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Arrest in Istanbul Bomb Attack as Turkey Slams US

Police in Turkey have arrested a woman suspected of causing a devastating explosion Sunday in Istanbul, officials there said. Although motives remain unclear as of Monday, Ankara accused Syrian Kurdish militants backed by the United States of ordering the attack. “There is much to uncover, but this is a starting …

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US Forces Test-Drop Cruise Missile From an Aircraft

American forces airdropped a cruise missile from an aircraft for the first time in Europe, as part of a test exercise.  The test occurred inside the Arctic Circle at the remote Andoya Space Defence Range in Norway. It involved a US Air Force MC-130J Hercules Commando aircraft dropping a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff …

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Young Iranian Protesters Swat the Turbans From Clerics’ Heads

An Iranian teenager sneaks up behind a cleric in the capital, Tehran, and knocks his turban off his head before dashing off. The incident, uploaded on social media, is part of a new tactic employed by anti-government demonstrators in Iran. “It is empowering,” one Iranian college student told Soldier of …

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Somalia’s Al-Shabaab Fattens Its Coffers, Spends $1 Million Per Month on Militant Wages

by Ahmed Mohamed, VOA MOGADISHU — The Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab has widened its revenue stream beyond its traditional activities, like charging tolls at checkpoints, to illegally taxing properties and construction. In a new report, made public this month, U.N. experts say the terrorist group is seeking more funds to …

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The Power of ‘Putin’s Chef’: Is Wagner Mercenary Group’s Prigozhin the New Rasputin?

by Mike Eckel, RFE/RL The press statement, put out by a St. Petersburg company called Concord Catering and Management, pulled no punches: The elected head of Russia’s second-largest city is a crook, it suggested. Prosecutors should investigate the “possible fact of the creation by Governor [Aleksandr] Beglov of an organized …

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In Brazil, Protesters Ask the Military to Overturn Results of Presidential Election

by Jose Campos BRASILIA – In the aftermath of the contentious and razor-thin presidential elections, the message here in Brazil is clear that despite what politicians and judges say, many citizens have cast their vote for who they think has the most power: the Brazilian armed forces. Demonstrators came out …

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US Military Launches Airstrike Against al-Shabaab in Somalia

The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike against members of the al-Shabaab extremist group in Somalia. A statement by the U.S. Africa Command on Saturday describes the airstrike as being carried out Thursday in “collective self-defense” and at the request of the Somali National Army near the …

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Somali Army Kills al-Shabaab Militants in Retaliation For Terror Attack

The Somali National Army and local clan militias say they have killed at least 100 militants as retribution for last Saturday’s terrorist bombings that killed more than 100 people in Mogadishu. Briefing the media Friday in Mogadishu, Defense Ministry spokesperson Abdullahi Ali Anod said the clashes occurred in the Garas …

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Police in San Diego Raided Homes While Brandishing Redacted Search Warrants

By Friedrich Seiltgen Officers from the San Diego police department along with FBI Agents conducted raids using redacted warrants at several locations throughout San Diego County, California last week, residents said. The redactions included the location and the people being searched by the warrants, according to a CBS affiliate in San Diego. …

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Nigerian Army Thwarts Islamic State Attack on Military Base

by Charles Nwoke MINNA, NIGERIA – Nigerian military troops have killed eight people believed to be members of the Islamic State terrorists after repelling what would have been bloody assault on a military base in Niger state Central Senatorial District, where many jihadists are being held.  According to two military …

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