North Korean secrecy on bomb test fuels speculation on nuclear advances

Joby Warrick, The Washington Post
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U.S. officials and independent experts say North Korea appears to have taken unusual steps to conceal details about the nuclear weapon it tested in February, fueling suspicions that its scientists shifted to a bomb design that uses highly enriched uranium as the core.

At least two separate analyses of the Feb.

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Hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay spreads

Peter Finn and Julie Tate, The Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

A hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has spread over the past two weeks, with the U.S. military saying the number of detainees participating in the protest has more than doubled and attorneys for the men insisting that the number is far higher.

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Top Buffalo FBI agent to direct terrorist screening in D.C.

Phil Fairbanks, The Buffalo News
Special to In Homeland Security

The next time investigators identify a suspected terrorist living or traveling in the United States, Christopher M. Piehota will be one of the first people they turn to for help.

Piehota, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Buffalo, is leaving later this month to become director of the Terrorist Screening Center in Washington, D.C., a multiagency organization best known for operating the Terrorist Watchlist.

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Aggressive talk from North Korea concerns U.S. leaders

Ernesto Londoño and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post
Special to In Homeland Security

The latest round of threats exchanged by North Korea and the United States is dragging on longer and taking on a more virulent tone than in the past, provoking deep concerns among American officials and their allies.

Following blustery warnings by Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s 30-year-old leader, and videos depicting North Korean attacks on the United States, the Obama administration took the unprecedented step this week of sending two stealth bombers to South Korea as part of an ongoing military training exercise.

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Cold War Reset? Russia Getting Irked With U.S.

Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes
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A private U.S. non-governmental organization has spent over $4 million aiding groups unfriendly to Vladimir Putin.  The Kremlin has had enough.

In Russia, it is starting to look more like a Cold War reset than the modern political and economic reset Russia and the United States have been trying for over the last several years.

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U.S. forces hand over control in Afghan province

Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Special to In Homeland Security

KABUL, Afghanistan — U.S. military leaders on Saturday formally handed over security responsibilities to Afghan troops in an area of Wardak province that was the focus of claims by President Hamid Karzai that U.S. troops were responsible for kidnappings and human rights abuses.

The transfer of a base in the Nerkh district of Wardak province from U.S.

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