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Pentagon’s Train and Equip Program Set in Motion

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The Pentagon said Wednesday the US has identified 1,200 individuals to be vetted for a train and equip program to help Syrian opposition fighters in the campaign against Daesh (ISIS).

The training program will begin by March or April. (AFP/File)

American Special Operations Forces in the Middle East Commander Maj.

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Russia is Attempting to Dump the Dollar

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Back in 2013, The NSA was first exposed for secretly ‘monitoring’ the SWIFT payments flows. This appears to have been among the last straws for Russia (and others) as far as both NSA spying and dollar domination.

Last year, following threats to remove Russia from SWIFT by the UK, (which

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Russian Backed Rebels Send Ukrainian Troops Running

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Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers retreat from strategic town taken by pro-Russia separatists, leaving their dead and wounded comrades behind

Fatigue in retreat: Ukrainian servicemen sit on top of a tank near Artemivsk, as they withdraw from Debaltseve following a fierce offensive by Russian-backed separatists. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Fatigue in retreat: Ukrainian servicemen sit on

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HSBC Raided for Money Laundering

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They said they were investigating HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) and “persons unknown for suspected aggravated money laundering”.

The investigation could be extended to people suspected of committing or participating in money laundering.

HSBC said it was “co-operating with the Swiss authorities.”

The raid comes more than a week after allegations

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World’s First: Electricity From Ocean Waves

The world’s first wave-energy farm connected to the electricity grid has been switched on in Western Australia.

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The project by Perth-based Carnegie Wave Energy will provide renewable electricity for Australia’s largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, on Garden Island.

The same system is also used to run a small desalination plant,

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Did ISIS Just Burn 45 to Death?

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Islamic State militants reportedly have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi on Tuesday, just five miles away from an air base staffed by hundreds of U.S. Marines.

The identities of the victims are not clear, the local police chief told the BBC, but some are believed to be

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Terror Plotter Considers Derailing Train, Causing Volcanic Eruption

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Chiheb Esseghaier allegedly spoke of “death and destruction” a volcano blast could cause, court heard

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TORONTO – A man accused of plotting to derail a Canadian passenger train also thought about triggering a catastrophic volcanic blast in the United States, his trial heard Tuesday.

Testifying for a third week, an undercover

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Many Westerners Volunteering to Fight ISIS

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A Florida native told RT that he followed ‘God’s call’ when he joined Kurdish fighters in the north of Syria to battle the Islamic State (formerly ISIS). He is one of dozens of westerners who have come to the region to fight against the terror group.

Dean Parker, 49, was a surfing instructor in Costa

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CIA Alleged to Have Purchased Iraqi Chemical Weapons

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United Nations workers prepared for the destruction of Iraqi nerve-agent weapons by sealing leaks in the rockets. Credit British Ministry of Defense

The Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of

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Pesticides: It Would be Nice if They Were Safe, But They Are Not

By Dr. Mercola

There’s been an ongoing debate as to whether or not organically-grown foods are healthier than conventional varieties. Some studies have confirmed that organic foods tend to contain higher levels of nutrients like vitamins and minerals, while others found the nutritional difference between them wasn’t particularly impressive.

It’s important to realize that

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Obama Draws “Final” Red Line for Iran

“We are at a point where they need to make a decision” Obama said Monday

From Left: Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C. on Feb. 9, 2015.

President Obama said Monday that Iran needs to

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Gitmo War Court Costing Taxpayers $7,600 per Minute

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Cost estimate comes as military commissions’ chief prosecutor proposes relaxing restrictions on lawyers raising their clients’ torture by CIA in court.

Protesters listen during a hearing of the Senate armed services committee on Capitol Hill last week.

The Guantánamo Bay war court is now costing US taxpayers over $7,600 per minute, according to new

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Hubble Finds Smiley Face in Space

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Pictures of space get a lot of smiles around here, but it’s pretty rare for one of them to smile back at us.

This adorable image — in which the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 seems to be smiling at the camera — comes courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope. It

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Leaked Swiss Banking Data Reveals Mass Tax Avoidance

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A slew of 30,000 leaked Swiss HSBC bank account details—what the Guardian calls the “biggest banking leak in history”—lays bare the practices of the organization and its customers. And it doesn’t look pretty.

First Swiss bank agrees to ‘sellout’ its US clients

The leaked files, which you

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Apparently Your TV Can’t be Trusted

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Samsung’s privacy policy for its voice-recognizing smart televisions warns users not to discuss sensitive information around their devices because it could be transmitted to a third party.

“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party

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Bid to Arm Ukraine to Fight Russian-Backed Separatists Dividing NATO

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President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are trying for a public display of unity despite a potential split over arming Ukrainian fighters to better battle Russian-backed separatists.

That was the unstated point of Monday’s meeting at the White House, where Merkel was to brief Mr. Obama on upcoming talks

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Canada has Lost Precision GPS Guided Artillery Ammo

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The Canadian army somehow lost three highly-sophisticated, precision-guided artillery shells on its ways out of Afghanistan in an embarrassing case that resulted in an almost two-year investigation.

Known as Excalibur rounds, the 155-millimetre high-explosive ammunition could not be accounted for among the mission close-out paperwork as the military withdrew from Kandahar in late

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Russia Slated to Have Military Bases in the EU Nation of Cyprus

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Cyprus has offered Russia to have air and navy bases on its territory.

A Russian sailor watches amphibious vehicles move during a naval parade rehearsal in the far eastern port of Vladivostok, July 25, 2014.

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades announced that the country is ready to host Russian aviation and naval bases. The official

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The Elite: Painting Sold for 300 Million Dollars Privately at Auction

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LONDON — A sensuous Paul Gauguin painting of two Tahitian girls has been sold from a Swiss private collection for close to $300 million, one of the highest prices believed to have been paid for an artwork, according to European and American art world insiders with knowledge of the matter.

Gauguin’s “Nafea Faa Ipoipo

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Mind of a Worm Uploaded Into Robot

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A humble roundworm is leading the race in artificial intelligence, showing that it may be possible one day to upload our brains to a computer.

Called the Open Worm Project, the research brings together scientists and programmers from around the world with the aim of recreating the behavior of the

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