House votes for one-week extension of DHS funding

Posted By on March 2, 2015

3/1/15
DHS funding
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On Friday, just hours before the partial shut-down of DHS, the House Republican leadership, with the help of Democratic lawmakers, managed to secure a majority for a one-week extension of the funding for the department. The vote for a one-week extension passed 357 to 60 — but not before a humiliating defeat for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and members of the GOP House leadership.

The leadership was convinced it had the votes for a three-week extension, but that proposal was defeated when more than fifty Republican lawmakers bolted and voted against the bill – and their leaders.

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FBI’s biometric data center key to identifying Jihadi John

Posted By on March 2, 2015

3/1/15
Biometrics
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Last week, British security authorities inthe and identified “Jihadi John,” the Islamic State (ISIS) soldier who executed several hostages on camera, as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born, British-educated man in his mid-20s.

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U.S. imposes sanctions on three Nigerian Hezbollah operatives

Posted By on March 2, 2015

3/1/15
African security
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Last Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Abdallah Tahini, and brothers Mustapha Fawaz and Fouzi Fawaz. The men, all born in Lebanon, are accused of being part of Hezbollah’s Foreign Relations Department (FRD) in the Nigerian capital Abuja. While the Fawaz brothers used their businesses in Nigeria, Amigo Supermarket and Wonderland Amusement Park and Resort, to fund Hezbollah operations, Tahini is accused of recruiting and supporting Hezbollah’s African networks.

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Tracking, mapping epidemics in order to limit their spread

Posted By on March 2, 2015

3/1/15
Epidemics
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A team of scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico are using the new Biosurveillance Gateway Web site to map epidemics in order better to understand and prevent deadly diseases.

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Quantum radar can detect stealth aircraft

Posted By on March 2, 2015

3/1/15
In the trenches
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A prototype quantum radar that has the potential to detect objects which are invisible to conventional systems has been developed by an international research team led by a quantum information scientist at the University of York.

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