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Russian Spy Plane Allowed to Make Observations Over U.S., Canada

A group of Russian inspectors will conduct observation flights on a Tu-154M Lk-1 plane over the United States and Canada in the framework of the international Open Skies Treaty, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said.


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“The flights will be carried out on July 7-21 from Open


Solar Impulse Completes U.S. Coast to Coast Flight

On Saturday evening the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse touched down safely at John F. Kennedy International Airport, completing its coast-to-coast journey across the domestic United States. The aircraft took off from Mountain View, California on May 3rd, piloted at the time by Bertrand Piccard.

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It was the first


Navy adds 3 More Patrol Shps to Gulf

WASHINGTON – The US Navy has deployed three additional coastal patrol ships to its Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, bolstering America’s presence in the strategic Gulf, officials said Wednesday.

USS Thunderbolt

The USS Tempest, the USS Squall and the USS Thunderbolt arrived Wednesday at the port of Manama, bringing the total number of


France Moves to End U.S. Trade Talks Over NSA Spying

Paris: France today called for the temporary suspension of European Union-US free trade talks over claims of US spying on European offices, but Germany said they should go ahead as planned.

The talks, on what would be the biggest free trade deal ever negotiated, are due to start in Washington on Monday, but revelations


U.S. and Russia to Cooperate on Space Threats


Russia and the United States will work together to improve protection against meteorites and other space threats, Russia’s emergencies minister said on Tuesday following a joint Russia-US working group meeting in Washington.

Asteroids That Buzz Planet Earth



“We have decided that the US Federal Emergency Management


Just Like China: U.S. Military Caught Censoring Web


The US army has admitted to blocking access to parts of the Guardian website for thousands of defense personnel across the country.

A spokesman said the military was filtering out reports and content relating to government surveillance programs to preserve “network hygiene” and prevent any classified material


Russia to Give Assad Serious Weaponry

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Last week, Noble Peace Prize winner President Barack Obama advised that his administration would be arming the Free Syrian Army with weapons to resist the armies of Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

Furthermore, they would look to implement a Libya-style no-fly zone over the country, which like Libya, would likely involve widespread carpet bombing of suspected


U.S. and Russia’s Cyber Hotline

As leaked details of ongoing network surveillance and espionage programs by the National Security Agency (NSA) continue to stir up international concern about how deep US intelligence is reaching into IT operations worldwide, Russia and the US have taken steps to cooperate on cybersecurity—or at least prevent an accidental cyberwar.

During talks at the


Here we go: Iran Sending 4000 Troops to Syria

Washington’s decision to arm Syria’s Sunni Muslim rebels has plunged America into the great Sunni-Shia conflict of the Islamic Middle East, entering a struggle that now dwarfs the Arab revolutions which overthrew dictatorships across the region.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

For the first time, all of America’s ‘friends’ in the region are Sunni Muslims and


U.S. and Israel Plan How to Target Syria’s Arsenal

52 days after an Israeli general publicly declared that Syria has used chemical weapons against rebels, the Obama administration reached the same conclusion, and used the finding to justify announcing it would send small arms to the side of the victims.

A Free Syrian Army fighter wearing a gas mask, carries his weapons as


NSA Leak Reveals Germany Most Monitored Nation in Europe by U.S.

Germany appears to be the most snooped on EU country by the US, the map of secret surveillance activities by the National Security Agency shows. ‘Boundless Informant’ is among the data disclosed by former CIA contractor and NSA consultant Edward Snowden.

View of Boundless Informant

The color-coded map of secret surveillance activities


New Pakistani Leader Vows End to U.S. Drone Attacks

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s parliament elected Nawaz Sharif as prime minister on Wednesday, marking a historic transfer of power in a country that has undergone three military coups.

Nawaz Sharif

Now Sharif faces the monumental task of leading the country of 180 million people out of its sea of problems, including widespread power outages and militant attacks.


U.S. Drone Operations Controlled from Germany

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US military sites in Germany are playing a key role in the use of American combat drones to target the killing of people in Africa. According to reports from the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and the ARD television programme “Panorama”, the Stuttgart-based supreme command of the United States Africa Command (US Africom) and the Air Operations


The End of the “Swiss Bank Account” Tax Haven

Switzerland has accepted a United States demand to settle a dispute over the alleged complicity of Swiss banks in tax evasion by Americans, Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf announced Wednesday.

“This is both a good and a practical solution,” Widmer-Schlumpf told reporters after a cabinet meeting approved the draft accord.

She indicated that the Swiss


U.S. Prison Population: 784% in 10 Years

From 1999-2010, the total U.S. prison population rose 18 percent, an increase largely reflected by the “drug war” and stringent sentencing guidelines, such as three strikes laws and mandatory minimum sentences.

However, total private prison populations exploded fivefold during this same time period, with federal private prison populations rising by


U.S. Senate Declares Support for Israeli Attack on Iran


Vote urging support should Israel be forced to act passes Senate unanimously; ‘resolution makes clear nuclear Iran not an option’ co-sponsor says.

In a show of force, the United States Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution urging an uncompromising US stance against Iranian efforts to acquire nuclear weapons,


U.S. Rendition Flights Were Heavily Supported by U.K.

The Rendition Project suggests aircraft associated with secret detention operations landed at British airports 1,622 times

US warplanes in Diego Garcia

The UK’s support for the CIA’s global rendition programme after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US was far more substantial than has previously been


Iran Executes 2 Spies – ‘working for Israel and the US’

Iranian authorities have executed two men convicted of working for Israeli and USspy agencies, Iran’s Fars news agency reported.

Mohammad Heidari, accused of passing security-related information and secrets to Israeli Mossad agents in exchange for money, and Kourosh Ahmadi, accused of gathering information for the US Central Intelligence Agency, were hanged at dawn, it


CIA Agent Busted Trying to Recruit Russian Agent

Promises of millions, a new face and detailed instructions on a double-agent conspiracy in Moscow. Bearing the hallmarks of a Cold War spy thriller, Russia’s counterintelligence agency says it nabbed a CIA officer trying to flip a Russian operative.

Ryan C Fogle, 3d secretary of US embassy, was detained in Moscow by the Russian


China Denies Latest U.S. Cyber Attacks


China has denied fresh US claims it is sponsoring cyber-attacks and said the countries should cooperate against the global threat of computer crime.

The accusations in the latest Pentagon report on the Chinese military are “irresponsible and harmful to the mutual trust between the sides, Senior Col. Wang Xinjun, a People’s Liberation Army researcher,


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