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CIA’s "Queen Of Torture" Married To Former CIA Official Who Urges War Between Sunnis And Shiites

The controversial couple were on the agency's Bin Laden tracking team together in the 1990s.<p>Alfreda is a 50-year-old, top-level CIA official who allegedly played a key role in failing to give the FBI critical information that could have led to the capture of the 9/11 hijackers before they attacked; …

The World's Oldest Hotel Has Been a Family Business for 1,300 Years

That family business in your town that has been passed down for four generations can’t hold a candle to Japan’s Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan.<p>For roughly …

Russia's Lavrov Denies Offering Asylum to Syria's Bashar Assad

Russia has not asked Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, nor has it offered him political asylum if he quits, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday.<p>The denial came as the Kremlin's top diplomat faced questions from reporters about Moscow’s international relations, including its role …

Iran’s Holocaust Cartoon Competition

Iran is yet again hosting a ‘Holocaust Cartoons Contest.’ It is a reminder of just how powerful the medium is, as well as how important freedom of …

Report: Syria's al-Nusra 'more dangerous' than ISIS

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, is a greater threat to the United States in the long term than is ISIS, making the United States' current single-minded focus on the latter group misguided, a new report is charging.<p>Al-Nusra is "much more dangerous to the U.S. than …

Danish parliament approves plan to seize assets from refugees

New law allows police to search asylum seekers to secure cash and valuables, as European leaders continue to call for sealing of Balkan borders<p>European states have reacted in some of the most drastic ways yet to the continent’s biggest migration crisis since the second world war, with Denmark …

Netanyahu has taken Israel’s crackdown on Jewish dissent to a new low | Mairav Zonszein

The Israeli PM’s spat with US ambassador Dan Shapiro shows a government intent on suppressing and delegitimising any leftist anti-occupation sentiment<p>Dan Shapiro, the US ambassador to Israel – an American Jew who speaks Hebrew and who does not hide his deep bond with the country – made a simple …

Some Syrian refugees in Canada already want to return to the Middle East

According to a CBC report, some Syrian refugees housed through a government program are struggling to make the adjustment to their new surroundings.<p>Canada won considerable global acclaim last month as it began the process of resettling some 25,000 Syrian refugees over the next year. The recently …

Swiss soldiers sent home from Davos for taking cocaine

Twelve soldiers guarding the World Economic Forum returned positive drug tests after colleagues in their unit raised the alarm<p>Some Swiss soldiers tasked with guarding the gathering of the world’s rich and powerful at the ski resort of Davos have been sent home after they reportedly tested positive …

World Economic Forum

Putin says Europe’s Jews should move to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed Tuesday that Jews facing a rising tide of anti-Semitism and bigotry farther west should move to Russia, where he said they would be better accepted.<p>The Russian leader was in a meeting with members of the European Jewish Congress, an organization …

Russian researchers plan nuking asteroids for EU defense project to avoid fate of Dinos

How can Earth be protected from dangerous asteroids? The EU’s international NEOShield project posed this question to Russian researchers, who say, as …

Dozens killed by Islamic State in 'massacre' in Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor

An attack by Islamic State on the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor has left at least 85 civilians and 50 government troops dead, a monitoring group has said, with state media denouncing a “massacre”.<p>Syria’s state news agency Sana, quoting residents, said up to 300 civilians were killed in the …

Middle East

Most powerful special forces in the world

In a world where everyday news is full of terrorist attacks and organised crime, special forces have an unavoidable role in any nation's …

Military

Charlie Hebdo adds to its long history of racist cartoons by portraying dead refugee babies as future monkey rapists

<b>(Reuters/Eric Gaillard)</b><p>It depicts dead refugee babies as future “ass gropers,” uses the n-word & makes fun of massacred Egyptian activists<p>Ben Norton<p>January 14, 2016 3:00am (UTC)<p><i>Update, Jan. 17:</i><p>The father of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian Kurdish refugee who drowned off the coast of Turkey …

Charlie Hebdo

Here's Why Saudi Arabia Is Fighting So Hard for Power

Saudi Arabia’s Sudeiri-line leadership of the House of Sa’ud began 2016 with a major push to save its position and control of the Kingdom. It was …

Syrian government to allow aid for starving town

The Syrian government has allowed humanitarian workers access to an opposition-held town near the border with Lebanon where people are reported to be starving to death in the freezing cold weather.<p>The United Nations said in a statement on Thursday that it was preparing to deliver humanitarian …

Jewish extremist leader says Christmas has 'no place' in the Holy Land

Faith and anti-racism groups call for police investigation into incitement to violence after Lehava head calls for Christian 'vampires' to be expelled from Israel and Christmas banned<p>The head of Lehava, a prominent Israeli Jewish extremist organisation, has called for the celebration of Christmas …

Eye-popping statistic shows how much the US is going it alone in the fight against ISIS

The US-led coalition of 65 countries fighting the terrorist group also known as the Islamic State has carried out 8,289 airstrikes total as of November 19. Of those strikes, the US has conducted 6,471, as The New York Times pointed out .<p>And of the 65 countries that are part of the coalition, only …

Middle East

The Strangest Places on Earth (Are Also the Most Sublime)

Technicolor mountains, otherworldly forests, and glow-in-the-dark beaches: These unusual places around the world prove that weird can also be wonderful.<p>Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge): Kromlau, Germany<p>Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia<p>Valle de Cocora: Quindío, Colombia<p>Mendenhall Ice Caves: Juneau, Alaska<p>Angel …

Russia To Deploy New ‘Doomsday Plane’ in Readiness For Nuclear War

<b>Russia announced today that it would deploy the latest version of its high-tech doomsday plane, the Ilyushin-80, which is designated for use during</b> …