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A U.S. Navy officer with access to sensitive U.S. intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.  The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the suspect as Lieutenant Commander Edward Lin, who was born in Taiwan and later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, according a Navy profile article written about him in 2008.

A redacted Navy charge sheet said the suspect was assigned to the headquarters for the Navy's Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, which oversees intelligence collection activities.  The charge sheet redacted out the name of the suspect and the Navy declined to provide details on his identity.

It accused him twice of communicating secret information and three times of attempting to do so to a representative of a foreign government "with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation."

Read more:  Reuters

An Australian prisoner who supports the so-called Islamic State has allegedly used a knife to carve a slogan on to his cellmate's head.  Reports said the Islamic State mantra "e4e", standing for "an eye for an eye", was carved into the man's head.

An inquiry will examine how the high-risk attacker, 18, came to be housed with his 40-year-old cellmate.  New South Wales Corrections Minister David Elliot said placing the pair in the same cell was "a stuff-up".

The attack took place at the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre in Kempsey, 4.5 hours north of Sydney.  The injured man was a minimum-security prisoner and the teenager, named by multiple sources as Bourhan Hraichie, was a maximum-security prisoner.

Read more:  BBC News

German prosecutors said on Wednesday they had charged four people with setting up a far-right organization that planned to carry out attacks on ultra-conservative Islamists and refugees.

The three German men and a woman, aged between 57 and 23, started up a cell, known by the English name of Oldschool Society, in late 2014 and planned to carry out arson and nail-bomb attacks in May 2015, prosecutors said in a statement.

The target was a shelter housing asylum seekers, near the town of Borna, some 30 km (19 miles) from the eastern city of Leipzig. The attack never took place.

"At a first meeting of the group in mid-November 2014 it was discussed how to manufacture explosives as well as attacks against Salafists (ultra-conservative Islamists) and asylum seekers," the statement said.

Read more:  Reuters

On Sunday, ISIS fighters captured Syria's Tabqa air base, the last Syrian military outpost in an area that is now dominated by the radical Jihadist organization.  The air base had been the scene of intense fighting between ISIS and the Syrian military for the past week. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) estimates that at least 346 ISIS militants and 170 Syrian forces were killed in the assault. Securing the Tabqa air base marks yet another victory for ISIS, one that will allow the group to further solidify its hold over northern and eastern Syria.

Additionally, the base provided the militants with weaponry — including anti-aircraft systems — that could enable them to further advance their regional ambitions.  IS fighters have captured SA-16 MANPADS, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles & MiG-21B jets in Tabaqa Airbase, Raqqa. ISIS fighters managed to loot SA-16 man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), Sidewinder missiles, and even MiG-21B fighter jets.

It is extremely unlikely that the militants have the manpower or the expertise to make use of the jets or the Sidewinder missiles.  But the MANPADS pose dangers of their own.  SA-16 MANPADS are shoulder-mounted homing missiles that are relatively simple to use. A missile fired from an SA-16 can reach an aircraft flying as high as 16,000 feet.  This would put low-flying aircraft and helicopters at risk of being targeted by the jihadists, raising additional challenges for carrying out airstrikes against ISIS. 

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A major US hospital group said it was the victim of a cyber-attack resulting in the theft of 4.5 million people's personal data.  The attack, which Community Health Systems believed originated in China, happened in April and June this year.  The data included patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone numbers and social security numbers.

The firm, which runs 206 hospitals in 29 states, is now in the process of notifying affected patients.  One security expert warned that the data could be used to steal people's identity.  The FBI confirmed to news agency Reuters that it was investigating the breach.

Community Health Systems stressed that it believed no medical or credit card records were taken.  News of the attack follows several warnings, from both law enforcement and security experts, that medical equipment is at risk from hack attacks due to poor security measures.

Read More:  BBC News