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10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the American War of Independence

The American Revolutionary War (1775-83) began when representatives from 13 North American colonies of the kingdom of Great Britain sought more …

World History

China hacked a Navy contractor and secured a trove of highly sensitive data on submarine warfare

Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare — including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on U.S. submarines by 2020, according to American officials.<p>The …

Military

Ex-CIA Officer's Case Highlights Fears About Reach of Chinese Spying

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Former U.S. intelligence officer Kevin Mallory was months behind on his mortgage, $30,000 in debt, and getting financial help from his church, when Chinese agents approached him in 2017 to work for them, according to testimony at his espionage trial this past week.<p>“This is the …

US disregards Beijing's nonsense, says it can take down South China Sea islands

The US issued a stark warning to Beijing on Thursday, as Chinese militarization of the South China Sea creates a potential flashpoint in a longstanding battle for control of the Pacific.<p>For years, Beijing has dredged the South China Sea to build artificial islands in waters it claims as its …

North Korea Wants to End up Like Pakistan, Not Libya

A poor country made enormous sacrifices to get nuclear weapons—and has them still.<p>When Donald Trump canceled his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—before hinting that it might happen anyway after all, as the South Koreans moved into damage-control mode on Saturday with an …

Now Turkey wants to buy Russian SU-57s

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>It’s time to tell the truth about Turkey. Under the Islamist government of Recep Erdogan, Turkey is no longer an ally of the United …

MH17 was downed by Russian military missile: international investigators

International investigators have said detailed analysis of video images showed the missile used to down the Malaysian flight came from a Russian …

Trump Pushes the World Right Into Putin’s Hands

The more U.S. President Donald Trump strains the alliances that have sustained the post-Cold War order, the more indispensable Russian President …

A Fired Analyst Got Too Close to Gazprom's Truth

A report from Russian state bank Sberbank made the bold suggestion that Gazprom is run for its suppliers, not shareholders.<p>The analyst report on Russian giant Gazprom that got its co-author fired should be required reading for Western politicians trying to figure out how to fight “dirty Russian …

All 'foreign forces' to leave Syria, Putin tells Assad

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Thursday that "foreign armed forces" would leave Syria, according to Syria's state-run news agency, SANA.<p>Assad was on a surprise visit to Russia. He and his counterpart hailed the beginning of the "political process" in …

Middle East

How Gross Is it to Wear Your Shoes in the House?

The final word on whether dragging in all that bacteria on your shoes will actually make you sick.<p>You’ve always been a bit of a germaphobe. Your hermetically sealed home is a wonderland of disinfectants, antibacterial soaps, and air purifiers. Say you invite a couple other friends over for a book …

‘This Is Not a Drill’: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation

If you were in elementary school in the early 1950s, chances are that you had the fear of nuclear holocaust drummed into you with fair regularity. Children were taught “duck and cover” techniques, which typically meant hiding under their desks as if that would save them from an atomic bomb landing …

9 Health Statistics That Actually Matter—and When You Should Check Them

<b>AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT</b>, you can tap into a wealth of information about yourself. Trackers, WiFi scales, smart clothing, and other gadgets continue …

22 Incredible Items to Improve Your Daily Routine

This amazing life-hacking stuff will save you a bunch of time.<p>Life is hard, and actually-useful life<i>hacks</i> are hard to come by. Some people swear by …

What We Know About China’s Suspected Laser Attack On U.S. Soldiers Last Week

Apparently Chinese soldiers attacked U.S. Air Force pilots in Africa with laser beams last week. U.S. pilots in Djibouti said lasers struck their …

Russia: Alexei Navalny arrested as anti-Putin protests sweep nation

Under the motto "He is not our tsar," Russians have taken to the streets to decry a fourth term by President Vladimir Putin. Opposition leader Alexei …

Is Smartphone Insurance Worth Buying?

It can happen in an instant. You’re walking down the street and decide to make a call. A passing pedestrian bumps your arm and your smartphone slips …

Could the US win World War III without using nuclear weapons?

As the US, Russia and China test each other’s patience and strategic focus, speculation about the chances of a world war has hit a new high. But many …

Russia suffering under new US sanctions

Black Monday was followed by an even blacker Tuesday. Sparked by new US sanctions, Russia's stock market looks unlikely to recover from its crash …

Waste Phone Scammers' Time Instead of Yours With RoboKiller

I work in a profession where I tend to get a lot of phone calls from numbers I don’t have saved as contacts. That means that I’ll answer the phone …

Apps

The struggle for Russia is just beginning

THE ballot-stuffing, blatant and in full view of the cameras, only underlined Vladimir Putin’s impunity. The official result on March 18th gave him …

Russia

The secret story of Obama's response to Putin's attack on the 2016 election

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p><i>This is the second of two excerpts adapted from</i> Russian Roulette: The Inside Story …

National Security

Treat Russia Like the Terrorist It Is

Whether the Skripal poisoning can be conclusively pinned on Moscow is beside the point.<p>It's too soon to conclude whether the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia are Moscow's latest overseas victims. U.K. authorities have just begun their investigation into the …

Report: Russian approval preceded attack on US troops in Syria

<b>By Ellen Nakashima, Karen DeYoung and Liz Sly | Washington Post</b><p>A Russian oligarch believed to control the Russian mercenaries who attacked U.S. …

6 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Ottoman Empire

Jem Duducu presents six lesser known facts about one of the largest empires in history<p>The Ottoman Empire is one of the largest empires in history. In …

The Best Places in the U.S. to Visit This Year, According to Lonely Planet

It’s the time of year when the travel bug hits hardest. You’ve been cooped up inside all winter and are dying for a little exploration. Before you …

The Sackler family made billions from OxyContin. Why do top US colleges take money tainted by the opioid crisis?

Yale, Columbia and others accepted donations from the family behind Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin – but the universities won’t say what they will do about it<p>A controversy is enveloping one of America’s wealthiest families. It involves the fraught relationship between pharmaceutical companies …

Purdue Pharma

Putin, power and poison: Russia’s elite FSB spy club

<b>FSB. The letters are not just familiar to fans of spy thrillers. They have come to symbolise Vladimir Putin's grip on power in Russia.</b><p>Russia's secretive security agency has gained notoriety around the world with its intelligence and counter-terror operations.<p>But with roots in the Soviet Union's KGB …

Russia

New Tool Automatically Finds and Hacks Vulnerable Internet-Connected Devices

Hacking just got fully automated for script kiddies.<p>Hacking isn’t always hard. Some lower-tier hackers use programs to automatically churn through breached login details to break into other accounts, and some penetration testing tools are designed to streamline processes so hackers can get to the …

Information Security

10 Battles That Shaped Russia

Mother Russia. The largest country in world, by area, is filled with allure, amazing biodiversity, rich history, and beautiful vodka-drinking women. …