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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cheat Sheet - The Shadowy Vet Who Tried to Overthrow a Country

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January 06, 2015

A U.S. military veteran was charged on Monday with the bizarre crime of plotting to overthrow the government of Gambia. Papa Faal told FBI agents that other U.S. veterans were involved in his attempt to storm the president's home, reports Jacob Siegel. Now, Faal and his co-conspirator are in U.S. custody, while the whereabouts of his minions who survived the attempted overthrow are unknown.


Thousands of protesters descended on several German cities Monday night to rally against what they refer to as the Islamization of Europe. The Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (Pegida) organized a demonstration of some 18,000 people in Dresden, with other marches in Berlin, Cologne, and Stuttgart. German Chancellor Angela Merkel along with other senior politicians and business leaders spoke out against the group and have urged Germans to reject anti-immigration rallies. Thousands of people organized counterprotests in Berlin, Cologne, and Dresden while lights were shut off at Cologne Cathedral, and Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and TV Tower to show solidarity with German Muslims.


The Pentagon just unveiled its program to train Iraqi troops to fight ISIS—and it's only six weeks long. Even military officials concede the program is insufficient, reports Nancy A. Youssef. After almost a year, the U.S. is no closer to creating the ground forces needed to beat the world's foremost terrorist group.


Police are searching for two men suspected of shooting two NYPD officers responding to a robbery call in the Bronx on Monday night. One officer was shot in the back and the other in the arm (neither injury is life-threatening). The two plainclothes officers approached suspects who had entered a restaurant when one fired on the officers. The officers returned fire before the suspects fled on foot, carjacked a couple, and then abandoned the vehicle and continued on foot. The two cops were not targeted, unlike the Dec. 20 slaying of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, according to police. The shooting occurred just hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton touted record-low crime figures in the Big Apple.


Over the past 12 months, some 170,000 migrants from Syria have fled their war-torn country by way of boat. While many have perished in the high-stakes smuggling racket of human cargo, others are trying to build new lives in European cities. Barbie Latza Nadeau has followed Syrian refugees as they learn to navigate life in Italy and beyond.

Ex-Cyber Chief Sentenced for Child Porn
Gets 25 years in prison.
SpaceX Launch Aborted During Countdown
Delayed until Friday.
Colorado Launches Pot Safety Campaign
$5.7 million initiative.
Fed Judge Halts Arpaio's Worksite Raids
Stops two of Arizona's tough immigration laws.
Egyptian Cops Killed Protecting Church
Two shot dead at Coptic church.

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