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Ahead of election, Sweden warns its voters against foreign misinformation

(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…... Read More

Ailing US man sentenced to 15 years in Egyptian prison

(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…... Read More

Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska for second time this year

(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…... Read More

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

(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…... Read More

North Korea to hold 'Mass Games' after 5-year hiatus

(NEW YORK) -- It’s a sight you can only see in Pyongyang: Tens of thousands of performers dancing with military precision to patriotic anthems, as a giant stadium-sized mural of North Korean iconography changes behind them. A spectacle beyond any Olympic opening ceremony. It was one of the largest shows…... Read More

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed at campaign event in Brazil

(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right candidate in Brazil's presidential election, was stabbed at a campaign event on Thursday.Federal police confirmed to ABC News that a 40-year-old suspect in the attack that occurred in Juiz de Fora, about 125 miles north of Rio de Janeiro, had been detained.Bolsonaro,…... Read More

India's top court legalizes gay sex in historic verdict

(NEW DELHI) -- The world's largest democracy just struck down a ban on gay sex.On Thursday, India's top court declared parts of Section 377 unconstitutional, in a historic decision that finally brings to end a colonial-era ban many have long fought to dismantle and that may herald a change in…... Read More

In a first, Royal Academy will exhibit equal number of male and female nudes

(LONDON) -- When the Royal Academy of Arts in London revealed its plans for next year's Renaissance nude exhibition earlier this week, it announced there would be gender parity among the paintings, sculptures and drawings. That is to say, equal numbers of naked men and naked women.Notably, the latter will…... Read More

Four men plead guilty to helping smuggle turtles in candy wrappers

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Four men pleaded guilty in federal court in South Carolina to taking part in an international wildlife smuggling between the U.S. and China, authorities said.Matthew Harrison Kail, 30; Joseph Logan Brooks, 29; and Matthew Tyler Fischer, 25; face up to five years in prison and fines of…... Read More

DOJ announces charges against North Korean hacker for Sony, WannaCry cyberattacks

(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department announced charges Thursday against a North Korean national who U.S. authorities have accused of being behind the massive hack of Sony in 2014 and the Wannacry ransomware attack last year.Park Jin Hyok is identified as an alleged North Korean programmer who is accused of being…... Read More

Kim Jong Un says he still trusts Donald Trump, 'never made a negative comment'

(PYONGYANG, North Korea) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's trust in U.S. President Donald Trump remains unchanged, according to South Korea's special envoy, who met with Kim in Pyongyang on Wednesday."Chairman Kim emphasized that he has never made a negative comment about Trump," Chung Eui-yong, South Korea's top national…... Read More

Asia Argento claims she was 'sexually attacked' by accuser Jimmy Bennett

(NEW YORK) -- Italian actress Asia Argento, who last month was accused of sexually assaulting actor Jimmy Bennett when he was a minor, is now claiming that he was the aggressor.Mark Jay Heller, Argento's new attorney, issued a lengthy statement Wednesday in which he claimed that Bennett, who reportedly met…... Read More

Catholic Church still officially silent after accusations by former Vatican envoy

(ROME) -- Pope Benedict greeted the faithful under sunny skies in St. Peter’s square at his weekly general audience on Wednesday, but made no mention of scandals that have dominated the headlines.The church has not provided any clarification on who knew what and when about the sexual assault allegations, 10…... Read More

UK Parliament set to vote on whether 'upskirting' is a hate crime

(LONDON) -- British lawmakers are set to vote Wednesday on whether "upskirting" constitutes a hate crime in the United Kingdom.The term “upskirting” refers to the act of taking a photograph underneath someone’s skirt or dress without prior consent. Though already illegal in Scotland, the proposed bill will make the offense…... Read More