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BBC:Tracking Syria fighters now main task for MI5


Tracking Syria fighters now main task for MI5

Tracking British jihadists fighting in Syria is now the top priority for MI5, the BBC has learned.

It comes after a video appeared to show UK jihadis in Syria trying to recruit people to join them there and in Iraq.

The Home Office said counter-terror police were working to get the video - posted by internet accounts linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) militants - taken off line.

The father of one of the men in the video said it made him "want to cry"


BBC:Argentina's Fernandez de Kirchner wants creditor talks

Argentina's Fernandez de Kirchner wants creditor talks

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has said her government would negotiate with all the country's creditors.

It comes amid signs that Argentina may start talks with investors who refused to take part in two restructurings.

Argentina has been in a bitter row with hedge funds which are demanding full payment for bonds they bought after the country defaulted.

"We want to pay 100% of creditors," the president said on Friday.


BBC:Iraq crisis: Fierce battles for Baiji and Tal Afar

Iraq crisis: Fierce battles for Baiji and Tal Afar

Islamist-led militants and pro-government forces are engaged in fierce battles for the Baiji oil refinery and Tal Afar airport in northern Iraq.

Baiji, Iraq's biggest refinery, is surrounded by the rebels, who say they have seized most of Tal Afar airport.

The fighting comes a day after the US said it would send some 300 military advisers to help the fight against the insurgents.

President Barack Obama stressed that US troops would not fight in Iraq.


BBC:CDC: Possible US anthrax cases rise to 84

CDC: Possible US anthrax cases rise to 84

The number of health workers potentially exposed to anthrax has risen to 84, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said.

The count of those at risk of illness has risen from the 75 initially reported on Thursday.

The US health agency said researchers in a high-level biosecurity laboratory failed to follow proper procedures and did not inactivate the bacteria.

The exposure occurred in Atlanta at the weekend, the CDC has said.


BBC:Syria crisis: Car bomb 'kills dozens' in Hama province

Syria crisis: Car bomb 'kills dozens' in Hama province

A car bomb has killed at least 34 people in a Syrian government-controlled village in central Hama province, state media say.

More than 50 people were reportedly hurt in the attack in Horra village.

The state news agency, Sana, blamed the bombing on rebels who have been fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

More than 160,000 people are estimated to have been killed in Syria's three-year-long uprising.


BBC:Kenyans urged to watch World Cup football games at home

Kenyans urged to watch World Cup football games at home

Kenya's government has urged people to watch World Cup football matches in the comfort of their homes instead of in "crowded and unprotected open places".

The advice comes after two days of attacks on Kenya's coast earlier this week left more than 60 people dead.

They started in Mpeketoni as people were watching football on Sunday.

The interior ministry said that although security had been beefed up across the country, bar and restaurant owners should take extra precautions.


Reuters:China sends four oil rigs to South China Sea amid regional tensions

China sends four oil rigs to South China Sea amid regional tensions

(Reuters) - China has sent four oil rigs into the South China Sea in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its exploration for oil and gas in the tense region, less than two months after it positioned a giant drilling platform in waters claimed by Vietnam.

Coordinates posted on the website of China's Maritime Safety Administration showed the Nanhai number 2 and 5 rigs had been deployed roughly between southern China and the Pratas islands, which are occupied by Taiwan. The Nanhai 4 rig was towed close to the Chinese coast.

The agency did not say who owns the rigs.

Earlier this week, it gave coordinates for a fourth rig, the Nanhai 9, which it said would be positioned just outside Vietnam's exclusive economic zone by Friday.


Reuters:House committee ordered to hearing as SEC probes insider trading

House committee ordered to hearing as SEC probes insider trading

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday directed the House Ways and Means Committee and a staffer to appear at a July 1 hearing to address their alleged refusal to respond to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission subpoenas as part of an insider trading probe.

The order by U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in New York covers both the committee and Brian Sutter, staff director for its healthcare subcommittee and came at the SEC's request.

The SEC said it is examining whether material nonpublic information concerning an April 1, 2013 announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of 2014 reimbursement rates for a Medicare program was leaked improperly, and whether anyone traded on that information.

"This cannot be good for inter-governmental relations between the SEC and Congress," said Bradley Bondi, a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and former counsel to two SEC commissioners. He called the matter a "rare dispute."


Reuters:U.S. spy agencies warned Maliki was 'alienating' Iraq's Sunnis

U.S. spy agencies warned Maliki was 'alienating' Iraq's Sunnis

(Reuters) - U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned top government officials that Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki and his policies were gravely antagonizing his country's Sunni population, two U.S. security officials said on Friday.

The officials said the warnings were contained in secret intelligence reports and analyses presented in the last two years to policymaking officials, including President Barack Obama.

The reports concluded that Maliki and his government were creating so much animosity among Iraq's Sunnis that this would empower and embolden violent militant groups, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Obama is sending 300 military advisers to Iraq to help stop the offensive by the Sunni militant ISIL and is demanding a more inclusive government be formed in Baghdad.


Reuters:Firing a 'warning shot' at an attacker legal in Florida

Firing a 'warning shot' at an attacker legal in Florida

(Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law on Friday that builds on the state's controversial “stand your ground” self-defense rules by allowing citizens to brandish weapons and fire warning shots to ward off attackers.

The warning shot law was inspired in part by the public outcry over the case of a woman sentenced to a 20-year prison term under the state's sentencing guidelines because she fired a gun at her abusive husband, who was not injured.

"Self-defense is not a crime. It’s a constitutional right," said Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association's lead lobbyist in Florida. "Prosecutors have been violating the rights of Florida citizens and this law will stop that."

The case of Marissa Alexander, who was convicted in 2012 of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, ignited protests from supporters who contrasted her treatment with that of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted on self-defense grounds last year in the shooting death of a black, unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin.


Reuters:Ukraine crisis forces U.S. to bolster Europe forces

Ukraine crisis forces U.S. to bolster Europe forces

(Reuters) - Only last year, the U.S. European Command was facing some of the deepest cuts of any region in the U.S. military. Now, after Russia's annexation of Crimea, the Pentagon finds itself focusing on the continent in a way not seen in decades.

    Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama said he would ask Congress for an additional $1 billion to increase Washington's military commitment to the continent.

    Last week, the U.S. Air Force said it had deployed two B-2 stealth bombers to England, joining two B-52s sent earlier this month. The two aircraft are America's premier nuclear bombers.

    Washington has sent additional warships to the Black Sea and the Baltic, F-15, F-16 jets and early warning AWACS aircraft to join ramped up NATO patrols near Russian airspace and troops to train in Germany and Eastern Europe.


Reuters:Sao Paulo protest turns violent as World Cup game ends

Sao Paulo protest turns violent as World Cup game ends

(Reuters) - A street demonstration in Brazil's biggest city ended in violence on Thursday as anti-government protesters vandalized cars and banks and police responded with tear gas.

The protest turned violent just as a World Cup game between England and Uruguay was ending roughly 15 miles (25 km) away on the other side of Sao Paulo. There were no initial reports of injured protesters, a police spokeswoman said, or of foreign soccer fans getting caught up in the violence.

The march started off peacefully as roughly 1,300 people commemorated the one-year anniversary of successful efforts to prevent a transit fare hike. Later, some protesters began breaking storefront windows and setting fires.

Television images showed groups of masked men spray painting graffiti on cars, firing off rockets and smashing public property as police responded with tear gas.


ABC News:Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor, Dies at 90

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor, Dies at 90

 Police Lt. David Spicer took four .45-caliber slugs to the chest and arms at point-blank range and lived to tell about it. Like thousands of other police officers and soldiers shot in the line of duty, he owes his life to a woman in Delaware by the name of Stephanie Kwolek.

Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont Co. chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world.

A pioneer as a woman in a heavily male field, Kwolek made the breakthrough while working on specialty fibers at a DuPont laboratory in Wilmington. At the time, DuPont was looking for strong, lightweight fibers that could replace steel in automobile tires and improve fuel economy.

"I knew that I had made a discovery," Kwolek said in an interview several years ago that was included in the Chemical Heritage Foundation's "Women in Chemistry" series. "I didn't shout 'Eureka,' but I was very excited, as was the whole laboratory excited, and management was excited because we were looking for something new, something different, and this was it."

 
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