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89 Killed in Suicide Blast in East Afghanistan

Suicide blast East AfghanistanA suicide car bombing in Afghanistan killed at least 89 people Tuesday, with more than 40 people also wounded in the attack in the country’s eastern Paktika province, according to an Afghan general. Meanwhile, in the capital Kabul, a remote control device concealed along a roadside killed two employees of President Hamid Karzai's media office and wounded five, police said.

In Paktika, a suspected militant detonated his explosives-packed vehicle near a crowded market and a mosque in the Urgun district of the province in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

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Undocumented Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Detained At The Border

Jose Antonio VargasPulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas was arrested Tuesday after attempting to board a plane out of McAllen, Texas, according to United We Dream, an immigration advocacy group.

On July 10, Vargas, who is an undocumented immigrant, flew to the small border town with a camera crew from his own organization, Define American. Vargas, like many other immigration activists, was there to interview and film undocumented minors fleeing escalating violence in their home countries in Central America. But what Vargas didn't know is that in order to leave the border town, he would need to pass through an interior U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint set up within 45 miles of McAllen.

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Two Florida police officers off the force after FBI ties them to the Ku Klux Klan

David BorstTwo police officers in Fruitland Park, Florida are off the force after an FBI investigation exposed the men's ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

The FBI passed the information contained in their confidential report on Deputy Police Chief David Borst and Officer George Hunnewell on to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who alerted Fruitland Park Police Chief Terry Isaacs, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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Benghazi suspect Faraj al-Shibli found dead

Faraj al-shibliThe body of Benghazi suspect Faraj al-Shibli was found Monday in the eastern Libyan town of Marj. The circumstances of his death have not yet been disclosed.

According to a CNN report, an unidentified Libyan source said al-Shibli was last seen alive on Saturday or Sunday in the custody of a local militia in Marj.

Al-Shibli had been questioned in 2013 by the FBI in the presence of Libyan authorities about the September 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Al-Shibli's suspected role in the attack is unclear.

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US deports Honduran child migrants

Honduran child immigrantsThe United States deported a group of Honduran children — some as young as 18 months old — on Monday. They were the first to be sent home since President Barack Obama pledged to speed up the process of sending back illegal immigrant minors from Central America.

Fleeing violence and poverty, tens of thousands of children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have crossed into the U.S. over the past year, testing U.S. border facilities and sparking intense debate about how to solve the problem.

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Moscow subway derailment kills 19, injures scores more

Moscow subway deathsNineteen people were killed Tuesday and up to 120 injured when a Moscow underground train derailed between two stations during morning rush hour, the country’s Emergencies Ministry said.

Russia's investigative committee said it was looking into the causes of the accident. It said, however, there was no suspicion of that it was a militant attack, the cause of scores of deaths in Moscow's underground in years past.

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States With Fracking See Surge In Earthquake Activity

frackingStates where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.

Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is pumped into injection wells, which send the waste thousands of feet underground. No one knows for certain exactly what happens to the liquids after that. Scientists wonder whether they could trigger quakes by increasing underground pressures and lubricating faults.

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UK intelligence agency has tools to manipulate online information, leaked documents show

UK intel toolsThe UK intelligence agency GCHQ has developed sophisticated tools to manipulate online polls, spam targets with SMS messages, track people by impersonating spammers and monitor social media postings, according to newly-published documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The documents – which were published on First Look Media with accompanying analysis from Glenn Greenwald – disclose a range of GCHQ "effects" programs aimed at tracking targets, spreading information, and manipulating online debates and statistics.

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Emerging nations plan their own World Bank, IMF

emerging nations Fed up with U.S. dominance of the global financial system, five emerging market powers this week will launch their own versions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa —the so-called BRICS countries — are "seeking "alternatives to the existing world order," said Harold Trinkunas, director of the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

At a summit Tuesday through Thursday in Brazil, the five countries will unveil a $100 billion fund to fight financial crises, their version of the IMF. They will also launch a World Bank alternative, a new bank that will make loans for infrastructure projects across the developing world.

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