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U.S. trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show. Invasion ...

Study claims Gibraltar cave art was made by Neanderthals

Sep 2, 2014

Study claims Gibraltar cave art was made by Neanderthals

A series of lines scratched into rock in a cave near the southwestern tip of Europe could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought. The cross-hatched engravings inside Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar are the first known examples of Neanderthal ...

Cameron announces tougher measures against homegrown jihadists

Sep 2, 2014

Cameron announces tougher measures against homegrown jihadists

Prime Minister David Cameron announced tougher measures Monday against Britons planning to fight in Iraq and Syria, and battle-hardened jihadists who could return to launch attacks on home soil. Cameron said his government would draw up measures to ban suspects who are British nationals ...

Sep 2, 2014

Action-packed TV might make you snack more, study suggests

Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That’s the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show. Cornell University researchers randomly assigned almost 100 undergraduates to watch one of three 20-minute sessions ...

Sep 2, 2014

U.N. Human Rights Council to send mission to Iraq to probe IS crimes

The U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday unanimously agreed to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate Islamic State atrocities, as Baghdad warned the country was “facing a terrorist monster.” The 47 members of the United Nations’ top rights body accepted without a ...

NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia

Sep 2, 2014

NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia

NATO leaders this week will be asked to approve creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment and supplies in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations there against potential Russian aggression, the alliance’s secretary general said Monday. “The Readiness Action ...

Sep 2, 2014

Turkey summons U.S. envoy over Snowden spying claims

Turkey on Monday said it had summoned the U.S. charge d’affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a leak by Edward Snowden that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006. Der Spiegel reported that as well as sharing intelligence with NATO ...

Sep 2, 2014

Al-Qaida kills three Yemen 'spies' for allegedly aiding U.S. drones

Al-Qaida militants have executed three men they accuse of planting electronic chips in the network’s vehicles to help U.S. drones target them, a security official said Monday. Scores of al-Qaida suspects, including some of the network’s leaders, have been killed in drone strikes in ...

U.S. urges Israel to reverse plan to seize West Bank land

Sep 2, 2014

U.S. urges Israel to reverse plan to seize West Bank land

The United States urged Israel on Monday to reverse its latest plan to seize Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area of the occupied West Bank. “This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve, and construction tender they issue, is ...

Sep 2, 2014

Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at U.S.

Cuban ex-President Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance’s representatives to the Nazi SS. In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island’s communist ...

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Sep 2, 2014

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents on Monday as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a “great war” that could claim tens of thousands of lives. The sense of foreboding in Kiev came as European-mediated talks over the ...