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US, UK Air Forces Cancel July 4 Plans Amid Terror Threat

A joint July 4 celebration that was scheduled to take place between U.S. and UK military personnel and their families at Britain’s largest U.S. air force base has been canceled, military officials announced Thursday, citing “the most current, local threat assessments.”

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ISIS Exterminates History in Palmyra

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) published pictures of jihadists destroying ancient statues in Palmyra, Syria, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The terrorist group previously promised not to touch the historical landmarks.

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Turkey’s Migrant Boom Creating Market for Low-Quality ‘Life Vests’ to Wear to Greece

Illegal migrants trapped in Turkey and hoping to enter the European Union are invigorating that nation’s black market for life vests, useful in crossing the Aegean Sea into Greece. Manufacturers in Izmir, a popular interim destination for refugees, are warning, however, that many black-market life vests are poorly constructed and actually serve to pull the wearer deeper into the water, not keep them afloat.

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ISIS Massacres At Least 74 Children in the Past Year

The most troubling statistic found in a report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, published on the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL) first anniversary, involves the treatment of children. The group believes ISIS murdered at least 74 children in the past year.

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Iranian Government Blocks Holocaust Remembrance Website

The Iranian regime is no stranger to Holocaust denial. The United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor’s 2014 report on human rights practices reveals that the Iranian government consistently and continuously blocked a website dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and educating people about the tragic event which cost the lives of 6 million Jews at the hands of Nazis.

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Chinese Army to Protect ‘Overseas Interests’ Under New Law

China’s Communist Party People’s Congress recently passed a sweeping national-security law that directs the People’s Liberation Army to expand the military’s offshore presence to protect China’s “overseas interests” and to support counterterrorism at home, according to Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency.

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Greek Nationals Flee to Australia to Escape Financial Crisis

In the wake of the growing financial crisis, thousands of Greek nationals are fleeing their homeland. Tens of thousands have ended up in Australia. It is the largest wave of migration from Greece to Australia since hundreds of thousands fled the march of fascism in World War II.

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Cubans Lament Obama’s Concessions: ‘This Doesn’t Help Us at All’

In a speech announcing the reestablishment of an American embassy in Havana, President Obama implored those in Congress who opposed his unilateral concessions to the communist Castro regime to “listen to the Cuban people” before taking a stance. Multiple reports citing Cuban nationals in Havana and throughout the island find that many are extremely apprehensive about the legitimacy a new embassy will give the Castro regime and are disappointed to see the United States support communist oppression.

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After Cuba Victory Lap, Obama Cozies Up to Venezuela

Following news of reconciliation with the Cuban communist regime, Reuters is reporting that the Obama administration has been engaging in secret diplomacy with the dictatorship currently governing Venezuela, hoping to reestablish ties with socialist President Nicolás Maduro and negotiate the freedom of political prisoner Leopoldo López.

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