President Obama’s attempt to grant a special visa waiver to Iranians who hold passports from other countries as well plays into the hands of Tehran, experts told Congress on Wednesday, saying the regime relies on exactly those dual-passport holders for its terrorism and weapons plans.
Aftershocks from North Korea’s satellite launch over the weekend continued to reverberate on both sides of Pacific on Wednesday, as South Korea pulled the plug on a high-profile joint venture with Pyongyang, the U.S. and Japan moved ahead on new economic sanctions on the North and China faced increasing pressure to rein in its rogue ally.
The late Hugo Chavez kept his “Bolivarian Revolution” alive by picking fights — mostly with the United States and Venezuela’s traditional elites — while sailing on a sea of oil. But with energy prices plummeting and the economy cratering, Venezuelans aren’t buying the old formula anymore under Chavez’s handpicked successor.
North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, saying Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch was a “dangerous declaration of war.”
The Justice Department is seeking $38 million in its proposed 2017 budget to help the FBI’s development of a workaround to data encryption — a need the FBI director highlighted with the disclosure that investigators have been unable to access information on the cellphone of one of the San Bernardino attackers.
Businessman and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would get China to make North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “disappear.”
China’s military has begun retrofitting single-warhead DF-5 intercontinental ballistic missiles with multiple, independently targetable re-entry vehicles, according to U.S. defense officials. The upgrading of the DF-5 missiles with multiple warheads, known as MIRVs, was detected by U.S. intelligence agencies within the past several months.
An Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier last month was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014.
Air Force Maj. Gen. James Martin is reportedly doing well after he fainted Tuesday during a news conference to unveil the service’s fiscal 2017 budget.
President Obama’s top intelligence official warned Tuesday that the country is facing an unusually broad range of security threats, from Islamic State recruitment of extremists inside the U.S., to Iranian support for terrorism, to the expanding pursuit by Russia and China of cyberspying technology and weapons capable of neutralizing U.S. satellites orbiting the earth.
Twitter on Tuesday announced the formation of a “Trust and Safety Council,” which will aim to develop policies for censoring certain speech on the social media site.
South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to the North’s recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs.