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‘Sophisticated tunnel’ found in Toronto, purpose unknown – CBC News

‘Sophisticated tunnel’ found in Toronto, purpose unknown – CBC News

Canadian authorities are investigating the discovery of a large and sophisticated tunnel near the Rexall Centre in Toronto, CBC News reported on Monday, but it remains unclear who dug the tunnel and what its purpose may have been. National security off…

Netanyahu ‘misled’ world on Iran’s nuclear program – cables

Netanyahu ‘misled’ world on Iran’s nuclear program – cables

Israel concluded in 2012 that Iran had not carried out the activities necessary to produce nuclear weapons, even though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned the world weeks earlier that Iran was months away from obtaining such weapons, Al Jazeera reported on Monday.

The report was based on a top-secret cable sent to South Africa by Israel’s Mossad intelligence service in October 2012 that laid out a “bottom line” assessment of Iran’s nuclear work. The cable was one of hundreds of classified intelligence documents obtained by Al Jazeera.

According to the assessment, Mossad believed that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons,” and added that Iran was working to “close gaps in areas that appear legitimate,” which would reduce the time required to produce weapons from the time the instruction is actually given.

That assessment strongly contradicts Netanyahu’s speech at the UN General Assembly less than a month earlier, claiming that Iran was just a few months away from getting enough enriched uranium for the first bomb. As the assessment was dated October 2012, it is unknown whether the assessment is still accurate.

Iran and the 5+1 group, which includes the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany, have been negotiating over the past few years over Tehran’s nuclear program. The Iranian government has repeatedly stated that its nuclear program is for the peaceful purpose of providing energy, but many countries contend that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

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Egypt closes embassy in Yemen amid deteriorating security situation

Egypt closes embassy in Yemen amid deteriorating security situation

The Egyptian Embassy in Sana’a has been closed due to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, where Houthi rebels seized control of the government after the president and his cabinet resigned en masse, Egypt’s state-run MENA news agency reported…

Pyongyang Marathon closed to foreign runners amid Ebola fears – tour operator

Pyongyang Marathon closed to foreign runners amid Ebola fears – tour operator

Foreign runners will not be allowed to participate in this year’s Pyongyang Marathon amid continuing fears over the Ebola virus, a tour operator reported on Monday. It comes more than two months after North Korea had informed tour operators that Ebola …

Kerry to meet Iran’s FM on Sunday as part of nuclear negotiations

Kerry to meet Iran’s FM on Sunday as part of nuclear negotiations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Swiss city of Geneva on Sunday to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of ongoing negotiations over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program, the U.S. State Department said on Th…

Chelsea suspends 3 football fans after Paris metro incident

Chelsea suspends 3 football fans after Paris metro incident

British football club Chelsea has “suspended” three of its fans after a video was posted online that showed Chelsea fans shouting they are racists as they prevented a black man from boarding a Paris metro train, the club announced on Thursday.

“Chelse…

Minnesota teen, 19, indicted for conspiring to support, join ISIS – DOJ

Minnesota teen, 19, indicted for conspiring to support, join ISIS – DOJ

A 19-year-old man from Minnesota has been indicted for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State (ISIS), the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The teenager was arrested after both he and three companions attempt…

Boko Haram leader threatens Nigerian elections, says it ‘will not happen in peace’

Boko Haram leader threatens Nigerian elections, says it ‘will not happen in peace’

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has vowed to disrupt the upcoming general election in Nigeria, according to a video recording released on late Tuesday in which he rejects the principles of democracy and says the elections will “not happen in peace, e…

Reports: ISIS militants burn 45 people to death in western Iraq

Reports: ISIS militants burn 45 people to death in western Iraq

Islamic State (ISIS) militants in western Iraq have burned to death as many as 45 people after they had been accused of working with Iraqi security forces, according to reports published on Tuesday. Few details about the killings were immediately avail…

5 French teens arrested over desecration of 250 Jewish graves

5 French teens arrested over desecration of 250 Jewish graves

Five teens ages 15 to 17 were arrested Monday for allegedly defacing hundreds of graves at a Jewish cemetery in Sarre-Union in northeastern France, close to the border with Germany, French prosecutor Philippe Vannier said.

The prosecutor, cited by the La Voix Du Nord newspaper, said a teenager went to a police station in Sarre-Union on Monday morning and confessed he had participated in the desecration of some 250 graves. He said he had challenged several other teenagers to participate.

“Everyone is saddened and disgusted by what happened ,” said Sarre-Union Mayor Marc Séné, as quoted by the newspaper. Many families who have relatives buried at the cemetery went down there on Monday to examine the extent of the damage, the mayor added.

On Sunday, President François Hollande condemned the incident as an “odious and barbaric” act and pledged to do everything needed to identify and punish those responsible as soon as possible. He is expected to visit the cemetery on Tuesday.

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