Google uncovers Russia-paid ads to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election

The Washington Post is reporting that Google has for the first time uncovered evidence that Russian operatives used the Internet giant’s platforms in an effort to  interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “Russian agents” spent tens of thousands of dollars on advertisements on YouTube, Gmail, Google search, and other products in an attempt to […]

Spain’s constitutional court suspends Catalan parliament session in attempt to block independence

Spain’s constitutional court has suspended a session of the Catalan parliament scheduled for Monday in which local leaders were expected to declare Catalonia’s unilateral independence from Spain. The ruling followed a legal challenge by the Catalan Socialist Party, which opposes secession, according to El Pais newspaper. FRANCE24

Spain is trying to block Catalonia’s independence referendum

The regional government of Catalonia, one of the wealthiest regions of Spain, plans to hold a referendum on independence from Spain on Sunday. That’s a problem. Spain’s Constitutional Court has ruled that a regional government cannot call a referendum, because Spain’s constitution does not recognize the right to self-determination and establishes that sovereignty resides with […]

Al Qaeda affiliate mining uranium to send to Iran, Somalia warn U.S.

An Al Qaeda affiliate has seized control of uranium mines in Africa with the intent of supplying the material to Iran, according to a diplomatic letter from a top Somali official appealing to the U.S. for “immediate military assistance.” The letter, reviewed by Fox News, was addressed to U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Stephen Schwartz. Somalia’s […]

Miss Lebanon stripped of title after her Israel visit is revealed

The winner of a Lebanese beauty pageant has been stripped of her title just one week after winning her crown, local media has reported. Swedish-Lebanese Amanda Hanna won Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2017 earlier this month but was told she was no longer allowed to hold the position after organisers discovered she had previously visited neighbouring […]

Rebels claim shooting down Syrian military jet and capturing its pilot, army confirms crash

A Syrian rebel group said it shot down a government warplane on Tuesday and captured its pilot alive near a ceasefire zone in the war-ravaged country’s south. The Ahmad al-Abdo Forces shot down the Syrian government MiG-21 near Wadi Mahmud in the southern province of Sweida, the group’s communications head Fares al-Munjed told AFP. “The […]

Truce goes into effect in another Syria ‘safe zone’

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia’s Defense Ministry announced a cease-fire for a third safe zone in war-torn Syria on Thursday, paving the way for the delivery of sorely needed humanitarian relief to rebel-held areas north of the city of Homs. In central Syria meanwhile a swap between Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group and Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate ended […]

Protesters, troops clash ahead of Sunday vote

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro are calling for continued protests ahead of Sunday’s controversial election, a day after demonstrators clashed with national guard troops in the capital in defiance of a protest ban. Opposition leaders have vowed unrest before the election of a “constituent national assembly” that would rewrite the constitution at Maduro’s request […]