Edward Snowden Goes Grocery Shopping in Moscow, Just Like Regular People


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A Russian tabloid has posted a photo it claims is of the former NSA-contractor Edward Snowden jaywalking in Moscow while pushing a cart full of groceries. The 30-year old hasn’t been spotted publicly since he walked out of the Moscow airport and went into hiding after being granted asylum in Russia. He is wanted in the United States for leaking a trove of documents detailing a massive domestic surveillance program at the National Security Agency.

The blurry image can be viewed on the website Life News here.

No telling what’s in those grocery bags, but according to Life News, Snowden looks like he’s holding up alright.

After all, a man needs to eat, even if he’s as rail thin as Snowden appears to be. “As you can see the…

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After Botched U.S. Raid, Somalis Fear Looming War With Al-Shabab


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On Oct. 5, the same day the U.S. whisked leading al-Qaeda operative, Anas al-Liby, from his home in the Libyan capital to a suspected holding cell aboard a ship in the Mediterranean, it tried a similarly audacious operation in Somalia. Unfortunately for the Pentagon, the second raid, aimed at a suspected leader of al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group based in southern Somalia, did not succeed. The target of the strike, Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, a Kenyan al-Shabab fighter better known by his nom de guerre Ikrima, managed to escape a covert, amphibian American assault on his hideout in the seaside town of Baraawe. A firefight between U.S. Navy SEALs and al-Shabab fighters led to at least two al-Shabab deaths—one a Sudanese national and another of Somali-Swedish extraction, according to Omar Jamal, the First Secretary of the Somali mission to the UN. The operation was celebrated by some in the capital…

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Report: Navy Seals Aborted Somalian Raid Because Children Were Present


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A special operations force cut short its mission to capture a terror suspect in Somalia Friday in part because a group of children unexpectedly showed up, NBC reports.

The Pentagon acknowledged Monday that the U.S. attempted and failed to capture Ikrima, a Kenyan of Somali origin linked to the Somali terror organization al-Shabab.

Citing military sources, NBC says sailors from the elite Seal Team 6 snuck onto the beach, arrived at the compound and identified Ikrima before being spotted by an al-Shabab fighter. That fighter called in others and began firing, putting the special operations team under siege. The Seal Team withdrew back to the beach in part because it believed a sustained firefight would endanger a group of nearby children, according to NBC.

The team withdrew uninjured, NBC reports.

In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, “While the operation did not result in Ikrima’s capture, U.S. military personnel conducted…

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Newsflash: Putin Smiles!


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Vladimir Putin’s facial expressions range from straight-faced to granite-faced. On the rarest of occasions, say when he’s snuggling a Bulgarian shepherd dog, he may indulge in a hint of a smile. But at this week’s APEC conference, Putin flashed a grin so big and wide, it rendered his face nearly unrecognizable.

The source of his amusement? The APEC tradition of donning clothing from the host country and gathering on stage for a fashion show. This year’s runway included Putin in bright green and Kerry in vivid purple. The colors may have clashed, but for once the U.S. and Russia appear to be getting along grandly.

[Washington Post]

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Obamacare Chief Defends Rocky Start on The Daily Show


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Appearing on The Daily Show Monday night, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius faced a friendly pro-health reform host in Jon Stewart, but even he chided the country’s top Obamacare bureaucrat for the rocky start of Affordable Care Act, which has been riddled with computer glitches and crashes.

“The Obamacare implementation has left a lot to be desired. What a great opportunity for the opposition party to offer a reasonable alternative,” said Stewart. “For those of us who are somewhat believing that the opposition right now in Washington are crazy people…it feels like it’s frustrating to defend something that is less than ideal or is functioning at what seems to be a level of incompetence that is larger than what it should be.”

Indeed, the rollout of the first major piece of the health care law has been a mess, which might have created an opening for Republicans who…

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Fiery, Metal-Melting Explosions at NSA Data Center Stump Investigators


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The NSA’s new data-storage center in Utah has suffered a series of mysterious meltdowns in the past year.

Officials told the Wall Street Journal that 10 fiery explosions, known as arc-fault failures, have ripped apart machinery, melted metal and destroyed circuits. The repeated meltdowns have delayed the opening of the one-million square foot facility by 12 months.

Investigators have not yet determined the root cause of the electrical failures, nor have they agreed upon a solution that could prevent the explosions from happening again.

[Wall Street Journal]

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North Korea Puts Troops on War Footing and Warns of “Horrible Disaster”


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Pyongyang has put its forces put on high alert after U.S. warships entered the South Korean port of Busan in preparation for a joint military exercise with Seoul and Tokyo.

On Monday Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Pyongyang regime, called the exercise a “bellicose attempt to escalate the situation on the Korean Peninsula […] by openly threatening it with nukes,” referring to the presence of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. (The U.S. has a policy of neither confirming nor denying whether its ships are equipped with nuclear armaments.)

A North Korean military spokesman said that the U.S. would be “wholly accountable for the unexpected horrible disaster” that faced its “imperialist aggression forces.”

Hostile rhetoric is a common tactic used by the North Korean regime, in order to further its domestic and international agenda. Experts view this latest statement as another attempt to pressure the U.S. into…

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