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Our Power Grid Is More Vulnerable to Space Weather Than We Thought

The Earth’s magnetic field – known as the “magnetosphere” – protects our atmosphere from the “solar wind.” That’s the constant stream of charged …

Iran's Supreme Leader slams 'arrogant' U.S.

Bad day for geeks: Tech disruptions plague United, NYSE, WSJ

NATO to triple size of reaction force

<b>(CNN) —</b> NATO announced late Wednesday it will triple the capacity of its Response Force to 40,000 troops.<p>"We have just taken another step forward in adapting NATO to our changed and more challenging security environment," Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels, Belgium.<p>In light of …

Russia

Check Out These Beautiful NASA Photos From Across the Solar System

It’s one of the most mysterious aspects of the universe—what, exactly, is out there? NASA’s Deep Space Network has for decades been helping us get …

American Abrams Battle Tanks Fire in Bulgaria for First Time

MAINZ, Germany — American battle tanks will be deployed to Bulgaria this weekend and conduct live-fire exercises across the Black Sea from Russia for the first time.<p>As part of a maneuver dubbed “Power Shock,” the pair of M1A2 Abrams battle tanks are scheduled to be flown from Ramstein Air Base in …

Military

Nato to 'name and shame' member countries over defence spending

The UK is one of only four countries which spent more than two per cent on the military<p>Western countries which fail to spend more than two per cent of their national income on defence are to be "named and shamed" by Nato.<p>Ministers are hoping that the latest Nato defence spending league table, to be …

Suspect killed after gun and bomb attack at Dallas police headquarters

DALLAS (Reuters) - A man who attacked the headquarters of the Dallas Police Department with gunfire and explosives early on Saturday was found dead inside a van after a standoff that ended when police snipers shot him, authorities said.<p>The hours-long drama began soon after midnight when the suspect …

Law Enforcement

Suspect in brazen attack on Dallas police building killed

DALLAS (AP) — A man planted pipe bombs outside Dallas police headquarters and sprayed the building with bullets during a wild street battle early …

Law Enforcement

Dallas Police Chief: 'A Blessing' No Officers Hurt In Attack On HQ

<b>Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET</b><p>Automatic gunfire from an armored van shattered the glass frontage at Dallas Police headquarters before the van sped away, leading police on a chase and standoff with the driver, who was killed by a SWAT unit sniper.<p>Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspect had told …

Law Enforcement

Obama says will keep pushing to fix U.S. immigration system | Reuters

KRUEN, Germany (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday he is frustrated by U.S. federal court rulings that have stalled his immigration executive orders and will continue to push to fix the system.<p>Speaking to reporters at the G7 summit with world leaders in Germany, Obama said he expects …

Immigration

World's first "feeling" artificial leg offers hope for wounded soldiers

Ministry of Defence urged to closely monitor the revolutionary invention as experts say it may help soldiers stay on the military<p>The world’s first “feeling” artificial leg could boost life for wounded soldiers and help them stay in the military, experts said.<p>The Ministry of Defence was urged to …

Barack Obama: 'Putin trying to bring back Soviet empire and sacrificing Russian economy'

Mr Obama said on Monday that the US would consider additional sanctions on Russia for its aggression in Ukraine<p>Barack Obama stepped up his criticism of Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine on Monday, accusing the Russian president of placing the Russian economy in peril in an ill-fated attempt to …

U.S. government hacked; feds think China is the culprit

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The massive hack that may have stolen the personal information of four million federal employees appears designed to build a vast database in what could be preparation for future attacks by China against the U.S., cybersecurity experts advising the government told CNN Friday …

Personal Information

Cleveland officer not guilty in killing unarmed pair

<b>(CNN) —</b> Yes, Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo stood on a car and shot the unarmed black occupants 15 times just after officers first riddled it with bullets. But a judge ruled Saturday that, partly because Brelo reasonably believed he was in danger, he's not guilty of a crime.<p>Concluding just …

Justice

Gunman killed at Muhammad cartoon event was terrorist 'wannabe,' source says

Pamela Geller is a 56-year-old Jewish arch-conservative from New York, a vehement critic of radical Islam who organized a provocative $10,000 cartoon contest in this placid Dallas suburb designed to caricature the prophet Muhammad.<p>Elton Simpson was a 30-year-old aspiring Islamic militant from …

Southern Poverty Law Center

Developing: Baltimore officers surrender on criminal charges in Freddie Gray's death

After a brief flurry of arrests at the beginning of the 10 p.m. curfew, the streets surrounding Baltimore's City Hall emptied quickly save for a large crowd of police, National Guardsmen and media members.<p>Police arrested several protesters near City Hall after a small group sitting on a lawn …

Justice

Officials: FBI probes possible ISIS-inspired threat

<b>(CNN) —</b> The FBI is investigating a possible ISIS-inspired terrorist threat in the United States, law enforcement officials said Saturday.<p>The investigation originated from intercepted chatter and other intelligence information that led officials to believe a possible plot could be in the works, the …

Extremism

Brothers again? How deep is the Xi-Putin bromance?

<b>Next month, Western leaders will be conspicuously absent from President Vladimir Putin's military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in the Second World War.</b><p>President Barack Obama and EU leaders are staying away from the Red Square commemoration to express their outrage at …

China

'Are you up for it Mr. Farage?' Polish prince lays down gauntlet to UKIP's Nigel Farage

<b>London (CNN) —</b> A Polish Prince has challenged populist British politician Nigel Farage to a duel in London's Hyde Park over his immigration policy.<p>Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), complains that Britain's membership of the European Union means it is powerless to stop a flow …

Europe

Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram takes to the airwaves

While helicopter gunships and armoured vehicles have led the campaign against Boko Haram in northern Nigeria this year, the military hardware is now being reinforced by an unexpected new psychological weapon: radio broadcasts of soccer news and farm reports.<p>In a bare-bones radio studio in this …

Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal: 'They Cannot Fight Us'

President Barack Obama stressed that the U.S. still has cards to play if the Iran nuclear deal doesn't work out and insisted his government will ensure nobody "messes" with Israel.<p>In an interview with the New York Times' Thomas Friedman, Obama defended the controversial pact as part of a broader …

South Asia

Boko Haram, 'Islam's worst enemy,' will be beaten: Niger president | Reuters

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Militant group Boko Haram is “the worst enemy of Islam” and will be defeated because West African Muslims reject its violent actions and harsh interpretation of the Koran, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Friday.<p>Issoufou Mahamadou, President of Niger, speaks …

Africa

Ukraine prospects for peace: People on the edge of war

<b>It has been more than a month since a deal was reached to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.</b><b>Fighting there has claimed some 6,000 lives and left more than a million people without homes since it began in early 2014.</b><b>The BBC's Natalia Antelava and Abdujalil Abdurasulov have been meeting people in</b> …

Russia

Iran nuclear deal outlined, but discord emerges over details

A preliminary agreement that would curtail<p>Iran's nuclear programraised hope around the world that the nation could be prevented from developing nuclear weapons. But just 24 hours after the deal was struck, there appeared to be sharp disagreement over the details in the package.<p>The<p>U.S. State …

South Asia

Tehran and West Agree on Parameters of Deal for Iran’s Nuclear Program

Accord envisages strong constraints and controls on Iran for up to 25 years in exchange for lifting of sanctions<p>By<p>Laurence Norman and<p>Laurence Norman<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@laurnorman<p>laurence.norman@wsj.com<p>Jay Solomon<p>Jay Solomon<p>The Wall Street …

South Asia

ISIS Wants a Truce

In the new edition of its magazine, ISIS floats the idea of a truce. Is the group flagging—or is this just another trick?<p>After months of being …

Middle East