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Globe Trot: Emails, emails, emails

International | The leaked documents show communication between Clinton camp and DOJ about email server litigation
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/12/16, 02:15 pm

RUSSIA: The U.S. intelligence community “is confident that the Russian government directed the recent compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavros today denied the claim.

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Globe Trot: Obama arms sales and Yemen’s war

International | Emails indicate the president wanted to soothe Saudi concerns over the Iran nuclear agreement
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/10/16, 03:25 pm

YEMEN: The Obama administration approved $1.3 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia last year, despite warnings from legal advisers the sale could implicate the United States—and U.S. military personnel—in war crimes over the Saudi-led air assault on Yemen. Typically, secretaries of defense and state and the director of intelligence sign off on such arms sales, and at that scale and with this tightly controlled White House, with presidential assent.

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Globe Trot: Gruesome ISIS video marks ‘festival of the sacrifice’

International | The Syrian victims are accused of being ‘U.S. spies’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/14/16, 11:18 am

SYRIA: Islamic State militants marked Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday known as the “festival of the sacrifice,” by hanging prisoners upside down from meat hooks and “butchering them like sheep” in a gruesome new execution video.

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