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Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

Venezuela: captured US spy charged in alleged terrorist plot

World
Venezuela’s chief prosecutor says a U.S. citizen arrested as a suspected spy has been charged with plotting a terrorist attack to sabotage oil refineries and electrical serviceBy SCOTT SMITH Associated PressSeptember 14, 2020, 10:00 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela’s chief prosecutor on Monday said a U.S. citizen recently arrested in the country as a suspected spy has been charged in an alleged terrorist plot to sabotage oil refineries and electrical service in order to stir unrest.The man, alleged to have CIA ties, had help from three Venezuelan conspirators, who were arrested with him last week near a pair of oil refineries on the country's north Caribbean coast, Venezuela's Chief Prosecutor Tarek William Saab said on state
World’s deepest octopus captured on camera

World’s deepest octopus captured on camera

Science
The deepest ever sighting of an octopus has been made by cameras on the Indian Ocean floor. The animal was spotted 7,000m down in the Java Trench - almost 2km deeper than the previous reliable recording. Researchers, who report the discovery in the journal Marine Biology, say it's a species of "Dumbo" octopus.The name is a nod to the prominent ear-like fins just above these animals' eyes that make them look like the 1940s Disney cartoon character.The scientist behind the identification is Dr Alan Jamieson.He's pioneered the exploration of the deep using what are called "landers".These are instrumented frames dropped overboard from research ships. They settle on the seabed and record what passes by. ...
Shooting The Mafia: How female photographer captured the mob

Shooting The Mafia: How female photographer captured the mob

Entertainment
Letizia Battaglia was convinced that one day she would be shot dead. Or worse. She knew better than most the horrific ways in which mafia victims were brutalised and degraded.The death threats came in the form of anonymous phone calls and letters. But she carried on, documenting the mafia's most horrific crimes through photography for almost 20 years, refusing to be cowed. Some of her images were later used as evidence in court hearings. Now 84, Italy's first female newspaper photographer is the subject of award-winning director Kim Longinotto's new documentary film, Shooting The Mafia, which lays bare the ugly realities of life under the Corleonesi mob. Image: Battaglia documented the mafia in Sicily for almost 20 years ...
Black hole swallowing and ripping apart star captured for first time

Black hole swallowing and ripping apart star captured for first time

Technology
A gigantic black hole has been captured pulling in and ripping apart a star for the first time.The star, which was about the same size as our sun, was seen from 375 million light years away warping and spiralling into the gravitational pull of a supermassive black hole, researchers said in the Astrophysical Journal. It was then sucked into oblivion in a rare cosmic occurrence astronomers call a tidal disruption event.NASA's planet-searching telescope, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite - TESS - captured the detailed timeline from beginning to end for the first time. Image: The supermassive black hole swallowed up and destroyed a star the size of the Earth's sun Pic: Nasa graphic Astronomers used a worldwide network of telescop...
Syrian Democratic Forces turn over 150 captured IS fighters to Iraq

Syrian Democratic Forces turn over 150 captured IS fighters to Iraq

World
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces turned over 150 captured Islamic State fighters to the Iraqi Army on Thursday. The Iraqi army received the 150 Islamic State militants "north of the city of al-Qaim," which is 205 miles west of Baghdad, Iraqi Army Col. Mohammed al-Dulaimi said in video obtained by Rudaw. Most of the militants were Iraqis that the Syrian Democratic Forces detained in Syria during clashes around the Islamic State holdout in al-Baghouz. Their future is uncertain. Survivors of Islamic State attacks who want justice and information on where their kidnapped Yazidi family members may remain have been critical of Iraqi Special Forces' treatment of members of the Islamic State. Iraq agreed to repatriate captured Islamic State fighters, making them the secon...