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When Mobsters Meet Hackers – the New, Improved Bank Heist

By Jeremy Wagstaff and Jim Finkle March 31 – No need for stocking masks and sawn-off shotguns. The unprecedented heist of $81 million from the U.S. account of Bangladesh’s central bank is the latest among increasingly large thefts by criminals who have leveraged the speed and anonymity of hacking to revolutionise burgling banks. Hundreds of

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Daesh Commander Still Alive, Badly Wounded: Syrian Observatory

BEIRUT, March 10 – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday that Daesh’s military commander was badly wounded but still alive, appearing to contradict U.S. officials who said he was likely killed in a U.S. air strike. The U.S. officials said on Tuesday that Abu Omar al-Shishani, also known as Omar the Chechen

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Israel’s Netanyahu Declines Offer to Meet With Obama

By Matt Spetalnick and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, March 8 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined an offer to meet U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House later this month and canceled his trip to Washington, the White House said on Monday. Netanyahu’s decision to nix his U.S. visit marked the latest episode

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French Special Forces Waging “Secret War” in Libya – Report

PARIS, Feb 24 – French special forces and intelligence commandos are engaged in covert operations against Daesh militants in Libya in conjunction with the United States and Britain, the French newspaper Le Monde reported on Wednesday. It said President Francois Hollande had authorised “unofficial military action” by both an elite armed forces unit and the covert

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U.S., Russia Hold Talks on Syria Ceasefire Ahead of U.N. Meeting

GENEVA, Feb 19 – U.S. and Russian military officials have held talks in Geneva ahead of a wider meeting on Friday aimed at trying to secure a cessation of hostilities in Syria, diplomats said. The unannounced bilateral meeting was aimed at narrowing positions before the two powers jointly chair a United Nations meeting on the

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Obama to Make Historic Trip to Cuba in Coming Weeks

By Patricia Zengerle and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Feb 17 – President Barack Obama will visit Cuba in the coming weeks, a senior administration official said on Wednesday, making a historic trip in the final year of his presidency that will mark a turning point in U.S. relations with a long-time Cold War foe. The White

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Iran Warns U.S. Warship to Leave Area of Naval Exercise

DUBAI, Jan 27 – Iran’s navy on Wednesday warned a U.S. warship to leave an area of the Sea of Oman where the Iranians were holding an exercise, the Tasnim news agency said. The agency, close to the Revolutionary Guards, reported that after the warning to the vessel, it left the area instantly and “the

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Confident Trump Says Could ‘Shoot Somebody’ and Not Lose Voters

By Steve Holland and Ginger Gibson PELLA, Iowa /ANKENY, Iowa, Jan 23 – U.S. Republican front-runner Donald Trump expressed confidence on Saturday that he could push back attempts by his rivals to knock him off his top perch, saying he could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody,” and still not lose voters. Nine

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Iraqi Minister Says “Blackmail” Behind Kidnapping of U.S. Citizens

CAIRO, Jan 22 – Iraq’s defence minister said on Thursday the three Americans who went missing in Baghdad last week had been seized by an “organised gang” that carries out abductions for “blackmail”. In an interview with Reuters in Cairo, Khaled al-Obaidi said the kidnappers spotted the three Americans as they repeatedly visited the same

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U.S. Offers Turkey Technology to Block Daesh at Syria border

By Warren Strobel, Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Jan 21 – The United States is accelerating efforts to help Turkey clamp down on its border with Syria, senior U.S. officials said, and for the first time will offer technologies to Ankara to help it secure the frontier. Washington and Ankara have been discussing for

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