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Trudeau reaches deal with opposition party, election averted

One of Canada’s main opposition parties has reached a deal with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government that will allow for Trudeau’s minority Liberal government to stay in power

Posted about 1 hour ago

Egyptian police disperse rare, small protests; 10 arrested

An Egyptian security official says police have dispersed exceptionally rare, small street protests that erupted in a northeastern province and arrested 10 demonstrators

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African court says ex-Ivory Coast leader should be candidate

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights says former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should not be excluded from the list of candidates for the West African country’s Oct. 31 election

Posted 2 hours ago

El Salvador's next US envoy met Trump at Miss Universe

El Salvador’s next ambassador to Washington is someone President Donald Trump might remember from his days as a beauty pageant boss

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22 die in Ukraine military plane crash

Ukraine's emergency services say a military plane carrying aviation school students crashed and burst into flames while landing, killing 22 people

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'I have no faith in the legal system.' Breonna Taylor's mother, attorneys gather in emotional protest

Breonna Taylor's mother says her daughter was failed by a lack of adequate investigation into the fatal shooting by Louisville police officers.

Posted 4 hours ago

'I really don't think he has done a great job': COVID-19 puts Florida at risk for Trump

COVID-19's spread in Florida jeopardizes Trump's reelection prospects in the crucial battleground state.

Posted 10 hours ago

A nightmare comes true for 12 Hong Kongers arrested at sea, now in Chinese detention

What sparked Hong Kong's mass protests last year — fear of extradition to mainland China — has become a dark reality for 12 Hong Kong families.

Posted 11 hours ago

In Israel, the Jewish High Holidays clash with a new coronavirus lockdown

In Israel, the holiest period on the Jewish calendar has coincided with the world's first reimposed national coronavirus lockdown.

Posted 12 hours ago

A Pakistani father's ordeal: China seized his Uighur son and sent his daughters to an orphanage

China's oppression of Muslims reaches beyond Xinjiang into Pakistan. Why does it stay quiet?

Posted 13 hours ago
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Some 3,500 companies sue over Trump-imposed Chinese tariffs

They are challenging what they call the unlawful escalation of the US trade war with China via imposition of tariffs.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Parisians react to attack near Charlie Hebdo’s former offices

Knife attack comes three weeks after start of high profile trial over 2015 assault on the satirical newspaper.

Posted 1 hours ago

Military aircraft carrying aviation students crashes in Ukraine

Reports said most of those on board the plane were students at an aviation university run by the defence ministry.

Posted 2 hours ago

Indian gov’t ‘sponsors Islamophobia’, Pakistan PM tells UN

In UNGA speech, Pakistani leader also denounces India's moves to cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir

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Breonna Taylor’s family demands release of evidence in case

Taylor's family is demanding the release of all body camera footage, police files and court transcripts.

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Amy Coney Barrett 'to be picked by Trump for Supreme Court'

The 48-year-old judge and former law professor from Indiana is a favourite of social conservatives.

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Coronavirus: Global deaths may hit two million before vaccine in use - WHO

The World Health Organization's warning comes as the number of deaths is nearing one million.

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Ukraine military plane crash: Cadets among 20 people killed

The aircraft, carrying air force cadets, was on a training flight when it came down near Kharkiv.

Posted 2 hours ago

Breonna Taylor: family 'never had faith' in police prosecution

The family of the black woman killed in her home by police are asking for the evidence to be released.

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Paris attack: Stabbing near Charlie Hebdo office 'an act of terror'

Two people were seriously wounded near the former offices of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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Trump ‘to nominate Amy Coney Barrett’ for Supreme Court

Ms Barrett, of Indiana, was at the White House at least twice this week.

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22 killed in Ukraine military plane crash

The aircraft was carrying aviation school students when it crashed and burst into flames while landing.

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Paris stabbings were act of Islamist terrorism, says minister

Two people were injured outside the former offices of a satirical newspaper.

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Marseille bar and restaurant owners march against Covid-19 closure order

Local officials in France’s second biggest city are also threatening legal action.

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Breonna Taylor’s family condemn prosecutor for failing to charge officers

Ms Taylor, a black woman who was an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by white officers after her boyfriend fired at them.

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The United States is not entitled to lead the world

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The US role in the Gulf War

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Lessons from the Trump administration’s policy experiment on China

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Propelled by an electoral victory and a conviction that previous American policy on China had failed, the Trump administration ushered in a significant shift in America’s approach toward China upon entering office. This policy shift was built upon judgments that China’s gains in overall national power came at America’s expense, and unless China…

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Normalizing Sudan-Israel relations now is a dangerous game

With the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain having joined Egypt and Jordan in declaring peace with Israel, those asking “who’s next?” often look enthusiastically westward, toward Khartoum. Adding new chapters to the Abraham Accords is in the U.S. interest, but so is a successful transition in Sudan. And the sequence of these steps is…

Posted 8:38pm - 24 Sep 2020

Global goals and domestic politics: The missing connective tissue is now palpably present

How is the world going to answer the COVID-19 challenge? What will be the policy responses to the conjuncture of crises manifested in the current moment? Where will the answers and the policy responses come from? The history of global goals provides insights into the importance of politics and societal engagement to respond to historic…

Posted 2:55pm - 24 Sep 2020
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A Russian Billionaire With Close Ties To Putin Made Suspicious Payments To Nobu

The high-end sushi empire received $600,000 as part of a deal with Aras Agalarov, a friend of President Donald Trump's.


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Posted 6:59pm - 24 Sep 2020

The Mirage That Moved Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Through Major Banks

A $27.1 million shipment of fluorescent lamps. A bogus website. Elusive owners. A FinCEN Files detective story.


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Posted 9:00pm - 23 Sep 2020

A Powerful Lawmaker Is Asking The British Government Hard Questions About The FinCEN Files Revelations

The FinCEN Files investigation showed the US government describing Britain as a “higher-risk jurisdiction” for money laundering.


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Posted 4:40pm - 23 Sep 2020

Twitter Let Dozens Of Tweets Doxing Interfaith Couples In India Stay Up For Months

“If this happened in America with interracial couples being doxed, there would be rapid action, I am sure of it.”


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Posted 2:41am - 23 Sep 2020

The Banker Was A Spy

The Russian bank VEB has long operated in the United States — despite dozens of suspicious activity reports outlining concerns that it was a threat to national security. A FinCEN Files investigation.


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Posted 2:25am - 23 Sep 2020
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Trump expected to tap Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court vacancy

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Republicans are expecting U.S. President Donald Trump to announce Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as he aims to put a historic stamp on the high court just weeks before the presidential election.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lying in state at the U.S. Capitol

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lying in state at the U.S. Capitol

Scenes from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lying in state at the U.S. Capitol, the first woman to receive that honour.

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White House angered that FBI director testified to lack of widespread voter fraud

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FBI Director Christopher Wray was the target of White House criticism for the second time in a week Friday as Chief of Staff Mark Meadows chided him over his remarks a day earlier to Congress about voter fraud.

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Breonna Taylor's family, attorney demand to see grand jury transcripts

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An attorney for the family of Breonna Taylor is calling for the Kentucky attorney general to release the transcripts from the grand jury that decided not to charge any of the officers involved in the Black woman's death.

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Royals facing 35M-pound hit as pandemic drags tourism numbers down

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her family are facing a 35-million-pound ($60 million Cdn) hit from the coronavirus pandemic, partly due to a shortage of tourists, the monarch's money manager said Friday.

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2 Wounded in Knife Attack in Paris, Suspect Arrested

At least two people were wounded in a knife attack Friday near the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, police said Friday. A suspect has been arrested.

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'Time to Return or Head for Judgment and Calamity': What's at Stake with The Return & DC Prayer March

Friday night begins a long-awaited time of public prayer and worship in the nation’s capital. From a Friday evening worship to a noon prayer march on Saturday and an all-day assembly called “The Return,” all on the National Mall. Saturday is intended to be a serious day before God with organizers saying the fate of the nation hangs in the balance.

Posted 23 hours ago

Seismic Change Grips Iran As Population Turns More Secular, Less Religious

We've told you Iran is changing and now we know it's a dramatic transformation. A first-of-its-kind survey reveals significant shifts in Iranians' attitudes toward religious beliefs and their authoritarian government. 

Posted 7:57pm - 24 Sep 2020

Seismic Change Grips Iran As Population Turns More Secular, Less Religious

We've told you Iran is changing and now we know it's a dramatic transformation. A first-of-its-kind survey reveals significant shifts in Iranians' attitudes toward religious beliefs and their authoritarian government. 

Posted 7:57pm - 24 Sep 2020

A 'Window' for the Gospel as Sudan's New Gov't Moves Away From Islam and Toward Democracy

Two million people have died and millions remain homeless in Sudan following three decades of Civil War and efforts to resist Islamic Sharia law. Now that has ended, bringing new hope for the Sudanese people.

Posted 7:50pm - 23 Sep 2020
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U.S. envoy says the U.N. "should be cheering us," not criticizing

"To my disgust and astonishment, each country used the opportunity to really be very negative about the United States," Trump's U.N. ambassador tells CBS News.

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Terror probe after 2 stabbed at former Charlie Hebdo office in Paris

"I saw a guy that was in his 30s or 40s with an axe in his hand who was walking behind a victim covered in blood," a witness said.

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U.K. reports record number of new virus cases

London, home to almost 9 million people, is being labelled an "area of concern."

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Rat awarded medal for sniffing out dozens of landmines

Magawa is the first rat to win the award.

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380 secret detention camps reportedly found in China

More of the facilities resemble prisons, an Australian think tank says.

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine produces strong immune response in early trial

A single dose of Johnson & Johnson's experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a strong immune response against the novel coronavirus in an early-to-mid stage clinical trial, according to interim results published on Friday.

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Commentary: Depression and dementia during COVID-19 are two sides of a devastating coin

Dementia among the elderly is common but what most people may not know is that depression comes along too and COVID-19 is making this worse, says an observer.

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Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine produces strong immune response in early trial

A single dose of Johnson & Johnson's experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a strong immune response against the novel coronavirus in an early-to-mid stage clinical trial, according to interim results published on Friday.

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Canada's biggest provinces seek clamp down on social gatherings as coronavirus wave spreads

Canada's two most populous provinces on Friday moved to clamp down further on social gatherings in a bid to slow a second wave of coronavirus cases sweeping across much of the country.

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Thai activists protest in front of king's German villa

Thai activists on Friday planted a symbolic plaque declaring Thailand belongs to the people in front of King Maha Vajiralongkorn's villa in Germany, as protests calling for reforms to his monarchy grow at home.

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Points of Progress: Zimbabwe bans mining in parks, and more

In good news this week: Coal mining companies can no longer extract resources from Zimbabwe’s largest nature reserve – plus more positive headlines.

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Kim Jong Un apologizes to South Korea over shooting incident

In an unusual and rare move, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un apologized for the fatal shooting of a South Korea official on Friday. Mr. Kim’s apology is likely to de-escalate tensions between the two countries.

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Kim Jong Un apologizes to South Korea over shooting incident

In an unusual and rare move, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un apologized for the fatal shooting of a South Korea official on Friday. Mr. Kim’s apology is likely to de-escalate tensions between the two countries.

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For Estonian women, military service increasingly attracts as a career

Women in Estonia are opting for professional soldiering in increasing numbers, despite being excused from mandatory service. Why?

Posted 9:03pm - 24 Sep 2020

For Estonian women, military service increasingly attracts as a career

Women in Estonia are opting for professional soldiering in increasing numbers, despite being excused from mandatory service. Why?

Posted 9:03pm - 24 Sep 2020
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Samsung didn’t mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 event

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Not once during Samsung’s Unpacked event for

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Posted about 1 year ago

Game of Thrones creators sign $200 million Netflix deal to make exclusive shows and films

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have signed a multi-year film and

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‘Game of Thrones’ creators are heading to Netflix

Game of Thrones creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been lured to

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Posted about 1 year ago

Every Apple, Google, and Samsung phone you can buy with a headphone jack

In the not-too-distant past, you used to be able to buy a smartphone knowing that

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AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors

AMD CEO: Epyc 2 chips are the world’s fastest x86 processors, mounting a big challenge

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Trump is expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ginsburg Supreme Court vacancy

Trump is expected to make the announcement at an event planned for 5 p.m. ET Saturday. 

Posted about 1 hour ago

Market volatility expected to continue in the week ahead with Presidential debate and jobs report

The presidential debate and the jobs report are the big things investors are watching in the week ahead, and both could have a big impact.

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WHO says 2 million coronavirus deaths is 'not impossible' as world approaches 1 million

As the global death toll from the coronavirus approaches 1 million people, it's "not impossible" to consider that number doubling, the World Health Organization said.

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Alphabet settles shareholder lawsuit over alleged mishandling of sexual misconduct by execs

The company will no longer pay severance to any exec accused or under investigation for sexual harassment or misconduct.

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Cloud gaming battle heats up as Amazon enters the ring to take on Microsoft and Google

As Microsoft battles it out with Sony in this year's edition of the console wars, it's now got another rival to worry about.

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Plans for a scaled-down Olympics revealed

Tokyo 2020 organizers are proposing to cut the number of officials at next year's Olympics by 10 to 15% as part of a wider package of cost-reduction proposals, it was announced on Friday.

Posted 9 hours ago

UK and France record most daily cases since start of pandemic, as university outbreaks linked to parties

The United Kingdom and France both reported their highest rise in daily coronavirus case numbers Thursday with Europe in the grip of a second wave of infection.

Posted 10 hours ago

Portrayals of trans people hide tragic truth

In the recent Netflix documentary "Disclosure," clips of transgender television and movie characters flash up on screen in rapid succession. Again and again, we see similar images: murderers, sociopaths and sexual predators.

Posted 10 hours ago

Kim Jong Un apologizes in letter to Seoul for shooting of South Korean official

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This country has the world's worst youth unemployment. Is this the solution?

"I really count myself blessed to have a job right now," says Akhona Zondani.

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22 die in Ukraine military plane crash

A Ukrainian military plane carrying aviation school students crashed and burst into flames Friday while landing, killing 22 people, the country's emergencies service said.

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Virus cases rise in U.S. heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

It began with devastation in the New York City area, followed by a summertime crisis in the Sun Belt. Now the coronavirus is striking cities with much smaller populations in the heartland, often in conservative corners of America where anti-mask sentiment runs high.

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Judge dismisses suit against Fox over Trump affair story

A Manhattan judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit against Fox News brought by the former Playboy model who took a US$150,000 payoff to squelch her story of an affair with a pre-presidency Donald Trump.

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Florida governor lifts all restrictions on restaurants and businesses despite COVID-19 spread

Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday in a move to reopen the state's economy despite the spread of the coronavirus.

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Florida governor reopening state's economy despite COVID-19 spread

Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday in a move to reopen the state's economy despite the spread of the coronavirus.

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China wild meat trade could RE-START despite fears Covid originated from Wuhan wet market



CHINA is understood to be considering relaxing the rules on the trading of wild meat despite fears the deadly coronavirus may have originated at a wet market.

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Macron crisis: Protesters revolt against second lockdown 'This is a death foretold'



HOSPITALITY bosses in Marseille have staged a furious protest against Emmanuel Macron's strict lockdown rules which will force bars and restaurants in the French coastal city to close.

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Archaeology breakthrough: Divers revelled at 'oldest shipwreck we've found'



ARCHAEOLOGISTS revelled at the surprising discovery of a shipwreck near the Netherlands which was the oldest seafaring ship ever found in Dutch waters.

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China v India: Donald Trump makes fresh offer to forge peace amid growing war tensions



DONALD TRUMP has again offered to mediate in the tense border dispute between India and China despite previous attempts to get involved being swiftly rejected by both sides.

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US Election polls tracker live: The SIX crucial swing states as Trump closes in on Biden



PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP and Joe Biden are head to head in the polls as the US Election date draws closer. Which swing states are crucial in November's election?

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Pablo Escobar's nephew found £14million hidden in wall of drug lord's house

The notorious Colombian drug lord's stash was found in the wall along with a gold pen, a typewriter, satellite phones, a camera and an undeveloped roll of film

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Ukraine plane crash kills 22 as military aircraft bursts into fireball

We'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story

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Tenerife and Gran Canaria on red alert after 'significant' coronavirus outbreaks

Canary Islands destinations Tenerife and Gran Canaria face fresh restrictions from Saturday for at least 15 days, La Gomera for up to 15 days, and Fuerteventura for a week

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Jewish woman, 98, relives her daring secret life infiltrating Nazi headquarters

EXCLUSIVE: Londoner Selma van de Perre changed her name to hide her Jewish identity during her dangerous years in the Dutch underground resistance movement in Amsterdam

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Woman quits married life to become full-time sugar baby to nine other men

Jade, 32, first started using sugar-daddies when she was in her early 20s and after going through a divorce says she now has nine sugar-daddy relationships

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Israel is reportedly in talks to buy 12 V-22 Osprey tiltrotors

Source Israeli Defense ministry said that the government returns to negotiations to buy U.S.-made V-22 Osprey tiltrotors. Israeli Defense Ministry has expressed an interest in acquiring 12 Bell-Boeing V-22 Ospreys again. Sources also confirmed that Israel requested buy of 12 tiltrotors, additional AE 1107C Rolls Royce Engines, AN/AAQ-27 Forward Looking InfraRed Radars, plus related equipment. […]

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U.S. Army awards contract to ATK for Stryker’s 30 cannons

The U.S. Department of Defense has contracted Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) to supply the 30mm XM813 Bushmaster cannons to the U.S. Army. The contract, from U.S. Army Contracting Command and announced on Thursday, is valued at more than $37 million. The details were given in a 24 September statement, to announce that ATK was awarded […]

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Boeing gets $2,2 billion contract for small diameter bombs

Aerospace giant Boeing was awarded a $2,2 billion contract by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center on 24 September to manufacture and deliver Small Diameter Bombs under a multiyear buy contracting arrangement. The contract, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is awadred under the Small Diameter Bomb Increment I weapon program. “This […]

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Posted 13 hours ago

U.S. tells Congress of plans to sell PAC-3 missiles to Netherlands

The U.S. State Department recently approved the potential sale to the Netherlands of more than $241 million worth of PAC-3 missiles. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency issued a press release on September 24, that announced that the U.S. State Department had approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of Patriot […]

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Posted 14 hours ago

U.S. Air Force teased Russia with B-52H bombers

On Wednesday, several U.S. Air Force nuclear-capable bombers teased again Russian troops over the Black Sea.  Ukraine’s Air Force reported that U.S. B-52H strategic bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, entered Ukrainian airspace within the framework of security cooperation. U.S. B-52H Stratofortress bombers assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North […]

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At least 22 dead in military plane crash in eastern Ukraine, Interior Ministry reports

The crash occurred at around 20:50 local time (19:50 CET) near the eastern city of Chuhuyiv, some two kilometres away from a military airport.

Posted 3 hours ago

Surrogacy - parenthood at any cost? The emotional and financial price

What are the ethical arguments for and against surrogacy in Europe? And is it just about how healthy your finances are, as some believe? Euronews' Senior Foreign Correspondent Valerie Gauriat delves deep in a continent-wide investigation.

Posted 5 hours ago

Belarus should be a warning for Moldova ahead of election, says presidential hopeful Maia Sandu

"The events in Belarus become extremely relevant for Moldova," Maia Sandu told Euronews. "The message coming from Belarus is that today there is 'zero tolerance' for the fraud of the popular will."

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes first woman to lie in state at US Capitol

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first woman to lie in state at the US Capitol. Rosa Parks was the first woman to lie in honour at the Capitol, a tribute for non governmental figures.

Posted 6 hours ago

Norway funds massive project to trap and store carbon dioxide

"We are doing this because we want this technology to be developed so that more people, more countries, more companies can participate in it in the future," Norway's PM Erna Solberg told Euronews

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No NASA hasn’t created a new star sign, it’s just one ditched 3,000 years ago by the Babylonians

A reported new star sign was actually identified by the Babylonians more than 3,000 years ago.

Posted 2 months ago

‘Some evidence’ Madeleine McCann dead, say German authorities

German authorities have said they have “some evidence” that Madeleine McCann is dead but are appealing for more information to bring a suspect to court.

Posted 4 months ago

US singer Bill Withers dies aged 81

US soul singer Bill Withers, who was behind a string of hits in the 1970s including Lean On Me, Lovely Day and Ain’t No Sunshine, has died from heart complications aged 81.

Posted 6 months ago

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault

Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault.

Posted 7 months ago

SPONSORED: 5 reasons why Yokohama brings exciting opportunities for Scottish businesses

There are a number of international opportunities for new and established businesses in Scotland in the city of Yokohama in Japan. And that's thanks to the Scottish Government and the City of Yokohama signing a joint declaration on collaborating in the areas of culture and tourism, marine industries, sports and education in 2018. A year on, we reveal five reasons why this innovative and creative city brings exciting opportunities for Scots businessmen and businesswomen looking to launch a new business there...

Posted 9 months ago
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Coronavirus cases pass 500,000 in France, restaurant owners in Marseille protest closures

The number of coronavirus cases in France has passed 500,000, authorities said on Friday after recording a near-record daily jump in infections. Meanwhile, hundreds of restaurant and bar owners in the virus-hit city of Marseille took to the streets to protest a government order to close their businesses to stop the alarming spread of Covid-19.

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Knife attack outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices: A Paris district resigned to violence

Police officers started removing the red and white barrier tape on the Boulevard Richard Lenoir, about five hours after a knife attack near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Posted 3 hours ago

Flags for US victims of Covid-19, Supreme Court seat at stake, focus on Pennsylvania

On November 3, 2020, US citizens will elect their new president. The country is currently dealing with racial and social tensions, plus environmental issues as well all the challenges brought forth by coronavirus, which has already killed more than 200,000 Americans. This election is crucial to determine the future of the United States and it will shape the country’s trajectory for the next four years.   

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Journalist Paul Moreira witnesses knife attack outside Charlie Hebdo's former building

Journalist and documentary filmmaker Paul Moreira witnessed the knife attack as it happened outside his office at lunchtime on Friday. Two of his colleagues were struck by the attackers. He spoke to FRANCE 24.

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Norwegian court approves French request to extradite 1982 Paris attack suspect

A Norwegian court on Friday approved an extradition request from France for a suspect linked to an attack in a Jewish neighbourhood in Paris in 1982.

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Ukraine military plane crashes, killing 22 people

Reports said that the plane had a military crew and that most of those aboard were students at an aviation university run by the defence ministry.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Anxiety, Trump and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy drive long lines in early U.S. voting

'Generally, we would not see (voters) showing up this early,' says Gary Scott, director of elections for Fairfax County.

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Breonna Taylor’s family demands release of evidence in police shooting

The demands were made at a press conference following grand jury hearings that led to no charges against police officers who killed Taylor during a March drug raid at her apartment.

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U.S. surpasses 7 million coronavirus cases as Midwest states become latest hotspots

The coronavirus milestone also comes three days after the country's death toll surpassed 200,000, with over 700 more people dying per day since.

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Police bust scheme to wash and sell 300,000 used condoms in Vietnam

The condoms were boiled, reshaped with a piece of wood and packaged up for resale at a factory in Vietnam, according to police.

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  1. Vietnam police found 320,000 used condoms being cleaned, repackaged for sale  USA TODAY
  2. Police raid in Vietnam finds more than 300,000 used condoms being packed for resale  CBS News
  3. Vietnam Police Seize 320K Used Condoms Being Repackaged and Sold as New: Reports  PEOPLE
  4. Vietnam Confiscates Over 300,000 Used Condoms for Sale  The New York Times
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Vietnam police found 320,000 used condoms being cleaned, repackaged for sale - USA TODAY

  1. Vietnam police found 320,000 used condoms being cleaned, repackaged for sale  USA TODAY
  2. Police in Vietnam raid warehouse recycling used condoms  CBS News
  3. Vietnam Police Seize 320K Used Condoms Being Repackaged and Sold as New: Reports  PEOPLE
  4. Vietnam Confiscates Over 300,000 Used Condoms for Sale  The New York Times
  5. Police raid in Vietnam finds more than 300,000 used condoms being packed for resale  CBS News
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Official Blasts EU for Joint Statement on Iran’s Human Rights Situation

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Saeed Khatibzadeh has slammed the European Union’s unacceptable move to issue a joint statement against Iran at the Human Rights Council.

The post Official Blasts EU for Joint Statement on Iran’s Human Rights Situation appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 1 hours ago

Iran, Russia Refute US’ Bid to Reinstate Sanctions

Ranking diplomats from Iran and Russia have opposed the US administration’s “illegal” attempt to re-impose the UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The post Iran, Russia Refute US’ Bid to Reinstate Sanctions appeared first on Iran Front Page.

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Iran Says Ready for Swap Deal with US on Prisoners with Dual Nationality

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is ready to exchange prisoners with dual citizenship jailed in Iran with Iranian prisoners held in the US.

The post Iran Says Ready for Swap Deal with US on Prisoners with Dual Nationality appeared first on Iran Front Page.

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ran Summons Tajik Envoy to Protest Baseless Accusations

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran has summoned the ambassador of Tajikistan to express Tehran’s strong protest at the baseless accusations levelled against Iran in a so-called documentary broadcast by Tajikistan’s state TV.

The post ran Summons Tajik Envoy to Protest Baseless Accusations appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 2 hours ago

Over 5,300 Iranian Knowledge-Based Firms Opened in 6 Years: VP

Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari says more than 5,300 knowledge-based companies have been established in the country under the aegis of the administration over the past six years.

The post Over 5,300 Iranian Knowledge-Based Firms Opened in 6 Years: VP appeared first on Iran Front Page.

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JWE launches dialogue project with Beijing’s ChongYang Institute

Just World Educational is delighted to announce the launch, October 3, of a dialogue project on US-China relations it will be producing in collaboration with the ChongYang Institute for Financial ...

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Posted 2:02pm - 24 Sep 2020

Our July convo on China with Amb. Chas Freeman

Back in early July, I was lucky to have Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr. as my guest on Just World Ed’s “World After Covid” webinar series. Near the beginning of ...

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Posted 7:33pm - 21 Sep 2020

Discussing hard and soft power with Richard Falk

Back at the beginning of May, I started to look seriously on my personal Just World News blog at some of the ways in which the eruption of the Covid ...

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Posted 6:35pm - 11 Sep 2020

Interpreting the UAE/Israel Agreement on Suspending Annexation

Israel was motivated by Netanyahu’s effort to justify a delay in fulfilling his election promise to annex large portions of the occupied West Bank territory belonging to Palestine.

The post Interpreting the UAE/Israel Agreement on Suspending Annexation appeared first on Just World Educational.

Posted about 1 month ago

The pandemic’s savage political revelations, from the U.S. to Palestine

Much of the analysis of COVID-19 and Palestine examines the pandemic through a political lens.

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UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Bill the spouse and I have been lucky enough to get away from Washington DC for a few days, to enjoy the relatively bucolic charms of our former stomping-grounds in Charlottesville, Va. Today, we walked over to the Memorial for Enslaved Laborers that the University of Virginia opened on its famed “Grounds” recently. It is … Continue reading UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Posted about 1 month ago

My piece “The Beirut That Was”

Last week, I was busy with a large number of things, including diving deep into  studies of Britain’s historic role in the West Indies for a biggish think-piece I’m working on. But my friends at Boston Review asked if I’d be interested in writing something about Beirut; and for some reason I said ‘Yes’. Of … Continue reading My piece “The Beirut That Was”

Posted about 1 month ago

To Zinder

Sometimes, you find a book. And sometimes, when you are ready for it, a book finds you. Such has been my experience this past week with Sven Lindqvist’s slim 1992/96 volume “Exterminate All the Brutes”: One Man’s Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide. In recent weeks, as alert readers … Continue reading To Zinder

Posted 2 months ago

The British genocides against Australian First Nations

I’ve been researching and thinking a lot about the forms of settler colonialism unleashed and maintained by “White” European nations– mainly, my own people-of-birth, the British– against people of color in many parts of the world. At times, doing this research– reading these accounts, seeing and trying to understand these pictures– makes me deeply, deeply … Continue reading The British genocides against Australian First Nations

Posted 2 months ago

“White” European domination of the world screeches to an end

Last week, I had the pleasure of conversing with Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr, on the  “World After Covid” webinar series that Just World Educational has been running. Freeman, you may remember, was the man notably removed from consideration as Barack Obama’s first Director of National Intelligence because the pro-Israel lobby wanted to ensure that … Continue reading “White” European domination of the world screeches to an end

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Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Produces Strong Immune Response In Trial

A single dose of Johnson & Johnson's experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a strong immune response against the novel coronavirus in an early-to-mid stage clinical trial, according to interim results...

Posted 44 minutes ago

Google To Block US Election Ads After November 3

Alphabet Inc's Google will block election ads on its platform after the US election on November 3, a company spokeswoman said on Friday.

Posted about 1 hour ago

22 Dead In Ukraine Military Plane Crash

At least 22 people including military cadets were killed and two others seriously injured Friday when a Ukranian air force plane crashed near Kharkiv in the east of the country, the interior ministry...

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Lake Trump? Disputed Reservoir Could Be Named After US President

In addition to his own golf clubs and hotels, Donald Trump may soon have a lake named after him following proposals to christen a contested Balkan reservoir in his honour.

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Alphabet Settles Shareholder Suit Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Alphabet Inc has settled a shareholder lawsuit that accused the Google parent of paying lavish exit packages to executives found responsible for sexual misconduct, saying it would increase oversight...

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News24.com | Police officer shot dead in London

The shooting of an officer in a police station in south London on Friday is not being treated as a terrorist incident, London police chief Cressida Dick said.

Posted 2 hours ago

News24.com | At least 20 dead in Ukraine military plane crash

Ukraine's interior ministry on Friday said at least 20 people were killed when a military plane crash landed in the Kharkiv region in the east of the country.

Posted 3 hours ago

News24.com | Covid-19 wrap: Virus surges in Europe, UK to begin vaccine trials on those 'deliberately infected'

Global Covid-19 update.

Posted 6 hours ago

News24.com | Four stabbed in suspected terror attack in Paris near former Charlie Hebdo offices

Arrests made after stabbing attack, which comes as trial over deadly 2015 assault at satirical newspaper is under way.

Posted 9 hours ago

News24.com | Covid-19 wrap: Spanish gov wants partial Madrid lockdown, Russia's new cases hit highest since 23 June

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 984 068 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Friday.

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Ooni of Ife's new Queen / Prophetess Naomi Celebrates 7 years of Ministering Video




Ooni of Ife's New Queen, Prophetess Celebrates their 7 years of Ministering.

Posted about 1 year ago

German nurse admits to killing 100 patients in his care video

 



A German has admitted to killing 100 patients who were in his care. On the first day of his trial Neils Hoegel, 41, admitted he killed patients at two hospitals in the country. He told the court that the charges against him were accurate. The charges stem from his time at two hospitals in Oldenburg and Delmenhorst from 1999 to 2005. The victims were age 34 and 96. Posted by Persist

Posted about 1 year ago

Plane carrying 188 people crashes after take-off



A passenger plane carrying 188 people has crashed into the sea off Jakarta.

Flight JT610 lost contact with the ground 13 minutes after take-off, The Guardian report.

''It has been confirmed that it has crashed'', Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the country's search and rescue agency said on Monday.

The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which can carry up to 200 passengers.

A search and rescue effort has been launched for the plane, which departed Jarkata about 6.20am Ipcal time on Monday.

It was scheduled to land at Pangkal Pinang atb7.20am.

Wreckage has been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground. Said Mohmmad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency.

Posted about 1 year ago

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha confirmed dead




Leicester City owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has been confirmed among the dead in Saturday night helicopter crash tragedy at the King Power Stadium.

The Premier League club on Sunday officially confirmed that five people died when the helicopter lost control during take-off.

A club statement read: '' it is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crash outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived.

Posted about 1 year ago

EPL: Mourinho takes another swipe at Man United's board




Man Utd manager, Jose Mourinho has taken another swipe at his board, by claiming that Everton have the same 'ambition' as the Red Devil this season.

United who only spent £70M during the summer transfer window on Fred and Diogo Dalot but Mourinho was furious that his board failed to sign at least one centre back.

United's executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward overruled Mourinho's defensive choices and the Red Devil had a slow start to the season, leaning in tenth position of the premier league table.

Mourinho has made a number of digs at his board since the start of the season by praising West Ham's scouting network and Juventus's strength in depth.

However, the Portuguese claimed that his Sunday's opponents, Everton have the same 'ambition' as united do.

Posted about 1 year ago
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Retired army commander: US institutions will 'ensure a peaceful transition of power'

The president's refusal to defend a core democratic concept brought swift rebukes, with a chorus of voices saying that this does not happen in America. The Senate even unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming the Legislature's commitment to an orderly transition. 

Posted 3 hours ago

Explainer: Biden clashes with Trump in tale of two climate narratives

Though the presidential contenders disagree on many issues, perhaps none is as stark as their fundamental divergence on the issue of global warming and how to reverse ecological doom.

Posted 4 hours ago

How and when will we know that a COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective?

Several vaccines are in Phase 3 trials. So at what point will we be certain that one or more can provide protection against the coronavirus?

Posted 5 hours ago

Anti-terrorism police investigating knife attack in Paris

In Paris, near the former office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, at least two people were stabbed Friday, with one suffering serious injuries. And, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has apologized for the killing of a South Korean government worker who was shot and burned after crossing into the North just off the shore. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for a cyber truce between Moscow and Washington.

Posted 8 hours ago

London composers inspired by BLM confront classical music’s inequities through sound

In October, the Royal Festival Hall will feature 21 classical composers of color in its first season after Britain's first post-lockdown season.

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Covid-19: Mathematical model shows second wave likely to last until January

A new mathematical model developed by researchers from France and Italy suggests that the second wave of Covid-19 infections in Europe is likely to last until the January of next year.

Posted 7 hours ago

Norway agrees to extradite suspect in 1982 Paris Jewish area attack

A Norwegian court on Friday approved an extradition request from France for a suspect linked to an attack in a Jewish neighbourhood in Paris in 1982.

Posted 7 hours ago

French Open boss laments government order for 1,000 spectator daily limit

French Open supremo Guy Forget on Friday described a government order to allow only 1,000 spectators a day into the tournament as a tough blow.  

Posted 8 hours ago

Four wounded in Paris knife attack near former Charlie Hebdo offices

Four people have been injured in a knife attack in Paris on Friday outside the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, according to a statement from Prime Minister Jean Castex. Two of the victims are in a critical condition, and a suspect has been detained, the Paris police department says.

Posted 11 hours ago

Prime Minister's closure of Marseille bars to be challenged in court

As anger continues to grow against the French government's decision to close all bars and restaurants in the southern metropolitan area between Marseille and Aix in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19, the president of the regional council has announced his decision to challenge the closure in the courts. 

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‘I feel sorry for Americans’ — The world grieves for the US because of Trump’s disastrous presidency

Reading non-U.S. publications is an excellent way to gauge what other countries are thinking about life in the United States under the Trump Administration. But U.S. publications sometimes address that subject as well, and New York Times reporter Hannah Beech — in an article published this week — takes an in-depth look at non-U.S. reactions […]

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Cardinal denies wrongdoing after Pope ousts him

One of the Vatican’s most influential cardinals proclaimed his innocence on Friday after being pushed out by Pope Francis following news reports of the prelate allegedly directing church funds to family members. The Holy See announced the resignation of Cardinal Angelo Becciu in a terse statement on Thursday night, saying the trusted 72-year-old aide to […]

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Lake Trump? Disputed reservoir could be named after US president

In addition to his own golf clubs and hotels, Donald Trump may soon have a lake named after him following proposals to christen a contested Balkan reservoir in his honour. The lake in question is a 24-kilometre (15-mile) stretch of water straddling the border of former war foes Serbia and Kosovo, who both claim ownership […]

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Four injured in knife attack outside Charlie Hebdo’s former office in Paris, suspects at large

At least four people were injured in a stabbing attack on Friday in central Paris, police say. A police operation is underway in search of two suspects they say are “on the run”. The attack took place in the 11th arrondissement, in the vicinity of the former offices of Charlie Hebdo, site of a deadly […]

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Rio scraps famed carnival as virus surges across globe

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‘Shoot on sight’: Boston Dynamics robot dog spotted out on city street triggers fear — and defensiveness

Preview Video of a Boston Dynamics Spot robot dog apparently wandering a city street on its own has struck terror into the hearts of social media users — though some defended the ‘bot, pointing out humans can hurt each other without help.
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Attack outside former Charlie Hebdo office in Paris 'clearly act of Islamist terrorism' – French interior minister

Preview A meat cleaver attack that seriously injured two people outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris is being treated as an act of Islamist terrorism by French authorities.
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‘The Army just killed my wife!’: Soul-crushing video provokes online outrage towards Colombian military

Preview A young Colombian man filmed himself crying over his dead wife, who was shot in her car by soldiers. The emotional video led online users to denounce both the country’s government and US foreign policy.
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Preview The coronavirus death toll could double to reach the two million mark before a vaccine comes into wide use, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) head of emergencies Mike Ryan has warned.
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Orban says mix of Muslim & Catholic cultures in Hungary would ‘not be peaceful or secure’

Preview Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday rejected the European Union’s new migration plan, and reiterated his opposition to his country having a multicultural society.
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World leaders must overcome differences to fight COVID-19, urges PM

Boris Johnson will warn the coronavirus pandemic has divided the international community, as he pledges hundreds of millions of pounds to the World Health Organisation to fight future viruses.

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9/25/2020 News & Commentary - National Security

9/25/2020 News & Commentary - National Security

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore.

1. The Pentagon is eyeing a 500-ship Navy, documents reveal

2. Services to consider removing all identifying information from promotion board packets

3. Expert panel tells lawmakers U.S. needs to do more to counter Chinese Pacific expansion

4. Automatic US citizenship restored for all military children born overseas

5. America’s top Marine says the US must shake up its military presence in the Pacific

6. Thousands of Xinjiang mosques destroyed or damaged, report finds

7. Xi vs. Trump at the United Nations

8. Inside the Army’s fearless, messy, networked warfare experiment

9. Virus crisis accelerates debates over China, digital divide, panel says

10. US–China rivalry ramps up pressure on the Pacific islands

11. Marines weigh closing Parris Island and San Diego to open new coed boot camp

12. Two steps President Trump could take now to secure missile defense improvements

13. U.S. military, spies and allies fight fake news on social media with wit and humor

14. 8 surviving members of famed Merrill’s Marauders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

15. Weeks before election, Facebook shuts down alleged Russian military intelligence operation

16. Bias in U.S. military promotions cited as senators offer measure

17. US bill halts military aid to PH over rights issue

 

1. The Pentagon is eyeing a 500-ship Navy, documents reveal

Defense News · by David Larter, Aaron Mehta · September 24, 2020

Can we afford this? I believe we need a strong Navy, but are we going to be able to pay for this? 

 

2. Services to consider removing all identifying information from promotion board packets

Military Times · by Meghann Myers · September 24, 2020

I really wonder how this will work. Is it practical? Evaluation reports will have to be edited (think of the use of gender pronouns throughout evaluations as one example), but those reports combined with assignment history (with dates of assignment) will still provide identifying information, especially as personnel become more senior. It is relatively simple to determine who people serving in battalion command and above are.

 

3. Expert panel tells lawmakers U.S. needs to do more to counter Chinese Pacific expansion

USNI News · by John Grady · September 24, 2020

 

4. Automatic US Citizenship Restored for All Military Children Born Overseas

Military.com · by Richard Sisk · September 24, 2020

It is unbelievable that this was even necessary. It was a relatively simple process for us to ensure our daughter's citizenship in 2000 when she was born in Seoul (121 Hospital in Yongsan). The rules put in place in 2019 are just an indication of how certain people really view the US military personnel and civil servants serving their country overseas. Those who enacted these rules or directed the enactment of these rules should be ashamed of themselves.

 

5. America’s top Marine says the US must shake up its military presence in the Pacific

Defense News · by David Larter · September 24, 2020

We need strategic flexibility and our Korean allies do need to understand this. We cannot give up our commitment to Northeast Asia, but we have to have strategic flexibility for all US forces.

That said, Northeast Asia is the most militarized and (potentially) most dangerous region in the world. It is the nexus of the 2d and 3d largest economies of the world, some of the largest armies in the world (China, North Korea, South Korea, Russia, and even Japan), two nuclear powers (China and Russia), and a rogue state that possesses nuclear weapons (nNorth Korea). What happens on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia will have global effects economically and can have catastrophic national security effects. So, while I agree with the Commandant in many respects, we cannot neglect the fact Northeast Asia will remain the potential flashpoint for the world.

 

6. Thousands of Xinjiang mosques destroyed or damaged, report finds

Guardian · by Helen Davidson · September 25, 2020

China's human rights abuses cannot go unchallenged by the international community.

 

7. Xi vs. Trump at the United Nations

FDD · by Thomas Joscelyn · September 23, 2020

 

8. Inside the Army’s fearless, messy, networked warfare experiment

Defense One · by Patrick Tucker · September 24, 2020

 

9. Virus crisis accelerates debates over China, digital divide, panel says

Washington Times · by Guy Taylor · by September 24, 2020

 

10. US–China rivalry ramps up pressure on the Pacific islands

East Asia Forum · by Denghua Zhang · September 25, 2020

Will we establish bases in the Pacific Islands (e.g., Palau?)

 

11. Marines weigh closing Parris Island and San Diego to open new coed boot camp

Military.com · by Gina Harkins · September 24, 2020

Close the iconic recruit depots? Wow. The Marines are shaking things up.

 

12. Two steps President Trump could take now to secure missile defense improvements

Defense News · by Trey Obering & Rebecca Heinrichs · September 23, 2020

Missile defense and missile attack are arguably two of the most important capabilities for the future.

 

13. U.S. military, spies and allies fight fake news on social media with wit and humor

Newsweek · by Naveed Jamili & Tom O’Connor · September 24, 2020

 

14. 8 surviving members of famed Merrill’s Marauders to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Military Times · by Claire Barrett · September 24, 2020

Some good news. Better late than never.

 

15. Weeks before election, Facebook shuts down alleged Russian military intelligence operation

CNN · by Donie O'Sullivan · September 24, 2020

We must be more aggressive than the Russians in shutting these down.

 

16. Bias in U.S. military promotions cited as senators offer measure

Bloomberg · by Josyana Joshua · September 24, 2020

Again, how practical will this really be? The truth is future general officers are identified early in their career by other general officers. The words "must select for general officer" (or other "code words") written by general officers on evaluation reports throughout an officer's career do more to determine promotion to general officer than race or gender or anything else. If you do not have those words consistently written in your evaluation reports throughout your career, you are unlikely to be promoted to general officer.

 

17. US bill halts military aid to PH over rights issue

Inquirer.net · by Philippine Daily Inquirer · September 25, 2020

Obviously, this could have a serious impact.

 

"Because arrogance is born in personal vanity, arrogant people are driven without mercy. They can never get enough power to fill the soul's needs or enough respect to overcome the fear that they deserve less than they are getting."

-Lewis B. Smedes

"Remind me to write an article on the compulsive reading of news. The theme will be that most neuroses can be traced to the unhealthy habit of wallowing in the troubles of five billion strangers."

- Robert A. Heinlein

"Foreknowledge cannot be gotten from ghosts and spirits, cannot be had by analogy, cannot be found out by calculation. It must be obtained from people, people who know the conditions of the enemy."

- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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9/25/2020 News & Commentary - Korea

9/25/2020 News & Commentary - Korea

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore.

1.  N.K. leader apologizes to S. Koreans for 'unsavory' shooting case: Cheong Wa Dae

2. The unrepentant brutality of the Kim regime

3. North Korea commits act of brutality

4. Gov't and military are in dereliction of duty

5. What was S. Korea doing for 34 hours after its civilian was killed by N. Korea?

6. 3 fall Army brigade deployments to Afghanistan, South Korea and Europe announced

7. Fertilizer factory explosion claims eight deaths in S. Pyongan Province

8. N. Korea and China recently signed agreement aimed at easing border tensions

9. Repatriated North Korean escapee asks police to send her back to prison

10. North Korea arrests two for using fake money to buy food

11. Moon vows firm response to threats to S. Koreans' lives, safety

12. New defense minister holds first meeting with USFK commander

13. N.K.'s apology shows hotline between Seoul, Pyongyang spy agencies possibly in operation

14. Pyongyang General Hospital: a bright white beacon after the rains

15. Moon's adviser suggests N.K. leader hold summit with Moon and explain about killing

16. For North Korea, UN membership is a key link to larger world

17. What would Trump do with North Korea if he wins a second term?

18. North Korea's nuclear fishing lesson

 

1. N.K. leader apologizes to S. Koreans for 'unsavory' shooting case: Cheong Wa Dae

Yonhap News Agency · by lcd@yna.co.kr · September 25, 2020

What military has their soldiers carry blank rounds while on active duty guarding their nation? Firing two blanks and then 10 live rounds? 

Notice the admonition in this apology - the South should be helping with the suffering from the coronavirus.

We should not be duped by this "apology." Kim is conducting his usual political warfare with Juche characteristics. Yes, it is unusual to receive such a message so quickly. It may be because Kim is facing so many internal problems and he is preparing for future blackmail diplomacy to coerce aid from the South after blaming it for any COVID outbreak in the North (recall the re-defection of the likely North Korean operative who returned to Kaesong who the North said had tested positive for COVID?). The North is likely going to make demands of the South in the near future so this is a necessary step to prepare for that.

So, they only burned the material but never recovered the body? Note the letter counters what the North calls the regrettable that the South Korean military would say they burned the body. (I would bet the signal intercepts confirm the burning).

This is in no way a sincere apology. Again, this is political warfare. And this action by North Korean soldiers is an indication of the nature of the Kim family regime.

I fear this unusual apology will be misinterpreted as Kim is changing his ways and will actually be used as justification for advancing engagement with the North because Kim has apologized and express sincere regret. The only thing Kim regrets is that he has not yet extorted sufficient concessions from the South.  But he will spin (and is spinning) this incident in a way to set up getting such concessions.

 

2. The unrepentant brutality of the Kim regime

HRNK · by Greg Scarlatoiu · September 24, 2020

Statement from our Executive Director of the Committee on Human Rights in North Korea on North Korea's brutality. We should not forget that the Kim family regime is the worst human rights abuser in the modern era. And we should not believe that the North's rapid "apology" indicates any sincere repentance.

 

3. North Korea commits act of brutality

Dong-A Ilbo · by Editorial Board · September 25, 2020

The Dong-A Ilbo editorial board weighs in.

 

4. Gov't and military are in dereliction of duty

Chosun Ilbo · by Editorial Board · September 25, 2020

Questions on this tragic event's timeline. I think that, despite the regime's apology and, frankly, bulls**t explanation (e.g., firing blank rounds??), I am pretty confident there are intelligence intercepts that capture the NKPA describing what happened in real time. But there are some difficult and important questions for the South Korean military and government.

 

5. What was S. Korea doing for 34 hours after its civilian was killed by N. Korea?

Dong-A Ilbo · by Kyu-Jin Shin · September 25, 2020

A key question. Obviously, this undermines confidence in the military and the government. It also reinforces the perception the South wants engagement to support peace at all costs. The costs of peace can be catastrophic in blood and treasure if that peace is not built on a foundation of resolute strength and the commitment to national security above political agendas.

 

6. 3 fall Army brigade deployments to Afghanistan, South Korea and Europe announced

Army Times · by Kyle Rempfer · September 24, 2020

I am waiting for the shoe to drop on Korea. Cancelling the brigade rotation to Korea and bringing home the current rotational brigade with no replacement would be an October surprise to say that we are reducing forces because Korea will not pay for the US presence. It would not technically violate the NDAA, which says no funds will be appropriated for withdrawal of forces unless the SECEDEF certifies such withdrawal will not harm the national security of the US and its allies. Fortunately, I have not heard any discussion of this idea but, for those with a political agenda rather than a national security agenda, I could see this idea as one they would consider.

 

7. Fertilizer factory explosion claims eight deaths in S. Pyongan Province

Daily NK · by Jong So Yong · September 25, 2020

It is dangerous to work in fertilizer factories anywhere but especially in North Korea. And, of course, fertilizer can be dual use. 

But note how the Socialist Workers Paradise of North Korea and the Kim family regime treats its people.

 

8. N. Korea and China recently signed agreement aimed at easing border tensions

Daily NK · by Jang Seul Gi · September 25, 2020

Ease tensions but not trade restrictions? Note the subtitle. Failure to re-open the border means the 400+ markets will continue to be severely impacted, which will contribute to the widespread suffering of the Korean people in the North.

 

9. Repatriated North Korean escapee asks police to send her back to prison

Radio Free Asia · by Jien Kim, Leejin Jun, & Eugene Whong · September 23, 2020

The suffering many Korean in the North endure is just unimaginable.

 

10. North Korea arrests two for using fake money to buy food

Radio Free Asia · by Hyemin Son, Leejin Jun, & Eugene Whong · September 23, 2020

North Korea is arguably the most proficient nation in the world at counterfeiting money (e.g, US one hundred-dollar bills). So, I guess it follows that it should be good at spotting counterfeits used among the population. But the real story is how much the Korean people are suffering and how desperate they are to survive.

 

11. Moon vows firm response to threats to S. Koreans' lives, safety

Yonhap News Agency · lcd@yna.co.kr · September 25, 2020

I have not been able to visit the new Special Warfare Command at Icheon. It is interesting that President Moon gave his address there.

But this statement begs the question: what actions will he take?

 

12. New defense minister holds first meeting with USFK commander

Yonhap News Agency · scaaet@yna.co.kr · September 25, 2020

I wish he had met with the ROK/US Combined Forces Command commander as well as the United Nations Command commander.  (note my attempt at humor for those who understand the complex command relationships in Korea)

 

13. N.K.'s apology shows hotline between Seoul, Pyongyang spy agencies possibly in operation

Yonhap News Agency · julesyi@yna.co.kr · September 25, 2020

I will bet there is even international cell phone connectivity. I bet the head of the NIS in the South and the head of the UFD and the RGB in North Korea have exchanged cell phone numbers. The "hotline" concept may be outdated. But it is fun for the press to speculate about it.

 

14. Pyongyang General Hospital: a bright white beacon after the rains

38 North · by Samantha J. Pitz · September 24, 2020

If and when complete, will the regime begin to announce that it has a coronavirus outbreak?

 

15. Moon's adviser suggests N.K. leader hold summit with Moon and explain about killing

Yonhap News Agency · by elly@yna.co.kr · September 25, 2020

Only Moon Chung-In could try to spin the North's brutal act (as well as its previous demolition of the liaison office) as a way to create a summit opportunity. But I doubt the North would come to a summit and "explain" its actions to President Moon.

 

16. For North Korea, UN membership is a key link to larger world

Miami Herald · by Foster Klug · September 24, 2020

 

17. What would Trump do with North Korea if he wins a second term?

National Interest · by Wallace C. Gregson · September 24, 2020

Good question. But what I want to know is what Kim Jong-Un will do if he is elected for a 2d term or if Biden wins.

 

18. North Korea's nuclear fishing lesson

Washington Examiner · by Tom Rogan · September 24, 2020

An interesting assessment. I disagree with the characterization of being erratic. I think the military was acting as it was trained and within its orders. It may seem erratic to us, but I think it is an indication of the mindset that has been instilled in the military. But does that mean Kim is going to launch an ICBM with a nuclear warhead at the US? No one can know for sure, which is why we must never assume the enemy will not attack, but make ourselves invincible (Sun Tzu).

 

"Because arrogance is born in personal vanity, arrogant people are driven without mercy. They can never get enough power to fill the soul's needs or enough respect to overcome the fear that they deserve less than they are getting."

-Lewis B. Smedes

"Remind me to write an article on the compulsive reading of news. The theme will be that most neuroses can be traced to the unhealthy habit of wallowing in the troubles of five billion strangers."

- Robert A. Heinlein

"Foreknowledge cannot be gotten from ghosts and spirits, cannot be had by analogy, cannot be found out by calculation. It must be obtained from people, people who know the conditions of the enemy."

- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

dwmiv Fri, 09/25/2020 - 10:16am

Posted 8 hours ago

9/25/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

9/25/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs

1. N. Korea shoots S. Korean official to death at sea, burns his body: defense ministry

2. Moon calls N. Korea's killing of S. Korean official 'shocking,' not tolerable for any reason

3. Inter-Korean ties thrown into abyss following N. Korea's killing of S. Korean citizen

4. New virus cases over 100 for 2nd day, sporadic cluster infections still worrisome

5. Unification ministry strongly condemns N. Korea's killing of S. Korean as 'inhumane act'

6. Unification Ministry suspends investigations into human rights in N. Korea

7. North Korean Provocations Likely Around U.S. Presidential Election

8. Missiles, Submarines and More: How North Korea Supplies Iran With Weapons

9. Kim Jong-un 'narrowly avoided assassination attempt' by North Korean foes

10. Moon pleads for UN to end the Korean War

11. Donald Trump’s Second-Term North Korea Strategy: A Deal or Ignore Kim?

12. There Isn’t A Military Solution to North Korea (And The American Public Agrees)

13. Pompeo to visit S. Korea next month

14. How Coronavirus Impacts North Korea's Nuclear Program

15. How Extreme Flooding in the DPRK Affects Daily Life

16. Japan PM tells South Korea it’s time to fix strained ties

17. Warner Bros. to Cut Operations in South Korea (Report)

 

1. N. Korea shoots S. Korean official to death at sea, burns his body: defense ministry

en.yna.co.kr · by 오석민 · September 24, 2020

This is quite a response to President Moon’s call for an end of war declaration and a peace process for the Korean peninsula.

 

2. Moon calls N. Korea's killing of S. Korean official 'shocking,' not tolerable for any reason

en.yna.co.kr · by 이치동 · September 24, 2020

President Moon please reassess your assumption that Kim Jong-un desires your vision of peace on the Korean peninsula.  This is an indication of the true nature of the Kim family regime though I am sure the regime will blame this on "rogue elements."  While that may be so in this case but they were acting in accordance with their training indoctrination. Would South Korean military personnel have done this?  It is time to assess the Kim family regime as it really is and not as we would wish it to be.

 

3. Inter-Korean ties thrown into abyss following N. Korea's killing of S. Korean citizen

en.yna.co.kr · by 고병준 · September 24, 2020

north-South relations have been in an abyss for 7 decades or at least since the Pyongyang Declaration in 2018.  Kim Jong-un has no intention of pursuing peace in accordance with President Moon's vision. Regardless of the olive branches the South offers the regime will always be the Scorpion - "because it is my nature."

 

4. New virus cases over 100 for 2nd day, sporadic cluster infections still worrisome

en.yna.co.kr · by 주경돈 · September 24, 2020

Cope, contain, and manage.  The coronavirus is a virus like the Kim family regime.  One that just will not go away and cannot yet be cured or eradicated. 

 

5. Unification ministry strongly condemns N. Korea's killing of S. Korean as 'inhumane act'

en.yna.co.kr · by 이원주 · September 24, 2020

Pro forma from the MOU.  But is this a human rights abuse?

 

6. Unification Ministry suspends investigations into human rights in N. Korea

donga.com· September 16, 2020

I want to reprise this article to emphasize how the Ministry of Unification views human rights in north Korea.  Human rights in north Korea is a moral imperative and a national security issue and cannot be overlooked, sidelined, minimized, or neglected.

 

7. North Korean Provocations Likely Around U.S. Presidential Election

CSIS  · by Victor Cha

I am not so sure this time due to what is happening inside north Korea, but this is some excellent background on provocations.

 

8. Missiles, Submarines and More: How North Korea Supplies Iran With Weapons

The National Interest · by Mark Episkopos · September 23, 2020

It is good the author is linking to Dr. Bruce Becthol's work.

 

9. Kim Jong-un 'narrowly avoided assassination attempt' by North Korean foes

dailystar.co.uk · by Robin Cottle · September 23, 2020

A sensational report from the UK Daily Star that should be taken with a big grain of salt.  This is also being reported by the Japanese Self Defense Forces.

If we are going to think about possible assassination of Kim Jong-un I would call attention to the research and analysis of Dr. Sungmin Cho.  This is a less likely scenario.

 

10. Moon pleads for UN to end the Korean War

asiatimes.com · by Andrew Salmon · September 23, 2020

I doubt the UN will move on this.  And I think the only way to bring an end to the Korean War is for the north and South to negotiate an end to the war.  Perhaps the UN could offer to facilitate negotiations but we should keep in mind the UN Security Council Resolutions 82-85 which are still in effect.  The UN identified north Korea as the aggressor who attacked the sovereignty of the South and the UN called on members states to come to the defense of the Republic of Korea's freedom.  The two belligerents are the north and South.  The UN provided a UN Command and member states to help defend the South under UN authority and the UN flag.  The PRC provided the Chinese People's Volunteers to support the north.  The US did not declare war on north Korea.  So an end of war declaration should be concluded between the north and South.  And the only effective way for that to occur should be through a peace treaty properly negotiated and approved by the north and South, which of course poses constitutional problems for both north and South since they do not recognize the existence of the other and both claim sovereignty over the entire peninsula and all Korean people.

 

11. Donald Trump’s Second-Term North Korea Strategy: A Deal or Ignore Kim?

The National Interest · by Robert E. Kelly · September 23, 2020

A pessimistic view from Professor Kelly.  Either broad possibility is problematic and I hope we will find a more effective way forward (whomever wins the election).

 

12. There Isn’t A Military Solution to North Korea (And The American Public Agrees)

The National Interest · by Jessica Lee · September 23, 2020

First of all there is always a military solution.  There are multiple military solutions to north Korea; however, it is unlikely we want to expend the blood and treasure to implement them unless the north forces our hand.  

But it is this kind of analysis that undermines diplomacy and peaceful solutions because it undermines deterrence.  Kim Jong-un must know that we are always preparing military options and depending on the conditions that we have the capability and the will to execute them.

There are pundits who claim the north wants security guarantees and to be left alone which is why it has built the 4th largest army in the world and developed nuclear and ICBM capabilities.  That is only half right.  While it claims deterrence and the desire for its own security, it wants to be left alone so that it can have its way with South Korea and dominate the entire peninsula. 

One of the basic traits of the Kim family regime is that it exploits weakness and respects strength.  And strength deters the regime.  It is arguments such as this that undermines that strength and shows weakness that will be exploited by the regime.

But let me be clear as to my personal beliefs:

  • I support peace on the Korean peninsula
  • I support a diplomatic solution to the north Korean nuclear threat
  • I support ROK engagement with the north
  • I do not support a weakening of the ROK and ROK/US defensive capabilities
  • I believe there cannot be success for US, ROK, and Japanese interests without strong ROK/US and Japan/US alliances
  • Despite the above I think we have to accept that north Korea may have a continued hostile strategy and therefore while we prioritize diplomacy we have to remain prepared for the worst cases.  I hope I am wrong here and that Kim Jong-un will dismantle his nuclear weapons and seek peaceful co-existence.
  • There are no ”experts” on north Korea – it is the most difficult intelligence target – the proverbial “hard target”
  • At best we are students trying to understand the nature of the regime and the security problem on the Korean peninsula
  • Anything I say can and should be challenged
  • However, now that I am retired I am no longer constrained by doctrine, funding, or a chain of command so I can tell you how I really feel

 

13. Pompeo to visit S. Korea next month

en.yna.co.kr · by 김보람 · September 23, 2020

What is on the agenda? China? Quad Plus? Special Measures Agreement?  north Korea?

 

14. How Coronavirus Impacts North Korea's Nuclear Program

The National Interest · by Yong-Chool Ha · September 23, 2020

 

15. How Extreme Flooding in the DPRK Affects Daily Life

38north.org · by 38 North · September 23, 2020

 

16. Japan PM tells South Korea it’s time to fix strained ties

apnews.com · by Mari Yamaguchi

It takes two to solve this problem.  Are Moon and Suga willing to pledge that they place national security and national prosperity first priorities while pledging to manage the historical issues.

 

17. Warner Bros. to Cut Operations in South Korea (Report)

Variety · by Patrick Frater · September 23, 2020

 

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"Perhaps the most central characteristic of authentic leadership is the relinquishing of the impulse to dominate others."

- David Cooper

 

"The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have solved this by defying their parents and copying one another."

- Quentin Crisp

 

"Read, observe, listen intensely. As if your life depended upon it."

- Joyce Carol Oates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DanielRiggs Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:35am

Posted 2:35pm - 24 Sep 2020

9/25/2020 News & Commentary – National Security

9/25/2020 News & Commentary – National Security

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs

1. Three Ways to Clean Up the Toxic Minefields of Social Media

2. The Mysterious Case of the Missing 250-Ton Chinese Power Transformer

3. Sen. Tammy Duckworth introduces bill to ban camouflage for federal agents

4. Secret Service consults with Cyber Command, private sector in updated approach to financial crime

5. Cyber Airmen Trained for a China-Taiwan Conflict That Unfolds Online

6. PACAF: Chinese Propaganda Targeting Andersen AFB is an Attempt to Intimidate

7. These Marine Expeditionary Forces are creating new war plans with Navy fleets to counter China

8. CIA clamps down on flow of Russia intelligence to White House

9. An Asian NATO? The U.S. Has Better Options for Its Allies

10. FBI, DHS Warn of 'Likely' Disinformation Campaigns About Election Results

11. FBI and CISA PSA: Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Foreign Actors and Cybercriminals Likely to Spread Disinformation Regarding 2020 Election Result

12. (Philippine) Army captain named as operator of fake Facebook accounts

13. Op-Ed: Retired military leaders shouldn’t endorse presidential candidates. America is divided enough

14. Navy SEAL Chief Who Defied Trump Steps Down For New Assignment

15. What U.S. Troops Are Really Doing In Syria

16. The US is preparing for a fight with China in the Pacific. Here's how Army special operators will fit in

17. New Game, the First Offered by RAND to Public, Challenges Players to Design Defense Strategies for Uncertain World

 

1. Three Ways to Clean Up the Toxic Minefields of Social Media

defenseone.com · by Welton Chang, Dowan Lee and Peter W. Singer

Key points: " Recent actions taken by platforms like Facebook and Twitter to ban political ads, demonetize hateful content, and put disclaimers on certain types of content that is broad reaching and verifiably false, show that social media companies can, in fits and starts, make changes for the better. Yet their approach is woefully late and lacking. It is often characterized by an ex-post response, lack of sustained action, and insufficient sense of urgency.

 

2. The Mysterious Case of the Missing 250-Ton Chinese Power Transformer

Vice

It is a mystery. I would err on the side of caution despite Mr. Lee's research paper debunking the backdoor myth.  I think this could be a page out of Unrestricted Warfare and I think it is a god thing this transformer is not attached to our electrical grid.

 

3. Sen. Tammy Duckworth introduces bill to ban camouflage for federal agents

Newsweek · by Jeffery Martin · September 23, 2020

Police should wear the uniforms of police. The military should wear the uniforms of the military.

 

4. Secret Service consults with Cyber Command, private sector in updated approach to financial crime

cyberscoop.com · by Shannon Vavra · September 23, 2020

Interagency coordination: "Meanwhile, Secret Service also has been staffing up at Cyber Command facilities to gather information from the military’s work about foreign hackers, said Jeremy Sheridan, a deputy assistant director at the agency."

And a "whole of society" effort: "Known as the Cyber Investigations Advisory Board (CIAB), the group met last week for the first time and is expected to provide insights on how the Secret Service must adapt to a rapidly changing criminal underground. The agency is best known for protecting public officials, but it has a long history of fighting financial crime, too."

 

5. Cyber Airmen Trained for a China-Taiwan Conflict That Unfolds Online

airforcemag.com · by Rachel S. Cohen · September 23, 2020

I wonder if the war has already begun in the cyber domain.

 

6. PACAF: Chinese Propaganda Targeting Andersen AFB is an Attempt to Intimidate

airforcemag.com · by Brian W. Everstine · September 23, 2020
China's three warfares: psychological warfare, legal warfare or lawfare, and media or public opinion warfare.  Politics is war by other means and China is conducting political warfare.  Can we compete in this form of Great Power Competition?

 

7. These Marine Expeditionary Forces are creating new war plans with Navy fleets to counter China

marinecorpstimes.com · by Todd South · September 23, 2020

Key point:  "Commandant Gen. David Berger’s guidance has shifted the Corps' focus to a lighter force teamed with its Navy partner to provide combat capabilities that the fleet needs to deter and defeat China along a spectrum of conflict.  And that has all eyes on III MEF, as it sits within firing distance of China."

 

8. CIA clamps down on flow of Russia intelligence to White House

Politico

  1.   A lot of accusations in this. Troubling , if true.

 

9. An Asian NATO? The U.S. Has Better Options for Its Allies

Bloomberg · by Hal Brands · September 23, 2020

What is old is new again. We have tried SEATO and NEATO before.

I think there is merit to some new arrangements in the Aisa-Pacific but they have to be based on the unique political, cultural, geographic, and security conditions and situations that exist.  I would like to see a community of democracies that come together because they share the common values of liberal democracy, individual freedom, free market economy, rule of law, and human rights and who want to protect those values rather than coming together to simply counter the China threat.  But we must also consider the arrangements in a broader context than military and security.  We must also secure ourselves against political warfare, economic warfare, information and influence warfare, cultural warfare and coercive diplomacy or punishment diplomacy.  We should learn a lesson from our deployment of THAAD to the Korean peninsula.  We did that for valid security purposes to protect US and Korean military forces from north Korean missile attacks and because of the nature of the system protects the South Korea population as well.  But as we know China objected and conducted economic warfare against the ROK and ROK business as well as "punishment diplomacy." We did not come to the defense of our ally.  If a new architecture is to be championed it must include mutual defense against the full spectrum of warfare. 

But I agree with Professor Brands that we must shore up our bilateral alliances.  And I would say that only when those alliances are shored up can we consider a broader architecture.

 

10. FBI, DHS Warn of 'Likely' Disinformation Campaigns About Election Results

darkreading.com

Again we have to stop the argument of which candidates are our adversaries trying to support and all agree that they are trying to undermine the legitimacy of our democratic process.  All sides of the political spectrum should be united in defending against these external threats and protecting our electoral process and our nation.

 

11. FBI and CISA PSA: Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) | Foreign Actors and Cybercriminals Likely to Spread Disinformation Regarding 2020 Election Result 

ic3.gov

We need to understand, expose, and counter these threats.  We need to be prepared against the disinformation that will inevitably proliferate as we count votes between the November 3d election and the meeting of the Electoral College on December 3d to determine the next president.

 

12. (Philippine) Army captain named as operator of fake Facebook accounts

rappler.com· Camille Elemia· September 23, 2020

 

13. Op-Ed: Retired military leaders shouldn’t endorse presidential candidates. America is divided enough

Los Angeles Times  · by  ML Cavanaugh· September 23, 2020

 

14. Navy SEAL Chief Who Defied Trump Steps Down For New Assignment

kpbs.org · by Steve Walsh· September 23, 2020

My comments below. I think the headline editor made two errors - Rear Admiral Green is not a "Navy Chief" but he obviously meant "Chief" of the Navy Seals.  And while he is technically "stepping down" from command of NAVSPECWARCOM I think some might interpret the title to mean his new job as Chief of Staff of USSOCOM is a step down (though I think we all know that anything following a command and going from a command to a staff positions feels like a step down. 

 

15. What U.S. Troops Are Really Doing In Syria

The National Interest · by Michael Hall · September 23, 2020

A strong negative critique: "U.S. policy toward Syria is defined by an absurdity that can’t be neatly untangled—a low-intensity regime change mission defined as anything other than its central mission. Every now and then, we’re offered a new explanation for why our troops are in Syria. At this point, the best response is to say, “enough is enough. ”We don’t need to keep playing this game of roulette where Washington spins the wheel and tells us why our troops are there—it’s a racket and should be recognized as such. Syria’s problems aren't our problems and the only sensible option that comports with U.S. interests is a full withdrawal of American forces."

 

16. The US is preparing for a fight with China in the Pacific. Here's how Army special operators will fit in

taskandpurpose.com · by Stavros Atlamazoglou, Business Insider

The two SOF "trinities" apply across the spectrum of Great Power Competition in the Asia Pacific and around the world.

 

  • Irregular Warfare
  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Support to Political Warfare


The Comparative advantage of SOF:

  • Governance
  • Influence
  • Support to indigenous forces and populations

And of course the exquisite CT and DA capabilities will remain a no-fail national requirement

 

17. New Game, the First Offered by RAND to Public, Challenges Players to Design Defense Strategies for Uncertain World

RAND

 

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"Perhaps the most central characteristic of authentic leadership is the relinquishing of the impulse to dominate others."

- David Cooper

 

"The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have solved this by defying their parents and copying one another."

- Quentin Crisp

 

"Read, observe, listen intensely. As if your life depended upon it."

- Joyce Carol Oates

DanielRiggs Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:33am

Posted 2:33pm - 24 Sep 2020

9/23/2020 News & Commentary – National Security

9/23/2020 News & Commentary – National Security

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs

1. How to Counter the Chinese Communist Party by H. R. McMaster

2. The world is losing the money laundering fight

3. Who is a terrorist, actually? by Daniel L. Byman

4. Marine Corps’ Builds New Littoral Regiment, Eye On Fake Chinese Islands

5. The Military’s Latest Wearables Can Detect Illness Two Days Before You Get Sick

6. Why skepticism -- not China -- may be the greatest threat to US Pacific strategy

7. Biden Wants to Keep Special Ops in the Mideast. That Doesn’t Mean More ‘Forever Wars,’ His Adviser Says

8. Duterte Gets Tough on China, Leaning Back to Old Ally America

9. Rodrigo Duterte: The Weak Strongman of the Philippines

10. Facebook deletes several fake Chinese accounts targeting Trump and Biden, in first takedown of its kind

11. How Serious Are Threats to the U.S. Homeland?

12. Formal Ties With U.S.? Not For Now, Says Taiwan Foreign Minister

13. China is escalating its punishment diplomacy

14. US strategic clarity on Taiwan could deter China

15. A consensus-driven joint concept for all-domain warfare will fall short

16. The Transformation of Diplomacy- How to Save the State Department

17. China's New War Game Doesn't Prove It Could Successfully Invade Taiwan

18. We Need to Bridge the Gap Between the COIN Generation and the Next Generation

 

1. How to Counter the Chinese Communist Party by H. R. McMaster

National Review Online · by H. R. McMaster · September 22, 2020

Just received his book last evening from Amazon.  Looking forward to reading it this weekend.

 

2. The world is losing the money laundering fight

The Sydney Morning Herald · by Elisa Martinuzzi · September 22, 2020

Does not sound good.  We have to protect our financial systems.

 

3. Who is a terrorist, actually? by Daniel L. Byman

The Brookings Institution · by Daniel L. Byman · September 22, 2020

I hope this is read objectively but it likely will not be by the political tribes.

 

4. Marine Corps’ Builds New Littoral Regiment, Eye On Fake Chinese Islands

breakingdefense.com · by Paul McLeary

Fake Chinese islands!! A Marine will say my grandfather captured Iwo Jima and all I got was a fake Chinese island. (Apologies for the attempt at humor)

 

5. The Military’s Latest Wearables Can Detect Illness Two Days Before You Get Sick

defenseone.com · by Patrick Tucker

A fascinating capability.  I hope it works.

 

6. Why skepticism -- not China -- may be the greatest threat to US Pacific strategy

Washington Examiner · by Craig Singleton · September 23, 2020

Key point:  "Contrary to headlines about the importance of new Department of Defense investment in the region, America’s success in the Western Pacific will ultimately rise and fall based on positive political outcomes as much as it will by military ones."

For our adversaries politics is war by other means.  We must understand that is the essence of Great Power Competition even as we want to define Great Power Competition as state-on-state warfare.

 

7. Biden Wants to Keep Special Ops in the Mideast. That Doesn’t Mean More ‘Forever Wars,’ His Adviser Says

TIME · by Kimberly Dozier · September 23, 2020

A long read on SOF from Kim Dozier. Extensive quotes from Colin Kahl and LTG (RET) Mike Nagata.  This is worth the read for Mike's quotes and observations on SOF in Syria alone.

 

8. Duterte Gets Tough on China, Leaning Back to Old Ally America

Bloomberg · by Philip Heijmans and Andreo Calonzo · September 23, 2020

 

9. Rodrigo Duterte: The Weak Strongman of the Philippines

thediplomat.com · by Mong Palatino · September 21, 2020

Key points: "Duterte has so far sought to overcome these various crises by launching ferocious attacks on activists, shutting down of critical media networks and passing a draconian anti-terror law.  Duterte’s health is deteriorating but he seems hellbent in defending his presidency. But if Duterte’s health continues to decline, or he is otherwise perceived to be ailing, this could be a quandary for the ruling party as the nation moves toward the 2022 presidential elections."

 

10. Facebook deletes several fake Chinese accounts targeting Trump and Biden, in first takedown of its kind

The Washington Post · September 22, 2020

I think we need to purge our biases that say China, Russia, Iran and others want one candidate to win over the other.  Their actions are not really focused on supporting candidates for the purposes of them winning.  Their intention is solely to sow division in the US and undermine the legitimacy of the American democratic process.  And of course they want to harm democracies beyond the US as well.

But this is an interesting connection to the Philippines.

 

11. How Serious Are Threats to the U.S. Homeland?

lawfareblog.com · by Daniel Byman and Seamus Hughes · September 18, 2020

Conclusion: "Action by counterterrorism professionals at the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center is vital not only for keeping the country safe but also for allowing Americans to mobilize to discuss contentious issues and advocate for their preferred positions without the specter of violence hanging over them. Violence and the fear of it can contaminate politics, leading to the dismissal of different viewpoints as extremist and to calls for government crackdowns on legitimate dissent. At the same time, the more divided the country is, the easier it is for even small attacks to have a disproportionate effect on America and further weaken national cohesion."

 

12. Formal Ties With U.S.? Not For Now, Says Taiwan Foreign Minister

NPR · by John Ruwitch · September 22, 2020

Excellent statement form Minister Wu: "Taiwan is on the front line of the democracies fighting for freedom, democracy and democratic way of life. We have the responsibility to make sure that democracy is successful, and if we want to make sure that democracy in Taiwan is a success, I would certainly urge the international community to voice more support for Taiwan."

 

13. China is escalating its punishment diplomacy

Financial Times · by Jamil Anderlini · September 23, 2020

Key point:  "Today, China claims to be the biggest trade partner to 130 countries and regions and the demonstration effect  - “killing the chicken to scare the monkeys” as it is known in China - is often enough to cow others into compliance."

 

14. US strategic clarity on Taiwan could deter China

asiatimes.com · by Urban C. Lehner · September 23, 2020

 

15. A consensus-driven joint concept for all-domain warfare will fall short

Defense News · by Mark Gunzinger · September 18, 2020

I take his point but if we do not have consensus how do we expect to employ the concept?  And if we cannot get consensus perhaps there is something wrong with the concept.

 

16. The Transformation of Diplomacy- How to Save the State Department

Foreign Affairs · by William J. Burns and Linda Thomas-Greenfield · September 23, 2020

Commitment to public service. (and respect for those who commit to public service)

Conclusion: "Through it all, however, we still remember vividly the sense of possibility and shared commitment to public service that drew the two of us and 30 other proud Americans to our Foreign Service entering class all those years ago. Today, there is a new generation of diplomats capable of taking up that challenge—if only they are given a State Department and a mission worthy of their ambitions and of the country they will represent."

 

17. China's New War Game Doesn't Prove It Could Successfully Invade Taiwan

The National Interest · by Kris Osborn · September 22, 2020
 

Beijing left out certain important possibilities and there are many unknown unknowns.

 

18. We Need to Bridge the Gap Between the COIN Generation and the Next Generation

fromthegreennotebook.com · by Scott Kelly · September 21, 2020

 

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"A room without books is like a body without a soul."

- Cicero

 

"There is no friend as loyal as a book."

- Ernest Hemingway

 

 "I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing."

- Socrates

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Lots of Work But Little Utility: Germans Disappointed By Coronavirus Tracking App

Officials touted it as an important weapon in the fight against the pandemic, but there have been numerous glitches and shortcomings with Germany's corona app. Some argue it does more harm than good.

Posted 12:51pm - 24 Sep 2020

QAnon's Inexorable Spread Beyond the U.S.: The Most Dangerous Cult of Our Times

The bizarre, pro-Trump cult known as QAnon has been gaining followers in the United States for months. Now, the conspiracy theory has begun spreading to Germany. It's followers believe that the coronavirus is a weapon of the elite in their quest to enslave the world.

Posted 9:38am - 24 Sep 2020

Predicting Refugee Movements? There's an App for That - A New Approach to Humanitarian Aid

According to an algorithm, the coronavirus pandemic could trigger a million people to leave their homes in the Sahel region. Such forecasts could help humanitarian organizations recognize developments before they happen and react more quickly.

Posted 11:02am - 23 Sep 2020

Mushroom Expert Merlin Sheldrake: "Fungi Can Teach Us a New Way of Looking at the World"

Fungi's role in our world has been vastly underestimated, says biologist Merlin Sheldrake. They can even make decisions, just like us.

Posted 1:30pm - 22 Sep 2020

Spain’s COVID Resurgence: The Difficult Fight against the Second Wave

The Spanish government imposed a tough coronavirus lockdown in the spring, but now, new infections are rising faster than anywhere else in the EU. The economy is facing potential collapse even as new lockdown measures go into effect.

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Japanese PM Says Ready to Meet Kim Jong-Un Without Preconditions

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FDA Warns Parents of TikTok ‘Benadryl Challenge’ After US Teen Dies, Several Hospitalized

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public service warning over the “Benadryl Challenge,” a deadly TikTok trend that encourages impressionable netizens to get high and hallucinate on a deadly dose of allergy pills.

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Trudeau Announces Vaccine Deal as Canada Surpasses 150,000 COVID-19 Cases

TORONTO (Sputnik) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday announced that his government has entered into an agreement with British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca to procure 20 million doses of its coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

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US Should Stop Blaming China Over Coronavirus Pandemic, Take Responsibility, Envoy to UN Says

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The US government should stop blaming China for spreading the novel coronavirus and take responsibility for the way it handled the outbreak in the United States, Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Zhang Jun said in a statement on Friday.

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Video: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Personal Trainer Did Push Ups in Front of Her Casket

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last week due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer at the age of 87. A private memorial ceremony for her was held in US Capitol Building's Statuary Hall.

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No One Seems To Feel Bad About Nigel Farage Getting Hit With A Milkshake

Far-right British politician Nigel Farage received a sticky cold shower on Monday, much to the internet’s collective glee. The Brexit...

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Egged Australian Senator Who Blamed Muslims For NZ Shootings Loses Election

Fraser Anning, the far-right Australian senator who blamed Muslim immigrants for the New Zealand mosque shootings, was voted out of...

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Sri Lanka’s Top Security Officials Asked To Resign After Failure To Prevent Bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police...

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Netanyahu Wants To Name A New Golan Heights Settlement After Trump

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he wants to name a new settlement in the Golan Heights...

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Police Identify ‘New Breed’ Of Terrorists In Northern Ireland After Reporter Fatally Shot

LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland arrested two teenagers Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of a young...

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What the Intelligence Community Doesn’t Know is Hurting the US

“The U.S. intelligence community must invest in understanding its own business model to make data-driven decisions for the future,” argue authors Katrina Mulligan, Cipher Brief Expert Matt Olsen and Alexandra Schmitt from the Center for American Progress. Katrina Mulligan, Managing Director, Center for American Progress Katrina Mulligan is the managing director for National Security and …

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Posted 4:01am - 21 Sep 2020

US National Security Challenges: A Conversation Among Experts

“The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by formers.” – Sept. 2018, Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 62 No. Access all of The Cipher Brief’s national-security focused expert insight by becoming …

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Posted 4:01am - 15 Sep 2020

A Changing Middle East

“The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by formers.” – Sept. 2018, Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 62 No. Access all of The Cipher Brief’s national-security focused expert insight by becoming …

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Posted 4:01am - 14 Sep 2020

Is Russia getting away with Murder?

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Posted 4:01am - 8 Sep 2020

Global Knowledge Warfare: Using Strategic Imagination to Harness Uncertainty and Fear

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Dorm snitches and party bans: how universities around the world are tackling Covid

From asking students to report illicit gatherings to expanded online teaching, educational institutions continue to adapt

From overcrowded lecture halls in France to a ban on sleepovers in Ireland, special coronavirus apps in the UK, snitching on dorm parties in the US and shuttered campus gates in India, students face a range of experiences when – or if – universities reopen.

Authorities around the world have introduced different measures to try to balance the needs of third-level education with those of public health amid an autumnal surge in Covid-19 infections. Students will encounter new rules, tensions and scrutiny in response to fears that universities and colleges will open the pandemic’s floodgates.

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US approaches 7m Covid cases as health officials warn surge could come

Cases rise by tens of thousands every day as CDC report shows Americans in their 20s main drivers of virus over summer

As the United States approaches 7m Covid-19 cases, top public health officials are doubling down on warnings about a further rise in cases while affirming their trust in scientists as vaccine development becomes political.

As of Friday morning, the US has 6,979,937 known cases of Covid-19. Cases have continued to rise by the tens of thousands every day, with the number of daily new cases rising in 23 states this week while decreasing in 11 others. Earlier this week, the US reached 200,000 deaths blamed on coronavirus.

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'Any breed could do it': dogs might be a Covid tester's best friend

Researchers around the world are training canines to sniff out the virus – could they be deployed for mass testing?

It is simple and pain-free, could be used to test for coronavirus in care homes, airports and schools, and might just be more realistic than the UK government’s £100bn “Operation Moonshoot” mass screening plan. Its name? Fido.

Around the world – from the UK to Finland, Spain, Brazil, Lebanon and Australia – teams of researchers are training dogs to sniff out Covid-19. And some say the idea of training hundreds of thousands of canine noses to check for coronavirus is not as far-fetched as it may sound.

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UK scientists begin study of how long Covid can survive in the air

Researchers will test how long virus stays infectious in different temperatures and humidities

It is the question scientists around the world are trying to answer: How long can the coronavirus survive in the tiny aerosol particles we exhale? In a high-security lab near Bristol, entered through a series of airlock doors, scientists may be weeks from finding out.

On Monday, they will start launching tiny droplets of live Sars-CoV-2 and levitating them between two electric rings to test how long the airborne virus remains infectious under different environmental conditions.

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Paris knife attack near Charlie Hebdo former office leaves four wounded

Suspect arrested after attack near former office of satirical newspaper

Four people have been wounded in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a suspect has been arrested, police in Paris have said.

A Paris police official said that while authorities initially thought two attackers were involved, they now believe it was only one person, who was detained near the Bastille plaza in eastern Paris.

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Parkland shooting victims could receive just $9000 each after court caps school liability

<p>The ruling designates mass shootings as a single incident and limits liability at $300,000</p>

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Notorious BIG son says rapper would have been 'honoured' to share nickname with Ruth Bader Ginsburg

<p>Late Supreme Court Justice enjoyed her link to murdered Brooklyn hip-hop star</p>

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Mother of alleged Kenosha shooter gets standing ovation at GOP event

<p>Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting two people and injuring a third during Black Lives Matter protests in Wisconsin</p>

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Florida to fully lift coronavirus restrictions in restaurants and bars, despite bump in cases

<p>State removes all Covid-19 enforcement orders on bars and restaurants as cases rise among young people throughout September</p>

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Trump will choose Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court, report says

Quoting multiple senior Republican sources with knowledge of the process, CNN says the White House is indicating to allies on Capitol Hill that Ms Barrett’s intended selection will be announced on Saturday.

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Ang Rita, Who Conquered Everest Again and Again, Dies at 72

Earning the nickname Snow Leopard for his agility, he climbed the world’s highest mountain 10 times without supplemental oxygen between 1983 and 1996.

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Justin Trudeau Offers Wide Array of Promises With Few Specifics

The prime minister laid out an ambitious legislative agenda without saying much about what it will cost or how he will pay for it.

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Ukrainian Military Plane Crashes, Killing 22

The plane, carrying students from an aviation university, crashed while landing east of Kyiv. Two other passengers were seriously injured and four were missing.

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Cardinal Dismissed Over Corruption Says He’s Innocent

A day after Pope Francis dismissed Cardinal Giovanni Maria Becciu without explanation, the once-powerful prelate disclosed the reason, and denied reports accusing him of corruption.

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Options Dwindling, Palestinian Leader Calls for U.N. Peace Conference

President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority asked the United Nations to convene a conference in early 2021 to help solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Argentine MP quits after he was caught kissing and fondling his girlfriend’s boob during virtual Covid debate on Zoom

AN ARGENTINE politican has resigned after he was caught kissing and fondling his girlfriend’s boob during a parliamentary Zoom meeting on the coronavirus. Fellow MPs looked on in horror as Juan Emilio Ameri, 47, pulled down his lover’s top and plopped a big kiss onto her right breast. Argentina’s escalating coronavirus crisis was far from […]

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Paris knife attack: France declares ‘Islamist terror attack’ after 2 hacked with meat cleaver near Charlie Hebdo office

THE meat cleaver attack on two journalists outside the old Charlie Hebdo office is being treated as an act of Islamist terrorism. Two suspects were arrested after the attack on the man and a woman and Gérald Darmanin said it was “clearly an act of Islamist terrorism”. The bloody rampage took place close to where […]

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Fish hitching a ride inside a whale shark’s mouth among stunning finalists in underwater photo comp

THESE incredible underwater snaps left judges reeling. This year’s offering from the Through Your Lens underwater photo competition feature such amazing sights as a school of fish catching a ride inside a whale shark’s mouth, smooching seals and a grinning fish. The awe-inspiring pictures, snapped all over the world from Cuba to Tonga to Austria, […]

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‘New El Chapo’ seizes control of brutal Mexico cartel that sets rivals’ heads on fire and kills kids with dynamite

A RUTHLESS gangster dubbed “the new El Chapo” is said to be taking over Mexico’s deadliest cartel. Juan Carlos Gonzalez – the ruthless chief behind two of Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) elite military units – is reportedly next in line as boss.   The cartel – which runs at least 35 states across Mexico […]

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Rio Carnival Postponed for first time in 100 years after 138,000 deaths in coronavirus-ravaged Brazil

THE Rio Carnival has been postponed for first time in 108 years due to the raging coronavirus pandemic in Brazil. The carnival, which brings in millions of people into the country and has been an economy booster was due to take place in February next year. However, with Brazil being one of the most severely […]

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Oregon elections boss, a Republican, champions vote-by-mail

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's Republican secretary of state hailed the state's pioneering vote-by-mail as an example for the rest of the nation on Friday, though another election official warned of likely delays in announcing election results because of the coronavirus.

Secretary of State Bev Clarno challenged all voters in ...

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After delay, ballots to be mailed to Washoe County next week

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Ballots will not be mailed to Washoe County residents this week because a vendor was unable to print them in time.

Washoe County Registrar Deanna Spikula said ballots will instead be mailed out Oct. 2 and voters should start seeing them appear in their mailboxes ...

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South Dakota's congressional delegation to honor election

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Members of South Dakota’s congressional delegation say they are committed to a peaceful transition of power if President Donald Trump were to lose the November election.

Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses on Nov. 3.

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El Salvador's next US envoy met Trump at Miss Universe

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) - El Salvador's next ambassador to Washington is someone President Donald Trump might remember from his days as a beauty pageant boss.

A photo circulating on social media Friday showed a smiling Trump locking arms with Milena Mayorga and two other contestants - Miss USA ...

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At UN, Pakistani leader calls India a sponsor of Muslim hate

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday assailed India’s Hindu nationalist government and its moves to cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir, calling India a state sponsor of hatred and prejudice against Islam.

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How social media platforms and financial instability are threatening press freedom

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Le Parisien doubles its digital subscribers, sets goal of 200,000

Posted 11:04am - 24 Sep 2020

The road ahead: Upcoming milestones of the QUEST project

Posted 1:32pm - 22 Sep 2020

African publishers adapting to offset COVID-19 challenges

Posted 10:54am - 21 Sep 2020

The Backstory Podcast - Women journalists taking on tech

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First man cured of HIV now has terminal cancer

Timothy Ray Brown, the first person known to have been cured of HIV infection, says he is now terminally ill from a recurrence of the cancer that prompted his historic treatment 12 years ago.Brown, dubbed “the Berlin patient” because of where he lived at the time, had a transplant from a donor with a rare, natural resistance to the AIDS virus.

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China aims to make 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses a year

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Queen Elizabeth II to trim costs as Covid-19 hits income

Releasing the royal household's annual accounts, Keeper of the Privy Purse Michael Stevens said a lack of income from visitors to royal buildings was likely to bring a general funding shortfall of 15 million pounds ($19 million) over three years. He said the impact of the pandemic is also likely to cause a 20 million-pound ($25.4 million) shortfall in a 10-year, 369-million-pound program to replace antiquated heating, plumbing and wiring at Buckingham Palace, the queen's London home.

Posted 8 hours ago

Paris: 4 wounded in knife attack near ex-Charlie Hebdo site

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'Ultimate goal of China is to eliminate identity of Uighurs'

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Delta expects jet retirement charges of up to $2.5 billion in third-quarter

30 min 38 sec agoDelta Air Lines <DAL.N> said on Friday it expects to record an up to $2

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Trump plans to pick Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court, media reports say

25 min 46 sec agoWASHINGTON - President Donald Trump intends to nominate conservative federal appeals

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Some 3,500 U.S. companies sue over Trump-imposed Chinese tariffs

10 min 34 sec agoWASHINGTON - About 3,500 U.S.

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Kosovo veterans leader arrested on witness intimidation charges - tribunal

22 min 18 sec agoPRISTINA - The head of Kosovo's war veterans group was arrested in Pristina on F

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Shooting of policeman in London not being treated as a terrorism incident - police

12 min 13 sec agoThe shooting of an officer in a police station in south London on Friday is not being

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Lawyers Trying Lawyers: How the Doolittle Raids Shaped Military Commissions

In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Aaron O’Connell, associate professor of history at the Clements Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and Michel Paradis, a law professor at Columbia Law School and Georgetown Law School, discuss Paradis’ book, Last Mission to Tokyo, examine the aftermath of the Doolittle Raid. In April […]

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It Will Take More Than a Biden Victory to Solve NATO’s Strategic Malaise

With election day now fewer than 50 days away, optimism is growing in U.S. foreign policy circles that President Donald Trump’s brand of transactional diplomacy and his penchant for dismantling the U.S.-led security order may soon be nearing an end. While a Trump victory could bring the NATO alliance into uncharted territory, the Biden campaign […]

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The Abiding Relevance of ‘Heart of Darkness’ for Those Who Wage War

Joseph Conrad had a long career as a merchant mariner before he ever ventured to write fiction. Born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857 to Polish parents in Ukraine, his journeys to the far corners of the earth gave him a firsthand view of late 19th-century European interaction with many foreign cultures in the colonized […]

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Defense Innovation Is Falling Short

After six years of dedicated effort, the Pentagon’s innovation initiatives are still far from meeting their goal. Despite some notable successes, the Defense Department is missing a key opportunity to deliver on its promise of putting transformational technologies into the hands of U.S. servicemembers. Over the past several years, there has been a significant increase […]

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Kill ’Em All? Denial Strategies, Defense Planning, and Deterrence Failure

Should the United States be ready to destroy hundreds of Chinese vessels or thousands of Russian armored vehicles in just a few days during a conflict? Could these clear-cut yet ambitious operational objectives spur innovation within the Department of Defense? Would threats to inflict mass attrition on high-value military assets in a short span of […]

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Posted 7:55am - 24 Sep 2020
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The pandemic pushes hundreds of millions of people toward starvation and poverty

Financiers and traders on Wall Street may be starting to feel optimistic, but for most people the gloom is only deepening.

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Turkey orders dozens arrested, including members of pro-Kurdish party, in deadly 2014 protests

The orders came amid a government crackdown that has removed dozens of elected Kurdish mayors.

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Turkey orders dozens arrested, including members of pro-Kurdish party, in deadly 2014 protests

The orders came amid a government crackdown that has removed dozens of elected Kurdish mayors.

Posted 7 hours ago

Turkey orders dozens arrested, including members of pro-Kurdish party, in deadly 2014 protests

The orders came amid a government crackdown that has removed dozens of elected Kurdish mayors.

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Turkey orders dozens arrested, including members of pro-Kurdish party, in deadly 2014 protests

The orders came amid a government crackdown that has removed dozens of elected Kurdish mayors.

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Two people stabbed near site of terror attack in Paris

Police in Paris arrested two suspects in a knifing outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo while a trial in the 2015 terrorist attack at the satirical newspaper occurred across town. Officers said they found a meat cleaver or a machete near the crime scene. The attack wounded a man and a woman who work for a documentary film company.

Is the stabbing connected to the trial? It could be. French authorities are investigating it as a possible terror attack. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said the suspect who carried out the assault did not know the victims. “My first thought was, this will never end. I am devastated, angry,” said Caty Richard, an attorney for Charlie Hebdo. Twelve people died in the attack on the newspaper five years ago.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Nick Eicher’s interview with John Stonestreet on the Christian response to the 2015 attacks.

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Not-so-peaceful peace talks

When an Afghan airstrike hit a Taliban fighter’s home and set fire to a nearby house with a family inside, neighbors gathered at the scene to help. Then came a second airstrike.

“I yelled at people and told them not to go because maybe there would be another bombing, but they ran to help and to put out the fire,” said Latif Rahmani, a resident who witnessed the incident Saturday in the northern village of Sayed Ramazan. The Afghan Defense Ministry claimed the strikes killed 30 Taliban fighters and said it is investigating reports of 24 civilian casualties.

Meanwhile, Taliban representatives and Afghan government officials start the second week of peace talks in Doha, Qatar. The United States has hailed the talks as “historic” even as the Taliban fails to keep promises it made as a pre-condition to the talks and violence increases throughout the country.

The day after the airstrike in Sayed Ramazan, a Taliban attack on security checkpoints in central Afghanistan left 24 government troops dead. Monir Ahmad Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor, told Reuters that insurgents abducted three members of the National Directorate of Security, the nation’s spy organization. Officials reported more clashes and deaths over the weekend across the country.

Both sides blame each other for the rising violence, which has killed more than 98 civilians and injured 230 others in the past two weeks, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian.

Sher Jan Ahmadzai, director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said he expected the Taliban to increase attacks as a negotiation tactic during peace talks: “The only means they have is violence to show their strength of hand.”

The United States brokered a deal with the Taliban six months ago to launch the talks, reduce violence and reach an eventual cease-fire, withdraw all foreign troops from the country, and end support for other terror groups.

Ahmadzai, who is tracking progress on the agreement, said the Taliban has failed to follow through on parts of the deal, including cutting ties with al-Qaeda. He said the United States made significant concessions to push the process forward ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November: “It’s a deal of desperation by the U.S. side. That’s why it gave a lot of things to the Taliban and left the Afghan government to deal with it itself.”

Abdullah Abdullah, who leads Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, said some Taliban insurgents released as part of the deal have already returned to the battlefield. “Unfortunately, so far, the level of violence is very high,” he said during an online conference on Tuesday with the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.

The Taliban and the Afghan government have vastly different visions for the nation’s future. The government wants to preserve civil and democratic rights, while the insurgent group could push for strict implementation of Islamic rule.

Andrew Watkins, the International Crisis Group’s senior Afghanistan analyst, urged negotiators to push for an immediate decrease of violence: “Such a reduction is more likely to be achieved incrementally, with agreements on restricting the use of specific tactics or weaponry that each side perceives as particularly harmful to civilians.”

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Report slams international banks

Several global banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Standard Chartered Bank, carried out more than $2 trillion worth of questionable transactions between 1999 and 2017 despite previous penalties for similar behavior, according to a report released Sunday.

The International Consortium for Investigative Journalism formed a partnership with more than 400 reporters from 88 countries for the 16-month investigation. The team searched files from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and more than 17,600 records from insiders, whistleblowers, court files, and other sources. Banks must file suspicious activity reports with FinCen, but aren’t required to respond to them. Some of the largest flagged transactions included one by Deutsche Bank for $1.3 trillion and by JP Morgan Chase for $514 billion.

According to the report, JP Morgan Chase moved more than $1 billion for former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who orchestrated a multibillion-dollar investment fund scam. The bank shuttled at least $6.9 million for Paul Manafort in the 14 months after he resigned from President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign staff. Bank of America, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, American Express, and others processed millions of dollars for the family of Viktor Khrapunov, the former mayor of Kazakhstan’s most populous city, even after Interpol issued a notice for his arrest.

When the U.S. government does crack down on banks, it usually settles on deferred prosecution deals and fines, the report said. After London-based HSBC admitted in 2012 to laundering at least $881 million for Latin American drug cartels, the bank paid a $1.9 billion fine and agreed to refrain from questionable transactions for at least five years. But it continued to move money for suspected Russian traffickers and a Ponzi scheme that was under investigation. —O.O.

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Troop accountability in Cameroon

Four Cameroonian soldiers received 10-year prison sentences on Monday for the 2015 murder of two women and two children.

In 2018, a video emerged of the soldiers accusing the women of involvement with the Boko Haram extremist group. They led the blindfolded women, one with a baby on her back, down a dusty road and shot them 22 times.

The government initially dismissed the video as “fake news” but later arrested the soldiers after the case drew international attention. Cameroonian forces have faced accusations of abuse and war crimes as they battle Boko Haram in the North and a separatist movement in the West.

The military court acquitted two other soldiers and handed down a two-year sentence for the soldier who filmed and shared the video. —O.O.

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Chinese officials jail government critic

A Chinese businessman and one-time Communist Party member who criticized President Xi Jinping’s response to COVID-19 received an 18-year prison sentence on Tuesday. Beijing’s No. 2 Intermediate Court convicted Ren Zhiqiang, 69, of corruption, bribery, embezzlement of public funds, and abuse of power and fined him $620,000.

Ren, the former chairman of a state-owned real estate company, disappeared in March after he published an essay online saying Xi's pandemic response unveiled a “crisis of governance” and calling him “a clown who had stripped off his clothes and insisted on being an emperor.”

“This type of propaganda to hush a scandal will probably only deceive those who are willing to be deceived it can’t work on those who believe in truth and facts,” he wrote.

In 2016, the Communist Party placed Ren on one-year probation and shut down his social media accounts after he criticized Xi’s call for state media to stay loyal to the party. —O.O.

Kidnappers target Nigerian Christian family

Late on Sept. 18, kidnappers abducted teenage twin sisters Hassana and Hussaina Garba from their home in a north-central Nigerian village. The abductors shot the girls’ father, Ibrahim Garba, who is an elder at the Evangelical Church Winning All.

Kidnappings are increasingly frequent in the region, Charles Yahaya, a resident of the village, told Morning Star News. he said another teenage girl was kidnapped last month from a nearby state and forced to convert to Islam.

“Christian girls, many of whom are minors, go missing on their way to or from school or church,” Yahaya said. “Something is going on in our country that needs to be addressed systematically and collectively by all well-meaning citizens.” —O.O.

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RUSSIA: Russian authorities seized Putin opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s apartment days after he was discharged from a German hospital where he was being treated for poisoning. Navalny, 44, remains in Germany in rehab, where he’s tweeting again.

CHINA: A Sino-Vatican agreement now up for renewal “has not shielded Catholics from the Party’s depredations, to say nothing of the Party’s horrific treatment of Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, Falun Gong devotees, and other religious believers,” writes U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in First Things. With a dramatic drop in clergy installations since the secret agreement was enacted in 2018, the church “could wither away in a generation,” writes Hudson Institute’s Nina Shea.

ITALY: Another worrying sign as the human toll mounts and the European Union grapples with a new plan on migrants—ships turning off their radios in European waters that may be overflowing with refugees and after a commercial oil tanker was denied permission to land for five weeks because it rescued refugees in trouble.

SYRIA: The United States plans to send 100 U.S. service members and additional materiel to northeast Syria—part of a zigzagging policy that previously had President Donald Trump approving a pullout from the strategic area—after a skirmish with a Russian convoy last month left American soldiers wounded.

MOZAMBIQUE: Officials are asking for EU intervention in stopping a wave of attacks by ISIS-linked militants. As the attacks have gathered momentum this year, more than 300,000 residents have fled homes and a food crisis looms.

THAILAND: Pastors are finding opportunities amid a pandemic, with a record-breaking 1,435 baptisms earlier this month.

MALAYSIA: As global demand for palm oil has surged, so have plantation labor abuses, environmental risks, and corruption.

BELARUS: The man at the center of ongoing protests and known as Europe’s last dictator, Alexander Lukashenko, was sworn in as president in a secret ceremony. Could be those protesters are too polite.

IRAN: The latest video game Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has in the pipeline will depict Iran’s elite paramilitary Basijis rescuing George Floyd from U.S. police. Said IRGC officer Sardar Naqdi, “Today, inside the United States, people are chanting ‘Death to America’ and setting its flag on fire. American domestic politics, like the international arena, has failed and the gap between its people is widening.”

I’M READING Magdalena: River of Dreams: A Story of Colombia by Wade Davis.

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Britain faces long-term restrictions

Just weeks ago, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed hope the country could return to normal by Christmas. But on Tuesday, he imposed tighter restrictions to contain a surge of COVID-19 cases and warned that normal social or work life might not be possible for at least six months: “For the time being, this virus is a fact of our lives.”

What are the new restrictions? Britons must wear face masks while traveling in taxis and on public transit and limit the size of gatherings, with weddings restricted to 15 people. The British government also hit pause on plans to bring spectators back to sports stadiums. Those who don’t follow the order will face tougher penalties, including fines of up to $12,800. The government reported 4,300 new cases on the coronavirus on Monday, and top medical advisers said infections were doubling every seven days. Scotland has imposed even tighter restrictions.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report in Globe Trot on the uptick in COVID-19 cases in Europe.

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“A very serious situation”

EUROPE: Six months after Italy’s coronavirus crisis became an ominous signpost to the West, the World Health Organization is warning of “a very serious situation” unfolding again across Europe. COVID-19 caseloads in seven countries have doubled in the last two weeks, with hospitalizations and deaths now also on the rise.

CHINA: The COVID-19-might-have-come-from-a-lab idea has been trotted out and debunked many times, but here’s the latest—and in my opinion the best—reporting on it. Because it’s not yet going away. One revelation concerns the politics of science—that publicly funded labs worldwide have an interest in debunking a theory of lab origination. It could mean stricter oversight and possible defunding should it turn out SARS-CoV-2 got its start in a research lab. Antonio Regalado, biomedicine editor of MIT Technology Review, said such a revelation, if confirmed, “would shatter the scientific edifice top to bottom.”

RWANDA: Paul Rusesabagina leveraged his celebrity status as the real-life hero behind Hotel Rwanda to launch scathing attacks on the country’s president for forever, Paul Kagame. Now, under arrest in Kigali, the former hotel manager who saved lives during the 1994 genocide tells how he was lured back to Rwanda, becoming one of a growing and alarming list of Kagame political opponents who turn up missing or dead.

INDIA: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who has rescued children from slavery and trafficking for decades, fears that the coronavirus could reverse his efforts.

There’s no evidence of a trade-off between protecting people’s health and protecting the economy, according to the economic data compiled by Our World in Data. As well as saving lives, countries controlling the outbreak effectively have adopted the best economic strategy too. Examples: Taiwan, South Korea, and Lithuania.

BELARUS: Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya urged the European Union on Monday to show courage and step up its support for her movement, as internal squabbles among Europe’s foreign ministers are keeping the EU from imposing sanctions on the Lukashenko government in Minsk. Tens of thousands of protesters braved a government crackdown over the weekend to continue demonstrating against last month’s reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko.

LEBANON: Last week, U.S. State Department counterterrorism official Nathan Sales told reporters that Hezbollah was storing ammonium nitrate—the chemical that blew up Beirut last month—all over Europe (“through Belgium to France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Switzerland”) to make explosives “to conduct major terrorist attacks.”

  • The European debate surrounding Hezbollah comes as a Bulgarian court on Monday convicted two Hezbollah operatives in a 2012 bombing in the resort town of Burgas—an attack carried out using ammonium nitrate. Also, a German official has confirmed the seizure of ammonium nitrate in southern Germany.
  • France on Friday said it had no evidence for such a claim, which is significant because the country appears to be taking the lead in investigating the Beirut port explosion. It’s also spearheading efforts to stabilize the Lebanese government, efforts that include negotiations with Hezbollah—and set European powers at odds with the Trump administration on how to counteract a potential threat from the Iranian-backed militant group.

UNITED STATES: It was the Irishwoman Mary Mulrean who caused the trouble … and oh happy day, turns out Edith Wharton has written something none of us have read, but it’s here.

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