America’s First Oil Export Sails Off

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The first oil tanker of freely traded U.S. crude launched Thursday afternoon from the Port of Corpus Christi, about 160 miles north of the Texas border with Mexico.

An oil Tanker in Corpus Christi Texas

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Pentagon Puts Kibosh on Guantanamo Closure

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In September, U.S. State Department officials invited a foreign delegation to the Guantanamo Bay detention center to persuade the group to take detainee Tariq Ba Odah to their country. If they succeeded, the transfer would mark a small step toward realizing President Barack Obama’s goal of closing the prison before he leaves office.

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Can ISIS Enter Israel?

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The leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Saturday released an audio statement issuing a stern warning against Western nations sending troops into his group’s territory. The audio statement was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s first in seven months, according to The Telegraph.

Baghdadi said the U.S. and its allies have

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China’s New Hard Core Anti-Terror Laws

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China has passed controversial new anti-terrorism laws, saying they are needed to combat growing threats.

Armed police stood guard in the Sanlitun area of Beijing on 26 December in response to warnings of a possible terror threat

The new laws, passed on Sunday by China’s legislature, create a new anti-terror agency and security

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A New Transparent Metal

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A new type of metal that’s both highly transparent and electrically conductive has been developed by researchers in the US, and at less than 5 percent the cost of current displays, it could see far cheaper smartphones in our pockets and enormous ‘smart windows’ in our homes.

The problem with current displays is that

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Kim Dotcom May Be Extradited to U.S.

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Kim Dotcom is set to appeal a District Court judge’s decision that he and his co-accused are eligible to be extradited the United States to face copyright charges.

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Just as soon as Judge Nevin Dawson handed down his decision today, Dotcom indicated he will challenge the ruling.

The prosecution

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Obama Urges IT Industry to Assist in Spotting Terrorist Messages

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On Friday, President Obama repeated the need to bring high-tech leaders together with law enforcement and intelligence officials to better spot terrorist threats on the Internet.

But he also discussed the obstacles in doing so, in an era of encrypted smartphone apps and private social networking chats.

Some intelligence officials are worried that terrorists

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“I Have Given up” Say’s Pirate Bay Founder

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“The internet is shit today. It’s broken. It was probably always broken, but it’s worse than ever.”

Peter Sunde, Pirate Bay Founder

My conversation with Peter Sunde, one of the founders and spokespersons of The Pirate Bay, did not start out optimistically. There’s good reason for that: In the last couple

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Apparently Putin Likes Trump

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Vladimir Putin has described US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as an “unquestionably talented” man.

“He is a very outstanding man, unquestionably talented,” the Russian President reportedly said after his annual news conference on Thursday.

The two suspect they would “get along”

“It’s not up to us to judge his virtue, that is up

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32 Years in Prison for Facebook Like

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej waves as he returns from the Grand Palace to Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on December 5, 2011 on his 84th birthday. Thailand's king, the world's longest reigning monarch, left the hospital where he has been staying for more than two years and addressed his subjects to mark his 84th birthday.     AFP PHOTO / Pairoj (Photo credit should read PAIROJ/AFP/Getty Images)

If a doctored image mocking Thailand’s king crops up on your Facebook timeline, liking it can be very costly.

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej waves as he returns from the Grand Palace to Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on December 5, 2011 on his 84th birthday. Thailand’s king, the world’s longest reigning monarch, left the hospital

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TrackingPoint: Precision Guided Rifle Bullets (Video)

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Arrow 3 Missile Defense System Successfully Deployed in Israel

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JERUSALEM — Israel’s advanced Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system intercepted a target on Thursday in a region of space just outside the earth’s atmosphere in the first successful test of its kind, according to Defense Ministry officials.

The system, which is being jointly developed by the government-owned Israel Aerospace Industries

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Russia Increasing Naval Presence Near Australia

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Australia’s Navy chief has warned that Russia’s military will “significantly” increase its influence in this region over the next few years, as former Soviet figures in Moscow try to re-establish the nation’s once-powerful Cold War position. In a wide-ranging address to the Lowy Institute, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett reflected on the Russian Navy’s deployment of

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Do We Believe N. Korea Has Developed a Hydrogen Bomb?

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SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, said his country had developed a hydrogen bomb, its state-run media said Thursday. The claim was the latest of several that the isolated country has made about its nuclear capabilities that outside analysts have greeted with scepticism.

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X-Drone Pilots Denounce Morally Corrupt Operation

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Former Air Force airmen are speaking out against America’s use of drone warfare, calling the military drone program “morally outrageous” and “one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.”

In interviews with NBC News, three former servicemen — who together have 15 years of military drone experience — decried

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Most Likely Places for Life in Our Galaxy

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Our home galaxy isn’t as hospitable to life as you might think. Cosmic radiation, supernova explosions, and collisions with small galaxies make much of the Milky Way too hellish for biology. But a detailed new simulation locates quiet and fertile neighborhoods, including a surprising locale: wispy streams of stars flung far beyond the main

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Pentagon Nabbed for Spending $150 Million on Creature Comforts

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Head of oversight body Sigar asks why US government staff accommodated in special private ‘villas’ instead of staying on defence or diplomatic bases

John Sopko, head of Sigar, has questioned $150m spent on US staff accommodation in Afghanistan. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/AP

The Pentagon lavished nearly $150m of taxpayer money on villas with private security,

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No Surprise: BP Execs Avoid Jail for Manslaughter

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The Gulf of Mexico rig explosion that killed 11 workers and unleashed the nation’s worst offshore oil spill also led to criminal charges against four BP employees, who faced prison time if convicted.

But the Justice Department‘s decision to drop manslaughter charges against two BP rig supervisors makes it increasingly likely that nobody

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A Splinter of Anonymous: Ghost Security Group

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In the wake of the Paris attacks, the vigilante hacker group Anonymous has declared war on so-called Islamic State using the internet and claims to have shut thousands of Twitter accounts used by IS operatives. But a much smaller online group has also emerged, with quite a different strategy – and

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British Leader Looks to Increase Attack Intensity Against ISIS

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Britain’s prime minister pledged Monday to seek backing from British lawmakers to expand airstrikes into Syria in response to French appeals for intensified attacks against the Islamic State following the Paris massacres.

But efforts by Prime Minister David Cameron to broaden Britain’s role beyond Iraq could face resistance from his political foes despite

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