Thieves Break into German Military Compound, Steal Weapons from Armored Carrier

Unidentified thieves stole weapons from inside a Fox armored personnel carrier after breaking into a military facility in northern Germany, the Bundeswehr confirmed to local media. The perpetrators stole two G36 assault rifles, one P8 pistol, one flare gun, two magazines without ammunition, two radio devices, and a pair of binoculars, Die Welt reported, adding …

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Top British Universities Found Producing ‘Fake Research’

Hundreds of allegations of “fake research” conducted at some of the UK’s top universities were reported between 2011 and 2016, figures show. According to figures released by 23 of Britain’s 24 Russell Group universities following Freedom of Information (FoI) requests submitted by the BBC, the scale of fraudulent research is much higher than official Research …

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Has There Been a “Nuclear Incident” in the Arctic?

There have been rumblings regarding some sort of nuclear incident—or possibly incidents—in the Arctic over the last month. Multiple reports, some of them from official monitoring organizations, have reported iodine 131—a radioactive isotope often associated with nuclear fission—has been detected via air sampling stations throughout the region. The first detection of the isotope came during …

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5 Strange Things about the Berlin Terror Attack

As the investigation and manhunt for the truck driver continue, here are five things to consider. 1) Merkel’s reaction. A horrendous terror attack on a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday evening left 12 people dead and 48 injured. Chancellor Merkel, however, only addressed the public next day, some 15 hours after the tragic event. …

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Migrants Get All the Blame Time and Time Again

The recent truck massacre in Berlin and the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey have once again raised the spectre of the West’s “migrant crisis”. The person initially arrested for the Berlin incident was a Pakistani, reportedly both migrant and Muslim, even though there is no evidence he was actually involved. Although the shooter …

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The Berlin Truck Terror Suspect and the Curious Matter of ID Papers Left Behind

Not the First Time a Terror Suspect Apparently Left a Paper Trail — or Was Previously Known Today, WhoWhatWhy has seen heavy traffic coming from Google searches that point to a story we ran almost two years ago. Why the sudden interest? It took us only a moment to discover the connection: We had written about the …

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FILE PHOTO: Medhanie Yehdego Mered (2nd L), 35, is pictured with Italian policemen as they land at Palermo airport, Italy, following his arrest in Khartoum, Sudan © Italian Police Department / Reuters

British Spies who Busted ‘World’s Most Wanted People Smuggler’ may have got Wrong Man

An Eritrean man accused by British authorities of being one of the world’s “most wanted people smugglers” may actually be a victim of mistaken identity, Italian prosecutors have admitted. In an embarrassing blow to a high-profile investigation led by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and GCHQ, it appears the real Medhanie Yehdego Mered remains at …

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Germany Mulls Deporting Half its Afghan Refugees, Karzai Says it’s a Good Idea

Germany is reportedly seeking to deport around 40,000 of the 79,449 Afghan refugees that have applied for asylum as part of a deal with Kabul. Former Afghan President Karzai said deportations would be “a good solution” for his country’s reconstruction. Berlin wants to deport roughly 40,000 Afghan asylum seekers, including refugees willing to return to …

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