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    New 9/11 Conspiracy? NSA Whistleblowers say Agency Kept Tabs on Attackers

    New revelations about the National Security Agency’s ability to track phone calls in pre-9/11 America are raising the specter of a massive government cover-up. One that could have been used to hide intelligence failures, and fuel arguments for mass domestic spying. In 2000, Khalid al-Mihdhar was living in San Diego. One year later, he would

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    Eye-scanning tech used to track terrorists adapted to help find missing children

    A technology developed for identifying terrorists is being adapted to help find missing children. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed high-resolution cameras they hope to place at major checkpoints — like airports — to scan a person’s iris from 40 feet away. “Physical appearances can be altered, but no two irises are the same,”

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    Moroccan man dies trying to reach Spain in suitcase

    A Moroccan man suffocated while being smuggled to Spain in a suitcase stowed in the boot of a car, the Spanish government said on Monday. The 27-year-old man, whose name was not made public, was found dead after the car arrived at the port of Almeria on a ferry from Melilla, a Spanish enclave in

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    Giant Minion escapes to cause road incident in Dublin

    A Dublin city councillor has referred an escaped Minion to the planning authorities. The giant inflatable character, more than 10 metres high, came loose from its moorings on the Swords Road and fell into oncoming traffic clipping the wings of a car. The accident happened on Monday afternoon during a particularly windy spell. The Minion,

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    U.S. drops atomic bombs on Japan in 1945: How AP reported it

    One on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the first and only time nuclear weapons have been used. Their unprecedented destructive power incinerated buildings and people and left lifelong physical and psychological scars on survivors and on the cities themselves. “Practically all living things, human and animal, were literally seared to death,” an AP story reported. A

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    Video with shocking admission of ‘born alive’ babies scares Planned Parenthood

    The pro-reproductive health group Planned Parenthood is already “very scared” of an unreleased video that may further expose how it profits from aborted or even “born alive” babies, the man behind the exposè said. David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress, who led the undercover investigation on Planned Parenthood, said the group made a

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    Ohio State marching band’s Nazi song draws Jewish ire

    Jewish organizations are livid following reports that members of Ohio State University’s marching band, one of the most famous in college football, published a satirical songbook containing lyrics making fun of Jews being murdered in concentration camps. Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center issued scathing condemnations on Sunday after The Wall Street

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    Why is the US still using a Nazi tall ship?

    The Eagle was built by the Nazis and fought for Hitler in World War Two – so how did a tall ship that once flew the swastika end up as a training vessel for new US Coast Guard cadets? Driving home along the coast of Connecticut one winter’s evening, Tido Holtkamp saw a ghost. There

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    Huckabee at pro-life event: Nation needs to get ‘on its knees and repent’

    Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee told a group of evangelical and social conservatives on Friday that the economy and security are national concerns but the country can’t get back on its feet “until it first gets on its knees and repents” to God over its moral failings. The former Arkansas governor also used his appearance

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    Russian police detain LGBT rights activists in St Petersburg on Russian military holiday

    Russian police in St. Petersburg have briefly detained several LGBT activists, who held pickets in defence of equal rights on a Russian military holiday. Police on Sunday rounded up Yuri Gavrikov, the leader of a LGBT rights group, as he left his home to hold a one-man picket in front of the renowned Hermitage Museum.

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    Russia may ban ‘gay emojis’ from social media under propaganda law

    Russia may forbid ‘gay emojis’ from social media after claims that the icons are illegal under tough laws about homosexual ‘propaganda’. The country’s Izvestia newspaper has carried reports that a probe into emojis has begun after a complaint from a senator, Mikhail Marchenko. They report that he believes the ’emojis’, which show smiley-faced same sex

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  • Ted Osius, U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, left, stands next to his husband Clayton Bond during the 20th anniversary gala celebration of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam at a Marriott International Inc. hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Since his December arrival in Vietnam, U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius has become one of the most prominent gay figures in the Southeast Asian country. Photographer: Le Duc Tho via Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Ted Osius; Clayton Bond
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    Meet Vietnam’s Gay Power Couple: U.S. Ambassador and His Husband

    Since their December arrival in Vietnam, U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius and his husband have become the most prominent gay couple in the Southeast Asian country. Osius and Clayton Bond landed with their toddler son shortly before the government abolished its ban on same-sex marriage. Now the couple, who recently adopted an infant girl, find themselves

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    ‘So-called progress': U.S. admits ISIL is just as strong as when bombing campaign began a year ago

    Almost a year after the United States began its multi-billion-dollar military campaign to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the jihadist group shows no signs of weakening, according to U.S. intelligence agencies. Its hold on social media and flow of oil revenue means it can draw on a steady stream of recruits

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    Massive sand storm swallows Amman, flights diverted to Ben Gurion

    The extreme heat felt throughout Israel on Sunday is affecting the entire region as a whole, with one of the weather’s hardest hit victims being Israel’s neighbor to the east, Jordan. The strong winds whipping across the kingdom’s desert plains caused massive sand storms, forcing changes in the country’s air traffic patterns. The storm prevented

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    Iranian Official: Senate Cannot Review Our Agreement with IAEA

    Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Reza Najafi, on Saturday voiced his objection to the United States Senate’s demand to be briefed about the contents of the recently signed roadmap of cooperation between Tehran and the IAEA, reports the semi-official Fars news agency. Najafi warned the UN nuclear watchdog to avoid disclosing its

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    Iran’s president says nuclear deal achieves goals

    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says his country achieved its main goals in the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers last month. In a national address late Sunday, he says the accord recognizes Iran’s right to enrich uranium and lifts international sanctions. He says negotiations between Iran and the six-nation group — the US, Russia,

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    Greek banks to be subjected to stress tests amid fears over capital levels

    Attention will be focused on Greece’s embattled banks on Monday when the Athens stock exchange reopens after an absence of nearly a month because of the country’s debt crisis. The banks are in a vulnerable position owing to outflows of billions of euros (dollars) from deposits over the past six months. Some €40bn (£28bn) has

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    Allen West: Navy to prosecute Chattanooga hero

    According to former congressman and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West, the U.S. Navy has decided to bring charges against the naval officer who fired his personal weapon at Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez during the ISIS supporter’s July 16 attack on Abdulazeez, armed with a handgun and an assault rifle, killed four Marines and one

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    Using Windows 10? Microsoft Is Watching

    More than 14 million devices are already running Microsoft’s Windows 10 after its global launch on Wednesday, but it’s unclear how many of their users read the company’s Privacy Policy and Service Agreement before downloading. Tucked away in the 45 pages’ worth of terms and conditions (effective August 1) is a substantial power grab: The

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    Obama climate change plan to kill jobs, raise electric bills; could pose health risk

    President Obama argues that his policies will result in cleaner air and will mitigate the effects of climate change, but unintended consequences of the administration’s environmental agenda seem all but certain — possibly even including higher mortality rates across the country, according to at least one scholar. Key pieces of Mr. Obama’s environmental plan, including

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