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El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala stage mass raids on gangs

The Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have rounded up hundreds of suspected street gang members as part of a U_S_-backed effort known as "Operation Regional Shield."

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Outcry as Cuba removes protesters defending rapper

Cuban authorities have cleared more than a dozen artists and activists from a home they have used as a center for anti-government protests that have gained unusually wide attention

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Belgium eases some pandemic rules, stays strict on Christmas

Belgium has relaxed some rules imposed to contain the coronavirus resurgence but remains strict on family gatherings over Christmas

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Macron: Video images of police beating Black man 'shame us'

French President Emmanuel Macron says video images showing police officers beating up a Black man “shame us,” and is condemning violence both by and against the police

Posted 4 hours ago

Mexico extends northern border tax breaks to southern border

Mexico's president has announced he will extend tax breaks for communities on the northern border for another year, and broaden them to cover the southern border as well

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China fulfills a dream to end poverty. Not all poor people are feeling better off

Beijing says it has met its goal of wiping out extreme poverty in China by the end of 2020. The top-down effort disrupted untold individual lives.

Posted 5 hours ago

Iranian nuclear scientist killed near Tehran, state media report

The assassination is seen as part of the U.S. and Israel's shadow war aimed at dismantling the country's nuclear weapons program.

Posted 9 hours ago

'Betrayed' Black asylum seekers say Trump administration is ramping up deportations by force and fraud

ICE uses physical abuse, solitary confinement and false documents to force Black and African asylum seekers onto 'death planes,' The Times has found through interviews and legal documents.

Posted 13 hours ago

Texas tackles wild hogs with high-stakes hunts

It's open season year-round on Texas' 3 million feral pigs, with hunters using thermal trackers, digital pig calls, helicopters and even hot-air balloons.

Posted 13 hours ago

India and Pakistan are clashing again. This time it's about rice

India's effort to gain protected status for basmati rice exports in Europe has irked Pakistan, the world's No. 2 producer.

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French officers detained after camera caught beating of Black man

Three of the four are being questioned on suspicion of 'violence with a racist motive' after beating of music producer.

Posted about 1 hour ago

COVID-19 hospitalisations surge across the US, worrying officials

More than 90,000 COVID-19 patients are in hospitals across the United States, which continues to see rising infections.

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How Iranian scientist’s killing could derail future US-Iran talks

'Combustible' period before Joe Biden takes office could complicate plans to restart diplomacy with Iran, analysts say.

Posted 2 hours ago

Deck the halls: US families flock to real Christmas trees

The $1bn market for artificial Christmas trees was growing about 4% a year, but many in the US now want the real deal.

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Suicide bomber kills several in Mogadishu ice-cream parlour

At least seven people were killed and 10 others injured in the attack, according to police sources.

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Swiss vote on making firms liable for rights abuse

Many in government and business are wary, but campaigners say politicians are out of touch.

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Maradona: Funeral worker apologises over coffin photos

The Argentine funeral worker took photos next to the open casket of football legend Diego Maradona.

Posted about 1 hour ago

US election: Appeal court dismisses Trump camp's lawsuit in Pennsylvania

The three judges said no specific allegations or proof of election fraud were given by Trump's team.

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Belarus protests: Embattled leader Alexander Lukashenko hints he may quit

But opposition leaders dismiss Alexander Lukashenko's comments as a mere stalling tactic.

Posted 7 hours ago

Thanksgiving: Millions celebrate in shadow of coronavirus

Despite restrictions, some traditions have continued - including New York City's Thanksgiving parade.

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Michel Barnier arrives in London ahead of trade talks resuming

Mr Barnier arrived in the capital by Eurostar having earlier tweeted that the ‘same significant divergences persist’

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Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani had insisted that the 2020 presidential election had been marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania.

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Piers Corbyn non-compliant when asked to leave anti-lockdown protest, court told

Piers Corbyn denies two counts of participating in a gathering in public of more than two people in England during the coronavirus emergency period

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Belarus president says he will leave position if constitution changes

Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term as president in August.

Posted 7 hours ago

Brazilian president: I will not take a coronavirus vaccine myself

Brazil has the second highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world.

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Trump, Biden, and the future of the liberal word order

The world is at a turning point as major institutions and alliances are being tested as never before in the post-Cold War period. On this episode, Brookings Institution Press Director Bill Finan speaks with Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger—once Germany’s representative in Washington and London and also former German deputy foreign minister—about his new book, "World in…

Posted 15 hours ago

Trump, Biden, and the future of the liberal world order

The world is at a turning point as major institutions and alliances are being tested as never before in the post-Cold War period. On this episode, Brookings Institution Press Director Bill Finan speaks with Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger—once Germany’s representative in Washington and London and also former German deputy foreign minister—about his new book, "World in…

Posted 15 hours ago

Saudi-Israeli relations: The curious case of a NEOM meeting denied

According to Israeli officials, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NEOM, the futuristic techno-city in northwest Saudi Arabia that symbolizes the crown prince’s plans to remake the kingdom’s economy. Saudi Arabia denies that the meeting took place, with Foreign Minister…

Posted 4:16pm - 25 Nov 2020

The mistake of designating the Houthis as a foreign terrorist organization

One of Donald Trump’s first foreign policy decisions as president was authorizing a Navy SEAL raid in Yemen. That operation, which he signed off on over dinner, was poorly planned, risky, and rushed. The result: several dead Yemeni civilians, including 10 children, and one dead U.S. soldier. Now, as President Trump prepares to leave office,…

Posted 2:23pm - 25 Nov 2020

The Urban 20 (U-20): Seeking to influence the G-20 through city diplomacy

While all eyes were on President Trump’s attendance at the G-20 Leaders Summit this past weekend hosted by Saudi Arabia, he is not the only U.S. political leader who engages with counterparts under its umbrella. From September 30 to October 2, mayors and city representatives came together under the banner of the Urban 20 (U-20),…

Posted 10:02pm - 24 Nov 2020
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People Are Sharing Their Unpopular Opinions About Travelling And Honestly, I Can Lowkey Relate

Turbulence is... fun!?


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WWF Admits “Sorrow” Over Human Rights Abuses

A 160-page report, in response to a BuzzFeed News investigation, finds long-standing failures at the celebrated wildlife charity.


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Posted 4:23pm - 25 Nov 2020

Tell Us, What Are Your Unpopular Travelling Opinions?

Off-the-beaten-path doesn't always mean better.


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Posted 11:30pm - 20 Nov 2020

This Neo-Nazi Group Is Organizing On Facebook Despite A Year-Old Ban

Ukraine’s Azov movement, which the State Department calls a “nationalist hate group,” is running ads, organizing violence, and exporting its far-right ideas.


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Posted 2:19am - 17 Nov 2020

No Pressure, But Can You Actually Tell These Incredibly Similar Looking Animals Apart?

I'm sorry, but crocs and gators are the same to me.


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Posted 4:04pm - 13 Nov 2020
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Sarah Fuller set to make history by suiting up for Vanderbilt men's football team

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Women's soccer player Sarah Fuller will don a football uniform Saturday for Vanderbilt and is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 game when the Commodores visit Missouri.

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Indian farmers continue protest against new laws as police allow them into capital

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Thousands of angry Indian farmers protesting against new agricultural laws were allowed to enter the national capital late Friday after they clashed with police who had blocked them at the outskirts of the city.

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U.K. regulator to assess AstraZeneca's vaccine candidate amid trial questions

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Britain asked its drug regulator on Friday to assess AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for a possible rollout, while the Philippines and Thailand secured millions of doses.

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Iranian state TV says scientist tied to nuclear program has been killed

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An Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s was killed in a shootout Friday, state television said.

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Tokyo Olympic organizers plan to host 18 test events

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The postponed Tokyo Olympics are getting a kickstart. Local organizers on Friday announced a series of 18 test events set to begin in March and run into May.

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Iran Scientist Linked to Military Nuclear Program Killed

An Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s was killed in a targeted attack that saw gunmen use explosives and machine gun fire Friday, state television said. 

Posted 9 hours ago

Christian Bookstore Forced to Close, UK Police Arrest Customers Amid COVID Lockdown

Police in England have launched a COVID crackdown against a Christian bookstore and tea room, arresting two men for attending a gathering despite lockdown restrictions.

Posted 6:16pm - 25 Nov 2020

Pursuing Truth in a World of Fake News: Reflections of a Christian Journalist After 20 Years with CBN News

When I came to CBN News in November of 2000, America was engulfed in the post-election battle of a lifetime. Well, here we are again. The 2000 election wasn't resolved until after Thanksgiving when the Supreme Court weighed in. The same will likely hold true for the 2020 election. Both elections remind me that there is a finality to everything in the course of human history. It all points to the decisive actions of a Supreme judge and a deep hunger for absolute truth.

Posted 2:39pm - 25 Nov 2020

Give Everyone a Barcode? China Trying to Use COVID Fears to Launch Global Tracking System for Humans

China's communist leader Xi Jinping is calling for countries across the world to accept a global COVID-19 tracking system that uses QR codes in an attempt to expedite international travel.

Posted 3:44pm - 24 Nov 2020

CBN's Superbook Blesses Children in South African Hospital with Bags of Toys

CBN's Superbook outreach in South Africa is continuing to bless and comfort the lives of children across the country.

Posted 7:38pm - 23 Nov 2020
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Iran's top nuclear scientist killed

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in broad daylight while traveling near Tehran. Iran's outraged foreign minister tweeted the attack was "an act of state terror" and said there were "serious indications" of Israeli involvement. Imtiaz Tyab reports.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Scientist who allegedly led Iran's military nuke program killed

Israel alleged Mohsen Fakhrizadeh led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s.

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South Korean lawmaker says Kim Jong Un ordered new executions

South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered at least two people executed, a lawmaker said.

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Scientist who allegedly led Iran's military nuke program killed

Israel alleged Mohsen Fakhrizadeh led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program until its disbanding in the early 2000s.

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First Black Cardinal hopes to begin on "positive" note with Biden

Gregory called it "baffling" and "reprehensible" when President Trump visited the St John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, a day after protesters were forced away for his photo op.

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New rule could allow gas, firing squads for US executions

WASHINGTON, DC: The US Justice Department is quietly amending its execution protocols, no longer requiring federal death sentences to be carried out by lethal injection and clearing the way to use other methods like firing squads and poison gas. The amended rule, published on Friday (Nov 27) in ...

Posted about 1 hour ago

Lockdown-weary Americans begin pandemic-changed holiday season

Pandemic-weary Americans entered the holiday season on Friday (Nov 27) under strong pressure from political leaders and health officials to stay home, avoid most gatherings and curtail Christmas shopping as the coronavirus surged nationwide.

Posted about 1 hour ago

Commentary: America has a chance to repair diplomacy. Don't squander it

Biden wants diplomacy at the centre of US foreign policy – but that requires a revamp of American institutions, say Anne-Marie Slaughter and Alexandra Stark.

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Maradona's death may trigger family inheritance battle

Diego Maradona's tormented private life, with its tangled relationships and paternity suits, suggests distributing his inheritance will be a complex task for lawyers bracing for claims from a slew of children -- those he recognized and those he didn't.

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US Operation Warp Speed backed COVID-19 vaccines for whole world

President Donald Trump's announcement in May of plans to develop a Covid-19 vaccine by year's end is near realization -- despite a setback among one of the six candidates that the US supported.

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Points of Progress: Norway updates hate speech laws, and more

In good news this week: Norway’s parliament approved new legal protections for transgender and bisexual people – plus more positive headlines.

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Iranian scientist killed, adding a challenge for Biden

“Israeli role” alleged in killing, in last days of Trump presidency, of a scientist long suspected of leading an Iranian nuclear bomb program.

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Tigray crisis: Ethiopian stature and regional stability at risk

Ethiopia says it’s engaged in an internal police action with rebellious Tigrayans. Yet its role in the Horn of Africa means a lot more is on the line.

Posted 10:07pm - 25 Nov 2020

No bookstores or haircuts? Europeans question pandemic edicts.

In the second wave of the pandemic, rules to keep consumers at home are evolving. Small businesses worry they’ll be permanently shortchanged.

Posted 7:21pm - 25 Nov 2020

Police sweep of Paris migrant camp stirs backlash, investigation

French police officers forced migrants out of tents while evacuating a makeshift camp in Paris, prompting protests and an internal investigation into police conduct. Like other European nations, France has become tougher on illegal migration since 2015.

Posted 4:37pm - 25 Nov 2020
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Samsung didn’t mention Bixby once during its entire Galaxy Note 10 event

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

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

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

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‘Game of Thrones’ creators are heading to Netflix

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

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

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

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

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

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Oxford, WHO scientists say more data needed on AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine trials

More data is needed from AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine trials beyond what was presented in a press release, experts from the WHO and Oxford University said.

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Black Friday may have undergone a 'fundamental change' due to the coronavirus pandemic

"We're seeing a fundamental change in the promotional calendar," former Saks CEO Steve Sadove told CNBC.

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S&P 500 closes at another record Friday, gains 2% on week

Stocks rose on Friday morning as traders wrapped up a record-setting week.

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Top Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated

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Thanksgiving Day online sales hit record $5.1 billion, up 21.5% from last year, Adobe says

The strong online shopping data reflects that many consumers are avoiding malls and buying gifts from their couch during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Protests erupt across Brazil after brutal beating death of a Black man

Brazilians outraged by the death of a Black man after being beaten by supermarket security guards have been protesting in major cities across the country, chanting a phrase familiar to Americans: "I can't breathe."

Posted 10 hours ago

Diego Maradona laid to rest in Buenos Aires

Legendary soccer great Diego Maradona has been buried near the grave of his parents at a cemetery outside Buenos Aires. Diego Laje describes how Argentinians are remembering the late football star.

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Knife-edge Swiss vote could make businesses liable for global rights abuses

Swiss voters are about to decide whether a business should be held liable for human rights and environmental abuses, even if the wrongdoing was committed in a foreign country by a subsidiary or a supplier it works closely with.

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Uproar over Thanksgiving candies as Chinese university says it does not promote 'Western holidays with religious connotations'

A Chinese college student's threat to report a dormitory supervisor's offer of Thanksgiving candies has stirred a heated debate online over the government's tightening grip on campuses across the country.

Posted 17 hours ago

Trump's election loss may have been a blow to populists around the world. But don't count them out just yet

For four years, Donald Trump has been the world's standard-bearer for right-wing populism. The movement didn't begin with Trump, but the US President championed it in a way no other leader could, using the weight of the most powerful office on Earth to give it legitimacy.

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Thailand's pro-democracy protesters warn of possible coup

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand, undeterred by arrest warrants and the possibility of violent attacks, held another rally on Friday, poking fun at their critics and warning of the possibility of a military coup.

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2 detained for speaking Spanish settle border patrol lawsuit

Two women who were detained in northern Montana by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents for speaking Spanish while shopping at a convenience store have reached an undisclosed monetary settlement in their lawsuit against the agency, the ACLU of Montana announced Tuesday.

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2 women detained in U.S. for speaking Spanish settle border patrol lawsuit

Two women who were detained in northern Montana by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents for speaking Spanish while shopping at a convenience store have reached an undisclosed monetary settlement in their lawsuit against the agency, the ACLU of Montana announced Tuesday.

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Trump may be coming to terms with loss he won't acknowledge

U.S. President Donald Trump still won't bring himself to concede the election he decisively lost to President-elect Joe Biden. But he's now acknowledging he will leave the White House if Biden's win is affirmed by the Electoral College, which is firmly on track to do just that in a few weeks.

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France outlaws discrimination based on regional accents

The French lower house of parliament on Thursday approved a law banning discrimination based on a person's accent, calling the practice 'a form of racism.'

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Trump 2024 warning: President won't 'simply exit stage' as he prepares to overshadow Biden



DONALD TRUMP will work to "keep alive the possibility of standing again" in the next presidential election, an expert has claimed, as he warned the US President will not simply "exit the stage" for Joe Biden.

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Germany demands, France follows! Backlash over decision to close ski lifts



FRANCE has been accused of bowing to Germany's demands after it announced ski lifts would be closed until January.

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'Embarrassment for EU!' Verhofstadt sparks backlash after stepping in over Brussels crisis



GUY Verhofstadt has stirred up controversy on social media once again after lashing out at the leaders of Hungary and Poland over their threat to veto the EU's budget.

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WW3 WARNING: Iran hits out at Israel for scientist murder - ‘This is a really big deal!’



AN IRANIAN scientist's assassination has sparked World War 3 fears as tensions between Iran and Israel rise in the wake of the confirmed killing and reports that the Israeli Prime Minister had dubbed said man a "name to remember".

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Iran assassination: Defence Ministry says high level nuclear scientist killed near Tehran



A LEADING Iranian nuclear scientist has been assassinated today according to reports from the country's Defence Ministry.

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Baby chimpanzee rescued from tree fall after mum killed by vile poachers

EXCLUSIVE: Kidnappers tried to abduct little Mary the baby chimpanzee from her home Sapo National Park, in the Liberian rainforest after killing her mother

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Two schoolgirls share frustrating reality of life in high-rise flats in lockdown

EXCLUSIVE: Rachael Chen, 12, and Sarah Martínez Quevedo, 10, live 1,000 miles apart but both survived lockdown in their cramped flats - now they share their stories as part of the Europe Talks project

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Café owner claims staff are 'broken' after 'excessive abuse' over colour of rice

The owner of Bob's Your Uncle café in Melbourne, Australia, has shared a heartbreaking message for customers explaining why she had to close the business for a little while

Posted 9 hours ago

Iran's top nuclear scientist shot dead in assassination near capital Tehran

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

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Knife-wielding woman kicked and threatened rabbi in anti-Semitic attack

The woman, believed to be about 50-years-old, reportedly approached the rabbi before pulling the knife out of her handbag in the anti-Semitic attack in Vienna, Austria

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Lockheed Martin delivers next three F-35B aircraft to the U.K.’s Royal Air Force

The next three F-35B Lightning II short take-off and vertical landing aircraft departed the Lockheed Martin production facility recently to the United Kingdom. In a release Friday, Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group, Royal Air Force, Allan Marshall said the new stealth fighter jets to increases the British fleet to 21 F-35s. “Looking forward to their […]

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Ukrainian Army receives new batch of upgraded BTR-80 personnel carriers

Ukrainian state-owned defense industrial group UkrOboronProm on 27 November announced that its owned subsidiary SE “Mykolayiv Armoured Plant” handed over the next batch of repaired and upgraded BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers to the Ukrainian Defense Forces. The Mykolayiv Armoured Plant’s specialists overhauled the Soviet-era armored personnel carriers, restored all components and units, as well as […]

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U.S. Navy deploys ‘Fighting Tigers’ to 5th Fleet area of operations

The U.S. Navy has announced that it deployed “Fighting Tigers” of Patrol Squadron 8 (VP8)  to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. The Fighting Tigers assumed duties from the “War Eagles” of VP-16 as Commander, Task Group 57.2. “We have arrived fully trained and well prepared to sustain and advance our relationships with coalition […]

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Russia plans to complete S-500 missile system development in 2021

Russia plans to complete the development of its latest S-500 mobile air defense and anti-ballistic missile system in 2021, the Krasnaya Zvezda news agency reported. “It should be noted that the work on developing the S-500 mobile air defense and anti-ballistic missile system is scheduled to be completed in 2021,” Aerospace Force Deputy Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant-General […]

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Posted 14 hours ago

U.S. Army evaluates new ATAX airdrop system

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Soldier Center recently conducted an evaluation airdrop of the new ATAX system. IrvinGQ (formally Airborne Systems Europe) has announced that the DEVCOM Soldier Center in conjunction with Yuma Proving Ground support staff and an Air National Guard C-130 conducted the third evaluation airdrop of their ATAX Land […]

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Talking culture: Dior stands by Depp and hope for music festivals

Andrea Bolitho discusses this week's arts and entertainment news.

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The Queen's Gambit: Why there has never been a female chess world champion

The success of Netflix's The Queen's Gambit has renewed interest for chess and rekindled the debate over why so few women make it into the upper echelons of the intellectual sport.

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45 arrested across Europe and Brazil as authorities seize 'record haul' of cocaine

Authorities also seized luxury cars, dozens of aircraft and properties worth millions of euros.

Posted 4 hours ago

Carrefour withdraws advertising campaign from Polish news website over LGBT rights

French supermarket chain Carrefour says it has withdrawn advertising campaign from Polish television TVP, saying that the content "did not correspond to the company's values".

Posted 5 hours ago

Danish Mayfly chosen as 2021's Insect of the Year

The Central European insect is known for a lifespan that lasts only a few days

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Joe Biden will be urged to reveal truth about CIA’s ‘torture flights’ to Scotland

Joe Biden’s election victory in the US could offer a glimmer of hope that the truth about CIA “torture flights” to Scottish airports might finally be revealed.

Posted 5:27pm - 8 Nov 2020

REACTION: World leaders and famous faces offer their thoughts as Biden announced as president-elect

Leaders across the globe have offered their congratulations to Democrat candidate Joe Biden after he was announced as president-elect this afternoon.

Posted 7:07pm - 7 Nov 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden declared winner of US presidential race

Democratic candidate Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 US presidential election.

Posted 4:40pm - 7 Nov 2020

US election: PM won’t condemn Trump’s ‘stop counting votes’ comment

Boris Johnson has refused to criticise Donald Trump for prematurely claiming victory in the US election and threatening to use the courts to stop votes being counted.

Posted 1:40pm - 4 Nov 2020

US election: Everything you missed overnight

Polls may have predicted a landslide for Democrat hopeful Joe Biden but the reality was far from clear-cut with America left waiting tentatively to learn who will occupy the Oval Office.

Posted 7:23am - 4 Nov 2020
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Ethiopia’s Abiy meets African Union envoys, rejects talks with Tigray leaders

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed again ruled out dialogue with the leaders of the defiant Tigray region Friday, but said he was willing to speak to representatives "operating legally” there during a meeting with African Union special envoys trying to end the deadly conflict between federal troops and the region's forces.

Posted 3 hours ago

France weighs forcing coronavirus-infected patients to isolate

As France seeks to ease its Covid-19 lockdown and stem the virus's spread, French President Emmanuel Macron this week proposed compelling those infected to isolate from others. His prime minister Jean Castex followed suit and promised draft legislation on the matter soon. Already, though, the prospect of forcing people to fall in line on coronavirus has been met with scepticism – and raised plenty of questions – even on Macron's own side of the political aisle.

Posted 6 hours ago

Beaten by police: The images of music producer's assault that have shocked France

Footage of police beating an unarmed Black music producer in his own studio have sparked shock and condemnation across France. The video captured by CCTV and members of the public show police repeatedly hitting the man with fists and truncheons, while the victim has said that they also hurled racial slurs at him.

Posted 7 hours ago

Iran’s top nuclear scientist 'assassinated', says state media

An Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic's military nuclear programme until its disbanding in the early 2000s was “assassinated” Friday, state television said. 

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Macron ‘very shocked’ by police brutality images as pressure on govt mounts

French President Emmanuel Macron is "very shocked" by the images of police beating a Black music producer in Paris, a presidential official said on Friday, as pressure on the government mounted with top politicians and sportsmen expressing outrage over the incident.

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Pennsylvania appeals court rejects Trump’s challenge of election results

President Donald Trump’s legal team suffered another defeat Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia rejected the campaign’s challenge to the state’s election results.

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Kim Jong Un executed officials for COVID-19 failings, South Korea says

South Korean intelligence officials say Kim Jong Un has been angry and irrational over the coronavirus pandemic in neighbouring North Korea.

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Denmark wants to dig up culled mink with COVID-19 mutation after hundreds resurfaced

Authorities say there is no risk of the graves spreading the coronavirus, but locals worry about the risk of contaminating drinking water.

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Internet sleuths reveal secret location of mysterious Utah monolith

Amateur investigators have figured out the location and construction of Utah's mysterious metal monolith, although many questions remain.

Posted 7 hours ago

Iran scientist linked to nuclear program killed: state media

An Iranian scientist that Israel alleged led the Islamic Republic’s former military nuclear program was “assassinated” Friday, state television said.

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COVID New York: State reports highest daily COVID-19 case count since April 24th - WABC-TV

  1. COVID New York: State reports highest daily COVID-19 case count since April 24th  WABC-TV
  2. Fact check: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would defer his annual raise  USA TODAY
  3. Western New York region COVID-19 positive rate exceeds 8 percent on Thanksgiving Day  WGRZ.com
  4. New York State reports its most cases of COVID-19 in single day since April 24th  WSYR
  5. New York reports highest daily COVID infections since April  New York Daily News
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COVID New York: State reports highest daily COVID-19 case count since April 24th - WABC-TV

  1. COVID New York: State reports highest daily COVID-19 case count since April 24th  WABC-TV
  2. Fact check: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would defer his annual raise  USA TODAY
  3. New York reports highest daily COVID infections since April  New York Daily News
  4. New York State reports its most cases of COVID-19 in single day since April 24th  WSYR
  5. The Latest: NY winter virus plan will eye hospitalizations  STLtoday.com
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COVID New York: State reports highest daily COVID-19 case count since April 24th - WABC-TV

  1. COVID New York: State reports highest daily COVID-19 case count since April 24th  WABC-TV
  2. New York State reports its most cases of COVID-19 in single day since April 24th  WSYR
  3. Coronavirus in NY: 8,100 new cases and highest hospitalizations since June 1  syracuse.com
  4. Ex-aide Alexis Grenell rips Gov. Andrew Cuomo in blistering essay  New York Post
  5. New York reports highest daily COVID infections since April  New York Daily News
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COVID New York: State reports highest daily COVID-19 case count since April 24th - WABC-TV

  1. COVID New York: State reports highest daily COVID-19 case count since April 24th  WABC-TV
  2. Fact check: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would defer his annual raise  USA TODAY
  3. New York State reports its most cases of COVID-19 in single day since April 24th  WSYR
  4. Ex-aide Alexis Grenell rips Gov. Andrew Cuomo in blistering essay  New York Post
  5. Coronavirus in NY: 8,100 new cases and highest hospitalizations since June 1  syracuse.com
  6. View Full Coverage on Google News

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COVID New York: State reports highest daily COVID-19 case count since April 24th - WABC-TV

  1. COVID New York: State reports highest daily COVID-19 case count since April 24th  WABC-TV
  2. Fact check: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would defer his annual raise  USA TODAY
  3. New York reports highest daily COVID infections since April  New York Daily News
  4. New York State reports its most cases of COVID-19 in single day since April 24th  WSYR
  5. Western New York region COVID-19 positive rate exceeds 8 percent on Thanksgiving Day  WGRZ.com
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Will Iran Respond to Its Scientist’s Killing Before Biden’s Inauguration?

The timing of the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is significant, as it coincides with the transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden in the United States.

The post Will Iran Respond to Its Scientist’s Killing Before Biden’s Inauguration? appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 3 hours ago

Iran Gives More Details of Fakhrizadeh’s Assassination Operation

Iran has released more details of the assassination of prominent nuclear and missile scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed today by a group of assassins.

The post Iran Gives More Details of Fakhrizadeh’s Assassination Operation appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 4 hours ago

Tough Revenge Awaiting Masterminds, Assassins of Iranian Scientist: IRGC

A senior Iranian military commander says those behind the assassination of eminent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh should be awaiting severe vengeance.

The post Tough Revenge Awaiting Masterminds, Assassins of Iranian Scientist: IRGC appeared first on Iran Front Page.

Posted 5 hours ago

Fakhrizadeh Key Figure in Iran’s Fight against COVID-19: DM

Iran's Defence Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Iranian scientist assassinated on Friday, was a key figure in Iran's fight against coronavirus.

The post Fakhrizadeh Key Figure in Iran’s Fight against COVID-19: DM appeared first on Iran Front Page.

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Fakhrizadeh Assassinated by Affiliates of Israel: Iran’s Judiciary Chief

Iran’s judiciary chief has strongly condemned the assassination of prominent Iranian nuclear and missile scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, saying the terror elements will be brought to justice.

The post Fakhrizadeh Assassinated by Affiliates of Israel: Iran’s Judiciary Chief appeared first on Iran Front Page.

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New JWE project explores foodways challenges in Palestine & globally

Just World Ed’s timely new project “Beyond Survival”, which explores food sovereignty challenges in Palestine and elsewhere will launch at 1 pm ET on November 28, with a webinar, co-sponsored ...

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Posted 4:48pm - 26 Nov 2020

Falk, Cobban, assess impact of U.S. election

Just World Ed’s President Helena Cobban and board member Richard Falk have been among those Americans taking a sober look at the implications of the recent election, in which it ...

The post Falk, Cobban, assess impact of U.S. election appeared first on Just World Educational.

Posted 8:03pm - 11 Nov 2020

Chinese, U.S. strategic experts discuss the South China Sea

“I believe South China Sea will be a testing ground for the future of the U.S.-China geopolitical relationship. Will it be a rivalry, strategic rivalry, or competition within a rule-based ...

The post Chinese, U.S. strategic experts discuss the South China Sea appeared first on Just World Educational.

Posted about 1 month ago

JWE’s US-China dialogue to address economic issues, Oct. 31

On October 31, Just World Educational will release the second session of the US-China Public Dialogue that JWE is holding jointly with the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin ...

The post JWE’s US-China dialogue to address economic issues, Oct. 31 appeared first on Just World Educational.

Posted about 1 month ago

Chinese strategic expert calls for revived US-Chinese dialogue

Ambassador He Yafei, a high-ranking former Chinese diplomat currently affiliated with a Beijing think-tank, warned recently that in the absence of any official strategic dialogue between the United States and ...

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Takeaways from an election

Some quick takeaways from this past week’s election news here in the USA. 1. Though Biden won, it’s still true that more than 70 million Americans cast a vote for Donald Trump. That, after four years of seeing him in action: racism, misogyny, crass cutting of health care and other vital social programs; “White” entitled-ism, … Continue reading Takeaways from an election

Posted 7:45pm - 8 Nov 2020

What I’m not writing about when I’m not writing…

Whoa. September was a complete washout, a zilch, for my plan to return to being a writer and getting my own voice back out there after nearly a decade of supporting other people’s voices. I have been super-busy in other parts of the Just World (anti-imperialist) “Empire”. I planned and then have been managing challenges … Continue reading What I’m not writing about when I’m not writing…

Posted about 1 month ago

UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

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

Posted 3 months ago

My piece “The Beirut That Was”

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

Posted 3 months ago

To Zinder

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

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In Fresh Blow To Trump, US Court Rejects Pennsylvania Election Case

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt by US President Donald Trump's campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of Pennsylvania, dealing another...

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Court Tells Trump: "Calling Vote Unfair Doesn't Make It So"

A federal appeals court on Friday flatly dismissed President Donald Trump's claim that the election was unfair and refused to freeze Joe Biden's win in the key state of Pennsylvania.

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US Announces Reward Of Up To $5 Million For 26/11 Mastermind Information

Twelve years after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the United States has announced a reward of up to USD 5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba member Sajid Mir...

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China Questions Coronavirus Origin To Wuhan Ahead Of WHO Probe

Battling global adversity over the coronavirus and bracing for a WHO inquiry over its origin, China on Friday claimed that just because COVID-19 cases were first reported in Wuhan does not mean the...

Posted 6 hours ago

Iran's Top Nuke Scientist Assassinated After Gunfight With Security Team

Iran said one of its most prominent nuclear scientists was assassinated on Friday in an attack on his car outside Tehran that it accused arch foe Israel of being behind.

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News24.com | Explainer: Will Donald Trump be able to pardon himself?

In the waning days of his presidency, Trump is expected to issue a string of pardons.

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News24.com | WHO says would be "highly speculative" to say Covid did not emerge in China

The World Health Organisation's top emergency expert said it would be "highly speculative" for the WHO to say the coronavirus did not emerge in China.

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News24.com | US federal appeals court rejects Trump campaign's Pennsylvania election case

A US federal appeals court has rejected a request by US President Donald Trump's campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner in Pennsylvania.

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News24.com | French officers detained after fury over beating video

French authorities have detained four officers suspected of beating and racially abusing a black music producer in Paris in a case that has shocked President Emmanuel Macron.

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News24.com | Iran says nuclear scientist killed in attack

Iran said one of its most prominent nuclear scientists was assassinated on Friday in an attack on his car outside Tehran that it accused arch foe Israel of being behind.

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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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years 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.

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Following loss in war, Armenians bid adieu to Kelbajar area given to Azerbaijan

Armenians have evacuated houses —and attended church services — in the remote region handed over to Baku's control recently as part of a Russian-administered peace deal.

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Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed

An Iranian scientist named by the West as the leader of the Islamic Republic's disbanded military nuclear program was killed Friday in an ambush on the outskirts of Tehran, authorities said.

Posted 6 hours ago

As Ethiopia’s civil conflict intensifies, the future for Chinese investment is uncertain

China’s investments helped Ethiopia become one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Now, the country is embroiled in a conflict that has displaced tens of thousands — and threatens to destabilize a region in which China is heavily invested.

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Four musicians grapple with the same question: What is home?

“Movement,” a one-hour special from The World, brings you stories of global migration through music. Together, host Marco Werman and Ethiopian American singer Meklit Hadero blend song and narrative in a meditation on what it means to be American. We follow an undocumented singer in San Francisco on a long-awaited trip back to Mexico, reflect on the experience of exile with a Syrian DJ and hear a Sudanese American artist play his first-ever show in Sudan — all guided by Hadero as she reflects on her own American story.

Posted 6:00pm - 26 Nov 2020

Garry Kasparov on how 'The Queen's Gambit' brilliantly moves chess skills to center stage

The Russian grandmaster provided consulting help for the popular Netflix series, explaining how to make the game look more real and add historical context to epic US-Soviet matches.

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Young people 'at frontlines' of France's worsening poverty crisis, says new report

Poverty was worsening in France even before the coronavirus crisis derailed the economy, according to a new report that warns young people are at the frontline of the new recession.

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Iran condemns killing of top nuclear scientist as 'act of state terror'

Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, long suspected by the West of masterminding a secret nuclear bomb programme, has been killed in an ambush near Tehran. The foreign ministry denounced an "act of state terror", as a top military adviser pointed the finger at Israel.   

Posted 7 hours ago

Macron adds voice to anger over police beating of black man

French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned the violent police beating of a black music producer in Paris, saying he was "very shocked" by the images circulated online. The president demanded a tough punishment for the officers, who have been suspended pending an investigation. 

Posted 7 hours ago

French police officers face trial over violence against black youth Theo

Three French police officers are to be tried in a criminal court over the case of Théo, a young black man who was left handicapped following his violent arrest in 2017.

Posted 8 hours ago

Angry farmers battle their way to India’s capital to protest 'laws for the rich'

Armed policemen fired tear gas and used water cannon as thousands of farmers marched to India’s capital to press on with a campaign against new laws which they say will benefit only rich corporations in the farm-dependent country.

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Trump Pentagon deploys USS Nimitz aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf: report

The Pentagon is deploying a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, CNN national security correspondent Barbara Starr reported Friday. “The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is being moved back into the Persian Gulf region along with other warships to provide combat support and air cover as US troops withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan by January […]

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‘State-sponsored terrorism’: John Brennan slams reported assassination of Iranian scientist

Former CIA Director John Brennan had harsh words following reports that Iran scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated near Tehran. Trump raised alarm retweeting a Twitter post calling the assassination a “major psychological and professional blow” to Iran: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated in Damavand, east of Tehran according to reports in Iran. He was head […]

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Trump raises alarm by retweeting post calling the assassination of Iranian scientist a ‘major’ blow

Amid swirling questions over what, if any, role the United States played in the assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, President Donald Trump on Friday amplified to his 88 million followers a Twitter post describing the killing as a “major psychological and professional blow” to Iran. Sina Toossi, a senior research analyst at the National Iranian American Council […]

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Top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated near Tehran: reports

A prominent Iranian nuclear scientist was targeted Friday in an assassination attempt near the capital Tehran, media in the Islamic republic reported. The scientist was identified in the reports as Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, with Tasnim news agency initially saying he was “assassinated” before updating its report to say it was “yet to receive official news” on […]

Posted 9 hours ago

Fans force entry into palace to pay Maradona last respects

Fans of the late Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona on Thursday forced entry into the government palace, Casa Rosada, television reports said.The fans climbed over the fence at the entrance, apparently because they feared not being let in to see his coffin to pay their last respects.Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, while […]

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Iran warns US & Israel against any ‘adventuristic measures’, especially during Trump’s ‘remaining’ time in office – letter to UN

Preview
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Iran creates ‘judicial committee’ to track down & punish Soleimani assassins mere hours before murder of top nuclear scientist

Preview The Iranian judiciary has formed a special committee to locate those behind the January assassination of Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, announcing the move just hours before the slaying of a preeminent nuclear scientist.
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Iran vows ‘severe revenge’ for assassination of nuclear scientist as UN chief urges ‘restraint’

Preview The masterminds and perpetrators behind the assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, will face swift revenge, the Iranian military has vowed, as the UN calls for restraint to avoid escalation.
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Posted 2 hours ago

‘Mossad at work’? Twitter explodes with speculation of US & Israeli involvement after killing of top Iranian scientist

Preview While it remains unknown who is responsible for the killing of top Iran nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahavadi, commenters on social media are already blaming Israel’s Mossad, with some even theorizing a Trump connection.
Read Full Article at RT.com

Posted 3 hours ago

Chinese academics say coronavirus spread in India MONTHS before Wuhan outbreak

Preview The coronavirus did not start in Wuhan, but instead emerged in India last summer, Chinese academics have boldly claimed, as tensions continue to flare between the two states and amid the ongoing search for the origins of Covid-19.
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'Shameful for all of us': Macron condemns 'unacceptable' police beating of black man

French President Emmanuel Macron has said footage showing Paris police attacking a black man was "unacceptable" and "shameful".

Posted 3 hours ago

Soldiers could one day 'communicate through brainwaves', say researchers

A breakthrough in decoding brain signals could be the first step towards soldiers communicating without having to speak aloud during military operations.

Posted 4 hours ago

New execution rule could see injections replaced by firing squad or poison gas

The US Justice Department is quietly amending its execution protocols, to possibly end the use of lethal injection - and clear the way for firing squads and poison gas.

Posted 6 hours ago

WHO needs 'more than press release' on Oxford jab, says vaccines chief

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it needs "more than a press release" about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in order to evaluate trial results.

Posted 7 hours ago

Anger as 'scoundrel' has photo taken 'touching Maradona's body'

Diego Maradona's lawyer has threatened to take legal action against the "scoundrel" who had a photo taken next to the football icon's open casket as his body lay in state in Buenos Aires.

Posted 9 hours ago
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USIP Publication: What Will Become of Iraqis in Al-Hol?

USIP Publication: What Will Become of Iraqis in Al-Hol?

This piece originally appeared on USIP.org.

Full Article: https://www.usip.org/publications/2020/11/what-will-become-iraqis-al-hol

By Sarhang Hamasaeed

In October, Kurdish authorities announced 24,000 Syrians would be released. But the camp’s Iraqi residents’ future is as uncertain as ever.

The al-Hol camp in northeast Syria—which holds tens of thousands who were living among ISIS before its territorial defeat—has presented the region and international community with a host of thorny challenges. What to do with the camp’s residents has particularly bedeviled the Kurdish authorities who run the camp as well as the governments of countries where residents came from. On October 5, Kurdish authorities said they would release the Syrians in the camp, where conditions have become increasingly unsustainable. But, nearly half of the camps’ 65,000 residents are Iraqis, and their prospect for return remains deeply uncertain. USIP’s Sarhang Hamasaeed discusses the situation facing Iraqis in al-Hol and the challenges ahead if they indeed return.

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11/24/2020 News & Commentary - National Security

11/24/2020 News & Commentary - National Security

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

1. Langevin supports DOD refocus on civilian oversight

2.  No, the US Agency for Global Media does not compete with US commercial media

3. Tapping Flournoy as SecDef would be a really big deal

4. Why the Quad should focus on a strategy to contain China

5. Judge in Venezuela convicts 6 U.S. oil executives of corruption

6. How to save democracy from technology

7. U.S., Taiwan to push an alternative to China’s belt and road

8. Pompeo: we have 'force posture right' on radical Islamic terror

9. Total Covid-19 cases in U.S. may be eight times higher than reported, scientists estimate

10. Beijing doesn't want the U.S. to form an 'anti-China coalition' in the post-Trump era, consultancy says

11. Biden should revamp Asia-Pacific path, ditch Indo-Pacific idea

12. Climate change, terrorism top list of challenges facing US military

13. ‘Let’s build a digital Silk Road’: Xi Jinping looks to cement China’s ties with Asean

14. Targeting North Atlantic Treaty Organization Article 5: assessing enhanced forward presence as a below war threshold response

15. PH air force unit shows off improved firepower, accuracy at anniversary rite

16. Naval group opens office in Philippines with submarine deal in sight

17. Pope Francis: a crisis reveals what is in our hearts

18. How globalization undermined the case for western values

19. Why did 74 million Americans vote for Trump? This sociologist has the answer

20. Fundraiser gives back to Alice Brock of hit thanksgiving song fame

 

1. Langevin supports DOD refocus on civilian oversight

Warwick Post · Rob Borkowski · November 25, 2020

We need to remove the personalities and conspiracy theories from the equation and focus on the importance of this action. And Congress, as evidenced by Rep. Langevin, wants this to be sustained.

 

2. No, the US Agency for Global Media does not compete with US commercial media

MountainRunner.us · Matt Armstrong · November 26, 2020

For all those who criticize USAGM, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, RFE, RL,  I recommend reading and pondering this important essay from Matt Armstrong.

 

3. Tapping Flournoy as SecDef Would Be a Really Big Deal

Defense One · Janine Davidson ·November 26, 2020

She is well qualified and respected. I hope the progressive wing of the Democratic party does not derail her nomination. A "natsec black belt?"

 

4. Why the Quad should focus on a strategy to contain China

National Interest · James Holmes · November 26, 2020

It is important the work done by the Trump administration is carried forward in a Biden administration.

 

5. Judge in Venezuela convicts 6 U.S. oil executives of corruption

New York Times · The Associated Press · November 26, 2020

Another evil regime that conducts "rule by law" and does not respect the rule of law.

 

6. How to save democracy from technology

Foreign Affairs · Francis Fukuyama, Barak Richman, & Ashish Goel · November 24, 2020

History has not ended. Democracy still needs defense.

"Middleware?"  A new term for me.

 

7. U.S., Taiwan to push an alternative to China’s belt and road

Bloomberg · Miaojung Lin · November 27, 2020

 

8. Pompeo: we have 'force posture right' on radical Islamic terror

News Max · Eric Mack · November 26, 2020

 

9. Total Covid-19 cases in U.S. may be eight times higher than reported, scientists estimate

Forbes · Siladitya Ray · November 26, 2020

On the other hand, there are many who believe the statistics are inflated to make Americans afraid. Some believe that if someone tests positive for COVID but dies from some other cause, hospitals report them as dying of COVID.

 

10. Beijing doesn't want the U.S. to form an 'anti-China coalition' in the post-Trump era, consultancy says

CNBC · Abigail Ng · November 27, 2020

We cannot wish away competition with China, but China sure would like us to. And we should remember that alliances are a threat to China.

Here is a link to the consultancy, Control Risks.

 

11. Biden should revamp Asia-Pacific path, ditch Indo-Pacific idea

Global Times · November 25, 2020

Here it is in the CCP's own words through their own propaganda mouthpiece, the Global Times.

 

12. Climate change, terrorism top list of challenges facing US military

Military.com · Richard Sisk · November 25, 2020

The IG does not write the strategy or provide intelligence estimates.  But it calls its report "Management Challenges."  It can be downloaded here.

 

13. ‘Let’s build a digital Silk Road’: Xi Jinping looks to cement China’s ties with ASEAN

South China Morning Post · Laura Zhou · November 27, 2020

And, of course, China would want to be in charge of and control such a digital silk road.

 

14. Targeting North Atlantic Treaty Organization Article 5: assessing enhanced forward presence as a below war threshold response

Divergent Options · Steve MacBeth · November 25, 2020

 

15. PH air rorce unit shows off improved firepower, accuracy at anniversary rite

Inquirer.net · Frances Mangosing · November 26, 2020

 

16. Naval group opens office in Philippines with submarine deal in sight

Naval News · Xavier Vavasseur · November 26, 2020

France and the Philippines.

 

17. Pope Francis: a crisis reveals what is in our hearts

New York Times · Pope Francis · November 26, 2020

I have seen a lot of hearts revealed during the pandemic. Social media is especially revealing.

I am not Catholic, and I do not agree with every one of the Pope's policies and actions. But this is an example of (religious) leadership. Some other religious leaders, regardless of denomination can learn from the Pope.

 

18. How globalization undermined the case for western values

American Conservative · Kurt Hofer · November 27, 2020

 

19. Why did 74 million Americans vote for Trump? This sociologist has the answer

Haaretz · David B. Green · November 27, 2020

Those on both sides of the political spectrum should read and reflect on this article and the analysis of Professor Arlie Hochschild.

 

20. Fundraiser gives back to Alice Brock of hit thanksgiving song fame

NPR · Andrea Shea · November 26, 2020

For all those who listened to Alice's Restaurant yesterday (I made my daughter listen with me and we compared the politics of the 1960s with today's politics).

Fort those who have not listened to Arlo Guthrie recently here is a link to his epic song. Sit on the Group W bench while you listen to it.

 

"I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?"

- Henry Moore

“… insurgency and counterinsurgency… have enjoyed a level of military, academic, and journalistic notice unseen since the mid-1960s. Scholars and practitioners have recently reexamined 19th- and 20th-century counterinsurgency campaigns waged by the United States and the European colonial powers, much as their predecessors during the Kennedy administration mined the past relentlessly in the hope of uncovering the secrets of revolutionary guerrilla warfare. The professional military literature is awash with articles on how the armed services should prepare for what the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) refers to as “irregular warfare,” and scholars, after a long hiatus, have sought to deepen our understanding of the roles that insurgency, terrorism, and related forms of political violence play in the international security environment.”

-William Rosenau, “Subversion and Terrorism: Understanding and Countering the Threat”

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play."

- Henri Matisse

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11/27/2020 News & Commentary - Korea

11/27/2020 News & Commentary - Korea

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

1. New virus cases over 500 for 2nd day as pandemic deepens on cluster infections

2. Chinese FM warns Korea against siding with U.S.

3. Chinese FM meets parliamentary leader, says Koreas should control their peninsula's 'fate'

4. N. Korea orders overseas missions not to antagonize U.S.: S. Korea's state intelligence agency

5. Police halt breakup of anti-THAAD protesters in Seongju

6. Biden is Kim’s to lose

7. North Korea’s Kim vents fury as pressure mounts over virus and economy, South says

8. S. Korea agency says N. Korea executed people, shut capital

9. Third wave is result of belated, inconsistent response

10. Moon's special adviser urges S. Korea-Japan cooperation to help prevent 'new Cold War'

11. N. Korean authorities transfer border patrol regiment out of Hyesan

12. Ri Pyong Chol rushes to Hyesan to deal with the "Hyesan Incident"

13. Expert questions North Korea gold smuggling report

14. North Korea surveys population for illiterates, orders reading classes

15. Border restrictions drastically cut North Korea's trade

16. Moon meets top Chinese diplomat, requests role for inter-Korean ties

 

1. New virus cases over 500 for 2nd day as pandemic deepens on cluster infections

Yonhap News Agency · 주경돈 · November 27, 2020

Clusters - gatherings.

 

2. Chinese FM warns Korea against siding with U.S.

Chosun Ilbo · Ahn Jun-yong · November 27, 2020

The Minister said the quiet part out loud.

 

3. Chinese FM meets parliamentary leader, says Koreas should control their peninsula's 'fate'

Yonhap News Agency · 장동우 · November 27, 2020

Code for do not let the US interfere. All in support of the mutual objective of both China and North Korea: to split the ROK/US alliance. And with the not-so-subtle caveat that China will play a "constructive role" as an important neighbor, which means it will be constructive for Chinese interests.

 

4. N. Korea orders overseas missions not to antagonize U.S.: S. Korea's state intelligence agency

Yonhap News Agency · 장동우 · November 27, 2020

Interesting information and assessment. I am not sure about "irrational actions." Kim acts very rational and I think he is demonstrating that here if this report is accurate.

 

5. Police halt breakup of anti-THAAD protesters in Seongju

Yonhap News Agency · 유청모 · November 27, 2020

These are professional agitators who have hamstrung the ROK government and who are, of course, having a significant impact on operations and life support to our troops manning the THAAD Battery.

 

6. Biden is Kim’s to L=lose

War On the Rocks · Ramon Pacheco Pardo · November 27, 2020

Will Kim alter his strategy? If he does try to build a good relationship with Biden, will it be sincere or part of his political warfare strategy and long con?

I do fear that those whispering about dealing realistically with Kim really mean to give concessions, enter into arms control negotiations, and accept Kim as a nuclear power.

If we want to deal with Kim realistically, we need to check our assumptions as to the nature of the Kim family regime and its strategy and objectives.

 

7. North Korea’s Kim vents fury as pressure mounts over virus and economy, South says

Washington Post · Simon Denyer & Min Joo Kim · November 27, 2020

The question is how can the alliance exploit this pressure? But again, I am not sure if Kim's actions are irrational from the perspective of the nature of the Kim family regime.

 

8. S. Korea agency says N. Korea executed people, shut capital

AP · Hyung-Jin Kim · November 27, 2020

Again, executions are "rational" based on the history and nature of the Kim family regime.  Kim Jong-Un has been using executions as a tool for control since he took power.

 

9. Third wave is result of belated, inconsistent response

Dong-A Ilbo · November 27, 2020

Criticism of the ROK government. 

 

10. Moon’s special adviser urges S. Korea-Japan cooperation to help prevent ‘new Cold War’

Yonhap News Agency · 이원주 · November 26, 2020

I do not agree with Moon Chung-In too much, but I do agree that South Korea-Japan cooperation is a must for mutual security and prosperity. I do not think South Korea and Japan can "mediate" between the US and China.

 

11. N. Korean authorities transfer border patrol regiment out of Hyesan

Daily NK · Ha Yoon Ah · November 27, 2020

This is related to the alleged reports of gold smuggling: the "Hyesan incident." Hyesan has always been a focal point for resistance and illicit activities partly due to its proximity to the Chinese border.

 

12. Ri Pyong Chol rushes to Hyesan to deal with the "Hyesan Incident"

Daily NK · Lee Chae Un · November 26, 2020

This report seems to give credence to the gold smuggling report and the Hyesan incident, though there are some who question the gold smuggling. Sending the Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission seems like a significant action.

 

13. Expert questions North Korea gold smuggling report

Asia Times · Bradley K. Martin · November 26, 2020

It will be interesting to learn the truth (if we ever can).

 

14. North Korea surveys population for illiterates, orders reading classes

Radio Free Asia · Myungchul Lee, Leejin Jun, & Eugene Whong · November 25, 2020

Again, we should recognize the importance of Radio Free Asia and the contacts it maintains inside North Korea.

I think this is an illustration of the long-term effects of the "Arduous March" of the great famine of 1994-1996. Think about the impacts from COVID-19 and the regime's mitigation measures.

 

15. Border restrictions drastically cut North Korea's trade

Korea Joong Ang Daily · Park Sung-Woo & Lee Jee-Young · November 27, 2020

And, of course, smuggling as well. How long can these restrictions be maintained before there is a severe internal crisis? What is the "safety valve" for the people? The growing markets since the Arduous March of 1994-1996 have performed the function of a safety valve after the collapse of the public distribution system. These restrictions are going to eventually break those markets, which, of course, could be the objective of the regime (and Kim Jung-Un has the opportunity as well as an event on which to blame the collapse: COVID).

 

16. Moon meets top Chinese diplomat, requests role for inter-Korean ties

Yonhap News Agency · 오석민 · November 26, 2020

China will not solve South Korea (or ROK/US alliance) security problems on the Korean peninsula.

 

"I think, what has this day brought me, and what have I given it?"

- Henry Moore

“… insurgency and counterinsurgency… have enjoyed a level of military, academic, and journalistic notice unseen since the mid-1960s. Scholars and practitioners have recently reexamined 19th- and 20th-century counterinsurgency campaigns waged by the United States and the European colonial powers, much as their predecessors during the Kennedy administration mined the past relentlessly in the hope of uncovering the secrets of revolutionary guerrilla warfare. The professional military literature is awash with articles on how the armed services should prepare for what the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) refers to as “irregular warfare,” and scholars, after a long hiatus, have sought to deepen our understanding of the roles that insurgency, terrorism, and related forms of political violence play in the international security environment.”

-William Rosenau, “Subversion and Terrorism: Understanding and Countering the Threat”

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play."

- Henri Matisse

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Posted 7 hours ago

Langevin Supports DOD Refocus on Civilian Oversight (SOF)

Langevin Supports DOD Refocus on Civilian Oversight (SOF)

This needs national attention and not left only to the Warwick (RI) Post.


We need to remove the personalities and conspiracy theories from the equation and focus on the importance of this recent action by Acting SECDEF Miller. And Congress, as evidenced by Rep. Langevin, wants this to be sustained.

QUOTE: "As he prepares to take office, I urge President-elect Biden to prioritize the Senate confirmation of an ASD SO/LIC who will singularly represent the position, perform no other duties, and provide stable, civilian leadership. While for the past two decades our primary adversaries have been terrorist groups, today we are faced with state actors who employ proxies, exhibit diplomatic and economic influence, and wage sophisticated information operations. Special Operations Forces will continue to perform some of the military's most dangerous missions but as part of a broader strategy that equally relies on other U.S. forces. An empowered ASD SO/LIC will direct this change and inculcate the cultural shift special operators need in this era of great power competition," Langevin said.END QUOTE 

 

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Posted 6:15pm - 26 Nov 2020

11/24/2020 News & Commentary - National Security

11/24/2020 News & Commentary - National Security

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

1. DOD statement on transition activities

2. Competing in the Pacific: a conversation with U.S. Army Chief of Staff General James C. McConville

3. Chinese party sets bold military goal: ‘mechanized & informationized’ by 2027

4. How one social media app is beating disinformation

5. China says it remains open to the world, but wants to dictate terms

6. Defense in depth: why U.S. security depends on alliances - now more than ever

7. In China, even your name is not safe

8. China vows 'legitimate' response to US admiral's visit to Taiwan

9. Biden’s likely Defense Secretary pick Flournoy faces progressive pushback

10. We have met the enemy, and it is us: restoring American power

11. Quad 2.0 is off to a good start - it must keep going

12. Even Trump's fiercest critics say he may have gotten some world affairs right

13. RCEP not to have a strong impact

14. Biden’s foreign-policy team takes shape

15. Pentagon reports $5B in improper payments to civilian workforce

16. America, heal thyself

17. Balancing counter-terrorism measures with international human rights

18. What does China think U.S.-China relations should look like?

19. Cooperative competition is possible between China and the U.S.

 

1. DOD statement on transition activities

US Department of Defense · November 23, 2020

 

2. Competing in the Pacific: a conversation with U.S. Army Chief of Staff General James C. McConville

FDD · Bradley Bowman · November 19, 2020

The CSA provides detailed insights throughout the INDOPACIFIC to include from his recent visit to Korea and Indonesia.

 

3. Chinese party sets bold military goal: ‘mechanized & informationized’ by 2027

Breaking Defense · Dean Cheng · November 23, 2020

 

4. How one social media app is beating disinformation

Foreign Policy · Elizabeth Lange & Doowan Lee · November 23, 2020

 

5. China says it remains open to the world, but wants to cictate terms

New York Times · Steven Lee Myers · November 24, 2020

My assessment: China seeks to export its authoritarian political system around the world in order to dominate regions, co-opt or coerce international organizations, create economic conditions favorable to China alone, and displace democratic institutions.

 

6. Defense in depth: why U.S. security depends on alliances - now more than ever

Foreign Affairs · Kori Schake, Jim Mattis, Jim Ellis, & Joe Felter · November 23, 2020

Here is a dream team of authors who know a thing or two about alliances.

 

7. In China, even your name is not safe

Safeguard Defenders · November 24, 2020

The 24-page report can be downloaded at this link.

 

8. China vows 'legitimate' response to US admiral's visit to Taiwan

Hill · Ellen Mitchell · November 23, 2020

So, what is a "legitimate response and necessary reactions"?

 

9. Biden’s likely Defense Secretary pick Flournoy faces progressive pushback

Foreign Policy · Jack Detsch & Robbie Gramer · November 23, 2020

I think the progressives would be well served to leave Defense to Ms. Flournoy.

 

10. We have met the enemy, and it is us: restoring American power

Defense One · Gregory D. Foster · November 23, 2020

There are elements of the NSS and NDS that should be preserved. I hope the Biden administration will embrace those strategies. I hope they will not throw the baby out with the bath water or take the position of “not invented here” or that the new administration must undo and do the opposite of everything of the previous administration. I hope they do an objective analysis of the strategies and preserve what is necessary for the national security of the U.S.

As an example, this excerpt from the NSS should transcend administrations:

"A democracy is only as resilient as its people. An informed and engaged citizenry is the fundamental requirement for a free and resilient nation. For generations, our society has protected free press, free speech, and free thought. Today, actors such as Russia are using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies. Adversaries target media, political processes, financial networks, and personal data. The American public and private sectors must recognize this and work together to defend our way of life. No external threat can be allowed to shake our shared commitment to our values, undermine our system of government, or divide our Nation."

Thanks to Nadia Schadlow and HR McMaster for giving us these wise words.

 

11. Quad 2.0 is off to a good start - it must keep going

Diplomat · Manoj Rawat · November 23, 2020

The Quad and Quad Plus is something the Biden administration must preserve and pursue.

 

12. Even Trump’s fiercest critics say he may have gotten some world affairs right

USA Today · Kim Hjelmgaard & Deirdre Shesgreen · November 24, 2020

I would say the Trump administration's policies may provide the Biden administration with a lot of flexibility for the future. In addition, the conditions have changed such that no one should be expecting a reversion to Obama era policies. I also think Biden is his own foreign policy man and will not be tied to previous Obama or even Democratic policies. Again, I hope the Biden administration conducts an objective review and preserves the right policies and strategies (again specifically from the NSS and NDS).

 

13. RCEP not to have a strong impact

Taipei Times · Yen Huai-shing · November 23, 2020

Interesting view from Taiwan.

 

14. Biden’s foreign-policy team takes shape

Wall Street Journal · Walter Russel Mead · November 23, 2020

Concur. It will not be an Obama foreign policy reprise.

 

15. Pentagon reports $5B in improper payments to civilian workforce

Federal News Network · Jared Serbu · November 23, 2020

Ouch.

 

16. America, heal thyself

Project Syndicate · Ana Palacio · November 20, 2020

The domestic divisions will not go away anytime so or even ever. Of course, the divisions have always existed, but, as long as those on both sides of the divide remain committed to the Constitution and searching for a more perfect union as part of the great American experiment, we will prevail despite the divides.

 

17. Balancing counter-terrorism measures with international human rights

Modern Diplomacy · Siddharth Singh · November 23, 2020

 

18. What does China think U.S.-China relations should look like?

New York Times · Kathleen Kingsbury · November 24, 2020

 

19. Cooperative competition is possible between China and the U.S.

New York Times · Fu Ying · November 24, 2020

The op-ed from a Chinese official. I wonder if we get to publish one in the Global Times or Xinhua?

 

"The mind of the enemy and the will of his leaders is a target of far   more importance than the bodies of his troops."

- Mao Zedong

“If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.”

- Sun Tzu

"War is getting sneakier. War is going underground. And we have to go underground with it. We have to fight in the shadows. Otherwise, we will be left behind."

- Sean McFate

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Posted 6:36pm - 24 Nov 2020
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German Prosecutors Are Collecting Evidence on Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria

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Fighting the Corona Crisis: "The World Could Have Learned from Africa"

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Posted 3:50pm - 26 Nov 2020

A DER SPIEGEL Correspondent Asks What Went Wrong in America

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Posted 10:38am - 26 Nov 2020

Journey Through a Lost Land: Nagorno-Karabakh Settles in for Five Years of Uncertainty

Russian troops have arrived in Nagorno-Karabakh to keep the peace, but thousands of Armenians are having to flee the region. They are leaving nothing to the arriving Azerbaijanis -- and it is unclear when normalcy might return.

Posted 4:59pm - 24 Nov 2020

Geopolitics of COVID: The Unprecedented Challenge of Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution

The first COVID-19 vaccines are nearing approval. Wealthy countries have already secured the rights to billions of doses, while others are at risk of growing even more dependent on China or Russia.

Posted 12:08pm - 24 Nov 2020
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India Enters Technical Recession as Its GDP Contracts 7.5%

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - India has entered a technical recession, as the country's GDP has contracted 7.5 percent in the second quarter of the 2020-2021 financial year, following a 23.9 decline recorded in the first quarter, the Indian Statistics Ministry said in a press release on Friday.

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Trump, US Postal Service Appeals Ruling That Suspended Service Changes Before 3 November Election

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Posted about 1 hour ago

Iran Says There Are 'Serious Indications of Israeli Responsibility' in Nulcear Scientist's Murder

The prominent Iranian nuclear physicist

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Two Children Killed, 2 More Injured by Mine Blast in Syria, Report Says

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Through an Israeli Lens: Biden and Iran

Eldad Shavit, Sr. Researcher, INSS Eldad Shavit is a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and previously served in senior roles in Israeli Defense Intelligence and the Prime Minister’s Office. Dr. Raz Zimmt, Research Fellow, INSS Dr. Raz Zimmt is a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) …

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Posted 1:54pm - 23 Nov 2020

The Complicated Middle East facing the Biden Administration

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

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Posted 5:01am - 9 Nov 2020

Taiwan: Why Beijing may choose strangulation

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Posted 1:45pm - 4 Nov 2020

Future Challenges for Private Sector Cybersecurity

Ransomware has increased during Covid-19, exposing more vulnerabilities for private industry. How can businesses navigate this difficult time? What should they prepare for? How will the cyber crisis evolve? Join us for a Live Virtual Briefing. Thursday, November 5th Tom Bossert Former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Registration is open …

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Posted 1:35pm - 3 Nov 2020

Where is Taiwan’s Military Build Up Headed?

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Trump's baseless claims of Georgia voter fraud spark fears among Republicans

Trump’s party worries his comments could depress GOP turnout in key Senate runoff elections

Despite giving his strongest hints yet that he is coming to accept his loss of the White House to challenger Joe Biden, Donald Trump’s continuing reluctance to leave office and baseless claims about electoral fraud are increasingly worrying his own party.

In particular, Republicans are concerned that the chaos caused by Trump’s stance and his false comments on the conduct of the election in the key swing state of Georgia, which Biden won for the Democrats, could hinder his party’s efforts to retain control of the Senate.

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Iran's top nuclear scientist shot dead near Tehran

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, identified by Israel as director of nuclear weapons programme, ambushed in street

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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was ambushed in the town of Absard, 70km east of Tehran. Four assailants opened fire after witnesses heard an explosion.

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Macron ‘shocked’ by video of French police beating black man

President summons minister amid growing anger over apparently unprovoked assault

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Emmanuel Macron is reported to have summoned his interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, to the Elysée to demand “firm punishment” for police accused of violence, and was said to be “shocked” by a video of officers beating music producer Michel Zecler in his studio.

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How Trump is destroying the presidential transition process

What does Biden lose from the president’s refusal to acknowledge defeat? Crucial time needed to fill positions and prevent serious national security risks

Having lost the election, as well as dozens of post-election challenges, Donald Trump’s ongoing refusal to admit defeat is still doing damage Joe Biden’s transition to power.

Related: ‘Mini desk. Tiny hands. Small soul’: Trump mocked for giving speech at little table

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Donald Trump says he will leave White House if electoral college votes for Joe Biden

President’s comments are the closest he has come to admitting defeat in election and set stage for college vote on 14 December

Donald Trump has said that he will leave the White House when the electoral college votes for Democratic president-elect Joe Biden in the closest the outgoing president has come to conceding defeat.

Biden won the presidential election with 306 electoral college votes – many more than the 270 required – to Trump’s 232. Biden also leads Trump by more than 6 million in the popular vote tally.

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Georgia shooting: One killed in Thanksgiving Day attack outside bar

Police have not yet identified a suspect in the shooting 

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Iranian diplomat skips terror trial for bomb plot that targeted UK MPs among others

Alleged attack thwarted by officers in Belgium in 2018

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Nationwide fertility clinic says hackers may have stolen sensitive information on patients

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Gunmen Assassinate Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist in Ambush, Provoking New Crisis

Iran expressed fury over the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, blaming it on Israel and the United States. His death may complicate President-elect Biden’s intention to restore the Iranian nuclear deal.

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Pentagon Chief Visits Somalia Ahead of Expected Troop Cuts

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Swiss to Vote on Tougher Responsibility Proposal for Companies

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Britain Set to Leap Ahead in Approving Vaccines

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Mercenary with links to ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare relaunches one of Africa’s most notorious private armies

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Chipmunks carry out human activities like knitting in adorable snaps

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Cher escorts ‘world’s loneliest elephant’ to new home after she helped save him from 35 years in chains at Pakistan zoo

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Bombing at ice cream shop in Somali capital kills at least 7

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Iran foreign minister: 'Serious indications of Israeli role' in killing of scientist linked to milit

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Lookout Local: Ken Doctor’s prescription for sustaining local media in the US

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Tips for news publishers on monetising video, audio

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Thai pro-democracy protesters warn of possible coup

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Iran scientist linked to military nuclear program killed

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Trump says will leave WH, but maintains fraud claim

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Britain presses on with AstraZeneca vaccine amid questions over trial data

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Reflections on a Lifetime in Intelligence

This episode of Horns of a Dilemma is a powerhouse of intelligence knowledge. Adm. (Ret.) William McRaven, former chancellor of the University of Texas at Austin and retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, sits down with John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to discuss Brennan’s new book, Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, […]

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Biden Is Kim’s to Lose

With the departure of President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is losing a friend with whom time together was a “precious memory,” as the North Korean leader wrote in a letter to the U.S. leader. Will Kim be able to form a similar relationship with Trump’s successor? President-elect Joe Biden has signaled […]

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2020 War on the Rocks Holiday Reading List

This year perhaps more than most a good book is a welcome companion for the wintry season. To that end, here is our annual roundup of favorite books from the War on the Rocks family. We hope you’ll find something for everyone on this list, whether your taste runs to nonfiction or sci-fi. Happy holidays […]

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An American Holiday Forged in War

Editor’s Note: This is our annual Thanksgiving article, originally published in 2013.   Happy Thanksgiving from War on the Rocks!  Today is all about tradition: turkey and stuffing; family, friends, and football.  From early childhood, we all learn the origin story of Thanksgiving that is so mythically central to its celebration.  Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony […]

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Posted 8:55am - 26 Nov 2020

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Editor’s note: An article featuring Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation has been a War on the Rocks tradition for several years now. This year, another American Founder joins the lineup: Here is George Washington’s proclamation, issued 74 years (to the day) before Lincoln’s. Congressional representatives asked Washington to designate a national day of thanksgiving in honor […]

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Posted 8:40am - 26 Nov 2020
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North Korea’s Kim vents fury as pressure mounts over virus and economy, South says

The dictator is “acting irrationally,” ordering harsh lockdowns and sanctioning at least two executions, a South Korean lawmaker said, citing an intelligence briefing.

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Danish government may exhume hundreds of thousands of dead minks and burn them

The Danish government admits that some minks improperly killed due to covid-19 fears were not safely buried either.

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Delta announces quarantine-free flights to Rome, raising hopes for more travel corridors

If approved, it would be the first such quarantine-free travel corridor between the United States and Europe.

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Prominent Iranian nuclear scientist killed in attack outside Tehran

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was seen as a key figure in Iran’s former covert efforts to develop an atomic weapon.

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Pig intestines fly as Taiwan lawmakers engage in ham-fisted political attacks

Parliament is known as the place where the sausage is made, but Friday’s antics took the process to a whole new level.

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A month of hurricanes

A Samaritan’s Purse team had just set up a field hospital on Nov. 14 in Honduras to help victims of Hurricane Eta when Iota started bearing down on them. The team rushed to drop the tents, strap them down, and move equipment to higher ground before the second hurricane arrived, said Kelly Suter, the ministry’s medical director.

“It really gave us a unique perspective to be able to weather the storm with the community,” Suter said. “I think it adds another layer of compassion.”

The two hurricanes killed at least 150 people and left more than 100 others missing. The United Nations reported the weather affected more than 5 million people in Honduras and eight other Central American countries. Floodwaters drenched entire communities, destroyed crops, and left many people in shelters and on the streets. Several places remained flooded this week, and aid workers worry the needs, combined with the pandemic, could last for a while.

In Nicaragua, the storms damaged 16 of 81 health facilities and destroyed 4,000 homes. Groups such as Healing Hands International sent containers of food, medical supplies, and other relief items to Nicaragua and Honduras, said Joseph Smith, the vice president of operations. In Guatemala, more than 200,000 people sought refuge in shelters, according to the country’s disaster prevention agency.

In San Pedro Sula, Honduras, only large vehicles could drive across the flooded street on the right side of the Samaritan’s Purse’s field hospital this week. Suter said the team dug canals around the tents, pumped water away from the clinic, and used gravel to cover up to 4 inches of mud so supply trucks could arrive. The mission plans to deploy mobile teams to communities that are harder to reach this week, Suter said.

Water Mission made San Pedro Sula its national headquarters in 1998 after Hurricane Mitch killed more than 11,000 people in Honduras and other Central American countries. David Inman, the mission’s director of Latin America and Caribbean programs, said the organization partnered with the country’s national disaster service to move stranded people to shelters. The team has also delivered safe water to shelters and plans to distribute water purifying systems to some affected areas. In Tocoa, Honduras, members of one community church prepared and delivered food to shelters, Inman added.

Some 28 youth-led nonprofits worked together after Eta hit to raise funds and send food and clothes to the region, said Rafael Jerez Moreno, the founder of Informed Vote Honduras. But after Iota hit just two weeks later, donations and support declined, he said. “All of this happened in the middle of the pandemic,” Moreno added. “Something sustainable needs to be done.”

Fears of infectious diseases are growing in the wake of the two storms, Suter said. The Samaritan’s Purse clinic has already treated patients with gastrointestinal illnesses from dirty water, skin infections, malaria, and childhood respiratory illnesses.

“The patients we’re seeing come in shell-shocked. We have patients that haven’t eaten in days, on the streets,” she said. “We try to bring some hope, show them people care, that they’re going to be okay.”

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Violence persists in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

An ethnic Tigrayan youth group and local security forces in Ethiopia’s turbulent northern region killed about 600 civilians this month, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said Tuesday.

According to the report, local police and militiamen on Nov. 9 helped the group, called Samri, target Amhara and Wolkait people. “They killed hundreds of people, beating them with batons, sticks, stabbing them with knives, machetes, and hatchets and strangling them with ropes,” the report said. “They also looted and destroyed properties.”

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Nov. 4 launched an offensive against Tigray’s regional leaders. Hundreds of people have died and more than 40,000 have fled into neighboring Sudan. Both sides have accused each other of atrocities. Abiy on Wednesday asked the international community to refrain from unwelcome interference in the conflict. —O.O.

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Nigerian military admits to protest crackdown

Soldiers used both live and blank bullets during October protests at the Lekki Toll Gate, the Nigerian army admitted for the first time on Saturday.

Youth-led demonstrations against brutality by a special police unit began in the country in early October. The movement grew into calls for better governance and an end to corruption. On Oct. 20, soldiers opened fire on protesters at the toll gate and in another district, killing at least 12 people.

When the regional Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution reviewed the incident, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo said troublemakers infiltrated the peaceful protests: “That is why they were armed [with] blank bullets in addition to the live [bullets] they were carrying.”

The Nigerian military had previously denied having any soldiers at the shooting. It later backtracked and said soldiers only fired blank rounds into the air. The admission followed a CNN investigation that used bullet casings, satellite imagery, timestamped video footage, and witness accounts to confirm the government crackdown. —O.O.

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Kenyan doctors battle COVID-19 surge

Doctors who test positive for the coronavirus or come in contact with an infected person have continued working as Kenya battles climbing infection numbers. Clinics are understaffed and provide substandard personal protective equipment, while health workers receive no life insurance or risk allowances, Dr. Chibanzi Mwachonda of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentists Union told a parliamentary committee last week.

“How do you fight a war when all your soldiers are falling in numbers?” he said. “We need to be protected.”

Some 30 Kenyan health workers have died of the coronavirus. Kenya eased pandemic restrictions late in September, and compliance with social distancing and mask guidelines has dropped. The union threatened to strike starting Dec. 6 if the government failed to offer adequate equipment to health workers and compensate the families of those who die of COVID-19. —O.O.

Indian state targets marriage conversion

India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party this week announced a 10-year sentence for anyone who uses marriage to compel someone to change faiths in the nation’s most populous state. The new decree in Uttar Pradesh state would require couples of different religions to notify their district magistrate two months before getting married. They could only wed if the official found no objections. 

The state’s government minister, Siddharth Nath Singh, said the law would prevent unlawful conversions and give justice to women.

It’s the latest effort by the nationalist party to crack down on Hindu conversions to Islam and Christianity. The ruling party has termed such interfaith marriages as “love jihad.” Muslims make up about 14 percent of the population in the predominantly Hindu country, while Christians make up about 2 percent. —O.O.

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Iranian scientist assassinated

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, whom Israel suspected was the leader of Iran’s disbanded military nuclear program, died on Friday in an ambush outside of Tehran. The scientist led a program that the International Atomic Energy Agency linked to “activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device” through the end of 2003. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has mentioned Fakhrizadeh in conjunction with Iran’s nuclear program in the past.

What happened? Iranian state television reported an old truck hiding explosives blew up near a sedan carrying Fakhrizadeh. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said there were “serious indications” Israel was involved and called it an act of “state terror” but didn’t give any explanation. Israeli authorities declined to comment, and no one has claimed responsibility.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s Globe Trot report about Iran’s arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq.

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Venezuela sentences six Americans to prison

A Venezuelan judge on Thursday found the American oil executives detained since 2017 guilty of corruption. Five of the men received sentences of eight years and ten months, while a sixth man received a 13-year sentence. The men worked for Houston-based Citgo refining company, owned by Venezuela’s PDVSA state oil company.

Why were they arrested? In Nov. 2017, the executives — five of whom are naturalized U.S. citizens and one a legal resident — received a call from PDVSA for a budget meeting in Caracas. They arrived at the headquarters, where military intelligence officials detained them. The charges relate to a proposal to refinance about $4 billion worth of Citgo bonds that was never executed. Venezuela detained them as embattled President Nicolás Maduro cracked down on the state oil company and as relations between Venezuela and the United States worsened.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Marvin Olasky’s feature on how Venezuelan refugees in Florida describe socialism’s latest failure.

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Iran says it released hostage

Iranian state TV announced Wednesday the government released Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a 33-year-old British-Australian academic detained in Iran for more than two years, in exchange for three Iranians held abroad. Australian authorities did not immediately comment on her release, and it’s unclear when she will arrive in Australia.

Why was she imprisoned? Authorities arrested Moore-Gilbert, a Melbourne University lecturer on Middle Eastern studies, in 2018 at the Tehran airport when she tried to leave the country. Officials sentenced her to 10 years in Evin Prison on charges of espionage, which she denied. Iran has been under pressure to release Moore-Gilbert, who said in a letter to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that she faced psychological torture.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Mindy Belz’s analysis on how quickly Iran could develop a nuclear weapon.

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Posted 7:30pm - 25 Nov 2020

Confronting the Islamic State in Africa

Islamic State–affiliated insurgents staged multiple brutal attacks over three days this month in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, leaving about 50 civilians dead. Witnesses recounted how the extremists burned down homes and rounded up civilians in a soccer field to behead them. Insurgent violence in the oil-rich northern region since 2017 has killed more than 2,000 people and displaced more than 430,000 others. The local group, Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama, pledged alliance to the Islamic State Central African Province last year.

Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama is one of several Islamic State affiliates springing up across Africa, sparking concern among international counterterrorism groups. U.S. Ambassador Nathan Sales, the newly appointed special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, in his first address last week, said the coalition would use what it learned in Iraq and Syria to defeat the groups growing influence in Africa. During the Nov. 10 session co-hosted by Nigeria, Sales said the coalition remains focused on preventing an Islamic State resurgence in the Middle East but called the growth of its affiliates in West Africa particularly alarming.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated Sales as the new envoy after James Jeffrey resigned this month. The U.S.-led coalition of more than 80 partners has worked since 2014 to defeat Islamic State. Mauritania became its 83rd member last week.

Attacks associated with affiliates of the terror group have killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa this year, up from 2,700 in all of 2017. The Islamic State West Africa Province, an offshoot of Boko Haram, continues to harass northeastern Nigeria, bleeding across the border into Chad and Niger. The Islamic State in the Greater Sahara has claimed responsibility for attacks in Burkina Faso, including an ambush that killed 20 soldiers last week. The group is also active in Mali and Niger, and the Islamic State in Somalia has operated in the country and the wider Horn of Africa region since 2015.

Homegrown Islamic extremist groups like Boko Haram and other al-Qaeda affiliates also plague the continent. Sales said the region requires a response that goes beyond military force to curtail radicalization and recruitment, as well as foreign terrorist fighters and financing.

“We think it is important to quickly focus on specific, concrete efforts to help address aspects of the ISIS threat,” Sales said. “The counterterrorism capacities the coalition can help develop can be used to protect against any of those groups.”

Sales highlighted the coalition’s success in defeating ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Oct. 26 marked the one-year anniversary of the death of former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Pompeo hailed the coalition’s “great progress” and commitment to defeating Islamic State globally.

But killing extremist leaders is not a definite sign of victory, said Akinola Olojo, a senior researcher in the Lake Chad Basin program at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa. He noted al-Qaeda and Boko Haram networks remain active despite the deaths of their founding leaders. He acknowledged that African countries would stand to benefit from lesson sharing and international cooperation, but whether it is effective depends on local governments and leaders.

“These plans have components that hold great potential but a lot of times the political will to implement policies and follow-through is lacking,” he said. “The real work or gamechanger must be inspired and owned by respective states.”

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More migrants flood the Canary Islands

Spain’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday admitted about 200 migrants to a new camp on the Canary Islands. The location, a decommissioned military ammunition dump, can host up to 800 people in tents, the ministry said.

The new camp eased pressure on the single, temporary processing center on the island’s southwestern coast that is already overcrowded with nearly 2,300 migrants. More than 16,000 people, mostly from western Africa, have arrived at the archipelago this year—a 1,000 percent increase from the same time last year.

Island authorities have struggled to handle the influx. Many migrants sleep on concrete, and authorities detained several people for more than the 72-hour limit. More than 100 migrants released from the center this week received no guidance or support on finding homes or food. Local Mayor Onalia Bueno organized buses to take them to a facility in Las Palmas, the island’s capital city. “We had to take control of the situation because we couldn’t have all these people wandering the streets or the island without any means,” Bueno said. “These people have the right to dignified shelter just like all those being kept in hotels.” —O.O.

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Russia cements presence in Sudan

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed off on the government’s plan to build a naval logistics facility in Sudan. It could solidify Russia’s push for a military presence in Africa.

The base on the northern portion of Port Sudan would accommodate about 300 military and civilian personnel and up to four ships, including nuclear-powered vessels. Russia will also retain the right to bring in weapons, ammunition, and equipment. In May, the two countries signed a seven-year military and technology agreement. Russia’s state-controlled TASS news agency said the new facility would likely make it easier for the Russian navy to operate in the Indian Ocean. —O.O.

Afghan migrant father facing criminal charges

Greek authorities charged a 25-year-old Afghan national with child endangerment after his 6-year-old died during their illegal sea crossing.

The father and son joined a group of 25 people who departed from the Turkish coast hoping to arrive on the Greek island of Samos. But the dinghy capsized in the Aegean Sea. The boy’s body was found on the shores of Samos.

Dimitris Choulis, the father’s lawyer, told The Guardian that authorities delayed for many hours before mounting a rescue. He worried about the effect of the case on asylum-seekers. “If [asylum seekers] know that if you get into a boat with your family you will be criminally charged because you put them in danger, then we create more obstacles for people to arrive here,” he said. —O.O.

Central Nigeria records more violent attacks

Suspected armed herdsmen killed at least 10 people and abducted 28 others during nearly two weeks of attacks in southern Nigeria.

Armed men kidnapped five daughters of Pastor Istifanus Tiswan of Christ Embassy Church, Christian Solidarity Worldwide reported. One day earlier, armed men also killed three people in the county of Chikun. On Oct. 26, gunmen killed one person and injured another in Kwakwa village.

Herdsmen have stepped up attacks against Christian farmers in the region. A Nigerian report this month revealed that farmers in Katsina and Zamfara state pay bandits taxes and harvest fees before they can access their crops to avoid abduction. —O.O.

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