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This Recovered ISIS Laptop Includes Plans for A Bubonic Plague Bomb, Among Other Things

Back in January, a group of moderate Syrian rebels raided an ISIS hideout in the Syrian province of Idlib, not far from the Turkish border. Though they didn’t find massive heaps of guns or cash, they did find something that may prove to be much more valuable: a laptop left behind one of the Islamic State fighters. Earlier this week, Abu Ali, the commander of the group that led the raid, handed over the laptop to reporters from Foreign Policy. The contents

U.S. Announces Plans to Send Tanks and Troops to Eastern Europe

Following reports earlier this week of over 1,000 Russian troops and more than 100 Russian tanks crossing over into Ukraine, the U.S. has announced plans to send American tanks and troops to participate in military drills alongside the United States’ NATO allies. About 600 troops from the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (also known as the “Iron Horse brigade”) will deploy from their base in Fort Hood, Texas in October. But unlike the 173rd Airborne Brigade troops that they are replacing (on

Russian Army Wives Demand Answers About Their Incognito Husbands

Yesterday, the U.S. State Department confirmed that over 1,000 Russian troops and armored vehicles had crossed the border into Ukraine and engaged in the fighting there. Despite satellite imagery released by NATO showing the Russian forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin is still denying that the troops and weaponry are of Russian origin. Now, even people within Russia want some answers. Yesterday, several dozen mothers and wives gathered outside of a Russian military base in Kostroma, about 200 miles north of Moscow. The women

1,000 Russian Troops Have Crossed Into Ukraine, Along With Tanks and Heavy Armor

For the past week or so, there have been a number of reports coming out about Russian troop movements across the Ukrainian border. Finally, earlier today, officials from the U.S. State Department confirmed that around 1,000 Russian troops (as well as other heavy weaponry) had crossed over the border to join pro-Russian rebels in southeastern Ukraine. U.S. officials said that Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers fought alongside these pro-Russian rebels in two skirmishes with Ukrainian government forces today: one in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, and

How Much Is A $100 Worth In Your State?

If you’ve ever traveled outside of the country, you’ve probably had to exchange your U.S. dollars for the currency of the country you’re visiting. Based on the exchange rate, your money usually becomes more valuable (unless you’re traveling to Europe). But while we don’t typically think about our money having different values when we travel within the U.S., there are actually huge differences in purchasing power from one state to another, based on a recent report from the Tax Foundation. For example, $100 in Washington D.C.

How A Thunderstorm Shapes Air Traffic Around the World’s Busiest Airport (GIF)

If you have ever traveled within the United States, chances are that you have probably had a connection that takes you through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport. The airport has been the busiest in the world since 2005, and currently averages more than 250,000 passengers per day. Though it may seem strange that Atlanta is the center of air traffic in America, the airport is actually within a 2-hour flight of 80% of the U.S. population, making it an ideal travel hub. Atlanta’s

Liberators or Terrorists? The Origins and History of Israel and Hamas

As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages on, much of the focus lately has been on Hamas. Critics say the group is a terrorist organization that wants nothing but to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. Supporters say Hamas, which represents the only organized Palestinian military force, is a coalition of freedom fighters and liberators defending the Palestinian people. But where did the organization even come from? And how has is it become what it is today? Thinking you can understand the current

France Is Proposing A Law Forcing Supermarkets to Donate Their Unsold Food to Charity

I often hear people saying that there are not enough resources for everyone on the planet, arguing that poverty and inequality are a natural result of scarcity (the idea there’s not enough resources to go around). But these people fail to consider one extremely important yet rarely-discussed issue: Food wastage is a HUGE problem in the developed world. The World Food Organization (WFO) is the international food assistance branch of the United Nations. It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization and works to address hunger

Why This World Famous Gunmaker’s Newest Gun Has Gun Rights Activists Up In Arms

Ernst Mauch is a legend in the firearms industry. In his 30 years at the legendary German gunmaker Heckler & Koch, Mauch became a sort of folk hero in the gun world, designing some of the most deadly firearms in the world, including the one which reportedly killed Osama bin Laden. But Muach’s new gun has turned him from hero to villain overnight in the eyes of many gun rights activists. But how could a famous gunsmith make gun-lovers mad

Journalists Record Footage of Hamas Assembling and Firing Rockets Right Next to Their Hotel

As the conflict rages on between Israel and Hamas, one of the biggest criticisms of the militant group is their strategy of embedding themselves within the civilian population in Gaza so as to force Israel to incur civilian casualties when they retaliate. There have been reports that Hamas has launched rockets from crowded apartment buildings, hospitals and schools, though every report comes with another denying Hamas’ responsibility. Earlier today, however, Indian journalists working for the New Delhi TV broadcasting company

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