Iran claims it has arrested 17 CIA spies

Iran claims it has arrested 17 CIA spies and will put some of them to death amid spiralling Middle East tensions Iran’s intelligence ministry said it had broken up a CIA spy ring and arrested 17  Gulf tensions have been ratcheting up for weeks amid a series of tanker attacks They have spiralled again in […]

Costa Rica officials say tainted alcohol kills at least 19

The Costa Rican Health Ministry says it has confirmed 19 deaths from consumption of alcohol tainted with methanol. The ministry said in a Friday report that the investigation continues, but so far it has counted 14 men and five women who have died after drinking adulterated liquor since early June. The victims ranged from 32 […]

Phil Diacon details why the Strait of Hormuz is so chaotic

It’s patrolled by 2,000 Iranian speedboats and has earned the nickname Chokepoint Charlie from our Navy: Geopolitical analyst Phil Diacon details why the Strait of Hormuz is so chaotic and volatile Up to 100 oil tankers pass through the waterway daily – moving 20m barrels of oil Hundreds of other boats ply same sea, which […]

Millions of North Koreans head to the polls to elect officials

The election with only one name on the ballot paper: Millions of North Koreans ‘vote’ in sham polls that always have 99% turnout and give Kim Jong-Un a majority of 100% Pictures showed North Koreans turning out in their droves for the local elections  Deputies for local assemblies of provinces, counties and cities are being […]