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Iran prepares for cyberwar amid rising tensions, boasts thousands of cyberbattalions

In the aftermath of last month'sSaudi oil field attacks,believed to have been carried out by Iran,cybersecurity experts have detected an uptick in Iranian movement —and they contend it aims to both guard their nation against cyber retaliation and to launch its own attacks in the shadowy arena of cyberspace.

Rep. Ilhan Omar faces challenge from Chris Kelley, a celebrated Iraq war veteran

When Rep. Ilhan Omar ignited steep controversyin March with her September 11 comments, it was then that “some people did something,” and a longtime cop in her neighborhood decided he needed to do more than just bemoan what he perceived as a shocking trivialization of a terrorist attack that tore through the fabric of his beloved country.

Economists use beer as measure to document failures of socialism in new book

With the hot-button word “socialism” sparking intense political debate as Americans brace for the 2020 presidential election, two U.S. economists have completed a global drinking tour – and a book already at the top of Amazon's "beer" category– warning that the socialist lure could lead to a drastic dry-up of the country’s adult beverages.

Alleged Iranian hacker who aided cyber espionage attacks on the US unmasked

For years, “Mr. Tekide” has been well-known as a red flag within international cybersecurity communities. The alias has managed to evade being publicly identified despite being deemed a top malware developer and hacker whose crypters – which are used to conceal malware in an attack – have been used in cyber espionage attacks on the United States and broader West, as well as Sunni Arab countries and Israel.

Alternate social media site rolls out new technique to squash extremist content without violating First Amendment

As prominent social media platforms from Facebook to Twitter to YouTube wrestle with how to stop jihadists, neo-Nazis and other extremists from disseminating their dangerous content online – without infringing on one’s constitutional rights – a somewhat less-known but slowly growing platform has just rolled out a new system that they believe strikes the ever-challenging balance.

Inside Iran’s deadly armory and its capabilities to fight the US

In the hours after Iran is said to have downed a $125 million U.S. surveillance drone over international waters with a surface-to-air missile, despite Tehran’s vehement denials, President Trump gave the green light to retaliatory military strikes before later ordering a halt amid the alarming spike in tensions.

Moscow feels vindicated in the wake of “no collusion”

A sense of victory and vindication emanated from the Kremlin on Monday, following the revelation that the special counsel has now concluded there was no evidence that President Trump had colluded with Russia for a 2016 presidential victory.

British actor who joined anti-ISIS fight says he's having trouble gaining re-entry to England, U.S.

As the final ISIS enclave in eastern Syria shrinks almost into non-existence – a sign that their last fragment of territorial control that once spawned large chunks of Iraq and Syria is almost over – one western fighter, Michael Enright, who left his Hollywood career to take up arms against the brutal insurgency says he has been left languishing without a country to safely return to.

China's Huawei spy risks threaten U.S diplomacy abroad

For months, American officials have been warning that Chinese telecommunications giant is obligated to their government and has the capacity to spy on people in countries where its technology exists.

New California governor recycles bill to limit individual gun sales

Under the new leadership of California’s governor Gavin Newsom, a bill that was previously rejected by the outgoing Jerry Brown has been reintroduced in the legislature and seeks to curtail the number of guns California residents can buy to only one per month.

Trump pushes for breakthrough peace deal between Kosovo, Serbia

The Trump administration is working to score whatit hopes to be another foreign policy win, this time by encouraging leaders from Serbia and Kosovo to sign a peace agreement in a ceremony that could take place at the White House.

New Sacha Baron Cohen series a 'right-wing hit job,' source says

A source familiar with the project – who saw some of the series in its early, rough-cut stage during a private screening at Sony Studios in Los Angeles on the 22nd of March – told Fox News that, at least then, it was nothing more than a Hollywood hit job on Trump supporters and the Republican party.

New Sacha Baron Cohen series a Hollywood hit job on GOP, source says

A source familiar with the project – who saw some of the series in its early, rough-cut stage during a private screening at Sony Studios in Los Angeles on the 22nd of March – told Fox News that, at least then, it was nothing more than a Hollywood hit job on Trump supporters and the Republican party.

Sex cult members detail leader's forced kisses, branding

In the lead-up to A&E’s premiere of its “Cults and Extreme Belief” series, exclusive clips released online feature former members of NXIVM details how she and others – including “Smallville” actress Allison Mack – into the sadistic sex cult by “charismatic” leader Keith Raniere.

Waiter: MLB catcher Bruce Maxwell made up story about service refusal over anthem protest

Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell, 26, claimed this week that a waiter in his Alabama hometown of Huntsville refused him service after identifying him as the MLB player who took the knee during “The Star Spangled Banner” last month – only the waiter has a very different version of events, and told Fox News that was far from what went down.