‘Islamic State in West Africa': Boko Haram Rebrands

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Months after accepting a pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, the Islamic State has released propaganda through its social media outlets in which the Nigerian group refers to itself as "Islamic State West Africa Province" (ISWAP), suggesting their merger is finally complete.

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Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Emails in White House Computer System Hack

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‘Islamic State in West Africa': Boko Haram Rebrands

Months after accepting a pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, the Islamic State has released propaganda through its social media outlets in which the Nigerian group refers to itself as "Islamic State West Africa Province" (ISWAP), suggesting their merger is finally complete.
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American Volunteer Talks About Fighting ISIS Alongside the Kurds

Kurdish news agency Rudaw published an interview with American volunteer Jordan Matson over the weekend. Matson, a 28-year-old U.S. Army veteran from Wisconsin, said he had no combat or even overseas deployments with the Army, but he decided to travel to Syria and fight alongside the Kurdish YPG militia "because they stood by the United States for 10 years while my country was in Iraq," and he wanted to "repay that debt."
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Ukraine Marks 29 Years Since Chernobyl Disaster

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ISIS Threat Reported in California; Official Denies Threat to LAX

Federal law enforcement and homeland security officials are reportedly stepping up security due to an ISIS-related terror threat, according to CNN. The boosted security was reportedly prompted by "intercepted chatter and other intelligence information" that suggested parts of the state could be in danger.
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Report: ‘Sophisticated’ Russian Hackers Accessed Obama’s Emails

WASHINGTON — Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation.

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