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The New Ruins Of The Melting Alps

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 05:46 AM PDT

Climate change has left a graveyard of abandoned ski resorts on the Italian Alps — and a dwindling population of gravekeepers.

A Crashed Israeli Lunar Lander Spilled Tardigrades On The Moon

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 05:46 AM PDT

Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are microscopic animals that can survive for years without food or water. And now they're on the moon.

Pro Skateboarder Mitchie Brusco Lands The World's First-Ever 1260

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 01:32 PM PDT

The 2019 Summer X Games in Minneapolis saw a major accomplishment in history when Brazil's Mitchie Brusco stomped this amazing 1260 in the Big Air competition. Never landed before in competition, this trick is one full revolution more than Tony Hawk's landmark 900 first landed at Summer X in 1999.

The Bed You Can Build Yourself… And Enjoy For The Next Sixty Years

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 04:43 AM PDT

The only thing more satisfying than putting together this cleverly-designed, minimalist, no-tools-required bed is lounging on it when you're all finished.

Dog With Super Zoomies Hops In And Out Of The House

Posted: 04 Aug 2019 03:50 PM PDT

This fur nugget can't make up its mind.

Child Leashes And Harnesses Are A Legitimate Solution To Runaway Kids

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 07:25 AM PDT

Runaway toddlers are a danger to themselves and the world. Leashes are an obvious solution. So why do some parents find them so offensive?

The Sex Scene Coach

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 07:25 AM PDT

Hollywood has grown wary of intimacy. Can HBO's Alicia Rodis save the sex scene?

Wake Sends Multiple Beachgoers To The Hospital After Ship Gets Too Close To Shore

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 07:34 AM PDT

The ship's captain is under investigation for this unsafe maneuver off the cost of Vlissingen in the Netherlands.

Ferguson, Five Years Later

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 06:28 AM PDT

The killing of Michael Brown sparked protests against police brutality, but the city faces new, insidious problems

The Strange And Surprisingly Intense World Of 'Wii Sports' Speedrunners

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 06:28 AM PDT

A duel to become the fastest motion-control golfer.

Russian Ammo Depot Explosion Sends Off Incredible Shockwave

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 01:08 PM PDT

The explosion at the Russian army depot in Siberia sent shrapnel across a 9-mile radius.

This Magician Is Wrecking Our Brains — And Our Eyes — With His Visual Illusion Tricks

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 05:46 AM PDT

Where does magic begin and reality end?

'Beloved' Author Toni Morrison Has Died At 88

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 06:36 AM PDT

The celebrated novelist Toni Morrison died Monday night, according to a source at her publisher, Knopf. She was 88 years old. The cause of death is not yet known.

Get 'Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gold Edition' For 75% Off

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 04:54 AM PDT

Made by legendary game designer Sid Meier, "Civilization VI: Gold Edition" is a turn-based strategy game where you control the making of an empire — perfect for long gaming sessions with friends. Snag the Gold Edition for 75% off today.

Jim Watkins, Owner Of 8chan, Responds To The Backlash With A Totally Bizarre Video

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 07:25 AM PDT

After network provider Cloudfare announced it was terminating service to 8chan, the site's owner posted this response, saying the site was a "peacefully assembled group of people talking."

30–50 Feral Hogs (And Many More Memes About Them) Have Taken Over Social Media

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 05:38 PM PDT

Why is everyone on the internet suddenly talking about feral hogs?

This Video Of Jacob Tremblay On 'Fallon' Has Us Convinced He's Actually A Very Small Adult

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 06:32 AM PDT

...and a very "Hollywood," wheeling and dealing adult at that.

The Apple Card Starts Rolling Out Today

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 05:46 AM PDT

Issued in partnership with Goldman Sachs, the card will begin a "preview rollout" today, and then become broadly available to all iPhone owners in the US later this month.

How Do You Solve A Problem Like 8chan?

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 04:54 AM PDT

After this weekend's deadly gun violence provoked ire over fringe online platforms like 8chan, President Donald Trump vowed Monday to scour "the dark recesses of the internet." But there are a number of reasons why that's a tough task for the US government.

How One Kentucky Town Almost Became Vegas

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 06:28 AM PDT

Various Vegas institutions can trace their lineage to this Kentucky town of 15,000 people.

Truck Driver Tries To Sneak Through Under A Toll Booth Arm, Gets Some Instant Karma

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 12:33 PM PDT

How much did that toll cost? Can't have been more expensive than a tow job and multiple new tires.

Alphabet Passes Apple As The Most Cash-Rich Company In The World

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 04:54 AM PDT

Google's parent company has $117 billion in cash on hand.

This Company Has Made Cologne Obsolete

Posted: 19 Jul 2019 04:43 AM PDT

Fulton & Roark practically invented solid cologne--the premium alternative to traditional sprays. Now you can try all 8 fragrances for just $16. Plus, each sample pack comes with a $16 credit for your next purchase.

Keep A Watchful Eye On Your Pet, Front Door And More With This Cloud-Connected Security Camera

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 04:54 AM PDT

Is your dog peacefully sleeping or is she freaking out? Did your package really get delivered? Find out for yourself with this handy smart security camera with two-way audio, voice control and night vision.

How Amazon's Shipping Supply Chain Actually Works

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 01:32 PM PDT

An explanation of the intricate processes Amazon has mastered to corner the market.

Scientists Are Using The Cold Of Outer Space To Rethink Air Conditioning

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 04:54 AM PDT

The trick to creating cool air without any electricity has been hiding in plain sight.

The Cold Case Team Searching For Who Betrayed Anne Frank

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 05:46 AM PDT

75 years after her arrest, investigators are still exploring how the Nazis discovered the Dutch teen and her family.

The Winner Of The X Games' Best BMX Trick Award Is Amazing

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 11:37 AM PDT

Mike Varga blew everyone's mind with this extremely clean 900 tailwhip. And just like that, he's got a gold medal.

The Death And Life Of Frankie Madrid

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 04:07 PM PDT

The US had been his home since he was 6 months old. When he was deported 
to Mexico 26 years later, it was more than he could bear.

When Will We Get A Post-Gun Action Movie?

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 08:11 PM PDT

On "Hobbs & Shaw," the shootings in El Paso and Dayton and a Hollywood trope that's getting more difficult to overlook.

Sleeping Men Get The Scare Of A Lifetime From A Bear Cub

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 09:12 AM PDT

Two men napping on the beach are given one heck of a wake-up call.

Towards Chinatown

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 04:54 AM PDT

Two days after I learn that my mother has cancer, after my sister tearfully tells me over the phone, "This might be mom's last Christmas," I go to San Francisco Chinatown. I didn't grow up in a Chinatown. It is not my home. Yet when I think of my mother in Texas, I feel pulled towards Chinatown's tightly packed stores and no-frills restaurants.

Mitch McConnell Campaign Tweets Image Of Tombstone With Opponent’s Name

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 08:11 PM PDT

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign tweeted out a photo of satirical tombstones over the weekend, including one featuring an election opponent's name, hours after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that claimed the lives of 22 people.

The True Story Of The Viral 9/11 Photo Everyone Thought Was A Hoax

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 09:12 AM PDT

Tracking down the subject of an unsettling photo that keeps cropping up around the internet.

We Are Mesmerized By This Tool That Locksmiths Use To Auto-Dial Safe Combinations

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 09:32 AM PDT

A family found this old safe in their new home and decided to investigate.

In The Flesh

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 04:54 AM PDT

Online brands promise an escape from the conventional logic of consumerism — until they open physical stores.

An Evening With New York's Most Glamorous Cats

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 08:11 PM PDT

The cats, it turns out, do not walk; they are carried, like animal royalty. The audience, to put it mildly, loses their s**t.

ICE Came To Take Their Neighbor. They Said No

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 02:37 PM PDT

It is the story of David and Goliath, of Hansel and Gretel, of Robin Hood.

One Hundred Random People Attempt To Take The US Citizenship Test

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 05:46 AM PDT

Oh, lord, we need better civics classes in schools.

The Benefits Of Being Blinded By Love

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 08:11 PM PDT

There is a conundrum at the heart of understanding how judgements work in relationships. On the one hand, we need to accurately assess whether someone is right for us because it is such an important decision. On the other, evidence suggests that we're very bad at evaluating the qualities of the people closest to us.

Florida Man Who Mailed Bombs To Democrats And Media Gets 20 Years In Prison

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 05:38 PM PDT

Cesar Sayoc, the Florida bodybuilder and nightclub bouncer who mailed inoperative pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and media figures seen as critical of President Trump, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a federal judge in New York on Monday.

Who's Considered Thin Enough For Eating Disorder Treatment?

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 04:08 PM PDT

Anorexia has serious implications at any weight, but heavier patients face a pervasive, harmful stigma.

Here's The Memo Currently Going Viral At Google

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 11:29 AM PDT

The memo is called "I'm Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why."

Endurocross Rider Blows Past The Rest Of The Competition With Ease

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 12:15 PM PDT

Pol Tarres was the last to leave the starting blocks in the time trial at the 2019 Red Bull Romaniacs race last week, but he certainly did not finish off in last place.

A Treadmill To Nowhere — On 1983's 'Clue'

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 04:07 PM PDT

What if, "Clue" seems to ask, futility isn't an Achilles' heel? What if it's the point? The result is a film that honors its source material and transcends its limitations.

The Hypersane Are Among Us, If Only We Are Prepared To Look

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 04:07 PM PDT

But if there is such a thing as hypersanity, the implication is that mere sanity is not all it's cracked up to be, a state of dormancy and dullness with less vital potential even than madness.

The Hunt Is On For Alpha Centauri's Planets

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 04:08 PM PDT

Astronomers could soon learn whether or not the nearest neighboring star system harbors habitable worlds

The Psychiatric 'Wonder Drug' That Almost No One Is Using

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 12:33 PM PDT

Clozapine could save the lives of suicidal schizophrenic people who aren't responding to other treatments. So why are so few doctors using it?

Finding My Father

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 11:29 AM PDT

At age thirty-two, after years working as an exotic dancer, the daughter of a mysteriously absentee father finally puts together the pieces that had been missing her whole life.

India's Risky Kashmir Power Grab, Explained

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 02:37 PM PDT

India's government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has made a controversial move to usurp power from the nation's only Muslim-majority state, potentially igniting unrest in one of the world's most dangerous nuclear flashpoints.

Why No One Wants To Talk About The Booming Economy

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 12:33 PM PDT

Democrats don't want to help Republicans, and Republicans don't want to sound like Keynesians.

Woman Pranks Her Friend, Pretends To Be An Automated Call

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 10:44 AM PDT

Real or fake, this man's patience for robot phone calls is far higher than ours.

The Rise Of Scandal Insurance In Hollywood

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 01:40 PM PDT

One Monday in June, a team of young data researchers gathered in the conference room of a Boston start-up called SpottedRisk to talk about celebrities who'd gotten themselves into trouble.

Phase 4 Of The MCU Is Finally Getting Weird

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 10:30 AM PDT

With Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe announced, we can finally glean a trajectory for the franchise post-"Infinity" Saga. And if there is one word to sum it all up, that would be… weird. Just, really dang weird.

This Week's Best Memes, Ranked

Posted: 02 Aug 2019 10:20 AM PDT

It's an internet fight and only the funniest meme will emerge victorious. This week's challengers? Kamala Harris Waving Goodbye, the "Stranger Things" middle finger and more.

Guys Heading Back To School: Don't Waste Time Thinking About What Shoes To Wear, We Did The Thinking For You

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 01:55 PM PDT

Before you head off to day one of class, put something interesting on your feet.

This Circle And Bar And Magnetic Spheres Sculpture Is Trying To Tell You It’s August 6th

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 01:58 PM PDT

Move over boring paper, this manually set calendar is looking good and getting noticed.

Give High Lord Wolnir A Chance To Kill You Off-Screen With This Card Game

Posted: 01 Aug 2019 11:48 AM PDT

"Dark Souls: The Card Game" is a fast-paced, high-choice game that's very not easy.

Latest World News, World News, Current Affairs, Daily Current Affairs

Latest World News, World News, Current Affairs, Daily Current Affairs


U.K. And The U.S. Will Work Together To Assure The Security Of Merchant Vessels In The Strait of Hormuz

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 11:00 PM PDT

The UK will work with the U.S. to to protect international shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. Pictured is HMS Duncan (file photo) which was sent to the Gulf to add military clout

Daily Mail: Britain and the U.S. will join forces to protect international shipping from Iran in the Strait of Hormuz after weeks of sabre rattling from Tehran

* Defence Minister Ben Wallace said Royal Navy would work with United States
* He said UK is 'determined to ensure shipping is protected from unlawful threats'
* Iran has said it is responsible for the 'security and safety' of the Strait of Hormuz
* Yesterday Iran seized second oil tanker in Gulf and accused it of smuggling fuel

The UK will work alongside the U.S. to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The announcement comes after Iran's foreign minister said they will no longer tolerate 'maritime offences' and added that Iran is 'responsible for the security and safety' of the region.

Last month, Iran's Revolutionary Guards seized British tanker Stena Impero near the Strait of Hormuz for alleged marine violations.

Britain had previously seized an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, accusing it of violating sanctions on Syria.

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More News On The U.K. And The U.S. Agreeing To Work Together To Assure The Security Of Merchant Vessels In The Strait of Hormuz

The Latest: Britain to join US-led ship security mission -- AP
UK joins United States for maritime security mission in Gulf -- Reuters
UK joins US in Strait of Hormuz naval security mission -- Navy Times/AP
UK joins US in mission to protect oil tankers in Gulf -- The Guardian
UK to join US-led taskforce in Gulf to protect merchant ships -- BBC

Tweets For Today

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U.S. Freezes All Venezuelan Government Assets. Announces Total Economic Embargo

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 10:00 PM PDT

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Battle in the Vargas Swamp at the National Pantheon in Caracas, Venezuela July 25, 2019. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: Trump freezes all Venezuelan government assets in bid to pressure Maduro

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump imposed a freeze on all Venezuelan government assets in the United States on Monday, sharply escalating an economic and diplomatic pressure campaign aimed at removing socialist President Nicolas Maduro from power.

The executive order signed by Trump goes well beyond the sanctions imposed in recent months against Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA [PDVSA.UL] and the country's financial sector, as well as measures against dozens of Venezuelan officials and entities.

Trump's action, the toughest yet against Maduro, not only bans U.S. companies from dealings with the Venezuela government but also appears to open the door to possible sanctions against foreign firms or individuals that assist it.

Russian and Chinese companies are among those still doing significant business in the South American OPEC nation.

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Update #1: Trump freezes all Venezuelan government assets in US (The Guardian/AP)
Update #2: Trump announces total economic embargo against Venezuela (CNN)

WNU Editor: This puts Venezuela on the same sanctions list as Iran, Cuba, Syria, and North Korea.

Picture Of The Day

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 09:30 PM PDT

An anti-extradition bill protester throws a stone at a police station in Tseung Kwan O residential district, in Hong Kong, China, August 4, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

WNU Editor: The above picture came from this photo-gallery .... Police battle protesters as strike cripples Hong Kong (Reuters).

UN Report: North Korea Took $2 Billion In Cyberattacks To Fund Weapons Program

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 09:05 PM PDT

The UN Security Council has unanimously imposed sanctions on North Korea since 2006

Reuters: North Korea took $2 billion in cyberattacks to fund weapons program: U.N. report

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea has generated an estimated $2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using "widespread and increasingly sophisticated" cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on Monday.

Pyongyang also "continued to enhance its nuclear and missile programmes although it did not conduct a nuclear test or ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) launch," said the report to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee by independent experts monitoring compliance over the past six months.

The North Korean mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment on the report, which was submitted to the Security Council committee last week.

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Update #1: UN report: North Korea cyber experts raised up to $2 billion (AP)
Update #2: Did North Korea use cyberattack money to buy nuclear weapons? (Al Jazeera)

WNU Editor: If this report is true, North Korea must have one hell of a cyber organization to pull this off.

North Korea Fires Two More Short-Range Missiles Tuesday Morning

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 08:49 PM PDT



Reuters: North Korea threatens to take 'new road', launches more missiles

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired missiles into the sea off its east coast for the fourth time in less than two weeks, the South Korean military said on Tuesday, as Pyongyang protested that joint U.S.-South Korea military drills violated diplomatic agreements.

The North, criticizing the U.S.-South Korean drills and their use of high-tech weapons, has fired a series of missiles and rockets since its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed at a June 30 meeting to revive stalled denuclearization talks.

Trump has played down the tests by saying they did not break any agreement he had with Kim but the talks have yet to resume. Analysts believe the tests are designed both to improve North Korean military capabilities and to pressure Washington to offer more concessions.

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More News On North Korea Firing More Short Range Missiles

North Korea fires more missiles as South begins joint drill with US -- BBC
North Korea fired two projectiles, South Korean military says -- CNBC/AP
North Korea fires projectiles, South Korea says -- CNN
North Korea threatens more launches after latest missile test -- Al Jazeera
North Korea Fires "Unidentified Projectiles" Into East Sea, Warns Of "Heavy Price" To Be Paid -- Zero Hedge

Pentagon Purges Military Scientists At Think Tank

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 07:00 PM PDT

Under Secretary for Nuclear Security of the U.S. Department of Energy and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration Lisa Gordon-Hagerty tours the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Alabama in Bangor, Washington, U.S. in this October 10, 2018 handout photo. Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

Reuters: Special Report: Inside a Trump-era purge of military scientists at a legendary think tank

NEW YORK (Reuters) - They're members of a prestigious academic panel with top-secret clearances who've advised the Pentagon on some of America's most vexing national security issues since the Cold War. Over 60 years, they've won 11 Nobel prizes and conducted hundreds of government studies.

The advisory group, known as Jason, is a team of some 60 of America's top physicists and scientists who spend each summer in La Jolla, California, conducting studies commissioned by the Pentagon and other U.S. government agencies.

On March 28, Trump appointee Michael Griffin – the Pentagon's chief technology officer – unexpectedly moved to terminate the group.

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WNU Editor: I always feel uneasy reading news reports on 60 year old think tanks being eliminated. I always believed that even if one good idea or understanding comes out from such a group, the investment would be worth it. But I guess in today's world where government monies are limited, many of these committees are no longer "affordable".

China Reacts To U.S. Announcement Of Deploying Intermediate Range Missiles In Asia

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 06:00 PM PDT


Zero Hedge: "New Cold War" Unleashing "Geopolitical Chaos": China Reacts To US Offensive Missiles In Asia

China's Global Times — the communist country's hawkish, belligerent state tabloid — has responded to the Pentagon's Friday announcement stating the US is looking to deploy intermediate range ballistic missiles to Asia "within months," warning "it will certainly trigger an intense arms race in the region."

Its editorial board, long understood as a mouthpiece of the state, has slammed remarks made by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper outlining the new mid-range ballistic missile deployment plans, crucially which came immediately on the heels of the formal collapse of the landmark US-Russia INF treaty, saying American greed and naked drive for hegemony will spark a dangerously unprecedented arms race which will fuel further "instability" across Asia.

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WNU Editor: I have been telling my friends and contacts in China for years that if they continued with their military buildup and aggressive territorial demands, there will be a backlash. The Chinese are now learning what that backlash is. A trade war and an arms race.

U.S. Designates China As A Currency Manipulator

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 05:00 PM PDT



Reuters: U.S. designates China as currency manipulator for first time in decades

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has determined that China is manipulating its currency and will engage with the International Monetary Fund to eliminate unfair competition from Beijing, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement on Monday.

The move brings already tense U.S.-Chinese relations to a boil and fulfills U.S. President Donald Trump's promise to label China a currency manipulator for the first time since 1994.

The U.S. action follows China allowing its yuan to weaken past the key 7-per-dollar level on Monday for the first time in more than a decade. Beijing later said it would stop buying U.S. agricultural products, inflaming a yearlong trade war with the United States.

The sharp 1.4% drop in the yuan comes days after U.S. President Donald Trump stunned financial markets by vowing to impose 10% tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of Chinese imports from Sept. 1, abruptly breaking a brief ceasefire in a bruising trade war that has disrupted global supply chains and slowed growth.

The news knocked the dollar sharply lower and bolstered the price of gold .

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Update #1: U.S. declares China a currency manipulator (NBC)
Update #2: US Treasury Department labels China a currency manipulator (AP)
Update #3: For The First Time In 25 Years, US Treasury Just Designated China A Currency Manipulator (Zero Hedge)

WNU Editor: The U.S. - China trade war has now entered a new and potentially very damaging phase.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 5, 2019

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 04:00 PM PDT

Image: Turkish armed forces

Aaron Stein, War On The Rocks: The Crisis is Coming: Syria and the End of the U.S.-Turkish Alliance

After almost a year of negotiations to resolve differences over the war in Syria, the United States and Turkey are no closer to reaching agreement on a proposed "safe zone" along the Turkish-Syrian border. In a speech over the weekend, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, again, announced his intention to invade northeastern Syria: "We entered Afrin, Jarablus, and Al-Bab. Now we will enter the east of the Euphrates. We shared this (information) with Russia and the U.S." Erdogan's threat came just a few days after Amb. James Jeffrey visited Ankara for inconclusive talks about Syria's northeast, and on the eve of a follow-on visit by U.S. military delegation to discuss the same topic.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 5, 2019

Understanding the 'S-400 crisis' -- Verda Ozer, Al Jazeera

China Retaliation Is '11' on Scale of 1 to 10, Wall Street Warns -- Felice Maranz, Bloomberg

The tough choices for China over Hong Kong unrest -- AFP

China's Ovverreach Provokes Backlash Across Southeast Asia -- R. Heydarian, Nikkei

Iran Owns the Persian Gulf Now -- Steven Cook, Foreign Policy

Explainer: UAE military drawdown raises stakes in south Yemen -- Ghaida Ghantous, Reuters

US-Israeli missile defense cooperation sends clear message to foes -- Jacob Nagel and Jonathan Schanzer, The Hill

Rwanda's disappearing opposition -- Silja Fröhlich, DW

Will we see a new arms race? That depends on Russia, says NATO chief -- Martin Banks, Defense News

The Old Ultra-Violence in Moscow Solves Nothing and Everything -- Mark Galeotti, Moscow Times

Ukrainian Voters Upend Their Parliament -- Mykola Vorobiov, Jamestown

Volodymyr Zelensky's Ukraine: first a revolution, now a purge? -- Oliver Carroll, The Independent

Europeans have started to change their minds on Brexit -- Christopher Caldwell, The Spectator

Not Even Dollars Can Save Venezuelans From Inflation's Wrath -- Alex Vasquez, Bloomberg

Trump's Economy Leaves Democrats Speechless -- Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View

500 years on, how Magellan's voyage changed the world -- AFP

World News Briefs -- August 5, 2019 (Evening Edition)

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 03:36 PM PDT



Daily Mail: Dow plunges 767 points and Apple sheds $45.7 BILLION of its value as Trump revs up China trade war and blasts Beijing for 'manipulating' currency

* Global shares fell sharply Monday after China let its currency to sink to an 11-year low against the dollar, fueling concern that Beijing is using the yuan as a weapon
* The Dow was off more than 772 points, a near record for a single day's losses
* President Trump suggested the Fed should respond to Chinese 'currency manipulation' with more aggressive rate cuts
'Are you listening Federal Reserve? This is a major violation which will greatly weaken China over time!' he said
* Trump has proposed new tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods, spooking tech analysts who warned it could depress demand for the iPhone
* Apple Inc. lost more than 5 per cent of its value in a single day, wiping off more than $45 billion

Stocks plunged Monday on Wall Street as traders worried that about how much President Donald Trump's escalating trade war with China will damage the U.S. economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Index was down 767 points before the end of trading, near the level of its biggest one-day selloff ever.

That record loss, just 10 points greater than Monday's, came a month ago – one of a series of corrections that the White House has brushed off as aberrations in an otherwise strong market trend.

China let its currency, the yuan, drop to its lowest level against the dollar in more than a decade nefore trading started Monday in New York, a move that Trump railed against as 'currency manipulation.'

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria: Erdogan. Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in Syria.

Syrian army resumes operations in rebel-held Idlib. Syria regime, Russia resume Idlib air strikes after scrapping ceasefire.

Yemen: Houthis launch drone attacks on Saudi airports, airbase.

Iran says it will further breach nuclear deal in one month unless Europeans act.

Iran seizes 'foreign' vessel in Persian Gulf.

Iranian oil tankers unloading in Chinese ports despite U.S. sanctions.

Iran announces joint military drills with Russia.

UK joins US in mission to protect oil tankers in Gulf.

ASIA

US-Taliban talks stretch into third day in Doha.

North Korea fires two unidentified projectiles - Joint Chiefs of Staff.

North Korea took $2 billion in cyberattacks to fund weapons program: U.N. report.

India abolishes Kashmir's autonomous status.

U.N. urges sanctions on Myanmar army businesses, says foreign partners could be complicit. UN urges sanctions on Myanmar army-linked businesses.

China, Japan and South Korea 'likely to hold summit in December', despite trade rift.

China's yuan slips to 11-year low amid trade war.

Mike Pompeo's visit to Micronesia highlights US anxiety about rising Chinese influence in Pacific.

Australian politician calls for end to Chinese lease at Darwin Port.

Beijing again gives 'unflagging support' to Carrie Lam, warns Hong Kong is entering 'most dangerous phase'.

Hong Kong official says there is no need to deploy China's army as protests continue.

Hundreds of flights cancelled leaving travellers facing chaos as citywide strike action hits Hong Kong International Airport.

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge chief ideologist Nuon Chea, 'Brother Number Two', dies aged 93.

Jakarta comes back online after power blackout hits 10 million people for nine hours.

AFRICA

Libya airstrike kills dozens in southern town. Drone attack kills dozens at wedding in Libya: Reports.

Libya's counterterrorism force condemns U.N. envoy's 'terrorist' statements.

Egypt calls deadly Cairo car blast 'terrorist attack'. Cairo car bomb kills at least 20 outside hospital.

Sudan's military, protest leaders sign constitutional declaration.

Ebola: Half of cases going undetected.

Zimbabwe hikes fuel prices by 26 percent.

Nigerian Shiite leader granted bail for medical care abroad.

EUROPE

Boris Johnson has no intention of renegotiating Brexit deal, EU told.

Brexit: Parliament can't stop no deal, says minister.

Scots favor independence from United Kingdom, Ashcroft poll shows.

EU criticises 'militarisation' of South China Sea.

Russia's Putin urges new arms talks with US to avoid 'chaos'.

Mass evacuation after fire triggers explosions at Siberian base.

Owner of house where Hitler was born in Austria will get £745,000 in compensation after it was seized by the government to stop it becoming a Nazi shrine.

AMERICAS

U.S. designates China as currency manipulator.

El Paso shooting death toll rises to 22.

Trump condemns white supremacy, racism after shootings.

FBI to investigate 'hate crimes and domestic terrorism' after series of mass shootings, Trump says.

Texas prosecutors to seek death penalty for El Paso shooter.

Mexico vows to take legal action against U.S. after El Paso massacre.

Puerto Rico protests: New governor faces confirmation vote.

Venezuela hyperinflation hits 10 million percent. 'Shock therapy' may be only chance to undo the economic damage.

US prosecutors accuse Honduran president of drug conspiracy.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Egypt: Cairo hit by deadly 'terrorist' explosion.

Lone wolf attackers inspire each other, NATO chief says.

Exclusive: FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Dow plunges 760 points in worst day of 2019 as trade war intensifies.

S&P 500 plunges in worst loss of year as trade war escalates.

Analysts warn of global recession; Dow sinks in early trading.

Global stock markets crash as US trade war with China escalates.

Oil drops as demand fears overshadow Iranian tanker seizure.

Syrian Ceasefire Has Collapsed. Syria Regime And Russia Have Resumed Idlib Air Strikes

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 02:43 PM PDT


Al Jazeera: Syrian army resumes operations in rebel-held Idlib

Reports of heavy bombardment in Syria's last rebel-held province as ceasefire agreed in Kazakhstan talks collapses.

The Syrian army has resumed operations against armed rebels in Idlib, scrapping a ceasefire in the last opposition-held stronghold.

In a statement carried by state media on Monday, the army accused the rebels of violating the truce that was brokered last week during talks in Kazakhstan following a three-month campaign supported by Russia.

"Armed terrorist groups, backed by Turkey, refused to abide by the ceasefire and launched many attacks on civilians in surrounding areas," SANA reported the army as saying. "The armed forces will resume their military operations against terrorists," it said.

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WNU Editor: To the surprise of no one, this ceasefire only lasted a few days.

More News On The Collapse Of The Syrian Ceasefire

Syrian Troops Resume Offensive on Rebel Stronghold in Idlib -- VOA/AP
Syria army to resume military operations in Idlib -- Arab News/Reuters
Syria regime, Russia resume Idlib air strikes after scrapping ceasefire -- AFP
Syria Resumes Military Operation Against Terrorists in Idlib - Armed Forces -- Sputnik
Syrian army resumes military operations against rebels in Idlib -- RT

With The End Of The INF Treaty, The U.S. Can Now Counter Russia's And China's Intermediate Missile Buildup

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 02:30 PM PDT

Sergei Bobylev / TASS

Timothy A. Walton, New York Times: America Could Lose a Real War Against Russia

With Putin and Trump having torn up a Cold War pact that lowered the risk of nuclear war, America should build more conventional missiles to catch up with Russia and China.

After more than 30 years, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (I.N.F.) Treaty ended last week, with an American withdrawal on Friday and a Russian withdrawal on Saturday. Although the United States abided by the terms of the treaty, Russia violated it by fielding more than 100 banned intermediate-range missiles, and China, which was never bound by it, fielded thousands. The United States has none.

To fix this gap, it is time for the Department of Defense to develop and field conventionally armed, ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles. The I.N.F. was a good treaty that reduced tensions and contributed to the peaceful end of the Cold War. After signing it in 1987, the Soviet Union and the United States eliminated ground-launched missiles with ranges of approximately 310 to 3,417 miles. Those missiles were problematic because, if they were armed with nuclear warheads, they could, given their short flight time, be used for devastating surprise attacks against allies in Europe and against the Soviet Union. The elimination of those missiles provided a greater sense of stability between the Soviet Union and the United States and its allies.

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WNU Editor: We are definitely at the cusp of a new arms race.

Massive Explosion At Russian Ammo Dump In Siberia

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 02:23 PM PDT



Business Insider: Shocking photos show massive fireball caused by explosion at Russian ammo dump said to house tens of thousands of artillery shells

* An ammunition dump at a Russian military base in Siberia has exploded, Russia's Tass reported on Monday.
* The depot, according to the Russian defense ministry, held "gunpowder charges for artillery shells." A local emergency-services source told state media that the facility held around 40,000 artillery shells.
* At least eight people were injured in the blast. Authorities are evacuating local residents who live within 12 miles of the depot.

An ammunition dump at a Russian military base exploded on Monday, setting off fires that injured a handful of people, Russian media reported.

The blast occurred in Achinsk, a military town in Siberia's Krasnoyarsk region. "The explosion went off in an ammunition depot, evacuation is being carried out," a source with the emergency services in the area told the state-run news agency Tass.

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More News On A Massive Explosion At A Russian Ammo Dump In Siberia

One dead, seven wounded - including a child - with shrapnel wounds and burns -- Siberian Times
Thousands of pieces of ammunition explode at military unit in Siberia -- TASS
Locals & soldiers suffer burns and shrapnel wounds after artillery depot explodes in Siberia (VIDEO) -- RT
Explosive Propellant Storage Catches Fire at Military Depot in Siberia, Staff Evacuated (Photo) -- Sputnik
Blasts rock Russian arms depot, eight injured - TASS -- Reuters

Russian President Putin Warns Of A New Nuclear Arms Race

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 01:31 PM PDT





Daily Mail: Putin warns Russia will be 'forced' to develop new nuclear missiles after US and Russia tear up Cold War treaty - and warns Trump to 'avoid chaos that has no rules, limits and laws'

* Putin said in a statement today that Russia would respond to moves made by US
* Trump unilaterally withdrew from the arms-race ending deal last week
* The deal agreed by Reagan and Gorbachev had been in place since 1987
* Putin said the countries should 'weigh all possible dangerous consequences'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia would be 'forced' to develop new missiles if the US does the same, after Washington pulled out of a Cold War-era nuclear arms deal last week.

He urged the United States today to start new arms talks following the demise of a Soviet-era agreement, which limited the development of ground-based nuclear and ballistic mid-range missiles.

The president also added that he wished to 'avoid chaos that has no rules' and to 'weigh all possible dangerous consequences.' He added that he wanted to start 'serious dialogue without any ambiguities.'

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More News On Russian President Putin Warning Of A New Nuclear Arms Race

Putin to Trump: We'll develop new nuclear missiles if you do -- Reuters
Russia Will Develop New Nuclear Missiles If You Do, Putin Tells U.S. -- RFE
Russia threatens retaliation if US deploys missile posts in Asia following withdrawal from Cold War treaty -- The Independent
Putin: US quitting INF created 'fundamental' risks for all, paved way to 'unrestrained' arms race -- RT
Putin: Russia Can't Be Content With US Declarations of 'Peaceloving Intentions' Following INF Exit -- Sputnik
Putin warns US efforts to dismantle INF can reignite arms race -- TASS

Hong Kong In Chaos With A City-Wide Strike And Demonstrations Paralyzing The City

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 01:20 PM PDT







Daily Mail: Now Hong Kong goes on strike: Chaos as airport workers walk out and protesters block trains - while the city's pro-Beijing leader warns of an 'extremely dangerous situation'

* Pro-democracy protesters called for a mass strike across Hong Kong today, affecting transport and airport
* Activists blocked roads, held up trains and delayed buses while almost 200 flights have been cancelled
* Protesters also rallied in seven areas in the city, including Tai Po, Tsuen Wan, Mong Kok and Admiralty
* Police fired tear gas at protesters who were rallying against the their treatment of a female demonstrator
* Pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam refused to resign and said the city is on 'the verge of a very dangerous situation'
* 420 Hong Kong protesters have been arrested since June 9 on charges including rioting and assaulting police

Hong Kong was brought to a standstill on Monday morning as thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked roads, disrupted trains and cancelled almost 200 flights as a mass strike got underway.

Traffic snarled up as activists barricaded the Cross-Harbour tunnel linking Hong Kong island with the mainland, while trains were delayed as demonstrators held the doors of carriages open.

Police fired rounds of tear gas at protesters outside Tin Shui Wai police station this afternoon during clashes as demonstrators gathered to rally against the officers' rough treatment of a female protester.

Some of the activists had been hurling stones at the police station while others shouted 'triad' in Cantonese at a distance, accusing the police of colluding with gang members.

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WNU Editor: Hong Kong officials are pleading with China to not deploy soldiers onto the streets .... Hong Kong official says there is no need to deploy China's army as protests continue (ABC News Online). For the moment I sense China is listening to them. Deploying soldiers and crushing these demonstrations will severely damage the image that Chinese President Xi has worked hard in cultivating on the international scene that China is a responsible country that respects the rule of law. But there is a limit, and from what I am hearing in Beijing, they are going to permit these demonstrations to continue but not for long.

More News On the Unrest In Hong Kong

Live Updates: Flights canceled, major roads blocked as Hong Kong protests escalate -- CNN
Anti-government protesters unleash chaos across Hong Kong in unprecedented citywide rampage -- SCMP
Police battle protesters as strike paralyses Hong Kong -- Reuters
Hong Kong police in fresh clashes with protesters as strikes paralyse city -- France 24
A day of striking sows chaos across Hong Kong -- AP
Hong Kong Strike Sinks City Into Chaos, and Government Has Little Reply -- The New York Times
Hong Kongers Go on Strike to Support the 'Revolution of Our Time' -- Time
Hong Kong protests: Police fire tear gas at demonstrators as embattled leader refuses to resign -- The Independent
Hong Kong leader refuses to quit as general strike causes travel chaos -- Press Association
Hong Kong leader says protests are challenging China's sovereignty -- Reuters

In A Major Escalation Of The Trade War, China Has Devaluated Its Currency And Halted U.S. Crop Imports

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 12:16 PM PDT



Reuters: China lets yuan break key 7 level for first time in decade as trade war worsens

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China let the yuan breach the key 7-per-dollar level on Monday for the first time in more than a decade, in a sign Beijing might be willing to tolerate more currency weakness that could further inflame a trade conflict with the United States.

The sharp 1.4% drop in the yuan comes days after U.S. President Donald Trump stunned financial markets by vowing to impose 10% tariffs on the remaining $300 billion of Chinese imports from Sept. 1, abruptly breaking a brief ceasefire in a bruising trade war that has disrupted global supply chains and slowed growth.

Some analysts said the yuan move could unleash a dangerous new front in the trade hostilities - a currency war.

The People's Bank of China (PBOC) provided the early impetus for yuan bears by setting a daily rate for the currency at its weakest level in eight months.

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WNU Editor: This Chinese decision to escalate the trade war is having a global impact .... Global stock markets crash as US trade war with China escalates (RT). This Chinese decision is also telling me that China is making it known that they will not negotiate any trade deal with the U.S.. My prediction .... expect more tariffs on Chinese goods.

More News On China Escalating The Trade War

China lets yuan weaken and stops buying U.S. crops, escalating trade war -- Reuters
Trump accuses China of manipulating currency as yuan weakens -- AP
Donald Trump rants that China is guilty of 'currency manipulation' as Wall Street plunges after Beijing lets the value of the yuan fall to a new low against the dollar -- Daily Mail
China Takes On Trump by Weakening Yuan, Halting Crop Imports -- Bloomberg
China's yuan slips to 11-year low amid trade war -- DW
China exchange rate drop could continue into 2020 as it tries to offset US tariff impact, analysts say -- SCMP
Yuan slump ramps up trade war fears -- Asia Times
Does China have enough US dollars to survive the US trade war? -- SCMP

Chinese Warship Collides With Taiwanese Freighter In Taiwan Strait

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 10:54 AM PDT

Damaged: Taiwanese freighter Youtai No. 1 with substantial damage to its hull after it collided with the warship Lufang on Wednesday night

SCMP: Chinese warship collides with Taiwan freight vessel then sails away, says island's coastguard

* Unidentified military vessels tried to persuade container to sail to mainland port after collision near Taiwanese-controlled island
* Coastguard says warship refused to stop when patrol boats arrived at the scene, saying its hull was badly damaged

An unidentified Chinese military vessel collided with a Taiwanese container ship on Wednesday night and refused to stop after the accident, the island's coastguard has said.

No injuries were reported, but the coastguard said it had received a call from the freighter, called Yutai Number One, after the incident.

The collision happened about 20 nautical miles southeast of Liao Luo, a port on Quemoy, one of the closest Taiwanese-controlled islands to the mainland.

After the crash, the Chinese warship asked the freight vessel to sail with it to the mainland port of Xiamen in Fujian province, some 40km (25 miles) away.

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More News On Chinese Warship Colliding With A Taiwanese Freighter In Taiwan Strait Last Week

Chinese warship crashes into Taiwanese freighter and damages its hull in late-night collision amid tensions over travel between the countries -- Daily Mail
Chinese warship, Taiwanese carrier collide in Taiwan Strait -- UPI
Taiwan says a Chinese warship slammed into one of its cargo ships and then sailed off into the night -- Task & Purpose/Business Insider
What We Know About A Mysterious Collision Between A Chinese Warship And A Taiwanese Cargo Ship -- Warzone/The Drive

India Revokes Kashmir's 'Special Status'

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 10:46 AM PDT





Daily Mail: India sends thousands of troops into Kashmir and revokes the region's 'special status' provoking fury from nuclear-armed neighbor Pakistan

* Home Minister Amit Shah announced the revocation of Article 370 this morning
* Article gives Jammu and Kashmir constitution and some decision-making rights
* Some internet and phone services were suspended in restive Himalayan region
* Around seven million people were effected by the black out late on Sunday night
* Pakistan said they will 'exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps'

India has angered Pakistan by revoking Kashmir's 'special status' and sending thousands of troops into the fractious area.

Internet services on mobile phones were also cut to around seven million people in the Himalayan region, where most people oppose Indian rule, yesterday.

This is a common tactic to prevent anti-India demonstrations from being organized and to stop the dissemination of news.

Home Minister Amit Shah announced the revocation of Article 370 amid an uproar in India's two houses of parliament.

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More News On India Revoking Kashmir's 'Special Status'

Unrest feared after India revokes Kashmir's special status -- AP
India scraps special status for Kashmir in step Pakistan calls illegal -- Reuters
Article 370: India strips disputed Kashmir of special status -- BBC
India abolishes Kashmir's autonomous status -- DW
New Delhi revokes special constitutional status for India's Kashmir -- France 24
India revokes disputed Kashmir's special status with rush decree -- Al Jazeera
India set to withdraw Kashmir's special status and split it in two -- The Guardian
India imposes Kashmir lockdown, puts leaders 'under house arrest' -- Al Jazeera
India says it will end decades-long autonomy for Kashmir -- UPI
'Darkest day': Uproar as India strips Kashmir of special status -- Al Jazeera
Pakistan terms India's Kashmir move 'irresponsible, irrational' -- Al Jazeera
Article 370: India's move on Kashmir will fuel resentment -- Andrew Whitehead, BBC
India's cancellation of Kashmir's special status will have consequences -- Jason Burke, The Guardian
Kashmir special status explained: What are Articles 370 and 35A? -- Al Jazeera

World News Briefs -- August 5, 2019

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 03:13 PM PDT



Daily Mail: Donald Trump blames mental illness, the internet, social media and computer games for 'radicalizing' mass murderers in El Paso and Dayton and barely mentions guns - but DOES condemn 'white supremacy' and says nothing about tying gun control to immigration

* Donald Trump on Monday called for 'strong background checks' in the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton in a tweet
* He suggested pairing such legislation with immigration reform after the El Paso suspect left a manifesto raging about 'Hispanic invasion of Texas'
* He inexplicably dropped the demand in a national address later in the morning
* Trump dedicated his remarks to denouncing 'white supremacy' and 'racist hate' online that he said is driving people to commit sick acts
* Blamed the Internet and social media for breeding racist hate and directed his Justice Department to develop new monitoring measures
* Democrats had invoked Nazi Germany to describe his earlier proposal
* And they claimed his rhetoric emboldened the weekend shooters
* On Friday 20 were killed in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, and in the early hours of Sunday morning, another shooter in Dayton, Ohio killed nine
* The alleged shooter in El Paso was a 21-year-old white man, and in Dayton a 24-year-old white man

Donald Trump denounced 'white supremacy' and 'racist hate' on Monday that he says is breeding online and driving 'mentally-disturbed' people to commit sick acts, as he shifted away from the inflamed rhetoric his critics claim was an inspiration for two shooters who committed gruesome mass murders over the weekend.

He had linked mass murder prevention to illegal immigration in an early-morning tweet that a call for stricter background checks. The proposal had Democrats comparing Trump's ideology to pre-war Nazism.

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in northern Syria: Erdogan. Turkey to launch offensive in Kurdish-controlled area in Syria.

Syrian army resumes operations in rebel-held Idlib. Syria regime, Russia resume Idlib air strikes after scrapping ceasefire.

Yemen: Houthis launch drone attacks on Saudi airports, airbase.

Iran says it will further breach nuclear deal in one month unless Europeans act.

Iran seizes 'foreign' vessel in Persian Gulf.

Iranian oil tankers unloading in Chinese ports despite U.S. sanctions.

Iran announces joint military drills with Russia.

UK joins US in mission to protect oil tankers in Gulf.

ASIA

India abolishes Kashmir's autonomous status.

U.N. urges sanctions on Myanmar army businesses, says foreign partners could be complicit. UN urges sanctions on Myanmar army-linked businesses.

China, Japan and South Korea 'likely to hold summit in December', despite trade rift.

China's yuan slips to 11-year low amid trade war.

Mike Pompeo's visit to Micronesia highlights US anxiety about rising Chinese influence in Pacific.

Australian politician calls for end to Chinese lease at Darwin Port.

Beijing again gives 'unflagging support' to Carrie Lam, warns Hong Kong is entering 'most dangerous phase'.

Hong Kong official says there is no need to deploy China's army as protests continue.

Hundreds of flights cancelled leaving travellers facing chaos as citywide strike action hits Hong Kong International Airport.

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge chief ideologist Nuon Chea, 'Brother Number Two', dies aged 93.

Jakarta comes back online after power blackout hits 10 million people for nine hours.

AFRICA

Libya airstrike kills dozens in southern town. Drone attack kills dozens at wedding in Libya: Reports.

Libya's counterterrorism force condemns U.N. envoy's 'terrorist' statements.

Egypt calls deadly Cairo car blast 'terrorist attack'. Cairo car bomb kills at least 20 outside hospital.

Sudan's military, protest leaders sign constitutional declaration.

Ebola: Half of cases going undetected.

Zimbabwe hikes fuel prices by 26 percent.

Nigerian Shiite leader granted bail for medical care abroad.

EUROPE

Boris Johnson has no intention of renegotiating Brexit deal, EU told.

Brexit: Parliament can't stop no deal, says minister.

Scots favor independence from United Kingdom, Ashcroft poll shows.

EU criticises 'militarisation' of South China Sea.

Russia's Putin urges new arms talks with US to avoid 'chaos'.

Mass evacuation after fire triggers explosions at Siberian base.

Owner of house where Hitler was born in Austria will get £745,000 in compensation after it was seized by the government to stop it becoming a Nazi shrine.

AMERICAS

El Paso shooting death toll rises to 22.

Trump condemns white supremacy, racism after shootings.

FBI to investigate 'hate crimes and domestic terrorism' after series of mass shootings, Trump says.

Texas prosecutors to seek death penalty for El Paso shooter.

Mexico vows to take legal action against U.S. after El Paso massacre.

Puerto Rico protests: New governor faces confirmation vote.

Venezuela hyperinflation hits 10 million percent. 'Shock therapy' may be only chance to undo the economic damage.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Egypt: Cairo hit by deadly 'terrorist' explosion.

Lone wolf attackers inspire each other, NATO chief says.

Exclusive: FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Analysts warn of global recession; Dow sinks in early trading.

Global stock markets crash as US trade war with China escalates.

Oil drops as demand fears overshadow Iranian tanker seizure.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 5, 2019

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 09:03 AM PDT

The headquarters of the 12th Space Warning Squadron at Thule Air Base, Greenland. The 12th SWS operates the Upgraded Early Warning Radar, which provides missile defense and space surveillance. (Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow/U.S. Air Force)

Valerie Insinna, Defense News: Watch the skies: How a US base in Greenland tracks ballistic missiles

THULE AIR BASE, Greenland — On July 5, a Soyuz rocket blasted off from Vostochny Cosmodrome in the easternmost territory of Russia, carrying with it 33 satellites, including a polar-orbiting Meteor M2-2 weather satellite owned by the Russian government and a host of cubesats and nanosatellites launched on behalf of universities and commercial entities.

More than 3,500 miles away, the airmen of Thule Air Base in Greenland were watching, dispatching real-time reports to the Combined Space Operations Center, or CSpOC, at Vandenburg Air Force Base, California.

Located on the northwestern coast of Greenland, Thule Air Base is the U.S. military's northernmost base and the only installation north of the Arctic Circle. It is home to the 12th Space Warning Squadron, a cadre of Air Force officers and enlisted personnel that provide 24/7 missile warning and space surveillance using a massive AN/FPS-132 radar.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 5, 2019

Pentagon chief says US looking to put intermediate-range missiles in Asia -- The Hill

US to deploy new missiles in Asia 'sooner rather than later' -- DW

New Pentagon chief says China's 'destabilizing behavior' is 'disturbing' -- The Hill

Pentagon chief takes aim at China as US and Australia reaffirm defence ties -- SCMP

Trump wants to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by 2020 election, officials say -- NBC News

For defense industry giants, there's plenty of room in the hypersonic arena -- Defense News

Northrop and Raytheon to compete to build laser weapon for short-range air defense -- Defense News

The Air Force's B-1 bombers are in more dire shape than we thought -- Air Force Times

New Pentagon Report Pegs Air Force One Cost at $5.2 Billion -- Air Force Magazine

New vice chief commits to ongoing US Army reform to build future force -- Defense News

The Army hopes this Black Hawk upgrade will help counter incoming missiles -- Army Times

Navy chief nominee promises transparency in USS Gerald R. Ford delays -- UPI

Top Navy SEAL warns commanders of 'order and discipline problem' -- The Hill

Military Suicides Reach Highest Rate Since Record-Keeping Began After 9/11 -- Military.com

Why your relationship is at risk when you leave the military -- Shauna Springer, Military Times

Insomnia in the military is up 650 percent since 2003 — here's how DoD is hoping to curb that trend -- Military Times

Fort Bliss soldier hailed as hero in El Paso mall shooting -- Army Times

Wargaming Has a Place, But Is No Panacea for Professional Military Education -- Carrie Lee and Bill Lewis, War On The Rocks

Peter Thiel said that AI is a military technology that will primarily be used 'by generals,' but experts say that view is too pessimistic -- Business Insider

The Military-Style Surveillance Technology Being Tested in American Cities -- Arthur Holland Michel, The Atlantic

South Korea: Preparations underway for joint exercises with US despite warnings from North Korea -- The Hill

US still seeks allies in Gulf maritime coalition -- Military Times/AP

NATO chief says end of nuclear treaty is 'serious setback,' after US withdraws -- CNN

Russian Spy Planes Enter Alaskan Air Defense Zone -- Military.com

Russia's Military Admits It Needs Western Technology -- Michael Peck, National Interest

Should China and Russia's developing military alliance in north Asia worry Australia? -- Alexey Muraviev, ABC News Online

Chinese warship, Taiwanese carrier collide in Taiwan Strait -- UPI

China promotes top military officer targeted by American sanctions -- SCMP

China's air force spreads its wings in 70th anniversary video -- SCMP

Darwin, Australia at centre of strategic tussle between US and China -- SCMP

Australia Rules Out Hosting US Missiles -- Military.com/AFP

South Korea investigating North Korea's new rocket system -- UPI

Japan to Create Military Space Unit to Catch Up With Rivals - Reports -- Sputnik

A cyber-espionage group has been stealing files from the Venezuelan military -- ZDNet

Afghanistan Loses 42,000 Troops in Crackdown on 'Ghost Soldiers' -- Military.com/AFP

Ankara May Use F-35 Missiles With Turkish-Designed Combat Jet, or Sell Them – Minister -- Sputnik

The FBI Wants A 'Social Media Early Alerting Tool' For Criminals And Terrorists Before They Act

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 08:22 AM PDT


NextGov: FBI Wants Tech to Track Social Media for Criminals and Terrorists Before They Act

Proposals from interested vendors are due later this month.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations aims to acquire access to a "social media early alerting tool" that will help insiders proactively and reactively monitor how terrorist groups, foreign intelligence services, criminal organizations and other domestic threats use networking platforms to further their illegal efforts, according to a request for proposal amended this week.

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WNU Editor: Tracking threats is not easy .... How the FBI profiles potential mass shooters (CBS News).

Pentagon Is Testing Mass Surveillance Balloons Across The U.S.

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 08:14 AM PDT

The U.S. military is using surveillance balloons like this one to spy on the Midwest. Digital Trends

The Guardian: Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

Exclusive: the high-altitude balloons promise a cheap monitoring platform that could follow multiple cars and boats for extended periods.

The US military is conducting wide-area surveillance tests across six midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal.

Up to 25 unmanned solar-powered balloons are being launched from rural South Dakota and drifting 250 miles through an area spanning portions of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, before concluding in central Illinois.

Travelling in the stratosphere at altitudes of up to 65,000ft, the balloons are intended to "provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats", according to a filing made on behalf of the Sierra Nevada Corporation, an aerospace and defence company.

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Update #1: Oh great, the U.S. military launched giant balloons to spy on the Midwest (Mashable)
Update #2: The U.S. military is using solar-powered balloons to spy on parts of the Midwest (Digital Trends)

WNU Editor: These platforms will be able to see everything. An incredibly valuable tool to have in a warzone.

Is Russia Worried About China’s Military Rise?

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 07:44 AM PDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 11, 2018. Mikhail Metzel/TASS Host Photo Agency/Pool via REUTERS

Dimitri Alexander Simes, National Interest: Is Russia Worried About China's Military Rise?

Strained relations between Moscow and Washington are making Russians more accepting of Chinese military power.

Even with its economy starting to slow down, China's military is still on the rise. Years of higher military spending fueled by high economic growth are starting to manifest themselves in new technologies and newfound assertiveness. Beijing has made visible strides in its aviation, naval, and missile defense capabilities. Whether it be making territorial claims in the South China Sea or opening up its first overseas military base in Djibouti, China is starting to exert military influence in its near abroad and beyond.

How does Russia view this development? Even as Moscow and Beijing strengthen their cooperation across all areas, many Western experts warn that China's growing military might will increasingly become a source of tension between the two countries.

The National Interest spoke with several Russian defense analysts and Sinologists to better understand the Russian perspective on China's military rise.

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WNU Editor: The Kremlin and Russian foreign policy analysts are not worried about China's military rise (right now). I personally think this is a mistake. Moscow is underestimating the growing nationalistic mood that exists in China, and a growing belief among many in China to expand territoriality. For the moment China is focused on its non-Russian neighbours and on the West. But for as long as I can remember Chinese foreign policy experts have always had an eye on Russia's Siberian wilderness, and I do know that many feel that they have a manifest destiny to claim this territory as their own. A powerful Chinese military will only make this sentiment grow.

Israel's Defense Ministry Unveils 3 Prototypes For Tanks Of The Future

Posted: 05 Aug 2019 06:51 AM PDT





Times of Israel: Defense Ministry unveils 3 prototypes for Israel's tanks of the future

Carmel program yields first fruits as defense contractors offer proof of concept for a two-person tank, loaded with AI and improved visibility

The Defense Ministry on Sunday completed initial testing on a number of systems that it plans to install in both current and future models of the military's armored vehicles, as part of its Carmel tank program.

Some of the systems will be implemented in the short term — including a high-tech helmet known as Iron Vision, which will be rolled out shortly — while others may be used further down the line, a Defense Ministry spokesperson said.

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WNU Editor: The Israeli Army is still hesitant to having unmanned systems on the ground .... Israeli army in no rush to go fully robotic (Reuters).

More News On Israel's Defense Ministry Unveiling 3 Prototypes For Tanks Of The Future

Israel unveils prototype 'tanks of the future' -- AFP
Israel Defense Ministry Unveils 'Combat Vehicle of the Future' -- Bloomberg
Israel unveils prototypes for 'combat vehicle of the future' -- Israel Hayom
'AI Systems, F-35 Helmets, Xbox Controllers': Israel Unveils 3 Prototypes of Next Generation Tanks -- Sputnik