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US veteran seeks asylum for Iraqi man who saved his life

May 23, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"After three military combat tours in war-torn Iraq, Chase Millsap returned home to get on with a civilian life. But there was one thing he couldn't do: leave a comrade behind, certainly not one who had saved his life. Especially not the former Iraqi military officer who had worked with the Americans and was now living a precarious existence as a refugee dodging Islamic State militants seeking to kill him. For the past two years, Millsap has been fighting a different kind of battle, one to gain asylum for the brother in arms he simply calls The Captain." (05/23/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-veteran-seeks-asylum-iraqi-man-saved-life-39314019  

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Obama signs bill striking offensive [sic] terms from US laws

May 23, 2016
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Lake News Online    

"Federal laws will no longer include outdated and offensive terms used to describe minority groups. President Barack Obama signed a bill striking the several terms, including 'Negro' and 'Oriental' on Friday, the White House said. Those terms will be replaced with 'African American' and 'Asian American.'" (05/23/16)

http://www.lakenewsonline.com/news/20160523/obama-signs-bill-striking-offensive-terms-from-us-laws  

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Turkey: At first humanitarian summit, $4-billion fund launched for schools in war zones

May 23, 2016
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The Globe and Mail [Canada]    

"A crisis fund has been launched to raise $3.8-billion (U.S.) to help millions of children missing out on school because of war or natural disasters, U.N. special envoy Gordon Brown announced on Monday at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. Nearly 75 million children living in areas affected by war or natural disaster had their education disrupted last year, leaving them prey to child labour, trafficking and extremism, according to research published in March." (05/23/16)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/at-first-humanitarian-summit-4-billion-fund-launched-for-schools-in-war-zones/article30117936/?cmpid=rss1  

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Top websites using audio fingerprinting to secretly track web users

May 23, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Despite browsing incognito, blocking advertisements, or hiding your tracks, some websites monitor and track your every move online using a new web-tracking technique called Audio Fingerprinting. This new fingerprinting technique can be utilized by technology and marketing companies to deliver targeted advertisements as well as by law enforcement to unmask VPN or Anonymous users, without even decrypting the traffic." (05/21/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/05/audio-fingerprint.html  

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Ecuador: Bank hacked — $12 million stolen in third attack on SWIFT system

May 23, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Bangladesh is not the only bank that had become victim to the cyber heist. In fact, it appears to be just a part of the widespread cyber attack on global banking and financial sector by hackers who target the backbone of the world financial system, SWIFT. Yes, the global banking messaging system that thousands of banks and companies around the world use to transfer Billions of dollars in transfers each day is under attack. A third case involving SWIFT has emerged in which cyber criminals have stolen about $12 million from an Ecuadorian bank that contained numerous similarities of later attacks against Bangladesh’s central bank that lost $81 Million in the cyber heist." (05/20/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/05/swift-banking-hack.html  

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JK Rowling was right: Free speech is for everyone, not just your friends

May 23, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]
by Andrew Solomon  

"Speaking out about an online petition that sought to ban Donald Trump from visiting the UK, she said, 'I find almost everything that Mr Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted. But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there. His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot. His freedom guarantees mine.' Commenting that this libertarian position must be taken 'without caveats or apologies', she said: 'If you seek the removal of freedoms from an opponent simply on the grounds that they have offended you, you have crossed the line to stand alongside tyrants who imprison, torture and kill on exactly the same justification.'" (05/18/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/18/jk-rowling-free-speech-dissent-donald-trump  

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Puerto Rico: Holders of bonds from Government Development Bank sue

May 23, 2016
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"Holders of bonds from Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank are suing to challenge aspects of a debt-moratorium law that island officials say is crucial to maintaining essential services as the U.S. territory struggles under a nearly $70 billion debt load. The amended federal lawsuit filed late Friday in the U.S. District Court in San Juan names Puerto Rico's governor and treasury secretary as well as an unidentified bank receiver. It argues that amendments to the law prioritize the rights of certain creditors at the expense of others in violation of U.S. and Puerto Rican law." (05/21/16)

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/7544f510cca5450caece7582b4b13572/CB--Puerto-Rico-Bondholder-Suit  

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Greece: Regime to adopt more cuts, tax hikes for bailout cash

May 23, 2016
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Financial Express [India]    

"Greece today was set to adopt fresh cuts and tax hikes ahead of a Eurogroup meeting that is expected to unlock desperately-needed bailout funds for the debt-ridden nation. After waves of protests over a string of unpopular reforms, lawmakers from the ruling leftist party are to approve today night a bill of over 7,000 pages that raises the sales tax cap and introduces a mechanism to slash spending further in case of budget overruns." (05/22/16)

http://www.financialexpress.com/article/world-news/greece-to-adopt-more-cuts-tax-hikes-for-bailout-cash/262818/  

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Revisiting the Great Conspiracy: Who really runs the world?

May 23, 2016
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Over the years many individuals and groups like theologians, philosophers, conspiracy theorists, Marxists, International Communists, Occupy Wall Street, and an array of libertarian thinkers have stepped forward to explain who really controls the world. The answer, according to findings published back in a 2011 New Scientist article based on a study 'by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich,' is a 'capitalist network' of transnational corporations (TNCs). They were 'the first to go beyond ideology to empirically identify such a network of power.'" (05/20/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/revisiting-the-great-conspiracy-who-really-runs-the-world-1  

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OK: Fallin vetoes bill criminalizing abortion

May 23, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a sweeping and unprecedented measure Friday that would have made performing an abortion a felony punishable by prison time, saying the bill was vague and would not be able to withstand a criminal constitutional challenge. The bill, part of an overt strategy to challenge the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, had passed the state senate 32-12 without debate and had gone to the governor's desk." (05/21/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/21/oklahoma-governor-vetoes-bill-criminalizing-performing-abortions.html?intcmp=hplnws  

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Pakistan: Police kill 14 alleged al Qaeda militants

May 22, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Pakistani police acting on intelligence killed 14 al-Qaida members and other militants in two separate shootouts in central Pakistan, authorities said Friday. Eight al-Qaida operatives and other militants were killed near the city of Multan, in Punjab province, on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by the province's counter terrorism department. It said several of the accomplices managed to flee but were traced to the district of Dera Ghazi Khan, where six were killed in a firefight with security forces the following day." (05/22/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pakistani-police-kill-14-alleged-al-qaida-militants-39246356  

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Malaysia: MH17 victims’ families sue Russia, Putin

May 22, 2016
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Birmingham Star    

"Families of the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 incident are reportedly suing Russia and its President Vladimir Putin at the European Court of Human Rights for 10 million Australian dollars. The jet had been shot down by a missile over Eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing the 298 passengers who were on board. According to reports, the West and Ukraine blame Russia for downing the plane, however, Russia blames Ukraine for it." (05/22/16)

http://www.birminghamstar.com/index.php/sid/244284747  

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Obama urges Congress to pass full funding to fight Zika

May 22, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"President Obama urged Congress to pass the full $1.9 billion funding requested to fight the Zika virus hours after federal health officials reported a dramatic increase in the number of pregnant women being monitored for possible complications related to the virus. Obama said the funding request was a 'pretty modest investment' in the attempt to curb the spread of the virus in the U.S. 'This is not something where we can build a wall to prevent it, mosquitoes don’t go through customs,' Obama told reporters today." (05/20/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/zika-virus-cdc-dramatically-ups-number-infected-pregnant/story?id=39253562  

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North Korea: Regime proposes inter-Korean dialogue to avoid war

May 22, 2016
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San Jose Sun    

"Weeks after concluding the rare Workers’ Party Congress in the country, North Korea has now extended a second proposal towards neighbors [sic] and regional rivals, South Korea - to engage in military talks. The elusive nation believes that talks would help diffuse tensions and ultimately 'prevent in advance a second Korean war.'" (05/22/16)

http://www.sanjosesun.com/index.php/sid/244281785  

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The NRA should have endorsed Gary Johnson instead of Donald Trump

May 22, 2016
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A Libertarian Future
by J Wilson  

"Records are important. Whether they are records in government or in private life they offer the best way to predict future behavior. You can’t make a legitimate endorsement without looking at the record of the person applying. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the National Rifle Association has done with its shameful partisan endorsement of Donald Trump. They ignored the record of the man who has repeatedly called for gun control throughout his life. Even up against Hillary Clinton that endorsement never should have been made. The NRA should have endorsed Gary Johnson instead of Donald Trump." (05/22/16)

https://alibertarianfuture.com/guns/nra-should-have-endorsed-gary-johnson-instead-of-donald-trump/  

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Taiwan inaugurates first female president

May 21, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"Taiwan inaugurated its first female president Friday -- who is also, as The Associated Press notes, 'the first woman elected as head of state in Asia not related to a prominent male politician.' As we reported after Taiwan's elections in January, Tsai Ing-wen faces a delicate balancing act. The self-governing island of Taiwan functions like an independent country, but China regards it as a rogue province." (05/20/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/05/20/478813167/taiwan-inaugurates-first-female-president  

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Republicans, Democrats agree on a bill to bailout Puerto Rico

May 21, 2016
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Zero Hedge    

"It turns out that Puerto Rico's plan to default on its debt and beg congress for help is working out as planned. After a slight delay, House Republicans have reached an agreement with the Obama administration to provide a path to restructure Puerto Rico's $70 billion debt load. The bill would offer the island a legal out similar to bankruptcy and wouldn't commit any federal money according to the WSJ." (05/19/16)

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-19/republicans-democrats-agree-bill-bailout-puerto-rico  

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US Navy takes ownership of the “world’s greatest ship”

May 21, 2016
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Navy Live    

"Today, the U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the most technically complex and advanced warship the world has ever seen. In just a matter of minutes, with a few key signatures and a small group of Navy and industry personnel present, this first in class, state of the art warship, which is the result of over 20 years of research, planning, development, construction, test and activation -- shifted hands from the Bath Iron Works shipyard to our great Navy." (05/20/16)

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2016/05/20/worlds-greatest-navy-takes-ownership-of-the-worlds-greatest-ship-ddg-1000/  

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IL: City admits “code of silence,” but Rahm may still have to testify

May 21, 2016
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Chicago Sun-Times    

"In an about-face, City Hall lawyers acknowledged in federal court Friday that Chicago police observe a 'code of silence,' the first time city attorneys have conceded that officers cover up misconduct by fellow cops. In dozens of police lawsuits across the decades, lawyers for the city have denied the existence of even an unwritten code among CPD officers that dictates Chicago cops turn a blind eye to abuses by their fellow officers." (05/20/16)

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/code-of-silence-exists-in-cpd-city-attorneys-admit-in-court/  

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OK: Some in statehouse urge Obama impeachment over bathroom rule

May 21, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Republican state lawmakers in Oklahoma have introduced a resolution urging the state's congressional delegation to start an effort to impeach President Barack Obama over a White House recommendation that schools accommodate transgender students. The Obama administration told U.S. public schools last week that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice. The recommendation upset Republicans and raised the likelihood of fights over federal funding and legal authority." (05/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-oklahoma-lgbt-idUSKCN0YB1Z0  

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Suspect shot near White House

May 20, 2016
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WCTI 12    

"Secret Service officers shot a male suspect near a security checkpoint near the White House after he apparently brandished a weapon, a law enforcement source said. The suspect was shot in the abdomen and taken into custody, according to two sources familiar with the incident. President Barack Obama was not at the White House, and Vice President Joe Biden was secured in the White House complex during the incident." (05/20/16)

http://www.wcti12.com/news/politics/urgent-us-park-police-shooting-near-white-house/39649258  

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Facebook sued for illegally scanning users’ private messages

May 20, 2016
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The Hacker News    

"Facebook is in trouble once again regarding its users' privacy. Facebook is facing a class-action lawsuit in Northern California over allegations that the company systematically scans its users' private messages on the social network without their consent and makes the profit by sharing the data with advertisers and marketers. According to the lawsuit filing, Facebook might have violated federal privacy laws by scanning users' private messages." (05/20/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/05/facebook-private-messages.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheHackersNews+%28The+Hackers+News+-+Security+Blog%29&_m=3n.009a.1242.wp0ao08ysc.puu  

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Syria: Regime troops take rebel stronghold

May 20, 2016
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Rochester Post-Bulletin    

"Syrian government forces and allied militias made a swift advance into Damascus's rebel-held suburbs on Thursday, threatening to disrupt a years-long stalemate in the war around the Syrian capital. The development came as the U.N. envoy for the war-torn country vowed in Geneva that peace talks 'are not going to be abandoned, frankly, ever.'" (05/19/16)

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/world/syrian-government-troops-take-rebel-stronghold-near-damascus/article_8e3f585f-1386-51b3-88fc-5ef34c3a46b1.html  

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NATO foreign ministers to meet for two-day summit in Brussels

May 19, 2016
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Tuscaloosa Times    

"Foreign ministers of 28 NATO states will reportedly meet on May 19 for a two-day summit in Brussels. Montenegro will sign an accession agreement with NATO in the summit, making it the 29th member of the military alliance. According to reports, the meeting is being held to discuss security situations outside Europe, including those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, as well as measures against Russia in Eastern Europe." (05/19/16)

http://www.tuscaloosatimes.com/index.php/sid/244191795  

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Brazil: Ethics panel questions former speaker on bank accounts

May 19, 2016
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Wheeling News-Register    

"The ethics committee of Brazil's lower house began hearings Thursday that could lead to the expulsion of one of the country's most powerful lawmakers. A Supreme Court decision earlier this month had already suspended Eduardo Cunha as speaker of the chamber of deputies, and now his colleagues are considering whether he should be kicked out of the body entirely." (05/19/16)

http://theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/1172915/Brazil-ethics-panel-questions-ex-speaker-on-bank-accounts.html?isap=1&nav=538  

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