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Convicted Al-Qaeda Terrorist Trainer Sent Back to Britain After Serving US Prison Term

The U.S. has deported to England an al-Qaida member who pleaded guilty to trying to start a terrorist training camp in Oregon. The man was a disciple of convicted terrorist Abu Hamza, who is serving a life sentence in the U.S. Haroon Rashid Aswat, 48, in 2015 pleaded guilty to …

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Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei Dies Suddenly, Ahead of Meeting With Russia’s Lavrov

Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei has died suddenly, ahead of a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to the Belarusian news agency, Belta. “Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei has passed away suddenly,” Belta wrote without giving further information. The report cited Anatoly Glaz, spokesman for the country’s Foreign Ministry. …

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Fighting Mai Mai Militias in the Congo: Meet Badass Conservationist Tina Lain

by Heath Hansen Christine (Tina) Lain works at the Upemba National Park located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These are some of the most dangerous places on earth for conservation; in one area alone, more than 200 Rangers have been killed in attacks going back more than a …

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Who Was D.B. Cooper? Mysterious Hijacking Remains Unsolved for More Than 50 Years

On the afternoon of November 24, 1971, a nondescript man calling himself Dan Cooper approached the counter of Northwest Orient Airlines in Portland, Oregon. He used cash to buy a one-way ticket on Flight #305, bound for Seattle, Washington. Thus began what the FBI came to call the Norjack case. …

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Explosions Rock Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

More than a dozen explosions shook the area around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant Saturday evening and again Sunday morning, the U.N. said. Experts stationed at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant reported “powerful explosions” overnight on Nov. 19 and on the morning of Nov. 20. The explosions prompted the International …

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Russian Gas Line Explodes Near St. Petersburg, Videos Show

Reports on social media on Saturday depict a massive explosion and fire erupting at a gas line near St. Petersburg, Russia. It is the latest in a series of events wherein explosions hit Russian sectors. The latest explosion is the result of “a gas pipeline depressurization between Berngardovka and Kovalevo,” Gov. …

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FBI Investigating Chinese ‘Police Station’ Based in New York City

The FBI is investigating an unauthorized “police station” that China is operating in New York as part of a global network of such stations, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday, vowing to put a stop to Beijing’s apparently unsanctioned law enforcement activity in the United States. “I’m very concerned about …

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One US Border Agent Killed, More Wounded in Deadly Shootout With Smugglers

One U.S. border agent was killed and four others wounded in a deadly Nov. 17 shootout with drug smugglers off the coast of Puerto Rico. The Thursday morning incident was first reported by Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner. The shootout occurred around 8 a.m. local time, after agents encountered …

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Chinese Intelligence Officer Sentenced to 20 Years in US Prison for Trying to Steal Tech Secrets

The first Chinese intelligence officer extradited to the United States and tried for attempting to steal trade secrets will spend 20 years in prison. Xu Yanjun, a deputy division director at the Chinese Ministry of State Security, was arrested in April 2018 during a visit to Belgium to meet with …

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Ukrainian Air Defense Missile Likely Caused Explosion in Poland, NATO Says; Kyiv Wants Further Study

An explosion in eastern Poland near the Ukrainian border was “likely caused by a Ukrainian air defense missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, prompting Ukrainian officials to ask to be part of an additional inquiry. Reports of Russian missiles …

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