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Around the World
New Cold War? Russia To Retaliate Against West With Troops on the Ground and Sanctions
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a two-pronged attack against the U.S., Ukraine, and any European ally who chooses to become involved by mustering troops and munitions on the Ukrainian border, and issuing economic sanctions of their own that will be much stronger and more consequential to the U.S. than what President Obama has implemented so far.
Russian Hackers Gather Over a Billion Internet Passwords
A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.
Afghanistan Base Shooting Leaves U.S. General Killed along with 15 Soldiers Wounded
A general became the U.S. military?s highest-ranking fatality in the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday when an Afghan soldier opened fire at a military training academy west of the capital, Kabul -- a bloody reminder of the insider attacks that have been decreasing as international troops prepare to leave the country by the end of the year.
Ceasefire Appears to Be Holding, Details Emerge as Journalists Leave Gaza (Video)
As journalists left the Gaza Strip more details emerged as television crews showed detailed footage of how Hamas assembled rockets and then fired them from residential areas just before a 72-hour ceasefire went into effect. Meanwhile, Israel-U.S. relations have hit a new low after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry haven't spoken since their short phone conversation last week was disconnected due to "communications problems". Lastly, Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said the U.S. and E.U. must "recognize" Hamas as a "legitimate political actor" in order to bring peace to the region.
Inside the United States
U.S. Senate Blocks House Border Security Bills
In a matter of minutes, Senate Democrats on Tuesday adjourned for the summer, blocking a pair of House bills that would have provided nearly $700 million to deal with the surge of immigrants on the southern border and blocked President Obama from expanding an anti-deportation program.
Government Provided Over $2 Trillion in Benefits to Americans
The federal government paid $2,007,358,200,000 in benefits and entitlements in fiscal year 2013 from government programs.
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