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Russia Plans To Test Nuclear Missile Bigger Than 'Satan'

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Russia’s Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is set for a drop test this year and a test launch within a year and a half of the drop test, Russian defense sources told ITAR-TASS on Thursday. The new missile is set to replace the Cold-War era R-36 missile, nicknamed “SS-18 Satan” by NATO, which is still the world’s largest intercontinental ballistic missile ever made.

Russian technicians will conduct a “drop test” at some point this year to measure the missile’s lift and proper evolution through its launch stages before they conduct a full test launch, provided the missile performs. The missile is expected to enter service in 2020.

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US Senate Approves Keystone Pipeline Project

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Despite a global oil glut, the U.S. Senate has voted 62-36 to approve construction of a controversial pipeline to transport Canadian crude to U.S. Gulf states.

President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the project, which pits powerful business interests against environmentalists at a time when American motorists are celebrating a steep drop in gasoline prices. Those costs have fallen by almost half over the last six months, making fill-ups less painful and leaving more cash in people’s wallets.

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IS Silent as Hostage Swap Deadline Passes

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The families of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot continue to await word on their fate as yet another deadline for a possible prisoner swap passed with no further word from the Islamic State group holding the men hostage.

An audio message purportedly from the journalist, Kenji Goto, said the pilot, Mu'ath al-Kasaesbeh, would be killed "immediately" unless Jordan released by sunset Thursday Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman on death row in Jordan for her role in a deadly bombing in Amman nearly 10 years ago. 

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US Firms Concerned About China's New Cyber Regulations

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U.S. business groups have sent a letter to China’s top security policy body, calling for “urgent discussions” and “dialogue” over new cybersecurity regulations that would force them to hand over technology secrets in order to keep doing business in China.
 
Details of the letter’s contents that were leaked to the media say the new regulations would require technology companies doing business in the financial sector to hand over their source code and adopt Chinese encryption algorithms.

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Top Kurdish Commander Killed in Iraq

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Iraqi officials say Islamic State militants have killed a senior Kurdish commander and at least five Kurdish fighters.

Authorities say Brigadier General Shirko Fatih and the fighters were killed Friday in clashes with the insurgents near the city of Kirkuk. The French News Agency reports 46 people were wounded in the skirmishes. 

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Somali-American Added to FBI's Most-Wanted-Terrorist List

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The FBI on Thursday added a U.S. citizen born in Somalia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he might have knowledge of U.S. government buildings, Washington airports and the area's subway system.

The wanted man is Liban Haji Mohamed. Officials said he might be using several aliases.

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Senators Introduce Bill to End Ban on Americans Traveling to Cuba

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A bipartisan group of eight U.S. senators has introduced legislation to lift all restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba. While some Cuban American lawmakers strongly oppose the Obama administration’s sudden shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba, others say it is past time to end the more than five-decade-old U.S. embargo against the island country.  

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona is one of the sponsors of a bill that would end the ban on Americans traveling to Cuba.  Flake said some critics will say the United States should have tried to get some concessions from the Communist government in Havana before lifting the ban, but he sees it differently.

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