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Turkey: Police Detained for 'Spying' on Prime Minister, Other Officials

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Istanbul's chief prosecutor says dozens of police officers have been detained on suspicion of spying and of illegally wiretapping government officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the head of the Turkish intelligence agency. 22 Jul 2014, 12:22 PM PDT

Parents of Abducted Girls, Escapees Meet President

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with many parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors. 22 Jul 2014, 6:35 AM PDT

15,000 People Displaced After Boko Haram Raid in NE Nigeria

(AFP) A massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa displaced more than 15,000 people, an official said Monday, as the security forces sent reinforcements to flush out the Islamist fighters. 22 Jul 2014, 6:21 AM PDT

Islamists Resume Assault on Main Libyan Airport

(AFP) Islamist militia resumed their assault on Libya's main international airport on Sunday two days after an abortive truce with the rival former rebels that control it, a security official said. 22 Jul 2014, 6:18 AM PDT

Fighting Erupts in Ukraine as Crash Investigators Arrive

(Reuters) - The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts. 22 Jul 2014, 6:13 AM PDT

Jakarta Governor Wins Indonesian Presidential Election

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, final results showed Tuesday. 22 Jul 2014, 6:10 AM PDT

Chicago Jews Threatened By Leaflets

The Times of Israel reports that a day after hundreds of anti-Israel protesters demonstrated in downtown Chicago, leaflets threatening Jews with violence were found on a half-dozen cars. The hate crime unit of the Chicago Police has already opened an investigation. 21 Jul 2014

Sky News Reporter Under Fire for Sifting Through MH17 Luggage

Sky News reporter Colin Brazier broadcast live from the MH17 crash site this week, with a cameraman panning closely to the personal artifacts of passengers believed to have died almost immediately as the plane was allegedly shot out of the sky. Brazier touched some of those artifacts, causing an uproar in British media. 21 Jul 2014

World-Renowned Giant Rubber Duck Goes Missing in China

A giant rubber duck installed on China's Nanming River has disappeared. The duck, a sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, was widely acclaimed and warmly received when it arrived in China, but disappeared swiftly from the waters as the river rose. No one appears to have any indication of where the duck landed. 21 Jul 2014

Jihadists Seize Iraq Monastery

Jihadist militants have taken over a monastery in northern Iraq, one of the country's best-known Christian landmarks, and expelled its resident monks, a cleric and residents said Monday. 21 Jul 2014

Overnight Attacks in Iraq Kill at Least 16 People

BAGHDAD (AP) — Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of government control. 21 Jul 2014

Snowden Seeks to Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

(Reuters) - Edward Snowden, a former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of major U.S. surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around the globe. 21 Jul 2014

Alleged Leader of Cocaine Cartel Arrested in Spain

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested one of Colombia's most-wanted criminals, a 40-year-old man nicknamed the Rat who is one of leaders of a ruthless drug cartel linked to 400 murders and the shipment of largest amounts of cocaine to Europe and the United States. 21 Jul 2014

John Kerry, Useful Idiot for Hamas

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is on his way to Cairo, as of this writing, to attempt to negotiate yet another ceasefire. His journey is a thoughtless, and no doubt narcissistic, waste of U.S. diplomatic capital, since after two unilateral Israeli ceasefires that Hamas blithely ignored, it is clear that military pressure on Hamas, not diplomatic pressure on Israel, is the only way to stop the violence. This is a war Hamas started, and still wants. 21 Jul 2014

After 2,000 Years, the Last Christian is Forced to Leave Mosul

ERBIL, Iraq - The last Christian reportedly left Iraq's second largest city of Mosul at 12:00pm on Saturday, ending over 6,000 years of Assyrian history in the city. Assyrians have lived in Mosul for over 6,000 years, converting to Christianity over 2,000 years ago. This all came to an end on Saturday, when the last Assyrian Christian left the city. 20 Jul 2014

Egypt/Israel To John Kerry's Mediation Offer --'Please God, NO!'

Convinced that their region has suffered as much Obama administration meddling as it can possibly stand, Israel and Egypt took the extraordinary step earlier this week of jointly rejecting requests by US Secretary of State John Kerry to involve himself in ceasefire talks with the terrorist group Hamas. 20 Jul 2014

Hamas Violates Another Ceasefire, Bans Journalists from Leaving Gaza

Tel Aviv, Israel-- On Sunday, A two-hour humanitarian ceasefire signed onto by both parties and facilitated by the Red Cross, one that was supposed to take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. local time, was violated by Hamas less than 40 minutes into the agreement. The IDF said that gunmen opened fire on Israeli soldiers, disregarding the truce that was designed to allow aid workers to treat injured Gazans. 20 Jul 2014

Two American IDF Volunteers Killed by Hamas Terrorists

American citizens Max Steinberg and Sean Carmeli were killed Sunday along with 11 other IDF soldiers in the Gaza Strip. Although the details pertaining to their deaths are still uncertain, reports have arisen suggesting that seven soldiers in their elite Golani Brigade unit were killed when Hamas terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at their position from a civilian household in Gaza. 20 Jul 2014

Rebels to give MH17 black boxes to aviation group

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Rebels have recovered the black boxes from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and will hand them over to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a rebel leader said Sunday. 20 Jul 2014

Disobeying Hitler: ‘Operation Valkyrie’ Sparked German Resistance to the Third Reich

On July 20, 1944 Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a high-ranking German officer who had secretly turned against the Third Reich’s increasingly nihilistic war, conducted a botched attempt to assassinate Adolph Hitler in the Fuhrer’s notorious East Prussian “Wolf’s lair” headquarters. This was supposed to be the first big step in overthrowing the Nazi regime in what became the failed “Operation Valkyrie.” 20 Jul 2014

Gut Check: The Sleeping Policeman

We are now the country that votes "present," because those hard choices might upset or incite people who might do something really bad. It's not our fight, we say, about every fight. And you wonder why there are more fights. We used to understand such risks. That small matters when confronted, as a group, can prevent bigger matters. Now we see everything as "not our business," without taking the next step and asking, "Then whose business is it?" 20 Jul 2014

Israeli Bulldozers Destroy Hamas Tunnels in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel said it widened its ground offensive early Sunday, sending more troops into Gaza after demolishing more than a dozen Hamas tunnels and intensifying tank fire on border areas. 20 Jul 2014

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