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CIA helping boost arms shipments to Syria rebels: NYT

Arab nations and Turkey, helped by the CIA, have dramatically increased military aid to Syrian rebels in recent months, The New York Times reported Monday. The US Central Intelligence Agency was helping their efforts, the newspaper added, citing air traffic data and interviews with unnamed officials and the rebel commanders.…

Cyprus strikes deal to close second-largest bank and tax deposits over €100,000

Deal will reportedly involve heavy losses for wealthy investors, while those with savings under €100,000 will be spared European leaders reached an agreement with Cyprus early on Monday morning to close down the island’s second biggest bank and inflict huge losses on wealthy savers. Russians would lose billions of euros…

Pussy Riot on 60 Minutes: ‘we’re advocating for a peaceful overthrow’

The Russian punk band Pussy Riot remains defiant against Vladimir Putin’s regime, telling  60 Minutes, “we want the government to leave power, because we consider it illegitimate. But we’re advocating for a peaceful overthrow,” during a segment that aired Sunday night. Pussy Riot made international headlines in March of 2012,…

Bridges become the hottest new item for thieves to steal

In an act of great audacity, a bunch of thieves have stolen a whole bridge in one night. And they are not the only criminals with big targets Are you in the market for a 22-tonne bridge? Is there an 82ft gap that you’re aching to span? If so, and…

Protests continue in NYC after slain boy’s funeral

Coinciding with the funeral of Kimani Gray on Saturday, peaceful protests against the New York Police Department continued throughout Brooklyn. The death of 16-year-old Gray on March 9 ignited a community firestorm over the tactics of the NYPD, whose officers shot the teenager more than half a dozen times because…

Are aircraft carriers about to become an endangered species in the United States?

Budget pressures at the Pentagon have renewed a debate about the value of the US Navy’s giant aircraft carriers, with critics arguing the warships are fast becoming costly relics in a new era of warfare. With the Pentagon facing $500 billion in cuts over the next decade, a Navy officer…

Forensic scientist uses secret technique to rehydrate mummified corpses from old homicides

Mexican forensic expert Alejandro Hernandez dips dry, yellowish cadavers in a see-through bath, hoping his technique to rehydrate mummified bodies will solve murders in crime-infested Ciudad Juarez. The city bordering Texas has endured drug-related violence and a wave of murders of women in recent years, with bodies dumped anywhere and…

Hulu boldly goes all out with complete Star Trek series

Geeks not too keen on basketball can have their own March Madness thanks to Hulu, which is offering the entire Star Trek series free of charge for the rest of the month. Yes. Every. Single. Episode. Well, almost every episode, but 693 should be enough to keep one busy for…

Mossad agent hanged self in suicide-proof cell after passing intel to Hezbollah

A man identified by media as an Australian-Israeli Mossad agent and found hanged in a Tel Aviv jail had passed secrets to Hezbollah before his death, an influential German magazine reported Sunday. News weekly Der Spiegel said Ben Zygier, a man known as “Prisoner X” who died in 2010 in…

Officials mystified at seal pup found 6 miles from water

A seal pup was found in a forest in eastern Sweden on Sunday almost six kilometres (four miles) from the closest body of open water, raising questions as to how it got there, Swedish media reported. “A somewhat confused person called and said he was out walking in the woods…

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