Panama Opens Canal Expansion

Panama officially opened an addition to its fabled sea canal Sunday for a new generation of super cargo ships, capping a nine-year, $5.4 billion expansion project that will double shipping capacity and impact global trade routes.

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela unveiled the refurbished canal as the giant container ship Cosco Shipping Panama made its way through a string of locks on the 77-kilometer Isthmus of Panama. “This the route that unites the world,” Varela told a crowd of about 30,000 people who gathered to witness the inaugural trip through the vital waterway. Continue reading

PHOTOS: Floating box labeled ‘guided missile’ was eerie discovery, boater says

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Alaska State Troopers photo.

‘I was like, holy c—, we need to leave it alone,’ says Clinton Cook.

Clinton Cook Sr., of Craig, said he was on the 24-foot charter boat that discovered one of the white containers labeled “guided missile.” It was not how he expected to spend his Sunday.

“I seen the data plate,” Cook said of the hard plastic box, which was bobbing in the water about seven miles north of Craig. “It said, ‘Contains: Guided missile.’ And I was like, ‘Holy crap.'” Continue reading

Police Seize Massive Weapons Shipment Headed for Jerusalem

Two containers intercepted by authorities at the southern port were packed with 18,000 fireworks, 5,200 commando knives, 5,500 tasers, 4,300 tasers concealed in flashlights, 1,000 swords and several thousand other “cold” weapons. Continue reading

Turkey finds ‘illegal cargo’ on Syrian plane

From the “passenger” plane that Turkey recently forced down:

Turkish state media reported Thursday that a Syrian passenger plane grounded by Turkish military jets was carrying radio receivers and possibly “missile parts.” Syria hit back saying the interception amounted to “piracy.” Continue reading