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Italy police ID kids sharing child porn, dark web videos

Italian authorities say they have identified a group of 20 teenagers who shared child porn and dark web videos of suicides and mutilations on their cellphones

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Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

Kuimba Shiri, Zimbabwe's only bird park, has survived tumultuous times, including violent land invasions and a devastating economic collapse

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Teenage surfer killed by shark, 2nd in Australia in a week

A 17-year-old surfer has died when he was mauled by a shark, the second fatal attack in a week and at least the fifth in Australia this year

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Turkey amends laws to allow multiple lawyer associations

Turkey’s parliament has passed controversial legislation amending laws governing attorneys and bar associations, despite protests from critics who say the move could limit the independence of lawyers and reduce the professional associations’ clout

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Indian forces kill 6 Naga rebels near Myanmar border

Police say India’s security forces have killed six separatist Naga militants in an exchange of gunfire in a northeastern state bordering Myanmar

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Column: In Peter Beinart's latest article, a liberal Jew rejects the two-state solution

Once again, liberals are jolted by a rejection of the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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The new Hong Kong: Disappearing books, illegal words and arrests over blank white paper

Less than two weeks under a new national security law enacted by Beijing, Hong Kong residents already feel a curtain of control falling over the city's realms of speech and thought.

Posted 7 hours ago

Trump commutes prison sentence for Roger Stone

President Trump has commuted the prison sentence of Roger Stone, a longtime advisor and Republican operative who was convicted of lying to Congress and trying to interfere with a witness during the Russia investigation.

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CDC data reveal another racial disparity for COVID-19 victims — age at death

COVID-19 claims the lives of Black and Latino Americans earlier than it does for whites. Nonwhite victims are typically a decade younger than whites, the CDC says.

Posted 13 hours ago

Amazon tells workers to delete TikTok app, citing security concerns

TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is under mounting pressure from lawmakers, who see the company as a potential national security threat.

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Power, politics and the pandemic: The Sino-American media divide

We examine the role of Chinese and American media industries in the contest of COVID-19 narratives.

Posted 29 minutes ago

Hong Kong opposition holds primary to pick election candidates

Police raid office of opinion pollster organising the election to pick pro-democracy candidates ahead of September vote.

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What will it take to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan?

Khairullah Khairkhwa, from the Taliban's political office in Qatar, discusses efforts to reach political reconciliation.

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'Butcher of Srebrenica' still on trial 25 years after genocide

With Ratko Mladic in ailing health, survivors worry he may die before the appeals ruling in his war crimes trial.

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Mali president launches probe after protest turns violent

At least one killed, 20 others wounded as police fire gunshots and tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters.

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Russia far east protest over Khabarovsk governor's arrest

Thousands rally on the streets of Khabarovsk as a regional leader is accused of contract killings.

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Roger Stone: Critics blast Trump for commuting ex-adviser's jail term

Democrats condemn the US president's decision to spare ex-adviser and friend Roger Stone from prison.

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Roger Stone: Trump commutes ex-adviser's sentence

The president has said all along the self-proclaimed political dirty trickster was treated unfairly.

Posted 10 hours ago

Bosnia's Srebrenica massacre 25 years on - in pictures

Bosnian Serb and Serbian units systematically murdered 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica in July 1995.

Posted 10 hours ago

Duda vs Trzaskowski: The fight for Poland's future

One is a Catholic social conservative, the other a pro-LGBT mayor. Who will win on Sunday?

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India coronavirus cases pass 800,000 with record daily jump

Meanwhile, new Covid-19 cases have dropped sharply in China

Posted about 1 hour ago

Naya Rivera’s four-year-old son saw her disappear beneath the water, police say

The actress is presumed dead after going missing on Wednesday.

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Protesters attempt to storm Serbian parliament building

The unrest has mushroomed into an expression of wider frustration with the president’s hard-line rule.

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Donald Trump commutes sentence of former adviser Roger Stone

Stone had been sentenced in February to three years and four months in prison for lying to Congress.

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Tropical Storm Fay makes landfall in New Jersey

A tropical storm warning remained in effect from Great Egg Inlet New Jersey to Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

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López Obrador’s Washington visit played straight into Trump’s hands

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s decision to travel to Washington this week was met with concern and incredulity among many in Mexico — albeit with substantial public opinion support for his trip, according to a July 1 El Financiero newspaper poll. Meanwhile, in Washington, the trip was received mostly with a mix of curiosity, expectation,…

Posted 15 hours ago

The post COVID-19 world: Economic nationalism triumphant?

The damage caused by the worst global health crisis in a century is vast. The new coronavirus has traveled far and fast, infecting more than 8.7 million people and killing more than 460,000. One after another, economies have gone into lockdown to slow down the spread of the disease. The combined supply and demand shocks…

Posted 20 hours ago

Watch: Debating COVID-19’s impacts on the international system

We are pleased to launch a new online debate series — “More or Less: Debating America’s Role in the World” — in cooperation with the Charles Koch Institute. Before the COVID-19 pandemic brought travel and in-person gatherings to a halt, the two organizations convened a series of debates on America's role in the world in…

Posted 20 hours ago

25 years later, remembering Srebrenica — So we are not condemned to repeat it

This week in Srebrenica, a once little-known Bosnian town now synonymous with genocide, volunteers poured strong Bosnian coffee into more than 8,000 small porcelain cups called fildžani. They will remain untouched. The cups symbolize the more than 8,000 innocent victims of the Srebrenica genocide, men and boys who were brutally murdered a quarter-century ago by…

Posted 20 hours ago

فكّ رموز سياسة تركيا الإقليمية الجديدة

تتبع تركيا استراتيجية سياسة خارجية طموحة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا. انطلاقاً من سوريا ووصولاً إلى ليبيا، برزت كلاعب أساسيّ في سياسات المنطقة وأمنها وأظهرت بشكلٍ متزايد رغبةً في عرض قوّتها لبلوغ أهدافها وتحقيق مصالحها. فقد غيّرت أنقرة سياستها التقليدية وانخرطت في عمليّة توازن جيوسياسي بين الولايات المتحدة وروسيا وفي عددٍ من الحروب بالوكالة.…

Posted 12:14pm - 8 Jul 2020
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A Takeout Order At KFC At 1:30 A.M. Raised Suspicions. It Led To A $26,000 Coronavirus Fine.

A pair of KFC customers in Melbourne ordered food for 20 people. Authorities immediately suspected they were flouting lockdown rules.


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Zoom Is Fighting Rumors In India That It's A Chinese Company

Following the Indian government's ban of 59 apps owned by Chinese companies, the video app company is reminding people it's American.


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Posted 9:06pm - 9 Jul 2020

International Students Are Trying To Cope With Trump's Online Class Rule: "America Is Ready To Kick Me Out"

"This week has been one of the most stressful weeks ever."


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Posted 4:52am - 9 Jul 2020

Facebook Removed Hundreds Of Fake Accounts Connected To Roger Stone, The Proud Boys, And PR Firms

The social media company said four different networks were removed for inauthentic coordinated behavior.


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Posted 1:04am - 9 Jul 2020

18 Fascinating Pictures From Frida Kahlo's Artful Life

A look back at the incredible life of one of art history's most recognized and celebrated icons.


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Posted 1:10am - 8 Jul 2020
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Virus-free U.K. pilot, symbol of Vietnam's pandemic success, to return home

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Vietnam's most seriously ill COVID-19 patient, a British pilot who at one point seemed close to death, left hospital on Saturday on his way home after a dramatic recovery that attracted national attention.

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Flood-weary Venice puts inflatable barriers to the test

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Venice has conducted a trial run of an ambitious anti-flood system of 78 inflatable barriers in the hopes of protecting the lagoon city from devastating high tides.

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Russia accuses Canada and the U.S. of violating Open Skies treaty

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Russia is claiming Canada and the United States have violated a key international accord designed to build trust and prevent wars between former Cold War adversaries — and accuses Washington's allies of kowtowing to the Trump administration on U.S. policies that go against their national interests.

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Hundreds try to storm Serbian parliament as protests against president intensify

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Demonstrators — who were defying a ban on mass gatherings amid a spike in virus infections — threw bottles, rocks and flares at the police guarding the domed parliament building in central Belgrade and removed the metal fences in front of it.

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Russia, China veto UN resolution to maintain aid for rebel-held areas in Syria

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Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution backed by the 13 other Security Council members Friday that would have maintained humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria's mainly rebel-held northwest through two crossing points from Turkey — just hours before the current mandate expires.

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Bolivia's President, Venezuela's Socialist Party Boss Are Latest Latin American Leaders to Contract COVID

Bolivia’s interim president and Venezuela’s No. 2 leader announced Thursday that they have been infected with the new coronavirus, just days after Brazil’s leader tested positive as the pandemic hits hard at some of Latin America’s political elite. 

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Turkey's President Turns Historic Christian Hagia Sophia Site Into a Mosque - Muslims Chanting 'Allah Is Great'

Turkey's highest administrative court, the Council of State, ruled on Friday that the government can convert the historically Christian cathedral called Hagia Sophia into a Muslim house of worship. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan immediately took action to reconvert the site into a mosque.

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Turkey May Turn Historic Christian Hagia Sophia Site Into a Mosque to Promote 'Muslim Nationalism'

In its more than 1,400-year existence, the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey served as the Byzantine Empire's main cathedral before being captured and turned into a mosque under the Ottoman Empire. Today it is a museum, but Turkish President Erdogan wants to turn it back into a mosque. And worldwide opposition to that plan is growing.   

Posted 21 hours ago

New Law Targets Churches in Montenegro, Christian Leaders Detained

Religious tensions are now running high in the small Balkan nation of Montenegro because of a controversial new law aimed at churches.

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Australia Stands Up to China, Ends Hong Kong Extradition Treaty and Allows Escape Route for Hong Kongers

Australia suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extended visas for Hong Kong residents in response to China’s imposition of a tough national security law on the semi-autonomous territory, the prime minister said Thursday. 

Posted 3:11pm - 9 Jul 2020
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WHO says some countries may have to return to "total lockdown"

Global coronavirus cases have more than doubled in six weeks.

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Turkey's president formally reconverts Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a mosque

A 1934 Cabinet decision had turned the iconic and hugely symbolic site into a museum.

Posted 19 hours ago

Philippines Congress officially silences nation's biggest broadcaster

President Duterte's office denies any role in depriving ABS-CBN of its broadcast license, but he's threatened the network for years.

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Trump appointee cutting 10 visas for international journalists

The number of Voice of America journalists' visas being stalled may grow in the coming months after CBS News first reported last month that possible cuts to J-1 visas were feared under Michael Pack's leadership.

Posted 20 hours ago

Expert warns mystery elephant killer could leave herd "decimated"

Something has killed more than 350 elephants in the country's Okavango Delta, and officials hope to have some answers in the coming week.

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Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people who need them, not 'highest bidder'

GENEVA: Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the "highest bidder", saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly pandemic. "If we just let drugs and vaccines go to ...

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High blood sugar elevates COVID-19 mortality risk: Chinese study

PARIS: Patients with abnormally high blood sugar levels are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19, researchers in China said on Saturday (Jul 11). It is the first time scientists have been able to confirm that patients with hyperglycemia, but not diagnosed with diabetes, are at higher ...

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Russia battles wildfires amid record warm weather

MOSCOW: Wildfires raging in Siberia in record summer temperatures have decreased considerably over the past week, Russia's forest service said Saturday (Jul 11), as it battles blazes by cloud seeding and explosives. Freakishly warm weather across large swathes of Siberia since January, combined ...

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Turkish parliament passes disputed bar associations law

Turkey's parliament passed a law on Saturday on changing the structure of bar associations, a move that lawyers argue will further undermine judicial independence in a country where they say the judiciary is already in disarray.

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Teen killed in suspected shark attack off Australian coast

SYDNEY: A teenage boy died from a suspected shark attack while surfing off Australia's east coast, the police said on Saturday (Jul 11), adding that surrounding beaches had been closed. The boy, 17, was attacked while surfing near Coffs Harbour, 380km south of Brisbane, police said, citing ...

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Christian Science Monitor

Points of Progress: Fiji reefs restored with traditional knowledge, and more

In good news this week: Fijians used ancient fishery management systems to help reefs recover after overfishing, plus more positive headlines.

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Points of Progress: Fiji reefs restored with traditional knowledge, and more

In good news this week: Fijians used ancient fishery management systems to help reefs recover after overfishing, plus more positive headlines.

Posted 13 hours ago

War in Libya? Why two US allies are on a collision course.

President Trump’s foreign policy favors local players resolving regional conflicts. But to avoid war in Libya, is a solution just a phone call away?

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War in Libya? Why two US allies are on a collision course.

President Trump’s foreign policy favors local players resolving regional conflicts. But to avoid war in Libya, is a solution just a phone call away?

Posted 15 hours ago

For Russian experts, Taliban bounty report just doesn’t make sense

Even critics of the Kremlin see little logic to the report that Russia has been awarding bounties to the Taliban for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Posted 4:30pm - 9 Jul 2020
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Samsung didn’t mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 event

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

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Posted 11 months ago

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

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

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Posted 11 months ago

‘Game of Thrones’ creators are heading to Netflix

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

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Posted 11 months ago

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

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

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Posted 11 months ago

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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Posted 11 months ago
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Iran will develop oil industry despite U.S. sanctions, Iranian oil minister says

Iran is determined to develop its oil industry in spite of U.S. sanctions imposed on the country, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in a televised speech on Saturday.

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Singapore's ruling party PAP cedes ground to opposition in pandemic election

The PAP secured 83 out of 93 seats in parliament. But the main opposition Workers' Party won the other 10, the most ever held by opposition lawmakers, while the PAP's popular vote fell to 61%, down from 70% in 2015.

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President Donald Trump commutes ally Roger Stone's prison sentence

Roger Stone, a longtime ally and confidant of President Trump, was convicted of lying to Congress about efforts to get information on emails stolen by Russian agents from Hillary Clinton's campaign chief.

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U.S. foreign aid agency hit with low morale as White House works to appoint Trump loyalists

The federal government's agency for foreign aid, USAID, has seen its morale plummet after several controversial hires.

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Real-time data is showing that the coronavirus is causing 'widespread' economic damage

Surging coronavirus cases are showing up in both a slowdown of current economic activity as well as future plans, according to real-time data tracking things like job listings, dining out and vacations.

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Merkel: You can't fight the pandemic with lies

German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to take a shot at President Donald Trump in a speech to the European Parliament. "As we are experiencing firsthand, you cannot fight the pandemic with lies and disinformation any more than you can fight it with hate or incitement to hatred," she said.

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Seoul mayor found dead after massive search operation

Posted 12:22am - 10 Jul 2020

Theme park reopens with strange new rule

A theme park in Fujiyoshida, Japan, is banning screaming on its roller coasters to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and instead is urging customers to "scream in their hearts."

Posted 7:43pm - 9 Jul 2020

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, tries to stop her friends from being named in lawsuit

The battle between Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and a top British tabloid is heating up.

Posted 5:00pm - 9 Jul 2020

HSBC may have to choose between East and West as China tightens grip on Hong Kong

HSBC has carved out a lucrative role in global banking over the past 155 years by straddling the line between East and West. Now, a political firestorm over the bank's hometown of Hong Kong could force the bank to choose sides.

Posted 9:44am - 9 Jul 2020
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Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's prison sentence

President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone on Friday, just days before he was set to report to prison. The move, short of a full pardon, is sure to alarm critics who have long railed against the president's repeated interventions in the nation's justice system.

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Ohio State researcher shared work with China, U.S. Justice Department says

A medical researcher and professor who had been working most recently at Ohio State University is facing federal charges in what prosecutors say was a sophisticated scheme to transfer U.S.-backed research to China.

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Ghislaine Maxwell seeks jail release in Epstein abuse case

A close associate of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein who is jailed on charges she helped him sexually abuse young women and girls should be released to home arrest while she awaits trial, her lawyers said in court papers filed Friday.

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Florida's curve no longer flat amid new surge of virus cases

Fighting a surge in coronavirus cases in the spring, Florida appeared to be 'flattening the curve' as theme parks shuttered, sugar sand beaches closed and residents heeded orders to stay home. Now, it's almost as if that never happened.

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Trump postpones New Hampshire rally over tropical storm

U.S. President Donald Trump is postponing his planned rally Saturday in New Hampshire, the White House said, citing a tropical storm threatening parts of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.

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EU economic crisis: Massive 'wake up' call stuns leaders as Brussels turns on Merkel



THE EU member-states are "waking up" to the "insanity" of the eurozone, amid deepening economic crises throughout the bloc ahead of next week's crunch budget summit.

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China curses Trump in terrifying US warning 'We will continue to rise, no one can stop it'



CHINA has sent a terrifying warning to US President Donald Trump as a Beijing expert claimed the country will continue to rise and its growth cannot be stopped.

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Macron humiliation: Brigitte Macron forced to defend husband - protests erupt across Paris



EMMANUEL Macron's wife Brigitte and his new prime minister have defended the appointment of a new cabinet colleague accused of raping a woman more than a decade ago.

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Ireland crisis: Leo Varadkar replacement Micheal Martin facing HUGE blow



LEO Varadkar's replacement as Ireland's leader, Micheal Martin, is already under pressure as a result of his shaky start, and the ongoing power struggle within coalition partner the Greens, a former diplomat has said.

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So long, Brussels! EU's very future in doubt as experts warn bloc facing 'critical point'



THE European Union faces a "huge crisis" as countries throughout the continent rebel against Brussels, with its future over the next few years now reaching a "critical point", political experts have warned.

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Teen killed by great white shark as he screamed and pals tried to fight it off

Mani Hart-Deville, 15, was bitten by a great white shark in front of horrified family and friends who tried to fight off the predator, which "came again for another attack" as the teen screamed for help

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Five dead in church massacre as 30 suspects held after 'active siege'

International Pentecost Holiness Church in Zuurbekom, South Africa, was the scene of a horrendous shooting attack with five killed – 30 suspects have been arrested

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Supermarket worker appears to clean baskets with spit leaving customer 'furious'

A supermarket shopper at FreshCo says she was left feeling 'sick' after witnessing a store worker appear to spit on a towel and use it to wipe down customers' baskets

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Tourists face £90 fine by Spanish police if they don't wear a mask in public

Holidaymakers to the Balearic Islands of Majorca and Ibiza face fines of £90 from the start of next week if they are caught on the street without their noses and mouths covered

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What finally convinced hunter to hand Cecil the lion's head back to police

WARNING: UPSETTING CONTENT. American dentist Walter Palmer paid £35,000 to kill Cecil the lion, and while he had a permit so wasn't acting illegally, his actions sparked outrage and raised questions about trophy-hunting around the world

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U.S. Air Force shows off its SRTV vehicle in action during JBER Salutes

As part of an approved training mission, JBER-based U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard units are taking part in the JBER Salutes, a two-day event to show appreciation to service members and nearly 100 Anchorage-area “COVID Heroes” and their guests. The service members and COVID Heroes, nominated for their support to the community during […]

Posted about 1 hour ago

Germany to buy new spy planes as a replacement for cancelled Triton project

The German government has approved an $847 million funding for the procurement of three Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft that will be used for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), according to Scramble Magazine. The decision to buy new Global 6000 aircraft comes after Berlin canceled plans to buy AmericanTriton high-altitude long endurance unmanned aerial system to […]

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Boeing receives $150 million for anti-ballistic missile system

The U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. aerospace giant Boeing announced on Friday an agreement worth about $150 million for the nation’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system. Boeing was awarded a contract modification from the Missile Defense Agency, to previously awarded on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense development and sustainment contract (DSC). It has held a sole-source, […]

Posted 3 hours ago

Japan deploys new V-22 Osprey aircraft to Chiba amid protests

Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) deployed the first V-22 Osprey aircraft to Camp Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture amid safety protests in Saga. The newest Osprey arrived at the Camp Kisarazu, east of Tokyo, where the government plans to home the 17 Ospreys for up to five years until they are permanently deployed to an […]

Posted 22 hours ago

AM General receives $44 million for Humvee diesel engines

The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime has contracted AM General for High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle diesel engines with containers. The contract, announced Thursday by the Department of Defense, is worth more than $44 million. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2020 through 2023 Army working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense […]

Posted 22 hours ago
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‘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 about 1 month 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 3 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 4 months ago

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

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

Posted 7 months ago

Notre Dame: Firefighters may not be able to save historic cathedral

Around 400 firefighters are battling to save Notre Dame after a catastropic fire engulfed the world famous cathedral in Paris, toppling its spire and threatening the entire wooden frame of the building.

Posted about 1 year ago
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Bosnian Muslims mark 25th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre

Bosnian Muslims on Saturday mark 25 years since the Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II, with the memorial ceremony sharply reduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Malian president urges calm in overnight address after protesters take state TV off air

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita went on national television early Saturday, urging dialogue with his opponents just hours after thousands of anti-government protesters marched through the capital with some pushing their way into state television offices.

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Hong Kong opposition pushes ahead with primaries under shadow of security law

Hong Kong's opposition camp set up polling booths across the Chinese-ruled city on Saturday for primary elections aimed at selecting democracy candidates who stand the best chance of success in Legislative Council elections in September.

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Trump commutes prison sentence of longtime friend Roger Stone

President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct.

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Mali protesters demand president's resignation over jihadist conflict, economy

Protesters in Mali's capital Bamako blocked two of the city’s main bridges and hurled stones at the parliament Friday, AFP journalists said, during a protest against President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

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Demonstrators attempt to storm Serbian parliament on 4th night of protests

Friday's unrest came after a peaceful protest on Thursday — though there was also violence earlier this week.

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Trump issues order commuting Roger Stone’s sentence in Russia probe

The move, though short of a full pardon, is sure to alarm critics who have long railed against the president's repeated interventions in the nation's justice system.

Posted 10 hours ago

Trump issues order commuting Roger Stone’s sentence in Russia probe

The move, though short of a full pardon, is sure to alarm critics who have long railed against the president's repeated interventions in the nation's justice system.

Posted 10 hours ago

Coronavirus and use of wet wipes blocking sewers, leading to challenges at treatment plants

In London, flushed material can cause damage to equipment, takes up labour and can lead to blockages throughout the entire sewer system.

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‘The cruelty is staggering:’ U.S. deports migrants using coronavirus public health powers

The Honduran woman was nine months’ pregnant and exhausted with stomach pain when the Border Patrol found her in the Southern California mountains with her longtime partner and their 9-year-old son. What happened next illustrates how difficult it has become to seek asylum in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic. Alexy, 32, and his...

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Trump Says China Relationship "Severely Damaged," Rules Out Phase 2 Of Trade Deal - NDTV

  1. Trump Says China Relationship "Severely Damaged," Rules Out Phase 2 Of Trade Deal  NDTV
  2. Trump says U.S.-China relationship is 'severely damaged,' phase 2 trade deal not a priority  CNBC
  3. Bremmer Says U.S. Relationship With China Is 'Heading Into the Toilet'  Bloomberg Politics
  4. Trump discounts chances of new China trade deal  POLITICO
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  3. Bremmer Says U.S. Relationship With China Is 'Heading Into the Toilet'  Bloomberg Politics
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  3. Trump discounts chances of new China trade deal  POLITICO
  4. 'They could have stopped the plague': Trump says China trade deal unlikely after coronavirus  New York Post
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  3. Trump discounts chances of new China trade deal  POLITICO
  4. 'They could have stopped the plague': Trump says China trade deal unlikely after coronavirus  New York Post
  5. Trump Dims Hopes for New China Trade Deal  The Wall Street Journal
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  2. Trump says U.S.-China relationship is 'severely damaged,' phase 2 trade deal not a priority  CNBC
  3. Bremmer Says U.S. Relationship With China Is 'Heading Into the Toilet'  Bloomberg Politics
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Iran Orders Ban on Public Gatherings amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases

The Iranian president has ordered a ban on all public gatherings in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Posted 7 minutes ago

Snake Tongue Canyon; Bizarre Attraction in Lut Desert

At a depth of 60 kilometres in the central Lut Desert there is a valley created by a lack of vegetation and high soil erosion known as the Snake Tongue Canyon.

The post Snake Tongue Canyon; Bizarre Attraction in Lut Desert appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Smuggled Iranian Antiquities to Return Home from Austria

Ancient artefacts belonging to Iran have been handed over to the Iranian representative in Austria via legal formalities.

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Kiling Gen. Soleimani Clear Example of US State Terrorism: Iran

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has dismissed the US assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Iraq as a flagrant example of the United States’ state terrorism.

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China Only Country Officially Buying Oil from Iran: Deputy FM

An Iranian official says China is the only country which officially buys oil from the Islamic Republic of Iran despite the US sanctions.

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The unbearable legacies of settler colonialism

Today, an Air Algerie plane conveyed to the Houari Boumedienne International Airport in Algiers the mortal remains of Sheikh Ahmed Bouziane, commander of a native-Algerian force overpowered by the invading French in Zaatcha, Algeria.

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Posted 9:57pm - 3 Jul 2020

JVP’s Alice Rothchild, MD, tracking Covid in Palestine

Infographic above from UN-OCHA’s report on Covid-19 in the occupied Palestinian Territories. Available here. Alice Rothchild, MD, who is both a JWE board member and a member of the steering ...

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Posted 9:10pm - 19 Jun 2020

Falk, Benjamin, Fletcher launch our new webinar series: “The World After Covid”

Just World Educational is pleased to announce the launch, next Wednesday (June 10) at 1 pm ET, of our latest online-learning project, a series of weekly livestreamed conversations on global ...

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Posted about 1 month ago

Another American first: A self-collapsing empire!

Americans are well-known for their ingenuity and many of them (including Pres. Donald J. Trump) love to crow about being “Number One!”

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Posted about 1 month ago

Join us in honoring Palestinian health care workers, June 1

Just World Educational is joining in the effort launched by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) to honor Palestinian health care workers on June 1, 2020.

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The unbearable legacies of settler colonialism

Today, an Air Algerie plane conveyed to the Houari Boumedienne International Airport in Algiers the mortal remains of Sheikh Ahmed Bouziane, commander of a native-Algerian force overpowered by the invading French in Zaatcha, Algeria, in November 1849, and 23 other members of the defeated Algerian defense force. According to this account by Madjid Zerrouky in … Continue reading The unbearable legacies of settler colonialism

Posted 7:42pm - 3 Jul 2020

Opportunistic anti-Beijing Astroturfers perform near White House

Living in DC, one comes across opportunistic Astroturf organizations who come here to generate “images” of themselves as feisty, strongly supported “grassroots” orgs that presumably they then show to their financial backers to get more gobs of money. Often, they are laughably unsuccessful at presenting this picture. (The Saudi-supported, anti-Tehran MEK comes to mind…) Today, … Continue reading Opportunistic anti-Beijing Astroturfers perform near White House

Posted 9:25pm - 1 Jul 2020

Powerful new testimonies from Black American veterans of the corporate media

The sustained outpouring of #BlackLivesMatter and related pro-justice activism right across the United States has been pushing important– and in most cases, long-overdue– change at many levels. One level is that of “high-end corporate media”, where just in the past week I have read three very moving essays by Black-American writers  who have seemingly felt … Continue reading Powerful new testimonies from Black American veterans of the corporate media

Posted 5:27pm - 29 Jun 2020

Bill Fletcher, W.E.B. Dubois, and the World Today

A few weeks ago, my colleague on the board of Just World Educational Richard Falk and I launched a new initiative, an exploration of the ways the current “Covid era” has been upending the global balance balance. You can read more about our “World After Covid” project, here. It’s been intellectually engaging to get this … Continue reading Bill Fletcher, W.E.B. Dubois, and the World Today

Posted 8:44pm - 23 Jun 2020

OECD’s dire projections still too optimistic?

Yesterday, the OECD dropped its twice-yearly projection of the economic performances for 2020 of its 36 pro-American and mainly capitalist members– as well as those of other major actors in the world economy, including China and Russia. It makes understandably depressing reading. The OECD’s economists worked their forecasts according to two different types of incidence … Continue reading OECD’s dire projections still too optimistic?

Posted 8:24pm - 11 Jun 2020
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Bill Gates Calls For Coronavirus Medicines To Go To People Who Need Them

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the "highest bidder," saying relying on...

Posted 26 minutes ago

Boris Johnson To Tell Firms To Order Employees Back To Work: Report

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell employers next week to start ordering staff back into their places of work, as long as it is safe to do so, in order to stem the coronavirus hit to the...

Posted about 1 hour ago

Emirates Layoffs May Rise To 9,000, Cites Coronavirus Pandemic: Report

Emirates airline has cut a tenth of its workforce during the novel coronavirus pandemic in layoffs that could rise to 15 percent, or 9,000 jobs, its president said, according to a report on Saturday.

Posted 1 hours ago

Teen Killed In Suspected Shark Attack Off Australian Coast: Police

A teenage boy died from a suspected shark attack while surfing off Australia's east coast, the police said on Saturday, adding that surrounding beaches had been closed.

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Trump Says China Relationship "Damaged," Rules Out Phase 2 Of Trade Deal

US President Donald Trump has for the time being ruled out a second phase trade deal with China, saying the relationship between the two countries has been severely damaged with Beijing''s handling of...

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News24.com | French bus driver dies after attack over mask-wearing rules

A French bus driver who was badly beaten by passengers after asking them to wear face masks in line with coronavirus rules has died, his family said, sparking tributes from political leaders who condemned his "cowardly" attackers.

Posted 4 hours ago

News24.com | Trump commutes prison sentence of ally Roger Stone: W. House

President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the prison sentence of his longtime ally Roger Stone, shielding the veteran Republican operative from 40 months behind bars.

Posted 5 hours ago

News24.com | Brazil Amazon deforestation up in June, set for worst year in over a decade

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon has increased in June, according to preliminary government data.

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News24.com | Syria faces severe bread shortages as US sanctions worsen economy

Though food is exempt from sanctions, asset freezes, banking restrictions and currency rout hamper grain imports.

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News24.com | Illegal ivory trade shrinks while pangolin trafficking booms, UN says

The illegal global trade in ivory has shrunk while the trafficking of pangolins has soared, a UN report on wildlife crime based on four years' data said.

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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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Indigenous mothers in Brazil mourning their children's deaths seek closure

For more than a month, four mothers of the Sanöma tribe were looking for the bodies of their children in the Roraima state capital. Officials eventually said they'd been buried under suspicion of having COVID-19, according to protocol — but the mothers said they weren't notified.

Posted 13 hours ago

25 years after Srebrenica massacre, intl crimes are still difficult to prosecute

In 1990, Bosnian Serb forces killed about 8,000 Muslim men and boys during the Balkan conflict in what’s now known as the Srebrenica massacre. It was the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II. But 25 years on, war crimes and crimes against humanity are rarely prosecuted. David Scheffer, who was the US ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues from 1997 to 2001, explains why.

Posted 13 hours ago

Seoul mayor’s progressive legacy called into question after his death

South Koreans are mourning the death of Park Won-soon, a prominent liberal politician and presidential hopeful. But the Seoul mayor’s apparent suicide coincides with reports that he was under investigation for sexual harassment.

Posted 14 hours ago

This young Afro Latino teacher and voter wants to be a model for his students

Brayan Guevara's mother and grandparents were teachers. Now, he's on the same path, and he wants to serve as a model for his students — especially those who are Black, Latino and Afro Latino — so that they, too, see a future for themselves in education.

Posted 14 hours ago

Returning travelers in quarantine hotels may have triggered Melbourne's latest lockdown

After getting a taste of some version of normalcy, Melbourne went into another lockdown this week. Five million residents will be barred from leaving their homes except for essential reasons and orders between Victoria closed between neighboring states are shut down.

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Details emerge about corruption surrounding 'Congo condo' and Sassou Nguesso's son

Anti-corruption campaigners Global Witness have revealed more details about a move by US prosecutors to seize a three million dollar Miami penthouse belonging to Denis Christel Sassou-Nguesso, the son of Republic of Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Posted 2 hours ago

Ennio Morricone: a tribute to the late maestro

The Italian composer was famed for his film scores but his work straddled jazz, pop, psychedelia as well as the avant-garde, influencing bands as diverse as Air and Metallica.

Posted 2 hours ago

25 years on, Srebrenica remembers Europe's worst massacre since WWII

A quarter of a century ago, more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were massacred at Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb troops in one of the darkest chapters of the disintegration of Yugoslavia. The worst massacre in Europe since World War II has since been classed as genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal.  

Posted 3 hours ago

Serbia and Kosovo resume stalled talks led by France, Germany

The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo held their first talks in 18 months on Friday to try and end their longstanding territorial dispute in a video summit hosted by France and Germany. Belgrade has refused to recognise Kosovo’s independence but is under pressure from the West to resolve the impasse.

Posted 16 hours ago

New French PM pledges support for police in violence-hit Dijon

France's new prime minister Jean Castex has promised to put 20 extra officers on the ground in Dijon after complaints about a lack of police presence during gang violence there last month. On a visit to the eastern city, Castex praised the courage of security forces and reassured them of the government's support.

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Ghislaine Maxwell seeks release on $5 million bail

Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers asked a New York court Friday to release her on bail of $5 million, insisting she will stay in America to fight sex abuse charges related to Jeffrey Epstein. The British socialite has been charged with sex trafficking minors for Epstein, her former boyfriend and convicted sex offender who killed himself in […]

Posted 14 hours ago

Will Bill Barr try to save Trump with an October surprise?

President Donald Trump has desperately tried to reignite his 2020 campaign and fix the new recession that began in February. But instead of looking for solutions that rework an economy to take into account social distancing and the coronavirus, hanging his hat on the idea that reopening will solve his problems. It hasn’t worked. Enter […]

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Sudan criminalizes female genital mutilation

Sudan’s highest governing body Friday ratified a law criminalizing female genital mutilation, a widespread ritual in the African country, the justice ministry announced. The sovereign council, comprising military and civilian figures, approved a series of laws including criminalization of the age-old practice known as FGM or genital cutting that “undermines the dignity of women”, the […]

Posted 15 hours ago

Venice completes first test of all flood barriers

Venice’s long awaited flood defense system designed to protect the lagoon city from damaging waters during high tides on Friday survived a first test of its 78 barriers. The massive infrastructure project known as MOSE, which relies on sluice gates that can be raised to protect the city’s lagoon during high tides, has been underway […]

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Balloons bring internet to Kenya’s rural Rift Valley

The world’s first ever commercial high-speed internet service to use balloons to connect people to the web was launched in a remote region of Kenya’s Rift Valley this week. Operated by Loon, part of Google parent company Alphabet, the service aims to bring affordable 4G internet to people in rural locations. The balloons connect with internet ground […]

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‘We will not surrender’: Iran vows to make more oil despite crippling US sanctions

Preview The American “maximum pressure” policy will not prevent Iran from boosting its fuel production capacities, a senior government official maintained, as he inaugurated a massive oil extraction project in the country’s southwest.
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Posted about 1 hour ago

Price of making US stay? Trump says he doesn't want to leave NATO but allies' 2% spend is 'too little'

Preview Perhaps to the relief to his transatlantic allies, Donald Trump has said he doesn't want to lead the US out of NATO but he does want them to pay their "fair share" – a price that could be more than two percent of members' GDP.
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Posted 2 hours ago

‘Pure terrorism’: Serbian president denounces violence as 4th day of protests results in more clashes & arrests (VIDEOS)

Preview Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said the ‘terrorists’ fueling violence in Belgrade will be arrested and held accountable, after the fourth day of protests saw more teargas and clashes with riot police.
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Posted 9 hours ago

Russia & China veto Western resolution on keeping Syria-Turkey border crossings open, but Moscow's counter-proposal fails

Preview A Russian UN Security Council resolution on Syrian-Turkish border crossings has been rejected, after Moscow and Beijing vetoed a draft by Western members who sought to reopen the checkpoints not under government control.
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Posted 10 hours ago

US ‘disappointed’ in Turkey’s Hagia Sophia mosque conversion

Preview The US State Department is “disappointed” by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to reopen Istanbul’s historic Hagia Sophia as a mosque. Erdogan’s decision has been roundly criticized ahead of the move.
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Police fire tear gas as protesters try to storm Belgrade parliament building

Police fired tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators who tried to storm Serbia's parliament on Friday, the fourth night of protests against the president's increasingly authoritarian rule.

Posted 8 hours ago

Nora Anne Quoirin death: Family welcome decision to hold inquest

The family of a London teenager found dead after she disappeared from a Malaysian nature resort last year have welcomed the news that an inquest is to be held.

Posted 8 hours ago

Roger Stone: US President commutes sentence of former adviser

Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his former adviser Roger Stone just days before he was due to report to prison to serve 40 months for crimes related to the Russia investigation.

Posted 10 hours ago

Amazon email telling staff to delete TikTok app was 'sent in error'

Amazon said it mistakenly sent an email to employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones.

Posted 11 hours ago

Madeleine McCann suspect twice slipped through investigators' net

The main suspect in the Madeleine McCann case twice slipped through the net of Portuguese investigators, court documents and witness testimony suggest.

Posted 14 hours ago
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Women, Peace, and Security

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Practicing What We Preach: Committing to the Women, Peace, and Security Strategy Here at Home

realcleardefense.com · by Mackenzie Eaglen

Rep. Mike Waltz is stepping up.  

Mackenzie Eaglen makes a key point here: "But in order to increase policymaker engagement, there must first be awarenessDespite its history, the Women, Peace and Security agenda is hardly an issue that the American public engages with frequently or passionately."  I was made aware of these efforts some years ago by my good friend Robert Egnell from Sweden who is one of the few men to work on these issues. He now heads the Swedish National Defense University (he is the rector).

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The Political Logic of China's Strategic Mistakes

The Political Logic of China's Strategic Mistakes

 The Political Logic of China's Strategic Mistakes

project-syndicate.org · by Minxin Pei · July 8, 2020

I certainly hope China keeps making mistakes.  But this is quite an assessment.  Yes, Minxin Pei says the problems stem from over-concentration of power in Xi's hands but adds this: "a more important reason for the Chinese government's self-destructive policies: the mindset of the Communist Party of China (CPC)."  He goes on to provide a description

 

 

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7/9/2020 News & Commentary – National Security

7/9/2020 News & Commentary – National Security

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

1. FBI Opens a China-Related Counterintelligence Investigation Every 10 Hours

2. The Political Logic of China's Strategic Mistakes

3. China's Confucius Institutes Attempt to Rebrand Following Backlash

4. China challenges U.S. to cut nuclear arsenal to matching level

5. Seven Candidates Battling for WTO Leadership

6. Opinion | How Trump is losing Asia

7. Election Experts Warn of November Disaster

8. Practicing What We Preach: Committing to the Women, Peace, and Security Strategy Here at Home

9. Diversity is America's Untapped Competitive Edge

10. Is free speech under threat from 'cancel culture'? Four writers respond

11. A global strategy for shaping the post-COVID-19 world

12. Army Was Reviewing More Than Confederate Base Names, Officials Reveal

13. Want Better Strategists? Start With a Better Definition of Strategy

14. History Shows That Sustained, Disruptive Protests Work

15. Trump Pushed CIA to Give Intelligence to Kremlin, While Taking No Action Against Russia Arming Taliban

16. Is Taiwan the Next Hong Kong?

17. The Limits of Intuition: Army Intelligence Should Embrace Analytic Tradecraft Standards

18. The U.S. Is Trying to Turn China Into the Next Iran

 

1. FBI Opens a China-Related Counterintelligence Investigation Every 10 Hours

defenseone.com · by Frank R. Konkel· July 8, 2020

That is a jarring statistic to me.  When does the FBI have any time to investigate the cases?  We have seen the reports of China pressing hard to obtain information from our universities and research institutions to help with the pandemic.

 

2. The Political Logic of China's Strategic Mistakes

project-syndicate.org · by Minxin Pei · July 8, 2020

I certainly hope China keeps making mistakes.  But this is quite an assessment.  Yes Minxin Pei says the problems stem from over-concentration of power in Xi's hands but adds this: "a more important reason for the Chinese government's self-destructive policies: the mindset of the Communist Party of China (CPC)."  He goes on to provide a description of the CPC (CCP) world view and what it means.

 

3. China's Confucius Institutes Attempt to Rebrand Following Backlash

National Review Online · by Zachary Evans · July 8, 2020

No amount of rebranding should be able to remove the subversion and propaganda stick of the Chinese Communist Party.

 

4. China challenges U.S. to cut nuclear arsenal to matching level

Reuters · by Yew Lun Tian · July 8, 2020

I suppose 300 or so nuclear weapons is still enough to destroy the world.  But all this means is that China has no intention of participating because they know the US is not going to agree to the kind of demand or condition for negotiation. 

 

5. Seven Candidates Battling for WTO Leadership

english.chosun.com  · July 9, 2020

 

6. Opinion | How Trump is losing Asia

The Washington Post · by  Robert D. Kaplan

This is one of the strongest critiques of our policies and actions in Asia.  He provides these two critical conclusions: " What is now tethering the United States' Asian allies to Washington is less confidence in the United States than outright fear of China" and "It is all about geography: China's very size and proximity make a sturdy and unquestioning U.S. regional order essential for the power balance in Asia."  We need our alliance system.  We need the right trade agreements.  We need forward presence.  We need engagement with our friends, partners, and allies.  We need to demonstrate strategic reassurance and strategic resolve.

 

7. Election Experts Warn of November Disaster

defenseone.com · by Matt Vasilogamrbos

We should learn from the primary experiences this year.

The federal, state, and local governments, along with every election official and both the Republican and Democratic parties must do everything within their power, expend all necessary resources, and implement all the correct safeguards to ensure the absolute legitimacy of our election process.  to do anything less is the height of irresponsibility.  Our election process is under attack from outside and from within and it will take an integrated national, state, and local effort to defend against those threats.  To do anything less than our best is to undermine our federal democratic republic and our democratic processes.


8. Practicing What We Preach: Committing to the Women, Peace, and Security Strategy Here at Home

realcleardefense.com · by Mackenzie Eaglen

Rep. Mike Waltz is stepping up.  

Mackenzie Eaglen makes a key point here: "But in order to increase policymaker engagement, there must first be awarenessDespite its history, the Women, Peace and Security agenda is hardly an issue that the American public engages with frequently or passionately."  I was made aware of these efforts some years ago by my good friend Robert Egnell from Sweden who is one of the few men to work on these issues. He now heads the Swedish National Defense University (he is the rector).

 

9. Diversity is America's Untapped Competitive Edge

inkstickmedia.com · by Laicie Heeley · July 8, 2020

Perhaps we should think of diversity as joint-ness.  Joint-ness does not equal sameness.  We bring the incredible capabilities of the joint force together to fight and win.  We need to bring together the diverse capabilities of Americans to support our national security.

This article also critiques our broker human capital system and the security clearance process.  And this author concludes with this important statement: "This isn't a partisan issue - it is a national security imperative. Not only because it's right or fair, but because diverse teams are smarter, faster, and more innovative - in other words, better."

 

10. Is free speech under threat from 'cancel culture'? Four writers respond

The Guardian · by Nesrine Malik · July 8, 2020

The Harper's letter did have a lot of interesting signatories. The letter can be accessed here: https://harpers.org/a-letter-on-justice-and-open-debate/. It has stirred up quite a bit of controversy.

 Below is some critical food for thought in response to the letter.

 

11. A global strategy for shaping the post-COVID-19 world

atlanticcouncil.org · July 7, 2020

The graphic at the end asks and answers the question of why save a rules based order? 

 

12. Army Was Reviewing More Than Confederate Base Names, Officials Reveal

defenseone.com · by Kate Bo Williams

Was the Army thwarted from doing the right thing by a tweet?

 

13. Want Better Strategists? Start With a Better Definition of Strategy

realcleardefense.com · by Jeffrey Meiser and Patrick Quirk

I am surprised the authors do not reference the late Terry Deibel of the National War College and his seminal work on strategy. (see chapter one of his book Foreign Affairs Strategy, Chapter 1 Introduction - Defining Strategy:  )

But they are right that there is not a commonly accepted definition of strategy

 

14. History Shows That Sustained, Disruptive Protests Work

YES! Magazine · by Kevin A. Young

We are at an inflection point in US history. We just had the largest civil protests in our history.  Can those protests be turned into positive change?

Some interesting analysis below to which I am sure many will take exception.  But it is important to understand the author's thesis in today's context when there are some reports of polling that shows a majority of Americans actually support many of the goals of the protests (though some of those goals cause hard push back from some of the partisan tribes in the US).

 

15. Trump Pushed CIA to Give Intelligence to Kremlin, While Taking No Action Against Russia Arming Taliban

justsecurity.org · by Ryan Goodman · July 8, 2020

 

16.  Is Taiwan the Next Hong Kong?

Foreign Affairs · by Michael Green and Evan Medeiros · July 8, 2020

I certainly hope not. I think it could cause conflict.  This situation should be different in that despite its ejection from the UN and the One China Policy, Taiwan is de facto a sovereign state or at least it is more sovereign than Hong Kong ever was.  But as the authors note China seems to be more willing to take risks.

 

17. The Limits of Intuition: Army Intelligence Should Embrace Analytic Tradecraft Standards

warontherocks.com · by James Kwoun · July 8, 2020

I would add Clausewitz' concept of coup d'oeil (and the inward looking eye!) which is based on education and experience that allow commanders to make decisions in the fog and friction of war with less than perfect information.  As he said: "When all is said and done, it really is the commander's coup d'œil, his ability to see things simply, to identify the whole business of war completely with himself, that is the essence of good generalship." 

 

18. The U.S. Is Trying to Turn China Into the Next Iran

Bloomberg · by Eli Lake · July 9, 2020

The title is clickbait. But I think the subtitle sums it up. 

 

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"I've spent the last 25 years studying genocide. I've learned that the belief that human society is perfectible through the zealous application of ideology tends not to end well."

- Alex Bellamy

 

"When proven wrong, the wise man will correct himself and the ignorant will keep arguing."

- Ali ibn Abi Talib

 

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, conn a ship, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." 

- Robert Heinlein

 

DanielRiggs Thu, 07/09/2020 - 9:50am

Posted 1:50pm - 9 Jul 2020

07/09/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

07/09/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

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

1. FDD | New South Korean National Security Team Has Close Ties to Pyongyang

2. South Koreans Angry at North Korean YouTubers"

3.  The Ethical and Strategic Problem of North Korean Workers Abroad

4. New satellite imagery shows activity at suspected North Korean nuclear facility

5. Wollo-ri Nuclear Facility

6. North Korea nuclear programme: Seoul hopes Trump can learn the art of the 'small deal'

7. S. Koreans Have 3rd-Most Powerful Passports in the World

8. U.S. envoy plays down expectations for North Korea meet, but ready to talk

9. North Korea's Terminology Deception Tactics: The Word "Democracy" as Explained by Former Public Security Prosecutor Koh Young-ju

10. New US-North Korea talks still off the table

11. Disruption and Realignment Are Necessary for Peace in Korea

12. How Do Unification Politics Thwart Ending the Korean War?

13. In Seoul, Biegun says U.S. supports inter-Korean efforts: Deputy secretary of state makes clear he doesn't obey North or Bolton

14. U.S. "strongly supports" S. Korea-DPRK cooperation: U.S. nuke envoy

15. U.S. sees importance of North Korea talks despite tension, South says

16. Esper again says N. Korea and Iran are 'rogue states'

17. Source: "Nuclear facility" in Pyongyang is just a school

18. N. Korea increases number of guard posts in Hyesan

19. N. Korean military orders soldiers to "breed more rabbits"

20. S. Korea's virus infections slightly decline, but spread continues beyond capital

21. S. Korea to spend big on development of COVID-19 vaccine, drug

 

1. FDD | New South Korean National Security Team Has Close Ties to Pyongyang

fdd.org · by David Maxwell Senior Fellow · July 8, 2020

 

2. South Koreans Angry at North Korean YouTubers"

Note from a journalist friend: 

North Korea is using YouTube in its propaganda against the US and South Korea.

North Korean government is allegedly using YouTube to create an impression that life in North Korea is normal despite coronavirus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce0I3zYH4fM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4g-MMPGNLY&t=36s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce0I3zYH4fM

I have watched this YouTube channel.  Pretty slick videos.  north Korea is entering the 21st Century information age.  And of course these videos are going to appeal to the younger generations who get their news from YouTube, I had a long discussion with my daughter about the YouTube viewing habits of college students.  She showed me a list of news sites where many young people get their news which is filtered through a YouTube personality. (Some of it is way better than Fox and CNN and MSNBC).  But young people will go to this north Korean YouTube channel and be influenced to believe north Korea is an okay country that is just misunderstood and treated badly by the outside world.

As I look through the comments section it is obvious there are people watching these videos who have no idea of the evil nature of the Kim family regime and the human rights atrocities that are committed against the Korean people living in the north.  Their comments reveal they are getting a positive view of the north without any critical analysis.  Again, north Korea is operating in the information age trying to influence external audiences through one of the largest platforms in the cyber domain while at the same time cutting off its own people from all outside information.

This is why the US Agency for Global Media, and Radio Free Asia and Voice of America are so important. The Korean people in the north need the news and information provided by RFA and VOA.  But we need a more comprehensive information and influence strategy that goes beyond RFA and VOA (we need them to simply execute their mission within their charter).  We need the USAGM's Open Technology Fund to invest in capabilities to break down the north Korean cyber firewall and allow penetration of the north's intranet and as well as the internal cell phone network consisting of some 6.5 million smart phones.  We need get technology and software solutions to the Korean people in the north so they can have access to the full range of information and truth about the outside world as well the knowledge of universal human rights and how their own human rights are being violated by the despotic regime that is the mafia-like crime family cult known as the Kim family regime that seeks to dominate the Korean peninsula under the rule of the Guerrilla Dynasty and Gulag State.
   
We have proposed elements of an information and influence strategy in the final chapter of this report, Maximum Pressure 2.0A Plan for North Korea, at this
link.

 

3.  The Ethical and Strategic Problem of North Korean Workers Abroad

HRNK  · Haley Noah · July 7, 2020

Little is known about north Korean workers abroad.  This essay provides some useful background.  Note the loopholes in the UN Security Council resolutions.  These workers are an important source of revenue for the Kim family regime.  This is an ethical and national security issue as not only are these people virtually slaves for the regime, their work contributes to the survival of the mafia-like crime family cult known as the Kim family regime.

Belowis a message from my friend and colleague who is the Executive Directive of HRNK.  I will continue to send these essays from our young professionals.

Please remember Kathy Chi.

 

Dear Colleague,

These are trying times. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including HRNK, are fighting hard to stay afloat. And there is always opportunity in crisis. This summer, HRNK has seen a record number of highly qualified candidates apply for our internship program. Our intern team is larger than usual. Our interns bring unmatched enthusiasm and desire for positive change to the field of North Korean human rights.

This summer, HRNK has initiated a Young Professionals' Writing Program (YPWP). Articles authored by young scholars who have offered to volunteer for HRNK are being published under the HRNK YPWP program, on HRNK's NKHiddenGulag blog.

We look forward to receiving your feedback and critique as well as working together on developing these young, bright, and enthusiastic young professionals into North Korean human rights defenders.

HRNK staff members and interns wish to dedicate this program to our colleague Katty Chi. A native of Chile and graduate of the London School of Economics, Katty became a North Korean human rights defender in her early 20s. Katty was chief of international affairs with the North Korea Strategy Center (NKSC) in Seoul from 2010 to 2014 and worked with the Seoul Office of Liberty in North Korea (LinK) from 2019 to 2020. A remarkable member of our small North Korean human rights community, Katty brought inspiration and good humor to all. Katty passed away in Seoul this past May, at the young age of 32. She is survived by her parents and brother living in Chile. With the YPWP series, we endeavor to honor Katty's life and work.

 Greg Scarlatoiu

Executive Director

Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK)

 

4. New satellite imagery shows activity at suspected North Korean nuclear facility

CNN · by Zachary Cohen

Images at the link.  I look forward to the assessments by north Korea nuclear experts.

We should always remember that north Korea is masterful at denial and deception.  They know our satellites (intelligence and commercial) are watching.  We should consider that they are showing us something for a deliberate purpose.  We may be seeing what they want us to see.  The question is what do they not want us to see?  What are we missing?

 

5 Wollo-ri Nuclear Facility

armscontrolwonk.com · by Jeffrey Lewis

Additional analysis on the suspected nuclear site.  Again are they deliberate showing us what they want us to see and the question is what do they not want us to see?  What are we missing?

 

6. North Korea nuclear programme: Seoul hopes Trump can learn the art of the 'small deal'

english.chosun.com· by John Power · July 9, 2020

A small deal is a bad deal.  A small deal means Kim is successfully executing his "long con" to get sanctions relief while keeping his nuclear program.  A small deal confirms to Kim that blackmail diplomacy continues to work for the regime and we should expect more of it.

 

7. S.Koreans Have 3rd-Most Powerful Passports in the World

english.chosun.com

The buried lead is that north Korea is allowed visa-free travel to 39 countries.  I wonder what are those countries?  And can we get any of them to revoke the north's visa free access?  And since north is also ranked 103 why is it ahead of some 88 other countries?

 

8. U.S. envoy plays down expectations for North Korea meet, but ready to talk

Reuters · by Hyonhee Shin, Josh Smith· July 8, 2020

Mr. Biegun makes it absolutely clear we did not request a meeting with north Korea.

And he rebuked both Choe Son-hui and John Bolton for their "old thinking."

 

9. North Korea's Terminology Deception Tactics: The Word "Democracy" as Explained by Former Public Security Prosecutor Koh Young-ju

eastasiaresearch.org · July 8, 2020

Excellent analysis from Dr. Tara O and Koh Young-ju.  It is imperative we understand this form of psychological operations. Some of the key phrases: 'even communism is a kind of democracy.' 'Communism is proletariat democracy, where the proletariat are the masters, so communism is also a kind of democracy.' 'National Liberation Democratic Revolution' "I am also a democracy," and then "I am the real democracy."

 

10. New US-North Korea talks still off the table

asiatimes.com · by Mitch Shin · July 8, 2020

Note the criticisms of the new national security team just appointed in the Moon administration. 

I would also take excerpts from Bolton's book with a grain of salt.  

 

11. Disruption and Realignment Are Necessary for Peace in Korea

The National Interest · by Scott A. Snyder · July 8, 2020

Scott Snyder provides a very succinct history of the Korean peninsula from post WWII to the present. with an assessment of the current conditions.  He argues the "disruptor in chief" is Kim Jong-un but his goal is not peace but instead survival and power.  I would argue the way he believes he will survive and maintain power is to dominate the peninsula thus he does not seek a peace with South Korea - he seeks unification on his terms and his terms only which means there will no longer be a South Korea.  

 

12. How Do Unification Politics Thwart Ending the Korean War?

The National Interest · by Darcie Draudt · July 8,

In my opinion there is only one major impediment to unification, it is the existence of the Kim Family regime with Kim Jong-un in power.  For Kim it is a zero sum relationship - the north dominates the South.  

Darcie Draudt points out some key challenges with a negotiated peaceful unification to include both sides claiming sovereignty over the entire peninsula. She also assesses the time for German style unification has passed and argues there must be changes in thinking as well as substantial and sustained political will if peaceful unification is to ever happen.

 

13. In Seoul, Biegun says U.S. supports inter-Korean efforts: Deputy secretary of state makes clear he doesn't obey North or Bolton

koreajoongangdaily.joins.com · by Sarah Kim

You have to love this sub headline but it is an apparently accurate description of Mr. Biegun's statement: "I also want to be very clear on one point," said Biegun. "I do not take my direction from Vice Minister Choe Son-hui and nor, for that matter, do I take it from Ambassador John Bolton."


14. U.S. "strongly supports" S. Korea-DPRK cooperation: U.S. nuke envoy

xinhuanet.com

A Chinese report on the DEPSECSTATE's visit to Seoul that is simply a rehash of official statements and reports.  But China really wants to emphasize the north-South cooperation because to China (and north Korea) that implies sanctions relief.  Note sanctions relief seems to be carefully omitted in all reports from both the US and South Korean side.

 

15. U.S. sees importance of North Korea talks despite tension, South says

Reuters · by Hyonhee Shin, Josh Smith2 Min Read · July 9, 2020

Again, no mention of sanctions relief by the US and South Korea though it acknowledges that is what north Korea wants and is apparently frustrated there is no sign of possible relief. (nor should there be any sanctions relief until substantive agreements are negotiated and concrete denuclearization actions take place).

 

16. Esper again says N. Korea and Iran are 'rogue states'

en.yna.co.kr · by 이해아 · July 9, 2020

He is reiterating what our National Security and National Defense Strategies say.  The US faces competition and conflict with two revisionist powers (China and Russia) and two rogue powers (who also describe themselves as revolutionary - Iran and north Korea) as well as the continued threat from violent extremist organizations.

 

17. Source: "Nuclear facility" in Pyongyang is just a school

dailynk.com · July 9, 2020

Hmm...This is where you question Daily NK "sources" and wonder about the agenda of Daily NK and who might be exerting influence over it.

 

18. N. Korea increases number of guard posts in Hyesan

dailynk.com · July 9, 2020

The regime is really taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis to be able to crack down on the necessary economic activity and smuggling by the Korea people as well as escape attempts.  This severe border closure is going to have long term implications.  The regime will have greater control while the people's resilience is being eroded.

 

19.  N. Korean military orders soldiers to "breed more rabbits"

dailynk.com · July 9, 2020

Sounds like a chant they would make us say at SERE school - "work harder, work faster, work more "quicklier" - and add to it "breed more rabbits."  One of the things I recall from SERE school three decades ago is that rabbits are not a sufficient source of calories versus the amount of energy it takes to try to trap/catch/kill/prepare a rabbit. Of course a "rabbit breeding craze" might make it more efficient since you do not have to capture the rabbits in the wild.

 

20. S. Korea's virus infections slightly decline, but spread continues beyond capital

en.yna.co.kr · by 강윤승 · July 9, 2020

South Korea is able to manage this through screening upon entry into the country and then effective testing with contact tracing, quarantine, and treatment.  We could learn a thing or two. Note the reason for the numbers - foreign travel coming into the country and cluster outbreaks such as noted with large gatherings such as aat churches.  It should be a warning for all of us.

 

21. S. Korea to spend big on development of COVID-19 vaccine, drug

en.yna.co.kr · by 이준승 · July 9, 2020

I hope this helps to achieve a breakthrough.

 

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"I've spent the last 25 years studying genocide. I've learned that the belief that human society is perfectible through the zealous application of ideology tends not to end well."

- Alex Bellamy

 

"When proven wrong, the wise man will correct himself and the ignorant will keep arguing."

- Ali ibn Abi Talib

 

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, design a building, conn a ship, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve an equation, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." 

- Robert Heinlein

DanielRiggs Thu, 07/09/2020 - 7:51am

Posted 11:51am - 9 Jul 2020

ORGANIZED CRIME AND COVID-19

ORGANIZED CRIME AND COVID-19

Small Wars Journal – El Centro Fellows Gary J. Hale and Nathan P. Jones just published a Policy Brief on Organized Crime and COVID-19 at the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University’s Baker institute for Public Policy.  The brief “Organized Crime and the Coronavirus in Mexico” looks at COVID-19 related disruption of illicit supply change and the potential for an expansion of predatory activities by criminal cartels.   A brief literature review, discussion of violence potentials, and the impact on drug markets, and the impact on the organized crime landscape are also discussed.

Covid baker

Source: Nathan P. Jones and Gary J. Hale, “Organized Crime and the Coronavirus in Mexico,” Policy Brief 07.08.20. Houston: Rice University, Baker Institute for Public Policy. 8 July 2020, https://www.bakerinstitute.org/media/files/files/f22f8c30/bi-brief-070820-usmx-organizedcrime.pdf.

 

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Boy, 17, killed after being bitten by shark in Australia

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy has died after being bitten by a shark in Australia. The teen was surfing in off the coast of New South Wales when he was bitten in the leg. Fellow surfers rushed to help but the boy tragically died at the scene at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach, near Grafton. New South […]

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Clashes break out between Greek cops and protesters over a clampdown on violent demos

AN angry mob riots in Greece — over a clampdown on violent protests. Six cops were hurt when they came under fire from a hail of petrol bombs, bricks and stones. Around 200 masked thugs staged the attack at the rally opposing the move to try to curb future political demos. Riot police hit back […]

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Coronavirus vaccine could be TWO YEARS away devastating global economy, ex-New Zealand PM warns

A CORONAVIRUS vaccine could be more than two years away in a blow that could cripple the global economy, former New Zealand leader Helen Clark has warned. Her warning comes as she has been named to co-chair a panel to review the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The former Prime Minister […]

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Indian forces kill 6 Naga rebels near Myanmar border

GAUHATI, India (AP) - India’s security forces killed six separatist Naga militants in an exchange of gunfire in a northeastern state bordering Myanmar, police said.

The fighting took place early Saturday as India’s paramilitary soldiers and police officers raided a militant hideout in a thick forest in Arunachal Pradesh state, ...

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'Cowboys for Trump' ordered to pay fines, register as group

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico group, Cowboys for Trump, must register as a political committee in the state, and pay $7,600 in fines for not filing expenditure reports, an arbitrator ruled Friday.

“Should your client fail to comply with the requirements of the Arbitration Order, I will ...

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Kazakhstan health ministry rejects claims about 'unknown pneumonia' possibly deadlier than COVID-19

The Kazakhstan Ministry of Health on Friday denied claims from Chinese officials about an "unknown pneumonia" that could be deadlier than the coronavirus sweeping across the country.

The Chinese embassy on Thursday had issued a warning on its website to citizens of the Central Asian country that the pneumonia had ...

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Cyprus: US military training won't harm Russia, China ties

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Cyprus’ government said Friday that a U.S. decision to provide education and training to the island nation’s armed forces won’t hamper relations with either Russia or China.

Cypriot Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides said “there’s no question” of disrupting the country's ties with Russia and that ...

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WHO: Droplets, contact still 'dominant' methods of COVID-19 transmission

The scientist serving as the technical lead for the World Health Organization's coronavirus response said on Friday that droplets and contact are still the "dominant" roots of COVID-19 transmission after the group allowed this week that airborne particles indoors could spread the disease."

There may be other modes of transmission ...

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New report from eSummit: A 'playbook' for publishers amid pandemic

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Building trust in times of COVID-19

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How to amplify the voice of women in newsrooms in a post-COVID world

Posted 12:22pm - 7 Jul 2020

World's Press Condemns Contempt of Court Charges Against Malaysiakini

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Cayman's compassmedia sees big digital gains

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Trump says does not want US to withdraw from Nato

Former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton has claimed in his recent book, 'The Room Where It Happened', that Trump wanted to threaten Nato leaders at the 2018 summit with a US withdrawal from the alliance if other Nato members did not pay contributions of 2 percent of their GDPs.

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California to release 8,000 more prisoners over virus fears

The inmates could be eligible for early release by the end of August -- joining 10,000 prisoners already freed in similar initiatives since the start of the virus crisis, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said.

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Russia reports 6,611 new coronavirus infections

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Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

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Canada now widens ambit of its Express Entry draws

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Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people who need them, not 'highest bidder'

20 min 25 sec agoBillionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vacci

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UK PM to tell firms to order staff back to workplaces - Daily Mail

35 min 42 sec agoLONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell employers next week to start

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Russia reports 6,611 new coronavirus infections

37 min 7 sec agoMOSCOW - Russia on Saturday reported 6,611 new coronavirus cases, taking its nationwi

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Russia reports 6,611 new coronavirus infections

37 min 23 sec agoMOSCOW - Russia on Saturday reported 6,611 new coronavirus cases, taking its nationwi

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Turkish parliament passes disputed bar associations law

36 min 32 sec agoANKARA - Turkey's parliament passed a law on Saturday on changing the structure

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Race and National Security

Often when we discuss national security we tend to focus on “hard security concepts,” things like military capability, nuclear weapons, deterrence, and other things that are comfortable to those that have studied security for a long time. But what does it mean to be secure? Are people secure from something or someone? And who is […]

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Revelations and Opportunities: What the United States Can Learn from the Sino-Indian Crisis

Strategists of governance, economics, and geopolitics have long known that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. The Sino-Indian border crisis, which now seems under control, is no different. Scuffles in mid-May between Chinese and Indian troops appeared to escalate with People’s Liberation Army actions of unprecedented breadth, size, and coordination across multiple fronts. […]

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The European Union’s Shot at Redemption in the Balkans

Plans were set for the White House to host talks between Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Kosovar President Hashim Thaçi on June 27. The American side hoped to play a key role in resolving the dispute that has plagued the Balkans since Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. Kosovo declared independence nearly a […]

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Posted 7:45am - 10 Jul 2020

COVID-19 and U.S. Global Leadership

Melanie, Zack, and Chris unpack why the United States has failed to contain the novel coronavirus. Most blame poor leadership in the United States — from the White House to public health officials and down to key figures in the media during the earliest stages of the disease. A more focused effort, sooner, as was […]

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Posted 3:25pm - 9 Jul 2020

What the History of Modern Conquest Tells Us about China and India’s Border Crisis

China and India have come closer to war over the last two months than they have in decades. In May, Chinese troops advanced to seize and fortify positions at multiple points along the disputed border in Ladakh, including Pangong Lake and the Galwan River Valley, marking a serious escalation. The two nations fought the 1962 […]

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U.K. lifts travel restrictions for dozens of countries, but U.S. arrivals still require 14-day self isolation

The lightened rules free up residents of Britain to travel.

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Turkish court clears path for Hagia Sophia museum to become a mosque again

President Erdogan issued a decree after the court decision ordering the site to be reopened for worship.

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The pandemic and the dawn of an ‘Asian Century’

The pandemic may mark the moment the world’s preeminent superpower had to relinquish a certain vision of its own primacy as other countries — especially some rising powers in Asia — led the way.

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Turkish court clears path for Hagia Sophia museum to become a mosque again

President Erdogan issued a decree after the court decision ordering the site to be reopened for worship.

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After ICE cracks down on online learners, international students scramble for backup plans

Students studying in the United States on visas are grappling with choices as they wonder whether the pandemic will again force classes fully online this fall.

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Hagia Sophia to become a mosque

Bystanders cheered “Allah is great” as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reverted an ancient Christian cathedral into a mosque. On Friday, a high court in Turkey nullified the decision that turned the nearly 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a museum in 1934. UNESCO said it “deeply regrets” that Turkey made the call without notice or discussion and urged the country to preserve the site’s “universal value.”

What is the importance of the Hagia Sophia? Byzantine Emperor Justinian built the Greek Orthodox cathedral in A.D. 537. The Ottomans turned the Hagia Sophia into a mosque in 1453, and it remained significant for Muslims and Orthodox Christians alike. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site, and it is one of Turkey’s most popular tourist locations, receiving millions of visitors a year.

Dig deeper: Read Julia A. Seymour’s report in World Tour about the politics behind the switch.

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Africa’s swarming threat

In the county of Turkana in northwestern Kenyan, one of the worst-hit areas in Africa’s locust outbreak, people serve as scouts using an app called e-Locust to report sightings of the pests in real time. They upload photos and videos with information about the location and size of locusts to a shared database. Another team uses the information to deploy pesticides to the area to prevent the insects from forming a moving swarm.

The worst locust outbreak in 70 years has plagued East Africa since late 2019, spurring people to look for creative solutions. By March, the insects had already destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of cropland. Experts have warned more desert locust eggs are already hatching, raising concerns the swarms will wreak more havoc and possibly expand into West Africa.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the regional government in Kenya have formed a partnership with the aid group Acted to create the e-Locust program. The early warning scouts are just part of the group’s efforts to establish 126 desert locust management teams in four counties, including Turkana, according to Acted. The teams already have used hand pumps and motorized sprayers on more than 1,000 acres in five weeks.

Boris Polo, a logistician who runs a helicopter company, is also working with the FAO in Kenya to identify locust swarms from the air for targeted pesticide spraying. He said he hopes to minimize the damage: “It sounds grim because there’s no way you’re gonna kill all of them because the areas are so vast.”

Even a small swarm of the desert locusts can consume enough food for about 35,000 people in a single day. Once the yellow insects grow from young hoppers to fully formed flying swarms, they can cover up to 124 miles a day. The World Bank has said the locusts could cost East Africa and Yemen $8.5 billion this year.

In places like Somalia, armed conflict has made it difficult to access some of the locusts’ breeding areas, researchers with an intergovernmental climate prediction agency wrote in the July issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. “The limited financial capacity of some of the affected countries and the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic have further hampered control efforts,” they said. “In many cases, the required pesticides, protective gear, and locust control experts were not made available in time to allow effective control at the local level.”

A fourth generation of locusts is beginning to hatch and could swell the population to 8,000 times the current infestation, according to the International Rescue Committee. “This coincides with the start of harvest season, and will be compounded by the COVID-19 emergency,” the group noted. “Pasture for livestock is also in jeopardy.”

In a report released on July 3, the FAO urged Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Sudan, and South Sudan to remain on high alert over the next four weeks. The agency also asked West African nations to continue preparing for infestations after warning earlier the swarms could cross into the region from the Sahel belt just south of the Sahara Desert.

Meanwhile, the World Bank approved a $500 billion program to assist nations in Africa and the Middle East battling the ravaging pests, focusing on devastated households and farmers. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration joined forces with the FAO to modify technology used to track plumes from volcanoes and wildfires to predict the migratory path of the swarms.

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Underreporting terrorism

Last week, suspected Boko Haram jihadis opened fire on a United Nations aid helicopter in the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak. No terror group claimed responsibility, but Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari blamed the insurgents for the “dastardly” incident that killed two civilians, including a child.

A church in the region said local media ignores much of Boko Haram’s activity. The group has attacked many churches and schools belonging to the Church of the Brethren, or Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria. The EYN, the largest Christian denomination in northeastern Nigeria, has faced violence, arson, and abductions. The church complained media underreported or ignored the majority of more than 50 terror attacks since late 2019, Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported.

“Apart from more than 8,370 members and eight pastors of the EYN who were killed by Boko Haram, over 700,000 members were displaced,” the Rev. Joel Billi, president of the denomination, said last week. —Julia A. Seymour

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Britain takes action

The United Kingdom this week imposed economic sanctions against 49 individuals and organizations from four countries over human rights violations. The list includes 25 Russian nationals involved in the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, 20 Saudi Arabian citizens implicated in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, two high-ranking Myanmar military generals involved in persecuting Rohingya ethnic minorities, and two organizations that participated in forced labor and torture in North Korea.

“You cannot set foot in this country, and we will seize your blood-drenched ill-gotten gains if you try,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.

Similar to the U.S. Magnitsky Act, the restrictions allow British authorities to block sanctioned parties from entering the country, channeling money through U.K. banks, and profiting from the British economy. They are the first independent sanctions Britain has imposed since leaving the European Union in January. —O.O.

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Overpolicing “terror”

Two legal groups and a top lawmaker in the Philippines challenged the nation’s Anti-Terrorism Act just days after President Rodrigo Duterte signed it last week. Under the law, a presidentially appointed council can designate people and groups as terrorists, and authorities can detain suspects for up to 24 days without a warrant.

In one of three petitions to the Philippine Supreme Court, Rep. Edcel Lagman warned the law is so “imprecise and vague” that no one knows what is illegal. The United Nations and religious and human rights groups expressed opposition to it. Human Rights Watch called it a “human rights disaster in the making.” —J.A.S.

Targeting academics

Chinese authorities this week detained professor Xu Zhangrun for criticizing the Communist government. More than 20 people stormed Xu’s home in Beijing on Monday and seized his computer and other personal items, one of his friends told Agence France-Presse.

Xu published an essay in February that blamed the spread of the coronavirus in China on the ruling party’s culture of deception and censorship. The government placed him under house arrest and cut off his internet access. In 2018, the country also barred him from lecturing at Tsinghua University in Beijing after he criticized the removal of presidential term limits. —O.O.

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COVID-19 hits Syria

SYRIA: Authorities reported the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Idlib, where protracted fighting has displaced about 1 million Syrians and destroyed hospitals. Medical personnel believe they have been treating COVID-19 cases for weeks but lack testing to be sure, one nongovernmental organization leader told me. The UN Security Council is making that more difficult, as Russia and China this week vetoed a resolution extending humanitarian access to northwest Syria via Turkey. The Security Council is expected to vote on Friday on a Russia-crafted measure limiting aid to one border crossing, which puts a chokehold on needed medical and food supplies. A single border crossing “cannot provide access for aid agencies to reach all areas in need,” said CARE’s Tue Jakobson.

IRAQ: Nurse Soror Al-Husseini has volunteered to treat Mosul’s coronavirus patients at al-Shifa hospital, where ISIS set up headquarters during its occupation. Al-Shifa, one of nine (out of 13) hospitals in the city destroyed or heavily damaged during the ISIS takeover, was rebuilt by Doctors Without Borders and is designated a COVID-19 treatment center with a spike in cases underway. In 2018, Iraqi symphony conductor Karim Wafsi played a cello concerto amid the destroyed hospital.

Hisham al-Hashimi, a well-known research analyst, was brutally murdered outside his Baghdad home on Monday. Hashimi worked as an adviser to President Barham Salih and was vocally committed to reforming the political system. Many suspect Iranian-backed militias murdered him, but no one has claimed responsibility.

NORTH KOREA: New satellite images show suspected nuclear activity at a previously undisclosed site near Pyongyang. President Donald Trump said he is open to another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, even as Pyongyang officials state they aren’t interested.

HONG KONG: The national security law imposed by Beijing contains provisions that will regulate news outlets and impose limits on their reporting. It also can be used to threaten journalists anywhere in the world and already is prompting news outlets to self-censor content to comply.

ISRAEL: Christians on both sides of the border between Israel and the West Bank worry about annexation as part of the U.S.–Middle East peace plan. The plan will only deepen divisions, said Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian pastor. “If the annexation is done, we would have more roads not accessible to us,” he said. “These are features of an apartheid system.”

IRAN: An opposition news outlet calculated Iran’s COVID-19 death toll at more than 68,000, while an official toll stands at 12,447. Despite the coronavirus surge, recent sentences plus arrests of Christians and a raid on a house church in a Tehran suburb continue.

RUSSIA: More than 150 wildfires are burning across hotter-than-average Siberia, with smoke and haze reaching Portland, Ore.

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Pandemic hits Latin American leaders

Bolivian interim President Jeanine Áñez announced Thursday she tested positive for coronavirus. The same day, Venezuelan socialist party chief Diosdado Cabello became the highest-ranking Venezuelan official to get infected. Áñez said she will self-quarantine and continue to work remotely from the presidential residence for 14 days before getting retested.

What other regional officials have been affected? Three Bolivian Cabinet ministers have also tested positive, including Health Minister Eidy Roca. On Tuesday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed his positive diagnosis for the virus. Still he continued to push for mayors and governors to reopen commerce, warning that “otherwise the consequences will be harmful for Brazil.”

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report about how Belgium responded to the pandemic.

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Seoul mayor found dead

After one of South Korea’s most important elected officials disappeared on Thursday, hundreds of police officers and firefighters searched for more than seven hours using dogs and drones. They found Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon dead on Friday in the northern hills of the city. The third-term mayor was a former human rights lawyer and a potential presidential candidate. He was 64.

What led to Park’s death? Local television stations reported on Wednesday that a secretary from his office told police that Park had sexually harassed her. Park cleared his schedule and called in sick on Thursday. He left home, and his daughter called police five hours later. Authorities said they found no evidence of a homicide but gave no further details about how he died.

Dig deeper: Read a Washington Times interview with Park from January 2020.

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Iran says cannot shut down economy despite worsening virus outbreak

Iran says cannot shut down economy despite worsening virus outbreakIran said on Saturday that it cannot afford to shut down its sanctions-hit economy, even as the Middle East's deadliest coronavirus outbreak worsens with record-high death tolls and rising infections. Iran must continue "economic, social and cultural activities while observing health protocols", President Hassan Rouhani said during a televised virus taskforce meeting. Deaths from the respiratory disease hit 221 on Thursday -- a single-day record for Iran.


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Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough touristsA fish eagle swoops over the water to grab a fish in its talons and then flies to its nest. Nearby are a martial eagle, a black eagle, an Egyptian vulture and hundreds of other birds. With an estimated 400 species of birds on an idyllic spot on Zimbabwe's Lake Chivero, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Harare, the Kuimba Shiri bird sanctuary has been drawing tourists for more than 15 years.


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Turkey amends laws to allow multiple lawyer associations

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Fay downgraded to depression; expected to dissipate Sunday

Fay downgraded to depression; expected to dissipate SundayTropical depression Fay moved north over New York early Saturday and was expected to continue to weaken through the weekend, forecasters said. The depression had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55kph), the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 2 a.m. advisory. It was located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of New York City.


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Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, collegesIn his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status. Trump said on Twitter on Friday he was ordering the Treasury Department to re-examine the tax-exempt status of schools that he says provide “radical indoctrination” instead of education. “Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education,” he tweeted.


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