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Terrorism

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CNBC Reuters - Britain's counter-terrorism chief said on Wednesday that two people who are critically ill in hospital in Wiltshire were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent, the same toxin that was used in an attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal.The man and woman, both British, were found unwell at a house in Amesbury on Saturday, close to Salisbury where Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with nerve agent in March.England's Chief Medical Officer said the risk to the general public remained low after a man and woman became exposed to the Novichok nerve agent in southern England."These two patients are in a critical condition following exposure to the nerve agent Novichok," Sally Davies told reporters."As the country's chief medical officer, I want to reassure the public that the risk to the general public remains low." Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2018/07/04/civilians-exposed-to-agent-used-against-ex-russian-spy-sergei-skripal.html...
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BBC News Iraq has executed at least 12 people convicted of terrorism offences.On Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered the "immediate application" of death sentences against convicted terrorists.A day earlier the bodies of eight captives held by the Islamic State group (IS) were found on a road north of the capital Baghdad.Human rights groups have raised serious concerns about trials of IS suspects and mass executions.At least several hundred people, including foreigners, are believed to be on death row for terrorism in Iraq."Based on the orders of Prime Minister Dr Haider al-Abadi, death sentences were carried out on Thursday against 12 convicted terrorists who had received their final sentences," a message on the prime minister's Facebook page read.A Ministry of Justice statement said that 13 people had been executed.The Iraqi government has not released the identities of those sentenced to death. Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-middle-east-44654977...

Things you might not know about the Fourth of July

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9 things you didn't know about the Fourth of July USA Today by Caroline Simon Across the country, Americans will don red, white and blue on July 4 to celebrate the nation's independence with barbecues, parades and fireworks.  The holiday commemorates the Founding Fathers' declaration of independence in 1776. The day has had a fascinating history ever since, rife with quirky coincidences and inventive celebrations.  Want to impress your friends and family at this year's Fourth of July gathering? Check out these facts you might not have known about the holiday. 1. Congress didn't actually vote for independence on July 4.  Twelve of thirteen states approved a resolution for independence on July 2, not July 4, when the declaration was actually adopted. New York didn't vote until July 9. Many of the signers didn't attach their names to the document until August 2.  John Adams famously insisted the annual celebration of independence be...
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InHomeland Security By Isaac Stanley-BeckerThe Washington PostEvery day, the suspected jihadist reports to the police station in Bochum, a city in the heart of the industrial Ruhr region of Germany, where he first arrived as a student in 1997. And every month, he collects about 1,200 euros, or about $1,400, in welfare payments, as Bild, Germany’s top-selling tabloid, announced breathlessly this spring. His wife and children are German citizens.But on Monday, when he paid his daily visit to the police, he was detained, according to German media, in preparation for deportation. The Tunisian man could be mistaken for any other person whose quest for international protection has been threatened by Germany’s increasingly hard-line stance on migration, part of a backlash shaking Europe since Syria’s civil war sent millions of people fleeing for their lives. A similar dynamic is unfolding in the United States, as President Trump has demanded a border...
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Just Security by Eric Rosand and Leanne Erdberg After enduring years of terrorist brutality, citizens of places like Mosul, Mogadishu and Maiduguri can finally enjoy a semblance of normal life, after recent successes in countering terrorism. That makes the U.S. and its international partners in the fight safer too. This week’s first global meeting of heads of national counterterrorism agencies at the United Nations likely will celebrate these success, while at the same time understanding that the threat is far from eradicated. In 18 countries, for example, the self-styled “Islamic State” has shifted from its failed state-building to insurgencies and affiliation with local terrorist groups.U.S. global leadership and action has been a driving force behind many of the counterterrorism successes since 9/11. That kind of robust engagement is needed more than ever to consolidate these gains and prevent the re-emergence and spread of the Islamic State and other terrorist groups....