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Trump says US generals feel Beirut blast was likely an ‘attack’ | Military Times

In Beirut, a port exploded and left 70 people dead and more injured. President Donald Trump observes this as an attack after speaking with United States military generals. He believes that this was executed by a bomb and offers condolences to families and support to Lebanon from the US. Source: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/08/04/trump-says-us-generals-feel-beirut-blast-was-likely-an-attack/ Read More »

Hong Kong postpones elections for a year ‘over virus concerns’ | BBC News

China has now postponed their parliamentary elections for a year because of the coronavirus. However, Hong Kong has been focused in for their recent anti democracy tactics such as arresting protestors, implementing strict new laws, and banning pro-democracy candidates from running in the election. Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53563090 Read More »

National Guard coronavirus missions extended until 2021 | Military Times

Despite the announcement that domestic deployments will not stop for COVID-19 aid, funding is decreasing. Late Monday evening President Donald Trump initiated this order. Currently there are over thirty thousand guardsmen deployed in an effort to help ease COVID-19 as cases are increasing and states remain open. Source: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/08/04/national-guard-coronavirus-missions-extended-until-2021/ Read More »

Rumors and questions surround sidelining of key Turkish general | Jerusalem Post

Many people are questioning why General Zekai Aksakalli is on the sidelines all of the sudden. Rumors have been raised and he is a topic in many discussions. It is predicted that he was involved in a conspiracy involving Qatar. However, due to Turkish censorship it can be hard to know what is a conspiracy and what is real. Source: ... Read More »

Nasa SpaceX crew return: Dragon capsule splashes down | BBC News

The SpaceX Dragon Capsule carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken were the one to break the record. When the ship splashed down into the Gulf near Florida, they were greeted by private boats. The private boats were asked to keep distance as there could potentially be toxic chemicals aboard such as nitrogen tetroxide. Overall the return was a success. Source: ... Read More »

Afghanistan and Pakistan say 22 die in border clashes | Reuters

A recent border clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan left 22 dead. At least 15 of them were civilians crossing the border for a Muslim festival. 31 were brought to receive medical attention for bullet wounds. According to Pakistan, Afghan Forces opened fire into a crowd, but numerous civilians and protestors on scene told Reuters that Pakistan troops had actually fired ... Read More »

Asia COVID resurgence shatters travel bubble hopes | VOA News

Despite the creation of travel bubbles, which hopes to isolate certain spaces to freely travel while still keeping places limited to stimulate the economy, the cases are still rising. Chinese officials are predicting that the next time they will be able to safely conduct quarantine free travel will be next year. Source: https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/asia-covid-resurgence-shatters-travel-bubble-hopes Read More »

Recordings show lockdown London quieter than 1928 | BBC News

The Museum of London is capturing the soundscape experience during Covid-19 where it has been evident that London streets are quieter than 1928. They are publicly available online for audiences to listen in their website. Foteini Aravani, the Museum of London’s digital curator, said that the challenge for sound engineers was to record the absence of sound, which had become ... Read More »

Actions needed to ensure DOD considers climate risks to contractors as part of acquisition, supply, and risk assessment | U.S. Government Accountability Office

The Government Accountability Office recommends that the DOD integrate climate change into their relevant policy and guidelines to mitigate risks and provide climate resilience in their long-term military plans. Though DOD identified climate change as a threat to its operations, it noted that it has limited ability to conduct assessments compared to access to commercial facilities. GAO provided six recommendations ... Read More »

Canadian military shrinks Middle East footprint as ISIL fight enters new phase | The Outlook

The war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has changed into a new phase resulting in Canada recalling half their troops in the Middle East even after the Covid-19 pandemic passes. This was the first permanent reduction in the Canadian military’s operations since special forces soldiers arrived in October 2014 to help stop ISIL from taking control ... Read More »