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UN Security Council Calls for Ceasefire Between Israel, Hamas

UN Security Council Calls for Ceasefire Between Israel, Hamas

Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The United Nations Security Council called for a ceasefire Saturday in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has resulted in rising casualties in the Gaza Strip. As bombs continue to fall in Israel and Gaza, Security Council President Eugene Richard urged for a comprehensive peace agreement based on a two-state solution between the groups. “The Security Council members expressed serious concern regarding the crisis related to Gaza and the protection and welfare of civilians on both sides.,” Richard said. Officials also emphasized “respect for international humanitarian law.”The unanimous statement by the 15-member council called on Israel and Hamas to stop the rocket lobbies and resume peace talks. “We hope that the Israeli side would abide by it,” said Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the UN.  “We were ready and we worked very hard in order to see the Security Council acting and stopping this carnage earlier.”Israel is targeting civilians, according to Mansour, with 78 percent of those killed including children, women, and the elderly. Amid the attacks, Americans are being evacuated from Gaza. Around 300 American citizens expressed interest with the Jerusalem consulate to leave the area, an official told ABC News. Hundreds of Palestinians with foreign passports will also start the process of evacuating Sunday.
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Hamas Announces “Fierce Missile Strike” Warning for Tel Aviv

Hamas Announces “Fierce Missile Strike” Warning for Tel Aviv

ABC News(TEL AVIV, Israel) — Hamas leaders issued a warning Saturday night, giving an hour notice that it would release “fierce missile strikes” on Tel Aviv. With a statement posted on its website, the alert marks the first time the group announced timing for its slew of attacks. Hamas sent three rockets over the city just after 9 p.m., according to Israel Defense Forces. Iron Dome defense tracked rockets over the center of Tel Aviv to intercept the missiles. Military officials say the Israeli Air Force targeted the rocket launcher in the recent attack to Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. Authorities are expected to ask residents of northern Gaza to evacuate their homes for safety precautions.
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Chinese National Charged in Plot to Steal US Military Data

Chinese National Charged in Plot to Steal US Military Data

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — American officials charged a Chinese citizen in a plot to steal data from U.S. defense contractors. Su Bin, owner of a Chinese aviation technology company, is accused of hacking into computer networks of American contractors and retrieving information linked to military aircrafts and weapons, according to the Department of Justice. The businessman, who has an office in Canada, was arrested in British Columbia on June 28. He allegedly conspired with two others in China to access the computer networks of American companies and steal data from Boeing. Boeing is cooperating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement in addressing the incident. “We remain deeply concerned about cyber-enabled theft of sensitive information and we have repeatedly made it clear that the United States will continue using all the tools our government possesses to strengthen cyber security and confront cybercrime,” DOJ officials told ABC News.
The U.S. is attemting to extradite Bin.
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Netanyahu Vows to Continue Strikes Until Israeli People Are Safe

Netanyahu Vows to Continue Strikes Until Israeli People Are Safe

GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Israeli Prime Minister spoke on Friday in Tel Aviv, Israel regarding the ongoing crisis in Gaza and the missile and rocket launches between Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups.Netanyahu, echoing his statements from throughout the last week, said that Israel would not put up with continued attacks on Israeli civilians. He noted support from Western leaders including President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Francois Hollande, and said that there is no terror target in Gaza that the Israeli Defense Forces will not attack.Netanyahu said that Israel plans to keep up its attacks for as long as its people are under attack.He also said that he was against the Israeli pullout from Gaza in 2005, and that he considers the current tension a direct result of that pullback. He used that cause and effect to argue against a similar pullback in the West Bank.Netanyahu said Friday that his aim was to cover all of Israel with defense systems that can intercept missiles from any distance. The Israeli prime minister said that he was proud of the Israeli citizens for the way they have conducted themselves during the crisis.
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Hagel: US Aware of Military Assistance Given to Iraq by Iran and Russia

Hagel: US Aware of Military Assistance Given to Iraq by Iran and Russia

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Friday that the U.S. is aware of Russian and Iranian assistance to the Iraqi military in its fight against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.Hagel affirmed the government’s knowledge, however, after being asked about Russian and Iranian pilots flying combat missions over Iraq. Hagel didn’t directly address the question, prompting a defense official to clarify later that Hagel was only noting American awareness of general support — not of Russian or Iranian pilots flying missions over Iraq.In recent weeks, Iraq has received aircraft from both Iran and Russia, with questions abound over who is flying the aircraft. Questions that remain unanswered by the Department of Defense.
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Thousands of Ukrainians Flee to Russia as Army Attacks

Thousands of Ukrainians Flee to Russia as Army Attacks

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Last week, Natasha decided she had seen enough. Her hometown of Kramatorsk, in east Ukraine, was pocked by airstrikes. Dead bodies lay in the streets.With the Ukrainian military’s pursuit of pro-Russian fighters intensifying, the mother of three fled, crossing into Russia on Friday. Natasha, who declined to provide her last name for fear of being targeted if she returned to Ukraine, and her children are now among nearly two dozen people crowding into a volunteer’s dacha, or country house, outside of Moscow.They are part of a growing number of Ukrainians who have left their homes as Ukrainian forces step up a fierce fight against rebel forces.In recent weeks, Russian officials have sounded the alarm about a growing humanitarian crisis along their border.“We are really on the brink of a humanitarian disaster,” Vasily Gobulev, the governor of Russia’s Rostov region, said on Wednesday, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency.Yet, like much of the conflict, the scope of the refugee problem remains murky. All that is clear is that many have fled and that the trend appears to be accelerating.Figures provided by the Russian government have been disputed by independent activists who have visited camps along the border.Top Russian officials claim around 500,000 Ukrainians have crossed the border since the start of the year. Of that number, some 180,000 are said to have registered as refugees, including nearly 21,000 children. Over 20,000 have reportedly applied for asylum in Russia.Perhaps in a bid to bolster the credibility of Russia’s claims, state-run media have begun to cite figures from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, which says over 100,000 Ukrainians have fled to Russia. But the U.N. has no permanent presence along the border and Dan McNorton, a UNHCR spokesman, said that his office is only repeating figures cited by Russian officials. The U.N., he said, has no independent confirmation.It is a difficult population to count. Many who cross the border spend only a few days in camps before being transferred to other regions around the country. Others may skip the camps to stay with friends and family, potentially leaving their presence uncounted.The independent observers that are on the scene, however, say the government’s figures appear to be high.Svetlana Ganushkina, a human rights activist who runs the organization Civic Assistance, says her colleagues working along the border report the total number is only in the “tens of thousands.”She said some lack adequate medical care, but gave credit to authorities for providing aid for refugees, unlike past humanitarian crises in, for example, Chechnya.Ganushkina said that, when interviewed, few of the people who fled across the border can say they witnessed bloodshed, but were instead frightened by the increased airstrikes by the advancing Ukrainian forces.Many, she said, expressed hope that eastern Ukraine would follow Crimea in becoming part of Russia, suggesting they had political reasons for fleeing east to Russia.Other Ukrainians, meanwhile, decided to flee west to other parts of the country.There, too, estimating the scale of the displacement is difficult. There is no centralized count and the Kiev government has left the problem up to local authorities.The latest figures from UNHCR, published early last week, said the number of internally displaced Ukrainians had spiked to over 50,000. This week, a UNHCR spokesman had no updated numbers, but estimated it had continued to rise.Yulia Gorbunova, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, just returned this week from a trip throughout the country and estimated the figure to be around 100,000 people.“It’s definitely a huge problem,” she said in a phone interview.She estimated about 75 percent of those internally displaced came from east Ukraine. The rest came from Crimea, the bulk of which are Crimean Tatars who fear persecution now that the region has been annexed by Russia.Back at the dacha outside Moscow, Natasha expressed no interest in the battle for power in Ukraine. She only hopes it will be over soon so that she can go back home.
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United Nations Mission in Afghanistan Proposes Audit of Presidential Election

United Nations Mission in Afghanistan Proposes Audit of Presidential Election

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan proposed an additional audit of the preliminary results of the recent Afghan election.The proposal was presented at a Thursday meeting convened by outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
The UNAMA proposed an audit of all polling stations with over 595 votes, all female polling stations staffed with male workers, any polling center where a candidate received a vote total that was a multiple of 50, all polling stations added for the run-off, among other qualifying standards.Such an audit would likely take up to two weeks. The UNAMA says, however, that because the final results have to be announced around July 22, the scope of a potential audit is limited. Additional auditing could be completed if more time is given, the UNAMA said. Both candidates, Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, had requested a full investigation of the fraud allegations in recent weeks.
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UN Alarmed by Number of Civilian Casualties in Gaza

UN Alarmed by Number of Civilian Casualties in Gaza

Belal Khaled/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(GENEVA) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is concerned about the large number of civilians that have been killed in Gaza after four days of back-and-forth aerial bombardment in the Mideast.”Israel, Hamas, and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza have been down this road before, and it has led only to death, destruction, distrust and a painful prolongation of the conflict,” Navi Pillay said in a statement Friday. “This time around, once again, civilians are bearing the brunt of the conflict. I urge all sides to steadfastly respect their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law to protect civilians.”The recent rocket fire has left at least 100 people dead in Gaza — many said to be women and children — and hundreds more wounded.Pillay warned the Israeli military against targeting civilians in their attacks on Gaza.”For its part, the Government of Israel must take all possible measures to ensure full respect for the principles of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack, during the conduct of hostilities, as required by international humanitarian law. In all circumstances, they must avoid targeting civilians,” she said.
“However, we have received deeply disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes. Such reports raise serious doubt about whether the Israeli strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” Pillay added.
Pillay said every alleged violation of the law must be “promptly, independently, thoroughly and effectively investigated.”
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China Finds Way to Battle Stench of Public Toilets

China Finds Way to Battle Stench of Public Toilets

iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — A unique strain of bacteria may bring some relief to one of China’s most noxious problems, the eye-watering stench of its overflowing public toilets.Public toilets are central to many Chinese neighborhoods because of the lack of private bathrooms, but they are famously foul.“There are too many flies, and the stink is too strong,” said a man, who identified himself as Mr. Sun, as he exited a public bathroom in central Beijing recently.Conditions are even worse in rural areas and the suburbs around Beijing, where open-pit toilets often have no sewer system. Last month, a mother and her son lost consciousness and died after climbing into an open-pit toilet to retrieve a $300-worth phone in Henan Province.Scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences believe they have found a way to make the call of nature less distressing. The scientists have developed a bacterial deodorant powder that can remove the stench. The bacteria, a unique strain of the waste-eating lactobacillus, feed off human waste and eliminates odor.“I expect there to be a very large market for the bacteria, which can be applied to toilets to process feces and landfills to process food remnants,” said Dr. Yan Zhiying, a bacteriologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Chengdu Institute of Biology and the lead scientist in discovering the bacteria.The lactobacillus bacteria feed off human waste and release lactic acid as its waste product, which eliminates the growth of most odor-making bacteria. Though lactobacillus is commonly found in yogurt, cheese and beer, researchers spent years isolating a strain that feeds on human waste and produces lactic acid.However, the bacteria can only function in environments that are over 26 degrees Celsius (or 78.8 degrees Fahrenheit). The strain also reaches optimal effectiveness only as feces accumulate, which means that they will not be as effective in flush toilets.It’s a big problem. The demand for the public toilets is so great that it’s difficult to keep them clean.”Everyday during the lunch hours, the line for the toilets would extend all the way outside, onto the streets. There simply is not enough time to clean the facilities,” said a woman whose job it is to keep them clean on a street named Guijie — “Ghost Street” — filled with popular restaurants. She declined to give her name for fear of angering her bosses at Beijing’s Bureau of Public Health.A woman in her late 50s, who lives in a bungalow nearby and identified herself only as Ms. Xu, said she doesn’t have a toilet of her own, so she relies on the public facilities. “Every morning I have to wait until the first wave of people have finished before I can use” the toilets, she said. And she is distressed by the careless behavior of some of the people who precede her, she said.There are limits, however, to what people are willing to endure.Sun said the new bacteria would help as long as there’s no added costs.  “As long as the mass application of the bacteria does not mean that using public toilets would require a fee,” he said.
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Heat Rises on Corruption Allegations in Qatar World Cup Bid

Heat Rises on Corruption Allegations in Qatar World Cup Bid

TongRo Images/ Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As soccer fans flock to their televisions for the World Cup final this weekend, the FBI and international investigators are looking ahead to allegations of corruption and abuse halfway around the world in Qatar, where the 2022 games are scheduled to take place in one of the hottest places on earth — where daytime temperatures regularly reach 124 degrees.During the World Cup this year in Brazil officials declared the first-of-its-kind water break during a match when the temperature hit the mid-80s, fearing for the health of the players.Before Qatar won their bid for the 2022 World Cup, soccer federation officials were warned in advanced about the potentially dangerous heat in Qatar that makes its capital of Doha look like a ghost town during the day — some 40 degrees hotter than during the pause in Brazil.They were also told about allegations by human rights groups of what the groups called medieval conditions for migrant workers there that could cost the lives of hundreds who will build the new World Cup stadiums. In one migrant living space visited by ABC News last month, 10 beds were stacked together in a single room.But those troubles were ignored in the final vote that came down to Qatar and the U.S., which had named 18 potential host cities. The U.S. lost.Not long after the vote, allegations surfaced that some FIFA members had been bribed to vote for Qatar. Most of the allegations focused on prominent Qatari billionaire businessman Mohammad Bin Hammam, then a FIFA board member accused by The Sunday Times and others of giving cash and lavish gifts.“There’s no doubt about it that he’s going around using a secret slush fund paying football officials all over the place,” Sunday Times reporter Jonathan Calvert told ABC News. The Sunday Times based a recent expose on a cache of “millions” of leaked documents surrounding the bidding.A FIFA vice president from the Caribbean was forced to resign after allegations surfaced that he took more than $1 million from the Qatari businessman. He says he was the victim of a witch hunt.Bin Hammam did not respond to questions from ABC News, but after being thrown out of FIFA three years ago for alleged bribes unrelated to the current allegations, he told Sky News, “I did not give any cash gift to anybody.”Alexandra Wrage worked on an independent panel designed to investigate and combat allegations of corruption in FIFA itself before she quit last year out of sheer frustration.“It was pretty clear…that independent oversight was not welcomed and that more transparency, frankly, was not welcome,” Wrage told ABC News. “I certainly felt as if my role was of window dressing.”FIFA has launched an internal investigation into the Qatar allegations, but officials in the Gulf state maintain they won the vote fair and square. They say that the allegations of corruption are the result of racism. The results of FIFA’s own investigation are expected soon, amid calls for a new vote on who should host the 2022 games.

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Edward Snowden’s Asylum in Russia May Be Extended

Edward Snowden’s Asylum in Russia May Be Extended

Sunshinepress/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Is Edward Snowden preparing for another year in Russia? The former National Security Agency contractor’s asylum there could be renewed as early as next week.Russian migration officials told the Interfax News Agency they still fear that Snowden’s life is in danger and they see no reason to deny his asylum extension request. But Snowden has, in recent months, suggested he’d be happy to move on from Russia — perhaps to Brazil — if he’s able. He’s been stuck in Russia ever since the U.S. canceled his passport last year, and he still risks arrest and extradition if he travels. Snowden has kept out of sight since his arrival in Moscow in June 2013, first hiding out in the airport for weeks and then at an undisclosed location in the Moscow area. He has denied accusations that he’s cooperating with Russian intelligence.
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Mideast Crisis Between Israel and Gaza Continues to Escalate

Mideast Crisis Between Israel and Gaza Continues to Escalate

David Silverman/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — The back-and-forth aerial bombardment in the Mideast has taken a heavier toll on one side. 
The death toll in Gaza has now risen to at least 100 people, with approximately half said to be women and children.  Hundreds more have been severely wounded. 
No Israeli lives have been lost in the current crisis.At least 150 rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel Thursday, and the Israeli military fired back with many more missiles.United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Thursday that the threat of an Israeli ground offensive is preventable only if Hamas stops firing rockets into Israel.In a televised statement after a Cabinet meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “While the campaign has gone as planned, further stages yet await us.” He described what was to come as “tough” and “complex.”“We have struck hard at Hamas and the terrorists, and as long as the campaign continues we will strike at them harder,” Netanyahu said.President Obama spoke with Netanyahu on Thursday and reaffirmed the United States’ condemnation of Hamas rocket fire into Israeli cities.The White House said Obama expressed concern about further escalation of violence and told the Israeli leader the U.S. remained “prepared to facilitate a cessation of hostilities” between Israel and the Palestinians.Obama also expressed condolences to the people of Israel for the deaths of three teenagers last month.The current crisis erupted in the wake of the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens and the killing of a Palestinian teen in apparent retaliation.
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Alleged Cartel Leader Extradited to US from Netherlands

Alleged Cartel Leader Extradited to US from Netherlands

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — An alleged member of the Sinaloa Cartel arrived in San Diego on Thursday after being extradited from the Netherlands.According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Jose Rodrigo Arechiga-Gamboa arrived at San Diego International Airport at about 2 p.m. in the custody of U.S. Marshals and the Drug Enforcement Agency. He was booked into federal custody and is expected to be arraigned on Friday.Arechiga-Gamboa was indicted in December 2013 and charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances intended for importation and conspiracy to import controlled substances. He was arrested on December 30, 2013, and the U.S. requested extradition in January 2014. A Dutch Court considered the request and approved the extradition on May 28.Documents filed in support of Arechiga-Gamboa’s extradition indicate that he worked for the Sinaloa Cartel as a bodyguard and the leader of an enforcement group called “Los Antrax.” In this position, he also provided security for narcotics shipments. He allegedly later became a high-level leader in the Sinaloa Cartel. The Department of Justice says that Arechiga-Gamboa underwent “significant plastic surgery” and attempted to alter his fingerprints, but was still caught. His identity was later confirmed using “forensic techniques.”
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Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Tense Situation in Gaza

Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Tense Situation in Gaza

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to reaffirm the United States’ condemnation of Hamas rocket fire into Israeli cities.Obama expressed condolences to the people of Israel for the deaths of three teenagers last month and expressed concern over the risk of further escalation. He told Netanyahu that both sides need to do everything they can to protect the lives of civilians and restore peace and calm, according to a readout of the call.The U.S. is prepared to facilitate an end to hostilities, Obama said, including a return to November 2012′s casefire agreement.The leaders also discussed the situation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank during Thursday’s call. They also spoke about the P5+1 negotiations with Iran. On the latter topic, Obama ensured Netanyahu that the U.S. would not accept any agreement that doesn’t ensure Iran’s nuclear program exists solely for peaceful purposes.
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UN Names New Special Envoy for Syria

UN Names New Special Envoy for Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The United Nations named Staffan de Mistura the new Special Envoy for Syria on Thursday.Mistura, a 40-year veteran of the U.N. most recently served as president of the board of governors for the European Institute of Peace, an independent foundation that promotes peace and dialogue among members of the European Union. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power welcomed Mistura while noting the challenges he will face immediately in his new position.”Millions of Syrians experience a brutal daily reality: relentless aerial bombardment; the seige of whole communities’ and the Syrian Government’s continued deliberate prevention of life-saving humanitarian assistance from reaching children, women and men in hard-to-reach areas,” Power said in a written statement. With that said, Power noted that the U.S. “stands ready to work with” Mistura and hopes to find a “political solution to the Syrian crisis.”The Syrian Opposition Coalition also released a statement welcoming Mistura’s appointment, stating that they, “look forward to working closely with de Mistura and his team to achieve our joint goal: a political transition to democracy as set out in the Geneva Communique.”
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More Than 50 Percent of World’s Population Lives in Urban Areas

More Than 50 Percent of World’s Population Lives in Urban Areas

moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, according to a United Nations survey.The survey, released Thursday by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs found that 54 percent of the world’s population resides in urban areas. In 1950, that figure was at just 30 percent. The U.N. says that by 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population is projected to be urban.North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe are home to the most urban residents, the survey showed, with over 70 percent of residents in each region living in urban areas. Meanwhile, the rural population of the world, which has continued growing — albeit slowly — since 1950, is expected to reach its peak of an estimated 3.4 billion within the coming years before declining to 3.2 billion by 2050. Africa and Asia represent about 90 percent of the world’s rural population, with India and China being home to over 1.4 billion rural residents.The authors of the survey said that it is often cheaper, and less environmentally challenging to provide public transportation, housing, utilities and sanitation to a densely populated urban area than a dispersed rural population.
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IAEA Releases Statement on Nuclear Material Stolen in Iraq

IAEA Releases Statement on Nuclear Material Stolen in Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The International Atomic Energy Agency released a statement on Thursday related to the alleged seizure of nuclear material by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in near Mosul, Iraq.The organizations says that it “is aware of the notification from Iraq and is in contact to seek further details.” Based on the preliminary information, the IAEA believes the nuclear material involved is “low-grade” and “would not present a significant safety, security or nuclear proliferation risk.”Still, “any loss of regulatory control over nuclear and other radioactive materials is a cause for concern,” the IAEA admits. The White House said on Wednesday night that they did not have independent confirmation regarding the stolen nuclear material.
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Intel Chief in Berlin Gets Das Boot over Spy Row

Intel Chief in Berlin Gets Das Boot over Spy Row

Alex Wong/Getty Images(BERLIN) — America’s top spy in Berlin has been asked to leave the country following a growing alleged espionage scandal in the German capital.“The Federal Government has asked the representative of the U.S. intelligence services at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin to leave Germany,” the German Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Late last week German officials arrested a 31-year-old employee of one of their intelligence agencies for allegedly passing along classified documents to American agents. Then earlier this week, in a case German media described as “more serious,” German authorities reportedly searched the residence of another suspected double agent who reports said worked in the German Defense Ministry.Both the CIA and the White House declined to comment directly on either spy allegation or on the news that the CIA’s man in Berlin has been shown the door.“We have seen these reports and have no comment on a purported intelligence matter,” White House National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said Thursday. “However, our security and intelligence relationship with Germany is a very important one and it keeps Germans and Americans safe. It is essential that cooperation continue in all areas and we will continue to be in touch with the German government in appropriate channels.”The most recent allegation come at an already tense time in German-American relations when it comes to espionage. Months before, German Chancellor Angela Merkel learned that the U.S. had been tapping her personal communications, reportedly along with those of at least 34 other world leaders.Former top American intelligence officials told ABC News Wednesday that it’s not surprising that the U.S. agents spy on its allies, but only that they were caught.“All nations do this, but if you do it, you want to be successful at it. You want to be good at it,” said former CIA and NSA head Michael Hayden. “To do it and be caught is the worst of all possible worlds…If any of this is true, we have embarrassed someone who is unarguably a good friend. That’s our fault. We should not put good friends in those kinds of circumstances.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

How Israel’s Iron Dome Works

How Israel’s Iron Dome Works

DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — With the crisis in the Middle East escalating as Israel and Hamas continue to exchange missile fire, renewed attention has come to Israel’s defense system, the Iron Dome.The anti-missile defense system has been responsible for intercepting militant rockets targeted at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel’s two largest cities.As seen in video footage taken by ABC News, the Iron Dome intercepts missiles mid-air in a matter of seconds.First, the system identifies incoming missiles and then determines whether their range and direction threatens a highly populated area, like a city. If the incoming missile is deemed a threat, then Iron Dome operators launch a counter-missile. This missile will destroy the enemy missile mid-air.

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US Is Trolling the Chinese Embassy in DC

US Is Trolling the Chinese Embassy in DC

iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — During meetings in Beijing this week, Secretary of State John Kerry has been urging the communist nation to improve its abysmal human rights record.
But back in Washington, activists and members of Congress are taking a more in-your-face approach: trying to get Kerry to rename the street outside the Chinese embassy in Washington after jailed activist Liu Xiaobo.
The symbolic move would be a daily reminder to China’s U.S. representatives — but one that some fear could unnecessarily provoke the Pacific giant just as the U.S. is trying to get the relationship back on track.

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