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North Macedonia: Roma protest against police brutality

Hundreds of Roma have protested against police brutality in North Macedonia’s second-largest city

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Israel to hold US-mediated talks with Lebanon on sea border

An Israeli official says the country will hold rare talks with Lebanon next month in an effort to resolve a longstanding maritime border dispute

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Belarus president sworn in at unannounced inaugural ceremony

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in to his sixth term in office at an inaugural ceremony that was not announced in advance amid weeks of huge protests saying the authoritarian leader's reelection was rigged

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Bavarian leader backs California-style deadline for gas cars

The governor of Bavaria has backed a deadline for phasing out gasoline-powered vehicles akin to the 2035 date proposed by California

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Greek police seize 500,000 ecstasy pills, arrest 3 people

Greek police say they have seized 500,000 ecstasy pills and arrested three people

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Column: Black women know, there are fewer and fewer reasons to have faith in the system

After Breonna Taylor and now Amy Coney Barrett, this week was a harbinger of the chaos to come if Americans stop believing in our system of government.

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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 5:55pm - 25 Sep 2020

'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 12:00pm - 25 Sep 2020

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 11:00am - 25 Sep 2020

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 10:00am - 25 Sep 2020
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In Breonna Taylor’s Louisville, anger fuels demand for change

Protesters chart way forward after US grand jury delivers no murder charges in police killing of unarmed Black woman.

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Several killed in attack on security convoy in northeast Nigeria

The convoy was taking people displaced by an armed uprising back to their homes in Baga, Borno state.

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Sudan rejects linking removal from US terrorism list with Israel

US officials reportedly indicated they want Khartoum to open ties with Israel following the UAE and Bahrain.

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Paris stabbing suspect says he aimed to target Charlie Hebdo

The 18-year-old suspect says he carried out the attack in anger over republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Thousands expected to descend on Portland for Proud Boys rally

The US city has for months been the site of protests that have at times devolved into clashes and deadly violence.

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Coronavirus: Madrid at serious risk without tougher rules, minister warns

Spain's health minister urges more restrictions in Madrid, stoking a political row as cases spike.

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Charlie Hebdo: Stabbings suspect 'was trying to target magazine'

Two people were seriously injured in the attack near the Paris ex-offices of the satirical magazine.

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Lebanon's PM-designate Adib fails to form new government after blast

The previous cabinet resigned in August amid angry calls for reform after the Beirut port explosion.

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Tasmania pilot whales: Rescuers release 108 surviving animals

Efforts now turn to the disposal of some 350 whale carcasses after Australia's worst ever stranding.

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Deepika Padukone: Bollywood star questioned in drugs case

Deepika Padukone and other stars were summoned in a drugs investigation after an actor's death.

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Johnson calls for increased unity among world leaders to tackle Covid-19

The UK Prime Minister said alarm bells were ringing ‘long before this calamity struck’, with eight outbreaks of a lethal virus in the last 20 years

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10 people arrested at central London anti-lockdown demonstrations

At least three protesters and one officer were treated by medical staff

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Paris stabbing suspect targeted Charlie Hebdo, says official

Two people were wounded and seven people are in custody after Friday’s attack.

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Ukraine military plane crash death toll increases

A total of 26 people died in the crash.

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Seven in custody after stabbing linked to Charlie Hebdo

A man and a woman were injured in the incident in the French capital.

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The United States is not entitled to lead the world

Posted 7:23pm - 25 Sep 2020

The US role in the Gulf War

Posted 6:03pm - 25 Sep 2020

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…

Posted 12:15pm - 25 Sep 2020

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 Uighur Woman Who Was At Risk Of Being Forcibly Sent Back To China And Detained Has Arrived Safely In The US

Tursunay Ziyawudun is among a small number of former detainees who have left China and spoken publicly about their experiences in internment camps in the Xinjiang region.


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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
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Trump set to nominate staunch conservative Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday is set to nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his re-election effort.

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Proud Boys rally has Portland, Ore., in weekend state of emergency

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Thousands of supporters of the far-right Proud Boys group were expected in Portland, Ore., on Saturday as police prepared for clashes in a city that has become the epicentre of sometimes deadly political violence in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election.

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7 in custody after stabbing near Charlie Hebdo's former office in Paris

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Seven people were in custody on Saturday after a stabbing outside the former Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, including the suspected assailant, authorities said.

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Ukraine plane crash death toll rises to 26, with 1 survivor

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Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26. One person survived.

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Lebanese prime minister-designate resigns amid impasse

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Lebanon's prime minister-designate resigned Saturday amid a political impasse over government formation, nearly a month after he was appointed to the job.

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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.

Posted 12:43pm - 25 Sep 2020

'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 11:08pm - 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

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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Australia begins disposal of over 350 dead whales after mass stranding

Officials were able to rescue 108 whales from the nation's largest-ever mass beaching.

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Ukraine plane crash kills 26; lone survivor praised for "heroism"

Ukraine's president visited the lone survivor of the crash in a military hospital, posting a picture of the 20-year-old.

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Thousands in London protest lockdowns and social distancing rules

Speakers criticized government-imposed restrictions as an overreaction to the pandemic that needlessly restricted the public's human rights and freedom of expression.

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Angelina Jolie donates to 6-year-olds’ lemonade stand raising money for Yemen

Two young philanthropists in London selling lemonade to raise money for Yemen got a generous contribution from one Hollywood star. Imtiaz Tyab speaks to the pair of 6-year-olds behind “Lemonade for YemenAid.”

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Two people stabbed in Paris near former headquarters of Charlie Hebdo

A stabbing attack in Paris left two people hospitalized in critical condition. The attack occurred near the former office of Charlie Hebdo, and authorities are investigating the assailant's ties to Islamic extremist groups. Charlie D'agata reports.

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Mexico issues arrest warrants on sixth anniversary of disappearance of 43 college students

Mexican authorities issued dozens of arrest warrants for police and soldiers on Saturday who they believe may have participated in the 2014 disappearance of 43 Mexican college students, head of the investigation said.

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Canadian Police accuse man of falsely claiming terrorist acts

Authorities in Canada have arrested and charged a man with making repeated false claims that he had traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State group and carried out grisly crimes, they announced.

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'Everything is uncertain' in Argentina with COVID-19 hitting top five globally

Argentina´s novel coronavirus infections were poised to top 700,000 on Saturday as new daily infections and deaths hit the top five globally, Reuters data showed, despite seven months of quarantine that have ravaged the frail economy.

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France reports 14,412 new confirmed COVID_19 cases

France registered 14,412 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, not far from a daily record of 16,096 set earlier this week.

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UK pledges over US$400 million for WHO, calls for end to 'ugly rifts'

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pledge on Saturday a 30per cent increase in funding for the World Health Organization while urging reforms to the global health body and calling for a revival of cross-border cooperation to end "ugly rifts".

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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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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.

Posted 4:05pm - 25 Sep 2020

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.

Posted 4:05pm - 25 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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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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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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Chinese electric car start-up Xpeng shows off new flying vehicle 

With eight propellers and a capsule-like frame, the vehicle resembles a human-carrying drone more than a flying car.

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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. 

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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.

Posted 7:26pm - 25 Sep 2020

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.

Posted 5:04pm - 25 Sep 2020

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.

Posted 4:29pm - 25 Sep 2020
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Paul Rusesabagina of 'Hotel Rwanda' appears in court again seeking bail after arrest on terrorism charges

"Hotel Rwanda's" Paul Rusesabagina appeared in court in Rwanda for a second time seeking bail after he was arrested and charged with terrorism earlier this month.

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Paris knife attack suspect is of Pakistani origin, French authorities say

The main suspect arrested over a knife attack in Paris on Friday near the former offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is of Pakistani origin, French authorities have said.

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Germany's ex-royals want their riches back, but past ties to Hitler stand in the way

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Analysis: Trump and his envoys have lost Europe's confidence

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How Jack Ma turned an app into a $200 billion company

When Jack Ma launched an obscure payment service to boost his online shopping empire 16 years ago, few expected it to succeed. Now that service forms the backbone of Ant Group, a financial behemoth that could be worth more than $200 billion.

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Brazil's Bolsonaro released from hospital after surgery

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was released from hospital Saturday, the government said, a day after he underwent surgery to remove a bladder stone.

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Greek police seize 500,000 ecstasy pills, arrest 3 people

Greek police said Saturday they have seized 500,000 ecstasy pills and arrested three people.

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How Trump, Biden are preparing for first presidential debate

Ahead of the first debate-stage matchup between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, each campaign is promising a stark contrast in policy, personality and preparation.

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Scores arrested in protest against Belarus' president

Hundreds of women calling for the authoritarian president to step down protested in Belarus' capital on Saturday, continuing the large demonstrations that have rocked the country since early August.

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Who is Amy Coney Barrett? A closer look at Trump's expected Supreme Court pick

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate judge and Notre Dame law professor, is a proven conservative with a compelling personal story who has long been atop U.S. President Donald Trump's Supreme Court short list.

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World War 3: UK and Europe will face US ultimatum over Iran 'Trump's maximum pressure'



BRITAIN and Europe will be forced to stop trading with Iran or face losing deals with the US, an American nuclear weapons expert has warned.

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Boris ordered to scrap ‘absurd and indefensible’ £68million foreign aid programme in China



BRITAIN should stop sending vast sums of money to China, according to a poll of Express.co.uk readers, after it emerged the UK splashed out £68million on overseas development projects.

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Coronavirus cure: Scientists plan bizarre 'self-spreading vaccine' to fight pandemic



SCIENTISTS believe bizarre self-spreading vaccines would be a vital tool in fighting coronavirus.

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Gibraltar showdown: Royal Navy challenges ship as it steams into British waters



THE Royal Navy has challenged a Spanish vessel after it strayed into British waters in the later in a series of recent encroachments in around Gibraltar.

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North Korea plot: Kim Jong-un's real motives for rare apology exposed



KIM Jong un's rushed apology for the shooting of a South Korean official was strategically calculated, according to analysts.

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Hotel offers €2 rooms in desperate bid to attract diners in 'loophole' deal

Staff at the Donegal Hotel in Ireland launched the €2 offer which allows restaurant customers to dine inside under the country's new Covid rules

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Tributes to air cadets among 26 people killed in horrific plane crash 'fireball'

Emotional tributes were paid to the 26 Ukrainian air force cadets and their instructors who died in the horror crash in the Kharkiv region

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Woman who stopped for petrol jailed for breaking strict Isle of Man Covid rules

Amie Murphy, 36, failed to go straight home to self isolate when she stopped to buy petrol on her way home from a trip to the UK

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Terror probe as 7 arrested after journalists hacked with meat cleaver in Paris

The bloody attack, which has landed two people in hospital with non-life threatening injuries, coincided with the start this month of the trial of 14 alleged accomplices in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack

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Winery tank bursts forcing 50,000 litres of red wine gushing into street

Dramatic footage posted on social media shows the wine flooding outside the Vitivinos wineries, located in Villamalea, Albacete. It went viral after a radio station posted it on social media

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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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Posted 9:40am - 25 Sep 2020

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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Posted 9:11am - 25 Sep 2020

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 8:54am - 25 Sep 2020

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 8:42am - 25 Sep 2020

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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Posted 3:07pm - 24 Sep 2020
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How Trump and Biden are preparing for first presidential debate

Trump and Biden will face off next week in the first of three presidential debates before the high stakes November election.

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European Union’s proposed new migration pact generates dissatisfaction on all sides

In frontier nations there’s worry over the administrative burden. Those involved in rescue missions in the Mediterranean that there are no new funds to patrol the sea. And among politicians who want to block migration, there’s concern that refugee cases should be dealt with outside the Union.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Lebanese prime minister-designate resigns over failure to form new government

Lebanon faces the dual challenge of reforming its government and rebuilding after a deadly explosion destroyed large parts of its capital city.

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President Trump due to nominate anti-abortion judge to Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett has described abortion as "always immoral". The Republican-dominated Senate is planning to confirm her and the Democrats are powerless to stop it.

Posted 9 hours ago

Environmental protesters break into German coal mine

The demonstrators say the government's commitment to abandon fossil fuels by 2038 is not serious enough.

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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...

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Belarus police detain dozens of women at anti-Lukashenko protest

Hundreds of women calling for the authoritarian president to step down protested in Belarus’ capital on Saturday, continuing the large demonstrations that have rocked the country since early August.

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Dozens killed in jihadist attack on Nigeria governor's convoy

The death toll from a jihadist attack on the convoy of the regional governor in northeast Nigeria has risen to 30, security sources said Saturday.

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Paris inaugurates city’s first park honouring a Black woman

The city of Paris inaugurated a public garden Saturday honoring a woman who fought for the liberation of slaves on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

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Lebanon's PM-designate resigns amid political impasse over govt formation

Lebanon's prime minister-designate quit on Saturday after trying for almost amonth to line up a non-partisan cabinet, failing despite French pressure on sectarian leaders to rally together to deal with theworst crisis since a 1975-1990 civil war.

Posted 11 hours ago

Domestic violence: ‘Electronic bracelets are a first step, but we have to go further’

Electronic bracelets that are designed to alert victims of domestic abuse if their attacker is nearby have been backed by the French government and advocacy groups as essential to enforcing restraining orders. Yet as the authorities prepare to roll out the new technology on Friday, some say it is not enough.

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U.S. election: How Trump, Biden are preparing for the first 2020 presidential debate

Biden's campaign has been holding mock debate sessions featuring Bob Bauer, a senior Biden adviser and former White House general counsel, playing the role of Trump, according to a person with direct knowledge of the preparations granted anonymity to discuss internal strategy.

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More than 80 demonstrators arrested as protests in Belarus continue

Hundreds of women calling for the authoritarian president to step down protested in Belarus' capital on Saturday, continuing the large demonstrations that have rocked the country since early August.

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Houston area residents warned over water potentially tainted with brain-eating microbe

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warned the Brazosport Water Authority late Friday of the potential contamination of its water supply by naegleria fowleri.

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Reality check: A look at claims by Trump, Biden ahead of the first presidential debate

As Americans absorbed news of a grand jury decision not to prosecute Kentucky police officers for killing Breonna Taylor, Trump's campaign pointed to purported economic progress for Blacks under his administration that didn't tell the full story.

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U.S. election: A look at what’s next for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn't yet said for certain whether a final vote will come before or after the Nov. 3 presidential election, just a little more than five weeks away, but Republicans are eyeing a vote in late October.

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Ukraine military plane crash kills 26; lone survivor praised for "heroism" - CBS News

  1. Ukraine military plane crash kills 26; lone survivor praised for "heroism"  CBS News
  2. Military plane crashes in Ukraine, at least 26 dead  Reuters
  3. Ukraine military plane crash: Cadets among 26 people killed  BBC News
  4. Ukraine grounds model of military transport plane after crash  New York Post
  5. Ukraine military plane crash kills 26, with 1 survivor  CBS News
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Ukraine military plane crash kills 26; lone survivor praised for "heroism" - CBS News

  1. Ukraine military plane crash kills 26; lone survivor praised for "heroism"  CBS News
  2. Military plane crashes in Ukraine, at least 26 dead  Reuters
  3. Ukraine military plane crash: Cadets among 26 people killed  BBC News
  4. Ukraine grounds model of military transport plane after crash  New York Post
  5. Ukraine plane crash death toll rises to 26, with 1 survivor  Fox News
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  1. London police break up protest against COVID-19 restrictions  CBS News
  2. Covid: Clashes as police shut down protest over new rules  BBC News
  3. London Virus Protest News: Police Clash With Protesters in Trafalgar Square  Bloomberg
  4. London lockdown: 15k protest in Trafalgar Square & Hyde Park - police & protestors injured  Express
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  1. London police break up protest against COVID-19 restrictions  CBS News
  2. Covid: Clashes as police shut down protest over new rules  BBC News
  3. London Virus Protest News: Police Clash With Protesters in Trafalgar Square  Bloomberg
  4. Police shut down anti-lockdown rally in London  The Independent
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  1. London police break up protest against COVID-19 restrictions  CBS News
  2. Covid: Clashes as police shut down protest over new rules  BBC News
  3. London Virus Protest News: Police Clash With Protesters in Trafalgar Square  Bloomberg
  4. London lockdown: 15k protest in Trafalgar Square & Hyde Park - police & protestors injured  Express
  5. (1) Any “hanky panky” around US vaccine approval is unlikely, Fauci says  CNN
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US Presence in Iraq to Detriment of Region’s Security: Iran President

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran has deplored the detrimental effects of the US military presence on Iraq and other countries, calling on all regional states to pursue the expulsion of American forces from the region.

The post US Presence in Iraq to Detriment of Region’s Security: Iran President appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Iranian, Iraqi FMs Discuss Regional Issues in Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein have discussed a range of issues pertaining to mutual relations as well as regional and international developments.

The post Iranian, Iraqi FMs Discuss Regional Issues in Tehran appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Iran’s COVID-19 Cases Exceed 443,000: Ministry

Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman says 443,086 patients have contracted the novel coronavirus so far, including 3,204 new cases identified in the past 24 hours.

The post Iran’s COVID-19 Cases Exceed 443,000: Ministry appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 5 hours ago

A Look at Iranian Newspaper Front Pages on September 26

IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Saturday, September 26, 2020, and picked headlines from 12 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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Iranian Diplomat, UN Envoy for Syria Hold Phone Talks

Ali-Asghar Khaji, a senior assistant to the Iranian foreign minister in special political affairs, has held phone talks with UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen on the latest developments in the Arab country.

The post Iranian Diplomat, UN Envoy for Syria Hold Phone Talks 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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Posted about 1 month ago
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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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Thousands Defy COVID-19 Curbs During Anti-Lockdown Rally In London

Thousands of anti-lockdown demonstrators turned up at Trafalgar Square in London on Saturday for a so-called "We Do Not Consent" rally to protest against restrictions imposed to check the spread of...

Posted 4 hours ago

Paris Attack Suspect Says Wanted To Target Charlie Hebdo

A Pakistan-born teenager has admitted to stabbing two people with a meat cleaver outside the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, investigators said Saturday, with nine people now detained...

Posted 5 hours ago

PM Modi's Address At UN General Assembly: Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the general debate in the 75th session of the General Assembly.

Posted 7 hours ago

Death Count Climbs To 26 In Ukraine Military Plane Crash

One of the two survivors of a Ukrainian military plane crash died in hospital as the death toll climbed to 26 on Saturday after three more bodies were found.

Posted 10 hours ago

Death Count Climbs To 23 In Ukraine Military Plane Crash

The death toll climbed to 23 on Saturday from the crash of a Ukrainian air force plane carrying mostly cadets in the east of the country, emergency services said.

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News24.com | Auschwitz memorial director offers to share Nigerian boy's blasphemy jail term

The head of Poland's Auschwitz Memorial has written to Nigeria's president offering to serve part of a 10-year jail term handed to a 13-year-old boy for blasphemy.

Posted 2 hours ago

News24.com | WATCH | Death toll climbs to 23 from Ukraine military plane crash

The death toll climbed to 23 on Saturday from the crash of a Ukrainian air force plane carrying mostly cadets in the east of the country, emergency services said.

Posted 5 hours ago

News24.com | WATCH | Australia begins disposal of about 350 dead whales as rescue efforts end

Australian wildlife officials began disposing of hundreds of dead pilot whales on Saturday after concluding there was no longer any hope of rescuing any more.

Posted 7 hours ago

News24.com | WATCH | Release US grand jury transcripts in Breonna Taylor case, demands lawyer

The family of Breonna Taylor on Friday demanded US authorities release grand jury transcripts to show why no police will face direct criminal charges over her death, which has galvanized police brutality protesters.

Posted 7 hours ago

News24.com | EU appeals bloc court's rejection of Apple tax case

The EU on Friday appealed a major setback at a European court that annulled a Brussels order that Apple repay Ireland €13 billion in back taxes.

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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 7:30pm - 25 Sep 2020

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 6:30pm - 25 Sep 2020

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 5:00pm - 25 Sep 2020

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 2:30pm - 25 Sep 2020

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.

Posted 2:00pm - 25 Sep 2020
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French Open comes to Paris amid coronavirus surge and lost horizons

A song by the British band Massive Attack should be on repeat for the organisers of the 2020 French Open which starts on Sunday.

Posted 4 hours ago

Covid-19 global death toll could reach 2 million before vaccine is found, WHO warns

The global death toll from Covid-19 could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without and effective treatment against the pandemic, an official at the World Health Organization has said.

Posted 5 hours ago

Pakistan-born Paris attacker was motivated by Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cartoons

A man suspected of wounding two people with a meat cleaver near the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine has admitted staging the attack, linking it to the republication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by the satirical weekly, sources said Saturday

Posted 7 hours ago

France records nearly 16,000 single-day spike of new coronavirus cases

France on Friday reported 15, 797 new cases of the coronavirus in 24 hours. It was slightly less than the previous day's record of over 16,000 infections but serious enough to prompt health officials to confirm an upward trend in Covid-19 and could add weight to calls for stricter measures.

Posted 9 hours ago

Police detain 7 suspects over Paris knife attack near former offices of Charlie Hebdo

French police have detained a former flatmate of a man arrested over a knife attack near the former offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left two wounded, bringing the total number of people in custody to seven.

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Paris inaugurates city’s first park honoring a Black woman

The city of Paris inaugurated a public garden Saturday honoring a woman who fought for the liberation of slaves on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Mayor Anne Hidalgo also announced plans to erect a statue to the woman, Solitude, at the site in northeastern Paris. It will be the city’s first statue honoring a Black […]

Posted 7 hours ago

Suspect in Paris knife attack was not on police radar

The primary suspect in Friday’s knife attack outside the former Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was not on police radar – despite a recent arrest for carrying a weapon. The suspected assailant was arrested in June, but had not been previously flagged for possible religious radicalisation, according to the interior ministry. Interior Minister […]

Posted 9 hours ago

7 arrested after ‘Islamist act of terror’ near Charlie Hebdo in Paris

France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has described a knife attack near the former editorial offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as an “Islamist act of terrorism.”There is little doubt that it is another “bloody attack” on the country, the minister said on French television.Darmanin said he had asked the police to look into whether the […]

Posted 11 hours ago

WHO warns 2 million virus deaths possible — while Australia urges vaccine-sharing

Coronavirus deaths could more than double to two million without collective action against the pandemic, the World Health Organization has warned, as Australia’s prime minister urged any nation that develops a vaccine to share it with the world. The number of cases worldwide has soared past 32 million, with deaths approaching one million, the global […]

Posted 11 hours ago

American sued in Thailand over negative Tripadvisor review

An American has been sued by an island resort in Thailand over a negative Tripadvisor review, authorities said Saturday, and could face up to two years in prison if found guilty. Domestic tourism is still happening in Thailand, where coronavirus numbers are relatively low, with locals and expats heading to near-empty resorts — including Koh […]

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Price too big to pay? Sudan rejects tying its removal from US terrorism list to fixing relations with Israel

Preview If being dropped the from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism comes at the cost of normalizing ties with Israel, then the price tag might be too much for Arabic-speaking Sudan, which rejected linking the two issues.
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Quite a spill: Unfortunate tank leak unleashes torrent of 50,000 LITERS of red wine in Spain (VIDEO)

Preview A glitch at a wine storage facility in Spain’s southeast has produced a fast-growing lake of red wine amounting to tens of thousands of bottles. Bystanders filmed the local disaster as they watched in disbelief.
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Posted 8 hours ago

Rouhani calls Pompeo ‘minister of crimes’, dubs renewed US sanctions ‘savagery’ against Iranians amid Covid-19 pandemic

Preview A raft of new US sanctions has predictably provoked ire in Tehran, with President Hassan Rouhani saying the “terrorist operation” hinders Iran’s anti-pandemic effort and telling compatriots to “send curses” to the White House.
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Posted 10 hours ago

‘They’re OK with this, we aren’t’: Russia trains troops to avoid conflict amid frequent US & NATO sorties, top general tells RT

Preview Although Moscow’s calls to discuss close encounters with the US and NATO have fallen on deaf ears, it will retrain troops to make sure these frequent mid-air incidents don’t get out of hand, a top Russian general has said.
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Posted 11 hours ago

Lebanon’s PM-designate resigns after failing to form govt

Preview Lebanon’s Prime Minister-Designate Mustapha Adib has stepped down, after efforts to create a new government fell through.
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Mexican police and soldiers wanted over unsolved disappearance of 43 students

Mexican authorities have issued dozens of arrest warrants for police and soldiers they believe were involved in the still-unsolved disappearance of 43 college students six years ago.

Posted 1 hours ago

PM tells world to unite against COVID-19 and stop 'grisly' comparisons of death rates

Boris Johnson has urged the world to unite against coronavirus, suggesting it had made nations seem "selfish" and apparently warning against the comparison of countries' death rates.

Posted 4 hours ago

Why Trump's Supreme Court pick stirs fears he is planning an assault on democracy

Amy Coney Barrett is widely expected to be announced as Donald Trump's pick for the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court tonight.

Posted 6 hours ago

Two million global coronavirus deaths 'not impossible' even with vaccine, warns WHO

The number of global coronavirus deaths could reach two million before a vaccine is found and widely used, the World Health Organisation has warned.

Posted 13 hours ago

Man who claimed to be IS killer charged with lying about terrorism

A Canadian man who claimed he was an Islamic State killer has been charged with lying about his terrorist activity.

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09/26/2020 News & Commentary - National Security

09/26/2020 News & Commentary - National Security

News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and Published by Riley Murray.

 

1. The Vise Tightens on the Dollar

2. The next financial crisis may be coming soon

3. China Hits Back at Pompeo’s Espionage Allegation Against New York Consulate

4. The Man Who Can Get Us Out of Afghanistan

5.  Republicans as Avengers? Dan Crenshaw goes all Captain America in new political ad

6. UK develops cyber weapons that could take out power grids in enemy states

7.  How the U.S. Military is Prioritizing Great-Power Competition

8. The Blob Meets the Heartland: Foreign policy should work better for America’s middle class.

9. Deployment of US forces to Taiwan means war: Global Times editorial

10. Air Force Betting on New Robotic Wingman

11. Places and Names: On War, Revolution and Returning

12. Trump’s team plots his departure - even if he won’t

13. Navigating the Asia-Pacific Threat Landscape: Experts Dive In

14. U.S. Commandos Use Secretive Missiles to Kill Qaeda Leaders in Syria

15. Ospreys draw eyes over Ukraine during special ops exercises

16. In a First, 100 Mexican Firefighters Arrive in California to Help Battle Wildfires

17. Dire Straits - Should American Support for Taiwan Be Ambiguous?

 

1. The Vise Tightens on the Dollar

project-syndicate.org · by Stephen S. Roach · September 25, 2020

Troubling news.  Quote: "In short, the vise is tightening on a still-overvalued dollar. Domestic saving is now plunging as never before, and the current-account balance is following suit. Don’t expect the Fed, focused more on supporting equity and bond markets than on leaning against inflation, to save the day. The dollar’s decline has only just begun."

 

2. The next financial crisis may be coming soon

Financial Times · by Gillian Tett · September 24, 2020

More troubling news.  We must protect our economic instrument of power. Quote: "Of course, such a disruption might not merit blazing headlines, given all the other more immediately worrying pieces of news right now. But investors should remember this: if lenders react to a stealthy rise in defaults - and, most important, a fear of future stress - this could tighten credit conditions despite central banks’ policies."

 

3. China Hits Back at Pompeo’s Espionage Allegation Against New York Consulate

caixinglobal.com · by Lu Zhenhua – 26 September 2020

China doth protest too much.  But of course, no country would admit its routine espionage activities even though it is what everybody does.  Admit nothing, deny everything, make counteraccusations.

 

4. The Man Who Can Get Us Out of Afghanistan

spectator.org · by Jeremy Lott · September 26, 2020

Based on this essay it does seem likely this man will shake things up.  But if President Trump is not re-elected, he will have little time.

 

5. Republicans as Avengers? Dan Crenshaw goes all Captain America in new political ad

expressnews.com · September 25, 2020

The 4 minute video is at this link on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd6b_8OlwXU

I have never seen a more over the top political ad. :-). I do not offer this as a political statement or endorsement.  It is just an entertaining ad.

 

6. UK develops cyber weapons that could take out power grids in enemy states

Sky News – by Deborah Haynes

Sometimes there is just too much information out there. Or General Sanders is executing an influence operation. Of course, this should not be surprising and I doubt the UK is the only country with or developing this capability. This might be right out of the Chinese Unrestricted Warfare.

Note this article: Energy Grid Supply-Chain Risks and U.S.-China Entanglement https://www.lawfareblog.com/energy-grid-supply-chain-risks-and-us-china-entanglement

 

7. How the U.S. Military is Prioritizing Great-Power Competition

The National Interest · by Michael O'Hanlon · September 25, 2020

Of course, this article is focused on Naval power and rightly so as it is a critical component of great power competition.  And of course, one of the key aspects of strategy is the prioritization and allocation of resources.

But I think we are missing major elements of great power competition:

Problem: We face threats from political warfare strategies supported by hybrid military approaches. 

Gray Zone, Hybrid Conflict, Unconventional Warfare, Counter-Unconventional Warfare, Revolution, Resistance, Insurgency, Terrorism, Civil War ll may occur in the context of Great Power Competition.

In short:

  • Competition equals Political Warfare
    • Most likely
  • State on state warfare less likely
    • Most dangerous
  • Consider lessons from the OSS to operate in the modern era of the Gray Zone and Political Warfare
  • But we must always be prepared for also major theater war

 

8. The Blob Meets the Heartland: Foreign policy should work better for America’s middle class.

defenseone.com · by William J. Burns

An interesting essay. Here is a the link to the Carnegie report: https://carnegieendowment.org/2020/09/23/making-u.s.-foreign-policy-work-better-for-middle-class-pub-82728

This excerpt jumped out at me.  This is what our foreign policy and national security professionals should consider and understand.  But it is also important for our allies to understand this as well. Quote: "Most of those we interviewed saw the value of America’s allies and our country’s active global leadership, but they expected other countries to invest more in their own military and contribute a greater share of the costs of securing peace. They were also skeptical of Washington’s foreign-policy extremes-its episodic crusading impulses as well as its bouts of isolationism."

 

9. Deployment of US forces to Taiwan means war: Global Times editorial

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From a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party.  The folks at Leavenworth should be happy with the shoutout for Military Review. Someone besides military professionals is reading their work! 

This is an interesting interpretation of US military and strategic thinking.

But the conclusion gives us an idea of how the CCP views its own actions and how it views the Taiwan-US relationship. And I guess the CCP thinks of itself as "god-like" that can punish sinners.  But I suppose that is how one feels when you think the Middle Kingdom should dominate the region if not the world.

 

10. Air Force Betting on New Robotic Wingman

nationaldefensemagazine.org · by Jon Harper – 25 September 2020

But can you take this wingman to the officer's club for a beer at happy hour for saving your a**?  Seriously though this seems like a pretty cool capability.

 

11. Places and Names: On War, Revolution and Returning

realcleardefense.com · by John Waters

Of course, the title was clickbait for me.  It was not the article I expected but interesting, nonetheless. I have read a lot from Eliot Ackerman, but I was unaware of his background.

 

12. Trump’s team plots his departure - even if he won’t

Politico – 24 September 2020

This is a fascinating read. Again, I do not offer this as a partisan statement but to illustrate what goes on behind the scenes in all administrations and what is required by law.  

 

13. Navigating the Asia-Pacific Threat Landscape: Experts Dive In

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The cyber domain is "key terrain" in great power competition.  Key point: "Both experts agree nation-state groups based out of China pose a major threat to the region. While these attackers typically dominate threats against telecommunications, El-Nabawi says threat intelligence indicates they have also targeted food and beverage, healthcare, manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals, in addition to telecommunications and tech companies."

 

14. U.S. Commandos Use Secretive Missiles to Kill Qaeda Leaders in Syria

The New York Times · by Eric Schmitt · September 24, 2020

Excerpt: "But in an opposite corner of the country, where the United States has no troops on the ground, the military’s secretive Joint Special Operations Command, with help from the C.I.A., is carrying out a shadow war against a different terrorist threat - a small but virulent Al Qaeda affiliate - that American officials say is plotting attacks against the West."

I guess it is not cliche to say this is one helluva missile: "But the modified Hellfire missile carries an inert warhead. Instead of exploding, it hurls about 100 pounds of metal through the top of a target’s vehicle. If the high-velocity projectile does not kill the target, the missile’s other feature almost certainly does: six long blades tucked inside, which deploy seconds before impact to slice up anything in its path... The Hellfire variant, known as the R9X, was initially developed nearly a decade ago under pressure from President Barack Obama to reduce civilian casualties and property damage in the United States’ long-running wars on terrorism in far-flung hot spots such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Yemen."

 

15. Ospreys draw eyes over Ukraine during special ops exercises

airforcetimes.com · by Stephen Losey · September 25, 2020

One of my regrets is that I never flew on a CV-22 while on active duty.

 

16. In a First, 100 Mexican Firefighters Arrive in California to Help Battle Wildfires

kqed.org · by Matthew Green

This is an amazing development on multiple levels.  Thank you to our Mexican neighbors for supporting the US in fighting this disaster.

 

17. Dire Straits - Should American Support for Taiwan Be Ambiguous?

Foreign Affairs – by Bonnie S. Glaser, Michael J. Mazarr, Michael J. Glennon, Richard Haass, and David Sacks - September 24, 2020

To be ambiguous or not to be ambiguous.  That is the question.

A very thoughtful debate/discussion below.

 

 

“The framers of the Constitution took deliberate steps to ensure that treason trials would not be used as political weapons against opponents. Article 3, Section 3 defines the crime very narrowly: ‘Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.’ This language is drawn from an English statute from 1351 that was also intended to limit the scope of treason. Speaking against the government, undermining political opponents, supporting harmful policies or even placing the interests of another nation ahead of those of the United States are not acts of treason under the Constitution.”

- Carlton F.W. Larson

 

"Until you learn to teach yourself you will never be taught by others."

- J.F.C. Fuller

 

“Our own generation is unique, but sadly so, in producing a school of thinkers who are allegedly experts in military strategy and who are certainly specialists in military studies but who know virtually nothing of military history”

- Bernard Brodie, "The Continuing Relevance of On War"

Riley.C.Murray Sat, 09/26/2020 - 11:29am

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09/26/2020 News & Commentary - Korea

09/26/2020 News & Commentary - Korea

News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and Published by Riley Murray.

 

1. US joins Seoul in condemning North Korea for killing South Korean official

2. North apologizes for 'suspected' killing of South Korean civil servant

3. N. Korea breached inter-Korean military pact: experts

4. N.K. leader wished S. Koreans health, happiness in letter to Moon, Cheong Wa Dae says

5. N. Korea's killing of S. Korean citizen doesn't seem to have been ordered by Kim Jong-un: spy chief

6. Reports on official killed by N. Korea show discrepancies

7. N. Korean apology for killing incident a 'helpful step':State Dept.

8. What did our nation do for 3 days between civilian’s missing and gov’t announcement?

9. Moon briefed 4 times on killed civil servant, UN message too late to be changed: Cheong Wa Dae

10. U.S. flies spy aircraft over South Korea after N.K.'s killing of Seoul official

11. S. Korea to demand N. Korea make additional probe into killing

12. Kim Jong-un 'apologises for killing of South Korean official'

13. New virus cases fall back below 100 as nation vigilant ahead of key holiday (South Korea)

14. U.S. will support S. Korea's missile defense but decision is up to Seoul: U.S. diplomat

15. Colin Powell downplays threat from North at military conference

16. North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Center: Drying Off

17. The Rise of Women Leaders in North Korea

 

 

1. US joins Seoul in condemning North Korea for killing South Korean official

The Korea Times · September 25, 2020

We should all heed my good friend Greg Scalatoiu's words here. Human rights are a moral imperative and a national security issue.

 

2. North apologizes for 'suspected' killing of South Korean civil servant

koreaherald.com · by The Korea Herald · September 25, 2020

This article illustrates the non-apology, apology.

One of the best explanations in addition to this article comes from Professor Sung Yoon Lee from Tufts who says that Kim Jong-un is playing a "great leader mind -trick" on South Korea with this apology and this apology is actually rebuke of South Korea.

I recommend listening to the 2 minute interview with Professor Lee here on PRI: https://www.pri.org/file/2020-09-25/rare-apology-north-korea

 

3. N. Korea breached inter-Korean military pact: experts

koreaherald.com · by The Korea Herald · September 25, 2020

It is time to recognize the regime has never lived up to the letter and spirit of the 2018 Comprehensive Military Agreement which is formally known as "Agreement on the Implementation of the

Historic Panmunjom Declaration in the Military Domain.  I recommend those with an interest in Korean issues to re-read the agreement and judge north Korean actions (and non-actions).

https://www.ncnk.org/sites/default/files/Agreement%20on%20the%20Implementation%20of%20the%20Historic%20Panmunjom%20Declaration%20in%20the%20Military%20Domain.pdf
 

4. N.K. leader wished S. Koreans health, happiness in letter to Moon, Cheong Wa Dae says

en.yna.co.kr · by 이치동 · September 25, 2020

I wish Woodward had interviewed President Moon so we could see the contents of this letter. I guess Trump is not the only one conducting unconventional, experimental, top-down, pen-pal diplomacy.   But on a serious note this is the Kim family regime's political warfare in action. Of course, the killing of the South Korean civil servant was not planned but any incident that may have occurred would be exploited in some to support Kim Jong-un's political warfare with juche characteristics. The excerpts below illustrate the foundation for future demands for concessions and humanitarian aid  even as the regime will blame the South for the COVID outbreak (the "re-defector" or north Korean operative who returned to Kaesong and conveniently tested positive for COVD-19)

 

5.  N. Korea's killing of S. Korean citizen doesn't seem to have been ordered by Kim Jong-un: spy chief

en.yna.co.kr · by 박보람 · September 25, 2020

While I agree that it is unlikely Kim order this killing. It was a chance encounter.  The unit did not call back to Pyongyang for permission to murder this South Korea.  It was likely operating within defense orders.  It illustrates the internet brutality that is endemic in the north Korean People's Army which is shaped by the party.

But NIS Director Park should not be attempting to let Kim Jong-un off the hook in hopes of sustaining the slight chance for north-South engagement.  What he should be focusing on is how Kim Jong-un is exploiting the chance incident in support of his blackmail diplomacy and political warfare.  The South must protect itself from being "played" again by the north.

 

6. Reports on official killed by N. Korea show discrepancies

donga.com – by Kyu-Jin Shin – 26 September 2020

I think the ROK government is going to come under a lot of criticism.

 

7. N. Korean apology for killing incident a 'helpful step': State Dept.

en.yna.co.kr · by 변덕근 · September 25, 2020

It is helpful for us to understand and expose north Korea's political warfare strategy.

 

8. What did our nation do for 3 days between civilian’s missing and gov’t announcement?

donga.com – 26 September 2020

More basis for criticism of the ROK government and its actions (or lack of timely actions).

 

9. Moon briefed 4 times on killed civil servant, UN message too late to be changed: Cheong Wa Dae

koreaherald.com · by The Korea Herald · September 25, 2020

People are not going to accept this.  A speechwriter could have quickly added a paragraph to his speech along the lines of - "Despite our strong desire for peace and to end the Korean War, north Korea and the mafia like crime family cult known as the Kim family regime continues to conduct brutal hostile operations against the Korean people of the South as well as the continued horrendous human rights abuses against the Korean people in the north. I have just learned that the north Korean People's Army has murdered a Korean from the South who was helplessly floating at sea.  After murdering him they burned his body using the excuse they had to prevent the possibility of the spread of COVID 19.  I call on Kim Jong-un to cease all human rights abuses and come to the negotiating table to seek peace and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula."  That took me about 2 minutes.  I am sure his speech writers could have done it even faster (though would not have used my over the top rhetoric about the regime!).

 

10. U.S. flies spy aircraft over South Korea after N.K.'s killing of Seoul official

en.yna.co.kr · by 오석민 · September 26, 2020

Prudence.

 

11. S. Korea to demand N. Korea make additional probe into killing

en.yna.co.kr · by 오석민 · September 26, 2020

I doubt the regime will respond favorably to this unless it thinks it can somehow exploit this to demand concessions from the South.

 

12. Kim Jong-un 'apologizes for killing of South Korean official'

BBC · September 25, 2020

More analysis on the non-apology, apology.  There may be a perfect storm brewing on the peninsula and in the region.

 

13. New virus cases fall back below 100 as nation vigilant ahead of key holiday (South Korea)

en.yna.co.kr · by 오석민 · September 26, 2020

Some good news.  Chuseok will be the test.

 

14.  U.S. will support S. Korea's missile defense but decision is up to Seoul: U.S. diplomat

en.yna.co.kr · by 변덕근 · September 26, 2020

But ideally, we will develop integrated missile defense capabilities (and even more ideal if we can do it trilaterally!)

 

15. Colin Powell downplays threat from North at military conference

koreajoongangdaily.joins.com

With all due respect to the general I do not think downplaying the threat (from nuclear and missile, to conventional, to regime instability and collapse, to provocations, to weapons proliferation to cyber-attacks, to human rights abuses, to global illicit activities and more) is not helpful.  Never assume the enemy will not attack (or collapse). Make yourself invisible." Sun Tzu.

Colin Powell downplays threat from North at military conference

 

16. North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Center: Drying Off

38north.org · by Peter Makowsky · September 25, 2020

 

17. The Rise of Women Leaders in North Korea

https://www.38north.org/2020/09/ddraudt092520/ - by Darcie Draudt – 25 September 2020

Darcie Draudt is doing important work. This is even more timely and relevant given the rise of Kim Yo-jong.

 

 

“The framers of the Constitution took deliberate steps to ensure that treason trials would not be used as political weapons against opponents. Article 3, Section 3 defines the crime very narrowly: ‘Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.’ This language is drawn from an English statute from 1351 that was also intended to limit the scope of treason. Speaking against the government, undermining political opponents, supporting harmful policies or even placing the interests of another nation ahead of those of the United States are not acts of treason under the Constitution.”

- Carlton F.W. Larson

 

"Until you learn to teach yourself you will never be taught by others."

- J.F.C. Fuller

 

“Our own generation is unique, but sadly so, in producing a school of thinkers who are allegedly experts in military strategy and who are certainly specialists in military studies but who know virtually nothing of military history”

- Bernard Brodie, "The Continuing Relevance of On War"

Riley.C.Murray Sat, 09/26/2020 - 11:12am

Posted 5 hours ago

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

dwmiv Fri, 09/25/2020 - 11:33am

Posted 3:33pm - 25 Sep 2020

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 2:16pm - 25 Sep 2020

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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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.

Posted 3:31pm - 21 Sep 2020
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Kamala Harris Chooses Tupac as Her 'Best Rapper Alive' Pick

The late Tupac Shakur, an iconic American rapper and songwriter, is considered to be one of the most influential hip-hop artists. In September 1996, the rapper was shot and killed in Las Vegas, but conspiracy theories continue to suggest that he faked his own death.

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From Trump-Russia Probe to the Clinton Foundation: Why Has Durham Widened His Inquiry's Scope?

On 24 September, The New York Times broke the story that US Attorney John Durham, appointed by Attorney General William Barr to conduct a probe into the handling of the Trump-Russia investigation, also sought information about the FBI's Clinton Foundation inquiry. Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel explains Durham's focus on the charity.

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Protect Enhypen, Fans Urge as K-Pop Boy Band Got Stalked by Sasaengs

The boy band has not yet seen its debut but already has the attention of K-pop fans.

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'Proud Boys' Supporters Demonstrate in Portland - Video

Nationalist group ‘Proud Boys’ are demanding the release of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with intentional murder of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, late last month.

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Mexico's 'Most Dangerous Cartel' May Fall Under Control of 'New El Chapo', Media Says

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel's expansion has reportedly allowed the criminal group to operate in “at least 35 states across Mexico and Puerto Rico”.

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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

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Posted 4:01am - 15 Sep 2020

A Changing Middle East

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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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Posted 1:11pm - 31 Aug 2020
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'We should not pretend everybody is suffering equally': Covid hits Australia's poor the hardest

Disadvantaged areas already ravaged by the virus will be devastated when government subsidies are cut

If the slogan of 2020 is “We’re all in this together”, perhaps it should come with an asterisk: *except for those with less, who are hurting more.

Covid-19 hasn’t torn through Australia as it has the United States, Brazil, India and much of Europe, but the economic impact has exposed gaping inequities in almost every facet of our lives.

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UK will see 100 coronavirus deaths a day within four weeks, Sage expert warns

‘We need to make sure that transmission comes down now,’ says Prof Graham Medley

The UK’s daily coronavirus death toll will rise from 34 to 100 a day in three to four weeks’ time, an expert on the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has warned.

Infectious disease modelling expert Prof Graham Medley said there is little that can be done now to prevent daily deaths climbing to 100 – but “we need to make sure transmission comes down now” to prevent the figure increasing further.

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Coronavirus live news: WHO warns 2m could die before vaccine; Victoria's health minister quits

Jenny Mikakos resigns after inquiry into how Australian state allowed a second outbreak; Brazil deaths pass 140,000 and US cases reach 7m. Follow all the developments live

In good news for New South Wales, Australia, just one case of the virus was recorded in the state overnight, and that was in a returned international traveller in hotel quarantine.

With the start of school holidays and increased movement of people, NSW Health is appealing to everyone to get tested as soon as symptoms appear. The department said in a statement;

Testing numbers have declined in recent weeks. Please come forward for testing right away if you have a runny nose or scratchy throat, cough, fever or other symptoms that could be Covid-19.

If you have symptoms at all – we need your help. We all need to do our part to keep the community safe from another outbreak. Get tested right away at the earliest symptoms and help protect friends and family from serious disease. This is especially important in South West Sydney.

Reuters reports that Mexico’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 720,858 on Friday, according to updated data from the health ministry, along with a reported death toll of 75,844. Authorities reported 5,401 new cases along with 405 deaths on Friday, but the true figures are likely significantly higher due to low testing rates.

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Posted 19 hours ago

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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Posted 4:47pm - 25 Sep 2020

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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Bill Murray offers Doobie Brothers golf shirts after joke copyright complaint

<p>Caddyshack star accused of using ‘Listen To The Music’ without permission in advert</p>

Posted 30 minutes ago

Coronavirus: More than 1,000 New Yorkers test positive in a day for first time since June

<p>Neighbourhoods in Brooklyn, Queens see an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases</p>

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Rihanna rips Kentucky attorney general over Breonna Taylor case

<p>Singer posts blistering ‘hollow skull’ message to her 87.4m followers</p>

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Thousands of Israelis protest in Jerusalem, despite lockdown

Thousands of Israelis are protesting outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demand his resignation, pressing ahead with weeks of protests against the embattled Israeli leader despite a strict new lockdown order

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Deadly brain-eating amoeba found in Texas town’s water supply

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Paris Suspect Said Attack Was Aimed at Paper That Mocked Islam’s Prophet

An 18-year-old immigrant from Pakistan was arrested on Friday after the stabbing of two people near the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which was targeted in a 2015 terrorist attack.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Brushing off Criticism, China’s Xi Calls Policies in Xinjiang ‘Totally Correct’

Mr. Xi made the remarks at a meeting on the region of western China, suggesting that the Communist Party remains committed to drastically changing Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

Posted 5 hours ago

For U.K.’s Boris Johnson, Hardball Tactics Seem the Only Way to a Brexit Deal

With a combative style, Mr. Johnson has pointedly avoided comparisons to Theresa May, his predecessor. But will his strategy yield a deal?

Posted 7 hours ago

‘Schitt’s Creek’ Star, and His Fans, Are Taking Indigenous Studies

Dan Levy suggested in an Instagram post that his fans study Canadian Indigenous history along with him. About 64,000 people signed up.

Posted 7 hours ago

Tasmania Whale Rescue Ends With 108 Saved and Over 300 Dead

The whale beaching, one of the largest strandings ever recorded globally, prompted a five-day rescue effort.

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Brit holidaymaker dies after she was pulled unconscious from a hotel pool in Lanzarote

A BRITISH holidaymaker died after her lifeless body was pulled from a four-star hotel pool in Spain. The woman was in cardiac arrest when she was pulled from the pool in Lanzarote and revived at the scene by a lifeguard and emergency responders. Police on the island confirmed today she had lost her fight for […]

Posted 2 hours ago

Poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny thanks pilots and medics for quick action that ‘saved’ his life

POISONED Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has thanked pilots and medics for acting so quickly to save his life. The Russian opposition leader fell into a coma on a flight to Moscow. Yesterday he posted a pic of him hugging wife Yulia and told how pilots “quickly landed in Omsk” and medics at the airport “jammed […]

Posted 20 hours ago

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 […]

Posted 23 hours ago

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 […]

Posted 7:40pm - 25 Sep 2020

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, […]

Posted 6:00pm - 25 Sep 2020
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Israel to hold US-mediated talks with Lebanon on sea border

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel will hold rare talks with Lebanon next month in an effort to resolve a longstanding maritime border dispute, an Israeli official said Saturday.

The official said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz will lead the Israeli delegation in talks mediated by the United States. Representatives from the three ...

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TikTok poses 'immitigable' national security risk unless divested from Chinese owners: Trump admin

TikTok poses an "immitigable risk" to national security that necessitates the popular social media application to completely sever ties with its Chinese parent company, the U.S. government argued Friday.

Documents filed in federal court ahead of a hearing taking place Sunday highlight the White House's case for making TikTok's Beijing-based ...

Posted 3 hours ago

At UN, India vows to help produce virus vaccine for world

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to help the world produce and deliver potential coronavirus vaccines while making no mention Saturday of the heavy toll the pandemic has taken on his own country, where the enormous population has suffered among the highest numbers of cases and ...

Posted 4 hours ago

Scores arrested in protest against Belarus' president

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Hundreds of women calling for the authoritarian president to step down protested in Belarus’ capital on Saturday, continuing the large demonstrations that have rocked the country since early August.

Police blocked off the center of Minsk and arrested more than 80 demonstrators, according to the Viasna ...

Posted 4 hours ago

Boris Johnson urges world leaders to unite against COVID-19.

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has frayed the bonds between nations, and urged world leaders to unite against the “common foe” of COVID-19.

Johnson, who made the remarks in a prerecorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly, said that, nine ...

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How social media platforms and financial instability are threatening press freedom

Posted 10:00am - 25 Sep 2020

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

Posted 10:24am - 21 Sep 2020
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Trump expected to pick Amy Barrett for SC in effort to seal four more years

Trump’s frequent reference to prolonging his Presidency indefinitely has mostly been seen as trolling opponents, but at a campaign rally in Atlanta on Friday, when he complained that "you can’t joke" about serving more than two terms without being accused of being a dictator who won’t cede power, a crowd of Trump faithful began chanting "12 more years!" to a visibly pleased President. The US Constitution has a two-term limit for Presidency.

Posted 28 minutes ago

Boris Johnson urges world leaders to unite against Covid-19

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Thousands protest Covid-19 restrictions in central London

London's Metropolitan Police has warned demonstrators to follow social-distancing rules. Police said before the event that officers will first engage with people and explain the social distancing rules, but they may take enforcement action if protesters still fail to comply. As the protest began, police were visible around the edges of the crowd but didn't confront protesters, most of whom weren't wearing masks.

Posted 3 hours ago

Paris cleaver attack suspect says acted over Charlie Hebdo cartoons

A man suspected of wounding two people with a meat cleaver near the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine has admitted staging the attack, linking it to the republication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by the satirical weekly, sources said Saturday.

Posted 4 hours ago

UN condemns clashes in Libya capital, urges security reforms

The United Nations has condemned clashes between two armed groups in a residential suburb of the Libyan capital and the use of heavy weapons.

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Tremors felt in Cape Town after earthquake off South African coast

23 min 6 sec agoJOHANNESBURG - A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck offshore from South Africa on Saturd

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Germany mulls new panel of judges to oversee intelligence agency BND - Sueddeutsche Zeitung

31 min 35 sec agoFRANKFURT - Germany's intelligence agency BND should be held accountable by a ne

Posted about 1 hour ago

Trump to nominate Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court in White House ceremony

33 min 56 sec agoWASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Saturday plans to name conservative appellate

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Iran and Iraq commit to boosting border cooperation and trade

42 min 24 sec agoDUBAI - Iran and Iraq on Saturday pledged to improve border cooperation and boost tra

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Booby-trapped vehicle explodes, killing seven in northeast Syria, residents say

32 min 39 sec agoAMMAN - A booby-trapped vehicle exploded in a Syrian town on the border with Turkey o

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New trial ordered for NY millionaire in autistic son’s death


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North Macedonia: Roma protest against police brutality

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For British PM Boris Johnson, hardball tactics seem the only way to a Brexit deal


More than a year after the ouster of former PM Theresa May, trade talks with the European Union are deadlocked, the mood is poisonous, and there are only weeks left to salvage a deal as Britain prepares to leave the bloc’s economic zone in January.

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Alaska top court says some jury trials to resume in November

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Greek police seize 500,000 ecstasy pills, arrest 3 people

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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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Posted 3:15pm - 25 Sep 2020

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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Posted 7:55am - 25 Sep 2020

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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Posted 7:45am - 25 Sep 2020

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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Posted 7:40am - 25 Sep 2020

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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As coronavirus cases soar, India’s hospitals race to secure badly needed oxygen

The government says there is no shortage, but acknowledges problems in the supply chain.

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U.S. restricts technology exports to China’s biggest semiconductor manufacturer in new escalation of trade tensions

Posted 4 hours ago

How the pandemic has affected abortion rules around the world

In most countries, the pandemic has posed obstacles for reproductive health. In the United Kingdom, access via telemedicine has increased.

Posted 5 hours ago

Fleeing chaos and hardship, Lebanese have begun braving perilous seas

With Mediterranean crossings up sharply in recent weeks, the refugees are proving easy prey for smugglers.

Posted 8 hours ago

Acting Lebanese prime minister steps down, setting back efforts to form government

Mustapha Adib, who had been backed by French President Emmanuel Macron, failed to unite competing factions.

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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.”

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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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