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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.

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Puerto Rico Declares Zika Emergency

Puerto Rico declared a public health emergency over the Zika virus on Friday afternoon, following the confirmation of 22 cases of the infection, including one pregnant woman, and one man who developed the severe Guillain-Barre syndrome neurological reaction.

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Syrian Militants Reportedly Kill Iranian General

Iranian Brigadier General Mohsen Ghajarian of the elite Revolutionary Guards force has reportedly been killed during an operation in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, along with six members of Iran’s volunteer militia, the Basij.