Matthew Seiden

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Italian police catch mafia initiation rites on camera leading to arrests

Secret mafia initiation rites have been caught on camera for the first time by Italian police, who on Tuesday arrested 40 suspected gangsters in raids across the north of the country.<p>The arrests, on charges of criminal association, illegal arms sales and extortion, followed a two-year investigation …

Obama could seek more funds to battle Islamic State

President Barack Obama, soon to end a two-week working vacation in Martha's Vineyard, has not yet been presented with military options for attacking Islamic State targets beyond two important areas in Iraq, said White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.<p>However, according to a …

Trolls: now available on Amazon books

It may contain some passages judged by one Amazon customer to be "brilliantly written", but that isn't enough to spare Monica Byrne's The Girl in the Road a two-star kicking. The reason? Byrne has committed a political sin in presenting the scientific reality of climate change – or according to …