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Iran Re-Enacts U.S. Navy Kidnapping to Celebrate Anniversary of Revolution

The U.S. Navy has condemned Iran’s new propaganda film, in which a U.S. sailor is shown weeping in captivity, as “outrageous and unacceptable.” Meanwhile, a defiant Iran is re-enacting the capture of the American sailors on January 10 as street theater, during celebrations marking the anniversary of the Iranian revolution.

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More Calls For Using DDT to Control the Zika Epidemic

Zika is primarily a mosquito-borne virus that is very difficult to detect in most human carriers, currently impossible to cure, spreading very rapidly, and believed to increase the risk of birth defects when contracted by pregnant women.

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Federal Judge Orders State Dept. to Release More Clinton Emails

A notably irritated U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras is rejecting the State Department’s attempt to delay production of the remaining Hillary Clinton emails. Thursday found the judge ordering State to release four more batches of emails on February 13, 19, 26, and 29.

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Over 90 Injuries, 61 Arrests in Hong Kong ‘Fishball’ Riots

Riots have sprung in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, injuring at least 91 people and leading to 61 arrests, according to the BBC. China’s state-run Xinhua news agency claims nearly 90 police officers have been injured, in addition to an untold number of protesters.

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North Korea Ramps Up Plutonium Production Following Nuclear Test

The annual threat assessment from Director of National Security James Clapper included some grim news about North Korea, which is evidently restarting its plutonium production reactor at Yongbyon, and has developed missile technology that can reach any part of the continental United States.

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Spanish Puppeteers Arrested for ‘Praising Terrorism’

On Friday, two puppeteers in Spain were jailed, without bail, for staging a satirical puppet show during the Carnival celebration. The show included both violence deemed inappropriate for children and a message described as “praising terrorism,” which is illegal in Spain.

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Spy Fridge: The Internet of Things Meets the Surveillance State

During the same laugh-a-minute Senate report where he said North Korea was a major nuclear threat, and that Iran would soon join them, and that ISIS was using the “torrent of migrants” from Syria to infiltrate the Western world, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also said on Tuesday that electronic surveillance would soon be possible through nearly every device in the home.

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Obama Introduces National Hacker-Defense Plan

President Barack Obama signed two executive orders on Tuesday about cybersecurity and described his Cybersecurity National Action Plan in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. Critics will wonder why many of the ideas in the National Action Plan were not implemented years or

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Widow of Islamic State Leader Charged In Death of American Kayla Mueller

In May, a U.S. Special Forces operation in Syria killed senior ISIS leader Abu Sayyaf, one of the top money men for the terror state. His wife Umm Sayyaf was taken prisoner and placed in detention in Iraq. Umm Sayyaf has now been charged in U.S. federal court with conspiracy in the death of Kayla Mueller, the American aid worker who was kidnapped, enslaved, brutalized, and ultimately killed by the Islamic State.

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Iran Demands Oil Payments in Euros, Not U.S. Dollars

Iran’s re-entry into the oil market, following the end of sanctions over its nuclear program, will also mark the beginning of a major effort to reduce its dependency on the U.S. dollar. Not only is Iran demanding payment in euros instead of dollars for its new oil contracts, but it also wants the billions owed by its trading partners to be remitted in euros.