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WikiLeaks releases CIA analysis, no bombshell revelations

WikiLeaks on Wednesday released a CIA memo analyzing the risks of terrorists operating from the United States, but the document offered no dramatic revelations of government secrets like the website’s earlier leaks. The CIA paper — titled “What If Foreigners See the United States as an ‘Exporter of Terrorism’?” —…

US to activate missile shield over southern Europe: report

WASHINGTON — The United States is close to activating a missile shield over southern Europe as part of its effort to shore up regional defenses in the face of a missile threat from Iran, The Washington Post reported. Citing unnamed Pentagon officials, the newspaper said the US Defense Department is…

Whale poop fights climate change: study

PARIS (AFP) – Southern Ocean sperm whales are an unexpected ally in the fight against global warming, removing the equivalent carbon emissions from 40,000 cars each year thanks to their feces, a study found on Wednesday. The cetaceans have been previously fingered as climate culprits because they breathe out carbon…

US backs UN resolution calling for nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel

Washington’s unprecedented backing for a UN resolution for a nuclear-free Middle East that singles out Israel has both angered and deeply worried the Jewish state although officials are cagey about openly criticising their biggest ally. The resolution adopted by the United Nations on Friday calls on Israel to join the…

Colbert: Anti-gay psychiatrist needed male callboy to help him ‘hoist his sack’

Update at this link: Escort tells paper Rekers is homosexual Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert took on prominent anti-gay psychiatrist George Rekers Wednesday night, who was caught by a Miami newspaper taking a ten-day European sojourn with a male escort from RentBoy.com. Colbert said he was “applauding” the anti-gay activist for…

Dead man elected mayor of Tennessee town

‘If he were to run again next week I’d vote for him again’ A dead man was elected mayor of a small Tennessee town eager to oust a woman who’d been appointed to the job after the previous mayor died, local media reports. Carl Robin Geary Sr., a local alderman…

Paper: Defense official ran private spy operation

A US official identified as Michael Furlong organized a network of private contractors in Afghanistan and Pakistan with the purpose of finding and killing suspected Islamic militants, The New York Times reported Monday. Citing unnamed military officials and businessmen in Afghanistan and the United States, the newspaper said Furlong, who…

Belgian newspaper issues 3D edition, complete with glasses

BRUSSELS — A Belgian daily newspaper offered its readers a new perspective on the world Tuesday with a 3D edition complete with special glasses. All the photos and adverts in La Derniere Heure’s special edition were treated to give them the three-dimensional effect when viewed through the different lenses of…

Washington awards firms that broke Iran sanctions over $100 billion

Washington has awarded more than 107 billion dollars in payments to foreign and US companies doing business in Iran despite US sanctions, The New York Times has reported. That sum included nearly 15 billion dollars paid to companies that defied US sanctions law by making large investments that helped Iran…

Murdoch son-in-law ‘ashamed and sickened’ by Fox News CEO

The son-in-law of News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch told the New York Times in little-noticed comments Sunday that he’s “ashamed and sickened” by Fox News Channel’s Chief Executive Roger Ailes. “I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes’s…

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