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September 17th, 2014 | 11:19 PM

Australia says it foiled a beheading plot. More than 800 police officers conducted raids across the country and detained 15 suspects who were allegedly planning to abduct and behead a random Sydney resident on camera in the name of the extremist group. A senior member of IS made “quite direct exhortations” to “conduct demonstration killings” in Australia, said prime minister Tony Abbott.

September 18th, 2014 | 4:05 AM

A Chinese general is accompanying Xi Jinping to quietly conquer India. Peng Liyuan—the wife of Chinese president Xi Jinping, and a honorary major general in the People’s Liberation Army—has emerged as perhaps the most visible first lady in Asia, and is on center stage during her husband’s high-profile trip to India. Despite the charisma of Peng, Xi’s visit has taken on an uncomfortable edge due to a Chinese incursion into the disputed Himalayan border between the two countries.

September 17th, 2014 | 11:32 PM

Hyundai made a “Gangnam Style” splurge. The Korean conglomerate successfully bid more than $10 billion on a plot of land in Seoul’s exclusive Gangnam district, trumping an offer from Samsung. Hyundai shares fell 4%; the property was appraised at only $3 billion.

September 17th, 2014 | 11:31 PM

US logistics contractors were hacked by China. In 2012 and 2013 there were around 50 infiltrations against private companies that move US military personnel and weapons, according to a US senate investigation. Twenty of the attacks were blamed on Chinese government hackers.

September 18th, 2014 | 8:58 AM
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September 18th, 2014 | 5:21 AM

Early Eurasians were a randy bunch. A “sexually prolific” group from what is now northern Russia mated with hunter-gatherers and indigenous farmers to give rise to modern-day Europeans, according to new DNA analysis.  

September 18th, 2014 | 12:06 AM

New York City is looking to hire a new blacksmith. The city’s longtime blacksmith retired, so a new specialist is needed to “forge and shape angle irons, bridle irons, tools, and automobile parts” at the municipal forge in Central Park. The annual pay is $100,725.12; preferred applicants will have five years’ experience, good communications skills, and be proficient with Microsoft Office.    

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