Iran doubles down on anti-US defiance: ‘Trump’s a clown’

Facing unprecedented international and domestic pressure following turbulent months that nearly brought the country to war with the world’s largest superpower, Iran is doubling down on its strategy of defiance, giving little ground to opponents at home or rivals abroad.…

11 US troops injured in Iranian missile attack on US base in Iraq

  WASHINGTON – Eleven US troops were treated for concussion symptoms as a result of last week’s Iranian missile attack on US military base in Iraq, the US military said Thursday in a statement. “While no US service members were…

Meet the British Orthodox Jew standing up for China’s Uighur Muslims

Standing by the side of the road, a lone protester pivots backwards and forwards to display his sign to every passing car. It reads “3 Million Muslims in Chinese Concentration Camps.” Andrew pitches up at the Chinese Embassy office in…

Greek offer to send peacekeeping troops to Libya could spark ‘indirect’ conflict between Ankara and Athens

Nikos Dendias, the Greek foreign minister, announced that his government was willing to deploy forces to the war-torn North African nation in order to monitor the ceasefire between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord…

Art lovers locked out of Louvre as staff join pension strikes in Paris

PARIS, France — Tourists were turned away from the Louvre on Friday as striking staff blocked the entrance to the world’s most-visited museum. Many visitors had come to see a special exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci which opened in October…

Iraqis capture ISIS mufti so obese a TRUCK has to take him into custody, sparking slew of Twitter memes

Shifa Al-Nima, also known as Abu Abdul-Bari, was seized by an Iraqi SWAT team in western Mosul on Thursday, with security forces saying he was responsible for a fatwa to bomb the city’s Mosque of Prophet Yunus (Jonah). The historic…

Two men jailed for helping Iran spy on dissidents in US

Two men have been sentenced to prison on charges in connection with working on behalf of the government of Iran to monitor a Jewish centre in Chicago and Americans who are members of an exiled Iranian opposition group. Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar,…

‘Monumental’: Scientists successfully grow mysterious ancient organism that could be origin of life as we know it

The previously unknown organism was unearthed on the floor of the Arctic ocean in 2010. It was dubbed Lokiarchaeota in honor of the Loki’s Castle hydrothermal vent where it was found. What made the finding significant was that the peculiar…

Brutal religious ritual kills 7 in remote Panama jungle community

Panama City — Seven people were killed in a bizarre religious ritual in a jungle community in Panama, in which indigenous residents were rounded up by about 10 lay preachers and tortured, beaten, burned and hacked with machetes to make them…

‘Nobody in Poland cares about WWII anymore’: Warsaw ignores 75th anniversary of its liberation from fascism

Warsaw was taken from the Nazis on January 17, 1945, after a large-scale offensive by the Red Army and the Polish forces. The 75th anniversary of the historic victory is marked on Friday, but the capital of Poland isn’t preparing…