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Netanyahu fires Deputy Defense Minister Danon who was highly critical of Gaza strategy

Danon firedPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) on Tuesday.

Danon had been highly critical of Netanyahu's security policies, often attacking the prime minister from the Right.

Netanyahu reportedly wrote in his decision to fire Danon, "At a time that the Israeli government and the IDF are at the height of  a military campaign, it cannot be that the deputy defense minister attacks the leadership of the state."

Netanyahu reportedly wrote in his decision to fire Danon, "At a time that the Israeli government and the IDF are at the height of  a military campaign, it cannot be that the deputy defense minister attacks the leadership of the state."

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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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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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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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Church of England Approves Women Bishops

Church of England accepts women bishopsThe Church of England has finally agreed that women may become bishops, ending 20 years of bitter compromises since women were allowed to become priests in 1994.

The synod had been threatened with parliamentary action if the measure had failed, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, had prepared contingency plans to dissolve it and call fresh elections if the vote had gone the wrong way.

But the crisis was averted by a change of mind, and vote, among lay members. A previous attempt in 2012 failed when 74 lay members voted against, preventing the required two-thirds majority among the laity.

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Emails shed new light on UK link to CIA 'torture flights'

CIA tortureCrucial logs revealing flights to a British overseas territory when it was allegedly used as a secret US prison are in the possession of the police, the Observer has learned.

The revelation has raised concerns about why, despite repeated demands, details of the flights have not been shared with lawyers and MPs, who for years have been investigating the role played by Diego Garcia, an atoll in the Indian ocean, in the CIA's extraordinary rendition programme.

A Whitehall official was photographed last week carrying documents marked "sensitive" confirming that the logs recording details of planes landing and taking off at the atoll have been handed to detectives. The documents, a series of printed emails and handwritten notes made by the official, reveal internal Foreign Office discussions about the line to take in response to questions about the British territory raised by lawyers and MPs.

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