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Step Up America Heroes Appreciation Festival

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Researchers identify sophisticated Chinese cyberespionage group

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A coalition of security researchers has identified a Chinese cyberespionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit and targets not only U.S. and Western government agencies but dissidents inside and outside China.

News of the state-sponsored hacker group dubbed Axiom comes a week before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and two weeks before U.S. President Barack Obama are due to arrive in Beijing for a series of high-level talks, including on the issue of cybersecurity.

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NATO Tracks Russian Warplanes in European Airspace

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NATO announced it has detected “unusual” activity by Russian aircraft in European airspace in the past two days.

The alliance said that more than two dozen Russian aircraft in four groups were intercepted and tracked on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Iraqi Kurd Peshmerga Enter Kobani to Aid in Fight Against Islamic State Militants

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Syrian activists said the first of 150 Iraqi Kurdish fighters have arrived in Kobani to help Syrian Kurds in their fight against Islamic State militants.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said Thursday about 10 of the peshmerga forces from Iraq's Kurdistan region crossed into Kobani from Turkey.

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Human Rights Groups Plan to Keep Pressure on North Korea

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This week a top U.N. human rights investigator has held meetings with North Korean diplomats about a possible visit to assess the country’s human rights practices. The negotiations come as North Korea tries to prevent the United Nations from referring the country’s human rights situation to the International Criminal Court.

The meetings, between human rights investigator Marzuki Darusman and North Korean diplomats, follow Darusman’s ground-breaking inquiry into the country’s dire human rights situation.

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North Korean Mobile Missile Launchers Seen as Bigger Threat Than Nukes

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Analysts who closely watch developments in North Korea say Pyongyang has made strides in missile launch systems that could deliver a nuclear warhead to targets as far away as the United States. The North's development of miniaturized nuclear devices and missile launchers capable of evading detection are raising concerns among U.S. military officials.

On Friday, Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, told a briefing in Washington that North Korea has the right connections and technology to develop a miniaturized nuclear weapon that can be launched from a mobile launcher.

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Russia Launches ISS Cargo Mission After US Rocket Explodes

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Russia successfully launched an unmanned rocket with supplies for the International Space Station from Kazakhstan on Wednesday, hours after a catastrophic explosion destroyed a similar mission in the United States.

A Soyuz rocket and Progress 57 cargo ship blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The cargo ship is expected to dock with the ISS later in the day.

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