspeculates that President Erdogan’s nationalist supporters may find this politically appealing.
Meanwhile,the PKK is fighting back by attacking pipelines that pump oil and gas through Turkey---the same tactic used by PKK fighters during conflict with Turkey in the 1990s. Reuters reports that Turkey is stepping up security along the pipelines in order to protect its energy infrastructure.
With the tiny cohort of U.S.-trained Syrian rebels still reeling from the al Nusra Front’s kidnapping of over a dozen of their members, an officer trained in the U.S. program has weighed in with more criticism. According to the BBC, Captain Ammar al Wawi has criticized the United States for failing first to train rebel troops and then to protect them. The Post also examines a failed U.S. effort to train a new Libyan military force in the wake of the Arab Spring, demonstrating the limits of American power in standing up military forces.
Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States and Russia will collaborate in bringing forward a United Nations Security Council resolution to identify the perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria. The Security Council vote has been scheduled for Friday, the Times writesRadio Free Europe also tells us that Iranian leaders will soon present a peace plan for Syria before the United Nations. “Iran and Russia,” the story notes, “are among the last allies of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.”
ISIS fighters have seized a potentially key town in central Syria from pro-government forces, the BBCreports. The capture of Qaryatain creates a clear route between the city of Palmyra and the Qalamun region near Damascus, both held by ISIS. The AP notes that Qaryatain is currently sheltering the large refugee population that had fled from Homs, the site of a prolonged siege between Syrian government and rebel forces.
The Journal studies therole of former Baathists in today’s Iraq: are they friends or foes of ISIS? And what about their relationship with the current Iraqi government, and Western forces? Though many Iraqi Shiites believe that ISIS is simply a “new incarnation” of the Ba'ath party, Iraqi Sunnis and some Western diplomats argue that bad blood between Baathists and ISIS may make some “good Baathists” into valuable allies.
Times report indicates thatthe Department of Homeland Security is strengthening restrictions on a visa waiver program, which allows foreign citizens to enter the United States without a visa if they are staying for fewer than 90 days. But concerns over radicalized fighters carrying out attacks on U.S. soil have led DHS to demand new information-sharing protocols with those countries participating in the program, and to require the presence of U.S. air marshals on some flights to the United States. European countries including Britain, France, and Germany---all of which have struggled with the problem of radicalized young people traveling abroad to join ISIS---are all members of the program.
In Saudi Arabia, a suicide bomber attacked a mosque attended by the Saudi Interior Ministry’s special forces. At least 15 were killed, including 12 members of the security forces. Site Intelligence Group reports that “Al-Hijaz Province,” a newly-announced ISIS division in Saudi Arabia, has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing.
Foreign Policy takes note of a joint eulogy of Mullah Mohammad Omar issued by three al Qaeda affiliates. The al Nusra Front, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb collaborated to memorialize the former Taliban leader, yet failed to even mention Omar’s replacement, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour. The story quotes a “senior U.S. analyst” as stating that al Qaeda has little to gain from recognizing Mullah Mansour as the Taliban’s new leader until Mansour succeeds in consolidating his still-shaky hold on power.
In the first Taliban attack since confirmations of Mullah Omar’s death, the Taliban has detonated a truck bomb in a provincial capital in eastern Afghanistan. Meanwhile, an Afghan official stated that U.S. drone strikes have killed up to 60 ISIS fighters within Afghanistan in the last few days, and thecrash of an Afghan army helicopter led to the deaths of over a dozen people.
The Pakistani army has begun publicly shaming two retired Pakistani generals over past misuse of military funds, in a move that the Guardian describes as “almost unheard of.” This constitutes a major change in policy for the army, which has long been criticized for its corruption and lack of transparency.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi announced plans to expand the Suez Canal in an $8.5 billion building project. Al Jazeera suggests that the move is aimed at revitalizing the long-struggling Egyptian economy. Despite President Sisi’s efforts, crisis in Egypt continues to roil: fighters belonging to the ISIS-affiliated group Sinai Province released a video threatening to kill a Croatian citizenkidnapped last month in Cairo. The Post has the story.
Cameroon will soon repatriate roughly 12,000 Nigerian refugees who crossed the border seeking shelter from Boko Haram attacks. As Reuters tells us, the Boko Haram insurgency has so far led to the internal displacement of about 1.5 million people, with thousands more fleeing to outside Nigeria.
Foreign Policy reports on Russia’s faltering international energy deals. Though the Kremlin has done its best to bolster Russian power through energy partnerships with China and Turkey,the reality of low energy prices and new oil and gas sources have put the brakes on Russian plans for energy dominance.
The AP has more on yesterday’s meeting between Secretary Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations forum. Secretary Kerry criticized Chinese restrictions on navigation and airspace in the disputed South China Sea and stated that the United States “will not accept” these limitations. The secretary also commented that Minister Wang may not have been wholly “fulsome” during their meeting, despite the minister’s stated desire to resolve the territorial dispute diplomatically.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima. At a commemoration ceremony in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remarked on Japan’s responsibility to promote nuclear disarmament, as the only nation ever to have suffered a nuclear attack. Yet the Japan Times adds that Prime Minister Abe’s perceived desire to build up Japan’s long-dormant military may undermine this pledge for peace. The Journal offers photographs from today’s commemoration event---and for a little history, Paul Ham of the Atlantic examines the bureaucrats who singled out Hiroshima to best demonstrate the destructive power of the atomic bomb.
Reuters reveals that the United States and the European Union are finalizing a long-awaited commercial data-sharing deal, which the parties moved to renegotiate following the Snowden Revelations. The deal would reform an existing E.U.-U.S. agreement allowing companies to transfer data easily between the two areas, but E.U. officials are demanding U.S. guarantees that “collection of EU citizens' data for national security purposes would be limited to what is necessary and proportionate.”
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has been vocal in his appeals for collaboration between the Pentagon and technology firms in Silicon Valley, and his efforts may have finally paid off, the Journalreports. Yesterday, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work announced the establishment of DIU-x, a new organization intended to bridge a gap between high-tech innovation and the military.
A researcher at the ongoing Black Hat cybersecurity conference claims that he can access---and even alter---data from the satellite network of Globalstar, which produces communications equipment for clients including the U.S. military. “How big a problem is this?” asks Patrick Tucker of Defense One. “Consider how the military might react if a small private plane appeared to be deviating from its flight path, making a beeline toward the White House. Or how the Navy might react if supertankers in the Strait of Hormuz suddenly vanished. Or how the Army might react if an enemy somehow knew just where to find U.S. soldiers lying in wait.”
Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit ruled in United States v. Graham that“the government conducts a search under the Fourth Amendment when it obtains and inspects a cell phone user’s historical [cell-site location information] for an extended period of time” and “that obtaining such records requires a warrant.” At the Post, Orin Kerr details the multiple circuit splits, which, he suggests, may lead to Supreme Court review.
Parting shot: Estonia recently introduced a program to create digital identities for even non-residents.The Estonian government is now teaming up with Garage48, an NGO, to host an international e-Residency hackathon aimed at developing existing services as well as working prototypes of new ones “in an intense 48 hours of inspiration and hard work.” The event, open to international developers, is set to take place from September 11-13 on Vormsi Island.
ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare
Eric Mill made the argument for why it’s time to encrypt Lawfare.  
Cody explained the Indian and Bangladesh land boundary agreement that ended one of the world's most intractable border disputes.
Cody also offered coverage of President Barack Obama’s address yesterday at American University in which he defended the nuclear deal reached with Iran last month.
Wellstipped us off to the Fourth Circuit’s important decision in United States v. Graham.
Email the Roundup Team noteworthy law and security-related articles to include, and follow us onTwitter and Facebook for additional commentary on these issues. Sign up to receive Lawfarein your inbox. Visit our Events Calendar to learn about upcoming national security events, and check out relevant job openings on our Job Board.
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Russian Cyber Attack Targets Pentagon Email Systems: Officials - NBCNews.com

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... cyberattack" by alleged Russian hackers, U.S. officials told NBC News on Thursday. According to the officials, the intrusion occurred sometime around July 25 and affected about 4,000 military and civilian personnel who work for the Joint Chiefs of ...

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Russia Behind ‘Sophisticated Cyberattack’ on Pentagon Computer System 

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Russia launched a “sophisticated cyber attack” on the Pentagon’s unclassified email system used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
NBC News reported that Russian sources were responsible for the “sophisticated cyber intrusion,” which was carried out around July 25. The Pentagon took the unclassified system offline about two weeks ago, citing suspicious activity.
The hack affected approximately 4,000 military and civilian employees of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who use the system, including Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.
A defense official to the Daily Beast that the cyberattack involved “new and unseen approaches into the network” and was the “most sophisticated” attack of its kind in military history. Officials are investigating if a “state entity” was involved. 
In recent weeks, two high-ranking Pentagon generals tapped by President Obama to hold top posts in the Joint Chiefs of Staff have named Russia as the most significant existential threat to the United States.
U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, nominated by Obama to serve as the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in remarks to the Senate Committee on Armed Services last month labeled Russia, China, and Iran the top three countries posing threats to the United States.
He joined Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, Obama’s choice to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs, in highlighting Russia as the most significant threat to the United States.
“If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I’d have to point to Russia,” Dunford said during his own confirmation hearing before the Armed Services Committee, focusing on Putin’s actions in Ukraine. “If you look at their behavior, it’s nothing short of alarming.”

U.S., Citing Militant Threat, Toughens Requirements in Visa Waiver Program 

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Countries in the program like Britain and France that have many citizens who have traveled to Iraq and Syria will have to allow more American air marshals on flights and step up data sharing.

Pentagon Doesn't Know Status of All of Its Trained Fighters in Syria

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The Pentagon can’t account for some of the Syrian fighters who went through its training program, defense officials said Thursday, nearly a week after the group’s compound came under attack in northern Syria.

Prosecutor: Mexican Suspect Was at Apartment Where 5 Slain - New York Times

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MEXICO CITY — A man suspected in the killings of a Mexican photojournalist and four women has acknowledged being in the apartment where the slayings occurred, Mexico City's top prosecutor said Thursday. Prosecutor Rodolfo Rios told the Televisa ... 
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mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Reuters Obama's choice on Iran deal 'absurd': Senate leader McConnell Reuters WASHINGTON U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected President Barack Obama's...
» McConnell vows full debate on Iran, promises no government shutdown - CNN
06/08/15 16:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. CNN McConnell vows full debate on Iran, promises no government shutdown CNN Washington (CNN) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Thursday to hold a full, comprehensive d...
» Prisoner Surfs Out of Norway’s Most Luxurious Prison
06/08/15 16:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. If you’re familiar with Norway’s Bastoy Prison, you’re likely also aware of its reputation as one of the world’s nicest place to be locked up. Situated on a plus one-square-mi...
» Court Strikes Down Law Barring False Campaign Statements
06/08/15 16:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Massachusetts high court strikes down law that barred false statements in political campaigns
» How do you watch the Republican debate online?
06/08/15 16:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from - World RSS Feed. There are only limited options for watching the Republican debate online.
» Carlos Menem: Argentina's former President on trial for derailing investigation into 1994 bombing of Jewish centre that killed 85 people
06/08/15 16:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from - World RSS Feed. More than 21 years after a bomb ripped through a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, ex-President Carlos Menem, a former top judge and several other officials are on trial for allege...
» Argentine ex-president a no-show at trial over bombing cover-up
06/08/15 16:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Former Argentine President Carlos Menem failed to appear Thursday at the opening of his trial for allegedly conspiring to derail an investigation into the 1994...
» IMU Declares It Is Now Part Of The Islamic State
06/08/15 16:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is not only allied to the Islamic State (IS) group, it now considers itself part of it.
» Russia Destroys Smuggled Western Food, Prompting Public Outcry
06/08/15 16:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russian officials have used a steamroller to crush tons of cheese, fruit, and vegetables -- defying public outrage to begin a controversial effort to destroy Western food...
» 'Crazy, Stupid, Mean': Russia Slammed For Destroying Food Rather Than Feeding Poor
06/08/15 16:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. As Russian authorities began to carry out their threat to crush, burn, and bury banned Western food imports, critics continued to urge them to feed the poor instead.
» Russia Destroys Piles of Banned Western Food
06/08/15 16:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Russian officials ramped up enforcement of a ban instituted a year ago in retaliation for Western sanctions over Ukraine.
» Cecil the lion’s cubs have been adopted by their uncle Jericho
06/08/15 16:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The infant lions have been adopted by their new pride leader, under the watchful eye of their uncle Jericho, in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
» Caught on camera: Cecil the lion's cubs
06/08/15 16:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from itnnews's YouTube Videos. From: itnnews Duration: 01:01 After the international outrage over the story of Cecil the lion, video footage has been released of Cecil's cubs. Report by Asana Greenstreet.
» Russia believed to be behind Pentagon email breach
06/08/15 16:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Home - CBSNews.com. Joint Staff's unclassified system was the victim of a "sophisticated" intrusion in late July
» AI decodes Islamic State strategy
06/08/15 16:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Researchers in the US have used artificial intelligence to better understand the military strategy of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
» APNewsBreak: Email leak suggests Ecuador spied on opposition
06/08/15 16:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 3:14 p.m. EDT. LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Ecuadorean opposition activist Dr. Carlos Figueroa was being pursued by the state when his email and Facebook accounts were hacked. Several dozen of hi...
» The Latest: Officer Testifies About Scene Where Man Was Shot
06/08/15 16:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. The Latest on Charlotte officer's manslaughter trial: Fellow officer questioned about shooting
» White Officer Recovering After Shootout With Black Suspect
06/08/15 16:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Richmond police: White officer recovering after shootout with armed black man who was killed
» In Cyber Security, All Eyes on Car Hacking
06/08/15 16:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. "If you want to own 1.4 million vehicles... that's it," researcher says.
» Health Officials: Child Camping in Yosemite Contracts Plague
06/08/15 16:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Health Officials: Child camping in Yosemite contracts plague, prompting investigation
» Russia Bulldozes Cheese to Mark Sanctions Anniversary
06/08/15 14:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The Russian government launched a brutal crackdown on cheese in a display of culinary nationalism that marked a tightening of a year-old ban on Western agricultural products.
» 4 dead, dozens injured in Gaza blast near house leveled in summer war
06/08/15 14:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. RAFAH, Gaza — Four people were killed and at least 43 injured here Thursday after an explosion near the ruins of a house that...
» Aftermath of Saudi Arabia mosque suicide bombing - video
06/08/15 14:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. Footage from local news outlet Al-Ekhbariya shows Saudi Arabian forensic teams investigating the site of a suicide bombing in Abha. The blast happened in a mosque during ...
» Satellite pictures show Iran may be trying to destroy nuclear evidence
06/08/15 14:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Photos appear to show bulldozer and oil spills at the controversial Parchin military base
» Three Israeli soldiers hurt in suspected drive-by attack in West Bank
06/08/15 14:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Palestinian driver also seriously hurt in incident close to scene of recent arson attack after his car overturns when Israeli forces open fire
» Donald Trump promises not to 'hurt' other Republicans in debate
06/08/15 14:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Larger-than-life Trump's presidential campaign will likely eventually implode, but not before damaging the Republican Party's chances in the national elections, its leaders fear
» Jeb Bush 'called Donald Trump an a******' in private rant
06/08/15 14:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. According to a report Mr Bush made disparaging remarks about his rival for the Republican presidential nomination
» German youth to create new verb 'to Merkel,' meaning to dither or to do nothing
06/08/15 14:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. "Merkeln," a new verb meaning to do nothing or fail to make decisions is to enter the German language
» France, Russia Void Mistral Warship Deal
06/08/15 14:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. France's defense minister announced Thursday that his government reached an agreement with Russia to cancel the contract for the sale of two Mistral-class warships. Jean-Yves Le Drian sai...
» Saudis Reinforce Troops Battling Yemen Houthi Rebels
06/08/15 14:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Saudi Arabia is boosting its efforts to defeat Iranian-backed Houthi insurgents in war-torn Yemen, sending in more heavy weaponry and troops in recent days. One Yemeni military source tol...
» Egypt's Sisi launches nationalist New Suez Canal celebration
06/08/15 14:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt staged a show of international support on Thursday as it inaugurated a major extension of the Suez Canal which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hopes wi...
» Twelve feared killed in Pakistani air ambulance helicopter crash
06/08/15 14:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani military helicopter being used as an air ambulance crashed near the northern district of Mansehra on Thursday, and the 12 people on board wer...
» Looting and violence on the rise in Venezuela supermarkets
06/08/15 14:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan supermarkets are increasingly being targeted by looters as swollen lines and prolonged food shortages spark frustration in the OPEC nation struggling wit...
» Syria's Western-backed opposition due in Moscow next week: source
06/08/15 14:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. MOSCOW (Reuters) - The main Western-backed Syrian opposition, long distrustful of Russia over its backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, is due to visit Moscow next week amid a r...
» U.S. reports 27 air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, Iraq
06/08/15 14:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and it allies conducted 27 air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.
» Shreveport police: Officer shot, killed; manhunt ongoing
06/08/15 14:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 2:14 p.m. EDT. A man who was already wanted in a second-degree murder case is now the key suspect in the shooting death of a Louisiana police officer, authorities said Thursday, as they...
» Pennsylvania attorney general charged in grand jury leak
06/08/15 14:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 2:14 p.m. EDT. NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's attorney general was charged Thursday with leaking secret grand jury information to strike back at her critics, then lying about it...
» 3,302,4373,302,4372015-08-06THE SACRED LION HUNT: Cecil the Lion bronze statue planned, says
06/08/15 14:15 from Mike Nova - Google+
3,302,437 3,302,437 2015-08-06 THE SACRED LION HUNT: Cecil the Lion bronze statue planned, says wildlife group THE SACRED LION HUNT Cecil the Lion bronze statue planned, says wildlife group THE CULT OF STATUS SYMBOLS KILLED CECIL THE SA...
» Robert Conquest: Revealing the horror of Stalin
06/08/15 12:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - Home. The historian Robert Conquest, who has died at the age of 98, is credited by many as the first to reveal the extent of the horror of Joseph Stalin's regime. His books had a powerful effect...
» Menendez: We didn't end Iran's nuclear program, we actually preserved it - YouTube
06/08/15 11:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on Aug 6, 2015 Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) says it doesn't seem possible he could support the Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal. 8/6/15
» Property Losses From N. California Wildfire Nearly Double
06/08/15 11:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The tally of property losses from California's largest and most destructive wildfire this year nearly doubled on Wednesday as the week-old blaze raged through dry scrubland north of Napa ...
» Suspect in latest theater attack had psychological issues
06/08/15 11:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 10 a.m. EDT. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- What initially appeared to be another mass shooting at a movie theater ended up being an attack by a disturbed homeless man who wasn't armed with a...
» Russia Accuses UK Of Diplomatic 'Pressure'
06/08/15 11:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. Britain is choosing to worsen relations by putting "political or psychological pressure" on Russians, according to the ambassador.
» 5 Things to Watch for in First GOP Presidential Debate
06/08/15 11:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. 5 things to watch for in first GOP presidential debate
» Op-Ed Contributors: Seize Upon the Taliban Split
06/08/15 11:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The divisions lend new hope for a long-sought compromise with the moderates backed by the regional powers.
» Cecil the Lion bronze statue planned
06/08/15 11:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Zimbabwe conservation group plans to erect a bronze statue in memory of shot Cecil the lion at the entrance to the park where he lived.
» Poland's Conservative President, Andrzej Duda, Takes Office
06/08/15 11:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Conservative Andrzej Duda was ceremonially sworn in on Thursday as Poland's new president, bringing political change to the top office in this East European nation. In his first speech as...
» Fashionable Sisters Bring New Reality to Lebanon
06/08/15 11:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. The three Abdelaziz sisters have shot to fame and controversy as stars of a pan-Arab reality television series. Just don’t call them the Lebanese Kardashians.
» Iraq's Baathists: From ISIS Allies to Foes
06/08/15 11:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Iraq’s Sunni leaders and some Western diplomats say former Baathists can be enlisted as valuable allies against Islamic State.
» Brazilian President's Approval Rating Falls
06/08/15 11:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s approval rating has slumped into the single digits, reaching a record low, as the country’s economy struggles and a corruption scandal grows.
» Andrzej Duda Sworn In as Poland's New President
06/08/15 11:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Andrzej Duda was sworn in as Poland’s new President, the first move in a broader shift to the right in the European Union’s largest emerging economy.
» Hundreds Missing as Mediterranean Rescue Mission Continues
06/08/15 11:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Rescue workers scoured the sea after a fishing boat carrying as many as 600 migrants, including children, capsized off the coast of Libya, leaving some 200 people feared dead.
» Afghan Air Force Helicopter Crashes, Killing 15 Soldiers, Two Crew
06/08/15 11:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Afghan defense officials say crash of Russian-made transport helicopter in southern Zabul province was caused by a “technical flaw.”
» Russia Marks 1 Year of Sanctions by Destroying Western Food
06/08/15 11:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Russia marks anniversary of its ban on Western food by launching destruction of contraband
» Russian pensioner Tamara Samsonova may have eaten victims
06/08/15 11:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from - World RSS Feed. A Russian pensioner who is being investigated by police over 13 murders may have cannibalised her victims, police have said.
» Israeli policewoman protected by Palestinians as settlers throw rocks at authorities
06/08/15 11:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from - World RSS Feed. A striking photo has surfaced online, of two Palestinian men shielding an Israeli policewoman from being thrown by Israeli settlers, according to reports.
» Egypt Opens New £6bn Suez Canal Waterway
06/08/15 11:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The extension has been dubbed "The Great Egyptian Dream" amid hopes it will turn around the country's economy.
» Search For Freediver Molchanova Called Off
06/08/15 10:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. World champion Natalia Molchanova was diving without fins at a depth of between 30m and 40m off Formentera when she vanished.
» Trump A Wild Card In Republican TV Debate
06/08/15 10:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News. The outspoken billionaire, who labelled Mexican immigrants as "rapists", battles it out with nine other Republican candidates.
» Russia fires up incinerators for contraband food
06/08/15 10:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News. Tonnes of embargoed cheese and fruit squashed, burnt and minced
» Islamist Militants Threaten to Kill Croatian Hostage in Egypt
06/08/15 10:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. A group claiming to be affiliated with the Islamic State group has released a video in which it threatens to behead a Croatian hostage if the Egyptian government does not release Muslim w...
» Lawyer: Government Investigating Device Storage of Clinton Emails
06/08/15 10:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Federal investigators have begun looking into the security of devices on which Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email was stored when she was secretary of state, Clinton's attorney said W...
» Puerto Ricans Face Punishing Drought Amid Economic Slump
06/08/15 10:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Puerto Ricans are learning to live without water on an island that already was suffering an economic crisis.   A severe drought is forcing businesses to temporarily close, public schools ...
» 8 Dead in New York City Legionnaires' Outbreak
06/08/15 10:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. The death toll from the largest outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York City now stands at eight. New York City health officials say 97 people have been diagnosed with the bacterial...
» Israeli President: Netanyahu's Anti-Iran Stance Harming Country
06/08/15 10:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Israel's president suggested on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been overzealous in opposing the Iran nuclear deal, opening a "battlefront" with Washington and isolati...
» The FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton is reportedly criminal - Hot Air
06/08/15 10:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. NewsBusters (blog) The FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton is reportedly criminal Hot Air The FBI's probe into Hillary Clinton's email server security is reportedly a criminal probe. A source...
» FBI Alert For Military Families In Colorado - KKTV 11 News
06/08/15 10:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. KKTV 11 News FBI Alert For Military Families In Colorado KKTV 11 News The FBI has issued a warning to military families following multiple reports of men going to homes trying to get per...
» Dem Senator: ‘We Didn’t End Iran’s Nuclear Program, We Actually Preserved It’
06/08/15 10:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. None
» ‘The FBI Is Not Above The Law’
06/08/15 10:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Daily Caller. 4666405 Sen. Chuck Grassley minced no words in declaring that the federal government’s chief law enforcement agency must follow the law like everybody else. “The FBI is not ab...
» Senators Say FBI Isn't 'Above The...
06/08/15 10:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Google News. Senators Say FBI Isn't 'Above The Law,' Must Stop Obstructing Watchdogs Daily Caller  - ‎10 hours ago‎ Sen. Chuck Grassley minced no words in declaring that the federal govern...
» Islamic State Raids in Macedonia
06/08/15 10:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The XX Committee. Last night, police and intelligence forces in Macedonia raided multiple locations in the small Balkan country, seeking to root out the Islamic State infrastructure that has established a ...
» Obama stonewalls SEAL Team 6 Extortion 17 helicopter crash probe, watchdog says
06/08/15 10:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. The Obama administration is violating a judge's order to turn over documents in the Aug. 6, 2011, shootdown of a U.S. helicopter — call sign Extortion 17 &m...
» Islamic State executes 19 women for refusing to have sex with fighters
06/08/15 10:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. Islamic State militants have executed 19 women who refused to have sex with the fighters, a Kurdish official said. The women were being held hostage in the milita...
» Iran nuclear site shows crates, trucks, construction ahead of U.N. inspection
06/08/15 10:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. New satellite images of an Iranian site thought to be used for work on a nuclear weapon show crates, trucks and construction that may indicate a renewed attempt t...
» INFORMATION WARFARE: Russia Backs The Hack
06/08/15 10:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from StrategyPage.com. None
» Senate confirms Richardson as Navy's next CNO
06/08/15 10:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. The Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Adm. John M. Richardson as the Navy’s 31st chief of naval operations, the service’s top military officer.
» 17 Afghan soldiers reportedly killed in helicopter crash
06/08/15 10:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. An Afghan Air Force helicopter escorting a government delegation went down in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing 17 people on board, according to government officials.
» Suicide Bomber Kills 13 in Attack on a Saudi Arabian Mosque
06/08/15 10:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The blast is the most recent in a series of assaults targeting mosques in the kingdom, with the timing often intended to maximize casualties.
» News Roundup and Notes: August 6, 2015
06/08/15 10:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Just Security. Nadia O'Mara Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. IRAN President Obama took on c...
» LEONARD PITTS, JR.: Gun laws provide easy transition from 'troubled' to ... - Sioux City Journal
06/08/15 10:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from james b. comey - Google News. Tulsa World LEONARD PITTS, JR.: Gun laws provide easy transition from 'troubled' to ... Sioux City Journal "We're all sick this happened," FBI director James B . Comey said. S...
» Mass shootings show the ease of acquiring weapons - Albuquerque Journal
06/08/15 10:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from james b. comey - Google News. Tulsa World Mass shootings show the ease of acquiring weapons Albuquerque Journal “We're all sick this happened,” FBI director James B . Comey said. Sick is the word for it. T...
» FBI investigation of Hillary's emails is 'criminal probe' - New York Post
06/08/15 09:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. New York Post FBI investigation of Hillary's emails is 'criminal probe' New York Post The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's unsecured e-mail accou...
» Senators Say FBI Isn't 'Above The Law,' Must Stop Obstructing Watchdogs - Daily Caller
06/08/15 09:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. Senators Say FBI Isn't 'Above The Law,' Must Stop Obstructing Watchdogs Daily Caller Sen. Chuck Grassley minced no words in declaring that the federal government's chief law enforcement ...
» 3,302,3283,302,3282015-08-05Suspected Gunman Killed at Tennessee Movie Theater | IAEA says it
06/08/15 01:50 from Mike Nova - Google+
3,302,328 3,302,328 2015-08-05 Suspected Gunman Killed at Tennessee Movie Theater | IAEA says it can't give Congress its nuke document with Iran Suspected Gunman Killed at Tennessee Movie Theater IAEA says it can't give Congress its nuke...
» Senate report: IRS' Lerner also targeted Bristol Palin - USA TODAY
05/08/15 19:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. USA TODAY Senate report: IRS' Lerner also targeted Bristol Palin USA TODAY Lois Lerner, the key figure in the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conserv...
» US Senate Finalizes Joint Chiefs Overhaul
05/08/15 19:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. The Senate confirmed the top new military leaders for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps on Wednesday.             
» We simply sit and wait for the next massacre - Clinton Herald
05/08/15 19:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from james b. comey - Google News. We simply sit and wait for the next massacre Clinton Herald “We're all sick this happened,” FBI director James B . Comey said. Sick is the word for it. Thousands of ineligible...
» Three Members of 2012 Presidential Campaign Staff Charged with Concealing ... - Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)
05/08/15 19:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. Three Members of 2012 Presidential Campaign Staff Charged with Concealing ... Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog) Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the ...
» Ukraine’s Antiterrorism Cooperation With Russia
05/08/15 19:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Eurasia Daily Monitor - The Jamestown Foundation. The financial intelligence services of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine have been intensively cooperating to prevent the financing of illegal armed groups, acco...
» Colorado officials: FBI warns that Middle Eastern men intimidating military ... - The Denver Post
05/08/15 19:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. Washington Times Colorado officials: FBI warns that Middle Eastern men intimidating military ... The Denver Post FBI officials issued a warning last month of Middle Eastern men approachi...
» Qatar Backs Turkey Over Bombing Raids In N. Iraq
05/08/15 19:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. DOHA, Qatar — Qatar has broken ranks with the Arab League to give close ally Turkey its full support for airstrikes in northern Iraq, according to an official foreign ministry statemen...
» Iraq War Vet Nominated for Army Undersecretary
05/08/15 19:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. The first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress has been tapped by the White House to serve as new Army Under Secretary.             
» State Department Unaware of Reports Iran is Sanitizing Nuclear Sites
05/08/15 19:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said he was unaware of reports that claim Iran is sanitizing a suspected nuclear site on Wednesday. Bloomberg reported that Congress has rec...
» Trial over alleged FBI frame abruptly dropped - Chicago Tribune
05/08/15 19:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. Chicago Tribune Trial over alleged FBI frame abruptly dropped Chicago Tribune In his opening statement to jurors, Engel's attorney, Jon Loevy, said Engel was the "collateral damage&...
» Heilemann: ‘Having Your Name Start with “FBI Investigates” is Bad’
05/08/15 19:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. None
» McFaul: Russian Enmity Toward U.S. Fueled by Own Weakness
05/08/15 19:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Russia, and the Kremlin in particular, has an unhealthy and misguided obsession with U.S. power and intentions, and this means badly strained relations between Washington and Moscow won...
» US military buildup in Asia is disproportionally huge - Lavrov
05/08/15 19:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Attempts of the United States to create powerful military infrastructure in Asia are unfounded, as Washington is strongly exaggerating the scope of threats existing in the region, Russi...
» Russia backs China over US military buildup in Asia
05/08/15 19:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Russia has sided with China in the wake of the rising threat of the "disproportionally huge" US military buildup in Asia.
» Russia Will Reuse Mistral Communication Systems on Other Vessels
05/08/15 19:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Russia-produced communication systems, installed on the Mistral-class helicopter carriers that France refused to deliver, could be used on other Russian Navy vessels instead, a military...
» Syria's Oil Industry Largely Destroyed
05/08/15 19:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Syria's oil industry, like most of its industries, is in a state of collapse. And even recent gains, according to analysts, won't come close to bringing it back.
» Turkey appoints new army chief amid military campaign
05/08/15 19:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Turkey has chosen a new army chief amid the country's military offensive against the purported positions of the ISIL terror group as well as militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (P...
» Russia-China joint military drills to help counter new threats, challenges - FM
05/08/15 19:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Joint military exercises carried out by Russia and China will help to confront new international threats and challenges, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with...
» Japan Expresses 'Serious Concern' Over US Spying Reports
05/08/15 19:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed 'serious concern' over allegations the United States spied on senior Japanese government and business officials.
» NATO Says 8 Aircraft 'Currently Sufficient' to Protect Baltic Airspace
05/08/15 19:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. NATO estimates that reducing its air patrols over the Baltic states in half would be appropriate for the current level of threat, a NATO official told Sputnik on Tuesday.
» Done Deal: Putin, Hollande Reach Agreement Over Mistral Cancellation
05/08/15 19:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Moscow considers the issue of Mistral contract to be fully settled, according to the Kremlin's statement.
» Group of Russian Black Sea Fleet ships enters Mediterranean
05/08/15 19:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. A group of warships of Russia's Black Sea Fleet (BSF) led by the Moskva missile cruiser has passed the Strait of Gibraltar and cast anchor at the Spanish port of Ceuta, BSF spokesman Ca...
» Nicaragua May Purchase Russian T-72 Tanks
05/08/15 19:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. Juan Ernesto Vasquez Araya, the Nicaraguan ambassador to Russia, said that Nicaragua wants to purchase Russian-made T-72 tanks instead of T-55 tanks that are currently used by Nicaragua...
» US Navy: Iranian Frigate Approaches Ship, Points Weapons
05/08/15 19:17 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from GlobalSecurity.org. An Iranian frigate approached a coalition auxiliary ship in the Gulf of Aden late last month and pointed its weapons at the vessel and a U.S. Navy helicopter, a U.S. military official s...
» Russian Police Nab Man Suspected of Killing His 6 Children
05/08/15 19:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Russian police have arrested a man suspected of killing and dismembering his six young children along with his wife and mother. The suspect, Oleg Belov, was wounded by police gunfire whil...
» Ruben Espinosa murder case: suspect arrested in relation to killings in Mexico
05/08/15 19:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Two other suspects connected to brutal deaths of photojournalist, his social activist friend, her two roommates and housekeeper on Friday remain at large A man has been arrest...
» Sheriff: Man Arrested for Noises Near Camp Shelby; Still Investigating Whether It Was Gunfire
05/08/15 18:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Sheriff: Man arrested for noises near Camp Shelby; still investigating whether it was gunfire
» New horror at the movies: Man with axe goes berserk
05/08/15 18:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Home - CBSNews.com. Police say an axe-wielding man in a surgical mask sprayed a Tenn. theater with some chemical and was killed in a shootout with officers
» After years of scandal, LA jails get federal oversight, sweeping reforms - Los Angeles Times
05/08/15 16:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi aclu report - Google News. Los Angeles Times After years of scandal, LA jails get federal oversight, sweeping reforms Los Angeles Times Capping years of scandal, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Depart...
» IAEA says it can't give Congress its nuke document with Iran
05/08/15 16:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite harsh criticism from GOP senators, the head of the U.N's International Atomic Energy Agency said Wednesday that he cannot give Congress ...
» CA4: Accessing Cell Site Data Without a Warrant Violates Fourth Amendment
05/08/15 16:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Lawfare - Hard National Security Choices. Earlier today, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit handed down its quite important decision in  United States v. Graham.  The gist of the two-judge majority ...
» Chinese cyber espionage group caught hacking defense, industrial base - CNN International
05/08/15 16:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. CNN International Chinese cyber espionage group caught hacking defense, industrial base CNN International "I liken them a bit to a drunk burglar," FBI Director James ...
» Hollande, Putin Reach Accord on Canceled Warship Deal
05/08/15 16:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. French President Francois Hollande's office said Wednesday he had reached an agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on compensation for failing to deliver two Mistral wa...
» Russia Claims North Pole for Itself, Plants Titanium Russian Flag on Floor of Arctic Ocean
05/08/15 16:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Russia formally staked its claim Tuesday to a large portion of the Arctic Ocean that includes the North Pole, even planting a flag on the floor of the ocean below the area to exerci...
» Iran Warns of ‘Third World War’
05/08/15 16:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. A senior Iranian official on Wednesday warned of an impending “third world war” that will be sparked by terrorists, according to regional reports. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the chai...
» Senator Cornyn Introduces Mental Health And Safe Communities Act - Daily Caller
05/08/15 16:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. Senator Cornyn Introduces Mental Health And Safe Communities Act Daily Caller WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) will introduce legislation designed to enhance t...
» UNHCR: Probably 600 or 700 migrants on board capsized Libya fishing boat - video
05/08/15 16:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news + Video | The Guardian. Melissa Fleming, from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, says it is worrying to hear that as many as 600 or 700 people were packed on board a boat that ca...
» Sarkozy faces 'bling-bling' backlash for stay in luxury Corsican holiday 'shepherd's hut'
05/08/15 16:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Nicolas Sarkozy's "bling-bling" past comes back to haunt him over claims he paid a small fortune for a holiday in Corsica with his wife Carla and their child Giulia in a luxury beachfront domai...
» Expert: Homeless Man Was Turning Away When Shot by Police
05/08/15 16:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Expert: Homeless man was turning away when shot by New Mexico police now charged with murder
» Departing German Prosecutor Defends Treason Inquiry Against Bloggers
05/08/15 16:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. The prosecutor was forced to retire after it was revealed that he had been investigating two journalists who wrote about plans to increase digital surveillance.
» Police report person with gun at Nashville theater - Reuters
05/08/15 16:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. New York Daily News Police report person with gun at Nashville theater Reuters Police in Nashville, Tennessee, responded on Wednesday to a report of a person with a gun at a movi...
» France, Russia Terminate Warship Contract
05/08/15 16:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. France and Russia have agreed to terminate a contract to supply the Russian navy with two warships whose delivery had been put on hold amid the conflict in Ukraine.
» Tehran’s Triumph of the Nil
05/08/15 16:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. President Obama made about as sound a case as could be made on Wednesday for Congressional approval of the nuclear deal with Iran. It was a nice stroke to borrow both the venue and the logic of John ...
» Obama accuses Iran deal opponents of luring Congress toward Middle East war
05/08/15 16:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. In a speech on Wednesday, the president warned against heeding the ‘drumbeat of war’, saying the Iran deal’s dissenters also argued for war in Iraq Barack Obama turned his opp...
» The Latest: Report of shots fired at Nashville-area theater
05/08/15 16:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 3:41 p.m. EDT. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The latest on reports of shots fired at a movie theater in Antioch, a suburb southeast of Nashville, Tennessee (all times local):...
» Kremlin Says France Returns Money For Canceled Warship Deal
05/08/15 16:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The Kremlin says France has paid compensation for a canceled contract for the delivery of two Mistral-class warships to Russia.
» Police: Suspect Wielding Hatchet, Gun Dead at Movie Theater
05/08/15 16:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Police: Suspect wielding hatchet, gun dead after exchanging gunfire with SWAT team at theater
» Suspected Gunman Killed at Tennessee Movie Theater
05/08/15 16:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Police confirmed a suspect had died.
» 'Gunman' dead in US cinema shooting
05/08/15 16:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. A suspected gunman is killed by police after a shooting at a cinema in suburban Nashville, Tennessee.
» Military issues to watch for in Thursday's GOP debate - Military Times
05/08/15 14:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. Military Times Military issues to watch for in Thursday's GOP debate Military Times Thursday's first presidential debate in Cleveland will offer Republican voters the first loo...
» Army to open all occupation specialties to women – except for one
05/08/15 14:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. The Army intends to open all but one field artillery military occupation specialty – 13F fire support specialist – to female soldiers, a move that would cover 21,000 previously male-only...
» The Legal Problems with Cyber War Are Much Bigger Than You Think - Defense One
05/08/15 14:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. Defense One The Legal Problems with Cyber War Are Much Bigger Than You Think Defense One No simple task, given that the UN rules were drawn up seven decades ago by countries se...
» White House rejects new GOP call to disclose 'secret' Iran nuke agreements
05/08/15 14:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. The White House said Tuesday the administration has given Congress all available documents on the Iran nuclear deal, brushing aside renewed calls from Republican ...
» 2 airmen killed during parachute training in Florida
05/08/15 14:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) - Air Force officials say a second service member has died following a parachute training accident in the Florida Panhandle. The A...
» Drone flies into glass pane at Great American Tower
05/08/15 14:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. CINCINNATI (AP) - A drone was responsible for causing damage to a downtown Cincinnati skyscraper when it struck and broke a glass window that fell on top of the b...
» Russia demanding ownership of the North Pole
05/08/15 14:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. Russia, while still digesting its meal of Crimea, is taking another bite at expanding its sovereignty by laying claim Tuesday to the North Pole and a large area o...
» FBI alert: Middle Eastern men intimidating military families in Colorado, Wyoming
05/08/15 14:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. The FBI has issued an alert to all law enforcement agencies in Colorado and Wyoming, warning them to be on the lookout for suspicious Middle Eastern men that have...
» The Five Fatal Flaws In The Iran Deal
05/08/15 14:25 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. Ambassador Robert Joseph offered a scathing review of President Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement in a testimony he delivered on Tuesday in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Commit...
» NATO: Fewer fighters needed to patrol Baltic airspace
05/08/15 14:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. Beginning in September, the number of NATO aircraft taking part in air policing missions over the Baltics — where alliance jets are routinely scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft — wi...
» Poland's president-elect wants NATO bases, talks on Ukraine
05/08/15 14:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. Poland's president-elect, who takes office on Thursday, says he wants to see NATO bases in Poland and will talk to European Union partners about including Poland in Ukraine peace talks.
» Gaddafi’s spy chief could be executed before revealing Libya’s terror past
05/08/15 14:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from intelNews.org. A group of American, British and Irish citizens are pressuring their respective governments to prevent the impending execution of Libya’s former intelligence strongman. Abdullah al-Senussi, ...
» ISIS: 1 Year Later
05/08/15 14:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from In Homeland Security. By John Ubaldi Contributor, In Homeland Security It began one year ago when President Barack Obama ordered U.S. military strikes against ISIS to protect civilians from the onslaught o...
» Lone Wolf Attacks and Leaderless Resistance
05/08/15 14:19 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from In Homeland Security. By Dr. William Hanson AMU's Faculty Member, School of Security and Global Studies Government figures, along with other commentators, have warned of the potential for “lone wolf” terro...
» FBI alert: Middle Eastern men intimidating military families in Colorado, Wyoming - Washington Times
05/08/15 14:16 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. Washington Times FBI alert: Middle Eastern men intimidating military families in Colorado, Wyoming Washington Times The FBI has issued an alert to all law enforcement agencies in Colorad...
» FBI says that citizens should have no secrets that the government ...
05/08/15 14:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google Blog Search. FBI says that citizens should have no secrets that the government can't access: the Orwellian cyber police state has arrived.
» Top US Military Cyber Leaders Convene
05/08/15 14:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency Adm.
» NATO Halves Baltic Air Policing Mission
05/08/15 14:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. NATO on Tuesday said that from September it will reduce its air patrols over the Baltic states, which it stepped up amid concern over Russia's activity in the region.     ...
» News flash for Obama: With or without a nuclear deal, Hizballah’s Iranian missiles threaten Tel Aviv
05/08/15 14:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. August 5, 2015, 1:07 PM (IDT) President Barack Obama missed the point by warning the 22 Jewish leaders invited to the White House Tuesday, Aug. 3, that if Congress strikes down the Iranian nucle...
» Top military cyber leaders convene for conference - Marine Corps Times
05/08/15 14:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. Marine Corps Times Top military cyber leaders convene for conference Marine Corps Times Just weeks after millions of Americans were affected by the largest data breach in U.S. ...
» Giant swarm of locusts sparks state of emergency in southern Russia
05/08/15 14:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The swarm - which includes insects 'the size of small sparrows' - have eaten their way through vast swathes of the corn fields in the Stavropol region of Russia.
» Isil loyalists threatens to kill Croatian hostage in 48 hours in new video
05/08/15 14:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Man identified as Tomislav Salopek, 30, is shown kneeling next to a knife-wielding militant in the video
» Vandals spray paint 'lion killer' on the vacation home of dentist who killed Cecil the lion
05/08/15 14:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from - World RSS Feed. Protesters have targeted the Florida vacation home of Walter J. Palmer, the dentist who poached the famed Cecil the lion.
» Terror Victims' Suit Targets Part of Iran Deal
05/08/15 14:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. A group of American terrorism victims filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a federal judge to stop the U.S. from releasing billions of dollars in Iranian assets as part of the Obama admini...
» Cannabis companies apply to deliver by drone
05/08/15 14:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. In San Francisco cannabis delivery services want to send drones laden with drugs to customers' doorsteps
» China Official Says Island-Building Has Stopped in Disputed Seas
05/08/15 14:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. China’s foreign minister said Beijing had halted land-reclamation efforts in the disputed South China Sea, in an attempt to smooth tensions with its territorial rivals but one that was...
» Russian crane driver is killed when his vehicle bursts into flames
05/08/15 14:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The crane driver had been moving material from a block of flats in Krasnoyarsk, in central Russia's Krasnoyarsk Krai region, when it caught the overhead cable and burst into flames.
» ISIS threatens to kill Croatian Tomislav Salopek in Egypt in latest video
05/08/15 14:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. The video, which was shared on Wednesday by Islamic State sympathisers, shows a man wearing a yellow jumpsuit kneeling before a knife-wielding masked man in military fatigues.
» Locust Invasion - YouTube
05/08/15 13:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Published on Jul 30, 2015 Achikulak, Russia A swarm of Locusts invades Achikulak, Russia.
» Hiroshima: 70 Years After the Bomb
05/08/15 13:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Koko Tanimoto Kondo was just a baby on Aug. 6, 1945, when her father’s church in Hiroshima crumbled around her. For decades, she has told her story to remind society of the horrors of ...
» 2015-08-05Russia, and the Kremlin in particular, has an unhealthy and misguided
05/08/15 13:36 from Mike Nova - Google+
2015-08-05 Russia, and the Kremlin in particular, has an unhealthy and misguided obsession with U.S. power and intentions, former U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul told RFE/RL in an interview. McFaul: Russian Enmity Toward U.S. Fueled by Ow...
» Casualty figures in Afghanistan for first half of year highest since 2009
05/08/15 13:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post. KABUL — Civilian deaths and injuries from the Afghan conflict remained at “record high levels” during the first half of this ...
» Liquefied Natural Gas Makes Qatar an Energy Giant
05/08/15 13:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. A rich natural gas field and a fleet of ships has turned Qatar, once a poor nation of fishers and pearl divers, into a major player in the global energy trade.
» Russia anger at UK over visa delays
05/08/15 13:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World News. Ambassador accuses London of deliberately delaying visas for embassy staff
» The Latest: More Homes Razed by Northern California Wildfire - ABC News
05/08/15 13:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Latest: More Homes Razed by Northern California Wildfire ABC News The latest on wildfires burning in California (all times local): 8:45 a.m.. At least 39 homes and 52 outbuil...
» Former First Lady of South Korea Visits Pyongyang in Good-will Trip - New York Times
05/08/15 13:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. New York Times Former First Lady of South Korea Visits Pyongyang in Good-will Trip New York Times SEOUL, South Korea — The 92-year-old widow of Kim Dae-jung, the late South Korea...
» Triple Homicide Investigated as Ritualistic Killing - ABC News
05/08/15 13:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. New York Daily News WIAT 42 Triple Homicide Investigated as Ritualistic Killing ABC News Florida authorities are investigating whether a triple homicide was committed as part of ...
» Natalia Molchanova: world's 'greatest free-diver' feared dead - The Guardian
05/08/15 13:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Guardian Natalia Molchanova: world's 'greatest free-diver' feared dead The Guardian The woman considered one of the greatest free divers of all time is feared dead after she ...
» Two Special Ops Airmen Killed During Free-Fall Training in Florida - NBCNews.com
05/08/15 13:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. NBCNews.com Two Special Ops Airmen Killed During Free-Fall Training in Florida NBCNews.com A two-time recipient of the Bronze Star was among two U.S. special operations airmen ki...
» Small Washington town evacuated as wildfire advances, crews fight to save homes - Fox News
05/08/15 13:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. CBS News Small Washington town evacuated as wildfire advances, crews fight to save homes Fox News ROOSEVELT, Wash. – A wildfire burning near the Oregon border has forced the evac...
» Pakistan Official Hopes Kabul-Taliban Talks to Resume Soon - New York Times
05/08/15 13:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. The Express Tribune Pakistan Official Hopes Kabul-Taliban Talks to Resume Soon New York Times ISLAMABAD — A close aide of Pakistan's prime minster says he is optimistic the stall...
» Amid High-Profile Missing-Prisoner Case, Russian Lawmakers Crack Down On 'Double' Game
05/08/15 13:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The reported sighting in Moscow of a former Defense Ministry official who was supposed to be serving a five-year sentence for corruption has spurred speculation that she ...
» Hundreds of Migrants Rescued After Boat Capsizes Off Libya
05/08/15 13:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Rescuers saved 400 people, though 25 died when the boat overturned, and another hundred were feared to have drowned, Italian officials said.
» By banning my book, Russia is deluding itself about its past | Antony Beevor
05/08/15 13:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. Denying historical facts is wrong, whether they concern the Holocaust or Red Army atrocities Over the past 24 hours I have been receiving slightly ironic congratulations by em...
» Saif al-Islam Gaddafi: the prophet of his own doom
05/08/15 13:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Network Front | The Guardian. As the heir apparent to his dictator father, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi led a charmed life, keeping pet tigers and speaking at Davos. Now a court in Libya has sentenced him to deat...
» Automakers trying to prevent hackers from commandeering cars
05/08/15 13:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top Headlines At 1:17 p.m. EDT. DETROIT (AP) -- When researchers at two West Coast universities took control of a General Motors car through cellular and Bluetooth connections in 2010, they startled the...
» Russian Investigators Summon Ex-Oil Tycoon's Father
05/08/15 13:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Russian investigators summon former oil tycoon's father for questioning in 1998 murder case
» US Offers $5M for Information on Escaped Mexico Drug Kingpin
05/08/15 13:23 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. US government offers $5 million reward in hunt for escaped Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo'
» Could your genes dictate your political leaning?
05/08/15 13:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Study finds robust link between the presence (or not) of a gene variant and a split between liberals inclined to decry inequality, on the one hand, and die-hard conservative wary of change
» Video: Islamic State Threatens to Kill Croatian in Egypt - New York Times
05/08/15 13:15 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. The Indian Express New York Post Video: Islamic State Threatens to Kill Croatian in Egypt New York Times CAIRO — A purported Islamic State group video released Wednesday threatened to ...
» 18 Turkish Journalists Face Prison for 'Terror Propaganda'
05/08/15 13:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Turkish prosecutors are seeking sentences of up to seven and a half years in prison for 18 journalists they accuse of engaging in terror propaganda for publishing photos showing a militan...
» Watch Millions of Locusts Cause Biblical Devastation in Southern Russia
05/08/15 13:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TIME. Massive swarms of locusts in southern Russia are invading farmlands, destroying crops and devastating farmer’s livelihoods. Russia’s Agricultural Ministry has declared a state of emergenc...
» AP Top News at 7:55 a.m. EDT
05/08/15 13:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from TheUnion local.com | TheUnion.com. AP Top News at 7:55 a.m. EDT Obama: Iran vote most important foreign issue since Iraq war WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is depicting a looming congressional vo...
» Islamic State Egypt-affiliate threaten to kill Croatian hostage in 48 hours: video
05/08/15 13:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. CAIRO (Reuters) - An online video, purportedly from Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, showed on Wednesday a Croatian hostage who said the group would kill him in 48 hours if Muslim wome...
» Russian Police Detain Man Suspected Of Killing Wife, Six Children
05/08/15 13:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A man suspected of massacring and dismembering his six children and pregnant wife in the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod has been detained in the Vladimir region in central...
» Kremlin Downplays OSCE Report Of Russian Troops In Eastern Ukraine
05/08/15 13:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The Kremlin on August 4 played down a report by OSCE monitors who found an armed man in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine who identified himself and a group of unifor...
» 'Shelling Every Day' In Donbas Trenches
05/08/15 13:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Talks in Minsk aimed at a pullback of weapons from the front lines in frontlines eastern Ukraine have remained at an impasse. That's unlikely to surprise the men of the U...
» At Least 12 Killed In Russian Bus Collision
05/08/15 13:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Two buses have collided in Russia's Far East, killing at least 12 people.
» Top Russian Free Diver Missing In Spanish Waters
05/08/15 13:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russian free diver Natalia Molchanova remains missing three days after she went on a recreational dive off Spain's Balearic Islands and never resurfaced.
» Central Asian Neighbors Seek Calm After Border Violence
05/08/15 13:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have deployed troops and dispatched officials to a volatile frontier region where two days of violence highlighted combustive tensions in the bo...
» Russian Enmity Toward U.S. Fueled by Own Weakness
05/08/15 12:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. R ussia, and the Kremlin in particular, has an unhealthy and misguided obsession with U.S. power and intentions, and this means badly strained relations between Washingto...
» Khodorkovsky Says Elderly Father To Be Questioned In Russian Mayor's Killing
05/08/15 12:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky says Russian investigators are seeking to question his father in connection with the 1998 killing of a Siberian mayor that Pres...
» Death Toll In North Caucasus Fighting Continues To Fall
05/08/15 12:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The number of people killed and injured during the first six months of this year in fighting in the North Caucasus between police and security forces and the Islamic insu...
» Former First Lady of South Korea Visits Pyongyang in Good-will Trip
05/08/15 12:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Lee Hee-ho, whose late husband championed reconciliation, was not carrying any official message, but her delegation hoped the visit would inspire more dialogue.
» Turkey’s Push Into War Is Seen as Erdogan’s Political Strategy
05/08/15 12:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Analysts say that by resuming an armed struggle with the Kurds, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is setting the stage for snap elections so his party can regain control of Parliament.
» Battle against IS 'soon' - Turkey
05/08/15 12:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Turkey announces plans to escalate attacks on Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria, in an operation co-ordinated with the US.
» US 'witchcraft' murders investigated
05/08/15 12:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Florida authorities are calling a recent triple murder in Pensacola a "ritualistic killing" and believe the suspect had ties to witchcraft.
» Triple Homicide Investigated as Ritualistic Killing
05/08/15 12:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Sheriff: Homicides in Florida being investigated as ritualistic killings linked to blue moon
» Remote, Rugged Area Strains California Manhunt After Attacks
05/08/15 12:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Remote, rugged area strains California manhunt after kidnapping, killing, attack on deputies
» Free Diver Natalia Molchanova Remains Missing off Spain
05/08/15 12:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Free diver Natalia Molchanova remains missing 2 days after dive off Spain's Formentera island
» Vandals Attack Vacation Home of Dentist Who Killed Cecil
05/08/15 12:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Vandals scrawl 'lion killer' on garage door of vacation home owned by dentist who killed Cecil
» Report: Mansion Fire That Killed 6 Accidental
05/08/15 12:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Federal investigators conclude Christmas tree fire that killed 6 was accidental
» Turkey Rejects Arab League Criticism of Airstrikes in Iraq
05/08/15 12:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Turkey rejects Arab League chief's criticism of airstrikes in Iraq
» Puerto Rico Extends Water Restrictions as Drought Worsens
05/08/15 12:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Drought worsens in Puerto Rico; government extends severe water restrictions
» Ukraine Argues for US Weapons During Pelosi's Visit to Kiev
05/08/15 12:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ABC News: Top Stories. Ukraine argues for US weapons as Nancy Pelosi leads congressional delegation to Kiev