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September 8, 2018

Ahead of election, Sweden warns its voters against foreign misinformation

iStock/Thinkstock(STOCKHOLM) -- “If Sweden is attacked, resistance is required,” Swedes were warned this year. A 20-page leaflet, mailed to all households in Sweden and resembling a wartime government communiqué, was, in fact, part of Sweden’s effort to guard against Russian aggression -- a growing concern, particularly as Swedes head to the polls for national elections on Sunday. “Be on the lookout for false information,” the pamphlet warned, in its English translation. “Do not believe in rum..
September 8, 2018

Ailing US man sentenced to 15 years in Egyptian prison

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New York City taxicab driver who was arrested in Egypt when he went to visit his wife and children has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in a case his lawyers call "bogus" and "a disgrace." Moustafa Kassem, whose sentencing on Saturday came in a mass trial with more than 700 co-defendants, was convicted of trying to overthrow the government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The U.S. citizen has already been held in Egyptian jails for five years, sinc..
September 7, 2018

Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska for second time this year

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Two Russian bombers were intercepted off the coast of Alaska recently -- the first flight by the country's bombers off the coast of Alaska since mid-May, according to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). The Russian planes, two TU-95 "Bear" long-range bombers, were flying in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), south of the Aleutian Islands, around noon Saturday when they were intercepted by two F-22 fighters. "The two Russian T..
September 7, 2018

Russia, Iran, Turkey meet in last-ditch try to prevent major refugee calamity in rebel-held Syrian province

iStock/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- The battle for Syria's Idlib province looms large in what could prove to be the bloodiest conflict yet in this long and painful civil war. Located in the northwest corner of Syria, along the border with neighboring Turkey, Idlib is the final stronghold of rebel fighters and jihadist extremists opposed to the Syrian regime. It's a crucial target for President Bashar al Assad. In addition to opposition forces who have sworn to fight to the death, ..