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Report: Secret Russian Unit Is Trying to Destabilize Europe

Unit 29155 is behind assassination, coup attempts, security officials say

(Newser) - Paging Mr. Bond—Western security officials say they have uncovered the existence of an elite Russian military intelligence unit dedicated to destabilizing Europe, the New York Times reports. The officials say Unit 29155 was behind a coup attempt in Montenegro, an effort to cause a political crisis in Moldova, and... More »

Sirhan Sirhan Stabbed in Prison

The RFK assassin is in stable condition

(Newser) - Sirhan Sirhan, imprisoned for more than 50 years for the 1968 assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was hospitalized Friday after being stabbed by a fellow inmate at a San Diego prison, the AP reports. A statement from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said the stabbing occurred Friday... More »

Militia Allegedly Trained to Kill Obama, Clinton

Assassination tip led FBI to leader

(Newser) - The leader of a militia group active near the US-Mexico border allegedly claimed he was training members to assassinate former President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros, according to documents presented in federal court Monday. A probable cause statement said FBI agents visited the New Mexico home of Larry Hopkins,... More »

2nd Suspect Pleads Guilty in Murder of Kim Jong Nam

Doan Thi Huong could be free in weeks

(Newser) - A Vietnamese woman who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's brother pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court on Monday and her lawyer said she could be freed as early as next month. Doan Thi Huong... More »

Kim Jong Nam Murder Suspect Freed

Prosecutors unexpectedly drop charges

(Newser) - An Indonesian woman held for two years on suspicion of killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother was freed from custody Monday after prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her. Siti Aisyah cried and hugged her Vietnamese co-defendant, Doan Thi Huong, before leaving the courtroom, the... More »

New RFK-Murder Theory Involves Shadowy CIA Man

'A Lie Too Big to Fail' points the finger at Robert Maheu

(Newser) - The cloak-and-dagger figure who likely inspired the TV show Mission: Impossible also planned Robert F. Kennedy's assassination—at least according to a lengthy new book on the subject, the Washington Post reports. In A Lie Too Big to Fail, author Lisa Pease contends that Robert Maheu, an ex-FBI agent... More »

Report: CIA Concludes Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi's Death

Sources say the agency has 'high confidence' that Mohammed bin Salman was involved

(Newser) - It's not exactly a surprising conclusion, but it lends credence to the whispers—the CIA believes with "high confidence" that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was the one who put the hit out on Jamal Khashoggi , sources tell the Washington Post and New York Times . The Times... More »

Weird Thing Killed Roman Emperors

Study links rainfall to the murders of Rome's leaders

(Newser) - Roman emperors not only had war, jealousy, and political infighting to worry about—there was also the rain. A new study linking climate data to Roman history finds that lower average rainfall boosted the odds of an emperor being murdered during the empire's roughly 500-year run, from 27 BCE... More »

After Scientist's Murder, an International Accusation

Syria points the finger at Israel's Mossad in wake of Aziz Asbar's assassination

(Newser) - A preeminent rocket scientist is dead, and Syria says Israel is to blame. The Washington Post describes Aziz Asbar as a research director at Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center, and intelligence officials have drawn a line between that center and Syria's chemical weapons program, though Asbar's... More »

Mayor Assassinated During Flag-Raising Ceremony

Philippine mayor had been linked to drugs

(Newser) - A Philippine provincial city mayor known for parading drug suspects in public but also alleged to have drug ties himself was shot and killed Monday during a flag-raising ceremony in front of horrified employees, the AP reports. Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan city in Batangas province, south of Manila, was... More »

Prosecutor: Alleged Kim Jong Nam Killers Are Trained Assassins

'This type of assassination can only be seen in James Bond movies'

(Newser) - Two Southeast Asian women on trial for killing the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader are trained assassins who used "criminal force" to rub the toxic VX nerve agent on Kim Jong Nam's eyes and face, prosecutors said in their closing arguments, the AP reports Thursday.... More »

Was Notorious Assassin Hiding in Plain Sight?

Three decades after Sweden's PM was murdered, a new theory emerges

(Newser) - Has a notorious international murder mystery been solved? Maybe not, but there is a compelling new theory in the case of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, reports the New York Times . On Feb. 28, 1986, Palme went to a movie in Stockholm with his wife and was shot point-blank from... More »

RFK Jr: It Wasn't Sirhan Sirhan

Slain candidate's son says he believes there was a 2nd shooter who fired the fatal shots

(Newser) - Nearly a half-century after bullets took the life of Robert F. Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted of firing those bullets, has an unlikely defender: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The slain presidential candidate's third-eldest child tells the Washington Post that "I got to a place where I had... More »

On MLK's Final Night, He Seemed 'Near Panic'

50 years after his assassination, a fresh look at his last hours

(Newser) - On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on a balcony outside the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The 50th anniversary of his death brings with it a wave of headlines and remembrances. Among them: Bells across America will ring 39 times Wednesday night, with each chime signifying a... More »

US: North Korea Used Chemical Agent to Kill Kim's Half Brother

Additional sanctions have been imposed against Pyongyang

(Newser) - The US has imposed additional sanctions on North Korea after determining the country used chemical weapons to assassinate Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother in Malaysia last year, Reuters reports. Kim Jong Nam died after two women smeared his face with the banned nerve agent VX in the Kuala... More »

Israel Tried to Kill Him for Decades. His Survival Wasn't All Luck

What was behind the failed assassination attempts on Yasir Arafat

(Newser) - Israel has turned to assassination to deal with its enemies more than any other western country since WWII. And "no target thwarted, vexed, and bedeviled the Israeli assassination apparatus more than Yasir Arafat," the New York Times reports in a deep look at Israel's futile, decades-long attempt... More »

Assassination Condemned by Kosovo, Serbia

Serb lawmaker was shot dead outside party offices

(Newser) - A leading Serb politician in Kosovo was assassinated outside the offices of his Citizens' Initiative party in the northern city of Mitrovica early Tuesday. Doctors say Oliver Ivanovic received at least five gunshot wounds to his upper torso when shot by unknown assailants. Milan Ivanovic, the head of Mitrovica hospital,... More »

Fox News Guest Floats Theory on Trump, Hosts Push Back

Kevin Jackson drew immediate pushback for suggesting FBI may be scheming to kill president

(Newser) - On Tuesday's airing of Fox News' Outnumbered, one guest was literally outnumbered by the hosts as they pushed back against an eyebrow-raising theory he offered up during the program, per Mediaite . Kevin Jackson, a radio pundit and Fox contributor who's been deemed a "serial liar and conspiracy... More »

First There'd Be a Bomb. Next They'd Go After the PM

Theresa May assassination plot foiled in the UK

(Newser) - British authorities say they've foiled a plot to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May that would have started with a bomb at the gates to Downing Street, the New York Daily News reports. The two suspects would have attempted to kill May in the chaos surrounding the explosion at... More »

Kim Jong Nam Was Carrying Nerve Agent Antidote

Court told it was in backpack when he was attacked

(Newser) - Kim Jong Nam had more than just $100,000 in his backpack when he was assassinated, a Malaysian court heard this week: He had something that could have saved his life. At the trial of alleged killers Siti Aisyah of Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, a government toxicologist... More »

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