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Iran: Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian convicted

Jason ResaianJason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist who has been detained in Iran for more than a year on charges including espionage, has been convicted, according to Iran's judiciary spokesman in a ruling the newspaper blasted Monday as "an outrageous injustice."

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi confirmed the verdict in comments aired on state TV late Sunday night but gave no indication of what punishment the 39-year-old Iranian-American journalist could face. The ruling is eligible for appeal within 20 days, Ejehi said.


Why war crimes charges now extend to the destruction of ancient monuments

New war crimeFor the first time, the International Criminal Court in The Hague has opened war crimes proceedings against an Islamist militant accused of leading in the destruction of historical monuments.

The charges reflect a heightened global concern about the safety of antiquities across the Middle East and North Africa, including in UNESCO world heritage sites. Islamic State and al Qaeda affiliates are increasingly launching deliberate assaults on treasured religious monuments.


Yes, the CIA Director Was Part of the JFK Assassination Cover Up

JFK Assassination cover-up by CIAJohn McCone came to the CIA as an outsider. An industrialist and an engineer by training, he replaced veteran spymaster Allen Dulles as director of central intelligence in November 1961, after John F. Kennedy had forced Dulles out following the CIA’s bungled operation to oust Fidel Castro by invading Cuba’s Bay of Pigs.

McCone had one overriding mission: restore order at the besieged CIA. Kennedy hoped his management skills might prevent a future debacle, even if the Californian—mostly a stranger to the clubby, blue-blooded world of the men like Dulles who had always run the spy agency—faced a steep learning curve.


Islamic State executes 70 members of anti-IS Sunni tribe in Iraq

ISIS executes Sunni tribesmenThe Islamic State executed at least 70 members of a Sunni Arab tribe aligned with the coalition against IS forces, according to a tribal elder.

The victims were with the Al Bu Nimr tribe and were shot Sunday by the militants due to their having relatives serving in Iraqi security forces, Sheikh Naeem al-Gaoud told the BBC.


Edward Snowden interview: 'Smartphones can be taken over'

SnowdenSmartphone users can do "very little" to stop security services getting "total control" over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said.

The former intelligence contractor told the BBC's Panorama that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into phones without their owners' knowledge.

Mr Snowden said GCHQ could gain access to a handset by sending it an encrypted text message and use it for such things as taking pictures and listening in.

The UK government declined to comment.


Missouri governor commutes sentence for condemned man

Missouri governmor commutes death senteceMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday spared the life of a death row inmate four days before the scheduled execution, saying he did so after "significant consideration" of the circumstances but without explaining further.

The death sentence for Kimber Edwards, who had been scheduled to die Tuesday for the contract killing of his ex-wife in suburban St. Louis in 2000, was commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


NHTSA: Fiat-Chrysler under reported deaths and injuries in automobiles

Fiat-ChryslerFiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)  faces allegations from safety regulators at The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the American automaker underreported deaths, injuries and other information required by law.

The NHTSA says a preliminary inquiry found a number of problems with Fiat Chrysler's system for gathering and reporting data.


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