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Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe

February 27, 2015
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Danville Register & Bee    

"Investigators say they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal. But they don't know if any of them are new. The emails were to and from Lois Lerner, who used to head the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner's emails when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011." (02/26/15)

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Turkey: Former police chief detained over journalist’s killing

February 27, 2015
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Idaho Press-Tribune    

"Turkey's state-run news agency says a former police intelligence chief has been detained as part of an investigation into negligence by officials in the 2007 murder of an ethnic Armenian journalist. Anadolu Agency says Ramazan Akyurek was detained Thursday in Ankara for the death of Hrant Dink." (02/26/15)

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Spain: Government to deport 34 members of violent street gangs

February 27, 2015
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Idaho Press-Tribune    

"Spain says it plans to deport 34 top members of violent Latin American street gangs operating in the Spanish capital. The Interior Ministry delegate for Madrid, Cristina Cifuentes, said the expulsions aim to prevent gangs like the Netas or the Latin Kings from getting a foothold in the city. In a statement, Cifuentes said the 34 belong to five gangs. Details of their nationalities were not available." (02/26/15)

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UK: Leaked document reveals attempt to recruit North Korean spy

February 27, 2015
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Knoxville Times    

"British spy agency MI6 wanted to recruit a North Korean asset with the help of South Africa to collect top-secret information on the secretive communist country's nuclear programme, according to a series of leaked diplomatic cables. The spy agency offered a potential asset a 'long term clandestine relationship in return for payment' but never heard back from him after a first meeting to discuss the possibility of working for MI6 also known as Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)." (02/26/15)

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UN: North Korean company renames ships to evade sanctions

February 26, 2015
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Billings Gazette    

"A North Korean shipping company that famously tried to hide fighter jets under a cargo of sugar later sought to evade U.N. sanctions by renaming most of its vessels, a new report says. The effort by Pyongyang-headquartered Ocean Maritime Management Company, Ltd. is detailed in the report by a panel of experts that monitors sanctions on North Korea." (02/25/15)

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Argentina: Congress OKs deal with China on satellite station

February 25, 2015
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ABC News    

"Argentina's Congress on Wednesday approved the installation of a Chinese satellite tracking station in the South American country's Patagonia region. The measure passed in the lower house with 133 votes in favor and 107 against. Opposition lawmakers questioned the possible military use of the base and a tax exemption that will benefit the station for 50 years." (02/25/15)

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Congo: Army launches offensive against rebels in South Kivu

February 25, 2015
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"Congo's army launched its offensive against rebels early Tuesday in South Kivu as residents told a United Nations-backed radio station that gunfire could be heard. Soldiers deployed to the region found members of the Rwandan Hutu rebel group, known by its French acronym FDLR, and clashes broke out in the towns of Kuvuye and Mulindi, Radio Okapi reported." (02/24/15)

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Brazil: Authorities detains alleged deforestation king of Amazon

February 25, 2015
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Fort Dodge Messenger    

"Brazil has detained a land-grabber thought to be the Amazon's single biggest deforester, the country's environmental protection agency said. The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources said Ezequiel Antonio Castanha, who was detained Saturday in the state of Para, operated a network that illegally seized federal lands, clear-cut them and sold them to cattle grazers." (02/24/15)

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Turkey: Two reconnaissance planes crash; four pilots killed

February 24, 2015
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Roanoke Times World    

"Turkey's military says two of its RF-4E reconnaissance planes have crashed in central Turkey, killing all four pilots on board. The military says the aircraft disappeared off the radar Tuesday evening about an hour after taking off from the Malatya military air base. The wreckages were discovered in the town of Akcadag, in Malatya province." (02/24/15)

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Jamaica: Lawmakers pass act decriminalizing small amounts of pot

February 24, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Jamaica lawmakers have passed an act to decriminalize small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island. The drug has long been culturally entrenched but illegal in the Caribbean nation." (02/24/15)

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US jury: Arab Palestinian authorities to blame for terror attacks

February 24, 2015
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority backed a series of terrorist attacks in the early 2000s in Israel that killed or wounded several Americans, a U.S. jury found Monday in awarding hundreds of millions of dollars in damages at a high-stakes civil trial. In finding the Palestinian entities liable in the attacks, jurors awarded the victims $218.5 million in damages for the bloodshed in attacks that killed 33 people and wounded hundreds more – damages their lawyers said would automatically be tripled under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act." (02/23/15)

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Greece: Government faces dissension over bailout proposals

February 24, 2015
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CBC [Canadian state media]    

"Greece will present a list of proposed reforms to debt inspectors on Monday to get final approval for an extension to its rescue loans. But already the government was facing dissent within its ruling party over claims it is backtracking on its promise to ease budget cuts for the recession-battered Greeks." (02/23/15)

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New Zealand: Regime will send troops to Iraq to train local forces

February 24, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"New Zealand will send a small number of troops to Iraq to help train local forces in their battle against the Islamic State group, Prime Minister John Key announced Tuesday. Key told lawmakers the country would deploy up to 143 military personnel, who would be based 'behind the wire' and would train Iraqi security forces rather than being actively involved in combat missions." (02/23/15)

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Israeli intelligence different from assessment given by Netanyahu to United Nations

February 23, 2015
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Florida Statesman    

"Less than a month after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 2012 warning to the UN General Assembly that Iran was 70 per cent of the way to completing its 'plans to build a nuclear weapon', Israel's intelligence service believed that Iran was 'not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons.' A secret cable obtained by Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit reveals that Mossad sent a top-secret cable to South Africa on October 22, 2012 that laid out a 'bottom line' assessment of Iran's nuclear work." (02/23/15)

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Cuba: Havana releases Canadian businessman

February 23, 2015
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Indianapolis Post    

"Cuba has freed Cy Tokmakjian after more than three years in jail, the Canadian businessman's company said on Saturday. The development brings to a close a case that had severely strained Cuban-Canadian relations and alarmed foreign investors." (02/22/15)

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Turkey: Military enters Syria to evacuate troops, tomb

February 23, 2015
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St. Augustine Record    

"Hundreds of Turkish troops backed by tanks took part in an overnight operation into neighboring Syria to evacuate dozens of besieged soldiers guarding an Ottoman tomb and remove the remains amid fears the shrine was threatened by Islamic State militants. The mission late Saturday, saving Turkish soldiers reportedly stuck for months at the tomb of the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, was the first such major military incursion by Turkey since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011." (02/22/15)

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Iraq: Attacks kills 19

February 23, 2015
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Iron Mountin Daily News    

"Multiple bombings, including a suicide truck bomb attack on Shiite militiamen, killed 19 people on Sunday in Iraq, as police found four bodies with gunshots wounds in the capital, officials said. Police officials said the deadliest attack took place Sunday afternoon when a suicide bomber drove his explosives-laden truck into a checkpoint manned by Shiite militias near the city of Tikrit." (02/22/15)

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Nigeria: Army recaptures Baga

February 23, 2015
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Cincinnati Sun    

"The Nigerian military has recaptured the town of Baga in the north east of the country, which has been held by Boko Haram militants since January 3rd. The army announced the victory in a tweet on its official twitter account and said that 'mopping up' operations were ongoing." (02/22/15)

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US, allies discuss new sanctions on Russia

February 23, 2015
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Columbus Dispatch    

"The United States and its European allies are in talks about harsher sanctions against Moscow, while President Barack Obama will evaluate his next steps in dealing with the conflict in eastern Ukraine in coming days, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday. Kerry was speaking after meetings with his British counterpart, Philip Hammond, in London." (02/21/15)

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Australia to tighten immigration laws in counterterror bid

February 23, 2015
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ABC News    

"Australia will strengthen immigration laws and crack down on groups that incite hatred under a raft of counterterrorism measures intended to combat the threat from home-grown terrorists. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the nation's new anti-extremism strategy on Monday following the release of a government review into December's deadly siege at a Sydney cafe." (02/22/15)

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Nigeria: Massive Boko Haram casualties in counter offensive

February 20, 2015
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New York Telegraph    

"Hundreds of Boko Haram militants have been killed in a major offensive by Nigerian forces to recaptures key towns and cities from the control of Islamist fighters, officials said Wednesday. Defense spokesman Chris Olukolade said that many militants have been arrested and weapons and equipment seized in the operation that began at the start of this week." (02/19/15)

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Turkey, US sign deal to train, arm Syrian rebels

February 20, 2015
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Spartanburg Herald Journal    

"The U.S. Embassy in Ankara says that Turkey and the United States have signed an agreement to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group. The two countries have been in talks about such a pact for several months. The deal was signed Thursday evening by U.S Ambassador John Bass and a senior Turkish foreign ministry official, said Embassy spokesman Joe Wierichs." (02/19/15)

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Obama regime to permit sale of armed drones to crony states

February 20, 2015
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San Jose Sun    

"The Obama administration will permit the export of armed military drones to friendly nations and allies. The new policy, announced after a long internal review, is a significant step for U.S. arms policy as allied nations from Italy to Turkey to the Persian Gulf region clamor for the aircraft. It would also give a boost to U.S. defense firms scrambling to secure a greater share of a growing global drone market." (02/19/15)

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Syria: Some signs of tension emerge among Islamic State militants

February 20, 2015
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Altoona Mirror    

"As the Islamic State group tries to expand and take root across the Middle East, it is struggling in Syria -- part of its heartland -- where it has stalled or even lost ground while fighting multiple enemies on several fronts. Signs of tension and power struggles are emerging among the ranks of its foreign fighters." (02/20/15)

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Colombia: US missionary arrested for alleged rebel ties

February 20, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Prosecutors sought jail Thursday for a U.S. missionary who has worked for decades in some of Colombia's most dangerous regions, charging him with collaborating with the country's main leftist rebel group. Russell Martin Stendal, a 59-year-old Minnesota native, was expected to tell the presiding judge that the charges of abetting terrorism and rebellion were unfounded." (02/19/15)

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