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Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq gave passports to people with ties to terrorism

The stunning postcard-perfect vista surrounding Misael Lopez in this town about one hour from Madrid belies his constant anxiety, even fear. Via: cnn.com That’s because the former legal adviser to the Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq is revealing secrets he says his government doesn’t want disclosed. “I’m concerned about my safety and my family’s safety everywhere I go,” Lopez said as he ...

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U.S. and Brazil Bolster Olympics Security, As ISIS Posts in Portuguese

Worried about possible terrorist attacks at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s government is working closely with American law enforcement and intelligence services to identify threats and thwart potential disasters at the Games. Despite its notorious battles with violent crime, Brazil has largely been spared the kind of brazen terrorist attacks that have rattled much of the world in ...

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Brazil searches for missing Guantanamo prisoner ahead of Rio Olympics

The Brazilian authorities are trying to locate a former Guantanamo prisoner who is believed to have entered the country illegally after disappearing from Uruguay. Abu Wa’el Dhiab, a Syrian national, was released in Uruguay along with five other former Guantanamo inmates in 2014. But his whereabouts are now unclear. Uruguay’s government says that he has crossed the border into Brazil; the Brazilian authorities say ...

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ISIS Recruiting ‘Lone Wolf’ Jihadists in Brazil to Attack 2016 Olympics

The Brazilian government is preparing to thwart attempts by the Islamic State to recruit young Brazilian citizens to orchestrate “lone wolf” attacks in the Latin American nation, particularly during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics. The Brazilian newspaper O Estado de Sao Paolo reports that Brazilian intelligence agencies are gearing up to monitor young people, especially men, who may be ...

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Falkland Islands lie in Argentinian waters, UN commission rules

Argentina’s government is celebrating a decision by a UN commission to expand its maritime territory in the South Atlantic Ocean by 35% to include the disputed Falkland islands and beyond. The Argentine foreign ministry said its waters had increased by 1.7 million square km (0.66 million square miles) and the decision will be key in its dispute with Britain over ...

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Brazil mobilises 200,000 military personnel against Zika virus

Brazil’s armed forces mobilised 200,000 military personnel on Saturday on a “day of action” designed to raise awareness about the risks of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the Zika virus. This is the first time the Brazilian army has deployed in force on home soil since the World Cup in 2014, when soldiers helped to secure Rio de Janeiro ...

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